Boulder, CO Real Estate News

By Colorado Blog by TopRock
(TopRock Internet, LLC)
Boulder, CO has a great deal to offer everyone who goes there. If you are searching for a tranquil getaway or you're an out-of-doors person searching for plenty of action and adventure, you are guaranteed to find something in Boulder to your preference that will give you a fulfilling vacation. Outside Magazine has recently rated Boulder as the 1 Sports Town in the USA and, situated as it is at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, you will discover a big number of biking trails, backpacking and climbing.Chatauqua, Sanitas, and Flagstaff are all pleasurable hikes just a few minutes from Boulder. Chautauqua is highly recommended by a lot of vacationers, though if you're not accustomed to the altitude, you may feel breathless so be sure to take a bottle of water to prevent dehydration in a...
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By Colorado Blog by TopRock
(TopRock Internet, LLC)
It would appear that Boulder is unquestionably a diverse community in that it has something to provide for everyone. For one thing, it really is a haven for outdoor fanatics with the fantastic playground of the Rocky Mountains around the corner. The town also regularly features in quite a few ratings of the best places to live in America, and these accolades run the gamut from 2nd Healthiest Town in the US to America's Foodiest Town. Here's a look at some of the best neighborhoods in the town.Wonderland Hills is found in North Boulder and you'll be able to find some really lovely houses with excellent views for cost-effective prices. The majority of of the houses, which were built 30 or 40 years ago, are located on enormous lots placed amidst wide streets. Wonderland Lake is the buildin...
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By Colorado Blog by TopRock
(TopRock Internet, LLC)
When you have found your dream condo in Boulder CO, you should think rationally.  There are some factors you have to consider before buying a condo, so do your research first.  If you do not give it some consideration and rush into the transaction, you could be making a serious mistake.Peruse the minutes of the condominium association board meetings to check what sort of complaints condominium proprietors have made.  If there are a number of complaints concerning the plumbing or the condition of the garden, it will be possible to evaluate the performance of the condo management.  Even when you don't see many complaints, reading the minutes will give you a great handle on the type of projects that are being planned and which the seller might not have necessarily informed you about.Check ...
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By Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On
(Colorado Landmark, Realtors)
Boulder County Loves our Pets - It's that time of the year again! The Humane Society of Boulder Valley's annual "Puttin on The Leash" event is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th at the Coors Event Center at Boulder's CU Campus. This year's event will follow the theme "Bark to the Future." Special guest hosts will include Mike Nelson, Chief Meteorologist from Denver's Channel 7 News Dr. Lee Woods of the Broadway Animal Hospital. Both Silent and Live auctions will be held to keep the enthusiasm and excitement flowing throughout the evening. General admission is $60 per person. This is a chance for supporters and animal lovers alike to come and participate in this much anticipated annual event.  Amazing food and entertainment and surely a night not to be missed. Costumes are not only permi...
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By Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On
(Colorado Landmark, Realtors)
 New puppies have arrived ~ Humane Society of  Boulder Valley Puppies arrived from Tulsa, Oklahoma today thanks to the Petsmart Charties Rescu Wagin.  65.... yes 65 puppies  and 5 adult dogs arrived in Boulder at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley today around 4:30.   Some were wiggly, some where shy, some more social than other.  One thing is for sure... they are all incredibly adorable and ready for their furever homes. Boulder County loves our pets.  The Humane Society of Boulder Valley has one of the highest adoption rates anywhere in the country.  They take great care of all the pets arriving in Boulder and strive to find homes for every one of them.  It takes quite of team of volunteers and professionals to ensure these little guys and gals are fed, given water, plenty of exerci...
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By Eric Peltier, Mortgage Lender in Boulder CO
(Eric Peltier - Premier Mortgage Group - Boulder Colorado)
Boulder NEWSWednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 Contact:Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155Jeff Yegian, Housing and Human Services, 303-441-4363   You can own a home in Boulder! Affordable homes open house event scheduled for Feb. 26   Interested homebuyers have an opportunity to tour 18 affordable properties in the City of Boulder's Homeownership Program during open houses being held Sunday, Feb. 26, from noon to 3 p.m.  To view pictures of available homes and get a list of properties participating in this event, visit www.boulderaffordablehomes.com and click on the Homeownership Program link.   Homes available for viewing include studios, condos, townhomes and single family homes starting at around $100,000 for a one-bedroom, one-bath condo and $200,000 for a three-bedroom, 3-bath row h...
