Staging Your Home

Here’s a great article written by Re/Max of Boulder’s own Haley Robinson. Enjoy!

 

Staging will highlight the strengths and downplay the weaknesses of you home and, if done right, will appeal to the greatest number of buyers.

Here are just a few hints on how to stage your home for sale.

Declutter and Clean

This is the absolute most important thing you can do to stage your home. Depending on how you live, I tell my clients to remove 50% of whatever is in view when you walk into a room. That’s books on the book shelves, art, things on counters, bedside tables, office desks, etc. Take those things and pack them in boxes or find it a new home in a cabinet or drawer.

Cleaning seems like an obvious one but I always reiterate it with my clients. When someone comes for a showing, there shouldn’t be baskets of laundry, food sitting out, unmade beds or really any proof that you were just there in the home. Also, organizing all cabinets, closets, and drawers, as people usually want to look inside. It should be in show ready condition for every showing, which can be difficult and stressful especially if you have kids and/or pets.

It also includes a deep clean. Dusting is very important as well as washed cabinets in the kitchen and all bathrooms, washed walls, clean toilets and showers, washed baseboards, and so on.

Depersonalize

When there is a showing in your house, the clients walk in and immediately they ask themselves, “Can I see myself living in this home?” And it’s 10 times harder for them to answer “yes” if they are staring at your family portrait over the fireplace or the kid’s drawings on the fridge. Depersonalizing your home will make room for the idea of someone else living there.

It’s not only framed family pictures but also fridge magnets, wall hangings, large art pieces, magazines, calendars, mail piles, and so on. This can also include political and/or religious objects. While it’s not my job to snuff out a clients personal beliefs, I encourage neutrality as much as the client is willing do.

This can sometimes be emotional for the homeowner. I try to prepare my clients that they may find themselves upset or sad during this step. It’s really the first step in saying good bye to your current home and, for some, it can be difficult.

Neutrality

This kind of falls into the depersonalization as well. That lovely floral wall paper, that bold rug, that bright bed comforter may be what you love most but to a potential buyer, it’s all they can see. They don’t see the great light coming in through the extra large double paned windows, all they see is the shade of green that the room is painted and how much they hate the color green. They don’t notice the open floor plan, all they see is the stuffed moose head. These are extreme examples but you get my point.

Getting your home neutral is important for visual people so they can actually see the home and it’s great potential. This may require repainting a room, changing the décor or even adding items like a lamp for extra light or a neutral rug to help brighten a dark wood floor.

Safety

This is my least favorite but most important topic to cover. We like to think of most people as good and honest but there are some jerks out there. Desperate and/or bad people come to open houses and showings, so with that in mind, certain steps need to be taken.

All expensive items, like jewelry, cash, etc, need to be put in a safe, inaccessible place. This also goes for any prescription drugs. I have personally caught someone elbow deep in a drawer containing prescription meds. The owners didn’t lock them up and it gave this person the opportunity to try and steal from them. Most important, all firearms need to be locked, put away with the ammo elsewhere, and preferably taken out of the home to another location. This can also include other weapons/art like bows, spears and the like.

Lastly, for fun, here are some actual, honest-to-goodness photos of homes for sale pulled from the MLS from around the country. Names and cities have been changed to protect the innocent…

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A little crowded, colorful for the average Joe.

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Not everyone loves taxidermy

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Toys, stuff, more toys…

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Yes, that is a camera and tripod next to the bed. (!!!)

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Remember that bit about depersonalization?

 


Posted on February 14, 2017 at 7:21 pm
Bill Allen | Posted in Real Estate, Selling |

What increasing interest rates mean for local home buyers

A GREAT article by fellow Realtor Jay Kalinski! If you you are thinking of buying or selling the near future, read this article!

As predicted, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates in December, and conventional mortgage rates have increased from 3.625 percent on Nov. 4 to 4.375 percent as of the writing of this article (an increase of 0.75 percentage points). In 2017, economists predict a couple more interest-rate increases to the Fed funds rate, which will likely spur increases in conventional mortgage rates as well.

