June 2016 Newsletter

HOME green tips

Know someone selling or buying this year? Connect us!

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Spray away mosquitoes with lemon eucalyptus oil, said to be as effective as DEET. Drain all standing water to control mosquitoes, no matter how small the amount, including rain gutters, plastic sheeting, pipes, drains, trash cans, saucers under pots, bird baths, etc.

– Turn down water heater thermostatto 120 degrees to save on energy bill and prevent mineral build up in tank and pipes.

Reduceor eliminate need for disposable plastic bottles by using a water filter and reusable container.

GREENER BITE

– Try Wine in Cans Infinite Monkey Theorem White Wine and Presto Prosecco Sparkling Cuvee. Cans are great because they don’t shatter and chill quickly, plus they’re light and recyclable.

 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 Sales Remain Strong as more Homes enter Market. Home prices in May were up four percent month over month and nine percent as compared to last year. The average sale price of a single family detached home climbed to $448,804, three percent higher than last month, and eight percent higher than a year ago. Condos and townhomes price increases as well, reaching $297,930, which was four percent higher than last month and a 14 percent year over year increase. Homes continue to sell quickly, spending an average of just 24 days on market. recolorado.com/news

BOULDER:  Same is the Sound in Boulder County Market. New Listings in April were down 9.5 percent for single family homes and 21.9 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 18.2 percent to $582,250 for single family homes and 28.4 percent to $391,500 for townhouse condo properties. There have been no striking changes to curtail what should be a decent run of home sales over the next several months. Mortgage rates remain stubbornly and wonderfully low. The unemployment rate remains at or near 5.0 percent for eight straight months, and wages have increased for a great many people. New construction has been slow, and that may be a damper on sales, but the general outlook remains strong. baraonline.com/MonthlyIndicators416.pdf

 

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

May 2016 Newsletter

HOME green tips

Know someone selling or buying this year? Connect us!

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Allow for some weeds like dandelions and wildflowers to grow in your yard to support life-giving bees.

– Plant tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and herbs outside in late May, after almost all danger of frost has passed. See echters.com/FrostHardiness

Make sure windows are sealed to keep water out and cool air in. Check to replace caulking or add sealant.

GREENER BITE

– Compost your own food waste to keep it out of landfill where it can release methane gas, a more potent greenhouse gas than Carbon dioxide. Try a countertop composter to bucket (see below links to product and handy guide):  chefn.com/ecocrocktm-compost-bin

homecompostingmadeeasy.com/foodscraps  (Avoid adding large scale meat or fish waste, fats/oils, and dairy, which can attract unwanted vermin and odors. Use city composter if can for those items.).

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 Market Prices in April Reach All-Time Highs, Inventory Remains at Record Lows. The sold price of Denver-area homes continue its record-breaking trend as it rose in April to an average of $393,615. Average sale price increased two percent month over month and up nine percent year over year. As compared to this time last year, inventory levels and days on market are nearly identical, keeping the market very competitive. Year over year, the number of sold homes sold in April was down 12 percent. recolorado.com/news

BOULDER:  Same is the Sound in Boulder County Market. New Listings in April were down 9.5 percent for single family homes and 21.9 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 18.2 percent to $582,250 for single family homes and 28.4 percent to $391,500 for townhouse-condo properties. There have been no striking changes to curtail what should be a decent run of home sales over the next several months.

Mortgage rates remain stubbornly and wonderfully low. The unemployment rate remains at or near 5.0 percent for eight straight months, and wages have increased for a great many people. New construction has been slow, and that may be a damper on sales, but the general outlook remains strong. baraonline.com/MonthlyIndicators416.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