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The 5 Stages of searching for Boulder Apartments

Boulder is often at the top of the list of Colorado cities that consistently rank among the best places to live in the United States. With world-class hiking, skiing and schools at its doorstep, it’s obvious why people are eager to move to Boulder. 

However, the buzz around Boulder has put a crunch on the real estate market. Thousands of people are flocking to the Boulder area to capitalize on the outdoor sports, growing tech market, and good vibes. And as the population rises, so do rent costs.

The Colorado Rental Price Monitor estimated that rent prices in Colorado increased 6 percent between 2014 and 2015, and they continue to climb. 

The five stages of Boulder apartment hunting are all too real for anyone who has come to Boulder seeking an affordable rental downtown:

1. Optimism

You’re moving to Boulder, Colorado! You imagine yourself living next to the Flatirons, biking to work or school in the mile-high sunshine. There will be nights spent strolling  Pearl Street. You’ll run along Boulder Creek Path and drive up to the mountains every weekend to get the most out of your ski pass. 

2. Shock

Then you start searching for Boulder apartments, and there’s major sticker shock. That downtown house you were imagining is going to run you over $1,000 a month – just for a single bedroom. 

3. Disbelief

You start to search farther and wider for more listings, certain there is something you’ve missed. But, as it turns out, the average apartment rent in downtown Boulder and the surrounding neighborhoods is over $1,300 a month. 

4. Grief

Finally, you understand that your dream apartment on Folsom is out of reach at the price range you estimated. Those visions of a bungalow on Pearl Street within walking distance to the bars fade. They are replaced with images of roommates, extra shifts, or taking the bus to and from campus. 

5. Acceptance

Although you may not end up in your dream place this year, there is always next year. In the meantime, you can increase your rent budget and pay to live in a great location, find other people to live with, or expand your search to include different areas or housing types.

The best thing you can do when searching for Boulder apartments is to find a trustworthy rental partner like Housing Helpers who can help you navigate Boulder’s housing market. Housing Helpers can give you tips about the best time to start your search, neighborhoods that are within your budget and even connect you with other people seeking roommates. 

For now, the Boulder rental market shows no signs of slowing. This means Boulder renters will need to become even more competitive in their searches for housing in 2016 and beyond.

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The Boulder Real Estate Market Appeal

Nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado, beautiful Boulder is home to the flagship campus of the University of Colorado. With an educated population, plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and eclectic neighborhoods, the city has always been a desirable place to live.

The Boulder Real Estate Market varies from stunning single family homes on The Hill to trendy town houses on the way north to Lyons.  Rental homes and apartment communities pepper the areas around the University campus. Table Mesa has quiet lanes with ranch ramblers and fenced yards. Residences not far from pedestrian-friendly Pearl Street Mall are clustered along leafy streets. Mapleton Hill homes are large, elegant and rich in character.  Tiny homes are popping up here and there. Boulder’s real estate offers something for nearly everyone.

The city of Boulder takes its quality of life seriously, so enforcement of building regulations is an ongoing effort.  Home lots smaller than 35 acres cannot be subdivided.  Limiting new building heights is the norm.

Environmentalism has always had a home in Boulder.   When it comes to “green” practices and real estate, the city encourages rooftop solar panel installation as a way to reduce dependence on the local energy company.

Active and engaged, residents know that they live in a special place. Whether they are tech start-up employees, entrepreneurs, college professors or writers, they work to keep their neighborhoods clean, safe and inviting.

Today, the median Boulder home price is $591,950, a nearly 24% increase over a year ago.    This price is definitely on the high side, but for many people who live in this progressive, appealing city, it is a price worth paying.

For more information about the Boulder Real Estate market contact one of our award winning Boulder Real Estate Agents today at 303-545-6000.

 

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Luxury Townhome Downtown Boulder

Luxury Townhome Rental on Boulder Creek

Unique, High End Luxury Townhome Rental on Boulder Creek with exclusive social club membership.

