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Homeowner may have to help pay road expense ILYCE GLINK TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

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uestion: I live in a 20-year-old, fully built subdivision that consists of six homes. We have never had a homeowners’ association but we do have a covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCR) document. Twenty years ago we modified the document to provide a road agreement between the owners. The road is private and we make the repairs to it. Over the years we all contributed our share of the repairs, and majority rule dictated what work was done. This spring we needed to repave the road and got estimates, and five out of the six homeowners voted to go with the lowest bid. The sixth homeowner refused to participate and wanted more information before any work was done. The dissenting homeowner is now refusing to pay the balance owed on the road. What legal recourse do we have to collect our funds from this homeowner? She is threatening to sue us if we put a lien on her house because the road was not completed to her liking. Answer: Just because you don’t have a homeowners’ association does not mean you don’t have rights. You need to go back to the CCR. That document should have all you need to figure out where to go from here. If the CCR was done right and the amendment everybody signed 20 years ago was done correctly, the document would provide for each owner to pay his or her share of expenses relating to the road. The CCR should also have provided for a mechanism to enforce the payment of any amount voted on by the owners. If the CCR allowed for a majority vote rule to get things done, the owner that refuses to pay may have a problem and the CCR may permit you to put a lien on that owner’s property for failing to pay the amount owed. But you need to make sure you read over the CCR and see what the document provides. If the document merely gave all the owners the right to use the road but there was no mention of repairs and who or how those repairs would be made or paid for, you may have a bigger problem. Without that language, you’ll only know what your state law provides in this special case by hiring an attorney to see where things stand. If all of the owners that bore the expense of the road repairs get together, you all can find an attorney to help you out. While you would hope that the dissenting owner would come up with the money, these hard economic times have put strains on everyone’s budget. Some refuse to pay for what they should, while others that can afford to pay will only pay if things are done their way. It’s hard to tell what this owner is thinking, and you’d hope that the five of you can work it out with her. If you’ve tried but have gotten nowhere, you might have to see what your legal rights are. Otherwise, the five of you will be sharing that neighbor’s cost of the road repairs.

Return on Investment

Realtors rated exterior projects such as garage door replacements and entry door replacements highest among cost returned upon home resale. Other improvements, including kitchen remodels and attic rooms, also rated highly in terms of money recouped.

Home remodeling: What helps boost home value most? JADE CODY SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR

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n a challenging real estate market, selling a home can be a trying endeavor. Many homeowners look to update their home with projects that will ultimately increase their resell value. “Look around at what’s in your neighborhood,” said Sarah Warnock, Broker Associate with Prudential Rocky Mountain, Realtors in Loveland. If the homes in your neighborhood all have fences or sprinkler systems, you have a better chance of selling if your house has those things, as well, she said. Warnock recommended improving a home’s curb appeal by tidying up landscaping and the exterior elements of the home. This will help foster good first impressions from prospective homebuyers, she said. Ron Phipps, National Association of Realtors President, said “Curb appeal remains king — it’s the first thing potential buyers notice when looking for a home, and it also demonstrates pride of ownership.” In a survey reported by The National Association of Realtors, exterior replacement projects were found to return the most money upon resale. The NAR release included statistics gathered from the 2010-11 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Nine out of the top

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Adding an attic room was among the highest rated home improvements in terms of resale value.

10 projects rated by Realtors were exterior projects. “This year’s Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report highlights the importance of exterior projects, which not only provide the most value, but also are among the least expensive improvements for a home,” Phipps said. According to NAR, steel entry door replacement was the top investment in home projects, returning an estimated 102.1 percent of the cost. This was the only project in the report that was projected to return more than the initial cost. Replacement projects normally return more return value than remodeling projects because of their lower cost. Overall, Realtors in the study estimated that homeowners would recoup an average of 60 percent of their investment in 35 different improvement projects, down from an average of 63.8 percent last year. Remodeling projects, particularly higher cost upscale projects, have been losing resale value in recent years because of weak economic conditions. The top interior projects for resale value included an attic bedroom and a basement remodel. Both add living space without extending the footprint of the house. Warnock said that while pricey, Exterior improvements give a kitchen and bathroom remodels good first impression and show will increase a home’s resale valthe homeowner took pride in ue. But that’s not to say that less their property, making it more expensive updates don’t help, eipalatable to potential homether. buyers. “Small things can make a dif-

Nationally, minor kitchen remodels rated recouped a high percentage of money upon resale. ference as well,” she said. Something like replacing linoleum with low-cost tile can improve a home’s resale value. Phipps said “it’s important to remember that the resale value of a particular improvement pro-

ject depends on several factors. Things such as the home’s overall condition, availability and condition of surrounding properties, location and the regional economic climate contribute to an estimated resale value.

