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Sarah Tyler | Featured Agent

Sarah Tyler

Sarah Tyler Headshots 2019

Hometown:

Pueblo, CO

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

They have amazing Mexican food!

What Was Your First Job?

I worked at a baseball field concession stand.

Hobbies:

Hanging out with my husband and 2 kids, hiking, yoga, and anything outside.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Honest, hard working, dedicated, personable, and family focused.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

I love Hiking!

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Human Bean Nutty Blizzard. I’m there enough that one of the baristas calls my version of this drink “The Sarah”. I must drink a lot of coffee!

One Unusual Thing About You:

I am sure I have many unusual things about me😊 but I cant pinpoint a fun one.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I am very involved with our local schools. I volunteer at them regularly, as well as sponsor and help organize school fundraising events.  I am also involved with WomensGive Larimer County, which is a program to help single mothers get a college education to help provide for their children.

Who Inspires You?

A lot of people inspire me, so it’s hard to pick just one. Anyone who keeps growing and innovating themselves is a great inspiration for me.

My husband is a huge inspiration and inspires me every day. He is hardworking but also family focused, and thoughtful.  He always asks the right questions to people about their lives and seeing what is going on that is important to them, even if he is super busy.  He always the kids and I first which allows me to go through busy times and not worry.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Having my children. I have always been very active, and career driven. So when I had my children, I loved seeing a different side of me open up and truly enjoy loving them in a way I hadn’t experienced before.

How Do You Define Success?

A work/life balance. When I feel the most successful is when I can have great family time while also helping my clients find their perfect home or sell their home to move on to their next adventure. The balance keeps me feeling happy and successful

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

I love real estate but also do have a past career/life that I still enjoy. I own a local salon and spa in Fort Collins (Orchidee Salon & Spa) and still enjoy seeing it thrive. I have amazing managers that run it for me so I can fully focus on my real estate career, but if I wasn’t in real estate, I would still have that as my focus and passion.

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

I just decided to learn tennis.  I have never played before and love the idea of taking on something fun yet hard to master. It’s been a long time since I have learned a new activity/sport and I am looking forward to having some fun.

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

Starting my own business. From the conception to the big financial risk of taking the leap has been a huge adventure. Any business owner knows it’s a big leap and a great reward.

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

Anna Wintour. She quickly navigated to the top of the fashion and editing world and eventually changed the look and focus of Vogue. I would love to pick her brain about how she achieved her success and what life looks like outside of her career.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

I love Christmas. I love everything about it but especially family traditions from my past, as well as creating new ones with my family. We try to have a true “Colorado” Christmas by going up to a cabin or home in the mountains (usually Devils Thumb Ranch) so you get the snow and the family time without all the interruptions. Sometimes we do this before or after Christmas so we make sure to also see our extended family on the actual day, but this is our special time just me, my husband, and our kids. Christmas songs, cooking together as a family, decorating our tree (I am a huge fan of decorating the tree together and however the kiddos want it, so it may not be pretty but its fun!), and we have even done sleigh rides. Truly the full holiday experience!

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

I love any outdoor concert, especially Red Rocks. I think you get such a great feeling when you are at Red Rocks hearing music and enjoying the beauty of Colorado at the same time.

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

Outlander is my favorite book series so I would have to choose that. They have now made a TV series out of it and I would be fine with that as well, but of course the book is always better! The story is based on a strong woman who pushes and breaks boundaries and stereotypes when she goes back in time. How could you not love going back to another time to experience life a different, more simple way. And I mean who doesn’t love Scotland!

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6 Things to Look For When Choosing a Neighborhood

Choosing a NeighborhoodWhen buying a new home, nothing is quite as important as choosing a neighborhood to live in. When you buy a home, you’re buying more than just the building. You’re purchasing a lifestyle. Where your home is located will influence the lives of you and your family for as long as you live there. Therefore, you want to pick a community that blends seamlessly with your values and way of life. Here are 6 things you should be looking for when choosing a neighborhood to live in.

