Offered by: Scott and Lora Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Innovative Real Estate
By the end of 2020, the number of homes listed for sale in the U.S. reached an all-time low. Supply sank below 700,000 homes nationwide, according to realtor.com®’s Monthly Housing Trends Report, and that was before the availability of COVID vaccines. With consumers euphoric, it’s possible the spring homebuying season could have even less inventory available. If you want to buy a home, what do you do if there’s little to no supply? Follow these suggestions:
Trust your Real Estate Advisor. Having a good relationship with a knowledgeable agent is your best chance at finding a home to buy. He or she has resources you don’t have including personal or networking knowledge of people who are interested in selling their homes. He or she can search for bank foreclosures or rental properties through their contacts and show you homes that aren’t on the multiple listing service. Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy a home before it comes to the market?
Be flexible. You’re lucky if you come close to finding the perfect home, but most homebuyers compromise on something – size, area, price, or features. Let your agent show you some alternatives that could work well for you. A smaller home can be expanded to suit your needs, for example.
Be patient. After more than a decade of rising home prices, including double-digit price increases in 2020, demand looks unlikely to end, so trust the process and know it’s just as challenging for other homebuyers.
If you’re considering buying or selling a home, call us at 303-905-8850. We’ll make sure you talk with someone who is knowledgeable about real estate and your neighborhood so you can make the decisions that are best for your family.
Gear up for Bike Brighton’s 2021 Full Moon Bike Rides! The Pink Moon ride will kick off the 2021 schedule on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. The free monthly community event is for bicyclists of all levels to enjoy a leisurely five to 10 mile ride through Brighton as the sun sets. See the full lineup of 2021 Full Moon Bike Rides below:
Monday, April 26 – Pink Moon Wednesday, May 26 – Flower Moon Thursday, June 24 – Strawberry Moon Friday, July 23 – Buck Moon Sunday, August 22 – Sturgeon Moon Monday, September 20 – Harvest Moon
*Note: A map the rides will be posted to the Bike Brighton page of the City’s website.
All rides are free and start (at 6:30 p.m.) and end at Emi Chikuma Splash Pad and Plaza located at 1750 Skeel Street. Ride sign-ups begin at 6:15 p.m. (participants will have to sign a waiver the first time they attend and check-in each ride thereafter). A free giveaway drawing and serving of treats will occur after each ride – to enter the drawing, you must check in!
Face coverings will be required while waiting for rides (but are not mandatory while riding) and any other COVID-19 health and safety guidelines at the time of each ride will apply. Helmets and bike lights are recommended. Also, please remember to bring a bottle of water for the ride during the hot months.
If you have questions, please contact Mark Heidt, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Development and the City’s Bicycle Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 655-2170.
Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS – Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center
Normally we would provide an article specific to hearing, hearing aids, hearing protection, or earwax. However, due to the prevalence of scam calls and our connection with many who are part of the scammers’ targeted demographic, we have decided to provide our patients and Brighton Buzz readers with important information on this subject.
For many years we have received varying scam calls on both our business and personal phone lines. Recently we have seen an uptick in the calls and some days get more calls from scammers than from patients. We have even had patients receive the calls while in our office.
Receiving unwanted scam and spam phone calls has become the norm for almost everyone with a phone. Some calls are very easy to recognize as nefarious, while others sound legitimate and can ensnare even those who are able to identify typical scam calls. Call centers filled with multiple scammers have become wiser and more sophisticated as their tactics have evolved to try to deceptively take money from unsuspecting victims.
Scammers rely on contacting vulnerable individuals who are often lonely or confused in order to trick victims into ultimately sending cash, gift card numbers, and/or access to their computer or online accounts. Many calls will begin with an automated message while others start with a live caller. The caller will often call claiming to be from a well-known company such as Amazon, AT&T, Geek Squad, Microsoft, or other technology related companies. While the basis of the call varies, some common scams involve notification of a potential fraudulent purchase or some other charge that needs to be refunded or credited to potential victim’s account.
