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  • After-Thanksgiving Celebrations! - It’s Thanksgiving week, and we are hoping you and your family have a week full of plans to celebrate the holiday. If you need some ideas, Durango offers a couple of fantastic events over the weekend. Join Singing with Santa, the day after Thanksgiving at Main Ave. and 8th Street. It starts around 5:30/5:45, and Santa arrives at 6 pm. They will be giving out free glow sticks to the first 1,000 kids! Santa will go up Main to Buckley Park, singing Christmas carols. Then, stay to countdown to the lighting of the Community Christmas tree, take a picture with Santa (bring your own camera), and drink hot chocolate and eat cookies. If you need to get a Christmas tree, consider riding the Durango & Silverton Christmas Tree Train. It’s the regular Cascade Canyon Train ride, but passengers cut a tree from the forest, and bring it back on the train. This is a fun option with a handful of dates available. In addition to the fun of the train ...
  • La Plata County CAR Numbers - This week, we have the latest real estate numbers for La Plata County for the month of October. The attached charts show a detailed breakdown of several market segments in La Plata County, showing La Plata County as a whole, Durango In-Town, Durango Rural, Bayfield In-Town, Bayfield Rural, Ignacio In-Town, Ignacio Rural, and Durango Mountain Area. These charts indicate the statistics and key metrics for single family homes and townhouses/condos, including new listings, sold listings, median sales price, and more. They compare October 2016 to October 2017, and year to date information for both years. We also see the rolling 12 month median sales price for single family homes and townhouses/condos in these segments. We always appreciate these charts to be able to spot trends within our local market, and compare results to previous years. La Plata County single family homes had several new listings this October compared to last, however there were fewer sold listings this October 2017 compared to October 2016. The median sales price is also down ...
  • It’s Basketball Season! - With the recent time change and an early end to the daylight, it’s the time of year most locals start looking for unique indoor activities. For Max and Don, this is the time of year that signals one of our favorite hobbies: watching Fort Lewis College Basketball. The FLC program is fantastic—quality basketball and a fun environment. It’s the perfect winter activity for the whole family. In a town our size, we are so grateful for a college, and one with solid athletic programs. The Durango Team has a long-time connection with FLC Basketball. Max played for the FLC men’s team, and both Don and Max are friends with the coaches and have had numerous opportunities to get to know the student athletes. The season’s already exciting. The women are off to a strong start—they’ve won the first two games of the season. The men have won a game and lost a game. It’s early in the season, so it’s the perfect time to start cheering for FLC. This Thursday, ...
  • La Plata County October Residential Real Estate Sales - We’re nearing the final push of the 2017 real estate year, and this week we have October La Plata County Residential sales numbers. This month saw 105 total transactions, which is slightly higher than last month’s numbers. It falls behind the total number of transactions from October 2016, but is still a historically high number of sales for the month October. Year to date, La Plata County has had 996 total residential sales; last year at this time there were a total of 955 sales. It is encouraging to see the year to date total remain higher than 2016, and with only a couple months left of the year, it’s likely this trend will continue. The median sales price is at $359,000, higher than last year and any year since prior to 2009. Again, this is a solid trend, and a positive reflection of the state of the La Plata County real estate market. The next couple months tend to be a bit slower historically, but we still see activity ...
  • Durango’s Veterans Day Celebration - This upcoming weekend, we celebrate Veterans Day. Saturday, November 11, is the annual holiday that honors those who have served in our armed forces. Did you know Durango has quite the celebration planned? This year, the Fourth of July fireworks were postponed, and the City of Durango will now provide a firework show on Saturday, November 11 at 5:30. What a special and beautiful show this will be at this time of year! In addition to the fireworks, there will be a parade on Main Avenue at 11 am, between College Drive and 12th Street. The Transit Center parking lot will also host family festivities starting at 3 pm. These include: food, a beer garden, live music, and kids activities. From the parade to the family activities to the evening fireworks, this will be a unique Durango celebration. The city will also honor both American Veterans and the first responders who aided during the Lightner Creek fire this past summer. This is a fantastic example of our small-town community. We ...
