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Local Events for the Long Weekend!

by Cory Dudley

 

For many of us, we're headed into a long 4 day holiday weekend! There are plenty of local activities going on over the next few days, and we've collected a short list for you below. 

 

 

Saturday, July 1st 

 

Free Giant Beer Pong, Shuffleboard and Giant Jenga - Breakers Grill, Longmont - 4:00pm to CLOSE

Breakers Grill now has a dedicated game room, complete with activities like giant beer pong and jenga, or even shuffleboard. Join in on the fun and check it out! 

 

Hair of the Downward Dog Yoga - Wibby Brewing, Longmont - 9:30 to 10:30am 

Work on your flexibility without sacrificing your patio time! Join instructor Keri for an hour of yoga and enjoy a beer afterwards - the class costs $10 and includes the cold one. 

 

Saturday Art Experience - Firehouse Art Center, Longmont - Various times

SAE classes are led by certified art instructors, and available to children ages 5-8 and 9-12. Their goal is to help children gain a true appreciation for art, and work on honing on their own skills in a fun and interactive setting.

 

 Boulder Art & Jazz Fest - Boulder Civic Area - Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Celebrate 4th of July at the Boulder Art & Jazz Fest! Over 100 of Colorado's artisans with be on site selling their handmade arts and crafts, all with live music playing in the background. Kids will enjoy the bounce castle and face painting while parents find a moment to themselves in the beer garden. 

 

Boulder Farmers Market - Central Park, Boulder - 8:00am to 2:00pm

​At the Boulder Farmers Market you'll find fresh produce of all kinds from local farms, quality artisan goods and home decor, as well as live music and friendly people. Make a day of it!

 

Sunday, July 2nd 

 

Boulder Art & Jazz Fest - Boulder Civic Area - Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Celebrate 4th of July at the Boulder Art & Jazz Fest! Over 100 of Colorado's artisans with be on site selling their handmade arts and crafts, all with live music playing in the background. Kids will enjoy the bounce castle and face painting while parents find a moment to themselves in the beer garden.

 

Family Day Paint "American Flag" - POSHSPLAT, Boulder - 2:00 to 4:00pm

​Time for the whole family to get creative... Follow step by step instructions and leave with a picture that is truly unique! No experience or supplies necessary. Adults are $30, kids are only $10.

 

All Levels Flow Yoga - St. Vrain Cidery, Longmont - 10:00 to 11:00am

$8 will get you an hour of yoga, taught by Jordan Metzler of Metta Yoga & Healing Arts, followed by a 4 oz pour of delicious cider. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat).

 

Monday, July 3rd 

 

Meditation and Relaxation -  422 Main St, Longmont - 6:30 to 7:30pm

Unwind and destress in this class that focuses on using meditation techniques for relaxation. Combine breath work, inner awareness, meditation and more from various disciplines. Open to all ages for a $10 drop in fee. 

 

Transmission Meditation - The Meditation Place, Longmont - 9:00pm

​Join a group of like-minded individuals in meditating at the same time as many others in 40 other countries worldwide. Meditating in this way is both a world service (karma yoga) and personal development (laya yoga). There is no charge for this and no request for donations. No experience? No problem. 
 

Boulder Art & Jazz Fest - Boulder Civic Area - Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Celebrate 4th of July at the Boulder Art & Jazz Fest! Over 100 of Colorado's artisans with be on site selling their handmade arts and crafts, all with live music playing in the background. Kids will enjoy the bounce castle and face painting while parents find a moment to themselves in the beer garden.

 

Music on Pine Street - Hotel Boulderado, Boulder - 5:00 t0 8:00pm

Enjoy free live music from a different local group each week at the Pine Street Plaza of Hotel Boulderado. Outdoor games, hot dogs, cocktails and soft drinks will be available, too. 

 

4th of July Celebrations & Events

 

Folk Dancing on the Plaza - Central Park, Boulder - 7:00 to 10:00pm

Have a twirl at Central Park across from the Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder. No experience or partner is necessary, and the program is free for all ages. A lesson is put on from 7-8pm and then open dance goes from 8-10pm. 

 

July 4th Concert in the Park - Thompson Park - 11:30am to 2:00pm

​Partake in the community concert that has become an annual tradition for many in the Longmont area. The Longmont Symphony Orchestra plays patriotic music, and attendees can participate in the picnic contest. 

 

Sarah Jo's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

My HOT PICK for the week is 1821 Juniper Street; a well-kept tri-level that backs to Garden Acres Park. If you're looking to get into a comfortable home in Longmont for $350,000, this is the one! 

 

 

 

This home backs to Garden Acres Park and has a covered front porch area where you can sit in the mornings with a coffee and a good book.

