Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park by Richard Jensen

Hiking.  It’s what I do to take a break from real estate contracts and clear my mind of the hectic Northern Colorado real estate market.  Feelings of peace and happiness rejuvenate my soul when I experience the smells and sights of our beautiful Northern Colorado mountains.  There are so many places near Fort Collins to enjoy outdoor activities, but some of my favorite hikes have been in Rocky Mountain National Park.

In an effort to keep my mind at peace and my body healthy, I am making a conscious effort to hike at least twice a month.  I haven’t posted all of my hikes but I do want to share a couple of recent ones in RMNP.


March 3, 2013   Chasm Lake hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

So my friend Mark Stiger is an avid hiker and loves the outdoors.  One day he asks me if I would like to go hiking with him.  Sure, no problem.  He suggests Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.  This is by far one of the most beautiful places I have hiked.  It starts at the Long’s Peak Trailhead on the south side of the mountain.  As we gear up for the hike, Mark notices the clouds starting to form over Long’s Peak and thinks a storm might be coming.  He assures me that if the conditions become dangerous that we will turn back and head home.  Famous last words.  Over an hour into the hike the wind picks up and gusts over 70mph start to push us off our feet and slap snow and pebbles against our faces.  I ask him several times, “Do you think we should turn around?”  Na, he says.  He apparently has hiked in much worse conditions.  Armed with trek poles, windbreakers, and micro spikes, I decide to continue along with Mark, trusting him as my guide despite the not-so-great weather.  Crossing avalanche chutes, post holing several feet of snow, and taking cover from the wind behind what large boulders we could find, Mark and I eventually made it to Chasm Lake.  Nestled at the base of Long’s Peak, it truly was a spectacular sight.  The round trip took us less than five hours and we appeared to be the only morons crazy enough to be on the trail that day.  Here are some photos from our hike.

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April 6, 2013   Deer Mountain Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

My wife and I own a cabin off of High Drive in Estes Park, CO.  We have a view of Deer Mountain through our dining room window, and I had wanted to hike Deer Mountain for a while.  This past weekend we took our children to our cabin to unwind in the Rocky Mountains for a couple days.  Our cabin is located about fifty yards from the Rocky Mountain National Park sign where most tourists visiting the park take their picture, so driving from our cabin to the Deer Mountain Trailhead takes less than ten minutes.  This was my son’s first hike all by himself, meaning neither Mom or Dad carried him.  On the other hand, we did take turns carrying our daughter.  The views of Long’s Peak were incredible.  It was a fairly easy hike and one I would recommend for a family.  We had to turn around when the north side of the trail became icy, but we were able to hike for a couple of hours and the views were fantastic nearly the whole time.  The kids were excited to see plenty of deer along the trail and the switchbacks made the elevation gain pretty easy.  Here are some photos from our hike.

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Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park by Richard Jensen

Hiking.  It’s what I do to take a break from real estate contracts and clear my mind of the hectic Northern Colorado real estate market.  Feelings of peace and happiness rejuvenate my soul when I experience the smells and sights of our beautiful Northern Colorado mountains.  There are so many places near Fort Collins to enjoy outdoor activities, but some of my favorite hikes have been in Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

In an effort to keep my mind at peace and my body healthy, I am making a conscious effort to hike at least twice a month.  I haven’t posted all of my hikes but I do want to share a couple of recent ones in RMNP.


 

March 3, 2013   Chasm Lake hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

 

So my friend Mark Stiger is an avid hiker and loves the outdoors.  One day he asks me if I would like to go hiking with him.  Sure, no problem.  He suggests Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.  This is by far one of the most beautiful places I have hiked.  It starts at the Long’s Peak Trailhead on the south side of the mountain.  As we gear up for the hike, Mark notices the clouds starting to form over Long’s Peak and thinks a storm might be coming.  He assures me that if the conditions become dangerous that we will turn back and head home.  Famous last words.  Over an hour into the hike the wind picks up and gusts over 70mph start to push us off our feet and slap snow and pebbles against our faces.  I ask him several times, “Do you think we should turn around?”  Na, he says.  He apparently has hiked in much worse conditions.  Armed with trek poles, windbreakers, and micro spikes, I decide to continue along with Mark, trusting him as my guide despite the not-so-great weather.  Crossing avalanche chutes, post holing several feet of snow, and taking cover from the wind behind what large boulders we could find, Mark and I eventually made it to Chasm Lake.  Nestled at the base of Long’s Peak, it truly was a spectacular sight.  The round trip took us less than five hours and we appeared to be the only morons crazy enough to be on the trail that day.  Here are some photos from our hike.

