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Christa's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

My HOT PICK for the week is 242 Stickney Street in Lyons, Colorado!

 

 

Live at the base of the mountains, 30 minutes to Rocky Mountain National Park, 15 minutes to shopping in Longmont, a beautiful commute to Boulder along the foothills highway, MILES and MILES of trails to explore, thousands of acres of Boulder County Open Space, there’s world class BEER here too – you’d be walking distance to Oscar Blues! You’re around the corner from The Stone Cup, the bestest little coffee shop in Boulder County.

Need I say more, it’s front range living at its finest!!!

 

 

Built in 2007, it has the charm of a historic bungalow with none of the older home fixing up. ​

 

 

Beautiful, warm, classy kitchen! You want to cook here! Your house will become the weekend getaway home for all your friends! Maybe that’s a good thing… maybe not…?

 

 

Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. ​

 

 

3 bright bedrooms all on the main level, updated baths and a fully finished basement. 

 

 

Co​nvenience, charm, location, space! This is a Lyons gem! It won’t last long, but I’d love to check it out with you and then go grab a beer! Let’s do it! 😲 Call, text or email – 303-913-9698​

 


 

(Listed by Gateway Realty Group)

 

 

Christa Marsh is a full time Realtor® and Buyer’s Specialist. From first-time home buyers to seasoned home-buying pros, Christa has all the tools and support to make the process fun, efficient, and most importantly SUCCESSFUL! Call, text or email at christa@justlistedcolo.com | 303-913-9698

 

Local Longmont Ballot Issues

by Cory Dudley

 

There are 3 ballot issues that have been approved by the Longmont City Council for inclusion in the 2017 election. Before it's time to cast your vote, get the 4-1-1 on each issue and make a truly informed decision.

 

No matter what your stance, be sure you participate on Election Day, November 7th!

 

Water Storage Bond - Ballot Question 2J

 

 

What is it all about? The City of Longmont is requesting the issuance of bonds to fund construction of a water supply reservoir for Longmont's use.

 

Why? Currently, Longmont is one of several cities that have water rights in the Windy Gap Project; water diverted from the Colorado River that is at this time held in Lake Granby. During wet periods when the lake is full, there's nowhere to store the excess water! The goal is to have additional storage space during wet periods, and a surplus available during dry times.

 

How will it be built, and where? Construction and management of the project will be managed by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District on behalf of 12 different participants. The reservoir would be built just west of Carter Lake and would be approximately the same size (90,000 acre feet). 

 

What would this cost residents? The proposal is to increase water rates by 13% in 2018 and 10% in 2019. For example, if someone's water bill is currently $36.07, it would instead cost $37.39. 

 

Arguments FOR....

* Significant opportunity for Longmont to secure both the current and future water supply for the city

* Bond financing has initially lower user rates than if cash were used to fund this project

* Costs are more equitably distributed among current and future Longmont residents 

* Continued contributions will come from fees paid on building permits

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Arguments AGAINST....

* Longmont doesn't have a need for this much water now or in the future 

* Alternative funding sources should be involved rather than the city itself 

* There are other options available out there to address the issue of city water

 

 

Public Safety Tax - Ballot Question 2H

 

 

What is it all about? Did you know that the Longmont community has grown by over 10,000 people in the past 10 years? As a result, the City is asking voters to approve an increase in the public safety tax. 

 

What effect does the growth in our community have, from a public safety perspective? Some of the most obvious effects are recorded increases in service calls, violent crime (increased by 20%), traffic volume, accidents and traffic-related fatalities, and computer fraud and technology-related crimes. 

 

What would the increased tax be used for? It will be used to hire more police officers, dispatchers, firefights and necessary support staff, as well as all the equipment and facilities needed to provide public safety services.

 

What would this cost residents? The increase to 0.255% is approximately 2.55 cents for every $10 spent on taxable goods. 

 

Arguments FOR...

* This tax increase is necessary to properly align police and fire services with the safety needs of Longmont

* In order to better address 9-1-1 demands, emergency dispatchers must be properly supported

* Longmont is currently behind the ball on providing these critical services to the community, despite its undeniable growth

 

Arguments AGAINST...

