Colorado Real Estate News

Colorado Wildfires Will Impact Housing Shortage

Written by President and CEO of Kentwood Real Estate, Gretchen Rosenberg

The wildfires in Boulder County late last week devastated the bedroom communities of Superior and Louisville, Colorado. These lovely towns between Denver and Boulder are known as friendly, vibrant and boast great views of the Front Range. 

Colorado’s Front Range, from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins, has been struggling with a housing shortage for several years. The pandemic-created housing boom exacerbated our need for more homes for both sale and rent. Suddenly, one of our growing areas has lost close to 1,000 properties. Some of which were on the market and under contract at the time of the fires. 

The people of Superior and Louisville will spend several years rebuilding. As a former resident of Laguna Beach, CA whose neighborhood burned down in the early 1990’s, I remember it taking half a decade or more for all to be new again. The trauma never goes away, but it does get better once folks find a new home or rebuild. 

The immediate challenge is finding interim housing, making insurance claims and replacing household goods. The next challenge will be either entering a housing market with limited inventory or finding builders who have capacity to rebuild the homes that were lost.  

The Kentwood Cares Foundation is focusing on aiding those with immediate need due to the fires. Several of our brokers are also representing fire victims looking for a new home or rental. Please consider a contribution to Kentwood Cares and keep the Boulder County fire victims in your heart.  

Colorado Real Estate News

Kentwood Cares Blood Drive

On August 28th, Kentwood Real Estate at Cherry Creek will be hosting a Mobile Blood drive to benefit the Children’s Hospital Colorado. Our goal is to get at least 28 donors to help meet the hospital’s surgery and transfusion needs.

CherryCreek_BloodDrive_2015_BLOGEvery year, Children’s Hospital Colorado uses nearly 8,000 units of blood to treat sick and injured infants, children and teens. Without these donations many of the life saving procedures performed would not be possible. The blood donations collected at Kentwood’s Mobile Blood Drive will help give many children a better chance at a healthy life. One donation can help save or enhance up to five lives.

Not only is donating blood extremely beneficial for the people on the receiving end, but it also has proven benefits for the person donating. To donate blood you have to be in a fit and healthy condition. Therefore, before each donation process an evaluation is performed. You essentially receive a free health check-up before every blood donation! Regular blood donations also help keep the levels of iron in the body in check, which has been shown to reduce heart disease. Donating blood can even help you shed up to 1,000 calories.

The best benefit of donating blood is the joy you get knowing you are saving lives. Kentwood is dedicated to helping Children’s Hospital Colorado maintain a steady supply and wide range of blood donations that the kids need.