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Boulder County Buzz - July 2018

Boulder County Buzz - July 2018

Boulder County's Thriving Market and Mid-Year Report

Hello friends, I think we’ve passed the midway point through summer. Ugh! Have you done, or will you do all the things you said you were going to do? I hope so. I’m still working at mine. I still want plan another trail half-marathon, but that might have to wait till fall as I’m too busy chasing kids and trout and Phish. 

Summer hail storms have been damaging to homes and vehicles, but not to the real estate market — it’s still very dynamic. While the intensity of the early spring rush has waned, it’s still a market where we see more than one offer in the first few days. But things are little bit more balanced for buyers and sellers. Is it possible the average price of a home in the city of Boulder is almost $1,250,000.00? Have condos and townhomes really gone up 25%+ in the city of Boulder last year? Perhaps… perhaps not. We're halfway through 2018 already, and the Mid-Year Stats reveal information you don't want to miss! 

The Buzz this month also features some tips on what you can do with your real estate equity, as well as an article from RE/MAX of Boulder’s owner discussing the average price of homes in the city of Boulder. What does that mean for the rest of the year? How will the fall market play out? I can’t wait to find out! 

With all the fascinating events happening in our area, I hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer. And by next month, we’ll already think about getting our kiddos back to school. Ethan will be a junior and Phoebe with be a freshman at Boulder High School. 

This month I’m featuring another community non-profit program, There With Care who, since 2005, has been providing support for families during the critical phase of a medical crisis, easing their daily stresses with compassion and care. Program for youth in Boulder. Please see how important this program is and consider giving today. I did!

Also don’t forget to tune in to Part 26 From the Trail and listen to what my mom and dad are so grateful for. They’re awesome! Thank you for coming along with me, HATCH

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Boulder County Buzz - June 2018

Boulder County Buzz - June 2018

Boulder County is Busy and Thriving this Summer

  Happy Summer Solstice everyone! Well, between the extreme dry heat one day and the heavy hail storms the next, it’s no wonder we’re all amped up, here on the Front Range. Or maybe that’s just because it’s summer. And like last year at this time, the real estate market isn’t as dynamic as the previous few months. Buyers and sellers are seeing a difference in the market than even from a month ago and it’s important to help manage buyer and seller expectations in real time. My buyers are realizing they can take a little more time to decide on a home and they can make offers without necessarily removing conditions or offering above list price, while still having the winning offer. The number of properties under contract is down considerably and it may take a little longer for sellers to sell their home. It may be safe to say we’re in a buyer’s market in many cases. But not all markets within Boulder County, or even within the same town, behave the same — so please contact me if you want to learn more about what’s happening in your neck of the woods. 

Check out this month’s Buzz: Boulder County is getting a lot of attention — with a local city, Superior, CO having scored slots on several “Best Places to Live” lists, and countless fun and creative events happening throughout the summer. Check out the article below from BizWest outlining the recent Boulder Economic Summit, and learn how our real estate market is impacted by both housing and transportation issues.  May Stats are in: inventory is fluctuating, and prices are continuing to rise. The Buzz this month explores these topics and more!

Finally, and more importantly, is what’s happening with immigration reform where families being separated at our border. Attention is needed now for the people that are providing help for children who are being taken away from their detained parents. Today I’m featuring RAICES, The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a Texas-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing immigrant families and refugees with affordable legal assistance. You can donate money to support its team of 130 attorneys and staff members Please consider giving today. We did!  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 - February 2018

Boulder County Buzz - February 2018

Fall in Love with Real Estate

And it happened on Valentine's Day. Another mass shooting, and it makes it hard to gather useful thoughts for a newsletter about real estate. I hope one day soon we can solve this problem. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

After a little reprieve, the market seems to be taking January’s momentum right into February. I sound like a broken record but here we go again with finite inventory and a glut of buyers driving this market. With, in many cases, multiple offers going over list price. It feels similar to last year at this time; the market came early and then peaked early, in May. Maybe this year will be the same. Maybe not. I’m ready for whatever happens. And let me know if I can help you be ready, too. Consider what your plans for the year are and how I can help you in executing them. 

The Buzz this month highlights trends through RE/MAX of Boulder's monthly statistics. As we know, the market is often changing, and I am here to keep you informed with what is happening throughout the Boulder County area. Please holler if I can help you, your family or your friends on their real estate adventure in 2018.

In the meantime, try to be grateful for who you have and what you have. Please tune in to Part 24 From the Trail and see what my new friends from Louisiana are grateful for.  Sincerely, HATCH

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Boulder County Buzz - January 2018

Boulder County Buzz - January 2018

Have a Happy and Prosperous 2018!

The New Year is here, and in front of me. The year 2017 is in the rear-view. Adios! My real estate business performed well and stayed upright. Fly fishing was just ok and Phish tour was shorter than usual. But my family remains my centerpiece. And we just closed out the year and began a new year on an epic journey around the world to Thailand on a family trip. It was, for lack of a better word, amazing. Friends keep asking, “What was the take-away?” All I can say is how special it was to be just the four of us Hatches, together, 24/7 for two weeks, in a foreign country. That never happens back home. Together we navigated the Thai culture, nibbled and slurped amazing Thai food. We figured out their currency pretty fast but the language barrier presented some challenges. We learned how to say, “thank you” and we said it a lot. We became public transit experts by the end. We even rode high atop elephants in the jungle. We scooted around the busy streets in motorized 3-wheeled Tuk Tuks and by way of long-tail boats we road the ocean and rivers. We explored the beaches and jungles and drank one kind of beer, Chang Beer, because that’s about all they had to offer. I highlight was out New Year's Eve celebration in Chiang Mai where we released sky lanterns into the night sky and waved goodbye to another good year, while welcoming a new one. At the end, we endured over 20 hours of fly time each way. It was worth it. And we did all together and did it well. We got along, just the four of us. I will never forget it.

