Housing at Colorado Mesa University


It’s getting close to that time of year, thousands of students with parents in tow descend upon our town with one mission… finding housing. “For Rent” signs are popping up all around the downtown area. Call fast or they are gone.

Parents, there is another, much better, option!

Let’s pretend your student enrolled at CMU fall of 2013, rather than renting an apartment or paying for student housing you decided to buy a house close to the college. This way your student would have a place to live, you could charge their friends rent (that would more than cover your monthly payment) and when they graduated this year you get to decide if you want to sell it or continue to hold onto it as an investment.

In 2013 the average price of a house in Downtown Grand Junction was $144,695. In June of this year the average price of that same house was $185,302! That means in the time your student was attending college you would have made approx. $41,000 on your “student housing” investment!

Now is the time to begin your investment home search! Inventory is low. You still have time to close before their first day of classes!

Give us a call today to start the process! 970.414.0956


Selling your home and have pets?


Selling your home when you have pets can come with some challenges. I am not only a pet owner but happen to be selling my home currently.  We love our furry little friends, but come on, let’s be honest, they throw a few more challenges in the mix when it comes to selling.  Here are a few tips I can give you to ease the process on you and FIDO.


  1. Give your house a really good deep cleaning.  You want to remove traces of animal hair as well as animal odors.  This may be a good time to ask a good friend or even your listing agent if your home smells pet free.  Trust me – odors are a deal killer.  If you need to, hire a professional cleaning company to get the job done for you.
  2. Hide your pets belongings. Pick a drawer or buy a basket with lid to throw pet toys in.  Think about de-cluttering your spaces even when it comes to the dog/cat.  You can always get things out as needed but your home will show much nicer when items such as these are not sitting out to be seen.
  • Litter pans
  • Pet beds/blankets
  • Cat towers/trees
  • Pet toy bin/basket
  • Collars
  • Pet food
  • Pet dishes

     3. Clean up the outside of your home too! Okay this one is not rocket science…. make sure your yard doesn’t look like their potty pit-stop.  Enough said. Other considerations to make when selling your home with pets is the condition of your lawn and landscaping.  Many pets, such as a dog, make it a habit to dig holes in the yard or landscaping.  Make sure that you have filled any holes that your pet has made in the past.  These things may seem like small tasks but they can make a huge impact on a potential buyers outlook of your home.

4. Check for pet damage.

  • Scratched hardwood floors
  • Trim work around doors
  • Ripped screens
  • Kitchen cabinet doors
  • Lower trim work

     5. Don’t Restrict Showings Because Of Your Pets – Be Prepared!  One of the biggest mistakes a seller can make when selling their home is restricting the times it can be shown.  The primary reason why restricting the times your home can be shown can be detrimental is due to the fact that a buyer will not stop their home search because they cannot get into your home.  Make sure you have a plan of action in place in the event a showing day and time is requested that may not be convenient for you.  Here are a few ideas to reduce the stress of showings with FIDO or Mr. Whiskers…

  • Relocate your pet with a family or friend temporarily
  • Be available to remove your pets from the home during showings.  Consider taking a walk with them or taking them on a car ride.
  • If you have a well behaved pet another option may be to crate the animal during showing.  This is not our top choice but sometimes is the only option.

I hope these tips will help you in reducing the stress of selling and showing a home with pets.  Shoot us an email at info@mavesgroup if you have any questions or suggestions.


The Good Neighbor Next Door

Law enforcement officers, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians can contribute to community revitalization while becoming homeowners through HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program. HUD offers a substantial incentive in the form of a discount of 50% from the list price of the home. In return you must commit to live in the property for 36 months as your sole residence.

How the Program Works

Eligible Single Family homes located in revitalization areas are listed exclusively for sale through the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales program. Properties are available for purchase through the program for seven days.

How to Participate in Good Neighbor Next Door

Contact us to see the listings available in our state. 970.414.095 If more than one person submits an offer on a single home a selection will be made by random lottery. You must meet the requirements for a law enforcement officer, teacher, firefighter or emergency medical technician and comply with HUD’s regulations for the program.

