#Boomers and #Sooners Oh My! | April 2018

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April 2018
Kentwood Real Estate
#Boomers and #Sooners Oh My! The Land Rush Continues!
Those of you not familiar with Oklahoma History, I think, will find this interesting. Having spent my high school years in Tulsa, the concept of Boomers and Sooners clearly became an imprint. But who were the Boomers and Sooners?

Apparently, way back in 1889 an open "land grab" was sponsored by the Federal Government to populate and define the Oklahoma Territory. 50,000 Boomers and Sooners staked their claims. Apparently Boomers waited for the appropriate time to enter the territory, and apparently Sooners did a little sneaking in early to stake their claims before the start date, thus Boomer Sooners…

From Wiki: "Many settlers immediately started improving their new land or stood in line waiting to file their claim. Many children sold creek water to homesteaders waiting in line for five cents a cup, while other children gathered buffalo dung to provide fuel for cooking.[7] By the second week, schools had opened and were being taught by volunteers paid by pupils’ parents until regular school districts could be established. Within one month, Oklahoma City had five banks and six newspapers.[7]"

Fast forward to 2017, believe it or not, we’ve had our own "land grab". According to Colorado Public Records, we had 77,000 "Boomers" come to Colorado to seek shelter and employment in 2017. Colorado’s Population blossomed to 5.6 Million.

While the Land Rush of 1889 is only a metaphor for 2017 Colorado, there are some striking similarities. Neighborhood arguments ensued. NIMBY attitudes were prevalent. Fights were common; particularly between the Boomers and Sooners, but progress seems to always win out.

Sloan’s Lake was circumnavigated by a paddle boat enjoyed by wealthy Denverites looking for an evening out. Today, it is the second largest park in the city with improvements that were never considered a 100 years ago. Highrises threaten the southern boundary, lower income households are being priced out and Edgewater is actually considering "Urban Redevelopment".

As Will Rogers or Woody Guthrie would have said, "The times they are a changin.." Actually, it was Bob Dylan, but both Will and Woody were from Oklahoma.

And PS… Where is everyone coming from? Here’s the Top 10.

Top 10 Areas Sending Residents to Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

1. Boulder, CO
2. Colorado Springs, CO
3. Greeley, CO
4. Fort Collins, CO
5. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
6. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
7. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
8. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
9. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
10. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
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Market Snapshot
Market Movers
According to a new national report, The Denver housing market is projected to appreciate faster than any other metro area in the nation.

The south parking lots around Mile High Stadium could undergo a massive development, which would include housing and mixed-use projects. The city is seeking input from the community on what should happen on this prime real estate site.

The City of Denver is seeking help from the state’s Colorado Real Estate Commission to ensure compliance with the city’s affordable housing program. About 300 buyers bought homes that were in the affordable housing program and were not aware of it.

Dee and Tom were amazing to work with. They represent their clients so well and truly work for them. We were relocating to Denver from out of state and having them as partners was truly a benefit.
-Caleb K.
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