Summer in Colorado: Getting Outdoors

Summers in Colorado can be just as adventurous as the winters. So what is there to do when the days are longer and warmer in the centennial state? The options range from going on a local brewery tour to climbing one of the 53 fourteeners in the state.

If music is your passion, then be sure to check out Red Rocks Amphitheatre’s summer concert series. There are also numerous music festivals offered all summer long throughout the state – the musical options range from underground music, country, classical, bluegrass, classic rock, and even rocky grass.

Colorado is well known for its numerous and beautiful ski resorts. What happens when the snow melts and the ski slopes close? The ski towns and resorts transform to welcome the summer crowd. There are mountain bike trails available for the biking enthusiasts, white water rafting and ziplining options for those wanting a little heart pounding adventure. Looking for something a little tamer?   Aspen and Snowmass offers outdoor yoga, and Copper Mountain keeps its chairlifts operational for those looking to take in a truly scenic view.

Want to see the abundant Colorado wildlife and natural scenes up close and personal? With 41 state parks, 22 million acres of national forests, and hundreds of private campgrounds, there are numerous places to spend the night under the stars. With over 60 different ecological systems throughout the state, each night can be different – mountains or rolling prairies are all have campgrounds available for visiting. Check out Camp Colorado to find a campground and make reservations.

Spending time in nature contributes to the overall mental and physical well-being for everyone in the family. In support of this, Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper has unveiled the Colorado Trial Explorer – an online interactive map showing more than 39,000 miles of every hiking, biking, and multi-use trail in the entire state. These trails cut through wildflower meadows, colorful canyons, and even gorgeous waterfalls.

Looking for more of a challenge than a hike? Why not try your hand at a fourteener – Colorado has 53 mountains over 14,000 feet. There are many lists online that include the best beginner 14ers (if you are just starting), the more difficult ones (if you are looking for an enjoyable challenge) and the various gear you will need to bring for each type. Be sure to keep safety in mind before you head out – pack everything recommended, check on weather conditions, and make sure to let someone know where you are expecting to be.

For the novice or experienced birder, Colorado summers offer a chance to spot a wide variety of birds. Check out the Colorado Birding Trail for guides by region on the best birding sites in the state. This non-consumptive outdoor recreation allows anyone, no matter age or physical fitness, to get outside and observe Colorado nature.

If you are interested in the 200 plus breweries in Colorado, there is a plethora of festivals and tours available to check out. In addition to breweries, there are at least 20 different wineries and vineyard in Colorado’s wine country. Be sure to check out the schedule for local festivals featuring the various beers and wines from around the state. In addition, there are tours available from many of the breweries and vineyards.

Whether you are looking for a great musical experience, a wild adventure in the mountains, or a relaxing outdoor experience, summers in Colorado can satisfy a wide range of interests.

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Posted on August 5, 2017 at 8:08 pm
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Summer in Colorado: Best Road Trips in Colorado

Road trips are just as much a part of summer as ice cream and days at the pool. If you live in Colorado, you don’t have to leave the state to experience this tradition. Colorado’s amazing vistas, magical scenery and stunning stretches of the Rocky Mountains make this state the ultimate touring dream for car drivers from around the world. Roadside amenities also abound providing incredible recreation opportunities and a chance to see some really amazing sites. Here are 5 great road trips to try out this summer.

Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park – 75 miles, 4-5 hours

In Estes Park, crash at the Georgian-style Stanley Hotel, which dates back to 1909. Be sure to take the $15 guided tour to learn about how the property played a critical role in Stephen King’s creation of “The Shining.”

Start the journey in Boulder, known as one of the quirkiest cities in the West. There’s always some sort of cultural activity going on. Day 2 in Estes be sure to get out of the car and explore Rocky Mountain National Park. The most popular hike here is the 14-mile round-trip climb to the top of 14,259-foot Longs Peak. This is not for the laid back hiker, though as you must leave at 3 a.m. to be off the mountain by the time thunderstorms move in later in the day. As an alternative, head out MacGregor Avenue toward McGraw Ranch for an easy 3-mile round-trip hike that follows Cow Creek to Bridal Veil Falls.

Trinidad to La Veta – 110 miles, 6-7 hours

Dating back to 1876, the 17-room La Veta Inn mixes history with comfort in kick-back, Old-West style.

