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CEO Reflections

By Kentwood CEO and President Gretchen Rosenberg

Top 5 Reasons to Leave Your Shoes at the Door

We all have pre-conceived notions of what our Colorado homes and real estate should be like.

For many people in Colorado that might be a view or a fireplace. For some it’s a gourmet chef’s kitchen and a soaking tub. Nearly everyone these days wants an area they can use as a workspace or for quiet time. The lists can be long or modest, but the best advice my first real estate broker gave me was to leave my pre-conceived notions at the door and be prepared to give a little. Here are 5 lessons from our Kentwood Real Estate brokers who have much hard-won wisdom to impart.

  1. It’s nearly impossible to get everything on your “must have” list. Create a list of A level amenities, B level amenities and C level amenities. Know in your mind that the A list should be very short, and the B’s and C’s will be nice to have, but could end up being crossed off. This applies to commercial real estate as well.
  2. Be open to suggestions from your broker. Real estate brokers are sometimes accused of pressuring buyers into looking at properties they don’t want to see. A great broker (like all Kentwood brokers) will listen intently, with a problem-solving frame of mind. They’ll also have input borne of wisdom. Let them provide suggestions for additional areas of town, insight into why some amenities might not be Colorado typical, or how a shift in price could get you closer to fulfilling all of the A’s and B’s on your list.
  3. Avoid a carpet allowance. (I was going to say “like the plague” but I’m writing this during the current pandemic, so like coronavirus.) Sellers – a carpet allowance doesn’t work anymore. It hasn’t in years. Buyers are watching HGTV and want their new house to “look just like that.” They generally don’t want to have to do any work, any updating or spend additional money. Why would they part with cash when they can finance at 3%?
  4. Know the photos make it look different. Properties are photographed in their best light, with a wide-angle lens and perfectly set for photos. The rooms always appear larger than they are. 3D Virtual tours and virtual (live) open houses are a better way to assess the space, and can be a good stand-in if you can’t be there or want to check some places off your list. The very best way to know if “it’s the one” is to visit the property. You’ll use more of your senses than just seeing photos when you’re actually there. You’ll smell (pets or candles?) You’ll see (what the room sizes really feel like when you’re standing in them.) You’ll hear (birds chirping or train tracks?) You’ll feel (those amazing soft close cabinets or a roll in the floor from settling.)
  5. National news is general, real estate is locale specific. Our Kentwood Commercial brokers have been asked a lot lately about their predictions for how depressed the commercial real estate market will be next year. Our Denver Rental team is asked about rent collections and whether property management is taking a hit. Our residential brokers in both Metro Denver and Northern Colorado are offered opinions on what’s going to happen with home values. It’s all correct, and it’s all wrong. Home values are going up rapidly in certain price points and neighborhoods, while other sellers are having to contend with lack of traffic and price reductions. Warehouses and light industrial real estate are booming, retail is struggling. Most of our property management clients are having no issues collecting rent, but that could also change as the COVID-19 months progress. This is the reason to seek an informed and expert broker. It’s a tough time to try to go it alone.

Leaving your shoes at the door is a metaphor for avoiding pre-conceived notions and being okay with asking for help. Kentwood Real Estate brokers are best-in-class and will help you find your next home, sell your current home, evaluate your commercial portfolio or lease a property. We’re here to help.

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Kentwood Real Estate Broker Goes Beyond Realtor-client Relationship as the Ultimate Embodiment that ‘We are All in this Together’

Realtor® Pat Wall gifted her clients socially-distant family porch-portrait sessions to capture a nostalgic moment in history for Denver-area families

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamic of every home and every family across the world, and behind every front door is the story of how individuals are facing the challenges of today. So, Denver-area Realtor® Pat Wall of Kentwood Cherry Creek, a real estate agent with over 40 years in the profession, captured this moment in history for clients with whom she has built relationships with over the decades. 