* Shouldn't the growth within the community pay it's own way for increased needs?

* It's the duty of the city to prioritize city services as needed, not simply increase taxes

 

 

Marijuana Tax - Ballot Issue 21

 

 

What is this all about? This particular issue is two-fold. 1.) The city council is considering allowing 4 retail marijuana stores within Longmont city limits and 2.) Put in place an additional tax on the sales in said stores.

 

Are you saying that all residents will pay this tax? NO. Only people who purchase trail marijuana within Longmont city limits will pay this tax! 

 

How much would the tax be? 3%, or 3 cents per dollar spent on marijuana products. 

 

What would the proceeds be used for? Half of the tax collected will likely be used for various expenses related to the retail marijuana sales; licensing, inspections and public safety services. The other half will be used to fund affordable housing. 

 

Arguments FOR... 

* An additional cost will be incurred by allowing retail marijuana stores to open shop within the city limits, and an additional tax will be necessary to support that

* Tax revenue will be used for affordable housing

* There is an opportunity to collect revenue from other Colorado residents surrounding Longmont from other communities in which retail marijuana sales are prohibited

* Currently, Longmont is losing out on revenue collection because Longmont residents are traveling to nearby Boulder, Lafayette and Louisville and contributing taxes to those communities instead

 

Arguments AGAINST...

* There is no clear use guarantee that the funds will go directly to affordable housing

* Other communities along the Front Range have lower tax rates than this proposal, meaning Longmont won't be able to compete anyway

* Additional taxes specifically target marijuana users to pay for city services, and why should marjiuana use be taxed any differently than clothes, food and other products?

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Series - Park Closures for Elk Protection

by Cory Dudley

 

Closures to protect the elk during the annual bugling season are currently in effect throughout Rocky Mountain National Park. Horseshoe Park, Upper Beaver Meadows, Moraine Park, Harbison Meadow and Holzwarth Meadow will all be closed through October 31st. In addition, fishing in the Fall River, Thompson River or Colorado River during the closure period is prohibited.

 

"The purpose of the closures is to prevent disturbance and harassment of elk during their fall mating period and to enhance visitor elk viewing opportunities," states Kyle Patterson, park spokeswoman.


 

The park reminds visitors that elk calling, shining headlights for better nighttime visibility and generally harassing the elk is not only prohibited but dangerous. The majority of issues are caused by people directly who get too closely to the elk, or "elk jams" due to so many viewers parked alongside the roads. 

 

In order to enjoy the rutting season and visits to the mountains responsibly, maintain your distance! 

 

 

NEW LISTING.... Modern Meadowview Townhome!

by Cory Dudley

 

Welcome home to 635 Gooseberry Drive #1404!

 

 

This is a beautiful townhome located in the highly sought after Meadowview neighborhood, and is arguably one of the nicest locations within the community. Meadowview is the perfect area for families and people of all ages, and boasts close proximity to schools, coffee shops, microbreweries, restaurants and boutiques! 

 

 

You'll be 'Colorado Living' on this private corner lot, surrounded and secluded nicely by mature landscaping and Evergreen trees. The neighboring greenway provides enjoyable walking trails for everyone in the family (two and four legged members alike...)

 

 

 

A centrally located kitchen creates an open feeling through the living and dining area, perfect for entertaining dinner guests. Lots of natural light to be enjoyed, and a feeling of seclusion from the 2nd floor. 

 

 

All the kitchen appliances are included in the sale, making for an especially simple move-in. Adding to the comfortable feel of this area in the home are the vaulted ceilings and generous kitchen island!

 

 

The south-facing balcony off of the dining area can be enjoyed during any season, especially for the seasoned Coloradoan! Admire the snow falling, sip coffee on a fall morning or soak up the sun during summer months. 

 

 

 

Head upstairs and you'll find the master bedroom, complete with a large walk-in closet. The attached 'master retreat' could be your next yoga room or office space/study....

 

 

Two full bathrooms match the bedrooms, with one on each floor, and simple finishes give a bright feeling. 

 

 

Keep the car dry during the winter months in the 1 car detached garage...