Once a victim is convinced the call is valid, the scammer explains they will help them get a refund. e scammer then has the victim download an application to their computer and that will allow the scammer to gain remote access to the computer in order to get a refund form filled out. At some point, while the scammer has remote access to the victim’s computer, they will then have the victim log in to their bank account. The scammer will have the victim fill out the refund form and will trick the victim into believing too much money has been refunded into their bank account. The scammer then compels the victim to send the overpayment back in the form of cash or gift cards (by having the victim purchase the gift cards and then give the numbers to the scammer.) Usually, the scammer keeps the victim on the phone for the entire process in order to control the situation and to prevent the victim from letting anyone else know what has happened.
Other variations give the scammer access to the victim’s online account, such as Amazon, which will allow the scammer access to saved credit card information that is then used to complete fraudulent transactions. We have posted a video from YouTube star Mark Rober on our Facebook page that has much of this information and more (it includes how they managed to get at least one person involved with a scam arrested.) Please take time to become educated so you can protect yourself and your family members from potentially becoming a victim.
Offered by: Dan & Beth Cochran – The Haven Team, Keller Williams
There is nothing like a postcard-fresh paint job on your home to make it look and feel brand new again, but it is unlikely you will need a new coat of paint every year. So how do you know when it is time to repaint? Let’s walk through some of the biggest signs that it’s time to break out the buckets and brushes.
The Purpose of Paint Although paint is nice to look at, and the color you choose definitely tells a story and lends a mood to the whole neighborhood, paint serves another very important function as a waterproof barrier. For many homes, especially those that are older, there is very little standing between the siding and the living space; this is why having a good paint really matters. Paint waterproofs your siding, and it helps prevent moisture from crossing from the outdoors inward. This, in turn, helps slow the damage time brings, like wood rot and damage from insects drawn to a moist environment. So even though it is a lovely thing to look at, paint is really one of your best defenses against the elements.
Painting is not limited to wooden siding, though. You can also paint many types of siding considered non-paintable with the right kind of preparation and primer. So, if your house is covered in a horrific color of vinyl siding, all hope is not lost.
How to Tell It is Time to Paint Knowing when it is time to paint your house is as much an art as a science. There are things you can look for that indicate the time is coming near, but you’ll also need to balance that with the expense and the effort involved. Here are a few clear indicators to watch:
There is chipping paint. Most people know that chipping paint is a sign it is probably about time to start considering a paint job. But there is a fine line between a little bit of acceptable flaking and serious chipping. If you are only noticing a few very small flakes falling off here and there, you should be working on picking a new color, but you don’t necessarily need to stop everything to get to painting. On the other hand, if big chips of paint are shedding off in multiple places, you have probably waited too long.
Your waterproofing is failing. If your paint no longer keeps water from soaking into your siding, and instead it seems to be absorbing more water, your waterproofing has failed. Generally, you want water to bead up on your siding, then work its way down and onto the ground. If the paint is so far gone that your siding is soaking up rainwater, a paint job is needed ASAP. Waiting risks further, more serious damage.
There is damage. Visible siding damage is a good sign it’s time to paint. After all, after you’ve fixed the holes in the siding created by woodpeckers, or by falling trees during storms, you’ll want to ensure the paint matches. Sometimes you can get away with just painting that side of the house, but large patches or siding replacements will usually not match existing paint, even if you use the same bucket. UV light breaks down the pigments quickly; just how quickly depends on the colors you have chosen.
Are you ready for a change? You can paint your house just because you hate the color. It is totally legit and it can be a much easier process to just paint it than to wait and deal with damage or worn out paint. Just make sure you are preparing the surface just like you would for a coat of paint meant to be a repair so it will adhere properly.
Or, if it is just time for a new home, we would love to be your Real Estate Professional. If you are curious to see how much your home is worth in this market, we would love to meet with you and give you a free Home Market Analysis. Please give us a call with any questions.
