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GE Lighting trades Boulder for Longmont

It was recently announced in the Boulder County Business Report that GE Lighting Systems Inc. would be relocating from it Boulder facility to a 63,000 square foot space in Longmont. The move, anticipated to happen in January, will allow the manufacturing business more space — about double, to be exact — after the company experienced an increase of nearly three times the amount of LED lights sold this year when compared to last year. The increase in sales is due to more efficient and less costly LED lighting, the article stated.

The Longmont space is located next door to the GE Energy Plant in a 174,000 square foot facility. Currently with about 80 employees at the Boulder GE Lighting plant, the company plans to up the employee count to about 100 when it relocates to Longmont.

GE Lighting was formed in 2012 after General Electric bought Albeo Technologies. According to Jeff Bisberg, who founded Albeo and will be the new site leader at the Longmont facility, the company is “proof you can do manufacturing in the United States.”

Longmont has a population of more than 86,000 people, based on the 2010 Census figures. It has a median household income of roughly $51,000. Longmont is one of just a handful of cities to be recognized as a silver level bicycle community by the League of American Bicyclists. It is connected via RTD to Denver and Boulder and by regional bus service to Fort Collins, Loveland and Berthoud.

GE will be joining other large employers in Longmont including Seagate, Amgen, Intrado, The Federal Aviation Administration, Xilinx, Mclane Western, and Digital Globe.

At Housing Helpers, we understand that thought and preparation that goes into any relocation — whether it is a company that is moving, an individual or a family. We have knowledge of Longmont and surrounding areas and are ready to help you with your relocation needs, whatever they may be. Contact us today for more information.

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Longmont Real Estate Market Snapshot

Longmont Colorado is full of natural beauty and great neighborhoods to call home.  It is no wonder that more and more home buyers are relocating to Longmont Colorado each year.   Located in Boulder County, Longmont is high on the list as one of the more popular cities in Colorado for new home buyers.

Here is a quick snapshot of the Longmont Real Estate market.

Home Value.  The average home in Longmont, Colorado is valued at $224,000.  The home value trend appears to be increasing as 2013 progresses.  The all-time low for the past 5 years was in 2010.  There was a small dip in early 2012, but overall, home values have shot up rapidly.

List Price.  The average list price is $265,000.  In the past 5 years, the median list price has fluctuated.  Currently, it has decreased slightly from April 2013 from $270,000.  In general, since September 2012, home list prices have increased.

Sale Price.  Sale prices for homes in Longmont are $233,800.  This is down from the all-time high for the past 5 years of $241,000 in May 2013.  The lowest sale prices for the past 5 years were in February 2011 at $203,000.  The market is slowly reviving.

Here is a great video from the City of Longmont highlighting the benefits of living in Longmont.

Education.  Longmont offers a wide variety of schools to meet the needs of homebuyers.  Several private schools, such as Bloom Montessori School, are available.  Colleges, such as Front Range Community College and Institute of Business & Medical Careers, are available for adult students.

Transportation.  There is public transportation linking Longmont to Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Loveland, and Berthoud.  Longmont is also known as a bicycle-friendly community.

Safety.  In general, the crime rate has decreased in Longmont from 2009 to 2011.

Population.  In 2012, Longmont had approximately 88,669 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.  Population growth has slowly increased from 2010.

Business.   The top employers in Longmont Colorado at the time of this post.

  • St. Vrain Valley Schools (regional school district) with 4875 employees
  • Longmont United Hospital with 1282 employees
  • Seagate Technology with 1160 employees
  • City of Longmont with 814 employees
  • Amgen with 789 employees
  • Intrado with 762 employees
  • Federal Aviation Administration with 540 employees
  • DigitalGlobe with 437 employees
  • McLane Western with 425 employees

Longmont, Colorado is considered by many to be a fantastic place to live.  If you are considering a move to the front range of Colorado it’s worth a look.   Boulder County is a fast growing area with a lot to offer, and Longmont is no exception.  Contact us today so we can help you find your dream home.

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Longmont Colorado, a place to explore and embrace in Boulder County

While viewed as the more affordable place to settle compared to Boulder or other nearby areas, Longmont is much more than that. Sure you do get a better bang for your buck in this northeast corner of Boulder County, but you don’t have to sacrifice location or lifestyle either. Its geographic placement creates a lopsided triangle for Denver and Boulder; just 30 miles southeast to Denver and only 16 miles southwest to Boulder.

Since the 1980’s, the presence of well-known technology companies such as GE Energy, Amgen, and Seagate has increased rapidly, thereby employing more local residents. This and other local companies ultimately contribute to Longmont’s claim to fame as having one of the highest populations of residents who both live and work in the same area.

Longmont also plays host to a number of festivals and activities throughout the year. Thanks to the nearby farms surrounding the bustling Longmont center, there is always something going on, whatever the season. As a testament to this, Money Magazine has named Longmont one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States not once, but twice, in the last ten years (2006 and 2008). This honor is reserved only for places that demonstrate a positive blend of a low crime rate, a solid school system, open spaces, affordable housing costs, and a variety of cultural and enriching activities for residents.

This town of approximately 86,000 residents has such enriching activities across the board. From theatre and live music to winter brew festivals to monthly ArtWalks through the Main Street, anyone with a free hour or two will not be disappointed. Family-friendly activities also abound. The public library system in Longmont has ongoing events for kids of all ages, as well as plenty of open spaces, dog parks, and museums to keep everyone happy and healthy.

Longmont is also home to Colorado’s first New Urbanist housing community known as Prospect New Town. Located on the southern edge of Longmont, these energy-efficient homes and condos create a neighborly feel by being pedestrian-friendly and engaging a unique blend of traditional and modern architecture to accommodate residents with a variety of styles. In fact, Housing Helpers has a great rental property there now!

If this hasn’t convinced you, perhaps you should take a stroll down Longmont’s Main Street and see for yourself. Peruse the art galleries, book stores, and sample the cuisine options from across the globe…you are sure to discover a gem or two!

And when it comes time to relocate, call us here at Housing Helpers and we will be happy to connect you with your perfect Longmont rental property or Longmont Realtors that can show you the wide range of homes for sale in Longmont.   Our Boulder office is just a few minutes away down the Diagonal Highway 119, and Housing Helpers has a number of incredible properties in the Longmont area, we are bound to have an armful of options that suit your preferences.

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