  • Why Listing A Home in Winter is a Good Idea - Are you considering listing your home? A common assumption for home sellers is that the spring selling season is the best time of the year to put a home on the market. While there is a significant amount of new listing activity during the spring and summer months, that doesn’t mean listing a home in winter is a bad time. Here are a few reasons: Lower Inventory During Winter. Typically, there is less inventory on the market during the winter season. If there is less inventory, that means there is less competition for sellers. When serious buyers do come around, they’ll have fewer options from which to select, thus making it easier to stand out against competition. In fact, national news reports that home sales are down, largely due to a lack of inventory. Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors, stated about the third quarter home ownership rate and August home prices: “The American Dream of home ownership remains elusive, as the third quarter figure ...
  • 54th Annual Hesperus Ski Swap - Ski season is upon us! With these colder temperatures, it’s time to be sure you have the right gear! This Saturday, November 4, is the 54th Annual Hesperus Ski Patrol Ski Swap. This is a local favorite, and the perfect place to be sure your winter gear needs are covered. There will be over 10,000 items to choose from, and nearly 20 vendors from the local area (Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) will be selling new and used ski and snowboard equipment. There will also be hiking gear, car racks, and more. The public will also be selling equipment, which is a unique feature of the Ski Swap. The cost to sell gear is $1 per item, and must be priced over $5. Ski Hesperus opens on December 15 for the season. The Hesperus Ski Patrol has been operating for over 50 years. It’s an all-volunteer program that provides emergency services (EMS) and avalanche awareness. The Ski Swap aids in raising money to purchase equipment and supplies, maintain the patrol ...
  • Mold: Awareness, Prevention, and Tips - When it comes to home maintenance, mold is a topic we want to be sure to address for our clients. A common misconception is that mold doesn’t exist or occur in Southwest Colorado. However, that is a false conclusion. In fact, mold is not uncommon at all. We often find it in crawl spaces or attics—places it’s more difficult to see. It can be an aftermath of water leaks, and even be on the underside of the house. Ultimately, mold is a symptom of moisture. In order to deal with mold, any leaks must be fixed, and mold must be removed. Why is mold so concerning? According to the Center for Disease Control, “Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people ...
  • Halloween Activities in Durango - Halloween is a week away, and Durango has some fun events! This weekend will be the Three Springs Fall Festival, on Saturday October 28. There will be games, trick or treating, live music, and more. There will also be the “Plaza Play Place,” which benefits the La Plata Family Centers Coalition by having donation-based activities. Take a look at the website: http://www.threespringsdurango.com/events/11th-annual-fall-festival/ If you’re looking for a local event on Halloween, consider the Downtown Durango Children’s Halloween Trick or Treat with Downtown Merchants. Up to 100 local businesses will offer treats to kids 10 and under from 4-6 pm. Look for the orange pumpkin signs in the windows, so you know who is participating. Children must be in a costume and accompanied by an adult. This is such a fun way to celebrate Halloween, sponsored by the Durango Business Improvement District. You can enjoy a safe environment to trick or treat, and still get home before it’s too late. The Wells Group will be participating! So swing by and get ...
  • Winter Home Preparation Projects - With cold temperatures on the horizon, it’s time to consider preparing your house for winter. While there are several areas to consider before winter is here, we want to remind you of a couple of the small details that can make a drastic difference. Preparation on the front end can save substantial time and money. Take Hoses Off Faucets: We remind our clients of this every year, but the importance cannot be overstated. When hoses are attached and freezing temperatures occur, frozen water can expand and crack the faucet or pipes. In fact, turning off exterior faucets completely, and draining any water from outside pipes and valves would be beneficial. Crawl Space Floors: Do not close the vents in your crawl space. Your floors should be insulated for the weather, but you don’t want to close the vents because moisture could be trapped in the crawl space, thus creating mold and mildew. Historically, many people close vents in the wintertime, which traps the air, potentially causing problems. Clean Gutters: Be ...
