October Newsletter 2020

Business & Service Update

While we try to make our monthly newsletter well-rounded and informative, we also want to share company information as we go.

We figured this was a good time to give an update on how we are doing during the pandemic. With the recent announcement that Denver is at “Safer at Home” level 3, we wanted to let you know we are still operating.

As a reminder, we are using every safety protocol that we know of to ensure that you and your family are safe when we clean your home. Full PPE, health and welfare monitoring along with a dose of Theraworx Protect ensures that our ladies are safe, and that you are as well.

We are germ-killing experts and are glad we can help disinfect your homes during this challenging time. Our best advice to ensure everyone’s safety is to simply socially distance from our teams when they are in your homes.

Our ladies love to see you, but we also want to be as safe as possible. We promise we will wave from a distance. 🙂

We have been open and running since we were allowed to return, and to date have no issues with any client infections or problems. In short, we believe we are very safe and can provide a valuable service to you keeping your home germ-free.

As always, we appreciate your trust and faith in us. We will continue to do all we can to earn it every day.

COVID Exposure Alerts

Some of you may have received an alert this week about contact tracing embedded in your phone.

The technology is fairly straightforward, and iPhone and Android makers are ensuring us that this is anonymous and that our information won’t be used.

Of course, as we have outlined in past newsletters, our phones are watching where we go anyway, unless you have that function disabled.

From the article, “The technology uses non-identifiable Bluetooth tokens sent to user’s phones, when someone tests positive for COVID-19 anyone who has been in close proximity in the last 14 days is notified of exposure.”

“The identity of anyone using the system will never be revealed. The service does not collect, store or transmit any personal information, according to the CDPHE.”

As always, we must balance the public good versus our rights to privacy, so we will let you sort that one out yourself.

Stay safe!

Denver’s Record Housing Market 

We aren’t sure anyone would have predicted this one.

Right in the middle of a global pandemic, people on lockdown and the economy sputtering along, Denver’s housing market has reached historic levels.

In September, the typical home in the Denver area went under contract after six days, a 63% year-over-year decrease in days on market.

Denver’s housing market has been riding an unprecedented hot streak since the early summer, following a short-lived slowdown in March and April.

September was also the most difficult month in Denver’s history to buy a home. The inventory of homes for sale was down to 3,041 homes, and single family detached homes spent a median of just 6 days on the market.

From the DBJ article. “New listings for all residential properties (both attached and detached) totaled 6,456, up 6.71% from the same month a year ago. But buyers put 6,376 homes under contract, leaving few properties to chip away at the current supply deficit.”

“The number of closings in September reached 5,850, a 16.51% year-over-year increase.”

Not what we expected either! The good news is if you are selling this should be a fun time to do so.

The full article from the Denver Business Journal can be found here.

Colorado Leads the Way 

Dovetailing on the housing market piece from above, it seems that everyone wants to live in Colorado.

U.S. News and World Report recently published their list of best places to live.

In fact, Colorado dominates the rankings, with Boulder coming in number one, and Denver number two.

While we found that interesting, we were more surprised by the rest of the top five.

Colorado Springs comes in at fourth and Fort Collins at fifth.

If you are scoring at home, that gives Colorado 4 of the to 5 places to live in the entire U.S. Amazing stuff.

They use data such as job market, housing affordability, quality of life index and desirability to come up with the rankings.

The complete ranking of all the places to live, the methodology used, and how they rank can be found here.

We feel fortunate to live in such a wonderful place.

Halloween Trick or Treating Rules

Saturday is Halloween.

Like everything else, it’s been turned upside down by COVID.

We know many of you have little ones though, and they most likely don’t want to hear about it interfering with the annual candy hunt known as trick or treating.

In that spirit, we wanted to let you know what is going on around the Front Range regarding trick or treating and celebrating Halloween.

In Denver, trick or treating will be allowed, but there are lots of recommendations on how to do it safely.

The Denver Channel put together a checklist and it can be found here.

We also ran across some cool ideas about getting candy to your porch visitors safely, such as:

  • Line up individually wrapped treats at the end of the driveway or yard’s edge. Watch the fun and enjoy the costumes from a distance.
  • Use a plastic slide, cardboard tubes, or plastic pipes to deliver candy from a distance.

For those of you not involved in trick or treating, Denver.org published a list of many things the family can do, including corn mazes, and a pet parade.

Happy Halloween to all!

Monthly Award Winners

Our monthly award winners for September were Paz Jimenez, Sandra Vidales, Maria Hernandez, Josefina Quinonez and Maria Zapata.

In the Team Leader ranks, it was Laura Varela and Natalia 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 September.

Queen Bee Corner

by Angela

An interesting theory to ponder.

Over the years I have seen a good deal of our clients’ furnishings and treasured objects, heard where they originated and what memories they hold for the family.

There is a theory that by the year 2030 anything we want we will rent instead of own.

I wonder if it would go so far as to negate our natural instinct to collect and own beautiful pieces of art or artifacts or hold onto family heirlooms.

Maybe there will be more museums so the beauty can be shared, but if our furnishings are not our own, collected and cared for and loved over the years, how does that change the essence of our homes?  Will they just be houses?

On the other hand, it’s just a theory.