Four things that could make purchasing Real Estate easier in 2015

We’ve all had thoughts of “if only I’d known then what I know now…” Well, sorry, but here’s another one: The four things that could make purchasing Real Estate easier in the new year.

Loosened mortgage lending.

You may have heard the recent story about how former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was unable to get a refinance loan. When I read that, I wondered how many would-be home buyers also read it and just gave up on the idea. For many, logic would dictate that if Ben Bernanke couldn’t get a loan, they probably couldn’t. Well, one of the things the latest federal budget bill did is help loosen mortgage lending. Good news for Ben. Good news for you.

Down payment requirements will be lower.

After the financial meltdown of 2008, down payment requirements for mortgages went up as high as 25 percent, according to But Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now offering lower down payments.

Growth in home prices will be slower.

This means there could be more bargains out there, relatively speaking - the real estate market in Colorado is still very strong. Of course, in some areas, prices will rise more sharply, while in others growth will be slower. But, on average, home values will grow at a slower pace than we’re historically used to. But eventually, growth in those values will increase. That will make buying a home a sound investment over the long term.

Low interest rates will continue.

This has been the 800 pound gorilla in the financial room for six years now. The federal funds rate has been at or near zero percent since December, 2008, and it’s expected to remain low for some time. As long as the federal funds rate is low, mortgage and other credit interest rates will also be low. Until now, that low rate has primarily benefited Wall Street and high net worth investors. But, when you add looser credit and lower down payment requirements into the mix, middle America will now reap some benefit as well.

Here’s the takeaway for those who would like to buy their first home, or upgrade to something larger:  You can wonder “if only I’d acted on what I knew in January”, or you can start actively exploring the real estate market in Colorado now.

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Include Erie Colorado in your new home search

Erie Colorado is a small town filled with character and beautiful homes, often described as quaint but still located close to both Boulder and Denver. When choosing to settle down in a new neighborhood, families often look for the perfect mix of beauty and safety that a small town offers combined with the convenience of living close to a metro area. Erie, Colorado offers just that combination.

Erie Colorado is unique in that it strives to keep in touch with its roots. Even its town website proudly announces that it was founded in 1874. Recently the town has dedicated its financial budget to renovating and improving its public works and school systems. Today Erie has three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school in which you can choose to enroll your children in. Its January/February newsletter talks about some of its most recent accomplishments in the new year, one of them including being placed number 2 in the Best Places for Young Families rankings by Nerd Wallet.

Erie Colorado is considered to be a wonderful historic neighborhood that focuses on its community and you can see this by traveling throughout the beautiful developments Downtown. The town also just announced that it invested over $61,500 in historic Downtown improvements. There are multiple small get together spots as well as larger community parks and even a dog park. Erie focuses on its community by implementing several programs such as a Concert in the Park series and as well as committee dedicated to hosting art in public places throughout the town.

In addition to its wonderful community, Erie Colorado offers lower prices compared to towns that are located just outside of Denver. The 15 minute drive from Boulder allows for beautiful homes in Erie Colorado to be offered at an average price of $329,132 according to this real estate summary. The town also offers newer homes to choose from with an average home age of 4 years. Home prices also vary due to which county the real estate is located in. Erie CO is located in both Weld County and Boulder County, and the homes located in Boulder County tend to cost more.

There are quite a few new real estate listings in Erie Colorado. Even though the average home last year was around $300,000 there are listings that range both below and above that amount. If you are interested in learning more about Erie Colorado, contact Housing Helpers to find out more about real estate opportunities in Erie CO.

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New Apartments for rent in Gunbarrel Boulder Colorado listed by Housing Helpers

New Luxury Apartments in Gunbarrel Business District

Find out why Apex 5510 apartments in Gunbarrel offers Boulder’s best new luxury apartments for rent.

Apex 5510 apartments in Gunbarrel puts you in the heart of it all. Here, you’ll find studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes in North Boulder’s Gunbarrel business district. It’s the perfect blend of inspired design and a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, so of course it’s 100% smoke-free.

For leasing information call 303-545-6000

You’ll be well within walking distance of some of our premier companies, including IBM, HP and Covidien. In fact, more people walk to work in Boulder than any other city of our size. There’s direct access to Boulder Reservoir and more than enough protected open space to make sure nothing blocks your view of the front range.

With downtown Boulder, Pearl St. Mall and 60 parks just five miles away, Apex 5510 apartments in Gunbarrel will remind you every day that this is where you were meant to live all along. And now you do. Apex 5510 apartments. At heart, you’ve always been a Boulderite.

