Real Estate Information Archive

Blog

Displaying blog entries 1-10 of 13

Cory's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

My HOT PICK of the week is 7180 N 49th Street in the east foothills of Longmont, Colorado. Thanks to the front range views, this property is one of the most sought-after locations in Boulder County! 

 

 

 

Enjoy the combination of modern and rustic design throughout the home, blended seamlessly...

 

 

 

The master suite includes a luxury bathroom with modern fixtures, finishes and designs throughout. 
 


 

 

 

 

A spacious kitchen with plenty of cabinetry means more than enough room for dishes and cooking items. Guests will admire the stainless appliances, granite counter tops & tile back splash.

 

 

 

The home is completely renovated and their are multiple out buildings on the property including a barn/workshop with electricity, fenced pastures & hay storage facilities. A detached over-sized garage provides ample space for all your toys!

 

 

 

This one is worth serious consideration as the scarcity of wide open land is becoming more and more present, as new residents arrive each year in search of the 'Colorado Lifestyle.' 

 

(Listed by Coldwell Banker Res - Canyon Boulevard)

 

Give me a call to schedule a private showing! 

 

 

Cory feels blessed and honored to be a top producing, full-time real estate broker and business owner in  beautiful Colorado. He gives everything he has to fulfilling his client’s dreams of home ownership - and it’s a privilege he doesn’t take lightly. 

Cory can be reached by mobile at 303.641.8597 or email at cory@justlistedcolo.com.

 

 

 

 

There are spectacular reminders everywhere reminding us of nature's great power and all that it can do; and Rocky Mountain National Park has had it's fair share! Nature is constantly working to alter the park. whether it be over the course of a few hours or a few centuries. Below is one that you can see for yourself!

 

Alluvial Fan was created on July 15th, 1982, when Lawn Lake broke through a moraine that had held since the end of the last ice age. 29 million gallons of water were let loose, 3 lives were lost and in the end, Estes Park ended up beneath 6 feet of water. What remains of it today are giant boulders that were washed down with the flood, with sand and other debris spread out in it's wake. 

 

 

If you visit, you can park in either of the lots that are right off the road. From there, explore along the rocks before heading to the east side, where you can get a better view from all sides. If you enjoy scrambling over the looks, be careful of loose ones and how slippery they can be. There are several paths that will take you deeper into the canyons, if you dare adventure further. 

 

 

 

The results of countless studies have shown that potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an inflated view of what is really required to qualify for a mortgage in today’s market.

 

One such study by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania revealed that many millennials have not yet considered purchasing homes simply because they don’t believe they can qualify for a mortgage.

 

A recent article about millennials by Realtor.com explained that:

 

“About 72% of aspiring millennial buyers said they’re waiting because they can’t afford to buy…”

 

The article also explained that 29% of millennials believe their credit scores are too low to buy.The problem here is the fact that they think they will be denied a mortgage is keeping them from even attempting to apply.

 

Ellie Mae’s Vice President Jonas Moe encouraged buyers to know their options before assuming that they won’t qualify for a mortgage:

 

“Many potential home buyers are ‘disqualifying’ themselves. You don’t need a 750 FICO® Score and a 20% down payment to buy.”

 

So, what credit score is necessary?

Below is a breakdown of the FICO® Score distribution of all closed (approved) loans in July from Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Report.



 

Over 52% of all approved loans had a FICO® Score under 750. Many potential home buyers believe that they need a score over 780 to qualify.

 

Bottom Line

If owning a home of your own has always been your dream and you are ready and willing to buy, or if you are a homeowner who wants to move up, find out if you are able to! Let’s get together to determine if your dreams can become a reality sooner than you thought!

 

Motivational Monday - Get Outdoors, Rewire Your Brain

by Cory Dudley

 

 

We all know that a long stroll outside can do wonders for a funk we find ourselves in, but it may not be clear why being outdoors has such an effect on our bodies and minds. It's safe to say that the majority of us live in cities or work in professions that keep us indoors (and even worse) sitting for long periods of time. Various studies have determined that those with little access to green and wild places have a much higher likelihood of psychological issues than those who live near parks or visit natural environments on a regular basis. 

 

But does immersing yourself in nature actually change your brain in a way that affects your overall emotional health?