Property Description

Urban/pedestrian location adjacent to Boulder Creek & within a few blocks of Pearl St. Mall, CU, & Boulder Open Space/ parks. Unparalleled HIGH END Private/Community Living in UNIQUE Upscale Townhomes with no one living above or below. Windows on 3 sides- BEAUTIFUL! Access to Prominent City Club (Social Club) ask your Housing Helpers representative for more details

Property Details

Area:  BOULDER
Zip Code:  80302
Square Feet: 2000
Beds: 2 BR
Property Features: Air Conditioning,Business Center,Clubhouse,Fireplace,Five-Piece Bath,Hiking/Biking Trails Nearby,Main level bedroom,Mountain View,Patio/Deck,Playground,Sauna,Garage,Hardwood Floors,Washer/Dryer included,Carport,Unfenced yard,Acreage,Granite Countertops,Stainless Appliances
Pets: Up to 1 dogs, up to 1 cats. pets considered. Subject to additional fees
Parking: Carport
Laundry: Full Size W/D inc.
Utilities: Type of heat – Gas.
Resident pays: electricity,sewer,phone,gas,water,cable.
Owner pay: trash.
Schools:
Lease Info: 5 Month – 12 Month, lease until 4/30/16 or 12m lease
Rent: $6500
Contact:

Housing Helpers 303-545-6000

Subdivision:   BOULDER-DOWNTOWN
Nearest Intersection:  Arapahoe and 9th
Property Type:  Townhouse
Baths:  2 full baths
Deposit: $6500
Interested in buying a home? Contact one of our realtors today!
If you can afford rent, you can probably afford to buy! Contact a realtor and ask about first time buyer’s assistance.

For more information on this listing check out Luxury Downtown Boulder Townhome or contact Housing Helpers at 303.545.6000

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Townhome For Rent Downtown Boulder

Downtown Boulder Townhome For Rent in Whittier neighborhood

Newly renovated, gorgeous townhome style condo for rent in Downtown Boulder near Pearl Street Mall.

Beautiful downtown condo in nice quiet location. Centrally located between Pearl Street Mall, CU and 29th Street Mall. Newly renovated with gorgeous, solid hardwood floors throughout, tile, in bathrooms, solid marble countertop in main bath, stainless steel appliances, granite and butcher block counter tops in kitchen and custom blinds, all heat and cooling replaced with new, high efficiency units and high quality insulation added to attic for low utility bills. Large bedrooms with plenty of closet space. Managed by owner. One small pet may be negotiable with additional pet deposit. Call Housing Helpers Boulder for showings 303.545.6000

Here are the property details on this townhome rental in the Whittier neighborhood of downtown Boulder:

Area:  BOULDER
Zip Code:  80302
Square Feet: 960
Beds: 2 BR
Property Features: Air Conditioning,Extra Storage,Fireplace,Hiking/Biking Trails Nearby,Patio/Deck,Skylights,Hardwood Floors,Students allowed,Washer/Dryer included,Granite Countertops,Stainless Appliances
Pets: Up to 1 dogs, up to 1 cats. One small pet may be negotiable with additional pet deposit. Call, text or email for showings.
Parking: Reserved/Assigned Parking Additional off-street guest parking
Laundry: Full Size W/D inc.
Utilities: Type of heat – Electric.
Resident pays: electricity,phone,gas,cable.
Owner pay: sewer,water,trash.
Schools: Whittier Elementary (BVSD)
Casey Middle School
Boulder High School
University of Colorado Boulder
Lease Info: 12 Month – 24 Month
Rent: $2400
Contact:

Housing Helpers 303-545-6000

Subdivision:   BOULDER-DOWNTOWN
Nearest Intersection:  22nd street
Property Type:  Townhouse
Baths:  1 1/2 bath
Deposit: $2400
Interested in buying a home? Contact one of our realtors today!