Apex 5510 Apartments Interior Features

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Apex Apartments Gunbarrel Luxury Interiors

• Gourmet kitchens with black Frigidaire appliances
• Side-by-side refrigerator with water filter and ice machine
• Built-in microwave oven
• Custom cabinetry offered in both Honey and Espresso color schemes
• Granite counter tops & large prep islands
• Wood-style flooring in your living room, dining room and bathroom
• Nine-ten foot ceilings
• Your own private balcony or patio
• Full-size washer and dryer
• Lighted ceiling fan in all bedrooms
• Dual bathroom sinks available in select floorplans
• Walk-in closets in most floorplans
• USB outlets installed throughout the home
• Cubed storage wall in studio apartments
• Classy tiered light fixtures in select floorplans
• Extra deep soaking tubs with white subway tiled walls
• Oversized 8′ Windows with Front Range Views available in select floorplans

Apex 5510 Apartment Community Amenities

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Apex Apartments Gunbarrel Pool And Spa Area

• 100% Smoke Free Community
• 1600 sq ft. State-of-the-art 24-hr Fitness Center
• Sparkling Pool & Year Round Hot Tub
• Paw Spa – Indoor bathing basin for our 4 legged roommates
• Off Leash Bark Park
• Apex Lounge – Wifi, Billiards, Sports Media Room
• Business Center
• Electric Car Charging Stations
• Walking distance to Finkle & Garf Brewery, New Planet Brewery & Boulder Creek Winery
• Walking distance to King Soopers, Tod’s Coffee, Bowhous Fitness Studio and Dining
• Bike Storage
• .25 Miles from Coot Lake Dog Swimming
• Access to Hiking Trails and the Cottonwood Bike Path
• Minutes from Boulder Reservoir
• Built to be LEED®-certified silver
• Community garden so you can grow the foods you love
• Storage units for all your Boulder gear
• Private Garages and Carports available
• 1000 SQ FT of retail space on site- Vendor TBD
• Located in the award winning Boulder Valley School District
• Regularly scheduled Resident Socials and Events

Apex 5510 Apartment Floorplans

Apex apartments in Gunbarrel feature 231 smoke-free studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. Each is an inspired fusion of community, design and the sustainable, healthy lifestyle you love. And each offers an open concept floor plan that fits right in with the way Boulder lives—wide open.  Square feet may vary between individual units and are subject to availability. Rental rates are subject to change without notice. Deposits may fluctuate based on credit, rental history, income, and other qualifying standards. Occupancy guidelines apply.  Here is a sample of a two-bedroom floorplan at Apex apartments in Gunbarrel.

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Find your Next Apartment For Rent in Gunbarrel at Apex 5510

You come back from work or one of your Boulder adventures and you smile. It’s good to be home. You throw open the two-inch blinds, kick back and admire the view of the front range. Later, you’ll take the dog to our Paw Spa. Yes, we have a dog spa.  You can tone up in the state-of-the-art fitness center, maybe do a few laps in the resort-style pool and then call some friends over to watch the big game in the Apex Lounge. But that’s for later. Right now, you’ll just settle in for a bit and enjoy your place.

Apex 5510 Apartments Leasing Information

For leasing information including the latest availability, rental rates, move in specials, and to schedule your showing please contact Housing Helpers Boulder at 303-545-6000 or email us at

Looking for furnished apartments in Gunbarrel?  Housing Helpers offers the largest selection of fully furnished apartments and serviced corporate housing in Gunbarrel, and throughout Boulder County and the Denver metro areas.  Please call our corporate housing office at 303-545-6000.


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Corporate Housing Serves Tech Savvy Boulder and Beyond

Have you ever had to relocate because your career needed you too?  If so, did you find yourself settling on a less-than desirable hotel because of budget restrictions, or because your company was simply too busy with the move to properly attend to the nuts and bolts of the relocation process? Did you end up researching questionable sublet situations?

As if moving isn’t stressful enough, how does one deal with the challenges of a new job location, packing and family obligations?  Well, one reliable and tested solution is Corporate Housing. Let us explain how Corporate Housing works and how it helps a corporation fulfill the needs of its employees.

When a corporation relocates it’s business operations, it can support its employees by helping them solve the problem of finding a temporary residence while in transition.  A trustworthy and reliable corporate housing service provider can solve that problem, saving the company and its employees valuable time and money.

A member of the Corporate Housing Providers Association with a long history of partnering with companies in Boulder County and beyond, Housing Helpers is a standout example of a reliable supporter in finding temporary housing solutions in Colorado.  Housing Helpers corporate housing solves the problems that come with moving by connecting employees with transitional accommodations that are furnished and can be found near the proximity of their new work environments.