For a look at local archaeology, visit the Louden-Henritze Archeology Museum in Trinidad. The museum has artifacts from nearby Trinchera Cave. For information about more modern times, check out the Santa Fe Trail Museum and some of the city’s historic homes. Later, on State Route 12 at Cucharas Pass, look for incredible views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Great Dikes, yellow-colored rock walls that were formed by volcanic forces inside the Earth more than 400 million years ago. In La Veta, check out the adobe buildings of Fort Francisco, which dates back to 1863 and today boasts a museum with artifacts from the 1700s.

End the day of learning with a homemade cinnamon roll at the Ryus Avenue Bakery, the only bake shop in La Veta.

Mesa Verde to Hovenweep – 480 miles, 3-4 days

Saddle up and spend a while at the Circle K Ranch in Dolores. The ranch offers comfortable accommodations and horseback-riding equal quintessential Old-West relaxation.

Begin this archaeological adventure at Mesa Verde National Park, home to 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 dwellings carved into the cliffs. The best-known rock home is Cliff Palace, a 150-room site with an estimated community of more than 100 Anasazi residents. From here, head south on 160 toward the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation, where members of the tribe provide guided tours through ruins located inside Ute Mountain Tribal Park. Finally, just east of the Utah border, Hovenweep National Monument protects 6 Pueblo-era villages with stone towers that have stood for more than 1,000 years. Four of these villages are in Colorado, 2 are in Utah.

Palisade to Eckert – 200 miles, 2-3 days

Start your trip along I-70 in Palisade and head west. Along the way, sample sweet wines from Carlson Vineyards, one of the oldest wineries in the state. Winemaker Parker Carlson also makes wine from local fruit such as peach and cherry. On Day 2, in Olathe, visit Cottonwood Cellars, then double-back to Delta to explore the Gunnison Valley. For a different kind of tasting, visit the Peak Spirits Distillery in Hotchkiss to try organic gin. Before heading home, stop in Eckert at Surface Creek Winery, which makes full-bodied merlot and features an impressive gallery of watercolor paintings from artist Dale Russell Smith

If a road trip sounds appealing, check out some of the great sights and exploration opportunities listed above.

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Posted on July 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm
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Summer in Colorado: Popular Festivals

While winter in Colorado bring the skiing tourists, Colorado summers bring the festival goers. Whether you are a long time resident, a newcomer, or a visitor, Colorado has a vast variety of festivals available for anyone. Here are some of the more popular festivals of 2017 to attend.

