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July 2016

Found 11 blog entries for July 2016.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, July 31st, 2016.

Thinking about relocating to Durango? Whether you’e planning to retire here or are just starting our as a first-time home buyer, there’s something for everybody here in this gorgeous southwestern Colorado town. For those of us already living in La Plata County, it’s hard to imagine calling a more beautiful landscape home. Neatly positioned between the Animas River Valley and the majestic San Juan Mountains, Durango has a population of about 18,000, which continues to grow each and every year. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of room for you, but only if you hurry! 

For an idea of what to expect when moving to Durango or to get more information about our picturesque mountain town, take a look at our comprehensive relocation guide below: 

 

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, July 29th, 2016.

We still have several weeks of warmer temperatures to go and that means plenty of time to explore all that Durango, Colorado has to offer. As a top-rated tourist town not only during the winter months but in the height of the summer season too, there's plenty of things to see and do here other than hit the slopes. So regardless of whether you live here full-time or may just be taking one last summer vacation before the busy fall season, we found three great things to do in Durango before the summer ends. Take a look below:

Hike San Juan National Forest

Colorado is known for its vast outdoor recreation and Durango is a great place to be all year round. If you want to get out and enjoy the state’s natural beauty, make time to explore nearby San Juan

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, July 28th, 2016.

Home Improvements Before Selling Sometimes small improvements result in higher dollars, but that's not always the case. On the other hand, major renovations often bring disappointing returns. Knowing the potential return on investment for various home repairs and remodels will help you make the right decisions.

Among the most popular home improvement projects are kitchen and bath remodels (including a bath addition), "reinventing" a room, adding a deck, and increasing the energy efficiency of the home. All will add value as well as increase your enjoyment quotient.

Minor kitchen remodels -- those costing $15,000 or less -- constitute good value, and buyers in the hottest housing markets are apt to pay happily for updated kitchens. The decision to remodel should be based not

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, July 25th, 2016.

Durango Fiesta Days 2016As you probably already know, this week marks the start of Durango Fiesta Days, which is easily one of the most highly-anticipated events to hit downtown Durango every summer. A festive celebration that's fun for the whole family, Durango Fiesta Days always includes a rodeo, a parade, and of course plenty of great food for the entire duration of the festival, which this year, runs from July 25th through July 31st. 

If you’ve ever been to Fiesta Days, you don’t need us to tell you what a great time it is, regardless of whether you live here or just happen to be visiting. And given this year is now the 81st year of Durango Fiesta Days, it’s a party that’s definitely been a part of our community for longer than most of us have been alive. 

So after all

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, July 24th, 2016.

Durango Lofts RiverGateWhile many Durango home buyers are looking for lots of open space and the kind of country living only rural southwest Colorado can provide, others prefer a more urban lifestyle that in many ways is not only easier, but also more walkable, functional, and convenient as well. 

Enter Durango’s RiverGate Lofts

A pedestrian-friendly community that promises laid-back, maintenance-free living, RiverGate Lofts are ideally located right alongside the Animas River and the 7-mile Animas River Trail, which still provides residents with spectacular views of Durango’s beautiful natural landscape and almost direct access to one of Durango’s best outdoor recreational amenities. 

But as you might expect, there’s a whole lot more to love about living at

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, July 21st, 2016.

Tiny Houses Durango COIf you already live somewhere in Colorado, chances are you’re at least somewhat familiar with the concept of tiny homes. In recent years, The Centennial State has been at the forefront of the tiny house movement, which continues to fuel innovative home building practices focused on sustainability and efficiency. 

Today, buying a home in the Durango area is more expensive than ever and the idea of living in a tiny house has become much more attractive to a wide-variety of home buyers not just here in Colorado, but all over the country. 

However, because of local regulations and zoning codes in most cities across the U.S., tiny home building hasn’t quite become mainstream just yet. Here in Durango, for example, homes must be built on permanent

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016.

Durango Condos in High Demand in 2016The trend of increasing home values in Durango has shifted the market and demand for condos and townhouses in town is seemingly at an all-time high. Immediately after the housing crash, the widespread inventory of single-family homes was there, but the inability of so many potential buyers to secure financing made for a challenging market not just in Durango, but everywhere. As inventory has continued to dwindle while market conditions improved over the last several years, however, home values all throughout Durango have consequently increased and now buying an in-town home is out-of-reach for many of these same buyers who may have previously chosen Durango for a vacation property.

Enter Durango condos and townhouses.

With Durango growing in

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, July 17th, 2016.

Buying a Fixer UpperAh, the siren song of the fixer-upper. You click through the real estate listings, despairing of ever finding your dream home at a price you can afford without eating ramen every night for the next 30 years, and then you see it: the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood for a heart-stoppingly low price.

Of course, you know the drill. This one's got to be a "handyman special," or maybe a foreclosure that will take months to close.

While it's true that you can snag an older or neglected home for a great price, is a fixer-upper right for you? There are trade-offs that come with that affordable mortgage payment, and you'll definitely have to spend some money to get that dated house up to snuff before you settle in and call it home.

Here's

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, July 15th, 2016.

La Plata County Real EstateIt’s hard to believe the first half of 2016 is already in the books, but here we are. With the busy spring season well behind us and the dog days of summer just ahead, I thought now might be a great time to provide Durango home owners and potential Durango home buyers with a quick market update for all of La Plata County. 

According to recently released numbers from The Durango Area Association of Realtors, the city of Bayfield saw tremendous gains last month, with the number of home sold up 40% compared to last year. In addition, Bayfield’s median home price is also up significantly from 2015, having jumped just over 16% to $317,500. 

The Durango resort area also proved to be red hot in June, as median prices for both condos and single-family homes

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, July 4th, 2016.

Housing Market NewsNationwide, the real estate market was in a very healthy state last month to say the least. According to recently released numbers from The National Association of Realtors, the U.S. saw its fourth straight monthly gain in home sales and the sales rate has now reached its highest level in over 9 years. 

Existing home sales jumped 1.1% in June to what’s now an annual rate of 5.57 million homes—the best since February 2007. Even with a tight inventory that is continuing to drive prices upward, the busy spring season has seemingly poured over into the early going of summer, which is certainly a welcoming trend for both those of us in the industry and anybody looking to sell their home as well. 

Most of the increases in home sales came from the Midwest

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