Colorado Real Estate News

Laura Fuller – Featured Agent

Laura Fuller

Laura Fuller | Featured Agent

Hometown:

Chicago.

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

The house that I grew up in was a long-term, stable place, from when I was 5 years old until I went to college.  My parents are still married after over 50+ years too!

What Was Your First Job?

Camp Counselor for the neighborhood, and now our two daughters are following suit in Stapleton!

Hobbies:

Traveling, skiing, golf and creating memories and traditions with my family.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Caring, spontaneous, organized, funny and driven.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Anything outdoors!  That’s one of the main reasons why we moved here from Chi-town 13 years ago.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Anywhere that serves chardonnay.  Or “chard”, as I like to call it.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I can still do the splits at 47.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I do a lot of work with our daughters’ schools, and I am also in my fifth year of volunteering at the Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Lowry.  Death does not have to be scary, it can be quite comfortable, dignified and beautiful.

Who Inspires You?

My dad.  He is 81 years old and going strong, even after a triple bypass last year!  He was a CEO for most of his life, he still loves to travel the world with my mom and have amazing experiences, and he is one of the most generous people I know.  He taught me many things, but most importantly how to give back, whether it’s money, time or talent, because we are very fortunate.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

St. Patrick’s Day, my senior year of college at Michigan State, I set a record with a handful of other students for being in the same Irish bar for 19 hours!  7 AM to 2 AM!  Just kidding.  Even though that story is 100% true (our group picture is on the wall), my proudest accomplishment is my two girls. 🙂

How Do You Define Success?

To me success is more of a feeling, an emotion that allows a person to experience happiness and fulfillment based on whatever they have accomplished.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

Advertising and Marketing agencies were my first career, my first work love.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

Singing, because I think performing a show to thousands of people while they sing along with you would be amazing.  I want to be the Rockstar Pink when I grow up.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Skydiving, jumping out over the Rockies at 17,000 feet.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Ellen DeGeneres.  I love her, I love her show, I love what she stands for, I love how much she gives to everyone.  I just idolize her in general.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Every night we eat together as a family at our kitchen table, we hold hands and say what we are thankful for.  Our young ladies are 14 and 12 now, and we have been doing it since they were little.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

My first concert was Rick Springfield with my mom, and she still talks to this day about how “loud” it was.  The other favorites are any that we have taken our daughters to, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, etc. and watching them go crazy.  Watching my sweet husband sing T Swift lyrics is pretty funny too.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

I would live in any of the Hunger Games movies and kick ass!  Or be the love interest in any movie opposite Brad Pitt.

Colorado Real Estate News

Get Your Patio Ready for Summer

PatioA backyard patio is the perfect place to escape the summer heat, lounge on a sunny weekend day, or have some friends over for a BBQ. But it’s been nearly a year since you’ve really used your patio and it’s likely in need of some attention. Here are a few simple ways you can get your patio ready for summer!

Clean Up

Before diving in to any other patio projects, you’ll want to start with an initial clean up of your outdoor space. If you have a large concrete patio, use a pressure washer to blast away the dirt and grime that has built up over the long months. If you have a different surface you may want to use a broom and mop instead. Either way you will want to wash off all your surfaces and start fresh. This will also help you see any areas that may need a little extra attention, like cracks in the brick or wood foundation.

Take a close look at your exterior windows and patio doors, they may need some sprucing up too. This is a wonderful time to weatherize your windows and doors and ensure that they are working properly. Also make sure to wash off any furniture that you plan on using throughout the summer. You can pressure wash these too or you can choose to wash them with soapy water. Don’t make your guests sit in dirt and mildew all summer long!

Chances are you haven’t been using your grill all winter long. So you’ll need to get out a good cleaner and scrub away! Mildew and other bacteria can grow over the winter resulting in a gross, unusable BBQ. But luckily all it takes is a little TLC to bring it back to life. Then you’ll be ready to grill up some delicious summer meals for your guests.

Tend to Your Lawn and Garden

You’ve likely been ignoring your outdoor plants, gardens, and lawn during the colder months. Now that everything is beginning to dry out, you’ll notice dead leaves strewn throughout your yard and flower beds. There may be weeds growing in, and chances are your lawn could use a good trim. It’s time to start getting those flower beds back to looking beautiful! Pull some weeds, trim away some bare branches, and add some seasonal color. Different plants needs different amounts of pruning and at different times of the year. So be sure to know which of your plants need what type of attention before you accidentally kill something in a spring cleaning frenzy!

