MoJaBlu 2015 Comes to an End

Published on Thursday, July 30, 2015 | by TJC Real Estate



MoJaBlu…Motown, Jazz & Blues has brought immense energy to the new outdoor amphitheater in Conservatory Green in Stapleton (49th & Valentia).  Thanks to the MCA (Master Community Association) and Jazz@Jacks, we have been able to enjoy this complimentary summer concert series of eclectic sounds from great bands for the last couple of months.  Tonight is the last concert for the season, but not to fret; next year will be here before you know it!  Join us this eve at 6:30 pm for Eef & Blues Express and 7:45 for Hot Lunch….what a grand finale!

 We have enjoyed adding this event to our participation list as a booth sponsor for the MCA events.  Supporting local music in Denver, meeting so many great people, and watching our community thrive are just a few of our many blessings.  Reflecting on our experiences with our attendance at MoJaBlu, we have compiled a great little memoir…   

Each evening, a nice crowd hung out on the lawn with plenty to keep the antsy busy between sets:  bouncy obstacle course, beach balls and giant Jenga (or kids playing blocks, depending on your age and perspective).  We have definitely had a weather adventure this summer, but together we have all endured the sudden changes with rain, wind, and the return of the sun just in time for our beautiful Colorado sunsets.  The bands brought great vibes with their music and passion amid the great aromas from the variety of food trucks that lined the street (Corner Gourmet & El Toro to name a couple).  We can personally vouch for Gyro & fries from Corner Gourmet & the burger & cheesy tater tots from El Toro!  Awesome music and yummy food bringing together great neighbors, old and new….   

Stop by our TJC booth this evening, say hi, grab a beach ball, sign up for our raffle to win an awesome picnic blanket and a bottle of wine, play some giant Jenga and enjoy the show!     

As always, follow us on our TJC Facebook Page for the latest and greatest in market trends and what’s happening in the neighborhood.  

Brought to you by Sondra Lockett-Cameron, Marketing Coordinator for TJC Real Estate and Property Management Services.


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Stapleton Beer Fest 2015...A Stapleton Tradition

Published on Thursday, July 23, 2015 | by TJC Real Estate


Stapleton Beer Festival…A Stapleton Tradition.  Another year has passed, but the memories live on.  For those who are new to this annual, highly anticipated calendar event, here is the full breakdown of general details…

Stapleton Beer Festival takes place in mid/late summer on Founders’ Green at 29th Avenue and Roslyn Street in Stapleton by the Town Center.  The typical hours are 4 to 8 pm with the first hour available to only those who purchase VIP tickets.  The grounds are flooded with booths of local breweries and sponsors as well as food trucks offering their yummy delectables. When you purchase your tickets, you will receive a wrist band for entry (21 and older only of course), a sampling cup to taste unlimited amounts of craft brews and tickets for the food trucks.  Settting of the mood is taken care of by the live music right on the Green.  Free bike parking is also available at the event, but remember to ride and/or drive responsibly.  So you don’t miss next year’s event, keep an eye on Stapleton Community website starting late spring for the announcement of the Beer Festival tickets going on sale.

This year’s 2015 Stapleton Beer Festival might have been taunted with a little thunderstorm, but it did not dampen the spirits of the festivities.  Through the thunder, the music played on! The great sounds of Ryan Chrys and the Roughcuts, as well as, The Jeff Brinkman Band cut through the rain and raised the roof while patrons enjoyed their evening out.  We had 36 local breweries to choose from including Crooked Stave, Fiction Beer Company and Station 26.  Food trucks such as Street Frites, El Toro the Tot and Dude Bro Taco lined the street and sponsors including Stapleton Home Services, Northfield Church, Stapleton Family Karate, and Westerra Credit Union were intermingled within the Green.  We were blessed once again to be one of the sponsors of this grand event.  Inviting Chipper Photo Booth into our tent for the 2nd year was an absolute blast!  Festival go-ers who got their beer on and designated drivers alike also had a chance to get their photo on…these are memories that will definitely last!  Many lucky people walked away with some great laughs and a magnetic memento photo that can be displayed on their fridge for years to come holding up kid artwork and reminding them that they need to let loose like that a little more often. Look for us next year and bring your ‘Funny Face’ or your ‘Blue Steele’ to make the most of your TJC PhotoBooth BeerFest experience! 

Check out our TJC Photo Book from Stapleton Beer Fest 2015!