HUD requires that you sign a second mortgage and note for the discount amount. No interest or payments are required on this “silent second” provided that you fulfill the threeyear occupancy requirement.0e0a6bb.png


Are you ready for some Irish Style comfort food?  Nothing says St. Patricks day like good food and good beer.  This recipe combines them both! Feel free to substitute your favorite Irish beer or even beef broth if you’d like to skip the beer altogether. Get your green on, get in the kitchen and get ready to whip up this famous Irish staple.
1 & 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup half & half milk
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 & 1/2 pounds ground round
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1/2 cup Guinness Irish beer
1/2 cup beef broth (or chicken broth)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups frozen vegetable medley, thawed (corn, peas, carrots, green beans)
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them in fourths. Place them in a medium pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Boil the potatoes over medium-high heat until they are fork tender. (While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the meat filling.)
  3. Remove the potatoes from the boiling water add butter and mash the potatoes with a flat beater on low speed.
  4. Gradually pour in the half & half and add in salt, pepper and cheese. Mix until smooth.
  5.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  1. In a saute pan heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the onion until it begins to turn golden brown. Add in the garlic and continue to saute.
  2. Add in the ground round, salt and pepper. Cook until the beef is completely brown with no more pink.
  3. Sprinkle flour on the meat and fold it into the mixture.
  4. Add in the tomato paste, Guinness beer, beef or chicken broth, Worcestershire, rosemary and thyme.
  5. Stir to mix everything together. Bring meat filling to a brief boil, then reduce the heat to low.
  6. Cover the saute pan and let the mixture simmer for about 12 minutes until the sauce is lightly thickened.
  1. Fold the vegetable medley into the meat mixture until everything is combined.
  2. Transfer the meat filling to an 8 X 8 inch baking dish. Using a spatula spread it evenly on the bottom.
  3. With a clean spatula, spread the mashed potatoes evenly on top of the meat mixture.
  4. Around the edges of the meat mixture make sure the potatoes form a nice seal within the baking dish to prevent overflow of the filling while baking.
  5. Put the baking dish on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to catch any overflow.
  6. Place the Shepherd’s Pie on the middle rack of the oven to ensure good heat circulation.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until the potatoes become lightly golden.
  8. Remove the Guinness Shepherd’s Pie and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.



It’s time for our FRIDAY FAVORITES!  This time we are focusing on simple DIY projects.  Most of us love to DIY but thanks to Pinterest it can get a bit overwhelming.  Here are my top 3 that I would recommend as they put a little pizzazz in your home but don’t cost a fortune and are easy.


  1. CITRONELLA WINE BOTTLE CANDLES – I think these are pretty darn awesome.  They would be great on a back patio, around a pool or on the front porch with a little bistro table.  Check out how simple from Helloglowamp_citronella_IMG_9191

2. MAP MAGNETS – When I look at these magnets it makes me want to travel.  Here’s what I envision…print or buy a map and cut out all the places you desire to go and use it like a wish list.  And of course, when you do it, DREAM BIG! God specializes in the impossible!

Ps 37:4


3.  ANTHROPOLOGIE KNOCK OFF: DIY AGATE COASTERS – I’m just gonna go ahead and assume you are just like me and love, love, love Anthropologie.  One thing I don’t love is Anthro prices… Here’s an awesome DIY of their gorgeous Agate Coasters.  I am very much wanting to do this project. Who’s with me?  Check out TotallyTheBomb.com’s tutorial!


Have a beautiful weekend and let us know if you end up doing any of these great crafts!  Nothing makes a home like adding little splashes of you and your own work throughout it.



How To Find The Right Real Estate Agent

ChoosingBuying a home is a BIG deal.  It is likely the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime.  You don’t want to just “hope” to work with the right people, but you want to make a decision based on your needs with an agent who is not only qualified but has the set of skills and passion to get the job done – and done well!

