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GO BRONCOS!

The Strange Team is ready for a Superbowl Victory this Sunday!

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Alan Strange and his team are cheering on the Broncos this Superbowl Sunday!

Along with watching the game we will be keeping tabs on all those great Superbowl Commercials!  According to Mashable, the top 10 all time favorites are:

            

Coca-Cola | Mean Joe Green

Coke’s Mean Joe Green ad may be the most well-known Super Bowl ad of all time — if not the most well-known commercial period. The ad originally aired during the 1979 game and shows a child melting Mean Joe’s heart by offering him a bottle of Coke.

 

Pepsi | Cindy Crawford ad

More than a few people probably fell in love with Cindy Crawford from this 1992 Pepsi ad, which showed off the newest Pepsi can design.

 

Noxema | Farrah Fawcett and Joe Namath

Crawford wasn’t the first super model to pitch a product in a Super Bowl ad. In this classic Noxzema commercial from 1973, Farrah Fawcett rubs shaving cream on Joe Namath’s face.

 

Apple’s ‘1984’ Macintosh Ad

Apple has had plenty of popular ads over the years, but this ad may still go down as the company’s most memorable. The commercial aired during the 1984 Super Bowl and introduced the world to the Macintosh Computer.

 

Budweiser Frogs

Love them or hate them, those Budweiser frogs definitely made sure Americans would never forget the brand’s name: Bud. Weis. Er.

 

Fed Ex | Caveman Superbowl Commercial

FedEx has stayed away from advertising during the Super Bowl in recent years, which is a shame considering how good this 2006 commercial was. The ad showed a caveman mailing a bone via pterodactyl only to watch it be eaten by another dinosaur. The caveman is then chastised by his cave mate for not using FedEx.

 

Monster.com – “When I Grow Up”

Internet companies don’t always have the best ads — just think about Groupon and GoDaddy — but Monster.com struck gold with this commercial showing kids talk about what they want to be when they grow up.

 

Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

Old Spice introduced the world to Isaiah Mustafa — undoubtedly the most charismatic pitchman in the company’s history — in this 2010 Super Bowl ad. The commercial went viral and was followed by a series of others.

 

The Force: Volkswagen Commercial

This Volkswagen commercial was the big hit of the 2011 Super Bowl and the year overall. The ad shows a child in a Darth Vader costume trying (unsuccessfully) to use the force on a range of objects in his house. It finally “works” on the Pasat, thanks to a handy remote in the father’s hand.

 

Honda CR-V Game Day Commercial – “Matthew’s Day Off”

How can you go wrong with Matthew Broderick reprising his role as Ferris Bueller? The answer, as this 2012 ad shows, is that you can’t.

 

How about you?  Did your favorite make this list, or do you have another all-time favorite?  Tell us below!

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Open House this Saturday at Landmark Longmont Acreage Home!

This Saturday, February 1st, start your Superbowl weekend off by seeing this super home!  

Open House 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Acreage Homefor sale in Longmont, CO Beautiful country setting for an impressive home in Meadow Vale Farm Community on 1.07 acres with expansive, unobstructed views of the Colorado Rockies. All the toys will fit, this  lovely home made for entertaining.

Main floor master, custom gourmet kitchen with granite counters, craft room, formal dining & living room, 3 outdoor decks, spectacular front range mountain views, soaring vaulted ceilings, marble tile entry, 3 gas fireplaces, 5 car garage with shop, over 5000 square feet of quality built home!

Find out more about this property at this Saturday’s open house or click here for more info & directions!

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Biggest Home Seller Mistakes

Let us help you avoid the mistakes!  Contact The Strange Team to get your home sold and buy your dream home!

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Date Night Ideas in Denver

Valentine’s Day is just 2 weeks away!  

Here are some great ideas for “Love Day” or any special Date Night!

 

 

 Have afternoon tea at The Brown Palace beneath the gorgeous stained glass canopy.  www.brownpalace.com

 

 Pamper yourselves with a couples massage at the Ritz Carlton and enjoy a glass of champagne! www.ritzcarlton.com

 

 Sip on cocktails while watching the tranquil sea life drift by your table at the Dive Lounge at the Downtown Aquarium.  www.aquariumrestaurants.com

 

 Capture the breathtaking views of Downtown Denver from the Peaks Lounge at Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center.  www.denverregency.hyatt.com

 

 Enjoy a truly unique atmosphere where time stands still at the Clock Tower on 16th St. www.clocktowerevents.com

 

 Get dressed up and book a night out in Denver to see a Ballet, Opera or Symphony. www.coloradosymphony.org www.coloradoballet.org www.operacolorado.org

 

 Bundle up and rent a fire pit at Forest Room 5 www.forestroom5.com

 

 Stay in one of Colorado’s Most Romantic Hotels

 

 

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2014 Most Common Preditions

2014 Most Common Predictions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest rates will rise to between 5% and 5.5%

Pent-up demand to remain high, and supply staying low.

Appreciation will cool from nearly 10% in 2013 to between 2-5% in 2014.

What type of people are we attracting?

So what do you think?  What are some of your predictions for this year?  Comment in the form below!

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Top 25 Reasons to Sell Your Home…Now!

American home owners sell and move, on average, every five to seven years. Why do home owners move? People who have lived in the same home for the past 30 years have a hard time understanding this phenomena. They are shocked that people move so often, but I know one thing for certain: Their day to sell and move will come as well.