 

 

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Brought to you by Sondra Lockett-Cameron, Marketing Coordinator for TJC Real Estate and Property Management Services

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Denver is the Tightest Squeeze on the Housing Market

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | by TJC Real Estate



Remember when painted on jeans were in?  Squeezing into the tightest pair of Levi’s, Calvin Klein’s or Rockies was cruel, but pain was fashion and fashion was/is cool.  Compare today’s housing market to the jean saga of the eighties and nineties and you will find gruesome similarities (even the forbidden camel toe)!  As a woman from this era, I truly don’t want to rehash the cringing moments, nor will I compare detail for detail, but I am sure you get the picture. 

We are currently living one of the biggest examples of housing supply and demand in the Denver Metro area.  With the major influx of our population over the last year, Denver has become one of the coolest cities and turned into one of the tightest housing markets in the nation.

Aldo Svaldi of the Denver Post recently posted an article on this topic.  Here is a recap of his findings…

Not only are fewer people selling their homes due to low inventory to repurchase, but the Denver home builders can’t keep up.  According to John Burns Real Estate Consulting, “You can’t bring supply on fast enough.” Here are a few points they provided to back up this statement:

  • A hefty portion of Denver Builders had completed 70 to 90 percent of their 2015 sales goals by April. 

  • New home building buyers are expected to wait 9 months to one year after signing their contracts to take possession of their new home. 

  • Prices for finished lots are short in supply and have priced out at record highs.

Unfortunately, it is not due to lack of trying that holds our market in such restrictions as many factors play into this debacle.

  • There is a shortage of finished lots in desirable locations.

  • There is a shortage of skilled construction laborers.

  • Local government has laid-off skilled workers after the last recession and is slow to rehire, therefore slowing down the process to get raw land approved for development.  Where developers are expecting to wait 18 months, the process is taking a much longer 20 to 30 months.

  • Due to interest rates rising, builders are gaining skepticism rather than hope that the housing market will remain in the green.

Lastly, due to the limitations on lots and lack of skilled workers, builders are targeting for building the more expensive homes.  The downside to this is that the gap between median incomes and cost of housing is growing.  It makes it near to impossible for the low and middle income population to afford to purchase a home. 

Due to builders such as Boulder Creek Homes who are fitting more homes per parcel of land are providing a high quality, low maintenance home while trying to keep prices affordable.  This is a glimmer of hope just like yoga pants…comfortable, versatile and practical.

Looking for a new build specialist to walk you through the tight corners of today’s housing market?  Call TJC Real Estate and Management Services at 303.324.6988 today.  We are here for you every step of the way!

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Increase your Cash Flow. Invest in a Rental Property.

Published on Monday, June 15, 2015 | by TJC Real Estate


Increase your Cash Flow.  Invest in a Rental Property.


Landlord. Landlady. Lessor. Owner.  These are the common names to label the main point of contact for a rental property.  The rental market in Denver and surrounding areas is tight!  Now is the perfect time to add one of these titles to your repertoire. 

What must you know to understand why investing in a rental property is such a great idea?  Well, here is a fresh and condensed look at the market trends that shouldn’t bore you too much:

  • For TJC Real Estate and Management Services, the current average time a home sits on the rental market is only 10 days, compared to 22 days this time last year. 
  • The national rent average has increased 3.7% to $1362.  Denver has increased 10.6%.  Stapleton, a premier NE Denver neighborhood where TJC Real Estate and Management has a majority of our inventory, currently has an average rent of $2175.
  • According to Zillow, there are currently more renters and less homeowners.  In 2006, the amount of homeowners peaked at 69%, but has since decreased to 64%.  Of all renters, 53% are renters because they are unable to afford to buy a home and 26% choose to rent as a lifestyle choice.

Still looking for the perfect sign?  Maybe you would rather have your investments work for you rather than the other way around?  Read on….  Like any investment, buying a rental property or converting your current home into a rental, may seem like a leap of faith.  In this market, given the low interest rates and record high rental rates, it is the perfect way to diversify your investments. 

