News to Know, Pumpkins & Corn Mazes, & Halloween Ideas


“There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air, and time is quiet and mellow.” Rudolfo Anaya



News to Know This Week

If real estate market activity was an indicator of the time of year, you would think we were still in the middle of a scorching hot summer, even with the brilliant autumn colors and leaves falling all around. Last week the local and national media proclaimed that the greater Denver area was the “toughest housing market in the country” in the month of September. Record low inventory, huge buyer demand, and continued low interest rates all contribute to a perfect storm of market challenges for buyers in most price ranges and areas. For those brave enough to take their chances on finding a replacement home, sellers enjoy the best bargaining position they have had in years. And even though the inventory is moving quickly, it is paramount that buyers and sellers continue to follow COVID safety procedures set out in the state guidelines to ensure everyone’s transaction can continue smoothly.  See Full Update


Pumpkins & Corn Mazes

What better way to celebrate fall than with an outdoor, socially distant friendly corn maze and pumpkin patch? This guide has included all the favorites – many of which are selling tickets in advance to manage crowds and ensure your experience is safe. See Guide


Halloween Ideas

To hand out candy or not to hand out candy – that is the question this year. Whether you’re planning on trick-or-treating, or looking for creative ideas to celebrate Halloween differently, this guide has all the ideas you need! See Guide


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Join Operation Equine for Our 2nd Annual Fundraiser!

Hello everyone, 

As some of you know, I am the President of the board of Directors for the 501c3 Operation Equine.  Our mission is to serve veterans, first responders, and their families.  Please join us for our second annual fund raiser this Sept. If you can’t come but would like to contribute, please consider a donation.  I am really looking forward to being with people, listening to a great live band and having some fun in a safe, outdoor manner.

Thank you in advance.

Andria Allen


Join Us for Our 2nd Annual Fundraiser!

Saturday, September 26, 2020 • 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Get Tickets Here

Donate Here

Join us in supporting our Military, Veteran, Emergency Responders and their families at our 2nd Annual Fundraiser! 

Event Details

Saturday, September 26th, 2:00 – 6:00 pm

at the Clark/Bryant Farm:
8400 N. County Line Road, Longmont, CO 80503
(The same beautiful location as last year: Click for directions via Google Maps)

Cost: $30 individual; $55 couple
FREE for kids 12 & under

Grab some family members, some co-workers, or your neighbors and sponsor a table of 8: $399

This fun, inspiring, family-friendly fundraiser will include a BBQ, live music performed by the Jacob Larson Band, a silent auction and a live auction, a meet & greet and demos with the horses, outdoor games for the kids, and a few surprises!

A Note About COVID-19:

This event will be following state guidelines regarding COVID-19 and we will be encouraging every to follow safe practices such as physical distancing. Please remember to bring your mask.

For those who would prefer to attend online, we will be streaming parts of the event via FB Live throughout the afternoon. If you will be attending online, there will still be an opportunity to engage with the auction items, so thank you for your ticket purchase to participate! (details to follow soon).

In the event that we need to reschedule due to COVID-19, we will live-stream the event, so your ticket purchase will still grant you “entrance” to the event.

Can’t attend? Please considering making a tax-deductible donation!

Donate Now

Your ticket and donations support Operation Equine’s mission to empower and support Military, Veteran, Emergency Responders, and Front Line Health Care Workers and their families through the power of Equine therapies through:

  • Sponsorships to help fund counseling for active military, veteran, emergency responders, front line health care workers and their spouses/partners, children, and caregivers;
  • Youth programs for the children of our Warriors, Protectors, and Healers;
  • Education, training, and respite for caregivers and family members;
  • Keeping the horses healthy and well-fed
  • Supporting the organization and staff with what it takes to make it all happen!

Learn more about Operation Equine

News to Know This Week, Market Update & More

“We must be willing to let go of the life we PLANNED so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell



News to Know This Week

As COVID-19 cases rise around the country, Governor Polis continues to encourage Coloradan’s to wear masks. “Protect Our Neighbors” – Colorado’s next phase that will allow individual counties to switch to a less restrictive set of guidelines – has not yet started. CDPHE is creating a certification process to allow counties to shift when they are ready.