 

 

Beautiful hardwood floors are throughout the main level of the home. Vaulted ceilings and skylights ensure you will have all the sunshine you need. 

 

 

The kitchen is easily accessible and open to the rest of the home, thanks to the friendly layout

 

 

The master suite is on the upper floor with an attached master bathroom, providing just enough separation and privacy from the other 3 bedrooms in the rest of the house. 

 

 

Enjoy a patio area out back. Need more space to run or relax? There's a gate entrance that opens directly to Garden Acres Park, giving you access to views and fun!

 

 


 


 

(Listed by RE/MAX Traditions)

 

Are you searching for homes under $400,000 in Longmont? Click HERE for homes that qualify on the market, and then give me a call! I'd love to take you out for a look..

 

 

Sarah Jo is a REALTOR and the Director of Marketing & Social Media for The Winning Team Real Estate Group. As someone who grew up right here in Old Town Longmont, she has excellent knowledge of the area and a love for it, too. With her client's wants & needs in mind, she strives to provide the best experience for everyone she helps! During the summer months she can be found soaking in the sun at Horsetooth Reservoir, snowshoeing and sledding in the winter, and driving up to see the aspen take on new colors in fall - no matter what, it's all Colorado, all the time.

Sarah Jo can be reached by mobile at 720.934.3404 or email at sarahjo@justlistedcolo.com.

 

Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step

by Cory Dudley

 

 

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, knowing your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.

Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the My Home section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.” 

Freddie Mac describes the 4 Cs that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

Bottom Line

Many potential home buyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so as well.

 

Motivational Monday - Have Less, Live More

by Cory Dudley

 

 

 

"When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.

- Lao Tzu 

 

What's the one thing that we can never get back? Time. Our time is perhaps the most finite and valuable resource we each have as we go through life. Each moment you choose what you spend it on, whether you dip into tomorrow's time in order to do something today, and even risk it all looking for thrills. 

 

 

Those of us who spend their time buying the biggest, newest, most flashy toys focus their energy (and time) on possessions. But do all those possessions really make for a happier life overall? One could argue that certain possessions add joy, freedom and even creativity to a life - but no matter what, you can't get the time back. 

Credit card debt in the United States alone is approximately $750 billion. Imagine what things would be like if people chose to focus on saving more and spending less! We'd each have more flexibility to give to the causes that meant the most to us, and to invest our time in the same ways.

 


 

To take that another step further, why don't more people practice genuine gratitude for all that they do have, rather than focusing on what they need next? There's never been a point in human history when we've had so much and been so unhappy despite all of it. So what can you do to change it all?

Practice gratitude! Wake up and immediately remind yourself of everything that you're thankful for. Write it down, meditate on it, brainstorm while in the shower - whatever works best for you. Focus on yourself and those that you care most about rather than what you have or don't have. When you're able to live without placing importance on belongings, you'll find that you already have everything you need to live and be truly happy...

 

Christa's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

My HOT PICK for the week is 902 5th Avenue in Old Town Longmont, Colorado.

 

 

 

The Historic Earl Sprague House was built in 1905. Earl Sprague was a local builder and contractor in the area and built many homes throughout Longmont that are still standing today! 

 

 

 

You'll find all the original charm in this home, from the layout to the wood trim

 

 

Despite it's older age, this home has plenty of space for everyone and their hobbies. With over 3300 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, you'll have room to grow!

 

 

 

Lots of light floods the kitchen, thanks to plentiful windows throughout. Enjoy taking your coffee at the quaint breakfast nook if you have time to relax in the morning. 

 

 

 

The backyard is beautiful, complete with flower gardens and a nostalgic, white picket fence. A patio area provides space to host friends and family during the summer months. 

 

 

 

 

This home's proximity to Thompson Park and downtown Longmont shops and restaurants means that you'll never be bored! There's plenty to do, see, sample and enjoy.

 

Call me if you'd like a private showing of this home, or others in the area!

 

(Listed by RE/MAX Traditions,Inc) 

 

 

Christa is a Licensed REALTOR for The Winning Team Real Estate Group at Old Town Real Estate in beautiful Longmont, Colorado. Christa is The Winning Team's Buyer's Specialist. Her business background gives her the experience and expertise a Buyer needs and wants in today's competitive market.  Christa can be found spending her free time outside trail running, mountain biking and playing in the mountains with her dog, Whim. It's all that Colorado has to offer that keeps Christa happy, healthy, and enjoying life to it's fullest. 

Christa can be contacted via email at christa@justlistedcolo.com or mobile at 303.913.9698

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Series - Grand Ditch Leak

by Cory Dudley

 

Rocky Mountain National Park staff was notified last Saturday night that an old culvert in Grand Ditch is leaking at the intersection of Lady Creek and Grand Ditch. The company who operates the Grand Ditch (Water Supply and Storage Company) have made temporary repairs to reduce the leakage and have opened head gates to reduce water flow. The additional water is being rerouted to the Kawuneeche Valley. 