 

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Fall Preleasing Boulder Colorado

Fall Pre Leasing in Boulder Colorado

Welcome CU Students to Fall Pre Leasing 2017!

Don’t See The Property You Are Looking For?  Call Us 303-545-6000

We get new fall prelease Boulder properties every day.  As the #1 rated Rental Locator in Boulder we help more CU Students and Parents find the best off campus housing and fall pre leasing in Boulder Colorado.  Let us know what you are looking for and we will work hard to find it for you.

We have a large selection of student rental properties available in Boulder.  Whether you are looking for a house to rent on the hill with your roommates, an apartment close to campus , or a quiet place by yourself, our friendly rental locators are available 6 days a week to meet with you, discuss your needs, and help you find the perfect place to call home.

Stop By Our office just one block from the University of Colorado!

We look forward to working with you!  Our office is open Monday through from Saturday 9:00 – 5:00

Our service is FREE for renters!

That’s right totally FREE!  As the premier rental locator in Boulder for CU Students and parents you can stop by or call anytime and we will be happy to assist you at no cost.  The only costs you will need to pay is any application fees, security deposits, and rent payments required by the property that you choose.  Our rental specialists are their to help you, saving you time and money, so you don’t have to drive around to a million places hoping that one might work out.

Check Out Our Guide to Pre Leasing For CU Students

With a low vacancy rate there is a lot of competition this year for good properties that might be available for fall preleasing in Boulder. Be prepared to snag the best rentals when they become available.

Your rental specialist at Housing Helpers will help you navigate the ins and outs of fall pre leasing in Boulder.  In addition we have a handy guide to help get you organized.  It covers everything from how to prepare yourself, your parents, and your roommates so that you can get a lease signed, handling deposits and application fees, and knowing what to expect from the leasing process.  Simply call or stop by our office, register with our pre leasing service and we will send you your guide!

Remember Housing Helpers is here to help CU students and parents.  We look forward to seeing you soon and making 2017 the best year yet.   Call us 303-545-6000 Go Buffs!

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4 Ways to Furnish Your College Apartment on a Budget

If you’re a CU student renting an apartment in Boulder you’ve probably spent most of your money on your deposit, first months’ rent, and school expenses. This can leave you wondering how in the heck you are going to furnish your new college apartment, but luckily, there are ways to make it look nice, even if you don’t have a lot of coin.

1. Buy Dorm Room Stuff

Don’t ditch the dorm room stuff just yet. If you shop during back to school season, you can find great deals on dorm room furniture, linens and more. The smaller stuff will also work better in small college apartments.

2. Beg Your Friends and Family

Now’s the time to swallow your pride and start begging. Let everyone that you know — from your parents to your childhood friends — that you need stuff for your apartment. You might not get the new swag that you thought you would get, but if your crazy aunt donates her floral couch then put a slip cover over  and it’ll be better than what you have right now.

3. Shop Used

You don’t have your parents’ bank account — or if you do, you’re really lucky!! — so you can’t shop at your parents’ favorite furniture stores. Instead, check out flea markets, thrift shops, used furniture stores, yard sales and other places that sell old furniture. Plus, check out Facebook to find out if there is an online yard sale site for areas near your school, or take a look at Craigslist. Sometimes, people are even willing to give stuff away.

4. Learn to Repurpose

Get creative, and learn to repurpose things that you already have for your changing needs. Check out Pinterest; there are a ton of great ideas there. For example, you can turn wooden crates into a cool coffee table for your new spot, or you can reinvent your old bookshelf to use as a modern desk.

Buying all new stuff for your new college apartment doesn’t have to be expensive. Follow these tips, and you can furnish your new college apartment without spending a fortune.

Housing Helpers has a huge furniture sale every August for CU looking to furnish their apartments in Boulder.   We sell truckloads of gently used furniture in our parking lot for one day, offering great deals like couches as low as $50.   Everything usually sells out by the afternoon so get there early.  Follow our Housing Helpers Facebook Page to find out when we will be having our next furniture sale in Boulder.

