Reinvent Your Home This Spring


11Apr 2014

OrchidAccording to HGTV, “this year is all about bees, compost, and orchids, orchids, orchids!” Reinvent your home this spring by integrating top gardening trends for 2014.

The New ”It” Flower | It is no surprise that sales have spiked for the delicate flower, after all, we must consider the power of Pantone’s color of the year “Radiant Orchid.” The vibrant hue has made a big splash, appearing on everything from gardening gloves to the tabletop.The orchid itself is fairly easy to grow in Colorado, as long as you have plenty of patience and don’t overwater. Tagawa Gardens located in Centennial and voted “Best Garden Center for 2013 by Denver A-List,” recommends potting and growing your orchids indoors near a south or east window, allowing no more than 4 hours of direct sunlight. The flower itself wakes up a dull room, adding a nice pop of color and emanating a lovely, soft scent. Plant your orchids in portable decorative containers that can be easily transported outdoors for a garden party. Click here for more tips on growing orchids in Colorado.

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Bee Buzz | Bees continue to be all the rage in gardens this year, especially in Colorado where there is a large number of environmentally-aware growers and consumers. ”With current water restrictions, many homeowners may choose to change out areas of lawn that aren’t used for recreation for children or pets, and replacing these areas with flowering plants to provide food and habitat for bees. Not only will you decrease water use (lawns generally need more water than native, waterwise bee-friendly plants), you may not spend as much time and effort to maintain your pollinator garden compared to the lawn,” says Kathy Roth, Master Gardner, Colorado State University. By moving from flower to flower, bees are important pollinators of many garden and wild flowers. Insect pollination is also essential for the cropping of most fruits and some vegetables. By planting native, pollen-rich flowers, trees and veggies, you can easily encourage bees into your garden. Read more bee-friendly benefits from Colorado State University here.

edible plantsEdibles | Gardens aren’t just about flowers and basic veggies anymore. Boulder, also known as one of the foodiest cities in America, remains at the forefront of farm to table cuisine – a growing trend sweeping the nation. More and more gardeners and restaurateurs are riding the wave of home-grown produce, grains, and herbs by taking it to the next level with quinoa, dandelions in straw bales, and keyhole gardens. Check out these great harvesting tips with “How-Tos” on everything from tea gardens to edible potted plants ideas.

Compost is King | Landscape smart with composting “Do’s and Dont’s” from the experts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promotes composting, which offers a wide range of benefits including:

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  • Reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Promote higher yields of agricultural crops.
  • Facilitate reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by amending contaminated, compacted,  and marginal soils.
  • Cost-effectively remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste.
  • Remove solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from stormwater runoff.
  • Avoids Methane and leachate formulation in landfills.
  • Capture and destroy 99.6 percent of industrial volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in contaminated air. See  Innovative Uses of Compost: Bioremediation  and Pollution Prevention.
  • Provide cost savings of at least 50 percent over conventional soil, water, and air pollution remediation technologies,  where applicable. See Analysis of Composting  as an Environmental Remediation Technology
  • Reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
  • Serves as a marketable commodity and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments.
  • Extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills.

Follow the simple steps in this 2-minute video, and in about six weeks, you’ll have a nutrient-rich compost pile to nourish flowers and vegetables – a great soil conditioner that your garden will love! Improving your home’s curb appeal also helps it sell. Check out landscaping tips to help sell your home here. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty is here to help. Call us at 303.893.3200 or learn more at www.fullersothebysrealty.com.

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The “It” List | MAYA: Hidden Worlds Revealed


8Apr 2014

maya-webinar-745x495[1]MAYA: Hidden Worlds Revealed | To the ancient and living Maya, the ceiba tree is sacred. Its trunk is of this world, its roots plunge into the depths of the underworld and its lofty branches reach into the heavens. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed explores these worlds of life, death, and rebirth, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science from February 14 – August 24, 2014.

Known for their sophisticated written language, art, architecture, and complex mathematical and astronomical systems, the Mesoamerican civilization known as the Maya have fascinated scientists and archeologists for centuries.

