October 2016

Found 4 blog entries for October 2016.

Whether you are decluttering or downsizing, getting rid of your stuff is hard for many of us. First, we have to overcome the sentimental hold a box of memory-filled items may have. Then, there's the worry of throwing out something that's worth a small fortune.

To help you sort it out, here are tips on researching the value of items from Realty Times magazine.

Do Your Homework

Items of value come in all categories: some you would expect, others that might surprise you.

For example, you might expect your grandmother's costume jewelry could have value on today's market. At the same time, you may think that box of old magazines, stack of postcards or those vintage cereal boxes are to be tossed without a thought. But hold on, those items may be

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While price appreciation continues to signal a strong Boulder-area market, month-over-month home sales for September pulled back in keeping with the usual fall slowdown.  

This year, however, due to robust home sales in 2015, that comparative slowdown isn't restricted to the fall. Overall 2016 sales volume is lower than last year as was expected, according to Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association.

Single-family home sales in September 2016 dropped 21.4 percent with 348 homes sold compared to the 443 sold in August.  Year-to-date, single-family home sales fell 10.9 percent through September 2016 with 3,385 homes sold compared to 3,801 through September 2015.

For condominiums and townhomes,

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After a summer of rising home prices, here's some good news for buyers. If you can choose the month in which you buy your next home, it could save you thousands of dollars.  

That month would be in the fall or winter, according to a recent study by NerdWallet.com.  

Home sale prices – the amount buyers actually pay for a home – are highest during the peak home shopping months of June and July.

Come fall, home sale prices fall.

Across the 50 metro areas analyzed by nerdwallet.com, prices dip by 2.96 percent on average.  The findings are based on analysis of sales and listing over the past two years in the 50 largest metros using realtor.com® data.

That nearly 3 percent decline results in a decrease of $8,300 on the median home from summer

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With Boulder's strong arts community, it stands to reason there are a lot of artists who choose to live here, nestled next to the Flatirons.

And it's true, according to a recent report by the National Endowment for the Arts. Compared to the rest of the nation, there are a lot of artists among us.

In fact, Boulder ranks third for the number of artists per capita among 367 metropolitan areas across the nation, trailing only Santa Fe, NM and Los Angeles, CA, according to the NEA report, Creativity Connects. Artists in some neighboring Colorado metros make up just over 1.5 percent or less of the total civilian labor force, with Denver-Aurora-Broomfield at 1.6 percent and Fort Collins-Loveland at 1.5 percent.

The report focuses on the needs of artists

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