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June 2017

Found 8 blog entries for June 2017.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, June 30th, 2017.

As you might’ve heard, closed sales in Durango were up quite a bit back in May, especially when it came to the single family home category. As just mentioned in a previous post, overall closed sales jumped by over 26% from May to 2016 to May 2017, and single family closings were up a whopping 34.1%. 

In the nearby Bayfield housing market, closed sales were also on the rise last month, although not at the rate its neighbor to the west saw. According to the same monthly report from the Durango Area Association of Realtors, closed sales in Bayfield only jumped by a modest 4% year-over-year, and only a 5% jump was registered for single family homes specifically located in the Bayfield area. 

With spring typically being one of the busiest times of the

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, June 30th, 2017.

Durango Real Estate Stats in May 2017The spring market is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the housing market nationwide, and here in Durango, that was certainly the case during the month of May. According to data from the Durango Area Association of Realtors®, Durango saw 91 home closings last month, which was not only up from 73 closings just one month prior, but also by a whopping 26.4% compared to May 2016.

Single-family homes easily saw the largest jump year-over-year, reaching 59 total closings and increasing by just over 34% compared to 2016’s numbers. Bu even with the spike in single-family home sales, condos in Durango also saw a nice gain with 14 closings and a 16.7% year-over-year spike. Eighteen townhouses also closed in Durango in May, which was also enough

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017.

Open House & Showing RulesShowings are a critical step in the home-selling process. Most home buyers can make a decision on a home within just a few moments of entering a new property. Does it feel right to them? Does it seem like home? As a seller, what can you do to make your home as inviting as possible to a wide range of buyers?

Vacate the Premises, and Your Little Dog, Too

Despite any wicked interest sellers might have in the people who could buy their home, sticking around to meet them is a critical mistake when showing a home. Sellers aren't interviewing someone for the role of future homeowner. Potential homebuyers are interested in the property, not the personalities of the current owners. Sellers should plan to vacate the premises well ahead of the scheduled

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017.

Basics of Curb Appeal for Home SellersIn today's world of virtual shopping and digital promotion, sellers might think the most important consideration for selling a home is the quality of the photographs and descriptive listing posted online. There's no doubt that buyers, at least 85 percent of them according to the latest statistics, choose which homes to visit in person based on what they stumble across online.

But if they take the time to schedule a showing and don't like what they see as they drive by, they are apt to simply keep on driving.

Curb Appeal Still Counts

One of the best ways to get prospective buyers to "come on in," is to concentrate on the front door. Color, style, the entry path, and other necessary elements that include readable house numbers and

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017.

Tips and Tricks for Finding a Home in Another StateBuying a home locally is challenging enough, but buying a home in a different state can be exponentially more difficult because of the distance involved. Budgeting carefully, doing online research and finding the right real estate agent for a buyer's specific needs can help them find the best-suited property to meet a buyer's needs.

Plan the Budget Carefully

Buying a home in a different state is more expensive for many reasons. Moving expenses when moving long-distance are often greater than moving locally, and the trips made to view house candidates in the new state are much more costly than driving to visit local homes. This may leave less money for down payment and closing costs. Before beginning the search for a new home, create a

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, June 11th, 2017.

Vallecito Lake Homes For SaleWith the weather heating up and the summer season right around the corner, there’s no better time to buy a home near Vallecito Lake than right now. Situated just 18 miles northeast of Durango, Vallecito Lake not only acts as one of the largest recreational reservoirs in all of Colorado, but it’s also one of the best spots in the entire southwest part of the state to get out on the water and enjoy a little fun-in-the-sun.

Believe it or not, homes for sale near Vallecito Lake are also a great option to consider for a vacation property, even though most vacation home buyers turn to Durango as the first place to begin their search.

Cabins, cottages, and even multi-family investment opportunities every now and then make the Vallecito Lake area an

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017.

How a Home Warranty Can Help When Buying a HomeHomes can be expensive to maintain and often require the time, skill, and finances that some just don’t have. Not only is the structural portion of a home susceptible to damage and usual wear and tear, but appliances and interior areas might need attention from time to time. How can a homeowner have the peace of mind that, if something breaks, it won’t be the end of the world?

For many, home warranties are the answer to this problem. The types of policies can vary, but in general, a home warranty covers repairs that your home might need, including major appliances, heating and air conditioning, and electrical wiring. In most cases, they aren’t very expensive and can be rather comprehensive.

The Benefits Of Home Warranties

Every home will

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, June 1st, 2017.

Animas River Days 2017Outdoor recreation in Durango is defined by much more than just skiing during the winter months, and many locals look forward to the annual Animas River Days event just as much as hitting the slopes during the first hard snow each season.

Having got its start back in 1985, Animas River Days is Durango’s only official river festival, and for many who call Durango home year-round, there’s hardly a better way to kick off the summer season.

Along with all sorts of water events and competitions like kayaking, a canoe slalom, and of course the always-popular paddle board/surf competition, Animas River Days also features some pretty awesome live music, a beer garden, food vendors, and a fun-filled festival atmosphere on land that makes its a great

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