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Colorado median sales prices rise in 2016 Market playing out low inventory, high demand theme By Marty Schechter, Colorado Association of Realtors

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Marty Schechter Suzanne Plewes Karen Libin Rick Jacquemard Tom Kalinski Carol O’Meara Laura Pearson Rebecca Lee Mary Carol Garrity Tom Moor Sasha Strebe Ed Del Grande Craig Sailor Cathy Hobbs ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Thais Hafer Toni McNeill Mary Romano ADVERTISING FEATURES COORDINATOR Greg Stone SEND US YOUR NEWS, EVENTS AND STORY IDEAS At Home welcomes news on local real estate, hirings, advancements, awards, events, community involvement, tips and other information of interest to the local real estate and home community in the Boulder County and Northern Colorado areas. Visit submit-your-news. ADVERTISING INFORMATION: For advertising information, contact Thais Hafer at 303.473.1456 or Toni McNeil at 303.684.5329 To submit an open house listing, visit



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ENGLEWOOD – While the average price of a Colorado home remained flat in December 2016 at $315,000, buyers and sellers experienced a 10 percent increase in the median sales price over the course of the year, according to the latest statewide housing report from the Colorado Association of Realtors® (CAR). With a median sales price of $287,000 in December 2015, the past year featured a shrinking housing inventory punctuated by the lowest number of new listings in December 2016, and continued strong demand from a growing Colorado population. All of these elements shaped a consistent theme for the 2016 Colorado housing market. Single-family homes across the state held steady with a median sales price of $335,000, up eight percent for the year and just 4.3 percent off of the 2016 high of nearly $350,000 in June of last year. The state’s townhouse/ condominium median sales price rose to $260,000, up two percent from the prior month and up 14.3 percent for the year, reflecting a record median sales price for the townhomes/condominiums in the CAR market trends research. With just over 3,900 singlefamily home listings added in December, down nearly 30 percent from November 2016, there were 13,332 single-family active listings in the state, just 1,200 more than the total number of single-family listings added (12,153) in June 2016 alone. New townhouse/condo listings also reflected an annual low in December 2016 with 1,384 new units listed bringing the total active statewide listings to 3,349, down 40 percent from its July 2016 peak as well. New listings Overall, there were less than 16,700 homes on the market in December across the state, the lowest total in more than a year. The combination of factors has driven inventory for both singlefamily homes and townhome/ condominiums to a 2016 low at 1.9 months and 1.5 months, respectively (see charts below). While the Metro Denver Region has just over a one-month inventory

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of single-family homes available, the area’s condominium/townhouse inventory is below a one-month supply. There is a slightly higher supply of inventory in the state’s mountain (six-and-a-half-month inventory) and southwest region (nearly seven -month inventory). A market is considered balanced with a four to seven month supply of inventory. The overall thin inventory across the state also took its toll on the number of sold listings in December 2016, down 6.7 percent from November to 6,331 single-family homes and -7.1 percent to 1,984 condominiums/townhouses. With the exception of the mountain market, where median sales prices jumped 8.6 percent to $505,000, sales for both singlefamily homes and townhouse/ condominiums remained relatively flat across the remainder of the state in December. However, when reviewing 2016 as a whole, all but the southwest region (down 6.5 percent in 2016) experienced increases for the year. – Mountain Region up 15 percent in 2016 – Metro Region up 11 percent in 2016 – Southeast Region up nine percent in 2016 – Northeast Region up eight percent in 2016 – Northwest Region up 6.5 percent in 2016 Despite the continued short supply of available homes for sale, the average number of days that homes stay on the market (DOM)

edged up for both single family and condominium/townhomes before sale. The DOM for Colorado single-family homes in December was 59, its highest average since the first quarter of 2016. For condominiums/townhouses it was an average of 50 days on the market before sale, also in line with its first quarter 2016 DOM. Finally, affordability, a measurement based on the relationship between housing prices, prevailing interest rates and local income levels, also took a hit in the month of December. For the year, affordability for single-family homes was down 12 percent while the townhouse/condominium affordability index dipped more than 16 percent. The Colorado Association of Realtors® Monthly Market Statistical Reports are prepared by Showing Time, a leading showing software and market stats service provider to the residential real estate industry, and are based upon data provided by Multiple Listing Services (MLS) in Colorado. The December 2016 reports represent all MLS-listed residential real estate transactions in the state. The metrics do not include “For Sale by Owner” transactions or all new construction. The complete reports cited in this article, as well as regional reports specific to the Denver Metro, Mountain, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest markets are available online at: HousingStatistics. DAILY CAMERA / TIMES-CALL


Things to do before submitting an offer on a home You’ve found the perfect home and are ready to make an offer. Before you do so, there are a few quick to-do’s that you should complete to ensure that SUZANNE you are making PLEWES the right offer. RE/MAX Alliance Don’t forget these critical last minute tasks.

that interest rates are fluctuating quite a bit and in an upward trend. Checking the current rates avoids any surprises later on. Verify underwriting timeframes You may want to close quickly (i.e. within 30 days) but that doesn’t mean that your lender can necessarily pull that off. To avoid closing delays and the need for extensions, check with your lender on two things. First, how much time is needed to obtain a mortgage commitment? This is issued after the lender has reviewed both your finances and a third party appraisal. One or both may be experiencing certain delays. Secondly, verify that your desired closing date is reasonable from the lender’s perspective. These are two very important dates.

Check interest rates Your monthly payment is directly tied to interest rates. If your pre-approval was from several months ago, mortgage rates have likely changed since then. A 0.25% change in rates could make a big difference in your figures, especially if you’re purchasing near the max of your pre-approval or affordability range. Make a quick call to your loan officer to verify the current rates and what your mortgage payment would be on the particular property. You may have heard

Making valid offers Once your offer is accepted by a seller, it can be complicated to make changes to critical dates and terms. By checking with your lender in advance on interest rates and underwriting

You’ve found the perfect home and are ready to make an offer. Before you do so, there are a few quick to-do’s that you should complete to ensure that you are making the right offer. (Photo: Shutterstock)

timeframes, you can make better decisions about the terms included in your offer. Suzanne Plewes is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance.

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The home valuation: What’s your home worth? Recently former clients asked me to come over to review some renovations they were considering before selling in a few years. They wanted to know if it would KAREN make financial LIBIN sense to put KL Realty this remodeling investment into their home to help maximize its value. During my consultation with them, I gave them an approximate valuation of their property as is. They were shocked speechless. It was higher than they expected. “Why the heck would we do all this work then?” the wife said looking at her husband. “Let’s just sell now.” And sell they did, and are now happily living in a new home.

