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The Next PRIDES CROSSING Board Meeting is Monday January 20, 2020 AT 6:30pm @ the Management Office at 14901 E Hampden Ave. #320, Aurora, CO 80014.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Waste Management Recycling update for 2019


Dear Community:



EFFECTIVE the week of Monday, January 14th, 2019:



The recycle collection is changing to GREEN week.

Moving forward, the recycle will be serviced on GREEN service weeks.  


Upcoming Recycling Schedule:

Wk of 1/14: GREEN week

Wk of 1/28: GREEN week

                 

Waste Service Reminders

  1. Make sure your containers are on the street, one foot in front of the curb and a least 4 feet from obstructions (like parked cars, mailboxes, trees, etc.)
  2. The handle side should be facing the house with lid opening toward the street.
  3. Avoid parking cars within 20 feet of containers as the driver will not be able to empty your container if it is blocked.
  4. Containers must be at the curbside by 7AM.
  5. No appliances, tires, batteries, or other flammable and hazardous material in your waste or recycle container.



We will be sending letters to all residents notifying them of the change as well.



Thank you and Happy Holidays.



Waste Management


HOA Admin Support Team


CO/UT/NM/AZ






Recycling is a good thing. Please recycle any printed emails.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Real Estate Warning


The Division of Real Estate is seeing an uptick in cases involving two types of cases involving long-term home ownership: Wholesaling/Assigning Transactions and Distressed Rescue Transactions.

Wholesaling/Assigning Transactions


Investors and real estate brokers are targeting people with home ownership of over 20 years. This targeting translates to people over the age of 50 who are close to paying down their mortgage and holding equity in their property. The investor will offer the following:

  • Cash transaction;
  • A quick sale closing with no inspection; and
  • You can leave behind any items you don’t want.

The problems begin when the homeowner is elderly, alone, and doesn’t know the true market value of their property:

  • They may have purchased their property over 20 years ago for $50,000, $100,000, or maybe $200,000.
  • That same property now could have a market value of $300,000, $400,000 or even $500,000.
  • The idea that they purchased the property 20 years ago for $120,000 and are now being offered $220,000 sounds appealing to these homeowners – their mortgage might be paid off and they will make $100,000 – sounds good right?
  • They don’t realize that an investor or real estate broker who knows the true market value of the property may be taking advantage of them by actively misleading the homeowner as to the true market value.

The problems arise when the investor or real estate broker:

  • Drives down the property value in the seller’s mind by showing them comparable properties that aren’t really comparable.
  • Talks to the homeowner about all of the deferred maintenance that the property needs (which may or may not be true).
  • Allows the homeowner to leave items behind (What is that “convenience” worth - the costs of renting a dumpster, hiring two-three workers for a day to unload your house? Is it worth a homeowner giving up $20,000 - $50,000 - $100,000 – or more of their equity?)
  • Fails to tell the homeowner that they are actively marketing the property for market value and that the investor or real estate broker plans to assign their rights in their contract with the homeowner to another investor/buyer.
  • Fails to tell the homeowner that they intend to make a profit by accomplishing an assignment of the contract.
  • Fails to tell the homeowner when the contract is assigned to a different investor/buyer.

Investigated Case Example


Below is an example of a case that we investigated where the broker involved in the deal was referred criminally and her real estate license was revoked.

The victim had the misfortune of being on her front porch when an “investor” and his real estate partner approached her and told her they used to live in the neighborhood and wanted to move back.

They figured out her weaknesses and used them against her.

  • After “working” on her for a few days, the investor and real estate agent had a meeting with her that lasted hours. At the end of the meeting they had talked her into a purchase price of $200,000 for a property she didn’t even plan on selling.
  • At the same time, they had already assigned the contract to a second investor for $300,000 – with the agreement that the second investor would pay a $100,000 assignment fee to the original investor and real estate broker.
  • The second investor sold the property to a third investor for $360,000 two weeks after the closing.
  • Finally, the third investor held the property for eight months and sold it for $520,000.

That wouldn’t happen to any of us right? Think again. This type of thing can happen to anyone – young, old, rich, poor, no education, or highly educated. The reason it works is because people who perpetrate fraud are good at what they do – separating you from your money.

  • Unfortunately, some of our victims became victims because they responded to an unsolicited mailer, phone call, or knock on the door. Once the “investor” makes contact with someone, they start “working” on them.  They are professionals at getting close and gaining trust.
  • They are charming and know how to obtain information about you that will help in their dealings with you. In just a few short conversations they will find out private information about you and then use it against you.