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By Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On
(Colorado Landmark, Realtors)
Boulder Issues New Roof Mandate If you live in the city of Boulder, you may be required to replace your roof before 2014.  The city of Boulder has issued a new roof mandate that will require all homes within the city of Boulder which currently have a roof covering which consists of 50% or more of wood by volume to be replaced before January 1, 2014. The new ordinance states that no new wood roofs can be installed including any that have been treated with fire retardant treatments.  It further states that no person owning a building with a wood roof shall fail to remove or cause to be remove their existing wood roof. The city of Boulder issues the new roof mandate to help protect Boulder residents from unnecessary risk of fire.  Although wood shake roofs were used extensively in the past...
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By Didi Doolittle, Vail, CO Realtor 970.232.8225
(Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Eagle Office)
I took a trip down memory lane today when my Mom emailed me this photo….   I snapped this photo (probably with a disposable camera!) of my sad little Christmas tree in 2000, my first holiday away from my family.  I was living in a house in Boulder, CO, with 4 (yes, FOUR) male roommates.  Let’s just say, they weren’t as “into” Christmas as I was.  So, when they decided not to go in on a tree with me, I resorted to a more creative technique. I found a hand saw in the garage and cut a branch off the gigantic fir tree/bush in our rental front yard.  Then I stuck the branch in a 5gal bucket with some bricks and water, strung some popcorn and cranberries, made a tinfoil star, grabbed a few candy canes and, voila!  Christmas Tree! Unfortunately the first night my roommate’s dog at the popcorn ...
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By Stu Galvis, Your Home. Your Needs. Your Agent.
(Keller Williams Realty Downtown)
Coming in at a close second is The Newlands/Old North Boulder with a total score of 52 out of a possible 60!   Here's the scoring break-down:   1.  Walk Score - 7. Dependant on location within the community, while still being walkably close to downtown and it's amenities, homes here are also very close to the Ideal Shops, the N Boulder Rec Center, & Boulder's fabulous Community Gardens.   2.  Proximity to Boulder Mountain Parks - 9.5. Starting at the foot of the Mt. Sanitas trailhead, just N of the mouth of Boulder Canyon, and surrounding the extremely popular N Boulder Park, The Newlands and Old North Boulder abut climbing, hiking and enjoying so many of the amazing outdoor opportunities of Boulder, one might not know where to start.   3.  Proximity to Downtown Boulder - 9. Being just ...
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By Ann O'Connell
(Real estate agent at Oak Real Estate)
I love the mountains. Being close to the mountains was one of the reasons I moved to Boulder. I definitely am in the flat lands more often, and wouldn't want to do all my business in the mountains, but I get excited when clients contact me to look at mountain properties. Gives me a chance to get out there and take in some wide open vistas. Showing properties in the mountains does have its unique, um, "moments." Many of the roads higher up in Boulder County are not paved - they're well-graded and well-maintained, but unpaved nonetheless. That means you're occasionally in for a rough ride depending on where you're going, and you always have to be on the lookout for washboards in the road (for those not in the know, that's a phenomenon where the road gets rutted like a washboard, and, if y...
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By Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On
(Colorado Landmark, Realtors)
Boulder County Real Estate, Did You Know...FHA Loan Limits are Changing The loan limits for FHA loans are changing on October 1st.... and the limits are decreasing.  The old limits will apply to loans that are: 1) submitted for loan application, and 2) under contract, and 3) have an FHA case number by Friday, September 30th   Here is a look at some of the loan limit changes by County: Boulder Current FHA Loan Limit = $460,000  New Loan Limit beginning October 1, 2011 = $402,050 Broomfield Current FHA Loan Limit = $406,250 New Loan Limit beginning October 1, 2011 = $368,000 Weld Current FHA Loan Limit = $417,500 ~ New Loan Limit beginning October 1, 2011 $271,050 Adams Current FHA Loan Limit = $406,250 ~ New Loan Limit beginning October 1, 2011 $368,000 Jefferson Current FHA Loan Limit _...
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By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
University Of Colorado Football Sports Schedule CU Buffs Inaugural Football Season - PAC 12 Conf Its an exciting new year at the University of Colorado as the Colorado Buffaloes enter their inaugural season in the PAC 12 conference.  The Buffalo's tough football sports schedule begins against Hawaii on September 3rd, 2011.   Buffaloes Football Season Sports Schedule Sept 3 at Hawaii                 Honolulu   Sept 10   HOME   BOULDER  Sept 17       Colorado St     Denver - Mile High Sept 24       at Ohio State            Columbus Oct 1 WASHINGTON STATE BOULDER Oct 8 at Stanford               Palo Alto Oct 15         at Washington Seattle Oct 22 OREGON (HC) BOULDER Oct 29         at Arizona St             Tempe  Nov 5    SOUTHERN CAL         BOULDER Nov 12 ARIZONA   BOULDER Nov 19 at UC...