Housing Helpers provides comfortable, quality, customizable, furnished residencies that are a great alternatives to hotel solutions because they are typically a fraction of the cost of extended stay hotels; plus the employee or corporate traveler on average will enjoy spacious, tastefully decorated homes, separate bedrooms, dining areas with full kitchens, and more amenities than most hotels. Plus, all utilities are included and a personal 24 hours service is available to attend to any concerns.

With a thriving business community, particularly in the technology sector, Boulder, Colorado has become a central hub for tech start-ups to call home. Just recently Google announced the foundation of a permanent 4-acre campus to be built in the heart of Boulder; which will require months of construction. This means the influx of executives and employees from Google’s other national offices will head into Boulder, already a busy real estate market. Boulder County’s congested corporate landscape includes Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Ball Aerospace, Level 3 Communications and many more. With this much competition for adequate living spaces, it’s recommended to turn to a professional with the network and lay of the land to supply housing solutions to a sizable workforce.

In addition to serving the needs to of relocating employees, Housing Helpers Corporate Housing also provides affordable solutions in cases of:

  • Short-term vacation rentals
  • In between homes scenarios for home buyers and sellers
  • Disaster relief housing for displaced individuals and families
  • Contract workers on assignment
  • Traveling nurses, doctors, and medical professionals

It’s a piece of mind for the relocating work force and for the corporate or family budget. Our Corporate Housing networks also reach out and supply accommodation solutions in Arvada, Broomfield, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Superior, Thornton, Westminster, the Denver metro area, and even Fort Collins.

For more information about our corporate housing services in Boulder and beyond, please call our local Boulder office at 303-545-6000 or email us at

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Home For Rent Wonderland Lake Boulder Colorado

Wonderland Lake Boulder Colorado Homes For Rent

Homes for rent in the Wonderland Lake neighborhood in Boulder Colorado range from modern craftsman style to eighties era townhomes, and updated bungalows.  The Wonderland Lake neighborhood in Boulder is located adjacent to the Wonderland Lake trail system- a roughly 1.2 mile trail that circles the lake.

The homes are located mostly on quiet tree lined streets nestled up against the scenic north Boulder foothills, making Wonderland lake an idyllic setting to live.    Some homes in Wonderland offer access to a private swimming pool and children’s playground.It really can run the range of home styles in this desirable area of north Boulder.

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Modern Home For Rent in Wonderland Lake Boulder Colorado


Wonderland Lake Trail Boulder Colorado

Wonderland Lake Trail Boulder Colorado

The Wonderland Lake neighborhood is located in the Boulder Valley School District.  Schools for Wonderland Lake include:

Foothill Elementary
Centennial Middle
Boulder High School

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A typical Wonderland Lake Home For Rent in Boulder Colorado

The following rental properties in Wonderland Lake showcase the type of properties that have been available for rent in Wonderland lake.

Updated Home For Rent in Wonderland Lake

Modern Home For Rent in Wonderland Lake

New Townhome For Rent Near Wonderland Lake

If you are looking for homes for rent in Wonderland Lake Boulder Colorado call our local Housing Helpers Boulder office, our rental specialists are available six days per week to answer your questions.  303.545.6000.

If you have a home for rent in the Wonderland Lake neighborhood we can help you rent it.  Housing Helpers in Boulder has been renting homes in the Wonderland Lake area for over 28 years and we can help you rent your home.

Contact our property listing manager at 303.545.6000 to list your home for rent today.


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Indicators that Could Signal a Boost in the Real Estate Market

It’s no secret that the real estate market has slowly recovered from the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. Between the inability of would-be home buyers to save for an adequate down payment, and the higher qualification standards for mortgages, many first-time buyers have been priced out of the market. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.

The Rock

There were a number of factors that led to people’s inability to save for an adequate down payment. Most significant was an unemployment rate in the high single digits (7.5% or higher) for four-and-a-half years (January, 2009 thru June, 2013). Add to that increasing rents and higher student loan debt, and you get a decline in first-time home buyers from 47% in 2009 to just 33% this year.

The Hard Place

As if the rock wasn’t bad enough, the Federal Government enacted sweeping reforms to the mortgage lending industry in response to the underlying cause of the financial crisis – sub-prime mortgages and related securities. Many argue that they overcompensated. But that’s a topic for another day. Suffice it to say that a lot of people, even those who actually could afford mortgages, were frozen out of the housing market because they couldn’t qualify for a loan under the revised standards.