Rental properties are versatile; you can have them for short-term or long-term investments.  Either way, one way to take the guess work and hassle out of being a landlord is to hire a reputable property management company.  Going this route allows you to instantly hand over the stress, hassle and many challenges of owning investment property:

  • Time on market and/or vacancy
  • Rent pool and advertising reach
  • Screen prospective tenants
  • Getting prime rent
  • Having a professional lease
  • Legal services and possible evictions
  • Handling tenant challenges and maintenance requests
  • On-going property upkeep
  • Collecting rents and security deposits
  • Returning security deposits upon assessing possible damages
  • Accounting/Taxes

So how do you start?  If you will be purchasing a home to rent, you will want to meet with your mortgage broker to see what you will qualify for.  Once you get a good idea of your budget, your best bet is to meet with a Realtor that is well-versed in acquiring investment properties.  Remember that not all Realtors are created equal.  Having an agent that has a successful background and great knowledge in this corner of the industry is a must.

Next… Location, location, location!  A Realtor can assist you in knowing which neighborhoods will be the best return on your investment.  This is just as important when buying an investment property as it is when purchasing a home to occupy for you and your family. 

When you finally find a place to purchase, you will want to assess what it will take to get the property ready.  No one wants to be a slumlord (this is the name you don’t want to add to your repertoire) and the better shape the home is in, the higher rent you will be able to get.  Taking care of the property ahead of time will help to eliminate and/or lessen hassles you will have with the new tenants.  

A property management company will be able to assist you with the balance of being rent ready without eating too much into the bottom line. 

If you live or are looking to invest in the Denver area, contact TJC Real Estate and Management Services at 303-324-6988 for a complimentary consultation.  We are unique in the industry since we are a one stop shop for real estate investors. TJC can help with the acquisition, property management, and asset management. Our goal is to create a long-term relationship that helps your asset(s) grow, as well as, provide stable, long-term ROI. We are happy to assist you on your journey to become a real estate entrepreneur!

***Like most investments, there are no guaranties in investing in real estate. There are a variety of factors involved in the success of your investment and TJC Real Estate & Property Management does not guaranty that you will have a positive cash flow, a positive return on investment, or that your asset will appreciate. Any real estate investment is made solely at the investors risk without any guaranteed results.***


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Splish Splash Volume II

Published on Monday, May 25, 2015 | by TJC Real Estate



It is that time of year again! All of us here at TJC Real Estate and Management Services have been waiting anxiously as the time approaches to slip on our tankinis and board shorts, hit the water and soak up some sun.  Pool season is upon us and Denver is a great place to be in the summertime!   Not only do we get over 300 days of sunshine, and are full of great biking trails, but we also have a plethora of outdoor public pools to make a splash. 

Moms and Dads have been working all spring (or at least thinking about it) to shed the results of this last holiday seasons’ over indulgences in order to get themselves into their best swimsuit shape.  In the meantime, the kiddos are digging out their goggles and noodles ready to make their first cannonball into deep blue water of the neighborhood pool.  Not only does Denver Parks and Recreation service 16 outdoor pools that will open on June 8th, but Stapleton, which is in our neck of the woods, now manages 6 outdoor pools that will open at 12 PM on Saturday, May 23. 

Stapleton Pools

Whether you own or rent in Stapleton, one of the perks of living in this premier community is the resident membership to one of our six pools.  The fee for each pass is only $20 for the season.  For Non-Residents you can still enjoy the amazing Stapleton facilities for a daily entrance fee.  For more information on fees and schedules, visit the Stapleton MCA website at www.StapletonCommunity.com.

A few quick notes to remember about our pools:

  • You can BYOB – alcohol is permitted, but remember, NO GLASS.
  • Be prepared for random closures:
    • Summer’s storms can lead to short closures and delays, but keep in mind the weather changes can be fast and furious in Colorado  -- if you can wait out a weather closure you may end up with the entire pool to yourself.
    • It’s not a Baby Ruth® – when you pile hundreds of kids into a pool, the swim diaper mishap is bound to happen every now and then.
    • Glass violators – see first bullet point above.  Don’t be the guy who closes down the pool because you had to have your Corona® bottle with a lime, but you dropped it while adjusting your…sunglasses.
    • Pool Parties are a great way to celebrate! You can reserve the pools for your own private parties (for a fee).  I have been to birthday parties and fundraisers at many of the pools and they are always an excellent setting for your summer soiree.

