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Boulder County Buzz - August 2019

Boulder County Buzz - August 2019

This summer has been awesome! A balance of lots of work and fun trips Montana, Ohio, Maine and Philly to see family and friends and Phish and camping with Krissy and the kids! It’s always such a busy time, with so many festivals and events. And there's never an end to fun things to do in Boulder County! As summer starts to wind down, with kids going back to school, and pool season coming to an end... we're so close to enjoying the cool relief of fall and an end-of-summer party at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. I hope you've made lots of great summer memories in 2019 with your friends and family. I can't wait for a beautiful fall that's coming up fast!

And on to real estate: In a tight "sellers-market," purchasing with cash has been a way to set yourself apart in the home buying sphere. Below we share an article from USA Today explaining how a more buyer-friendly market means cash is no longer king. We also bring you the second installment of the Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine series on choosing the best contractor for your job. Our last article from MarketWatch explains why Boulder has been ranked the No.1 most stable housing market in the country for the 5th year in a row!

Buying a new home is a major investment, and takes a lot of consideration. Let me help you work through all the details, and figure out what's best for your needs now, and in the future. Let's talk! Drop me a line, I'm always excited to rap with you about real estate!

OMG #33? YEP! Please tune in to Part 33 From the Trail to hear how the #33 relates to you!

And finally, this month I’m featuring another place to contribute in honor of my friend Tom Cohen’s son Zach Cohen who passed away this summer from a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia. Zach lived a full life in his 19 years, and dealt bravely with battling leukemia for almost 3 years. I want to sponsor additional research and raise money to find a cure for disease research. My dad also has leukemia and so I urge you to give today and to please see how important this is and consider giving today!

Until next month,
HATCH

Boulder County Buzz - July 2019

Boulder County Buzz - July 2019

The hottest part of the year is here in Boulder County, finally. We asked for summer — we got it! The Boulder Creek is now about three times higher than it was at this time last year. In fact, the city needed to push back tube-to-work day by a couple weeks to let the high run-off subside for tuber safety. Suffice it to say we didn’t tube for my daughter Phoebe’s 15th birthday this year. While my business is off-the-hook-awesome right now, the market in general is straightening out. It’s no longer an all-in a seller’s market across the board. It’s a more neutral market. Inventory was up 35% in the City of Boulder for houses last month, and sales slid 26.3% year over year. I have listings that sell in a weekend and some that have taken more than a month to find a buyer. It’s back to basics; location, condition, timing, competition and thus pricing. But I appreciate the balance and so do my buyers. For me it’s about managing my buyer's and seller's expectations and preparing for this market, not the market of the past.

If you're still looking to buy, or thinking of selling, check out the article below from Forbes about trends in the national housing market thus far in 2019. We also have a beginner's guide from 5280 Magazine all about turning your house into a "Smart-Home” and then also an article about how the Boulder County real estate market is leading people to consider towns outside of Boulder proper.

Please connect with me anytime to discuss your real estate goals for the second half of 2019 and for market conditions here in Boulder County specifically! I’m easy to reach.

Come fly with me to a new featured property this month at 2132 Pine Street in Boulder, Colorado. A beautiful home for the buyer who’s tired of worn out, beat up, janky homes but wants a 102 year old home with old school charm and graced with all modern amenities, situated in downtown Boulder, Colorado. This is the one!

And finally, this month I’m featuring another non-profit program, Mother House of Boulder County. "Started in 1982, Mother House has provided at-risk mothers and their babies with a nurturing, supportive, and empowering residential community. We give women the support and resources they need to walk out of our doors more prepared for success than when they came in. It’s our way of enabling our mothers to thrive, so their children will too." Please see how important this program is and consider giving today!

Thank you again for your business and for referring business. See you on the corner,
HATCH

Boulder County Buzz - June 2019

Boulder County Buzz - June 2019

Summer is just a few days away and that means it's time to barbecue and relax, right? While I love savoring the long evenings and enjoying the summer breeze with a cold beverage in my hand, it’s time to get busy! My business, after an unusual spring, is taking off in all directions. It’s exciting.


Several of my buyers are all tucked into their new homes and a few will be soon. And my listings are selling too. Fly with me to my featured listing at 280 Boulder View Road in the Boulder, Colorado Foothills. It’s an awesome Colorado Mountain home with mind-blowing, 360 degree views. If you've taken advantage of the spring market and are getting ready to move, I share a great article about choosing a moving company below. If you're looking to remodel your home, the Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine has a new article series to help you out. Read the first installment that's about choosing the right contractor for the job. And Longmont and Boulder were awarded $8.3M to put toward creating more affordable housing—check out the details!

