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Denver farmers' market

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Bobby and I were at the farmers market in Civic Center today and highly reccomend you check it out or one like it.

Here is a good article from today's Denver Post about the farmers' markets sprouting up all over Colorado!

http://www.denverpost.com/theeconomy/ci_12667920

 

COOL Interactive Denver Maps

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Here is a great resource I just used to find a bike path..... http://www.experiencedowntowndenver.com/ 

It shows businesses, bus routes, restuarants and tons more..... check it out!

Colorado HOAs warm to solar gear, energy-saving residents

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Good article from today's Denver Post:

Even though he had spent $27,000 on materials, Tom Davis didn't panic when the Highlands Ranch homeowners association denied his plan to install solar panels atop the pergola that frames his patio.

For one thing, a newly reinforced state statute had tipped the law in his favor. As he pressed his case, he found the HOA careful but curious — and ultimately willing to let him move forward.

"They were extremely progressive — more so than what I hear people telling me about their HOAs screaming and yelling," said Davis, an airline mechanic who's venturing into a second career in solar energy.

Relations aren't always so amicable between energy-minded homeowners and the HOAs that police them.

Despite a 30-year-old law that prohibits neighborhood covenants from barring solar-energy devices on aesthetic grounds, Colorado homeowners associations often rejected them anyway. But since the law was broadened and strengthened in August, HOAs must take a more tolerant view.

"There will still be disputes, but the wave has washed over us," said attorney Suzanne Leff, whose firm counsels community associations along the Front Range.

HOAs aren't completely hamstrung and homeowners don't have carte blanche. There's still skirmishing as environmental technology evolves and forward-thinking homeowners and community watchdogs test the limits of the law.

Clotheslines covered

The current law prohibits unreasonable restrictions on solar and wind-electric generators, plus a variety of shade structures, garage or attic fans, evaporative coolers, energy-efficient outdoor lighting and retractable clotheslines.

Chris Pacetti, chairman of the legislative action committee of the Community Associations Institute, said the tug of war over a proven technology like solar is basically over.

"Homeowners associations that have their leadership involved and paying attention to what's going on, they're being proactive and making the changes they should be making," Pacetti said. "Others think the rules don't apply or aren't paying attention; they'll need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the process."

State Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, introduced House Bill 1270 in the 2008 session and has heard from a lot of grateful homeowners since it became law.

"But I also did get some feedback from people, both my constituents and others around the state, that their particular HOAs basically lawyered up or went straight for some loopholes they thought they could find," he added. "We did anticipate that, to at least a small degree."

The original 1979 law told HOAs, the overseers of neighborhood uniformity and property values, they couldn't restrict solar-energy devices solely because they didn't like the way they looked.

Some HOAs simply ignored the law. Or they theoretically allowed solar devices, but under conditions that made them technically or financially burdensome to install.

As the public became more attuned to environmental issues and energy costs spiked, more and more homeowners embraced high- and low-tech efficiency measures — anything from solar to wind turbines to rolling shutters to clotheslines. Government began offering incentives for energy efficiency, and suddenly "green" made sense.

That didn't help Wayne Svenson, owner of All-American Rolling Shutters in Lakewood. He sells a device that promises significant energy savings, but it seemed HOAs wanted no part of his product, an exterior-mounted shutter that rolls down to cover windows for more efficient heating and cooling.

So he called Kerr and planted the idea for HB 1270, which broadened the old law by protecting not just solar but several energy-efficiency measures from the whims of HOA covenants. Associations can still exercise "reasonable restrictions," but not if they significantly increase cost or reduce efficiency.

"For 15 years, people were told no," Svenson said. "Once they got wind of that bill, they called up and said, 'I understand we can do this now.' I've been swamped ever since."

Kerr acknowledges that it eventually may take a lawsuit or some legislative fine-tuning to more clearly define those reasonable restrictions.

Meanwhile, technological advancements have made energy-saving solutions like solar more visually palatable, even as other options, like wind turbines, still pose logistical challenges.

Highlands Ranch, where nearly 30,000 single-family homes come under the eyes of the development's community associations, has seen about a 30 percent increase in applications for renewable-energy systems since HB 1270 became law, according to Mike Bailey, the supervisor of covenant compliance and assistance.