 

Showings begin on 9/30 at 11:00 am but if you can't wait till then to get a closer look.... Click below for the virtual tour! 

 

 

CALL US if you want a 'SOLD' sign in your front yard! 

 

 

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.

 

 

Motivational Monday - 'Where We Belong'

by Cory Dudley

 

 

"When the day is full of potential, being lazy isn't a consideration.."

 

Throughout human history, people have gone out into nature in search of self discovery, connectedness and transformation. At times when we're feeling most unsure of ourselves and our place in the world, venturing into the wilderness can provide clarity and motivation. In a day and age when we're bombarded with technology, constant bustle and triggering stresses, removing yourself from your immediate environment can reveal the potential for seeing yourself elsewhere in the world. 

 

Someone's perception may shift along with a new vast and calming landscape....

Nature may initiate change help you to abandon your obsession over problematic frames of mind. Through that clarity, unexpected solutions will begin to form....

Mental static will melt away and the attachment to your version of reality will in turn begin to loosen, becoming fluid and neutral... 

 

 

Join 5 women as they traverse from Daniels Lake to Skwawka Lake in British Columbia. Along the way they discover that the wilderness truly is where they belong, despite the doubts that everyday life can instill. Though they were each hesitant to make such a trek solo, collectively their knowledge and spirit lifted them all up to greater heights. 

 

(Video Credit: Arc'teryx) 

 

"We're walking on the back of history and then it invites us in... We listen to it breathing. What we do is keep moving; we make a decision, we go. This is our real life. This is where we belong."

 

Nature invites us to open into awareness and discover where we belong - when will you answer the call? 

 

Cory's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

Cory's HOT PICK is 1612-1618 Green Place; 1977 four-plex located on the SW edge of Old Town Longmont. The location near downtown and beautiful historic neighborhoods simply can't be beat, making this is a solid investment opportunity...

 

 

 

The quiet location on a cul-de-sac means no through traffic and ample parking, including the 8 off-street parking spaces that belong to the property.

 

 

Each unit has a garden level basement, central A/C and an outdoor yard area. Three of the units also include a private storage shed

 

 

 

Units 1616 and 1618 have been significantly renovated and updated, and the building received a new roof in 2014. Landscaping work at included a new sprinkler system to help care for the mature trees

 

 

 

 

The market for multi-family investment properties has never been stronger! Well cared for properties are selling within days to savvy investors and this one is no exception... The future potential cash-flow is solid on this well maintained four-plex, and it's located in one of the hottest trending areas of town.

 

We see nothing but upside on this investment!

 

(Listed by WK Real Estate)

 

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.

 

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Series - Finding Fall Colors This Weekend

by Cory Dudley

 

Beginning in late August each year, the aspens in the highest parts of Rocky Mountain National Park embark on their annual transition of 'quaking'; a term use to describe the leave's behavior in the breeze and unique color changing process from green to brilliant golden yellows, oranges and reds. 

 

(Video Credit: Colette Bordelon

 

If you have yet to visit the park during the fall, you must add it to your to-do list! The hues painting the mountainside change with each passing day until mid to late September, accompanied by the elk's rutting season and migration down from the high country. Tourists, photographers and nearly everyone else believes the park is in it's prime during this time of year, though there are certain spots that are recommended above others if you're chasing colors....

 

Hidden Valley

Far from hidden, this popular spot is a favorite among wildlife enthusiasts as a place where elk gather in large numbers, backdropped by fiery colors. There are numerous viewing spots along US 34 on the SE facing hillsides. Have your cameras ready! Elk show up with little warning and you may miss the ideal opportunity if you're not prepared...

 

 

Glacier Gorge Trail

All the way up to Alberta Falls on Glacier Gorge Trail, you'll be snapping pictures and looking on in awe; this hike is a beautiful one. Aspens line the path and fallen leaves float along the creek, welcoming you with a flurry of color. 

 

Bear Lake Road

This road runs parallel to the Glacier Creek and is worth the time it may take to travel all the way to the end. You'll begin at Moraine Park and will want to pull off the road any chance you get because every turn will offer a new and interesting view! If you'd prefer to hike or relax at an overlook, there are many opportunities along the way for that as well. 