Often homeowners have no idea how much their property is actually worth. On-line sites like Zillow post home valuations, but as they use formulas with broad generalizations and know nothing of the nuances of an area, these valuations can be way off. Sometimes homeowners see properties for sale in the newspaper that are somewhat similar and think perhaps that’s the answer. But there are so many factors that go into determining a home’s value that they would be better off using a magic eight ball. So how does a homeowner learn what their property is really worth? One of the skills that an experienced real estate broker has is determining a property’s value. Our firm happily provides to any potential or new client a Broker Price Opinion report, or a BPO. Though it is not as formal as an appraisal, this report is produced

by using a valuation methodology. A BPO includes: Compiling all the property details: location, square feet, rooms, school district, tax assessment, water rights, finishes, views and other factors. Evaluating similar properties that have recently sold and those with pending contracts. Studying current listings that are the property’s competition, and reviewing the pros and cons of the property relative to this competition. With all this data, we then determine a formal “opinion of value” and provide a report of our findings to our potential or new client. With all that being said, for the client I noted above, I knew the value of their rural property off the top of my head. When our firm did the BPO for them, it showed I was right on the mark. After 29

years in the business, I know the Boulder County market. Still, it’s good to have the data to back me up! Their property sold for 95 percent of asking price with which they were very pleased. What is your property worth? You too may be pleasantly surprised with the answer. If you would like a valuation of your property, we at KL Realty would be happy to provide you with a BPO. You may decide to sell now or in a few years. Either way this is excellent information to have for immediate or long-term planning. Plus, it’s just really interesting to know. Karen is the owner and managing broker of KL Realty, and has more than 29 years of experience in the Boulder County real estate market. Contact Karen at KL Realty, call 303.444.3177, e-mail or visit

determines the condition of a structure and all its components including but not limited to plumbing, electrical, roofing, doors/windows and siding. An appraisal determines the value of a property. While not all states or municipalities regulate home inspectors, there are professional associations for home inspectors that provide education, training, and networking opportunities. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not a building inspection; building inspection is a term often used for building code compliance inspections in the United States.

Your realtor can provide you with contact information for reputable home inspectors.


What is a home inspection? Home inspections are an integral part of the purchase of any home. They are limited, noninvasive, examinations of the condition of a home. The sale of a home is often contingent on a home inspection. Typically home inspections are conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained in the report to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The report describes the condition of the home at the time

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Reverse mortgages: 7 common misconceptions debunked By (TNS) Federal Housing Administration-backed home equity conversion mortgages, or HECMs, are accessible to homeowners 62 and older. These reverse mortgage loans allow older Americans to tap into a portion of their equity to help supplement retirement income. With a reverse mortgage loan, homeowners aren’t required to make monthly mortgage payments but do need to continue paying for property taxes, homeowners insurance, home maintenance costs and otherwise comply with the terms of the loan. Just like a conventional home mortgage loan, if the homeowner defaults on the loan, or doesn’t comply with the terms, the borrower may face foreclosure. Here are seven of the most common reverse mortgage misconceptions.


’Reverse mortgage loans are a scam’ Actually, today’s reverse mortgage loans are quite viable instruments and the FHA-insured HECM loans are safer than ever. These loans are unique because payment of the balance is deferred until the last eligible borrower or non-borrowing spouse leaves the home, and often the sale of the house is used to pay the loan balance. A reverse mortgage loan is highly regulated, just like most financial products. To qualify: – All borrowers must be 62 years or older. – The home must be the borrower’s primary residence. – The borrower must have enough equity in the home to qualify. – The borrower must undergo a financial assessment to ensure capability and willingness to continue paying for property taxes, homeowners insurance and home maintenance.


’A reverse mortgage loan is a loan of last resort’ Reverse mortgage loans used to be thought of as a last-ditch effort to get cash while retired. While many financial products are created for a single purpose, reverse mortgage loans are not “one size fits all.” Homeowners have the flexibility to use a reverse mortgage loan in several different ways, such as: – Lump sum – Monthly installments – Line of credit


’My spouse or I can be thrown out of the house when one of us dies’ With a HECM reverse mortgage loan, borrowers still retain ownership of the home as long as they continue to pay for home maintenance, property taxes and homeowners insurance, and meet the terms of the loan. As with any loan, including traditional mortgages, if the borrower does not comply with loan terms, such as paying for property



Reverse mortgage loans allow older Americans to tap into a portion of their equity to help supplement retirement income. (Photo: Shutterstock).

taxes, then the property can be subject to foreclosure. HECM reverse mortgage loans have safeguards that can help ensure that the borrower will be able to fulfill the loan terms for the life of the loan, including: – Eligible non-borrowing spouses are allowed to remain in the home after the borrower of a HECM reverse mortgage loan passes away. – The loan is non-recourse, meaning the lender cannot collect more than the value of the home and the home is the only asset that can be used as collateral. – Prospective borrowers are required to undergo independent third-party reverse mortgage counseling to ensure they understand the fine print, what they can expect throughout the loan process, what their responsibilities are and what other options might be available. – The FHA establishes caps on the amount of money that can be drawn during the first year of the loan to help ensure that proceeds last as long as a borrower needs them.


’Reverse mortgage loans come with expensive fees and interest’ As with any conventional home mortgage loan, there are fees that vary depending on the value of the home, loan terms, market conditions and interest rates. Interest rates and fees are calculated based on a number of factors, such as: – The borrower’s age – The home’s value – The property’s ZIP code – Any existing mortgage balance or liens – Number of expected years in the house – Life expectancy A reverse mortgage professional can help determine what the exact interest rates and associated fees are and will disclose your interest rate and fees before the loan is finalized.


’Your home has to be free and clear to qualify’ According to FHA, to be eligible for a HECM reverse mortgage loan, you either need to own your home outright or hold enough equity to pay off the balance with a reverse mortgage. The balance you are allowed to have may vary depending on the home’s value, borrower’s age, and the loan’s interest rate, among other factors. One of the most important advantages of a reverse mortgage loan is the ability to pay off the existing mortgage and eliminate monthly mortgage payments. Paying off existing mortgages is also required as part of the reverse mortgage loan process.


‘The heirs will be responsible for paying back the loan’ When the last surviving borrower or nonborrowing spouse dies, an heir or the executor of the estate has the option to sell the property and use the proceeds to repay the loan. In this case, the remaining proceeds from the sale can be split among the heirs. The heirs also have the option to repay or refinance the loan and keep the home in the family. An important feature of the loan is that because a reverse mortgage is a non-recourse loan, the home is the only collateral that the lender may access to pay off the loan balance. If the sale of the home does not cover the entire loan balance, then the FHA pays the difference.


‘The bank owns your home’ With a reverse mortgage, the borrower retains ownership and the loan is secured by a lien on the home. The borrower does not relinquish ownership using a reverse mortgage loan, but rather, borrows against the value of the home’s equity. As long as you maintain the home, pay property taxes and insurance and otherwise obey the loan’s terms, you continue to own your property. Visit Bankrate online at DAILY CAMERA / TIMES-CALL

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4759 Dorchester Circle


Marie Elena Potter

WK Real Estate





974 55th Street


Laurie Kaufman

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc.





2414 Keystone Ct


Anna Gayer

RE/MAX Alliance on Walnut





635 Paragon Drive


Mike Moger

WK Real Estate





3135 4th St


Zach Zeldner & Leyla Steele

RE/MAX Alliance on Walnut





3092 Big Horn St


Roz Giannasi Pinon

Markel Homes: Kalmia38, Northfield Village & Northfield Commons





13852 Legend Way #101


Marcia Cotlar

8z Real Estate



Andrew Muller

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc.





9300 E. Florida Avenue #404




2813 Saratoga Trl


Jen Kearns/Claudia Archuleta

ERA Tradewind Real Estate

720-526-5434/ 720-581-1703




2813 Saratoga Trl


Jen Kearns/Claudia Archuleta

ERA Tradewind Real Estate

720-526-5434/ 720-581-1703




1530 Sagrimore Circle


Barclay Logan

Thompson Daviau Realty





1530 Sagrimore Circle


Barclay Logan

Thompson Daviau Realty





2138 Collyer Street


Mark Remington

WK Real Estate





1224 E 4th Ave.


Wendy Conder




2112 Santa Fe Dr


Natasha Hubbard

RE/MAX Alliance





2112 Santa Fe Dr


Natasha Hubbard

RE/MAX Alliance





506 E 16th Ave


Karen Latsko

HomeSmart Realty Group





803 Allen Drive


Jerry Curry

WK Real Estate





4958 Eagan Circle


Tracy Zaik

WK Real Estate





1000 Plateau Rd


Marlita Lazo

Markel Homes





918 Half Measures Dr.


Marlita Lazo

Markel Homes: Prospect NewTown



Thursday - Sunday


1437 Moonlight Drive

Starting in the high-$300,000's.