To a homebuyer in the Boulder Valley, what do these projected mortgage-rate increases actually mean? The effect may be bigger than you would think.

The 1 Percent = 10 Percent Rule

As a rule of thumb, for each 1 percent increase in mortgage rates, your buying power decreases about 10 percent. To understand the import of this, it is helpful to use a couple of examples that buyers in the Boulder Valley might face:

Scenario 1: Looking in Longmont

A couple would like to buy an average single-family home in Longmont, which costs about $400,000. They have about $80,000 (or 20 percent) saved as a down payment and meet with a lender, where they learn that they qualify for a maximum principal and interest payment of $1,600 per month.

If the current interest rate is 4 percent, then their monthly principal and interest payment would be about $1,528, and they would qualify to buy the house. (They could qualify up to $420,000 in the case of a bidding war.)

If, however, the interest rate increased to 5 percent, then the monthly principal and interest would increase to $1,718, and they would not qualify to buy the home. In fact, at this new interest rate, they would qualify to purchase only a $377,000 home (principal and interest of $1,595).

For this couple, a 1 percent increase resulted in a decreased purchase power of about 10.2 percent.

Scenario 2: Looking in Boulder

A couple would like to buy an average single-family home in Boulder, which costs about $1 million. They have about $200,000 (or 20 percent) saved as a down payment and meet with a lender, where they learn that they will need a jumbo loan, and that they qualify for a maximum principal and interest payment of $4,000 per month. (A jumbo loan is one that exceeds the conforming loan limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which, in Boulder County is $479,950.)

If the current interest rate is 4 percent, then their monthly principal and interest payment would be about $3,820, and they would be able to buy the house. (They could qualify up to $1,050,000 in the case of a bidding war.)

If, however, the interest rate increased to 5 percent, then the monthly principal and interest would increase to $4,295, and they would not qualify to buy the average home. In fact, at this new interest rate, they would qualify to purchase only a $945,000 home (principal and interest of $4,000).

For this couple, a 1 percent increase resulted in a decreased purchase power of 10 percent.

Price appreciation

The above scenarios consider only increasing interest rates. When you factor in price appreciation, which was roughly 15 percent last year for single-family homes in Boulder County, it increases the magnitude of lost purchasing power for buyers.

The Bottom Line

Many buyers in the Boulder Valley have felt a sense of urgency in the past several years, given the quickly appreciating housing market.  The prediction of increasing interest rates and, therefore, decreasing purchasing power, will likely add further pressure to buyers to purchase a home quickly before they are priced out of the homes they desire.

Jay Kalinski is broker/owner of Re/Max of Boulder.


Posted on February 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm
Bill Allen | Posted in Boulder Real Estate, Real Estate, Selling |

Wire Fraud: How To Protect Your Money

 

A hot topic in our office lately has been Wire Fraud. I put Wire Fraud in capital letters because it’s that important.  When the bad guys win, the buyer can lose hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars and it’s gone in a flash, never to be seen again.  So arm yourself with the knowledge to keep your money safe from the bad guys!

  • Wiring instructions should never be sent un-encrypted! If you are receiving wiring instructions from a title company that have not been sent encrypted, I would not wire funds without first verifying with your Realtor and/or the title company that you have the correct account information.
  • Be sure you are contacting the title company directly and with the correct contact information (not necessarily the number listed in the seemingly normal email you received) and not responding to a message regarding wiring of funds from an email that may have been fabricated in a spoofed email.  A good rule of thumb is to verify the contact information from your initial title commitment. You should never receive wiring instructions attached as a pdf or as the last page on a title commitment. This is not a safe practice. If you do, certainly don’t forward them.
  • Know who your closer is at the title company. First and last name and make sure they know you. If you have any questions, contact that person (or their assistants). These sneaky bad guys like to set up ‘offices’ with wrong phone numbers that answer your calls and tell you, “Oh your closer Sarah had an emergency and isn’t in today but I can connect you with Dave!” Except you’ve called some guy who wants to steal your down payment.
  • Another important note: If you receive an email that is encrypted – once you forward that email it loses the encryption – unless the receiver has the encryption software.
  • If your seller is having proceeds wired from the sale of their home, some closers want those wiring instructions at the closing table only and directly from the hands of the seller.  They will not accept a phone call or an email with those instructions, because ultimately they do not know if the phone call and/or email is legitimately coming from your seller.
  •  If you are a cash buyer, many title companies do require that those funds be wired prior to closing.
  • And as always, change your passwords regularly.

