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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, January 3rd, 2019.

Buying In a Housing Bubble? What to DoA housing bubble is a condition that occurs when home prices become so inflated that average home buyers are unable to afford homes in the area where they live. Bubbles usually occur at a time when the economy is doing well and more people have expendable income.

Housing bubbles can be exciting and stressful while they're going on, and terrible when they pop. Even though bubbles happen out in the open where anyone can observe them, knowing whether or not the market is experiencing a housing bubble can be challenging. Most people are unable to tell whether or not they're living through a housing bubble until it ends and home prices plummet.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018.

The Top Durango CO HotelsDurango CO is a welcoming mountain town that attracts visitors of all ages. From families looking to enjoy a great American adventure to business travelers who have to attend conferences and meetings, there's something about the city that appeals to all types of travelers. Luckily, there's plenty of places to stay as well. These are the best hotels in Durango CO:

Strater Hotel

The Strater Hotel is an iconic historic hotel located in the heart of Durango. It first opened its doors to guests in 1887, and it continues to make visitors to Durango feel like they are a special part of the hotel's story. There are just more than 90 rooms available in this hotel, each one with a unique feel and Victorian decor style. Those who stay here often feel

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018.

Pros and Cons of Jumbo Home LoansPeople who are looking at more expensive homes or those in a highly competitive market may wind up considering a loan that is a bit different from a standard mortgage: the jumbo loan. This loan has a few features that set it apart from other mortgage types. These are advantages in some ways and drawbacks in others. By understanding what is involved in this type of loan, buyers can decide whether it is the right vehicle for them or whether they need to adjust their buying strategy.

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

What Is a Jumbo Loan?

Also called non-conforming mortgages, jumbo loans are loans that are too large to conform to the rules

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, December 4th, 2018.

Where to Find the Best Farmers Markets in Durango COFarmers markets are an excellent way to socialize with everyone in the community, regardless of whether they're sellers or buyers. The best part is that farmers markets will grow and adapt to their neighborhoods, sculpting an even better experience as sellers listen to buyers and vice versa. This means that no matter when a shopper stops by, they're sure to find something just a little different. For those looking for the best farmers markets in Durango CO, keep the following locations in mind.

Durango Farmers Market

From pottery to bread to the usual produce, the Durango Farmers Market is a fun place to stock up on groceries or enjoy a homemade tamale. Patrons will find local artists peddling their wares and musicians looking to spice up the

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 28th, 2018.

What to Know About the Common Architectural Styles in Your AreaThe architecture of the home has a lot to do with its functionality, which is why homeowners should identify their priorities before they start visiting different home showings. A ranch may appeal to one buyer while not appealing to another. Learn the different architectural styles before going out and touring new homes to buy.

Victorian Architectural Style

It's easy to miss some of the more dated British references in the US, but Queen Victoria's name may come up again and again when buyers are out and about. This type of home was made popular during the Industrial Revolution when it became clear that the city's were going to need more housing to support all of its workers. This style of home has pitched roofs, dramatic gables, and

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, November 19th, 2018.

Durango, CO Parks to VisitDurango, Colorado is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. This city is filled with recreational opportunities throughout the entire year, from hiking in the summer months to skiing and snowboarding down the mountainside during the snowy winter season. From family-friendly parks that feature playgrounds to parks that include trails that wind through natural areas, there's something for everyone to do in Durango CO. These are the best parks in the city:

Schneider Park

Schneider Park is one of the larger, more popular parks in the city, and there's a reason why people of all ages like to spend their free time there. This park not only offers access to the Animas River Trail, but it also has a variety of amenities that appeal to different

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018.

Using Drones to Sell Your HomePhotography is an important part of selling a home. Good photographs are important for showing off a home's best features. However, standard photographs are not always adequate. Home sellers seeking a more creative marketing tool sometimes turn to drone photography and video. Here's what you need to know.

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

Limitations of Standard Photography

Standard photography has limitations that can be troubling to some Dolores home sellers. While home traditional photography can show a buyer what a home looks like on the outside and inside, there are many details that tend to be lost in standard photographs. For

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.

Best Places to Go on a Date in Durango COThere's always a reason to indulge in romance, especially in Durango, CO. Tourists who visit the city often find a variety of date night activities to enjoy with that special person they are traveling with, while residents know that there is no shortage of unique and enjoyable activities to do with a significant other.

These are a few of the best date night locations in Durango:

Four Leaves Winery

Couples who know their grapes and those who simply like to sip on wine love to head to Four Leaves Winery for date night. This boutique winery is located in historic downtown Durango, just across the street from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway Station. While this winery does not grow their grapes onsite, they do import them from the

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018.

Best Ways to Boost Home Value with Bathroom UpdatesThe majority of home buyers agree that a great bathroom is desirable in their new home. However, perhaps surprisingly, a renovated bathroom doesn't even make the list of top features buyers mention, according to a 2018 update by Kiplinger. That doesn't mean, however, that a seller cannot reap financial rewards by renovating a bathroom that is seriously outdated. The old saying that you must spend money to make money is sometimes all too true.

Cortez new home buyers expect attractive, functional baths that have plenty of storage. Contemporary water-saving fixtures and faucets and good lighting are also desirable. But, according to some studies, spa features, luxury amenities, and customized improvements are less important and may actually be a

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, October 24th, 2018.

Where to Grab Lunch in Durango COMost people begin dreaming about lunch the moment that they finish their breakfast. The mid-day meal is one filled with promise—the promise of delicious food, the expectation of enjoyable conversation with coworkers and friends, and the opportunity to refuel before finishing the day's tasks. Whether exploring Durango for the day or hoping to take a break from the office, locals and visitors alike prefer these Durango CO lunch spots.

The Lone Spur Cafe

The Lone Spur Cafe is the one spot in Durango where anyone can go to feel like a real cowboy or cowgirl. This western themed restaurant is known for its authentic atmosphere, as it boasts bear skins on the wall and antler chandeliers. Its lunch menu features soup, sandwiches, salads and a few

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