Chris Sweeney/Stan Meade

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1332 Snowberry Lane


Michele Steward

Markel Homes





1805 Blue Star Lane Model Home


Michele Steward

Markel Homes - North End





4450 Roaring Fork Ct


Chris Martinez

RE/MAX Alliance



By appointment


334 McConnell Drive


Marlita Lazo

Markel Homes





1485 Stoneham Street


Andrew Muller/John Hickey

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc.



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Got a smart gadget in your home? Be wary of cyber crime Recently, RE/MAX of Boulder Broker/ Owner Jay Kalinski wrote an article about a pressing issue when it comes to technology right in our TOM homes. Popular KALINSKI smart devices RE/MAX of Boulder connected to the Internet including DVRs, web cams, smart thermometers, TVs and more are vulnerable to hacking. Here’s what Jay had to say: If you’re one of the millions who use Internet of Things (IoT) devices throughout your home, take heed. Along with the wonder of touch-of-a-button Internet home control comes the growing problem of cybercrime. And without precautions, you could be the next victim. The use of smart devices is projected to reach 50 billion by 2020, according to Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group. With so many smart

devices and the availability of easy to use hacking software such as Mirai, home-targeted cybercrime is a growing problem. Take steps now to keep your home, financial data and you, safe. Follow these valuable tips on how to keep hackers out of your house, as seen in Bradley K. Tuttle’s Real Estate Update. Change the default setting on your smart device In today’s busy world, manufacturers add out-of-the box convenience by shipping devices with default settings enabled. While instant operation is fun and easy, the default settings are an easy target for Mirai, the hacking software. When enabling a new smart device, change the default settings at initial start-up. Update passwords at least once a year Passwords seem to be taking over our lives: we all have far too many. But in our connected world, multiple passwords – and lots of them – are unavoidable. Given that, be sure to change

your passwords each year. Never use names, address or birthdays, or easy to guess passwords like ‘admin’ or ‘1234.’ While it’s easy for you to remember, it’s also easy to hack. It’s equivalent to leaving the key in your front door.

updates. Then install the update.

Add an extra authentication protocol Now that you are managing your passwords wisely, beef up your security with an extra step for gaining access. The added security layer could be a one-time pin you receive by text. Or, it could be biometric authentication, which relies on a unique thumbprint, eye-scan or user’s unique keystrokes. This extra step makes it harder for hackers to bust into your smart devices. Check your smart devices for firmware updates. While updates may be annoying, and notification of updates equally as annoying, keeping your software loaded with the latest fixes helps keep out hackers. Once a month, check the web app of your smart device for firmware

If you experience a security breach, immediately take action Update passwords, notify credit card companies and file a police report. Never use public Wi-Fi networks and don’t keep smart devices on the same network as your PC. This will minimize hacking across different devices. Although manufacturers of smart devices need to improve their built-in security, users need to be as vigilant about smart device security as they are with credit cards, computers and locking the house when you’re away. Read the full story on Home Cybercrime at www3.realtytimes. com/nl/nlpages217/7SmartHomesCyberCrime. htm?open&ID=bradleyktuttle. Tom Kalinski is the Owner and Founder of RE/MAX of Boulder. To reach him call 303.441.5620 or e-mailtomkalinski33@gmail. com. For updates about market statistics and trends, visit RE/MAX of Boulder at

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The Buffs went a stunning 8-1 in Pac-12 conference games. They won the South division for the first time and reached a top-10 ranking nationally for the first time in 14 years.

With Liufau leading the way, the Buffs jumped on the Rams quickly and never took their foot off the gas. CU’s first offensive possession was an 11-play, 73yard march. On the final play, Liufau fumbled at the goal line, but center Alex Kelley fell on the ball for a touchdown. Liufau led the Buffs to touchdowns on three of

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RIGHT: Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre celebrates the win

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OPPOSITE: Colorado defensive end Jordan Carrell celebrates. THOMAS BOYD

Liufau, Montez put together a bril l individual performance and delivv the Buffaloes’ biggest victory si s they joined the Pac-12, stunningg egon 41-38 in front of 53,974 fans.. Montez threw for 333 yards three touchdowns and ran for

AT A GLANCE WHAT WENT RIGHT Colorado played arguably the best fourth quarter it has played in years. They shut out the Washington State offense and forced two turnovers in the process. Offensively they scored the last 17 points of the game to pull away.

WHAT WENT WRONG Through much of the first three quarters, the Buffs had trouble stopping the Cougars’ offense. WSU quarterback Luke Falk threw three touchdown passes and the running backs gashed the Buffs with big plays.

TURNING POINT After Washington State took a 24-21 lead with 3:18 to play in the third quarter, the Buffs responded with a 75-yard scoring drive, capped by Sefo Liufau’s 11-yard touchdown run. The defense shut down the Cougars on the next possession, and from there, CU took off.

worry about anything else.” Liufau certainly did not. The senior, who has battled through more aches and pains over the years than anyone even knows, played one of the best games of his career. He threw for 345 yards and rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns. “He played excellent,” MacIntyre said. “He’s such a battler, he’s such a warrior. He played like I figured Sefo would.” Liufau became just the second player in CU history to throw for 300 yards and run for 100 in the same game, accomplishing that feat eight weeks after his backup, Steven Montez, did it first.

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OPPOSITE: Colorado’s Bryce Bobo hauls in a pass over Washington State’s Shalom Luani. CLIFF GRASSMICK

State, 38-24, at Folsom Field to maintain their lead in the Pac-12 South division, move one step closer to their goal of winning a conference title, and snap a 23-game losing streak against ranked opponents. With Utah’s stunning loss to Oregon earlier in the day, the South race has come down to CU (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12 South) and USC (7-3, 6-2). The Trojans played late on Saturday night against UCLA. If the Trojans lose, the Buffs are the South champs. If the Trojans win, the Buffs will need a win at home against Utah on Saturday. “Ecstatic,” quarterback Sefo Liufau said of his emotions after the win. “Very happy to be in the position that we’re in; very happy to be able to go out

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he significance of the moment wasn’t lost on senior center Alex Kelley. A leader for the Colorado Buffaloes who has been here longer than anybody, he couldn’t help but stand back and watch a sea of fans run onto the field to celebrate the program’s biggest victory in over a decade. “Everyone was rushing the field and I just kind of had to take a step back and let it all sink in,” Kelley said. On Saturday, the 12th-ranked Buffaloes knocked off No. 20 Washington



WASHINGTON STATE Colorado vs. Washington State • Nov. 19, 2016 • W 38-24

Making a statement Liufau, defense lead CU past Washington State


their first four drives to claim a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Overall, the Buffs had 578 yards in total offense, including 260 on the ground. Phillip Lindsay had 95 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while Devin Ross (eight catches, 97 yards, one TD) and Bryce Bobo (five catches, 99 yards) had great nights catching the ball. As good as the offense was, however, the defense was dominant, holding CSU to just 225 total yards. CSU went three-and-out on its first six possessions. It was a 24-0 CU lead before the Rams got their initial first down. CSU didn’t get on the board until the first play of the fourth quarter, but by then, CU already had a 37-point lead. Seniors Chidobe Awuzie and Tedric Thompson both intercepted CSU passes, while Kenneth Olugbode and Jimmie Gilbert had sacks. While it wasn’t a perfect performance, it was one that CU desperately needed entering MacIntyre’s fourth season at the helm. “I see it every day and I’ve seen it change, there’s no doubt,” said MacIntyre, who improved to 11-27 at CU. “But we have to keep stepping in the right direction. Now we’ve got to see how we handle having a little bit of success really early.”