There are many real estate agents out there, as you can see by all the signs around town in the yards of hopeful sellers.  Some of them are smart, intuitive, passionate, focused and willing to go the extra mile.  And some are just not.  Let us help you by giving you some tips and questions to ask  for when choosing the right agent for you.

  1. How much? Ask potential agents how much they think they can sell your home for. “If two agents say $200,000 and the third says $300,000, think hard. It’s likely the high bid is an exaggeration to attract your business.” says Alison Rogers, author of Diary of a Real Estate Rookie. In the trade it’s known as buying a listing. In the end, you’ll be the one who pays because the high price will scare away potential buyers before you inevitably drop the price.
  2. How will you market it? Running a few classified ads in the local paper, listing it on the Internet and holding an open house shouldn’t be the only answers. They should be able to talk about what kinds of people are likely buyers and how he will reach out to those specific people. This is the time you will want to hear about smart phone apps, virtual tours, facebook markting, mailers and more.
  3. What’s your specialty? If you’re selling a starter home in a community full of young families, hiring an agent who specializes in seniors is probably a bad idea. It doesn’t mean that if he only sells condos that he can’t sell a house, but he may not be geared up to do the best job.
  4. How many people are you selling homes for right now and what are you doing for them? It may not be a bad thing that a high-powered agent is juggling 15 homes, but she may not be able to give a high level of personal service, although she should then have an attentive assistant. On the other hand, be wary of an agent with no other customers because she may lack experience and contacts.
  5. What do you expect of me? A good salesperson will have expectations. He may want you to leave and take the dog when the house is shown, paint the garage, move some furniture around and scrub the tile in the bathroom. It shows that he can think like a buyer – and that’s a good thing!
  6. Can I talk to one of your previous clients? References and referrals are a great agent’s  best advertising tools.  You will get the real low down on what type of agent they are and if that is someone who you may want to work with.  Many agents have a list of referrals or may even have a few clients who would be willing to give you their personal experience. A good reputation around town goes a long way.
  7. What is your business philosophy? This may not seem super important but it’s very nice when you can find out what’s important to the agent and determine how closely the agent’s goals and business emphasis mesh with your own.

To find out how The Maves Group can help you get that SOLD sign in your yard and have a team go the extra mile for you, contact us at (970)414-0956 or kelly@mavesgroup.com
or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MavesGroup

Looking for a gift for Dad?


Consol Solar Jar – This is a 100% recyclable mason jar that uses the power of the sun to charge its solar cells. Just a few hours in direct sunlight and the four LEDs are ready to shine. 

Compact Touch-Up Portable Iron – Created by a Marine to keep his uniform collars regulation-ready, Collar Perfect works on almost any ironing job. This compact travel iron features two facing heated plates—shirt collars, hems, and pockets fit neatly between them. Angled edges let you easily smooth out the areas in between buttons, too. The plates can also fold out flat, morphing into a mini iron for bigger areas.

Diablo Toasted Snack Maker -Create savory or sweet deep dish snacks with the Diablo Toasted Snack Maker. No plug, non-stick, and an easy dishwasher safe clean up. Delicious recipes are included, but there is no limit to the variety snacks that can be made with the Diablo.

Shave Tech USB Charging Razor – World traveler + 5 o’clock shadow = tres unprofessional. Who has time to search for outlets and charging cords? Not you- you are an on-the-run, get-it-done, pack light-and-go jetsetter. With all that whirlwind activity, you still want to look suave. The ShaveTech uses USB powered state-of-the-art technology, so that you can charge it anywhere. Plug ShaveTech into any standard USB port and you can charge your electric razor with ease.

PRONTO smartphone universal remote adapter – Pronto is an infrared (or “IR”) transmitter that makes your iPad or iPhone a universal remote control. It works with components like the cable box, DVD player, Apple TV, gaming systems and more—up to eight devices per room.

Whirly Board Spinning Balance Board – For the sports enthusiast that likes snowboarding, skating boarding or just a great core workout.