 


 

Needless to say, RMNP staff quickly began assessing any immediate and potential impacts to trails and bridges in the Kawuneeche Valley as a result. 

The Colorado River Trail is flooded approximately 0.6 miles from the trailhead, just beyond the Red Mountain Junction. A sign cautioning conditions was posted at the trailhead, and the staff assures additional assessments are ongoing.

 

 

In addition, that was increased sediment movement near Shadow Mountain Reservoir, though it's unclear exactly how much earth was moved in the event. 

Grand Ditch Road is currently closed to pedestrians, but there are no other closures in place at this time. Long Draw Road, which leads to this area from just outside RMNP, is closed this time of year - it is still set to open for the season in early July. 

 


How Much Equity Do You Have in Your Home?

by Cory Dudley

 

Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? | MyKCM

 

CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 91,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2017. This is great news for the country, as 48.2 million of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation.

Price Appreciation = Good News for Homeowners

Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s Chief Economist, explains:

“One million borrowers achieved positive equity over the last year, which means risk continues to steadily decline as a result of increasing home prices.”

 

Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic, believes this is a great sign for the market in 2017 as well, as he had this to say:

“Homeowner equity increased by $766 billion over the last year, the largest increase since Q2 2014. The rising cushion of home equity is one of the main drivers of improved mortgage performance. Since home equity is the largest source of homeowner wealth, the increase in home equity also supports consumer balance sheets, spending and the broader economy.”

This is great news for homeowners! But, do they realize that their equity position has changed?

 

According to the Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), more homeowners are beginning to realize that they may have more equity than they first thought.

“This is only the second time in the survey’s history that the net share of those saying it’s a good time to sell surpassed the net share of those saying it’s a good time to buy.”

 

78.8% of homeowners have significant equity (more than 20%) in their homes today!

 

This means that many Americans with a mortgage have an opportunity to take advantage of today’s seller’s market. With a sizeable equity position, many homeowners could easily move into a housing situation that better meets their current needs (moving to a larger home or downsizing).

Doug Duncan, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae spoke out on this issue:

“High home prices have led many consumers to give us the first clear indication we’ve seen in the National Housing Survey’s seven-year history that they think it’s now a seller’s market. However, we continue to see a lack of housing supply as many potential sellers are unwilling or unable to put their homes on the market…” 

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many Americans who is unsure of how much equity you have built in your home, don’t let that be the reason you fail to move on to your dream home in 2017! Let’s get together to evaluate your situation!

 


Green Thumb Guidance - Outdoor Spaces

by Cory Dudley

 

It’s that time of the year, BBQ’s, pool parties and casual hang outs in the backyard.  June 21st is the first day of summer - is your yard ready for the season?  There are a few simple tricks you can use to spruce up your backyard and make it THE place to hang out this summer.

 

 

Outdoor Living

Your porch or patio is the place where you and your family and friends like to have dinner, play games and enjoy frosty beverages - this is your outdoor living room.  Make this space as comfortable and inviting as you would for your indoor living room.  Here are few key things you can add to make it cozy:

 

  • Furniture: What will you be using the space for - dining, lounging or sunbathing?  Get a dining set that is sturdy enough to withstand the high winds and buy colorful cushions to accessorize.  There are many sizes and styles of lounging furniture to fit your unique personality and size of the space you have.  
  • Focal point:  There should be an area that your family gathers around and something that draws attention.  Whether it is a fire pit, water feature or a combination, it should be something that leads your guests to your outdoor living area.  
  • Sun/Shade:  Pergolas and shade structures can allow people to use the patio even during the hottest parts of the Colorado day.  Add curtains to soften the look and screen even more.  Place a tree on the southwest side of your home to create shade for those hot evenings.
  • Lighting:  It is amazing what a little landscape lighting can do to your outdoor living space.  A string of cafe lights or a few path lights can make it more welcoming for your guests at night.  Make sure to only light the paths downward to not interfere with our starry night sky.
  • Potted plants:  Keeping the plants on your patio or deck can help soften the hard surfaces.  Add a pop of color with bright annuals or create your very own herb garden that can be close to your kitchen
  • The yard:  Cut down on your water usage and plant xeric plants in your garden spaces.  Keep some grass for the dogs and kids but if you don’t need it, create a beautiful rock garden or butterfly garden instead.  Add focal point trees like the Weeping White Spruce or an Eastern Redbud to add height, shade and drama while cutting down on your water usage.
  • Personality:   What are you into?  Do you love fish?  Add a pond closer to your deck or patio to enjoy the water and life.  Do you have old furnishings like windows or doors?  Hang them as privacy screens to separate spaces.  Do you love wildlife in your yard?  Add a bird bath or feeder closer to your outdoor living room

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With a few simple additions to your outdoor living room you can work with what you have or update your new home’s yard space.  Add your own personality  to your outdoor living spaces and it will surely be the place where all your relatives, friends and neighbors will want to be!

