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October 2017

Found 8 blog entries for October 2017.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, October 27th, 2017.

While the winter season isn’t quite upon us, it is gaining ground, and that means it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your home for cooler weather. To help you out, we’ve uncovered several great tips to prepare your home before the cold season begins.

Tip #1- Get your furnace ready

The first tip is to start preparing your furnace. We all likely remember the smell of turning on the furnace for the first time each season. That’s why it’s probably a good idea to open up some windows and let some fresh air inside. If the smell doesn’t go away quickly, you’ll want to call in a professional to take a look at your furnace.

With that in mind, it’s always a good idea to invest in annual cleanings and furnace inspections. Also, be sure to have

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.

Buying New Flooring? Here's What You Need To KnowWhen looking into buying new flooring materials for a home, there are many factors to consider. Different types of flooring have different characteristics. How to choose flooring material that's best all depends on your priorities, some flooring qualities may be more desirable and others less so. Knowing the different characteristics and taking all of these factors into consideration can help you make a final decision when remodeling your home with updated flooring.

Do you have small children?

Buying flooring for a home with small children can be difficult because children frequently run, fall down and spill things. When children run and fall, the best flooring to have under foot is carpeting. Carpeting pads the noise as well as the fall and

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

The Durango Area Association of Realtors® recently released this year’s 3rd quarter market statistics, which overall, paint a pretty picture for the La Plata County housing market. When broken down into the primary categories, both Durango “in-town” homes and Durango condos and townhomes both saw increases in total sales, jumping by 11.4% and 6.4% respectively. 

Not surprisingly, the Bayfield real estate market also saw some nice gains in YTD sales, with overall residential sales increasing by an eye-popping 15.6%. Even rural properties in Bayfield registered a small gain in total sales, jumping 3.2%, unlike Durango, which registered a 3.5% decline in rural homes sold compared to last year.  

Resort Area condo and townhome sales have also been on

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, October 19th, 2017.

Trick or Treating in Durango Halloween night is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start planning out your route for the big night! If you’re still trying to determine where to go trick-or-treating this year, we’ve found a few great options.

Downtown Durango

While you may think only big neighborhoods are best for trick-or-treating, think again! Downtown Durango is gearing up for its own big night, and this one promises to be big on treats, especially for the younger crowd.

The annual downtown event offers up a safe place for kids 10 and younger to trick-or-treat from 4pm-6pm Halloween night. Local retailers will be handing out treats to kids early enough to get them back in bed for a good night of rest.

The downtown event is also a great opportunity for

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

Should You DIY or Hire a Professional?It can be hard to decide if you should complete a home improvement project on your own or with the help of a professional. Professionally completed home improvements are often more impressive when they're finished and may be done with more expertise, but they're usually more expensive. DIY projects are often more affordable but can more easily turn into a disaster. Many factors should be taken under consideration when trying to decide who should complete a home improvement project.

Good DIY Projects

The best DIY projects, even in recently built homes, are those that can be done without a lot of expertise. These jobs are usually intuitive and involve minimal investment in expensive tools. Common do it yourself remodeling projects include:

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    By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.

    Looking into New Construction? Our Buying Guide Will HelpShortly after the housing bubble burst, residential construction all but froze across the country. Abandoned lots and underdeveloped communities were common sights in just about every housing market throughout the country, and some feared that the new construction industry may never recover.

    However, for the last 5 years, new construction has been steadily increasing nationwide. In August 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 1.3 million building permits were issued, about 1.2 million houses were started and just less than 1.1 million houses were completed. These numbers showcase an 8.3 percent increase from August 2016, indicating that the new construction boom is not slowing down.

    Buyers who are interested in purchasing a new

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    By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

    Durango Home Maintenance IdeasOwning a home is a big responsibility. Not only do you need to think about the actual investment, but also maintaining your home as time goes on. With that in mind, there are several things you can do to help maintain your property, ensuring that your Durango home is kept in tip-top shape.

    Working smoke/carbon monoxide detectors

    One important thing that can’t be overlooked is ensuring that your home has working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. You’ll want these on each floor of your home, centrally located away from things like ceiling fans, windows and ventilation ducts.

    Label your circuit board/shutdown switches

    Preparing for a possible emergency is a must, which is why it’s also important to label your circuit board. It’s a

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    By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.

    How to Decide if a House or Condo is Right for YouWhen the time comes to buy a property, some people struggle to decide whether they want a single family house or a condo. Prioritizing, planning and viewing all the options can help home buyers pick the right home. These tips will help you decide whether or not a condo or a house is the right property for you.

    Consider the Pros and Cons of Each

    Houses and condos each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Considering the pros and cons of each can help homebuyers make their choice.

    Houses tend to be larger, offer more storage space and provide occupants with more privacy. For home buyers who seek space and room to grow, or who need a lot of room for their hobbies, a home is usually the most convenient option. Meanwhile, condos tend

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