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February 12, 2011

A Touch of

Elegance Black decor creates a sophisticated design

Know when it’s the right time to buy a home Colorado Garden and Home Show offers homeowners fresh ideas


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February 12, 2011

In decorating, black is one of the most feared colors in the spectrum. (SHNS/HGTV)

Classic black decor offers couple elegance Candice Olson HGTV

Black is both timeless and elegant. Everybody loves a little black dress or a sleek black sports car. But when it comes to decorating, black is one of the most feared colors in the spectrum. Many people think black will make a space too dark. But good designers know that, if used properly, black is a powerful tool. I demonstrated this during a recent design project for my clients, Joanne and John. They live in an elegant house that was lovingly renovated throughout time by her father. Sadly, he passed away before he got to work on his dream project: the dreary basement family room. I decided to pick up where he left off. The room was shabby, with wood-paneled walls, an outmoded fireplace and uncomfortable seating. However, the rest of the house had a lovely, traditional feeling with a neutral palette and a few black accents. I chose to bring this design scheme into the basement, but incorporated black to add muchneeded sophistication. There was some structural work to attend to first. A new ceiling was installed, the room was rewired and a mysterious door that didn’t open was replaced with a wall of windows. I then painted the wooden walls a tranquil cream

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(after dealing with a lot of primer, that is), put up some 36-inch-high white wainscoting and put down a plank-style, brown cork floor. I now had a soft, neutral room, but with a neutral scheme, the eye wanders with no place to land. Black accents help focus the eye, but you have to use them wisely – by punctuating, not overpowering. The right amount of black will add excitement and enhance the other tones in a room. I created an L-shaped seating area along two adjoining walls, brought in two beige chenille-covered sofas and added black and black-accented pillows. These sofas share a charcoal ottoman, a round side table and an area rug with a black and neutral pattern that speaks to the new black-andgold floral drapes. Nestled in the corner of the two couches is a tiny nook that I turned into a showpiece. I backed it with grass cloth wallpaper and put in gorgeous, white cabinetry with tempered glass shelves. Along another wall, I created a fireside lounge. The room had an old stone fireplace that was a bit of an eyesore, so I built up the mantle, painted it white and refitted it with a gas insert. To one side, I put in two cool designer chairs that are called “smoke chairs’’ and added a huge wall mirror and a

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black side table. No matter where you sit there is a good view of a new 54-inch television, which I put against the final wall. The television sits atop a long wooden console and is flanked by black-and-white framed photographs. When designing with black, lighting is especially important. So, in addition to recessed lights, I installed a crystal drop pendant outlined in black, two fireplace sconces, a bronze table lamp and a photographer’s tripod lamp. I also added some accessories: baskets, bowls, vases, artwork and framed photographs – including one of Joanne’s dad, the master renovator. One way to elevate good style to great style is to embrace a bit of drama. And that’s exactly what I did in Joanne and John’s space. By setting up a neutral canvas and then strategically adding dabs and dashes of black, I created a comfortable family room that has just the perfect stroke of sophistication. Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of HGTV’s “Candice Tells All.” For more ideas, information and show times, visit

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Key is knowing the right Steiff toy channels royal canine time to buy a home By Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson

Is it really the right time to buy your shape when we finally found the right next home? property. On the surface, home prices haven’t The early 1990s seems like a long time been this low in a long time. In some marago, but it was at the beginning of the upkets, home prices are expected to fall furswing that culminated in the frenzied “irrather in 2011. tional exuberance” of the housing bubble. The Department of Housing and Urban And as every school kid knows, the bigger Development released its the bubble, the more bublatest housing scorecard ble gum you get all over and found that home afyour face. fordability is quite high. Our housing market is Prices have fallen and still gummed up, but that mortgage interest rates doesn’t mean there aren’t remain near historic lows. amazing, once-in-a generaIf you’re going to buy antion opportunities to buy other property, you’ll pay property. I was in Atlanta less than you might have last week and someone eight or even 10 years ago. asked me if I was planning But deciding whether it’s Ilyce Glink on buying a condo or two the right time to buy your Tribune Media Services in Midtown. There are connext home means taking a dos selling for $30,000 to deeper look at where you $50,000 that originally are in your life and where (three to five years ago) you want to be throughout sold for $150,000 to the next seven to 10 years. $200,000, with granite A big mistake homebuycountertops, great views, ers made during the last indoor parking, the works. decade was to think about homeownership as a liquid I supposed I could buy financial investment. Buysomething. I have the cash ing a home isn’t the same and available credit. Heck, thing as day trading stocks, at these prices, some of my even though it felt like that colleagues are charging for a while. their real estate purchases Real estate is, by its very on credit cards. nature, illiquid. It’s been The question I have to historically difficult to unanswer is what are my load a home quickly withlong-term intentions with out taking a huge financial this property? What’s the loss. business strategy? If the Two years after my huspurchase is an investment band and I bought our first property, what is the home (a vintage co-op on expected rental income Lake Shore Drive in Chicaand what’s my exit go), I wanted to sell. I destrategy? And how much cided I wanted to plant a time and energy do I have garden, something not necto put into this investessarily compatible with ment? You have to think living seven stories in the air. through any real estate But by the time we had made that decipurchase you make, and not let yourself sion, our sort of home had fallen out of fafall in love with a property. Good vor. No one wanted to live in a vintage (they call them “pre-war“) co-op. Everyone judgment can’t be overruled by emotion. And, don’t forget to pull out your crystal wanted to live in a single family house with a garden. We watched our home grow stale ball, because you should plan on a sevenon the market for about six or nine months to 10-year timeline, just in case. And in before pulling it off. some markets, even that might not be long Two years later, we put the home enough to see the housing market get all back on the market and sold it six months the gum off its face. later, feeling lucky to get an offer. Back Ilyce R. Glink’s latest book is “Buy, Close, Move In!” then, in 1994, six months was a long If you have questions, you can call her radio show time to be on the market, and while we at 800-972-8255 any Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 1 hadn’t found a place to buy, we decided p.m. EST. Contact Ilyce through her website at just to sell and rent so we’d be in better

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Dear Helaine and Joe: I acquired a Steiff animal a few years ago from a relative and wondered how much it might be worth. It is in fair condition and still has the yellow collar tag that reads “Zwergspitz.” It also has the Steiff button. Thank you. – S.D. Dear S.D.: It appears that this column is going to the dogs. Last week, we discussed Snoopy, and this week we offer an adorable Pomeranian plush toy. A Zwergspitz is more commonly called a Pomeranian, Pom or Pom-Pom. This dog breed is descended from the larger German spitz, and the Pomeranian name is derived from Pomerania, a region on the south shore of the Baltic Sea. The popularity of the Pomeranian can be traced to the British royal family. Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, owned two that were depicted in paintings by Thomas Gainsborough. At that time, the Pomeranian was a larger animal – Charlotte’s dogs

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Colorado Garden and Home show provides ideas

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You wouldn’t expect a garden in Colorado to come with a Great White Shark, but at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, an ocean of beauty is waiting for you just inside the door. At the 52nd annual Colorado Garden and Home Show, now through Feb. 20, water is in celebration, as ponds, waterfalls and seas are recreated during a frosty time of year. Visitors to the region’s largest house and landscape show will be treated to lush gardens, do-it-yourself tips and expert companies ready to help you surf through home improvement projects. Garden after garden fill the 400,000-square foot hall, showing off the natural landscapes and urban getaways that are possible for your yard. Landscapes add to home investment, adding between 7 and 12 percent to the value of a home, according to a Michigan State University study. If you’re looking for other Continued on 5

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Continued from 4 ways to improve your home value, chances are this show has what you need, from remodeling kitchens, getting new roofing or redoing a bathroom. Headlining the wish list in 2011 are tips for turning your backyard into a retreat, where relaxation and entertaining friends can be done in style. Environmentally savvy consumers are clamoring for sustainable products, so exhibitors are showcasing products made from recycled materials, renewable energy sources or energy conservation. Edible landscapes are hot, adding food and beauty to the yard. Check out the suburban agriculture garden, built by Europa Landscape and Agriburbia, which demonstrate how to incorporate food plants into an ornamental planting. Look for the Colorado State University Extension booth, where tips for making the most of your sun exposure are showcased. From broiling western spots to cool, shady northern yards, the Colorado Master Gardeners are ready to help you with information on plant selection, placement and irrigation. Leave time to browse the Plant Select portion of the CSU booth; the plants on display are proven best for Front Range gardens. Quick seminars can get you started on projects from selecting roses to interior design, cake decorating to geothermal heat-