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm
Bill Allen | Posted in Real Estate |

Top 5 Things To Do On A Rainy (Or Snowy) Day

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Boulder loves that sunny weather. But what do you do when the heavens open up and rain (or snow) down upon you? Well, there is plenty to do!

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1. Hit the climbing gym – There are several clubs to choose from throughout Boulder, like Boulder Rock Club or Movement Climbing, all with different skill levels and obsticles. Even the kids can get in on the action at ABC Kids Climbing Gym. And if climbing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of standard gyms peppered around the city, including the YMCA of Boulder Valley just a short 15 minutes from downtown.

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2. Read a book – Most of us are surrounded by screens all day so why not go analog for a day and pick up a book? Boulder Library is a great place to find a new favorite author or if you’re looking for something to buy, my favorite book shop is The Boulder Bookstore. Three floors full of nooks and crannys to discover books new and used. 

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3. Visit your favorite local restaurant – Warm up with a warm bowl of soup at Two Spoons or a hot coffee at Ozo. There is seemingly no limit to the amount of great local restaurants to hide from the rainy weather. Snuggle up with your favorite person at The Black Cat or snack away with all your friends at The Med.

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4. Movie time! – A perfect rainy day activity! There’s always something interesting playing on one of their 16 screens. And on most wednesdays and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm the Cinemark theater plays old films throught their Classic Series. Singing in the Rain, Gone with the Wind, and even more modern classics like Animal House and the original Batman. Grab a popcorn, settle in and enjoy some classic entertainment!

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5. Play in the rain anyway! – Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays us from getting outdoors!


Posted on February 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm
Bill Allen | Posted in Uncategorized |

Tiny Homes and Housing Shortages

In the Washington Post last week, writer Emily Badger wrote about an interesting situation occuring in Los Angeles. Second units on single family lots are becoming increasingly popular in cities that have limited housing options with dramatically rising prices.

Those that were given permission to build won’t be given certificate of occupancy, therefore they can’t be added to public services, like the power grid. This has left some with living off of extention cords to the main house. All this after a lawsuit was brought against the city

Proponants say it can ease housing shortages and yeild more affordable houseing that won’t cost the city anything. It have help aging baby boomers and still-at-home millennials too.

Protesters say that these 2nd homes (LA’s rules stating can be no larger than 1200 sqft) change the feel of single family home neighborhoods. There will be too many people and less parking. They also fear more people in smaller homes would create a kind of affordable housing among expensive LA real estate.

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Can little homes solve housing problems in growing cities? Although the article didn’t mention Boulder, it did mention other quickly growing cities. Seattle, Portland and DC are all facing housing issues so that makes me wonder: Where does Boulder stand?


Posted on February 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm
Bill Allen | Posted in Real Estate |

Inventory Spike

I had to share this great article by the one and only Tom Kalinski here at Re/Max of Boulder. Enjoy!

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Significantly more homes became available for sale in June to the benefit of would-be Boulder County buyers looking for their next home, according to real estate statistics published by the Boulder Area Realtor® Association.

The jump in inventory is a welcome surprise in a real estate market marked by persistent low inventory and high demand.

The largest inventory increase – 36 percent – showed in condominiums and townhomes for sale in Boulder County in June 2016 with 117 units available compared to 86 in May.

