Free Pop Up Shop – For Anyone Impacted By the Marshal Fire

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Marshall Fire Free Pop Up with Live Music!
This Saturday, January 22nd from 1-4pm
At Colorado Landmark, Realtors Niwot Office
136 2nd Avenue, Niwot 80503

We are honored and humbled by the generosity of our incredible community and has been collecting donations of all kinds across our offices. We want to connect these donations with anyone impacted by the fire.

In partnership with Deborah Read Fowler Real Estate on Saturday from 1-4pm. Join us for live music, cookies, cocoa and community. Shop for free, take what you need or for those you know.

Anyone displaced or on behalf of those displaced come pop in and shop.

Marshall Fire Resources

We have complied a list of resources from our clients, friends and the community. You will find many resources below as well advice from a homeowner whose entire home was swept away in the 2013 floods. 


Resources

 

INSURANCE 

United Policyholders, it is a 501(c) (3) (non-profit) that offers advocacy for those affected in dealing with their insurance companies.  www.Uphelp.org

Recommended first steps to fire insurance here.
What to ask your adjuster? Tips here.

RENTAL PROPERTIES

Boulder Area Rental Housing Association BARHA
https://www.barhaonline.org/available-properties-for-displaced-tenants/ 

LOCAL CONGRESSMEN

If you have any questions about assistance or need help replacing any federal documents, please call Joe Neguse’s office at 303-335-1045

TRANSIT

Marshall Fire-Related Transportation and Transit Resources
https://www.bouldercounty.org/transportation/multimodal/marshall-fire-transit/
For any questions please reach out Andrea Meneghel, andreameneghel@boulderchamber.com

HOME INSPECTION

Please contact Scott Home Inspection for discounts to any homeowners whose homes were in the fire zone and is still  standing https://scotthomeinspection.com/ 

SMOKE REMEDIATION & ENVIRONMENTAL

Jeanine Humphrey Certify IAQ Pros, 303-995-7015. She was very informative and can test the homes for VOC,  Formaldehyde and for particulates.

Don Humphrey at RDA Environmental 720-238-2417. They deal with all sorts of contamination issues, and I have found  them to be reasonably prices.

More tips on Smoke Remediation here.

FEMA

Those with uninsured or underinsured losses should apply for assistance with FEMA by visiting DisasterAssistance.Gov; calling  1-800-621-3362; or downloading the FEMA app.

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf 

** The more people register to FEMA in the community, the more funding the  community will receive… please apply**

**NOT TO TOUCH/DIG THOUGH THE ASH FOOTPRINT, IT MAY IMPACT YOUR ABILITY TO GET PROPER FUNDING**

When applying, it’s helpful to have the following information available:

  • Address of the dwelling/structure where the damage occurred; Current mailing address; Current telephone number; Insurance information; Total household annual income; Social Security number; Routing and account number for checking or savings account; and A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

           

The Boulder Chamber and Northwest Chamber Alliance‘s Fire Emergency Response and Recovery Resources

Boulder Chamber’s Fire Emergency Response and Recovery Resources 

Northwest Chamber Alliance Provides a list of resources HERE.

  • General Resources
  • For Your Business
  • For Your Workplace
  • To Offer Support
  • Restaurant Offers
  • COVID-19 Resources

Advice For Those Who May Have Suffered the Loss of a Home

The following information was put together by a homeowner whose entire home was swept away in the  2013 floods. It offers valuable advice for those who may have suffered the tragic loss of a home in the  Marshall fire.

SHELTER – find somewhere as fast as you can that will give you some stability and peace. The sooner you can “settle” without  bouncing around friends, the better. If possible, rent for 6 mos minimum.

INSURANCE – file asap. There will be a long queue, better to get to the front of the line. Be prepared to be incredibly persistent  and fight when necessary. Hopefully, depending on your situation, you will have coverage and the sooner you know what that  looks like the sooner you can start to assess your options for the longer term. Depending on your insurance situation you may  have options for reimbursement on basic living expenses (hotel, clothing etc.) during this immediate phase. Keep receipts for  everything. When in doubt, just keep the receipt.

