The Top 10 Pet-Friendly Cities to Move to in 2021

Americans are making moves. Despite economic uncertainty, home sales rose to a 14-year high in 2020, and the trend looks set to continue into the new year. According to  Pew Research, one in five Americans have moved or know somebody who has due to the pandemic.

Key factors like livability, growth, job opportunities and most importantly, pet-friendliness are top considerations for those considering a relocation this year. For those local to Boulder, it will come as no surprise that we have been ranked as the #1 most pet-friendly city to move to in 2021 by bringfido.com.

“The People’s Republic of  Boulder  is the place to be in 2021. First, you can check excellent public schools and ample job opportunities in a variety of sectors off Fido’s moving list. Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this small city within a park is also a gateway to the “grrreat” outdoors. Bring Fido  for a dip  at  Boulder Reservoir, hike the beautiful  Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail,  or meet the local canine community at Foothills Community Dog Park. You can even sign your pup up for a  Boulder Voice and Sight Tag  for off-leash access to designated trails. With 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s plenty of time for outbound hounds to experience all that Boulder has to offer. In the summer, the free  Park-to-Park shuttle  welcomes dogs on board. And the city boasts a thriving food and arts scene. Check out  SmithKlein Gallery  with your pooch before visiting Avery Brewing Company to hang in the spacious fenced-in area.”

 

Read on here, and find out which other 9 cities were runner up!

 

DRF Team Becomes 1st in Boulder County to Receive B-Corp Certification!

Check out this exciting news from The DRF Team!


Woohoo, my team and I are pumped to kick off 2021 with some exciting news… We are now a certified B-Corporation! This certification verifies that our business is being used as a force for good.

The certification is (very) tough to get! We are the only realtor in Boulder Country to have been awarded this, and as far as we can tell, just the 2nd realtor in the whole of Colorado.

It means the world to us because we believe just making a profit doesn’t cut it anymore. It is time for businesses to show leadership, and to prove they care about people and our planet while they do business. We strive to “B the Change” we want to see in our world. While we have always felt this way, our B-Corp certification gives you the confidence that we meet the highest standards of social and environmental impact.

Here are some of the high standards we have met to become a B-Corp:

Our Governance: We meet high standards of ethics, transparency, and have even amended our founding documents to reflect our commitment to caring for people and our planet, in addition to making a profit.

Our Clients: We have worked hard to make sure our clients are delighted with every aspect of our service

Our Community: We actively support our community. Our suppliers are 100% local and we give preference to minorities. We joyously pledge at least 1% of our profits back into our community.


Our Workers: We strive to look after workers like family, compensate them well, and work towards diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Our Planet: We are now a carbon-neutral company that has done real work to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We actively seek to minimize our footprint wherever possible.

See more details here: https://bcorporation.net/


Getting B-Corp certified feels great! We challenge other Niwot businesses to consider becoming B-Corps too, feel free to ask us more about this. B the Change!

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— at Deborah Read Fowler Real Estate
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17 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Get Organized

from SpareFoot.com

 

1. Start Small.

Simply put, don’t bite off more than you can chew.

“People usually make a resolution that says something like, ‘I’m going to get my home and office totally organized this year, and I will never misplace anything again’,” said Maria Spetalnik, a professional organizer in the Washington, DC, area. “This is not only unrealistic but would take so long that they usually run out of steam before they even see results. Then they are frustrated with themselves and have often created a bigger problem than they started with.”

To prevent that frustration, Spetalnik said, make resolutions like, “I will do my shopping using a list rather than trying to remember what I need.”

 

2. Use One Calendar for Everything.

This includes reminders, vacations, tasks and anything else “to help you kick
 forgetfulness,” said Amber Kostelny, a professional organizer in Chicago.

Kim Oser, a professional organizer in the Washington, DC, area, said your calendar must be portable, whether it’s in paper or digital form. That way, you can mark down appointments and other calendar-worthy events when you’re on the go. 

 

3. Establish Daily, Weekly and Monthly Routines.

“Creating routines to
 accomplishing tasks will make sure even the mundane things get done around
 the house,” Kostelny said.

For example, make your bed daily, pay your bills weekly and clean out your wallet monthly.

 

4. Set Manageable Goals.

Either at night before or in
 the morning, jot down your three most important tasks for the day, Oser said.