Pat Wall hosted complimentary family porch-portrait sessions, hiring Denver photographer Emily Spetosky. The stories behind these ‘Porch Photos’ captured include:

  • Photo of parents and their young children having a fun time bouncing on a trampoline with rolls of toilet paper in the air. Wall represented this family in the purchase of their home.
  • Photo of twins that just graduated high school, but couldn’t have a formal ceremony. Wall has known the twins since they were 18 months old, having helped the family find homes in different stages of their lives.
  • Photo of three grown children staying at their parent’s home together for the first time in years, one of whom usually lives in Europe. You can see them sitting, laughing and bonding together. Wall has known the family since they moved to Denver in 1990, having helped them to buy their first home in the Denver area.
  • Photo of parents with a one-year-old baby that said this is the first time in months they got to get dressed up. Wall sold them a home that backs up to a park and lake which is perfect for a child during this time when social distance calls for families to stay home. 

These stories represent an important period in history. The nostalgia that Pat Wall is gifting to these families goes beyond a Realtor-client relationship – it’s the embodiment of ‘we are in this together.’

“Seeing these precious photos reminds me of all of the times we have spent together,” said Pat Wall. “I have known them as teenagers and now they have teenagers! I have seen all of their life events – births, deaths, weddings, graduations and all of their homes. These homes are central to their lives and so it was fitting that they be photographed in them while quarantining. The families enjoyed the experience.”

Pat Wall is a broker associate with Kentwood Real Estate. With over 40 years as an agent, she was designated a Realtor® Emeritus in 2018 by the National Association of Realtors®, an exceedingly rare honor. For more information, visit Kentwood.com. The photographer, Emily Spetosky, started taking Porch Photos in April. For more information on Spetosky, visit EmilyJanPhoto.com.

About Kentwood Real Estate

At Kentwood Real Estate we believe in community. That we accomplish more together. That deep roots matter. We inspire people to imagine the next steps in their life journey. Our brokers are the highest producing, most knowledgeable, caring, and experienced brokers in the country who offer a quality customer service experience. The exclusive affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway’s HomeServices of America in Colorado, Kentwood Real Estate produces more sales volume per agent than 99 percent of all real estate companies in the U.S. The company is comprised of Kentwood Real Estate – DTC, Kentwood Real Estate – Cherry Creek, Kentwood Real Estate – City Properties, Kentwood Real Estate – Northern Properties in Fort Collins, Kentwood Commercial Real Estate, Denver Rental, and Prosperity Home Mortgage. For more information, visit Kentwood Real Estate online at www.kentwood.com.

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Colorado’s Wine Country On The Western Slope

Colorado might not be the first location that comes to mind when you think about wine tasting, but Colorado’s wine region offers settings and wine-tasting experiences like no other wine region in the world. From peach or viognier to a raspberry-honey blend or cabernet franc, Colorado has countless interesting wines that are beginning to draw recognition throughout the nation as not only being legitimate, but in some cases, actually world renowned.

While there are tasting rooms throughout the state, the prime spot to raise a glass in Colorado is in the heart of wine country along the Western Slope just a few hours from the Front Range. Home to dozens of wineries, the toughest part of a visit to Grand Junction and Palisade might just be picking which one is your favorite. Luckily, there are several interesting tasting tours and unforgettable wine excursions to choose from on the Western Slope, and here we’ve rounded up our top five favorites:

Two Rivers Winery and Chateau

The wines from Two Rivers Winery have won 60 awards in international competitions since its founding in 1999. The winery produces six wines, including a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Syrah, Port, and a signature Merlot.

Maison La Belle Vie Winery

This winery is known for its elegant tasting room that makes you feel as if you’re spending an afternoon in French wine country. Known for its Vin de Peche made from Muscat grapes and peaches, all of the wine recipes here have been passed down through the family since the late 1800s. Make sure to check out the winery’s signature charcuterie board while you’re there, which includes a selection of meats, cheese, olives, hummus, fruit and chocolate.

St. Kathryn Cellars

Located in Palisade, this winery specializes in unusual blends and flavors. From the Strawberry Rhubarb Blend to the Sweet Scarlet Blend, made from Merlot and blackberry wine, these combinations are truly one of a kind. The most famous of their wines, however, is the Lavender Wine, a Colorado Riesling infused with organic lavender.

