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Boulder area home sales reach new heights – again BOULDER – It’s the same old story, but one we love to hear. Boulder County home sales closed 2017 with yet another increase over the previous year, BY TOM despite ongoing KALINSKI low inventory, RE/MAX of Boulder according to Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association. “All in all, the year was positive. Sales increased moderately over 2016 in both single-family and attached residential housing,” says Hotard. That’s saying a lot, since sales have increased in Boulder County for several years in a row and prices have increased significantly, while inventory levels never cease to become more challenging. “The past several years have a pattern of similarity. It’s a sure sign that the demand for a home in Boulder County is strong and undeterred,” he says. In fact, year-over-year increases in sales were only about one percent apart in each market category. Condominiums and townhomes lead with a 5.6 percent rise through December 2017 – 1508 homes sold vs. 1,428 through 2016 – while sales of single-family homes improved 4.4 percent for the year with 4,612 homes sold vs. 4,419. Month-to-month sales of single-family homes were virtually unchanged, increasing .1 percent in December 2017 compared to November 2017 – 363 vs. 359 units. In the same period, sales of attached dwellings dropped 2.4 percent compared to the previous

month – 120 units vs. 123. Hotard says lack of inventory is a problem plaguing Boulder County that shows little sign of change in the near future. Inventory of single-family homes dropped 28.3 percent in December compared to November – declining to 557 units from 777, while multi-family unit inventory decreased 5.5 percent – 138 units versus 146 – over the same period. Adding to the inventory crunch, demographers say age is starting to catch up with Boulder County. State demographics show the size of the retired Baby Boomer age group will reach unprecedented levels in the coming years. Experts say older people tend to move less and age in place. Hotard cautions the aging population could make the already tight housing inventory even tighter over the next decade. Where might inventory easing come from? Hotard notes that Boulder city leaders are looking at land use policies that may bring some limited relief by making it easier to build Accessory Dwelling Units or Occupant Accessory Units. And there’s consideration being given to a targeted zoning change that would allow two homes to be built on larger lots where only one home currently

stands. None of these changes, though, will have the impact needed soon enough or large enough to negate the fact that many people who work in the city of Boulder will likely live somewhere else. Hotard believes that improved public regional transportation will be a needed component of our housing picture. “We’re in the midst of a big shift,” says Hotard. “Boulder Valley used to be 25 square miles surrounded by reality. Now it’s 25 square miles surrounded by competition. That competition is in shopping, locations for businesses, housing and jobs.” Housing start statistics show that building has increased in Eerie and the tri-towns of Dacono, Frederick and Firestone north of Boulder. “Increasing inventory in these towns is helping to keep pricing in check in Boulder,” Hotard says of the competition. “Moderating prices is probably a good thing.” But he remains confident that Boulder County holds strong as a place that people want to live. He expects 2018 to be another positive year in the area’s residential real estate, beginning with a strong first quarter. With interest rates expected to slowly rise, buyers will be motivated to move earlier in the year rather than later. “As long as we have the beauty and quality of life Boulder County offers, people will want to live here.” And that means our real estate market will be rock solid. Tom Kalinski is the owner and founder of RE/MAX of Boulder. Call 303.441.5620, e-mail tomkalinski33@gmail.com or visit boulderco.com.

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5 home selling mistakes to avoid LOVELAND – Selling a home requires a lot of preparation and decision making. From pricing to marketing and staging, there are many opportunities BY SUZANNE to unknowingly PLEWES make mistakes. RE/MAX Alliance If you’d like to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, it’s important to avoid these five home selling mistakes. Pricing too high to start We all keep hearing about how great the market is on the news and from friends and family. This may lead you to think that you can price your home much higher than you actually should. Unfortunately, this can be one of the biggest home selling mistakes that you can make. Pricing a home too high leads to a longer marketing time, price reductions, and loss of buyer interest. This ultimately hurts your

buyers ready and waiting. Sure, it’s great that the home sold quickly, but was it really for top dollar? The way that you get the most for your home is through full market exposure and buyers competing for your home. That can’t happen unless you have full market exposure.

will assume that you neglect all repairs, whether big or small. This perception will undoubtedly lead them to think differently about an offer on your home. Making emotional decisions It’s difficult not to be emotional about selling your home. After all, your home is filled your memories and hard work. As challenging as it may be, when it comes time to negotiating offers, you must try not to let those emotions impact your decision. Doing so will allow you to make better financial decisions.

Restricting showing times Keeping your home clean and staged for showings can be a bit inconvenient, but you should never restrict showing times. Showings that are limited to certain days/ times or require lengthy notice can cause you to miss out on certain buyers. Fewer buyers means fewer offers and a lower selling price. So, although it might be a hassle, the payoff will be well worth it!

