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uestion: I'm not particularly knowledgeable about many financial ventures, but I want to understand if and how I can help my friend. My friend has a house and owes more than the house is worth. He took out a second mortgage, ran up his credit cards, and has several liens against the property. His ex-wife was in bankruptcy before they got together. Now his home of 34 years might be pulled away from him. He has severe credit problems and he is not old enough for a reverse mortgage. Are there any programs that might help him save his home? What would happen if I paid him for half of his house? Answer: It's clear from your email that you are a thoughtful and generous person, and your friend is lucky to have you in his life. However, what you're proposing could easily destroy your financial stability, so you'll want to take every precaution to protect yourself. Start by speaking with a knowledgeable real estate attorney who can help you look much further into your friend's investments, debts, homeownership problems and so forth. It's great that you want to help, but you don't know what kind of financial quicksand you might step into, and you need to make sure you help in a way that doesn't wind up hurting you. I can't recommend you help until you have a very clear picture of what your friend is facing financially. Before you put one dime toward this problem, invite your friend to spend some time with you and your attorney going over everything. Try to figure out why he is in so much debt, how far underwater the house is, and what options and opportunities exist to help him out. See if he has any other assets, and discuss when and how he might pay back a loan from you. Focus on what kind of deal you can make for your dollars — one that ensures you will get back every cent you invest (because this is an investment and not a gift) if you decide to do that. If you choose to give your friend a gift to help him out of his problems, that's your choice. But if you expect repayment, you need to know more and you need to have a discussion about your expectations for repayment in the future. If your friend can't — or won't I See GLINK/Page E3

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the realities and potential profit of real estate. There is an abundance of information on real estate and the association helps decipher that information and relate it to its members, Greg said. Members of the association are people who are interested in investments, rentals and fix and flips. Fifty to 60 percent of the club's members want to invest, but do not know where to start or may be put off by the risk associated with real estate. Guest speakers are brought in the association. Speakers are selected carefully before being invited to speak at one of the monthly meetings to avoid having misleading information presented to the associations members. On July 22, Robyn Thompson spoke at ICORs monthly meeting. She has made millions of dollars fixing and flipping homes and she gave a brief outline of how she does it. Also at meetings, members of the association are educated about the market, tax codes, legalities associated with real estate and insurance. Daylong boot camps are offered as well as small group learning opportunities. Cindy Szponder, Investment Club of the Rockies member, joined in January to familiarize herself with the investment community and to take advantage of the training classes the association offers. Another reason Szponder joined the association was as a way to network with other investors. ICOR is a community of investors and real estate agents who share experiences and expertise. They not only learn from one another, but also provide each other with inspiration. Szponder likes being around people who are interested in investing. The members have a drive, willingness and desire to be successful in real estate, Mike and Greg said. The investors become friends and build their teams with the members they meet at the association. These teams are composed of people crucial to making fix and flips successful including contractors and realtors. Members work together for success, Greg said. Szponder, along with her husband, purchased a four-plex in Johnstown and a home in Loveland. Both needed a lot of work. The Johnstown property needed help in the boiler room and a new roof. The Loveland home needed a new roof as well. A local painter and roofer were em-

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hey called the house the Pink Dragon and it ushered in Mike and Greg Vogels' careers in real estate. In May 2006, the brothers, along with some friends, began work on their first fix-and-flip property. They painted over the pink walls, the inspiration behind the name, remodeled the kitchen and the home's only bathroom. Thinking the bathroom remodel would only take two weeks, they dove right in. Three to four months later, the bathroom was complete. Greg recalls taking showers in the backyard, with a hose they ran over a tree. Local businesses were frequented for restrooms. Although living in the home during renovations was hard, it did allow the group of friends to save money. Another money saver was doing the renovations themselves. Home Depot was their resource as they learned from employees how to do things. The brothers said that employees must have run at the sight of them, with all of the questions they asked. To finance the remodel, Mike worked as a bike mechanic and Greg as prep cook at Avogadro's. In a year's time, the group of friends were able to take the Pink Dragon and transform it into a rental property that they still own today, some four years later. Being their first flip, it was a tremendous learning experience. Mike and Greg first became interested in real estate as a way to build their wealth. There is unlimited potential in real estate, it seemed fun and it is a way for a person to take control of their finances, lives and retirement funds, Greg said. "I don't want to be at the mercy of a company." Fix and flips are properties bought by investors, remodeled and sold for potential profit. The remodeling of the property, also known as rehabbing, can be as little as replacing the carpet and painting the walls or can be as big of a project as home additions or re-doing the property's wiring and plumbing. Rehabbing is generally done in as little time as possible because the real estate market fluctuates so rapidly, Mike said. "The market is unpredictable," Greg added. Waiting too long can also decrease an investor's chance at making a profit on the flip. Not choosing the right property can be another factor that leads to losing