FIND A FRIEND WHO IS YOUR “REPRESENTATIVE”. Make them the contact person to triage all the inbound offers of help from  everyone else who wants to help you. Trust me, there will be lots of offers. Have your representative help you come up with a  list of basic needs for living, clothing sizes etc. This will give folks some clear direction on how to help you.

CASH IS KING. Believe me it’s the weirdest thing to accept money but we did and you should. Cash and gift cards help most  vs hand me downs. But you will need both so breathe in and out and say thank you. You might know what you need for the  next few days but not the next few weeks and months. Encourage your representative to suggest cash and gift cards as they  will offer the most flexibility but take what is offered and pass on what you don’t think you’ll need.

PEOPLE WILL WANT TO HELP. People you don’t know, never will know. Accept it. It’s weird and strange but this is community,  this is love. You will see the best in humans and it will bring out the best in yourselves. Thank them, don’t feel guilty. One  day you’ll pay it forward and in the meantime it will give you great comfort.

CATALOG EVERY LOST ITEM: As soon as you’re ready, try to build a list of every item you’ve lost. I mean EVERY item. You  may or may not need it for insurance. You will want it for taxes as you’ll be filing a casualty loss.

APPLY FOR EVERYTHING The Boulder Community Foundation and other organizations will set up grants. Apply for everything. Friends can apply for programs on your behalf. We got $300 from a church I’ve never been to and $1,000 from Oscar Blues.  Every bit helps. This will take some time before these things are available but you will want to be plugged in to the City of  Louisville / Superior so you can go to the meetings which will talk about options for grants, rebuilding etc. etc. These  meetings aren’t easy as the need will be great but being smart about this will help you.

STAY HOPEFUL FOR FEMA. Biden has declared the Marshall Fire a federal disaster but not yet for individual personal property  loss. This is still possible as they continue to survey the damage and would be helpful as it opens federal support, including up  to $35,500 in FEMA aid. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

IF YOUR NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE. FIND SOMEONE. If you need to scream, scream. This is a loss. A real loss you should not  feel guilty for or minimize. Grieve how you need. If you normally make quick decisions on big things. Do. If you don’t, give  yourself time. If you’re lost, be kind to yourself and give yourself time. Your ideas about what you want to do will change.

MORTGAGE – if you have one, call your mortgage company. Some will be prepared to work with you to temporarily payments  while you sort things out. Your options here can vary widely so definitely be making this call right away. It will also help that  FEMA has made the designation to offer assistance (this means something to national mortgage companies) as of today.


Recommended GO Bag Contents

What we wish we would have known in case of an emergency.  Recommendations on how to pack a GO bag here.


From our hearts to yours, this community will inspire the world with our resilience. Please reach out for any needs or assistance. 

 

Colorado Landmark Holiday Events

It’s the season of giving and holiday cheer! Join us for these exciting events below, and fill the beginning of your winter with joy.

2021 Downtown Niwot Holiday Magic; Three Festivities

11.26: Enchanted Evening – Tree Lighting Ceremony 

11.27: Holiday Parade – Santa at the Grange 

12.4 and 12.11 Holiday Market – Grange and Around Town 


Grand Opening for the Louisville Office

Friday, December  3rd from 4-6pm

Join us for an Open House before the Louisville Parade of Lights Parade. Come celebrate with light snacks and beverages.


Gingerbread House Decorating Competition for Cake 4 Kids

Competition for families on Sunday, December 12th 

Three categories: Most creative decorating, Best use of candy, and most unusual decorations

Prizes for the winners 

Event is free, but requesting donations $50+ for Cake 4 Kids 


 

Thanksgiving in Boulder

It’s ramping up to be a wonderful holiday season here in sunny Boulder. The gorgeous fall weather and colors are all around us and turkey day is already next week!

If you’re needing some help in the kitchen this year, or craving something special from one of your favorite spots, check out this great list from the Boulder, Colorado website. They have also included some great ideas for the whole family to enjoy if you’re looking for activities around town.


Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day

Hotel Boulderado Thanksgiving Buffet
Seasonally prepared buffet and dessert menu on the historic mezzanine.

Boulder Cork
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Open 12-7pm.

Chautauqua Dining Hall
Open, special holiday menu.

The Corner Bar at Hotel Boulderado
Full menu and Thanksgiving specials. Open 11am-8pm.

Frank’s Chophouse
Open, special holiday menu.

Greenbriar Inn
Traditional Thanksgiving buffet. Open 11:30a-7pm (reservations required).

Jill’s Restaurant at St. Julien Hotel and Spa
Thanksgiving Day buffet 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm.

The Kitchen
Open noon-8pm.

Salt Bistro
Open noon-7pm.

Spruce Farm and Fish at Hotel Boulderado
Full menu and Thanksgiving specials. Open 7am-8pm.

Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Take-Out

Zolo Grill Throwback Pop-Up at Centro Mexican Kitchen
Ready-to-heat trays of Zolo’s classic enchiladas, banana cream pies and large-format cocktails for pre- or post-Thanksgiving Day feastin’. Order   here.

Smoked Thanksgiving Turkeys from West End Tavern
Whole smoked turkeys, cranberry sauce, brown gravy, pumpkin pie and cocktails. Order   here.

Holiday Sides & Raw Bar Platters from Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
Large-format dishes for takeout, including lobster mac and cheese, crawfish gumbo and steamed PEI mussels. Jax is closed on Thanksgiving but will be open the day before and after. Order   here.


Events

Trevor Hall at Boulder Theater
Fri. and Sat., Nov. 26 and 27, 2021, 8pm
Come hear this singer-songwriter in his element at the intimate and historic  Boulder TheaterTicket prices vary.
St. Nick on the Bricks
Fri., Nov. 26 and Sat., Nov. 27, 2021, 11am-2pm
On the Pearl Street Mall in historic downtown Boulder, kids of all ages can visit with Santa during  St. Nick on the Bricks. Have your camera ready!
Friday Night Jazz at Hotel Boulderado
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021, 5-8pm
Enjoy some live jazz in Hotel Boulderado’s historic lobby lounge. Try cocktails and food from a special happy hour menu. More details here.
New Something Fridays At Supermoon
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021, 10pm-2am
Dance all that holiday feasting off at  Supermoon, featuring organic house music and blissful beats.
Fresh Air Friday
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021
Free access to all 41 Colorado state parks on  Fresh Air Friday, including  Eldorado Canyon State Park, just 15 minutes from Boulder.
Find Freezie Bingo
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021
Head to downtown Boulder and visit participating businesses for  Find Freezie Bingo.  Find enough “Freezie” plush snowmen and be entered to win a $25 gift card.
The Song of the Lorax at Dairy Arts Center
Fri., Nov. 26 and Sat. Nov. 27, 2021
Watch and learn from this immersive, multi-media show, including original live music performed by the Ivalas String Quartet, a forest sound installation, spoken word and photography by conservation photographer T.J. Watt.  Tickets and more details here. 
Yoga Pearl’s Small Business Saturday Market
Sat., Nov. 27, 2021, 10am-5pm
Shop from local makers, creators and small businesses in  Yoga Pearl‘s studio. A percentage of sales will be going to BIPOC holistic wellness.

Things to Do

Hike
After you’ve had enough pie and need to get up and move, explore Boulder’s vast trail system. Here are 5 great winter trails, although the weather over the Thanksgiving holiday is as likely to be sunny as it is snowy. Find more trails here.
Snow Much Fun Light Displays
Nov. 21, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022
During Snow Much Fun, more than 275,000 colorful LED lights illuminate Boulder’s Civic Area, next to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and throughout downtown Boulder, including all along historic Pearl Street. Each year there are fun, themed light displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane). Grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy a wonder-filled stroll outside. This year, also enjoy warm refreshments, seasonal caroling, free train rides around the park, and self-guided tours each Friday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17, 2021, 5-7pm in the Civic Plaza next to the Boulder Dushane Teahouse.
Sign Up for a Race
Wake up early for the 2021 Boulder Thanksgiving Day 5K and earn your dinner while doing some good. A donation from all race proceeds will go to Boulder’s Harvest of Hope Pantry. There is also an opportunity to donate non-perishable packaged and canned foods on the morning of the event.
Play a Round of Family Disc Golf
Boulder has a great disc golf course with beautiful Flatirons views that could be the scene of a fun, new family tradition. All you need is a frisbee and yourselves. The course is located off Valmont Road, across the street from the amazing Valmont Bike Park (another great option that even has a toddler course).