Which pool is right for you?  Each pool brings its own unique attributes, but here is a little breakdown of some of the benefits of each:

  • Aviator – the original, like Coors®, the Banquet Beer, is still a classic.  With dedicated swim lanes, a generous kid area, and nice shade spots, this pool is a favorite of Stapleton residents old and new.  It can get packed on the major holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.).
  • Puddle Jumper (aka the “Nanny Pool”) – excellent water features for the kids, no swim lanes, and a cool sandbox feature make this a pool of choice for nannies to while away the summer days.  Coincidently, the pool seems to be a favorite for dads who are taking the kids to the pool on their days off.  Hmmm.
  • F15 – let’s hear it for the East-side.  Located on a huge parcel of land, this pool is excellent for parties, barbeques, and volleyball games.  I have found that it is sometimes a little quieter, but I think that could be changing as all the new Bluff Lake residents start discovering its charms.
  • Jet Stream – another pool with dedicated swim lanes, this pool serves as the refuge for the old-north-siders.  With the arrival of Conservatory Green, I’m not sure we can call it the north-side any more.  The crowd here may be a little younger than you will find at Aviator, and may feel more intimate and hip.
  • Runway 35 Pool – the home of future Olympians, this pool is designed with a focus on competitive swimming.
  • Maverick Pool – the home of future leisure seekers.  Designed as a family friendly pool this pool will have some great places to play, relax and soak in the Colorado sun.

Denver Public Pools

Denver Parks and Recreation offer numerous aquatic activities for kids and adults of all ages and abilities at their 16 outdoor and 13 indoor pools.  Fun in the sun includes open swim times, lap swim, aqua fitness classes, swim lessons and private instruction.  You can obtain admission by having an annual membership, pay a daily fee, purchasing a season pool pass or having a My Denver Card (available free to Denver kids ages 5-18).  For more information on fees and schedules, you can visit the following website: http://www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation/DenverParksandRecreation/RecreationCentersPools/SwimmingPools/tabid/445318/Default.aspx.

A few quick notes to remember about Denver public pools:

  • NO ALCOHOL at any facility.
  • Food is permitted in designated areas, but please, NO GLASS.  Of course, no food or beverage allowed in the pools at any time.
  • As above, the pool closures can happen such as summer storms and/or the random Baby Ruth® incident.

A few fun things to mention about the different Denver Pools:

  • Many indoor pools such as Central Park and Montclair have the 0 – 3 feet feature with an indoor water playground for those not ready to give up their water wings yet. 
  • La Alma has undergone a recent renovation with an addition of a lazy river, diving board and a great slide.
  • Outdoor water playgrounds are a big hit for kids of all ages and can be found at Barnum, Globeville and Mestizo pools.

Don’t forget…wait to enter the pool until 30 minutes after you have eaten. There you go….ready to dive in! 

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Metro Denver’s Real Estate Market Continues to Make National Headlines

Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | by TJC Real Estate



If you are trying to make sense of the housing market in the Denver area these days, you are far from alone.  There is a surge of people moving to Colorful Colorado and many speculations on ‘why’.  Could it be the promised 300+ days of sunshine?  The legalization of marijuana?  Or the job market that is on the mend?  The numbers are clear:  For one reason or another, the Denver Metro area is currently one of the hottest housing markets in the nation.

Let’s break it down. 

Balanced Market:  A balanced real estate market means that there is a 5-6 month supply of homes on the market.  Currently in Denver, there is a 2 month supply of homes on the market.  Much of the inventory that hits the market is selling in record time and way above asking price. 

Increase in Home Values:  Denver home values increased by 17.2% in the first quarter of 2015.  The median home price increased from $288,400 in the first quarter of 2014 to $338, 100 in the first quarter of 2015.  Nationally, home prices raised 7.4% to $205,000 during the same time period.  Denver’s median home price is now 65% more expensive than the national average, but median income is only 18% higher than the national average.  It doesn’t stop there.  According to Aldo Svaldi, a Denver Post reporter: “The average price for a single-family detached home sold in metro Denver went above $400,000 for the first time ever in April, reaching $402,302. That was up 11 percent from last year and 3 percent higher than in March.”

