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Congratulations to the Sellers & Buyers

by Cory Dudley

It's official!


Congratulations to both the Sellers and the Buyers

We look forward to see you at closing and thank you for your trust

Do you want to see a SOLD sign on your front lawn?

Give us a call - we'd be happy to help!

Change in Home Sales by Price Range [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Cory Dudley

Change In Home Sales By Price Range [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights: 

  • Home Sales are up year-over-year in the top 4 price ranges and only slightly below last year's numbers in a fifth.
  • A lack of distressed property inventory has led to a slow down in sales in the under $100K price range.
  • As home prices continue to rise, there will be fewer homes available for sale in the lower ranges.

New Listing! 1169 Winslow Circle, Fox Hill - Longmont, CO

by Cory Dudley

 

 

Desirable and spacious FOX HILL ranch home with abundant light, functional and open design features and a private landscaped yard that is the envy of the neighborhood.

Everything about this home makes it an ideal candidate for your family's forever home or a move-in ready retirement home.

The curb appeal of this Fox Hill gem is it's inviting nature with mature landscaping and a beautiful mix of sun & shade trees all accented with a charming tree swing.

The interior is an Open design concept with the kitchen being the center of attention that overlooks the dining room and both the family and living room. There's a sense of place as each room has it's own character defined by cathedral ceilings, wood beam accents or a sunken living room.

The outdoors is never far away as the home is abundant with light and views of the outdoor spaces highlighted by large wall to ceiling windows that bring the indoors in.

The practicality of this RANCH style home is featured by a main floor laundry area, 2 car garage main floor access, main floor master bedroom and private office/study. Additional bedrooms are large and inviting with abundant light and storage space as well.

The yard is a gardeners dreams as it has a beautiful mix of both sun and shade. Large green grassy areas and shady treed nooks invite you to relax both on the open areas or on the covered porch. There's also a flagstone patio perfect for weekend get-together s.

Updates include a brand NEW roof, new appliances, custom gas fireplace and newer carpeting. The landscape has had some nice recent hardscaping improvements and is entirely irrigated with both sprayers and drip systems.

Fox Hill neighborhood living at it's best...

Visit our virtual tour at http://www.tourfactory.com/1420431


Today

Open Mic — Live music, 6 p.m., Bootstrap Brewing Company, 6778 N. 79th St., Niwot. Call 303-652-4186.

Chess Club — Players of all levels are welcome, best for those 7 and older, 7 p.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Go to longmontcolorado.gov.

Tuesday

Open Mic Night with The Prairie Scholars — Live music, 6 p.m. , Skeye Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont. Go to skeyebrewing.com.

Berthoud Historical Society presents Tracy Briggs — Briggs' presentation is "Berthoud Women and Their Role in Community Building," 7 p.m. , McCarty-Fickel Home Museum, 645 Seventh St., Berthoud. Cost is $3 for society members and $5 for non-society members. Go to berthoudhistoricalsociety.org.

Wednesday

Longmont Museum History Tour — A trained docent will provided a tour of the "Front Range Rising" exhibit that features Longmont History, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, 10 a.m. , Longmont. Cost is $3. Go to longmontcolorado.gov.

Llama Llama Party-Rama — Bring your little llama to a special storytime celebrating one of the library's favorite picture book characters, "Llama Llama," 4 p.m. , Erie Community Library, 400 Powers Street, Erie. Go to mylibrary.us.

The Heartstring Hunters — Live music, 6:30 p.m. , Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont. Go to stillcellars.com.

Randall Dubois — Live music, 7 p.m., Rosalee's Pizzeria, 461 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-485-5020.

Open Bluegrass Pick hosted by Eric Wiggs — Live music, 8 p.m. , Longs Peak Pub, 600 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont. Go to mountainsunpub.com.

Thursday

Tyler Grant — Live music, 6 p.m. , Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Call 303-485-9400.

Home Cheesemaking — Learn how to make a delicious and easy version of the Greek classic, Feta, 6:30 p.m. , The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to theartofcheese.com.

Money Matters: Tax Time News — Gain valuable knowledge about preparing your own taxes, what questions to ask when choosing a certified tax preparer and how to find the local IRS-certified free tax prep program, 6:30 p.m. , Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St., Erie. Go to mylibrary.us.

Colorado Geology with Dr. John Lufkin — Lufkin will provide a fascinating look at the geology of our state's most recognizable rock formations, including Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rocks, 7 p.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8472.

Jami Lunde Duo — Live music, 7 p.m. , Oskar Blues Brewery, 303 Main St., Lyons. Go to oskarbluesfooderies.com

Ben Hanna — Live music, 7 p.m. , City Star Brewing, 321 Mountain Ave., Berthoud. Call (970) 532-7827.

Joseph Teichman — Live music, 7:30 p.m. , Samples World Bistro, 370 Main St., Longmont. Go to samplesworldbistro.com.