"We did very minor tune-ups once (the law) passed," Bailey said, noting changes to policies on shading structures and window tinting. "We anticipated the solar aspect of things to really grow. You could tell this was the wave of the future, the next chapter."

Homeowners who want to pursue energy-efficiency measures still must submit to architectural review. But Bailey said that while the committee might offer suggestions, the reinforced law has "made us cautious about where we're restrictive" — and so far the association hasn't denied an application.

Davis, the airline mechanic intrigued by the possibilities atop his pergola, had done his homework.

The latest technology in double-sided panels would soak up the sun from above his southern exposure and even catch the rays reflected by his patio or fallen snow. The see-through panels, coupled with an array on his roof, would shrink his electric bill to about $12 a month — and look good doing it.

"The technology was so new to us, we had to do due diligence," Bailey said. "Mr. Davis has enlightened us, too."

Weather station a no-go

Like more and more homeowners, Scott Bunker has joined the trend toward environmental responsibility. If he had it to do over again, he said, he'd go solar on his Castle Rock house — and may yet if he can put together the seed money.

But he's venturing onto a different frontier.

With a vast, 6,500-square-foot backyard, he has focused his efforts on things like using recycled mulch and minimizing his water use.

After learning about mini weather stations at a town-sponsored class, he purchased a unit, perched it near his back fence and hooked it up to his sprinkler system. The unit, which resembles a large food processor with a weather vane, takes moisture, sun and wind readings and then transmits the data wirelessly to a controller that parcels out the minimum amount of water that his lawn requires.

But Bunker recently gave in to his HOA's objections and took it down.

"When I did that," Bunker said, "I felt like a soldier taking down his American flag."

He has already contacted Kerr's office in the hope that an even more expansive law might give environmentally conscious homeowners more leverage.

"I think that fits under the umbrella that people should be able to conserve, energy or water, on their own property," Kerr said. "Homeowners associations shouldn't be able to restrict being a good steward of the environment."

Kevin Simpson: 303-954-1739 or ksimpson@denverpost.com

Plan for your future! Paul J. Rogers: Financial Rep in Denver Colorado

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Need some expert Financial advice?  Give Paul J. Rogers a call at 303.512.2102 or visit his website at http://paulrogers.nmfn.com/

 

Positive Perspective on the Denver Real Estate Market!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

 

 

 

 

Don't let the stormy weather bring you down!  Denver has sooooomuch going for it!!

Denver Tops Rebounding Housing Markets

Barbara Corcoran highlights Denver as the number one recovering housing market on NBC's Today Show saying, "Everything about Denver is pointing Up, Up, Up!" watch video here

Jobs May Recover First in Colorado

: If you want to be in the right place when the recovery starts, that place may be in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Texas or Washington. The recession didn't start at the same time in every state, and it won't end at the same time either. A new forecast from Moody's Economy.com predicts that jobs growth will return first in those five states, starting in the last quarter of this year. read more here

Colorado Business Conditions Improve, Goss Index Shows:

A monthly indicator of expected business activity in Colorado improved in May to its highest level in several months, Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said Monday in his monthly regional Business Conditions Index survey. read more here

City of Grand Junction Selected as Large Community of Year:

GJEP nominates City based on economic development accomplishments. Each year EDIE awards are given by the Economic Developers Council of Colorado (EDCC) to acknowledge individual, corporate and community contributions to the economic development of Colorado. read more here

Boulder Named "#1 Town to Live Well" by Forbes:

Data came from ZoomProspector.com, a San Francisco-based consulting firm specializing in corporate relocation. It evaluated areas of the country with less than 100,000 people and named Boulder as number one town.

read more here

Pending Home Sales Increase Nearly 7 Percent:

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in April, rose 6.7 percent to 90.3 from a reading of 84.6 in March, and is 3.2 percent above April 2008 when it was 87.5.Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says buyers are responding to very favorable market conditions. "Housing affordability conditions have been at historic highs, but now the $8,000 first-time buyer tax credit is beginning to impact the market," he says. "Since first-time buyers must finalize their purchase by November 30 to get the credit, we expect greater activity in the months ahead, and that should spark more sales by repeat buyers." read more here

Denver Young Prof. event tonight!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B
   

Looking for something to do tonight?  Check out this fun and FREE event!

DENVER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Join us for our One Year Anniversary on Wednesday, June 17th!

