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Did you Know…….?

The price of gold on the day of the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games 8/8/08 was $857.80 an ounce. The day of the opening ceremonies in London the price of gold was $1,617.90. – BTN Research
Housing starts climbed to an annually adjusted 760,000 in July. – Commerce Department
That is a 37% increase from 2009’s 554,000 housing starts. – Treasury Department
It is still way below the 1.1 million housing starts needed to just keep up with our growing population. – Mortgage Daily News
32% of homes are owned free and clear. – Federal Reserve
24% of home owner’s with a mortgage are underwater. – Federal Reserve
In 1880 72% of Americans lived on farms. In 1920 that number dropped to 50%. Today just 2% of Americans live on farms. – Social Security and the EPA
1% of the population accounts for 21.8% of all health care expenditures. 5% of the population accounts for 49.5% of all health care expenditures. – National Institute for Health Care Management
The average American aged 65 or older makes 8 visits per year to a doctor, a hospital and/or an emergency room, that’s once every 1 ½ months. – Center for Disease Control
The cost of living in the US increased by 25% in the decade of the 50s, 28% in the 60s, 103% in the 70s, 64% in the 80s, 33% in the 90s and 28% in 00s. – Department of Labor

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been in real estate since the mid 90′s and with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range. About Me If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate not yet on the market, call me or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes

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Boulder Real Estate On Fire

Figuratively, not literally. In Boulder we have so many great areas to choose from where fire is not a danger. We are buffered by the Flatirons to the west and many of our mountain areas such as Pine Brook Hills have fire hydrants frequently along the road. Call me today if you’re looking for a home in the Boulder area. I have many “quiet” listings of people who are interested in selling however for one reason or another don’t want to be full out on the market.

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been in real estate since the mid 90′s and with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range. About Me If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate not yet on the market, call me or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes

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Boulder real estate not yet on the market

As a buyer, I am sure you know how few listings there are out there if you are pursuing Boulder real estate or Boulder luxury real estate. It can be really frustrating. It is, as one would say “thin.” Also multiple offers are starting to show up running the prices just a bit higher.

I have several homes that will not be on the market for a week or a few weeks. Call me to get first look at these homes I have listed, however are not on the MLS, some in South Boulder and some in Longmont and some in Lafayette. Ranging from around $450,000 to $850,000. Call me today to get a first look.

In this case the early bird does get the worm!

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been in real estate since the mid 90′s and with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range. About Me If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate not yet on the market, call me or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes

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Reduce Your Boulder Real Estate Taxes

Owners of Boulder real estate, especially those with Boulder luxury real estate, know how expensive property taxes can be. While the housing market may have softened considerably, many homeowners are discovering that they are still being assessed property taxes that reflect housing values at the time of peak real estate prices in 2005 and 2006.

Assessments are only done every three to four years and this can result in homeowners paying much higher taxes than they should. Real estate assessment is also more of an art than a science and the correct assessment depends in large part on the assessor being knowledgeable and having a good handle on the local real estate market. Certain parts of the country are more expensive to live in than others and Boulder, Colorado is a prime example of this.

The pristine air and tranquil nature, as well as the elevation, attract many people who are interested in purchasing Boulder real estate. The area is a paradise for sports enthusiasts and those that love nature. Prices of Boulder luxury real estate are high because this is such an exclusive part of the country to live in.

The city regularly ranks among the top cities in the United States to live in terms of health, education, art, quality of life and well being. Unfortunately, the privilege of living in Boulder also carries high property valuations, which means high property tax bills. Property taxes have risen across the country. The National Taxpayers Union, which is a non-profit advocacy group, has an expectation that property tax bills will increase by at least 5 percent this year. Every year, the average property tax of homes has gone up by about 7-8 percent, since 2001.

Things homeowners can do to reduce property taxes:

This increase has left a lot of property owners frustrated and wondering what they can do to reduce the cost of their property tax bills. Short of letting their home go completely to ruin and thereby decreasing the value of their property, many people are wondering what they can legitimately do to save money. Across the country homeowners have filed property tax appeals in record numbers this year. Appeals can be lodged at any time, but to affect tax bills this year the appeals have to be filed by a specific date.

To have a convincing case it is a good idea to start with the fact that the assessment given to the home no longer reflects market value. Months or years can elapse between property assessments, so discrepancies are bound to show up. It is possible to have a successful appeal if it can be proven, with documentation to back up the appeal, that the assessment is unfair and no longer valid.

There are a few other things that people who own Boulder real estate or Boulder luxury real estate can do to lower property valuations. The easiest thing to do is to find evidence that the local assessor made an error when evaluating the property.

Many communities rely completely on drive-by evaluations, so it is not far-fetched to assume mistakes could have been made. The assessor estimates the value according to the features that other homes in the area possess. It is possible that the assessor made an assumption that the home contains a certain number of bedrooms or bathrooms, or a fully finished basement, when this is not the case at all. Homeowners may also have success with their case if they can show that the property they own, such as condo units or luxury real estate, has not kept up with the pace of the local market.