money. The brothers, along with friend David Lund, rehab old homes that are typically valued under $300,000 in the Fort Collins area, but they have worked in Loveland. When looking for homes to flip, they look for homes that are in the central part of the city, where more people live. We buy a house no one else wants, Mike said, but they stay away from homes on busy streets. Homes they plan to flip are purchased undervalue. They look at these homes from the perspective of the potential home owner. Of the homes they flip, 95 percent are foreclosed. When rehabbing the houses, they like to choose homes that will not take more than four months to renovate. A foreman, who is typically a general contractor, will oversee the project and be on the lookout for any potential unforeseen issues or surprises. When looking at how much money the renovation will cost, it is important to factor in additional money for these surprises. Mike and Greg said they have had homes that needed a new sewer line or roof. Having money put aside helped ensure these fixes were completed. People do not necessarily need to have money to fix and flip homes. Hard money is one avenue to pursue. Hard money is money lent to people who specifically want to fix and flip homes. As well as being an investor, Mike is also a hard money lender. Greg works with people on repairing their credit. People can also get private investors to finance the fix and flip. Although done as quickly as possible, it is important not to cut corners when flipping a home, Greg and Mike said. There are fix-and-flip investors out there who are more concerned with their net profit than with the person or family who will eventually rent or purchase the home, but it is a matter of ethics to get the job done right, the brothers said. An ethics policy is strongly upheld in the association that the brothers founded with a friend a few years ago. The association also educates investors on ways to avoid losing money in real estate. In April of 2008, Mike and Greg, along with Lund, founded the Investment Club of the Rockies (ICOR). The association, which works with the National Real Estate Investors Association, educates investors on

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Miki Roth BROKER ASSOCIATE/PARTNER, THE GROUP, INC. Location: 5401 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland Contact: 970-690-9459, mikiroth@thegroupinc.com, www.thegroupinc.com Designations, Affiliations & Accolades: Certified Distressed Property Expert, Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Residential Specialist, Graduate Realtors Institute, Master of Real Estate, Quality Service Certification, Member of Local, State and National Board of Association. Loveland Berthoud Association of Realtors: Board of Directors; Chairperson, Community Relations Committee; Member, Education Committee, Member, Professional Standards Committee. Past member of CARHOF Committee, Political Action Committee. From Miki Roth: “I work with buyers and sellers of existing homes as well as new construction in all price ranges. I love to find just what the buyer is looking for in a home and help them get it. I love to work with sellers to market their home and get it sold so they can get where they need to go. I love to meet these people as customers and end up keeping them as friends. That what the business is really all about—people.”

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2800 Crestview Ct, Loveland, $285,000, home • George & Violet Niedermayr from Brookes Simon P & Gretchen A, 1963 Grays Peak Dr Unit 101, Loveland, Loveland $132,000, condo • Cody & Jennifer Balzer • Anderson Souza from from Vanbaren Frank & Fiske Clifford Gene & Kathi Eileen, 1302 Cleveland Ave, A, 1924 Seven Lakes Dr, Loveland, $277,100, home Loveland, $465,000, home • Reyne Woolf from Auger • Allen Greenspon from Colleen, 3955 Boulder Dr, Graham Nancy E & Gary L, Loveland, $166,000, home 4104 Red Bird Pl, Loveland, • Rita Doherty from Om- $240,000, home ni Construction Inc Lov, • Monique Rodriguez 346 Lavastone Ave, Lovefrom Daoust Jean Jacques, land, $205,000, home 1543 S Estrella Ave, Love• David & Patricia land, $170,000, home Carmichael from Saul Kim • Raymond Beede from A & Debra Ann, 701 Cove Elsner Jeffrey, 1220 Eilene Ct, Loveland, $375,000, Pl, Loveland, $168,500, home home • Paolo & Melanie Pan• Philip & Robin Hurwitz dolfi from Biggert Henry A from Michael Wayne Salza & Orlene M, 2733 27th Ct Living Tru, 3230 Challenger Sw, Loveland, $280,000, Point Dr, Loveland, home $400,000, home • Darrell & Mary Austin • Joseph & Debra Suess from Fannie Mae, 2125 from Mitchell Bradley J & Tonopas Ct Unit 101, Love- Melissa L, 1810 Oxford Dr, land, $152,000, condo Loveland, $228,000, home • Robert Hill from Federal • Christopher & Jennifer Home Ln Mortgage Corp, Mcc from Morgan Nick J & 1414 S Douglas Ave, LoveSarah J, 4440 Wolcott Dr, land, $107,600, home Loveland, $379,000, home • William Davis from • Larry Peterson from PaCallahan Timothy L & Kay tricia A Torbeck Trust, 1914 J, 1202 Paloverde Dr, Love- Dotsero Ave, Loveland, land, $182,000, home $182,500, home • Trevor Brown from • Dana & Stephen Otte Choate Ross M & Margo D, from Philbrick Bruce O, 6209 Sea Gull Cir, Love3636 Fletcher St, Loveland, land, $285,000, home $230,000, home • Steven Arnold from Al• Dorothy Baldwin from fred Patricia N Jefferson Tr, Seventh Day Adventist Assn

