Colorado Bucket List

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Bucket lists are not just for the older generation. If you live in Colorado or you’re planning to move here, there are tons of things you can do that are sure to fill up your itinerary. Things to do like mountain climbing. There are so many peaks around 14,000ft in Colorado that it has it’s own term: a 14er. Mount Bierstadt is great for beginners, with a wide trail that is easy to follow. Not much of a climber? That’s okay there are plenty of things you can do in Colorado, in and outdoors.

What To Do In Colorado

You should add attending a concert at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater to your Colorado bucket list. This outdoor venue is unlike any other concert you’ll ever go to. Though this one will probably be on your list for a while due to the pandemic, it is worth the wait. What about soaking in a natural hot springs? Strawberry Park Hot Springs, just outside Steamboat Springs, is surrounded by trees and nestled along Hot Springs Creek, one of the most beautiful places in the state. There are restrooms, a picnic area and a heated cabin for changing, so you can pack a lunch and take your time enjoying the soothing mineral water.

There’s also the Great Sand Dunes National Park. One of the more strange attractions compared to the rest of the mostly green Colorado landscapes, this park includes large sand dunes. If you reach the highest point, the top of Star Dune at 750 feet, you’ll have stunning views of Crestone Peaks and the surrounding area. If the sand dunes make you thirsty, then add drinking at a local Colorado brewery to your bucket list. Colorado has over 200 breweries with new ones popping up, what feels like, every day. You can go mainstream and visit the Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado, where the air smells like hops. Or, check out one of the smaller shops for some very imaginative brews, like the Pineapple Pale Ale at Denver Beer Co., or the Coconut Porter from Broken Compass Brewing in Breckenridge, Colorado. If you are looking to buy or seller real estate in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today.

Creating More Space In Your Home

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Because of the pandemic, more Colorado residents are getting used to live and work in the same place—their home. Cramped spaces can affect your mental health and general well being. Though homes vary in size, there are a few things that every homeowner can do to maximize space. If you are looking to move to Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today and let him interview to be your agent. Mark has 30+ years of experience in the real estate industry in Colorado and is more than qualified to find you the home of your dreams.

Space-Making Tips For The Home

Not every home is created equal. Though some homes have dedicated rooms for specific purposes, most of us have to use rooms for multiple purposes. Being smart about these multi-functional rooms can really save you space in your home. Working from home you may find that that guest room would be more suitable as a home office. But instead of removing the guest bed or putting in in storage, why not trade it in for a sofa that converts to a bed when needed. Are there any spaces in your home that are not being utilized, like an attic or basement? Consider converting these spaces into a useful room such as an extra bedroom, study, or home office. These are great investments that will improve the value of your home down the road.

Besides cleaning up your home and organizing your personal items, furniture plays an important role in creating more space in your home. Choosing the right furniture for a small space goes a long way in freeing up space. For example, not every home has a dedicated dinning room, or if it does you might be sacrificing the space during the pandemic for an impromptu/temporary workspace. It might not make sense to have a large dinning table if it is crammed into a small kitchen. Using bar stools at your counter is a great way to keep that dinning space without overcrowding your kitchen. Another space-hog are bulky entertainment centers. Though sometimes practical, it may be better to ditch this large piece of furniture and mount your TV on the wall instead.

The Highest Towns in Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

There are many towns in Colorado that give us the best views of the mountains…because the towns are also in the mountains. Take the town of Silverthorne of example. Silverthorne is 9,035 ft above sea level. This town is in a county, Summit County, full of mountain towns. Silverthorne is the easiest town to reach it the county, and makes a really convenient base camp for exploring all the surrounding attractions. While you read, if you’re interested in buying a home or land in any of these areas, contact Mark Eibner. He has been in the Colorado real estate industry for over 30 years and knows the ends and outs of the business more than anyone around.

Top Highest Towns in Colorado

Winter Park is a well known mountain town in Colorado. With an elevation of 9,052 ft this town can be found on the western slope of the continental divide via Berthoud Pass. Small-town-vibes are great, but if you need to the city, Winter Park is only an hour and a half drive away. Coming in at 9,165 ft is the town of Divide. This Teller County town is at the top of Ute Pass making it the gateway to many other great areas. Areas like Cripple Creek and Victor, and continues through town for travel on Highway 24 to South Park and beyond.

Silverton (9,318 ft elevation) is a secluded ski town home to the famous Silverton Mountain Resort. It is located on the southern start of the Million Dollar Highway, which travels 45 minutes north to Ouray. There are so many attractions in the area, like the Durango & Silverton Railroad. Perhaps the most famous mountain town in Colorado is Telluride. With a whopping 9,545 ft elevation, Telluride is one of Colorado’s best ski towns. A free gondola ride connects Mountain Village with downtown Telluride, operating daily year round. Both sides of town provide restaurants, shopping and lodging to visitors, with Mountain Village being more residential.