Denver Growth:  And Denver continues to flourish…Denver ranked 7th out of 178 cities for home appreciation.  The 6 other cities with faster appreciation than Denver had much lower home prices:

  • Sherman, TX Up 33.4% prices raised from $92,500 to $123,400
  • Port St. Lucie, FL up 22.9% prices raised from $139,900 to $172,000
  • South Bend, IN 19.1%
  • Decatur, IL 18.1%
  • Charlotte, NC 17.7%
  • Reno, NV 17.6% 
  • Colorado Springs up 9.4% to $220,100
  • Boulder, CO up 5.6% to $442,200

Rental Market:  Home sales are only part of the real estate conundrum in Colorado.  What about the rental reality?  USA today reported that the median U.S. rent climbed 4% in April from the year-ago period to $1,364, according to real estate database Zillow. That's the biggest jump since March 2013.  In April, Aurora had continued to hold on to the number one spot for percentage of rent increases out of 100 other cities tracked by San Francisco based Apartment List.  Denver held the number 4 spot.  Due to an extremely low 4.8% vacancy rate and high demand, it has definitely been a landlord market as Metro Denver has had a 9% annual increase in rents. 

Where does this housing market leave the younger generations?  You would think that the new found inflation in home prices would deter new buyers from entering the market.  But due to the rental market being just as crazy, it is forecasted to be different than expected. “Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, expects the share of first-time home buyers to rise to 33% by year-end, in part because of the financial benefits of home ownership vs. renting.”  Once again, highlighting that it is also a seller’s market.

To take advantage of increased home prices, many have jumped on the bandwagon to sell their homes and have made a hefty profit in doing so.  Unfortunately, many people who are selling their homes and deciding to stay in Denver are finding themselves in quite a dilemma.  Most homes are selling much quicker than anticipated by the sellers and the brutal reality of inventory to rent or buy is that of an ice sale in hell.  If you are one of the lucky ones to have a bid accepted or to receive a lease on a home, you are probably spending $25,000 more than asking price or your rent payment is twice that of your old mortgage payment. 

All in all, the real estate market in the Denver Metro area is said to be a great testimony for the economy, but a stressful reality for many.  Either way, for the time being, it is a great time to be a seller or a landlord. 

Please contact one of our TJC Neighborhood Realtors for expert advice on buying, selling, investing, or renting your home.  Most people would agree that the price you have to pay to live in Colorado is very well paid back in sunshine and mountain views. 

TJC Real Estate & Management Services • 303.324.6988 • info@tjcrealestate.com


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References

http://www.coloradorealtors.com

http://www.9news.com/story/news/2015/05/11/denvers-hot-real-estate-one-couples-frantic-story/27137765/

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/print-edition/2015/05/08/tight-metro-denver-inventory-a-problem-says.html

http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_27890578/aurora-rents-zoomed-up-faster-than-any-other

http://www.9news.com/story/money/2015/05/17/national-rents-rising/27372141/

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Property Tax Bills… Assess, Dispute, Relax!

Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | by TJC Real Estate


Property Tax Bills… Assess, Dispute, Relax!

Who loves taxes?  The list isn’t very long, I am sure.  When it comes to your Property Tax Bill, however, there may be some hope in easing this stressor.  For many, they receive this bill and just file it away to give to their accountant.  For others, the sticker shock is too much to handle and they are in amazement that their home could ever be appraised so high.   If the latter is your case, here is some insight as well as some relatively simple steps to dispute your Property Tax Bill.

 To start, when the tax assessor assigns a property a value, he/she compares homes that have similar square footage and number of bedrooms/bathrooms in the particular neighborhood of your home.  Their technique is similar to what a home appraiser would do if you were buying a new home or refinancing your current home, but not always as in depth.  All in all, a higher property assessment equals a higher tax bill and a lower property assessment equals a lower tax bill. 

Moving along, some homeowners, including myself, have been in the situation where we felt that our home was appraised too low.  If this happens to you, consider it a blessing as this will not affect a refinance or a resale of the home.  Your Realtor can pull comps from the current market and a lender will have the home appraised, if needed, for a refinance.  With that in mind, you want to make sure that the lower assessment was not due to incorrect stats on the home.  Make sure that the room count and the square footage is correct on your assessment, therefore County records, to avoid possible future delays or problems when selling or refinancing your home. 

On the other hand, if you believe your property has been assessed too high, my utmost advice is to call a reputable Realtor.  Gathering the information you need to dispute your tax bill is typically complimentary through any real estate company.  A Realtor familiar with your neighborhood will be able to easily collect 3 comps (competitive market analysis) of comparable homes in your area that sold in the specified timeframe.  Many people try to do these themselves, but may run into a challenge of timing.  The timeframe that these homes need to have been sold for these comps will be stated on your Property Tax Bill.  This is usually up to 18-24 months back making it difficult for someone who is not a Realtor to get the proper research completed.  Having a Realtor involved will also assist you in getting a more realistic list of comps that will include location within a neighborhood, presence of upgrades within the home, style of home, etc.  All of these factors can prove helpful when getting a true assessment of your home’s value. 