“There may be more than three but these are the three things that must get 
done,” Oser said. “It allows you to build them in to your day rather than panicking at 
the end of the day.”

 

5. Divide and Conquer.

Rather than taking on a massive organizing project, break that project up into pieces, like getting the corner of a room into shape, not the entire room, said Beth Giles, a professional organizer in Portland, OR.

“One of the biggest misconceptions is that a room can be transformed
 into an organized area in a matter of minutes,” Giles said. “Most rooms or offices do not
 become disorganized overnight but rather over months or years, so it will
 require hours or days to work through the contents of a space and restore
 its order.”

 

Find out what the other 12 are here!

 

Giving Back for the Holidays

Happy Holidays to our Colorado Landmark friends and clients! It seems surreal that we have been wishing the Boulder community all the best during this special time of year since 1977, and we are grateful and proud to arrive here again extending our warmest prayers and blessings to our loved ones and our community.

 

As a Real Estate firm, our business and passion are housing. We know that not all of our neighbors in the community are fortunate enough to have a roof over their head or a warm meal at times, and, this year especially, we want to do our part in supporting Boulder County residents access to these basic needs.

 

Housing and food insecurity remain, tragically, one of our world’s greatest pandemics. At Colorado Landmark, we are contributing to combatting this together, starting right here at home in Boulder. Boulder County has a reputation for being a wonderful, kind, and peaceful place to live, and we are committed, this holiday season and beyond, to ensure those less fortunate feel the same warmth.

 

In the spirit of the holidays this year, we are supporting to two local organizations: we are sponsoring Christmas night at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and are making a donation to Mother House,  a female and mother exclusive homeless facility.

 

 

Happy Holidays and Cheers to the New Year from Colorado Landmark, Realtors!

Favorite Boulder Holiday Traditions

Article from BoulderColoradoUSA.com

Boulder was named in this list of the  20 Best Places to Spend Christmas in the USAAs your local leaders here at Colorado Landmark, we know just why! 

 

Downtown Boulder  twinkles with lights, the  Flatirons  often have a powered-sugar-cookie dusting of snow, and a lighted star glows above Boulder from  Flagstaff Mountain  every evening. There’s no question that the holiday season is special in Boulder, no matter how you celebrate. Here are a few favorite local traditions.

 

❄️Flagstaff Star

Veteran’s Day Through Second Sunday in January

Boulder’s holiday star has shone from atop  Flagstaff Mountain  every year for over seven decades. Its 365 bulbs are energy-saving LED lights that can be seen from anywhere in Boulder. Over the years, pranksters have changed the shape of the star to form letters representing rival teams or towns, or to make political statements, but the star has been lit every year since 1947. The  Boulder Chamber  is the proud steward of the star, and each year they sell holiday cards featuring a rendition of the star, painted by a local artist.

Photo: University of Colorado Boulder

 

❄️Snow Much Fun Light Displays

Nov. 22, 2020Jan. 10, 2021

During  Snow Much Fun hundreds of thousands of 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 . This year will feature fun, themed light displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane) and a map to guide you through downtown and Central Park. Grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy a wonder-filled stroll outside.  Check here for updates.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Boulder

 

❄️Holiday Hike

Ask any local, and chances are good that their Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Days start with a refreshing  winter hike Try it and see what it’s like! There’s no better feeling than enjoying the crisp air on the trails in the morning and later sitting down to dinner knowing you’ve earned a feast. Each year, there’s a guided hike, led by a  City of Boulder naturalist on Christmas Day.  Many of Colorado’s State Parks host free, guided  First Day Hikes  on Jan. 1, too.

 

❄️Hotel Boulderado Christmas Tree

Stop in for a gander at this massive tree that towers two stories under the  Hotel Boulderado’s  famous stained-glass mezzanine.

Photo: Historic Boulderado Blog, Circa 1930

 

Check out more ideas for this holiday season in the full article, here.

 

Please Confirm Events and Happenings

Please check official event websites or call to verify schedules before making plans to attend an event. Conditions can change due to COVID-19 safety measures. Listings on this site may not reflect the most recent updates.

