2015: A Banner Year for CLR!

2015 was a banner year for luxury real estate at Colorado Landmark, Realtors!

Our agents closed on both the highest residential sale and the highest price per square foot sale in Boulder, proving that we are true “market makers”.

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Our clients appreciate Colorado Landmark’s one-on-one approach, designed to market each unique property skillfully for a seamless experience from beginning to end. That’s what luxury service is all about: establishing trust, matching qualified buyers with sellers, and removing the barriers to a successful transaction.

We are proud to be members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International, and look forward to another successful year in 2016 representing the best clients and most distinctive properties in Boulder.

Best wishes to all for a fantastic 2016!

What Today’s Buyers Are Looking For In A Home

What is most important to buyer’s nowadays? Check out a list of some of the top things Millennials tend to look for in a home.
Quality of Neighborhood: According to The National Association of Realtor’s 2012 Profile of Buyers and Sellers, neighborhoods/environments have become increasingly important to buyers when looking to purchase a home.
Travel Convenience to Job: Millennials are now choosing to buy homes that offer more work-life balance and less time spent commuting and/or sitting in traffic. The closer to work, the better!
Quality of School Systems: A recent survey by Realtor.com revealed that almost 45% of today’s buyers are willing to pay a premium for highly-rated, quality schools.
15 Year Worthy:  Today’s buyers expect to stay in their home close to 15 years. Finding a home that supports their lifestyles as they grow and evolve through that time period has become extremely important.
Mortgage: Getting a mortgage can be quite challenging, especially in today’s strict credit environment. Considering homes below what they may qualify for has become more of a priority for buyer’s in order to UP the loan to value ratio.
Energy Efficiency: Today, buyers are showing much more interest in energy saving features. A recent survey from the National Association of Homebuilders revealed that 94% of home buyers wanted energy-star rated appliances, 91% wanted energy-star rating for the entire home, 89% wanted energy-star rated windows and 88% wanted ceiling fans.
Open Floor Plans: Open, spacious rooms allow for great entertaining and thus, more time spent with friends and family members.
High Ceilings:  Taller ceilings offer more aesthetic appeal to a home, but also provide better air circulation and more natural light than homes with lower ceilings.
Technology: Technology continues to advance, more and more buyers today are looking for homes that are “technologically equipped.” Homes with far more technological amenities seem to speak more to buyer’s than other home features.

 

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To Pack or Not To Pack?

Ever wonder which items should be packed, which items should be shipped and which items should stay with you during the move? And what about a “last in, first out” box? What should go in that? We have all this covered for you! A few more moving and packing tips to keep you organized:

Items that should not be packed: Arrange for other transportation for the following items. If you are traveling by car, you can take some of them with you. Otherwise, you can send them via UPS, USPS, FedEx, or other reputable shipper of your choice. Be sure you understand how to track the shipment and definitely purchase enough insurance to cover the replacement cost of all items.

  • Valuable jewelry
  • Furs
  • Irreplaceable photos
  • Family heirlooms
  • Coin or stamp collections

Items to keep with you: If you are traveling by car, keep the below items in a single box or two that can be brought into your hotel room each night during transit. If you are flying to your new home, pack them in a carry-on bag. Lock your carry-on after clearing security–and do not check this bag!

  • Relocation information for your new area from your Realtor.
  • Automobile ownership records.
  • Insurance policies
  • Medical records
  • Prescriptions: two weeks supply of all medications should be available.
  • Personal documents including birth certificates and passports.
  • Employment records
  • Most recent 2 years of tax returns.
  • Social security cards and records.
  • School and immunization records.
  • Spare car keys and house keys for your new home.
  • All credit cards
  • Checkbooks for all accounts
  • Chargers for cellphones, laptops, and other electronic equipment.
  • Personal phone book or electronic organizer
  • A folder for all your move-related travel expenses, including: fuel, lodging and meals.

The “Last in, First out” Box: This box can travel in the moving truck, but should be the first box out. It will help you being to set up your new home as the rest of your belongings are coming off the truck.

  • Linens for as many beds as you will be using on your first night, or sleeping bags for everyone.
  • Small tool kit with hammer, pliers, and screw drivers.
  • Scissors and box cutters.
  • Large trash bags.
  • A few rolls of toilet paper.
  • 1-2 rolls of paper towels.
  • Light bulbs.
  • Extension cords.
  • First aid kit and supplies.
  • Paper cups, plates, and napkins as well as plastic utensils.
  • Pre-moistened hand towels, cleaning cloths and hand sanitizer.
  • Aspirin and bottled water.

That is a lot of organization! But each step will set you up for success in your new home. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the checklist series!

Rent or Buy?

The decision to purchase a home is one that many find overwhelming, especially if they are currently renting. The best thing to do is to investigate your options. Start by using this calculator to help you compare the costs of renting to the costs of buying a home. Since there are all kinds of forces at work behind the scenes (interest, property taxes, tax savings, appreciation, opportunity costs, closing costs, selling costs, etc.), comparing the cost of renting to the cost of buying is a lot more complicated than just comparing the monthly mortgage payment to the monthly rent payment.This calculator attempts to forecast the net effects of all the hidden forces so you can make an informed decision.

After The Move

Trying to settle into your new home can be chaotic, and trying to remember everything that needs to be done can feel impossible! We want you to feel calm, comfortable and confident in your new home as soon as possible, so we have created a checklist for all the tasks to be accomplished after your move.

