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Aug. 25, 2015

What to Do in September in Denver 2015

Did you know the famed music group Led Zeppelin played their first show in America at the Denver Auditorium Arena on December 26, 1968? Denver always has plenty of entertainment options, and this coming September is no exception.

The Book of Mormon (Now - September 13)
Don't miss the Denver performance of The Book of Mormon at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of "South Park."  Learn more here.

Nature Connects, Art with Lego Bricks (Now - November 1)
This award-winning, traveling exhibit features "life-size, and even some larger than life, animal and plant sculptures created using LEGO bricks. More than 35 sculptures will be scattered throughout the Zoo, representing animals people can find in both North America and abroad." Get detailed information here.   
Colorado Rockies vs Giants (September 3 - 6) 
Come cheer on the home team as they take on the San Francisco Giants downtown at Coors Field.  Get tickets here.

A Taste of Colorado (September 4 - 7)
"More than 500,000 people make this free event the focus of their Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy the offerings of more than 50 area restaurants and food trucks. Rock out to live music from big-name acts. Bring the kids to the KidzStage, featuring magic, clowns and puppets. Ride some classic carnival rides all weekend long." Learn more here.
Kevin Hart (September 7)  
"Since his first appearance on the big screen in 2002, Kevin Hart has been in more than 30 movies, including two stand-up specials, 'Laugh At My Pain' and 'Let Me Explain.' Now, Hart is getting back on the stage for his new comedy tour, 'What Now?' The North American tour will stop in Denver for one night only." Learn event information here.
Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow & American Indian Cultural Celebration (Sept. 12)  
"One of the Denver Art Museum's longest-running events, the 26th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, working artists, hands-on activities, artist booths, and more." Get details here.

Colorado Symphony 5k (September 19)
"Leave your headphones at home and help the Colorado Symphony kick off its 2015/16 concert season by participating in the Colorado Symphony 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 19th at Sloan's Lake Park. Put a team together; bring your family, friends and pets, and join us for a fun-filled event featuring live music along the course." Register for the event here.

The Music Man in Concert (September 26 - 27) 
"The Colorado Symphony's self-produced take on the Meredith Willson classic brings River City, Iowa to Denver for two performances. Hear this classic score the way the composer intended it - with a full symphony orchestra accompanied by an amazing cast of local and national singers and actors." Buy tickets here.

Denver Women's Soccer vs. Portland (September 26)  
Come watch the University of Denver Pioneers Women's Soccer host the Portland Pilots at 7:00 p.m. on Ciber Field. Get your tickets here.   

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Aug. 23, 2015

August 2015 Market Happenings

Bubble or No Bubble?  

As we near the end of the summer selling season, our housing market continues to march forward. Every month since February has brought a record high average home price in the metro Denver area, with average prices approaching an astounding $425,000. Amazingly, half of all Denver's new homes for sale sell in six days or less, which is the fastest in the country. The latest Case-Schiller report says we have the highest 12 month price increase of any of the Top 10 Cities it tracks (Denver 10 percent price increase, San Francisco 9.7 percent and Dallas 8.4 percent). The strength in the market has been so pronounced that logical, informed people are beginning to ask whether we're setting ourselves up for another bubble. Good question. While no one can ever predict the future with certainty, I see no evidence that we're heading for a dramatic downturn in the real estate market any time soon. Here's why:

  • Even with the increase in metro Denver home prices, the Housing Affordability Index is still well above the rate it was during the last upturn in the market between 2002 - 2006. The HAI is the median price of a home compared to the median income, taking into account the prevailing mortgage rate. So, given that homes are still relatively affordable given median (and, by the way, increasing) wages and low interest rates, we haven't entered bubble territory.
  • The number of transactions relative to the population of metro Denver is just about at the 25-year average. At the peak of the bubble in 2006, the number of deals was about 20 percent above the historical average. When we see the number of closed transactions well above our historical average, that's an indication to me of an overheated market, as it was in 2006. We're nowhere close to that.
  • As we led up to the last bubble in 2006, many of the deals were closed with low or no documentation ("liar loans" or "no doc loans"). Today, mortgage underwriting standards are the toughest they've been in decades. This prevents unqualified buyers from purchasing property, which mitigates the chance of the market overheating (fewer buyers means fewer purchases means less chance of the market frothing into bubble territory like it did in the past).
  • Because of reasonable home affordability, it's still cheaper to buy than rent in our market, especially at the lower end. This would not be true in a bubble. For housing price affordability to return to the average level that we saw in the years between 2002 and 2006 ,either home prices would have to increase an additional 24 percent or interest rates would need to reach 6 percent. Neither is going to happen any time soon.
  • The imbalance between buyers and sellers we've seen recently in our housing market is due to a lack of inventory, not illogical/unrealistic/unsustainable demand from buyers. "Much of the price increases we are seeing are the result of rising demand among investors and homebuyers for a still-limited supply of homes for sale," said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. This imbalance is a logical correction from the past downturn years when we had too FEW buyers in the market. This is how markets are supposed to work, moving in cycles and always regressing to the mean over time.
  • Rising mortgage rates will help to temper the possibility of a bubble as well. "History shows that a rapid rise in interest rates tends to have little correlation with home prices. Rather, rising rates are more likely to contribute to a decrease in home purchase volume," wrote Mark Palim in a Fannie Mae commentary. So the positive side of a rise in mortgage rates is that it will reduce the number of buyers and therefore reduce the chance the market will rise out of control and end up collapsing in a bubble.

