Blog On Main Street

by Rob Kelly, LRA Owner & Managing Broker 

Some of you who have known me awhile know that I spend a lot of time "off the grid". I love to hike and get up to the mountains with family and friends or often I just go with my dogs, Baxter and Lilly. Spending a lot of my time lost in the beauty of places like Ward and Nederland inspired me to write a blog bout what it would be like to own a piece of Colorado.  

I am often amazed at some of the listings for land that pop up on real estate websites such as LandsofAmerica.com, enticing me to either buy a piece of remarkable acreage or help a client to do so! According to what I see on REColorado,  2017 has shown us remarkable properties for sale. Thanks to REColorado for sharing the following stories,

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by Marie Villeza, Elder Impact

Living far away from your loved ones can be very difficult, especially if they require assisted living. Unfortunately, you can’t always drop everything to go take care of your family no matter how much you might want to. With today’s advances in technology there are many ways that you can take care of your loved ones from a distance. It may not be the same as being in the same room as them, but it’s possibly the next best thing. The following are a few ways that technology, apps, and services help us care for those most important to us from afar.

1. See and Talk to Our Elderly Loved Ones Without Being Physically Present

Applications like Skype and Google Hangouts are great ways to let your loved ones see your face

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Louisville Realty Associates is proud to announce that we are partnering with A Precious Child to host "A Precious Gift Drive" to support disadvantaged and displaced children in Colorado.   Our drive runs through Thursday, December 14th and we encourage all our friends to participate!

LRA will collect donated new toys, gift cards and gifts for children (babies through teenagers) and deliver to APC  to ensure your gifts will get to the kids with in the most need in the community. Gifts are distributed to children through APC's Resource Center as well as agency partners.

Drop offs received easily at our office located at 815 Walnut Street in Old Town Louisville on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

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By Rob Kelly, LRA Owner & Managing Broker

In Colorado's current booming real estate market, we hear many stories about prospective home buyers submitting multiple offers to no avail, as well as an ongoing trend that many Denver and Boulder area listings (between approximately $300K and $700K) selling for over 100% of list price. Naturally this results in many frustrated buyers.

According to the Denver Post, "Colorado’s population in July 2016 was estimated by the Census Bureau to be 5.5 million, up 91,726 people or slightly less than 1.7 percent — the seventh-highest growth rate among states for that year. State demographers forecast that Colorado will add plenty of people through 2020, with its population nearing 6 million."

If you are one of

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by National Dispatch 

Moving is an exciting, yet overwhelming, experience. The entire process requires an extreme adjustment. This is especially true for children who must leave old friends behind and make new friends at a new school in a new community. As a parent, you want to ensure that your child’s transition is an easy one, but what are the best ways to accomplish this?

    1. Talk to your child in advance. Call a family meeting to explain the details of the move.If you have a young child, there are many children’s books about moving that may help your child gain a better understanding, while also having fun in the process.
    2. Include your child. Involve your child in the house selection process, especially if they are older.Ask for their
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By Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Fall is, by far, my favorite season.

I fully enjoy the fiery, autumnal colors every day this time of year.  I know that the leaves crunching under my boots will only last a short time before they need to be swept up. It is the time of year when I prepare to settle in for cooler weather and know that soon our cozy fireplace will get a lot of use. I get out the handmade quilts and place them on the beds in our home. It can also mean less social interaction since it is darker earlier and the temperature drops outside.  It may be tempting to isolate ourselves and be less productive, but if you are a home owner are thinking about selling your home during the upcoming spring season, you will want to start

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By Rob Kelly, LRA Owner & Managing Broker

This may not surprise too many of our readers, but Denver has topped another real estate list. This time for "Gentrification". This term was first coined by British Sociologist, Ruth Glass, in 1963, to describe the events that were taking place in the City of London.  In 2001, The Brookings Institute defined gentrification as "The process by which higher income households displace lower income residents of a neighborhood, changing the essential character and flavor of the neighborhood."

Thanks to our high paying jobs and desirable environment gentrification is no stranger to the Front Range. We have been observing this trend in Denver, Colorado for the past few years (maybe even earlier).

According

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by Kate O'Brien, LRA Associate Broker

Join the Louisville Realty Associates team with a new tradition in our sweet Old Town Louisville. We are a proud sponsor of the 2017 Louisville Home Tour to benefit Louisville Elementary School PTA on October 8th! Read on for more details. 

Money raised through this event will go into the PTA's $91,000 operating budget that directly impacts the education of every child attending Louisville Elementary School. These funds provide reading group support, PARA educator support for all grades, funds for playground, PE and music equipment, subs for assessment days, classroom supplies & much more.

The event is on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 12pm to 4pm. The tour starts at Bittersweet Cafe at 836 Main Street and

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by John Stuart, Daily Poppins 

Are you ready for the big day? Have you done all you can to impress potential home buyers? Are you sure?

Selling a home requires a combination of psychological tricks and realistic facts. I’m not saying you’re lying to buyers. But you have to showcase the best parts of your home. Buying a home is subjective process. The moment a negative feature pops up it minimizes the probability of a sale. No one wants to commit money to a house they’re not sure about. No home will ever be perfect right? But what if the positive features can overshadow the negative characteristics? This is your goal. Direct buyers’ thoughts to every remarkable thing in your home. They have to see potential. They’ll start dreaming of building a

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Bee pollinating a purple wildflower By Christy Erickson, Saving Our Bees

Planting a pollinator garden is undoubtedly the best thing the average homeowner can do to help bees. But what is a pollinator garden, how do you make one, and how does it work? If you’re feeling mystified by talk of native plants and toxic pesticides, read on to learn just how easy it can be to make a natural refuge in your own backyard.

What is a Pollinator Garden? At its simplest, a pollinator garden is a garden planted to attract, feed, and provide shelter to pollinating insects and birds. Unlike other gardens, pollinator gardens tend to appear more wild. They feature flowering plants in different shapes, sizes, and colors, and they welcome native plants that some may view as weeds.

Pollinator gardens

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