What a strange and memorable year.
We know it may seem a bit counterintuitive, but we are very thankful.
We are thankful for our wonderful clients. Our people. Our health. We know so many of you have been impacted by COVID, some of you worse than others and for that, you have our sympathy and love.
We are thankful to be open during this time, doing our jobs. So many people aren’t able to do this currently, especially our friends in the restaurant and gym business. Not to mention schools and the extra work many of you are putting in as “part-time” teachers at home. Crazy.
We genuinely want to use this space to express our gratitude for all of you, our readers and friends.
Without you, we have no company, no employees, and no business to be thankful for. We will continue to operate as safely as possible and try to bring you the peace of mind you need to keep your homes germ-free.
We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow, although we know it will be different from all the others. If you are deciding to get together, we have an interesting resource below that may ease your mind (or may not).
Either way, please know that we appreciate you and wish you a safe and happy holiday and weekend.
Just How Risky is Thanksgiving?
Ah, the tradition. We love getting together for Thanksgiving (and any other holiday where we can eat).
So much controversy this year about Thanksgiving being “cancelled” and everyone being discouraged from getting together.
That said, nearly 40% of people say they will likely attend a Thanksgiving gathering with 10 or more people despite the risk of catching COVID-19, according to a recent survey by Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.
Another survey of parents nationwide found nearly a third say the benefits of gathering with extended family for the holidays are worth the risk of spreading or getting the coronavirus. The survey, conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in partnership with the University of Michigan, says almost 3-in-5 plan to see extended family in person.
We get it.
Should you decide to expand the guest list, we wanted to provide a resource that will help guide you regarding exposure risk.
Denver 7 published an interesting, interactive map created by professors at the Georgia Institute of Technology, that shows the likelihood that at least one person would test positive for COVID-19 when gathering with a group of 10 or more people in a given area.
For example, under current case rates, a gathering of 10 people in Denver would have a 38% chance that one person there would be infected.
Fascinating data and you can look anywhere in the US to determine the risk.
Upsizing Your Home?
Downsizing has become an incredibly popular retirement trend in the past few years. While many benefits come with sizing down into a smaller home—lower costs, less maintenance, and simpler living—there are also many good reasons to go against the grain.
Depending on your retirement goals, upsizing to a larger home and property might be the better choice! Keep reading to learn more about upsizing in your senior years and how to make it happen.
If you’re selling your existing home to help pay for a larger one, use a site like Redfin to learn how much comparable properties in the Denver area are selling for.
If you’ll be taking out a mortgage for your new space, increase your borrowing power by paying off debt and boosting your credit score.
Having a larger home in retirement comes with many perks for seniors. For example, you can set up a hobby farm your grandchildren will love visiting, and you can rent out the basement for some side income.
Once you’ve made your move, unpack strategically by setting up your living room and bedroom first. You can dive into bigger projects later, like setting up a sewing room, so you’re not overwhelmed with laying out your new home.
Downsizing isn’t for everyone. If your dream is to spend your golden years on a big, beautiful property and you have the financial means to make it happen, go for it! As long as you take your time to plan your big purchase and prepare for your move, your transition to a larger space will be smooth, stress-free, and, most of all, exciting!
How Expensive is Denver?
Last month we were happy to report that Colorado fared very well in the annual Best Places to Live survey.
With all that excitement, we thought we would take a look at just what it takes to survive in our fair city.
For example, if you are a renter and want to live in Denver, you need north of $100k annually to do it. Wow.
In Albuquerque, NM, in comparison, you would “only” need $73k annually.
Interesting data and a fun list to pore over.
Oh, what is the most expensive metro area to live in?
San Francisco, where one would need $164K annually just to rent. Plus, it’s foggy there and they have no mountains.
Things to (safely) Do this Holiday Season
We thought planning for Thanksgiving was tough. December is coming and it has even more complexity.
So, what exactly will be going on around Denver this year?
Some things will remain, such as the Blossoms of Light festival at the Botanic Gardens. The Mile High Tree on the 16th Street Mall, and the Parade of Lights.
We hope whatever you decide to do you have a wonderful holiday season and stay safe!!
Monthly Award Winners
Our monthly award winners for October were Josefina Quinonez, Aurora Dominguez, Martha Garcia, Cecilia Reyes, and Paz Jimenez.
In the Team Leader ranks, it was Rosa Chavez and Juana Olivas.
We are very proud of our winners, and of all the folks that are in and out of your homes each week.
We continue to be grateful to you for allowing us into your homes.
Please join me in congratulating our best performers for the month of October.
Queen Bee Corner
According to a recently published book, hunter-gatherer societies worked less than people in other modes of subsistence, while not only providing for their needs but also enjoying a substantial amount of leisure time.
This has raised some questions and opened discussions about our current work hours, which driven by the increase in what our society considers basic needs, has resulted in chaining us to extremely long work hours with minimal leisure time. Theories abound.
With Thanksgiving upon us, however, let’s put the theories aside, and pause to be grateful for the benefits of our labors, as is fitting.