  • Buskerfest – June 23–24, 2017
    • This festival takes place in Denver Union Station’s fantastic public plaza and will celebrate a tradition of live street art and performance in The Mile High City. Attendees of all ages are welcome to come watch street musicians, fire performers, musicians, face painters, hula-hoopers, jugglers and others.
  • Cherry Blossom Festival – June 24–25, 2017
    • Japanese culture and heritage are showcased at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Dance, taiko drums and martial arts are featured on the outdoor stage, while inside the Denver Buddhist Temple you’ll find food sales and exhibits.
  • Sand in the City – June 24th and 25th, 2017
    • Arvada Chamber of Commerce‘s 5th Annual Sand in the City Festival is Colorado’s premier beach party, expected to attract 15,000+ visitors this year. See giant sand sculptures, enjoy local food & artisan vendors, a Kids Zone with buried treasure, live music, craft beer, and more!
  • Denver Taco Festival – June 24th and 25th, 2017
    • The Denver Taco Festival features Denver’s best local music, dancing, tequila and margaritas. But really, It’s all about the TACOS. The festival showcase some the best independent food trucks, taco specialists and restaurants in Colorado, Lucha Libre Wrestling, High Speed Daredevil Chihuahua Racing and more!
  • Steamboat Opening Weekend and Adventure Zone – June 30
    • Steamboat Resort will open for summer base area operations June 30 with the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone’s new summer activities, including the 18-hole Maverick Mini-Golf course, urban ropes course and summer tubing. Other activities opening June 30 include the Wild West Bounce House, Slingshot Bungee Trampoline and WaterWalkerz. Visit www.steamboat.com for a full list of summer activities.
  • Colorado Dragon Boat Festival – July 29–30, 2017
    • Founded in 2001 to celebrate Colorado’s Asian Pacific American (APA) culture, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has become the region’s fastest growing fun, family-friendly summer festival. Named “Top Annual Festival” by the Rocky Mountain News and a “Best of Denver” event by Westword, it offers festival-goers the opportunity to explore APA customs through performances, arts and crafts, shopping, dining and the exciting athletic competition of dragon boat racing.
  • Colorado Renaissance Festival – Saturdays & Sundays June & July, 2017
    • The Colorado Renaissance Festival is a thematic recreation of a 16th Century village and marketplace set in the picturesque mountain venue of “Larkspurshire”, just south of Denver. Hundreds of colorfully costumed characters entertain continuously upon the village streets and on the Festivals 10 stages, performing 60 shows daily.
  • Crested Butte Wildflower Festival – July 7th – July 16th, 2017
    • The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival began in 1986 through the efforts of a few insightful Crested Butte locals who envisioned a wildflower celebration in one of the most picturesque valleys in Colorado. The Festival has grown into a summer-long season with over 300 events offered by over 60 instructors, tour guides and volunteers. Events include hikes and walks, jeep tours, garden tours, and workshops in photography, art, gardening, cooking, medicinal and botany.
  • Arise – August 4th – 6th, 2017
    • ARISE is a music, yoga, activism and co-creative camping festival. This year’s lineup includes: Atmosphere, Tipper, Lettuce, Beats Antique, Ani DiFranco, SunSquabi, Rising Appalachia, Brother Ali, The Expendables, Dirtwire, Desert Dwellers and Late Night Radio, and many more.
  • Lafayette Peach Festival – August 19th, 2017
    • The Lafayette Peach Festival, presented by Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, centers around world-famous all natural Palisade, Colorado peaches. Enjoy peach pies, peach cobbler and peach smoothies. Food vendors, crafters, antique dealers along with some of the finest artists from the Front Range and Western States will be showcased. Children’s activities, live entertainment and music throughout the day.
  • A Taste of Colorado – Sept. 1–4, 2017
    • A Taste of Colorado is the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Over 500,000 people make the four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration, enjoying the offerings of more 50 area restaurants, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, six stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region.

Whatever your interests may be, the summers in Colorado are full of popular and exciting festivals that will keep everyone in the family entertained.

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Posted on June 5, 2017 at 7:56 pm
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What Are the Characteristics of Home Buyers & Sellers in 2016?

The National Association of Realtors® recently published their annual profile of home buyers and sellers from 2016. The information may surprise you.

Home Buyers

First-time home buyers made up 35 percent of all purchases, three percent higher than 2015’s near all-time low. For the third year in a row, the average buyer was 44 years old. Single females (17 percent) buying homes averaged out more than single males and unmarried couples combined.

Homes Purchased

The average distance between where a purchaser lived and the home they bought was 12 miles. Eighty-six percent of them previously owned homes while new home buyers hit 14 percent. The most important environmental features (at 84 percent) in recent purchases included heating and cooling costs.

Home Search Process

Seventeen percent of buyers first contacted a real estate agent while 44 percent went online to look at properties for sale. It took, on average, 10 homes in 10 weeks before they settled on the one they wanted.

The most important details for online searches were detailed information and photos. Eighty-nine percent found photos useful and 85 percent found the information supplied to be very useful.

Home Buying and Real Estate Professionals

Eighty-eight percent of buyers chose to go through a real estate agent or broker while six percent were direct buys from the seller. The most common connection was by referral, with a friend, neighbor, or relative as the most common third parties. Seven in 10 buyers interviewed only one realtor during their search.

Home Sellers

Sellers lived in their homes for 10 years on average before selling, up from nine years in the previous report. Eighty-nine percent of them worked with real estate agents to sell their home, and their final sales price was an average of 98 percent of their final listing price.

Home Selling and Real Estate Professionals

Sixty-four percent of sellers found their agent through referrals from friends, neighbors, or relatives. Of those polled, 85 percent said they would definitely recommend their agent for future services.

The Takeaway

The more information you can provide on a listing, the more likely it will be to gain traction. Photos and detailed information are keys to success. Sellers are hanging on to their homes for longer, and buyers are staying close to their current living spaces. Most business connections are made via referrals, so putting your best foot forward will make all the difference in future sales.

