December 2017 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Send gifts sans plastic in reused cardboard boxes, fill with brown or recycled shredded paper, seal with paper tape, and help reduce plastic waste in landfills.  

– Checkout these unique and beautiful handmade recycled cards by Good Paper (goodpaper.com) and help support transforming lives around the world.

– Cover your iPhone next time with a compostable eCo-cover case made entirely of wheat and corn and said to be soft rubber-like, no-slip side grip and impact-resistant.

GREENER BITE

– Make your own gourmet chocolate candy in antioxidant rich 80% plus dark chocolate (Equal Exchange or local Choco Love are delicious.).  Add dried cherries, coconut caramels, mini marshmallows, walnuts, etc. See easy recipe: http://deliciousliving.com/recipes/holiday-chocolate-bark

PLAN TO SELL?

– De-clutter, de-personalize, and clean house and yard to make it sale ready. Add plants inside and out.

– Make small repairs or updates, and touch up interior and exterior paint for fresh look. Upgrade lighting.

– Open up each space, including closets, and remove stuff/bulky furniture. Stage/decorate rooms with Seasonal colors.

– Add tech touches like a built-in USB wall charger for $20.00, or a luxury motion sensor faucet to bath or kitchen sinks for under $100.00.

LATEST DENVER/BOULDER MARKET NEWS

DENVER:  Denver Metro Home Prices Remain Strong,
Inventory Tight.
Denver Metro home values remained strong in October, with home sale prices increasing. Inventory tightened during the month, as fewer new listings of homes for sale came to the market. http://blog.recolorado.com/category/stats-and-news/

BOULDER:  Boulder County Prices Predicted to Maintain Highs. New Listings in October were down 3.9 percent for single family homes and 13.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 7.5 percent to $575,000 for single family homes and up 13 percent to $397,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on market remain flat, slightly higher for condo properties.

Although inventory levels are low in many markets, there has largely been enough listing and building activity, and conversation about future activity, to keep prices from skyrocketing toward another bubble. Low affordability has started to become a recent topic of conversation and is definitely worth watching. But with a healthy economy, level of demand and national unemployment rate, sellers are going to be hard-pressed to lower prices. https://www.baraonline.com/sites/default/files/statistics/CARmmi-1.pdf

 I am always happy toassist you and all you know. Your referrals are my greatest complement 🙂 Thank you

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Cheers,

Kristine Merrill
Green Door Living RE
Cell: 720-530-4129
kristine@greendoorliving.com

November 2017 Newsletter

HOME
green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Plug in a WeMo Switch Smart Plug, download the app, and control power usage of lamps, fans and appliances anywhere from your phone to maintain a more energy efficient home.

– Place an aloe plant in the bedroom for its oxygen releasing benefits and clear the air of benzene chemicals found in detergents and plastics. (Keep aloe plants away from animals).

– Put produce and bulk items into handy mesh cotton bags to cut down on plastic bags.

GREENER BITE

– Sip on Oregon pinot noirs and European reds said to be most abundant in antioxidant polyphenols.

PLAN TO SELL?

– De-clutter, de-personalize, and clean house and yard to make it sale ready. Add plants inside and out.

– Make small repairs or updates, and touch up interior and exterior paint for fresh look. Upgrade lighting.

– Open up each space, including closets, and remove stuff/bulky furniture. Stage/decorate rooms with Seasonal colors.

– Add tech touches like a built-in USB wall charger for $20.00, or a luxury motion sensor faucet to bath or kitchen sinks for under $100.00.

LATEST DENVER/BOULDER MARKET NEWS

DENVER:  Denver Metro Home Prices Remain Strong, Inventory Tight. Denver Metro home values remained strong in October, with home sale prices increasing. Inventory tightened during the month, as fewer new listings of homes for sale came to the market. http://blog.recolorado.com/category/stats-and-news/

BOULDER:  Boulder County Prices Predicted to Maintain Highs. New Listings in October were down 3.9 percent for single family homes and 13.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 7.5 percent to $575,000 for single family homes and up 13 percent to $397,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on market remain flat, slightly higher for condo properties.