When selling a home, you should never neglect obvious repairs like peeling paint or leaky plumbing. (Photo: Shutterstock)

bottom line. Be sure to heed the advice of your agent and price competitively for the current market.

Summary The above are just a few mistakes often made by home sellers. Working with a good real estate agent can help you avoid these mistakes and many others Suzanne Plewes is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance. Write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail suzanneplewes@remax.net.

Neglecting repairs Home repairs are important, particularly if you’re trying to sell. You should never neglect obvious repairs like peeling paint, or leaky plumbing. Although some issues may seem minor, they can have a big impact on home buyer impressions. Buyers

Limiting market exposure You’ve probably heard stories of people selling their home quickly without ever having fully listed it on the market. Perhaps they found an interested party on their own or came across an agent who had

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Why purchase a multi-unit residential property? – Part 3 BOULDER – Are you realizing that it’s time to build your real estate portfolio or add an income stream? In this threepart series of articles, I outline BY DUANE why owning a DUGGAN multi-unit rental Realtor and Author property could RE/MAX of Boulder offer benefits beyond single-family rental properties. In my previous article, Part 2 of the series, I detailed areas of consideration for financing and for evaluating a multi-unit property. I also pointed out quick rules of thumb that lenders – and you, as a potential buyer – need to review. In this article, I will discuss insurance, closing day, apartment management, and expenses – all of which are critical to your ownership of a multi-unit residential property. Insurance Just like financing for the multiunit residential building, insurance for a multi-unit building is a specialty. Before acquiring an apartment, you will want to become familiar with insurance agents that offer commercial insurance. Apartment insurance quotes can vary widely for the same coverage. Insurance is part of an overall protection package, along with your form of ownership as an LLC or LLLP. Apartment policies typically include a few unique features, such as building ordinance and law coverage. For instance, if you have an older building and it burns

Insurance, closing day, apartment management and expenses are all critical to your ownership of a multi-unit residential property.

down, the new building codes may be different than the code when the building was built. Building ordinance coverage can help cover the higher cost of complying with a building ordinance or law when reconstructing a building after it has been damaged. Closing day Closing day for a multi-unit building has the same basic format as a closing for a house. There are, however, a few unique forms, such as assignment of leases, tenant estoppels, the pro-ration of rents, and the transfer of security deposits. Management Professional management is a must for the multi-unit residential building. An owner or individual could act as their own management, but a professional property manager will secure

better rents, better deposits and will do a much better job at screening the tenants. In addition, a property manager can usually help you keep control of expenses by having several of their own maintenance people on staff. In a large building, some professional managers even hire a resident manager to help with day-to-day duties. A professional manager is also able to stay up to date on new laws and trends affecting property owners that an individual owner may never even know about. A great example is the Lead Base Paint Disclosure. The owner is required to give a Lead Base Paint Disclosure with any leases of apartments in buildings built prior to 1978, whether lead based paint was ever used or not. Many individual owners that I meet have never done this, and the fines are substantial. Because all the units are grouped together, typically the management fee for a 25-unit building, as a percentage, will be less than the management fee for 25 individual homes. Laundry Multi-unit buildings will often have a common laundry facility. These machines are seldom owned by the owner of the building. They are usually provided by a service such as Automatic Laundry. Automatic Laundry will service the machines, collect the revenues and pay the building owner a commission. Laundry companies will often have long term contracts that may transfer with the building upon purchase. Laundry contracts should be reviewed along with all the other due diligence items.

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What buyers should know about 2018 mortgage loan limit increases BOULDER – Home prices across most of the country have been on the rise following the Great Recession. For many homebuyers, rising costs BY JENNIFER and low EGBERT supply makes RE/MAX Alliance homeownership a difficult dream to achieve. As a response to the steady increase in asking prices, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced an increase in conforming mortgage loan limits in 2018. Here, we cover the details of this limit increase, and how it may affect you. Why this information is important for buyers If you’re planning to purchase a home in 2018, it’s important to have an understanding of loan limits for the counties that you’re considering. Many first-time

King County and the surrounding areas have seen the most substantial increases – $74,750, to be exact. For a closer examination of the changes, take a look at the information below:

he Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced an increase in conforming mortgage loan limits. (Photo: Unsplash)

homebuyers prefer to seek out conforming loans, which used to be capped at an average of $424,100. Since most homes have appreciated at a rate of 6.5% in 2017, the FHFA has recognized the need for a bump in conforming loan amounts. Effective as of January 1, buyers can expect a loan limit increase of approximately $29,000. Keep in mind that the new loan amounts aren’t the same in every county, and areas that are in extremely high demand will benefit from a larger limit ceiling. For example,

