CLR Agent Brett Sawyer sworn in as 2021 Chairman of the Boulder Area Realtor Association

Colorado Landmark is so proud of our agent, Brett Sawyer who was sworn in as the Chairman of the Boulder Area Realtor Association for 2021.

Brett Sawyer, 2021 BARA Chairman

Brett has been a leader in the Boulder Real Estate Community for many years, previously serving on the BARA Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the BARA Communication Committee.  Being elected as the 2021 Chairman is a testament to his incredible leadership, integrity and innovation in this ever-changing business. 

Brett was sworn in during the virtual Board of Directors meeting by Colorado Landmark President and Founder Joel Ripmaster.

BARA Installation October 21, 2020

As a Boulder Native, Brett’s knowledge of the local market is superb, and he has traveled and transacted throughout the communities and neighborhoods of Boulder County throughout his life and career.

This latest role furthers Brett’s commitment to the continued improvement of the real estate industry as a trainer and coach of real estate professionals. 

Check out Brett’s Website to see his current listings, client testimonials, or to contact Brett. 

Calwood and Lefthand Canyon Fire Resources

Our hearts go out to all the people who have been affected by the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon Fires in the Boulder area over the past few days. We have several clients who have lost homes, and so many people looking for ways to help.

Photo Credit: Instagram @TheAshleyWhitney

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management has listed information on their website about volunteering and donations.  There are many donation restrictions due to COVID-19, so through the Boulder County Community Foundation, they have set up a 2020 Fires Relief Fund.

For updates on both fires, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management has created a Calwood and Lefthand Canyon Fires Facebook Page.

There is a Virtual Community Meeting on Facebook, October 20th at 730 PM: https://www.facebook.com/events/681744022472350/

The BOEM website also has other great resources, like this Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Also, here is a resource about how to put together an emergency kit

The State of Colorado also offers resources like these Insurance Tips for Coloradans Impacted by Wildfires.

At Colorado Landmark, Realtors, we love this community that we live and work in, and are here to support you however we can.  If there are other ways that we can be of assistance during this difficult time, please reach out to us

The Best Moving Advice for Beginners

from Allied.com 

Moving for the first time may seem like a very overwhelming experience. If this is your first relocation, then you may not know how to simplify your move dramatically. A little expert moving advice will no doubt take your move to the next level. The following list offers some excellent moving advice for beginners. By taking advantage of these moving tips, you will be able to pack your belongings in an efficient manner. When planning a move, you want to find the easiest way to complete necessary tasks. Figuring out the best moving hacks to complete your relocation can make your move smooth and simple.

 

Use garbage bags to move your clothes.

When it is time to move your clothing, leave all of them on the hangers. Cover the clothing with large garbage bags and tie the bags at the top of the hangers. This will allow for an easy transport of your clothes. To the surprise of many, garbage bags can be extremely useful during a relocation. So while you can use these bags to help relocate your clothes, they can also be utilized in many other facets as well. So, make sure you get the most use out of the  garbage bags during your move.

Use Styrofoam plates to transport glass plates.Plates

Typically, when moving your glass plates, you need to wrap them individually. This takes a ton of time. Instead, stack your plates with a Styrofoam plate in between each of them. This will keep the plates from clashing against one another and will help prevent breaking during the move.

Secure makeup with cotton balls.

Moving your makeup from one home to another can be a pretty tricky task. Small makeup compacts are easily broken during the moving process; however, these compacts can be protected with cotton balls. The cotton balls will shelter powdered cosmetics against getting bumped and shattered while you move. This simple fix will save your makeup from an untimely demise.

Take a picture of your electronics before you pack them up.

It can be quite a task to plug up your electronics the proper way in your new home. Taking a picture of the electronics prior to moving them will serve as an extremely helpful guide. It will help you install them appropriately when you arrive in your new home.

Use socks to wrap your glasses.

Who has time to wrap each cup or glass individually? If you do not have that time, consider using socks. Slipping one cup in each sock will prevent them from breaking during your move. For sanitary purposes, you may want to buy a few packs of new socks.  The few dollars you spend will prove to be well worth your money.

Leave everything in your drawers.Move drawers

Unpacking your drawers and putting everything back in after the move is a major hassle. Instead of doing this, leave everything in its place and cover with plastic wrap. This will keep all of your items secure during the move and will also save you time during both the packing and unpacking process.

Utilize sandwich bags.

