December 2015

Found 7 blog entries for December 2015.

Lead article published in the At Home section of the Boulder Daily Camera on December 18, 2015. Click here for article on Daily Camera website.

RE/MAX of Boulder Truly Means Community: How RE/MAX of Boulder Is Making Home A Better Place 

By Darren Thornberry, Daily Camera At Home, Photography provided by RE/MAX of Boulder

Nonprofit Executives (left to right): Brittny Wilson, Development Director, Attention Homes; Jay Kalinski, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX of Boulder; Dana Bacardi, VP of Development, There With Care; Bill Obermeier, Executive Director, Dairy Center for the Arts; Lori Canova, President & CEO, I Have A Dream Foundation; Tom Kalinski, Owner/Founder, RE/MAX of Boulder; DB Wilson, Managing Broker, RE/MAX of Boulder; Hana Dansky, Executive

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For the first time this year, year-to-date sales of Boulder County condominiums and townhomes dropped 2.0 percent through November 2015 compared to the first eleven months of 2014, with 1,483 units sold versus 1,531.

However, single-family sales in the Boulder-area continued to show strength with a 10.2 percent increase through November 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 – 4,489 homes sold versus 4,074.

The year-to-date decline in attached-unit sales “probably signals that Boulder-area sales will finish the year slightly behind last year or close to even,” says Ken Hotard, vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association.

Typical for the season, month-to-month sales decreased in the single-family and attached

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By Robin Gribbon

For 44 years here in Boulder County, an ardent group of volunteers has done everything possible to ensure Santa overlooks no child’s chimney come Christmastime.

Their good work continues this year. With an army of volunteers, Share-A-Gift will gather and distribute a bounty of donated bikes, toys, books, and clothing, helping 600 underprivileged local families give presents to their kids.

“It’s said that most children don’t know they’re poor until the holidays roll around,” says JoAnn Joselyn, Share-A-Gift board member and volunteer coordinator. “This can put an awful lot of stress on a family. We think the magic we’re working takes a lot of that stress away. We certainly hope it makes things easier for breadwinners and more fun

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If you need to sell your home over the holidays, take heart.

The adage that no one buys a home during this time of year isn’t true. Many homebuyers keep charging ahead – even when the weather outside is frightful.

Realty Times lists four strong reasons why you have a better chance of starting next year with a “sold” sign on your front lawn if you market now, rather than waiting until right after the first of the year:

1. Buyers relocating to start a new job are anxious to get settled before the year begins. This is especially true for families with children in school.

2. People searching for a home during the holidays are often more motivated to buy. They also may be less deterred by home features that do not suit them perfectly.

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

Mortgage interest rates were mostly flat on the week as markets are focused on next week’s FOMC meeting.  It’s expected that the Fed will increase the Fed Funds rate by 25 basis points at the conclusion of the FOMC meeting on Wednesday.  Economic data was mostly weaker than expected.  October Consumer Credit, October JOLTS job openings, October Wholesale Inventories, Jobless Claims, November Export Prices, November Retail Sales, October Business Inventories, and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index were all weaker than expected.  Jobless Claims reached their highest level in five months.  Economic data stronger than expected included November Import

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Sometimes it's better to miss being named to a ‘Best’ list, like the new Most Pretentious American City list published in Nov. by Café Valet.

Thankfully, ‘most pretentious’ is one claim Boulder missed.

But neighboring metro-area Denver did make this list and is ranked the fourth most pretentious city in the U.S.

The first-ever Pretension Index analyzed the top 50 U.S. metro areas with 1 million residents or more. Analysts examined where latte drinkers and art lovers are most concentrated, using data from sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, Facebook and local businesses.

San Francisco took the top spot with a score of 85 out of a potential 100, besting San Jose (64), San Diego (59), Denver (56) and Portland (56).

The least pretentious

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More than 200 professionals in the Boulder-area real estate industry heard national and local experts predict "happy times" and on-going challenges for 2016 at the eighth annual Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference in November, sponsored by REMAX of Boulder and BizWest.

First-time home buyers face the tough hurdles of rising prices and difficulties securing mortgages, said Paul Bishop, vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors during his keynote address at the event, according to conference coverage by BizWest.

Bishop said that when those first-time buyers, which make up a significant segment of real estate sales, can’t make headway in home buying they give up and wait till next year, negatively affecting the

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