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Offered by Scott and Laura Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

With the arrival of spring comes the beginning of the peak real estate season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter are in the rear view mirror and the warmest months are ahead. New listings flood the market, and you find there is more buyer and seller activity than in the preceding colder months. However, with increased activity comes increased competition. Here are some tips for catching the right buyer’s eye when you put your home on the market:

Keep things light and airy. Longer days mean more showings after work on weekdays. Be sure you’re utilizing as much natural light as possible, so your home is bright and inviting when buyers come by to see it.

Temperature control is key. Springtime in the Rockies can mean eight inches of snow, or 78º weather, sometimes in the same day! Set your home to run heat and air conditioning, and use a thermostat control device, such as Nest, to keep an eye on climate control, even if you’re not at home. Making sure your home is comfortable will help a potential buyer spend more time looking at all its wonderful features.

Look good, smell good. On warmer days, open the windows to air out the house before a showing. Getting the air circulating helps clear out that “stale” smell it develops during the winter. Use fresh flowers to accent your home’s décor while adding a pleasant scent to the common areas.

Consider your strategy. Work with your REALTOR® to determine the best day to list your home. If your home has been on the market for a while, consider taking it off for a few weeks before listing it again. Homes that have been on the market for a while may not be as appealing to buyers, especially when there is a lot of competition.

Don’t forget the landscaping. Do a walk-around with your REALTOR to get a good idea of what can be refreshed, and what needs attention before you list. By repairing or refreshing areas outside your home, you ensure your home makes a great first impression.

If you have questions, or if you’re ready to sell your home, give us a call! We’d be happy to answer any questions and get you moving this spring! Call us today at 720.371.6733!

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Offered by Erin Young, Young Montessori

Spring has sprung, and we are so excited to welcome this beautiful season at Young Montessori with cleaning and preparing our outdoor garden beds! In the classroom, we are recycling all those leftover eggshells from Spring activities with an “Eggshell Grinding” work that can be used to help our vegetable gardens grow. This naturally leads to a study of the egg, its parts, what about it helps the garden grow, how its state of matter on the inside can change from a liquid to a solid using heat, and finally; naming and labeling the stages of the life cycle of a chicken. And most exciting of all, we will have a “Spring Egg Hunt!”

Summer is fast approaching, so please visit our website or call today to receive information on joining us for some summer fun! Now accepting ages 3 – 10 for summer enrollment and now accepting CCCAP!

Young Montessori offers two day, three day, and five day programs, both part time and full time under the guidance of experienced teachers in an authentic Montessori preschool environment. We also offer a before care program and an aftercare program during the academic school year. And, you are free to choose your child’s days of attendance as long as they are available, therefore; it is first come, first serve so enroll today!

Centrally located in a quaint and charming schoolhouse, we provide a family feel and comfort level that is difficult to replicate elsewhere. Check us out online at: www.youngmontessori.com or follow us on facebook at: www.facebook.com/MamaMontessori76/

Spring Has Sprung

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club

It had to be when I was about ten years old, I had been doing Karate for a few years and I had gotten to green belt. By now though, the sparkle of training had been wearing off. I mean, there’s a lot of repetition, a lot of practicing. I thought I was bored to do the same thing over and over, and I just didn’t want to do it anymore.

My dojo was a couple of blocks from my house, so after school my two older brothers and I would get ready and go train. My eldest brother was always motivated to go train; my second older brother was more like me, so one day he and I decided to stay home and watch the Flinstones rather than go to class. Lets just say that when my dad got home and found us watching TV, he was not amused and applied some foot to rear medicine to us both. You see, my father was very loving, but he was also very strict. When he enrolled us in Karate he told us that we would at least earn our black belt. Quitting was out of the question.

So there I went to the dojo each time, grumbling and kicking rocks. But after a while I found the love of it again and didn’t need to be dragged anymore. I realize now that children, like myself when I was that age, are voluble and their moods can change on a whim. Sadly, unlike my dad, many parents consent to their child’s caprices. They say, “I don’t want to force him to do something he doesn’t want to.” The child is now in the driver’s seat.