Unlock the Maya past, discover histories in stone, examine models of ancient cities, and learn about the Maya’s sacred game. Immerse yourself into Mayan culture and explore a model of an ancient neighborhood or re-creation of an ancient house, all in the confines of the museum. Watch live dance performances, meet artists, mingle with curators, and take home your own crafts at the many special events and programs taking place during the exhibit. Admission prices range from $4 to $8 for members and $17 to $22 for non-members.

Maya glyphsWhether going solo, or with family and friends, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science breathes new life into this extraordinary civilization and offers an interactive and educational experience for all ages. What makes a fun-filled day at the museum even sweeter? Mayan themed chocolates. Make sure to sample the Mayan spiced truffle, chocolate covered cacao nibs, and sipping chocolate, handcrafted by Boulder chocolatier Piece, Love, & Chocolate, available for purchase at the Museum Shop or at their Boulder store.

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud supporter of film and the performing arts. With multiple office locations in the Denver metro area, including DowntownCherry CreekGreenwood VillageBoulderEvergreenCastle PinesBreckenridge and the Vail Valley, we are able to provide unparalleled residential real estate services at all price points across the Rocky Mountain region. To learn more visit fullersothebysrealty.com.

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Colorado Rockies Home Opener | How To Bring Your A-Game On Opening Day


2Apr 2014

Coors_field_1COLORADO ROCKIES OPENING DAY
Friday, April 4, 2014, 2:10pm MST

Nothing is quite as exciting in Colorado sports as cheering on the home team at Coors Field during the Colorado Rockies game on opening day. This year’s home opener is bigger than ever, as the Colorado Rockies take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, April 4, 2014.  As if showing your Rockies pride in a sea of avid fans, foam fingers, and purple caps isn’t reason enough, we offer a few tricks and tips to help you bring your A-game to opening day.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2014

Rooftop Renovation | The Rooftop is a new 38,000 square foot destination constructed in the Upper Rightfield deck, providing stunning panoramic views of Downtown Denver and the Front Range.  Tavern Ballpark and the CHUBurger Colorado Craft Casual Grill are two premium/bar eateries featured in this two-tiered area.  Fans will also enjoy an urban garden setting, VIP Cabanas, numerous televisions and live pre-game entertainment. General Admission tickets with access to seating near The Rooftop for all April games are now on sale.  Ticket prices start at $14 and each ticket includes $6 in concession or merchandise credit that can be used throughout Coors Field.

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GAME DAY TIPS

Keep Your Eye On The Ball | Games here move at a faster pace. High altitude dries and hardens the baseballs, so they actually fly 9 percent faster up in the mountains. Known as a “hitter’s park,” and ranked by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of America’s Best Baseball Stadiums, Coors Field tends to get high-scoring games with quite a few home runs.

cargo_tulo1_768Purchase Tickets In Advance | The Rockies home opener is one of the most popular games of the season. Skip the scalpers and pick out your seat in advance. Affordable Rockpile bleacher seats (as low as $4) in the stadium’s brick warehouse offers a nod to the surrounding LoDo (lower downtown) neighborhood, and gives a great bird’s eye view of all the action. Prices range from $5 to $185, without a bad seat in the house. Bonus – opening day promotion includes a Rockies baseball magnet to all ticketed guests while supplies last.

Parking | Come prepared by purchasing an affordable parking pass which makes traveling to and from the stadium a breeze. Insider tip - opt for Lot B which costs a mere $13 and is a short walk to the gates. Bring cash if you plan to park in the un-zoned lots which can range from $20 to $40-plus, varying by location.

Fan Favorites | Don’t leave Coors Field without sampling a few ballpark favorites, from savory hot dogs to roasted peanuts, and local craft beer. Check out five baseball-themed beers to drink on opening day here.  Another opening day must - Rockies Magazine. Get the inside scoop on all things Rockies baseball and stay up-to-date on stadium amenities. This low-cost sports rag doubles as a great memento and includes a scorecard for tracking stats during the game.

