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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

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!


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

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!


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!

Take advantage of LOCO's free Paper Shredding day - Saturday 2/3

by Christa Marsh

Time to get rid of the accumulating boxes of receipts, statements, and other documents that you really don't need! Winter is a great time for projects such as this. Clear the clutter!

Dave Ramsey gives us a little direction of what we should keep and what we should shred. I'd love to be so organized that this happens regularly...

Luckily you don't need to go out and buy a shredder! The City of Longmont has regularly scheduled Shredding Events for Longmont residents.

shredding schedule

Shredding takes place at the The Waste Diversion Center located at 140 Martin Street between 9AM and 2PM.


~ A current City of Longmont Utility Bill ~
~ Identification to show that you are a City resident paying for trash/recycling services ~



The City asks that you remove fasteners such as paper clips or larger - staples are okay!

The event is for Longmont residents only; no businesses allowed, and no walk-up for a fee allowed.

Thank you City of Longmont! Happy Shredding!



Thinking of Buying a Home, but you're worried about your down payment?

by Christa Marsh

There are two major myths holding back home buyers:

#1: "I need a 20% Down Payment"

#2: "I need a 780 FICO® Score or Higher to Buy"

Neither are true and neither should hold you back from taking the steps towards home ownership!


Myth #1: "I need a 20% Down Payment"
Overestimating down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan is common among home buyers. Urban Institute's recent report, "Barriers to Accessing Homeownership" notes, “Consumers are often unaware of the option to take out low-down-payment mortgages. Only 19% of consumers believe lenders would make loans with a down payment of 5% or less… While 15% believe lenders require a 20% down payment, and 30% believe lenders expect a 20% down payment.” 

There are a number of programs that allow Buyers to obtain a loan with a down payment of less than 20%. Our team has served a number of Buyers with 5% or even 3% down payments.

Myth #2: "I need a 780 FICO® Score or Higher to Buy"
Most believe their FICO® score needs to be 780 or higher in order to qualify for a loan. Not true! Take a look at Ellie Mae's latest Origination Insight Report focusing on recently closed (approved) loans.

There's a ton of interesting info in the report, but to address the main topic of FICO scores, 53.5% of approved mortgages had a credit score of 600-749.

FICO Score Distribution


Overall, you may be in better financial shape than you think! If you're considering purchasing a home, having a preliminary conversation with a reputable lender is a noncommittal step to assess your position.

If you need a lender referral, our team works with a number of local, professional lenders who would love to chat with you today! Reach out to our team and we'll help point you in the right direction!


As you drive through Rocky Mountain National Park and scan the landscape, you'll see incredible mountain vistas, tranquil wetlands, and wide open meadows. You might spot majestic elk, mule deer, and the occasional coyote. For the past few years, visitors also notice the large teepees of logs scattered in open areas. They're called Slash piles and they're common in RMNP; a result of fuel reduction projects and hazard tree removals.

Slash Pile

Photo Credit: Robert Kunzig, National Geographic Society‚Äč

Many tree carcasses are left untouched, but the park does need to cull the trees that are along roads, campgrounds, picnic areas, etc., as they can be dangerous for park visitors. Additionally, the strategic tree thinning helps to reduce accumulation of forest fuels along the urban interface and was instrumental in confining the Fern Lake fire from Estes Park.

It seems scary to have multiple mini fires burning in a park full of trees, but the park's fire management team has their methods.

Slash burning in rmnp
Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain National Park

Currently, the park is burning slash piles that are around 2 years old, as they're now dry enough to thoroughly burn. Importantly, burning only takes place when wet or winter weather conditions allow.

The slash piles are built just like camp fires. Twigs and needles on the inside, then the branches, and the logs go on the outside. As the interior burns, the heavy stuff falls in, which helps the pile burn thoroughly and hot. Fires are lit in the morning with the goal being to burn out before nightfall.

Fire mitigation is important in our parks as well as private mountain properties. Learn more about preparing and protecting your homes from wildfire at

Thank you for keeping our communities safe Rocky!



JUST CLOSED! Historic East Old Town Investment Property

by Cory Dudley

Congratulations to our Investor Buyers for Closing on an awesome triplex in East Old Town Longmont!

Our team found this property before it hit the market and our Broker/Owner Cory Dudley had a Buyer that it fit perfectly.

160 4th Ave.
Many are interested in buying Investment properties in this hot market and often you have to be creative in order to find them. Let us know if you have dreams of buying Investment Real Estate, we'd love to help you!

Congratulations to our Investors! Congratulations Cory!


Cory Dudley
Cory gives everything he has to fulfilling his client's dreams of home ownership - and it's a privilege he doesn't take lightly.

Cory is proud and honored to have served this community for the last 18 years as a full-time real estate Broker and Owner of Old Town Real Estate. It brings him pride to know that people come to him as a trusted adviser when selecting a home in Boulder County and specifically in our beloved Old Town neighborhoods.

Cory can be reached by mobile at 303.641.8597 or email at

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It's so much harder to stay hydrated in the winter! How many cups of tea can you drink through the day!

I try to motivate to hydrate by adding a little fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt to my water. gives 7 science-based reasons why you need to keep the fluids coming!

Friends don't let friends get dehydrated!

Are you Ready for Retirement?

by Cory Dudley

If you're an individual in the work force; a good retirement plan is one that was put in place when you first started working. But, if you're like many Americans, this may not have happened and now you're looking for ways to catch up, so you can comfortably retire by 70.

If you haven't visited the Social Security website lately, you should. Go to the Retirement Estimator which will give you an estimate of what you can expect from Social Security upon retirement. If SS is the only income stream, it may be a tough number on which to support a comfortable lifestyle. Those who have paid the maximum to social security can assume they'll receive about $30,000.00/year.

So, with all this in mind, it may be time to put an investment plan in action and one option could be to invest in rental properties. If purchased correctly, rental properties can generate additional income, they enjoy depreciation in the form of a tax shelter, and they build equity over the long run!

Our team has helped many Buyers looking to invest in real estate. Consider setting up a free consult to discuss strategies to include investment real estate in your retirement planning. 


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