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The urge to get off America’s congested coasts is something a lot Coloradoans will confess was a driving force that brought them out west. With huge populations of people coming from places like New York, New Jersey, California and Texas, as well as from around the world, it seems like everyone in Colorado is from someplace else. There must be something about living in anyof Colorado's suburban or metropolitan cities that provide you with the opportunity be in the great Rocky Mountains within 20 minutes or so that we just can't resist. Or, maybe it is the business opportunities, higher education options, the call of the wild or the urge to shred the slopes.  Whatever the reason, if the call of Colorado is too much to bear any longer, now is the perfect

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For those of you out there who may not be a fan of these furry critters, why not hear what the humane society has to say.

“Prairie dogs are an essential part of our prairies-among the most endangered ecosystems in the world.” (

These little guys are in danger of being wiped out by developers and ranchers throughout the state, often being inhumanely poisoned or shot. There are even dedicated shooting zones right here in Colorado. Lucky for these little guys, there are relocation groups throughout the state and the humane society is working to protect them. If you’d like to help, check out the Prairie Dog Coalition here:

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Aspen, Colorado is known worldwide for its high-class reputation and first-rate skiing, which has been made popular due to the type of lifestyle and accommodations this resort community offers. Opened in 1967 as part of the Aspen Ski Resort Complex, Snowmass is the largest and most notable mountain in the resort with over 3000 acres of wide runs, terrain park, mogul runs, and extreme terrain. In addition to being a favorite spring break location for luxury skiers, celebrities, and society’s elite, Snowmass is also renowned for its family friendly accommodations and lack of crowds, making it a local favorite as well. In fact and just in time for spring break fever, all kids ages 12 and under ski free at Aspen Snowmass for the entire months of March and

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Audio books are a great way to pass the time, especially when doing something time consuming and repetitive like driving across the country, running on a treadmill or painting and improving your home. In fact, what better way is there to enhance a boring project like remodeling a bath, weeding, vacuuming or doing dishes other than to figure out a way to be entertained by it in some way. Choosing a book that you can relate to, make you laugh, or share a few tips is just the thing you need the next time you are presented with a task that requires lots of motivation and time! Here are some of my favorite home improvement/Do-it-Yourself/real estate books that are sure to help pass the time. 

Be sure to check with your local library to see if they have a

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Buying real estate for investment purposes has become one of the best ways to develop long term equity in today’s market and rebounding economy. However, most successful real estate investors will tell you that this road is not a foolproof get-rich-quick scheme, especially since the last economic decline. In fact, some investments, particularly that of fix and flips which have been popularized by so many HGTV or TLC shows, are known for its rough and tough and sometimes fierce industry.  Having everything to do with timing, labor, expenses, initial cost and good planning, even the most promising fix and flip investments can be derailed by unforeseen issues. For this reason, it is imperative that you account for both sides of the coin when you consider

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Color inspiration can come from a variety of places, but if you are looking to redo or makeover your home, or any room in it, it is best to use a color palette that will continue to grow on you over time. Splashes of color can be applied sparingly to bring in new life to dull furnishings, or fully by painting a room an entirely new color.  Each year color trend forecasters use a variety of information from several different industries to determine which colors will be considered trend setting for the upcoming year.  Even though the color of the year might be too trendy for some tastes, there always seems to be some variation of more traditional colors as well that are popular each year. Whether you end up going with a bright new look or want to hold true

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The winter season is almost over and in the real estate world this means that people are gearing up for the predominant buying and selling season. Inquiries always peak around the start of the new year and indicate an influx of people looking to relocate in the spring and summer. In preparation, many folks, especially those moving long distances or downsizing, will find it more beneficial to liquidate their belongings rather than moving or storing them. The choice now becomes how, where, and when do you sell your stuff if you are moving? The answers are below!

How to sell your belongings before you move? The best way to get rid of a large amount of stuff quickly is to hire a company to run an estate or moving sale for you. Otherwise, you can do what

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People who find themselves drawn to mountain life tend to do it for one reason, their love for the outdoors. When buying a mountain house, whether you are in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado or looking for an investment property near Big Sky Montana, mostly likely you will be looking for a home that features something that enhances the benefits of your surroundings. And, if you are fortunate enough to build or renovate your dream mountain home, the chances are good that you will take advantage of at least one of the following popular trends.

Oversized Picture Windows - I L.O.V.E. this trend, because what better way is there to bring Mother Nature indoors then through the cozy comfort of huge energy efficient windows! Large windows

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When you hear the term eco-friendly what usually comes to mind?  For me, it is the mantra recycle, reuse, and reduce, and although that sounds groovy, at the same time it doesn't necessarily invoke a chic or modern sense of style.  However this perception is changing fast, especially in places like Colorado where the terms eco-friendly, green and sustainable have caught on in just about every single industry, including real estate.  In essence, these huge trends have extended from specific industries and morphed more into a way of life.  Modern sustainable living has to do with everything you do, whether it is bringing your own grocery bags to the store, composting at home, buying local, or using reclaimed materials in your home renovations.  For some,

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When we talk flooring, the sky’s the limit in terms of different options, styles, colors, and materials.  In fact, the old days of wall to wall carpet have long gone and is being replaced by things like lightweight and highly durable bamboo, spongy and orthopedic cork floors, and more modern industrial concrete creations. Despite each new flooring's sets of benefits, traditional options like hardwood and tile also continue to be very popular.  Even these classics have been improved upon and can offer way more than one could imagine that they would get from their home’s floor.  
Here is a little more information regarding the different kind of flooring options readily available at your local retailer.
Hardwood Floors - As previously mentioned, hardwood

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