Things to Keep In Mind


  • Be wary if someone approaches you about something you weren’t even thinking about doing.
  • If you want to sell your property, you should contact someone you have been referred to by family, friends, or do research on real estate brokers working in your neighborhood.
  • Go to our website and see if the person has a real estate license and if they have any disciplinary history – dora.colorado.gov/dre
  • Go to the City and County of Denver website to check on neighborhood sales – denvergov.org
    • Click Search Property Information, then enter your address and click Search. In the Results link click on your address where there are various tabs and click on Neighborhood Sales.
  • If you have a hard time with technology, you can always ask friends or family members to help you navigate the web to do some research about property values in your area.

If you do find yourself entertaining an offer from an unsolicited investor:

  • Ask to obtain, and keep, a list of the comparable property sales in your neighborhood the investor used to come up with their purchase price offer.
  • Always keep someone else in the loop – your children, good friends, or someone you trust.
  • Always know that you can seek legal advice – in the end, it might be worth the money you spend on a consultation with an attorney.
  • Review the contract closely to see if it is assignable.  Inquire into why it is assignable, for instance: to whom it is assigned and why, and how much the new buyer is paying the original buyer - AKA – an assignment fee. 
  • Do not sign an assignable contract until you have had the opportunity to investigate the true value of your property and the legal implications with an attorney.
  • Take responsibility for being informed about the value of your property and the contracts that you are considering signing.

Distressed Rescue Transactions


Investors and real estate brokers are approaching distressed homeowners (those behind in their payments, facing foreclosure, or experiencing a medical issue). They offer the homeowner an “out” by agreeing to make the mortgage payments for them.

Problems arise when the investor does not explain how this will be accomplished. The unscrupulous investor will:

  • Have the homeowner sign a Quit Claim Deed in which the homeowner signs over their ownership in the property.
  • Fail to explain to the homeowner that they, the homeowner, are still responsible for the mortgage.
  • Fail to warn the homeowner that they could be violating their “due on sale clause” with their lender.

The homeowner is usually elderly or part of an at-risk population (English isn’t their first language, disability of some kind, etc.).

The Division advises the following when it comes to these types of rescue transactions:

  • Don’t sign any documents or a deed to anyone until you have had a chance to talk with your lender and an attorney about your mortgage obligations and your legal rights.
  • Colorado has a Foreclosure Protection Act that affords you certain rights when you are financially distressed.
  • It’s best to take proactive steps when you first start having financial problems, and here are some resources that you can contact:
  • Colorado Housing Connects – 1-844-926-6632
  • Colorado Foreclosure Hotline – 1-877-601-HOPE (4673)
  • Colorado Bar Association “Find-a-Lawyer” – 303-860-1115
  • Colorado Legal Services – 303-837-1313
Disability Law Colorado (Formerly The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People) – 303-722-0720

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Tree Warning

Christmas trees can be deadly.
That’s the urgent advisory from consumer safety experts who warn that it only takes a small ignition source to set a festive home ablaze.
A tree without enough water is essentially flammable kindling, fueling what can become a devastating catastrophe.
Several people die from tree fires each year, according to newly-released data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which looked at rates between 2013 and 2015.
Most holiday lights won’t get hot enough to set a tree on fire. But frayed wires and broken bulbs can spark a flame. Outdoor holiday lights have been known to cause shrub fires and should only be purchased from certified manufacturers, the CPSC says. 
Watering a tree regularly can keep a small fire from spreading. In a demonstration by the CPSC Thursday, a dry tree quickly became engulfed in flames while the watered tree barely caught fire under the same conditions.
“Even after Christmas, keep it well watered until you drag it to the curb,” acting CPSC Chairwoman Anne Marie Buerkle told ABC News. In addition to watering, the CPSC offers these tips to help avoid a holiday tragedy:
1) Check lights for broken or cracked sockets.
2) Don’t put candles on unstable surfaces like couches or pillows.
3) Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.
4) Keep the tree away from any heat source.
Thousands of people injure themselves every year while decorating for the holidays, according to the CPSC.
“All of these injuries are preventable,” Buerkle said.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Short Term Rentals


Short Term Rentals - Important Information




As part of the new sharing economy, lodging services also known as short-term rentals in private residences, have seen a rapid expansion. At websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, and Homeaway, homeowners can list a room or house for rent for just a few days or several weeks. If you have considered listing your home on any of these websites, please stop now. HOA Covenants restricts the use of homes in our association to residential purposes only.


