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June 2016

Found 8 blog entries for June 2016.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, June 30th, 2016.

July 4th Events in Durango It’s hard to believe 4th of July weekend has already arrived, but here we are just a couple days away. When it comes to celebrating America’s Independence Day, the city of Durango doesn’t disappoint, providing locals with all kinds of fun festivities that start as early at 8 a.m. And for a look at some of Durango’s July 4th events happening this year, check out our schedule-at-a-glance below: 

 July 4th Pancake Breakfast - 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

Kick of your Fourth of July holiday at the annual pancake breakfast, which starts at 7:30 a.m. at Rotary Park. 

Durango 5K Fun Run/Walk - 9:00 a.m.

Participating in the Durango’s July 4th 5K is free and a fun event for all ages. If you plan on running/walking the race, please arrive by 8:45 a.m. to

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, June 30th, 2016.

Things to Do in Durango If you plan on making a trip to Durango this July, or just happen to live here full-time, members of the Durango Friends of the Arts organization will now be leading walking tours of historic downtown Durango every Wednesday throughout the month of July.

Stroll past the countless Victorian homes that line our charming Main Avenue and learn more about Durango’s rich and colorful history that helped shape our community into what it is today. From the days and nights of the old wild-west to the fabulous architecture you’ll find all throughout the downtown area, the Durango Walking Tour will cover it all.

Each tour will begin right at 10 a.m. and start at the Durango Welcome Center at 802 Main Avenue. Participants are encouraged to arrive early and each tour

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, June 27th, 2016.

Work-Live-Condos-DurangoIf you’re seeking out a sweet new condo residence in Durango, look no further than 3rd and College. A unique opportunity that also gives buyers the option to combine the 676 square feet of commercial space that’s part of the front of the development, this property can also double as a charming work-live space that’s not always easy to find in a city as compact as Durango.

The new condo residences being developed at 3rd & College are neatly situated in the vibrant and charming Downtown-Third Avenue District, which of course features plenty of restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and some of the best walkability in all of Durango.

As for what to expect inside, look for units to boast high vaulted ceilings, reclaimed barn wood accents, high-end kitchen

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Saturday, June 25th, 2016.

La Plata County Real EstateAlthough the Durango real estate market seems to be thriving right now, La Plata County as a whole is still only Colorado’s 12th fastest growing county right now.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new population statistics that revealed La Plata Country grew by more than 800 residents in 2015 from a total population of 53,850 in 2014 to 54,688 in 2015.

As mentioned, the 1.6% increase in population ranks 12th out of the states 64 counties total, which is actually right on par with growth in recent years as well.

Statewide, the population of Colorado expanded by 101,000 residents for a total population of 5,456,574, which is the first time the Centennial State saw an increase of over 100,000 people in one year since 2001.

As for Durango

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016.

Buying a Home in Durango CO With inventory tight and home prices on the rise, buying a home in Durango right now can be challenging, especially for young or first-time home buyers. Last year, the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado published a report that found La Plata County residents need to make an annual income of $79,000 to qualify for a home loan, which believe it or not, is significantly lower than the $90,500 you’ll need to make if you’re specifically looking for a place in Durango.

As noted in the study, 62% of households in Durango, and 54% of households in the county, earn below the necessary benchmark to quality for a standard home loan, making it increasingly difficult for the Durango real estate market to thrive during what’s actually been a

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, June 12th, 2016.

Homes Near Durango SchoolsIn many instances, a home buyer’s wish list often seems endless, filled with any number of characteristics that relate to interior finishes, the size of a home, and of course a home’s individual location. And when it comes to where a home for sale is located, living near a wide-range of community amenities and attractions can definitely come in handy, which not only include shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations, but also local schools as well.

Whether you work at a Durango school or have children who attend one of our local Durango schools, living nearby has plenty of advantages, especially if you’re situated only a few blocks away. Depending on the age(s) of your children, living close by means they’ll be able to walk to class everyday, which

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, June 12th, 2016.

Downtown Durango Free Wi-FiIn case you haven’t heard, downtown Durango now offers free Wi-Fi, which was first introduced to the city just a few months ago. Having partnered with SkyWerx Internet Services and 360Durango.com, the city of Durango installed its Wi-Fi router to a light pole at Main Avenue and Ninth Street, allowing for free public Wi-Fi service that stretches from Seventh Street to 13th Street all along Main Avenue, which of course acts as downtown Durango’s primary thoroughfare.

According to the city, Durango’s free Wi-Fi network averages between 100 and 150 users a day, and close to 500 users during annual events and festivals lie the Taste of Durango.

Offering free internet service downtown is a process that actually started all back in 2013 when the city installed

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, June 10th, 2016.

Durango Real Estate Market NewsAccording to multiple reports, new home sales all over the U.S. declined last month after seeing sharp gains back in April. Numbers released from the Commerce Department show new home sales dropped 6% in May, with the Northeast and West regions seeing the strongest declines.

At the same time, existing home sales, which include single-family homes, townhouses, condos, and co-ops, saw a slight 1.8% increase in transactions last month, which continues a trend we’ve been seeing all year long. Overall, existing home sales are up 4.5% from May 2015, which is the highest annual pace the national market has enjoyed since February 2007.

Even with the month-to-month decline in new home sales from April to May, sales are still up 6.4% year-over-year, which can

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