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May 2016

Found 8 blog entries for May 2016.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.

Durango Summer Fest The summer season in Durango is a ton of fun already but it seems that with each passing year, another event, festival, or celebration is added to the long list of things to do in town when school is out and the weather is warm!

This year, the The La Plata Family Centers Coalition has announced plans to hold its first annual Summer Fest, which will take place right here in Durango. Happening on Sunday, June 13th from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Durango Summer Fest will be a carnival-themed festival with all sorts of games, crafts, and family-friendly entertainment for locals to enjoy.

Face painting, a dunk tank, and even live music by The Assortment will also be part of the event, and all proceeds will go directly to The La Plata Family Centers Coalition,

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, May 26th, 2016.

Durango Horse Farms For SaleWhile skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer might be what first comes to mind when thinking about outdoor recreational activities in Durango, horseback riding is also something many locals here thoroughly enjoy all year long. In fact, some ranches in Durango are used for breeding and training, while other home owners treat the equestrian way-of-life as little more than a part-time hobby.

Regardless of your needs, however, horse farms and homes with equestrian related facilities occupy a significant portion of the Durango real estate market, giving potential home buyers plenty of options that range from multi-million dollar equine estates to small farms that are manageable on just about any budget. But just where are some of best places to begin

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, May 23rd, 2016.

Durango Home BuyingWhile every home buyer has their own individual needs and wants, there are certain elements to a house that tend to be at or near the top of most buyers’ wish list. Many of these features and finishes largely depend of region, while others are much more universal regardless of location. For example, a backyard swimming pool or central air conditioning might be high up on a buyer’s priority list in South Florida, while nearly every buyer looking for a turn-key home wants stainless steel appliances and granite countertops in the kitchen, which of course has little to do with location.

Here in Durango, the same can be said perhaps a few variances here and there. So just what are a few of those common elements? Well, let’s take a quick look below to find out

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, May 16th, 2016.

Durango New Construction HomesAccording to a new report from the Durango Herald, new home construction is down over the first part of 2016, with just 13 building permits pulled for single-family residences so far this year. As noted, that’s the lowest total of residential permits issued over the same timeframe since 2012 and nearly half as many as the number issued over the first quarter of 2015.

Although some might attribute higher building costs to the slow down, some local builders say rising costs in supplies and building materials hasn’t slowed their efforts. Instead, it seems local home buyers are looking for houses in the lower to mid-range price levels, consequently going for with already-existing homes rather than new construction when making a decision on what to buy.


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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Saturday, May 14th, 2016.

Durango Foreclosures For SaleThe tourism industry in Durango continues to expand and evolve, and while our town still might not be as recognizable as other Colorado destinations, more and more people seem to be making their way to the little old town of Durango, making it a potentially lucrative place to invest in real estate right now.

For real estate investors on a budget, investing in foreclosures is certainly an avenue worth exploring, regardless of how risky it can be at times. Understanding the local market, the economics of the city, and of course a wide-range of demographic trends are all critical components to making the right decision when it comes to buying a foreclosure, and in a tourist-centric town like Durango, some of these elements are even more magnified than usual.

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016.

Edgemont Highlands Durango If you’re looking for luxury new construction in Durango, few neighborhoods provide a better opportunity than the neighborhood of Edgemont Highlands. An upscale subdivision that’s situated just east of Downtown Durango, Edgemont Highlands is a unique neighborhood that celebrates the scenic Durango landscape with spectacular custom-built homes that blend seamlessly into the incredible wooded terrain that defines this one-of-a-kind community.

The artistic sculptures of acorns and pine cones certainly set the tone for fabulous living experience that’s about more than just each individual home. Along with that, the quiet tree-lined streets and direct access to so many outdoor recreational amenities is perfect for home owners who love spending time outside.

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, May 1st, 2016.

Durango Real Estate MarketAccording to the National Association of Realtors®, pending home sales increased for the third consecutive month in April, ultimately reaching the highest level we've seen in over a decade. While nearly every region saw a gain in home sales last month, with the lone exception being the Midwest, the areas that saw the highest spike were the South and West regions.

In the western region specially, the Pending Home Sales Index (PHS) increased the most in April, rising over 11% to 106.2. Simply put, the PHS is one of the leading indicators of the housing market, measuring contract activity that’s based on actual contracts signed for single-family homes, condos, and co-ops.

According to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, home sales in both the South and West

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, May 1st, 2016.

New Durango Home ListingsWhether you’re an experienced home buyer or just now going through the process for the very first time, purchasing a new home or condo in Durango can often be a stressful endeavor that isn’t always easy. Planning a move, securing financing, and just about any other aspect that relates to buying a new place to live is a lot to take on for just about anybody, regardless of who you are or what you might be looking for in a new home.

With all that said, however, the one element relating to buying a new place that doesn’t have to be all that difficult is the actual home search itself. With so much information available to consumers today, browsing what’s available and finding listings that fit your individual needs and wants as a home buyer truly is easier

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