Realtor to Watch: Real Producers Magazine Features Amy Scott

The Family Business: How the daughter of two ski
industry legends paved a way in real estate – and
how her father brought her back into it.

Real Producers Magazine recently highlighted our very own Colorado Landmark, Realtors agent Amy Scott. Amy and her father, David, also a Colorado Landmark agent, worked separately for a while but they each saw a great opportunity in working together as a team. It has worked well. “My ability to reach people my age, my peers, and him for his, opened up a fantastic opportunity to serve the whole public in a really neat way. We connect with every generation of clientele and serve all their different interests.”

 

Read the entire article here, starting on page 21, and join us in celebrating this Landmark Moment!

 

Congratulations to Our President & Founder, Joel Ripmaster!

Joel Ripmaster, REALTOR Emeritus, has been named the Boulder Area Realtor Association’s Broker/Manager of the Year! This award recognizes individuals that serve as the backbone of incredible Real Estate organizations. Nominees provide wisdom, guidance, and valuable information to help Realtors grow and maintain successful businesses.

Being presented with this award is a true Landmark Moment, and a testament to Joel and the incredible leadership that he has exhibited over the past 43 years as the President of Colorado Landmark, Realtors.  Our Landmark agents adore him, their nominations described him as a true leader who is always there for them with qualities such as integrity, kindness, and a great sense of humor, and they praised him for the wonderful family company that he has built.

 

Preparation, Presentation & Pricing

THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPARATION, PRESENTATION & PRICING

Featuring Colorado Landmark agent Phil Booth

We may be in a strong sellers’ market this year, but we firmly believe that in order to sell for top dollar in a timely manner that the three P’s are super important… preparation, presentation, and pricing!

 

Case in point:  Rising Star Award recipient and agent Phil Booth picked up an expired Boulder Townhome listing this fall. The home was vacant, and fairly outdated. It had been on the market for three months without selling. His sellers spent $4,500 on some maintenance issues, new bathroom counters and interior painting throughout (preparation), and $2,000 on staging (presentation). They priced it carefully, based on direct comparisons in the area (pricing). It went under contract in one  day for $12,000 above the expired listing price!

 

Below are the incredible before and after photos documenting this transformation.

 

 

Colorado Landmark offers a variety of tools through our Landmark Advantage Program to bring maximum value to our clients, and take the stress out of buying and selling a home.  Given that every house is unique, we thoughtfully create a customized plan for each client.  We have partnered with fantastic companies to add even more value. Concierge and Staging Solutions fueled by Zoom Casa and access to the Transitional Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) program from Elevations Credit Union, the No. 1 credit union mortgage lender in Colorado, are just a couple of them. To learn more about Landmark Advantage, contact us today!

 

Simplify Your Holidays

from Organization & Relocation

Even if they look a little different this year, the holidays are upon us and  Org & Relo  has created 6 tips to help de-stress, organize, and get you in the holiday spirit.

 

  1. Make a holiday checklist –  Jot down all of your holiday tasks. This will have you feeling in control instantly.
  2. Take stock of what you have –  How many times have you bought something only to realize later you already own the same item or something very similar?
  3. Sort through toys –  Donate toys the kids have outgrown or never use to make room for new toys. This is a great exercise to teach your kiddos gratitude for what they have and the generosity of giving to those less fortunate.
  4. Leave time for everyday activities –  This year the holidays may look different and include fewer parties, but you may still find yourself overwhelmed so remember to plan in a time to take a walk or look at hiring a service to free up your time.
  5. Clear out the clutter –  Ask yourself: Do I use it, do I love it, do I appreciate it? We live by this at Org & Relo! This is especially important as we look at a season spent inside our homes more than ever before.
  6. Use clear bins –  to store  items! When it comes to holiday organizing, having a good system is a must. You can purchase different sizes to accommodate small items like table decorations or larger items like garlands.

 

Happy Holidays!

Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season!

From BoulderDowntown.com

Join us for  Small Business Saturday® (Weekend) on

November 27  – 29, 2020

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The event encourages people to shop at small businesses on the weekend after Thanksgiving. The idea has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.

Small businesses are like snowflakes, each one is unique, and the downtown Boulder shopping district is made up of more than 70% locally owned/operated shops! One small purchase can make a big difference. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

Check out a list of participating businesses here &

shop ’til you drop!