On the real estate front — the early buying and selling season is here. In several areas and price ranges we’re already seeing days to contract, with some over list price. But I will say, the market may be balancing somewhat with prices leveling out in some areas like Boulder. We saw modest appreciation last year at under 5%. More inventory should continue to the put market in balance. It will be interesting to see what happens this first quarter.

What plans do you have for your home in 2018? Are you considering selling your home? Purchasing an investment property? Or possibly remodeling that part of your home that you've always wanted to improve? The Buzz this month has insightful articles featuring some considerable reasons to sell in early 2018.

Also, don’t miss the year-end STATS and details about your property taxes. Let's connect soon about how I can help you buy, sell, or invest in our local market this year. It’s best to start early and plan ahead! And thank you again for your referrals. All the best, HATCH

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Boulder County Buzz - September 2017

Boulder County Buzz - September 2017

Looking Ahead this September in Boulder County

Mother Nature sure has an interesting way of reminding us that she’s in charge of the climate and weather that swirl all around us each day. After experiencing the 2013 flood here in Boulder, I feel compassion for those who have been impacted by these magnificent acts of nature; from the beautiful solar eclipse, to the heinous hurricanes battering our coastal and Caribbean communities and from the fires in the west to the sunsets painted for us each evening - Mother Nature’s in charge. And I give thanks as we’re reminded to band together and be resilient when she throws punches. The silver lining. Read more....

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

Boulder County Buzz - November 2016

Boulder County Buzz - November 2016

Hi friends and family, it is with immense gratitude for all of you that I send this Thanksgiving edition of the Boulder County Buzz. I am so grateful for your friendships, your business and your referrals and I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving Holiday. I hope it’s a nice, quiet time to reflect and connect with those close to you.

And check out this month’s Buzz content: If you live in Boulder, Denver, or Fort Collins, you’ll be happy to learn that these areas are predicted to be among the top cities in the country for home value appreciation over the next 12 months. So if you’re considering buying a new home or investment property, now is the time to do it! And don’t miss this month’s From the Trail with my twin sister Johannah… https://youtu.be/CFxclYYaTK8Thank you! HATCH  

Boulder County Buzz - October 2016

Boulder County Buzz - October 2016

My iPhone vibrated on the wood surface of the bedside table at the Snowmass condo we were vacationing in. “RACE CANCELLED!” is what the email read at 6:03am. Ugh, I grumbled, seriously? We’ve had a glorious fall season with abundant sunshine, deep blue skies and vibrant foliage. And the sunsets? Unreal! But it seems like the one weekend we actually had rain, snow and cold temps, was the weekend of my Annual Aspen Golden-leaf Half Marathon. Snow that had fallen overnight pushed organizers to cancel the race for safety reasons. My friend Paolo and I were disappointed. We’d trained hard for the race, but we were reminded that mother nature can change the game and alter your plans.

Boulder County Buzz - May 2016

Boulder County Buzz - May 2016

Welcome to a brand new HATCH website that’s now LIVE, and I think it’s pretty awesome. I don’t think you’ve ever seen a Realtor website that looks like this one. If you have a moment please take a look and feel free to offer any feedback, critical or otherwise. To read more click here. Thank you!

Boulder County Buzz - April 2016

Boulder County Buzz - April 2016

Spring has sprung and winter is over! Water in the creeks is rising with the first round of runoff and color from tulips and tree blossoms are painting the landscape. The foothills and lawns are greening up all around Boulder County and the Farmers Market is hopping.  To read more, click here 

Boulder County Buzz - March

Boulder County Buzz - March

Hi friends, welcome to March! Between springing forward with daylight savings, longer days and bursting flower pedals pushing through the soil, it appears winter may be behind us. Oh wait a minute, the forecast calls for snow so perhaps winter isn’t completely behind us after all. Mother nature has an awesome way of reminding us she’s the painter of our landscape with brilliant sunrises and glowing sunsets, mixing up warm days with cold and sunshine with snowflakes. To keep reading, click here

On the Corner Archived 2015

On the Corner Archived 2015

How Teeth Brought a Couple Together to Raise a Family

By Jon Hatch

The tall, sturdy dentist was hunched over in his rolling black chair and he precisely drilled on the soft part of a hard molar buried in the back of the patient’s mouth. The patient lay back horizontally in the exam chair with his mouth stretched open under a beam of light. Calm turned to displeasure as the drill bit pushed passed the novocaine and touched a nerve deep in the tooth. His forehead rippled and he wiped away the beads of sweat that glistened on his brow. Then through the noise of the piercing drill, the spraying of water and the gurgling of spit, the patient heard a woman’s soft voice beside him. He felt a gentle hand on the edge of his left shoulder. See all of 2015 issues click here

On the Corner 2010 Archives

On the Corner 2010 Archives

In native lore, the Bobcat totem is a special one. Foremost, the Bobcat animal totem is a sign of patience. Bobcats are superior hunters, and they incorporate stealth, strategy and wield a great deal of patience in their hunting excursions. To read more about the Bobcat and the full On the Corner newsletter, click here