Blog On Main Street

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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By Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

My husband and I were excited to finally complete our household estate planning this summer. That was a huge relief as estate planning was a major "to do" item that we could now mark off our list since we married about three years ago. However, no sooner than the ink was dry on our Last Will & Testament, did we learn about a financial situation unfolding within our family, leading us to realize that we would most likely need to update our estate plan again in the next few years.  It was at that time I realized that estate planning is never really over. We have to think of estate planning as an work in progress. 

Once you think about the fact that life is always in motion, it is not hard to understand how and

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By Rob Kelly, LRA Owner & Managing Broker

After months upon months of repeating myself that we are still in a seller's market in Boulder County, the tide may be turning. But don't expect prices to come crashing down, as this market continues to experience fairly high demand coupled with low inventory. However, we are seeing some prices are nudging downward a bit.  

In this week's blog, LRA has market reports for the four East Boulder County towns of Louisville, Superior, Lafayette and Erie, highlighting current inventory, average list prices and other market data for the past 90 days ending August 9, 2017. View the full details of this report highlighting key metrics here, courtesy of ColoProperties (Boulder Area Multiple Listing Service or MLS).

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by Kristan Tobey,  Young Living 

“Take the curtains out of your mouth! And don’t eat that off the floor!”

These pleas may seem a bit out of place, unless you are like many parents and have lived these exact situations. Whether you find yourself chasing kids around the house, living with housemates, or relishing in your new space all to yourself, our home environment is a sacred place we want to keep clean and safe.

As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I look at the body and our lifestyle as a whole system. If we just focus on the body without taking into account where we live, what job we do and even what we think, we could miss reaching our true optimum health. If we are going to spend time and effort to be healthy and feel our best,

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By Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Good news from the federal government for first time home buyers! And shockingly it came from a bi-partisan effort, with both Republican and Democrats coming together in order to help first time home buyers overcome hurdles and make home ownership a reality. 

The First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Act, sponsored by Colorado's own Representative, Mike Coffman, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), is designed to help consumers who are trying to buy their first home. H.R. 2802 will amend the federal tax code to create 529-style savings accounts for first time homebuyers. The goal is to mimic the model of the highly successful 529 plan model, which provides parents with college

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By Rob Kelly, LRA Owner & Managing Broker

Louisville Realty Associates is proud to announce that we are partnering with A Precious Child to host a "Fill A Backpack Drive" to collect backpacks and school supplies for Colorado kids in need.  Our drive runs through Thursday, July 27th. 

There are more than 180,000 Colorado children living in poverty. Children living in poverty often lack the basic essentials critical to academic achievement. Please help us collect the items needed for school kids in need including: backpacks, large erasers, glue sticks, bottled glue, scissors, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, highlighters, index cards, rulers, folders, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks and composition notebooks.

Drop off will be

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