Inventory for single-family homes improved 15.4 percent in June compared to May – 914 units versus 792 units.

The surge in inventory appears to be price related, notes Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association.

“The likely explanation for the significant inventory jump is that market pricing has reached a level that is moving sellers to enter the market,” said Hotard.

“It’s that combination of price point and life position. When they converge people make a move to sell,” he added.

With Boulder County’s ongoing tight supply of housing and continued high demand, Hotard calls the additional inventory “good news,” particularly in the condo/townhome market.

Even with June’s inventory increase, Boulder County residential real estate trends continue to see tight inventory, as well as month-over-month increases in sales and rising prices.

Single-family home sales countywide increased by 18.9 percent in June 2016 compared to last month – 523 units versus 440 – while sales of condominiums and townhomes grew by 34.4 percent month-over-month with 168 units sold over 125 units.

Meanwhile, prices continue to rise. Year-to-date, the city of Boulder’s average sales price eclipsed $1 million and median sales price exceeded $865,000.

But 2016 year-to-date sales continue to lag behind 2015.

In the first six months of 2016, sales of single-family homes in Boulder County fell 9 percent with 2,112 homes sold in 2,016 versus 2,322 in 2015. Condo and townhome sales dropped 20.8 percent with 626 units versus 791 units.

Looking forward, Hotard expects a continued increase of month-over-month sales through July, which he says, is not always the case. “Often there is a pullback beginning mid- to late-summer and certainly by September. With the additional inventory in the market, July is looking pretty good.”

Ongoing demand is fueled in part by population growth in Boulder County and statewide. Colorado was the second-fastest growing state in the U.S. between 2014 and 2015, according to recent population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

And Boulder County has additional draws.

Hotard noted the Boulder area’s “abundance of well-paying, desirable jobs with upward mobility” and continued low interest rates provide the ingredients to sustain a vibrant residential real estate market.

All of the demand adds emphasis to one persistent issue – the housing shortage.

“We need to urge community leaders to improve the supply of housing, affordable and market rate and encourage different types of housing products so people have more choice in the homes they live in and the lifestyles they choose,” Hotard said.

“It’s the one way to address the squeezing of our market and some of our potential buyers.”

 

Find the original article here: http://athomecolorado.com/inventory-spike-aids-home-buyers-heated-boulder-area-real-estate-market/


Posted on August 2, 2016 at 7:11 pm
Bill Allen | Posted in Uncategorized |

How to Buy a House in a Super Competitive Market

This is a great article written by Tyler Harman, who is a Los Angeles real estate agent focusing on the hottest and busiest areas of Los Angeles including Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Los Feliz, etc. I think his points conenside with Boulder's market as well. 


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When homes sell in minutes and accept offers way over list price, how do you stand a chance? I work in one of the most competitive markets in the country and have seen how frustrated buyers can become. After seeing a few horror stories myself, here are five tips that will help manage expectations (for both buyers and agents) and make their journey smoother and more enjoyable.

The Learning Curve
In this new age of technology, buyers are drowning in information and starving for wisdom. The majority of buyers I work with today have done their homework, but unfortunately, they did all the work before the first day of class. As a buyer, you need to learn how to utilize your agent, your lender, your inspectors, etc., to get the information and guidance you need. Now, this isn’t to say you can’t get to the finish line all by yourself, but you’re going to wind up with a lot more gray hairs.

Obsession with Comps
In the market where I work (Los Angeles), I separate my buyer clients into two categories: New buyers and veteran buyers. A new buyer will ask questions like, “What are the comparable sales in this area?” “Isn’t that house overpriced?” “What do you think it will sell for?” New buyers want to know the exact “fair market value” of a home and not pay a penny over that amount.

A veteran buyer will ask questions like, “What do the sellers need from us?” and “What will it take to get this home?” They’ve gone through the romance of the process, written offers, and lost many times before. They’re tired of playing “arts and crafts” (writing offers) and ready to actually buy a home.