During a move, screws and other small items can easily be lost. To keep this from happening, use plastic sandwich bags to keep these pieces together. You should also label each bag with the appropriate piece of furniture the screws belong to. Sandwich bags could also be used to help organize various cords as well. Once you have packed the cord into the bag, consider taping it to the corresponding electronic device. Doing this will keep your relocation moving in an orderly manner.

Color-code each box.

Color coding your boxes will make for an easier transition. Moving from one home to another can easily become a confusing task; however, if you properly color-code each box, you will know exactly where everything belongs. Doing this will help you simplify your unpacking process tremendously. By properly using a color-coding system while packing, your new home will be prepared in no time.

Use egg cartons to transport jewelry.

During a relocation, transporting jewelry can be a major headache, but with the appropriate moving techniques, this does not have to be the case. Utilizing egg cartons during your relocation to hold all of your jewelry is an excellent way to stay organized. The tiny compartments are ideal for keeping jewelry in place while moving. Once you have placed your belongings in the carton, use tape to secure them. This will ensure that nothing falls out during the move. There are a number of crafty ways to pack your jewelry when you move and using egg cartons is just one of the many methods out there to get this task done successfully.

Use rolling suitcases.

Move with a suitecase

It can be difficult for anyone to lift heavy items. Because of this, you should pack these things in rolling suitcases. This will make transporting such items a breeze. Books, weights, and cookware are all pieces that could be too heavy to place in a box and could cause too much strain on your body. Before deciding to place these things in a suitcase, you will want to make sure it can withstand the weight. Not all suitcases are designed to uphold a ton of weight, so it is vital that you only use heavy duty suitcases. Putting them in a rolling suitcase will make the process much simpler and efficient for you.

If you utilize these helpful moving advice hacks during your next relocation, you will save yourself a ton of time. No matter if you are moving internationally, long distance, or locally, you will need some type of assistance. Some of that assistance might come in the form of moving advice such as this, a professional relocation company, or from your family and friends. With that said, if you are embarking on a relocation for the first time, do not be overwhelmed. With proper preparation, your move will occur effortlessly.

Wondering What Your Home is Worth? Check out our new valuation tool!

Colorado Landmark, Realtors has partnered with Buyside, a helpful new tool to provide homeowners with 3 valuations along with insight about the real estate market in their area.

Homeowners can also sign up to receive an automatic monthly market report for their property, offering a great way to monitor their investment.

Of course, these figures are estimates, and no one can give you a value as accurate as your Colorado Landmark Agent.  If you want a more detailed analysis, please reach out to us at (303) 443-3377 or info@coloradolandmark.com, and we will connect you with an agent who can provide a detailed pricing analysis.

Click on the photo below to find out what your home is worth!

Colorado Landmark Home Valuation Tool

Colorado Landmark, Realtors

www.coloradolandmark.com

The One Warm Coat Drive is Here!

Thanks to The Saul Team for all of their hard work and dedication to this cause, the 2020 One Warm Coat Drive will be available for drop offs at our Louisville office at 1002 Griffith Street OR at Land Title in Lafayette from 8am – 5pm daily.

 

For pickup, we will be collecting coats throughout Boulder County and Westminster/ Broomfield on November 4th & 5th! Send The Saul Team a message from their Facebook page to be added to the route here.

 

Help us make this year the best drive yet!!

 

 

Landmark Advantage Transitional HELOC Program

Ready to buy but need time to sell? Move on your terms with a Transitional HELOC.

When you work with Colorado Landmark Realtors, you get access to the Transitional Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) program from Elevations Credit Union, the No. 1 credit union mortgage lender in Colorado.


Access your home equity without rushing to sell.

With this customized short-term loan that’s similar to a Bridge Loan, you get access to the equity in your current home so you can make an offer on your next home — without rushing to sell. After your home is sold, the proceeds are applied to pay off your Transitional HELOC.


A Transitional HELOC is a flexible solution.

While Elevations tailors each loan to the buyer’s needs and best interest, consider a Transitional HELOC if:

 

  • Your money is tied up in the equity of your current home.
    Fund the down payment or mortgage payments for your next home with a Transitional HELOC — a great option in Colorado where properties are in high demand.

 

  • You need to renovate your current home.
    Move out before your home becomes a construction zone so you can boost your home’s value and get ready to sell.

 


*Offers of credit are subject to credit approval. Available equity is dependent upon the difference between your current home value and your current mortgage balance(s) to include all loans that are secured by your current home.


