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The Fall Real Estate Market in Colorado

If you’re in the market for a new home, you should know that fall is an especially good season for buyers in the real estate market. That’s partly because of the simple law of supply and demand. According to MSN Money, need to move into a new home before the school year starts. If you’re trying to sell a house, that means there’s less demand, a fact that puts buyers in the driver’s seat and leaves more room for negotiation.

Another plus for buyers? Home prices tend to fall slightly after the busy summer real estate season. If a seller that listed his home last spring or summer still hasn’t sold it, he may consider reducing the price, or at least negotiating some concessions to keep a potential buyer on the “line”.

If you’re looking for a home in the fall, it’s likely you don’t have school aged children, so there are no hard and fast deadlines pressuring you. Sure, you may prefer to close on a house before the holiday season, but it’s not the same as having to. If you can get a better deal by waiting awhile, chances are you will.

One caveat to this rule concerns vacation homes. If you’ve rented a home for a period during the summer and love the area, you may be at a slight disadvantage. A seller knows when he’s got a home that’s worth more simply by virtue of its location near a prime vacation spot, and because of skiing, Colorado often has more than just summer vacationers — they’ve got the winter ski crowd too.

Still, buying a vacation home in the off-season has the advantage of letting you get to know what the area is like when it’s not crowded with tourists and vacationers, and if it’s a second home, you can always rent it out during prime seasons, so it might just be a win-win situation for both parties!

As with all things real estate, it’s much easier to navigate the Colorado real estate market with a trusted and experienced expert by your side.   Call Housing Helpers real estate group and let us guide the way!  303-545-6000

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Three Emerging Real Estate Trends Roll On in 2016

As predicted by many experts and analysts, the first quarter for the real estate industry was a steady and consistent move in a positive direction.

One never knows the impact of a Presidential race and what a new Commander in Chief will have on the following year, but for now pay attention and grab a hold of these three emerging trends that are rolling on in 2016:

1. Outside The Box … Or in it? Once seen as a fad approximately 18 months ago, the idea of non-traditional housing is really gaining some steam. Ever watch the show, “Tiny House, Big Living” on HGTV?

The concept of micro-housing takes center stage on this program where couples or even small families live in an area that accommodates all of their living quarters in one approximately 220-400 square foot living space. Claustrophobics need not apply …

Anyway, this idea is really gaining in popularity with more and more people hesitant to dive into a mortgage that they may not be able to afford if companies like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase ever decide to throw away everybody’s money again and cause another major recession or worse. 

2. Common Sense Risk Management  High level computations and complex data analysis are great, but they too have limitations.

Sometimes, the human touch provides something when assessing risk that computers can’t, which is good intuition based on previous experience and even strong hunches.

Humans really have a unique skill set when looking at trends and attempting to predict tomorrow’s ups and downs because they this intuition lends itself well to anticipating smart investment choices.

3. Second City Mania  Why is everybody is talking about smaller cities like Louisville Colorado and Austin, TX?   Known as second cities or 18-hour cities, these locations are developing at a rapid pace and the time to get in is now.

More than just Austin, start thinking about Nashville, Portland, and San Antonio among others. The cost of living is lower than in places like New York and Chicago obviously, but there is also plenty to do with an air of hipness that purveys home ownership or rental residents in these areas.

In addition to national real estate trends we are always tracking the Colorado Real Estate Market.  As areas like Boulder and Denver continue to explode with high demand and rising prices its hard to know where to invest in real estate right now.  We like some of the lesser known and less publicized communities in between that don’t get as much press.   To find out which ones we like you’ll need to give us a call!

 

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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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Boulder Colorado residents share vision for East Arapahoe

The City of Boulder is growing.  With thousands of new residents relocating to Boulder each year many of Boulder’s older neighborhoods are being redeveloped to house multiple new high density uses.  The east Arapahoe corridor is at the center of this movement.

Arapahoe Street runs east and west starting at the foothills, trailing through downtown Boulder,  continues east through the business district, and exits the city of Boulder at the east end into the bordering city of Lafayette Colorado.