Amenities

When you aren’t hanging out inside your house, it’s important to have places nearby that suit your lifestyle. Parks, community centers, libraries, and even farmer’s markets are all places that can get you out of the house to entertain yourself. They are also places to make neighborhood friends! Families with children may be more interested in communities with a swimming pool and tennis courts. Whereas retired couples would be more attracted to neighborhoods devoted to active senior living. A younger couple may want a dog park, bikes paths and an active nightlife scene.

Good Schools

A great school system might be a bit more important to a family with children or a couple hoping to start a family. But good schools should be a priority on any prospective home buyers list. Even if you don’t have children, it’s important to understand that a quality school system can significantly affect a home’s resale value.

Growing Household Incomes

There are advantages to living in a neighborhood with healthy household incomes. When homeowners make more money, they can afford to make more renovations to their house. This can turn into boosted home prices for the neighborhood as a whole.

Low Noise

When choosing a home, it’s easy to overlook something that might seems as minor as noise factor. But overlooking annoying noises would be a mistake as most bothersome noises are likely to be permanent. Train tracks, restaurants and bars, air traffic, and medical centers are all likely to create noise pollution. Even your neighbors could be the culprits of unwanted noise. Whether it’s a couple that fights all the time, a family with dogs that bark all the time or screaming children. Visit your potential neighborhood during different times of the day to get a better picture of what living there is really like.

Safety

Feeling safe in your own home and while you’re wandering around your neighborhood should be a priority for any prospective home buyer. Everyone wants to live in a safe neighborhood. However, there are varying degrees of safety. Just because a home is not in the top neighborhood does not mean it is generally dangerous. There are plenty of websites, like Neighborhood Scout and Safe Wise, that you can visit that will show you the crime history near a home.

Walk-ability

Walk-ability refers to how easy it is to enjoy your neighborhood without a car. Can you walk to the nearest grocery store, restaurant, or bar? This is becoming a major selling point for many people as they try to move away from driving everywhere. Homes in the heart of the city will naturally have greater walk-ability. But newer developments are also focusing on increasing walk-ability. Walk Score is a website that has given most neighborhoods around the country a grade, so you can quickly learn which ones are the most walk-able!

 

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Northern Colorado Mountain Bike Trails

Northern Colorado Mountain Bike TrailsSummer has arrived and mountain bike season is in full swing! Colorado is somewhat of a mountain bike mecca and the trails in Northern Colorado offer up some excellent options for all skill levels. If you are new to the Front Range or are looking to try out some newer more challenging rides this year, these trails could be just what you’re looking for.

Blue Sky Trail | Laporte

Intermediate | 6.2 Miles Point to Point

The north end of this trail starts at the Blue Sky trailhead/parking, the south end meets up with Devil’s Backbone, and it intersects with Rim Rock Trail around the middle. Indian Summer also branches off of Blue Sky, so there are many possibilities for this trail! The trail is mostly clear of obstacles, doesn’t have any very steep grades, and flows incredibly well. With tons of linkup and variations available, Blue Sky is not one to miss.

Devil’s Backbone Loop | Loveland

Intermediate/Difficult | 13.2 Mile Loop

Just West of Loveland off of 34, this trail is an interesting diversion. It follows a hogback, and some of the trail is build on layers of off-camber, crumbling sedimentary rock. You’ll ride Indian Summer and Blue Sky on this loop as well! This trail is more technical than strenuous, with some very rocky sections.

Dirty Bismark | Superior

Easy/Intermediate | 15.7 Mile Loop

This ride follows the well-known Morgul Bismarck road cycling route – a famous race stage in the 70’s and 80’s. The trails are easily accessible from Boulder, Superior, and neighboring towns, and it’s mostly smooth with just a few slightly technical spots. It’s just challenging enough to keep advanced riders interested, but rideable by just about everyone. This makes it a popular route, and it’s often rideable almost all year.

Ginny Trail | Fort Collins

Difficult | 5.3 Miles Point to Point

After a short flat section you’ll begin the final accent. While this climb is far less steep then Powerline Trail it is more technical. When you reach the top you’ll traverse across the back side of the mountain and be treated to some great views of Rocky Mountain National Park to the west. When the trail begins to turn back to the east, stop and take a picture. Now the fun begins, 99.5% of the ride from here is downhill. Watch for alternate lines, skinnys, and rock drops, for added fun!