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Posted on April 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm
Metro Denver Office | Posted in Denver Real Estate Market |

Spotlight on the Windermere Foundation

The Windermere Foundation was created to help support low-income and homeless families within our communities. We started as a grass-root foundation based in Washington State in 1989 and have continued to grow with each passing year. We are now active in 10 states across the United States and have raised an astounding $33 million dollars in support for our partner programs and organizations. We have been able to help more people than we ever imagined and it is all attributed to our incredible Windermere agents, employees, and community members.

How do we do what we do?

Our incredible Windermere Real Estate agents donate a portion of their commissions for every home that they sell to our non-profit Windermere Foundation. Every single agent participates in this give back program as well as many of our other employees and members in our communities. In 2016 alone our supporters were able to raise $2.2 million dollars! These donations are utilized by our individual offices to support local non-profits with in their communities. By allowing our offices to choose which organizations they help, their specific communities are able to receive the type of support that they need most and our agents become increasingly more committed to their cause.

Who do we help?

The Windermere Foundation helps support a large variety of programs and services. These services are focused on assisting low-income and homeless families to improve their quality of life and get back on their feet again. Families are able to receive support for basic human needs like food and clothing, but also for housing, education, counseling, and school programs. Our goal has always been to improve the quality of life for families and help their children grow up with opportunities for success.

Practical ways that our offices support their communities include donating to food banks, providing school supplies for students, donating clothing, shoes, and blankets to keep warm in the winter, and even fulfilling wishes through Make-A-Wish programs. Additionally this year we began a new partnership with the Seattle Seahawks to support homeless youth. For every home game tackle the Seahawks made during the 2016 football season, Windermere donated $100 to YouthCare. YouthCare is a non-profit organization that provides necessary needs for our homeless youth. This partnership resulted in an impressive $35,000 of financial support for YouthCare at the end of the season!

We will continue to partner with successful local non-profits in our communities and support our families in every way we can. It has been an honor to watch so many lives be positively impacted over the past 27 years and hope to continue to do so for at least another 27 years to come!

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Posted on March 13, 2017 at 5:21 am
Metro Denver Office | Posted in WMDRE Blog | Tagged , , , , ,

The Windermere Philosophy and Purpose: We Are in the Business of Putting Families in Homes

In 2016, over 560k people were homeless. Of those, 206k were families living in the streets. Youth and young adults make up 141k of those numbers. While there are emergency shelters, transitional housing, and safe havens that offer transitional assistance, there are very few organizations working to get families back in homes. We want to change that.

Since our first preparations for launch back in 1988, The Windermere Foundation wanted to expand our giving-back-to-the-community philosophy. We have developed a strong tradition of putting families back in homes. This mission aligns with our business purpose, and allows us to focus 100% of our efforts on those in need. Whether we are helping families who don’t have a place to live, providing services to the children of those who are homeless, or helping homeless parents care for themselves and their family, our mission remains the same.

Our specific focus allows us to make a bigger impact. Concentrated giving provides a greater control of how money is spent within a program and project. The beautiful part of our Foundation is seeing immediate results of our efforts in both the community and among our ranks and contributors.

Our united giving program has received extensive media attention and financial support. Even better, we see the direct impact in our local community as people are given a second chance at stability.

Less than 5% of every dollar contributed to the foundation goes toward administration costs, paving the path to a more meaningful, results-driven impact.

We agree that there are many wonderful organizations and causes in need. While we wish we could help everyone, splitting our funds will take away from the capabilities of our organization. We champion this cause because it is near and dear to our hearts and, as a Real Estate company, this is something that aligns with our vision and purpose.

Putting families in homes is what we do. Whether it’s using traditional methods, or through the Windermere Foundation, we are dedicated and driven to providing the best possible service.

The Windermere Foundation works well with Community Service Day events or office holiday giving programs. Our love of community is a personal touch that creates a powerful and lasting benefit. Your donations guarantee impact that you can see and guarantee that everyone wins.

We stand by our philosophy and are grateful to those who light the way to success. The homeless in America is not just a statistic. It’s our community.

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Posted on February 13, 2017 at 5:06 am
Metro Denver Office | Posted in WMDRE Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

10 Ways To Avoid Holiday Fire Hazards ~ Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

 

The holidays can be a fun break from the daily grind as we get busy decorating, cooking, shopping and festivities. But with the change of routine, there’s actually a spike in hazardous accidents. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports from late November through January, there is a spike in house fires caused by Christmas trees, candles, lights and holiday cooking.

There are some simple steps to assure your household’s safety during this special time of the year.