CONNECT

larimer squareWhether you are a Colorado native or new to the area, baseball is a great way to connect with your community, not to mention it’s a fun, exhilarating experience for the whole family. Make memories that will last a lifetime! Check out the Rockies fan forum or the Coors Field A to Z guide for dozens of ways to get involved and learn all about the special events, programs, and ticket offers.

Interested in learning more about life in the Denver metro? Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, a leader in Colorado real estate and proud supporter of the Colorado Rockies, is happy to assist you in finding the perfect neighborhood for your next home. Call us at 303.893.3200 or visit www.fullersothebysrealty.com.
Go Rockies!!!

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Alliance Française To Host Artist’s Reception For Beth Erickson Sand’s “A Love Letter to New Orleans”


27Mar 2014

Rue-de-Bourbon-Par-Jour-300x232The thick air, the smoky voodoo vibe of the French Quarter, the frenetic abandon and grit of Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, the fascinating history, with music interwoven through every fiber – all of the above are captured in Beth Erickson Sand’s exhibit “A Love Letter to New Orleans.” Pictured left, a piece from the collection, Rue de Bourbon Par Jour.

“My paintings are the visual expression of bold emotion on canvas or glass.  I do not meticulously plan my paintings but rather start with a loosely abstract idea and let the creative process mold and shape the piece as I work,” explains Beth.

Beth-Erickson-Sand-Artist-Pic-300x200Chicago born and raised with a 5-year detour in rural Tennessee, Beth worked primarily on sculpture until the late 1990’s when she found herself inspired to paint. Today, her work resides in abstract expressionism on glass, canvas, paper and wood. In between brush strokes, Beth also serves her community as one of Colorado’s premiere real estate brokers at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Cherry Creek.

Her current exhibit, which includes abstract expressionism on glass and canvas, tells a vibrant story of NOLA’s rich, exuberant energy, on display at Alliance Française de Denver through April 25th.

Be sure to pencil in April’s “First Friday” into your schedule for the chance to meet the artist herself on April 4, 2014 from 5-8 pm, at the Artist’s Reception, sponsored in part by Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty and the Alliance Française de Denver. This is a free event held at the exquisite Alliance Française art gallery. Food and drink will be served, parking is free, and better yet, a portion of the proceeds from all sales at the exhibition will benefit Alliance Francaise de Denver and Colorado Youth at Risk.

Why not make a night of it? Come early and then head two blocks west to the Santa Fe Art District for more First Friday art fun! A great way to kick off the spring season. Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Artist’s Reception. Join us in congratulating Beth Erickson Sand on her extraordinary talents.

 

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Kid Needs FDA Petition Signed For Possible Cure, Fuller Sotheby’s Wants To Help


25Mar 2014

Ryan Dunne has a rare and fatal form of Muscular Dystrophy. He has been using an experimental drug that has not yet been approved by the FDA.  Because he was in an experimental trial of the drug and the experimental period is over, he can no longer have the drug, which had a remarkably positive effect on him. His parents and many others feel that it may save or greatly prolong Ryan’s life – and you can help!

Ryan DunneGet the word out to everyone around you, use twitter, Facebook, or any other social media website to bring attention to this very important cause and signing a petition that will help save him. It is important to remember that every signature counts. You have to act now, as we need 100,000 signatures by March 29, 2014. Visit http://www.helpryandunne.com/ to sign the petition now!

For two minutes of your time, you can join Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty and the Denver community in the effort to support Ryan Dunne. Information available at http://www.helpryandunne.com/. More coverage on this story at 9News here, and CBS4 here. For those who use hashtags, Ryan’s cause is being tagged as #HelpRyanDunne. Tweet the video to Pharrell, featuring his song “Happy” using specifically #HappyDay.

Eager to get involved? Show your support at tonight’s community “Honk & Wave” event, Tuesday, March 25th from 4:30 - 5:30pm. Urge passersby to sign the petition and help Ryan Dunne get those last 10,000 signatures! Make signs with the family and head to the corners of Quincy and University in Denver to wave signs.

Take a moment to watch this flashmob video for a cause, http://youtu.be/j6–lwQDvz4, created by Cherry Hills Elementary which made local headlines over the last week, and has set in motion a wave of support to help a young boy named Ryan Dunne get the medicine he needs to survive.