Heil Ranch

Intermediate | 8 Mile Loop

Heil Valley Ranch is one of the popular Boulder-area trail systems, and this ride is the most commonly ridden section of trail. These trails were the original mountain biking trails at Heil, but others have since been added, including the Picture Rock trail that now makes it possible to ride from Heil Valley Ranch to Hall Ranch. It’s a good intermediate ride relatively close to Boulder, with many options for linking to other trails!

Horsetooth Mountain Park Loop | Fort Collins

Intermediate/Difficult | 13.1 Mile Loop

This 13-mile ride opens with a bit of a haul up paved roads and Horsetooth Rock’s South Ridge Trail to access a series of thrilling downhill runs on Wathen Trail, Loggers, and Mill Creek Trail that eventually spit you out near Lory State Park’s Arthur’s Rock parking lot for a cool-down pedal back to the start of the ride. Enjoy plenty of technical rock features, drops, and small jumps throughout this loop that will keep you coming back for more.

Homestead Meadows Short Tour | Estes Park

Easy/Intermediate | 7.6 Mile Loop

Homestead Meadows is a neat place to go and discover how people used to live in the Rocky Mountains. There are several old cabins and other buildings with informational plaques at each, describing who lived there, what they did, and what happened to them. This ride takes you past a few of these. Most of the route is on old doubletrack wagon roads, but with a few short sections of singletrack included. Its beautiful scenery, interesting history, all from the saddle of your awesome mountain bike.

Limber Pine Trail | Estes Park

Intermediate | 5.2 Mile Point to Point

With lots of twists and turns and rocks to navigate, you get your thrills here by employing good bike handling skills instead of screaming descents. These are beautiful trails, running through pine forest and some large stands of aspen trees. There are many alternate lines built into the trail. These aren’t signed, but if you keep a sharp eye while you ride, you can pick them out.

Pinewood Reservoir | Berthoud

Easy/Intermediate | 5.9 Mile Loop

The trails around Pinewood Reservoir pass through the Ramsay-Shockey Open Space. There are only two trails, Besant Point Trail and Shoshone Trail, and together they don’t amount to very much mileage. But that aside, they do have other redeeming qualities: pretty good flow, some shorter technical challenges, a beautiful serene setting, and minimal to no traffic.

Walker Ranch | Boulder

Intermediate/Difficult | 7.8 Mile Loop

This is a classic loop near Boulder with a nice mix of technical riding, flowy descents, and scenery. Walker Ranch is one of the rides that every Boulder-based mountain biker has ridden. It’s a great ride for someone visiting, offering fun singletrack and great scenery. And it’s located up Flagstaff road, which is worth the drive on its own! This is a fairly challenging ride despite its somewhat short distance. There’s a mix of fast flowy singletrack, technical rocky sections, and even a somewhat difficult hike-a-bike down steep steps to a creek.

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7 Unique Colorado Roadside Attractions

tabea-damm-579138-unsplashThere is endless natural beauty to be explored here in Colorado. But if you’re looking for some sightseeing a bit more nostalgic, odd, or off the beaten path, then you will want to add these Colorado roadside attractions to your summer bucket list!

Antique Washing Machine Museum

Where: 35901 WCR 31, Eaton, CO

Not too far from Fort Collins, avid collector Lee Maxwell has gathered more than 1,000 vintage washing machines, many of which he’s restored to working condition. Dozens of brands and types are represented, along with other old-school household appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators, and vacuum cleaners. To see the museum, though, you’ll have to arrange for a tour by phone or email.

Cano’s Castle

Where: State Street & E. 10th Avenue, Antonito, CO

Cano’s Castle is a set of four gleaming towers. It was built single-handedly by Donald “Cano” Espinoza, a Native American Vietnam vet. Built largely out of beer cans and other metal refuse, for Espinoza the castle serves as a thanks for having his life spared during the Vietnam war. Cano’s castle is actually four separate structures. The King, The Queen, The Palace, and The Rook. The four story King house, covered in gleaming beer cans and hubcaps, is his crowning architectural achievement.