More specific to real estate, open houses are permissible again with strict guidelines. Private showings are still the safest way to have an interested buyer tour your property, but if you’re considering an open house let’s talk about the requirements from the health department and see if it’s the best choice for you. As a buyer, if you’d like to attend an open house, expect to wear a mask and potentially wait outside until parties ahead of you have completed their tour. As always, I can arrange a private tour that fits your schedule if you’d prefer.

Market Update

Summer is the new spring!  That’s the tagline all around the country as local real estate markets open back up and make up for time lost after spring shut-downs and restrictions on real estate activity. According to the Denver Business Journal, the area’s 11-county Denver metro area housing market (which includes Boulder and Broomfield Counties) saw a record number of homes go under contract in June. See full update

Homeschool Guide

As the debate to send children back to school continues, many families are considering if homeschooling is the best option this year. This guide talks you through getting started and offers some program options to explore.  See Guide

Best Frozen Treats

The Colorado summer heat has arrived!  What better way to cool off than supporting local businesses with some of the best frozen treats and handmade sweets? See Guide


Top 10 Remodeling Projects that Yield the Highest Return

Many of us are electing to stay in our current home versus moving.  If you’ve been in your home for a while, it’s probably time for some updating and or remodeling.  My husband and I just went through a major remodel (that of course morphed into a project WAAAAY bigger than originally planned) by remodeling all four bathrooms, laundry room, and basement area.  Of course we also went quite a bit over the original estimated budget.  However, I feel great about it as I can now enjoy the updates myself and know that they will add value to my home if/when we decide to sell.  Over the last decade, we have had many of the other items listed completed as well.  The windows were one of the most expensive, but also bring one of the largest returns on investment.

Hopefully you also find this list helpful and informative.

If you have any questions about the value of your home or anything else real estate related, give me a call.

Andria Allen


Coronavirus Migration Survey

I have received a lot of questions lately regarding the real estate market.  I don’t know about other areas, but it’s still quite brisk in CO and our local market.  Based on articles I’ve read in the Wall Street Journal, I personally believe we will begin to see some larger demographic shifts in the next 5 years.  This will be due mostly to the ability to telecommute.  As more American workers can choose where to live but keep their job, many will choose to move from larger urban areas.  Smaller towns can offer more affordable housing for one thing.  I found this article very interesting regarding how many and why people are currently considering a move.  I believe there will be more as people are able to return to work whether due to a layoff or new career.

Give me a call if you are interested in what your home may be worth or are considering a new home with the incredibly low interest rates.

Andria Allen



Coronavirus Is Inspiring Some to Move, and Many to Stay Put

Source: Apartment List

Moving, whether for opportunity or adventure, has long been cemented in the American psyche. It may be motivated by a pursuit of education, career advancement, a desire to own a home or start a family, or simply a change of pace. But while Americans have historically moved more frequently than those in many other countries, the U.S. mobility rate has actually been declining for the past 35 years. According to the Census Bureau, over 20 percent of Americans changed homes in 1985; by 2019, that rate had been cut in half.

Now, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to uproot daily life, there are many reasons to think American mobility will rebound. For one, a number of large companies are embracing remote work beyond the pandemic, meaning their workers are no longer tied to a particular location. Plus, months of sheltering in place has many urban dwellers thinking about greener (and more spacious) pastures. And at the same time, millions of Americans have recently lost their jobs, leaving them with no choice but to move in with family or find some other more affordable living situation. Lately there has been much anecdotal speculation on these trends. In this report we analyze recently collected survey data to get a more concrete idea of how the current pandemic will shape American mobilityRead More 

News to Know, Market Update, & Open Restaurants

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis


News to Know This Week

Colorado will move into “Protect Our Neighbors” county by county at the beginning of next month. This new phase is designed to be more flexible and sustainable than previous orders, with the caveat that if cases increase significantly, the state may move back to a safer-at-home or stay-at-home order for everyone. Protect Our Neighbors allows all businesses to be open to some extent and large gatherings of up to 500 people. In order to transition into this new phase, a county needs to meet a variety of standards such as the ability to handle intensive hospital care surges and conduct testing and effective case investigation.