1) Keep your tree watered

Live Christmas trees can dry out pretty fast in the Colorado winter. So to keep it fresh, cut the tree’s base before putting it into a sturdy stand.  Then water it daily so the needles remain moist.

2) Double-check your lights

It’s really important to only use outdoor lights when you decorate outside! Inspect them for fraying, damage and wear.  If wires are showing through the insulation or sockets/connections are cracked or loose, do not use the lights. Also strands can overheat and fail if you plug more than three strands together.

3) Plan the home fire escapes

Every room should have two exits in case of a fire.  Be sure your smoke detectors are all working too.

4) Have a carbon monoxide detector

In Colorado a CO detector is required in every home with a fuel burning heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage. The detector must be installed less than 15 feet from every bedroom/sleeping area entrance.

5) Clear 3 Feet around Flames

Be sure all materials are at least 3 feet away from your fire place (even Christmas stockings).  And don’t leave candles unattended.

6) Toss, don’t burn wrapping paper

After gifts are unwrapped, be sure to recycle it. Burning it can clog the chimney or become a fire hazard.

7) Check extension cords

Use laboratory-approved extension cords, just like your lights.  You actually shouldn’t staple, tape or run them under rugs.  Don’t overload your electrical outlets.

8) Safely place the Christmas tree

Be sure your tree is away from fireplaces, vents and other heat sources and does not block pathways or room exits.

9) Decorate your tree safely

Tree ornaments can actually be a choking hazard, so watch using small ones. Be sure they don’t puncture the wiring of the tree lights.

10) Cook with caution

When you have multiple burners and the stove cooking at once, watch out for the hot surfaces and overflowing pots/pans. Of course never use a turkey deep fryer indoors.

 

For more online resources about holiday fire safety, check out the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Administration.

 

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Source: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/news/baltimorecountynow/Ten_Tips_for_Avoiding_Holiday_Fire_Hazards


Posted on November 20, 2016 at 5:11 am
Metro Denver Office | Posted in Enjoy Your Home, WMDRE Blog |

This Fall Our Market Remained Robust!

November 2016 Infograph

Well, the market has dipped into “off-season mode,” though it’s kept up QUITE an active and strong pace! Last month fewer homeowners put their properties on the market. Transactions naturally slowed down a little bit. However, average sales prices hovered around the same numbers for the second month in a row (and still nearly 10% better than October of 2015).

With the election over, will our metro area experience any strong fluctuations in the real estate market? Tune in next month to find out! As always I’m here to provide you personal insight and an expert plan for your real estate needs! After all the holidays can be the right time to buy and sell.

 

Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate
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Source: http://www.dmarealtors.com/dmar-real-estate-market-trends-report-nov-16


Posted on November 13, 2016 at 1:22 am
Metro Denver Office | Posted in WMDRE Blog |

5 Mortgage Blunders To Avoid

Big and small mortgage missteps can cost you thousands of dollars! So AVOID these blunders:

1) Big banks aren’t always the right option.
Big banks may not know our local market or how to handle unusual financial circumstances.

2) Delaying to secure a good rate.
Rates can shift in a matter of hours! A small increase can be thousands of more dollars.

3) Skipping chances to make extra payments.
One extra payment a year on your loan can shave off years of interest!

4) Making “small” credit mistakes.
If you plan to refinance, one mistake or certain financial change can drop your FICO score.

5) Not tracking mortgage rates.
Not jumping on low rates means you could be missing out on major savings!

Check out more tips at my blog!
Or contact me today about your real estate needs.

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Source: Realtor.com
Produced by: Get Real Marketing


Posted on October 28, 2016 at 1:56 am
Metro Denver Office | Posted in WMDRE Blog |

What is going on with our market??

October 2016 Infograph

In years past, the Metro Denver’s market has slowed down during the fall. But after this summer, MORE homeowners decided to list their properties!! They weren’t moving quite as fast off of the market (which IS normal for the season). BUT what’s got people’s attention: the average appreciation has slightly dipped for the THIRD month in a row!
This generates all sorts of questions:

  • Is the Metro Denver market reaching its price-point ceiling?
  • Are more sellers listing to ensure they get the best return?
  • Buyers, is this your most OPTIMAL time to find the right home??

If you’ve questions, let’s talk today!

Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate
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Posted on October 15, 2016 at 1:03 am
Metro Denver Office | Posted in WMDRE Blog |