Create a Gathering Space

Just like the inside of your house, you want your backyard to feel welcoming. Especially if you plan on spending lots of time enjoying the sun out there, or if you want to host a party or two throughout the summer. Creating one or two gathering spaces gives people a reason to lounge in the yard and enjoy all of your hard work on the flowers. And will also keep them from lingering awkwardly which looking for a place to enjoy the party.

Incorporate Summer Colors

Color can make all the difference when it comes to a summer party. Color will brighten up the space and give it a touch of personality. Pillows, rugs, cushions, and furniture are all easy ways to color your patio and improve comfort. Rugs bring an added element of comfort on particularly hot days – you won’t have to deal with a blistering hot deck and even barefoot guests will be comfortable. Flowers and yard art are other ways to bring depth and color to your outdoor space.

Get Creative With Lighting

Once the sun goes down you will want to have ample lighting so your guests can easily find their way around and admire your decorated patio. Lanterns are a unique and easy way to add some light and can be placed almost anywhere. You can hang them in trees near the seating area or put them near the bar. Outdoor string lights are another option that help create a whimsical atmosphere and impress your guests!

Colorado Real Estate News

Spring Brings Seasonal Simmer to Denver Real Estate Market

CRESTMOOR10Real Estate Heated Up Amidst Cold Spells

Despite the cold spells in March, the entire residential market saw a seasonal simmer as spring picked up steam with real estate transactions. Homebuyers had 21.75 percent more new home choices – and they liked what they saw! Homes under contract were up 27.39 percent from February.

Here’s what else was up: Year to date, single-family active listings jumped 26.29 percent, new listings were up 2 percent, and days on market more than doubled from seven last year to 15.

Prices were up too, but just barely. The single-family average price was up 0.95 percent year to date to $516,469; the median price was up 0.34 percent to $436,500. The bump was a little bigger for condo prices, with the average condo price at $356,142 year to date.

Not Everything Was Popping Up like Daffodils

The number of homes sold so far in 2019 dropped 5.79 percent and thus the sales volume was down 4.36 percent year to date. Homebuyers are pushing back on sellers’ list prices with the close-to-list-price ratio down to 99.04 percent, which is the lowest ratio it’s been at this point in the past four years.

Luxury Market is Ready for the Spring Season

With warmer weather on the way, the Luxury Market – homes priced $1 million and up – is primed and ready for a spring selling season. In March, single-family homes that sold jumped to 152 from 117 the month prior. Of note, the average days on market dropped to 50 in March, from 82 in February and 75 this time last year. With this type of activity, it’s no surprise the close-to-list-price ratio is still holding strong at 97.72 percent. Condos gained similar momentum.

So, is it a Buyer’s or Seller’s Market?

The market under $1 million is still very much a seller’s market, and we are teetering on an equal market between buyers and sellers over $1 million with 5.16 months of single-family inventory and 5.59 months of attached-home inventory. At this point, buyers do not have the upper hand in any price range.

 

Colorado Real Estate News

Get to Know 6 Fort Collins Distilleries

DistilleriesIt’s common knowledge that Fort Collins is a local mecca for craft beer, but the craft beverage scene has expanded beyond beer and into distilleries. An alternative breed that we can’t help but love! These six Fort Collins distilleries offer a personal setting to go along with their local, premium craft spirits! Visit any one of these distilleries for fresh batches of Gin, Whiskey, Bourbon, Vodka, and more.

Elevation 5003 Distillery

Location: 2601 South Lemay Avenue #8

Elevation is a small batch distillery located in the beautiful city of Fort Collins, Colorado. Their focus is on innovative, hand-crafted distilled spirits. They mash, lauter, ferment, distill, filter, and bottle all their spirits at the distillery while focusing on an environmentally empowered processes. Head into the taste room for an amazing cocktail and pick up a bottle. Their patio is open and dog-friendly!