Friday

Nature Detectives in the Field: Twinkle, Twinkle, BIG Star — Explore our galaxy with hands-on activities and demonstrations, 5 p.m. , Boulder County Parks and Open Space, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont. Call 303-678-6214.

LEGO Club — The family events features a different LEGO building challenge each month, 6 p.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8477.

Nick O'Connor — Live music, 6:30 p.m. , 300 Suns Brewing, 335 First Ave., Longmont. Go to www.300sunsbrewing.com.

Saturday

Roller Derby New Year's Bout — Come experience some good ole' Colorado roller derby, 5 p.m. , Barn A, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. Cost is $14. Go to bouldercountybombers.com.

Lyons Old-time Square Dance — 7 p.m. , Mayama Movement Studio, 625 Fourth Ave., Lyons. Cost is $5 to $20.

The Beatles Tribute with Doctor Robert — 8 p.m. , Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. Cost is $6. Go to dickensoperahouse.com.

Sunday

Intro to Hard Cheeses — Some say that soft cheeses are easy to make and hard cheeses are difficult, but in this class we will learn that that's not necessarily so, 2 p.m. , The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to theartofcheese.com.

Doug Walters Trio —The Estes Park Music Festival presents live music from the Doug Walters Trio, 2 p.m., Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. Cost is $10. Go to estesparkmusicfestival.org.

Laser Bunny — Live music, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oskar Blues Brewery, 303 Main St., Lyons. Go to oskarbluesfooderies.com.

Lindsey Saunders — Live music, 6 p.m., Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Call 303-485-9400.

 

To see more events for the Longmont-area or to submit an event, go to timescall.com/events.


Longmont Area Events for the Week of Dec. 28: Winter in the Wild

by Cory Dudley

Today

Monday Movie Night with "Love Actually" — Celebrate the season with a screening of "Love Actually," 6:30 p.m., Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. Go to www.dickensoperahouse.com.

•Loteria Mexicana —Fun for the whole family, play a few rounds of traditional Mexican Bingo, 6 p.m., Longmont Public, Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Go to longmontcolorado.gov.

•Chess Club —Players of all skill levels, 18 years and younger, can join the drop-in chess club, 7 p.m., Longmont Public, Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Go to longmontcolorado.gov.

Tuesday

Mac & Cheese Family Event — In this class we'll think "outside the box" - boxed mac & cheese, that is. Bring the whole family (or a group of friends) to learn how to make some easy cheeses and then turn them into a variety of gourmet homemade mac & cheese dishes, 3 p.m., The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to theartofcheese.com.

Open Mic Night with The Prairie Scholars — Live music, 6 p.m., Skeye Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont. Go to www.skeyebrewing.com.

Wednesday

Winter in the Wild — Learn how wildlife adapts to winter in this hands-on program, 1 p.m. for grades kindergarten through third, 3 p.m. for grades fourth through sixth , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8477 to register.

Open Bluegrass Pick hosted by Eric Wiggs — Live music, 8 p.m., Longs Peak Pub, 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-7886.

Thursday

Winter Seniors Nature Hike — The last Thursday of every month the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department hosts a seniors hike at a county park, 10 a.m., Rabbit Mountain Open Space Park, 14950 N. 55th St., Longmont. Go to 303-678-6214.

New Year's Eve Party — Kids can make noisemaker crafts, enjoy face painting, family photo station, a musical performance by Kristin McLean, refreshments, and a grand countdown, 10 a.m. and noon, WOW Children's Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. Call (303) 604-2424.

Happy Noon Year — Children and families are invited to celebrate the New Year at the library! Wear your finest attire as we celebrate with a dance party, face-painting, and a special countdown, 11 a.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St., Erie. Go to www.mylibrary.us.

Home Cheesemaking: Swiss Cheese & Fondue — We'll learn how to make some Swiss (Alpine) cheeses and then enjoy a scrumptious cheese fondue as we get ready to ring in the new year, 5 p.m., The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Rd, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to theartofcheese.com.

•New Year's Eve Disco Party — Dress in your finest disco attire dance to music from DJ Stein, Phish Stream and Cat Jerky, 6 p.m., Wibby Brewing, 209 Emery St., Longmont. Go to www.wibbybrewing.com.

"The Wizard of Oz" — The Jesters Dinner Theatre presents the classic musical "The Wizard of Oz." The evening includes an appetizer buffet, upscale dinner, dessert bar, party favors, champagne, sparkling cider and a countdown to 2016, 7 p.m., Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. Cost is $60 for adults and $40 for students 18 and younger. For tickets, visit www.jesterstheatre.com or call 303-682-9980.