In the age of 24/7 entertainment there is shiny stuff all over the place to distract them. 300 channels of HDTV, realistic – multiplayer video games (not your Atari or Pong kinda thing), tablets, phones, computers, virtual reality glasses, Social Media, gosh you name it. And still, when you ask them what is wrong, they say, “I’m bored.”

As we got older, my brothers and I excelled at Karate. We integrated the Peruvian National team, and traveled the world to many international competitions. I moved to the United States when I was just 19 years old, and would later also come to be part of the USA National Karate Team. Both of my brothers were awarded the “Laureles Deportivos” (the highest honor for a Peruvian athlete) by then Peru’s President Alberto Fujimori (who later landed in jail, but that’s a different story).

Even though I earned a Masters degree in computer Science and had a profitable and rewarding career in the technology field, I later decided to quit my job to follow my passion to teach Karate full time. Today I could not be happier with that choice. To me, Karate is simply part of my life, it is part of my identity. And to think that none of this would have been possible, if it had not been for my father putting his foot down (or up, you could say), and laying down the law for me.

I often wonder, what achievements are never accomplished, what discoveries left in the dark, what potentials never realized simply because we allow things to be left half baked. As a child, I lacked discipline, but my father was there to supplement my deficiency. He pushed me until I did not need him to do so anymore. My father left us too soon at the age of 59 and I miss him dearly. He showed me some tough, but real love, and for that I am forever grateful.

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Offered by: Family Eyecare of Brighton

5280 Feet and Your Eyes | Family Eyecare of BrightonHere in Colorado we enjoy over 300 days of sunshine per year. Most of us have a very clear understanding of the importance of protecting our skin at this altitude. Unfortunately, all too often we neglect two very important parts of our body which allow us to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. That’s right, our eyes. Here are five very important reasons for proper sunglasses:.

  1. Skin Cancer: Up to 10% of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid.
  2. Cataracts: The World Health Organization reports, worldwide, approximately 900,000 people are blind because of cataracts- cloudiness in the lens of the eye-triggered by UV exposure.
  3. Macular Degeneration: Over time, UV light may play a role in damaging the macula lutea (an area of the eye with millions of light-sensing cells, which allow us to see fine details clearly), potentially leading to blurriness and vision loss.
  4. Pterygium: Abnormal growth of tissue which progresses from either side of the eye, possibly leading to inflammation, discomfort and blurry vision.
  5. Photokeratitis: Essentially a sunburn to the eye. It’s temporary but can be quite painful.

Stop by Family Eyecare of Brighton today to find out more about our Spring sunglass promotion!

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Offered by: Joel Hartl, M.D. – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

Recent events have brought gun violence back into the national spotlight. Guns are a topic fraught with passion for almost everyone. There are a few common things that we can all agree on. Firearms are dangerous. Not only that, but guns are especially dangerous to children. Unlocked, loaded weapons are an accident hazard just like Tide pods or other household hazards. However, firearms are unique in that accidents involving guns are much more likely to be fatal. Guns are also dangerous to adolescents (and adults) with thoughts of suicide. A suicide attempt is many times more likely to be fatal if the individual has access to a firearm.

Just like abstinence is the best way to prevent pregnancy, the best way to prevent an accidental or intentional gun death is to not have a gun in the house. However, many people enjoy having guns for recreation. The AAP recommends that guns for recreation be stored separate from the ammunition and that both locations be locked. The NRA recommends that guns be stored unloaded until they are ready for use and that they be stored so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons. Gun safety is the burden and responsibility every gun owner bears by exercising their right. If your gun kills a child, you bear the responsibility.

Please see our website www.brightonpeds.com or contact Brighton Pediatrics for more information about gun safety.

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Offered by Michele Tuepker, M.D. – Premier Pediatrics

An important part of childhood development is learning how to manage responsibility. A great way to accomplish this is through age appropriate chores. Younger children may need more direction than older children, but there are many things that 2 year olds can do successfully.

