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Hot Places To Live Right Now

Where do you want to live, if you could pick anywhere?

Most people don’t even know how to answer that question. When asked in a social setting where they would move, most people say somewhere tropical like Hawaii or Bora Bora. The reality is most people aren’t moving to a tropical island. So where are they moving.Picket Fence Property is here to help! We’ll tell you the places that most people are seeking to live in the USA right now.

Realtor.com comes our now and then with a report that says where are the best places to live. This is vital information as home in these areas tend to move quickly. Generally, there is a reason that people are being pulled to live in that area. It could be:

  • Location
  • Jobs
  • Amenties

So were is hot right now?

  1. Kentwood, Michigan is the hottest most active zip code in the US
  2. Followed by Colorado Springs
  3. Watauga, Texas
  4. Castro Valley, California
  5. Peabody, Massachusetts
  6. Boise, Idaho
  7. Worthington, Ohio
  8. Overland Park, Kansas
  9. Rochester, New York
  10. Upper Montclair, New Jersey

You might be wondering what the average costs of homes in those areas are. You are in luck, we’ll tell you.

  1. Kentwood, MI = $193,168
  2. Colorado Springs, CO = $297,811
  3. Watauga, TX = $183,576
  4. Castro Valley, CA = $784,238
  5. Peabody, MA = $424,685
  6. Boise, Idaho = $251, 324
  7. Worthington, OH = $291,305
  8. Overland Park, KS = $261,927
  9. Rochester, NY = $131,964
  10. Upper Montclair, NJ = $762,350

Across the US, these homes are on the market place an average of 14 days to 25 days maximum.

All my best,

Teresa

Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

What’s Cooking This Fall? Beef Pot Roast

One of the things I love to do is cook!

As a Property Manager, I envision all of our tenants making their houses/properties their homes. Perhaps they have friends and family over to enjoy the things they are cooking.

So every once in a while I like to throw our some good ‘ole home cooking ideas for you to enjoy.

Pan-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms

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This one came from MidwestLiving.com

  • Makes: 4 to 6 servings
  • Hands On 25 mins
  • Total Time 1 hr
This beautiful, buttery beef tenderloin is so simple. Brown the beef in a cast-iron skillet, roast it in the oven, then take advantage of the hot pan to toss together the thyme- and sherry-glazed mushrooms.

Ingredients

  • 1 2 – pound beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon canola or corn oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms (or mixed cremini and shiitake), trimmed and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme

Directions

  1. Pat beef dry. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Position rack in center of oven, and preheat oven to 425 degrees . Season beef on all sides with 2 teaspoons each kosher salt and pepper.
  2. Heat canola oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and sear on all sides for 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven. Roast until internal temperature reaches 135 degrees , 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer beef to a platter; tent loosely with foil while preparing mushrooms.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon butter and the olive oil to same skillet. Add mushrooms and a pinch of kosher salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms begin to turn golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add shallots; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper. Carefully add sherry; cook and stir until almost evaporated, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir juices from tenderloin platter into mushrooms with remaining tablespoon butter and thyme. Slice beef and serve with mushrooms.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4, chol. (mg) 154, cal. (kcal) 506, vit. A (IU) 213, iron (mg) 7, Fat, total (g) 27, vit. C (mg) 5, sugar (g) 4, Potassium (mg) 1107, pro. (g) 54, calcium (mg) 53, Trans fatty acid (g) 1, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 8, fiber (g) 2, sodium (mg) 757, Monounsaturated fat (g) 12, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 2, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, Folate (µg) 34, sat. fat (g) 9, Riboflavin (mg) 1, carb. (g) 9, Niacin (mg) 15, Thiamin (mg) 0

All my best,

 

Teresa

Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

What Do Renters Really Want?

As a property manager, this question surfaces all of the time. What do renters really want?

Most real estate expert agrees that personalized customer service ranks at the top of the list. Happy customers who feel valued are more likely to stay in a rental relationship.