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FSIR Insider | Top 5 Tips for Mortgage Borrowers in 2014


25Mar 2014

Great mortgage deals are still available for buyers and homeowners, but you may want to act fast. Here are some tips that can help you stay on top of your finances, act quickly, and secure attractive rates.

1 – Document your finances | In 2014, lenders will be extra diligent when underwriting home loans. Lenders will feel added pressure to ensure borrowers have the means to repay loans. As new regulations go into effect, you will want to have good records of your finances, including bank statements, tax returns, and an accounting of all investments and assets. Be ready to explain any unusual deposits to your account, which could delay your loan processing.

2 – Lock in a rate as soon as possible | The Federal Reserve is expected to reduce the pace of the economic stimulus program which is partially responsible for holding rates to the low levels we have come accustomed to today.  In 2014, rates will likely climb, so you want to act quickly.

3 – Refinance now – if you still can | Homeowners who are still paying more than 5% interest on their home loans may still have the opportunity to refinance at a lower rate. Do your research and explore your options.

4 – Take good care of your credit | Without decent credit, it is nearly impossible to get a mortgage, and this will continue into 2014. Monitor your credit history and credit score until your loan closes for any unexpected changes.

5 – Don’t overspend | Lenders will shy away from buyers who have minimal funds left each month after paying their mortgages and other debt obligations, such as credit cards and student loans. If that becomes the case, you may not qualify for a loan because your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio is too high. Tip: Keep your monthly debt obligations including mortgage and property tax below 43% of your income.

Although mortgage rates will likely climb in 2014, it is not time to panic. Do your best to move quickly in order to take advantage of today’s low rates, but remember, this is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make in your life – take time the time to seek professional advice.

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty broker associates understand that a home, regardless of its price range, reflects the incalculable value of the life within. Looking to make your next move? Contact us at 303.893.3200 and speak with a qualified professional who can point you in the right direction. More information available at www.fullersothebysrealty.com.

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Housing Market Cocktail Chatter? Make It Count.


13Mar 2014

RetroCocktailPartySteve Blank, managing broker of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty’s downtown Denver office knows how to work a crowd – especially when the subject of the local housing market arises. Don’t be in the dark while all your friends are chatting about real estate. Get the facts here. Blank offers a quick synopsis of what is happening on the market today, both nationally and across metro Denver.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • FIRST TIME homebuyers account for almost 30% of all recorded home sales.
  • Homes.com has reported year-over-year gains in ALL of the top 300 cities. As of January, 87 of those cities have reached or exceeded pre-recession prices.
  • Distressed sales (foreclosures, short sales, corp.) accounted for 39% of all residential real estate sales in 2010, 24% of all residential real estate sales in 2012 and only 14% in 2013.
  • Nationally, there was a 4.6-month supply of available homes to start the year. The supply in Denver is just under two months.
  • Chief economist for the Bank of the West stated, “The Denver economy is firing on all cylinders”.  He also mentioned that, “metro Denver population growth rate recently has been double the national average.”
  • In the central areas including and surrounding downtown Denver, between 6th and 38th and between York Street and Federal Blvd, property values increased 19% from January 2013 to January 2014.  Also the average price per square foot was up 27%, while inventory levels were 5% less than one year ago.

“Locally it seems Denver is currently building thousands of apartments and relatively few condos,” says Blank.  “In five or more years, you can expect a high percentage of these to become condos available for sale. Since September, four projects representing 927 new units have started construction.  That makes the combined number of total units in some phase of construction, approximately 4,400 in the central Denver neighborhoods.” If you are interested in buying or selling a home and would like to discuss real estate opportunities, contact Steve Blank at 303.520.5558.

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty has multiple office locations in the Denver metro area, including Downtown, Cherry Creek, Greenwood Village, Boulder, Evergreen, Castle Pines, Breckenridge and the Vail Valley. More information available at www.fullersothebysrealty.com.

