RE/MAX of Boulder Real Estate Blog

Lead article published in the At Home section of the Boulder Daily Camera on July 22, 2016. 

By Judy Finman, At Home. Photos by Bob Truemper for RE/MAX of Boulder.

Back row (left to right): Tom Kalinski, Owner/Founder, RE/MAX of Boulder; Jay Kalinski, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX of Boulder; Rick George, Athletic Director, CU Athletics; DB Wilson, Managing Broker, RE/MAX of Boulder. Lower row (left to right): Shawn Milne, Marketing Specialist, Skratch Labs; Richard Foy, Board Chair, Downtown Boulder Inc.; Jennifer McSween, Director of Sales, Brandzooka; Alex Gil, Owner and Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Vitalé Studio; Patrick O’Neil, EVP of Operations, Brandzooka; Stacie Holbel, Owner, Kilwins; John Tayer, President and CEO, Boulder Chamber.


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Mid-summer's soaring temperatures and scant little rainfall put stress on Boulder County lawns, leaving them browning and dry.   

But homeowners want a green landscape all summer long, even with rising water bills and concerns about water usage. A healthy lawn ensures front yard curb appeal and a pleasing landscape for backyard barbecues.  Here are two solutions to this dilemma, one to be implemented immediately, and one better done in the fall or spring.

Fall Strategy: Create a low maintenance lawn - Lush, green lawns account for one-third of the water used in America, according to Bradley Tuttle’s Real Estate Update. To turn your water-thirsty lawn into a low maintenance lawn, follow these tips offered by the Update. 

1-Switch your grass type

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By Jessica Shanahan, Premier Lending LLC adapted from the Shirmeyer Rate Market Report.

Mortgage interest rates increased this past week as economic data was mostly stronger than expected.  Economic data stronger than expected included the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, June Export Prices, Jobless Claims, the June Producer Price Index (PPI), June Retail Sales, June Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization, and May Business Inventories.  Economic data weaker than expected included May Wholesale Inventories, June Import Prices, the July Empire State Manufacturing Index, the June Consumer Price Index (CPI), and the July University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index.  The Treasury Auctioned $56 billion of 3 Year Notes, 10 Year Notes, and 30

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Boulder ranks first for the lowest stress levels among 500 U.S. cities, according to SmartAssets 2016 analysis of factors that typically affect stress levels in 500 cities.

That’s a move up from last year’s No. 4 position in the first-ever stress ranking of cities by SmarAssets, which gives the city a consistent record of being in the top five.  

Why is Boulder so stress-free?

The 34.7-hour work-week, 15-minute average commute, low rates of bankruptcy and divorce – 0.14 and 7.9 percent, respectively – and a healthful 7.12 hours of sleep nightly are high-ranking factors for the city.  

But Boulder did not take the No. 1 position by coming out on top on any single factor ranked in the report. It was the city’s overall performance that won,

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In the first five months of 2016, the average sale price of a single-family home in the city of Boulder was $1,018,458, according to data collected from IRES. This is a new high-water mark for Boulder1 and raises important questions for the city’s future.

There are myriad reasons that home prices have risen so high in Boulder, but the bottom line is that there is an imbalance between supply and demand, with far more people wanting to live here than there is housing to support them.

On the demand side, Boulder is well known for providing an unmatched quality of life with plentiful jobs and a highly educated workforce. These forces driving demand seem to only be getting stronger. On the other side, however, many of the features that provide the high

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When it comes to stable growth in single-family home real estate, Boulder – and Colorado – are crushing it.

Three of the top 10 most stable housing markets for growth and stability in the U.S. are in Colorado, according to the 2016 SmartAsset study of single-family home data.

Boulder came out way ahead -- 37 percentage points -- of the closest contender in the analysis, ranking for the second year in a row as the No. 1 housing market of the 358 largest urban markets in the U.S.

Boulder’s overall growth rate is 308 percent since 1991. Since 1990, home prices have grown an average of 4 percent per year and are approaching a price level that has nearly quadrupled.

Even more important to many homeowners, the study shows the odds in Boulder of a 5

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 On Thursday May 12th 2016, over 100 REALTORS (members of the Boulder Area REALTOR Association) volunteered their time to do some much needed "Yard-busting" for BCCC (Boulder County Care Connect). All in all, 20 yards belonging to Senior Citizens in Boulder County were worked on. There was weeding. mowing, pruning, planting and general cleanup being done in an effort to help BCCC with their ever-growing list of Seniors who would like some help and BARA's effort to stay connected with our community and do some giving back.

Years ago, the Boulder Area Realtor Association had an annual activity referred to as Project H.0.M.E. (Help Our Many Elderly) in which we did the exact same type of Spring Cleanup for Seniors. That program eventually lost

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2429 Spruce St., #1, Boulder                             OPEN SATURDAY 11 AM – 1 PM       Brian Sundberg (information coming soon)

29 Silver Spruce, Boulder                                   OPEN SATURDAY 12 – 2 PM             Sue Masterson                

3842 Orion Court, Boulder                                  OPEN SATURDAY 12 – 2 PM             Meko/Sheene                 

3970 Newport Lane, Boulder                              OPEN SATURDAY 1 – 3 PM                Carroll McCorkle                (coming soon)

2595 Ginny Way, Lafayette                                OPEN SATURDAY 1 – 3 PM                 Julie Berghoff                    (794450)

4060 Pebble Beach Dr., Niwot                           OPEN SATURDAY 1 – 3

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By Jessica Shanahan, Premier Lending LLC adapted from the Shirmeyer Rate Market Report.

Mortgage interest rates improved this past week as British citizens voted to exit the European Union.  British Prime Minister David Cameron has already indicated that he will resign.  Markets will likely be volatile in the coming weeks as a result and bonds are currently benefitting from this volatility.  The ramifications of the exit are still being sorted out.  Economic data was mostly weaker than expected.  Economic data weaker than expected included the April FHFA Home Price Index, May Existing Home Sales, May New Home Sales, May Leading Economic Indicators, May Durable Goods Orders, and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index.  Existing Home Sales

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By Jessica Shanahan, Premier Lending LLC adapted from the Shirmeyer Rate Market Report.

Mortgage interest rates improved slightly this past week as the Fed left the Fed Funds rate unchanged at the conclusion of its FOMC Meeting.  It appears unlikely that the Fed will increase the Fed Funds rate at its July meeting as well.  Markets are now focused on next week’s vote in Britain regarding whether to exit the European Union.  A vote to exit will likely lead to very volatile markets.  Economic data was mixed.  Economic data stronger than expected included May Export and Import Prices, May Retail Sales, the May Producer Price Index (PPI), the June Empire State Manufacturing Index, the May core Consumer Price Index (CPI), the Philadelphia Fed Business

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