 

 

Twin Sisters

Because the trail head is located just outside of the park's boundary (approximately 6 miles from Estes Park), this hike is a favorite for those who prefer a more secluded experience. If you've brought your camera along, be sure to get an early start to the day for the best lighting. 

 

Fairview Curve

About 10,000 feet up on Trail Ridge Road you'll find the Fair Curve and spectacular views of the Mummy Range up to the north. You will have driven through the Kawuneeche Valley to reach this spot, so you can now appreciate the valley's color from above! 

 

 

Kawuneeche Valley

Argued by some as the most beautiful place in the park to photograph, you'll drive through 10 miles of Kawuneeche Valley along Trail Ridge Road between Grand Lake and the Timber Lake trail head. Give yourself ample time for stops on this route because it tends to be more lovely than one expects. 

 

5 Reasons to Sell this Fall!

by Cory Dudley

 

 

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense....

 

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy a home.

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

 

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market.

This means that, in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good news for homeowners who have gained equity as their home values have increased. However, additional inventory could be coming to the market soon.

Historically, the average number of years a homeowner stayed in their home was six, but that number has jumped to an average of almost nine years since 2008. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners will be given the freedom to move.

The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until this other inventory comes to market before you decide to sell.

 

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

Today’s competitive environment has forced buyers to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. This makes the entire selling process much faster and much simpler as buyers know exactly what they can afford before home shopping. According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insights Report, the time to close a loan has dropped to 43 days, after seeing a 12-month high of 48 days in January.

 

 

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up

If your next move will be into a premium or luxury home, now is the time to move-up! The inventory of homes for sale at these higher price ranges has forced these markets into a buyer’s market. This means that if you are planning on selling a starter or trade-up home, your home will sell quickly AND you’ll be able to find a premium home to call your own!

Prices are projected to appreciate by 5.0% over the next year according to CoreLogic. If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.

 

5. It’s Time to Move on With Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

 

That is what is truly important.

 

Motivational Monday - Break Free of Your Comfort Zone

by Cory Dudley

 


 

"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again..."

Abraham Maslow

 

Countless people operate day to day within their comfort zone; a silent but common ailment. The longer someone stays within it's confines, the less happy they tend to be. Stepping beyond the boundaries of what's familiar is essential to finding happiness, accomplishing goals and discovering your true passions in life. So why do so many of us choose to stay there if it's slowly draining us?

Big changes take lots of energy. Everything in life takes energy, which can be translated into motivation. If we lack the motivation necessary to make big life changes, we as humans find reasons to remain in a state of stasis; after all, stepping beyond our current circumstances could end up being uncomfortable and even scary! 

But if you do not journey past all that you know, you're deliberately robbing yourself of 3 beautiful things life has to offer on the other side....

 

 

You are not growing

Shawn Achor, a positivity psychologist and author, states that happiness is "the joy you feel moving towards your potential.

We've all heard the saying that if you aren't growing and moving forward, you're really slipping backwards. Progress is a key ingredient to happiness in life! As long as you remain within your comfort zone, you're not growing because you're making no movement towards progress or growth. Remember, growth is about becoming more than you currently are and without experiencing all that is outside of you, you'll never get there. 

 

You're not out there trying new things

What are you passionate about? The luckiest of us discover what we love doing early on in life, and we're able to follow our hearts as we spend our lives mastering the art of it. But if you're anything like the majority of people, you spend the first two or three decades of life searching and testing and wondering what it is that our hearts desire.... And that's only if you're diving into one thing after another, and constantly trying new things.

Your comfort zone isn't about getting out there, challenging yourself and discovering. In fact, you'll rarely try anything new and if you do, it's typically not of your own free will. 

 

You're becoming comfortable with settling 

The worst fate of all! We all know those people that had a dream straight out of college and then life happened. They settled for a life that was good enough without being too much; they decided to remain comfortable and unchallenged versus chasing tirelessly after their passions. 

And this situation alone isn't the worst of it. If you become conditioned to settle in general, you will fail at recognizing prime opportunities that come along throughout life. You'll reject them out of the fear of leaving what you've always known. 