 

September is National Preparedness Month!

from Organization & Relocation

Amidst the fires in Colorado and California that are threatening so many homes, businesses and the health of thousands, disaster preparedness is top of mind for many, including the team at Organization & Relocation.

The American Red Cross recommends developing a family disaster plan and having an emergency kit – do you feel ready to act quickly if a disaster strikes? Get prepared with tools and resources from the American Red Cross below.


PREPARE FOR FALL 🍂

Cool mornings, the smell of pumpkin spice and a sparkling clean home! Rounding up our top tips for Fall cleaning this season!

1. Store, Sort & Categorize

 

Before you begin the overhaul, determine where you will be storing your summer clothes. Make piles for keep, discard, and donate. Get rid of unwanted clothes or clothes that do not fit – if you don’t like them now, you probably won’t next Summer either!

 

2. Comb Through That Closet

 

Has work from home life changed your day to day wardrobe? Take inventory of your current “work” clothes and if that pant suit ship has sailed, place it in the donation pile! As you hang those Fall sweaters, ask yourself it that sweater brings you joy! No? Time to go!

 

3. Furnace Inspection 

Hire an HVAC professional to check heating efficiency, test for leaks and change the filter. Also, check for drafts by using a lighted candle around doors and windows and if you see a flicker, inspect for broken or cracked seals.

 

4. Organize the Shed

 

As summer items begin to fill up shed space, now is a good time to sort, purge and organize remaining items. Move summer items to the back and winter items to the front for easy access.

 

5. Set Your Kids Up For Success

   

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be a hectic experience if you’re organized! Label and organize your child’s homeschooling area – for better learning and your own peace of mind!

 


A few of our favorite organizing tools

Plastic Storage Bin with Handles
$5.99

Multi-Purpose Bins
$3.99

Large Cabinet Shelf
$7.99

Expand-A-Shelf
$9.99


 

The Saul Team, Featured in Real Producers Magazine

Check out this fantastic article about the background and passion for real estate of Lynn Saul, Jordan Saul-Peterson and Kaylyn Thueson of The Saul Team out of CLR Louisville, by Ashley Sowell of Real Producers Magazine.

These women are doing some incredible things and have beautiful families and stories to share. Read the full magazine and article starting on page 12 here.


Enjoy A Night of Cultural Celebration!

Organized by Niwot High School Freshman, Oliver Fowler, Bringing Cultures Together with One Meal aims to highlight the diversity of our community through two universal languages – food and music!

The Niwot Tavern, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Boulder Symphony worked in harmony to bring you a Take Out Family Dinner featuring dishes from around the world to enjoy with family and friends. Let’s celebrate the diverse heritages of our community!

 

We have orchestrated this fabulous menu for you to savor:

 

North American Fare
Cucumber tomato salad with a fresh herb dressing

Latin American Fare
Platanos maduros fritos – fried sweet plantain slices

African Fare
Ghanaian waakye topped with a chicken and vegetable tomato based stew. (veggies include carrots, red peppers, onions and zucchini)

Asian Fare
Japanese cheesecake – rich and creamy taste, light and fluffy texture.

 

Grab your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bringing-cultures-together-with-one-meal-tickets-115229259818

 

Professional Organizers Share Tips for Your Home

Adapt Around Your Home
During Covid-19

With fall around the corner, homeschooling impending and many companies navigating towards a work from home policy, our team of expert organizers at Organization & Relocation weighed in on how you can optimize your space for spending more time in your home.


WORKING FROM HOME?

Tune in to these tips to make your #WFHlife more functional

1. Prioritize Location

You’ll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don’t stiff yourself on space (e.g. squishing a tiny desk into a windowless closet to preserve the rarely-used guest room).

2. Invest in a Great Chair 

You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.

 

3. Organize Vertically & Horizontally

Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach.

 

4. Get Your Technology Together

Hide unsightly cords. Encase cords on the desk in a fabric cord cover, feed the cords into a desk grommet, or buy a cute cord manager!

 

5. Use Separators

Don’t get caught on a call with a need for a sticky note and you can’t find it because it’s buried in your drawer. Use separators to create nice compartments for your things.

 

6. Tidy Up

Just like making your bed every morning, close up shop at the end of each day by tidying up your desk when you’re finished with work. This is your “reset” to set yourself up for success the next morning!