February 2013

Found 12 blog entries for February 2013.

Boulder Book StoreBoulder, Colorado has a unique history that is intertwined with poetry and literature.  With such names as notable beatnik writers like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Amiri Baraka, and Anne Waldman, Boulder has become a center for modern day and historic literary culture.  In support of this cultural industry the Colorado University of Boulder and Naropa University offer some of the best writing programs the nation has to offer.  Boulder is also home to many independent bookstores that have helped to continue the traditions of Boulder’s written culture.  Here is a list of our favorite local bookstores in Boulder.

The Boulder Book Store is Boulder’s largest independent bookstore that carries over 100,000 titles and support local artists.  This

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Tuesday reports were released from the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices which provide the most reliable measurements of changes in value for the US residential real estate market.  This report indicated that home prices in and around the Denver area increased by 8.5% from December 2011 to December 2012.  This increase marked the “12th straight month of gains” and illustrated the largest annual growth for the area since 2001.     

S&P/Case-Shiller Reports Denver Real Estate Prices Rose 8.5% In 2012

With the predicted increase in home sales and price, many homeowners in the Denver metro area have been considering making the move into new real estate.  These figures show that the longer you wait the more money you will pay.  The buzz in our area is that it is a seller’s market, which is now backed up by these

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Historic Mapleton HillReal estate in Boulder, Colorado has a rich and interesting history that tells a story of how our community was brought into the modern era with the help of local prominent families and the mining and railroad industries.  By 1880, Boulder was a well established community that was to be the home of the State University.  Around this time the first permanent residential area for upper-class residents was established in what we now know as the historic neighborhood of Mapleton Hill.  This land was purchased from the federal government by the Tourtellot and Squires families, years previous to this in 1858 for $5,500.  In 1888 Mapleton Hill was plotted out and mapped by The Boulder Land and Improvement Company which brought in several developers including

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Capital Gains TaxesAs tax season is well underway, everyone is talking abou the changes that took effect at the end 2012 regarding capital gain tax laws.  As a homeowner who is looking to sell their property this upcoming summer I find myself wondering how or if this will affect me and my personal situation.  In order to figure it out, I needed to educate myself on what exactly a capital gains tax is and what changes took effect.  Here is what I found.

First of all, a capital gains tax is an income tax that is placed on any profits that are made from the sale of an asset.  These kinds of assets can include bonds, stocks, precious metals, personal property, and real estate.  Second, there are several factors which effect how much exactly you will have to pay Uncle Sam,

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Sledding In BoulderWell, we finally got some of the much needed snow we have all been craving this weekend, thank you Mother Nature!  It just doesn’t feel like home in Boulder, CO without snowcapped peaks and bundled up folks walking about.  Happy to have white on the ground, Boulder residents can expect to get between 7-10 inches of snow today.  Yay!  So how are you planning to spend this snowy Sunday?  If you are like most active snowbirds in Boulder you are more than likely going to get into your ski and snowboarding gear and head out for a day of sledding and adventure.  Here is our list of the best place to sled in Boulder.

By far the most popular and well known sledding hills are those of Chautauqua Park.  Located at 900 Baseline Rd, you can expect the main hill to

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J Davis Builders Boulder ColoradoJ Davis Builders is a locally owned and operated custom builder and construction management company in Boulder, Colorado.  We are proud to endorse J Davis and love the work they have provided our company with over the years. Completing the renovations on our new office located in East Boulder, J Davis Builders brought insight, efficiency and quality materials to our vision.

J Davis Builders offers construction management for commercial renovation and construction projects, new custom home builds, and residential enhancements.  Providing hands-on and detailed oriented services, J Davis Builders bring more than 22 years of experience to each project. Owner, Jeff Davis is personally involved with each project and oversees his talented team of

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Boulder International Film FestivalLooking for something fun, artistic, educational, and truly unique to Boulder to do this Presidents weekend?  Then pick up your tickets in advance and head over to the Boulder International Film Festival.  This event has been named one the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in the world and is expecting huge turn outs and great success this year just as with every year passed. 

Starting February 14th with a grand red carpet event, the Boulder International Film Festival will run through Sunday, February 17th 2013. Tickets are available to buy on-line at the Boulder Theater or can be purchased at the door for each venue.  Please note space is limited and if there is one event in particular that you have to see, buying ticket online is strongly recommended.

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CGS Inc.It’s not too late to get your tickets for the Colorado Home & Garden Show!

The show started February 9th and will run until the 17th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.  This event is hosted by CGS, Inc., which is a non-profit that “provides funds for horticultural-related grants and scholarships for [that] benefit the greater Denver area and the [entire] State of Colorado.

Colorado Home and Garden Show Denver COThe Colorado Home and Garden Expo is our areas most well known and largest garden show.  For this event the Colorado Convention Center is transformed into a sprawling garden with acres of professionally landscaping. In total this nine day event features over 600 vendors from all over the United States and Canada, 1400 booths, and displays some the newest and most

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Mortgage Calculators and ToolsMortgage calculators are great resources for homebuyers and homeowners for a variety of reasons. They use information including sale price, loan terms, down payment, tax, insurance, and interest amounts to establish repayment requirements.  It is definitely to your best advantage to use them before, during and after the home buying process as a tool to reach financial goals. Allowing you to play around with “projected” numbers in order to figure out how much your potential monthly payments will be based on a variety of home mortgage loan types, is only one benefit. You can also use a mortgage calculator to determine how early to pay off a home mortgage and the affects of making different additional payment amounts.

Early completion of the loan

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Economic Snapshot

A look at the current real estate market; provided by RE/MAX ALLIANCE-Dan Johnson

 February/2013

            The Boulder County real estate market continued its active pace in January/2013 as single family homes and attached unit sales outpaced January/2012 sales. Single family home sales were UP 20% (166 vs. 138). Attached unit sales were UP 29% (62 vs. 48). The collective market was UP nearly 23%. Sales figures for January/2013 approached January/2007 sales numbers.

            The inventory of available single family homes increased 5.77% at the close of January/2013 compared to the end of 2012 (861 vs. 814). Inventory levels will continue to grow as winter melds into spring and the real estate market gains momentum. Available

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