 

 


April 6, 2013   Deer Mountain Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

 

My wife and I own a cabin off of High Drive in Estes Park, CO.  We have a view of Deer Mountain through our dining room window, and I had wanted to hike Deer Mountain for a while.  This past weekend we took our children to our cabin to unwind in the Rocky Mountains for a couple days.  Our cabin is located about fifty yards from the Rocky Mountain National Park sign where most tourists visiting the park take their picture, so driving from our cabin to the Deer Mountain Trailhead takes less than ten minutes.  This was my son’s first hike all by himself, meaning neither Mom or Dad carried him.  On the other hand, we did take turns carrying our daughter.  The views of Long’s Peak were incredible.  It was a fairly easy hike and one I would recommend for a family.  We had to turn around when the north side of the trail became icy, but we were able to hike for a couple of hours and the views were fantastic nearly the whole time.  The kids were excited to see plenty of deer along the trail and the switchbacks made the elevation gain pretty easy.  Here are some photos from our hike.

 

 


For questions about Northern Colorado real estate, vacation rentals in Estes Park, or homes for sale in Fort Collins, Loveland, or Estes Park, contact Richard Jensen with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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Coldwell Banker Acquires Keller Williams in Fort Collins by Richard Jensen

Well, it’s official.  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage owned and operated by NRT, LLC has purchased what was formerly Keller Williams Realty of Northern Colorado.  All real estate agents, including me, were notified on Thursday, January 10, 2013 of the new acquisition.  A press release has been published in The Coloradoan if you would like more information.

 

A merger between two real estate offices has a tremendous impact on the real estate agents operating their unique businesses within the guidelines and systems provided by the corporate entity.  Agents have been faced with a tough decision of whether to transition to Coldwell Banker under new ownership, hang their licenses with another Keller Williams brokerage along the Front Range, or move to a different real estate brokerage all together.  As the former Keller Williams office location will be the new home of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Fort Collins – and for various other reasons – I have chosen to operate my business under the Coldwell Banker national brand.

This leads me to another important aspect of the Northern Colorado real estate business.  I have found that people do business with real estate professionals based on their character, knowledge, integrity, and unique skill set.  My clients continue to do business with me because they find value in what I bring to their real estate endeavors.  And while it isn’t always about a brand name, it will be nice to have the brand recognition of a company that has been in business for over 100 years.

 

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage operates more than 16 offices in Colorado and brokered over 9000 real estate transactions last year.  With office locations throughout Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is highly visible and positioned to assist mobile real estate agents in Northern Colorado.

 

For more information about the Northern Colorado real estate market, or for assistance buying or selling your home in Fort Collins, Loveland, or Estes Park, contact local real estate agent Richard Jensen with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

 

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Volunteering and Mentoring NoCo Kids by Richard Jensen

January is National Mentoring Month and as such I wanted to share my experience with a Northern Colorado mentoring program that supports children in Northern Colorado.  As you may already know, I am the father of two very active and healthy children (currently ages 4 and 1).  Like most proud parents I want to raise my children in a safe and supportive community where they can learn, love, and flourish in the future.  This is just one of the reasons that my wife and I call Northern Colorado – and more specifically Fort Collins – our home. 

Last year when I launched my real estate career I decided that I wanted to give back to our local community as I knew my schedule would be more flexible.  I began my search for volunteer organizations and local charities.  In my previous employment I had donated thousands of dollars to United Way, but this time I knew I wanted to give more of my time to help others, not just write a check and make donations.  As a previous participant of the Sharin' O' The Green 5K, I decided to learn more about the Partners Mentoring Youth organization.

Partners Mentoring Youth provides mentoring support for "at-risk" youth throughout Northern Colorado.  It was obvious to me that I needed to get involved and helping less fortunate children was the perfect fit.  After completing my application and interviewing with the organization, I became an Activity Volunteer and attend various activities with children, including Rockies baseball games, archery, ice skating, arts and crafts, and more.  It's both entertaining and fulfilling and the children appreciate the time they spend having fun with an adult role-model.  

Because not everyone has the extra time or resources to spend volunteering to help children, there are other ways to get involved.  Proceeds from registrations for local events and races such as the Sharin' O' The Green Run/Walk on March 16, 2013 go directly to the mentoring program and make a positive impact on our Northern Colorado community.

