All Blog Entries by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder

Found 253 blog entries published by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder.

Boulder is readying to change the paradigm of transportation mobility as a result of being named one of 35 Champion Cities selected as finalists in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge. The competition is based on city leaders proposing bold solutions to each city’s toughest problems.

Three Colorado cities – Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins – were selected from a pool of more than 320 applicants. Selected cities now begin a six-month testing phase supported by a grant award of up to $100,000 for each to conduct a public prototype.

In Boulder’s application, the city proposed to combat climate change through accessible and affordable transportation alternatives for low- and middle-income residents.  City officials will conduct experiments on mobility

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Early in 2018 the real estate outlook for Boulder County looks strong, even while sailing into the same headwinds that prevailed last year: low inventory and rising prices.

But this year promises additional gusts in the form of rising interest rates.

“None of the fundamentals in the market have changed, except a small rise in interest rates and the anticipation of additional increases,” says Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association.

“January data shows year over year single-family home sales are about the same as last year, and condos and townhomes are up significantly.”

Single-family home sales for Boulder County are down a single unit or .05 percent with 220 units sold in January 2018

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If you live in Boulder and laugh a lot, pat yourself on the back. You – and 100,000 of your neighbors – put Boulder on the happiness chart. 

Fact is, Boulder is the happiest city in America, based on the Gallup-Sharecare Well Being Index. 

Using their experience studying the world’s most thriving populations, National Geographic bestselling author Dan Buettner and Gallup’s social scientists developed an index to assess happiness and identify where Americans are living their happiest lives.

Boulder and two other Colorado cities fare well in that assessment, with Boulder at No. 1, Fort Collins No. 4, and Colorado Springs No. 18.    

In a recent National Geographic story and newly-published The Blue Zones of Happiness, Buettner explained the

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Ranked the No. 7 strongest housing market in the U.S., real estate sales in Colorado will remain robust in 2018, according to analysis by

The predicted increase is around 3.1 percent. Colorado Springs is emerging as the top city for growth and median home prices are predicted to rise 5.7 percent through 2018. 

Colorado’s home prices saw the sharpest increase in the U.S. over the past two years, reports That’s quite a mark, given that 2016 existing home sales nationwide were the strongest they’ve been in a decade, following the worst housing crisis in U.S. history. In 2018, the nation’s housing market’s strength is expected to continue with U.S. home prices expected to rise 4.6 percent.

Here are 10 states that are

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It’s the same old story, but one we love to hear. Boulder County home sales closed 2017 with yet another increase over the previous year, despite ongoing low inventory, according to Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association.

“All in all, the year was positive. Sales increased moderately over 2016 in both single-family and attached residential housing,” says Hotard.

That’s saying a lot, since sales have increased in Boulder County for several years in a row and prices have increased significantly, while inventory levels never cease to become more challenging.

“The past several years have a pattern of similarity. It’s a sure sign that the demand for a home in Boulder County is strong and

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If you’re planning to sell your home this year, timing can make a big difference in your home’s final selling price.

Even though statistics show Boulder County's real estate market remains among the hottest in the country, reports that your “window of opportunity may be rapidly narrowing.”

“We’ve seen two or three years of what could be considered unsustainable levels of price appreciation," says Javier Vivas, director of economic research for®.

The key word there is “unsustainable.” Changes on the near horizon suggest you should get going and be among the first to sell your home in 2018. Here are the top five reasons:

1. Interest rates remain historically low

While interest rates have already increased from the

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It’s beginning to look a lot like this year’s Boulder County real estate sales performance will outperform last year’s robust close. Year-over-year sales data for 2017 shows slight improvements compared to 2016, even with inventory at persistently low levels.

“It just proves that demand is strong and consistent,” says Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association.

Single-family home sales in the Boulder area improved 2.1 percent year-to-date through November 2017 compared to the prior year – 4,224 homes sold vs. 4,138.

And the sale of 1,377 condominiums and townhomes through November represented a 5.5 percent gain compared to the prior year’s 1,305 units sold.

“We saw year-over-year sales

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Published in the Daily Camera's At Home section on December 29, 2017

BOULDER –  There’s nothing like the magic of holidays and Share-A-Gift is dedicated to bringing that magic to every family in Boulder County.  

Now in its 46th year, the good work and long legacy of Share-A-Gift is as strong as ever as businesses, citizens, and volunteers donate toys, money, and time to make the holidays happy for every family in our community.

Armed with the generosity of Boulder County and hard-working elves, a.k.a, volunteers, Share-A-Gift collects and distributes donated bikes, toys, books and clothing to cheer more than 650 families and 1,800 children who live in the Boulder Valley School District. Donations not distributed through Share-A-Gift this

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Denver receives many ‘Best of’ acclaims and this is one high ranking the city can be especially proud of. The Mile High City ranked No. 1 for recovering more from the Great Recession than any U.S. city.

The Great Recession had a huge impact on the national economy from 2007 to mid-2009. Investors suffered as the S&P Index fell 57 percent. Homeowners saw the housing market crash and home values dropped about 30 percent and unemployment reached about 10 percent nationally.  

Now, in the near decade since, the economy has turned around in many cities – none more than Denver, according to a study by personal finance resource, SmartAsset. Study metrics measured multiple economic factors, including unemployment, income growth, and housing prices.

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October real estate statistics for the Boulder area showed solid gains in sales for the month, though inventory continues to be low, which shows that demand is there, according to Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association.

“We saw some pretty solid gains in sales, despite drops in inventory,” says Hotard.

Sales of single family homes in the Boulder area markets improved 11.4 percent in October compared to September 2017 with 390 homes sold compared to 350. And year-to-date performance is virtually unchanged, improving .16 percent year-to-date through October 2017 – 3,849 homes sold vs. 3,789 through October 2016.

The 126 condominiums and townhomes sold in October increased 13.5 percent

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