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Kilimanjaro For The Kids A Success


12Mar 2014

FULLER SOTHEBY’S GAUTAM SACHANIA RAISES $4,254 FOR UHURU PRIMARY SCHOOL WITH ‘KILIMANJARO FOR THE KIDS’ | Gautam documented his journey and the experience in the below video clip.

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When Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty (FSIR) heard that fellow support staff associate and transaction manager, Gautam Sachania of our downtown Denver office was training for an epic climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro we were impressed, however it was the story behind his journey that gave us pause and touched our hearts. Over 60 years ago, Gautam’s father was a student at Uhuru Primary School, once called Indian Public School, in northern Tanzania. After traveling with his family to Africa in 2010 Gautam was inspired to help the school which gave his family its beginnings, and eventually started the fundraiser “Kilimanjaro for the Kids.” Pictured left, Gautam Sachania at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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“Meeting with the children and teachers were heart warming moments, and offered me a glimpse into a less privileged world where most students do not have the money for basic school supplies,” Gautam explained. Unknown-1After pledging to make the climb, Gautam started a fundraising website and hosted an event in Denver before his departure. On February 16, he reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point on the African continent. He successfully raised $4,254 for Uhuru Primary School in Arusha, where he travelled to after his trek. Here, he was able to personally hand out school supplies to the students. These included items such as notebooks, pencils, pens, chalk, printer paper, colored pencils, games, and soccer balls. A highlight of his fundraiser was ensuring that, of all the 1,720 students at the school, every child received a 100-page notebook, two pencils, and one sharpener, eraser, and pen. This included the students enrolled in the mentally disabled unit at Uhuru Primary School, one of the only institutions in East Africa to accept children with learning disabilities. “It’s a basic thing in America, and we take this for granted, but here one pencil can do wonders,” said Gautam. “It’s such a privilege and an honor to be representing everyone that supported this fundraiser and anybody that did anything. You’ve done so much, and each student is going to get a pencil, which is great!”

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      Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty is humbled by the lovely surprise thank you from a couple of the Uhuru Primary School students, pictured here. We congratulate Gautam Sachania on his dedication to make a difference in the lives of children at Uhuru Primary School. If you would like more information on this charity please visit www.youcaring.com/kilimanjaroforthekids. If you are interested in international ambassador roles for global charity projects, you can email Gautam at gautam.sachania@sothebysrealty.com.

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud supporter of philanthropic efforts throughout Colorado and around the world. With multiple office locations in the Denver metro area, including DowntownCherry CreekGreenwood VillageBoulderEvergreenCastle PinesBreckenridge and the Vail Valley, we are able to provide luxury services at all price points throughout the Rocky Mountain region. More information available at fullersothebysrealty.com. To learn more about how we give back to the local community click here.

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the “It” list | Vail Film Festival


11Mar 2014

217747_10150554061015601_5454341_nVAIL FILM FESTIVAL | Looking for something extraordinary to snap you out of those wintery blues? Make a quick jaunt up the mountain to the 11th Annual Vail Film Festival, March 27-30th for an iconic weekend of film screenings, filmmaker panels, live music, and nightly parties.

Individual film screenings can be purchased for less than a couple of lattes, while festival passes range from $50 to $250 for full access to all screenings, entrance to the Festival Hospitality Lounge at the Four Seasons serving complimentary Stella Artois, and admittance to closing night parties.

Dedicated to independent American films, with a focus on Features, Shorts, Documentaries, TV Pilots, Commercials, and Live Action Sports, the Colorado Film Institute’s mission is to foster independent film through film screenings, panels, workshops, networking events, and educational projects. The Colorado Film Institute stages the Vail Film Festival on an annual basis in Vail, Colorado as the primary outlet for the Institute’s initiatives, and is an event in Colorado not to be missed. Program information and more details available at vailfilmfestival.com.

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Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud supporter of film and the performing arts. With multiple office locations in the Denver metro area, including DowntownCherry CreekGreenwood VillageBoulderEvergreenCastle PinesBreckenridge and the Vail Valley, we are able to provide unparalleled residential real estate services at all price points across the Rocky Mountain region. To learn more visit fullersothebysrealty.com.

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