Why Boulder Is The Hottest Real Estate Market In The Denver Metro Area

Why Boulder Is The Hottest Real Estate Market In The Denver Metro AreaBoulder, Colorado. This beautiful, mountainous area has become quite hot for real estate in the Denver metro area.

Located about 30 to 40 minutes from Denver, it’s the perfect place for those who want to be close to the city for work but live out where you can see gorgeous mountain views, flatirons and not worry about construction messing up either.

Being a hot market means homes are more expensive to purchase, but also more lucrative to own and sell.

The City of Boulder is protective of its citizenry and reputation. They don’t allow clubs or restaurants to remain open late to keep noise at a minimum. It’s also a college town, so protecting the students is also important.

Beautiful views

Boulder also has amazing bike paths, gorgeous vistas of wide-open spaces and incredible trails. This is all while being in close proximity to a large city. There is a huge park in Boulder with huge rocks called the Flatirons. perfect for a newbie rock climber.

The weather is great too!

Since it’s really a semi arid area, snow and rain are minimal so beautiful weather reigns. Warm summers and winters that are usually not close to frigid are common. With all that beautiful weather spending time close by nature is easily accomplished. Lots of waterfowl, eagles, and other wildlife. It’s an amazing place to go rock climbing and bouldering and hiking and skiing isn’t too far away. If you like other sports like sailplaning or hang gliding, or even ultralight flying.

Some complain about the lack of diversity and conservative politics, but don’t let that stop you. Things like that are fluid, and with all the other pluses, why let that be a sticking point?

Come see Boulder and see what you think. You won’t be disappointed!

Get Your Home Ready For Winter… The Fireplace Edition

Winter is here and if you have a fireplace or wood burning stove in your home it’s still not too late to get it ready for the rest of the winter.

Get Your Home Ready For Winter... The Fireplace EditionFireplace and chimney maintenance is incredibly important. So here are some things you should do to get your fireplace in the best condition for burning wood this winter.

At least once a year you should do a visual inspection of your home

This should include looking over the chimney. Look at the chimney and see if it is leaning. Does it have chips in the bricks or masonry joints? Are there cracks or holes visible? Is there any rust or corrosion on the metal parts, flashing or cap? If you see any of those kinds of issues, call a professional to make necessary repairs.

Your chimney cap

If your chimney cap is missing or in bad shape, replace it. A cap will keep out water, snow, ice and wildlife. Birds or small animals can nest in your chimney and cause clogs. They also can bring pests like fleas and ticks into your home via the chimney. A good cap with mesh will solve that problem.

Continue your inspection inside

Check from the attic down for leaks or staining in the ceilings or walls. This could mean that the flashing on the roof is faulty or that the flue liner is damaged. The last one is especially troubling since the flue liner is a safety feature that keeps excessive heat from setting walls on fire.

Call in a professional

Lastly, call in a professional to have the chimney cleaned. A good cleaning will remove built up creosote and remove any animal or bird nests. Creosote is an oily byproduct of burning wood. Once it builds up in the chimney the danger of it catching fire and causing a house fire are pretty high.

Getting your chimney cleaned once a year will prevent this build up. You can also help prevent creosote from building up as fast by burning oak or other hardwoods instead of pines.

Some types of wood are higher in the materials that become creosote than others. Pines are easier and faster to burn, but they cause a build-up of creosote much more quickly than a hardwood like oak. Also, when you burn a fire in the fireplace, you should burn them hot for most of the burn cycle.

How Much House Should You Buy Based On Your Income

It’s always a question asked by first time home buyers (and some second time too): how much home can I afford? A huge part of the answer to that question is your income.

A better question might be, “How much house you SHOULD buy should be based on your income?” Not only because you need to make payments, but also because you need to save a down payment. Zero down payment mortgages are few and far between.

Experts recommend 20%

How Much House Should You Buy Based On Your Income... It's always a question asked by first time home buyers (and some second time too): how much home can I afford?Most experts recommend that home buyers put down no less than 20%.

This will give you the best chance to get the contract, get the mortgage and avoid mortgage insurance. This is problematic for many home buyers under the age of 35. They average about 8%, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Keep in mind that if you put a 10% down payment you’ll need a higher income level. This is because you’ll have to pay mortgage insurance with your mortgage payment. Higher income means no mortgage insurance, and it also means better means to save. But what if you don’t have a higher income?

It may mean moving to an area where you can afford it.

Denver area median salary may do it

If you crunch the numbers for the Denver area, your median salary may just be enough. If you’re wondering what median income means, it’s the middle of a set of numbers.

So, if a job has a salary range of $50,000 to $75,000, the median salary is $62,500. Back to the Denver numbers. Here’s how it works out. The median salary in Denver is $69,754. The median home price is $318,164. That means if you have the 20% down payment your income should be $44,071, and if you have only a 10% down payment you’ll need an income of $52,766.

Those numbers were found on Huffington Post


and it has other cities listed as well. Do your homework!

The Benefits of Buying an Older Home in an Established Neighborhood

Every home buyer goes through the decision process: do I The Benefits of Buying an Older Home in an Established Neighborhoodbuy a newly built home or an older home in an established neighborhood. Here are some reasons why buying an older home is a better idea.


Depending on the age of the home, its construction could be sturdier than new construction. If a home is decades or even hundreds of years old, it has withstood storms or worse. Many have cabinetry or woodwork that were hand made by craftsmen whose attention to detail was second to none. That charm and construction can be hard to find today. Old hardwood floors, higher ceilings and beautiful built ins.

Older home, larger lot

Want some yard between you and those neighbors? Buy an established home instead of a new one. Most older homes were built on larger lots because land was cheaper then. For instance a recent new home built in a new subdivision has larger homes, but are built on quarter acre lots. In comparison, another home less than a mile away in an older subdivision was built in 1972 and is smaller, but sits on a half acre lot. More yard. More trees and big ones too. That’s another plus, established and mature trees that provide shade and character.


Those neighbors? They may just have been around for generations. Or at least a generation. Homes are owned for 15, 20 years or more. Neighbors know each other and when a young couple or family move in, they can be another set of eyes for parents. Trusted neighbors trade keys to help a child locked out of the house after school, or a contact for school if the parents aren’t able to get there.

Established neighborhoods

Remember too that older, established neighborhoods are less likely to have changes in zoning which means that businesses can’t move in next door. You’re also more likely to find better schools, better cell reception, established internet lines and other things like natural gas connections and other perks.

Is It Worth Making Your Home A Smart Home Before You Sell

Smart homes seem to be all the rage. Thermostats and lights controlled by your smart phone. Refrigerators that send you a grocery list to your phone.

There is so much more that you can have to make your home automated and running from an app or apps on your phone. So is it worth it to make your home a smart home before you sell? Probably not.


With the exception of “techy towns” like Niwot and Boulder, or some types of executive homes, most buyers, even high end buyers, won’t expect to find smart homes. They may not even have a need or desire for a smart homes or they may not want the level of it you have installed.

As with other improvements to your home, you need to weigh the cost against the expected return

Having your home wired to be a smart home, buying the equipment, updating to smart appliances and all that entails, including fixing walls that will need to be cut into for wiring and new plugs and such, will run you thousands of dollars. The return on that isn’t going to be thousands of dollars.

Ask your Realtor

If you aren’t sure whether to do it or how far to go, ask your Realtor. They know the market, who will be looking at your home and how much they will be willing to pay to have those kinds of updates. Remember, a million dollar home may benefit from it, but a hundred thousand dollar home probably won’t.

A trap

Don’t fall into a trap of spending money for a return you won’t see. Talk to your Realtor and see what will help sell your home and spend it there.