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Col, 1956 Canterbury Ct, Loveland, $215,000, home • Norman Monk from Stewart Joan C, 1712 Ponderosa Dr, Loveland, $450,000, home • Charles Griffin from Thorpe Jace & Brenda A, 1102 Heather Dr, Loveland, $160,500, home • Bruce Fancher from Cone Christopher J & Karen M, 1925 Massachusetts St, Loveland, $397,500, home • Marilyn Pett from Fannie Mae, 4460 Walden Ave, Loveland, $235,000, home • Benjamin Wisner from Francilla G Tuenge Trust, 8100 Woods Rose Ln, Loveland, $885,000, home • Sarah & Jason Billeter from Henson Laura R, 1644 Oak Creek Dr, Loveland, $139,900, home • Jenna Macleod from Loveland Habitat For Humanity, 2109 Sagittarius Dr, Loveland, $161,800, home • Rachel Knorr from Mcghee Donald K & Jeanne R, 3428 Northshore Dr, Loveland, $248,000, home • August & Regina Cordova from Montoya Robert H & Eloise E, 909 21st St Sw, Loveland, $150,000, home • Michael & Brittain Lutze from Pettit Michael D & Patricia J, 3701 Minturn Dr, Loveland, $212,000, home • Lori Latka from Sylvan Dale Development Co, 2833 Ellis Ranch Ln, Loveland,

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$240,000, home • Frank & Luci Roberts from Fannie Mae, 1550 Tori Dr, Loveland, $179,900, home

Berthoud • David Garman from Ramirez John R & Judith, 654 Munson Ct, Berthoud, $238,000, home • Leeann Prodoccini from Fannie Mae, 830 Douglas Pl, Berthoud, $157,000, home

Estes Park • Dolores Trust from Mountainview Vacations LLC, 726 Black Canyon Dr, Estes Park, $348,000, home • Hope Flack from Cramer Steven L & Dawn A, 1535 Raven Cir Unit H, Estes Park, $265,000, condo • Kyle & Amanda Rockers from Walters William D & Bill D, 626 Little Prospect Rd, Estes Park, $217,500, home • Ray & Janet Thurman from Fannie Mae, 900 Whispering Pines Dr, Estes Park, $339,900, home

Pointer David W & Dawn M, 5301 Cherrywood Ln, Johnstown, $235,000, home • Anne Ison from Doucette David G, 3747 Morrison Ln, Johnstown, $219,500, home • Nicholas Bukowski from Bankunited, 235 Basswood Ave, Johnstown, $205,000, home

Miliken • Rajmon Williams from Sittler Jason & Jennifer, 206 S Marjorie Ave, Milliken, $177,000, home

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• Jeannie & Marinda Moore from Fannie Mae, 1012 Valley Dr, Windsor, $175,000, home • Michael & Regina Warne from Graves James N & Linda R, 8408 Morning Star Ln, Windsor, $515,000, home • John & Patricia Johnstown Stephenson from Johnson • Jared Thigpen from Theodore B & Christin, 308 Oakwood Homes LLC, 3919 Habitat Cv, Windsor, Heatherwood Cir, John$375,000, home stown, $204,900, home • Sandra Buchholz from • Robert & Debo Duggins North Shore Holding Co from Hotaling Tyler W & LLC, 940 Cornerstone Dr, Cristina M, 1740 Suntide Windsor, $188,000, home Dr, Johnstown, $189,800, • Lynn Marston from home Sitch Janice L & David D, • Stephen Lindsey from 313 Amber Dr, Windsor, Tremel Steven J, 424 Gyp$200,000, home sum Ln, Johnstown, • Jeffrey Pyle from Warne $160,000, home Michael K & Regina A, 111 • Penny Brandt from Whitney Ct, Windsor,

$257,500, home • Glenn & Darla Altemose from Weidel Constance J, 113 Apple Way, Windsor, $150,000, home • John & Amanda Howton from Zapf Michael A, 1263 Horned Owl Ct, Windsor, $790,000, home • Elliot & Jessica Ball from Aalbers Marinus John, 240 Sandstone Ct, Windsor, $172,000, home • Kay Tiff from Caldwell Nancy Ann, 124 Beacon Way Unit 3b, Windsor, $120,000, condo • Timothy & Robbie Thomas from Christmann Heinz & Joann Sloan, 1502 Yonkee Dr, Windsor, $380,000, home • William & Tamara Jenkins from Long Family Trust, 5521 Fairmount Dr, Windsor, $498,000, home • Donna Lebsack from Ball Elliot J, 811 2nd St, Windsor, $129,000, home • Frank & Ingrid Rabe from Fed Home Loan Mtg Corp, 1716 Green River Dr, Windsor, $230,000, home • Amanda Thompson from Hageman Greg & Heather, 804 Durum St, Windsor, $226,000, home • Mark & Dana Dunlap from Melody Homes Inc, 1581 Edenbridge Dr, Windsor, $211,000, home • Joseph & Patricia Schofield from Kenrick Construction LLC, 6014 Woodcliffe Dr, Windsor, $400,000, home

Regional Snapshot for Loveland/Berthoud Residential Home & Real Estate is produced every Saturday by the Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald. EDITORIAL INFORMATION 635-3656 DISPLAY ADVERTISING 669-5050 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING 635-3650

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1742 Manchester Court, Loveland - Immaculate4level on corner lot w/ all new ďŹ&#x201A;oor coverings, vaulted ceilings in formal dining w/ bay window & master bed w/ walk-in closet, new kitchen counters & island, new le backsplash, & gas log ďŹ replace in family room.

1625 Tiger Avenue, Loveland - 2 story home in SW Loveland. 4 bd+lo , 3 bth w/a family room, formal living & dining. New carpet, paint, lights & more. Corner lot w/beauful landscaping. Gardens, sprinklers, pao, fenced yard, central A.C., RV/Boat Parking.