Shopping

Small Business Saturday
Nov. 27, 2021
Shopping local is the Boulder way, and Small Business Saturday is a great day to do so. Head to Pearl Street, where historic buildings are filled with boutiques and indie shops, plus cute eateries, bookstores, and coffee shops. Holiday lights will be twinkling overhead. Don’t forget to explore “off the bricks” on West Pearl and East Pearl, too.
Twenty Ninth Street 
Twenty Ninth Street is an outdoor center with amazing views of the Flatirons (spectacular when dusted in snow) and plenty of popular national retailers such as Anthropologie, H&M, Apple, Sephora and Nordstrom Rack that are sure to have great Black Friday deals.
Shop the Makers
Boulderites are a creative bunch, and their wares make perfect holiday gifts. On East Pearl Street (between 17th and 21st streets), you’ll find Angie Star (handmade jewelry) and Sherpani (bags designed in Boulder). Elsewhere on Pearl are emporiums that house several local makers under one roof: R Gallery & Art Bar and Art Mart.

2022 Economy Will Continue Recovery, but Issues Remain

By LISA KLEIN

The pandemic caused a very short economic downturn unlike any other, and while the globe bounced back quickly, the manufacturing and service sectors lag behind.

Affluent individuals generally benefitted from the COVID-19 economy but are also feeling the fallout in terms of what they are able to buy and do, which is a trend that is expected to continue into 2022.

“No matter how much money they had, they couldn’t spend money on the kind of high-touch, close-contact services that many of them were accustomed to, that had sort of been built into their lives,” said Marci Rossell, chief economist for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World,®  during Luxury Portfolio International’s 2021 Affluence Forum.

 

Highs and Lows

In the spring of 2020, entire countries closed down and were forced to continue to restrict their restaurant, travel and hospitality sectors. Manufacturing and shipping, too, had to hold back thanks to COVID-19, and mass layoffs were seen across numerous industries.

Naturally, the global economy was not immune either, but the downturn it saw was different than a usual recession.

“What made it different than other downturns is that it came from outside the economy and moved in rather than inside the economy and moved out,” Ms. Rossell said.

The recessions of the 1970s started within the oil industry, and in 2008 it all started in the housing sector before spilling out into other areas of the economy.

With the coronavirus pandemic, things crashed all at once due to a non-economic factor.

Also, in normal circumstances, an economic downturn typically leads to declines in personal wealth.

“This time around, the value of folks’ portfolios and their homes might have dipped dramatically in a three-month period of time, but boy, everything just snapped back so very quickly,” Ms. Rossell said.

After the initial shock of the pandemic, the value of stocks, bonds and real estate – the main vessels for personal wealth – actually increased dramatically.

According to Ms. Rossell the stock market alone is up 30 percent worldwide, and from pre-pandemic levels to boot.

“Wealth increased almost $28 trillion globally last year,” she said.

“To put that into perspective, the U.S. economy is a $22 trillion economy,” she said. “So in terms of wealth, it was almost as if you added to the globe an entire U.S. economy, plus some.”

Supply & Demand

Fast gains in wealth ushered in big increases in demand throughout the past year, with pandemic-affected industries struggling to keep up.

“2021 was a year where the global economy really snapped back in terms of economic activity, and growth picked up,” Ms. Rossell said. “Many sectors sort of exploded in terms of how quickly they recovered.”

Somehow, though, despite the initial pandemic unemployment rate, there is a shortage now in the labor pool for many sectors, caused by the unusual nature of the 2020 downturn.

