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Dealing With Mold

In the real estate market, mold is one of those terms that evokes an emotional reaction.  While it is a serious home condition to alleviate, there are many misconceptions. Understanding the mold found in our area, as well as ways to mitigate it, allows homeowners and potential homebuyers the ability to minimize the fear and…
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Today Is Voting Day!

Today is voting day! As we head to the polls, we are grateful for the ability to make our opinions count. On a local level, several heated races will impact the next term. The race for the Sheriff is one of the bigger for us this year. Sean Smith (Democrat) is contesting his boss, current…
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Halloween Happenings

With Halloween upon us this week, it starts to feel like winter is officially on its way (Daylight Savings Time is also this weekend, so it’s a double reminder that winter is coming). Halloween is one of those peculiar holidays that is celebrated uniquely throughout the world. It originated as a Celtic holiday, and then…
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Judging your neighborhood’s identity

We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you an article that appeared in Sunday’s Durango Herald. We have reprinted it in it’s entirety below. Younger buyers today are often looking for homes close to downtown By Vanessa Guthrie Herald staff writer STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald Many historic East Third Avenue homes were built in…
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Buy This Home!

The outlook is positive for those looking at current mortgage interest rates. In the past few weeks, the interest rates have dropped back down into the high 3’s. As of October 22, a buyer could obtain an interest rate of 3.875%. As we mentioned in the past, these interest rates are nearly at lifetime lows,…
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Free Pumpkins!

With Halloween around the corner and fall in full swing, the Wells Group would like to thank our friends and clients with a free pumpkin. Come to our downtown office or Bayfield office for a free pumpkin. See the flyer for the details. Starting tomorrow and while supplies last, we will be available weekdays from…
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The Look Of The Real Estate Market Through The 3rd Quarter

The big news in our real estate market is the return of appreciation in median price, which set a new historic high for the first nine months of a calendar year.  The previous high was in 2006, reaching $335,000 for all residential real estate in La Plata County, and the new high is $336,200.  The…
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3rd Quarter Real Estate Statistics

The La Plata County residential real estate market is active, but home sales are down 6% from last year through the first three quarters.  After years of double digit increases in number of homes sold, the market has reached a peak, and now shows a slight decline, while remaining one of the best years since…
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Continuing Education In The Midst Of Fall Splendor

This past weekend, Max, Don, and Janice all went to the annual Wells Group retreat in Telluride. It was a great weekend of learning and team building.  It was the perfect weekend to see the majestic Dolores River Valley colors, along with the new snow on the peaks. Speaking of peaks, we stayed at the…
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Tips To Winterize Your Home

As winter is on its way, now is the time to be sure your home is prepared for the drop in temperatures. While there are several areas to look into, some of the basics are a great way to keep temperatures moderate and cut back on winter utility bills. Most experts recommend utilizing a programmable…
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