1070 Scarborough Drive, Loveland - Ranch style with walkout basement backing to large neighborhood greenbelt, 4 bdrms, 3 baths, 2,622 sq  (all ďŹ nished), vaulted living room, 12x16 master suite, north Loveland locaon.

1002 Burrowing Owl Drive, Ft. Collins - Popular ranch ďŹ&#x201A;oorplan! 3 bedrooms + a study. Approx 1,807 ďŹ nished sq  + an unďŹ nished basement. Lots of upgrades throughout â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tharp maple cabs, hickory ďŹ&#x201A;oors, all appliances included + front yard landscaping and rear yard fencing!!

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4902 Single Tree Drive, Loveland - Beauful 2 story country home on 1/2 acre in the Prairie Trails subdivision. 5 bedrooms (or 4 bdrms & home oďŹ&#x192;ce), 3 baths, 3 car oversize garage, master suite with private 2nd story deck, low maintaince yard with waterfall.

3817 S Co Rd 29, Loveland - Home on 35 acres! Ranch style home w/ 3bds + an oďŹ&#x192;ce, formal dining rm, great rm & a wonderful kitchen. Granite, custom cabinets & SS appliances. The walk-out basement is perfect for future expansion.

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787 Beaver Cove Court, Loveland - Owner wants an oďŹ&#x20AC;er. Desirable golf course community. Gorgeous alder wood cabinets & granite countertops. Enjoy mountain views. Backs to 7th fairway of Mariana Bue golf course, abundant wildlife, so much more. Hosted by: Denise Kloster 402-9100

530 Deer Meadow Drive, Loveland - Enjoy the ďŹ nal opportunity for a lifestyle on Mariana Bue Golf Course! Golf course lifestyle with no membership fees. Peaceful, quiet seng with tranquil views that overlook golf course, water and the front range. Robert Walkowicz 377-4945.

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Fix and flip veteran presents to Investment Club of the Rockies and flips can be funded by hard money, with a partner or with private money. When fixing the house up, it is important to hire licensed and insured conhe July 22 monthly Investment tractors who will get permits and apClub of the Rockies meeting provals. It is essential that the contracstarted off with members nettors will get the job done efficiently working and a market update from and correctly, she said. When selling agricultural and regional economist the home, Thompson hires a top sellJohn W. Green, who said that homes under $250,000 are selling fast, which ing realtor in the area of the home she is good news for fix and flip investors. is selling. The realtor she chooses typically sells 60 percent of their properThe highlight of the evening was Robyn Thompson with her insights, ad- ties in the first 10 days the properties are on the market. vice and knowledge on how to fix and Thompson has made millions fixing flip homes. She has been speaking and flipping homes and she said it across the country for the past nine takes a lot of work to make that years. Faced with a lay-off from her job, and amount of money. She has taken everything she has learned from workworking full-time as a waitress, Thompson turned to real estate as her shops and from all of the homes she new career 13 years ago. Her first pur- has renovated so that she can teach others how to make money in real eschase was the condo for sale next to her condo in Waterbury, Conn. Known tate. Thompson said that education makes a person rich and it is what a as the “Queen of Rehab,” Thompson person can learn from her and from has fix and flipped 301 homes in the doing fix and flips themselves that can 13 years she has been in real estate. Although she has flipped many homes help a person make money and become successful in real estate. she said that “it’s not quantity, it’s quality.” She makes her homes “drop Thompson is teaching a day long dead gorgeous” with remodeled bath- boot camp today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rooms and kitchens. She adds upat the Best Western on Hwy 34 and Ingrades that homes in the $200s do not terstate 25 in Loveland. She will teach typically have like Jacuzzi bathtubs participants her fix and flip techniques and waterfall shower heads. in great detail. Cost is $39 for InvestHer four steps to a fat check includ- ment Club of the Rockies members and $59 for non-members. ed finding a high profit deal, finding money, fixing the house up and selling More information can be found at the house. To find a home to fix, http://www.robynthompson.com/ and Thompson suggested looking at preat http://www.icorockies.com/ foreclosure lists and estate sales. Fix

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ployed and Szponder said it felt good to employ people in the community. She likes to keep things in the local economy and give people a good place to live. The home in Loveland is now being rented and she is in the process of selling the four-plex. Szponder is looking for her next place to fix and for someone to buy and who can feel pride in owning a home that was once run-down. Investment Club of the Rockies members have access to discounts at Home Depot, Uncle Bennys, Sherwin Williams and Sears to name a few. Membership is $165 a year, but college students can join for free. It is with this membership that members have access to networking, workshops and speakers who are well versed on real estate. Guests are welcome to attend one of the associations monthly meetings for free, but thereafter it costs $15 and will become free if a membership to the association is purchased. Greg and Mike Vogel, as well as Szponder, are taking homes that would otherwise not be bought and

are fixing them up to be the value of the homes in the community. They are giving the homes that they fix and flip life again. Members of the association like to think of what they are doing as NIPS or neighborhood improvement projects. Locals are being employed to help with the renovations of these homes, property taxes go to the city’s government and materials are purchased from local hardware stores. This is Greg and Mike’s careers and growth has not just been in their wealth. They have experienced inner growth as well. Mike said the way he views people and money has changed and that real estate investing has made him smarter, wiser and more thoughtful. Real estate investing and fix and flips will not only help a person to grow their wealth, it will also affect a persons philosophical outlook. Fix and flips are not only a way to make money, they are a way to help the community and bring homes back to the way they once were. More information on this story can be found at the Investment Club of the Rockies website, www.icorockies.com. Find more on hard money at www.mikeshardmoney.net. Greg Vogel can be reached at 970-449-4304 and Mike Vogel at 970-430-5533.