Better Days Ahead

It’s beginning to look like there are better days ahead. The space between the rock and hard place that would-be home buyers have been squeezed between over the past five years is beginning to open up.

Since July, 2009 the unemployment rate has been on a downward trajectory through the mid single digits (between 5.0% and 7.5%). In addition to that, inflation has been below 3% two of the last six years, below 2% four of the last six years, and is on track to be below 2% for 2014. So, with more and more people working and inflation tracking very low, people are better able to save.

But the good news doesn’t end there. There are signs to indicate that qualifying for a mortgage is going to start getting a little bit easier. In a speech delivered by Mel Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, to the annual conference of The Mortgage Bankers Association, he signaled that they could loosen their mortgage underwriting standards, and that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will still purchase the loans, without much recourse if the loans turn sour.

This is all good news for home buyers in general, and first-time home buyers in particular because it opens up the real estate market to them. As a result, we should begin to see an increase in the percentage of first timers.

Apartment Kitchen Improvement Tips, Apartment Finder Boulder Colorado

Four ways to spruce up your apartment kitchen

Apartment living has its advantages.  You love the location, the community, and the rent of your apartment. However, the kitchen could use a little work.  However most apartment communities wont allow renters to make significant changes to the apartment interiors.

You’re feeling frustrated because you know that you can’t make permanent changes to this less-than-desirable space. Cheer up because here are some modifications you can do and still reverse when you move out of your apartment.

  • Change the cabinet hardware. The knobs and handles on your kitchen cabinets and drawers are typically just screwed in. So if you don’t like the style, unscrew the hardware and replace them with more suitable options from the home center store. But keep the old stuff so you can put them back on when you leave the apartment.


  • Expand with shelves. Are the kitchen cabinets dark or outdated? For a more modern look, remove a few of the doors to reveal the shelves and expand the visual space. Add inexpensive mirrored tile behind some of the shelves to reflect light. Put most of your plates behind closed doors. Reserve the revealed shelving for a few well-chosen kitchen accessories.


  • Keep beauty underfoot. Because kitchens are usually a high traffic area, they can look worn and dirty quickly. If cleaning the floor doesn’t fix it, lay down some brightly colored kitchen rugs with interesting patterns. Be sure they have non-slip back and are machine-washable.


  • Go bold. Many windowless apartment kitchens have a blank wall that may be the first thing you see when you enter the space. Turn this into a focal point by adding a large, colorful, and bold graphic. The pic can be framed or wrap it around a large board, which you can then hang from a hook on the wall.

Don’t let your apartment kitchen get you down.  On a budget and with a little creativity it can be your favorite room in your home.  And if you still haven’t found an apartment that you love, well Housing Helpers can help you with that.   Our Apartment Finder service is a great way to search for your next apartment in Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, Denver, and throughout Colorado.   Our apartment finder service is free for renters and we have hundreds of rental properties to choose from.

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Boulder Real Estate Market Statistics November 2014

November 2014 Boulder Real Estate Market Sales Statistics

The Boulder Area Realtor Association compiles the following monthly real estate sales statistics for Boulder and surrounding Boulder County Areas.

Year to Year Detached Home Sales

  • Detached home sales declined by one unit or .38 percent in November 2014 compared to November 2013; 261 units versus 262 units.

 Month to Month Detached Home Sales

  • Detached Home sales in November 2014 dropped 15.5 percent compared to October 2014; 261 units versus 309 units.

 Detached Home Inventory Trends

  • The year to year inventory of detached homes for sale in November 2014 dropped by 10.3 percent compared to November 2013; 937 units versus 1045 units.
  • The month to month inventory of detached homes for sale in November 2014 fell 17.5 percent compared to October 2014; 937 units versus 1136 units.

Year to Year Condominium and Townhome Sales

  • Condominium and townhomes sales jumped 27.0 percent in November 2014 compared to November 2013; 108 units versus 85 units.

 Month to Month Condominium and Townhome Sales

  • Condominium and townhome sales fell 17.6 percent in November 2014 compared to October 2014; 108 units versus 131 units.

 Condominium and Townhome Inventory Trends

  • The year to year inventory of condominiums and townhomes for sale fell 8.1 percent in November 2014 compared to November 2013; 238 units versus 259 units.
  • The month to month inventory of condominiums and townhomes for sale in November 2014 dropped 9.8 percent compared to September 2014; 238 units versus 264 units.


Credit-  Thanks to the Boulder Area Realtor Association for providing the November 2014 Boulder Real Estate Market statistics.