Here are a few metrics I watch closely to look for signs of a weakening housing market:

  • Housing inventory. When the inventory of homes for sale rises, supply will begin to balance with demand and slow the price increases. We're still at record-low inventory, so I don't expect to return to a balanced market for several more years.
  • Number of homes sales. If we see a spike in homes sales (most likely due to increased inventory of homes coming on the market), we can expect a slowdown in the housing market to follow, just as we saw after our home sales spiked in 2006. At this time, we are right at the 30-year average of homes sales/year/capita, which tells me the market is not overheated. 
  • The economy. Metro Denver has a booming economy which is contributing to our strong housing market. If the economy begins to falter, that will affect housing. I see no sign of that happening any time soon.
  • Interest rates. Low interest rates have contributed to relatively high home affordability, continuing to help the housing market. If interest rates spike, that will decrease affordability. But if you've been reading this newsletter for years, you know that no one can predict interest rates, and trying to do so is simply a waste of time. Some day if interest rates move upward, we may see an effect on the housing market, but there's no reason to believe that's going to happen any time soon.

For these and many other reasons, I believe our market will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future, but of course it can't grow indefinitely. Since the inventory of homes for sale is still extremely low, I think the demand will still exceed the supply for the next 24-36 months and prices will continue to rise for at least the next few years. No bubble on the horizon yet. Stay tuned!

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Aug. 21, 2015

Be Your Dog’s Best Friend

DogAs we all begin to deal with the “dog days” of summer, we need to keep in mind that our pets hate the heat almost as much as we do. Keeping them safe during the hot days is crucial, especially when so many of us are at work. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure your dog enjoys the summer as much as you.

Air Conditioning Rocks

If your home is air-conditioned, consider keeping your buddy indoors. If your dog tends to be a little destructive while you're away, look into baby gates or find a room your pet can stay in without causing any damage. If you are concerned about accidents, find a neighbor or perhaps a teenager on the street to take him for a walk. Not only will this protect your new carpet, but it will give your dog someone to hang with during the day.

Water, Water and more Water

Dogs don’t sweat, and while panting is way to cool themselves, it isn’t always enough in the Denver heat. One of the most important things is to ensure your dog has plenty of cool, fresh water all day. If you come home and there isn’t any water in the bowl, or you find it upside down on the lawn, you need to find another alternative. Often it is as easy as putting out multiple bowls, or better yet, check with your local pet store for automatic water dispensers that attach to an outside faucet.

Dogs Dig Shade

The sun is your dog’s nemesis as well. All dogs need a nice, shady place to relax during the day that is open and allows plenty of wind. Most dog houses are a bad idea, because they trap heat and don’t allow for wind. A nice tarp or a big leafy tree is perfect. Make sure you check to see if there is ample shade all day. While there might be shade in the morning, you could quickly find that it disappears later in the afternoon especially if your dog is chained up.

Limit Play Time

On hot days, remember to limit the play time of your dog. While exercise is important and walking on the miles of trails in Denver is a fantastic benefit to living here, if you push your dog too hard they could experience heat exhaustion. If you think your pet is suffering from heat-related issues, get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Remember: never leave your dog in the car in the summer. Even on cooler days, the car can heat up fast.

Denver is a Dog Town

It’s great living in a big city that loves dogs and has made so allowances for dog owners. Taking care of your friend is not only the right thing to do, but it will ensure your buddy is around for a very long time to share this great city with you. For more information about how to keep your dog safe, visit the Humane Society website.

