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October 2016

Found 13 blog entries for October 2016.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, October 31st, 2016.

First-Time Home Buyers in DurangoAlthough it was predicted first-time home buyers would play a significant role in how the housing market fared in 2016, it seems they’re playing an even bigger part than most industry experts ever imagined.

According to a recently released 168-page report from Zillow that also included a survey from industry professionals all over, nearly have of this year’s home sales have gone to first-time home buyers, which is quite a stat to say the least, and even to those who were the most optimistic about young and first-time buyers finally making the transition from renting to owning in 2016.

As noted in the report, home ownership rates for adults below the age of 34 is at the lowest level it’s ever been since the government started tracking this statistic back

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, October 30th, 2016.

Where to Take Your Dog Hiking in La Plata CountyThe neighborhoods in the Durango area are fantastic places to get out and explore, and that extends to our four-legged family members too! In fact, as one of the dog-friendliest cities in all of Colorado, there are thousands of miles of pet-friendly hiking trails around La Plata County, Colorado just waiting to be explored. From the Colorado Trail to Vallecito Lake and the Horse Gulch Trail System, the region is packed with people and pet-friendly trails near homes for sale as well as experiences that are both fun and scenic all year long. 

But perhaps what makes living in Durango so special is that visitors and locals alike don’t necessarily have to elapse to the deep wilderness to enjoy a little outdoor recreation. Along with the miles upon miles of

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Saturday, October 29th, 2016.

Durango Real Estate Market Update 2016Median home prices in Durango and the surrounding La Plata County area have continuously risen over the past few years, and with the outlook for 2017 expected to follow the same upward trend, it’s important for potential home buyers and sellers in Durango to be as fully up-to-date on market conditions as possible. 

According to the Durango Area Association of Realtors, country home transactions in Durango saw the highest jump of any category in Durango in median sales price from last year to this year, increasing by 3.8% from $399,450 to $415,000. As noted earlier in the week, La Plata County median home prices overall also increased from last year, but only by a minimal 0.3% to $350,000. 

Outside of Durango, in-town homes in Bayfield saw quite a

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016.

Durango Real Estate Market UpdateMedian home prices in Durango and the surrounding La Plata County area has steadily risen over the past few years and third quarter numbers released from the Durango Area Association of Realtors from this year are showing much of the same. 

According to the recently released figures, in-town Durango median home prices increased by 1.4% from this time last year to $446,500, while La Plata County median prices overall are also up from a year ago, although only by just a slight 0.3% to $350,000. Country homes in Durango saw the biggest jump in median price in the third quarter, which increased by 3.8% from $399,450 to $415,000. 

It appears that the constant increase in median home prices is finally starting to catch up to the marketplace, as sales in

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 25th, 2016.

Making Your Home Cozy in Durango While it’s not the cold season just yet in Durango, Old Man Winter is knocking on our doorsteps, and that means it’s time to start thinking of ways to make our homes cozy for the upcoming winter season. Whether it’s making simple decor changes like buying a few new blankets or creating a cozy little nook where you can cuddle up with a book or your Kindle and ride out a snow storm, there are all kinds of ways to prep your Durango home for the winter season, and most are more affordable than you may think. 

Make Simple Décor Changes 

If you’re just looking to change the look and feel of a room while adding some warm comfort, consider just draping a fleece blanket over a cozy chair or your sofa, or add a few more decorative baskets throughout your home

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, October 24th, 2016.

Best Places to Go Ice Fishing in La Plata County in 2016Colorado is rich with outdoor activities and recreation, and La Plata County is certainly no exception, especially when it comes to the winter months. Whether you enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing or ice fishing, there’s plenty to explore in the Durango area this winter, regardless of whether you're just visiting or here to stay.

When it comes to how local homeowners in Durango choose to pass time during the winter months, many turn to ice fishing near their home along the local rivers, such as the San Juan and Animas. Those in search of a more adventurous time, away from the big crowds, however, head over to nearby Vallecito Lake, which is just 18 miles from Durango and easily one of my favorite spots to get out and enjoy a little time on the ice.

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016.

Durango Harvest FestAlthough winter is around the corner, there’s still time left for Durango home owners to get outside and already start prepping their yard for next spring. Contrary to popular belief, the fall season is a great time to get some basic yard maintenance accomplished and to also squeeze in a little gardening before the ground starts to freeze—but you better hurry if you’re hoping to take full advantage of one of the most opportune times to implement a little TLC to your front and backyard. 

One way to take advantage of fall landscaping is to swing by the Durango Nursery and Supply on October 29th for their annual Durango Harvest Festival. Located at 271 Kay See Lane off a Posta Road, the popular end-of-the-growing season event is not only a great way to

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016.

Buying a Home in a New Area Buying a home in a new city can be intimidating. Doing extensive research, preparing in advance and finding the right real estate agent can help make the process easier and more satisfying. If you're looking to buy a home in a new city, the following tips can help.

Research the Layout of Your City

Do some research, online and offline, about the layout of your new city. Knowing where attractions are located and how the city is laid out can help you decide which neighborhoods will make you happiest. Look for information about the following:

  • Public transportation
  • Schools
  • Location of hospitals
  • Home prices in each neighborhood
  • Walkability

Spend Time Exploring

Before beginning to look at real estate websites in your new

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016.

Buying Property on a Lake Whether perched high above a beautiful beach where waves come rolling in, nestled into a scenic lakeside community, or tucked into a wooded setting along the banks of a peaceful river, the lure of waterfront property is strong for many real estate buyers today.

However, buying and owning waterfront property is different in many respects from owning a traditional inland home or property. If you are considering the purchase of a waterfront home, and are wondering what questions to ask when buying waterfront property, the following information will help you choose well and maximize the enjoyment of owning a beautiful waterfront property.

Look to the Past Before Buying

The are a lot of things to consider when buying waterfront property, and

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, October 6th, 2016.

It’s only been a week or so since we highlighted a few different options to consider for a new outdoor security system for your Durango home, and if you’re a home owner who takes at-home security seriously, you don’t need us to tell you that installing a quality indoor security system can be just as important as an outdoor security system, and maybe even more so given it’s the last line of defense between you and an intruder.

Just like with outdoor security systems, today’s market is full of all kinds of indoor alarm systems and security products that all have various features that are sure to help keep you and your home safe while you’re away. And while the list is no doubt extensive and goes far beyond just a few options, here’s a quick look at a few

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