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.
Wishing You and Your Family a Happy Holiday Season!
Dear friends and family, I want to wish you a Happy Holiday season and a Happy New Year. What a year it has been and 2018 will be my best year in the real estate business. I have so much to be grateful for and I’m glad so many of you were a part of my year. I have so much gratitude for you all for looking out for me and putting my name out to family and friends.
There are many things from 2018 that I will carry into 2019, and some things I will leave behind. It is the time for yearly projections of what's to come in our real estate market in 2019. As we transition into the new year I reflect on the year we've had. Pundits profess that the market may balance out next year, but we'll have to wait and see what really happens. I’m positive it will be a strong year and I already have many buyers and sellers preparing for a transition in 2019. Also, don't miss the fun housing design trend article with inspirational ideas for updating your home in the next year.
Now, please fly with me to my featured listing this month at 625 University Ave. in Boulder, a turn of the century cottage in west Boulder with awesome potential and an amazing lot.
I hope you enjoy your time with loved ones this holiday season. And try to reach out to those you know who may be alone to share good cheer. I appreciate your continued business and referrals. Warmly, HATCH
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Loved Ones!
And here we are, the 2nd week of November already! The days are short and the early snow in Boulder County sticks to the shadows cast. As we look forward to time with family and friends, I'd like to share this month’s Buzz with you. News about a few key things happening with our real estate market. The articles this month discuss the complex situation in Boulder County with home prices going up, and the impact that has on our cities. This relates to the rental market here as well, and how the new construction in town has had an impact. The market is a little bit quieter right now but my business is still in a steady mode, mostly with buyers right now. 2018 will close out as the best prodiciton year in 14 years for me. If you have real estate plans for 2019 let’s connect today to discuss the best strategy for your success.
This month I’m featuring another community non-profit program, Project Angel Heart, whose volunteers deliver medically tailored meals to Coloradans living with life-threatening illnesses. Please find time to give to Project Angel Heart this holiday season. We did!
Thank you so much for your continued business, and your constant referrals. With warmth and gratitude I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! HATCH
It's a Spooky (and Exciting) Real Estate Market
Boo! The real estate Market in Boulder County is continuing to break records in terms of market value increases (especially in the $1Million + price range). Don't be too spooked by the market trends, they're actually quite favorable! And don't miss the article below about Boulder County being ranked as one of the nation's "Top 20 Luxury Markets."
Two nearby cities are getting national attention outside of Boulder County by making Time Magazine's "Top 50 Best Places to Live" list. Find out which cities those are, especially if you're considering investing in real estate along the Front Range.
3rd Quarter Stats are out, giving us insight into how our market has trended in 2018 so far. I'm curious to see how we'll finish out the year as we move into the 4th Quarter.
Now, please fly with me to my new featured listing this month at 265 30th Street in Boulder. This one is special for the buyer who wants a gorgeous newly renovated ranch-style home in Martin Acres.
And don’t forget to tune in to Part 28 From the Trail and meet my friend Dave Ensign and hear what he’s grateful for!
Thank you for your business and thank you for tuning in, HATCH
September Brings Interesting News and More
Hi friends and family. Well, the evenings are getting cooler and the kids are deep into school, which means September is upon us. This seasonal transition brings changes in our real estate market and we need to modify how we price homes for our sellers and make offers for our buyers. And will changing interest rates effect sales in our area? Read the featured articles below for more info.
It’s been a big year so far for Real Estate in Boulder County with median sales prices for single family homes up 7% over last year, and it will be exciting to see how this fall market and the fourth quarter will unfold. If you have any questions about the current market or anything regarding your Real Estate decisions or your home, I’m here to answer those questions.
Please fly with me to my new featured property this month at 625 University Ave. in Boulder. This one is special for the buyer who wants a cool project in a really awesome part of West Boulder.
In the meantime, for some fun, please tune into Part 27 From the Trail to get a first-hand glimpse of our ride aboard the Ride of Steel at Darien Lake Amusement Park in New York, last month.