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The lasting legacy of a garden

It doesn’t matter where my rambles take me or why I’m there; whenever I can, I take time to stop and smell the flowers. (Photo: Shutterstock).

Visiting gardens is a favorite pastime of mine, a way for me to get to know cities and people of places I visit. I love talking with the gardeners or nosing along overgrown paths. It doesn’t matter where my rambles take me or why I’m there; whenever I can, I take time to stop and smell the flowers. These gardens, great and small, have boasted towering topiaries, flowing rivers of bloom, whimsical sculptures and miniature delights tucked into rocky nooks. A few resonated so deeply within me that they help guide my philanthropic self, like the Edible Schoolyards of New Orleans or the urban community gardens pocketed about the Big Apple by the New York Restoration Project. And then there is the one that indelibly etched itself upon on my mind and soul: the White House kitchen garden. Its low-sided raised

beds have hosted thousands of school children over the years as they visit for planting, harvesting and cooking lessons. Bees that work the flowers from CAROL the nearby hive O’MEARA are an integral Colorado State part of the lesson University Extension plans given to Boulder County help connect the kids to their food and our earth. That humble, working garden feeds both dignitaries and those in need by producing 2,000 pounds of produce each year from 2,800 square feet; a third of the produce is donated to soup kitchens. In the upcoming transition, the garden appears to be remaining, thanks to a $2.5 Million gift from the

W. Atlee Burpee Company and the Burpee Foundation to the National Park Foundation in October 2016. The National Park Service cares for the grounds around the White House, including the kitchen garden. Beyond serving as a living classroom the White House kitchen garden has served as inspiration to home gardeners across the US; many of us rejoiced when it was installed and the historians among us appreciated the nod to former Presidents and First Ladies cultivating those grounds for food. Gardens – and gardeners – ebb and flow in their interests and it wouldn’t surprise me if the incoming administration were less interested in the garden patch. After all, gardening isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, given that gardeners are often sweating, grimed with dirt, and wearing mismatched socks. But perhaps First Lady Michelle Obama could leave a pair of her Gucci gloves for soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump to pick up should she head out to see what the buzz is about on the South Lawn. I hope she does. There, past the surprisingly small Rose Garden, the kitchen garden provides a seating area in its heart, where visitors find a little peace and quiet. It’s always entertaining to watch bees work the flowers, and scents from herbs wash across you

as the breeze shifts. To its creator, the garden bids farewell. It will endure, as gardens do when changing hands. For those of us it inspired to get planting in our own communities, our work is not yet done. According to the American Community Gardening Association (communitygarden. org/mission) “community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.” Get active in your community through gardening programs, to keep the legacy of the White House garden alive. Colorado State University Extension, together with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, provides unbiased, research-based information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, agriculture and 4-H youth development. For more information contact Extension at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Box B, Longmont, 303.678.6238, e-mail or visit

How to use Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 color of the year By Laura Pearson Chicago Tribune (TNS) How much stock do you place in Pantone’s color of the year selection? We always find it fascinating to hear what the Pantone Color Institute – having gathered representatives from various nations’ color-standard groups to deliberate, twice annually, in a secret European capital (seriously!) – ends up selecting. But rather than make it a priority to incorporate the chosen color into our homes and wardrobes, we view it as more of a marketing tool or organizing principle for the fashion, beauty, home and product design industries. In other words, it will come to us, even if we don’t gravitate toward it. You might’ve heard that Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 is Greenery – “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.” It’s fun to read about it, yes. Even more, JANUARY 13-14, 2017

this color selection feels purposefully therapeutic and legitimately inspiring. “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings,” the Pantone announcement reads. “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.” In a time of political division, when stress levels are high, Greenery’s attributes seem like something to aspire to: a call back to nature, an appeal to unity, a reminder to take a deep breath. Don’t get us wrong, a zesty yellowgreen would also look great in the realm of dishware, throw pillows and upholstery. But in 2017, it may also be wise to try embodying Pantone’s color choice. Doesn’t get more serious than that. For more on Greenery, visit pantone. com/color-of-the-year-2017.

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New home opportunities in Louisville from Markel Homes By Rebecca Lee, for At Home. Photography by Markel Homes.


eads up, new year home buyers. Local builder Markel Homes is going gangbusters at North End in Louisville. A variety of move-in-ready properties are available now, with more coming later this month and into spring. Each home upholds the Markel Homes brand of excellence in design, architectural styling and quality workmanship. The builder is known for building new communities in great locations. North End has been a home run.

walks through Hecla Lake Open Space, and coffee shops, eateries and a yoga studio just minutes from home. Peace of mind comes with knowing your kids are attending great schools. The summer Farmer’s Market and Louisville Street Faire foster a sense of belonging. Louisville is filled with healthy, active individuals and families who like living here and respect and care about their community.

Stainless and solid surface finishes in the kitchen at 1332 Snowberry Lane.

Easy living duplexes for sale HOA fees cover exterior maintenance, landscaping and snow removal for Markel Homes’ easy living properties. The easy living feature is especially attractive to buyers looking for a lock ‘n leave situation that accommodates hassle-free days or weeks away from home. Three duplex units on Snowberry Lane in Block 10 are ready this month in both single-

Live the “new home” life in Louisville A beautiful, pristine, never-lived-in home signals a new beginning. Every room says “make me yours.” Open interiors allow for creativity in furniture arrangement, and gleaming hardwood floors and designer-chosen selections provide an enviable backdrop. Markel Homes equips their homes with an energy-saving Nest® thermostat, high-efficiency furnace and Energy Star® appliances. The builder uses durable building materials and sustainable construction practices to reduce the need for maintenance and conserve environmental resources. For the North End buyer, a new home is the entrée into a lifestyle characterized by peaceful

Move-in-ready in Block 10 Directly across from protected open space in the southwest corner of North End sits Block 10, with homes that feature front-facing views of Hecla Lake and snow-capped mountain views from the back. The single-family homes at 2103 and 2107 Hecla Drive are steps away from the neighborhood walking path. Huge windows in the two-story living area at 2107 Hecla Drive look out to open space. The stunning east-facing master bedroom in 2103 Hecla Drive features morning views of Hecla Lake. Both properties boast Markel Homes’ brand of quality, style and good taste. Priced at $714,900 (2103 Hecla Drive) and $699,900 (2107 Hecla Drive), the homes are complete and move-in ready.

story with a finished lower level and two-story plans. The homes feature contemporary styling in bold colors, open interiors, large windows

Dramatic living area at 2107 Hecla Drive faces open space and Hecla Lake.

Flow from living to dining to cooking at 2103 Hecla Drive, Louisville.

Wake up to views of Hecla Lake from the master suite at 2103 Hecla Drive, Louisville.



Pitched ceiling and huge windows bring spacious feel to 1332 Snowberry Lane.


Desirable main floor master with two beds up and unfinished lower level at 2111 Hecla Drive, Louisville.