Feisty Spirits Distillery

Location: 1708 East Lincoln Avenue #1

While Feisty Spirits focuses on producing the best small-batch American whiskeys, they don’t limit themselves to one type. They believe in equal opportunity for all whiskeys whether its Bourbon, Rye, Malt, or their own non-conformist whiskeys. And they don’t stop there – not by a long shot. Join Feisty Spirits for a taste and a tour. Meet mighty Aphrodite, their beautiful Canadian copper still. Enjoy a spirited conversation over a dram, flight, or mixed cocktail in the Feisty Spirits tasting room.

Mobb Mountain Distillery

Location: 400 Linden Street

At Mobb Mountain, nature is close to the heart and their spirits are made to represent their fiery passion for it. Just a few hundred feet from the wild and scenic Cache la Poudre river, this newly renovated distillery awaits you! The Mobb Mountain Distillery isn’t just a place that serves spirits, it’s a place to meet new friends, feel comfortable, and share stories!

Old Town Distilling Co.

Location: 513 North Link Lane Unit E

Old Town Distilling Co., located in the brewing district of Fort Collins, is Northern Colorado’s first and only certified organic distillery. In solidarity with local organic agriculture and to limit their carbon footprint, they source all raw ingredients from within the state of Colorado, working closely with neighboring organic farmers. They strive to craft the finest spirits possible that, while inspired by the traditions of their favorite distilleries, are wholly original in quality and concept and distinctive in taste.

Coppermuse Distillery

Location: 244 north College Avenue #105

At CopperMuse, it’s their calling to find the best inspiration, distill it, and share it with the world. And you can taste it — from the first sip to the last drop. Their mission is to build upon Fort Collins’ excellent craft brewing heritage and apply these standards of quality to our distilling works. They produce premium, hand-crafted spirits that include vodka, whiskey, rum, and liqueurs that will push your taste experience beyond mainstream, corporate producers. Their comfy, lively tasting room offers a unique selection of hand-crafted cocktails and infusions. A chef-inspired food menu features light, delicious tapas, salads, and panini sandwiches that pair perfectly with your libations.

NoCo Distillery

Location: 328 Link Lane Court #11

This micro distillery sits at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where they get their pristine alpine water from. They use small hand-crafted American made copper stills. Only the finest American & European oak casks are used to age their premium craft spirits. Their spirits are masterfully crafted by renowned industry experts for your enjoyment. NOCO Distillery’s in-house experts strive for perfection for they must produce only craft spirits that deserve their name. And they are glad to say that their whiskeys, gins, rums, vodka, and brandy are deserving of such honor. They currently produce over 30 different spirits.

Colorado Real Estate News

7 Indoor Climbing Gyms in Denver

indoor climbing gyms in denverThe Mile High city has no shortage of indoor climbing gyms. Whether you are training for your first or your thousandth climb, looking to join a local climbing community or just wanting to try something new, Denver has an indoor climbing gym perfectly suited for you!

Denver Bouldering Club

DBC Central: 2485 West 2nd Avenue #18

DBC South: 4131 South Natches Court Unit E

The Denver Bouldering Club offers beginners and experts a premium climbing experience at two convenient Denver-Metro locations. The DBC features over 13,000 square feet of bouldering space and community support that will energize your workout for improved fitness and more rewarding climbing. The DBC has one of the friendliest vibes on the front range. The angles are great, the setting is challenging, and there’s always motivation to get better.

Earth Treks

Englewood: 1050 West Hampden Avenue

Golden: 700 Golden Ridge Road

From novice to expert and everything in between, there’s a spot for you at Earth Treks. Earth Treks believes in building a community by bringing the mountains to more people and having an impact on the world. In addition to roped climbing and bouldering terrain, guests will find amenities that include a yoga studio, functional fitness and cardio zones, training areas, climbing classes, a retail pro-shop complete with expert advice, and on-site child care. Their newest location in Englewood spans more than 52,000 square feet making it the largest climbing gym in the United States.

Mountain Strong

Location: 8610 East 21st Avenue

Mountain Strong is a CrossFit gym, a rock-climbing training gym, bouldering gym, and a generally fun community of people who work hard with the goal of turning themselves into the person they want to be. The gym features 4,000 square feet of specialized training equipment including: 800 square feet of boulder with a Wolrd Cup inspired wall, Olympic power lifting equipment, Concept 2 Ski Ergs, Concept 2 Rowers, and more!

