Fourth of July in Northern Colorado

Fourth of July weekend is here are we can’t wait for the festivities to begin! If you’re working on finalizing your plans for the weekend, take a look at a few of the events that are taking place in our own backyard. Whether you spend your time out and about or relaxing at home, we wish you a Happy Independence Day!

Greeley Stampede

The 99th annual Greeley Stampede will be running through this holiday weekend! This non-profit hosts multiple events including a PRCA rodeo series, American bull fighting, demolition derby, concerts, art galleries, and more! Located at Island Grove Regional Park, this event includes carnival activities, food vendors, small businesses and activities for the kids!


Hot Air Balloon Release

Early birds, this one is for you! Fort Collins will be hosting a hot air balloon release at Twin Silo, Soft Gold and Edora Parks (weather permitting). Launch will begin at 6:00am and the balloons will remain afloat for several hours.


Fourth of July 5K

Calling all runners! Both Fort Collins and Loveland have organized 5K races to help us celebrate this Fourth of July. Fort Collins is hosting it’s 22nd annual “FireKracker 5K” at Sheldon Lake in City Park, scheduled to begin at 7:25a. Loveland’s 5K will take place at Loveland Fairgrounds Park. Happy racing!


Old-Fashioned Fourth of July

Music, fun, and games, OH MY! This year, in lieu of a parade, the City of Fort Collins is teaming up with the Avery House to host an “Old-Fashioned Fourth of July” party from 10:00a to 2:00p on July 4th. Don your red, white and blue and head downtown to kick off your holiday weekend! Admission is free and all ages are welcome.


Wellington Parade and Festival

Photo by Brian Graves

Wellington has organized a full day of holiday events to celebrate Independence Day! Join in the fun from 10:00a to 11:00a for a parade which will begin on Cleveland Avenue (between 1st Street and 5th Street). Can’t make it out? No worries! A festival from 11:00a-6:00p will be hosted at Wellington Community Park leading up to fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:40p.



Photo by Kimmie Randall

Larimer County and the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland are teaming up to put on our annual fireworks show this year. Plus, information on festivities in Windsor, Timnath, and Wellington are included. Click here to check out what time fireworks will kick off as well as the activities offered at each location!

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Local Nuances

“All markets are local” is a commonly used phrase in real estate.

This adage is proving to be true as we notice slight changes recently in the market.

Bottom line, the market, in some locations, is not behaving exactly like it did even 30 days ago. Properties that perhaps would have received 10 or more offers last month, are now receiving only one.

It is as important as ever to examine not only the general market area, but also hyper-local markets in order to understand the nuances that exist in specific locations.

A common activity we perform with our clients is to research the months of supply in their own neighborhood. We will frequently find that this stat varies considerably from the market as a whole.

To illustrate how ‘all markets are local,’ take a look at the days of inventory statistic for the following markets:

Larimer County = 18 days
Fort Collins = 15 days
80521 Zip Code = 24 days
80525 Zip Code = 9 days

While data on the overall market clarifies overall trends, it is the hyper-local research that is incredibly valuable when pricing property.

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Windermere Foundation Has Raised Over $1.5 Million This Year!


Windermere offices throughout the Western U.S. have been busy raising money and making donations to non-profit organizations in their local communities that provide services to low-income and homeless families. And their efforts are paying off; so far this year we’ve raised over $1.5 million, bringing the total raised by the Windermere Foundation to $39.5 million since 1989.


Here are just a few examples of how our offices are giving back to their communities:


Fort Collins, Colorado

The Windermere Real Estate office in Fort Collins held its 5th Annual Windermere Foundation Tailgate Party on Friday, September 20. The family-friendly event featured food, drinks, a bouncy house obstacle course, corn hole, face painting, and live music. Over $1,800 was raised for the Windermere Foundation during this event. All proceeds from the tailgate “party with a purpose” benefitted Partners Mentoring Youth and Crossroads Safehouse.


Centralia, Washington

The Windermere office in Centralia, WA sponsored the “Down Home: A Toledo Shindig” event held at Bonanza BBQ on September 14 to benefit Toledo School District students in need. Local businesses and residents came together to donate auction items, food, and volunteer their time. Windermere owner Dan Gorton spearheaded the organization of the fundraising event, seeing a need in the community that was not being met. The Gortons provided the venue and the BBQ. Other sponsors provided additional food items, entertainment, and big-ticket items for the auction. The event raised $34,000 for a fund to help provide basic needs for students in the school district, things that low-income families couldn’t otherwise afford.  


Photo Courtesy of Josie Ray Photography


Spokane, Washington

The Windermere office in Spokane, WA held their annual Windermere Shoes and Socks Event at their local Big 5 sporting goods store on August 24. Windermere agents and family members volunteered their time to help 132 children select a pair of shoes and socks. An additional 250 pairs of socks were also donated by Liberty Lake Rotary. In total, the Windermere office donated over $5,400 to provide shoes and socks to local children in need.



Windermere offices are proud to host events in their communities, like the ones mentioned above. These generous donations to the Windermere Foundation further our mission to support low-income and homeless families in the areas where we live and work. If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click the Donate button.


To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit

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