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Ways to Stay Social (While Socially Distanced) in Northern Colorado

It’s finally 2021! A new year to create long-lasting memories with friends and family. Even though COVID-19 is still around, don’t let it spoil your fun. Here are some safe ways to stay social while socially distanced this winter season. 

Adventure at Horsetooth Reservoir
Just minutes from Fort Collins, Horsetooth Reservoir provides a wide selection of outdoor activities, whether you are looking to hike, snowshoe, horseback ride, bike or even have a snow day picnic. Spanning 6.5-miles, Horsetooth Reservoir is open year-round with breathtaking views and recreation for all.

Try Fat Biking
In Northern Colorado, snow doesn’t stop us from going on a bike ride in the majestic Rocky Mountains. Fat bikes are designed with two oversized tires that make for smooth riding on rough terrain so that you can continue to cruise on snow-packed trails. Cameron Pass and Lory State Park, outside of Fort Collins, offer amazing fat bike adventures. If you’re an inexperienced biker, no problem! Check out Front Range Ride Guides for a ride that will complement your abilities, fitness level and desires. 

Outdoor Fitness Classes
If you’re missing the gym, Northern Colorado has some great socially-distanced outdoor fitness options. OpenAir-NoCo provides year-round outdoor training in Fort Collins’ beautiful parks so layer up and breathe in the fresh air! If you’re a yogi, check out Liv Barre’s COVID-friendly barre class and wine tasting at Sweet Heart Winery in Loveland on January 24th.

Support Local Restaurants
We know that indoor dining is still extremely limited, but why should that stop you from experiencing a delicious meal? As an alternative for going out to eat, try Noco Nosh, an independent delivery service for independent restaurants. Northern Colorado has some of the best local restaurants, so set up your dinner table or start up the fire for an outdoor meal with friends and place your order today!

We know connecting with friends and family can be difficult during these uncertain times. These are just a few ways that you can stay social and safe during the pandemic. So bundle up and get out there for some socially-distanced fun. And don’t forget your mask!

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Best Snow Tubing Spots in Colorado

Winter in Colorado may bring cold and ice, but it also offers gorgeous snow and exhilarating winter activities! Colorado is known for its majestic ski mountains, but if skiing isn’t your thing then you might want to check out all the fantastic tubing hills that Colorado has to offer. Without further delay, here is a list of the best tubing spots in the Front Range. 

*Please note that reservations must be placed for all tubing hills except for the Snow Mountain Ranch Sledding and Tubing Hill and Yee-Haw Tubing Hill. Visit their websites for more details.

Copper Mountain Tubing
Copper Mountain Tubing is located in Friso, Colorado on Copper Mountain, a well-known skiing spot. The tubing hill can be found in Copper’s East Village behind Copper station. The downhill experience boasts banked curves that will keep the whole family laughing! Copper Mountain Tubing is the perfect place for adventurous families looking for an after-ski or day activity in Frisco, Colorado.

Snow Mountain Ranch Sledding and Tubing Hill
Located in Granby, Colorado, Snow Mountain Ranch Sledding and Tubing Hill is a part of a YMCA of the Rockies and is available all year-round. The YMCA also offers tons of other fun activities like snowmobiling, skiing and dog sledding, making this tubing destination the ideal weekend getaway! No tubing reservation required, just walk up and check in via QR code.

Frisco Tubing Hill
In scenic Frisco, Colorado lies Frisco Tubing Hill. With multiple lanes varying in drops, twists and turns, this location is the ultimate destination for any tuber, whether you’re timid or an adrenaline junkie. Frisco Tubing Hill is also a part of Frisco Adventure Park, which offers snowshoeing and skiing. So if you’re ready for a wonderful winter wonderland experience, steer your sleigh towards Frisco Tubing Hill! 

Yee-Haw Tubing Hill
Twenty minutes outside Steamboat Springs lies a not so hidden gem, Yee-Haw Tubing Hill. Whether you’re feeling rowdy or just want to put your skis down for the night, Yee-Haw is the place for you. This tubing area offers many lanes, all designed for fantastic family fun, as well as a free shuttle from town. Reservations are required for shuttle transportation, but if you plan to drive yourself reservations aren’t necessary as tubing is on a first-come-first-served basis. Whether young or old, this tubing adventure will have you screaming “Yee-Haw!”

Coca Cola® Tube Park
Those looking for a stand-alone tubing spot, look no farther than Winter Park’s Coca-Cola® Tube Park. The Coca-Cola® Tube Park is also perfect for large groups looking to rent the area all day. So if you’re struggling to plan a socially distanced gathering, this location is perfect for you! Grab some friends and have a fun socially-distanced day slipping and sliding away!  

Tubing is one of the most fun and thrilling winter activities out there. Luckily for you, Colorado snow brings endless opportunities for tubing thrills on many hills. So young or old, skier or nonskier, grab a tube and try these spots out for yourself this winter!