Colorado Gators Reptile Park

Where: 9162 W. Co Road 9 N., Mosca, CO

Colorado Gators is a family oriented, reptile rescue. Every visitor has the opportunity to meet, pet, hold, and take pictures with a little alligator!  For $2.00 visitors can buy a bucket of “Gator Chow” to feed the alligators, and occasionally there will be dead fish available to feed to the alligators as well! Some of the other reptiles you can see at Colorado Gators Reptile Park are: fearsome Nile crocodiles, Burmese pythons, a 17′ reticulated python, anacondas, red tail boas, 3 species of rattlesnakes, monitor lizards, tegus, geckos, iguanas, box turtles, snapping turtles, and caiman.

Bishop’s Castle

Where: 12705 CO-165, Rye, CO

Bishop Castle is a monumental statue made of stone and iron. Three full stories of interior rooms complete with a Grand Ballroom, soaring towers and bridges with vistas of a hundred miles, and a Fire-Breathing Dragon make Bishop’s Castle quite the unforgettable experience! Visitors are always welcome free of charge, and the castle itself is always open.

The Sasquatch Outpost

Where: 149 Main Street, Bailey, CO

There are few things in Americana as mysterious and captivating as the search for the elusive creature known as Bigfoot. At The Sasquatch Outpost, they’re dedicated to solving the mystery for themselves, and they welcome anyone and everyone who’s ever been interested in Sasquatch to visit them in Bailey – just a short drive from Downtown Denver. They have a museum and retail shop dedicated to the creature, and they also host regular meetings to share sightings and stories with other enthusiasts! They’re equal parts researchers and admirers, after all, and they love documenting your sightings.

Tiny Town & Railroad

Where: 6249 S. Turkey Creek Road

It’s just a short drive west of Denver into the foothills to spend the day among the kid-sized buildings, riding the train, enjoying the fresh air while the kids frolic on the playground, and then relaxing with your picnic lunch or something from the snack bar while the sound of the breeze in the tall pines washes your stress away.

Swetsville Zoo

Where: 4801 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO

This “zoo” is a cross between a junkyard and a sculpture garden, featuring animals you won’t see anywhere else. Instead of lions, tigers and bears, Swetsville offers massive metal spiders built from Buicks towering high in the air, castles built from concrete, and nostalgic characters greeting visitors of all ages. Alongside the classic dragons and trains are aliens and dinosaurs, and some things that don’t have names at all.

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More New Homes Hit the Denver Market in May

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In May, there were 8,789 new listings, up 17 percent from the previous month. That meant home-buyers were able to look at a number of homes at a time and make comparisons – and many found what they were looking for. At month’s end, there were 6,470 homes under contract, up 5.65 percent from April.

Even with all of those offers written and accepted, the month still ended with 8,891 homes for sale. That is the highest end-of-month number of active listings since November 2013 when buyers had 9,352 choices! Yet, when put in perspective, it’s very low compared to the high in May 2008 when active listings reached 26,333 in total.

Home Prices Breaking Records

The market has been experiencing a drought of new homes for years, so the increase in inventory is a welcome relief for buyers. Even with the added inventory, prices were still up. The average single-family home price reached a record-breaking $555,482!

Year to date, for single-family homes, the average sold price was $534,577 and median sold price was a record-breaking $450,000, up 1.45 and 1.12 percent from last year respectively. The average sold price for condos year to date bumped up 3.11 percent compared to last year to $364,134, and the median price topped out at a high of $301,500.

Luxury Market Sales Steady

The number of sales of $1 million+ homes remained steady at 915 year to date, up 1.55 percent from last year. While sales in the single-family market decreased year to date by 2.8 percent from 2018, there has been a large jump in condo sales with 110 sold year to date compared to 73 in 2018, an increase of 51 percent.

There has not been any significant changes month over month or year over year in terms of price per square foot, outside of the condo total price per square foot metric that significantly jumped from $546 last year to $656 in May of 2019 – an increase of 20 percent. Single-family average price per square foot continues to hover around $300, ending May at $297.