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for fabulous natural light and views, and flat as well as angled roof lines that create architectural interest. The single-story unit features the desirable main floor master suite with five-piece bath and large walk-in closet. Sliding glass doors in the dining area, large windows in the master suite and three walls of windows in the living area provide both physical and visual access to the patio. The hangout room, second and third bedrooms and second full bath are located in the finished and private lower level – ideal for guests or for use as a home office. The neighborhood walking path leads from the Block 10 duplexes to Hecla Lake Open Space. Trail access is a given, and the Main Street restaurants and shops are just minutes away.

master suite, bright two-story living area and fabulous windows in every direction. A wall of side-facing windows brings soft natural light into the master suite. Bedrooms two and three are on the upper level with a loft, second full bath and deck. The two-story homes at 2119 and 2123 Hecla Drive are designed in newwest architectural styling, with open main floors, large windows and L-shaped kitchens anchored by a large rectangular island. Both are 3-bed/21/2 bath plans. The home at 2119 Hecla Drive, priced at $699,900, features a main floor master suite, front patio and upper level deck. Highlights at 2123 Hecla Drive include the larger yard, main floor study and vaulted master bedroom, with pricing at $719,900.

SF homes ready this month The contemporary two-story at 2111 Hecla Drive, priced at $709,900, features a main floor

Spring arrivals at North End Several homes are under construction in other sections of North End, with completion

Move-in-ready with 3 beds / 2-1/2 baths plus unfinished lower level for $699,900.

dates as early as this spring. The properties vary in size and architectural styling, with pricing from $774,900. Buyers are encouraged to inquire about design as well as location amenities like Hecla Lake views and lots adjacent to open space. Getting involved now allows buyers to make their own selections. Duplex open house this Sunday The staged duplex at 1332 Snowberry Lane, Louisville, will be open this Sunday, January 15, from 12 to 3 p.m.. The North End Sales Center, located at 1805 Blue Star Lane, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesdays 2 to 5 p.m.). Stop by or contact sales manager Michele Steward by phone at 303.604.9196 or e-mail Details about all of the Markel Homes properties at North End and the other Markel Homes communities are available at


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Don’t make ‘unfreeze my pipes’ your 2017 resolution

Water damage is the leading expense for home damage. It has the ability to demolish the interior of a house. (Photo: Shutterstock).

By Craig Sailor The Tacoma News Tribune (TNS) It’s hard to tell what’s going to burst on the scene in 2017. Let’s hope it’s not your pipes. Water damage is the leading expense for home damage. It has the ability to demolish the interior of a house. As water turns into ice, it expands. It has no choice. It’s just obeying the laws of physics. But when ice runs out of room, like say in a closed pipe, it bursts out. Even metal pipes will succumb if the pressure is great enough. Often, the problem isn’t noticed until the pipes thaw and water begins to flow again. Underground pipes rarely have freezing problems because the earth acts as insulator. And pipes inside heated homes are usually not a problem either. It’s that in between zone, when pipes leave the ground but before they enter a heated space, where bursting is most likely to occur. Prevent the freeze Prevention is key, said local plumber Jason Hunt. He’s the owner of Hunt Services of Tacoma, Wash., and has 23 years in the business. “There’s nothing a plumber can do with a frozen pipe,” Hunt said. But many of Hunt’s clients don’t know at first that they have a burst pipe. “It’s typically after the cold is over, when they thaw out,” he said. If a homeowner is unfamiliar with their plumbing system, doesn’t know where the main water valve is and other essentials Hunt suggests calling a plumber for a preventive inspection. But with the clock ticking and the thermometer plummeting, there’s still time for a AT HOME COLORADO 14   

homeowner to take action on their own. First, look for lines running into your home and in unheated spaces: attics, crawl spaces, garages, sheds, uninsulated walls. Wrap exposed pipes in foam insulation. Home improvement stores sell the material already shaped for pipes. Zip ties can help. Outdoor water faucets should be winterized: Disconnect hoses, shroud faucets with a foam cover. New faucets are designed to drain themselves, Hunt said. But if a hose is attached, that safeguard might be thwarted. If you have an auxiliary system, like for a garden, turn the water off at its source and then drain the line. If you think your entire system is vulnerable to freezing, try keeping a faucet trickling with a steady stream, Hunt said. Moving water takes longer to freeze than still water. Home improvement stores sell electric heating cables or “tape” that can be wrapped around pipes. “Wrap heat tape around it first, and then you can insulate it over that,” Hunt said. “You’ll never have a problem with that.” Unless the power goes off. Inside your home you may want to consider leaving cabinet doors open that shield cold pipes, like below a kitchen or bathroom sink that is located against an exterior wall. Any structure that isn’t occupied, like a vacation home or shed, should have its water shut off and lines drained. An empty pipe won’t burst. If you do suffer a broken pipe you’ll have company. Insurance woes “Water damage is our number one cause of loss, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in damage annually,” said Pemco Insurance spokesman Derek Wing.

For the last several years, water losses accounted for more than a third of property claims at Pemco, beating out fire, wind/weather and theft. Though a hidden pipe may escape a homeowner’s notice, water damage is usually preventable. While insurance may cover the damage, it won’t alleviate the inconvenience. “It’s about the hassle,” Wing said. “Nobody wants to start off the new year by calling a plumber with an emergency.” Wing’s co-worker, Jon Osterberg, can relate. His family has a cabin near Cle Elum. Normally they shut off the well and drain the water system on Thanksgiving weekend. An Arctic blast in early November 2010 caught him by surprise, Osterberg said. “Before I could drive to Cle Elum, singledigit temperatures froze our cabin’s main water pipe.” Osterberg got a surprise when he turned the water on in March and it began spurting out of the ground. “Hours of strenuous pick and shovel work revealed my PVC pipe had frozen and split,” Osterberg said. Hunt said it’s not just vacation homes that are vulnerable but regular homes where the owners are on vacation. “People go on vacation, and they turn their heat off,” Hunt said. “That’s the worst thing you can do. Turn it down, but don’t turn it off.” A neighbor of his in Federal Way learned that lesson the hard way, Hunt said. He left his house unheated during a cold snap five years ago. An upstairs pipe burst. When it thawed it started gushing at full volume. Sheetrock peeled from walls and cabinets crashed to the floor while the owner was away. “The whole house had to be gutted and rebuilt,” Hunt said. Freezes and floods During a deep freeze, fire departments can stay busy answering calls related to broken pipes, said Kyle Ohashi, a captain and public information officer with the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority (formerly Kent Regional Fire Authority). Apartment complexes can be especially difficult. Some units sit below grade like one he responded to several years ago. “People couldn’t get in and out,” Ohashi recalled. “They couldn’t even open their doors or three feet of water would flood their apartments.” The first order of business at a post freeze flood is to shut off the main water valve, Ohashi said. Then fire crews will use water vacuums and sump pumps to suck up the water. While a broken pipe doesn’t usually merit a call to 911, Ohashi doesn’t want people to hesitate calling. “If you need help you call 911,” he said. “Sometimes people simply don’t know where to shut the water off.” DAILY CAMERA / TIMES-CALL

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The essential guide to finding the right sofa A lot of your life happens on your sofa. It’s the place you perch as you catch up with friends over a glass of wine. Where you nestle in to read that best-seller you’ve been dying to get your hands on. And, where you fall asleep waiting for your teen to get home safely from that first date. By Mary Carol Garrity, Tribune News Service (TNS) It’s no wonder picking the sofa that’s right for you can be so fun... and so difficult. I’ve seen folks agonize over this decision more than any other interior design choice. I want to share this essential guide to picking a sofa you’ll love for years to come. A primer in sofa-speak... three definitions you gotta know Backs Loose cushion: The cushions are separate from the back of the sofa (but you can also have a semi-attached cushion). These create a more casual look. A plus is the cushions can be removed and

cleaned. If you want a less formal sofa that’s soft and comfy, this might be the right back for you. Tight: The back is all upholstery, with no cushions. I’m partial to this style because it creates a cleaner, more formal look and leaves you lots of room to toss in accent pillows. Pillow: The back is made up of several large, unattached pillows instead of a cushion. If you have young children, beware: the pillows may end up being used to make a fort on rainy days. Channel: In this variation of the tight back sofa, the back is made up of several panels. Curved: Instead of the back and