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Top Five Ski Resorts for Your Winter Escape

Vail, Colorado
Are you looking for a luxury skiing experience? As the largest ski area in Colorado, Vail is the perfect destination for an elegant getaway. According to the American Ski Index, this Colorado ski town is ranked number two in the country, and it is right at our fingertips! The seven back bowls and 767,716 feet of runs will keep you occupied all winter season! The ski town of 5,500 residents is inspired by Austrian villages and keeps visitors coming back for more. Don’t forget to check out Lionhead Village and Vail Town Center to be charmed by the fine-dining and shopping experiences! 

Aspen, Colorado
There is a reason The Kardashian’s and Jeff Bezos frequently visit here! While Aspen may attract shopaholics as much as the skiers, this enchanting town provides entertainment both on and off the mountain. Aspen contains four different mountains: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. With distinct personalities, these mountains will feel like you’re skiing four resorts for the price of one. 

Breckenridge, Colorado
Looking for a challenge? Breckenridge’s Imperial Express SuperChair on Peak 8 is the highest lift in North America! With a widely spread terrain loaded with greens, blue and diamonds, Breckenridge provides unparalleled skiing opportunities for every level. Many individuals describe the town as relaxed yet vibrant, providing the opportunity to live luxuriously or affordably. And don’t forget to check out the iconic 2021 Ullr Fest held every year to celebrate the history of Breckenridge!

Telluride, Colorado
If you are looking for an easier terrain to refine your skills, Telluride is the place! With nearly 60% of terrain beginner and intermediate-friendly, this resort is ideal for kids or first-time skiers! Telluride is slightly off the grid compared to other resorts, making this remote town truly special. Whether it’s winter, summer or spring, Telluride can provide you with action-packed activities all year round! 

Winter Park, Colorado
If you are looking for a quick cure to ski jitters, Winter Park is the place to go. As the closest ski resort to Denver, Winter Park provides a one-day skiing adventure for you and your family or roommates. The accessible, relaxed and quaint village of Winter Park is the ideal day trip destination for all the beginner, intermediate and advanced shredders out there!

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December News Recap 2020

While Denver had another historically low month of inventory, our Kentwood Real Estate brokers remained busy. Both Denverites and Denver transplants were looking to find homes that fit their new lifestyles, wanting more open and flexible space for that work-life balance.

Kentwood Real Estate was featured in various articles in December, covering a variety of topics including our spectacular listings, significant sales, and real estate advice we have to offer.

·  12/20/2020, KUSA-TV: “Cherry Hills Village European-style estate with pool house hits the market for $7.9M

·  12/20/2020, Denver Business Journal: “Cherry Hills Village European-style estate with pool house hits the market for $7.9M

·  12/20/2020, MSN: “Cherry Hills Village European-style estate with pool house hits the market for $7.9M

·  12/10/2020, The Denver Post: “Penthouse between Cherry Creek and downtown views a center city poised for a comeback

·  12/1/2020, Luxury Real Estate: “Kentwood Real Estate Announces Significant Sales, Totaling Over $43 Million

·  12/1/2020, Luxury Real Estate: “6 Ways You Win by Working with a Real Estate Agent

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Best Hot Chocolates in Northern Colorado

photo of a cup of hot coco being held by hands

Winter has once again come to Colorado, and with it comes the holiday season full of snowy delights, connection with family and a fresh ski season. As the temperatures drop, explore Colorado’s fantastic chocolatiers and coffee shops that serve hot chocolate that will warm your heart as well as your hands. For a sweet treat with the family or just for you, look no further than the best hot chocolate shops in Northern Colorado. There is no better time than a snowy winter season to warm up with a piping cup of cocoa.  

  1. Kilwins Chocolate and Ice Cream, founded in 1947, has been making delicious confections across the U.S. for decades. Located in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, its striped awning and red benches give this location a cozy, old-timey feel. Kilwin’s hot chocolate is made with handcrafted chocolate, also available for sale in the store. So if creamy hot chocolate doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, then their handmade fudge most definitely will. Kilwin’s offers the perfect location to stop and grab hot cocoa while holiday shopping or exploring all the sights downtown Fort Collins has to offer.
  2. Nuance Chocolate Cafe, conveniently located in Old Town Fort Collins, a block away from the Civic Center, provides a cozy hot chocolate spot for you or the family. This Chocolate Cafe offers a menu of handmade chocolate, sipping chocolate, French-style hot chocolate, and of course, their fantastic house-made hot chocolate. Nuance provides a cafe setting that is sure to please anyone looking for a Colorado rustic feel, with brick walls and a carved hardwood tile bar, Nuance exemplifies the classic Colorado feel. Stop in to enjoy handcrafted drinking chocolate made with bean to bar chocolate in a snug and homespun environment. 
       