Market Update

According to Boulder-based global real estate analyst Mike DelPrete “The U.S. real estate market is in the midst of a recovery. Important lead indicators are up from their lows of the past several months, and nearly every graph is moving up and to the right.” And new listing activity does indeed look like the check-mark recovery that Mike predicted weeks ago. See full update

Restaurants Open for Dine-In

Colorado restaurants have been allowed to open for dine-in for several weeks now and more and more are doing so every day. Whether you’ve already ventured out or you’re just thinking about doing so now, check out this list of local options. Try something new, or revisit your favorite locations! See Guide


A Millennial’s Guide to Homeownership

Many thought real estate sales would stall during the COVID pandemic, but statistics highlight a very brisk local and CO market.  One of the largest home buying groups at this time are the Millennials.  The guide attached has some interesting statistics and information.  It may help you decide whether to move, remodel, downsize etc.  Call me if you have any questions about real estate.
Andria Allen



News to Know, Market Update, & Backyard Camping Ideas

As we start to transition to “safer at home”, we begin to see some changes in your neighborhoods and towns.  If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, I think you’ll find the charts below very encouraging. The local real estate market remains strong and quite brisk.  While it’s still a slight Sellers’ market, there is more inventory available as we move into Safer at Home. Please let me know if I can help you or someone you know with any real estate questions or needs.

Andria Allen


“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.”


This Week’s News to Know

As the holiday weekend approaches, buyers and sellers are returning to the market.  Buyers are choosier about the homes they see in person, extensively exploring a property and location prior to booking a showing. This means the buyers who DO see a property are generally more serious about a home than in a pre-COVID market. A trend is also emerging with buyers seeking homes (or second homes) in less populated areas with more space.  If you’re thinking along these lines and looking outside of the immediate area, I’m happy to make an introduction on your behalf through my extensive referral network.

Market Update

Are the current market conditions normal?  Not yet, but there are signs of normalcy as market activity resumes and our local economy begins to recover now that many restrictions are lifted.  According to real estate industry expert Mike DelPrete, “The number of new listings coming to market is a key indicator of a healthy real estate marketplace, representing high-intent seller demand and available inventory.” See full update

Backyard Camping Ideas

The best way to enjoy the great outdoors while at home?  A backyard camping trip! Pitch a tent, roast some marshmallows and gaze up at the beautiful starry night. Here’s a list of some things to do before curling up in your sleeping bag. See Guide

Unemployment Report: No Need to Be Terrified

We are all hearing about businesses closed, some forever, and people being furloughed or laid off.  It’s scary for all of us to hear this news.  That said, I think the statistics and information in the article below is very helpful.  I hope it helps you, too. 

Andria Allen


Unemployment Report: No Need to Be Terrified

Source: Keeping Current Matters

Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest jobs report. It revealed that the economic shutdown made necessary by COVID-19 caused the unemployment rate to jump to 14.7%. Many anticipate that next month the percentage could be even higher. These numbers represent the extreme hardship so many families are experiencing right now. That pain should not be understated. However, the long-term toll the pandemic will cause should not be overstated either. There have been numerous headlines claiming the current disruption in the economy is akin to the Great Depression, and many of those articles are calling for total Armageddon. Some experts are stepping up to refute those claims. In a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article this past weekend, Josh Zumbrun, a national economics correspondent for the Journal explainedRead More 

Graph source: Keeping Current Matters

Viewing Homes During Safer-At-Home, Market Update, & Creating a Calming Space

“One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”


Viewing Homes During Safer-at-Home

As the final counties in Colorado move into a Safer-at-Home status on Saturday, buyers will once again have the opportunity to see a home in person before writing a contract, regardless of where the home is located.  Sellers will be able to market their home with professional photos and other services. With the interest of everyone’s safety in mind, showings will adhere to new rules and regulations.  Please keep in mind everyone’s situation is different and, although these are the general guidelines, some sellers or buyers may still prefer to operate on a “virtual only” basis.

Market Update

April is historically one of the busiest months of the year for real estate, but nationwide new listings actually fell over 44% year-over-year. Over the course of the last week ending May 6th, new listing activity in Boulder and Broomfield counties was down only about 21% compared to the same week in 2019. This is an improvement over prior weeks when new listings were down as much as 72%. See full update

Create a Calming Space

Over the past few weeks, our homes have become our whole world.  Sometimes that world can be intense, and we need a calm, soothing retreat to recharge and refocus.  Here are some ideas to rework or refresh your space. See ideas