Whitewater Hill Vineyards and Winery

If you’re looking for a more traditional vineyard, Whitewater Hill is the place to be. Their Ethereal Blend is a mix of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. They take the best barrels from each vintage year, and many have said it rivals the best wines in Napa Valley. If you decide to raise your glass al fresco, you can enjoy a picturesque view of the vineyard, highlighted by an old-fashioned windmill.

Carlson Vineyards

Carlson Vineyards has been family-owned since 1981 and quickly became a prominent player in Colorado’s wine scene. Customers are treated as part of the family, too, as the winery’s philosophy is that wine is for everyone, and wine tasting should be a fun affair for all. The winery has a diverse selection of reds, whites and dessert wines to sample, as well as other wine-inspired recipes like the Tyrannosaurus Red Spaghetti Sauce.

Whether you’re a novice to the wine world or have a seasoned palate, a weekend trip to the Western Slope’s wine country will provide the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway, as well as a chance to support Colorado-grown wineries. Make sure you leave extra room in your suitcase to bring home a bottle or two!

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The Scoop on Noco Farmers Market Openings

Farmers market season is upon us in Northern Colorado, and while many are looking forward to the fresh food, socializing, and supporting local business owners, there’s no doubt things are going to look a little bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite coronavirus pumping the brakes on many of our favorite summer traditions this year, most of Northern Colorado’s farmers markets have scheduled their returns, but with strict regulations in place. Here’s the scoop on which Northern Colorado farmers markets will be open this summer, and what you should expect from the guidelines that are put in place.

Fort Collins Farmers’ Market

The Fort Collins Farmers’ Market is located outside of Ace Hardware at 1001 East Harmony Road, and is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The market will include signage throughout encouraging shoppers to keep their visits brief and maintain proper social distancing and hand sanitizing. Shoppers over the age of two will be required to wear masks, and curbside pickup for the elderly and health-compromised individuals is being considered. No dogs will be allowed at the market this year, and aisles between booths will be expanded to 16 feet allowing for more space and better traffic flow. Food will also no longer be consumed on-site and all ready-made food must be taken to-go.  

Fort Collins Farmers’ Market on Drake (Formerly known as the Drake Road Farmers’ Market)

The Fort Collins Farmers’ Market at 802 West Drake Road takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will honor the same rules and regulations as the Fort Collins Farmers’ Market.

Larimer County Farmers’ Market

Located at the Larimer County Courthouse parking lot (200 West Oak Street) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, the Larimer County Farmers’ Market is asking shoppers to come solo in order to cut down on foot traffic and shopping times. Signage will direct shoppers through the market, and masks, gloves, and physical distancing are encouraged. Market Bucks will not be sold this year in order to cut back on money handling, and instead, exact change or credit cards are encouraged whenever possible.

Farmers Market at Fairgrounds Park – Loveland

The Farmers Market at Fairgrounds Park is located at 700 South Railroad Avenue in Loveland and is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday from now through September.

This year’s market will feature fewer vendors, booths will be more spaced out and wider aisle spaces and the focus will primarily be on food and produce. The city is also working to create an online market component, which will allow shoppers to preorder items and pick them up curbside. For more information, please visit cityofloveland.org/farmersmarket.

Windsor Farmers Market

The Windsor Farmers Market is located at Boardwalk Park in Windsor from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday beginning June 20.

There will be new rules and regulations that are not yet determined according to the town’s Parks, Recreation and Culture department, however, they will be following social distancing guidelines and recommendations from the Weld County Department of Health and Environment as well as the Colorado Farmers Market Association.

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Virtual Open Houses, and Creative Ways Brokers are Adapting

As stay-at-home restrictions stemming from the coronavirus are being lifted around the country, the real estate industry is picking up quickly throughout Colorado. Sellers who had withdrawn their homes from the market when showings were halted in March are now re-listing their homes, and buyers are out in full force, capitalizing on record-low interest rates. 

While real estate is considered an essential industry, there have been many changes to how buying and selling happen in Colorado as real estate agents adjust to the ever-changing health guidelines. If you’re wondering just how, exactly, home buying and selling is happening in the midst of a pandemic, we’re here to answer those questions with this inside look at the creative ways brokers are adapting and making sales happen.