While any economic downturn will lead to job losses, normally that happens over a long period of time. In 2020, people were instantly severed from their employer and often the place they lived as a result.

“Once you cut that for them, they’re not going back to the same job, they’re not going back to the same town, they’re not going back to the same way that they lived before,” Ms. Rossell said. “And so this is causing real friction in labor markets today.”

In addition, Gen Z is much smaller that the millennial generation, and every year there are 400,000 fewer 18-year-olds entering the labor pool in the United States alone.

High demand plus a workforce shortage have led to sticker shock for many, with goods and services price hikes, real estate prices that went through the roof and a whopping 5 percent inflation.

“Those inflation numbers are something we haven’t seen in decades,” Ms. Rossell said. “And it’s making folks worry: is the stock market going to crash, is there a housing bubble?”

 

2022 Forecast

The economist does not believe 2022 will see any burst bubbles, especially when it comes to the housing market.

Throughout the pandemic, people purchased larger and larger homes because they needed the space for working, schooling and entertaining. But pandemic or not, millennials have been buying those homes anyways, as they are moving on into a new family-oriented phase of life.

Plus, homebuyers can afford what they are purchasing this time around, many making cash offers for property recently.

There will, however, be some things that money just cannot buy again yet.

“Factories worldwide are churning out goods trying to get them to clients,” Ms. Rossell said. “But you don’t have truck drivers, you don’t have dock staff, to get them from the ships to our homes, our stores, all those things because of the labor market issues.”

Labor shortages in the travel, leisure and entertainment industries have also soured the experience, especially in the luxury market where consumers are used to a certain quality of service.

“If you’re a high-net-worth person who has plenty of income, plenty of wealth – it’s piling up in your stock portfolio, it’s piling up in the value of your home,” Ms. Rossell said. “You want to spend money on things and in some instances you can’t.”

While she advised that these issues are only temporary, that may not be enough for some.

“I think 2022 could be sort of a year of frustration,” Ms. Rossell said.


 

The Last Hurrah – VIP Garden Party

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The DRF Team is partnering in a fundraiser for the Boulder Symphony, and Colorado Landmark is sponsoring!

Join us for one last hurrah at the historic Haystack Mountain Golf Course and then attend a post-tournament party including dinner, drinks, live music, silent and live auctions! It is $35 per person and $20 for kids.


Date: Friday, October 1, 2021

Time: 10 AM – 8PM

Location: Haystack Golf Course 5877 Niwot Rd Longmont, CO 80503

 

Contest & Mulligan Package

($50/golfer)Includes: Putting contest entry, hole in one contest, closest to the pin contest, 1 mulligan and 1 foot of string.

Live Auction Includes:  Shoot the very last shot at Haystack, a Weekend at Winter Park, Conduct the Symphony, a Night in Denver, Avalanche Tickets, and Dinner & Hotel

Silent Auction Includes:  Tons of awesome items!


Tickets are going fast and you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

Purchase Tickets Here

 

Oktoberfest in CO + Tips to Relocate to Boulder

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LUKI Brewery is hosting an Oktoberfest for two weeks this fall. Courtesy photo

Oktoberfests in Colorado

In Things to do by Sarah Kuta September 15th, 2021

Nothing says fall quite like sipping a pumpkin beer or an Oktoberfest lager, surrounded by people eating pretzels, wearing lederhosen and dancing the polka.

Though many events are smaller or are requiring some special considerations because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado’s Oktoberfests are back nonetheless. Below are a few of our favorites — add them to your calendar now so you can make the most of the Centennial State’s most colorful season.


Upslope

Sept. 16
More info: https://www.upslopebrewing.com/events/oktoberfest-at-upslope/

Upslope’s Oktoberfest will turn your boring Thursday evening into a night you won’t forget. They’re serving up Bavarian-inspired beers and brats from Mighty Burgers, plus hosting a stein-hoisting challenge, too. They’re offering custom Upslope half-liter steins for $12 with a free first refill of Oktoberfest or German pilsner.