Denver YP Social
Hosted by Katie Mullen's Irish Pub and Restaurant
1550 Court St, Denver, CO 80202
6pm-8pm
Cost: Complimentary

$2000+ in Giveaways from American Laser Clinics, Wahoo's, The Colorado Rapids, Orvis,
Denver Outlaws Lacrosse, Church Hill Cup Rugby, Cheyenne Mountain Resorts and Katie Mullen's.

Our featured Non-Profit of the month, The Arthritis Foundation, will be at the event to talk about their organization.
 
This is the premier place for career driven professionals in Denver to network with their peers.
Denver Young Professionals has ties to groups in Colorado, as well as coast to coast from San Diego to Boston.
Our goal is to not only contribute to your success and expand your network of contacts in Denver, but also along the entire Front Range and the rest of the United States!
 
So come and mingle with some of the top established, as well as rising professionals in the Denver Region!
 
                                                        Gold Sponsor:                                                  Silver Sponsor:                            Bronze Sponsor:                   
 
                             
 
 
This event brought to you in part by:                                                Featured Non-Profit:                    
 
 
                             
 

Denver Young Professionals to organize Summer Rec League Sports Teams
We are looking for players and captains to be a part of our Denver Young Professionals summer sports franchise! 
If you are looking for a team to play with this summer, sign up with us and mix business and pleasure on one of our teams. 
 
You can sign up at the door at our events or contact Dan Kobler at dan@dankobler.com for more information. 
We are also looking for people to captain and help organize each team. 
Each captain will get a free registration for their league (only if they win the league, of course...)


Denver Young Professionals Green Initiative Offers An Opportunity to Contribute to the People's Fair
Come join us on June 6th and 7th in our efforts to turn the People’s Fair into a more environmentally sustainable event!
We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about greening and recycling, to guide and educate fairgoers
in the correct disposal of their waste. 
 
All Green Team volunteers will receive a t-shirt, food and beverages, and a fun outdoor volunteer experience!!
Please call Michal to sign up – 303.830.1651.  Thank you!!"


 
Join Denver Young Professionals for FREE today at www.denveryoungprofessionals.com/join.php 

For more information, visit www.denveryoungprofessionals.com

Which home repairs are important and which ones can wait?

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

When finances are tight, homeowners are often forced to choose between making home repairs right away, and putting them off until finances improve.

Some repairs, though, become more expensive if not tackled on the double.  The hard part is knowing which fixes those are.

In this 5-minute piece from The Today Show on NBC, a Consumer Reports editor talks about important, must-make-them-now home repairs, including:

  • Re-sloping soil for runaway rainwater
  • Replacing curled and cracked roofing shingles
  • Sealing damaged vinyl siding
  • Replacing soft wood
  • Treating mold issues -- both major and minor

Maintaining a home preserves its long-term integrity and can help support resale value, too.  Not every minor fix must made today, but left unchecked, some minor fixes can turn into major ones -- and that's when costs can pile up.

 

check out the video!  http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/30497976#30579050

 

Foreclosure Filings Fall!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Foreclosure filings fell 6 percent in May from April, according to RealtyTrac Inc. More than 321,000 households received at least one foreclosure-related notice last month — 18 percent more than a year earlier — but the smallest annual gain since June 2006: http://www.cyberhomes.com/content/news/ap/09-06-10/foreclosures-fall-6-percent-in-may-from-april.aspx

Sign up to receive a free list of Bank owned and forclosure homes in the Denver area

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

http://www.bankowneddenverhomes.com

Interested in buying a bank owned/ foreclosure property?  Sign up to receive a FREE daily update of distressed sales in the area you are interested in.  Sign up for free today!  Website serves the Greater Denver Metro Area.

FREE event tonight! DYP 1 year anniversary!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

DENVER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Join us for our One Year Anniversary on Wednesday, June 17th!

Denver YP Social
Hosted by Katie Mullen's Irish Pub and Restaurant
1550 Court St, Denver, CO 80202
6pm-8pm
Cost: Complimentary

$2000+ in Giveaways from American Laser Clinics, Wahoo's, The Colorado Rapids, Orvis,
Denver Outlaws Lacrosse, Church Hill Cup Rugby, Cheyenne Mountain Resorts and Katie Mullen's.

Our featured Non-Profit of the month, The Arthritis Foundation, will be at the event to talk about their organization.

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