Virtual Open Houses

In the era of COVID-19, open houses are out and virtual tours are in. Virtual technology is a must, and some agents are now using the latest in 3D touring, which allows buyers to move through the home on their own. Agents are also doing personal, live virtual tours to walk buyers through their listings over a smartphone or tablet and doing Facebook Live showings for groups, so the buyers can ask questions in real-time. In a recent National Association of Realtors Legislative meeting, NAR’s chief economist predicted that the end of traditional open houses and increased virtual tours are among the changes that will continue even after the current pandemic.

Increased Vetting of Potential Buyers

While virtual tours are increasingly popular because they offer buyers instant gratification rather than scheduling an in-person visit, another added bonus is that they weed out non-serious buyers. Many agents are now requiring a more robust vetting system for buyers prior to in-person visits such as requiring them to view a 3D or virtual tour prior to a showing and even requiring proof of funds or a prequalifying letter for a mortgage to ensure they are serious.

Adapting to Social Distancing

In an occupation built on personal relationships, agents are no longer driving clients to showings or shaking hands, and instead, they are stocking up on extra sanitizer and making the process as touch-free as possible. When it comes to closing the sale, many buyers and sellers are being placed in different rooms and linked together through video-conferencing apps such as Zoom. Additionally, agents must ensure buyers aren’t touching things in the home and many are making arrangements prior to showings to ensure all doors are opened, light switches are already turned on, and of course, there are plenty of rubber gloves to go around.

If you are planning to buy or sell a home in the near future, keep these changes in mind so you’ll know what to expect. Whether the changes will stick around after the pandemic is the question on everyone’s minds, but for now, much of the buying and selling process is going to depend on official regulations and people’s comfort level. As always, our best advice is to be prepared, and have clear and frequent communication with your Realtor to ensure the transaction goes as smoothly and safely as possible.

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Top Front Range Campsites Openings

Summer in Colorado’s beautiful Front Range is camping season! However, like anything else today, it’s a bit more complicated than normal this year.

Much of Colorado’s most popular camping sites and hiking trails were until recently shut off from the general public. In many cases, smaller mountain towns and municipalities issued tickets to non-resident hikers and campers for violating their public health rules.

The good news is while most public health rules have relaxed in recent weeks, many of Colorado’s campsites are now open to the public. As of June 4, 2020, Colorado requires campers to have reservations on state-managed lands. So, if you’re going camping, be sure to check the Colorado Parks & Wildlife reservation website for state-managed lands or Recreation.gov for federally-managed lands to review site availability and booking reservations.

The site makes it easy to find any of your favorite campgrounds through a geographic map or list. Dig further to see exactly which campsite is available and what features it has like electricity, bathrooms, running water, whether pets are allowed, and other nifty features.

Just be warned, Colorado’s residents are living up to their reputation as being the outdoorsy type and reservations seem to be booked weeks in advance, so please plan accordingly!

Pinon Flats Campground – Federally-Managed Land

Located in the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in southern Colorado, Planon Flats Campground is one of the best sites to camp near the tallest sand dunes in North America. Pinon Flats has 86 campsites which are all available for reservations starting June 13, 2020. As this is federal land, please use the Recreation.gov website to book reservations, not the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website.

Ridgeway State Park – State-Managed Land

Ridgeway State Park encompasses the Ridgeway Reservoir about 19 miles south Montrose on Highway 550. The state park amenities include a boat ramp, jet skiing, laundry facilities, biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, a dump station, firewood, and so much more. Reservations were made available to the public starting June 12, 2020, and will be available until December 12, 2020.

Dolores River Campground – Private

Dolores River Campground is a privately operated campground located in Dolores, Colorado on the San Juan Skyway. The Dolores River runs through the campground, whose features include a large recreation room, clean bathrooms, dog walks, and a nature trail, Wednesday evening wood-fired pizza, and an on-site fishing pond. Located near Mesa Verde National Park, there are a variety of monuments to check out including Canyons of the Ancients, Crow Canyon, Hovenweep, and Cortez Cultural Center.

