Category Archives: Boulder

Boulder home prices poised for growth

The bubble is secure.  The bubble around Boulder that is.  It appears Boulder home prices are once again headed higher.

Google recently announced its plans to expand their Boulder campus near the Transit Center at Pearl Street.  The city of Boulder has approved Google’s plans to expand to a three building campus that will now employ around 1500 people. A pretty significant increase from the 400 employees that currently work for Google in Boulder.

Most communities would be really excited to welcome so many new, high paying technology-based jobs in their community, but Boulder Colorado citizens have their concerns.

According to the CNN Money article, “In Boulder, Fear of A Bigger Boulder”

“The plan has locals worried about rising home costs and traffic. Dozens of residents have expressed their concern at city meetings and editorials in the local paper.

City Council member Mary Young has said she’s wary of becoming a “Silicon Mountain,” referencing the high cost of living in Silicon Valley.”

While some fear the rising cost of new homes, others will see the bright side and take advantage of the opportunity to invest in houses in neighboring communities.  Boulder has restrictions on new buildings which already leads to expensive Boulder home prices, so many people commute from neighboring towns like Longmont, Colorado.

Longmont’s home prices are much more affordable and they will likely see an influx of new home buyers and house renters from the new Google employees, or from current Boulder residents who decide to cash in on the high home prices by selling their Boulder homes and looking for a house in Longmont themselves.

Buying a home before the influx of new employees can lead to a quick profit turn around or a very desirable home for rental income. Investing in Boulder homes is always a great idea, but if the Boulder home prices are too much for your liking, you will find some really enticing home investment options in nearby cities.  We can help you find them.

Stephanie Iannone Real Estate Agent

Stephanie Iannone
Colorado Realtor

 

About Stephanie Iannone    

Contact Stephanie:
Stephanie@housinghelpers.com
303.641.7484

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Seattle Company Buys Big in Boulder Colorado

It may be the largest real estate transaction in the history of Boulder, Colorado. The Seattle-based company Unico Properties recently purchased 27 buildings in four different office parks in the city’s east side, the Boulder Daily Camera reported. The purchase amounts for more than 1 million square feet of office space, which is added to the nearly 400,000 square feet that the company already owned here.

The article noted that deeds filed at the Boulder County Recorder’s Office suggest that at least $168 million was paid for the properties.

Ned Carner — Unico Vice President of Acquisitions — reported that the company likes Boulder and believes it is a great place for real estate. Unico has, with this transaction, now become one of the biggest property players in Boulder, the Daily Camera noted.

The purchase of these properties as well as construction at Boulder Junction and Google’s plans to build a new complex are believed to be upping the value of office space in the east side of the city.

According to the article, Carner agreed, stating that the transportation infrastructure and amenity base at Boulder Junction are making the area more desirable for businesses wishing to relocate or expand.

The company is looking to help tenants attract and retain top talent by investing capital for improvements in the buildings’ tenant spaces, common areas, and accessibility to amenities.

Boulder is, indeed, a desirable place for business. It’s a wonderful place to live, as well. If your business is bringing you to Boulder, let us help you find a great home for you and your family as well as corporate housing for your employees.

With years of experience in the area, we know the neighborhoods well and we know there’s a match for you. For more information, contact us today. 303.545.6000

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Boulder Real Estate Market

Boulder Home Prices Rise 8% in 2014

Home Prices in Boulder Colorado Are Up

Residential real estate prices in Boulder Colorado are up, according to Zillow, which is a trend that has been continuing for the past two years.

Median home values have risen by 7.9 percent in the past year with a predicted increase of 1.5 percent in the coming year. This is the value of all homes in the city, whether or not they’re on the market.
Some of the median values in Boulder neighborhoods include:

  • $584,800 for North Border
  • $535,200 for Whittier
  • $414,500 for Parkside
  • $361,600 for East Aurora.

Here’s how the Boulder real estate market stacks up:

  • Overall Median list price is $599,000 for a median price per square foot of $336.
  • The median sold price is $476,250, which equals a median price per square foot of $287.
  • Less than 2 percent of homes sold below their initial asking price.
  • Only about 0.5 percent of homes in the city have foreclosures, which is far lower than the national 4.2 percent.
  • Delinquencies, which are generally recognized as precursors to foreclosures, are at 0.7 percent, which is lower than the national 6.4 percent.
  • About 6.6 percent of the homes have negative equity, compared to 16.9 percent nationwide.