 

 

Don't worry - there is still hope! Anyone and everyone can expand their comfort zones and even wander beyond them in a healthy and enjoyable way. The real trick to beating is to make feeling uncomfortable a conscious and constant habit. The more you do it, the less resistance you'll experience to the feeling itself and to the actions associated with it. 

The old adage 'one step at a time' truly comes into play here. That first step is the most essential because it's the only one where we're facing our fears directly. Second and third steps are significantly less terrifying, and before you know it you're running from your comfort zone with a smile on your face. The next time around will be that much easier, as your confidence builds.

 

Here are 3 things you can do to develop the self confidence and strength necessary to step outside your comfort zone regularly...

 

 

1.) Make a list of your procrastinations

What are all of the things that you've been putting off and continue to put off? Try to think of everything, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, that you've been procrastinating on for a few weeks or more. 

 

2.) Start checking off things from that list, beginning with the smallest

Don't go chasing the whales on your list; begin with the small fish and work your way up. It's essential that you take that first step and experience success as quickly as possible. 

 

3.) Continue moving forward 

It's all about momentum from here. Continue moving forward by stepping further and further from your comfort zone until you feel ready to tackle whatever comes your way!

 

Your resolve is a muscle - the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. Before you know it, spending substantial amounts of time beyond your comfort zone will become the new norm. 

 

 

Green Thumb Guidance - Spring into the Bulb Game

by Cory Dudley

 

It's hard to believe we are in the last weeks of summer here in Colorado and I know our gardens (and people) are tired and ready for the cooler days.  However, hang on to some of that energy to plan and plant for next spring!  Fall is the best time to plant your bulbs for that pop of color in the spring!  Visit your local nursery for a variety of different bulbs you can use in your yard - my favorite is The Flower Bin or order online from High Country Gardens.  For now, here are a few bulb planting tips.

 


 

Selection

There are some many different types of bulbs, from giant crocus to Dutch tulips, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes - so choose your favorites!  Pay attention to the bulb when you selecting the ones for your yard.  Bulbs should be big, plump and health with little brown spots that show damage and mold.  You definitely get what you pay for when it comes to bulbs so it’s best to individually pick out bulbs rather than large pre-selected bags.  Remember to get a lot of them!  It’s best to plant 50+ of one kind all together to make a visual statement.  Try not to get to many varieties it will look polka dotted and not thought out.

Some of my favorite varieties include: Tricolor Crocus Wild Crocus, Cheerfulness Double Daffodil, Purple Sensation Allium and Double Late Tulip.

 


 

Location

 

Choose an area that is sunny to plant your bulbs.  It’s important to remember that even in early spring there can be sun under a deciduous tree that has not gained it’s leaves yet and could be an ideal spot for planting.  Avoid planting in areas right near driveways where you might be shoveling your snow.  Plant in masses or drifts to have the most impact.  Most bulbs have smaller flowers so plant plenty of them together to add that pop of color in your yard.  Add them to areas where you see the most - near your front door, walkways or your rock garden.

 

 

 

How

Plant bulbs in September or October so they have a chance to establish before the ground freezes.  Plant your bulbs in loose, well drained soil that has been amended with an organic soil and add phosphorus at a rate of ½ lb per 100 sf of 0-46-0 fertilizer to help establish rooting.  Pay attention to the specific directions based on the bulb type you selected for planting but in general, plant 3-4x the bulb height with pointy side up.  You can either individually plant each bulb in a hole, or dig out a drift area that you can plant 50+ bulbs at the same time.  Make sure to water in your bulbs after covering with soil and you can cover with 3” of wood mulch for winter protection.  Remember to mark the areas where you planted your spring blooming bulbs to not disrupt them when planting other plants.

After you have had your bulbs for 2 years, sometimes the blooms do not produce the same and results in a smaller flowers.  This is when you can divide and transplant to other areas in your yard.

Keep ahead of the planting game and add bulbs this fall to add that bright pop of color in the spring.  I guarantee that after a cold grey winter, these flowers will truly brighten your yard and make your property stand out.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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