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August 2016

Found 10 blog entries for August 2016.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.

Durango Autumn Arts Festival 2016Whether you’re thinking about moving to Durango or are lucky enough to already call this beautiful part of the country home already, there’s always plenty of things to see and do, regardless of the time of year. And now that the summer season is coming to a close, many Durango residents are already starting to look towards what’s happening in town this fall. 

Like every year, one of the most highly anticipated fall events in Durango is the Durango Autumn Arts Festival—an event that’s often dubbed Colorado’s premier outdoor fine arts and crafts festival. 

Taking place along East 2nd Avenue in beautiful downtown Durango, the 2016 Durango Autumn Arts Festival will feature 90 handpicked artists from over 200 that applied to be a part of the event, which

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.

Durango Homes For Sale With a FireplaceWith summer season quickly coming to a close, it won’t be long before we see the first snowfall of the year here in beautiful Durango and the surrounding La Plata County area. Although we don’t tend to get quite as much snow here as the Denver/Front Range region, it’s certainly not uncommon to see snowflakes start to fall sometime during the month of October, which to many who live outside the state of Colorado might seem unbearable. 

But for those of us who are lucky enough to call Southwest Colorado home, the stunning natural landscape and gorgeous mountain scenery are well worth all the hassles and headaches a heavy snowfall inevitably bring, and as one of the top ski resort destinations in the entire country, many Durango locals even welcome the

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.

Fall Landscaping Tips For Durango Home OwnersWith August nearly in the rearview mirror and the fall season right around the corner, leaves will soon be changing colors and snowy days and nights won’t be far behind. But before we reach the the always anticipated ski season here in beautiful Southwest Colorado, many home owners in Durango might want to think about prepping their yard not only for a harsh winter, but also the upcoming spring season as well. After all, there’s nothing wrong with being well-prepared and thinking ahead, right? So over the next few months, here are a couple fall landscaping tips for Durango locals to to keep in mind:

Mow Your Lawn Into November 

Just because temperature get colder doesn’t necessarily mean your lawn stops growing altogether. Leaving your grass too

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016.

Things to Do This Fall in Durango The start of fall is right around the corner but already the community of Durango is getting into the spirit of the season with plenty of fun events, festivals and celebrations on the calendar. So if you're looking for something to do this autumn season and want to get out and about before all the snow announces its presence, here's a quick look at what's going on around Durango over the next couple months.

Durango Autumn Arts Festival- September 17-18

The annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival kicks off September 17 and 18, bringing dozens of artists and craftsmen to the region. The weekend also features live music and entertainment, all in the historic downtown area.

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering- September 28-October 2

Meanwhile, the end of

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, August 25th, 2016.

Dolores Waterfront Real Estate For SaleA scenic small town conveniently located along the banks of the breathtaking Dolores River, the city of Dolores presents home buyers with a wealth of amazing housing opportunities that start with some of the most spectacular waterfront homes you’ll find anywhere in Montezuma County.

Nestled within the picturesque San Juan Mountains, many homes with a higher elevation might also provide beautiful glimpses of the Dolores River, or even the McPhee Reservoir, which lies just a few short miles north of town. But if you’re looking for a home, farm, or ranch that conveniently lies just off the picturesque riverfront, it shouldn’t take long before you see plenty of options and opportunities on the market that are sure to fit all your needs, wants, and

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016.

New Construction Homes in DurangoAs a city with a population of only about 17,500, new construction homes in Durango certainly aren’t as common as what you’ll find in most major cities scattered all over the country. But as a thriving tourist town with a robust economy, development here is probably a bit more common than most small towns with a comparable population. And with many home buyers electing Durango as a location to buy a second home or a vacation residence of sorts, you might also find the variety of housing here is a bit more diverse than in many other cities similar in size as well. 

If you take a look at Durango’s new construction inventory right now, you’ll see a nice mixture of townhouses, detached single-family homes, and even a handful of smaller cottage-style homes

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016.

Selling Rural Property Location, location, location! This old familiar term has been used in the real estate industry in many different contexts, but for the sellers of rural homes and property, the term often translates into greater difficulty finding a qualified buyer simply because their specific location is less populated. However, a less-populated location does not have to hamper a successful sale. 

Modern real estate marketing methods and tools attract the interest of qualified buyers from not only the immediate area but also from hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

If you are currently selling a Durango home or property in a rural Colorado area, or plan to do so in the future, and have concerns about your chances of success, the following tips will

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 10th, 2016.

Twin Buttes Homes For SaleIn many places around the country, being close to shopping, dining, and other urban amenities is often high up on the wish list of most active home buyers. Here in Durango, however, embracing the Southwest Colorado landscape and enjoying the wide open wilderness that in many ways acts as our own backyard is a more typical approach to how many buyers browse the active marketplace.

In a few rare instances, you might get lucky and find a location that offers the best of both worlds, and it’s for that reason alone why Durango’s new Twin Buttes neighborhood is now the talk of the town when it comes to looking for a new place to live. 

Located on the outskirts of downtown Durango, homes for sale in Twin Buttes sit right on the edge of the city’s vast

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 9th, 2016.

Search Homes Back on the Market in DurangoAs somebody who's been in the real estate business awhile, I know first-hand that finding a new home or condo in Durango can take time. Some buyers [wisely] choose to get pre-approved before even beginning their home search, which can often be a daunting task in and of itself, and even when you are approved, it can sometimes take weeks, or even months, to ultimately find the right new place to live. 

Throughout this process, property listings of course come and go, and sometimes you might even see a listing that has a status of “back on market.” As the name suggests, a home that’s back on the market usually means a listing had previously been under contract, but for any number of reasons, the deal fell through and is now back on the market and ready to

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, August 7th, 2016.

Home Inspection Process Home inspections are a vital part of the home buying process; they allow homebuyers to know what they’re actually getting for their money.

The home inspection process usually occurs after the seller accepts a contingent offer on the house. The prospective buyer’s Offer to Purchase typically includes an inspection contingency clause, which allows the buyer to withdraw the offer if the inspection turns up a major problem affecting the safety, integrity, or value of the home.

The American Society of Home Inspectors maintains high standards for its members and makes it easy to find a certified inspector in your area.

New home inspection costs vary by location and size of the home, but are typically in the ballpark of $400. The buyer pays for

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