• 3,011 counties can expect to see their loan limits increased. • For many areas, the conforming loan limit has increased to $453,100. • The new maximum conforming loan limit is set at $679,650 for counties with high costs of living. What does this mean for Boulder County? If you’re hoping to purchase a home in the Boulder area, keep in mind that the new conforming loan limit has been increased to $578,450 in 2018. The previous limit was $529,000, so this increase could prove helpful to buyers. Since the Boulder area is such a coveted place to live, many buyers have needed to seek out jumbo loans. Although the median

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How to buy a house before selling the one in which you live A homeowner who wants to exchange the house in which they live for another one that better meets their current needs and capacities can BY JACK save much grief GUTTENTAG and expense by The Mortgage buying the new Professor house before selling the old one. Buying the new house first means having to move only once instead of twice. The downside is that financing a house purchase when you already own a home is more difficult. Coping with these difficulties is the subject of this article. When a homeowner applies for a mortgage to purchase another house, since the borrower can permanently occupy only one house, the practice is to view the purchased house as the borrower’s residence, leaving the existing house as an investment property. Investment loans are riskier than loans secured by a permanent residence. Since the applicant for a new purchase loan is viewed as having a risky investment property, the payment reserve requirement – the number of months of monthly payments the borrower must have in the bank at closing – is higher. Further, the expense-to-income ratio used to assess the borrower’s ability to make future payments will include the payment on the existing mortgage as well as the payment on a new mortgage. For these reasons, the purchaser may find it difficult to qualify for a loan from a traditional mortgage

the house, and if the house is not yet listed, you can probably get a home equity line of credit or HELOC. With a HELOC, you can draw the amount you need to close on the new house, subject to a maximum draw. If your old house is listed for sale, however, a HELOC may not be available. Lenders are not much interested in a deal that will last only a few months. If they go ahead on a home that is listed for sale, there likely will be a cancellation charge, and you may have to pay closing costs that they ordinarily waive to attract new customers. The aftermath of the financial crisis included large numbers of foreclosed homes placed on the market, most of which required work to be habitable. In response, large numbers of people went into the business of buying these houses, fixing them up and reselling at a profit. They are called “house flippers,” and a wave of new lenders arose to finance them. Homeowners looking to buy before selling, and who are shut out of all the sources discussed above, can try a house flipper lender. They would not be interested in the permanent loan on the new house, but they might be willing to finance the purchase subject to repayment when the existing home is sold. The price will be high, but that matters little when the period is short. Jack Guttentag is professor emeritus of finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Comments and questions can be left at mtgprofessor.com.

A homeowner who wants to exchange the house in which they live for another one that better meets their current needs and capacities can save much grief and expense by buying the new house before selling the old one. (Photo: Shutterstock).

lender, which raises questions about other potential sources. If the borrower has a 401(k) retirement account and her employer permits loans against it for the purpose of buying a house, which most do, this is a low-cost and usually a low-risk way to finance the home purchase before selling the existing house. It avoids collateral and affordability issues because no lender is involved – the borrower is lending to herself. The cost of borrowing against a 401(k) account is the earnings foregone on the amount borrowed, which is no longer earning a return. The risk is that if the borrower loses their job, or changes employers, they must pay back the loan in full within a short period, often 60 days. If they don’t, it is treated as a withdrawal and subjected to taxes and penalties. While 401(k) accounts can usually be rolled over into 401(k) accounts at a new employer, or into an IRA, without triggering tax payments or penalties, loans from a 401(k) cannot be rolled over. If you have a binding contract of sale on the old house, and

a bank with which you have a history, a bridge loan is the way to go. A bridge loan is used to provide funds needed for a short period until another source of funds becomes available. In the home loan market, a bridge loan, sometimes called a “swing” loan, allows a home buyer to close on the new home purchase before closing on the old home sale. I used an unsecured bridge loan on my last purchase, and it was relatively simple and hassle-free. While the rate may be high, the interest payment won’t amount to much because the period covered by the loan is short. Banks aren’t crazy about bridge loans because they realize they are one-shot affairs and they are unlikely to see the borrower again unless the borrower is already a customer. For this reason, you should go to the institution where you currently hold your household deposit and declare (in a polite way) that, as a customer, you expect this service. If you don’t have a binding contract of sale, you can’t get an unsecured bridge loan. However, if you have significant equity in

