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

Found 275 blog entries published by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder.

It’s never been more expensive to rent a home in Boulder or the Denver metro area, according to latest Denver Metro Apartment Vacancy and Rent Survey.

The county areas with the highest average rents in the first quarter of 2013 were Douglas County and the Boulder/Broomfield area, where the average rents were $1,186 and $1,150, respectively, according to the survey recently released by the Apartment Association of Metro Denver and the Colorado Division of Housing.

The average rent rose in all Denver-metro counties measured except Adams County, with the largest increases found the Boulder/Broomfield area and Douglas County, where the average rents grew year over year by 7.4 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively, according to a Colorado Division of

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The spring housing market has sprung in the Boulder area, with both single-family and the condo and townhome sales in March showing significant improvement over the same month last year.

“The pattern we started late last year, coming into 2013, is continuing through March,” says Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association. “We’re seeing increased sales volume year over year, and it’s fairly healthy increases.”

The 315 single-family homes that sold in March represented a 16.7 percent increase over the 270 that sold in March 2012; and the 110 condominiums and townhomes that sold in March was 25 percent more than the 88 units that sold a year ago.

But it was the jump in sales from February to March

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Most people understand what “baby-proofing” a home is, but “elder-proofing?” 

Just as not every home is suited for babies and toddlers, neither are they necessarily equipped for seniors who are living longer.

But the longer seniors reside in homes – whether their own or their adult children’s – that aren’t suited to their particular safety requirements, the greater their risk of suffering a personal injury, according to Yahoo! Homes.

The practice of “elder-proofing” a home may require extensive remodeling in some cases, but homeowners can do a number of things with just a toolbox, a few smart ideas and a weekend.

Here are seven handy tips Yahoo! Homes suggests to “elder-proof” a home:

Keep the nightlights on – 
Eyesight tends to deteriorate with

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Rates Flat Despite Weaker than Expected Economic Data Mortgage interest rates were flat again this past week as economic data continued to be mostly weaker than expected.  Economic data weaker than expected included the April New York Empire State Manufacturing Survey, the April NAHB Housing Market Index, March Building Permits, weekly jobless claims, March Leading Economic Indicators, and the April Philadelphia Fed Business Index.  Economic data stronger than expected included March Housing Starts, March Industrial Production, and March Capacity Utilization.  Inflation data was tame as the March Consumer Price Index fell 0.2% on expectations that it would be unchanged.  Year over year, CPI is up just 1.50%, lower than the Fed’s 2.0% target.  Also of

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The Boulder metropolitan area is made up of some of the healthiest people in the country, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Boulder ranked No. 2, behind Lincoln, Neb., while Fort Collins-Loveland came in at No. 5. Colorado ranked second among states only to Hawaii, which has held the No. 1 ranking for four consecutive years.

The states that ranked the highest and lowest in 2012 gavw, for the most part, a repeat performance of their health ranking in 2011. Minnesota, Utah and Vermont rounded out the top five healthiest states, while Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and West Virginia bottoming out the lowest well-being scores.

The state-level data are based on daily surveys conducted from January through December

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Whether saving more money or freeing up cash is the goal, homeowners can consider cutting down their insurance bill by increasing their deductible.

According to Forbes, increasing the insurance deductible – and not just by a few hundred dollars – can do just that.

Depending on the value of the home, savings and income, setting a $2,500 or even a $5,000 to $10,000 deductible can save a homeowner $1,000 a year – and more for owners of higher-valued homes.

When homeowners choose a deductible, they’re picking a number they’re willing and able to spend out of pocket in the case of a loss. It should certainly cover what they would prefer to write a check for versus calling the insurance company.

“We have clients with deductibles of $100,000 fairly

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Rates Flat on Weaker than Expected Economic Data

Mortgage interest rates were mostly flat on the week as economic data continued to be soft.  Economic data weaker than expected included February Wholesale Inventories, March Retail Sales, the April University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index, and February Business Inventories.  Retail Sales fell by the most in nine months and the Consumer Sentiment Index fell to its lowest level since December 2011.  Inflation data was tame as the Producer Price Index was up just 1.1% year over year and core PPI, excluding the food and energy components, was up just 1.7% year over year.  The Treasury auctioned $66 billion in 3 Year Notes, 10 Year Notes, and 30 Year Bonds which were met by markets with somewhat weak

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March home sales signal the start of the buying season

 The spring housing market has sprung in the Boulder area, with both single-family and the condo and townhome sales in March showing significant improvement over the same month last year.

“The pattern we started late last year, coming into 2013, is continuing through March,” says Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association. “We’re seeing increased sales volume year over year, and it’s fairly healthy increases.”

The 315 single-family homes that sold in March represented a 16.7 percent increase over the 270 that sold in March 2012; and the 110 condominiums and townhomes that sold in March was 25 percent more than the 88 units that sold a year

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Except during the Depression and World War II, when it was inactive, the YMCA of Boulder Valley has been a part of the community for nearly 140 years.

Today, the organization as well as its spirit permeates the Boulder Valley through services and programs not just for youth, but for the young at heart of any age.

At its facilities in Boulder and Lafayette, the YMCA offers class for the very young through the elderly including dance, fitness, swimming, Pilates, martial arts, Yoga, weight management and ice skating. It also offers sports programs that cover the gamut of interests, community and before- and after-school programs as well as preschool, a senior exercise class and a program for people with Parkinson’s disease.

“The YMCA is not just for

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RATES IMPROVE SLIGHTLY DESPITE POSITIVE ECONOMIC DATA

Mortgage interest rates improved slightly on the week despite mostly stronger than expected economic data. Economic data stronger than expected included February Retail Sales, January Business Inventories, weekly jobless claims, February Industrial Production, and February Capacity Utilization. Business inventories had their largest increase since May of 2011 and Capacity Utilization reached its highest level since March of 2008. Economic data weaker than expected included the March New York Empire State Manufacturing Index and the March University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index which fell to its lowest level since December of 2011. The Treasury auctioned $69 billion in 3 Year Notes, 10 Year

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