 

 

According to a study published by Gregory Bratman, a graduate student at the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, there's a strong correlation between improved mood and spending time in natural environments. In a study, volunteers who were allowed to stroll along tree-lined paths with little noise pollution did not dwell on the same negative aspects of their life as they had prior to the walk. In addition, they had less blood flow to the portion of the brain that is highly associated with 'morbid rumination', or incessant fretting. Those who were forced to walk along a busy highway did not feel the same bliss afterwards!

 

 

There are still many unknown factors. How much time in nature is ideal for improved mental health? Must you be walking at the same time to reap the real rewards? Should you be alone or with a companion?

 

Conduct your own experimentation! Click HERE for a list of the best walking trails near Longmont, Colorado. 

 


Home Are Selling Quickly!

by Cory Dudley

 

 

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that homes were on the market for an average of 28 days in June. This is a slight increase from the 27 days reported in May, but down from 34 days reported a year ago.

54% of homes across the country were on the market for less than a month in June!

 

Among the 27 states with homes selling in 30 days or less are Washington, Utah, California, and Colorado. The map below was created using results from NAR’s Monthly Realtors Confidence Index Survey.

 

Homes Are Selling Quickly Nationwide | MyKCM

 

Bottom Line

Buyer demand is increasing as the inventory of homes available for sale remains low. If you are thinking about listing your home for sale this year, give us a call so we can help you take advantage of current market conditions!

 

 

 

 

Best Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties in Colorado

by Cory Dudley

 

 

 

This coming Monday, August 21st, all of North American will be in for quite the treat; a total solar eclipse will be passing completely from the west to east coast. Though totality is only visible in certain states, Colorado will still receive quite the view. At the very least, this rare event is the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and make a party of it! 

 

Below are Colorado's top 7 solar eclipse viewing parties... 

 

Historic Downtown Littleton and Tavern Littleton Eclipse Party
Tavern Littleton, 2589 W. Main St., Littleton
Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Historic Downtown Littleton and Tavern Littleton are combining efforts to throw quite the viewing party, with members of Arapahoe Community College Astronomy Department present to answer questions. Enjoy free viewing glasses, snacks and drinks!

 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Declaration Brewing, 2030 S. Cherokee St., Denver
Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Attend Declaration Brewing's event and you'll get two pairs of eclipse viewing glasses and a growler from for only $15. The brewery’s boasts perks such as a 5,000-square-foot beer garden with food trucks, 40 taps, big TVs and various yard games.

 

 

Blue Moon RiNo Eclipse Party with Alice 105.9
Blue Moon RiNo, 3750 Chestnut Place, Denver
Aug. 21 starting at 10 a.m.

Planning to take the day off on Monday? Head downtown to Blue Moon RiNo! They'll be fully equipped with special eclipse viewing glasses and food and drinks specials starting at 10 a.m. Insider tip: Buy any entrée and receive a free adult beverage.

 

Solar Eclipse Party at Space Foundation Discovery Center
4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs
Aug. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Event included in regular Discovery Center admission

The Space Foundation Discovery Center will have live feeds shown from many total solar eclipse locations. The viewing glasses they have for sale are ISO Certified and recommended by NASA; $3 each or 2 for $5. This party is family-friendly, too!  The kiddos can enjoy building an eclipse-viewing craft or watching a planetarium show on the Discovery Center’s new inflatable planetarium.

 

 

Fiske Planetarium Solar Telescopes
2414 Regent Dr., Boulder

The majority of the Planetarium staff will be away viewing the full eclipse, but a few solar telescopes will be set up on the lawn outside the Fiske Planetarium front doors and will be staffed by astronomers. Make sure you are prepared with eye protection!

 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party & Package
Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, 126 Riverfront Lane, Avon
Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon; Rocky Mountain Eclipse Getaway Aug. 20-23
Cost: Getaway package starts at $179 per night

Enjoy this unique experience for the whole weekend leading up to the event. On Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon, the resort is hosting a viewing party on the resort’s beautiful patios. The free event will include educational family activities, like a craft station and free viewing glasses.

The Studio Anjali will also be offering a free community Salute the Sun Yoga Class on the Riverfront Terrace at noon that day, so bring your yoga pants, too!

 

 

The Great American Eclipse 2017 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Aug. 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: All activities are free with general admission

The eclipse will begin in Denver at 10:23 a.m. and finish at 1:14 p.m. Viewing is occurring in Boettcher Plaza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families will also love the Eclipsercise in Studios 102 and 103, where you re-create the movements of the moon and Earth with your bodies to help kids understand what is happening during the solar eclipse! Various eclipse-themed activities will be going on all day.