Local fix and flips part II: Lovelander Freddy Nelson’ s real estate services company specializes in property rebhab, maintenance and investment.

rate charged on most credit cards makes it relatively hard to pay down the debt significantly if financial difficulties persist. One last piece of advice: Your friend may want to talk to a counselor at Credability.com (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Center of Greater Atlanta) or another reputable credit counseling center officer to work through the various options that may be available to him.

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— share every detail about his finances, including who owns what and who charged up the liabilities he and his ex-wife now owe, then you should offer moral support, point him in the direction of the nearest HUD housing counselor (888-995-HOPE) and keep your dollars in your pocket. There are programs out there to assist homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments. The federal Home Affordable Modification Plan (HAMP) is an effort to assist homeowners, but the plan has fallen short and few homeowners are actually benefiting long-term. Some mortgage lenders have their own plans to help borrowers, and your friend should call his lender first. In addition, if your friend has the stomach for it, he can call his credit card lenders and work out a payment plan with them, but he'd have to stop charging more items on his credit cards. During these hard times, it's tempting to use credit cards to get through a crisis. But unless you know for certain you can pay that credit card off within a month or two, the interest

Question: I have a 30year fixed-rate mortgage. I think I have about 16.5 years left on it. I took it out in 2003, but until recently I was paying a few hundred dollars each month extra toward the principal balance. My balance now is about $106,000. I'd love to take advantage of historically low rates, but I think I waited too long to make a move. I don't think it makes sense now. If I refinanced to a 15-year loan now, I guess I'd only cut off a year or so, and I think my payment would be about the same. I'm guessing it's not worth the hassle if I'm looking at it all right. Any thoughts? Answer: If you cut a year or two off from your mortgage, you'll still save thousands in interest. You might also give yourself more of a

tax deduction in the next few years. I think it might be worth doing, but you have to do the numbers. You should be able to refinance a 15-year at around 4 percent (as of late July). That is probably quite a bit lower than what you're paying now, depending on how high your interest rate is. In 2003, your interest rate was probably in the high 5 percent range. If the payments are the same, you're still saving 18 months' worth of payments, so the trick will be to keep your closing costs as low as possible. If the payments are less than what you're paying now, you can add them in and shave even more time from the loan term. But you're right: If you save, it may not be by all that much. But you won't know for sure until you run the numbers. Note also that if you refinance, you'll have the pressure to make at least the same payment, so if times get a bit tougher for you, that could be a problem as well. Pull out the pad and paper or go to the computer and work out the numbers. You might also want to sit down with a good mortgage lender or mortgage broker and see what your savings might be and what it would cost you to refinance.

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Great Ranch home that has been updated. Hardwood floors in the bedrooms. Kitchen has been updated with new range top, floors and is fresh. There is a family room that has outside access. $165,000

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Looking for a low maintenance full-time home, or a perfect snowbird getaway? This home will not disappoint. Over 1550 sf and neat as a pin. Low HOA that includes all exterior maintenance. MLS #634057 $169,900

Mountain views from the covered patio. Spacious and open, 4 bed, 3 baths, 2 fireplaces. Beautiful Wormy Maple cabinets, e-glass, 9 ft. basement ceilings. Large corner lot, oversized 3 car garage. MLS #634132 $388,000

Country Club Estates Home Original Owner/Beautifully Maintained The original owners of this home in Country Club Estates have taken impeccable care with high quality, innovative features such as: Pella casement windows, beamed/vaulted ceilings, private master suite. Every season there has been another ppr project ojjec to enhance the property and keep it updated: Remodeled kitchen and baths (outfi utfifitted ut tt with witith thh names name na mes like Grohe, Kohler, Corian, Schroll, Maytag and Amana), tile flooring, ng, light tubes, window treatments, tinted/textured driveway; Includess No HOA Centennial Recreation Club membership (swimming pool, tennis). C o me See! This much loved home must be seen to be fully appreciated! 31-316068 6068

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Must see ranch style home in Mariana Butte, upgradedw/many features! Tile & wood floors throughout, upgraded lighting, newer paint in & out & finished garden level basement w/2 huge bdrms, full baths & large rec room w/surround sound. Main floor laundry, 5-piece master bath. MLS #632527 $325,000

Great North Loveland location! Ranch style patio offers lowmaintenance, luxury style living. Back deck with spectacular views & walk-out basement 75% finished. Bright floor plan, lots of windows, 10 ft ceilings, large gourmet kitchen, 5 pc master bath, office, formal dining & lots of upgrades. MLS #631458 $325,000


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H&RE Featured Home Property

Stucco details and washes of light at Mansura Multiple ground level bedrooms ideal for older families ASSOCIATED DESIGNS