At the end of the day, one of these people will end up with a new house. The other will end up with an appraisal. Which one would you rather have?

Leverage Your Agent
As a buyer, your agent might know the listing agent and have insight about how they operate. Even though the seller is calling the shots, the agent will find ways to add their flavor to the negotiations. Every agent has his strong suit, so make sure you leverage it as a buyer.

For example: Are they good at numbers and finance? Have them use that skill when writing offers and communicating that value with the other side. Are they funny and likeable? Make sure they’re on the phone with the other side as much as possible building a relationship. It really isn’t about “playing hardball.” All things being equal, people do business with people they like.

Oh, and let’s talk about the “Listing Agent Groupies.” These are buyers who go straight to the listing agent. It sounds good because the agent gets a big incentive to “double end” the deal and increase their income. But just so you know, the agent’s allegiance is to their seller. Also, in a competitive market, you’ll find fewer and fewer listing agents who want to represent a buyer.

My advice: Find an agent you trust and would like to represent you throughout the entire process.

The Disappearing Price Range
In a very hot market, you can almost see the prices moving upwards. For example, in 2014, an online brokerage named Eagle Rock, Los Angeles the No. 2 most popular neighborhood in the entire country. Later that year, we heard people say things like, “One of the last homes under $500,000.” As you might imagine, that home didn’t stay on the market very long and probably sold for well over $500,000.

If that was your budget, you were an “endangered species” and would soon find yourself completely priced out of the market. When that happens, you either raise your budget or you find a new place to look.

Expect Issues during Your Transaction
When it comes to buying and selling real estate, there is one thing that I am sure of: there will be issues. I can almost guarantee that at one point of the transaction, the whole thing will be hanging by a thread. This is very common and is almost expected. (You’ve been warned.) Just like on an airplane, keep your seatbelt buckled because there will be turbulence. When things get bumpy, look to your agent for advice or even to simply hear someone say that everything is going to be OK.

Now, you might hear other agents talk about a smooth transaction, but just know that phrase is relative. A smooth transaction to a real estate agent might be a deal that closes and the house is still standing afterwards. Your definition might be a little different.

Obviously there are a million other tips that we could go into about buying in a competitive market, but the main takeaways here are to be reasonable, roll with the punches, and work together with your agent. Most agents live and breathe real estate, so hold them close as your most valuable resource.


Check out more great articles like this one at http://blog.rismedia.com/


Posted on July 5, 2016 at 4:27 pm
Bill Allen | Posted in Boulder Real Estate |

Boulder County Appreciation

Mike Malec is a great realtor in our office who wrote this article for our Re/Max of Boulder Website so I thought I would share it here as well. 


We all know the market is hot right now, but what do we do with that knowledge?  How do we advise our buyers and sellers?  These questions were raised at a recent office meeting and I found some interesting trends in the data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Home Purchase Index (HPI) that illuminate our recent market appreciation and it’s relation to past periods of market appreciation.

The HPI data is for all of Boulder County and is comprised of paired sales drawn from all of the appraisals done on conforming, conventional mortgages on single family homes.  This means we’re looking at the sale of the same home over time, so we truly are comparing apples to apples.   This data does not include any attached home sales or data from VA, FHA or Jumbo mortgages.

Here’s the chart with a logarithmic scale that displays the same percentage changes in values with the same vertical scale regardless of value, so that a period of 50% appreciation in home values will have the same vertical height on the chart without regard to the starting and ending values.  I used the average sales price for a single family home in Boulder County at the end of 2015, and used the FHFA data to take that average home back in time to its value in 1978.

 

Many things struck me about this chart.  The consistency of our periods of major appreciation in both slope and length of time.  The fact that the intervening periods really didn’t see major depreciation.  The fact that we really didn’t see any sustained major depreciation for any period going back to 1978 in Boulder County.  The fact that most of our periods of stronger appreciation last about 48 months.