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Add romance to your home

Keep crawlspace free of condensation By Dwight Barnett

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Q: I have a crawlspace under my house. Last fall, I put insulation between the joists of one room to try to warm the floor somewhat. I put roll insulation between joists and nailed 4-by-81/2inch foam sheets with foil lining to the joists. I put plastic on the dirt. This spring, I went into the crawlspace and the foam sheets were wet with condensation. If I put a fan in the foundation for ventilation, will it cure the condensation? What do I need to do? A: The main problem with insulating between the floor joists is the high humidity normally associated with the crawlspace. Even when a heavy 6-mil-thick plastic vapor barrier covers the soils, the crawl area tends to have excessive moisture levels in the air. Humidity will travel

from warm to cold and from more to less. As the moisture from the warm room air travels to the cooler crawlspace, it has to pass through the insulation installed between the floor joists. The insulation is now a giant wick, cool on one side and warm on the other. Most of the floor insulation I have seen has been affected by the various moisture cycles that happen with the changing seasons and has fallen out of the floor-joist cavity because of the weight of the trapped water. By adding a foil-faced foam panel, you have increased the chances of trapping more moisture between the joists. The foil is a vapor barrier and will not allow for the passage of moisture from the room to the crawlspace air. If you have radiant heat in the home, a small electric fan can be installed in the floor to equalize the room air with the crawlspace air to condition the crawl area.

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Valentine’s Day is a lot of fun, but why reserve the romance for just one day of the year? It’s easy to make your daily life more romantic just by adding a few special touches to your decorating. Here are a few ideas to inspire you. Flowers aren’t just for Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself to a lovely bouquet of cash-and-carry flowers every time you’re at the grocery store, whether it’s a bundle of sweetheart roses or a mixed arrangement. One of my favorite ways to use these inexpensive grocery-store bouquets is to separate out the flowers, trim the stems of each short and place a few blooms apiece in several small vases. Tuck the little bouquets into unexpected places, like on a bookshelf display, on your kitchen windowsill or counter, next to your nightstand or on your dining table. Whether tonight’s fare is pot roast or meatloaf, daily dinners don’t have to be ho-hum. Make midweek dinner a delight by adding a few romantic touches to your table. If you’re in the mood to go big, surprise your family by pulling out the china, silver and crystal, or just add a lovely serving piece. Put your table water in a fine glass decanter with matching glass-

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es, or pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly and serve it chilled in a silver ice bucket. Isn’t it wonderful to be at an upscale hotel or quaint bed-andbreakfast where they serve your morning coffee from a silver carafe? You can do the same thing at home. Instead of heading to the coffee pot and filling up that same old stained and chipped coffee mug you’ve used for years, make your morning caffeine ritual special. If you have hundreds of wonderful photos of loved ones stored on your camera’s memory card, in your computer or a disc, don’t let them go to waste. This week, re-

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229 E. Longs Peak- 3 bdrm, 1 ba, share gar, fncd. 2 BDRM, 1.5 ba, full bsmt, $850/$850. N/P. 303-530-9153 gar, A/C, W/D hookups. In Quail Crossing, 2 BDRM, 2 BA, A/C, gar, $995.(303)651-2843. lrg fncd yd, Dog OK. On cul-de-sac. 5 Martinez Place, $960. 303-443-4308

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WESTLAKE- Avail Immed 5 bdrm, 4 ba, N/S/P, Hygiene Elem. $1700 + + Niwot RE, Barb Ponesse (303)419-3551

500 to 2500 SF, can divide. On site prkg, Good traffic exposure. 303-523-3369

The newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

11595 Quail Rd Lgmt. 5 Bdrm, 3 ba, lg fncd bkyd, 2 car gar, $1600 720-371-4624 ● 1701 ADKINSON 4 bdrm, 3 bath, 2 story, 2 car gar, Lgmt. $1375. RMG Realty, 303-772-4466

1 RENT TO OWN 3 bdrm, 2.5 ba, 2 car, W/D, $1295. 4 hr free rec msg. 866-810-1446 ext 1011

OFFICE SPACE For Rent Holistic Wellness Center. (720)280-9047

Roommates Wanted 4120 Office Space 4100

SEMI-FURN Rooms/Apts Wkly/mnthly from $100/wk Utils/micro/fridge inc (303)931-7108