Dan and Beth, The Haven Team at Keller Williams 1st Realty 303-709-3501 • Dan.email@example.com
We are “The Kountertop Kids,” Stoney & Tenney (Kieper). We are residents of Reunion (Commerce City) and founded our company during the COVID pandemic. All of our fun ideas started from our very own countertop and we wanted to share our love of everything: kooking, krafting, and science.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind birthday present and in need of new ideas to keep the kiddos busy this summer?! We have you covered! The: “Kooker”, “Krafter”, “Kool Science” or our favorite “Ultimate” kit, contains all you need for “unique to you kreations!” Head to our website/blog: Thekountertopkids.com to explore our “krazy” world! Once you are there, click on the “SHOP” button to purchase a kit or two for you and a friend! Whether you are 3 or 93, you will find hours of fun within each kit!
We would LOVE to see your krazy, kool, and kookie kreations so please tag us using @thekountertopkids. We have included special tags within each box to begin a book of your very own “kountertop kreations.” Purchase a personalized “Kreativity Journal” under the SHOP button. All we ask is that you: sprinkle a little joy where you can, never stop kreating, and let your imagination soar because…the possibilities are endless!
As the state eases COVID-19 restrictions, the City of Brighton is excited to announce the return of Summerfest and the reopening of the Oasis Family Aquatic Park in the coming months.
Summerfest, the City’s largest community festival, is set to return to Carmichael Park on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ahead of this date, the City is seeking vendors and sponsorships for the festival. Events will include family-friendly activities, businesses and organizations, live music and more. All activities and concerts at Summerfest are free to the community. Interested vendors and sponsors should contact Susan O’Connor, Event Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for vendor and sponsorship applications is Friday, May 7.
COVID-19 guidelines at the time will apply. If COVID-19 restrictions push back this event, Summerfest will be held Saturday, Sept. 18. More details about the community festival will be released at a later date. For more information, visit brightonco.gov/summerfest or call the city’s Special Events Office at 303-655-2218.
The Brighton Oasis Family Aquatic Park will be open for the 2021 season from Saturday, June 5 – Sunday, August 8. Ahead of the opening, Oasis season passes are now available for purchase (see pricing below). Season passes purchased by June 4 will receive a complimentary guest pass for each individual on the pass, redeemable at the Brighton Recreation Center (555 N. 11th Avenue) in advance of the Oasis opening. To purchase a season pass, go to the Rec Center.
Hours of operation for the Oasis will be released at a later date. Outdoor pool COVID-19 guidelines at the time will apply.
The Flower of Life is inscribed upon the entry columns to the Osireion temple complex in Abydos Egypt. The flower of life is a sacred geometrical symbol which holds within it the building blocks of creation. It is a key to accessing higher frequency vibrations within our bodies. Working with the Flower of Life prepares us to hold a higher energy vibration; assists in the reprogramming of our perfect energetic blueprint; and allows us to realign and perfect cellular distortions and imperfections – moving us towards wholeness.
We will access the energy of the flower of life through a guided meditation, taking you to the Osireion Temple of Osiris in Abydos Egypt. There we will meet with Isis and Osiris who will assist us in an energetic healing process, accessing and implanting the high frequency vibrations of the flower of life into our energy bodies, restoring our original blueprint of perfection.
The Flower of Life Healing is an interactive meditation and guided healing process facilitated by Wellyssa. These sessions can be individual or group. 25% off for May.
Personal $112 for 90 mins (regularly $150) Group of 3 to 4 @ $85 each (2+ hours), (regularly $112) Group of 5 to 10 @ $64 each (2+ hours) (regularly $85) Masks or proof of vaccination required.
Call/Text Wellyssa to schedule: 720-732-5798 or email: email@example.com
Offered by: Abby Hughes, M.D.- Brighton Pediatrics, PC
Early summer is the perfect time to hike as a family! Hiking with children can involve some flexibility and patience. However, if you keep in mind that “the journey is the destination,” it can be fun for kids to explore and learn about nature along the way. The basics of hiking are always important: bring fluids and snacks, dress in layers, bring gear such as a first aid kit, use sun protection, apply insect repellant, and make sure to have a way to navigate such as the GPS on your phone.
Hiking tips by age group:
Infants: swaddle in front until about 6 months of age before switching to a backpack-style carrier. Cover your baby with sunscreen and a broad brimmed hat to protect from the sun. Pack formula (if formula feeding), diapers, foldable changing mat, and waste bags in case there are no trash cans on the hike.