These three campgrounds and a small sample of many beautiful campsites in Colorado. Be sure to plan ahead by booking reservations, along with packing adequate food, water, and flashlights. You could never go wrong with extra flashlights!

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Mountain Biking Colorado In Mud Season

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As one of the world’s best places for mountain biking, Colorado holds a special place in the hearts of riders across the globe. In the springtime, after the thaw and in between late-season snowfalls, Colorado mountain bikers eagerly hang up their skis and break out the bikes for “Mud Season” riding. While “Mud Season” may sound dirty and dreary, it can still be a great time for bikers to enjoy their favorite activity without the crowds, as long as they’re okay with a little slush and slop.

 

Now that spring is in full swing, if you’re ready to get on your bike but your favorites trails are still snow-covered, we’ve compiled a list of local favorites for spring biking at lower elevations that offer amazing trails for riders of all abilities.

 

Just please be mindful of local municipality public health guidance on exercise outdoors!

 

Here are our top five destinations for mountain biking in Mud Season:

 

1. Marshall Mesa – Boulder, Colorado

The Marshall Mesa trailhead is just outside of Boulder, and is the starting point for several bike trails that ride alongside the Flatirons– Boulders iconic sandstone formations. Bikers that head to Marshall mesa will find rolling hills, rocky uphill trails, and thrilling downhill rides through grassy ridges.

 

2. Phil’s World Mountain Bike Trail– Cortez, Colorado

Whether you are a beginner or expert rider, Phil’s World will have you grinning from ear to ear. Located just outside of Durango in the San Juan mountains of southern Colorado, Phil’s World is one of the first places to dry up in the spring and last places to get snowy in the fall. All of the trails are rolling, so there aren’t any true climbs or descents, but riders of all ages and skill levels will have a great time. It’s worth noting, however, that you’ll want to check trail conditions if you’re heading to Phil’s World after a rainstorm, as the clay dirt can quickly turn sloppy.

 

3. Lunch Loops – Grand Junction, Colorado

If you’re a more technical rider, you’ll love Lunch Loops. Located right outside of downtown Grand Junction, the trail system is, quite literally, known as the “lunch ride” for many locals. Lunch Loops offers trails for all levels of riders, but the more advanced riders will particularly enjoy the expert-level trails here.

 

4. 18 Road Trail System – Fruita, Colorado

Fruita has increasingly become an alternative to Moab, particularly for those traveling from Colorado’s Front Range. Known as one of the mountain biking meccas of the west, the 18 Road Trail System offers both rolling and technical trails, and is a great place to ride short laps all day long and work on your skills. The trails here are for riders of all ages and abilities, ranging from full of locals out for an evening spin, to toddlers on their first bike ride ever, and visitors from all over the US discovering this incredible desert riding.

 

5. Hartman Rocks – Gunnison, Colorado

Just down the road from Crested Butte is the lesser-known town of Gunnison, Colorado, which is home to amazing trails that are ride-able before any alpine riding is snow-free. Hartman’s Rocks Trail System is the perfect place to break out the wheels for your first ride of the year.

 

Don’t let a little mud stop you from enjoying one of Colorado’s best springtime activities! Take on any one of these great riding options for your first ride of the year, and you’ll be sure to kick off bike season with a bang.

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How To Support Downtown Fort Collins Local Shops During Covid-19

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Do your part to keep Old Town Fort Collins’ stores open

 

As the northern Colorado community continues to abide by social isolation guidelines, Fort Collins’ downtown local businesses are getting creative to keep their doors open. Restaurants are offering special dinner menus for takeout, many of which are including cocktails and drinks to-go, bookstores are encouraging readers to purchase books online for delivery orders, and clothing and chocolatiers have transitioned online by creating Shopify accounts.

 

COVID-19’s pressures on local companies are enormous, particularly with the loss in spring tourism business dimming 2020 revenue forecasts. Despite the seemingly dark times, hope remains as Fort Collins’ Old Town businesses have recently banded together as the Downtown Business Association launched its “Support and Save” campaign.

 

Appealing to regular customers stuck at home and visitors who are unable to travel, the Support and Save campaign allows patrons to donate and receive a voucher for future purchases. To encourage more donations, the voucher’s value incrementally increases if patrons donate more: donate $20 and receive a $25 voucher, donate $40 and a receive $50 voucher, and donate $80 receive a $100 voucher.