New Year's Eve 2016- Party at the Plaza — The Plaza has teamed up with Left Hand Brewing Company and Funkiphino to create Boulder County's most happening New Year's Eve Party this year, 8 p.m., Best Western Plaza Hotel, 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont. Cost is $25 to $45. Go to http://ow.ly/VrsHt.

Friday

Annual New Year's Auction from Niwot Auction — The 27th annual super New Year's Day auction features the antique and nostalgia auction, 10 a.m., Exhibit Building, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road. niwotauction.com.

Hindsight Doors — Live music, 7 p.m., Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. Cost is $8 to $10. Go to www.dickensoperahouse.com.

Robin David Duo — Live music, 7:30 p.m., Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Call 303-485-9400.

Saturday

Erie Nutrition Blood Drive — Donations will be taken inside the bloodmobile, 9 a.m., Erie Nutrition, 515 Briggs St. Suite D, Erie. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Erin Bajcar at 303-242-4550 or go to bonfils.org.

Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge —Boys and Girls 7 to 14 years can showcase their basketball skills in this free competition. Registration starts at noon, the challenge begins at 1 p.m., Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Road, Longmont. Call 303-774-4800.

•Longmont Elks National Free Throw "Hoop Shoot" Contest —Boys and Girls, ages 8 through 13, can participate in local basketball competition. Winner will advance to district, state, regional and then national competition, 3 p.m., Longmont Recreational Center, 310 Quail Road, Longmont. Call Fred Pahlke at 303-776-1055 or 303-506-0741.

Sunday

Wylie Crazy Horse —Live music, 3 p.m., Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room, 1800 Pike Road, Unit B, Longmont. Call 303-776-1914.

The Prairie Scholars: Brews & Tunes —Live music, 4:30 p.m., Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. Call 303-772-0258.

John Paul Hodge —Live music, 6 p.m., Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Call 303-485-9400.

 

To see more events for the Longmont-area or to submit an event, go to timescall.com/events.


This Week's HOT BUY: 553 Rider Ridge Drive, Longmont

by Cory Dudley

Fabulous 2 story home in Rider Ridge. This home has amazing unobstructed Mountain Views.

Features a bright an open floor plan, remodeled kitchen, upgraded cabinets, SS appliances and great room w/ gas fireplace. Private Master Suite has its own balcony area, 5 piece luxury bath & huge 19 x 7 walk in closet.

Finished walkout basement offers 4th bedroom, huge rec room with bar area, wine refrigerator, full bath & storage area. Great back yard is private and fully fenced. Exterior just painted.

Listed by Wright Kingdom Real Estate


Building Family Wealth Over The Next 5 Years

by Cory Dudley

Building Family Wealth Over The Next 5 Years | Keeping Current Matters

As the economy continues to improve, more and more Americans are seeing their personal financial situations also improving. Instead of just getting by, many are now beginning to save and find other ways to build their net worth. One way to dramatically increase their family wealth is through the acquisition of real estate.

For example, let’s assume a young couple purchases and closes on a $250,000 home in January. What will that home be worth five years down the road?

Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists every quarter. They ask them to project how residential prices will appreciate over the next five years. According to their latest survey, here is how much value that $250,000 house will gain in the coming years.

Family Wealth Earned with Home Equity | Keeping Current Matters

Over a five year period, that homeowner can build their home equity to over $40,000. And, in many cases, home equity is large portion of a family’s overall net worth.

Bottom Line

If you are looking to better your family’s long-term financial situation, buying your dream home might be a great option.


Today

Multicultural Storytelling from Around the World — Enjoy the dramatic art of storytelling while discovering different tales from around the world. Each month we feature a different continent, join us for European stories in December, 2:30 p.m. at Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. Call 303-651-8477.

Winter Solstice Exploration — On the longest night of the year, when the veils are thin, we gather again to find seeds of light in ourselves so we may help bring peace to our hearts and our planet. This is a participative, ritual exploration that involves contact dance, blind-folds and silent meditation in the dark, 6:30 p.m. at Double Rainbow Ranch Yoga Studio, 6541 N. 63rd Street, Niwot. Cost is $20. Go to doublerainbowranch.com.

Tuesday

String Cheese/Pizza Cheese — Here's a fun cheesemaking class just for kids! Get very hands-on with our 30 minute mozzarella recipe and finish off our homemade cheeses as string cheese and pizza cheese, 10 a.m. at The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $30. Go to theartofcheese.com.

Big Kids Christmas Ornament — Making For ages 5 to 12, create Christmas and holiday decorations with your children, 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Cost is $5. Go to longmontcolorado.gov.

Santa Visits the Longmont Museum — Bring your last minute wishes to see if you've made it onto the nice list, noon at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Got to longmontcolorado.gov.

Wednesday

David Sheingold — Live music, 6 p.m. at Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave, Longmont. Go to stillcellars.com.

Willie Bean Bluegrass — Live music, 7 p.m. at Rosalee's Pizzeria, 461 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-485-5020.

