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January 2017

Found 10 blog entries for January 2017.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017.

Durango Apartments Near WalmartReports have surfaced about the Durango Planning Commission approving a new residential development that would bring 194 new apartments to a building site in the Durango real estate market directly between Walmart and Home Depot. Being developed by Texas-based NE Development, the new apartment complex is expected to offer a mix of one and two-bedroom units, as well as a resident clubhouse, an outdoor swimming pool, a small-business center, and additional bicycle parking. 

As noted by the Durango Herald, the project would also require an extension of Escalante Drive to be built, which will cost an estimated $2.4 million and be paid for by NE Development. 

Should all go according to plan, construction for Durango’s newest apartment complex could begin

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, January 30th, 2017.

Every home buyer in Durango has a wish list when first starting their house hunt. Common must-have items typically include lots of storage for all your fun toys and outdoor recreational gear, plenty of open yard space, and of course—depending on budget—more than a few modern updates and finishes to the interior as well. 

But as any experienced home buyer will tell you, there’s almost always going to be compromise when buying a new home or condo in Durango, or just about anywhere else for that matter as well. 

When looking at Durango homes for sale, the best approach will always involve devising a solid strategy for prioritizing what’s most important and what you can’t live without. Figuring out what you need and what you can sacrifice will of course

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, January 26th, 2017.

Important Renovations Whether you're the proud owner of a new home or are looking to spruce up your current property to put it on the market, some home improvement projects pay bigger dividends than others. The best renovations are ones that will add value to your property and make your home a more livable space for years to come. 

If you're not sure where to start on improving your property, check out one or more of these parts of your home to see if they need an update:

1. Attic and Wall Insulation

Year after year, reports show that adding insulation is the very best home improvement project for homeowners looking to make a big return on their investment. Because it saves you money on your energy bills right away, the project often pays for itself within

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.

Selling Home With Spring Curb Appeal The best home selling experiences do not happen by accident. Instead, they are the result of careful planning and preparation on the part of the seller.

Sellers who want the process to be as profitable and painless as possible spend hours cleaning, organizing, making repairs, and decorating to make sure their home is as market ready and competitive as it can be before listing it for sale, but there is another important aspect that can affect the speed and price at which a home will sell and that is timing.

In most areas of the country, a great time for listing a home is the spring selling season and these eight reasons will help you to understand why. 

1. Rising Mortgage Interest Rates

Mortgage rates have remained historically low for

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Saturday, January 21st, 2017.

Durango Homes For SaleDepending on your budget or where you end up buying, new construction homes for sale around Durango can sometimes feel rather basic, often lacking the charm and character that’s typically associated with a more established home. In many ways, part of a home builder’s job is being able to maximize probability, which sometimes means cutting costs wherever possible during the home building process. 

While many elements of a new construction home are expensive no matter what, certain features might be lacking in the quality department, which is most instances, is a direct attempt by the builder at saving money. Inexpensive light fixtures, hollow-core doors, and less-than-appealing hardware on all the cabinetry throughout a home are just some of the areas

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.

Real Estate Professional Benefits If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, you are probably already thinking about the process, doing some research, and formulating a basic plan. As part of this process, homeowners sometimes become fixated on some of the expected expenses they will incur as part of the sale, such as the real estate commission, and then begin to search for ways to cut those costs.

Hundreds of online articles will debate whether or not a real estate professional is necessary, but few really provide a true reflection of the added value that a good agent brings to the transaction. Before you decide whether or not you need an agent to help you sell your home, consider these ways in which a real estate professional can add extra value to your selling

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, January 13th, 2017.

Foreclosure Auction If you've ever idly browsed the internet for homes in your neighborhood, you've surely noticed that once in awhile there's a price that looks too good to be true. Dig a little deeper, and you might discover that the low price or estimated home value is attached to a property that's being foreclosed upon, and will soon be up for auction. Is this your chance at scoring the home of your dreams for an amazing price?

The siren song of a great deal is strong when it comes to houses on the auction block, but there are several things to consider before diving in. Auctions move as quickly as auctioneers talk, and they are different than strolling through a neighborhood open house on a Sunday afternoon. Here's what you need to know as you decide if this

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, January 5th, 2017.

La Plata County Real Estate Market Outlook for 2017The La Plata County real estate market in 2016 was strong overall, and just days before the new year, 2,890 sales were recorded for the year—a sales volume that’s 5.5% higher than what we saw in 2015. 

In town home sales in Durango specifically were especially strong in 2016, registering a 9% jump compared to last year. In addition, the entry-level price point for Durango also climbed to about $400,000, and that’s expected to keep rising throughout 2017. But along with rising home prices, just what else can we expect now that the calendar has officially flipped to the new year? 

According to some industry experts, increased building costs and the lack of available lots could hurt new construction moving forward, and that’s even despite the city of

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.

Durango Fixer Upper HomesEvery Durango home buyer has his or her individual needs, wants, and preferences, but many potential buyers out there looking for a new place to live often opt for an affordable fixer-upper for a wide variety of reasons. Whether it’s because of budget restraints or because you’re someone who enjoys a project, a low-cost home that could use some renovating and remodeling can no doubt be a savvy buy, as long as you know your DIY limits and also what to look for in the right fixer-upper. So, if you're in the market for a Durango home that could use a little TLC, here’s some quick advice at-a-glance.  

Look for any major expenses right off the bat

While the location of a home and how much living space it has to offer are important factors to keep in

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, January 1st, 2017.

Buying a Second Home in Durango With Durango being a top destination city in Colorado, many home buyers we meet for the first time are actually searching for a vacation property or second home, hoping it gives them more opportunities to enjoy all the awesome outdoor recreation southwest Colorado has to offer on a more regular basis. But before pulling the trigger on a new vacation home or condo, it’s best buyers fully understand what exactly owning a second home entails, which we’ve helped shed some light on below. 

Chores & upkeep are reality, even with a condo 

If there’s one thing second home owners underestimate most, it’s the chores and constant upkeep that’s always associated with a vacation property, even a condo. Buying a second home in Durango typically means you’ll be

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