Here’s how the Boulder rental market is shaping up:

  • Median rents run $1,972 a month, which means that after 3.7 years of payments, buying a home becomes more financially advantageous than selling.
  • Studios rent for a median $900 a month and one-bedrooms go for $1,700.

All these factors make for a very healthy and robust housing market- albeit expensive for many.  Boulder continues to draw home buyers and renters from all over the country – and the world – it’s a beautiful place to live with an excellent quality of life.

If these numbers tempt you into the housing market, please let us know. But don’t wait too long. The Mortgage Bankers’ Association sees interest rates rising to 5 percent by the end of 2015!

 

Stephanie Iannone Real Estate Agent

Stephanie Iannone Colorado Realtor

About Stephanie Iannone
Stephanie Iannone, ABR, CNE is a Boulder Real Estate Agent, Managing Broker and Owner of Housing Helpers of Colorado. Named Distinguished Realtor of the Year and Top 25 Salespeople in Colorado by Colorado-Biz Magazine. Stephanie Iannone and her team of experienced real estate agents serve home buyers, sellers, and real estate investors throughout the entire front range of Colorado.

Contact Stephanie:
Stephanie@housinghelpers.com
303.641.7484

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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.

Home For Rent Wonderland Lake Boulder Colorado

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

Wonderland Lake Home For Rent Boulder Colorado

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.

 

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.

**NOTES

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.

Homes For Sale in Boulder

Fall Preleasing Boulder Colorado

2015 Fall Preleasing in Boulder, a CU Students Guide to finding off campus rentals in Boulder

Welcome to 2015 Fall preleasing in Boulder!

Fall preleasing in Boulder is that time of year where CU students start looking to find off campus rentals in Boulder for next year – and when property owners look to sign leases for next year, typically in August.

Every year, here at Housing Helpers, we put together a guideline for University of Colorado Boulder Students, Parents, Faculty, and those looking to secure a place to rent off campus in Boulder for the following academic season.   From tools and tips, to help searching for the prefect apartment or home rental in Boulder, we are here to help you.

Where to find rental properties available for Fall Preleasing in Boulder

Here at Housing Helpers in Boulder we connect thousands of CU student renters each year with great rental properties in Boulder.  We are here to help students and their families navigate the hundreds of choices for student rental properties in Boulder to find the right one for you.   Our office is open six days a week and is staffed with friendly rental specialists that can answer your questions. Our office is located one block from the University of Colorado at 2865 Baseline Rd.  Call Us 303-545-6000

Housing Helpers Boulder’s Fall Preleasing Headquarters!

How to be prepared for Fall Preleasing in Boulder

Tip 1 – Set up a time to come in and meet with a rental locating specialist here in our office.  Make sure that all of your roommates can attend the meeting together.   Call our office at 303.545.6000 to set your appointment.

Tip 2 –  Once we identify a list of properties that meets your needs we will set up the showings for you.   Be on time for your showings and make sure that everyone that needs to see the property is present- whether its roommates, parents, cosigners etc.  Properties go fast, often times there is no time for multiple showings.

Tip 3 –  Have your security deposit check ready.  Some landlords may require a cashier’s check or money order, but we find that most will accept a bank check.  Check with your bank ( or your parents) in advance to make sure you are ready to put down a deposit.

Tip 4- Applications will need to be filled out.  These can take a few minutes.  To save time you can complete these in advance and be one step ahead of the game!   Application fees will need to be paid once your applications are submitted for the property.  These fees can vary depending on the property.

Tip 5 – Parental guarantee forms may be required.  These are forms that your parents will need to fill out.  Just like the application fees you can have these completed in advance so that you are ready to rent that perfect place when you find it!

Tip 6 – Know the occupancy laws.  If you are renting in Boulder check with the City to make sure the property you are renting allows the number of occupants that you have.   Here is good resource for more information on this.  https://bouldercolorado.gov/public-works/city-of-boulder-occupancy-regulations

Tip 7 – Working fast is key.   Fall prelease properties in Boulder move fast!  If you are interested in a property chances are there are others interested in it as well.    Be ready to act quickly to secure that property and take action as soon as you are interested.  Leases are made on a first come first serve basis.

Tip 8 – Don’t fret if you don’t find a place right away.  Consider waiting it out until the spring and summer months, there are lots of properties that don’t prelease in advance.  And many times the rent prices on those properties will be less.