“60% of renters plan to relocate within the next 12 months” according to Elizabeth Millar from Appfolio.

Ask Your Tenants What They Want

Ask them what amenities and neighborhood area characteristics are most important to them.

  • In-unit laundry
  • Pet friendly policies
  • High-end applicances

Communicate With Them In Their Preferred Style

Have you asked them how they prefer you communicate with them? There is paper, email, text and tenant portal options these days.

If you are wanting open, honest communication, you might consider anonymous forms. This will give you and your rental team accurate responses.

We like to ask such things like:

  • Which amenities are your favorites?
  • What could we do to add, change or remove to make this feel more like home?
  • Do you feel valued and appreciated by our team?
  • How would you rate overall safety and security?
  • Is the maintenance staff responsive and efficient?

Did you know that 13% of Americans don’t have smartphones while the other 87% use their phones to manage almost their entire lifestyle. Don’t leave out that 13% that might be attracted to the properties your company has.

All my best,

 

Teresa

Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

Make White Walls Be Anything But Boring

All-white walls may be a blank canvas, but in the hands of textures, patterns and antiques, they’re anything but boring.

Have you ever walked into a white room and it felt sterile, cold or uninviting. Well today, I am going to show you some ideas of how to warm up the white and make it inviting for you and everyone that walks in your house.

When painting most people steer clear of white? Why do you think that is? It doesn’t get any more dirty than any other color. In fact, white can open up your space and make it look larger. How you accessorize and decorate to create the feel of the room will make all the difference in the world.

When you go to the paint counter of your local hardware or paint store, you might be shocked at all the difference variations of WHITE there are. I was quite shocked when I did this recently. I did not ever know there were so many versions of one color. It kind of made me chuckle. I always thought white was white.

I love white walls because it is just that, a blank canvas. You can create any look you want in your home, rental or apartment.

Paloma Contreras gives us a few decorating ideas to go by.

  1. Add texture.
  2. Curate accessories.
  3. Embrace bold accent colors.
  4. Create tension.
  5. Incorporate your TV into your design.
  6. Try oversized fixtures.
  7. Wallpaper a powder room.
  8. Command attention.
  9. Use mirrors.

You can read more what Paloma says about each of these here.

These white walls are anything but sterile or boring. If fact, white with all those accent colors has never looked so inviting and good.

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All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

AirBnB Essentials That You Must Know

AirBnB is very popular all throughout the US.

Though surprisingly, most homeowners do not understand or know how to turn their home into an AirBnb.

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Here are some tips for you to turn your home into an AirBnB. If you are renting, make sure you check with your property management company before doing this with your adobe.

  1. Buy a home. Talk to your local realtor about buying a place of your own.
  2. Set up an AirBnB account. It is easy. Visit http://airbnb.com
  3. Make sure you know the details. Provide professional photographs and explain what is for use in the home and what is not.
  4. Set expectations. Describe the area of town you are in and what all of the local accommodations are: restaurants, transportation, coffee shops, things to do, etc.
  5. Price your listing. Look at comparable homes in your area to get a general idea of what they are charge. Pricing it lower than those will usually get your property rented.
  6. Know the law. In Denver, CO a homeowner needs to have short-term rental license in order to host their house as a Airbnb and it also must be your primary place of residence.
  7. Make sure to keep a great response rate.
  8. Rate your guests honestly. This builds know, like and trust amongst the AirBnB community and remember your guests will be able to see these as well.

Check your city for their particular laws.

You can check the Airbnb laws for Boulder or Denver.

Longmont is in the process of updating the Land Development Code (LDC). This update will include short term rentals and city staff is in the process of drafting recommendations for language and options to be included in the LDC. For the most recent update, visit here.

All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

A September Recipe or Two For Your Household

I wanted to give you a few new recipe ideas of things you might feed your family or if you are entertaining, you can quickly make for guests.