Private- 2bdrms, 1ba, newer home $750/mo everything included w/d wi-fi,furnished 720-272-2645

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74 Office Spaces for Lease Can be viewed at

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DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE 2,125 SF, Ten Private Offices, Conference Room & Kitchenette

640 Gooseberry Dr #1103 2.8 acres, water tap in & 2 bdrm, 2 ba in Meadow paid. Electric close, septic View. $180,000. Patti Davis, CBRB. (303)550-5929 needed & Ish res irrig wtr. $100K, just SE of Berthoud. Call Mark Sullivan at ERA Tradewind (303)684-6335 ✭Opportunity Time✭ 4 Bedroom, 3 bath, 2 car garage bi-level in south Longmont. Call for details. $179,000



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1993 BERTHOUD mobil home, rent to own. 2 bdrm, 303-776-7440 Mom & Pop Business 1 ba. (970)215-1819 For Sale. Established in 1921 on high traffic Hwy 36. Heidi & Helena buy houses! 3 BDRM, 1 BA, new carpet, Soda Fountain/Cafe/ Bakery. $140K Real estate $ SAVE YOUR CREDIT $ W/D, carport, Lgmt adult park age 55+, 970-215-1819 also available. 303-709-6162, 303-725-8388 / 303-459-2711

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2 BDRM, 1 BA, beautiful, Old Town. Gar, fncd yd, w/d, n/s/p $950 303-682-5985 3 bdrm, 2 ba, gar, fncd yd. Sm dog only. 420 Tungsten $1190/$1190. (303)775-1495



2- 4 Bedroom Homes • 19 Reed • 1025 Gay St • 14567 N. 107th St • 1608 20th Ave • 102 4th Ave • 2981 Bellmeade Way • 1249 Whitehall Dr • 720 Tundra Call PMP, 303-776-RENT

255 WEAVER PARK CLASS “A” second floor office space for lease or sale. Common area, conference room, elevator, mountain views. 1 yr Free Rent! Don Rulle, CCIM

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Water Rights 5200 (720)204-7900

2 ACRE LOTS WEST OF BERTHOUD. Great Views! $149,900. Fred @ Four Seasons Re, (720)494-2133.

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Comfy Mobile Home Sunny 12 x 60 mobile home in quiet, central Lgmt. 2 bdrm, 1 ba, carport, coverd porch Adult park, age 55+. 303-604-5235

Wanted: CBT units

5090 Lots & Tracts 5100


Two spaces available, close to Twin Peaks Mall, Home Depot, Pennys and more. 1,141 SF to 2,840 SF

5090 Mobile/ 5130 Manufactured OPEN HOUSE Homes/Spaces Saturday 12-2

LYONS 2 bdrm 1ba mobile home, shed. No dogs. $420/ mon lot rent. $12,000 no owner finance. 303-827-9185.


Completely remodeled for Sale in Downtown Frederick. Private parking

Beautiful Class “A” 2,180 sq ft office suite Campus like setting $12.95 sq ft

773 SQ FT- busy shopping center, 1116 Francis St, $825. Alert RE (303)776-5156

Responsible, clean M/F, W. side, great area, golf course & park, W/D, $300+1/3 utils. 303-775-1144 or 303-772-8466



Farms, Ranches Longmont 4130 Acreages 5050

FEM PREF to share house w/fem. Priv bdrm/ba $550/ mo. No smoke/drinkers. Avail for 3 mo . 303-809-0022



All real estate advertised in this paper is subject to the federal and state Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.”

PROFESSIONAL Offices N. Longmont. 150 to 825 SF. Single & 3 office suite. All ground level, 2 entr, great prkg. 303-956-1141

NEWER 3 bdrm, 3 bath home, 2 car gar, NW loc. $1450, (303)514-3706

Office Space 4100


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Seed catalogs trumpet the promise of spring By Sean Conway

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There’s not much to get excited about in the garden this time of year. Most gardens, including mine, lie dormant. But one look at the counter space in my office would tell you there’s plenty of expectation about spring. The 2011 seed catalogs have been arriving in the mail and are spread out across my office. After gardening for many years, my backyard is overflowing with plants, and the last thing I should be thinking about is adding more. However, the excitement sparked by the beautiful photos and lavish descriptions of plants I’ve yet to grow never fail to get the best of me. Every year, I pour over the “new this year” sections first to check out the latest results from plant breeding programs across the country. Here are a few of the tantalizing offerings I’ve found so far: Burpee seed, the venerable seed company that’s been in business for generations, has two new sunflowers that look Real Estate Transactions are supplied by Prospects Unlimited Inc., 1151 Eagle Drive Ste. 467, Loveland, CO 80537.