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Aug. 2, 2015

What to do in August in Denver 2015

state capitolThe dome of the Colorado state capitol is plated with real 24K gold. The building's interior has large amounts of Colorado Rose Onyx. The world's entire known supply of the material was used on the building. This coming month, request a tour of the State Capitol building, or enjoy some of the upcoming events listed below.

Civic Center Eats (Now-October 8)
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, enjoy Metro Denver's largest gathering of gourmet food trucks and carts! Civic Center EATS provides an opportunity for "downtown employees, residents, and visitors to experience the beauty of Civic Center, enjoy a delicious outdoor lunch, listen to live music, and connect with the community." Learn more here.
The Nature of HorsesDeborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses (Now - October 18)
Deborah Butterfield captures the essence of the horse with her contemporary sculpture-characters of strength, spirit and grace. Explore the American artist's use of minimalistic line and powerful form amid the Denver Botanic Gardens' outdoor environment.  Learn more here.

First Friday Art Walks (August 7)
"Discover Denver's thriving creative community during a First Friday celebration, held every first Friday of the month, during which galleries in Denver's art districts stay open late for a festive, street party-like event." Learn more here.

Aids Walk Colorado (August 15)
This event is the Rocky Mountain Region's oldest one-day HIV and AIDS fundraiser. After completing the AIDS Walk Colorado course, you can participate in the Celebration of Life Festival. Numerous vendors will be in attendance offering everything from goods and services to food and drinks. Get detailed information here

Denver Street Flea Market (August 15) 
The Denver Street Flea Market is a "secondhand flea market featuring tons of local vendors from around Denver. If you're tired of trolling the streets for yard sales every weekend, this flea is an opportunity to park and shop in one glorious location." Learn more here.

Golden Fine Arts Festival (August 15 - 16) 
Come browse a variety of beautiful art at the Golden Fine Arts Festival. The festival hosts more than "140 high-quality artists (many of which are Coloradoans) in a variety of media, including ceramic arts, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture". Get details here.

pro cycling challengeUSA Pro Challenge (August 23)
The race is "on the level of the Tour de France, bringing the high speeds, danger and adrenaline of professional biking to elevations over two miles high in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world - the Colorado Rocky Mountains." The finale will be in Downtown Denver. Learn more here.

Yoga Rocks the Park Denver (August 23)
Check in opens at 8:30 a.m. for this event that runs from 9 - 11:30. Participants can enjoy yoga in the outdoors, taught by an assortment of Denver's top yoga instructors and accompanied by live music. Learn more event information here.

Red RocksFilm on the Rocks (August 26th and 31st)
The Film on the Rocks is a collaborative production "created to provide an affordable opportunity for the community to enjoy films and live entertainment at Red Rocks Amphitheatre"  This month, enjoy The Breakfast Club and Guardians of the Galaxy! Learn more about this event here

Dave Matthews Band (August 28-29) 
End your summer with a concert at Fiddler's Green. 97.3 KBCO Presents the Dave Matthews Band with special guest appearance: Bela Felck.  Get your tickets today

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July 28, 2015

July 2015 Market Happenings

Welcome to the real estate market midyear report!

Here's what we're seeing:

Average Home Price:The average price of a home in metro Denver least another 12 percent in the past 12 months. I believe 2015 will continue to play out very strong, and here's why: The number one driver of home price change is the amount of inventory on the market. Our market inventory continues to drop, down another 17 percent from this time last year for single-family homes (down 19 percent for condos and townhomes). Until inventory comes back on the market, there will continue to be tremendous upward pressure on prices as demand outpaces supply. Where will the new supply of home inventory come from? It won't be bank-owned properties and short sales. The metro Denver economy is strong and unemployment is low, so there will be very few distressed properties on the market for the foreseeable future. The additional supply will eventually come from homeowners who finally realize what a great market it is to sell and decide to put their home up for sale. When this will happen is anyone's guess. We've seen very little evidence of homeowners making this realization so far, as evidenced by the continued lack of inventory on the market. Sooner or later though, inventory will begin to appear. That's your sign of a changing market. But this might take several more years, which is why prices will continue to rise strongly.

Number of Homes Sold: Because there is so little inventory in our market, the number of homes sold is actually going DOWN year over year, not up. There were 9 percent fewer homes sold in June '15 than June '14, simply because there is no inventory to sell. It's the very definition of a seller's market.