  3. Looking for a cup of cocoa in Greeley, Colorado? Look no further than Continuum Coffee Co.! This quaint coffee shop serves hot chocolate and coffee with a smile. Just ask Bob, the local barista. Grabbing a hot chocolate at Continuum Coffee Co. is not only a sweet treat, but it is also an excellent way to support local businesses in Northern Colorado. Pop by for the cocoa and keep coming back for the delightful service and inviting atmosphere.
  4. With locations in Greely, Loveland and Windsor, Colorado, The Human Bean is an excellent choice for those who want some hot cocoa on the go. This drive-up coffee shop has hot chocolate and frozen hot chocolate, so whether you want a cold refreshing beverage or a little something to warm you up, they’ve got you covered. The Human Bean is also known for supporting non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross, so buying a cup of hot chocolate will warm hearts nationwide this holiday season.
  5. The Little Bird Bakeshop located in Old Town Square Fort Collins is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and maybe even a freshly baked pastry. This quaint little bakeshop boasts housemade hot chocolate with their specialty peppermint marshmallows as well as pastries prepared fresh every day. The Little Bird Bakeshop also offers light breakfast and lunch fare, such as their Sautéed Mushroom Toast and Crème Fraîche Quiche. So whether you’re looking for a chocolatey beverage or a bite to eat, The Little Bird Bakeshop has it all.

The holiday season is once again upon us here in Northern Colorado and with it comes chilly winter days full of friends, family, and fun. So, whether you are on your way to work or coming home from the slopes, a cup of hot chocolate is a surefire way to warm you up inside and out. 

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Best Colorado Companies/Shops for Ski Gear

photo of snowboards and skis

Ski season has begun at Colorado resorts, and COVID-19 is not stopping Coloradans from bundling up and hitting the slopes! Since skiing and snowboarding were unfortunately cut short last spring, people are eager to get back into their favorite winter sport, and maybe even buy some new gear. Let us guide you through a few of our favorite options for buying new ski and snowboard equipment in Colorado, so you can shred the mountains with style this winter!

ONLINE: Backcountry
One of the most reliable online companies for new ski supplies is Backcountry. Their easy-to-navigate site makes for a fun experience searching through all of their awesome gear for the best deals! Backcountry offers a variety of categories, so whether you’re into cross country, alpine, park skiing or snowboarding, Backcountry has it all. Plus, they are always advertising new sales on winter apparel, so you can find items like jackets and pants for up to 40% off retail price!

COLORADO CHAIN: Epic Mountain Gear
Another great store for all your shredding needs is Epic Mountain Gear. They have an online site as well as stores ALL OVER Colorado, so you can visit and browse, try different options and find what works best for you! Epic Mountain Gear is great for beginner skiers who could use the guidance of experienced employees to walk you through trying on equipment, determining the best fit, and making sure you have everything you need to set off for the mountain. They also have an excellent rental program if you’re just visiting or only hit the slopes a few times a year!

SHOP LOCAL: AMR Ski Shop
If you want to shop smaller or find local shops by the mountains, you need to check out AMR Ski Shop in Breckenridge, CO. AMR focuses on selling prime ski gear to give you the best experience possible. They stick to American and European products, which are known to be the most reliable products in the industry. They also have special deals on Thursdays as well as pre-made ski equipment packages so you can go in with nothing and come out looking like a pro! AMR values the skiing community of Breckenridge, so you can visit them for the true experience of a mountain town local.

PREOWNED: Outabounds Ski and Boards
If you’re looking for affordable and upcycled equipment, Outabounds is the store for you. Outabounds features new ski and board hardware as well as lightly used items that are up to 80% off the retail price! They are a family-owned business out of Centennial, CO, and take pride in catering to all skiers, from beginners to experts as well as skiing families. Lightly used skis and boots like the ones sold at Outabounds are perfect for new skiers who need help finding the right fit or experienced skiers who want to try out some new styles before committing to a new purchase.  If you’re looking for new supplies gear this winter, Colorado has no shortage of options! You can stay at home and shop online, visit one of the many recreational chains throughout the state, shop local and have an authentic mountain town experience, and you can even shop for lightly used materials! The opportunities are endless, and no matter what you choose, get some equipment, get out to the mountains, and enjoy another great season on the slopes!

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November News Recap

Among other things, significant listings, prestigious awards, and McGregor updates are featured in the November news recap. Check out the articles below that featured Kentwood Real Estate brokers, staff and listings!

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5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

Today’s Colorado real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to know the ins and outs of making a confident and competitive offer. Here are five keys to success for this important stage in the homebuying process.