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By Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On
(Colorado Landmark, Realtors)
Boulder County Real Estate - The face of Boulder is changing In case you haven't noticed all of the many changes effecting the overall feel and look of Boulder...... Take another look.  Boulder is embracing the opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint.  Many of the exclusively retail areas of Boulder are being converted to mixed use areas....residential integrated with commercial, retail and entertainment, reducing the need to "get into the car" every time a resident wants to eat out, go shopping, or be entertained. Boulder is leading the way with regard to alternative energy and rewarding homeowners for  "green" features in new homes.  Builders and homeowners alike are realizing the value  buyers are placing on the "green" energy-efficient features of their homes.  Just ask any appra...
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By Mario Jannatpour, Author of the Book, "The Honest Real Estate Agent"
(RE/MAX Alliance in Louisville, Colorado)
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By Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On
(Colorado Landmark, Realtors)
Boulder, CO Homes for Sale, Stats for June 2011   Take a look at the local area statistics for June 2011 in Boulder.  Keep in mind that this is just a snapshot in time but it does give us a good picture of what we saw happening in June: 1) there were more active buyers taking advantage of a lot of great homes for sale and low interest rates, 2) This is the first month since 2008 where we saw the number of homes sold in a month in Boulder break 100, 3) Average Sales price increased, 4) Average days on the Market has decreased     These are all good indicators.  Also take a look at the number of active listings... Inventory is actually going down.  Sellers, there are less homes on the market to compete with.  If you've been waiting to sell your home, NOW could be a very good window of opp...
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By Ann O'Connell
(Real estate agent at Oak Real Estate)
Anyone interested in buying residential real estate as an investment in Boulder, Colorado, should be aware of Boulder's Smart Regs program. Smart Regs is a program unique to the City of Boulder which is intended in part to help reduce the City's greenhouse gas emissions. Smart Regs affects anyone owning residential rental property in Boulder that would require a rental license. There are many nuances and exceptions to the program, so I really can only do a broad brush overview in a blog. Basically, by January 2, 2019, all rental properties must attain a certain number of "points" under the program in order to obtain a rental license. A landlord can obtain points in many ways. For example, points can be gained by installing insulation (one of the biggest point earners), replacing window...
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Simply put, the Fair Trade Housing Act of 1968 brought into law the idea that no individual wanting to buy or rent a home could be discriminated against based upon their race, color, sex, physical disability, religion or natural origin. The whole purpose behind it was to help control the rampant discrimination that was taking place in the housing market during the civil rights uphevels of the late 1960s.While we may not want to admit it, the Fair Trade Housing Act is still an crucial part of our lives today. This act still prohibits a seller or landlord from refusing to rent or sell housing, refusing to negotiate for housing, make a residence unavailable, make false denials, or say that a place can't be rented or owned by an individual based only on the traits listed above.The Fair Trad...
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By Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On
(Colorado Landmark, Realtors)
Boulder county Pet of the Week:  Featured Feline ~ Meet Miss Muffet Miss Muffet... what a pretty little gal.  Miss Muffet enjoys both play time as well as quiet, one-on-one time.  Miss Muffet seems to be happier in an environment without a lot of activity and confusion. She is being recommended to homes without small children.  Miss Muffet has a natural and healthy curiosity about other cats and kittens.   She loves to be brushed and the center of entertainment.   Miss Muffet's credentials: I.D. # 13330831 Age:  2 years, 1 month Gender:  Female Color:  Blue10 lbs and /Cream Weight:  10: 56 lbs Besides being such a handsome little companion. To get more information about Miss Muffet, you can call the Humane Society of Boulder Valley at 303-442-4030.  You can also visit Miss Muffet in per...
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Today, having a green, environmentally friendly home is becoming all the rage. Many properties have energy efficient appliances, areas to divide trash from recyclables, and even used natural eco-friendly cleaners. Interior decorating has also made strides into this new greener world. Thankfully, one of the most popular choices for decorating with the environmental frame of mind is also the easiest to get. It is bamboo. The characteristics of bamboo give it many advantages in the modern home. The material is light, and yet extremely strong. It's high growth rate makes it easy to replenish what resources were taken during harvesting. Bamboo is also a fantastic highlighter of nearly every decorating idea. There are very few decorating schemes that wouldn't benefit from the crispness of bam...
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