 

If a great deal doesn’t excite someone to donate for a good cause, the full list on the Downtown Business Association’s website, linked here, just might. The list of participating stores ranges from footwear, antiques, art and handcraft stores, bars, restaurants, distilleries, breweries, an equestrian store, holistic life coaching, gyms, spices, salons, florists, furniture stores, olive oil companies, smoothie shops, fly fishing shops, soda fountains, and so much more.

 

“Old Town is the heart of Fort Collins and right now the local shops need our help,” says David Powell, managing broker at the Kentwood Real Estate – Northern Properties office. “If you’re a resident or a seasonal visitor, you know how special Old Town is to the city. The shops we enjoy visiting are counting on our support for when they’re able to open their doors to the public again.”

 

“You can’t beat the Old Town experience in Fort Collins. It’s heartbreaking to know many of these shops are struggling with COVID-19 keeping everyone away, but I know the Fort Collins and Colorado communities will pull together to support our local businesses,” says Catherine Rogers, broker associate at Kentwood’s Northern Properties office. Catherine listed a few of her favorite Old Town restaurants and shops: Slyce Pizza, Ginger Baker, Cooper Smiths, Blue Agave, Jay’s Bistro, Jax And Fish, and Emporium In The Elizabeth Hotel.

 

The National Restaurant Association estimates over 3 million industry employees have lost their jobs, and will miss out on $225 billions in estimated sales for 2020. Eventually, COVID-19 will pass but no one expects a large grand opening of American society when it happens. Society will still need to maintain distance as the virus will be marginally present, but locally owned retailers and restaurants will continue to need the community’s support until they’re able to operate a maximum capacity.

 

As Colorado’s top luxury real estate real estate brokerage, Kentwood Real Estate will support our community, clients, brokers, staff, and their families to endure. We’re in this together and we believe we’ll come out on the other side stronger than before.

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10 Ways to be a Good Neighbor During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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As we adjust to a new version of normal life, most of us are undoubtedly looking inward at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, it’s up to us to also take a moment to look outward and be good neighbors. Fortunately, there are ways that you can support your community while also adhering to the health and safety guidelines that will help combat the spread of COVID-19. With that in mind, use these 10 ideas and guidelines to be the best neighbor you can be:

 

1. Get phone numbers for your neighbors – and use them to check in. If you don’t already have direct contact information for some or all your neighbors, now is the time to obtain them. Phone numbers will ensure that your immediate circle of neighbors can communicate quickly on a day-to-day basis.

 

2. Set up a community group online. If your neighborhood or building doesn’t already have a group on an app such as WhatsApp, Slack or Facebook, offer to help set one up and invite everyone to join. A community “in need of” list could be shared here as well, where people can request help with items or tasks they’re in need of.

 

3. Wave hello. Social distancing doesn’t mean “devoid of connection.” While walking to our neighbors’ doors and knocking isn’t advisable, we can still wave hello from our porches or while on a walk. It’s a small thing that can make a big difference in how we feel about the day ahead!

 

4. Offer to deliver groceries or necessities. If you’re headed to the store yourself, check in with neighbors that are high risk to see if you can bring them any groceries or necessities. Use recommended precautions to keep yourself safe – keep the kids at home if you can, wash your hands before & after and wipe down the cart when you hit the store. If possible, leave them on the front porch for your neighbor to bring inside themselves.

 

5. Donate blood. Local blood donation centers and hospitals need blood of healthy individuals now more than ever. Visit the Red Cross website to check your eligibility, find a nearby blood drive location or donation center, and make an appointment to give back to patients in need.

 

6. Offer your tech assistance to your neighbors. Right now, many tasks and errands are being completed online. That’s great for individuals who are used to ordering groceries and takeout on their phones, but some neighbors may not be as experienced in using apps and websites. With that in mind, offering to help someone navigate a website or to handle certain tasks online could make a big difference!