  • durango ballons Second Annual Animas Valley Balloon Rally - This upcoming weekend, Durango hosts the second annual Animas Valley Balloon Rally. If you didn’t get a chance to view this unique event last year, now’s your chance! Balloon launches will be held around 8 am from October 20-22 at U.S. Highway 550 N and Hermosa Meadows Road. What a beautiful sight to see several balloons floating above the valley! There will also be a Balloon Glow downtown Durango on Friday evening around 7 near the General Palmer Hotel. Pilots illuminate their balloons and spectators can enjoy the lights. This is a fun way to enjoy downtown Durango, see a variety of balloons, and participate in this free event. On Saturday evening, the Balloon Glow will take place in Hermosa. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, tethered hot air balloon rides will be offered for $10. They will also be offered at the Balloon Glow in Hermosa Saturday evening. If you’ve always wanted a ride, this is the perfect time for a beautiful view and fun experience. Last year this event ...
  • La-Plata-County statistics La Plata County Colorado Association of Realtors Reports - This week, we have the latest real estate numbers for La Plata County for the month of September. The attached charts show a detailed breakdown of several market segments in La Plata County, showing La Plata County as a whole, Durango In-Town, Durango Rural, Bayfield In-Town, Bayfield Rural, Ignacio In-Town, Ignacio Rural, and Durango Mountain Area. These charts indicate the statistics and key metrics for single family homes and townhouses/condos, including new listings, sold listings, median sales price, and more. They compare September 2016 to September 2017, and year to date information for both years. We also see the rolling 12 month median sales price for single family homes and townhouses/condos in these segments. We always appreciate these charts to be able to spot trends within our local market, and compare results to previous years. The La Plata County single family home market had an interesting month: fewer sold listings this September 2017 compared to September of 2016, but a higher median sales price and more new listings compared to ...
  • It’s Time for a Color Drive - We are in full-fledged fall mode, and if you haven’t taken a drive around the area to see fall colors, now is the time to take advantage of this gorgeous season before it’s too late! People come from all over to experience the beauty of the changing colors in our mountains. The bright hues and various shades are truly a sight to see. In some places the colors are slightly past their prime, but there’s still an opportunity to explore some beautiful sights. One of the best ways to enjoy our nature is to hike and explore. As snow will become more prominent, this is a fantastic time to squeeze in some last hikes of the season. As of Sunday, a fall hike at Spud Lake was still gorgeous. The colors were still beautiful, even past their prime. Other local areas to consider hiking are Lower Hermosa Creek and Animas Mountain. These are all lower-elevation hikes, so the colors are more likely to be visible. Most years, if you head ...
  • september real estate numbers La Plata County September Real Estate Numbers - This week we have the September La Plata County Residential Sales numbers. With only three months left to go in 2017, we are closing in on the end of the year. With 96 total transactions for the month of September, this number is slightly lower than last September of 2016, and also lower than August of this year. However, the last couple of years have been unusually high; this number reflects the typical trend we expect to see in September based on historical data over the last several years. Year to date, we are at 890 total sales. Last year at this time there were 842 total transactions, so this year has still seen more total transactions compared to last year through September. The median price is currently at $360,000, compared to $355,000 in 2016. This is the highest median sales price for any year since prior to 2009. Historically, October tends to be a fairly strong month for total transactions, so we will see where the next month lands. ...
  • Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Kicks Off This Weekend - This weekend, October 5-8, get ready for a local celebration—the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering! This tradition focuses on the traditions of working ranchers in the American West. A full weekend of events allows both locals and visitors to appreciate this aspect of our Durango heritage. Events start on Thursday with a show at the Durango Arts Center and special performances in schools and other venues. On Friday, there will be a special Cowboy Poet Train with performers on the train as well as a BBQ lunch at Cascade Canyon. A Cowboy Poet Trailride will occur at Rapp Corral as well! There will be exhibits and receptions at a few local galleries, as well as poetry and music performances at the Henry Strater Theatre. On Saturday, enjoy a chuck wagon breakfast downtown, as well as the Cowboy Parade. This is the largest motorless parade in Colorado! There will also be daytime and evening performances as well as other events around town. On Sunday, there will be inspirational poetry and music for ...

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