The Condo/Townhome Market: Incredibly enough, the condo market is doing even better than single-family homes. Prices are up 16 percent in the past year, and inventory is down 19 percent. This creates a blistering hot market for attached homes. Just like for the single-family home market, I don't see any evidence this will change any time soon. Until more condo inventory comes on the market, prices will continue to rise. Expect strong price increases for the next several years.

The Investor Market: Denver is still a great place to invest in real estate. The fix and flip market is strong for those who can find underpriced homes to buy and repair. They're out there, but it takes tools, patience, and work to find them. Once you get one fixed up, selling is the easy part because of the lack of competing inventory. The buy and hold market will continue to be extremely profitable for long-term investors. Interest rates and vacancy rates are still near record lows and rents continue to rise - a record 10.8 percent per year the past three years. It's not difficult to buy a rental property in today's environment and put it on the path to be paid off in 12-15 years. Just think how your life would change if you owned a couple of rental properties free and clear! For building long-term wealth, it's tough to compete with rental property ownership. That's the one thing that will never change. 


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July 6, 2015

Navigating Denver’s Allergy Season

Person SneezingYou hear it everywhere, the tell-tale sound of allergy season. A sneeze two aisles over in the super market and the unmistakable red eyes we see in the mirror at the end of the day. We have patiently endured what seemed like a non-ending downfall of rain this spring but sunny skies are ahead. Spring and summer can be a little tough for Denver’s allergy sufferers, but the price is little for what this beautiful area gives to us.

Coping with Allergies

The biggest thing you can do to make this allergy season better is to be prepared. Being aware of what you are allergic to will help you to make better decisions. Keep an eye on the pollen counts especially during the spring and summer when the pine trees are active. Always stay consistent with your allergy medicine because skipping on good days can make the days following much worse.

Don’t go outdoors if it is windy as more pollen will be in the air, but if you have to, try to cover your mouth with a mask or stylish bandana. If you or your neighbors are applying fertilizers or pesticides stay indoors with the windows shut. When you jump in the car and take a trip around the city, turn on the air conditioner instead of rolling down your windows. I know this is tough, especially on gorgeous days, but it will help you navigate the days better.

Keep your Denver Home Allergy Free

Our homes are our safe zones and hopefully allergen free, but you might be amazed by how many allergies are caused inside. The simple act of dusting can cause your allergies to go haywire. If you are really suffering, I recommend enlisting someone to help out with this task while you’re out of the home. Vacuum cleaners can also kick up quite a bit of particles. Find a great excuse to be out of the home at this time. Or if this is not an option, one option is to get an air purifier which will help keep the airborne particles to a minimum.

During allergy season try to keep your house as clean as possible. Shoes tend to track in many allergens and pesticides so it is a good idea to remove them at the door so they don’t contaminate the home. Pets bring in many different types of pollen so make sure they are bathed regularly, especially during the spring and summer. Although it may be a challenge, try to keep them out of your bedroom.

Keep it Clean and Breathe Easier

Try to shower immediately after coming indoors or working in the yard. This will wash off the pollens and grasses before they can fully affect you. During severe outbreaks, taking a shower before bed may help as well. If you are outside often during allergy season, change your clothes in the laundry room so the pollens in your clothes don’t keep you up at night. Make sure you are washing bed linens and curtains often during allergy season as well.

However, Don’t Become an Allergy Hermit!

There are many little things you can do to help ease your allergies during this season. One thing you should never do is lock yourself in your home and hide. If you keep an eye on the pollen count and keep everything clean you can enjoy spring and summer. So take a walk on one of the trails, bike near the creek, and enjoy everything mountain living has to offer. Get out and enjoy yourself. Oh, and, gesundheit.

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July 3, 2015

New Builds in Denver Trying to Keep Pace With Demand

New Build HomeWe can’t seem to stress it enough, Denver is one hot housing market and with that comes along the trials, tribulations, and eventually, celebrations when looking to buy a new home. The truth of the market is this; in Denver, there are limited options when buying a new-build home and even more limited options when buying a new-build home that is affordable. Recently an article was run in the Denver Post detailing this very epidemic that Denver is in the midst of and trying to figure a way out of.

