December 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Give “back” this year on a snow wovel snow shovel with wheels (!) at wovel.com.

Drop the house temp to 65 or below during the winter months to save on heating bill, get a better sleep, lose weight, and lengthen the life of your refrigerator/freezer by working easier.

– Tote your own mug or tumbler to your favorite coffee spot and help reduce paper waste. Starbucks rewards 10 cents savings per cup when you bring your own mug.

GREENER BITE

– “Leave nothing behind” and have more fun(!) at your next party by using Loliware.com EDIBLE cups in cherry, citrus, vanilla bean flavors and help support reducing plastic in waste streams. Currently, at least 70 million tons of plastic waste enters landfills every year.

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 prices stay strong up 12 percent year over year. “As the winter weather moves in and thoughts turn toward the holidays, the housing market typically sees a month-over-month cooling trend during the fourth quarter,” said CEO of REcolorado.
“Home prices remain at the peak levels we saw this summer; however, they have leveled off in the last six months. The market is showing signs of moderating, which is an encouraging sign for home buyers.”
http://www.recolorado.com/pages/article?tags=news

BOULDER:  Single family continues upward trend in November compared to last year in Boulder County. In November new Listings were up 4.3 percent for single family homes but decreased 32 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 9.8 percent to $495,000 for single family homes and 10 percent to $270,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on market decreased 5 percent for single family homes and 25 percent for condo properties.

Interest rates are an area to pay attention to as rate hikes are widely expected before year end. The Federal Reserve Bank has skipped two opportunities to raise rates this fall, but the final meeting in December will likely include a minor rate hike. http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/NovemberMI.pdf

Have a question about your home or neighborhood?

Always Happy to assist family and friends…

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

Run appliances such as clothes dryers and dishwashers at night to avoid peak energy rates and the humid heat they generate.

– Install a low flow shower head and save up to 40% water without sacrificing water pressure. Try High Sierra 1.5 GPM.

– Swap toys, tools, clothes and the like with neighbors and friends.

GREENER BITE

– Tote your own coffee mug or thermos to your favorite coffee spot.

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:  July brings increase in inventory to the Denver market. After experiencing five consecutive months of increases, home sales took a breather in July. During the month, there were 5,661 sold listings, a slight month-over-month decrease and a six percent decrease as compared to this time last year. Home prices remained steady in July. The average sold price for a single family home was down two percent as compared to last month, but still nine percent higher than a year ago. http://www.recolorado.com/pages/article?tags=news

BOULDER:  New listings in June were up 6.3% for single family homes and down 15% for attached homes. Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor Association says, “The improvement in inventory is likely a contributing factor in the boost in sales: having new products in the market got some buyers off the fence and finding a greater selection of homes to buy.” Hotard was not surprised to hear that the Colorado home prices appreciated 11 percent in the first quarter, considering countywide median sale prices of single-family homes increased nearly 16 percent and average sale prices increased 23.5 percent in May compared with a year ago. “That’s certainly reflected in the prices we’re seeing,” he says. “Colorado is a highly desirable place to be, as we all know.
We’re seeing strong job growth, encouraging people to move here, and historic limited inventory causes prices to rise.”
  http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/MIJune2015_0.pdf

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2016 Newsletter

HOME green tips

Know someone selling or buying this year? Connect us!

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