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Today, Longmont City Council members assemble with developers and builders to discuss pending city issues with Affordable housing opportunities.


Image Credit: City of Longmont

 Builders, developers and real estate professionals have been invited by the city to participate in twice-monthly informal work sessions in order to come up with creative solutions to address the affordable housing shortage.


Image Credit: Centennial Apartments

City Council would like encourage creative discussions for possible incentive programs, code changes, or resurrecting the 'inclusionary housing' program previously in place between 2001-'11.

The sessions are open to the public, though public comment time is not allotted on the agenda.

 

 

 

HOT PICK for the Week! - 1534 Venice Ln. Longmont

by Christa Marsh

Our HOT PICK for the week is 1534 Venice Ln in the Renaissance neighborhood of Southwest Longmont!

The Renaissance neighborhood is in an optimal location for commuters to Boulder! There are walking and biking paths throughout the neighborhood, and tons of room to play in the parks and green spaces. It's also close to newly created Boulder County Open Space and Lagerman Reservoir!

The townhomes are 4 levels, including the two-car garage with additional crawl space. 

The kitchen is open to the rest of the main level. Oak hardwood floors, a gas fireplace and private balcony create a welcoming, functional living space. 

2 sunny bedrooms and 3 baths. This townhome offers low-maintenance living in a prime Longmont location! It's perfect for a starter home, someone looking to downsize or maybe an investment!


This one is surely to be off the shelf by Monday! Let me know if you'd like a tour!

1534 VENICE LN, LONGMONT, CO 80503

Email: christa@justlistedcolo.com

Listing from The Group of Loveland

Rocky Mountain National Park Series: The Hexapods of RMNP

by Christa Marsh

Have you seen the little blackish bugs on the snow surface while exploring Rocky Mountain National Park in the winter? I always wonder what they are and why they're out in the cold!? 

Photo Credit: Scientific Insect Control

They're known as snow fleas, but officially they're springtails, which are not fleas at all. Springtails are hexapods and, in the summer, hundreds of thousands can populate one cubic meter of top soil. We just don't notice springtails on dark soil, but definitely notice them bouncing around against the white snow surface, particularly on warmer winter days.

Photo Credit: Farmers' Almanac

Snow fleas feed on decaying organic matter in the soil and play an important role in natural decomposition. Rocky Mountain National Park's Facebook page piqued my interest today with this video snip of springtails on the snow last week. Springtails can survive the cold temps because of a "glycine-rich antifreeze protein" I'd like some AFP for my hands and feet!

NPS Video J.McNamara

 

This past Wednesday marked the start of the Christian tradition of Lent, on which people all over the globe give up foods or habits to demonstrate self-restraint. Many non-Christians also take part, making sacrifices and changing unproductive habits, making positive lifestyle adjustments...

Covered in a recent New York Times article, The Church of England challenged those observing Lent to avoid plastic consumer products for the 40-day period. We all know plastic is omnipresent in our daily lives and is a major environmental problem. 

Photo Credit: Plastic Pollution Coalition

 

Could you give up plastic for a week, a month, the entire year? It's all about habits, right? It used to be difficult to remember to bring our reusable bags to the grocery store, but now, for many, it's just habit.

Here are a few Tips to Use Less Plastic.

Yes, it would be pretty hard to eliminate plastics all together, but if everyday we are more mindful of packaging, to-go containers, straws, etc..., we slowly change our habits and make a better planet for generations to come.

Video Courtesy of Plastic Pollution Coalition


 

Interest rates you pay on your home mortgage directly correlate to your monthly payment. Higher rates mean higher payments. It's so important to have this in mind if you've been considering a home purchase in your near future.

With rates being low for a long time now, they are trending upward. The chart below was created using Freddie Mac's US Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook and shows projected interest rates through 2018. 

How this effects your payments? Just a .5% increase in an interest rate can increase monthly payments significantly. Nationally, home prices have increased 7.0% from last year at this time and it's predicted they'll increase another 4.2% by next year.

Simply put:

$300,000 Home

20% Down Payment ($60,000)

4.1% interest rate

$1,548.00/ month for a 30 year fixed loan term (includes taxes and insurance)

With home price increase of 4.2% the $300,000 home is now $312,600.00

20% Down Payment ($61,000)

4.9% interest rate

$1,835.00/ month for a 30 year fixed loan term (includes taxes and insurance)


Even if you're just thinking about purchasing a home in 2018 or '19, it's so beneficial to chat with professionals now in order to gain clarity on your financial stance and plan accordingly. Our team is always here to help you meet your goals.

