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Fall in Love with Boulder County!
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Fall in Love in Boulder County this February!


This is the month for love, and I must say, I love living in Boulder, Colorado! I've been able to go hiking and skiing this month, and the real estate market is off to a very busy start in 2017. The articles in the Buzz this month remind us that Colorado is on the map in terms of where big businesses want to be. Also, don't miss the controversial topic of the Pearl Street Mall and what to do with the retail spaces...are we going to be able to maintain the uniqueness of Boulder? We'll have to wait and see. As for now, I want to help you plan ahead if you're considering buying or selling a home this year. Spring is right around the corner, so let's begin planning so you and/or your home is ready. I'm here to help you every step of the way. 

A Year of Stats to Remember...
The January stats show us that the prices this year are increasing quite a bit from where they were in January 2016...we're talking 20 - 35% higher. The median price of a single family home in Boulder County is now $582,500 and is up 20.7%. And, townhomes and condos are selling for a median price of $360,000, up 35.8%. CLICK HERE to read the full stats. Get your home ready to sell before the Spring market takes off. I will help you prepare. 


This Business Moves in and Confirms that Colorado is the Place to Be

Who do you think is opening a 1 million square foot fulfillment center here in Colorado? Amazon, that's who! This will bring 1000 new full-time jobs, and Amazon pays "30 percent higher than traditional retail jobs", and employees will "receive comprehensive benefits starting on day one". Gov. John Hickenlooper was quoted in this article in the Colorado Real Estate Journal saying, "It’s always great news when a company as innovative as Amazon makes an investment in Colorado”. The company’s announcement of a second facility and many more jobs for our state is something to celebrate. We are thrilled Amazon has discovered our talented workforce here in Colorado and we look forward to our ongoing partnership." This is great news for Colorado!

The Future of the Pearl Street Mall
Boulder City Council put a 120 day prohibition on "new ground-floor permits for financial institutions on Pearl Street". Members are concerned that because the rents are so high for retail space downtown, small businesses aren't able to afford the rent, and therefore more banks like Capital One are wanting to move in. As the Daily Camera points out, "The council, with the advice of various city boards and commissions, will use this period to consider which policy changes, if any, might help stem the trend of local, small-scale shops and eateries being priced out of downtown and replaced by chains, offices and banks that can afford the real estate." Boulder is known for it's individual, local, small businesses. A council member made an important point saying, "Can you imagine if we ever lost the Boulder Bookstore? We have to help ensure these businesses stay here."


Put a Little Love Into...
Your home! Yes, Valentines day is usually about showing your significant other how much you love them, but don't forget about the other love in your life. Your home needs a little TLC and extra attention as well! This video on Realtor.com points to some great things you can do this winter to have your home feel a little extra special.

What's Happening this Month: 

Boulder International Film Festival. March 2nd-5th.
Noble Lecture Series. March 20th, 7pm.
Garden Planning and Design Class. March 19th, 9am.
Dixit Dominus: Music by Handel. March 25th, 7:30pm. 
Ande Rice
Broker Associate

 

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