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Prepare your home to help clinch a smooth, quick sale By Pat Setter The San Diego Union-Tribune So you’ve found your dream home. You’re ready to downsize or expand into a larger home and the only thing that’s keeping you from closing the deal is selling your current home. Proper staging is one of the most important steps you can take to make a quick sale at the maximum price. “Statistics repeatedly show that staged homes sell faster and for more money than homes without staging,” said Kyley Christy, an agent with Andrew Arroyo Real Estate in California. According to the 2017 study, 29 percent of sellers’ agents said staging increases the selling price from one to five percent, while 21 percent of those surveyed said the increase is between six and ten percent. More than a third of the respondents also said that staging greatly reduces the amount of time a home is on the market. Staging your home means transforming it into a space buyers can relate to and see themselves living in. To do that, you’ll need to get rid of the clutter. If the bathroom counter is covered with an array of makeup and toiletries and the kitchen counter is home to the coffee maker and microwave, it sends a message that the house doesn’t have enough space for everything. It also detracts from architectural features. You will also need to get rid of the family photos. Displaying a picture of your favorite aunt in her muumuu will not make potential buyers feel like it could be their home. And because homes also need to look their best in photos and videos for today’s Internet marketing, more and more sellers are turning to professional stagers to set the right tone for their home. “If a seller is reluctant to stage, I ask them to consider the next step should they list their home without staging and fail to receive an offer in a timely manner,” Christy said. “If not prepared properly upfront, sellers won’t know if the issue is the price or if the home just doesn’t show well. By that time, they’ve missed their FEBRUARY 9-10, 2018

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How to buy a house when you have student loan debt By Robin Saks Frankel Bankrate.com You went to college, maybe even graduate school, and got a job. You’ve been steadily employed since then and are bringing home a decent paycheck. A generation or two ago, the next step would likely have been to settle down and buy your first home. But now? That path may not be a sure thing. According to a 2017 survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 80 percent of millennials don’t own a home. “Of those who don’t own a home, 83 percent of those say that student loan debt is holding them back from purchasing a home,” says Jessica Lautz, managing director of survey research and communications for NAR and a co-author of the study. Part of the issue is that student loan debt will count against your debt-to-income ratio, which is the percentage of monthly income spent on debts like mortgages, credit cards, student loans or auto loans. A high debt load relative to your income can make you less appealing to a lender and, in turn,

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loans, you may want to explore an income-driven repayment plan. With this option, your monthly payments can be reduced to a percentage of your discretionary income. This can be a huge help for those whose income is swallowed by high loan payments. Lower monthly student loan payments can help improve that all-important debt-to-income ratio. In April 2017, Fannie Mae introduced three new policies aimed at helping homeownership become more attainable for those with student debt. The policies are: • Student Loan CashOut Refinance: Offers homeowners the flexibility to pay off high-interest student debt while potentially refinancing to a lower mortgage rate. • Debt Paid by Others: Excludes from the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio nonmortgage debt, such as credit cards, auto loans and student loans, paid by someone else. • Student Debt Payment Calculation: Allows lenders to

accept student loan payment information on credit reports, making it more likely for borrowers with student loan debt to qualify for a mortgage. Other options If the government options don’t fit your needs, look to refinance your student loan through a private lender. You might find a better rate than what you’re currently paying. Or, turn to a mortgage lender that considers non-traditional payment sources when calculating your overall profile. Some of today’s mortgage lenders will even allow for higher debt-to-income ratios than average depending on the applicant’s circumstances. NAR’s Lautz also suggests a pragmatic approach for those with student loans looking to boost their chances at homeownership. “Sometimes they’re delayed in purchasing that home as it may take a little more time to save. Or they sometimes have to make compromises on the location or look at a home that could be a fixer-upper,” Lautz says. Visit Bankrate online at www.bankrate.com.

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BOULDER – One of the most common issues found during home inspection is missing GFCI receptacles or circuits. GFCI units BY RICK are electrical JACQUEMARD outlets Flatirons Home equipped Inspections with a ground fault sensor and a circuit breaker which senses a ground fault and is programmed to turn off the electric power to the electrical receptacle when danger is sensed. They should be found in all areas where a water source is present such as those located in kitchens, wet bars, bathrooms and garages, as well as in unfinished basements, basement crawl spaces, laundry room, mud rooms and on the exterior of a home. Receptacles FEBRUARY 9-10, 2018

less likely to get approved for a mortgage loan. You can still get a mortgage If you’re mired in student debt, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a mortgage. You just have to be aware of your options. Improving your financial profile is one key step to getting there. “One of the big things you can do is pay off some other debts,” says Dave Mele, president of Homes.com. Paying down that high-interest credit card balance, for example, is a great place to start, Mele says. Or, if you don’t have the cash to pay down a big chunk of your debt, consider refinancing your other loans to reduce the amount you have to pay every month. “It’s important for wouldbe homeowners to remember that we look at your monthly debt commitments, not the total amount of debt outstanding, so if you can reduce the monthly amount you have to pay to cover your debt commitments through refinancing your loans or paying off a credit card or two, this can help,” says John Moffatt, head of loan originations at Better Mortgage. Consider government help If you have federal student