“Curb appeal remains king — it’s the first thing potential buyers notice when looking for a home, and it also demonstrates pride of ownership.” — National Association of Realtors President Ron Phipps

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$211,000 $201,500

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121 127

131 127

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1,160 1,110

1,250 1,205

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$27,400,541 $32,560,029

$24,289,790 $22,476,776

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Fannie Mae, 853 E 7th St, Loveland, $140,000, home • Resident from White Point Properties LLC, 1706 Empire Ave, Loveland, $135,000, home • Richard & Daiva Gardner from Sara Case, 388 Spring Snow Dr, Loveland, $282,000, home • James & Felicia Shelby from Ballantyne Trust, 1233 Ulmus Dr, Loveland, $166,500, home • John Hayarthur from Us Bank, 915 1/2 W 10th St, Loveland, $121,300, home • Herbert Pedri from Wells Fargo Bank, 1840 Elk Springs St, Loveland, $131,500, home

Loveland • Paul & Michelle Matthews from 259 Meadowsweet LLC, 259 Meadowsweet Cir, Loveland, $430,000, home • Teresa Steen from Sten Carlson, 737 Zircon Ave, Loveland, $137,000, home • Lori Lenard from Andrew Deselms, 1718 Sphene Pl, Loveland, $210,000, home • Christopher Brammer from Laurence Krantz, 2288 S Colorado Ave, Loveland, $237,500, home • Dustin & Andrea Eslinger from John Kwaiser, 1417 W 38th Pl, Loveland, $177,000, home • Resident from Dawn Pollard, 1625 E 17th St, Loveland, $160,000, home • Jeffrey & Kerri Moore from Deborah Boothe, 4315 Harrison Ave, Loveland, $163,000, home • Nadine Coates from Federal Home Ln Mortgage Corp, 3546 Pinecliffe Ave, Loveland, $260,000, home • Resident from Juanita Koza, 1671 E 17th St, Loveland, $165,000, home • Darren Erickson from Rebecca Mitchell, 640 Colorado Ave, Loveland, $170,000, home • Jon Riley from 437 Emerald Ct Trust, 437 Emerald Ct, Loveland, $161,900, home • Samuel & Victoria Amato from DJC LLC, 3905 Candle St, Loveland, $178,000, home • Forest Lathrop from

Estes Park • Mary Steele from Robert Werner, 1450 Meadow Ln, Estes Park, $290,000, home • 601 Partnership from Don Gordon, 2625 Marys Lake Rd Unit 15b, Estes Park, $284,000, condo

• David & Marie Ostermiller from Baessler Constr Co Inc, 445 Expedition Ln, Johnstown, $177,900, home • Mary Bergund from James Hauser, 430 La Costa Ln, Johnstown, $175,000, home • Brian & Linda Hailey from Oakwood Homes LLC, 3564 Pinewood Ct, Johnstown, $253,100, home • Dale & Kathryn Larsen from Saxony Foundation Trust, 66 Saxony Rd, Johnstown, $224,500, home

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Orchids are great for the not so green of thumb CAROL O'MEARA CSU EXTENSION, BOULDER COUNTY

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friend of mine jokes that she’s a terrible gardener, one who can kill a plant just walking past it at the store. But she loves flowers and wants to grow them, so the best gift to give her is a plant that’s beautiful, long lasting, and tough as nails: an orchid. Their delicate beauty hides a strength that’s perfect for those whose hearts are green but thumbs are brown. If you’ve been given an orchid this year, the secret to success is location, location, location. And a little bit ThinkStock Photo of fertilizer. In winter, the best light for orchids is within two feet of a window. Because our sun is intense even in winter, avoid burned leaves by making sure sunlight doesn’t fall directly on the leaves if it’s in a south or west-facing window. Orchids like the same temperatures humans do, but just like people, within the orchid family some plants prefer