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t's the Mansura's stucco detailing that first catches the eye. Stately corner quoins anchor the front porch and garage, while bold bands of raised stucco outline an array of graceful elliptical arches and charming circular windows. All rooms, with the exception of two bedrooms and a bonus room, are on the ground floor. This arrangement makes the plan particularly wellsuited to empty-nesters and families with older children. Resident teens can enjoy their music without forcing you to hear it, and when the kids move on, those upper rooms can be kept ready for guests, converted to office space, or used for hobbies. A lofty vaulted ceiling overarches the entry, breakfast nook and great room, and the entire space is awash with light. Sidelights and transom windows brighten the entry, where an elevated plant shelf extends over the coat closet. In the family room, elongated windows flank the gas fireplace. In the breakfast nook, an atrium door offers patio access, and more light spills in through a wide side

window. While yet another vaulted ceiling expands the bay-windowed dining room. The roomy kitchen is conveniently located between the nook and dining room. A raised eating bar minimally separates it from the nook, and a pocket door allows total separation from the dining room, when desired. Counter space and cupboards are amply supplied here, including a large walk-in pantry with five shelves. Utilities and a powder room are nearby. Notable features in the Mansura's owners' suite include: direct access to a private patio, two walk-in closets (one much larger than the other), and a luxurious bathroom softly illuminated by the light that filters in through glass blocks in the bathing alcove. For a review plan, including scaled floor plans, elevations, section and artist's conception, send $25 to Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Dr., Eugene, OR 97402. Please specify the Mansura 30-188 and include a return address when ordering. A catalog featuring more than 550 plans is available for $15. For more information call (800) 634-0123, or visit our website www.AssociatedDesigns.com.

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12-5

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1250 FINCH ST

2-5

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$227,900

NW LOVELAND

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12-5

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NE LOVELAND

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1625 TIGER AVENUE

11-2

THE GROUP, INC.

481-1250

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613-4400

$239,900

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1070 SCARBOROUGH DRIVE

11-1

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NW LOVELAND

4496 HAYLER AVE

12-5

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$279,685

NW LOVELAND

4475 HAYLER AVE

12-5

THE COTTAGE REALTY 532-5900

$279,685

NW LOVELAND

4475 HAYLER AVE

12-5

THE COTTAGE REALTY 532-5900

$289,900

SW LOVELAND

435 CLUBHOUSE CT.

12-3

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231-5050

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1-3

THE GROUP, INC.

481-1443

$299,900

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1002 BURROWING OWL DR

12-5

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222-8549

$299,900

FORT COLLINS

1002 BURROWING OWL DR

12-5

THE GROUP, INC.

222-8549

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12-5

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443-9910

$305,000

FORT COLLINS

1014 BURROWING OWL DR

12-5

THE GROUP, INC.

443-9910

$324,000

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4635 TARRAGON DR

1-4

THE GROUP, INC.

217-3464

$324,000

SE LOVELAND

4635 TARRAGON DR

1-4

THE GROUP, INC.

217-3464

$385,400

SW LOVELAND

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12-3

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663-4522

$324,900

NW LOVELAND

2952 STERLING DR

1-3

PRUDENTIAL ROCKY MTN

214-4612

$388,000

NE LOVELAND

1680 TABEGUACHE MTN. DR.

12-2

REMAX ALLIANCE

222-7001

$385,400

SW LOVELAND

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GLEN MARKETING TEAM, ERA

663-4522

663-4522

$399,750

SW LOVELAND

975 PRISM CACTUS CIR

12-3

GLEN MARKETING TEAM, ERA

663-4522

$539,000

SW LOVELAND

3817 S CO RD 29

1-3

THE GROUP, INC.

227-0964

$795,000

SW LOVELAND

787 BEAVER COVE COURT

1-3

THE GROUP, INC.

402-9100

218-1891

388-6654

$399,750

SW LOVELAND

975 PRISM CACTUS CIR

12-3

GLEN MARKETING TEAM, ERA

$400,000

SW LOVELAND

4902 SINGLE TREE DRIVE

1:30-3:30

THE GROUP, INC.

679-8265

$420,000

NE LOVELAND

805 KNOBCONE PL

1-3

COLDWELL BANKER

222-4035

$600,000

BERTHOUD

2253 JONES PLACE

12-2

THE GROUP, INC.

231-9073

$649,000

WINDSOR

4662 MEADOWLARK

12-3

KELLER WILLIAMS

217-5973

$895,000

SW LOVELAND

288 RESERVOIR DR

1-4

PREMIER LIFESTYLE

481-5512

$895,000

SW LOVELAND

288 RESERVOIR DR

1-4

PREMIER LIFESTYLE

481-5512

$899,000

SW LOVELAND

530 DEER MOUNTAIN DRVIE

1-3

THE GROUP, INC.

