Living in Colorado

 

Why should you pay property taxes?

Taxes. This word may send a shiver down the spine of even the most fearless among us. Homeowners, who already spend a great deal of their income on their mortgage and home maintenance, may wonder why they have to pay that pesky property tax as well—especially those in states with extremely high property taxes.

So why do you have to pay property taxes, and how does your state come up with what you owe?

Property taxes are assessed by city and county governments to generate the bulk of their operating revenues. The taxes help pay for such public services as schools, libraries, roads, and police protection.

Property tax revaluations are often performed periodically, although the time interval varies from state

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Arbor Day Tree Sale  

We're big fans of The Park People, so we wanted to pass along the information for their Annual Arbor Day Tree Sale, which is happening this Saturday!

The Park People works to preserve, enhance, and advocate for Denver's parks, recreation resources, open space and urban forest. They pursue this mission by raising private funds for capital projects of various sizes, parks enhancements, and through their programs: Denver Digs TreesMile High Tree ChampionsCommunity Forester and the Park Legacy programs.

What: Fruit and Yard Tree Sale Plant a tree in your yard to add color, shade, or edibles to your landscape...     When: Sat, April 15th noon-2pm    Where:  City Park Greenhouse - 2500 E…
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West + Main Homes is proud to partner with Blue Spruce Constructors and Taylor'd Urban Properties to exclusively list this stunning modern farmhouse.

Fully custom home on a large lot just west of Edgewater. Just a few blocks to Edgewater's shopping + restaurants, as well as Sloan Lake and light rail. 

Please contact Doug Sutton for more information.

 

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Compared to February, March saw significant increases in active and new listings, as well as homes sold and under contract. Sales volume increased 44.42 percent compared to the month prior and 9.73 percent year over year, to reach over $1.85 billion last month. 

“The spring selling season in our housing market experienced some of its own March Madness,” said Steve Danyliw, Chairman of the DMAR Market Trends Committee and Denver real estate agent. “Homebuyers and sellers will be happy by the healthy increase in activity.” 

March is historically the start of metro Denver’s housing cycle that then peaks in June.

“The current housing activity may be the catalyst to a record-setting year,” added Danyliw. “First, the average sold price and

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Tips & Tricks for building a little free library

How it works: The Little Free Library organization started as a non-profit in 2009 to help increase literacy and encourage access to books for all ages and stages. The principle is pretty simple—take a book, leave a book. You can stock yours with a few favorites to start with and you’ll be surprised how quickly books change and exchange.

How to do it: You can build your own from scratch and Little Free Library even has plans and tips. You can also purchase a pre-made library in a variety of different designs or a basic one which you can customize with paint and your own flair. Be creative with your library: we’ve seen everything from libraries painted perfectly to match the owner’s house to

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1780 Washington Street #405 Denver, CO 80203

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square Ft.: 963
Price: $2300/mo.
Available: Immediately
Deposit: $2000

Features: Access Control Building - Top Floor (elevator) - Vaulted Ceilings - 1 Covered Garage Parking Space (w/bike rack) - Large Balcony w/City and Mountain Views - Dog and Cat Friendly Building - New Stainless Steel Appliances - New Floors (hardwood & tile) - New Paint - New Fixtures - In Unit Washer and Dryer - Free wi-fi - DirectTV/Cable Ready - Cooling: Central - Heating: Forced - Water, Sewer and Trash included

Neighborhood: No longer in the up and coming category, the hip district of Uptown Denver has firmly established itself as a capital of cool, just east of downtown. In the heart of Restaurant

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Capital Gains and Home Selling: How it Works

Many first-time homeowners wonder how capital gains work when it comes to selling their home. Mainly, can you exclude these gains come tax time? The answer is yes, but only if you meet certain criteria.

If you sell your primary residence, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of gain – $500,000 for married couples – from your federal tax return. However, in order to qualify for this exclusion, the IRS says your home must have been owned by you and used as your main home for a period of at least two out of the five years prior to its sale.

You also must not have excluded gain on another home sold during the two years before the current sale. Special rules apply for members of the armed, uniformed and

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We Don't know about you, but we thought this winter seemed really short, didn't it?

As much as we love Spring and all the fun that it has in store, we want at least a couple more good pow days...and with snow expected this weekend, we think you should, too!

Plan ahead...here are the dates that Colorado Ski Resorts are planning to close, which is, of course, always subject to change depending on Mother Nature's mood swings. Have fun and be safe on the slopes!

2016/17 Resort Dates* 

RESORT

OPEN

CLOSE

ARAPAHOE BASIN

October 21

Early June

ASPEN MOUNTAIN

November 26

April 16

ASPEN HIGHLANDS

December 10

April 9

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The recent warm weather has tricked many of our plants into thinking it's spring, so what happens to them when it snows, like it is predicted to do this weekend?

We did a little bit of googling for you:

Denver 7news checked with the gardening pros at O'Toole's Garden Center, located at 5201 S Federal Blvd in Littleton, and they said the good news is our plants and lawns need this moisture, and the snow (if it's not too heavy) could actually insulate them against the cold weather.

Before the snow, customers were rushing in to buy fertilizer and weed preventer so it would be watered in by the storm.

For people seeing bulbs starting to sprout, O'Toole's store manager Chris Ibsen said they are strong and should be fine. For more delicate

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Denver licensing officials for the first time are going after short-term rental hosts on Airbnb, HomeAway and other online services — more than 1,000 of them.

Showing up in mailboxes this week are the first violation notices issued under Denver’s new short-term rental ordinance, said Dan Rowland, a spokesman for the Department of Excise and Licenses. There are 1,057, to be exact, including 352 mailed last Friday and hundreds more that will be mailed this week.

Rowland said the “vast majority” cite what might be considered the lowest-hanging fruit under Denver’s new law: failing to include a license number in the online listing.

He said the notices give recipients 14 days to get licensed or fix other violations. If they don’t, they face fines

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