It is important to keep in mind that, as a parent, you may need to be present in a supervisory/motivational role for even older children. Good chores for 2-3 year olds include basic clean-up, throwing away trash, putting clean socks away, putting dirty clothes into a hamper, and wiping up those inevitable spills. Appropriate chores for 4-5 year olds include more complex responsibilities like loading the dishwasher, putting away clean silverware, bringing dirty clothes for sorting, and matching clean pairs of socks. 6-8 year olds are starting to have more school responsibilities and are capable of doing more at home as well. They can sort dirty clothes by color, put away clean clothes including hanging them on hangers, and take out the trash and recycling. Get children 6+ outside to help with yard work and gardening as a way to get them out of the house and burn off some energy. Children who are at least 9 years old can begin to take on more adult responsibilities. They are able to clean bathrooms, help with cooking, and fully load and unload the dishwasher. Teaching children the importance of responsibility helps them develop into successful adults.

For more information, check out: healthychildren.org

Chores and Responsibilities

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Offered by Matt Hulsey – Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

As a trusted irrigation, landscape and outdoor living product supplier for nearly 100 years, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply continues to build its product offerings for customers in Colorado.
The distributor recently opened the first Ewing Hardscape Supply locations in Brighton, Elizabeth and Littleton, Colorado.

This new arm of the nationwide wholesale distributor offers contractors and homeowners greater access to bulk material, including aggregates, sand, topsoil mixes and mulch, as well as patio and wall blocks, veneer, building material, lighting, grills and fire pits, artificial turf and accessories.

In addition to offering great products, the company is known for its exceptional customer service to homeowners and contractors alike. Ewing Hardscape Supply will also provide same or next-day service and well-stocked inventory.

For more information about Ewing Hardscape Supply, contact the Colorado regional manager, Matt Hulsey at: 303.659.9232

Ewing Irrigation

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Offered by Dr. Jeffrey Poulson – Poulson Family Dental

April is oral cancer month so we want to take the opportunity to discuss some of the risks, myths and concerns regarding oral cancer. First, a few myths.

  • Myth #1: If I’ve never smoked, drank or have HPV, I’m not at risk for oral cancers.
    Truth: Approximately 25% of oral cancers develop in individuals who have never been exposed to these three risk factors.
  • Myth #2 Oral cancer only occurs in the elderly.
    Age does increase your risk for oral cancers but it can occur at any age and seems to be increasing in people under the age of 40.
  • Myth #3: There is no benefit to quitting alcohol or tobacco use.
    Thankfully, the risk of oral cancer is reduced for former smokers and the same is believed to be true of alcohol consumption. It may take years for your risk to decrease but it can! So, don’t put off quitting – every day you avoid these substances, you decrease your overall risk. Every exposure to alcohol or tobacco causes damage to cells. If healing fails, it can cause cancer. It’s best to decrease the need for your body to heal.

Next, what puts you at risk for oral cancer? There is no single risk factor that causes cancer. Oral cancers are significantly higher in individuals that are exposed to alcohol or tobacco in any form or method of delivery, especially if used in combination. Additionally, human papilloma virus (HPV) is a strong risk factor for developing oral cancers. A few other factors that have been linked to oral cancers are: smoking marijuana, having low fruit and vegetable intake and being male! Some people are concerned that oral cancers can be caused by missing or damaged teeth, poor oral hygiene or brushing habits, eating spicy or hot foods, dentures, crowns or bridges. Thankfully, none of these factors seem to increase your risk for oral cancers. Unfortunately though, people who live healthy, active lives that are never exposed to the top three risk factors can also develop oral cancer.

So now what? What can you do about it? Consistent visits to your dentist and dental hygienists allows for frequent visual scans for cancer. A good oral cancer screening done by professionals will include a visual look and manipulation of your neck, jaw, lips, cheeks, tongue and floor of the mouth. The most common place for oral cancers to occur is on the back sides of the tongue. So, when your dental professional has you stick your tongue out or uses a piece of gauze and pulls your tongue side to side, they are checking to make sure there are no funny lumps, bumps or spots on the side of your tongue. They look for changes in the four main things, known as the ABCDs: Asymmetry, Border, Color or Diameter. You are also your best advocate for your health. When you are brushing your teeth, applying makeup, washing your face or any other daily hygiene habits, pay attention. Look for the ABCDs: an asymmetrical spot, one that has an irregular border or getting thicker or harder, a change in color or multiple colors in one spot or an area that is getting bigger. If you notice anything, visit a professional and request an oral cancer screening. Hopefully it’ll be nothing! But, early diagnosis and treatment of oral cancers has roughly a 75% survival rate, whereas later stage diagnosis drops to 35% or less. Don’t be embarrassed to ask! It could make a dramatic difference to you and your family.

