Last Newsletter Of 2012!

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Thank you all for making this a great year in real estate and in life! I certainly appreciate it and I look forward to doing business with many of you in 2013!

Newsletter – December 2012

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We here at KEVCO want to wish our soldiers a Merry Christmas and show our appreciation for their service! As a way to say thank you, KEVCO Real Estate Investments, & Property Management is sponsoring a Christmas Cards for the Troops drive.

Buy a box of greeting cards; write a short note of encouragement and gratitude to our troops. You can also fold a piece of paper in half and make your own cards or drawings. We would love for schools, churches, companies, and clubs to spend a few minutes making cards. If you want, you can write personal letters that can be included in the cards. “Dear Friend” is a great way to start your letter to a soldier.

For every 5 signed cards that you bring in, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a brand new Ipod Nano.

Please do not put cards or letters in envelopes, as they will be included in care packages.

Cards can be dropped off at the KEVCO office between 9:00am-5:00pm Monday thru Friday. We are located at: 1124 West Mulberry Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521. We will be accepting cards from November 8 – November 22, 2011. You can also mail a bundle of cards to our office, as long as they are received by November 22.

Also, for each the first 200 “Likes” on our Facebook page, KEVCO will donate $1 to Military Missions for the purchase of items for care packages so click HERE to go like our Facebook page.

Please help us say thank you for their service to our country, and wish our troops a very Merry Christmas!

Fort Collins Branch Removal

The city of Fort Collins has just announced their plan to cleanup the debris from the storm Tuesday night and Wednesday. With such devastation to the trees it has been difficult for residents to find a way to dispose of such huge limbs. Check out the map below for the dates by which you need to have your limbs ready for removal. If you need any assistance with getting them ready or cutting them up into manageable parts, I recommend Anstett Properties. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Congratulations to The CSU Summer Ultimate Players!

Wednesday night was the Colorado State Summer Ultimate banquet at Panhandler’s Pizza. Everyone had a great time, and I’d like to congratulate the Silver Team on their big championship win! I had a great time sponsoring the league this summer, and hope to be out there again next year doling out the Otter Pops on a 90 degree day.

If any of you played in the CSU Summer Ultimate League and have any questions about Fort Collins real estate, I’d love to hear from you!

Also, don’t forget this weekend is New West Fest here in Fort Collins, CLICK HERE for a lineup of the bands. Have a great weekend!

CSU Summer Ultimate League Has Started!

I am once again sponsoring the CSU Club Sports Summer Ultimate League, and this week has been a great one as the teams have played their games on Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. We’ve got a wide range of players from 13 to 56, so come check us out Wednesdays on the CSU Intramural fields at 6-9pm. We also got some good press from the Coloradoan, so check out this LINK to see some photos of the players in action!

2011 Fort Collins Great Plates Are Back!

From March 1-14 the Fort Collins Great Plates deals are back. There are some great deals on there to restaurants that normally are a little too expensive to go to unless it’s for a special occasion (I’m looking at you Melting Pot), as well as some restaurants in Old Town that I’m sure many of you go to all the time.

Click here to check out the participating restaurants and menus. Leave a comment below if you find any that you really like!

Congrats to 2010 Summer Ultimate Players!

I sponsored the 2010 Colorado State University Summer Club Ultimate league this year again, and while this year I didn’t get to play (because of the knee injury I got playing last year and the subsequent botched knee surgery) I did get to help support the season. Getting to be down on the field at Hughes Stadium was great. Again, not as cool as actually playing on it last year but I’ll take what I can get on these crutches. So congratulations to all the players and especially the  Neon Yellow shirted team the Hucking Figlighters on their championship win!

I’ll be getting another knee surgery this upcoming week due to my ultimate frisbee endeavors, so I’ll be back blogging as soon as I’m not too doped up to turn on my computer. Have a great weekend!

Keeping Up With Home Improvement

During my latest home improvement project, it crossed my mind that due to the current real estate market, many people are not selling their homes if they don’t have to. While that is a good idea especially if you live in a depressed market, you still need to perform upkeep on your home while you do continue to live there. Deferred maintenance can add up in the long run when a small problem becomes a big one, so performing a few simple tasks around the house while you sit on your home waiting for the market to rebound will save you money in the long run.