for disposals and dishwashers have been more recently added to the list. There are a few exceptions to these GFCI requirements. GFCI protection is not required for receptacles that are not readily accessible or are located on a dedicated branch circuit and identified for a specific cord-andplug-connected appliance, such as a sump pump, a refrigerator/ freezer or a ceiling mounted garage door opener. On the exterior GFCI protection is not required for fixed electric snow melting or de-icing equipment receptacles that are not readily accessible and are supplied by a dedicated branch circuit. GFCI units are easy to identify, they are equipped with test and reset buttons. When the test button is depressed, electric power to the receptacle is turned off; depressing the reset button restores electric power to the

receptacle. It is good practice to test your GFCI units on a monthly basis to be sure that they are functioning properly. GFCI units that have not been tested on a scheduled basis may not reset after being tested and therefore, need to be replaced. Replacing or installing new GFCI receptacles in not a difficult or expensive process. Some GFCI units may be located in the electric service panel; these units serve the same function as units located in the receptacles and should be similarly tested. One of these GFCI units in the service panel may serve all bathroom receptacles or other common locations. If, for instance, a bathroom has a non-GFCI receptacle, your inspector should be able to tell you if it is on a GFCI circuit. Multiple receptacles may also be protected by a single GFCI receptacle. If, for instance a

kitchen GFCI receptacle is the first in line from the main breaker box, any receptacles down line are also protected. This would also be true for multiple bathroom or exterior receptacles. There is an easy way to determine if other receptacles are protected by another GFCI: push the test button on the GFCI; any other receptacles that lose power when this is done are also protected.

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ocation is the golden word in the vocabulary of home buying. Where we live influences how we live. In Boulder County, access to walking paths and bike trails is a must. Buyers value mountain, foothills and open space views for their calming effect on the mind and body. Exercise enthusiasts look for proximity to a gym, rec center or yoga studio, and coffee drinkers appreciate a local coffee shop just minutes from home. As Colorado residents and home builders for decades, the folks at Markel Homes put location front and center when creating communities that people love. New homes are currently available in two Markel Homes communities in Boulder County. Each offers its own brand of the enviable Colorado lifestyle and all-important location amenities.

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Contemporary two-story homes in Louisville Drive through the Block 10 neighborhood at North End to get a feel for the flurry of activity in this popular Louisville community. Two single-family Falcon homes on Snowberry Lane are move-in ready, with another four coming on this spring. Pricing starts at $759,900. The bright and open main floor, modern finishes, and ease of living in a well-designed, beautifully styled home make these 3-bed/2.5bath Falcons particularly appealing. The artfully-designed Columbine plan is nearly complete on Block 18. The open living, dining and kitchen as well as the master suite and laundry are on the main level, with 2 additional beds, another bath and an open loft upstairs. A full basement and a 3-car garage allow space for everything. Priced at $859,900, this home will be complete this spring. Only a handful of homes remain in Block 18. These

larger home sites – some with mountain and lake views – are available for home buyers who want to engage with the building process from the ground up.

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The six-plex of town homes located on Hecla Way has just been completed. Three town homes are still available, all interior units with master and mini-master suites. The town home floor plan features something new from Markel Homes – a flex space at street level, with its own entrance, large south-facing window, front courtyard and bath. The space is ideally suited for a home office, studio or guest bedroom. A two-car garage is located behind the flex space. The kitchen and great room are on the second level, with ample outdoor living on the two large decks. The third floor houses the master and mini-master suites. The town homes are on the market for $624,900. Markel Homes will include the refrigerator and washer/dryer (a $3K+ value) for home buyers who purchase in February. A furnished model at 1459 Hecla Way is available for touring.

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A 2-story 1/2 duplex at North End with a private front courtyard will be ready in March.

2 bed/2 bath corner-unit condos are coming to North End Block 10 in 2019.

A 3-bed/2.5-bath two-story duplex featuring an open plan and outdoor living will be ready in March. Priced at $639,900 and located at 1352 Snowberry Lane, the contemporary duplex is equipped with skylights, gas fireplace, large windows, and a gas range and breakfast bar. The unfinished lower level accommodates

The ½ Duplex at Prospect New Town features a spacious and open floor plan with dramatic windows.

future expansion as a rec room, fourth bedroom and third full bath. Ground is breaking now on the first 12-plex of condo lofts in the Block 10 neighborhood. With every unit in a preferred corner location, the 2-bed/2-bath condos are selling quickly. Only four remain, starting at $430,500. Buyers are attracted to the North End location as well as the large windows, one-car garage, secured front entry and elevator access. Duplex living in Longmont The stylish duplex at 904 Half Measures Drive in Prospect New Town features fabulous living area and master suite windows that face one of several parks in this well-loved, standout community in south Longmont. The duplex features a spacious and open floor

plan, skylights plus windows throughout, and quality finishes. The courtyard and patio between the home and two-car garage add an intimate ambience to the outdoor area. The home is priced at $674,900 and will be ready in March. A furnished model at 848 Half Measures Drive is available for touring. Visit our sales centers The North End Sales Center is located at 1805 Blue Star Lane, Louisville. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (Tuesdays 2 to 5 p.m.). Contact Sales Manager Michel Steward at 303.604.9196 or send an e-mail to michele@ markelhomes.com. The Markel Homes sales center in Prospect is located at 918 Half Measures Drive, Longmont. Sales Manager Marlita Lazo can be reached by phone at 303. 651.9565 or e-mail to marlita@ markelhomes.com. Visit MarkelHomes.com for floor plans, renderings and photos.