The City of Aurora recently finalized regulations on these types of services. They stipulate that the regulations do not override HOA covenants that prevent homeowners from engaging in this type of activity. If you have questions about the covenants, please contact any HOA Board member. Any questions about the city regulations should be addressed to the City of Aurora Tax & Licensing Division at 303-739-7800.



Please click the below link for more information:

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Arapahoe County News

Flash


Arapahoe County News

Posted on: November 29, 2018

Clerk and Recorder’s Office begins effort to preserve historic record books from 1800's

Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane holds a newly preserved record book Opens in new window
Important relics of Colorado history have been preserved for future generations, thanks to a project underway in the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane led efforts to preserve the County’s 73 oldest land record books, dating 1865-1900, as well as to digitize the pages and make the records searchable online. These books contain handwritten accounts of property transactions, which are still critical for real estate sales today.
The Clerk and Recorder’s Office maintains more than 2,000 record and index books, which date back to the formation of Arapahoe County as Colorado’s first county. During that era, records were handwritten in iron gall ink on acid-bleached paper made from wood pulp. Glue was used to bind the pages in leather-bound books.
After more than 150 years in Colorado’s arid climate, many of these record books are in extremely poor condition. The fragile pages have turned brown and are tearing loose or cracking. The ink is fading and the records are at risk of being indecipherable.
“Our record books have a rich story to tell about the changing landscape and property rights in Arapahoe County,” said Crane. “It is the responsibility of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office to maintain and provide public access to these books. We saw a critical need to begin preserving the deteriorating volumes from our County’s earliest days in order to protect the integrity of these records.” 
The County solicited bids and contracted with Kofile a renowned preservation company for government agencies nationwide. The preservation process includes cleaning each page of dust, sediment, stains and mineral and biological contaminants. The pages are flattened and humidified, and then deacidified. Each page is encapsulated in a Mylar protective sleeve and secured in an archival binder, which is consistent with best practices from the U.S. National Archives and Library of Congress. Each binder is bound in an elegant red metal cover that is fire and water-resistant and embossed with gold text.
Each page also is scanned and enhanced, and then linked to a digital index. These records will be added to the County’s digital collection of public documents, which can be searched and viewed at www.arapahoegov.com/documentsearch.
As part of the project, Arapahoe will be the first county in Colorado to provide a direct link between the historical Index Book and the land records. This means that a citizen can view the digital Index Book, and simply click on the name of a Grantor/Grantee to view the associated land record, such as a deed. This will dramatically expedite the search process for citizens, who will not have to comb through pages of digital books for a relevant record.
Funding has been allocated from the County’s General Fund to preserve only the 73 oldest volumes in the library. Crane will finish his term as Clerk and Recorder in January 2019, and any further funding to preserve record books dating from the 1900’s will be at the discretion of the Clerk-elect and Board of County Commissioners.
Shelves of Historical Record Books from the 1900s
Historical Record Books from the 1900's have not yet been preserved, and are in deteriorating condition.
PreservedRecordBookfrom1800s
A sample of a newly preserved record book from the 1800's
Inside of Preserved Record Book from 1800s
Pages have been cleaned and protected in Mylar, then secured in a metal archival book for future generations.

Arapahoe County’s record books are available for public review in the Records and Copies Room at the Administration Building, 5334 S. Prince Street, Littleton. Employees from the Recording Division are available to assist the public with locating materials, but cannot provide research, legal advice or forms for real estate transactions.
For more information about land and marriage records, please call the Recording Division at 303-795-4520 or visit www.arapahoegov.com/clerk.
Please note that Arapahoe County does not provide court or vital statistics records. For birth or death records, please contact Tri-County Health Department at 303-220-9200. For divorce or court records, please contact the Colorado Judicial Branch at 303-649-6355.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

City of Aurora Parks & Rec.




Greetings!,


A sale your residents will love you for!
Up to 50% off annual passes for 
Aurora recreation centers and reservoirs!

Nov. 22 - 26, ONLY!

Coming up for a limited time only, Nov. 22-26, enjoy up to 50% off annual passes for Aurora recreation centers and reservoirs.

Our annual membership passes are valid for all six of our recreation centers (including the new Central Aurora Recreation Center!) located around your community. Included are fitness classes, indoor pools, gymnasiums, weight and cardio rooms.

Annual passes to the Aurora and Quincy Reservoirs include access to amenities such as the swim beach, fishing pier, trails, SCUBA, SUP and more great outdoor fun!

We kindly ask that you forward this message to your residents as part of an effort to encourage active lifestyles and healthy environments for people, nature and community in the city of Aurora.

For more information or questions, call 303.326.8650.

To learn more, visit us online                              





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