 

 

Kristen Whitehead, owner of Helios Landscape Design, writes featured blog posts for our monthly newsletter on everything plant-related! She's happy to guide you in your next garden design effort. 

 

 

Vendor Recommendation - Monte Largo Painting

by Cory Dudley

 


 

Often times our current clients, past clients and even friends and family members come to us for home-related recommendations. Whether it's an unexpected issue or a renovation that you've been planning for months, we have many highly qualified professionals for every area of the home.

But one need is more common than the rest - painting! Exterior jobs, interior jobs, small or large, we have the perfect fit for your needs...

 

 

Monte Largo Painting  is owned and operated by Gilberto Hernandez. After 12 years of experience in both residential and commercial painting, he is now working for himself and taking on jobs of all sizes along the Front Range. Jobs vary from simple one-room repaints to entire exteriors and forest service lookout posts in Estes Park. 

 

What sets Monte Largo Painting apart?

 

  • 12 years of hand-on experience 
  • FREE home visits and estimates
  • NO CHARGE for moving furniture during the painting process
  • SCRATCH & SCUFF SPECIAL 
  • Referral Bonus Program
  • Pricing includes the cost of materials

 

 

Gil believes that painting is more than simply applying color and moving on to the next wall. To him, painting is essential to transforming a room, and has the power to inspire different energy in different spaces.

 

"My wife and I have used Gilberto for various paint jobs over a period of close to 10 years.  He painted the entire inside and outside of our house (including garage) over a period of a couple of years and then painted a new patio roof and stained our pergola.  We have since moved to a different house, and Gilberto has begun the update at our new place as well.

Gilberto has a very keen eye for what will look good and what won’t.  He will paint as requested, but will also offer opinion when asked.  Through the numerous times we have used Gilberto, we have always been highly satisfied with the quality of the work, have never had to clean-up after the job is done, and have been satisfied with the price.  Gilberto clearly sees flaws in the existing texture and fixes that as well as any cracks and hanger holes as part of his prep.  Gilberto is very efficient and accurate as he paints.

Gilberto is a man of high integrity and can be trusted in your home regardless of whether you are home or away."

Dick & Melanie P.

 

Reach out to him today for a FREE evaluation and estimate on a paint job!
 


Rocky Mountain National Park Series - The Rocky Pledge

by Cory Dudley

 

 

 

 

The staff and volunteers of Rocky Mountain National Park, do their best to provide park visitors with experiences of a lifetime. But they can't do it without you! 

 

 

How can you help?

  • Take the Rocky Pledge (see below). You can read it aloud or to yourself, in the park or at home, alone or with friends. All we ask: read it thoughtfully and take it seriously.
  • Encourage your followers to protect Rocky. Share a photo of yourself taking the pledge, encircling something meaningful to you in your hands, or doing something to protect the park to your social media of choice and tag it #rockypledge. If you’re on Instagram, there’s a chance you’ll get hundreds of thousands of eyes on your photo—we’ll regularly repost our favorite #rockypledge shots!
  • Tell your friends and family: Take the Rocky Pledge! Visit go.nps.gov/RockyPledge to learn more.

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The Rocky Pledge

 

“To preserve unimpaired for this and future generations the beauty, history, and wildness therein, I pledge to protect Rocky Mountain National Park.”

  • To prevent fire scars and human-caused fires, I pledge to never build a fire outside of a campground or picnic area fire ring.
  • To respect other visitors’ experiences, if I need to go but am not near a restroom, I pledge to leave no trace by stepping well away from the trail and water sources, burying my waste at least six inches deep or packing it out in a waste bag, and carrying out my toilet paper.
  • To respect Rocky’s wild creatures and to protect myself, I pledge to watch wildlife from a distance that doesn’t disturb them in any way. I will never feed an animal—doing so causes it harm.
  • To respect history, heritage, and natural processes, I pledge to remove nothing from the park except my own and others’ trash. I will leave no trace of my visit so that the next person can experience the same beauty as I did.
  • To keep my pet, wildlife, and other visitors safe, I pledge to keep my leashed pet only on roads, in campgrounds, and in picnic and parking areas. I will never take my dog on Rocky’s trails, meadows, or tundra areas.
  • To preserve them for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations, I pledge to honor, respect, and protect all our national parks and public lands.

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We've taken the pledge - how about you? 

 

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