I encourage you to learn more about volunteering programs in our Northern Colorado community and make a decision to volunteer or donate to support those in need.  In my opinion, life is more rewarding when you "come from contribution."

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October 2012 Northern Colorado Real Estate Market Statistics by Richard Jensen

When compared to the real estate market in 2011, the inventory for Loveland, CO single family detached homes has dropped 20% and inventory for Loveland, CO single family attached homes has dropped by 40%.  With the MSI at just 3.5 months for townhomes and condos in Loveland, investors and homeowners with Loveland real estate may expect to see prices continue to rise as home buyers continue to experience a scarce selection of townhomes and condos, especially at price points under $150,000. 

The inventory of single family homes in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley is stabilizing with an MSI near 6.0 months – a good indicator of a stable market as the Northern Colorado real estate market enters the fall and winter seasons.  

 

If you are a home owner considering selling your home in Fort Collins, Loveland, or Greeley please contact local Realtor® Richard Jensen for a free no-obligation consulation about selling your home.

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Colorado Real Estate Contracts by Richard Jensen

If you are an investor I am sure you have come across books and seminars by Robert Kiyosaki, of Rich Dad Poor Dad.  The Rich Dad Education site includes a Learn to be Rich Blog offering tips and training to help you create wealth using real estate in both declining and appreciating markets.  A recent blog about Contract Fundamentals notes some important considerations for anyone entering into a real estate contract.

The Colorado Real Estate Commission has approved standard real estate contracts to be used by Realtors®.  They are reviewed by Colorado attorneys and updated each year.  As a buyer or seller you must remember that a Realtor® is not an attorney, so a real estate agent in Colorado simply "fills in the blanks" of the real estate contract.  It is always the responsibility of the buyer and seller to understand the contract and agree to its terms and conditions.

Colorado real estate contracts contain several contingencies giving a buyer a deadline by which to complete and agree to the condition of the property (property inspection), title review, loan conditions, current survey, and other factors affecting the transaction.  These dates and deadlines are clearly defined in the contract and the best real estate agents in Colorado will be able to help you understand your contractual obligations.

For more information about buying a home in Northern Colorado contact local Realtor® Richard Jensen in Fort Collins, CO. 

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Benefits of Home Ownership in Fort Collins, CO by Richard Jensen

When I work with homebuyers interested in Fort Collins, CO or northern Colorado real estate, they often ask very similar questions: where should I live, what's the average home price in this neighborhood, which lenders do you recommend in northern Colorado, and this list goes on.  If the buyer is on the fence about whether to buy or continue to rent then I often share some of the basic values of owning vs renting a home in Fort Collins:

1. Pride of Ownership – The feeling of owning your own home far outweighs the worries that come along with renting and provides an owner with a sense of security and stability.

2. Fixed Monthly Payments – If you obtain a fixed interest rate from your lender, then your monthly mortgage payment will always be the same.  Renters have to worry about rent increases and lease terminations.

3. Remodeling and Decorating – Unlike a renter who has to obtain permission from the landlord to remodel or decorate, a homeowner has the freedom to make the home exactly how she wants it.

4. Tax Benefits – One of the most obvious benefits to owning a home in Colorado is that the interest and property taxes you pay can be deducted from personal income tax each year.  As a renter, you cannot deduct your rent or maintenance expenses. 

There are plenty of other benefits to home ownership.  If you have any questions about buying a home in Fort Collins, CO or the real estate market in Northern Colorado, contact local Realtor® Richard Jensen for more information and expert advice.

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"Buy to Live and to Sell" by Richard Jensen

No matter what type of Northern Colorado real estate you choose to buy, remember the phrase "buy to live and to sell."  Many buyers are immediately drawn to the price of a listing and forget to consider one very important factor – resale value.  While you may initially think that you will live in your home for the rest of your life, chances are there will be many changes in your life that may cause you to sell your home.  Employment, health, and lifestyle needs can all influence your decision to sell your home years before the full term of your mortgage.

Resale value should always be top of mind when considering whether to purchase a home.  Just because you may be able to look past a noisy highway or railroad tracks or an industrial complex backing to the property does not mean the next buyer will.  If you find yourself needing to sell your home quickly then these types of resale considerations may cause your home to sit on the market for a long time.

So remember, "buy to live and to sell" so that you have a good exit strategy to compliment your home selection.  Contact local real estate agent Richard Jensen if you have any questions about buying a home in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, or other northern Colorado communities.

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