Here are the top 15 reasons why people sell and move:

  • 1) Home is too small. First-time home buyers often outgrow their “starter” homes. Increased family size is the main reason home owners say they need a larger home.
  • 2) Upgrade. The grass is greener on the other side. People often want what they don’t have and long for a bigger, more expensive and grander, upscale home. It’s the American way. 
  • 3) Fix purchase error. Owners might believe they made a mistake when purchasing their present home and want to rectify that mistake. Maybe they thought they could get by without a back yard but yearn to garden, or the dining room in the center of the house annoys them, or they no longer enjoy the underbelly of planes flying overhead within inches of their face. 
  • 4) Job transfer. Relocation makes it necessary for many to pull up roots and move. If the commuting distance exceeds an hour, most people would prefer not to spend two hours in traffic every day. 
  • 5) Personal Relationships. Moving in with a partner or getting married can mean one of the parties will need to sell, especially if both owned homes prior to the commitment. On the other hand, break-ups cause owners to sell as well for three basic reasons: 
  • 6) Neighborhood changes. The neighborhood might have changed for the worse, economically, socially or physically. For example, maybe a freeway was constructed nearby. Maybe the next-door neighbors receive visitors who arrive wearing striped pajamas at 2 AM. Or they have hung sheets over their windows while a skunk-like odor permeates the air. 
    1. One party may need to buy out the other and not have the cash available.
    2. The home may not be affordable to sustain on one person’s income.
    3. The home holds bad memories, making a fresh start desirable. 
  • 7) Empty nest. The kids have grown up and moved out. The owners want a smaller home. The older you get, the harder it is to keep a big house clean. 
  • 8) See family more often. Some people want to be closer to their family as they age and will move to be near relatives. Parents want to be near children. Grandparents, near their children and grandchildren. 
  • 9) See family less often. To put more distance between the home owners and relatives. Some might move out of state to keep harmony within the family. Dysfunctional and fractured families have been known to blossom being separated. 
  • 10) Retirement. Active-adult communities are attracting many buyers over the age of 55. These planned communities have golf courses, club houses, workout facilities, week-end social gatherings, back-yard barbecue parties and more, all designed for people over 55. 
  • 11) Health problems. Physical ailments such as knee or back problems make it difficult for an aging population to climb stairs in a two-story, so a one-story home may be more practical. A trade-off solution for many elderly people who don’t require round-the-clock care is to buy a condo or move into assisted living housing. 
  • 12) Deferred maintenance. Some people don’t want to put on a new roof, replace the siding or buy a new furnace, so it’s easier to buy a newer home. When you figure the life of most home systems is about 15 years, it could make sense to get out before everything goes haywire. 
  • 13) Home improvement perfection. A small segment enjoys fixing up and selling, spending time, money and effort on remodeling, and once the work is completed, these people become restless because there is nothing left to do. Some of you may call these people obsessed, but for some, it’s a way to maintain balance while mastering a hobby. 
  • 14) Cash in equity. Some home owners can’t stand the fact their home is worth all that money because that money is not in their pocket. These people would prefer to stare at their passbook savings than stare at four walls with empty pockets. They. Just. Want. The. Money. 
  • 15) Lifestyle change. Others are simply tired of owning a home and would prefer to travel, pursue a hobby or be less responsible. We used to call these people misfits or boomers, but many past a certain age want to find a calling that is meaningful to them. So, for these people, home ownership loses its priority status and turns into the ticket for realizing dreams.

By Elizabeth Weintraub

 

Why Should You do it Now?

  • 16) There is less competition for buyers. Many sellers mistakenly believe listing in the spring is better, so buyers in the winter months have fewer homes to choose from.
  • 17) Winter prospects are more serious buyers. Winter buyers are typically purchasing because of a time sensitive move and have a “need” to make a buying decision as opposed to a “desire” to make a move.
  •  18) One of the highest percentages of Listings Sold to Listings Taken occurs during this time of the year. Statistics show housing sales can remain steady in the winter months, while the number of new homes entering the market decreases, creating a trend towards a seller’s market this during this time.
  •  19) You may receive more money for your home. With less competition, homes sold during the holidays tend to sell for more, in less time.
  •  20) You can restrict showings during the holidays. Don’t worry about working showings around family activities. Sophisticated showing services make it easy for sellers and their Realtor to keep buyer’s agents abreast of available showing times.
  •  21) January is traditionally the biggest moving month. Primarily because of school calendars, many people will move during the single month of January, as opposed to over the four months of summer.
  •  22) You can sell now and delay the closing, or even extend occupancy into next year when moving is more convenient. Buyers taking advantage of holiday time off to search for a home, may not need to move until spring, giving you plenty of time to find your new home and plan a convenient move.
  •  23) When you sell your home during the winter, you are in a position to buy in the spring when there are more homes on the market. If you can wait until spring to search for your new home you will have many more homes to choose from and the advantage of negotiating without a contingency on the sell of your home first.
  •  24) There may be fewer showings during the winter, but more qualified and motivated buyers. It’s all about quality over quantity when it comes to winter buyers. Expect fewer showings, but be prepared for quick offers from serious buyers.
  •  25) Corporate transferees can’t wait until spring to buy a home. Corporations like to move their employees at the first of the year, therefore, giving transferees a deadline to negotiate a home purchase in their new city. When interviewing realtors to list your home, be sure to ask if they have connections to corporate relocation companies.

By Sally Hamana

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