 

MainStage Brewing Company

Sept. 17-18
More info: https://www.mainstagebrewing.com/

If you haven’t made it up to Lyons in a while, now is the time to go and check out the new MainStage Brewing Company. The brewery is hosting an epic Oktoberfest bash Sept. 17 and 18 featuring dozens of Oktoberfests, Marzens, Festbiers and other beer styles from breweries across the Front Range. The event is free to attend and there will be polka, pretzels and games.

 

LUKI Brewery

Sept. 18-Oct. 2
More info: https://www.lukibrew.com/

LUKI is a new circus-themed brewery that opened in Arvada in the summer of 2020. This year, they’re going all out with a two-week Oktoberfest celebration that features a coloring contest, Bavarian pretzels with German mustard and cold brews. They’re also doing other fun events like stein painting, beer and cupcake pairings and live polka music.

 

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What to Know About Relocating to Boulder

In  Living  by Catherine Burgess September 14, 2021

So you’re considering planting your life in Boulder? Beyond the “usual” —  more days of sunshine than Miami, a cultural commitment to intellectual and physical health, ardent love of quality food and dazzling outdoor adventure — what does a Boulder relocation offer you?

 

A Welcoming Community

Unlike some parts of the country, in which your family needs three or four generations to be considered real contributors, northern Colorado quickly welcomes newcomers. With government research laboratories (NOAANIST) and University of Colorado Boulder bringing visiting scholars and scientists for sabbatical years, and with aggressive hiring in our burgeoning tech and entrepreneurial industries, for decades, our local culture has invited new transplants to get involved right from the get-go.

Boulder places of worship, libraries and museums actively encourage dynamic community engagement. For example, the Museum of Boulder not only explores the untold/underrepresented roots of our community and what will be tomorrow’s history, but their mission also empowers the museum to function as a community center. In addition to permanent and rotating exhibits, they host rooftop yoga and dance classes, blood drives, film screenings, benefits, community conversations on relationships and parties of all kinds. They shine a spotlight on other non-profits, as well as local artists and musicians. The museum provides a multitude of volunteer opportunities; currently, it is asking for community help preparing a latinx Voces Vivas exhibit.  Additionally, the Museum of Boulder continuously asks for suggestions/interpretations about what in our current Boulder experience should be preserved for future generations.


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Landmark Moment: Company Announcement

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, Colorado Landmark, Realtors’ Founder, Joel Ripmaster welcomed his daughter, Orly Ripmaster as the incoming President and Co-owner of the company, as well as Scott Ripmaster the new Vice President and Head of Recruiting.

Joel hosted a spirited transition announcement at Folsom Field, in the heart of The University. It felt fun and appropriate to kick off the announcement at this significant venue, as it’s been an integral part of his and his family’s lives. “As we lean into local, what could be more local than being right here in the heart of the buffalo!” – Joel Ripmaster

Colorado Landmark, Realtors’ story began in 1977, shortly after founder Joel Ripmaster, graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he played football for the University of Colorado Buffaloes. Where he would spend his time hiking from campus to Chautauqua Park with his college sweetheart and later to be wife. The two young Midwestern students would walk and daydream about one day owning a home in Boulder, starting a family and a business, and spending a life here. Joel fell in love with Boulder, his wife, and residential real estate and what it represented to his young family. 

Over the last 45 years, Joel has committed to being a coach and mentor, and committed to Boulder. Colorado Landmark felt being independent and local is more important and sought after than ever before. “What we have built can’t be replicated!” Being one of the top independent agencies in the country is a huge accomplishment. With that, Joel realized that he needed a partner. A partner who can table the future while honoring the past and has the capacity, the drive, and desire to take the long view. He found his partner… A fellow real estate executive with 20 years experience in Real Estate and Private Equity, with an MBA in Real Estate from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France, Ivy League credentials with an honor’s degree from Harvard, and a Master’s in communications from the University of Colorado.  An athlete, a scholar, a Mom, a daughter and a Real Estate executive. She is joining the team as the retiring Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff of KSL Capital Partners. 

