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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 Real Estate-In Praise of Louisville

WINNER 2011 Top 100 rank: 1
Population: 18,400
Unemployment:6.3%Compare Louisville to Top 10 Best Places

The report highlights small towns across America with populations of 50,000 or less, high job opportunities, fiscal strength, excellent schools, safe streets, great health care, outdoor and cultural activities and 300 days of sunshine (great weather).

The writer says it is a “sunny lively mountain town”; it is not a mountain town. While the views are great of the front range, Louisville is mostly in a valley and is situated on the “plains.”  I agree with “crime rates are among the lowest in Colorado” and the town is “easy to navigate.”  Louisville boasts lots of good jobs in tech, telecom, aerospace, clean energy, alternative energy and health care and many companies are relocating to the area as happy workers are great workers. In addition there are  world-class mountain biking, hiking, and skiing nearby as well as in the close by Rockies. Housing prices are still lower than Boulder real estate and schools rank well and are in the top three academically. Not everyone wants to live in Louisville;  however given the Music Festival, the Farmers Market, Street Faire, the great little mom and pop restaurants that have been here some since the 50’s and Main St. Louisville, what’s not to like? Read Money Magazine article. Ps. Superior Colorado came in at 20/100!

Search the MLS for Louisville or surrounding area

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and one of (FSIR’s)Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. If you have questions regarding this article, Louisville or Superior 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 Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. 

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Boulder County to Add $$$Billions$$$

1 Billion Dollars

Posted by Michael Hughes   August 10, 2010

In Boulder County, DigitalGlobe Inc. in Longmont received a contract that could last up to 10 years and be worth as much as $3.6 billion from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to produce a new generation of satellite imagery.

Used mainly for military and intelligence work. The long-term funding paves the way for development of next-generation satellites with higher resolution. Complete article in Boulder County Business Journal.

Awards in Boulder are somewhat frequent. The Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder has received a Grand Award from Wine Spectator and has been named one of Open Table’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2010.

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Kiplinger on Boulder

Posted by Michael Hughes   May 28, 2010

Boulder poised for recovery and future growth.  Boulder ranks in the top 10 of Relocate America cities in their most recent survery. Boulders’ strong local leadership, employment opportunities, thriving community commitment, improving real estate markets (if you are thinking you are going to buy a house in Boulder), growing green initiatives, plentiful recreational options and an overall high quality of life landed it on this highly esteemed list. Boulder is one of the many communities moving in the right direction.

Boulder has been singled out as one of the “10 best city for the next decade” in the July issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. It’s no wonder with all the planets aligning with Boulder. First of all there is the University of Colorado-Boulder, the federal research labs and more than 6,601 small businesses and corporation. Kiplinger chose cities for its next-decade list on the basis of current and likely future growth in high-quality jobs and income, housing affordability, public-transit infrastructure and the size of the local “creative class” of scientists, engineers, educators, writers, artists and entertainers, among other factors.

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If you start me up I’ll never stop

Posted by Michael Hughes   May 6, 2010

“An influx of entrepreneurs … has changed the face of this Colorado city of 98,000, making it a destination for Internet startups,” author Vivek Wadhwa writes of Boulder in the online package. “With the University of Colorado as an anchor and a backyard full of mountains as lifestyle bait, Boulder now has the highest concentration of software engineers per capita in the nation.”

Boulder takes the top spot out of 10 U.S. cities singled out by Bloomberg Businessweek as the best places for startups.

11 factors were weighted — including the number of startups already in a city, quality of the workforce, and resources like universities and venture capital.

It said smaller cities and towns generally are the best places today to start new tech companies.

The article also notes the presence of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Let’s face it, having lived here for many years, I know Boulder has the best lifestyle in the nation. Make this your base, buy a home in Boulder.   Boulder is Fitness oriented, smart and  creative, has interesting people, the University of Colorado-Boulder, great restaurants with celebrity chefs, cool coffee hangouts,outdoor cinema, farmers markets, Investment Capital, Bands on the Bricks, Studio Tours, Chautauqua Park, The Flatirons, community gardens, The World Affairs Conference, The Shakespeare Festival, Hiking, Running, Biking, an abundance of software engineers, Google, Celestial Seasonings and once again Boulder comes in 1st. Read the entire article in the Denver Business Journal.

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Is the Economy Getting Better? Divergent Views

By Michael Hughes  January 6, 2010

Maybe the Great Recession has relaxed it’s grip on America but it has been replaced by considerable debate over the clarity of economic indicators and the staying power of improvement.  The Good:

  • Fifth straight month of gains in manufacturing.
  • Some economists think data released this Friday will show the economy gained jobs in December, the first monthly net increase in two years.
  • Stock prices are up.
  • Oil prices are up.

The Bad:

  • Americans are saturated in debt prompting many to hunker down in to thrift mode.
  • The government largess and stimulus will be exhausted by mid year.
  • The upcoming surge in foreclosures.
  • The dysfunction of the financial system.

Economists of a more optimistic type assert that such views fail to account for what has been happening in recent months.  Areas of the economy that went into deep freeze have revived and must grow just to replenish their inventories.  (ie the Index of Manufacturing reported on Monday increasingly robust orders and production at American factories in December.  Purchasing managers index rose to 55.9, its highest level since April 2006.  Hopes of a lasting recovery were also bolstered by news from China, South Korea, India and Taiwan showing economy expansions in December at a faster clip than at any time since the beginning of the global downturn.  Mr. Sinai an economist said “Strong growth in Asia reverberates around the world and helps U.S. exports.”

Let’s face it during the over reaction that gripped the financial markets in 2008 many companies panicked and cut too many workers and pared back too much inventory.  There will be a reversal here and I don’t think it’s ephemeral.  Chief economist Robert J. Barbera believes the economy will add 2.5 Million new jobs this year.  A considerable improvement.  As investors absorbed evidence of factory expansion, they saw signs of more cash registers ringing up sales, more insurance agents writing new policies, more trucks carrying more product and more transactions by banks.

2010 is going to be a great year!

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Cash For Caulkers

Cash for Caulkers could be up to $12,000

By Michael Hughes December 15, 2009

Cash for Caulkers?  You mean Cash for Clunkers, the program that induced a boom in auto sales last summer?  No, I mean Cash for Caulkers a program announced by the White House last week that proposes to reimburse homeowners for energy efficient appliances, weatherstripping and insulation.  This new campaign announced by the White House last week proposes to reimburse homeowners for energy efficient appliances and insulation, part of a much broader plan to stimulate the economy.

Elliott Lemenager, a leader in Green movement and energy audits said “The details of the plan haven’t been released yet as the administration is still working with Congress to develop the legislation, although leaked details include rebates up to $12,000 for homeowners. So what does this all mean? More green jobs? A more energy efficient America? Hopefully all of the above, but the main driver behind this program is to persuade consumers to spend money in a way that benefits the environment as well as the economy.

We’ll keep our ear to the ground to give you updates on any developments with this proposal. In the meantime, make sure your Hohm profile (a free energy audit)is complete and find out what improvements you can make to conserve energy in your home and be ready to take advantage of the rebates as soon as they’re available.”  At the present this Microsoft site is Beta Testing and free of charge either through the above link or through Xcel Energy.  Take advantage of this worthwhile energy audit, as I know at some point they will have to charge for it.  Typically Energy Audits run between $100 and $800 in the Boulder area.

Cash for Caulking.  This would put idled contractors and construction workers back to work, would save substantial money and help the climate.  Win-Win.

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