The Truths about New Build Homes

In the article, homebuilder David Sinkey had the realization two and a half years ago that there was going to be a trend of new-build homes that were not affordable for most clients. While the housing downturn culled the skilled workforce needed to build new homes this caused a severe labor shortage which in return pushed up costs. If that wasn’t worrisome enough, finished lots that were once in oversupply were quickly being absorbed with no good prospects to replenish them.

Our statistics are staggering as a city, for example, by the end of April this year, many Denver area builders had already hit 70% to 90% of their sales goals for the year, that’s right, the whole year. Unlike the rest of the nation where most builders had hit about 43%. Buyers in Denver are having to wait anywhere from nine months to a year before they can occupy their new home. Prices for any of the finished lots which are all ready to build and include all utilities are at a record high price wise and in such short supply around the city that single-family permits continue to run at a fraction of historical averages despite the continuously growing demand.

Faced with limited workers and land, many Denver builders target their resources on homes anywhere from $400k - $500k with the only long-term problem being that median incomes cannot keep up with the pace of rising housing costs. Over time, this gap will only continue to grow making it harder and harder for people to buy any new-development houses.

Find a Builder Who Will Give You All You Want

MAG BuildersThe facts are in the pudding with this one and as real estate agents we can say that this pattern will not change in the near future. But because we are real estate agents and because we do want our customers to get everything they want in a custom new-build home and then some, we have a recommendation of where to go to achieve all of these things at a reasonable price. Recently, New Era Group has partnered with the prestigious MAG Builders of Denver to sell the cream of the crop in custom homes. MAG Builders are like none other in their classes, attentive to detail and building a home to build a lifetime in, not just a quick fix, these guys know what it takes to really build something extraordinary. If you feel you are ready to make the home of your dreams, check out these favorites of ours at and make sure to give us a shout when you are ready to start looking for a good spot to place your dream home. 

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June 30, 2015

What to do in July in Denver 2015

From the vantage point of Denver, 200 named peaks are visible with 32 of them towering above 13,000 feet! Enjoy exploring Denver this July and all our great state of Colorado has to offer!

Denver 4th of July Weekend 
This 4th of July weekend, make sure to treat yourself to festivals, concerts, pro-sports events, music, parades, fun runs, fireworks and more! Learn about the many fun entertainment options Denver has to offer here.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July 3-5)
The Cherry Creek Arts Festival weekend event is "a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts, and enjoys an attendance of 350,000 visitors over the course of the three-day event". Get details here.

City Park Jazz (July 5 - August 9)
This City Park Jazz season is going strong with a lineup of FREE Sunday concerts in the park. "Spanning 10 weeks across June, July and August, the collection of local musicians in this year's lineup crosses cultures, styles and genres in a way that reflects the musical and cultural diversity of Denver". Learn more here.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Now - August 5)
The festival seeks to "expand the cultural richness of the region by inspiring, challenging, and cultivating the imagination of audiences and artists". Plays are performed beneath summer night skies! Get tickets here.
Denver Urban Market (July 9 and 23)
The Urban Market is a great place to shop in Denver.  At the market you will find "an amazing array of local arts and crafts sold direct by the artist, clothing, jewelry, antiques, furniture, holistic services, unique treasures, delicious food, and just about anything else you could want".  Get detailed information here

Drums Along the Rockies (July 11) 
Drums Along The Rockies, Colorado's premier marching music event, is "annually one of the best and most popular events of its kind in the world. Held at the beautiful Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Drums Along The Rockies has become a Denver institution and a thrilling summer event for families across Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region".  Learn more here.
Mile High Global Bazaar (July 17-18)
The Mile High Global Bazaar is an "annual celebration of international cultures, arts, crafts, merchandise, food, and music. The event will consist of exhibitors from around the globe representing a vast array of cultures and goods". Get details here.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (July 18-19)
The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival features three main attractions: "The thrilling ancient sport of Dragon Boat Racing, the colorful fun and flavorful Marketplace and Taste of Asia Food Court, and various Performing Arts".  Learn more about this event here.

Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (July 23-26)
The 15th Annual Underground Music Showcase features "more than 400 performances on 20 stages along South Broadway for FOUR days, the UMS returns as this region's leading indie music festival". Learn more event information here.

The Color Run (August 1) 
The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Tickets go fast, so get your today!  Visit the event website here.

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June 23, 2015

June 2015 Market Happenings

This year has kicked off with an array of experts trumpeting the Denver housing market's strength and resilience. Inventory is at record lows, home prices continue to rise, and foreclosure activity has ebbed to lows not seen since before the 2007 downturn. Spring and summer is the time for selling houses. The months of April, May, June, and July typically account for more than 40 percent of all housing transactions annually, thanks in large part to good weather.