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

From cars to electronics and appliances, we are used to purchasing things that come with some form of warranty. But what about when you purchase an existing home with appliances that are no longer under their individual warranties? Moving, in and of itself is generally expensive, and for many of us getting hit with the unexpected expense of major repairs to something not covered by homeowner’s insurance is not welcome.

A home warranty is basically a policy purchased, often times when closing on a home, to cover the cost of repairing home appliances, HVAC, plumbing or electrical systems should they break down. Home warranty policies generally run a few to several hundred dollars depending upon what items are covered and the extent of coverage.

While some companies offer home warranty policies at any stage of home ownership, purchasing one at the time of the real estate transaction will provide for the most comprehensive coverage and economical price points. In some cases, a home warranty can even be used as a buyer incentive by the seller who may offer to pay for the first year of coverage as part of the purchase negotiations.

Additionally, a home warranty policy can also be beneficial to a seller during the listing period, and in some cases may even be offered free to the seller by the company, in hopes that the buyer of the home will want to continue the coverage for at least that first year. As with any insurance type policy, it has the most appeal to those with the “better safe than sorry” approach to things.

For proven expertise in buying or selling a home, call Jan at 303. 520.4340

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Too often, it persuades investors to make questionable moves.
Offered by T. Lloyd Worth, Worth Financial Partners

Fear affects investors in two distinct ways. A bulletin, headline, or sustained economic/market trend can make them question their investing approach causing them to sell low now and buy high later – or worse, derail their whole investing/retirement strategy.

Alternatively, some may experience the fear of being too involved in the market. People with this worry are often superb savers, but reluctant investors, amassing large bank accounts, yet their aversion to investing in equities may hurt them in the long run.

Impulsive investment decisions tend to carry a cost. People who jump in and out of investment sectors or classes tend to pay a price for it. A statistic hints at how much: across the 20 years ending on December 31, 2015, the S&P 500 returned an average of 8.91% per year, but the average equity investor’s portfolio returned just 4.67% annually. Fixed-income investors also failed to beat a key benchmark: in this same period, the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index advanced an average of 5.34% a year, but the average fixed-income investor realized an annual return of only 0.51%.¹

Worth FinancialThis data was compiled by DALBAR, a highly respected investment research firm, which has studied the behavior of individual investors since the mid-1980s. The numbers partly reflect the behavior of the typical individual investor who loses patience and tries to time the market. A hypothetical “average” investor who merely bought and held, with an equity or fixed-income portfolio merely copying the components of the above benchmarks, would have been better off across those 20 years. In monetary terms, the sustained difference in performance could have meant a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars in earnings for an investor across a lifetime, given compounding.¹

Other people are held back by their anxiety about investing. They become great savers – but they never sufficiently invest their money.

How much interest are their deposit accounts earning? Right now, almost nothing. If they invested more of the money into equities – or some kind of investment vehicle with the potential to outrun inflation – invested dollars could grow and compound over time.

A large emergency fund is great, but arguably, a tax-advantaged retirement fund of invested dollars is better. Seen one way, a focus on cash is financially nearsighted, ignoring the possibility that greater abundance is possible through sustained investment.

Fear dissuades some from sticking with a long-term financial strategy and discourages others from developing one. Patience and knowledge can help investors contend with the fears that may risk hurting their retirement saving prospects.

T. Lloyd Worth may be reached at (303) 558-0214 or email: Lloyd.Worth@LPL.com, www.WorthWealthManagement.com

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

Securities and Advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC (www.finra.org / www.sipc.org)

Citations.
¹ – zacksim.com/heres-investors-underperform-market/ [5/22/17]

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