Fall preleasing in Boulder can be stressful for students and parents.  Just remember, we are here to Help!  Let our experience and expertise in the Boulder rental market take away some of the stress and help make the process of finding a new place to live easier.   We look forward to working with you!   You can reach our Boulder office at 303-545-6000, open Monday through Saturdays.

 

 

New Boulder Apartments for Rent

New Boulder Apartments For Rent

New Boulder apartments for rent  located directly across from the University of Colorado CU Boulder campus.  This fantastic apartment community is Boulder’s newest student apartment rentals and designed for upscale off campus apartment living. 

FOR LEASING INFORMATION CALL HOUSING HELPERS   303.545.6000

Featuring fully furnished, individually leased 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartments. Each apartment includes separate locking bedrooms with private baths, spacious common area and a kitchen equipped with a stove, refrigerator with icemaker, microwave, dishwasher and full-size washer/dryer. High speed wireless internet and cable TV with HBO is included.

Additional apartment amenities include an outdoor gathering area with a fire pit, the community center is equipped with a lounge seating area, poker table, flat screen TV, billiards table, wireless cafe, state-of-the-art fitness center and computer lab. This unique facility also features underground bicycle storage and covered parking is available.  If you’re looking for new Boulder apartments for rent this property will not disappoint. 

New Boulder Apartments For Rent

Boulder apartments for rent interior view.

New Boulder Apartments For Rent – Property Details:

  • Apartment Rental rates: (as of the date of this listing)  $900 to $920 per bedroom.  Bedrooms can be part of a two, three, or four bedroom apartment home.
  • Utilities: Type of heat – Gas.  Resident pays: electricity,phone,gas.  Owner pay: sewer,water,trash,cable.
  • Apartment Amenities: Air Conditioning,Clubhouse,Exercise Facility,Hiking/Biking Trails Nearby,Mountain View,Patio/Deck,Students allowed,Washer/Dryer included,Furnished.
  • Location: Walk to class in minutes! Located directly across from the CU Coors Events Center, The Province is just a few minutes’ walk or bike ride from campus. Pedestrian tunnels both to the North and South of The Province give easy access to all campus facilities.
  • About the apartment community:  An iconic Boulder landmark has been transformed into The Province’s spectacular student community center complete with panoramic views of the Colorado landscape. Featuring an outdoor gathering area with a fire pit, the community center is equipped with a lounge seating area, poker table, flat screen TV, billiards table, wireless cafe, state-of-the-art fitness center and computer lab. This unique facility also features underground bicycle storage and covered parking is available. The student community center is the best place to study, relax, or attend one of our weekly fun resident social events.

New Boulder Apartments For Rent-  Floorplans

This is an example of the four bedroom floorplan.  There are several other floorplans availablefor rent that not shown here.

New Boulder Apartments For Rent Floorplan

4-Bedroom Floorplan

New Boulder Apartments For Rent – Leasing Information:

 For availability and leasing information call Housing Helpers Boulder at 303-545-6000. 

 Visit our leasing office at 2865 Baseline Rd Boulder CO 80303.    We are open 6 days a week, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Our friendly relocation specialists are available to help you discover these new Boulder Apartments For Rent! 

 

Boulder Apartments For Rent

Fall Preleasing Boulder Colorado

More solar powered homes in Boulder future

While other utilities are addressing their renewable energy goals by investing in large-scale solar and wind farms, Boulder community leaders are looking to see how a municipal utility could encourage more solar power through rooftop panels on commercial buildings and homes, the Boulder Daily Camera recently reported.

Data released by the City of Boulder shows that, in 2013, much of its renewable energy was coming from wind power and purchase agreements outside of the area.

Currently, only two percent of the Boulder’s renewable energy comes from local solar power, the article stated.  I think that number would surprise most Boulder residents. There aren’t that many solar powered homes in Boulder.  

A working group made up of industry representatives, technical and policy experts, and members of the Boulder community are hoping a municipal utility could reduce the barriers of rooftop solar panels and community solar gardens for apartment dwellers and others who can’t place panels on their rooftops. Some of the barriers include the soft costs of permitting and code requirements.  It’s not the way a lot of utilities are going these days, admittedly.