As always, if you're looking to make the leap and put your house on the market, or you're interested in buying, I'm here to strategize with you. The market is still steady right now, and it's a great time to jump in whether buying or selling. Let’s go!!

As always, THANK YOU for your business and remember that I’m never too busy for your referrals,
HATCH

Pic of the Month… The agony and the undefeated! It was amazing and inspiring to watch the men’s 1st and 2nd place finishers of the Boulder Ironman! These men and women athletes are incredible. Winner Matt Hanson with the media spotlight and 2nd Place Kennett Peterson. Unable to stand up, his wife Adelaide props him up while asking for fluids after he completed the race, exhausted. "Drained of everything. It was a good thing Adelaide was there. I was incapable of doing anything myself for the next hour,” he reported on his website.

Boulder County Buzz - May 2019

Boulder County Buzz - May 2019

Spring is finally in full swing, and summer is only a month away, which is hard to believe. Now that we've surely seen the last of the snow and cold, it's time to think about our gardens. The Hatches raised garden beds are starting to see sprouts from radish, kale and beet seeds pushing through the soil. And the hops vines are reaching higher by the minute. I have a great article here on container gardening, and some helpful guides from Colorado State University with a lot of info if you're just starting out as a green thumb. 

On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 2/3, Q2+Q3 2018

On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 2/3, Q2+Q3 2018

House became home for the Carlsons

By Silvia Pettem

In 1949, three years after Vivian and Carroll Carlson were married, the young couple purchased a brand-new house on Baseline Road in the Interurban Park subdivision. Now, almost seven decades later, Vivian still calls it home.

The neighborhood had been platted years earlier, in 1908, when the “Interurban” railroad first ran through the University of Colorado and then south on what today is South Broadway. The commuter trains continued to operate until 1926.

For the next two decades, the subdivided land between part of Park Avenue (now Baseline Road) and Green Mountain Cemetery was rural and sparsely settled. When the Carlsons’ moved in, the population of Boulder was just under 20,000. But post-World War II growth would quickly usher in big changes... READ THE NEWSLETTER

Boulder County Buzz - August 2018

Boulder County Buzz - August 2018

Boulder County is Popular in the News this Month

Hi friends, real estate in Boulder County is still as active and busy as ever. Just when I thought the usual late summer doldrums were upon us, business never really slowed and I owe that to so many of you or looking out for me and my biz. But see the July Stats below for more details, too. The Buzz this month highlights a fun feature on the city of Boulder from the Washington Post. Check it out! It's great to see our local city and many of our favorite businesses getting so much attention. This will probably inspire more people to move here...which is great for sellers, but means more competition for buyers.

Another interesting trend that's affecting our local real estate market is the high number of seniors moving to Colorado. Did you know that this is one of the top places in the country to retire?

Also, it’s that time of year again for back to school...and the good news is, your kids can do their homework on Pearl Street now because Google has brought free WIFI to the pedestrian mall. Shya!

Thanks for being such awesome friends and clients and for all your support and trust. It’s been an awesome summer and now it’s time for go back to school and to go Phishin’! Don’t forget to give to your favorite charity this month! All the best you. Thank you, HATCH

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Boulder County Buzz - May 2018

Boulder County Buzz - May 2018

Get Outside and Enjoy Beautiful Boulder County

Hello friends! Well, the Boulder real estate market has hit a new milestone with the average sales price of single family homes in the city of Boulder reaching $1,207,403 at the end of March. What does this mean for affordability and diversity? RE/MAX of Boulder’s owner, Jay Kalinski, wrote about this in an article in BizWest this month. And, don’t miss the Best of Boulder awards announcing that readers have chosen RE/MAX of Boulder as the #1 real estate agency. What an honor! The Buzz also features some cutting edge redecorating tips so you can enjoy your home more today, and make it easier to sell down the road. 
I’d also like to wish all of you Buzz readers who are mothers, a happy belated Mother’s Day - you rock! 

I hope you’re all getting out to enjoy the beautiful spring weather like we’re having in Boulder with rain and sunshine and rain again. It’s so green here!