1. Listen to Your Real Estate Broker

A recent article from Freddie Mac offers guidance on making an offer on a home in today’s market. Right off the bat, it points out how emotional this can be for buyers and why trusted professionals can help you stay focused on the most important things:

“Remember to let your homebuying team guide you on your journey, not your emotions. Their support and expertise will keep you from compromising on your must-haves and future financial stability.”

Your real estate professional should be your primary source for answers to the questions you have when you’re ready to make an offer. Working with an experienced broker will ensure that all your questions are answered correctly. 

2. Understand Your Finances

Having a complete understanding of your budget and how much house you can afford is essential. The best way to know this is to reach out to your lender to get pre-approved for a loan early in the homebuying process. Only 44% of today’s prospective homebuyers are planning to apply for pre-approval, so be sure to take this step so you stand out from the crowd. It shows sellers you’re a serious, qualified buyer and can give you a competitive edge if you enter a bidding war. You can find our excellent lending team at Prosperity Home Mortgage here.

3. Be Ready to Move Quickly

According to the Realtors Confidence Index, published monthly by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average property being sold today is receiving more than three offers and is only on the market for a few weeks. These are both results of today’s competitive market, showing how important it is to stay agile and vigilant in your search. As soon as you find the right home for your needs, be prepared to work with your agent to submit an offer as quickly as possible.

4. Make a Fair Offer

It’s only natural to want the best deal you can get on a home. However, Freddie Mac also warns that submitting an offer that’s too low can lead sellers to doubt how serious you are as a buyer. Don’t submit an offer that will be tossed out as soon as it’s received. The expertise your agent brings to this part of the process will help you stay competitive:

“Your agent will work with you to make an informed offer based on the market value of the home, the condition of the home, and recent home sale prices in the area.”

5. Be a Flexible Negotiator

After submitting an offer, the seller may accept it, reject it, or counter it with their own changes. In a competitive market, it’s important to stay nimble throughout the negotiation process. Your position can be strengthened with an offer that includes flexible move-in dates, a higher price, or minimal contingencies (conditions you set that the seller must meet for the purchase to be finalized). There are, however, certain contingencies you don’t want to forego. Freddie Mac explains:

Resist the temptation to waive the inspection contingency, especially in a hot market or if the home is being sold ‘as-is’, which means the seller won’t pay for repairs. Without an inspection contingency, you could be stuck with a contract on a house you can’t afford to fix.”

Bottom Line

Today’s competitive market makes it more important than ever to make a strong offer on a home, and a trusted expert can help you rise to the top along the way. Working with a Kentwood Real Estate broker will ensure you are working with experts in the field with vast experience and knowledge in the Colorado housing market. Contact us at www.Kentwood.com

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October News Recap

From winning awards to a crazy housing market, October was a great month for Kentwood Real Estate. See the list of articles that Kentwood and our brokers were featured in.

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The Exchange in Fort Collins: A Collaborative Space for Everyone

photo depicting The Exchange in Fort Collins. There are buildings, patios with games and dining and string lights.

As the first entertainment district in Fort Collins, expectations were high for this little hub. Created as a dog-friendly, open-air entertainment plaza where groups can enjoy their food, desserts, alcoholic beverages and more in an outdoor common area, they seem to have exceeded those expectations. The area is surrounded by string lights and murals as well as community use picnic tables and firepits. According to their website, “The Exchange connects the entrepreneurial spirit of Fort Collins to our love of bikes and the outdoors. Ample bike parking, a bike service station, and connectivity to the Poudre Trail make The Exchange a true bike destination.” Since its inception in 2017, The Exchange has become the central quarter for food, drink and entertainment in the downtown Fort Collins area. 

In preparation for your visit (we recommend it), here are a few of the must-see shops:

FOCO DOCO: Fort Collins Donut Co.

This little donut shop combines the newest technology and freshest ingredients. They make their donuts “Colorado Style,” utilizing the best ingredients the state has to offer. The donuts are made right in front of you with the help of their robot and served hot. 

Chick’nCone

Fried chicken in a waffle cone. Need we say more? With choices of 6 sauces ranging from a sweet Cinna-Maple to a spicy Peri Peri South African chili sauce, there is something for nearly everyone. 

Old Town Putt

Bring out the child in you with this incredible indoor putting range. This place is full of personality and fun. If you’re not a fan of putt-putt golf, they also have ping pong, corn hole, skeeball, shuffleboard and a full arcade. If that still doesn’t interest you, they have weekly drink specials. 

Old Town Churn Ice Cream

As a family member of the Little Man Ice Cream Company, Old Town Churn serves a rotating lineup of handcrafted ice cream along with shakes, malts, sundaes, banana splits and more. Churn serves as the flagship anchor in The Exchange housed at the center in a larger than life 26-foot-tall ice cream churn. 

We could go on and on showcasing the other shops that The Exchange has to offer, but instead, we’ll let you find out for yourself. With 4.5 stars on Yelp, we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy in the heart of downtown Fort Collins.