Toddlers: look for safe places on the hike for them to explore and try not to venture too far from the trailhead in case they want to be carried back to the car! Toddlers can ride in a carrier until they are about 40 pounds. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle along with snacks (toddlers can wear these items in a small backpack).
Children: include your child in planning for the hike, selecting a trail, packing supplies (don’t forget water!), reading a map. Give children a safety whistle to blow in case they are lost. Instruct them to always try to stay in sight of a parent.
We at Brighton Pediatrics hope that you and your family have fun this summer hiking! Feel free to contact our office with any questions (303) 659-4248.
The road to financial security, like many long journeys toward important goals, can be filled with ups and downs. The financial markets can be volatile, shaking up your short-term investment results, and illness or downsizing may temporarily disrupt your career – and your earnings. In fact, just 46% of adults feel financially stable, according to a survey by Morning Consult and Edward Jones. Still, there’s much you can do to gain stability – and you can chart your progress by marking three important milestones:
Building a foundation – You need to base your financial stability on a strong foundation, which means you must start accumulating the necessary resources. Start by creating an emergency fund, which can help you deal with unexpected costs, such as an expensive car repair, without taking on additional debt. Try to put away anywhere from about $500 to one month’s worth of living expenses, with the money kept in a liquid account – one that’s separate from an account you use for your everyday spending. Later on, you’ll want to expand this emergency fund, but, for now, even this amount can help.
You can also take other steps to build your financial foundation. Try to put in enough to your health savings account (HSA) and your 401(k) to earn your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. And if you can, pay down high-interest, nondeductible debts.
Gaining stability – Continue to build on the momentum from the “foundation” milestone by ramping up your savings and investments. For starters, build your emergency fund so it contains one and a half to two months’ worth of living expenses. Also, set a goal to save perhaps 10% to 15% of your gross income, including employer matches, in your 401(k) or similar retirement account. If you can’t reach this level yet, do the best you can now and increase your contributions over time, as your salary goes up. If the monthly debt payments are straining your budget, consider paying them down even if they have lower interest rates.
Reaching independence – The final milestone toward achieving financial stability is marked by a feeling of independence – knowing you are taking the steps necessary, and putting a strategy in place, to allow you to reach your financial goals.
Work to build a full three to six months’ worth of expenses in your emergency fund, which will o er even greater protection against being forced to tap into long-term investments, such as your IRA and 401(k), to pay for unanticipated expenses. Plus, having a sizable emergency fund gives you room to consider making moves such as taking a sabbatical, switching careers or taking time off to care for a loved one.
And, while you’re still working, save enough for the type of retirement lifestyle you desire. Even though your debt may be manageable at this point, it may still be source of stress. If so, continue paying it down. The less you owe, the more you can put away for retirement.
Achieving these milestones can help you gain the financial stability and flexibility to live life on your terms.
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QR Code – Stands for Quick Response Code. These codes can store a lot of data and are easily read by the camera on a smart phone or other mobile device. To use a QR code, open the camera app on your mobile device and focus it on the QR code. The camera will read the information and provide a touchable link to quickly access the website represented by the code. The benefit is that instead of having to enter a web address you can access it quickly and get information or save the site for access later.
Here are some codes to try, be sure to cover all but the code you are testing – and next time you are out and about give some other QR codes a try.
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December 31, 2019
I got a call from Susan at the Brighton Buzz asking if I wanted to
advertise n the next issue. My response was that I either needed to keep
my ad running or fold the business.
About 90% of the calls that I receive include a comment like, ”I
saw your ad in the Brighton Buzz…. . “
The majority of my calls take me inside a home, it is not unusual for somebody to pick up a copy of the Buzz and say they found me right there. The Buzz that they show me is frequently not the latest issue. The Buzz has great holding power! At the same time, I can always tell when The Buzz has hit mailboxes. My phone starts ringing. A lot of people seem to look through it right away.
The cost per home is low, the cost per response is
reasonable. Am I going to continue to advertise in the Brighton
Buzz? You can count on it!
Gray Guy Handyman Service, LLC
July 19, 2015
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Michael Angelo Davey
July 19, 2015
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Sandra Samson Chessmore
July 19, 2015
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