The Largest Mountain Cities in Colorado

Eagle, Colorado

Nestled up against the pristine Rocky Mountains, Colorado is known for its beautiful towns well above sea level. In fact, Denver is often called the Mile High City and many business don the number 5280 in their name, reflecting the number of feet in a mile. Another Colorado town that boasts a high elevation is Estes Park. Estes Park is in the  Northern Front Range at 7,522 feet high. Though radiating copious amounts of small-town energy, Estes Park is only 45 minutes west of Loveland, and 1.5 hours northwest of Denver. The following are the top four mountain cities in Colorado. If you are looking to purchase a home in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. He has been doing business in Colorado for well over thirty years and has a full team of active brokers!

Mountain Cities in Colorado

Coming in at 7,431 feet, Avon is located just ten miles west of Vail on I-70 and is the gateway to Beaver Creek Resort. Avon has a range of upscale shopping, dining and accommodations. The Town of Avon has several parks, with a diverse range of recreational opportunities. You can enjoy the rapids of Avon’s Whitewater Park or the peace and quiet of Nottingham Lake. There’s something for everyone. Climbing up a little further is Gunnison at 7,703 feet. Gunnison is home to Western State University, so it has a small college town feel even though it has every amenity that you can think of. Downtown Gunnison features several blocks of shopping and dining, with skiing just thirty minutes north in Crested Butte.

And then there’s Carbondale at 6,181 feet above sea level. In view of the majestic Mount Sopris and located near the Roaring Fork and Crystal rivers, Carbondale is the mountain town you go to relax. Last but certainly not the least is Eagle Colorado. Eagle rests at 6,601 sq ft, and is only thirty miles west of Vail on I-70. If you are looking to relocate to mountain town, Eagle may be the place for you. Just far enough away from the bustle of the Vail Valley, prices here are reduced and the living is good. The White River National Forest and Sylvan Lake State Park are nearby for those that enjoy the great outdoors.

How To Properly Stage Your Home

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If you are thinking about selling your home in Colorado, staging the property could help you get more substantial offers. Hiring a staging company can be effective, but they are often overpriced and require the house to be empty. There are plenty of things you can do to stage your home yourself that will not cost you a dime. Also, if you are looking for an agent, experience is very important in today’s shifting market. Mark Eibner has been in the industry in Colorado for well over thirty years and knows all the tips for staging. Here are a few things that are the most important.

Home Staging Tips

First of all, you must unclutter your property to make it less personalized, which will help buyers see themselves in the space. Remove papers, games, books and excess furniture to help your home look larger. Take away personal photos and pick up the clothes and shoes off of your floor. If you have a lot of clutter on your kitchen counters or bathroom vanity, remove them of hide them in a drawer. Imagine you are stepping into an expensive hotel room—you want the space to look new and unused. And don’t forget about cleaning.

When we live in a space for a long time, we tend to overlook things like skirting boarding and molding. Make sure these are free of scuff marks. Also, don’t forget about cleaning glass surfaces like windows and mirrors. General cleaning of your home (vacuuming carpets, scrubbing hardwood floors and tiles, dishes, emptying the trash) are no-brainers. The normal, daily maintenance that you do on this front should suffice. However, if you’re trying to sell your home quickly, you can always hire a cleaning crew to come in and do the work for you. You can also ask your agent if they noticed anything that needs to be cleaned or picked up.

Front Porch Tips

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First impressions are important, even when it comes to your home. This is doubly significant if you are planning on selling your home in the near future. Most single family homes for sale in Colorado have a porch area, marrying the living space beyond the front and the great outdoors beyond the porch steps. Having a desirable porch will give potential buyers the right impression of your property. Here are a few tips to get you started. Also, if you want to sell your home in Colorado and need an agent, contact Mark Eibner today.

First Impressions Made Easy

When buyers stand on your porch, imagining what it would be like to live there, they are going to notice a messy front yard. Poor yard maintenance will be your downfall at this stage. If your front yard has grass, is it neatly mowed and cleared of debris like leaves and sticks? The high plans of Colorado see some strong winds from time to time, which will blow debris on your property and blemish your lawn. Even if your front yard is xeriscaped, you will probably still need to use a leaf blower every so often to clear the area.

You probably have your porch decorated with a chair or two depending on the size, but don’t forget to decorate the steps. Spruce up this area with potted plants. If your porch is covered, consider adding hanging plants on either side of the stairway too. Another inexpensive way to help define the pathway leading up to your porch is with lighting. Solar lights lining every few feet of your pathway always sends a good impression to buyers. A helpful exercise is to pretend you are a potential buyer. How does the porch make you feel about the property? And don’t forget, you can always ask your agent what they think.