A staggering 40 percent of the workforce in Boulder works along the East Arapahoe corridor, a recent article from the Boulder Daily Camera stated. Some of the city’s largest employers are there, including the Boulder Community Hospital’s Arapahoe Campus..

Now the city is asking residents to participate in deciding how the corridor will look in the future.

At a July public meeting, Boulder officials and urban planners told residents that it was important for them to have a say in the Envision East Arapahoe project, which will integrate land use concepts, transportation connectivity, and other community-led elements. Already, the Colorado Department of Transportation and RTD are taking a look at the transportation aspects of a plan for East Arapahoe. RTD is considering arterial bus rapid transit lines to the area, the article stated.

Boulder Colorado residents’ comments at the meeting ranged from wanting high density rental properties to wanting greater segmentation of land planned for apartments and land planned for businesses. Some residents asked that the area be more bike and pedestrian-friendly while others asked that the roads not be widened to more than four lanes.

One resident, who lives in unincorporated Boulder County stated that she wanted to see the opinions from country residents sought the same as the city residents’ opinions are.  An additional public meeting is planned for October, and adoption of a final plan might happen before years’ end.

Choices are a great thing. Part of Housing Helpers’ job when working with individuals and families who are planning a relocation to Boulder Colorado is listening to what their desires are and giving them multiple options that can best meet those desires. Boulder is deciding what its future is going to look like. You can too. We can help. For more information, contact us.

 

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Boulder’s Economic Future Looks Bright in Spite of Flood Damage

According to Cliff Harald, the executive director of the Boulder Economic Council, Boulder’s future looks bright in spite of the damage from summer’s flood and the continued drag it has had on the economy. In a recent interview with the Boulder Daily Camera, Harald said that business expansions and hiring are up and that real estate vacancy rates in Boulder have fallen.

More bright notes, Harald stated, include millions of venture capital dollars that are being invested in Boulder companies. Additionally, there are increased revenues for the state and local governments.

However, Harald noted, the community is facing “severe and widespread” damage from the flood and years of recovery from it. While the recovery causes an increase in business for some industries, such as construction, it represents a hardship for the community as a whole.

In addition to the multi-million dollar flood recovery, he stated, companies are challenged with finding employees who have the skills they need and with a shortage of workforce housing. Still, the businesses that the Boulder Economic Council works with nearly all say that they’re planning to stay and to expand in Boulder. Further, more companies are coming in. Harald reported that there was a 50 percent increase in inquiries last year from businesses considering relocating in Boulder, and four small businesses have already stated that they plan to relocate here in 2014.

The Boulder community and its economy undoubtedly face a long road to recovering from the 2013 floods. However, when it comes to a community, Boulder is a strong one. And when it comes to the economy, Boulder continues to thrive and to provide an excellent quality of live for those who live and work here.

Housing Helpers is proud to be of service for those who plan to relocate to this great community. Whether you’re looking for workforce housing or housing for your own family, it helps to have the experience and knowledge that decades of work in Boulder real estate can provide. For more information, contact us today.

To learn more about the Boulder Real Estate Market contact Stephanie Iannone at 303.545.6000.

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Colorado real estate market feels impact from floods

According to a recent report, analysts are now saying that, similar to other natural disasters including fires, the summer floods experienced in the state could negatively impact the Colorado real estate market for at least a year.

Some of the early effects that are already being seen include lower inventory due to homes seeing flood damage, a booming rental market due to displaced residents and re-inspection by appraisers of all of Boulder and Weld Counties resulting in delayed closings and loss of interest rate locks.

Home values could see a decrease too as FEMA begins significantly changing the flood plain maps. Other impacts from that include the need for additional need for flood insurance and individuals experiencing more difficulty in lending on certain properties. Historically, however, the home values in places such as Boulder that are already included in the flood plain maps have not experienced much of a decrease, the report stated.