Open Bluegrass Pick hosted by Eric Wiggs — Live music, 8 p.m. at Longs Peak Pub, 600 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont. Go to mountainsunpub.com.

Thursday

Christmas Eve Services — Christmas Eve Services are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Services with Candlelight Services are at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. at Life Bridge Church, 10345 Colo. 66, Longmont. Go to lbcc.org.

Christmas Eve Service — The service will be held at 6 p.m. at St. Brigit Episcopal Church, 110 Johnson St., Frederick. Go to stbrigit.org.

Christmas Eve Service — There will be services at 5 to 7 p.m. at Rinn United Methodist Church, 3783 Weld County Road 20, Longmont. Go to rinnumc.org.

Open Mic Hosted By Brian Rezac — Live music, 7 p.m. at Dickens Opera House, 300 Main Street, Longmont. Go to dickensoperahouse.com.

Friday

Christmas Dinner at the Niwot Tavern — The Niwot Tavern hosts its annual complimentary Christmas dinner for those in need, alone, or in special circumstances where they can benefit from this dinner, 2 to 5 p.m. at Niwot Tavern, 7960 Niwot Road, Niwot. Go to niwottavern.com or call 303-652-0200.

Saturday

American Legion Blood Drive — Donations will be taken inside the legion hall, 8 a.m. at Longmont American Legion, 315 South Bowen St. Call Marion Herman at 303-776-7679 or visit bonfils.org.

Starbucks Blood Drive — Donations will be taken inside the bloodmobile, 9 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Starbucks, 1087 S. Hover St., Longmont. Call 303-363-2300 or visit bonfils.org.

Jesse R. S. — Live music, 5 p.m. at Left Hand Brewing Co., 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. Call 303-772-0258.

Heartwood — Live music, 8:30 p.m. at The Roost, 526 Main St, Longmont. Call 303-827-3380.

Sunday

Ladies Auxiliary Breakfast — Enjoy eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, French toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, toast, coffee, tea and orange juice, 8 a.m. at Longmont American Legion, 315 South Bowen St. Adults are $8 and kids are $5. Call 720-635-0840.

• Bluegrass Pick with Bonnie & Taylor Sims —Live music, noon, Sunday, Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Call 303-485-9400.

 

To see more events for the Longmont-area or to submit an event, go to timescall.com/events.


NAR Reports Reveal Two Reasons to Sell This Winter

by Cory Dudley

We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now is a great time to sell your house.

Let’s look at the data covered by the latest Pending Home Sales Report and Existing Home Sales Report.

THE PENDING HOME SALES REPORT

The report announced that pending home sales (homes going into contract) are up 3.9% over last year, and have increased year-over-year now for 14 consecutive months.

Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, expects demand to remain stable through the final two months of the year, and “forecasts existing-home sales to finish 2015 at a pace of 5.30 million – the highest since 2006.” 

Takeaway: Demand for housing will continue throughout the end of 2015 and into 2016. The seasonal slowdown often felt in the winter months hasn’t started and shows little signs of being near.

THE EXISTING HOME SALES REPORT

The most important data point revealed in the report was not sales but instead the inventory of homes on the market (supply). The report explained:

  • Total housing inventory decreased 2.3% to 2.14 million homes available for sale
  • That represents a 4.8-month supply at the current sales pace
  • Unsold inventory is 4.5% lower than a year ago

There were two more interesting comments made by Yun in the report:

1. "New and existing-home supply has struggled to improve, leading to few choices for buyers and no easement of the ongoing affordability concerns still prevalent in some markets."

In real estate, there is a guideline that often applies. When there is less than 6 months inventory available, we are in a sellers’ market and we will see appreciation. Between 6-7 months is a neutral market where prices will increase at the rate of inflation. More than 7 months inventory means we are in a buyers’ market and should expect depreciation in home values. As Yun notes, we are currently in a sellers’ market (prices still increasing).

2. "Unless sizeable supply gains occur for new and existing homes, prices and rents will continue to exceed wages into next year and hamstring a large pool of potential buyers trying to buy a home.” As rents and prices increase, potential buyers will not able to save as much for a down payment and many may become priced out of the market.

Takeaway: Inventory of homes for sale is still well below the 6 months needed for a normal market. Prices will continue to rise if a ‘sizeable’ supply does not enter the market. Take advantage of the ready willing and able buyers that are still out looking for your house.

Bottom Line

If you are going to sell, now may be the time.


Congratulations to our clients!

by Cory Dudley

We are excited to announce the closing of 606 Mr. Evans

 

We were able to negotiate the perfect property for Fernando and Vanessa and today they closed on their new home - just in time for the holidays!

Thank you to Lender, Loriann Gomez, for all of your help with the process

We are so honored to have Fernando and Vanessa as our clients, and now our lifelong friends.


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