What’s Happening This Weekend

Let’s break down a few of the fun events happening in our area this weekend.  If you find yourself without any plans, make some! Get out and enjoy this beautiful place we call home.

The Estes Park Winter Festival, Jan 13-14th @ The Estes Park Event Center

Keep warm with chili tastings on Saturday and BBQ tastings on Sunday.  Live music, beer tastings and local vendors.  $30 for an adult tasting ticket


The Martin Luther King Day Parade, Monday, Jan 15th, starts @ City Park @ 9:30 am

This is the largest MLK march in the US, going on 32 years.  The march starts at City Park and ends at Civic Center park with a rally celebrating MLK Jr.



The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, Jan 6th- Jan 21st @ The National Western Complex- 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80216

With a variety of events to choose from, you’re sure to find something the whole family will love.  Petting zoo, pony rides, mutton bustin’, livestock show, tractor races, pro rodeo and much more.  Find a schedule of events here.



The Denver Boat Show, Fri, Jan 12th, 12-9 pm, Sat, Jan 13th, 10 am- 9 pm and Sun, Jan 14th, 10 am- 5 pm @ The Colorado Convention Center

Boat show and entertainment for the whole family.  $13.50 for an adult.  Children 16 and under are free.  Find more info here.


Denver Botanic Gardens FREE Day, Mon, Jan 15th, 9 am- 5 pm, 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206

Explore 24 acres of diverse gardens.  No tickets needed for free admission days.  More info here.



Snowga- yoga on the ice, every Saturday through Feb 10, 8 – 8:45 am @ the Downtown Denver Ice Rink @ Skyline Park

For all levels of yogis, come enjoy this free class which focuses on breath control, meditation, and postures.  Try something new this weekend!


To Rent or To Buy?

The New Year oftentimes brings big changes.  If you’re planning on a new baby to make its arrival, a job change, a relocation, or maybe just hoping to put the past in the past, then you might be wondering whether renting or buying a home is your best option.  Let’s break down the advantages that both owning or renting a home could bring.


  • Build equity: as a renter, you’re building someone else’s equity, but as a homeowner you are helping yourself out
  • Tax benefits: your mortgage interest is tax deductible
  • Put down roots: owning a home often gives a certain sense of pride that can help create stronger ties within your community
  • Stable mortgage payments: with a fixed-rate mortgage, you can enjoy predictable monthly payments that make financial planning easier
  • Personalize home decor and landscaping: when you tire of the baby blue walls in the bathroom, you don’t have to ask anyone’s permission to change the color
  • Freedom: pets are your call when you own your own home


  • Landlord handles all repairs: but it might be on their own timeline
  • Access to pool, fitness center, etc: having the ability to use these amenities is better than not, but you’re likely to share with everyone else in your community
  • No HOA fees (if applicable, usually included in rent cost)
  • Lower cost renters insurance (when compared to homeowners insurance) and no interest on monthly rent
  • Flexibility: if you have noncommittal tendencies, renting might be your best option.  It is far easier to break your lease than it is to sell a home.

As of December 2017, the average rent of a 2 bedroom apartment in Denver will cost you $1,567 a month. The median home value in Denver, CO is $392,500.  The national median home value is $185,800.  Approximately 46.4% of Denver homes are owned, while 46.87% are rented and 6.73% are vacant.