461-7136

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Pond Parade supports Larimer County Search and Rescue JENNIFER LEHMAN SPECIAL SECTIONS REPORTER

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en homes in Fort Collins, Loveland, Wellington and Windsor will be exhibiting their backyard water features including koi ponds for the 8th annual Alpine Koi & Homescape Parade of Ponds of Northern Colorado tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We started doing it initially just to give people an opportunity to talk to different pond owners and find out what works and what doesn't, what to do differently, to get ideas and it’s kind of a fun thing,” said Hanna Sparks, parade coordinator and owner of Alpine Koi with husband, Casey Sparks. “It gives the consumer a chance to talk to someone about what works from their perspective.” The Sparks didn't intend for the parade to be profitable so when customers suggested they increase event marketing to make money, the Sparks chose to use all proceeds for charity instead. All proceeds from the Pond Parade go to Larimer County Search and Rescue where Hanna and Casey volunteered for a little over a decade before starting Alpine Koi. “One of (Larimer County Search and Rescue's) fundraisers was doing fair parking when they were at the old Loveland fairgrounds. When they built The Ranch they kind of lost that fundraiser. We thought it would be kind of cool that we could replace that for them,” Sparks said, adding that the Pond Parade isn't as man hour intensive as the fair parking was. “It was something we would be able to do to give back to them and give back to the community,” she said. Parade attendants can see

the exhibited water features one of two ways, through a self-guided tour or on the air conditioned party bus. Self-guided tours cost $15 per car and party bus tickets cost $30 per person and includes a sack lunch and soft drink. There is also a bar on the party bus. Depending on how much time people spend at each stop, the tour lasts 4 to 5 hours, Sparks estimated. Current pond owners looking to upgrade and those looking to install for the first time attend the tour, Sparks said. “They like to see what other people are doing and get ideas on how they can upgrade theirs and it's just a fun outing,” Sparks said. The parade gets yearly attendants from as far as Nebraska and Wyoming and the party bus can be especially nice for them, Sparks said since they are not as familiar with the area. One of Alpine Koi's employees is on the bus to answer questions about ponds. “On the bus it's a very social, everyone talks, make some friendships along the way,” Sparks said. All ticket buyers are given a ticket booklet with descriptions of the different locations. Locals seek out the Sparks to become a part of their company’s pond parade. “People come to us. It's never been an issue where we had to say, oh gee, your pond isn't worthy. “(Size) has absolutely nothing to do with it. They all have their own unique style and personality, size really doesn't matter. People with a very small yard can still have a small pond or at least a small water feature,” Sparks said. One of this year's ponds is a repeat from five or six years ago after requests for a glimpse at a pond that

had matured for a few years, Sparks said. “We try to have ponds that are constructed by the homeowners and some that are professionally done and try and have contractors there and tell them about their work,” Sparks said. “If you're not handy you can have it done, if you are handy it's certainly not out of the realm to do it yourself.” The history of built water features close to the home goes back to ancient Rome, Sparks said. Water was always a part of their architecture, their foundations and their temples, she said. “It can be a very addicting hobby,” Sparks said, adding that the ponds are good for your senses and mental health and help in “just calming down and getting away from the rat race.” Backyard ponds help mask city noises, Sparks said, and help provide feelings of seclusion and privacy. “Some people usually really like the fish. Other folks are gardeners and really like the gardening. I like to garden and it’s great because I don't have to remember to water anything, I don't have to pull weeds. “A lot of people get really attached to their fish. They do tend to have personalities and you get to know them and they recognize you, believe it or not. They are pretty easy pets, don't shed, you can leave them for a few days and they're just fine in their environment,” Sparks said. Water features also bring new guests to the backyard, Sparks said. “It draws wildlife, always have a lot of birds around, it's enjoyable to sit out and watch.” Sparks said people are not traveling as much because of the economy making home a more desirable

Photos courtesy of Alpine Koi

Top: Backyard pond at the home of Paul and Paula Harder of Windsor. Middle: A pond at the Bohlander residence in Fort Collins. Bottom: A forest oasis at the home of Daniel Sether in Loveland.

If you go What: Pond tour, funds go to Larimer County Search and Rescue When: Tomorrow, open for viewing 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Ten homes in Northern Colorado. Bus tour starts at Alpine Koi, 2715 E. Mulberry St, Fort Collins. Cost: Self-guided tour $15 per car; $30 per person for bus tour, includes lunch, drink. place to be. “I think a lot of the people that have ponds are home more enjoying them.” “The downside with the economy is that the people that don't have them are hesitant to spend the money to get one,” she said. A fear of not knowing how to go about it also keeps peo-

chased Sunday. Alpine Koi's doors will be open Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and the tour bus will leave from the store at 9 a.m. Larimer County Search and Rescue will have a booth at the store around midday. Donations to the LSAR can be made online by going to www.larimercountysar.org.