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arms of the sofa being distinct pieces, in this style the back curves around to form a solid line with the arms. Camelback: The silhouette of the back is in an arch shape. Arms Rolled: One of my favorites, rolled arms are common on more traditional sofas. The arm curves out and is lower, making it ideal for napping. Square: tailored and boxy, more contemporary. Seats Tight: We’d all like to say we have a tight seat, right? On a sofa, this is a firmer, tailored seat that does not have loose cushions. Usually you find tight seats on settees or formal sofas. Bench: One of my favorites, a single cushion or bench seat has a clean, crisp appearance. Single cushion sofas can get squished looking in the center if you opt for all-down cushions, giving you sloppy appearance. So I recommend down-wrapped foam or spring-down cushions. Cushion: This popular pick features two or three loose cushions that are not attached to the base. T-shaped cushions are those that wrap around the arm of the sofa. Legs Exposed legs: Most of the sofas we sell now have exposed legs. Sofa legs come in modern, straight

lines, or more traditional turned legs. For a romantic look, add castors. Skirted: If you love a traditional look, you might want a sofa with a skirt. Be warned, though: Skirts show dirt. Shoe polish wears off on them, as do the body oils of pets who sleep against the sofa. Three things to consider when selecting your sofa Fit your body. Your sofa needs to fit your body, not the other way around. If you are a petite woman, your sofa should be smaller in scale. If you are a big lumberjack of a man, you’ll need a larger piece. If your sofa needs to fit lots of body types, add pillows and an ottoman to make those with short legs more comfortable. The right dimensions. Create harmony is your space by picking a sofa that is in proportion to the other furnishings in your room. It used to be that people would look for a new sofa because they were tired of the fabric on their old one. Today, it’s people wanting to replace a too-large sofa they purchased, whose scale is out of whack with their room. The right tone. Your sofa needs to match the level of formality of the room. For a more formal room, for example, select a tight back sofa. For a casual space, try looseback cushions. This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog at She can be reached at DAILY CAMERA / TIMES-CALL


Should I hire a contractor or handyman? By Tom Moor Angie’s List (TNS) While handymen can handle many household repairs, they might not be licensed for some projects, like plumbing or electrical work. If he or she isn’t licensed, hire a specialized contractor who is, or you could be liable for damages. Or, if you try to sell the home, you could pay more to fix the issue so it meets local code requirements. Large projects that take time, machinery and multiple workers, such as a kitchen remodel or home addition, often require a general contractor’s license. These projects often necessitate multiple types of licensing and levels of expertise. A qualified handyman, though, can often tackle in one visit several smaller projects that don’t require licensing. “A remodeling contractor and handyman are essentially the same thing in terms of ability,” says Dirk Hoerr, president of Budget Right Kitchens in Oak Park, Ill. “Where a remodeling contractor and a handyman typically differ is the size and the scope of the work they perform.” The handyman can Handymen usually charge by the day or hour. They’re often cheaper than a contractor because most small projects don’t require multiple workers, and usually don’t have much overhead cost. Some states limit how much a contractor can do. In California, a handyman can perform up to $500 of work, including parts and labor. Because California doesn’t offer specific licensing for handymen, any handyman who wants to surpass that limit must hold state licensing in the area of work he or she is doing.


For example, a handyperson who does a bathroom remodel with minor plumbing work and floor installation would have to hold both plumbing and flooring contractor licenses to charge more than $500 for that project. The cost of a handyman project can range from $75 to $5,000 or more, depending on the scope, but many are as low as $50 to $400, according to member reports. Tips for hiring a handyman or contractor Before hiring, interview several candidates. For handymen, pick one who you’re comfortable with, because you’ll be working closely with them around the house. Be wary of any handyman or contractor who asks for full payment before doing any work. Ask for a written agreement that details the job, the cost and the payment schedule, and make sure to get a guarantee in writing. Do your homework when hiring a contractor, especially since you may spend a lot of money on a project. Home improvement experts say to get at least three bids. Because some contractors mark up the cost of materials, you may want to call the supplier to determine the cost of supplies to see if the contractor was reasonable. Paying attention to how long it took the contractor to come up with the estimate is also important. If he or she says they’ll get it to you Monday but you end up waiting until Thursday, that could be a reflection of how they’ll perform the job. Tom Moor is a reporter for Angie’s List, a trusted provider of local consumer reviews and an online marketplace of services from top-rated providers. Visit

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This 2017 wellness trend is the one thing your home is missing By Sacha Strebe Domaine (TNS) While we all love a night out with friends or an intimate dinner with our significant other, our idea of a fun Friday night is a little less raucous. In fact, we don’t even need to leave the house. It often involves ‘90s cult classics on Netflix, copious pots of tea and faux-fur blankets, amid a curated interior worthy of Instagram. It turns out we’re not alone in this homebody preference, and there’s even a name for it. According to the Well + Good 2017 wellness trend report, “nesting is the new going out.” Millennials are blacking out their calendars and dialing back their social lives in lieu of “me time.” Pinterest researcher Larkin Brown told Well + Good that self-care searches are up 121 percent. “People are prioritizing personal comfort and a more casual approach to quality time with friends,” she says. “‘Girls’ night in’ is trending an upward of 35 percent year over year. Next year’s going to be all about recharging.”

Whether you’re planning a solo night in or a casual hang with friends, the living room is the perfect setting. (Photo: Shutterstock).

If this sounds like you, then read on for our tips on how to decorate your own cozy-chic space for a stylish night in this weekend. Living room Whether you’re planning a

solo night in or a casual hang with friends, the living room is the perfect setting. Set the scene with mood lighting. No one wants harsh lights when they’re trying to chill out. A pendant lamp will filter soft ambient rays across the

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pillows are also essential to ramp up the cozy factor.

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Bathroom The bathroom is where nesting goes next level. Make sure your “me time” here is spent bathing in luxury. Timber furniture and decor will add much-needed warmth and bring the outside in while you chill indoors. Surround yourself with hanging plants to cleanse the air and filter out any negative vibes, and then slip back into your freestanding tub, while a grand chandelier hangs above. Of course, not all of us have a space like this, so add in the elements your bathroom allows. Candles are also a great option while you soak the blues away.

Kitchen If you love to cook, then your kitchen will be the central space where you hang out and indulge in some quality self-care. It’s your chance to cook a new meal that will refuel your soul or boil the kettle for that second or third cup of tea. Have a designated space to stack your favorite cookbooks, a timber chopping block to prepare your new culinary experiments on and a couple of bar stools for your friends.

Bedroom If you want to escape the world, then your boudoir is the perfect space. It’s our safe haven and our personal sanctuary when we need a retreat from it all. To maintain a Zen mood in your bedroom, think like a minimalist and only add the essentials. Anything too cluttered is likely to stress you out and that’s what we’re trying to avoid. Make sure you have a soft rug under your feet, a plant beside your bed for inspiration, and a

Entryway While the entryway is touted as a space to welcome guests to your home, it should also reflect the things you love and care about. Create an entrance that makes you sigh in relief and bliss that you’ve returned to your happy place. Add a stylish pendant lamp, an artistic wall hanging, and put some of your favorite things on display. Welcome back, homebody. Get the latest on home decor trends, design ideas, shopping guides and food news, and take a look inside your favorite celebrity homes on

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By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service (TNS) Q: Dear Ed: I am looking to install a new kitchen sink, and I have seen products called composite sinks. What is a composite kitchen sink, and have you worked with them in the past? – Jean, New England A: I have worked with composite products. They are used for many applications, not just for plumbing fixtures. Basically, composites can be a mix of resins, fiberglass and fillers. These materials are lightweight and strong, and they can resist chipping, cracking and peeling. Because of the versatility of the material, you can also find composites used for bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry sinks and bathroom sinks as well. Different sink colors are available to match countertops. The color is pressuremolded into the material itself. JANUARY 13-14, 2017

17355 Margil Road

Composites can be a mix of resins, fiberglass and fillers. (Photo: Kohler)

On top of all that, a composite kitchen sink can be heat- and stain-resistant. Bottom line: If you're looking for an alternative material option, a composite kitchen sink may bowl you over. Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or e-mail Always consult local contractors and codes.