Since 1987, Housing Helpers has been serving the area that has been impacted by the floods and beyond. This is our home community and we are here to help our community recover. We have recently entered into a partnership with local governments and non-profits such as the United Way to help locate more temporary rental housing for those that have been displaced. If you or anyone you know has a rental property in Colorado to offer, or even just a room in your house to offer, please contact us right away- there are still hundreds of people that are in need of housing.

Beyond recovery, we are looking forward to seeing the region grow and thrive, continuing to help those who are looking to relocate to Colorado, to purchase a home, rent an apartment, or relocate for work opportunities in Colorado. With Housing Helpers, there is no need to sacrifice personal, friendly service for reliable information. We offer both. How can we serve you? Contact us and let us know.

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The Table Mesa neighborhood in South Boulder

One of Boulder’s great, and active, real estate markets is the Table Mesa neighborhood Boulder. Divided into North (Enchanted Mesa) and South, Table Mesa is nestled in the foothills south and west of the downtown area. Home to the iconic I. M. Pei building and hosting lots of beautiful nature trails for wandering, Table Mesa is an attractive place to raise a family while still being convenient to all that Boulder has to offer. Viele Lake, the Harlow Platts Park and the South Boulder Recreation Center are some of the attractions that draw potential homeowners to this area

That I. M. Pei building is home to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, NCAR, including the Mesa Lab Visitor Center, which features free exhibits about weather and climate and is open daily. They also let anyone traverse the steep, winding and scenic road to the lab from 6:30 am until dark, weather permitting. This allows bicyclists, runners, pedestrians, photographers and general nature lovers (including dog-walkers, as long as those dogs remain on the leash) to explore and enjoy this lovely mountain sanctuary.

Statistics show that Table Mesa neighborhood Boulder homeowners have average household incomes significantly higher than the Boulder average. However, the average estimated value of Table Mesa South detached homes in 2010 was nearly $90,000 lower than the average Boulder house. It’s therefore not surprising that the Table Mesa real estate scene is hot, with 6 active listings, 7 houses under contract, and 42 homes sold within the past 6 months. This means that, if no new homes were to come on the market, existing inventory would be gone in under two months. So if you’re thinking about purchasing in this desirable area, you won’t want to drag your feet.

Homes for rent in the Table Mesa neighborhood Boulder are equally in high demand.   Rental homes in Table Mesa consistently command much higher rental rates than other neighborhoods of Boulder.   When homes are listed for rent in Table Mesa we are seeing them snatched up within days.   One of the reasons for the tight rental market in Table Mesa is the lack of apartment rental inventory.  There are very few apartments in the Table Mesa area. The largest apartment community in the Table Mesa area is Boulder Creek Apartments.  Here you will find one bedroom apartments and townhomes rental ranges ranging from $1254 to over $2400 per month.   Two bedroom apartment homes in the rent range of $1600 per month to over $3,000 per month.  The overall vacancy rate in Table Mesa is less than 2%.  (rental statistics as of the time of this post).

The Table Mesa neighborhood Boulder is recognized as a neighborhood with stunning Colorado scenery, excellent schools, outstanding access to trails and outdoor recreation, and great proximity to the University of Colorado, downtown Boulder, and easy access to major transportation routes to Golden and Denver. Statistics show that Table Mesa can be a more expensive part of Boulder for renters and home-owners alike, and that there is a limited supply of housing available in this part of town.  For newcomers, you will need to be patient to find your ideal home in Table Mesa.

Our Boulder Realtors can help you track the real estate market in Table Mesa to find your dream home.  And our Boulder rental specialists can help you track the rental market in Table Mesa.  Either way, we’ve got you covered! 

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Homes here are going fast, so let Housing Helpers find you the perfect home in Table Mesa today.

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Boulder Home Prices

Boulder Colorado’s improving economy, mountain landscapes, and over 300 days of sunshine continue to attract home buyers and renters. In the year ending June 2013, Boulder home prices have risen by 8.5 percent to $454,600, according to Zillow. This amount consists of the median estimated value of all properties in the city, including those that are on sale and those not on the market.