This month I’m featuring a community event, Climb Out of the Darkness; an event committed to bringing people together, united, to honor the struggle to overcome perinatal mood disorders. The community climb, on June 23rd, will promote awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country, worldwide: In support of moms & dads, community programs and healthcare providers. Please see how important this program is and consider participating in the climb, or by giving today. I did! Thank you again for your friendships and your business, HATCH

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Boulder County Buzz - March 2018

Boulder County Buzz - March 2018

Spring Brings Nicer Weather and More Competition

Days are longer, leaf buds emerge, song birds call, crocus whittle their way out of winter detritus and fish are rising up like birds! Ah, the music of spring. As life emerges around us, so does the spring real estate market here in Boulder County. Yes, it’s getting busier here and as green replaces brown, we are seeing a good surge in properties pop up for sale. My new listings this have sold or will close soon. It’s been good and steady and fun so far this year and I’m reminded that I made a really good choice 14 years ago to take this adventure.

The Buzz this month features articles that question what will happen with higher prices and fewer homes on the market. What does this mean for first time home buyers and affordability? And what will happen next year as Google ads a third building to their campus, bringing more employees to the area?

Don’t miss the 2018 RE/MAX of Boulder Real Estate Report where we take a closer look at what’s happening with the local market.

And be sure to check out this month’s featured property, coming in April. It’s near Chautauqua Park and sure to impress. I’m really excited to market this one.

I’m starting something new in The Buzz this month: I’ll be featuring a community non-profit program and this month’s charity for giving is Growing Gardens in Boulder. Please see how important this program is and give today. I did! 

Remember, if you have questions about any real estate decisions this year, please give me a buzz. Thank you again for your continued support of my business. Happy Easter Holiday to you all, HATCH

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On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 1, Q1 2018

On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 1, Q1 2018

Haertling and Wagener, architects who shaped Boulder, both buried at Green Mountain Cemetery

By Carol Taylor

A stroll through Green Mountain Cemetery is a contemplation on the many personalities in history who contributed to Boulder. Standing out are two innovators, Charles Haertling and Hobart Wagener, architects who shaped Boulder’s built environment and created an inventory of striking mid-century modern structures.

Both men were born in the 1920s, both had Midwestern roots, both served in the U.S. Navy and both moved to Boulder in the 1950s. In addition, they both worked for Boulder architect James Hunter before starting their own practices.

Each architect left an impressive body of award-winning designs, many of which are now city landmarks, including residences, churches and public buildings. All the while they both raised families and served the community in civic and philanthropic organizations… READ THE NEWSLETTER

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 4, Q4 2017

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 4, Q4 2017

Chautauqua turns 120: From teachers’ retreat to National Historic Landmark

By Carol Taylor

It was quite a prize when Boulder landed the Chautauqua, 120 years ago, in the early months of 1898. Several other towns vied for the teachers’ retreat planned by the Texas Board of Regents, but Boulder officials impressed them with spectacular mountain scenery on a narrow gauge railroad trip.

The Texans chose a Chautauqua for their program, because the American Chautauqua movement was in full force. From the 1890s-1920s literally thousands of Chautauquas popped up all over the country as education and entertainment for the masses, featuring lifelong learning, oration and the arts.

Boulder agreed to provide the land and an auditorium as well as a dining hall for the new Texas-Colorado Chautauqua. The challenge was how to pay for this exciting amenity.

Boulder was a small town of about 6,000 residents, with a fledgling University and a collection of small businesses, but no cash for such a large project. A bond election could raise the funds to purchase the Batchelder

Ranch and other necessities, officials decided. With some hearty encouragement at the polls, the bond passed overwhelmingly in a municipal election in April of 1898. READ THE NEWSLETTER

Boulder County Buzz - July 2017

Boulder County Buzz - July 2017

Boulder County's Thriving Market and Mid-Year Report

July in Boulder County is hot as usual, in terms of local temperatures, but our real estate market is cooling down a bit. Demand has softened and inventory has increased, bringing about a bit of welcome normalcy. The articles this month reflect a theme of change in the air. Amazon bought Whole Foods? Yes! How will our local shopping experiences and commercial real estate market be impacted by this? There's also a construction worker shortage that is affecting the pace at which new construction can be built to accommodate those migrating to Colorado. Don’t miss the second quarter stats to compare what’s happening in your Boulder County city, now that we’re halfway through 2017... READ MORE

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 2, Q2 2017

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 2, Q2 2017

Early Chautauquans loved the Switzerland Trail

By Carol Taylor

Legend says it was the spectacular scenery on a mountain train ride that helped clinch the Chautauqua for Boulder.  Boulder had been competing with other Colorado towns for the privilege of establishing a restorative cultural retreat for Texas schoolteachers. 