  • November 2014 Boulder real estate market sales statistics, while somewhat mixed, suggest a trending toward a traditional year-end slow down
  • November 2014 sales of condominiums and townhomes leaped (27%) year-over-year, reflecting weak sales in November 2013, but pulled back sharply (-17.6%) month-over-month in 2014.
  • Both detached and condominium and townhome month-over-month sales and inventories declined sharply in November 2014.
  • While November 2014 year-over-year detached and condominium and townhome sales remained stable, year-over-year inventories tightened noticeably.

For more information about the Boulder Real Estate Market and Boulder Home Sales trends please contact a Housing Helpers realtor at 303.545.6000.

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Boulder Rental property owners invited to public forum

Boulder area rental property owners, property managers, and management companies are invited to discuss how best to achieve “Design Excellence” in Boulder

Boulder community members are invited to attend a “Design Excellence” public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) at 1750 13th St. The City of Boulder’s Design Excellence Initiative is intended to support a broad community discussion about what is and is not working with current design policies for buildings and the public realm, as well as evaluate built projects to determine whether desired outcomes are being achieved.

Urban planner Victor Dover, cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners and coauthor of Street Design: The Secret of Great Cities and Towns, will lead the discussion and present relevant best practices for design and development strategies that help connect neighborhoods, strengthen commercial districts, expand travel options, enhance community character, and improve quality of life.

The discussion and presentation will be framed by observations of recent developments in Boulder, some recently completed and some still under construction, which resulted from key planning policy decisions made by the city during the last 10 to 15 years. The focus of the conversation will be on design-related issues and best practices from other communities that are relevant to the Boulder context.

The Boulder Design Advisory Board and the Planning Board are scheduled to have a joint session with Victor Dover from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, in the Twenty Ninth Street Community Room at 1750 29th St., Suite 1062. Mr. Dover will also host a similar discussion at the City Council study session on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway.

During the next several months, the Design Excellence Initiative will continue the community discussion about design and development issues. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to develop recommended strategies to address community concerns related to development outcomes, including (but not limited to) potential changes to codes, incentives, development review processes, design guidelines, and/or review criteria.

The recommendations of the Design Excellence Initiative will help inform the city’s coordinated planning efforts, including the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan 2015 Update, Civic Area Implementation, Access Management and Parking Strategy, Envision East Arapahoe, North Boulder Subcommunity Plan Update, and Transportation Master Plan Implementation.

Visit for more information and to sign up for email updates.  The opinions of Boulder rental property owners and Boulder property management companies is valuable insight that we hope is included in the discussion, please attend if you can.

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Renting versus buying a home.

You might be asking yourself if it is the right time for you to buy a house. Maybe you have been saving up money for a while and have a nice down payment. You could be asking yourself if you should buy a home or rent one.  There are advantages to both.

However, there can be many benefits to renting a home instead of buying one.

  • You are not tied down to a house or a specific location. When your lease is up, you are free to try to move to another area.
  • You do not have to worry about the costs of repairing a home. Instead, it is usually the landlord’s responsibility. You do not have to worry about replacing appliances, the roof, or any other costly repairs.
  • You do not have to pay taxes when you rent. Taxes can be quite costly. Even though they are included in the mortgage, they add up.
  • You will also have to pay insurance for you house. Though renter’s insurance is available, it is much cheaper than home insurance, if you decide to get it.
  • You do not have to worry about maintaining a home. You may not even be required to do any outside work.
  • It is often cheaper to rent than own your own home. Maybe you can even invest that money that you saved.
  • Often, when people rent, they choose a smaller home with less rooms to clean. The outside is also considerably less area to take care of also. Many time landscaping is included with a rental.
  • Renting could be considered safer than owning your own home. With the economy being the way it is, many people worry about losing their income and their homes.
  • Many times, some extra costs are included in the rent. You may not have to worry about electricity and water. Yes, that will make your rent higher but you won’t have to write more checks each month.
  • You do not have to worry about being foreclosed on and losing your home. Yes, you can get kicked out of your apartment but the implications to your credit and ability to secure new housing usually is not as severe.
  • When you rent, it is much easier to move, no matter the reason – you don’t like the place, neighborhood, neighbors, noise, etc. With a house, you are stuck there until you are able to sell it- even if you don’t like your neighbors!

Renting a home might be something to consider. You will be able to move as you need to. You will not have to worry about the extra costs of owning a home, including the repairs, maintenance, taxes, and insurance - save the money, and invest it so you will have more money when you retire.

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