Although inventory levels are low in many markets, there has largely been enough listing and building activity, and conversation about future activity, to keep prices from skyrocketing toward another bubble. Low affordability has started to become a recent topic of conversation and is definitely worth watching. But with a healthy economy, level of demand and national unemployment rate, sellers are going to be hard-pressed to lower prices. https://www.baraonline.com/sites/default/files/statistics/CARmmi-1.pdf

I am always happy to assist you and all you know. Your referrals are my greatest complement 🙂 Thank you

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Kristine Merrill
Green Door Living RE
Cell: 720-530-4129
kristine@greendoorliving.com

October 2017 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Leach indoor house plants to remove built up soluble salts remaining from fertilizer or minerals from water. Use kitchen sink or bathtub and water and drain plants twice to remove salts, which if left can burn roots and brown tips and margins of the leaves. Move plants away from drafty windows too so they can still soak up the sun but stay warm.

– It’s time again to shred leaves into grass and seal house up for colder temps! Look for gaps where pipes and wiring enter house and caulk around those as well as window frames, (lock windows tight), and doors to prevent heat/energy loss and keep moisture out.

– Use shredded paper for composting, filling for packages, or art projects and avoid putting in recycle bin. Most recycle facilities have difficulty collecting and accepting it or it’s not compatible with machinery.

GREENER BITE

Use those inedible vegetable trimmings—carrot peels, zucchini stems, onion ends, celery root ends and more—to help reduce food waste. Place ends in a large zip top bag and put in freezer. When bag is full, add trimmings to a large stockpot, cover with water, and simmer for 4–6 hours to make rich vegetable stock.

PLAN TO SELL?

– De-clutter, de-personalize, and clean house and yard to make it sale ready. Add plants inside and out.

– Make small repairs or updates, and touch up interior and exterior paint for fresh look. Upgrade lighting.

– Open up each space, including closets, and remove stuff/bulky furniture. Stage/decorate rooms with Seasonal colors.

– Add tech touches like a built-in USB wall charger for $20.00, or a luxury motion sensor faucet to bath or kitchen sinks for under $100.00.

LATEST DENVER/BOULDER MARKET NEWS

DENVER:  Denver Metro Seasonal Cooling Continues Following Strong Summer. Denver Metro real estate market experienced continued seasonal cooling in August, with prices falling, fewer homes selling, and a decrease in the number of homes being listed. Typical Summer Cooling Home prices in the greater Denver Metro area saw decreases for the second consecutive  month, but still eight percent higher than this time last year. Inventory remains tight as we head into fall. http://blog.recolorado.com/category/monthly-market-statistics/

BOULDER:  Boulder County Inventory Increases Continue Heading Into Fall. New Listings in August were up 3.9 percent for single family homes and 22.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales landed at 323 for single family homes and 97 for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was down 1.2 percent to $570,384 for single family homes but increased 4.7 percent to $360,000 for townhouse-condo properties.

The prevailing trends lasted through summer. This was expected, since there have not been any major changes in the economy that would affect housing. Factors such as wage growth, unemployment and mortgage rates have all been stable. Every locality has its unique challenges, but the whole of residential real estate is in good shape.
Recent manufacturing data is showing demand for housing construction materials and supplies, which may help lift the ongoing low inventory situation in 2018.
https://www.baraonline.com/sites/default/files/statistics/AugustCARMMI.pdf

I am always happy to assist you and all you know.
Your referrals are my greatest complement 🙂
Thank you again to all who continue to use and refer my services.

Thank you!
Kristine Merrill
Green Door Living RE
Cell: 720-530-4129
kristine@greendoorliving.com
BLOG:  www.kristinemerrill.com