In February of 1898, Texas educators arrived in Boulder to survey proposed sites for a new Chautauqua.  “The prize is too big to be allowed to slip away,” stated the Daily Camera editor Lucius Paddock.  Community leaders feted the group, showed them around town and arranged a special treat – a ride in the mountains on the narrow gauge Colorado & Northwestern railroad.  On the trip up to the town of Sunset, Chautauqua officials were amazed by the dramatic mountain splendor. READ THE NEWSLETTER

FROM THE TRAIL - PART FIFTEEN

FROM THE TRAIL - PART FIFTEEN

The finest in the nation! Earlier this spring RE/MAX of Boulder was named the No. 1 single RE/MAX office in the U.S. for 2016 sales volume, marking the eighth time the company earned the No. 1 ranking. The award was presented at the recent annual international RE/MAX convention held in Las Vegas, NV, attended by more than 6,000 agents and brokers from 60 countries.

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 1, Q1 2017

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 1, Q1 2017

Henrietta Lives!

By Carol Byerly

It looks like Henrietta is going to make it.  The elderly Plymouth Rock chicken has survived raccoon attacks, coyote raids, the neighbor dogs, and the dramatic weather extremes of Colorado.  Now she was the sole survivor of an electrical fire that killed the other seven chickens, ages four months to a year, in her coop.  

Early Monday morning I was drawn to the backdoor by the lights of fire trucks from the rescue station just blocks from my house.  Over the fence I saw that my neighbors’ chicken coop, a sturdy little house on stilts, was engulfed in flame.  Oh no, I thought, those poor chickens.  I knew my neighbors were out of town and saw the house sitter, Liz, standing stock still in the middle of the yard, still in her slippers, arms folded, watching as the firemen efficiently and thoroughly put out the fire with their hoses and picks and dragging out all of the flammable material required to raise chickens.  Both curious (I admit) and wanting to support Liz, I went over to help and console.  Liz told that when she ran to the flaming coop, when she opened the door, all of the chickens were on fire, but for one in a corner who somehow escaped the fireball and hopped or fell out of the coop.  “Henrietta” I said, “she has survived all the other traumas here.”  And on the ground behind the coop, amidst the four or five firemen in their full yellow and black rubber suits and hoses and big helmets, I saw a small, shuddering pile of feathers... READ THE NEWSLETTER

FROM THE TRAIL - PART FOURTEEN

FROM THE TRAIL - PART FOURTEEN

Hi friends, here is PART FOURTEEN, FROM THE TRAIL! Or in this case, from the Colorado River with friends Ben Weaver and Mike Higuera...

WHAT IS A SILVER LINING? "Use the term silver lining when you want to emphasize the hopeful side of a situation that might seem gloomy on the surface. The common expression "every cloud has a silver lining" means that even the worst events or situations have some positive aspect" - vocabulary.com. I hope you enjoy, a lot! HATCH

FROM THE TRAIL - PART TWELVE

FROM THE TRAIL - PART TWELVE

Yes!!! I'm Back On the Trail! The past week I've done 17 miles and my right knee is GOOD! It's been 10 weeks since my last trail run - how good to be back. Welcome to From the Trail, Part Twelve!

On the Corner Vol. 10 Issue 3, Q3 2016

On the Corner Vol. 10 Issue 3, Q3 2016

Why I Like This Neighborhood
By Jesse Weaver, 9
   I’m the luckiest kid in the world. Why am I the luckiest kid in the world? Because I get to live in the
lower Chautauqua neighborhood. I think this neighborhood is AWESOME. The reason I think this
neighborhood is so AWESOME is because of everything I’m about to tell you. READ THE NEWSLETTER

Boulder County Buzz - December 2016

Boulder County Buzz - December 2016

What a grateful time of year! We pushed through the transition from warm weather to snow with winter that has finally arrived. And the holiday decorations all around are a reminder of how powerful and dazzling light can be. As we enjoy winter and celebrate the holidays I hope that your moments with friends and family are filled with Light and Joy.
 

FROM THE TRAIL - BETWEEN NOTES

FROM THE TRAIL - BETWEEN NOTES

Hi friends, thanks for watching these videos this year. It's been a fun adventure. I hope you enjoy! More to come, I promise! HATCH

FROM THE TRAIL - PART TEN

FROM THE TRAIL - PART TEN

Hi friends, from the Bluestem Trail in South Boulder meet my twin sister Johannah for the tenth installment From the Trail from which Jojo' shares a message to just go for it! Say you're gonna do it, and do it! Thanks for coming all the way out to Boulder, Jojo, just to be in my video and share a message with friends! Y'all please feel free to leave a message or subscribe to my Channel. Have a great month! I hope you enjoy, HATCH