One of the things I keep hearing lately is how unprecedented our current market strength is.  While the buyer frenzy for the few properties on the market may be unprecedented, the appreciation rates we’re currently seeing match nicely with the periods of appreciation we saw from 1978-1982, 1990-1994, and 1997-2001.  I was very surprised how well the green lines in the chart above matched the length and slope of the three preceding periods of strong appreciation. All of these 48 month periods saw appreciation that rose between 51.8% – 54.1%. This is interesting as our current period of appreciation started in 2013 and so far, values have gone up 32.9%.  This tells me we can still expect about 19-20% more appreciation in home values before the cycle ends.  This also tells me we’re likely to see strong appreciation into early 2017 assuming the same 48 month pattern holds true for this uptick in the market.

 The lack of any real downturns in the chart was also interesting.  There were two times when you could have lost money if you bought at the very peak of the market and then had to sell within the next 3 years, Q2 1982 when we saw a 9.7% downturn and Q1 2009 when we saw a 3.4% downturn.  One time, Q2 1987, if you bought and had to sell within the next year you would have lost 1.43%.  Other than those times, it’s been hard to point to any time in the chart where values have dropped dramatically.  In fact, if you bought a property and held it for 6 years or more, there has never been a time in this dataset that you would have lost money.

 So what will it mean when this current cycle ends?  I don’t think that means we’ll see depreciation, just a lessening in the rate of appreciation that will lead to a flatter period of still positive but small appreciation rates.  I’ve heard many times before that the longer the flat period, the greater the rise at the start of the next cycle.  Since our upturns have been very consistent without regard to the previous flat period, I’m not sure I believe in that assessment.  I think the consistency in the upturns has more to do with equity appreciation and wage gains.  The purchasing power of the buyers builds up until there is a breakout but can only be sustained for so long before that buying power has to be recharged.

The one thing that could throw this whole analysis out the window is the potentially changing nature of our market.  Has our market fundamentally changed?  If it has, an analysis comparing the current market to past patterns is doomed.  Buyers have definitely become more informed through the use of the internet, but I don’t think that has fundamentally changed the way the market appreciates.  The one change that I see that probably has started to fundamentally change our market and will continue to change it is the build-out of Boulder County.  All of the past appreciation periods occurred in times when more homes could be built, a new home relief valve on accumulating demand.  We’re not built-out yet, but that day is on the horizon and assuming Boulder County remains the desirable place to be that it is now, this change will be dramatic and will finalize the supply side of the equation forever.


 


Posted on June 9, 2016 at 5:15 pm
Bill Allen | Posted in Boulder Real Estate |

Why Boulder? – Top Five Coffee Shops

Here at Re/Max of Boulder, we love our coffee. There's a lot of hard working agents who work long hours so we need our coffee! I don't speak for everybody here but from my own Boulder coffee experience, I'm going to share my top 5 favorite coffee shops in Boulder!

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1.Ozo Coffee – Ozo has two locations but I love the most walkable one located at Pearl and 10th. They seem to really care about coffee. Once, the barista remade my quad-cortato because he said he wasn't happy with the pulls. Coffee pride! They also offer lots of yummy treats, including my favorite cheat day treat, Mame's Burritos.

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2. The Laughing Goat – Bring your laptop/poetry book/text books, grab your favorite coffee and settle in for a heavy work session, a relaxing break,  or maybe some live music. It's my favorite when the weather is nice and there's a seat outside.

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3. The Cup – A Boulder classic. Always bustling with activity, especially in the summer when they stay open late. My very first coffee in Boulder was at The Cup on a snowy/rainy day back in 2009 and I'm still coming back for more.

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4. Amante – Nice coffee, intimate and usually pretty quiet. Except when any kind of cycling or soccer tournament anywhere in the world then it's standing room only with screaming fans from all over the world. Either way, good times are had!