 

 

Green Thumb Guidance - 7 Steps to Xeriscape Gardening

by Cory Dudley

 

Xeriscape (pronounced zera-scape) is a coined term from the Denver Water Department, Colorado State University and Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado used to describe landscaping with water conservation as the main objective.  Xeriscape is a term from the origin “xeros” meaning dry.  Water conservation in the western states has been very important in recent years.  It is thought that 50% of all household water is used for irrigation of turf and plant areas.  Unfortunately, many people think ZEROscaping and rip out all of their sod and replace with a sea of rock.  This is NOT xeric and will create a hotter environment and damage your plants. 

With careful planning, implementation and maintenance you can have a stunning low water landscape!

 

 

  1. Plan - Before you do any landscape improvements you want to first think of a plan.  Take an inventory of the existing site: where are there the greatest exposures to sun?  Are there any slopes?  What are the existing plants and materials?  You can come up with a plan to place certain plants to reduce the amount of water needed in your yard.  You don’t have to rip out your entire landscape, just be mindful of what you can keep and add to improve your site.

​​

Plan Example2.JPG

 

  1. Soil - Colorado tends to have very heavy clay soil that is not a suitable medium for plant growth.  Typically, the clay soil is so dense that water will easily runoff and the plants will not be able to use it.  Add organic matter to improve the nutrient and water holding capacity.  When you are adding a new turf area, take the time to till and amend the soil using good organic matter before you plant - your plants will thank you for this and you will be able to use less water.  Keep water on your site by creating gentle swales with the soil.  This will add interest to you yard while reducing runoff. 

​​

  1. Turf -  The traditional kentucky bluegrass lawn is the biggest water waster and most time consuming when it comes to maintenance.  Avoid planting narrow strips of grass, islands of grass and lawns against your home - these shapes are hard to water efficiently.  If it’s important for you to have a space to kick the ball around, just be mindful of how much grass you need and the size and shape to reduce the amount of water needed.  There are many low water grasses out there as an alternative to the traditional: CSU Extension: Ornamental Grasses – 7.232  

​​

  1. Water - A properly installed irrigation system can dramatically reduce in your water bill.  Use your landscape plan to mark out where the sprinkler system should go based on your plant’s water needs.  For trees, shrubs and perennials, it’s best to have a drip line so the plant gets the proper amount of irrigation directly to the root ball with less evaporation. Make sure your turf areas have the correct amount spray and are not overlapping onto sidewalks and hard surfaces - this will lead to a huge amount of water waste.  Water timers, water sensors and rain gauges are just a few examples of technology used with your irrigation system that can help efficiently water your yard.  Hire a professional irrigation designer to modify your current system or install a new one to efficiently water your landscape.

​​

​​

 

  1. Plants - Proper plant selection and placement is key to a successful yard.  Use low water plants for our Colorado climate that have been carefully selected for their ability to flourish in your yard with limited amounts of water.  Check out Plant Select to discover beautiful plants that will thrive in your yard.

​​

  1. Mulch - Properly mulched yards can improved the soil, reduce the weeds and reduce water useage.  Adding organic material to improve the soil and adding a 3”-4” layer of wood chips looks beautiful but will also break down and improve the nutrient content of the soil.  Adding wood mulch around your trees and shrubs will cool the surrounding areas and help reduce evaporation when you water your plants.  If weeds are a major concern in your yard, add weed barrier fabric and a layer of mulch on top.  Decorative rock can also be used in high wind areas but can increase the surrounding temperature.

  1. Maintenance - Maintenance is required to keep your xeriscape garden happy and healthy.  Pruning and weeding will be needed in garden beds to maintain the health of your plants. When mowing your lawn, grass clippings can be mulched in your grass to add back nutrients.  It is important to water your new xeric plants until they get established - usually about 1-2 years.  Use organic maintenance methods to improve the soil, keep beneficial insects and reduce runoff waste in your area.

​​

 

It’s important to conserve our precious resource here along the Colorado Front Range but it’s also important to have a beautiful landscape that you love and can enjoy.  These steps will help you cut your water bill and help improve the environment around you. Check out your favorite local nursery for material and plant ideas and for more inspiration the Denver Botanic Gardens and Plant Select.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Motivational Monday - "Words of Wilderness"

by Cory Dudley

 

Thank you to Pete McBride and Vital Films for creating this beautiful tribute to the wilderness of the United States in honor of the Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary. 