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Top Reasons Boulder Rentals Remain Hot

Boulder rental properties have always been popular, including the surrounding area of Boulder County.  During the economic turmoil of the last decade, many people lost their homes to foreclosure and were forced to rent. This pushed thousands of homeowners in to the rental market.

However, as the real estate market has recovered rentals are still in high demand.  In fact rentals in Boulder County are in more demand than ever.  Here are a few reasons why:

The 2013 Floods

The floods that swept through 17 counties in the fall of 2013 damaged or destroyed over 20,000 homes, many of those in Boulder County.  That devastation forced many long time Boulder area home owners into the rental market.  A good percentage of those homeowners remain in the rental market as they were unable or unwilling to rebuild.

The Department of Local Affairs Division of Housing working with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority has announced over $30 million in federal and state funding that will be used to assist more than 950 people who are still seeking permanent housing after the flood.  As a result 1,035 new affordable rental units will be constructed in several communities including Longmont, Louisville, Fort Collins and others.

Population Growth

Census estimates show a population growth in Boulder County of 6.4% since 2010. Colorado as a whole is at 6.5%. Those may not sound like big numbers. However, to put that in perspective, only 3 states, plus the District of Columbia, grew more during that same period. New residents are more likely to find rentals than to purchase a home before getting to know the area.

Front Range Real Estate Bubble

The real estate market in Colorado as a whole is active and vibrant. There is a shortage of affordable houses on the market even for qualified buyers. The Boulder area, especially, has been experiencing activity not seen in years.

There is a shortage of homes and available houses are being sold at higher prices, many above appraised value. Driving the property values up leaves many otherwise qualified buyers moving to rentals until prices come back down to Earth.
People from across the country are being attracted to the Boulder area for many reasons. The existing residents are sticking around, despite recent hardships.  And as we look ahead to the summer of 2015, there is no indication that the Boulder rental market will be slowing down anytime soon.

 

Home For Rent in Boulder Colorado

Homes For Rent in Boulder County in Short Supply

Have you ever considered renting your home in Boulder County?  If so, NOW would be a great time to list it for rent.   Demand for single family homes for rent in Boulder is reaching peak levels that we haven’t seen before.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the Boulder County Real Estate Market, with houses going under contract in hours, multiple cash offers, and home buyers out-bidding each other to snag that not-so-perfect house in that not-so-perfect neighborhood.  But what’s going on in the Boulder rental market is equally as impressive.

Here at our Housing Helpers Boulder office we field hundreds of calls each day from prospective renters looking to move to our beautiful City.   Business as usual.   After all, there has always been a lot of demand for folks moving from other parts of the country to seek out the quality of life that we are so lucky to enjoy here in Boulder Colorado – aka “the bubble.   Nothing new to report here right?   Wrong.  Just when we think it can’t get any crazier, the Boulder rental market kicks it up another notch.

It seems that homes for rent in Boulder have now become so desirable, so unattainable, so attractive to renters from all over the globe that we now have achieved the same “feeding frenzy” level that we have in the Boulder real estate market.

Unfortunate or not – depending on which side of the equation you land on.   We are now seeing multiple offers on rental properties, renters competing for the same property, offering more rent trying to outbid the other, and yes renters even penning heartfelt letters to landlords about why they would be the best fit for the property.   Really?

The unfortunate part of this story is that many of these potential renters are arriving here looking for a homes to rent in Boulder without much of a clue as to the reality of the situation.  Often reality will set in only after they might lose out on a home they probably would have been just happy with -but they just waited a couple hours too long to “think about it”, and lost it.  And who can blame them?  It used to be you could take a few hours, heck even a few days, to think it over and make a comfortable decision.  Not anymore.  You have to show up with check book in hand, a perfect credit score, and willing to out-bid others.