The costs of rooftop solar powered homes are indeed higher than those associated with investment in large-scale renewable energy farms. However, what Boulder has going for it, beyond the determination of a working group, is a lot of sun and a community well versed in the benefits of solar power.

Much discussion remains to be had, the article noted, as net metering and improved solar storage that allows people with solar powered homes to opt out of the grid leaves those still dependent on the grid to shoulder the burden of its infrastructure. The working group is studying how several other cities are handling this situation, including Sacramento and Austin.

In Austin, the city is moving away from net metering and into a “value of solar” model, where everyone pays the same for electricity, but then a value of solar calculation is made each year — determining how much the city utility saved because of the solar provided — and customers with solar panels are reimbursed for their portion of that value.

If you’re looking for a community that is energy aware and looking to provide the utility of the future, Boulder Colorado is your place.  And if you’re looking for solar powered homes in Boulder County we can help you find one.  We’d love to talk more with you about Boulder and help you to make it your home. For more information, contact us.  303.545.6000 boulderinfo@housinghelpers.com

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Longmont affordable alternative to Boulder Rental Market

With the Boulder rental market still blazing hot, the trend is for renters looking for affordable rentals to move a bit further out. This is one reason why Longmont is becoming a Boulder County rental hotspot.

Longmont is a great town with plenty to offer both singles and families. From their annual Halloween and Christmas parades and celebrations, to breweries and restaurants, opportunities to live a vibrant lifestyle abound.

Another advantage that Longmont has great accessibility to Rocky Mountain National Park. A short drive will take you into the beautiful mountain town of Estes Park and the opportunity to hike, backpack, camp, or enjoy snowshoeing in the winter months in the Rocky Mountains. Weekends can be spent up in the mountains, escaping from it all without the traffic and travel time of other mountain destinations in Colorado.

Though rental prices in Longmont have climbed, along with other areas in Colorado, prices have not reached those in the Boulder rental market. And there are plenty of rental housing options in Longmont, from older ranch homes, just waiting to be taken care of, to five bedroom mansions built on open spaces. Smaller living options are also abundant from condo’s to beautiful apartments just waiting to be rented. The various housing opportunities in Longmont give owners and renters the chance to pick their perfect living situation and price range.

Longmont offers many employment opportunities with some of its largest employees being in the fields of education, medical, and technology. Larger cities such as Denver, Boulder, Broomfield, and Fort Collins are an easy shot along main interstates, making employment outside of Longmont a viable option.

From its beautiful vistas to its quaint downtown area, Longmont makes a great alternative to the Boulder rental market – and in general when renters are looking for affordable housing in Colorado, that still offers all the amenities that makes the Colorado lifestyle the best in the country.

If you are looking for rentals in Boulder County Colorado including rentals in Longmont you can contact us at Housing Helpers, we can help you find the right rental to suit your needs.

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Boulder Rental Market

NEON Expanding in Boulder, Colorado

Five years ago, the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) decided to place its headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Now, according to an article from the Boulder Daily Camera, the federally funded laboratory is over halfway through its $434 million effort to build a laboratory big enough to handle ecological studies for the entire continent.

NEON’s work involves placing 106 field sites and instruments in waterways and on land across the U.S in order to track the impacts of climate change. The sites are located in twenty “eco-climatic” domains that include the northern Alaskan tundra and the desert southwest. Each domain has three research sites, and there are also 46 aquatic sites. The sites will be monitored by satellites as well as aerially, with the data collected being made available to the public through a free portal.

Currently, the headquarters occupies about 100,000 square feet of space and employs nearly 300 people, the article stated. By October, NEON’s Boulder property will house the network’s aircraft. NEON has two Twin Otters, with a third twin-engine aircraft available to scientists with related projects.

The National Ecological Observatory Network has partnered with scientists for other projects, including those from Colorado State University who are studying the impacts of the High Park Fire using 3-D imagery. Results from that project are expected within the next year. NEON’s expansion is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Boulder offers a wealth of opportunity to its residents and visitors, including researchers and educators. Alongside the expansion of NEON’s facility, the city of Boulder itself is expanding. If you’re interested in making this area your home, Housing Helpers would love to assist you.

If you are visiting the National Ecological Observatory Network in Boulder and looking for housing, please contact us at Housing Helpers Boulder, we provide long term housing and short term housing for NEON visitors as well as furnished and unfurnished apartments for rent in Boulder Colorado.

Furnished Apartments in Boulder Colorado