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Open, light and sun-filled 1,796 sq. ft. bi-level home with four bedrooms and two full bathrooms located on a very quiet neighborhood street in Table Mesa and the coveted Bear Creek Elementary area. Gorgeous chef’s kitchen features white shaker cabinets, granite counters, tile flooring, recessed lighting, and stainless steel appliances. Spacious and open living and dining area with beautiful hardwood floors. Two bedrooms up and two bedrooms down with a remodeled full bath on each level.

Beautiful tri-level home in the outstanding Frasier Meadows neighborhood! Lovingly maintained by the same owner for over twenty years this 1,900 sq. ft. home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two car garage is located on a nicely landscaped .28 acre lot. Generous main floor living room with big picture windows and vaulted ceilings, Master bedroom features recently updated private 3/4 bath and “California” closet. Walkable neighborhood close to grocery, parks, trails, and restaurants.

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Chocolate is a Valentine’s best friend LONGMONT – Diamonds and flowers are nice, wine and sweet words can woo, but if you’re intent on showing your special someone the depth of BY CAROL your love, gift O’MEARA them a gift Colorado State worthy of gods. University Extension This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your passion with the plant that’s been revered for over 5,000 years: chocolate. Theobroma cacao, the cacao plant, dates back to Mesoamerica where it was cultivated by Aztec, Mayan, and Olmec peoples. Native to central and South America the tree sports tiny, ricesized blossoms on its trunk and main branches that attract a tiny midge for pollination. And though the plant does its best to entice the gnat-sized pollinator, only three out of a thousand flowers gets lucky. These fertilized flowers produce large fruits, called pods, which contain the coveted cacao seeds. Fruit and flowers are born throughout the year making harvest an ongoing event, with two or more heavier ‘flushes’ of pods. Waiting to collect the seeds is a labor of patience, not a flash in the pan: from flower to ripe fruit takes six months. The cleaned, roasted seeds are the source of the tasty treat, which was first cultivated as a drink or pulverized and used in gruel and other dry goods. So cherished by the ancient Mesoamerican cultures that cacao was considered a drink of the gods and used as currency.

Cocoa pod on a dark wooden table. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The bitter flavor was not appreciated by the Europeans who first explored the region; rather, it was its use as money that captured their attention. Seizing containers carrying the seeds, they brought them back to Europe where they were at first ignored, then prized once sugar was added instead of chili pepper. With this it became a popular drink. At first only nobles enjoyed chocolate, but with an increase in production, soon most people had access to the frothy beverage. In 1828 a revolution in chocolate making occurred when Conrad J. van Houten, a Dutch chocolatier, invented a hydraulic press that squeezed the fat from the bean.

The result was “cake” cocoa that could be powderized. For this, van Houton should be canonized. This cocoa powder opened up whole new avenues for enjoying chocolate, and in 1849 Englishman Joseph Storrs Fry mixed it with sugar and added the cocoa butter back in to create a solid chocolate candy. For this, Fry also should be elevated to Saint. Today, retail sales of chocolate were $98.2 billion dollars in 2016 with Switzerland leading per capita consumption at 8.8 kilograms per person per year (the U.S. is ranked 5 at 5.5 kilograms). This is not to say they lead the world in wooing, because there’s always the per capita consumption

of wine. The top honors for that seem to be Vatican City at 54.26 liters per person, according to Forbes, but it’s probably not for the same purpose. Second to them is the country of Andorra. But we were talking about chocolate. Considered a stimulant, health food, and aphrodisiac, chocolate has chemical properties researchers have isolated in search of support for those notions. It contains small amounts of caffeine, theobromine, and phenylethylamine, stimulants that contribute to the boost you feel after eating it. Anandamide is also present, which can produce a fleeting sense of well-being and craving for chocolate. It combines with other substances in cocoa that may delay its breakdown in the body, thus prolonging the feelgood sensation of the chocolate. Research on that is on-going. Consider giving chocolate for Valentine’s Day, but don’t stop there; you needn’t be a lover to enjoy it. Like Sandra J. Dykes extolls: “forget love- I’d rather fall in chocolate!” it’s not just for romance. 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 Colorado State University Extension at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Box B, Longmont, 303.678.6238, e-mail comeara@bouldercounty.org or visit ext.colostate.edu/boulder.