Movement Climbing + Fitness

Baker: 1155 West 5th Avenue

Boulder: 2845 Valmont Road

RiNo: 3201 Walnut Street

Movement offers world-class route setting! They are home to the highest number of certified setters in the country, some of which hold the highest level of certification in the world. Their routes are thoughtful and challenging at every grade. While the route setters are highly creative, they are also considerate of all ability levels, proportions, and style preferences. Whether one is looking to have fun with friends, climbing for exercise, training for outdoor climbing, or preparing for competition—they set routes that help you make progress toward your goals.

Rock’n Jam’n

Centennial: 7390 South Fraser Street Unit E

Thornton: 9499 North Washington Street Unit C

At Rock’n & Jam’n Climbing Gym Denver visitors can embrace their next challenge and become the best climbers they can be! The Thornton location opened its doors in May 1997 with the hopes of filling the need for a ground-breaking climbing facility in Colorado. They continued their vision to offer the best indoor climbing gym Denver can provide when opening our Centennial location in March 2004. Their gyms feature some of the steepest and tallest overhanging climbing terrain, bouldering, top rope climbing, and auto belays.

The Spot

Boulder: 3240 Prairie Avenue

Denver: 1235 Delaware Street – Coming Soon!

The Spot Denver location is currently still under construction but will be opening in the coming weeks! This new location will be roughly twice the size of the Boulder location. It will be 19,000 square feet with walls reaching 18 feet high. Two-thirds of the facility will be filled with awesome bouldering walls. The remaining third will be dedicated to fitness with a wide range of modern workout equipment and the latest climber training tools.

Ubergrippen

Location: 8610 East 21st Avenue

Ubergrippen is the intense feeling of relief when finding a jug or good hand hold after a difficult crux. This indoor climbing gym features a climbing hall with a 40-foot-tall roped climbing area. There is also a boulder field with a 16-foot-tall bouldering wall, yoga & fitness classes, a community patio and garden, and a family-friendly climbing zone! The engaging and friendly staff make sure you won’t feel intimidated like at other gyms.

Colorado Real Estate News

Where to Celebrate National Burrito Day | Kentwood Picks

In Denver, everyday feels like National Burrito Day with all of the wonderful Mexican food we have right at our fingertips! But in honor of the official National Burrito Day, we’re here to give you some ideas on where to indulge your craving for a delicious burrito. Enjoy!

“The Chili Relleno burrito at El Taco De Mexico is my favorite. It’s best smothered in a flavorful, but not too hot, Green Chili. This is a no frills taqueria at the corner of 7th and Sante Fe in the Arts District.” – Bob Serotta, Kentwood DTC

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“The chile relleno burrito from El Taco De Mexico is the best I have ever had world-wide. I get what I refer to as pregnancy cravings for the flavors that are only found at this spot. I could drink the tomatillo based green chile straight out of the bottle. You do not go here for atmosphere nor the service.  I started going here in 1985 when it opened in a small trailer that you would pull behind your car caulked to the brick wall of El Noa Noa Mexican Restaurant at 7th and Santa Fe.  A Denver institutions not to be missed.” – Brent Jones, Kentwood City Properties

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“My favorite is a breakfast burrito from Ruperts at the EdgeThey have an insanely delicious “deluxe steak burrito” that is nearly impossible to finish. It’s loaded with tasty steak tips, potatoes, scrambled eggs and all the fixings. Then they top it with green and red chili. YUMMY! The charm with Ruperts is that it is located overlooking Sloans Lake and they only serve breakfast/bruch using what they call “scratch cooking” and premium ingredients. During the summer they have a great patio to eat on but you need to make sure to get there early to get a seat. The secret is definitely out.” – Jeff Lopez, Kentwood DTC

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Santiago’s!! For the best breakfast burritos, Santiago’s is hard to beat! They taste great, are cheap and there are multiple locations all over town” – Soley Maria, Kentwood Cherry Creek

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“Yum! Burrito’s are my favorite! I would say Snooze has the best smothered breakfast burrito. But a close second is Pete’s University Café! As for regular burritos, my husband loves the shredded chicken and green chili burrito at 3 Margarita’s off County Line Road.” – Kim Norton, Kentwood Cherry Creek

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