After The Move:

  • Immediately change locks on all the doors of your new residence–you never know who may have a key!
  • Change all alarm codes, garage codes, etc. Once again, you never know who may already have the existing code!
  • Check with the sanitation department to see if you can recycle your moving boxes.
  • Update  your driver’s license.
  • Register your vehicles at your new address.
  • Change your voter registration.
  • Get license tags for your pets, if required in your new community. Remember that here in Boulder county, licenses are for each calendar year, NOT one year from issuance.
  • Install new batteries in all security devices, smoke and carbon detectors.
  • If moving into Colorado from another state: Get your automobile(s) emissions test(s) completed. Colorado requires an emissions test before you can get your new license plates.
  • If you are moving to a different county within Colorado: Notify the state as you may be required to get new license plates.
  • Notify friends of any new email addresses as well as your new postal address.
  • Send new email addresses to email lists, e-zines, and digital newsletters.

Good luck, and make sure to take the time to begin enjoying your beautiful new home!

Planning Your Move–Part 5

We have reached the end! For those who started back with Step 1, here are the final pieces of the moving checklist to help set you up for success in your new home:

Two weeks before the move:

  • Find your instruction manuals and warranties for all appliances and items that will be left behind for the new owners.
  • Schedule the post-move cleaning service (if required in your home sale agreement) and arrange for access with a neighbor if you won’t be there to let the cleaners in.
  • Clean out the trunk of your car so that it is ready to accept suitcases and boxes of special documents.
  • Schedule pick-up for items that you were unable to sell or dispose of.
  • Give away houseplants that you will not be taking with you in the car.
  • Arrange for homeowner’s or renter’s insurance prior to closing on your new home, or the start of your new lease.

In the final week before the move:

  • Pick up all laundry and dry cleaning.
  • Perform final yard work and drain all power equipment of oil and gas. Cut the grass for the new homeowners!
  • Check the attic, garage and crawl space for any items that may have been overlooked.
  • Back up important computer files.
  • Return all rented videos.
  • Return digital or set-top boxes to the cable company, if required by your contract.
  • Return leased DSL or high-speed cable modems, if required by your contract.
  • Empty your safe deposit box, and pack those items in the box that will accompany you in the car.
  • Prepare the “load last, unload first box.”
  • Designate a spot in the kitchen to leave the keys, garage door openers, appliance manuals and warranty folder for the new owners or tenants.

Lastly, don’t forget to take a deep breath and enjoy your adventure! The stress is temporary, and the feeling of settling into your new home will be well worth all your effort!

Next week, we will cover some things that you should do immediately after your move to continue your smooth sailing!

Planning Your Move–Part 4

For those of you following our “Planning Your Move Series”, we are in the final stretch before your move is final! Step 3 took you to one month out, and now we start tackling everything that you need to do in your last month at your current home.

Three weeks before you move:

  • Hold a moving/estate sale.
  • Pick up a Change of Address Kit at the Post Office, or go to usps.com and schedule your address change online.
  • Send change of address information to:
  • o Accountant.
    o Credit card companies.
    o Insurance agents.
    o Magazines and other periodicals.
    o Video, DVD and other media subscriptions.
    o Your car dealer, if your car is still under warranty.
    o Lawyer.
    o Brokerage house or investment firm.
    o Your current employer’s 401-K administrator (for rollover
    information).
    o Your current employer’s HR Department (for W-2 forms
    at year end).
    o Alumni associations.
  • Give notice to:
  • o Schools.
    o Health club.
    o Church or Synagogue.
    o Book club.
    o Volunteer and service organizations.
    o Condominium or homeowners association.
    o Cancel newspaper subscriptions.
    o Return all library books, videos.
  • Cancel services such as lawn care, snow removal, pest control and milk/water delivery.

You’re almost there! Next week we will cover the last part of the checklist that needs to be completed before your big move!

 

Featured Home #28

Our next featured home is 4742 W. 105th Way in Legacy Ridge. This beautiful five bedroom, 4 bathroom home features two stair cases, an attached three car garage, and an open floor plan. Hardwood floors and granite tops round out the beautiful kitchen which includes an in-island gas range.

This home not only backs to walking trails, but also boasts a beautiful, professionally landscaped yard and patio area with a lovely water feature. The unfinished ment is waiting for your personal touch to create your perfect dream home!

For more information about this lovely home, please contact Scott Ripmaster at 970-708-0444 or sripmaster@coloradolandmark.com

Featured Home #29

Our second featured home is a real Boulder treasure! 335 Grape Lane was recently built with a timeless aesthetic using only the finest materials. This shingle-style home is truly a one-of-a-kind gem in the coveted Newlands Subdivision. The home and lot are perfectly set at the end of a private drive on a nearly half acre lot abutting Mount Sanitas Open Space. Enjoy incredible city and mountain views, lots of privacy and beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces!

This beautiful, private home is near North Boulder Park, Ideal Market and Pearl Street. The location is convenient, yet feels a world apart! 

For more information on this amazing estate, please contact Steve Remmert at 303-302-8812 or steve@steveremmert.com

Featured Home #30

Our first home to be featured is a true Colorado Landmark. The Yellow Barn has been designated a Historical Landmark, and was originally the Allen Farm in the 1880’s. Autumn Hill Farm is the premier equestrian facility in 3 counties, including Boulder County. Nestled neatly against the Foothills just five miles north of Boulder, Autumn Hill Farm features a large indoor arena, facilities and training for more than 40 boarders, and currently specializes in Dressage. It is also grandfathered for 48 shows a year.

Located at 9417 Foothills Parkway, this beautiful property has 2 homes and and additional building site suitable for a home up to 9,300 square feet. Breathtaking views, 3 ponds and easy access to riding trails are all part of the 97 acre property.

For more information regarding this beautiful property, please contact Mara Yehl at 303-579-6879 or mara@coloradolandmark.com