Mead 1325 Hover Street

New Listing! $325,000 Updated 3 bed, 2 bath, ranch home in Mead. Jim Green: 303-775-2553

4210 Bonnell Drive

Loveland 579 Fairfield Lane

3 Bed, 4 Bath $667,000 Location, Location, Views & Music from Nature. Dana Hunt: 303-709-4443


Land $350,000 Hover Medical Campus Vacant Land. Chris Haught: 303-947-4074


4 Bed, 4 Bath $689,000 Coal Creek Ranch. 4+bed/4bath Master on main. Lisa Rice: 720-564-6026

SEARCH THE ENTIRE INVENTORY OF LISTINGS IN OUR MARKETPLACE Check out our free WKRE Mobile App availabe in the Apple App store and The Google Play store. BOULDER OFFICE: 303.443.2240 LONGMONT OFFICE: 303.776.3344 ATHOMECOLORADO.COM



open Homes Open House Sat/Sun 12-3pm 10 Burlington Dr, Longmont, CO 80501

$370,000 Charming and well maintained tri-level with expansive lot and mountain views. Proximite to countless amenities and within Niwot school boundaries. 4 bed/3 bath with 2682 finished sq ft and 2-car attached garage. Move-in ready! Troy C. Onda 970-290-0537

Nikki Onda 970-691-0176

Open Saturday 12PM-2PM

1224 E 4th Ave. Longmont

$379,900 Fox Hill patio home on the first fairway. 1448 sq ft, 2 bedroom, 2 bath with oversized 2 car garage. You will like the updated kitchen with tile floors and hickory cabinets, Corian countertops & updated appliances. A rare find!!! MLS#808698

Wendy Conder • Windemere Realty • 303-775-0108

Model Home Located at 1437 Moonlight Drive, Longmont Office Hours: Thursday – Sunday 12pm-4pm Two-story and ranch plans available Homes starting in the high-$300,000’s Call for more information and inventory Stan Meade Chris Sweeney 303.817.7777 720.480.6106

Open Sunday 1-3 1546 Stardance Cir

$888,000 Colorado lifestyle at its best! Amazing opportunity to own one of the best homes in highly sought after golf course community. Entertainer’s delight w gourmet kitchen, rec room, full bar & incredible backyard! Backs & sides to private greenbelt. MLS#808974 Christine Cavalier 303-827-9170

Open Tues-Sat 9-5 • Sun 11-5

Open Tues-Sat 9-5 • Sun 11-5

10393 Stagecoach Avenue, Firestone

564 W. Columbine Ave., Fort Lupton



New Home with builder’s warranty. Ready now! Open 2- story home with 4 beds, 3 baths, large family room and kitchen island. Front yard landscaping included. Highly rated Centennial Elementary School located in neighborhood! Easy access to I-25. Model at 10280 Bluegrass. MLS#806760

DR Horton Express Homes are built with a focus on quality and value! Stone Exterior, front yard landscaping, window coverings and fencing included. Kitchen has large island and walk in pantry. Laundry room and 4 bdms located on 2nd floor. Model at 2240 Coyote Creek. MLS#808967

Kathy Beck 970-213-8475

Brandi Garifi 720-291-0899

Kathy Beck 970-213-8475

Brandi Garifi 720-291-0899

Tues-Sat 9-5 and Sun 11-5

Open Tues-Sat 9-5 & Sun 11-5

10039 Buttesfield Street, Firestone

2247 Stonefish Drive, Windsor



New home built by DR Horton! Amazing open floor plan with gorgeous finishes 4 bedrooms plus a study and 3 baths. Big lot on a cul-de-sac, and complete landscaping package. Model at 10280 Bluegrass. MLS#808940

Beautiful brand new home by DR Horton that backs to open space! Popular Aspen plan with 3 bed 3 bath, main floor office, lots of windows, 2-story great room, gourmet kitchen with island, stainless appliances including double oven and gas cook top. Model home 2179 Longfin. MLS#808436

Kathy Beck 970-213-8475

Brandi Garifi 720-291-0899

Kathy Beck 970-213-8475

Brandi Garifi 720-291-0899

For advertising information, please call Toni McNeill 303.684.5329 or Thais Hafer 303.473.1456 For a complete listing and map of open homes in the area visit AT HOME COLORADO 20   



How to redesign using what you have By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service (TNS) Before you throw away accents and accessories you feel are no longer a fit for your decor, consider repurposing those items instead. Often, redesigning your home using items you already own is a refreshing solution that is also budget-friendly. The key is to essentially shop your house. Looking for redesign tips? Here are 10 Design Recipes ideas. 1. Do a detailed audit. Prioritize your items into three main categories: essentials, negotiable and items you can discard. 2. Select a color palette. Since you are working with current spaces, feel free to build off an existing color palette. Having this direction will make it easier to select pieces to complete the look. 3. Create a floor plan. Furniture placement is key. So often, a space can be enhanced and elevated simply by removing excess pieces. 4. Have an open mind. Free your mind to reimagine different furniture

and accessories in different rooms and floors to create a whole new look and feel. 5. Experiment. One of the best tools of redesign is to test a design solution to see if it is the right one. 6. Think big, then small. Begin by selecting your large pieces first, then your smaller items such as accessories and accents. 7. Think holistically. Consider how to create a cohesive look for your entire home or space. 8. Repurpose. Items that may serve one purpose can function as another in the redesign solution. 9. Consider paint or wallpaper as an accent feature. This small touch can reinvigorate existing decor. 10. Purge! Now is the time to get rid of any excess. Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at or visit her website at

A living room in this home feels more like a playroom. (Photo: TNS)

Removing toys, creating a cohesive furniture arrangement and using existing accessories throughout the home for styling makes the space feel impactful and finished. (Photo: TNS)

atHome open Homes

1414 Whitehall Dr #B Longmont - $305,000 Bright & Beautiful 3 bed/2.5 bath townhome in Golden Bear! Open floor plan, high ceilings, cozy fireplace, spacious master, and private patio. Anne Dorozenski St Vrain Realty LLC 303.668.7660

Open Sat 11AM-1PM & Sun 1PM-3PM EX C VA EL LU LE E! NT


2813 Saratoga Trl - Frederick - MLS #802019 Sellers LOVED this home & want you to enjoy it too! Beautiful Easy Living ranch boasts 3,552 finished Sq. Ft with open floor plan 5 bedrooms & 3 baths total. Real hardwood floors, large kitchen area opens to great room & dining room. Main level laundry & oversized garage. BONUS...basement finish in 2016 w/2 more bedrooms, large family room & super 3/4 bath. Area for storage. 1-yr Home Warranty. Neighborhood Pool,Playground & Club House. Close to I-25 for Denver & Fort Collins & Boulder. SELLERS CAN DO QUICK CLOSE! Directions: From I-25 take HWY 52 west to CR7 (stop light), turn north, take roundabout to West (Wyndham Hill) to Ruby Hill Dr, Turn left at Saratoga.

