We recently drove to see Susie’s sister Pam and her family in Denver, Colorado. We saw a lot of different real estate markets along the way and some great scenery…soaring blue skies decorated by huge mountain ranges as far as the eye could see. Such a refreshing change to our every-day stoplights and pavement.
We saw some things we did not expect to see. We stayed in some small rural towns in nice hotels. But the towns felt like ghost towns with the majority of the commercial buildings around the hotels abandoned.
I assume this is the evidence or our failing economy over the last decades. Even so, there was evidence of renovation and reinvestment in the areas. Hopefully, those markets will see continued recovery like our own but it looks like it will be much slower.
In sharp contrast was Denver, Westminster (think Franklin outside Nashville), and Boulder. New commercial buildings, shopping, restaurants, and sky high real estate prices. Talking to residents of Boulder, they said a problem they have is virtually no first time buyer homes are available because of the high pricing. This leaves hard working families stuck in older, small rental properties or mobile homes.
We tried to meet with a few Weichert offices in Denver, Colorado Springs and Forrest City, Arkansas on the way back but they were unavailable. Hopefully they were all out showing property! Anyway, the scenery was fantastic and we had a great time over 12 days and 4,000 miles!!
The following youtube
video seems to fit especially this close to a presidential election!
Special thanks to Pam, Mark, Diane, and Greg for their hospitality.