September 2017

Found 21 blog entries for September 2017.

An abundance of outdoors to explore, coupled with a low unemployment rate and a housing market that's relatively affordable make Colorado an attractive place to raise a family.

SmartAsset, a New York-based financial services and analytical firm, ranked 41 different Colorado cities based on metrics in 10 categories:

  • Percent of families under the poverty line.
  • High school graduation rate.
  • Percent of residents under the age of 20.
  • Median housing cost and 5-year percent change in median home values.
  • Median household income.
  • Property and violent crime rates.
  • Unemployment rate.
  • Child care costs.
Here are the top 10 cities on the list:

1. Golden

Golden takes the top spot for best places to raise a family in Colorado,

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Time's Money ranked the top 100 places to live in America. 

Is your city considered one of the best places to live? I'll help you out; four Colorado cities were ranked in the top 60. 

Here's the top 10:

1) Fishers, Indiana
2) Allen, Texas
3) Monterey Park, California
4) Franklin, Tennessee
5) Olive Branch, Mississippi
6) Dickinson, North Dakota
7) Lone Tree, Colorado
8) North Arlington, New Jersey
9) Schaumberg, Illinois
10) Bozeman, Montana

Everyone's definition of a 'perfect' town is different. Let us help you find the perfect agent to help you find your perfect home. 

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Leaves are changing, the air is getting crisper, and the tall leather boots are starting to come out of the closet. Throw on a scarf and sweater and enjoy colorful Colorado during this beautiful fall season. Here are ten fall festivals you must check out this year:

1. September Splendor in the Rockies
September 1-30, 2017

Celebrate the changing of the leaves in Gunnison and Crested Butte as the state’s largest display of aspens amazes with the changing colors of the leaves. There are self-guided tours, farmers’ markets, art walks a harvest festival, mountain-bike tours and more.

2. Downtown Boulder’s Fall Festival
September 15-17, 2017

Boulder’s fall festival has everything you could ask for: a great music line-up, a beer garden, food vendors, a

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Staging every room in a for-sale listing may sound ideal; however, it can be a bit overwhelming. If you can’t afford to invest in staging the entire home, it’s OK to scale down—after all, it’s better to do a good job on a few rooms than to do nothing at all.

Staging helps the home appeal to the largest number and widest range of buyers possible. This could mean hiring a professional stager, but there are many quick fixes that can change the appearance of the home. This could be as simple as packing up personal items such as trophies and dolls.

When buyers can picture themselves in the home, they’re willing to pay more. NAR’s 2017 Profile of Home Staging reported that 29 percent of seller’s agents reported a 1 to 5 percent increase in offer amount

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West + Main Homes will host a Pop-Up Shop September 22-24th

Kicking off with a Pop-Up Launch Party on September 22nd from 5-7pm with Shop Specials, Giveaways, Food + Drinks and more!

The West + Main Pop-Up Shop will be open from 10-2 on Saturday and Sunday as well!

Featured Vendors:

One Hope Gifts by Liz Hyatt

Pink Bliss Boutique

Nicole Korbe

KatieBird Photography

Franklyn Wolf

Herbal Heart Apothecary

Gold + Grace Jewelry

Whimsicals Paperie

Adam Ambro

...and we are still accepting vendor applications for this and future pop-up shops, so please let us know if you are interested in participating!

We hope that you can join us for a  fun weekend of Pop-Up Shopping!

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41 South Sherman, Denver Colorado

Listed by Heather Truhan for West + Main Homes. Please contact Heather for current pricing and availability.

Rare Mint Condition Modern West Wash Park End Unit! ** AMAZING LOCATION, Move-In Ready. ** Open flow, designer finishes with stainless/glass lined stairway. Beautiful large kitchen with art-deco rounded bird's eye maple cabinets and granite countertops. Relax in the STUNNING 5-piece master bathroom, which feels like a personal spa. Large master retreat with dual closets. Private spacious patio + Trex deck are perfect for pets, gardening and entertaining. ** This townhome-style condo was COMPLETELY professionally remodeled in 2006, plus brand new wide plank floors, fresh paint + new central AC. Sunny garden level…
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Foreign investments in U.S. real estate have surged nearly 50 percent as of late.

The 2017 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) shows that between April 2016 and March 2017, foreign buyers and recent immigrants purchased over $150 billion in residential property. Marking a new survey high, this boost is a 49 percent increase from last year’s $102.6 billion rank.

“In the face of global economic and political uncertainty—that is, Venezuela upheaval, Brexit, Syrian refugees, Russia meddling, and even the very nasty U.S. Presidential election campaigning—people with money were searching for something very safe,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist and senior vice president

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For a growing number of families in metro Denver, buying a new home is slipping out of reach. But more buyers and builders are pursuing townhomes as a way to keep costs attainable.

“Demand remains very strong for housing, but the supply remains constrained. It continues to push prices higher,” said John Covert, director of Metrostudy’s Colorado region. “That’s one of the reasons why more attached product is getting built.”

Unlike detached homes, which stand alone, attached homes share walls. The category includes condominiums, townhomes, duplexes and paired homes. Because more units can be put on the same amount of land, attached homes usually are more economical to build.

Nearly three in 10 of the new homes hitting the market are attached, up

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The buying habits of millennials, naturally, have a way of attracting attention.

Shops have become wise to the growing number of novice green thumbs. “This has caught on,” Carter says. “The nurseries have figured this out, the hardware stores have figured this out.”

Read all about this hot + growing trend in the Denver Post.

And it's not just succulents that are taking up space in both homes and hearts these days. We did a little digging, and found a ton or resources and articles about the popularity of houseplants right now.

Apartment Therapy has this great list of 8 houseplants that can survive in even the most urban of apartments, including this one:

(Image credit: The Sill)

ZZ Plant


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Denver Metro Area Housing Statistics

The average price of a home in August decreased by 2.75 percent from the previous month to $434,478, yet that price is still over eight percent higher when compared to last year.

"Housing numbers can be presented in ways to paint many different pictures,” said Steve Danyliw, Chairman of the DMAR Market Trends Committee and Denver REALTOR®. “Overall, I feel positive about this market even though we are transitioning towards something that looks more normal.”

According to Danyliw, “looking at the glass as half full,” year to date compared to 2016, the median price of a home increased eight percent and the average home price increased 8.35 percent. Additionally, a record high year-to-date 38,553 properties have sold,

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