The Safest Cities in Colorado

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When moving or relocating your family, the last thing you want to overlook is the safety of the area you’re moving to. If you’re moving to Colorado then you’re in luck—we boast one of the safest states in the nation when it comes to crime rate. People in the Centennial State are less concerned about their safety than residents of most other states. The fact that 80% of Colorado’s safest cities have continually been improving their ranking year over year, is indicative of this peace of mind that Coloradans share. In a 2020 State of Safety survey, Colorado reported about 15% lower concern about safety on a daily basis than the national average. They also reported half as much personal experience with violent crime in the past year.

The Top Ten Safest Places in Colorado

At the top of the list is Windsor, a northern Colorado town that is only sixty miles away from downtown Denver. Looking for a small town feel? Milliken, Carbondale, and Johnstown are towns that have seen their numbers in violent and property crime decrease over the last few years. Also in the top five of this report is Fort Lupton. This city is named after an old world trading post that once operated in the area and can still be viewed today at the South Platte Historical Park.

Located near the more densely populated city of Boulder is the gem of Erie. Erie is great for art enthusiasts because the town boasts a wonderful Art Center. With over thirty parks, Firestone Colorado is a very safe place to raise a family. Castle Rock and Parker have also seen their numbers in crime decrease over the past years. Both of these towns are in Douglas County, whose School District has one of the highest level of students in Colorado. And last, but certainly not the least, is Estes Park. A gateway into the picturesque Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park has some of the best views of the Rocky Mountains in the entire state. If you’re looking to move to Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today.

Summer Home Buying Tips

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Though more widely known for its beautiful white winters, Colorado also boasts wonderfully moderate summers. If you are considering moving to the Centennial state, summer is the prime time to start looking. If you need an agent, contact Mark Eibner today and let him interview to represent you in the Colorado real estate market. He has been in the industry in this area for well over thirty years. Here are a few tips that he’s found useful over many years in the business.

One of the first things that you can do is visit open houses. Open houses are great for people who aren’t sure what they’re looking for in a home. Touring open houses will give you a sense of what you are actually looking for and make the idea of moving more concrete. Because of the pandemic, many sellers are moving to offering virtual tours instead of open houses, which are a great alternative. If you find a home you like, do a little research on the neighborhood. You aren’t only buying a house, you’re also buying into a community. Many things vary from neighborhood to neighborhood like home style, architecture, and community planning. Also, consider seeing what public parks, outdoor space, restaurants, shopping, and other amenities the neighborhood has to offer.

Another important thing to think about when looking for a home in Colorado is how it is equipped to handle the climate. How will the house stand up to our year-round climate? Large, picture windows that bring in the summer light and nature panoramas might make it difficult to stay warm in the winter. Ask about air conditioning, heating, and climate control to keep you comfortable year-round. Fireplaces are wonderful additions to homes and can help you save on your winter heating bills.

How Renting is Bad for You

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Do you rent? Buying isn’t for everyone, but renting can have negative side effects. If you are in an apartment, you are probably very close to your neighbors, especially if your unit is in the middle of the building; you may share walls with neighbors as well as having neighbors above and below you. If this is the case, you probably have had issues with loud music or the sound of others waking you up at night. Many renters think they can’t buy a home and have to put up with lousy neighbors and renting issues, but this might not be the case. The following has a few more reasons why renting can be bad for you and a solution to your renting problem.

Why Not to Rent

The biggest reason renting is bad for you is that it can be a waste of money. You get nothing for all that money you spend in terms of your future. You won’t get anything back when you move unless you get your deposit refunded, which many tenants do not. When you buy a home, you pay a mortgage that builds you equity. Another reason why renting is not good will be evident if something in your home breaks. When things break, you have to contact the landlord to get it fixed or replaced. Landlord’s are often dealing with many tenants at one time and can’t respond to your issues right away. You have no control over what happens because you do not own the property.

Going a step further, you are also not allowed to renovate the property in any way. That means you may be stuck with out of date appliances. Many tenants are not even allowed to paint their walls or install wallpaper. When you rent, it is hard to feel like the space belongs to you. Also, when your lease is up, there’s no guarantee you can renew it. Your landlord might decide to take advantage of the booming Colorado real estate market and sell the house/condo. If you do get to stay, your landlord will most likely raise your rent. The solution is to buy. If you are currently renting, but think you want to buy, contact Mark Eibner today. Mark has been in the real estate business in Colorado for decades and can get you the best deal possible.

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