Finally, once the comps have been collected, you or your Realtor can visit your local government website and follow the protocol to Petition for Abatement or Refund of Taxes. For Denver, the website is http://www.denvergov.org/assessor/AssessorsOffice/Forms/tabid/378177/Default.aspx.  You can dispute up to two years at once as long as they are directly prior to the current year.

All in all, property assessors have the capacity as anyone else for error.  If you believe, your property was wrongfully assessed too high, by all means dispute it.  Call TJC Real Estate and Property Management Services which has several realtors that will walk you through the process at no charge.  By working with a Realtor for this course of action, you will have a less painful and more positive experience.  The worst that can happen is you will find out that your home is truly worth more than you expected.

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Save Energy, Save Money, period. Heating and Cooling Tips!

Published on Sunday, February 22, 2015 | by TJC Real Estate


Save Energy, Save Money, period.  

Heating and Cooling Tips!

Whether you rent or you own your home, utilizing energy saving tips will also save you money.  Future generations, environmentalists: novice and advanced, and of course your pocket book will thank you.

HEATING and COOLING your home usually makes up about 48% of your utility bill, energy and dollar wise.   When HEATING and COOLING your home, one of the best, economical investments is a programmable thermostat.  Being able to set your thermostat accordingly for different times of the day will save you time, energy and money.  A good rule of thumb is to keep your thermostat as close to the outside temperature as possible since it takes less effort from your heating/cooling system to maintain the temperature.  Of course, the object of heating and cooling your home is to keep you and your family comfortable as well, so finding a balance to this rule of thumb is key.  Other great tips to save energy and money while using your heating and cooling system:

  • Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.
  • Set your thermostat to 60 degrees during the winter if you are going on vacation.
  • Never turn your thermostat off. Raising or lowering the temperature too quickly uses too much energy therefore spikes your energy bill.
  • Change your filters every 30 to 45 days for maximum efficiency.
  • Properly maintain and upgrade your equipment as necessary. Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment.
  • Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy. Leaving it in the "on" position keeps air running constantly. 

Of course, having and utilizing optimum heating and cooling equipment to the best of your ability is a great step forward in the balance of making your home comfortable and saving energy and money.  Looking at the whole house, though, including your habits will get you even further. 

In the colder months:

  • Covering all bare floors with area rugs will assist in retaining heat as well as adding extra comfort.
  • Close the flue in your fireplace when not in use and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
  • Running portable heaters regularly can be very expensive.  Limit your use of portable heaters to only when needed to temporarily heat a small area.
  • Make sure your air vents, baseboard heaters and radiators are cleaned regularly and are not being blocked by curtains, rugs or furniture.
  • Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime.
  • Consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
  • Run your ceiling fan on low speed in the clockwise direction.

In the warmer months:

  • Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction. Install more ceiling fans if possible.  Utilizing your ceiling fan can make you feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler which is a big boost on your thermostat.
  • Keep your exterior windows and doors shut tightly so you are not trying to the cool the outdoors as well as your home.
  • Turn off kitchen and bath exhaust fans promptly after use.
  • Keep your shades and curtains closed as much as possible during the warmer months to block the heat from the sun.
  • Utilize trees, shrubs and awnings on the outside of the home to protect your home from unwanted solar heat.
  • Keep interior doors open so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home.
  • Decorate with light colored curtains during the warmer months which will allow for light to come through while still blocking some of the heat from the sun’s rays. 
  • Keep your HVAC clear of debris. Never stack or lean items on your air compressor.
  • Close unused air vents when running your central AC to prevent cooling and therefore paying to cool unused rooms.

Take it a step further by contacting your local energy company to complete an energy efficiency evaluation.  They can offer personalized tips to make your home more energy efficient such as attic insulation tips and checking for household leaks.  According to Energy.Gov, by combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions.  The bottom line is by saving energy, you save money, period.

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  • References:

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-lighting

https://www.progress-energy.com/carolinas/home/save-energy-money/energy-saving-tips-calculators/100-tips.page?

 

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your HOME 2015!