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Kids room transformation: Annabelle's room By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service I would love to have grown up as one of the Cook girls, with a mother who is a fearless decorator, who follows her spot-on instincts to create living spaces that are packed with personality. When I saw how Lisa and her middle daughter, Annabelle, reinvented Annabelle’s bedroom, I was agog. I wanted to pack my bags and move in that day. When we first featured Annabelle’s room in my book “Feather Your Nest,” she was just 5. Back then, her room was sugar and spice and everything nice. Cupids, flowers and fancy tea sets were the choice of this little princess. Today, Annabelle is a 16-yearold high school junior, and boy, how her taste has changed. Lisa uses these two words to describe her middle daughter: Creative and smart. Annabelle is the assistant editor of her high school newspaper, and likes marketing and graphic design. Her room needed to be an oasis that fueled her creative engine. I think they

The wall of built-in bookcases hosts the things Annabelle holds dear, from her childhood to today: collections of horse figures and dolls, books, travel mementos and framed snapshots celebrating life’s special moments. (Photo: Bob Greenspan/TNS)

nailed it. Once the walls were washed in vibrant pink, next up was to give Annabelle a bed more in keeping with her personality. Her flouncy four poster bed, capped by a crown, gave way to a contemporary bedframe upholstered in pale pink fabric.

The bed alone instantly changed the look of the room, Lisa said. One thing that’s great about having sisters is you get to share each other’s stuff. For the Cook girls, this extends far beyond borrowing sweaters or earrings. They swap furniture. This fabulous chair was last seen in

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This fabulous chair was last seen in little sister Georgia’s room. (Photo: Bob Greenspan/TNS)

little sister Georgia’s room. Lisa gave it a facelift by reupholstering it in this sassy pink and white buffalo check. Once again, Lisa artfully uses a bookcase to tell the story of the room’s inhabitant. The wall of built-in bookcases hosts the things Annabelle holds dear, from her childhood to today: collections of horse figures and dolls, books, travel mementos and framed snapshots celebrating life’s special moments. Lisa knows the secret to making a room feel evolved and interesting is to mix together a variety of styles. The chinoiseriestyle mirror adds an exotic touch. Lisa and I are simpatico when it comes to artwork. Like me, she likes to experiment with art treatments, mixing all kinds of things together. She purposely chose different frame styles and sizes for this gallery on Annabelle’s wall. In other spots in the room, she’s pulled in three dimensional pieces, like the whimsical gilded deer head over Annabelle’s bed. Once again, Lisa used new lamps to help finish this reimagined space. She knew she was taking a risk when she picked statement lamps with a coral base and apple green shades. I’m so glad she pushed the envelope a bit, because the bold lamps work brilliantly in this high energy room. This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog atnellhills.com. She can be reached at marycarol@nellhills.com. DAILY CAMERA / TIMES-CALL


DESIGN RECIPES

All that glitters is gold (accents) By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service

• Experiment with accent pieces of different sizes and shapes.

Gold has long been associated with luxury and glamour. And it’s currently one of the hottest and most utilized finishes in home decor. Gold or brass accents remain more popular than ever and can serve as the perfect complement to your existing decor. When looking for ways to incorporate gold accents into your home, here are some basic design rules to keep in mind. Do: • Use gold as accents in accessory items such as toss pillows. • Consider infusing gold or brass accents through your use of artwork, either in the artwork itself or in the frame. • Consider using gold in a series of similar accent pieces such as a long row of mirrors hung in a space. • Incorporate small gold accents in smaller surface areas such as nightstands or bookcases.

Don’t: • Overdo it. In many cases, less is more. Use your gold accents purposefully and sparingly. • Use gold on too many primary or large pieces in a room, as this can overwhelm. • Miss an opportunity to mix gold with other metallic elements such as silver. • Forget it’s OK to mix different materials such as lacquer and wood with some of your gold elements. • Pair gold accents with too many patterns. Solid colors such as black and white can help enhance gold accent pieces. Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Awardwinning 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 info@cathyhobbs.com or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.