Jen Kearns 720-526-5434

Listing Agent Claudia Archuleta 720-581-1703


O P E N S AT U R D AY 1 2 P M - 3 P M

1199 Links Ct., Erie $945,000

803 Allen Drive, Longmont $550,000

Luxury 4-bedroom 5-bath home. Main Floor Master. Hardwood floors, large deck & patio, gourmet kitchen, finished basement, mountain views. MLS#802401

Recently redone home. New Carpet, counter tops, refinished floors, and updated paint inside and out. Private, but close to shopping and restaurants. Commute to Boulder, Interlocken, and other employment centers is excellent. Outstanding mountain views from the rear of the home. Property backs up to unincorporated Boulder County.

Held Open Sat By: Terra Brewer 720-745-9962

Held Open Sun By: Teresa Lomax 303-827-6320

Jerry Curry 303-588-1935 •

For advertising information, please call Toni McNeill 303.684.5329 or Thais Hafer 303.473.1456 For a complete listing and map of open homes in the area visit JANUARY 13-14, 2017



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FAIR HOUSING NOTICE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Law which makes it illegal to advertise a preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion , sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention to make any such preferences, limitation or discrimination. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call The Colorado Civil Rights Office at 1-800-262-4845/ HUD at 1-800-669-9777.

Double wide 3BR 2BA Mobile Home for Sale - $69,900: Large Kitchen w/ Laundry area, Large Living room, Split Floor plan w/ Master Bed/Bath on 1 end & 2 Beds/Bath on the other. Central A/C. Very Nice Home w/ Great Features.

Blue Spruce Village Mobile Home Park Beautiful Berthoud. Park Space Rent: $450 per month, trash service included. Cat or Small Dog Considered. Carport Available.

Firnished Downtown Boulder Loft. Like Home. 2BR 1BA, 6 mo lease. Yard, pkng, W/D. Nicely furn. $2,590 mo. 303-525-5922

SEMI-FURN Rooms/Apts Wkly/mnthly from $125/ wk, Utils/micro/fridge incl (303) 931-7108 SEMI-FURN Rooms/Apts Wkly/mnthly from $125/ wk, Utils/micro/fridge incl (303) 931-7108

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2BR Townhome in Longmont with Large Private Deck off Master Bedroom: 1.5 Bath with cultured marble shower attached 1-car garage, W/D in unit, central air, double closets & more. $1350/month + deposit. Call/Text 303-588-4228.

970-669-7850 SEMI-FURN Rooms/Apts Wkly/mnthly from $125/ wk, Utils/micro/fridge incl (303) 931-7108

1BR in Quiet Building NEAR CU: $700/month, No Pets. No Smoking. 303-494-4568

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2BR 1.75 BA, gar, $1000/mo + $1000 dep. NO pets. NO drugs. Marge, 303-776-7216

1BR Apt in Longmont: Large, Sunny, Quiet Bldg. $850/month, Heat Included. No Pets. Don 303-881-1960 SEMI-FURN Rooms/Apts Wkly/mnthly from $125/ wk, Utils/micro/fridge incl (303) 931-7108

Furnished 1BR in Broomfield Duplex : Must Be Clean & Like Dogs, W/D, Avail 4/1. $600/month + $200 deposit, most utilities included, except WiFi. Text 303-525-8976

Housemate Wanted: Open Space Home in Louisville. $850/month, includes utilities+cable.

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Rentals 3BR 2.5BA in Longmont 2,947 sq ft Open Ranch: Mature Non Smoker to Share Newer 5BR 3BA Erie Home: 2 Bedrooms w/ Private Bath Available Now. No Pets. $795/mo + 1/3 utilities.

3-Car Garage, Quiet Location. No Pets, Drugs or Smoking. $2500/month, includes HOA + deposit.


Bob 303-990-1324 Mature Non Smoker to Share Newer 5BR 3BA Erie Home: 2 Bedrooms w/ Private Bath Available Now. No Pets. $795/mo + 1/3 utilities.

Bob 303-990-1324

3618 Clover Creek Lane, Longmont 4BR 3BA: 3000 sq ft Ranch w/ Finished Basement. $1845/month. RMG Realty Inc 303-772-4466.

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AVAILABLE NOW Nice quiet office suite for rent. Downtown. 709 Kimbark. 155 sqft. Avail now. $625/mo. All utils incl. Call 720-937-9023

3 Bedroom 1 Bath Homes in Longmont: 1224 Gay Street Near Downtown 2150 Bowen Street Near Large Park

$1595/month 3BR 2BA Ranch in Central Johnstown: 1,512 sq ft, 2 Car Garage, Large Rooms, New Paint, Nice Yard, $1,350/month. No Pets. No Smoking. Jerry, 970-412-3473.

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LOUISVILLE LUXURY TOWNHOME , Sunny 4BR, 2.75BA, 1950 sq ft, Main Floor Master, 2 Car Attached Garage, A/C, Fireplace, Hardwood Floors, Private Courtyard, Tall Ceilings. $2150/mo + utilities. N/S, N/P, 303-665-2596.

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BOULDER | 2372 WILLOW CREEK DR. 4 BR * 4 BA * 4051 TSF (797937) * $1,575,000

BOULDER | 745 ARAPAHOE AVE. #103 2 BR * 2 BA * 1224 TSF (807410) * $500,000

ERIE | 1945 WINDEMERE LANE 3 BR * 3 BA * 1826 TSF (808689) * $367,500

BOULDER | 4500 WHITNEY PLACE 5 BR * 3 BA * 2975 TSF (808845) * $739,900

BOULDER | 67 ANEMONE DRIVE 3 BR * 2 BA * 2304 TSF (808883) * $775,000

BOULDER | 3220 NOBLE COURT 2 BR * 2 BA * 1318 TSF (808894) * $569,000

DENVER | 1343 HIGH STREET #1 1 BR * 1 BA * 644 TSF (808949) * $180,000

BOULDER | 429 CONCORD AVENUE 3 BR * 3 BA * 2137 TSF (808954) * $1,299,900

BOULDER | 7248 AUGUSTA DRIVE 5 BR * 4 BA * 4043 TSF (808963) * $798,500

WESTMINSTER | 4280 W. 107TH DRIVE 4 BR * 4 BA * 4830 TSF (808975) * $689,900

BOULDER | 1405 BROADWAY #309 1 BR * 1 BA * 428 TSF (809012) * $285,000

BOULDER | 2205 ARAPAHOE AVE. #1 1 BR * 1 BA * 401 TSF (809015) * $270,000


NEWLANDS | 2861 5TH STREET 5 BR * 5 BA * 5228 TSF (809018) * $2,199,000

DENVER | 9300 E. FLORIDA AVE. #404 3 BR * 2 BA * 1453 TSF (809027) * $276,000

Boulder Permanently Affordable

FREDERICK | 313 6TH STREET 4 BR * 3 BA * 2268 TSF (809047) * $275,000

BOULDER | 3223 IRON FORGE K-108 2 BR * 2 BA * 1341 TSF (809051) * $185,529

BOULDER | 4522 13TH STREET 6-H 2 BR * 3 BA * 1800 TSF (809122) * $925,000

BOULDER | 485 BASELINE ROAD 5 BR * 3 BA * 3564 TSF (809126) * $1,695,000


BOULDER | 953 11TH STREET 3 BR * 3 BA * 3188 TSF (809057) * $1,435,000


SUPERIOR | 1485 STONEHAM STREET 3 BR * 4 BA * 2649 TSF (809119) * $480,000


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