303-776-4004 | homes@justlistedcolo.com

 

Longmont's Historic District Designation Ribbon Cutting today!

by Christa Marsh

Celebrate Longmont's history and designation as a Historic District today, February 9th, at 4 PM!

Photo Credit: City of Longmont  - Current Home of the Firehouse Art Center

The dedication ceremony will start with a ribbon cutting at the Firehouse Art Center and will be followed up with a walking tour of downtown.

Photo Credit: ColoradoInfo.com

The Historic Designation is a result of efforts that began in 2012. City staff and the Longmont Downtown Development Authority spearheaded the effort to gain recognition for the district. The Historically designated area is generally bound by 3rd Ave. to the south, 5th Ave. to the north, west to Coffman Street and east to Emery Street.

Portion of downtown Longmont being designated at National Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places. (Longmont Downtown Development Authority/City of Longmont / Courtesy Image)

The district is made up of 83 buildings, 69 of which were built between 1879 and 1967.

Four of the structures have individual listings on the National Register of Historic Places including the Firehouse Art Center building, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, the Carnegie Library and the Dickens Opera House.

The Carnegie Library in the photo above was found on the Longmont Museum's Photo Collection site which, if you love history, you need to visit!

National Historic District designation and a National Register Listing provides formal recognition of the District’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance based on national standards.

Historic districts can help build Community Pride and provide additional tools for planning, economic development and tourism.

Congratulations Longmont!

 

Cory's HOTPICK of the Week! 737 Wade Rd in Longmont

by Cory Dudley

This affordable 2 bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage Single Family is the perfect first home, last home or steady Cash-Flow property.

Backs directly to Golden Ponds with access to walking trails and unbelievable sunsets right from your backyard & NO HOA.... Yay!

Nice neighborhood in an easy-to-get-to location less than 2 miles from Downtown and Whole Foods right down the street.

New honeycomb up/down blinds in kitchen, dining room, living room and master bedroom.

All appliances included - washer and dryer too!

3 skylights, vaulted ceilings, large master bedroom.

New garage door opener, new high efficiency 40-gallon hot water heater.

Give us a call or send us an email to see this or another listing like it!

Office: 303-776-4004

homes@justlistedcolo.com

Listing by Marian Maggi of Berthoud Real Estate

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Series: Distance Learning through RMNP!

by Christa Marsh

Educators can take their students on a trip to Rocky without leaving the classroom with the Rocky Mountain National Park's Distance Learning Program!

Not that a trip to the park isn't the preferred learning experience, but winter weather, expenses, or travel can make an actual visit tough. A virtual visit is a fabulous learning tool, and could pique a student's interest in future RMNP exploration! 

The park also offers free interactive distance learning programs that classrooms can participate in virtually through Skype, Zoom and Google Hangouts - learn more in the Virtual Programs Flyer.

The Education and Outreach team at Rocky Mountain National Park has developed short videos on a range of topics in park geology, wildfire ecology and the 4 RMNP ecosystems!

 


Yay! Congratulations to our Buyers and to Buyer's Specialist, Christa Marsh, for Closing on this adorable Old Town Longmont home! 

Close to everything they love in Longmont - bike paths, the farmers market, restaurants, but most important - family!

We're so happy for you!

Welcome to Longmont and Welcome Home!

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As our Lead Buyer's Agent, Christa loves the entire journey of helping Buyers find their perfect home. Professionalism, communication and strong business skills allow her and her clients to rise to the top in this competitive market place.

Christa is a REALTOR® and Lead Buyer's Agent for The Winning Team Real Estate Group. As an Old Town resident, Christa has knowledge of the market and strong relationships in the Real Estate community. With a Sales and Business background and family experience in both Commercial and Residential Contracting, Christa is a well-rounded and informed Full-Time Agent.

In between showings and Closings, Christa enjoys caring for her home in the Historic Westside of Longmont, and playing in the mountains- trail running, skiing and biking. Christa brings 100% to all she does especially to her work! 

Contact Christa 303-913-9698 or christa@justlistedcolo.com

Motivational Monday: 4 More Days!

by Cory Dudley

Such a great Super Bowl yesterday!!!

Now it's time to get excited for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang!

4 MORE DAYS!


Coverage begins February 8th (Figure Skating) and continues February 9th with the Opening Ceremonies at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.

For the full schedule, visit NBC's 2018 Winter Olympics Schedule.

Keep track of the Medals Race!

We can't wait to watch all the inspiring stories unfold, and to watch this girl rip!

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