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August 2017

Found 10 blog entries for August 2017.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017.

Durango Condos For Sale No doubt Durango is a great place to live or visit, from its fabulous natural scenery to its abundance of outdoor recreation. With that in mind there are three things to keep top of mind if you’re in the market for a Durango condo.

Mountain Views

The first, of course, has to do with the scenery. You cannot go wrong with mountain views, for the impressive natural surroundings definitely entice people to the area. If you’re hoping to buy a Durango condo in the near future, you’ll want to keep those great mountainous landscape views at the top of your list.

The San Juan Mountains make the perfect backdrop for your private deck or patio. Head outside during warmer weather for enjoying the peaceful serenity of the region or open up your blinds as you sit

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, August 28th, 2017.

Labor Day Weekend Events in Durango The Durango community is full of places to get in some outdoor recreation, from fishing the San Juan River to hiking and mountain biking your way through the natural terrain. But, there’s much more to Durango, as evident by just a few of the events planned for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Durango Rally- Durango Harley-Davidson

Friday, Sept 1-Sunday, Sept 3

Live music, food vendors and Harleys will all be out in force Friday through Sunday, with much of the weekend centered around the Durango Harley-Davidson dealership. The more than week long Durango Rally really heats up Labor Day weekend with a series of benefits, free entertainment and free demo rides. 

Western Shootout- Strater Hotel

Friday, Sept 1 & Monday, Sept 4

There’s nothing

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Saturday, August 26th, 2017.

The summer season is quickly winding down, and that means it’s time for Durango homeowners to start thinking about preparing their property for the cooler seasons. There are several end of summer landscaping tips you should consider before the fall season begins.

Plant fall colors

One way to really make your yard pop as the seasons change is to invest in some fall plants and flowers. Your yard can easily transition between the seasons and stay appealing if you remember to choose seasonal plants that continue blooming from season to season.

Cut down on the watering

To prepare your plants to withstand the upcoming season, you’ll want to start cutting down on the watering as the summer season winds down. This will help you prepare your plants for

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017.

Durango's Best Neighborhoods For First-Time Home BuyersWith a range of options in home styles, plus affordability in mind, several neighborhoods and subdivisions rise to the top of the list when it comes to the best areas for first-time homebuyers in Durango.

Waterfall Village

With a blend of townhomes, duplexes and single-family homes, Waterfall Village supplies a wide variety of options for buyers. Residents pay dues to be part of the community garden, with the option of growing fresh vegetables or flowers. Close to skiing and to town too, Waterfall Village maintains a true sense of community all its own, almost with the feeling of three neighborhoods in one.

The affordably priced townhomes start at less than $200,000, with about three-dozen townhomes to choose from. They come with a detached

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017.

The Value of a 203k Loan for Home BuyersAlthough the FHA 203k home loan has been available since the early 1960s, home buyers have only rarely opted to use them in the past. In fact, many home buyers may not even be aware of their existence and potential benefits. With the current steadily shrinking supply of available home listings, however, the 203k loan is becoming more popular among prospective home buyers. Buyers who are ready to buy a home and having trouble finding one to fit their needs should take time to learn more about the FHA 203k home loan and how it may benefit them.

How 203k Loans Differ From Other Loans

The critical difference between the 203k loan and other mortgage options is that it allows home buyers to more conveniently purchase homes that have condition,

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017.

How to Determine if an FHA Home Loan Will Suit YouIf you are trying to get into the home buying market for the first time, or you simply need a little extra help buying a home, friends and family might suggest an FHA loan. FHA loans can be quite useful for people with lower incomes, a fair credit history or limited funds for a down payment. Here's what you need to know.

Remember to speak with your lender to better understand how this loan option might work for you.

Eligibility for FHA Loans

One of the primary benefits of loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is that they are generally more accommodating for applicants. With a standard mortgage, you might need to have a higher credit score, a larger down payment and plenty of cash in reserves to qualify for the loan.

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017.

Durango Real Estate Market Update: July 2017Local housing data from the month of July was recently released by the Durango Area Association of Realtors, and according to the numbers, single-family home sales in La Plata County dropped from 99 to 74 sales year-over-year, representing over a 25% decline. 

Townhouse and condo sales on the other hand jumped over 33%, as did attached inventory, which registered an 8.6% increase from 2016 to 2017. 

Not surprisingly, home prices for both single-family homes and condos and townhouses continued to spike, with the median sales price for single-family homes jumping from $350,000 to $436,265, and the median sales price for condos and townhouse increasing from $240,900 to $291,750. 

Despite rising prices, however, existing inventory in every category

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, August 14th, 2017.

Affordable New Construction Homes in DurangoWhen it comes to affordability, there are several communities to consider when you’re looking for new construction in the Durango area.

Mesa Meadows (Bayfield, CO)

One of these is the small community of Mesa Meadows. Located in the city of Bayfield, home construction started in Mesa Meadows in the mid 2000s. Options range from single-story to two-story floor plans, most offering three- to four-bedroom floor plans and at least two-baths. Many of the homes provide around 1,500 square feet of living space, while some of the homes top 2,000 square feet.

Close to area schools and a short distance from stores and major roadways, the community of Mesa Meadows is ideal for commuters. The family-friendly atmosphere extends to the inclusion of large lots and

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017.

The Value of Solar PanelsSolar panels are giving homeowners a lot of value for the money, which is great new for anyone who is using them or is thinking about using them. Many homeowners are still unsure about solar panels, though, because they aren't seen too often in most areas of the country. No matter where you live, solar panels can be the right choice if you want to help the planet and reduce some of your costs. There are up-front costs to consider, of course, but there is more to the equation than just the price that is paid for the initial solar panel setup. Here are three great ways solar panels bring value to homeowners who buy them.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

When you purchase solar panels, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your carbon footprint

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017.

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a HomeBuying a home takes a good amount of effort and preparation. If you're planning to buy a home, especially if it's your first home purchase, making preparations early in the year can help your purchase go more smoothly.

These tips will help you get ready for your upcoming Hesperus home purchase, and it may also take some of the stress out of the buying process.

Make a Budget

Many people borrow money for their home purchase, but cash on hand is still necessary for the move, home inspection, down payment and other expenses. If you're just months away from a home purchase, you should already have savings set aside for your upcoming real estate transaction.

Now is the time to evaluate your savings and determine whether or not you have enough

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