And speaking of fun rides — this month I’m featuring another community non-profit program, The Carousel of Happiness, in Nederland, CO. The Carousel is a piece of living folk art inspiring happiness and joy. With 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals atop a 1910 carousel, it attracts visitors of all ages and many people with disabilities. Your donation helps to keep The Carousel accessible and inspire happiness and connection among all who visit. Please see how important this program is and consider giving today!
Thank you for your business and thank you for tuning in, HATCH
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
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
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
A “who-who-whodunit” in Lower Chautauqua
By Bryan Wallace, Senior Scientist, Conservation Science Partners, Inc.
A text buzzed my phone on a Friday night. “Hooty hoo,” read the caption underlining a dark photo. Although taken with a camera phone at night, the photo’s subject was unmistakable. Fifteen feet up, perched on an enormous apple tree, a Great Horned Owl stared back at the camera. She had that iconic owl shape, the “horns” (which are actually just feathers) erect atop her large, disc-like face, eyes shining like LED lights. The photo came from a buddy who lives in Lower Chautauqua. The apple tree stands in his yard, and is a magnet for Boulder wildlife. I’m a wildlife biologist, so this friend likes to send me updates about what cool critters he has seen parading through his yard, feasting on fallen and ripened fruit. A couple of months back, it was a big mama black bear and her two fat, yearling cubs. Around 8 o’clock the next morning, I got another text from the same friend. His wife had just found the owl dead, lying at the foot of the same tree, directly beneath her perch. READ THE NEWSLETTER
Hi friends, Happy New Year! I'm coming to you this month of January, not from the trail or the river, but from our 1964 Dodge pickup. My knee is repairing from an injury and so that's why this month is FROM THE TRUCK. Kristin and I and our friend Lynn chose three words to help guide us through this new year: Patience. Discover. Capture. We're going to try to recall and embrace these words when necessary. You can try, too. Feel free to subscribe to my channel or like my video. I hope you enjoy! Have a happy new year, HATCH
I’ve been anticipating the new year and looking forward to earning new business. I’m recharging and renewing my business plan and I’m going to make 2017 my best year yet! That means being better at reaching out to you. I’m very grateful for the business so many of you send to me. Keep it coming, I’m never too busy to take on new business. And if you have plans to make a change in your real estate landscape this year, please buzz me.
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
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.
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
Hi friends, from the Government Trail here between Snowmass and Aspen, ColoRADo with my friend Paolo Bonetti for the ninth installment of my video blog where each month I come to you from a running trail or a trout stream or wherever it is that I am. Nothing original, just small reminders about living for today and to share a smile. Please feel free to leave a message or subscribe to my Channel. Have a great month! I hope you enjoy! HATCH
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.
Hi friends, here's the eighth installment of my video blog where each month I will come to you from a running trail or a trout stream or wherever it is that I am. I'll have a short video to say hello and offer some nuggets of wisdom. Nothing original, just small reminders about living for today and to share a smile. My message for September? BE with the ones close to you! Please feel free to leave a message or subscribe to my Channel. Have a great month! Thank you, HATCH
Hi friends, I apologize I missed the July session of FROM THE TRAIL. Too busy honestly, between work and fun. But the busy month was reward by a trip to Cali to catch Live Phish and then the kids came from Boulder and we did the SF tourist thing. Check out the view from Lombard Street in SF in Trail #7... I hope you enjoy! HATCH
It’s mid July, and Oh My, summer is cruising by. Life goes by so fast this time of year with so much happening all these long days. Between kid’s sports, outdoor recreating, awesome backyard time and staying plugged in hard at work, it’s no wonder the days blend into one another. But I don’t take any of it for granted. I love it! I just got off the river with my son Ethan and his cousin from Vermont. We had such a good time and we all got burned in the sizzling sunshine. But it felt good. I hope your summer has been great, too.
This month’s Buzz has summer stats and interesting information about the potential future of Boulder County. Enjoy the articles, and as always, please contact me anytime to discuss any aspect of real estate in your neck of the woods. And thank you all for your frequent referrals, I couldn’t do this without you. All the best, HATCH