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5. Boxcar – This busy little shop inside Cured is great for a quick cup or grab a seat and a pastry for a lovely European style breakfast. The coffee is consistently named the best in Boulder and you can't beat the fact that afterwards, you can buy some local goat cheese and jamon just steps away at the Cured counter.


Posted on May 30, 2016 at 5:06 pm
Bill Allen | Posted in Why Boulder? |

Why Boulder? – Top 10 Hikes, Bikes and Strolls

With over 300 days of sunshine, it's no surprise that most Boulderites want to spend their time out of doors. So I've compiled the top 10 hikes, bike trips and (for those like myself that are less physically inclined) leisurely strolls in and around Boulder.

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1.Hike Flagstaff Mountain – This hike is steep with tons of switchbacks and crossing the road a handful of times. This doesn't stop it from being one of the busiest  trails in Boulder. Start early though and you will have less car/people traffic to slow you down. At the top are restrooms, picnic tables and the amphitheater.

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2. Hike Full Mesa Trail – Rock formations, thick forest and amazing views make these 7 miles a treat. But be forewarned, it's an end to end hike so unless you want to turn right back around and do another 7 miles, arrange for a pick up or something. It's mostly shaded by forest but be prepared for the beginning and end, as they can be quite sunny. Don't forget the sunscreen!

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3. Hike Mount Sanitas Mountain – A popular hike in Boulder not only because it's a relativity easy hike (with the exceptions of the large areas of high steps up, up, and up!) but it's also the trailhead is located close into town. Beautiful views and especially green and full of flowers in the spring time. Like all hikes, start early to beat the traffic!

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4. Ride NCAR Hill – This bike ride is a classic climb that's short and close to town which is why it's so popular. Only about 30 minutes long for slow-pokes like me and with amazing views, who wouldn't want to try it at least once?

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5. Ride Flagstaff Mountain –  A beautiful and quite challenging ride but a must if your fit and willing. Amazing views,  challenging and coming back down with the wind in your hair make it all worth while.  You can stop once you make it to the amphitheater or keep going for another 4+ miles that might just bust a lung. Either way, you're a better cyclist than me! But I'm not kidding when I say you need to fit. This ride was the 2012 USPro Cycling Challenge Stage 6 Finish and it can be a doozy. Not just from the sheer effort but also you need to keep your wits about you for passing cars and other bikes. Stay safe!

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6.Ride Nelson Loop – Starting on 36 (that has wide shoulder making it bike friendly) then turning onto Nelson where there are much fewer cars and you truly feel far away from any city. Great for novice riders who want to try a solid half-day ride.

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7. Stroll to Dushanbe – Pearl Street is a given in Boulder with it's funky yet old town feel but I like to tell people to to take a left on 13th and head to Central Park and arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in Boulder, The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House. Have a pot of tea, a light snack then head into the park. On a warm day you'll see families picnicking, hula-hoopers, teen hanging out, kids playing and one or two people playing guitar. Never a dull moment!

bouldercreek8. Stroll Boulder Creek Path – Just north of CU campus meanders a lovely crick (did I mention I was from the south?) that moves throughout Boulder. Someone smart decided that they should build a path that follows the creek and it makes for a lovely stroll, especially in the summer when a little breeze off the water can really cool things off. If you wish to dip your toes in the water, just make sure it's low enough as the current can be strong and even deadly during certain times of year.

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9. Stroll through campus – Especially in the fall, when Colorado dishes out some beautiful colors, the campus at University of Colorado is a great place to wander with a hot cup of coffee and appreciation for some of the older buildings in the city, like the "Old Main", the first building built for CU in 1876.

boulder-public-library10. But the few days when the weather is poor, snowing/sleeting, raining, too windy to even open your eyes, do what I do and hit our wonderful library, get a few tapas and a glass of wine at The Med or while away the hours at one of our great coffee shops like Ozo or The Cup. You really can't go wrong!

So get out of the house as the weather turns warm again and enjoy Beautiful Boulder!


Posted on May 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm
Bill Allen | Posted in Why Boulder? |