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September 2017

Found 10 blog entries for September 2017.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Saturday, September 30th, 2017.

Durango OktoberfestThe annual Oktoberfest Durango is almost here, touted as the area’s premiere beer festival. Slated for Saturday, October 7, the celebration kicks off at Purgatory Resort, with an entire day of live entertainment, games, food, and of course, beer.

A celebration of some of the town’s most popular local brews, this family-friendly event runs from 11am through 5pm, with a half-dozen breweries expected to take part. The craft beer is said to include some selections created specifically for this year’s Oktoberfest celebration.

In addition, festivalgoers can also expect live entertainment with music from some local groups and musicians, local vendors and some games geared at entertaining the entire family.

Along with the early October festival, the

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, September 28th, 2017.

If you’re looking for something to do before the winter weather hits, Durango, CO is filled with an array of opportunities, some of which we've highlighted below to help get you motivated to get outside and stay active!

Oktoberfest

The first weekend of October brings about the annual Oktoberfest celebration. The day is filled with German food and local craft beer, with plenty of things for the entire family to do, including the popular brat eating competition.

The changing colors

There’s nothing that quite marks the fall season like the changing colors of the season. The peak time to watch the changing scenery is from early to mid October. One of the best ways to experience it is by taking a drive to Vallecito Lake or on the San Juan Skyway.

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017.

What to Know When Downsizing to a Smaller HomeCertain life circumstances can sometimes dictate the need for a smaller home. Maybe the children have all moved out or a large house is just too difficult to maintain anymore. No matter what the situation might be, the need to downsize is common and can sometimes be challenging. However, it doesn’t have to be a difficult process as long as a few helpful tips are kept in mind.

Assessing Each Item

While it does take some time to complete, it will pay off to go through each room and analyze what should be kept and what needs to be donated or thrown away. This process looks a bit different for everyone, but there are some primary strategies to help it go smoothly.

Many find that creating three piles for each room helps one to stay organized;

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, September 24th, 2017.

Durango Condos For SaleIf you’re in the market for a resort condo, now is the time to buy one in Durango. We found several great options before the winter season hits.

Elk Point Townhomes

The Elk Point Townhomes are just minutes away from the lift, allowing for a true resort experience in Durango. The large townhomes often supply three- to four-bedrooms and four-baths, with rustic appeal. Topping a private garage, the townhomes also enjoy private balconies and upgraded features, from high-end countertops to updated baths and fantastic views of Needles Mountain Range and the ski hill.

With vaulted ceilings and open floor plans, the 14 townhomes of the ski-in/ski-out property also provide access to the resort amenities of Purgatory Mountain Resort. This includes a hot tub

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.

Durango Cabins For SaleFilled with the promise of countless outdoor adventures, a Durango lifestyle just makes sense. For enjoying some of the best options in the region, consider buying a cabin in the area.

A cozy hideaway

One of the best reasons to purchase a Durango cabin is that a cabin makes for a cozy winter hideaway. From strolling through the many unique downtown shops to taste-testing your way through some of the area’s finest restaurants, this cozy town is perfect for enjoying tourist spots or for simply getting away from it all, surrounded by natural scenery.

A cozy Durango cabin makes it easy to enjoy mountain views and a spectacular location all year long. From more intimate floor plans to larger cabins with room for families, Durango presents a variety of

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017.

How to Choose if You Should Rent or Buy a HomeObtaining your degree and being fortunate enough to land a good job with potential for advancement is on the to-do list for many college grads today. But those who have just achieved this accomplishment may now find themselves dealing with another important decision—deciding whether they want to rent for a while or go ahead with the purchase of their first home.

In the past, higher mortgage interest rates and plenty of available rentals made opting to rent for a few years a no-brainer, but the situation is different in 2017. With the FED's periodic raises in the prime rates, its a sure bet that the current low mortgage interest rates will soon be a distant memory.

Additionally, housing industry forecasts are now predicting that the influx of

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017.

How USDA Loans Can Help You Buy a HouseAs home buyers seek out information about the various mortgage loan options available, the term "USDA loan" invariably comes up. Like other loan types, a USDA loan has certain limitations and requirements that help target a certain segment of the population. The pointers below will help narrow those down and assist potential home buyers with determining if such a loan is the optimal vehicle for their needs.

It's Overseen by the United States Government

A USDA loan is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This means that at least a portion of the loan is backed by the United States government when a local lender is used. In this way, a USDA loan is similar in nature to those that are backed other loan programs

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017.

How to Remodel a 'Dumb' Home into a Smart HomeIt’s amazing to think back to the original intention of living in homes - at a most basic level, they provided us with shelter from the weather and protected us from enemies at night. Our dwellings have now evolved into a much larger part of our identities, where our belongings and style of decor give visitors information about who we are.

Some take it even a step further and integrate technology into their properties, transforming their homes into smart homes that can be entities to interact with. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular gadgets and improvements that are currently on the market.

Robots In The Home

Some of the more common smart devices that are coined as smart home products include items that have a convenience factor

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, September 3rd, 2017.

First Time Home Buying in Durango Thinking about buying a home or condo for the first time in Durango? Well, thanks to a new home loan program for first-time buyers, making that transition from renting to owning may have just gotten a bit easier. 

First introduced in late June, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) rolled out a new 30-year, fixed-rate loan program called CHFA FirstStep that is specifically designed to help first-time buyers, qualified veterans, and even non-first-time buyers in targeted areas. 

The program will offer a lower interest rate compared to current FHA options in order to make home ownership throughout Colorado more affordable as home prices throughout the state continue to rise. 

As it stands, it takes a minimum of $83,400 in gross annual

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Saturday, September 2nd, 2017.

Durango Townhomes For SaleClose to golfing, local shopping and area ski resorts, prospective townhouse buyers have some exceptional options to choose from in the Animas-Valley/Durango townhome real estate market right now. But with so many great choices, just where should Durango buyers begin a townhouse search right now? Well, here are 3 terrific options we highly recommend...

Trimble Crossing

One such community to consider right now is Trimble Crossing. With four different floor plans to choose from, the townhomes in this community are known for their open designs and contemporary appeal. Ideal for living and for entertaining, the townhomes are surrounded by sweeping views of Animas Valley, the pond and the nearby Dalton Ranch Golf Club.

With large, two-vehicle garages, the

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