cool, warm, or intermediate conditions. My spouse would get along great with cool or intermediate-growing types, such as cymbidiums (cool), cattleyas and dendrobiums (intermediate); they prefer nighttime temperatures of 55 degrees. I, whose teeth chatter when temperatures plunge below 65 degrees, love warm growers, like Phalaenopsis, which need 60-to-65 degree nights. All orchids need a difference between day and night temperatures, so place cool and intermediate types in a room that warms to 70 degrees during the day, and warm types in areas getting a toasty 75 degrees. Be sure they’re not placed over heaters or vents from the furnace; too much warmth and the orchids dry out, dropping leaves or slowing growth. When selecting a spot for your orchid, include humidity in your criteria, which is crucial to orchids. Removed from their moist, natural habitat, most require supplemental humidity in dry Colorado homes. Misting the foliage is one way to approach this, if you have time and a love of repeating tasks throughout the day. If misting morning, noon, and night gets old, you could go to the local home improvement store for a whole house humidifier if your furnace doesn’t have one. For a mere $160 plus the fee to a HVAC company to install it, your orchid will be cozy in perfect, 30-to40-percent humidity. An easier approach is to place a pebble

tray filled with water under the plant. Simply take a tray and layer small stones evenly along the bottom, then fill with enough water to reach the top of the stones. Place potted plants on this tray, but take care that the water is not touching the pot itself. Refill the pebble tray often to keep the humidity levels even, and group plants closely together. Water vapor coming off the soil or clay pots adds to the air moisture of the happy group. Many orchids are adapted to grow on trees (epiphytes) or rocks (lithophytes), but not in soil. ThinkStock Rather, they rest lightly in decaying leaves or loose or- Humidity is crucial for orchids, especially in a dry climate, and one way to maintain it is to mist the foliage. ganic matter from which they pull water and nutridone often, since the loose media ents. To mimic this condition, most orchids aren’t planted in soil; doesn’t hold nutrients for long. Soluble they usually come fertilizer blended especially for orchids in a soilless media. can be found at local garden centers or at Fantasy Orchids, 830 West Cherry St. If allowed to in Louisville. Follow the package direcstand in water or tions for frequency and fertilizer chronically moist strength, but in general, a weak solution soil, orchid roots should be provided weekly. will rot. Let the media dry out slightly between watering. Twice Carol O’Meara is with weekly, check the CSU Extension in pot to see if your Boulder County. orchid needs water Contact her at by poking your fin303-678-6238 or ger into the media comeara@co up to the first .boulder.co.us. knuckle. If it feels moist, you don’t need to water. Front Range Gardening Fertilization of the orchid should be

Their delicate beauty hides a strength that’s perfect for those whose hearts are green but thumbs are brown.

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ardeners seeking a different kind of growing experience with the start of the new year might try keeping a journal. It’s a great way to get a better picture of what’s happening in your yard. “To effectively journal is to learn the art of observation,” said Elizabeth Haegele, a horticulturist who teaches nature journaling at The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, in Swarthmore, Pa. “It’s a tool for learning patience and using time. You come away with impressions you wouldn’t necessarily get if you took up a camera.” Journals can be as varied as the landscape. Some hold personal observations. Others detail plants and insects. Many resemble a ship’s log, noting such things as the dates of the last killing frost or the seasonal return of a favorite bird species. “You don’t have to live on a farm or a cabin in the woods. You can find nature wherever you are,” Haegele said. “Write about an eclipse. Colorful butterflies. There are plenty of things you can see just by looking out your window.” Journal styles vary, but often include: • The four-part Grinnell system. That includes observations made while in the field, more detailed accounts written later, an index of found species and then a combination of all that material, including plant and wildlife samples. “That makes for a complex, complicated journal,” Haegele said. “It’s work but it’s great fun. If you’re trying to learn plants, that’s a good way to go about it.” • Phenology, or studying

the life cycles of plants and animals. “Some people simply use a calendar to describe what’s going on around them,” Haegele said. “It could be an entry about when the creek freezes or the flowers bloom. It can show how things might be evolving. It plays an important part in the total picture.” • Specific locations. “When I was a kid, I blocked off a 3-foot-by-3-foot section and observed it over time,” she said. “It taught me things about soil, leaf composition and birds in the area. It provided a full natural history picture of my neighborhood.” • Chronology. “Include something about your day, your month. Add personal accounts and anecdotes. Mix words with pictures. Make it a scrapbook for jogging your memory,” Haegele said. The journal itself can range from an inexpensive D-ring binder to a notepad, sketchbook or clothbound book. Add pages with pockets for storing seed packets, garden plans, sales receipts or dried flowers. Also, you can go on the computer to find Web-based organizers or gardening software. One is Plant Jotter.com, which includes a database of more than 2,200 plants, a maintenance calendar, file space for integrating reference material and photos, and links to other garden resources. “I was a gardener looking for a way to leverage the available technology for keeping organized records online,” said PlantJotter founder Barb Hegman, from Minneapolis. “I did a survey of 2,000 Minnesota master gardeners and their journaling habits, and that told me they were looking for the same thing.”

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