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The YMCA is known as the foundation in many communities across the United States, especially if you have children. In Colorado this could not be more true, specifically in the area of Boulder County which is known for its family friendly lifestyle and outstanding community resources. Being a YMCA kid myself, I know the value of their after school programs as well as their swimming and sports programs. I treasure the experiences I had growing up there. In addition to these resources provided for children, they offer valuable adult services as well, including classes, workshops, fitness programs and more. Without the help of countless volunteers and supporters, the YMCA could not offer the plethora of programs they do. As the largest nonprofit in the United

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Finally, we’re out of the deep freeze. That’s what it felt like around the Boulder Valley as January gave way to February. Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Sears, the Prognosticator of Prognostications, predicted six more weeks of winter when he saw his shadow on February 2nd. I’m betting on (hoping for) an early spring.

            The holidays are a distant memory and real estate buyers and sellers focus now turns to what they do best - buying and selling. The inventory of available properties will begin to grow as the weather improves, but will remain at a low level as demand continues to exceed supply.  For Boulder County, active single family home listings stood at 725 at the end of January/2014. At the end of January/2013 there

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Since the peak year of 2005, the Boulder Valley real estate market has been climbing a steep hill back to respectability. It has been a slow process. Sales activity in years 2006 through 2009 were on a downward spiral. The market stabilized in 2009 through 2011, then began an upward shift in 2012. This past year we saw market activity approach 2007 in Boulder County for single family home sales (3,491 vs. 3,570) and attached unit sales (1,329 vs. 1,426).  The market is still about 17% behind 2005 sales numbers, but headed in the right direction.

Below is an overview of sales activity for the past two years for single family homes in the various Boulder Valley areas, courtesy of IRES – the Northern Colorado MLS.      

                       
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Now that the cold weather has moved into the Boulder area, you are probably looking for something fun to do indoors, right? Well, I am here to remind you about the many bowling opportunities in the area. Although there is actually only one hometown bowling alley in the City of Boulder, which happens to be on the CU campus, there are several other places to bowl nearby, some of which go well beyond your traditional old school alleys. So, the next time you want something to do with your kids, friends, grandparents or for date night, consider knocking down some pins at one of the Front Range's bowling alleys.

image via: umc.colorado.edu
See below for information on the hottest places to bowl around Boulder.
 
Featured: UMC Connection
1669 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
Even though this is

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Life is a composite of good times and not so good times, highs and lows interspersed with a multitude of middles. As we trek toward the end of another year this is an opportune time to reflect back on the events and circumstances that led us down the path to where we find ourselves today.

From a real estate perspective, Boulder County and the Boulder Valley area have experienced relatively good times in 2013.

Home mortgage interest rates vacillated between 3.34% (January) and 4.58% (August) for the traditional thirty-year fixed rate loan. Not a dramatic shift, but a 1% rate differential on a $615,000 home (median price in Boulder) with an 80% loan-to-value ($492,000 mortgage) is approximately $280.00 per month in additional principle and interest.

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It is our pleasure to support local artisans and craft folk.  Here a few recommended and fun holiday Arts & Craft Fairs coming up in and around Boulder. 

Image via: facebook.com/FireflyHandmade

Firefly Handmade Holiday Market - Friday through Sunday, December 6-8, 2013.  Featuring 80+ Colorado artisans. 1600 Pearl Street, downtown Boulder. http://www.fireflyhandmade.com 

ARTastic Market - Friday, Dec 6, 2013, 11:30a.m.-2:30p.m.  One-stop, shop your heART out holiday gift market.  Horizons K-8 School, 4545 Sioux Dr., Boulder 
 
Winter Farmer's Market and Holiday Gift Show - Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8 , 2013. Colorado handcrafted gifts, goodies and local food, brought to you by the producers of the Boulder and Longmont Farmer's Market.  Boulder

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Are you looking for something really cool to do with the kids? I recently visited the WOW! Children's Museum in Lafayette with my 3 yr old son and it was blast! Located right near downtown Lafayette, this interactive museum has tons of activities that are educational and fun.


WOW! takes kids on a fun, hands-on journey that highlights things like reading, math, science and the arts. This place has everything from a pirate ship, a toddler beach complete with slide and sandbox, a pretend grocery store and bank, plus an outside play area. A couple of our favorites were the music room, the pulley chairs, the grocery store scanner and the huge bubble maker you can stand inside. You will also find a great sitting area to have a bite to eat, party rooms for

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I recently heard about this awesome new fit program just for women that gets you in shape quickly and also connects you with local women of all ages in your area.  The idea behind Kaia Fit is that group fitness equals support.  You know, alone you might feel weak, but together we are strong, that kind of mentality  The great thing about Kaia is that it is real women, working really hard, to achieve real goals. Plus the diversity of the programs offered and the real life applications of movements are what makes Kaia’s fitness programs popular and effective. Changing up the program regularly helps to boost results, keep things exciting, and challenges even the fittest of women.  If you are a woman looking for a fitness program that offers the support you

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13' Best Schools Daily BeastMost people know the golden rule of real estate is location, location, location; which applies today more than ever in our revitalized Colorado market. When considering exactly what location is best for you and your family to buy in, there are many things to factor like crime rates, city taxes, relationship to work, immediate amenities and of course, the surrounding schools. In fact, school districts are usually one of the top considerations for families with children and even for those who do not have any. This is because receiving the best education you can without having to travel outside of your immediate area will help to set up your family for success down the line. In addition it also helps tremendously with resale values and adds to the lure of a

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