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Durango Real Estate News & Notes

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 16th, 2019.

Should I Pick a 15 or 30 Year Mortgage?When buying a new home, most people will need a loan or mortgage. So deciding between a 15- and 30-year mortgage is an exercise in future planning that not all home buyers want to complete. Overwhelmed at the expense of the down payment, a homeowner may choose a 30-year without really thinking. But before choosing the more budget-friendly payments of a 30-year mortgage, it may be time to consider what that will spell for a person's overall finances. Here are a few key points to keep in mind before opting for a mortgage type.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Remember the Interest

For some home buyers, there's no question between the two

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019.

Designing a Home Office? Tips to HelpWhen buying a new home, many people look for one with an office space. Working from home is the dream of many people, but it's only possible with a proper home office. If you're a homeowner who works from home and you would like to create a functional home office, these tips can help.

Create a Peaceful Working Environment

Many people are most productive in a peaceful and serene working environment. There are many things homeowners can do to create a peaceful work environment. Painting the walls in soft, soothing colors can reduce feelings of anxiety. Decorating with calming images can help as well. Homeowners who want to create a calming work environment can install peaceful pictures of birds or landscapes to make the office as soothing as

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019.

Where to Catch a Comedic Performance in Durango, COThose who are in search of comedic relief won't have to look far in Durango. The city is home to a small but growing comedy scene that is quickly gaining traction around the state. While there are no specific comedy clubs in the city, many of the most hilarious comedians find themselves at nearby establishments to crack their jokes and perfect their sketches.

These are some of the best places to catch a comedic performance in Durango:

The Henry Strater Theatre

Comedy Showcase Durango is a local organization that strives to bring comedy to Durango residents. It partners with the historic Henry Strater Theater and hosts many comedy shows throughout the year. For most people who are familiar with the comedy scene in Durango, the Henry Strater

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019.

Practical Tips for Refurbishing CabinetsNot everyone can afford to refurbish a whole kitchen. That is not necessarily bad news. In fact, the ROI on simply refurbising existing kitchen cabinetry can be better for those looking to refurbish the entire kitchen. With many options available to homeowners, it is possible to achieve more attractive and functional storage spaces without a big budget. Learn more about easily refurbishing kitchen cabinets today.

Stick with Good Bones

There is little reason to replace kitchen cabinetry made of high quality materials. Replacing cabinets can cost homeowners a significant sum and it is easier to stretch those dollars with some refurbishing. While overall costs may be lower, homeowners may need to put in a little sweat equity to achieve desired

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, March 28th, 2019.

The Best Night Life Locations in Durango, CODurango Colorado is the place to be all nights of the week. Whether you're seeking good food or a little of action, you and your friends can have fun until late into the night in Durango. Got a good date coming up? You're in the right place! Here's what you need to know about nightlife in Durango CO.

The Rusty Shovel Saloon

Serving a different special every day of the week, the Rusty Shovel saloon is a hopping place to be all year round. Open until 2AM, the Rusty Shovel is the place to have drinks and listen to music on a fun Friday night. Meet your friends for billiards or gather around the piano for a night of singing and having fun. You'll love the chaos and spirit at this rip roaring little bar in Durango.

El Moro Spirits and Tavern

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 19th, 2019.

What to Do When You Have to Postpone Home MaintenanceDeferred maintenance is the technical term for homeowners who postpone major home repairs for any reason. Whether it's due to a lack of funds or a lack of awareness, deferred maintenance is a common problem for many homeowners today. But not every homeowner understands the damage they're doing to both their home and the people who live in it. Deferred maintenance can impact the selling sucess of homeowners. Remediation of deferred maintenance can make it easier to avoid long-term consequences of these kinds of delay, so keep the following tips in mind.

Learn the Truth

The first step to remediation is recognizing the real costs of deferred maintenance:

  • Destroys value: From yearly appraisals to future resale value, postponing repairs can
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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 12th, 2019.

Things to Do in Durango CO With KidsLocal families who live in Durango love to spend quality time with their children in the city. At the same time, visitors who travel from both near and far find that it's a great place to make memories with their kids. Anyone who is searching for something unique and enjoyable to do alongside their favorite little ones will love these kid-friendly activities in Durango CO.

Visit the Powerhouse Science Center

The Powerhouse Science Center is an interactive museum that provides children of all ages with hands-on learning experiences throughout the entire year. Located in the former power plant in Durango, this museum strives to provide kids with information about the city's past while also giving them opportunities to create their own

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5th, 2019.

What Home Buyers Should Know About PoolsFor some people, having a home with a pool is the ideal dream. Pools can be great, especially during the hot summertime, and they can be an excellent excuse to invite friends over for a get-together to have a barbeque and go for a swim. However, pools require a lot of special attention that isn’t necessary otherwise, and some home buyers go into getting a pool without knowing what they’re getting into. Sometimes, it might be best for a homeowner to construct an addition to their home vs. spending the money on a pool. Here are some of the things home buyers need to account for when they buy a home with an existing pool or are considering building a swimming pool.

Home Inspections Usually Don’t Cover Pools

When buying a new home, and getting a

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019.

Some of the Best Vineyards and Wineries Near Durango, COThe striking beauty of Durango and the surrounding communities is simply unsurpassable. Thanks to its high elevation, this region also is home to some of the nation's most flavorful and unique wines. Those looking to visit a few vineyards and wineries around Durango CO, should not miss these gems.

Four Leaves Winery—528 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301

Situated directly adjacent to the historic Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Station, Four Leaves Winery may not have their own vineyard, but they do import the finest quality grapes to be had from around the world. Within the winery, they ferment, blend and bottle wines that are handcrafted with a passionate attention to detail. Four Leaves is an exquisite place to tour for a fun and festive

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019.

Could Bad Home Improvements Decrease Your Home's Value?Some upgrades can improve the functionality and look of a home. However, not all home improvements offer a high ROI, and some actually serve to decrease a home's value. The sad truth is that the average buyer may not be interested in one or more recent home improvements. Homeowners interested in making one or more renovations in a home may want to investigate its potential return, as well as it's cost and if they can be DIY projects.

Factors Impacting ROI

Speaking with a trusted local agent can provide information on the types of projects that potential buyers are interested in. Thhey can also assist homeowners interested in flipping a property or selling in a few years. Homeowners planning to sell later down the line may be faced with

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