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H&RE Front Range Gardening avoiding those that are wilted or starting to fade. Pinch, don’t pull flowers from the stem. Different growing conditions effect flavors; be sure you like what you’re harvesting. To avoid bitter meals, taste the flower before spending a lot of time picking them. treat them as you would any vegetable and Remember, they’re delicate, so wash flowCAROL O'MEARA ers with a fine spray of water just before usCSU EXTENSION grow them organically, following the five ing them. Try these: rules for eating flowers: Daylilies: Packed with vitamin A and C, 1. Be absolutely positive about identificahe bravest man I know shudders at these flowers also have three grams of protion - not all are edible, and some can be the thought of dining at my house tein in every bud. Harvest buds when harmful. Know beyond doubt what you during summer. Not because I’m a they’re one-and-a-half to two inches long; have before eating it. terrible cook or my food might lead to hoslarger than this and they’re bitter. 2. Common names are misleading, so pitalization – these risks he faced in World Pansies: Harvest by picking the stem all don’t pick a flower based on its moniker. War II and Korea. No, the reason my father the way to the plant, keeping the flower inSweet peas, for example, are poisonous, fears my table is because the meals I serve tact. while yucca is tasty. blossom with edible flowers. Pop petals into ice cube trays, fill with 3. Many greenhouses and florists spray You might think it silly for a person to water and freeze for an elegant touch in plants; these flowers are not suitable for hesitate over eating a flower; after all, nas- eating. Use only those picked from your drinks, or use fresh in salads. turtiums, squash blossoms and chives have garden or from a reputable, food-grade Roses (Rosa spp.): Pull or snip petals been mainstream in culinary creations for source. from the bud. The white inner portion of years. But if you think these are the limit of 4. Flowers may cause allergic reaction in the petal is bitter, so snip it off before usfloral flair, you’re missing out on a decora- some people with asthma or hay fever, or ing. A rose’s perfume gives a clue to its flative way to spice up your dining. vor, and varieties that have a stronger scent give you a digestive malfunction. Start Delicious, cucumber-like Borage (Borago slowly, and eat only small amounts of them generally taste better. Look for those that officinalis) popped into salads or dips, smell like food; you’ll find roses can be citat first. sauteed Daylily buds (Hemerocallis fulva), rusy to spicy, sweet to mild. 5. Many chefs garnish with flowers that cheerful pansies (Viola x. Wittrockiana) in aren’t edible. Check with the kitchen beLavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Pull festive salads, or Scarlet Runner Bean blos- fore eating them. the petals from the bud and pinch off the soms (Phaseolus coccineus) highlighting tiny white ends. Lavender can turn bitter Flowers degrade faster than herbs, so steamed green beans all have a place on when dry; use them fresh for sweetest flaplan to use them within a few hours. Keep the summertime table. vor. Because the taste is bold, a little goes a them fresh by storing in the refrigerator. long way - use petals sparingly. But finding flowers for cooking may Pick flowers on cool mornings, choosing With many flowers, such as roses, tulips, mean growing them yourself. If you do, those that are just becoming fully open and

Edible flowers give meals zest

and lavender, only the petals are edible. Remove the stamens, styles and pistils from inside the flowers, and snip off the outer, green sepals. If the flower is tiny, gently pull the petals from the bud to use. Others, like runner beans, honeysuckle, and pansies may be eaten whole.

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Gardens is opening their new three acre children’s garden in mid-August. Keeping fruits and vegetables harvested will encourage more production from plants. Learn to can or freeze your excess produce, or donate some to your neighbors and the Larimer County Food Bank. Carry a bucket of water with you to the garden when you’re cutting flowers for bouquets. Use sharp shears or a knife to make a clean cut and cut the stems at a slant. The slanted cut will allow more water to be absorbed into the stem. Start sowing fall season crops like lettuce, spinach, radishes, chard and beets. They should be ready to harvest before our first frost.

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Carol O’Meara is with CSU Extension in Boulder County. Contact her at 303-678-6238 or comeara@co .boulder.co.us.

uestion: I think I have a unique variety of apple tree since some of the leaves are purplish color and the bark looks black. Plus the tips of the branches are curved. Could you tell me what it is? Answer: Sadly, your apple tree is likely being affected by fire blight, a bacterial disease that can occur in apples, pear, quince, crabapples, pyracanthas, blackberries, and raspberries. Typical symptoms of fire blight include discolored leaves and bark, burned looking twigs with a telltale “shepherd’s crook” at the end, dried or oozing fruit, oozing “sores” in bark, and wilted or apparently wet flowers and blossoms. Occurrence of fire blight can vary from year to year, and how extensively it affects a given plant depends on vulnerability of the particular cultivar you own, the age of the plant, and weather conditions. However, the bacteria can overwinter in affected branches and bark cankers, enabling the rapid spread under favorable spring weather conditions. Typically, warm rainy spring weather lends itself to rapid spread of fire blight by wind and rain. The disease can be worsened when wounds caused by hail damage allow the bacteria to enter plant tissue or by improper pruning or disease management techniques. Hot dry weather normally slows the progression of the disease. There is no cure for fire blight but the best way to prevent it is to choose resistant varieties, utilize cultural practices that reduce the conditions favored by the bacteria, and careful pruning to remove infected areas. While chemical sprays are available, they are typically recommended only if applied professionally due to chemical toxicity and the need to spray at extremely precise times during the plant/disease life cycle. While selecting blight-resistant varieties can help minimize the chances of infection, no cultivar can be guaranteed to be immune when the bacterium is plentiful and weather conditions favorable. Selecting plants adapted to local growing conditions, proper placement in the landscape, minimizing plant stress through appropriate irrigation, annual pruning of young trees and avoidance of over-fertilization will all contribute to healthier plants increase chances of resisting disease. The utmost caution must be used when pruning affected areas. After each cut, you must sterilize your cutting tool by dipping it in bleach or ethyl alcohol to prevent bacteria spread. Pruning cuts should be made eight to 12 inches below the area of visible infection. Care should be taken not to accidentally create wounds or make unnecessary cuts since these can create new entry points for the bacteria. The best time to prune is when the tree is dormant, during the winter; pruning in winter also does not require tool sterilization. Immediately remove and destroy all pruned material to reduce the chance of spreading the disease. For further detail on diagnosing and managing fire blight, refer to CSU Extension Fact Sheet #2.907 available at www.ext.colostate.edu. Susan Perry has received training through Colorado State University Extension's Master Gardener program and is a Master Gardener volunteer for Larimer County.

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