(Above) Gold artwork paired with a gold accent piece helps make this entry area shine. (Left) A bedside vignette using gold accents is mixed with organic elements such as succulents. (Photos: Design Recipes)

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Can you install a new roof in winter? By Paul F. P. Pogue, Angie’s List

Hiring a pro to install your new roof in the off season could save you time and money. (Photo: Dreamstime)

Replacing your roof represents a serious investment of time, commitment and money. So, unless you’re responding to a roofing emergency, the real answer to the question “When is the best time to install a new roof?” is “anytime you’ve planned ahead, thought everything through and know you’re not making a rash

decision.” That said, time of year does play an important role in roofing installation. And you might be surprised what you can accomplish in winter. How do seasons impact roofing work? Summer offers ideal roofing weather, but that comes with a price (literally). It’s the busiest time of year for professional roofers, so you may have to wait longer for a reliable contractor. And prices for both labor and materials may also be higher. Materials suppliers tend to increase their costs in the spring. So, if you get ahead of that change, you’ll get better prices than you would have if you’d waited a few more months. Roofers can do their jobs in the colder weather so long as it’s not raining or snowing. And even the best roofing contractors tend to be less busy in the winter months. That means you may get a good deal, and be able to begin work sooner, if you hire someone in the wintertime. Just be sure to ask your contractor what measures

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they’ll be taking to prevent slips and falls in potentially icy weather. Also, ask what steps they’ll take to ensure your materials remain in good condition. Keep in mind: Sealants apply at different rates in colder temperatures. And your roofing contractor should take that into account. Of course, getting ahead of the unpredictable spring season means you’ll have less concern when it comes to unexpected storms and moisture messing up your roof installation project. How do you know whether you need to replace your roof? The most important decisions regarding roof replacement come long before the work is done. Sometimes, a roofing problem can be solved with spot repairs, while other situations call for a full replacement. Consider these questions before deciding whether to replace your roof: How old your roof? If your roof is more than 20 years old, a replacement is a good idea. What is the condition of the

shingles? Curling, buckling and missing shingles are a sign of imminent roof replacement. Can you see shingle granules in my gutters? Shingles lose more granules near the end of their lifecycle. Inconsistent or darker colors on the roof are another sign that granules are wearing away. How much will your roof replacement cost? Roof replacement costs vary quite a bit depending on materials. You might shell out as little as $5,000 for a basic asphalt roof and as much as $25,000 or more for higher-end materials. For this reason, you should consider your roofing options carefully and avoid rushing into the decision when possible. You’re going to pay a lot of money and have to live with the outcome for decades, so take the time to get it right. Paul F. P. Pogue 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 AngiesList.com.

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Which ice-melt product is best? By Newsday (TNS) When your driveway and walkways are covered in ice, you need to move quickly to remove it for safety’s sake. Applying a deicer preventively after clearing walkways is an even better course of action. But which product should you buy? Although all deicers work on the same principle – decreasing the temperature at which water freezes – all “salts” are not the same. Determining which deicer is “best” requires more thought than simply figuring out which is most effective at melting ice. It’s best to stay away from sodium chloride. It’s the cheapest rock salt available, but it’s the worst for your pets, plants and the environment. It has the potential to kill plants and trees, and can corrode cars, crack concrete and asphalt, and poison wildlife. Don’t do it. Calcium chloride is a better option, and is quite effective in cold temperatures, but be aware that while it’s safer than sodium chloride, it still isn’t ideal. You’ll see

When your driveway and walkways are covered in ice, you need to move quickly to remove it for safety's sake. (Photo: Dreamstime/TNS)

it marketed as “pet safe” because it isn’t as harsh as sodium chloride, but it still can cause irritation to pets’ paws, so be sure to rinse them off and wipe them down if your pet walked over it. And protect your own paws by wearing gloves when handling it. Potassium chloride – yes, the same potassium chloride that’s a component of all balanced fertilizers (it’s the K in the N-P-K ratio listed on packages) actually can harm or even kill plants when applied at rates high enough to melt ice. Magnesium chloride works well

in even colder temperatures, down to about 10 degrees below zero. It dissolves readily to coat ice and melt it quickly, and isn’t as likely to burn pets’ paws. The downside? It can cost up to twice as much as calcium chloride. Always apply the least effective amount when using any of the chloride products. Although they do so to varying extents, all of them hold the potential to damage masonry. Applying a waterproofing sealant to driveways and walkways during warmer weather will offer protection from ice-related cracks for several years.

A strange (but unproven as a home remedy) method is actually in use by some municipalities around the country: sugar, beet juice and molasses. When combined with any of the salts – which can be used in lesser quantities than if applied alone – this syrupy concoction is said to make the salt more effective at even lower temperatures. What’s more, it’s sticky, so it adheres the salt to the pavement, eliminating the kick back that dings passing cars. It’s probably not the best option for your driveway, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Want the greenest option? The one that’s best for pets, plants and groundwater? Stick to plain, nonclumping clay kitty litter or sand. It won’t melt ice, but it will provide some traction to reduce slipping. Regardless of how you choose to keep ice at bay, it’s imperative that you do so without procrastinating. I had a bad slip-and-fall in my own driveway last winter and still haven’t fully recovered from a torn ligament, fractured ankle and broken foot. Keep a supply of your chosen product on hand at all times to ensure you can act quickly.

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