One of the most important jobs we can do to help both renters and owners is to help them understand the Boulder rental market.  To educate them on what we are seeing day by day, and hour by hour.  We spend a lot of time talking to renters to try and set their expectations so they can be more prepared to secure homes for rent in Boulder.  To allow them to correctly budget and plan.  But there are always going to be surprises no matter how much you prepare.  Lately the advice seems to be consistent, if you find a place you think you might like- jump on it!!

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Boulder County Real Estate Market Update

Boulder County real estate is booming.   For top real estate agents in Boulder County that might even be an understatement as buyers are lining up outside in a snow storm for first shot at a  new listing.

That’s right, people are actually lining up to buy homes in Boulder County, Colorado. Even an active snowfall doesn’t keep people from flocking to attend open house showings, according to a March report in the Longmont (CO) Times Call.

Amy Drost, Boulder County real estate agent with Housing Helpers of Colorado says the “Boulder County real estate market is extremely competitive” with some homes in good neighborhoods receiving more than 20 or even 30 offers within the first day of active listing.  .

Lisa Wade, president of the Boulder Area Realtor Association calls the current real estate situation in the county a “feeding frenzy.” The number of homes for sale hasn’t been this low for over a decade. As a result, the homes that do go on the market in the county spark fierce bidding battles that soar too high for some prospective buyers.

The county is almost built-out and Boulder itself may enact development restrictions. Eventually no more single-family detached homes will be constructed. This fuels the shortage.

Most of the new development activity now is in the area of multifamily housing. But newly constructed dwellings, particularly those available for sale, aren’t nearly adequate to satisfy the demand. And demand doesn’t appear likely to decline anytime soon.

Population, employment and average wages are growing, yet home ownership rates have dropped to under 45 percent, down nearly 30 percentage points from the early 2000s, according to a local mortgage lender.

The real estate situation in the Denver region bodes well for sellers, many of whom are receiving multiple bids when their homes go on the market. The tight market pushes realtors out their doors quickly to snap up listings as soon as they become available.

The numbers of Boulder County single-family homes for sale have declined in recent years. January 2015 saw 543 single-family homes listed, down from 641 in January 2014 and 787 in 2013. This represents a significant drop from the 1,461 single-family homes listed in Boulder County in 2010.

So prices are rising in keeping with the limited availability of single-family homes.  The 2014 price of a single-family home in Boulder County rose 3.6 percent from the previous year with a median price ringing in at $427,000.

Whether you’re considering buying a home in Boulder County or already own a home in Boulder County we look forward to being here to help you navigate the Boulder County Real Estate Market.

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Boulder Colorado based Zayo Completes Big Acquisition

The Zayo Group, based in Boulder Colorado, recently acquired the Englewood-based Latisys Holdings, according to a report in the Boulder Daily Camera. Latisys, which is a data center and cloud services company, was purchased for $675 million and represents the biggest purchase for Zayo away from its mainstay of fiber and network space, the report stated.

The company — a subsidiary of the broadband infrastructure services provider — previously stated that it was looking to expand its data center business and this is its most aggressive move in that direction yet. Latisys has a total of eight facilities, bringing Zayo’s data center count across the U.S. to 45. It will become part of zColo, and is expected to increase the revenue of that division by 80 percent.

75 percent of the earnings for Latisys are generated from its colocation business, with the rest coming from cloud and infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, the report noted. The cloud side of Latisys will become part of the new Zayo Cloud and Connectivity division, formerly known as Zayo’s Lit Services.

The acquisition of Latisys is the second-largest for Zayo, the report stated. The company has now completed more than thirty acquisitions and is representative of the moving and shaking and the big things that are happening with Boulder-based and Colorado-based businesses.

Whether it’s that thriving business atmosphere or the beauty of the outdoors that has you moving to Boulder Colorado, we would love to help you find the perfect home. We’ve spent decades in Colorado — we know real estate and we know the Boulder County area. Put that experience to work for you.

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