Homeowners should compare their home assessment with other similar properties in the area. If there are at least five properties that carry lower valuations, the odds of successfully filing a property tax appeal are increased. It may also be a good idea to hire a private appraiser to properly value the property. There may be mitigating circumstances such as a damaged roof or leaking basement that a drive-by inspection could not possibly reveal.

It is also possible to hire professionals to file the property tax appeal, although they will charge money for it and this can cut into property tax savings. Anyone unhappy with their property tax bill should file an appeal as soon as possible because local governments limit refunds to the prior year`s tax bill. Anyone interested in financial products may wish to visit   http://www.simplyfinance.co.uk/calculators/mortgage-cost-calculator.html Simply Finance for more information.

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been in real estate since the mid 90′s and with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range. About Me If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes

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Happy in Boulder

Boulder is one of the happiest places in the world. If happiness is a choice, is it not true that Boulder is just tolerant of different lifestyles and lets people be who they truly are and want to be in their lives thus allowing them to more readily choose happy?

I choose happy most the time and can usually pull myself out of a funk by not taking it personally. Taking it on my role side not my Identity side works very well, when I remember. I am human of course and will sometimes revert to familiar patterns.

The only key I see left out here is purpose. Without purpose there is no GREAT DREAM. Choose happy it’s better there.

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been in real estate since the mid 90s and with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range. About Me If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes

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Jobs Equal Healthy Boulder Real Estate

Boulder County is the most educated county in United States. There’s a high percentage of highly intelligent residents, which is its greatest asset for attracting and retaining strong employers and employees. Boulder real estate is healthy, a sure sign of good times coming. It’s all about jobs. Strong jobs equal strong Boulder real estate.

Numerous high tech businesses in the Boulder Valley Corridor are starting to hire. When I asked a local head hunter if there were going to be a lot of out of town people coming in she said “there seems to be a robust amount of talent available in the area right now.” Of course as time goes by the tech area will need more and more talent to feed the demand.

Many high schools in Boulder County offer special programs such as Skyline High School in Longmont that offers the Scientific Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, a magnet component that prepares students to excel in science and math related fields. Also with the onset of the International Baccalaureate Program in numerous schools in the Boulder Valley; Boulder schools could help “grow” their own work force and provide opportunities for our children’s future by implementing similar programs in all schools.

Boulder offers a quality of life that attracts and keeps people here. It’s a life that can’t be beat. We love our Boulder real estate and we often come up on lists for a very high quality of life. A lifestyle robust in fitness, with running trails right out our office door,  world class organic food, home grown brews, entertainment, high intelligence, happy people, entrepreneur heaven, skiing and snowshoeing nearby, dog friendly areas and many opportunities to enhance our lifestyle.

Michael grew up near Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a (CNE) Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. What’s your lifestyle? I take great pride in my in-depth knowledge of Colorado luxury home market trends, research-based pricing strategies, having a powerful network of qualified luxury home buyers, first-hand Boulder real estate insight and proven 16 year track record of selling unique Denver and Boulder luxury real estate.

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Boulder Luxury Real Estate-Ranches

Boulder Luxury Real Estate-Ranches

Sotheby’s International Realty-Boulder, represents clients in the rarified air of Boulder Luxury Real Estate. Prime opportunities. We pride ourselves in our global reach to clientele with the capability to procure high end properties. While several of our ranches and view properties in the Boulder area are actively listed, certain properties are available yet not actively listed. Quiet listings as it were. Call me today

Stapp Lakes Ranch located 25 miles from downtown Boulder, is a truly one of a kind opportunity.Infinite views and quiet. Known as Colorado’s first Guest Ranch. Sited on eight crystal blue lakes, stocked with rainbows and cutthroat. First homesteaded in 1893. An historic assemblage of Lodges, Cabins and Outbuildings and meticulously restored in the midst of 328 Rocky Mountain acres. Offered at $22.5 M.

Dollaghan Ranch on Rozena Road. A classic Victorian residence on over 114 acres with two reservoirs, pond with waterfall, panoramic Rocky Mountain Views, World class fishing. Boulder Luxury Real Estate at its finest. Well maintained and ready for a family, entertaining or just gracious living. A wildlife sanctuary visited by fox, coyote, deer, elk and eagles. The site contains 7 residential building sites and 2 more sites for caretakers quarters. Valuable water and mineral rights. Call me today. Offered at $12 M.

Steele Ranch in Niwot. A gentlemen’s ranch on over 5 acres. An English Country Equestrian property in the Niwot area. Sweeping open lawns, pond and mountain views. The flawless design and the meticulous attention to detail beckon even the most discerning home buyer. Main house, carriage house and 6 car garage await the collector of horses or horsepower. Call me today. Offered at $2.1 M.

If you are interested in buying or selling Boulder Luxury Real Estate discretely, call me today at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty-Boulder.

Michael grew up near Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range. If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes.  Michael is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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