wyoming: Trick or Treat in Downtown Laramie: Scaramie! - 10/28/17 06:42 PM
We had the pleasure today of being one of the many downtown Laramie businesses handing out candy to a huge swarm of trick or treaters.  It was so fun -  costumes abound!  Not just for the little ones but for the  Moms, dads, friends, family, and business owners too! 
We dressed up as Real Estate Superheros - The Closer and The Listener!  Maybe next year we'll add the go-go boots and tiaras.....
After our candy ran out (there were way more costumed masquaraders than we anticipated) we headed across the street to where a local law office was hosting an elevator ride DOWN to the haunted … (7 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate: Wild Horse Ranch #216 - 09/22/17 07:14 PM
Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate: For Sale - Wild Horse Ranch #216
Wild Horse Ranch.  If real estate were only about endless skies and unlimited views, then this would be the most popular place on earth!  Wild Horse Ranch is perfect for those ready to embrace the independent, can-do-it lifestyle required to live on the windy, high plains of Wyoming.  It is NOT for the faint of heart!  Access will be via a graveled road.  There will be wind, cold temperatures and snow.  Sometimes the roads will be impassable and you'll have to cozy up at home and wait for the storm to … (8 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming Fall Views - Gorgeous (relatively speaking)! - 11/27/16 07:23 PM
Not everyone is enthused about the endless blues skies, stark landscape and temperatures that go along with an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level.....
However, this is all I know!  This photo was taken this fall (2016), where the golf course borders undeveloped land in the county, during one of the most temparate Octobers ever, but even then you can certainly see why our region is generally classified as a high altitude desert.
If you are used to the green, green, green of more temperate climates then I understand that this view can seem quite stark!  But it does hold a unique place in the … (7 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate: SOLD! - 40 Wild Horse Ranch - 04/06/13 03:15 AM
Your chance to own this piece of the Wild West is now gone!  Imagine looking out across the vast grasslands with unobstructed views of the Medicine Bow Mountains.  Never feel claustrophobic again! 
This 40 acre hillside lot located in Wild Horse Ranch is 18 miles west of Laramie via Highway 130 and only 20 minutes away from the mountains and the Medicine Bow National Forest.  Outdoor recreational opportunities are endless when you combine the ownership privileges of Ranch owners with the proximity to public wilderness areas at Lake Hattie, BLM grasslands and the Medicine Bow Forest.  For winter outdoor enthusiasts the … (6 comments)

wyoming: Historic November Home Sales: Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate - 11/30/12 03:20 AM
Just so we're clear, this post refers to the history of the sales of homes in November over time, not the November sales of historic homes.  LOL! 
November home sales over the years have been up and down with no  noticable trend, except for in 2010 when November sales were unusually high. This doesn't really tell us much other than what we already know - sales have slowed as we moved into fall, as they usually do.  It also indicates what we've seen in the market in general this year - the Laramie market seems to have hit its "low" and … (7 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate: Just where is Laramie, anyway? - 11/28/12 08:37 AM
As stated in my profile, when it comes to small towns in the middle of nowhere, Laramie does not fit that profile - at least not to me!  We're only an hour drive from two BIG places - Cheyenne, Wyoming and Fort Collins, Colorado.  Compared to many, many towns in Wyoming (and other places, too, I'd imagine) we're right in the center of it all as far as I'm concerned.
It's true that to get to Cheyenne or Fort Collins we have to drive OVER some high altitude passes in either direction.  It's also true that often in the winter if the … (6 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate: Tuesday's Tour - November 27, 2012 - 11/27/12 01:25 AM
Tuesday morning's MLS (Multiple Listing Service) Tour is the place to be if you are a REALTOR member of the Laramie MLS. 
Tuesday's are the day we all meet, then head out and view the newest listings on the MLS.
If you are not familiar with the concept of MLS, it is a members only organization whose members agree to share information on their listings with one another to better facilitate finding a buyer for the properties more quickly than they could on their own.  In other words, working together to get properties sold.  If a property is listed on the MLS, … (0 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, WY: Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds You- Swirled into Oblivion - 11/26/12 04:46 AM
While browsing through my photo file, I came across this picture that my son took in the fall of 2011.  Can you guess what it is?
To refresh my memory I conducted a search online and was surprised to learn that if we wanted to go back and see it again, we can't - because it is no longer there.  After you guess what it is, you can go to the links below to find out what it really is and why it is not there anymore:

wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate: Today's Market Snapshot - 11/25/12 09:30 AM
Active Listings on the Laramie MLS on November 25, 2012:
Residential Listings:  197 
Land Listings: 126
Multiunits:  14
Commercial:  27
Farm/Ranch: 3
To lend perspective to the numbers, 197 is a good number of available homes for November in Laramie.  A couple years ago I saw the inventory dip down to just over 100 in the mid winter, so all in all the market is doing just what we expect it to do this time of year - and maybe just a little bit better . . .


wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming: Hometown Holiday Hurrah 2012 Has Begun! - 11/24/12 09:02 AM
At today's Hometown Holiday Hurrah Drawing there was one $1000 winner!  They hadn't disclosed her name yet by the time I left but she sounded like a very happy lady!  Despite trying 5 more times, there was no winner for the second $1000 Drawing.  This means at the next drawing they will be drawing for 3, yes 3, lucky $1000 winners.
The Hometown Holiday Hurrah is put on by a number of local businesses. Participating businesses distribute tickets to shoppers during the holiday season.  For 3 selected Saturdays preceding Christmas, a drawing is held downtown on the corner of 2nd and … (3 comments)

wyoming: Laramie Real Estate: Presenting the Tallest Buildings in Wyoming ? ! - 11/23/12 09:58 AM
I knew our state had a small population - 568,158 after the last Census.  Even so, I was still surprised to be told that Laramie has the tallest buildings in Wyoming.   Seriously?!
With 13 floors each, the McIntyre (on the left) and White (on the right) Residence Halls at the University of Wyoming are on record as the tallest in the state. http://www.wyonation.com/about/about-wyoming/
This pales in comparison to other tall buildings around the nation like the Columbia Center in Seattle with 76 floors, the Republic Plaza in Denver with 56 floors and the Empire State Building in New York City with 102 floors.  … (4 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, WY, Real Estate: View of the World from Medicine Bow Peak - 11/22/12 01:07 AM
Today, Thanksgiving, a day for reflection and counting our blessings.  This view of the world and the friends and family with whom we shared this ambitious Labor Day trek are just one of the many blessings I am thankful for this past year . . . 
(Medicine Bow Beak , located in the Medicine Bow National Forest southwest of Laramie, Wyoming)
The view looking up is equally awe inspiring as well, we live in a grand world, indeed!
                                      Happy Thanksgiving!


wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming, Real Estate: Important Local Phone Numbers - 11/21/12 06:33 AM
An uninspired  title, for sure!  But sometimes it is what it is . . . and what it is today is a list of useful local phone numbers if you live in Laramie, Wyoming.
On a side note, our area code is (307) should anyone from out of state want to dial one of the local numbers.   Of course I also have a magnet version of this should anyone out there be dying to put it on their refrigerator - just give me a call and I'd be happy to deliver!  Enjoy!

wyoming: Laramie, WY: Yes, Its Cold . . . at least we don't have Cockroaches! - 11/20/12 05:30 AM
As soon as I say Laramie doesn't have cockroaches, I'm sure someone else will have a tale to refute my claim.  But as long as I've lived here (31 years) at many different locations (18) I have personally never seen an actual, live, "wild" cockroach.  As a  matter of fact I don't think I've ever seen one anywhere - even on my travels . . .
I've had friends who had cockroaches hitch a ride in their belongings when they made a move from another climate. However, it was easy enough for them to get rid of the beasts once they … (11 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming: If Its Chocolate, Does It Matter What It Looks Like? - 11/19/12 06:12 AM
In the past, I loved making fancy cakes for the kids and their birthdays.  I still do, but have much less time to do it.  Thankfully, the kids see things with a creative eye and our daughter, who was turning 9 that year, was plenty happy with this haphazard cake she helped me put together for her that year...

So . . .  while the cake is not particularly pretty, the question remains:

As long as it is chocolate, does it really matter what it looks like?

wyoming: Thankful for the University of Wyoming Stanley Hathaway Scholarship - 11/18/12 11:09 AM
Having four children, three of whom will hit college around the same time, I am thankful for the State of Wyoming Stanley Hathaway Scholarship.  Established in honor of former governor Stanley Hathaway- who created the state's Permanent Mineral Trust Fund (whose income pays for state government operations)- this scholarship has three different award levels available to students who graduate from Wyoming High Schools and want to attend the University of Wyoming or affiliated Wyoming Colleges.  Of course, students also have to meet certain academic criteria in high school as well as achieve certain ACT scores.  However, it is without a doubt … (7 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate: A Day for Reflection - 11/16/12 10:13 PM
A crisp Wyoming dawn slowly pushes the darkness away while I sit reluctantly away from the blankets that I'm sure are still warm. Today is one of those days where I'm not feeling particularly loquacious.  Just the fact that I used the word "loquacious" is a sign that today is, indeed, a day where I should  just stop and reflect...
Let's hear it for Saturdays!


wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate: Home Sales January thru October 2012 - 11/16/12 03:33 AM
Based on the number of homes shown as sold on the Laramie Board of REALTOR's MLS from January 2012 through October 2012, it looks like our home sales will be holding steady but slightly lower than 2009 and 2010.
The total number of homes sold in 2011 was 332,                                                                   in 2010 was 360,                                                           and in 2009 was 343.
The total number of homes sold this year through October has been 298.  Projecting sales over the next couple months factoring in the usual seasonal drop, puts … (0 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming: Improved Health Care Access for Local Veterans! - 11/15/12 03:32 AM
Local veterans will soon have improved access to health care right here in Laramie.  In the past, choices for Laramie veterans were limited to a mobile clinic that came over a couple days a week or driving to our closest VA Medical center which is in Cheyenne. (http://www.cheyenne.va.gov/). Of course, making the drive to Cheyenne will still be the only option for certain services or some types of specialized care but the option to be seen in town will likely be appreciated and utilized by many clients.
Veterans and the public are invited to an open house on:

Monday, Nov. … (4 comments)

wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming Real Estate: Our State Flower - the Indian Paintbrush - 11/14/12 09:27 AM
When it comes to native flowers, Wyoming blooms are generally small and seen mostly in the Spring.  Wyoming did not officially adopt a state flower until January 31, 1917 - after much lobbying by activist Dr. Grace Hebard.
Interestingly the decision to choose the Indian Paintbrush was not without controversy:

This link reveals that in polls of Wyoming schoolchildren, the Fringed Gentian proved to be a favorite and it served as an unofficial state flower in the early years of the 20th century.  It was also a popular garden flower during this time.
In fact, on the stained glass … (6 comments)