 

"We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.."

Wallace Stegner

 

 

 

 

Looking for the perfect retreat in Old Town Longmont? Look no further than 203 Judson Street! This 1932 cottage flawlessly combines classic charm and modern flair, giving it quite the stylish and contemporary look.

 

 

An enclosed front porch highlights the curb appeal and creates a cozy spot for your morning coffee or a neighborhood 'porch club' meetup! 

 

 

 

Original, refinished pine wood flooring make for a beautiful contrast to the contemporary palette inside. 

 

 

The free standing fireplace in the corner creates a truly cozy sitting area, where friends and family could gather on a winter day and enjoy the smell of pine throughout the home. 

 

 

Your oversized master bedroom is truly a retreat to be enjoyed, with tons of natural light and access to the outside deck. Utilize the corner office nook with built in shelving and space for a laptop! 

 

 

 

 

Right off the master bedroom you'll find a full bathroom that's been completely renovated with custom cabinetry and engineered flooring

 

 

Welcome to the sunny and bright kitchen! New stainless steel appliances and a Chef's gas grill mean you can cook up a storm for close friends or for date night. The eat-in dining space is a creative solution to make this cozy space feel welcoming to all....

 

 

 

The 2nd room can be used as an office space, 2nd bedroom or as a dining room! 

 

 

It's location on a roomy corner lot allows for fencing to be added if you so desired, or gives room to enjoy as-is. The mature landscaping provides a wonderful mix of sun and shade under fruit trees, and perennial beds to admire from the comfort of a just-right deck...

 

 

Visit our experienced Buyer's Agents, Christa and Sarah Jo

at the OPEN HOUSE this weekend!

August 12th & 13th

11 am - 2 pm

Get in touch with us if you'd like to see this home or others like it. If you simply can't wait until then, click on the virtual tour below...

 

 

 

 

Cory feels blessed and honored to be a top producing, full-time real estate broker and business owner in  beautiful Colorado. He gives everything he has to fulfilling his client’s dreams of home ownership - and it’s a privilege he doesn’t take lightly. 

Cory can be reached by mobile at 303.641.8597 or email at cory@justlistedcolo.com. 

 

Millenials Homeownership Rates Increasing

by Cory Dudley

 

 

Recent headlines exclaimed the homeownership rate, as reported by the Census Bureau, rose again in the second quarter of 2017. What didn’t get much attention in the reports is that the homeownership rate for American households under the age of 35 increased a full percentage point from last quarter’s 34.3% to 35.3%. Millennials proved to have the highest increase of any age group.

This came as a surprise to some considering Millennials have come to be known as the “renter” generation. However, a new study by First American, 6 Trends Poised to Reshape Homeownership Demand, revealed reasons why homeownership numbers will continue to increase for Millennials.

 

Millennials are the most educated generation in the U.S.

Why does that matter? First American explains:

“Our model shows that, all other factors being equal, the likelihood of homeownership increases by 3 percent for those that earn a bachelor’s degree over those with a high school degree. The likelihood of homeownership jumps another 3 percent for those that earn a graduate degree.

The more educated, the better the likelihood for homeownership. And, as we mentioned: Millennials are the most educated generation in the U.S.

 

Homes & marriage go together

Marriage is a key determinate in homeownership. According to an analysis by First American, the homeownership rate is 30% higher among married couples compared to non-married households.

Millennials have put off marriage in the pursuit of higher education. As this group ages, more and more will marry and purchase a home.

 

Parents buy houses

According to the study:

“The homeownership rate is 1.7% higher for households with one or two children compared to households with no children, and it is 5.4 percent higher for households with three or more children.”

The report goes on to say that as Millennials grow older there may be an increase in not just marriage but also in married couples with children. That will probably also create a “corresponding” increase in homeownership demand.

 

Wages and the economy

The study goes on to explain that recent gains in income growth and a strengthening economy will also help all generations (including Millennials) be more willing and able to purchase a new home.

 

Bottom Line

We guess the time has come to announce – Here come the Millennials!!

 

Displaying blog entries 1-10 of 13

Syndication

Categories

Archives