Five Essential Things You Need To Know About the 2015 Summer Home Buying Market

  • Inventory shortages: "The story of the day is on the inventory front," stresses Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). It's a sentiment echoed by many. The number of available homes in metro Denver has plunged to a record low, thanks to both an abnormally small supply of existing homes for sale and a dearth of new construction not keeping pace with the current demand.

  • Increased Competition: In addition to a dwindling supply of available homes, the number of buyers has surged. And not just traditional buyers - investors have comprised a sizable chunk of the buyer pool since the downturn and continue to do so. Real estate investors are responsible for about 25 percent of the existing home sales each month. You, the prospective buyer, need to be prepared to move fast if you find a property you'd like to buy. "Buyers need to be patient because many will be outbid by others and might have to bid on multiple homes," cautions Jed Kolko, chief economist of Trulia. Yes, indeed.

  • Cash is Still King: Given the steep competition, all-cash buyers who can close a deal relatively quickly offer great incentive to sellers. "Cash will still be king if there are multiple bids because from a seller's view, they want a deal with fewer hiccups, "says Yun. My sellers are surprised to hear that about 30 percent of home sales each month are all-cash purchases.

  • The Good News: Lending Tree chief executive Doug Leboda says in light of the recently unveiled new home-lending standards, lenders are slowly starting to make it slightly easier to get approved. Talk to a couple of lenders, they'll tell you things have improved over the past few years on the loan front.

  • More Good News: We are seeing a definite correction in the appraisal business. A few years ago appraisers were consistently under-valuing properties, reacting to the over-conservative nature of their shell-shocked underwriter patrons. Today we are seeing the vast majority of appraisals coming in at value, causing far fewer problems for buyers and sellers alike.



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June 20, 2015

Is Your Home Ready for Summer?

summer drinksHome owners in Denver often “winterize” their houses and their cars, for that matter. However, we should pay the same attention in preparing our houses for summer! Following are some tips to prepare your residence for the coming warmth of the Denver sun.

  • Pay attention to air quality. For the most part, your house has been closed up for at least 3 to 4 solid months. Open those windows now that it’s warm, and place a plant beside your bathroom sink to filter the air. Not just any plant will do. The best bang for your buck is provided by: spider plants, English Ivy and small-leafed rubber plants. Click here for more suggestions to improving air quality in your home.
  • Refrigerator maintenance isn’t just for the professionals! It is easy to clean the coils of your refrigerator, so that cold beverage will always be there to greet you after a day of fun in the sun. Unplug your refrigerator. Remove either the top grate or base plate (depending on model, check your manual) and vacuum it out with a vacuum attachment. This will keep it from overheating when you most depend of cold refreshments. I wish I could tell you that this is an exhaustive list of how to get the most out of the summer in Colorado, but here are the other appliances and machinery in your life that will need to be maintained to make this Denver summer one to remember.
  • Your front door takes a beating from the Wintery Denver gusts. Take time to clean, repair or replace your screens, if necessary, that way you call enjoy the breeze through your screen doors and windows. Don’t forget to tighten and lubricate closers and hinges, especially on wooden doors that often get warped by the changing Colorado temperatures.
  • You can prevent the scorching noon day sun from undermining all your air conditioned efforts by applying sun-screened fabric curtains or reflective film to your windows and window treatments. This will maximize the efficiency of your AC and make for a more enjoyable summer. Click here for more tips on cooling off this Denver Summer.
  • The crackling wood in the fireplace that brought such warmth this winter is now just a big, brick hole in your living room. Place a terracotta potted plant in the center for a lovely look. Just make sure that you are not alone in basking in the Denver sun, and your potted friend gets some rays, as well. Not sold on the plant idea? Click here for some other alternative ideas for that fireplace and hearth.
  • Bugs gotcha itching? There are many wives tales to avoiding mosquito bites. Lighting a citronella candle while you enjoy dinner on the deck is often enough to discourage bugs from having you for their picnic. However, Southern Living has many great ideas for keeping the bugs in Denver in the air and not on your skin!

Enjoy Your Home Inside and Out

The mountains alone are breath taking. But, as a homeowner in the Denver metro, if you take the necessary steps to enjoy your home as well, your summer will not end when you walk through your front door. Print out the following list and have fun in and out of the sun.

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