April 2016 Newsletter

HOME green tips

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GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Spring clean home with 10 drops of all-purpose germ fighting anti-microbial lemon essential oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil in a quart of water. Sprinkle baking soda on musty carpets, sweep it around let it sit a bit then vacuum it up. Clean windows with 2 tsp vinegar and a quart of warm water spray.

– Plant lily bulbs outdoors as soon as the ground can be worked for blooms in late June through September, according to Echters Green Thumb Tips for March. Cut back old stalks from your perennials, roses, vines and ornamental grasses, so you can enjoy the new foliage and flowers. Prune fruit trees before they leaf out. There is less danger of spreading disease. Pruning assures good air circulation for better fruit production.

Examine roof shingles for repair or replacement and check for loose or leaky gutters to avoid improper drainage during spring showers.

GREENER BITE

– Dye Easter eggs with natural shades made from fruits such as blueberries and raspberries and vegetable colors of red cabbage, yellow beets and spinach.  http://deliciousliving.com/recipes/how-create-vibrant-natural-dyes-easter-eggs

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 update, and touch up interior and exterior paint for fresh look. Upgrade lighting.

– Open up each space, including closets, and remove stuff/bulky furniture. Stage rooms with one bold color.

-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 Area Housing Inventory Tight. After and uptick in inventory in January, available homes for sale in the Denver Metro area dipped despite a strong influx of new listings coming on the market. Demand is strong and homes are being absorbed almost as fast as they come on the market.  Home values continue to hold steady. Blog.recolorado.com

BOULDER:  Competition for Best available Properties should be Profound. New Listings were down 2.9 percent for single family homes and 15.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties in February. The Median Sales Price was up 9.5 percent to $510,250 for single family homes and 41.5 percent to $362,665 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 16.7 percent for single family homes but increased 65.2 percent for condo properties.

National housing starts were up by 10.8 percent at the end of 2015 when compared to 2014, and the unemployment rate is holding low and steady at or near 4.9 percent. Meanwhile, mortgage rates continue to astound below 4.0 percent and we have witnessed an unprecedented 70 consecutive months of private-sector job growth. As consumers navigate their options, competition for the best available properties should be profound, especially if the market remains hobbled by a lack of supply. http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/MonthlyIndicators_2.pdf

 

Have a question about your home or neighborhood

Happy to help! Thank you for your referrals!

 

Thank you,

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

Fill low areas in the yard or next to the foundation with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage, and insect infestation.

– Harvest spring rains with a rain barrel and save up to 1300 gallons of water and usage during the summer months, while enriching your lawn, garden and plants.

– Consider installing energy saving seasonal awnings and reduce heat gain up to 65% in south facing windows and 77% in the east. Awnings can also help protect furniture, floors and rugs from sun damage.

HEALTHY BITE
– Snack on a handful of anti-inflammatory, high in vitamin E, magnesium rich sunflower seeds for a daily calm.

PLAN TO SELL? MORE TIPS…

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

– Inspect and make small repairs or update, and touch up interior and exterior paint. Upgrade lighting.

– Open up each space, including closets, and remove stuff/bulky furniture. Stage rooms with one color.

– 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:  Home sales soar in March. March brought 6,247 new listings to the market, a 38 percent increase as compared to last month, and three percent more than this time last year. However, new listings did little to ease the inventory crunch. Eager home buyers quickly scooped up the active inventory and, in the process, sent home sales soaring. In March, 4,140 homes sold, a 46 percent month-over-month increase and one percent higher than compared to this time last year, http://www.recolorado.com/pages/article?tags=news

BOULDER:  Hot housing market: Boulder County home buyers are lining up for less inventory. The number of available houses for sale in the county is at a 10-plus-year low, jolting appreciation, creating bidding wars and pricing some people out in the process, http://www.timescall.com/business/local-business/ci_27614117/hot-housing-market-boulder-county-home-buyers-inventory

Have a question about your home or neighborhood?

Always Happy to help you, family and friends!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Leave the leaves and use their rich nutrients for mulch in lawn soil and plants. Several mowing’s to shred dry leaves into small pieces will enhance the process, or use biodegradable bags to remove piles, while saving environment from more toxic plastics. http://www.leaveleavesalone.org/Leaf_Mulching_Tips.html

– Give your air a clean lift with organic vegetable wax essential oil candles (cinnamon spice, evergreen scents). They are metro and soot free and biodegradable. Lumia Organic, http://www.lumia.us/ a local Boulder co.

– Use unbleached, no wax sandwich bags made from the pulp of Scandinavian spruce trees to help keep rivers, lakes and streams clean: www.ifyoucare.com

HEALTHY BITES

Try this gourmet stuffed pumpkin recipe, http://www.bojongourmet.com/2012/11/leek-and-gruyere-bread-pudding-baked-in.html

– Bake anything sweet and savory with spelt and gluten free oat flours. Swap out the all-purpose and whole wheat flours for these easy protein and nutrient dense ingredients.

Enjoy fat burning, antioxidant rich holiday favorites, of course pumpkin is on the list, along with red wine, hot chocolate and coffee, and allicin-rich roasted white potatoes.

PLAN TO SELL?

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

– Inspect and make small repairs or update, and touch up interior and exterior paint.

– Open up each space, including closets. Remove bulky furniture. Stage rooms with color.

LATEST MARKET NEWS  

DENVER:  Housing prices remain strong in October“With inventory levels remaining tight in October, the market stayed nearly as competitive as it was during the summer selling season,” said Kirby Slunaker, president and CEO of Metrolist. “Home prices climbed a bit, and days on market remained low, indicating continued demand,” http://www.recolorado.com/pages/article?tags=news

BOULDER:  Home Sales Flat, Median Price Increases… Local residential real estate sales continue strong posting a 10 percent gain in September coupled with a 7 percent increase in the median price. For the first nine months of the year home sales are exactly even with last year and the median price is up 4.8 percent… With three quarters of the year completed, the sales are on a pace to match the record of 18,690 homes sold last year but combined with the increase in the median price, the total volume should be right around $6 billion which will be a new record. And, as a reminder, many buyers and sellers think the market dries up over the next few months but almost 40 percent of the annual sales occur from October through March, http://bizwest.com/home-sales-flat-median-price-increases

Have a question about your home or neighborhood? Plan to buy?

Always happy to help you and your family and friends!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Kristine Merrill
720-530-4129  

Kristine@greendoorliving.com