Recipe #1: Tuna Melts with Olives and Lemon

  • Makes 4 serving, serving size is 2 toasts, makes 8 toasts, total prep time is 25 minutes

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8 3/4-inch thick slices artisanal Italian bread (about 1 pound)

3 5 ounce cans albacore tuna packed in olive oil (undrained)

1/4 cup chopped pitted green olives

1/4 cup chopped cornichons

1 large lemon (2 tsp. zest, 1 Tbsp. juice)

2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

4 ounces thinly sliced cheese, such as Havarti, comte, or mild Swiss

Watercress (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat broiler.* Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet. Broil 4 inches from heat 2 minutes or until lightly toasted, turning once. In a medium bowl combine undrained tuna, olives, cornichons, lemon zest and juice, mustard, and black pepper. Stir to combine and break up tuna.
  • Divide tuna mixture among bread slices; top with cheese. Broil 11/2 to 2 minutes or until cheese melts. If desired, top with watercress.

Toast 10 minutes, turning once. Top with tuna mixture and cheese; toast 5 minutes more.

 

Recipe #2: Kale, Halloumi, and Peach Salad

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  • Makes 8 services, serving size 1 cup, makes 8 cups, total prep time 40 minutes

3 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto (about 8 slices) or bacon

1/2
cup olive oil, plus 1 Tbsp.

1
lemon (2 tsp. zest, 1 Tbsp. juice)

1
tablespoon lime juice

1
tablespoon orange juice

1
tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1
small shallot, finely chopped ( 1 1/2 Tbsp.)

1
tablespoon honey

1
teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

1/2
teaspoon ground black pepper

1
clove garlic, minced

6
cups stemmed and coarsely chopped fresh Tuscan (lacinato) or curly kale

2
peaches, pitted, and sliced

1/2
cup crumbled Halloumi cheese or feta cheese

1/4
cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

Salt to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place prosciutto slices on a nonstick baking sheet without overlapping. Bake 15 minutes or until crisp; let cool. Break into pieces.
  • For citrus vinaigrette: In a screw-top jar combine the 1/2 cup olive oil, the lemon zest, citrus juices, vinegar, shallot, honey, mustard, garlic, and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Cover; shake.
  • Place kale and remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large serving bowl. Using your hands, massage kale until softened. Top with half the peaches, cheese, and pecans. Toss with vinaigrette. Season with salt. Top with remaining peaches, cheese, and pecans, and the prosciutto.

All my best,

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

Co-Living Is The New Thing In Real Estate

What is hot is real estate? Co-living is the new buzz.

Co-living is all about communal lifestyle with luxury amenities and it is attracting residents from all around the world. This residential niche is hot in the market place right now.

May people today aren’t paying for a permanent home. People who choose to co-live pay rent for a private bedroom and sometimes a bathroom but share common spaces such as kitchens, living rooms and lounge areas.

Most co-living areas are in big cities. The benefit of this type of living environment is that of instant community and planned social activities. More co-living properties offer temporary leases. This is amazing for those that travel to an area for a short or extended period of time. The plus, you can meet some really cool people.

This seems to be the biggest trend in real estate in the world right now. Real estate developers and companies are also seeing opportunities in this growing movement of how people are living today.

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Rent is generally 20 – 25% less than standard rentals.

The bedrooms are general fully furnished and the rent includes all utilities. Renters even get sheets, towels, free internet and sometimes, maid service.

Some companies entice renters with chef-grade kitchens, swimming pools, pool tables, gyms, recording studios, maker’s workshops, computer areas and moving screening rooms.

Sounds amazing!

Sign me up.

This allows flexibility in that people sometimes relocation, transfer sites or just want a change in pace. Some places require a 3-month commitment while others do not.

Self-employed, roaming entrepreneurs want to live a life full of living without paying for sky-high prices. They want to be part of a community and co-living does just that.

All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

Great Mudroom Ideas For Your House

A mudroom is not generally an idea you think of making beautiful but we wanted to show you how Better Homes and Gardens has done just this.

