Don’t Get Locked Out of Your Space Again! Good Ideas for Where to Hide Your Keys

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Have you ever been locked out of your house? Forgot the key? Need to let a friend in when you are not home? The key under a rock is not really the safest method! If you hide a key for this purpose consider these options to keep yourself safe.

  • Exchange Keys: Swap keys with your neighbor. Hopefully they will be home when you are not or need an extra key.
  • Hide-a-Key on Your Car: Get a hide-a-key box usually used for a spare car key and put a house one in there.
  • Hide-a-Key Under Your Neighbor’s Plant: This is an age old trick, but usually used for your own home. This switch-a-roo will let you hike a key that works for your house and not worry about being too obvious.
  • Use Your Wind Chimes: Brightnest suggests putting a spare key in your wind chimes. Burglars don’t like drawing attention to themselves so avoid noise. You place a set of mainly incorrect keys in with your house key in one of the wind chimes in such an ingenious way. Read more on how to do it here.
  • Purchase a Lockbox: Think of how Realtors do it. They put keys in lockboxes to keep the properties they are listing safe. You too can purchase a lockbox and simply put it on your door, fence or other secure location.

It’s so tempting to just throw those keys under the mat or a rock, but keep yourself and your home safe with these tricks.


Colorado Job Growth Lowers Housing Availability – How Homeowners Can Help

A recent story covered the tight Denver area rental market.

New jobs throughout Colorado are bringing in lots of new residents from out of state.  And along with a new job, new residents must also find a place to live.  Even after years of low vacancy rates, as the Colorado economy continues to grow, so does the demand for housing.

How can Denver area residents and homeowners make a few bucks, and help with the low vacancy rates?

– Carriage House: Some old Denver homes have a separate carriage house.  Convenient for storage, yes.  But, why not clean it out, renovate, and create some passive income with that space?

– Snowbirds: Many retirees love Colorado summers but would rather stay clear during the cold snowy winters.  Retirees can enjoy a little extra income for a leasing their home during the months they are away.  Their house doesn’t look empty, and the sidewalks stay shoveled after snowstorms.

– Sabbatical: Many of our landlords are leasing out their primary residence for the first time.  Whether they’re taking a sabbatical from work, or taking on a work project out of state for a few months or a few years, renting their home provides extra income to cover expenses, and to keep the home for their return to town.

Never been a landlord before?  That’s okay.  As property management experts, we discuss homeowners’ needs to market the vacancy, and manage the property, to save you time and stress of having rental property.

Boulder and Broomfield Counties Have Seen a Decline in Apartment Vacancy Rates

apartment.02Apartment vacancy rates in Boulder and Broomfield counties are on the decline while the Denver Metro area’s rates have increased slightly. The Boulder County Business Report is stating that there is a year-over-year fourth quarter decrease in apartment vacancy rates in 2013 while the rate in the Denver Metro area has increase to a 2 year high according to the Colorado Division of Housing and the Apartment Association of Metro Denver. The reduction represents a year over year analysis. While on the whole the rate of apartment vacancy has increased a bit from the Boulder and Broomfield low rates of 2.8 percent in Q3 of 2013 we are still looking at an overall decrease.

Boulder: The city of Boulder, excluding the area around the University of Colorado, had a 3.8 percent vacancy rate in the fourth quarter. In the university area, Boulder’s rate dropped from 2.0 percent in the third quarter to 0.0 percent in the fourth.

Broomfield: Hundreds of new apartments are coming online in Broomfield. The city’s Q4 rate was 3.6 percent, up slightly over the third quarter but way down from the 6.2 percent rate it saw for the same period a year ago.

Longmont: Longmont’s rate inched up slightly from 2.7 percent at the end of 2012 to 3.3 percent for the most recent quarter.

Denver Metro: The Denver metro area’s rate hit 5.2 percent, its highest rate since hitting 5.4 percent for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Rental Rates: Rental rates in the metro area, however, kept rising. And Boulder and Broomfield counties were no exception. The average rent locally climbed to $1,198.13 per month, up from $1,194.19 in the third quarter and $1,103.61 a year ago.

Apartment vacancy rates are dropping making finding the perfect apartment, condo or house more difficult. If you are looking for a rental, 8z Rentals is ready to help you find your new space!

Read the full article here