Published on Sunday, December 28, 2014 | by TJC Real Estate



If you are seeking out ideas to give your living space an absolute overhaul or just add some flair, there are many new TRENDS circulating for 2015.  I have searched far and near (via the net) including some of the top designers in NY and have compiled a list of the au courant home trends for 2015.

  1. According to Pantone, the color gurus, Marsala is the NEW hot color!
  2. Greek BLUE, Deep BLUE, Royal BLUE, Cobalt BLUE ….any way you twist it, this rich, beautiful hue is THE way to accent any room.
  3. Mid Century shades such as Avocado Green, Mustard Yellow and Rusty Orange are being used to give some umph to a more mild scenery within the living space.  Mixing these shades with more BOLD varieties are definitely in as well!
  4. The Neutral mainstay, GRAY, is holding over from last year and will continue to be the colorless go-to.
  5. WALLPAPER is back replacing the single color accent walls.  Find your statement print!
  6. Gold, Copper and Bronze will give silver competition in any style you desire to achieve. The prominence, yet warmth of these METALLIC, luxe accents will balance the coolness of a modern home and revive a vintage or renaissance theme with its opulent stature.
  7. Mix and Match furniture is hot!  Rustic with Contemporary; Cowhide with Modern; Renaissance with Mid Century. FUSION of your favorite styles has pushed the analogous furniture motif off the runway.
  8. Reinventing the Classics! Creamy, black, muted white and grey interior with soft curves, organic lines united with a splash of pungent colors and textured fabrics.
  9. Classic or vintage soaking tubs take precedence over last year’s rain shower.
  10. Statement pieces such as unique ‘chandeliers’ or custom kitchen islands allow you to bring your sense of style to every room with a vengeance.
  11. TEXTURES you can feel such as paneled wood cabinets, quartz counters, velvets, natural wood finishes and adding natural elements to the home are great ways to revamp the tone and quality of a space you already love.

One great thing about the trends for 2015 is that you can REUSE, RECYCLE and UPCYCLE old pieces.  This, of course, is great for the environment, but also gives you endless opportunities for those creative urges. 

Keep your eyes peeled for The HOMEPage posts on our Facebook page which will feature individual articles from all my research!

 

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Downsizing to Low Maintenance Living

Published on Saturday, December 20, 2014 | by TJC Real Estate


The family home can be difficult to manage once children have left. Big gardens, lots of space and an aging property can cost you a lot in terms of both time and money.  That’s why many people choose to downsize as they reach retirement, or sometimes before.

But downsize to where? Increasing demand has made it hard to find smaller homes or even apartments that offer the ideal combination of space and low maintenance that mature downsizers are looking for.

Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek Builders

An increasing number of builders are building to meet the demand of this group. And with the vast tracts of land that have become available to builders in Stapleton and Lowry, these are good locations to start your hunt for a practical home that fits your needs.

Ranch homes are hot property in Stapleton. It seems to be generally agreed that the first phase of construction didn’t include enough of them! They are popular with young families as well as mature buyers – often for the same reason. No stairs! Ranch homes that come up on the Stapleton property market sell fast and for good prices.

Because of this, the new phases of construction in Stapleton, Conservatory Green and Willow Park East, will include a more generous number of ranch homes. Look at builders such as Boulder Creek Builders, who are constructing patio ranch homes, so little lawn and outdoor maintenance is required.

At the moment, there is no mention of ranch homes in the proposed first build out at Lowry’s Boulevard 1. However, construction has not yet started and things can change. One thing the first Boulevard 1 build out will include is a good number of townhouses and row homes, which are also popular with downsizers.

These homes give you a lot of floor space, with little or no yard maintenance required. Plenty of these homes were built in the first phase of Stapleton and they proved so popular that not only will you find new ones in Lowry, but also a good selection in Stapleton’s Conservatory Green and, coming up, in Willow Park East. Many offer balconies or roof terraces, so you can still enjoy the Colorado sun. In Conservatory Green, look at builders such as New Town Builders, Wonderland and Parkwood, all of whom have a good selection.

One thing all these properties have in common is that they are new. Even the existing homes in Stapleton are just over ten years old, and in Lowry, Conservatory Green and Willow Park East, you have the opportunity to work alongside a builder to design a home that is perfect for you.

If you would like to know more about any of the properties mentioned in this article––or tour any of these new areas, contact Greg Pond at 720-457-4520 or email on greg@tjcrealestate.com.

 
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