This will give you some great ideas of what you can do in your mudroom.

These photos are inspired by interior designer Amanda Reynal.

Her 6 basic tips are:

  1. Keep it cohesive.
  2. Fake a larger space with mirrors
  3. Incorporate custom cabinetry
  4. Designate a zone for every item
  5. Combine open and closed storage
  6. Divide and conquer

You can read more about her advice here.

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Calling Outdoor Enthusiasts

How can you spot a town or state that is an outdoor haven?

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“If you see a lot of rugged vehicles with bike racks and hauling kayaks, that’s a telltale sign at the ground level that you’re in one of these places,” Chris Chesak, a travel consultant based in Cincinnati, told realtor.com®. “In an outdoor city, residents will meet up for a hike. The primary focus isn’t sitting around—it’s being outside.”

Realtor.com®’s research team scoured data to find the top affordable housing markets for those who love the outdoors. They evaluated the 150 largest metro areas, factoring in criteria like the share of homes with outdoor patios, outdoor kitchens, and decks; bike friendliness ratings; per capita kayaking, rafting, and outdoor gear stores; number of campgrounds; share of restaurants with outdoor seating; and more.

Why are outdoor meccas like Denver, Boulder, Colo., and Honolulu not on the list? Realtor.com® researchers say their list is for affordable cities, in which the median home price is below $300,000.

The five most affordable housing markets for outdoor enthusiasts, according to realtor.com®, are:

1. Spokane, Wash.

  • Median home list price: $295,100

2. Bakersfield, Calif.

  • Median home list price: $260,000

3. Tallahassee, Fla.

  • Median home list price: $225,000

4. Kalamazoo, Mich.

  • Median home list price: $269,500

5. Tucson, Ariz.

  • Median home list price: $279,800

So though our median. home price is higher than some places, Colorado is still an outdoor state.  By the rate people are moving in and buying or renting homes in the state, lots of people know Colorado is a great place to be and live.

  • Share of homes with outdoor patios, outdoor kitchens, and decks
  • Bicycle-friendliness rating
  • Per capita kayaking, rafting, and outdoor gear stores
  • Number of campgrounds
  • Share of restaurants with outdoor seating
  • Per capita of conservation scientists and foresters (sign of heavy park presence)
  • Number of national parks in the state
  • Percentage of residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park

So ditch Netflix and power down the smartphone. Let’s hit the trails to find America’s hidden outdoor meccas within out borders of Colorado and outside of our borders too.

All my best,

 

Teresa

 


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

 

Does Your Garden Need Fall Fruits and Veggies?

You have seen a little shift in weather. Afternoon thunderstorms and a little shorter days. That is because fall is just around the corner.

But don’t worry, the summer planting season isn’t over yet. Get ahead of the game and start lining up your fall to-do’s. These fruits and vegetables, planted in fall, are full of flavor.

 

Rhubarb

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This large-leaf perennial is easy to grow, looks great in a flower bed, and is a wonderful addition to a summer pie.

What vegetable is a perennial that’s easy to grow, looks great in a flower bed, and is a wonderful addition to a summer pie? Rhubarb of course! Get growing.

Garlic

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There is no better time than the present to plant this bulb!

It’s simpler than you might think to grow this flavorful plant that can be used in your favorite recipes. Here are some tips on where to grow, how to harvest, and the different types of garlic you can raise in the fall.

Kale

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Kale is a garden superstar. It’s super nutritious and thrives in cooler fall weather with sufficient water.
Trending superfood kale is easy to grow in your vegetable garden. Kale loves cool weather, so plant it in spring or fall in a sunny location.

Blackberries

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Grow these juicy berries, rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. And they’re NOT black raspberries—know the difference!
Pluck juicy, blue-black berries from your own blackberry bushes that produce fruits year after year.
What kind of things do you also plant in your late summer or early fall garden?

All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

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