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Strange Family Christmas Traditions

What a wonderful time of year.  It’s a great time to slow down and take into account our blessings.  It’s often the time of year when we reconnect with friend that we’ve lost touch with during the year.  For us it’s a way to see family that we’ve not seen for a while.  It’s also a time for us to revisit long held traditions (and even create new ones).  Here is one of our longest held traditions and one that is relatively new.

Since our kids were little we have loved the opportunity to go drive through neighborhoods and look at the well-decorated streets.  There are few things better during Christmastime then to drive around and enjoy the Christmas decorations and lights.  To make this an evening event we dress the kids up in their pajamas and hit the road about an hour after the sunset.

Over the years we have developed favorite spots.  One of our favorites is in the Outlook Park area just west of the Broomfield Golf Course.  It’s located on Tin Cup and they put so much work into their light show!  It comes complete with dioramas in the windows featuring Santa reviewing a ‘nice or naughty’ list and Mrs. Claus overlooking him at the dining table.  There is a display of miniature snowy scenes with a train that serpentines through the landscape.



After the kids have had their fill, we treat them to hot chocolate and donuts at Krispy Kreme.  This tradition may be usurped by the new Dunkin Donuts that just came in on 88th and Washington in Thornton, CO!


pie sliceAnother tradition that we have started over the last five years or so is one that gets the men in our family engaged.  In an attempt to have we men feel the pains of preparing so many elaborate meals during the season we have put together a competition which employs men’s baking skills.



The rules are simple:

1) The men  have to bake a pie completely from scratch (no premade crust)

2) They cannot receive any help from their wives.

We are graded in three categories: Taste, presentation & how well the slice holds up after cutting.

I have been a proud winner for only one season.  No one has defended their title for more than one year in a row!


Alan Strange

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Top 11 Reasons You should list your house for sale during the Holidays!


11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! This will allow you to sell high and buy low!

10.You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year!

9. Even though your house will be on the market, you still have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days around the Holidays!

8. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, you need to be on the market during the Holidays to capture that market!

7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons!

6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than they do during a working week!

5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price!

4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays!

3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money for you!

2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you!

And the Number One reason why your Seller should list, during the Holidays …

1. People who look for homes during the Holidays are more serious buyers!


Article by: Dianna Kokoszka with MAPS Institute

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Bake Sale for the Muma Family

bake saleWe need your baking & eating skills!  Please swing by and drop of your baked goods, and purchase one to take with you!  Not a baker?  Just swing by and purchase one of our great baked goods on display!  All profits go to benefit the Muma Family and little Avery’s hospital costs.

Keller Williams Preferred Realty ~ 11859 Pecos St. #200 ~ Westminster, CO 80234


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3440 Hottman St., Brighton, CO 80601

Beautiful 5 bedroom, 3 bath house has been completed updated. New carpet throughout and gorgeous slate tile in dining room and around the gas fireplace. MLS: #1247645

ADDRESS: 3440 HOTTMAN ST., BRIGHTON, CO 80601          

PRICE: $275,000.00

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3.5

Garage: Attached/2

Kitchen has all new appliances, granite counter top and an amazing backsplash that will suit any style. Updated paint colors gives the house a brand new look. Basement is mostly complete and features the 5th bedroom, 4 piece bathroom, TV room and lots of extra storage. Great playroom on the top floor. Great decorator touches. This is a must see house in a great neighborhood.

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Lochbuie – Trunk or Treat October 31, 2013



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Join Us October 31st, 2013 at

152 Poplar Street

Lochbuie, CO

for Trunk or Treat

with Lochbuie Police Department

Alan Strange, and The Strange Team (a partnership with Keller Williams Preferred Realty), is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Trunk or Treat with the City of Lochbuie.  This is a great way to get the kids out on the town in a very safe manner while enjoying all of the fun of Halloween.  Not only will you leave with your fill of candy there is also a haunted house as a bonus.  Of course, it’s all FREE.

Homes in Lochbuie, CO priced under $200,000

Click the picture to see all Lochbuie Homes for Sale up to $200,000

Click the picture to see all Lochbuie Homes for Sale up to $200,000


Lochbuie is a great Colorado town with tons of history and culture.  Ranging from ‘lot and block’ neighborhoods to sprawling acreage; there’s something here for all tastes.  Lochbuie sits at 5,010 feet of elevation and covers 1.34 square miles.  Highway 76 borders the eastern most edge.  Sitting right at the border of Adams and Weld counties it could reasonably be considered ‘North Brighton’ as it neighbors Brighton’s Northern boundary.




Homes in Lochbuie over $200,000

Homes For Sale in Lochbuie over $200,000

Homes For Sale in Lochbuie over $200,000

The links to the right and above shows everything currently for sale in Lochbuie and is kept up to date.  We have had the great fortune of helping 7 families (at the time of this writing) move into Lochbuie neighborhoods and have a lot to offer by way of market knowledge and success in getting these homes sold fast.  If you have any questions about the area or if you’d like information on your current Lochbuie Home – Please give us a call.



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Keller Williams Annual Toy Drive

Join us in Spreading Joy with our Annual Toy Drive! Drop off new Unwrapped Toys to the Keller Williams Office at 11859 Pecos St. #200, Westminster CO 80234

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