Longmont • Ricky Breeden from Jesse Demmel, 245 Harvest St, Longmont, $229,000, home • Lockett Wood from Fannie Mae, 942 Reynolds Farm Ln, Longmont, $138,500, home • Greg & Amy Payne from Joann Culbertson, 930 Gay St, Longmont, $116,000, home • James Tuttle from Federal Home Loan Mortgage, 7844 Hygiene Rd, Longmont, $230,000, home • Anne McCullick from Fox Colorado LLC, 6484 Strawberry Ct, Longmont, $1,150,000, home • Jennifer & Stanton Do from Gregory Payne, 1218 S Terry St, Longmont, $188,000, home • Full Longmon from 205 Third Avenue LLC, 205 3rd Ave, Longmont, $1,000,000, home • Christine Lund from Fannie Mae, 127 Homestead Pkwy, Longmont, $235,000, home • Mona Gieschen from David Fromm, 1922 15th Ave, Longmont, $220,000, home • Richard & Darah Brush from Karl Glaser, 2200 Mariner Dr, Longmont, $352,000, home • Ronald & Christine Berardinis from Christopher Grine, 805 Summer Hawk Dr Unit D19, Longmont, $150,000, condo • Squirrel LLC from Curtis Hall Curtis, 15182 County Road 1, Longmont, $930,000, home

remarkably different from the run-of-the-mill varieties often sold as cut flowers at roadside stands. The first is a hybrid called Coconut Ice. Rather than the typical orange-yellow petals seen on most sunflowers, this flower’s creamy white petals surround large black centers. The plant grows 4 to 5 feet tall and the blossoms would be perfect as cut flowers. The other unusual selection is another hybrid called Frilly. Growing 5-to-6 feet tall, this va-

Berthoud • Michael & Elizabeth Parsons from Lynne Sarsour, 1300 S County Road 21, Berthoud, $45,000, home • David & Lauren Imlay from Teresi Family Revocable Trust, 1624 S Green Ridge Rd, Berthoud, $342,500, home • Margaret Marilla from Fannie Mae, 841 Longview Ave, Berthoud, $155,000, home • William & Patti Irwin from Ronald Heiney, 1705 Exeter St, Berthoud, $360,000, home Dacono • Jon & Myra Hacker from Brian Travis, 115 Elizabeth Street Circle, Dacono, $199,900, home Erie • Kristina Hansson from Sendera Properties LLC, 1701 Palmer Ln, Erie, $284,000, home • Arnold Levihn from Curtis Kostecki, 1282 Banner Circle, Erie, $316,000, home • Douglas & Caryn Barnes from Taylor Morrison Colo Inc, 1126 Lasnik St, Erie, $341,400, home • Nathaniel & Julie Wardwell from Charles McGrath, 319 Irwin Pl, Erie, $771,500, home • Aaron & Katie Fiscus from Richmond American Homes Colorado, 1277 Mathews Way, Erie, $286,200, home Firestone • Scott & Ronald Mahan from Richmond American Homes Colo Inc, 6288 Union Ave, Firestone, $210,000, home

• Patrick & Sandra Bauer from Matthew Dipaolo, 150 Farmdale, Firestone, $182,000, home • Robert & Lynn Qualls from Jason Willis, 9159 Ferncrest St, Firestone, $407,000, home Fort Lupton • Kurt Godwin from Daniel Lacoe, 11705 Julius St, Fort Lupton, $335,000, home • William Alvarado from Fed Natl Mtg Assoc, 247 7th St, Fort Lupton, $48,500, home Lyons • Ursula Geiger from Sandra Oconnor, 112 Longs Peak Dr, Lyons, $323,400, home Platteville • Gurney Taylor from Eric Gilbert, 5305 Red Tail Ct, Platteville, $85,000, home Foreclosures – notice of election and demand • Borrower: Dan & Christina Black, Lender: The Bank Of New York Mellon, Amount: $242,454, Property: 97 Sioux Dr, Berthoud, Filed: 02/02/11 • Borrower: Victor & Gayla Lujan, Lender: Colorado Housing And Finance, Amount: $175,199, Property: 411 Tynan Dr, Erie, Filed: 01/27/11 • Borrower: David Murray & Maria Causby-Murray, Lender: HSBC Bank USA National Association, Amount: $167,683, Property: 145 Lane Ct, Fort Lupton, Filed: 01/28/11 • Borrower: Wesley Thompson, Lender: Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Amount:

riety features an abundance of narrow, yellow and wavy petals. Two other notable offerings from Burpee include a black petunia and a multi-branching white coneflower. Petunia ‘Black cat’ is touted as the world’s first black petunia, and if the photos do it justice, it’s sure to be a standout. There are few true black flowers, and I’m looking forward to seeing if this one makes the grade. If it does, the container possibilities will be amazing. The white echinacea, or coneflower ‘PowWow White,’ is a hybrid of the rugged plant once found growing in native prairies. PowWow White sports multiple white flowers on sturdy stems from a well-branched 20-to-24-inch plant. Coneflowers are tough and grow from Minnesota to Florida. While your garden is asleep, enjoy the down time with a few good seed catalogs (or websites) and start picking out those must-haves for your plot. Sean Conway’s book “Sean Conway’s Cultivating Life” (Artisan Books, 2009) describes 125 projects for backyard living. www.cultivatinglife .com.

$207,856, Property: 5725 Skyline Ave, Frederick, Filed: 01/28/11 • Borrower: Carol Costa, Lender: Onewest Bank FSB, Amount: $214,117, Property: 5517 Triple Crown Dr, Frederick, Filed: 01/31/11 • Borrower: William & Mary Fink, Lender: Chase Home Finance LLC, Amount: $297,310, Property: 1225 Columbia Dr, Longmont, Filed: 01/28/11 • Borrower: Julie Bauer, Lender: Provident Funding, Amount: $183,088, Property: 3738 Florentine Cir, Longmont, Filed: 01/31/11 • Borrower: Paul McHugh, Lender: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, Amount: $351,871, Property: 1400 Cinnamon St, Longmont, Filed: 01/27/11 • Borrower: Gaspar Ramos, Lender: Colorado Housing And Finance, Amount: $146,011, Property: 320 Challenger Pl, Longmont, Filed: 01/27/11 • Borrower: Stephen & Chelsie Clark, Lender: Nationscredit Financial Services, Amount: $135,732, Property: 1426 S Pratt Pkwy, Longmont, Filed: 01/27/11 • Borrower: Nina Norman, Lender: Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, Amount: $152,210, Property: 1147 Big Horn Ct, Longmont, Filed: 02/02/11 • Borrower: Pamela Plenger Fushi, Lender: Chase Home Finance LLC, Amount: $161,956, Property: 2114 Lincoln St, Longmont, Filed: 02/02/11 • Borrower: Tammy Moser,

Lender: Federal National Mortgage Association, Amount: $146,643, Property: 1419 Red Mountain Dr 122, Longmont, Filed: 02/01/11 • Borrower: Douglas & Sharon Flachman, Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA As Trustee, Amount: $182,513, Property: 1617 Flemming Dr, Longmont, Filed: 02/01/11 • Borrower: Charles & Kimberley Kline, Lender: Premier Members Federal Credit Union, Amount: $414,282, Property: 630 15th Ave 300, Longmont, Filed: 02/02/11 • Borrower: Eric Coyle, Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA As Trustee, Amount: $336,301, Property: 1820 Great Western Dr, Longmont, Filed: 02/02/11 • Borrower: Freddy Martinez, Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA, Amount: $282,207, Property: 9152 County Road 15, Longmont, Filed: 01/28/11 • Borrower: Cayetano & Maria Castillo, Lender: Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Amount: $197,927, Property: 9672 Sierra Vista Rd, Longmont, Filed: 01/28/11 • Borrower: Cristobal Lopez & Rosalee Rios, Lender: Midfirst Bank, Amount: $186,223, Property: 10671 Durango Pl, Longmont, Filed: 02/02/11 • Borrower: Timothy & Gail Powers, Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA, Amount: $312,816, Property: 4610 County Road 36, Platteville, Filed: 01/28/11


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