 

7. Support local businesses. Local businesses are the cornerstone of thriving communities. Now more than ever it’s important to show our love to local businesses, who are struggling to stay afloat during these challenging times. Consider buying gift cards to enjoy later, placing online orders through the store’s website, ordering food for takeout or delivery, and tipping workers more than usual.

 

8. When running, biking or walking, stay at least six feet away. We all need exercise and a breath of fresh air right now. When you do go outside, however, remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines – maintain a distance of six feet or more between you and anyone else enjoying the outdoors.

 

9. Keep your noise levels respectful. Chances are that you’ve seen videos of our international neighbors playing instruments from their balconies. We’re not saying you shouldn’t play music, but we are saying that if you do, you should be respectful of the time you do it. Remember that many people are currently working from home, and we all need to sleep sometime!

 

10. Freshen up your visible spaces for all to enjoy. Our homes and their appearance play a big role in how we feel. Working in your garden (once the weather stays warm) can create a beautiful space and also get you outside. Seasonal decorations are another great way to lift your community’s spirits, and they don’t even have to be timely! Whether you decorate for spring or for “Christmas in March,” or create sidewalk art for passersby, now is the time to build a space that makes your neighborhood smile.

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Gardening Tips to Sell Your Home in Colorado

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Lush Plants, Gardens and Trees Tips to Add to a Home’s Value

 

Living flowers, plants, trees, and shrubbery can make a home stand out in a neighborhood. A potential buyer is able to imagine themselves living in a home with a manicured lawn, mature trees, and robust shrubs rather than the home whose lawn is patchy, unkempt or downtrodden. As a home seller looking to sell at the highest price, details matter; and so does planning for Spring’s planting.

 

Gardening in Colorado’s spring months has challenges unique to the state’s high elevation, low humidity, intense sunlight, dry winds, and the heavy clay natural soil. Understanding each of these aspects is critical to raising a healthy garden, plants, and lawn without worrying about replacing sickly and dying plants, which can be costly – especially for a home seller who doesn’t want to invest more than they absolutely need to.

 

Most homeowners with outdoor soil space think gardening is as simple as digging a hole, planting, and watering. The soil in Colorado’s Front Range is typically heavy clay with poor aeration, which is a challenge for roots and how they grow. Additionally, soil in CO without additives typically has a pH level of up to 8.5, which is a bit too alkaline for popular flowers like azaleas. The ideal pH level for most plants is 7.0, where anything below is considered acidic and above is alkaline. Before a home seller decides on a plant or digs a hole, they should determine what a new plant’s ideal pH level is and try to balance with store-bought soil or additives.

 

As every Colorado resident knows, April and May can bring surprise snowstorms, which can damage plants who can’t survive the weight of snowfall, especially if they’re just establishing themselves. When choosing which plants to purchase, the safer bets tend to be thicker, denser trees and shrubs that can withstand heavy snows that risk damaging branches.

 

Untimely freezes present a problem for some Coloradoans, particularly those in mountain communities. Frost can occur in summer months which severely shortens the growing season for certain outdoor plants. Mountain gardeners must take special precautions if they are to successfully keep plants alive throughout the spring, summer, and fall months by building outdoor greenhouses and keeping a close eye on weather forecasts.

 

Colorado’s light intensity can produce some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Annual plants, which might be better grown in pots, include Disacia, Angelonia, New Guinea Impatiens, and Petunias. Perennials, which can be planted into the ground with treated soils include Dianthus, Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Oxeye Daisy, Purple Coneflowers, Liatris, Poppy Mallow, and more. There is a wide variety of native perennials that are grow well in Colorado’s Front Range and can be found at your local garden store, and are great selections for beautifying a staged home and supporting pollinators like bees and butterflies.

 

If you’re looking for trees to consider for your lawn, consider flowering trees like willows, black locusts, lindens, and honey locusts. Larger non-flowering trees that are drought resistant include the Japanese Tree Lilacs, Russian Hawthorns, American Hornbeams, or Burr Oaks.

 

As Colorado’s top real estate brokerage, Kentwood Real Estate encourages all Front Range home sellers to consult with our experienced brokers to be sure they’re selling their house at an ideal price. Gardening is one of many tools home sellers should consider when staging their homes for tours.