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Happy New Year! Have a Joyful Start to Your 2017!

 
It’s a little hard to believe that 2017 has already arrived! My ears are still ringing from the NYE celebration with friends at the 1st Bank Events Center. But alas, 2016 is in the in the rearview; I’ll take some of her with me, and I’ll leave some of her behind. Overall a pretty darn good year, I’d say. I worked hard and I played some too. I had a successful year in the biz and I worked with some great new clients, whom I now call friends. With friends and family we hit the road and visited some cool parts of Colorado and the country. I did less fishing and more Phishing. My son Ethan, 14, is now as tall as me and my daughter Phoebe, 12, is as silly. Kristin is an amazing life partner. And together we keep this crew on an even keel, mostly. I don’t think a day goes by when I’m not grateful for what I have.

I’ve been anticipating the new year and looking forward to earning new business. I’m recharging and renewing my business plan and I’m going to make 2017 my best year yet! That means being better at reaching out to you. I’m very grateful for the business so many of you send to me. Keep it coming, I’m never too busy to take on new business. And if you have plans to make a change in your real estate landscape this year, please buzz me.

There are a lot of great articles this month about real estate…one might shock you about the increased cost of housing in China. Trust me, buyers won't be complaining about the increased cost of homes in Boulder County after reading that! Also, don’t miss our own DB Wilson being quoted in the featured story among the most influential articles in 2016.

And, I’m back on the trail this month… https://youtu.be/wQTe59YvPiw

Happy New Year, HATCH
Picture of the month is of our daughter Phoebe at home with her tie-dye towels, just before an open-studio sale. This winter she tie-dyed by hand over 200 towels and donated over $1,000 to her old elementary school’s art program and also to her favorite charity, There with Care. She worked so hard and I’m so proud!

A Year of Stats to Remember...
The 4th quarter stats are in and remind us that this was an amazing year for Boulder County's real estate market. The final numbers for December, 2016 show us that the median price of a single family home in Boulder County is now $529,000 and is up 13.8%. And, townhomes and condos are selling for a median price of $345,000, up 25.4%. CLICK HERE to read the full stats. Get your home ready to sell before the Spring market takes off. I'm here to guarantee that you're ready. 


If You Think US Home Prices are High, Check Out These...

Boulder county saw  significant price increases in 2016, as did many other places in the U.S., but according to this article in Realtor.com, in the cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Nanjing, China, "annual prices increased 47.4%, 33.8%, and 31.5% respectively in those metros in the second quarter of the year". That is a HUGE leap, which puts into perspective how crazy markets can get. If you remember an article we shared in the Buzz last month that stated, "In 2017, the top 3 cities in the country projected for growth in 2017 are Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins. While those 3 cities in Colorado might see a big 11% increase, at least we aren't going to see "the fastest-growing home prices on Earth". 

The Top 10 Business Stories of 2016 (Including 1 Featuring Our Office!)
2016 had some news stories that impacted Boulder County significantly. This article in TimesCall.com lists them all; and two Real Estate articles are topics that we highlighted in the Buzz for you. Remember when we talked about millennials having trouble purchasing homes? And, as another article points out, D.B. Wilson from Re/Max of Boulder broke the news when the average price of a home in Boulder passed the million dollar mark over the summer. I can't help but wonder, what's in store for us in 2017?


How has the TV Influenced Our Homes?
A common question I hear when showing homes is, "Where will we put the TV?" Over the years, the TV has significantly impacted how homes are designed and what goes where inside of them. This article in Artsy points out that "With improved housing quality and the expansion of entertainment options, our lives are increasingly spent inside the home." And not only that, "visual entertainment wields an unseen influence over our relationship to physical space. As our preferred means of entertainment and the distance required to view it has changed, so too have our rooms and the furniture that fills them." So, where does the TV go in your home? And, how much of your furniture and layout of space is based around that? 

What's Happening this Month: 

Learn to Make Soft Cheese. Feb. 4th, 2:30pm.
Boulder Philharmonic. Feb. 4th, 7pm.
Sweetheart Valentine Dance. Feb.11th, 8pm. 

Stepping Out. Feb. 18th, 11am-2pm.
The Snow Queen. Feb 25th, 7:30pm. 
Jon Hatch
Broker Associate

 

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Boulder, CO 80302

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