  • The median list price is $519,000, up 5.2 percent. The median sale price is $457,900, up 6.7 percent.
  • East Chautauqua boasts the highest home values of $799.500, up 7 percent. The greatest increase goes to University Hill at 14.8 percent to $549,600.
  • The least expensive values are in Keewaydin at $209,800. The lowest increase is the 1.8 percent of East Aurora to $319,900.
  • The median monthly rent in Boulder runs $1,600, up 6 percent from a year ago. The increasing price is forcing many people to put their money into a home rather than spend it on rent. Just under 50 percent of residents are homeowners, compared to over 66 percent for the United States.

About 62 percent of the homes in Boulder consist of single-family homes.

  • Over 22 percent of homes consist of 1,000 square feet or less. Over 20 percent are between 1,000 and 1,400 sq. ft. and almost 19 percent are between 1,800 and 2,300 square feet.
  • Over 40 percent of homes were built from 1960 to 1979, with 27 percent from 1980 to 1999 and almost 14 percent from 1940 to 1959. Only 9 percent of the homes were constructed in the 21st century.
  • The median home size runs 1,598 square feet, with the average one being built in 1971. Property taxes run $2,910 per year.

If you’re interested in learning more about the trends in Boulder home prices or getting into the Boulder housing market as a buyer or a renter, please contact us at Housing Helpers Boulder.

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Boulder Housing Market Stays Rock Solid

According to recent surveys of housing prices and ratings by national housing market experts, Boulder Colorado continues to be a great place to live.

Since the heart of the 2008 recession, the housing market of the Boulder and Denver metro areas have fared very well compared to many of the moribund housing markets throughout the nation.

In 2012, the National Association of Home Builders named Boulder in its top ten list of housing markets, while Bloomberg Businessweek reported in 2009 that, despite the housing crash, Boulder Colorado was one of the “strongest housing markets” in the United States. The report listed multiple reasons for this ranking, including the town’s limitations on development – known as “controlled growth” – and its acquisition of “50,000 acres of open space for a greenbelt that surrounds the town.” The report also highlighted the importance of the proximity of the University of Colorado as a job incubator and a ready source of tenants “for the area’s many rental homes.”

The breathtaking beauty and cultural richness of Boulder, situated under the Rocky Mountains, cannot help but enhance its appeal to potential home-buyers. The area is teeming with points of interest – from majestic state parks, like the Flagstaff Mountain and Eldorado Canyon, to unique museums, like the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Boulder is also a center for the arts and sports, as its famous Shakespeare Festival and world-class sports stadium – Folsom Field – attest.

Recently named one of the top ten housing markets in 2013 by Money Morning, nearby Denver is also a hot market, with home prices rising steadily in the early months of this year.  Some market-watchers believe that the continued rise in housing prices in markets like Boulder and Denver may signal a general upswing in consumer confidence in the overall economy, especially in home values.

Money Morning’s Financial journalist Ben Gersten reports on an all-time level of optimism nationwide, “[a] new …national survey found 37% of homeowners believe the value of their home will increase in the next year – the highest since September 2008….”

With “[a] growing belief that the housing recovery is for real” taking hold across the country, Boulder and Denver continue to lead the pack of most appealing markets in which to buy, sell or rent a home.

Contact Housing Helpers and let us serve your real estate needs in the Boulder and Denver areas.

Housing Helpers Boulder featured in Boulder Chamber of Commerce video

Housing Helpers Boulder owner and CEO Stephanie Iannone is featured in Boulder Chamber of Commerce video spotlighting local Boulder business leaders.

Together with more than 1,700 member organizations, the Boulder Chamber represents the wide diversity of local businesses and promotes the balance of environmental, social and economic values that make Boulder such a great place to live and work. From established organizations to emerging enterprises, from high tech startups to natural foods companies, from intrepid outdoor companies to dynamic creative firms, we represent the breadth of entrepreneurial energy that characterizes Boulder’s economy.

Housing Helpers is proud to be a part of the vibrant Boulder economy and for the opportunity to help so many people find a place to live in Boulder.  If you are looking for homes for rent in Boulder or homes for sale in Boulder,  we look forward to working with you!

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