Basically, water is the biggest enemy to your home. It is a problem both inside and out, so take some preventative steps to keep it from becoming an expensive dilemma. First, make sure everything around water is sealed up. This means make sure all of the grout in your bathroom (especially around the tub and shower) is in good shape, and repair it if you need to. Also, don’t forget the grout behind your kitchen sink. If you have backsplash, there is even more area to take care of, but a lot of splashing and water damage can happen back there, and it’s not a place you pay much attention to.

With wood fences and decks, make sure they are stained or painted. In this Colorado climate where we go from freezing to sunny to rain in the same day, your fences take a huge beating. Your fence may need a staining every 2-3 years, depending on how protected it is from the elements. Decks and patios get additional wear from all of the walking on them, so make sure you keep those sealed up and in good shape as well, otherwise you’ll have your old friend H2O rotting out the wood (take it from someone who just had to rebuild his front porch steps).

Your home’s siding is another cost that can get out of control if you don’t take care of it. The bottom portion of the siding will get the most moisture due to being right near the ground, so pay extra attention to these boards (if you’ve got a vinyl sided or brick house, lucky you, less maintenance). Make sure they are painted and don’t start to rot, if they do, try and replace them as soon as possible. Stucco homes will suffer from the same issues, so make sure if any cracks do appear where water or moisture can get in, make sure to patch them ASAP. I just went to Home Depot last week and bought an 80 pound bag of stucco mix for about $5, so it’s not an expensive fix.

There are many more ways to make sure your home stays in good shape, whether you’re waiting to sell it or it’s where you’ll spend the rest of your life, and I’ll touch on some more of them in the future. While most of the stuff in this post is common sense, they are things that can fall by the wayside. So, this weekend, think about getting a few of these chores done, it could end up saving you quite a bit later on.

Fort Collins: The Dog Friendly City

I spent most of my life growing up at home with 3 or more dogs in the house on 80 acres in the mountains outside of Boulder. So when I finally went off to college at Colorado State, it was strange to not have a dog. As soon as I graduated and bought my first house, I set out on the dog search. You can’t have a house with a huge backyard without a dog! I decided on a Weimaraner, and named her Bella. I know all parents say this, but she has to be the most well behaved Weimaraner that I’ve ever met. She certainly has a lot of energy, but that’s the kind of dog I was looking for.

Worn out From Some Fun At The Park

When I moved into Old Town, and my girlfriend moved in with me, we decided that Bella was in need of a friend to keep her company and play with to get her energy out. We looked at a lot of different types of dogs, but settled on a Doberman Pinscher, and named her Haley. She is one of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet no matter what you’ve heard about Dobermans. She will definitely protect us if needed, but if you’re a friend, she’ll just sniff and lick you.

Looking Cute!

Well, the point of this post is to tell you what you can do with your dog in Fort Collins, so I’ll stop fawning over my dogs for a bit. First, the dog parks in Fort Collins are located very conveniently. There is the Horsetooth dogpark at the far west side of Horstooth Road, and that is probably the biggest one in town. We frequent that one a few times a week, so if you see me there, say hi. Next, there is the park at the old Fort Collins High School at Peterson and Pitkin. This has been recently downsized due to a disagreement between the CSU marching band and dog owners, but there still is an area designated for dogs. City Park is also a great place to take your dog, just make sure they are very responsive to voice commands, because you can get in a bit of trouble with a crazy dog off leash with the ambiguous leash laws. Plus, it’s right on Mulberry street, so that’s another reason to keep your dog near you.

Speaking of City Park, one of the great events in Fort Collins is the City Park Pooch Plunge. This is put on by the City Park Pool at the end of the season for 2 days. For a minimal entrance fee, you and your dog can swim around in the pool, play with other dogs, and get a party favor for coming. It is an awesome time, although my Weimaraner got stung in the face last year by a bee, and she’s allergic. Other than that minor speed bump, it was a great time!

Fort Collins also offers great hiking trails and bike paths where you can take your pooch with you. I’d love to offer you some suggestions on what to do, so just give me a call!