“I am humbled that she would ever consider leading this organization. Partnering with my daughter to establish a sustainable succession plan that ensures the DNA of Colorado Landmark, Realtors for years to come.”

Orly will strategize, modernize and bring vitality to the day-to-day operations and management of the business. Joel will continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with Orly and will remain the Founder of Colorado Landmark, Realtors and named Principal of the organization. As Principal, Joel will remain to build and mentor the team and brand with his foundational knowledge and expertise, as well as manage and grow his own luxury sales. With 15 years in the business, Scott will bring fresh energy to our recruiting team and management to the Louisville location. His expertise and authenticity will be such a powerful accelerator for the brand and the voice. Colorado Landmark prides itself in being a local, independent, family-oriented real estate firm and is now female owned.

“We talk a lot about Landmark Moments and this week’s announcement was certainly amongst the most significant landmark moments in my career. It’s a really exciting time to be at Colorado Landmark. We will be leaning into our brand, galvanizing our messaging and and celebrating the power of our new positioning: Local, Independent, Family Built, Female Owned. Needless to say, I am so proud” – Founder, Joel Ripmaster


Boulder Remains #1 Best Place to Live in America

Boulder, Colorado

U.S. News  analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life. For more information on how we rank, read the  Best Places to  Live  Methodology.


What’s it like to live in Boulder, CO?

Profile written by local expert:

 

Snug against the foothills where the Great Plains give rise to the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is nothing if not a looker. This city reveals its spectacle at the crest of a hill on U.S. Route 36 from Denver with its iconic sandstone slabs rising from the mountains, prefaced by pine-clad mesas and cradled within the backdrop of the snow-capped Indian Peaks.

 

For residents seeking wellness, Boulder has opportunities from forest bathing and free meditation sessions to an abundance of marijuana dispensaries, spas and alternative health care studios. The full spectrum of yoga disciplines is represented here, as well as a plethora of fitness options to ignite your curiosity, including parkour, aerial dance and “Animal Flow” ground-based movement classes. People looking to bring balance to their work life can find job perks that include participation in the city’s annual Tube to Work Day. Had it with the 9 to 5? Make like Boulder’s climbers and live in a van, work odd jobs and become a fixture at the area’s legendary crags.

 

This blissed-out enclave attracts young professionals, families, academics, scientists, transplants from both coasts, old guards who insist it was way cooler in the 1970s and, above all, lovers of outdoor recreation. Trail runners, hikers, climbers, cyclists and more move here to live in this perpetual playground, where the answer to “What do you do?” is often one’s activity of choice, not occupation.


 

Just Released: International Luxury Buyer Trends and Demand

The past year has shown us that real estate is a timeless investment that can endure and even thrive in challenging economic conditions.

Accordingly, Luxury Portfolio International® has released its latest report,  International Luxury Buyer Trends and Demand, which follows on our State of Luxury Real Estate 2021 report released in January.

Taking from the trends we identified in our initial State of Luxury Real Estate report, we find the international buyer is highly mobile, motivated by feelings of self-reliance, and after many months of time at home, is looking to add excitement and fun in his or her daily life.

Findings include:

  • Investment properties and holiday residences are of top interest
  • Proximity to nature is prioritized over proximity to the city
  • Newer builds are preferred, namely those constructed during the last five years
  • A list of top global property destinations for luxury buyers
  • The primary reasons for international purchases

From a regional standpoint the U.S./Americas & Caribbean account for 37% of the interest from international luxury buyers, followed by Europe and the Middle East at 29%, and Asia at 18%. Narrowing location further, Hawaii is garnering the most attention – a noteworthy one in five (20%) international buyers have expressed interest.

Mickey Alam Khan, President of Luxury Portfolio International commented, “Hawaii tops the list for international property buyers, and if you’ve visited the Aloha State it’s easy to understand why. The islands boast pristine beaches, lush tropical greenery and incredible year-round temperatures.  Our report shows affluent buyers are interested in regions which provide for their needs—great entertainment as well as investment opportunity and lifestyle enrichment.”

 

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