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The Englewood Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they move their clocks FORWARD on Sunday, March 10, 2019

In conjunction with the annual public education program: “Change Your

Clocks, Change Your Batteries” – citizens are encouraged to change the

batteries in their smoke alarms at least twice a year (at the beginning and end of daylight savings time).

In addition, you should:

  • • Ensure that smoke alarms are properly placed
  • • Test your alarm monthly
  • • Consider switching to a smoke alarm that has a non-removable 10-year lithium batter
  • • Replace your smoke alarm every 10 years (or according to manufacturer’s specifications)
  • • Develop an escape plan and practice the plan with your family

For maximum protection, the Fire Marshal’s Office encourages the use of both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms. Such smoke alarms provide early warning when fire occurs.

Photoelectric alarms quickly sense smoke from smoldering, smoky fires, such as those ignited by a cigarette falling between sofa cushions.

• Ionization alarms quickly sense smoke caused by flaming, fast-moving fires, such as a kitchen fire.

Remember you may save your life and the lives of your family members by having operating smoke alarms.

Some DIY Summer Fun

We’re having a 4th of July BBQ this year and I wanted to come up with something different and fun to have for games outside.  I saw a fun post on Facebook on how to make traditional inside games into yard games.  Here’s a link to the original post from our friends at “This Old House”:

Jenga & Yahtzee

7 Giant Yard Games You Can DIY

I decided to go for what I thought would be the 2 easiest. My husband and I made yard sized Jenga and Yahtzee.

We also needed some score sheets for Yahtzee which I downloaded here.

Location, Location, Location – Littleton Home for Sale $365,000

A 5860 S Hickory 002 (2)5860 S Hickory St, Littleton CO

OPEN HOUSE, – Saturday June 25, 2016 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

5 BEDS, 2 BATH

OVER 2500 FINISHED SQ FT

Move-in ready ranch home in a prime Littleton location just blocks from Ketring park and a mile to light rail and downtown Littleton. There is plenty of room in this home with 3 large bedrooms on the main floor and a full bath. The basement has a huge family room with 2 additional non-conforming bedrooms a large 3/4 bath and a walk-in closet. The open floor plan, updated kitchen, family room with a fireplace and covered back patio make for great entertaining space and a covered front porch for you to enjoy, too. There are beautiful floors throughout the main floor. A workshop off of the carport and an 8 x 8 shed in the back are great for additional storage. The expensive stuff has been done, a newer furnace with central air-conditioning, newer water heater and roof. I think you’ll like what you see. Quick possession.

Awesome Home In Denver for Sale $230,000

AA 1690 Valentia 041 (2)1690 Valentia St, Denver, CO

OPEN HOUSE -Saturday June 25, 2016 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

2 BEDS, 1 BATH, 1 CAR ATTACHED GARAGE.

LARGE CORNER LOT WITH FENCED YARD

A move-in ready ranch home that is close to everything. Hardwood floors throughout. Oversized 1 car garage with room to add another off of the alley. Just one block to public transportation and walking distance to shopping, restaurants and parks. Huge fenced back yard for pets with alley access and plenty of room. Located just south of Stapleton this home is perfect for someone who wants to be centrally located and is looking for a well-priced home. 5 year roof certification, furnace cleaned & serviced, sewer line cleaned, newer water heater. Everything is ready for you to make this your home today.

Shutting down your sprinkler system

Shut down and drain your system around October 15th.
Note: If a hard frost is forecast in your area before you have shut down your sprinkler system, your back flow system must be protected. You can protect your back flow device by covering it with some type of insulation.

  1. Close the main shut-off valve at the main water line branch (Main Shut Off Valve)
  2. Open backflow testing valves on back flow device and loosen drain cap on back flow system.
  3. If you are blowing out your system attach an air compressor to the ¼” or 3/8” connector located after the back flow prevention device.
  4. Manually open one zone valve at a time (located in your valve box) and blow out that zone as described above.
  5. Open drain valve at end of the manifold system and backflow testing valves located on the backflow device, to finish draining all components.
  6. Replace drain cap onto back flow device DO NOT TIGHTEN.
  7. Verify that all valves are in the open position. These valves will remain open until you start up your system next season.
  8. Turn system controller to off.

Shutting Down Your Sprinkler System (PDF with instructions and graphic)

Sprinkler System SO

 

Ways to hold title to your new home

Now that you’ve gone through all the hard work of finding your perfect home, it’s time to make an offer. The ‘offer’ is a contract between you, the buyer(s) and the seller(s) and in Colorado is is call the “Contract to Buy and Sell Real Estate”.

When completing the contract with your Real Estate Broker, one of the first decisions you need to make is how you will be holding the title to your new home.

Thanks to Heritage Title for providing this information.  Please note: this information is for reference purposes only. How title is vested has serious legal consequences.  You should consult an attorney to determine what will work best in your personal situation.

If you are a single person buying a home and you will be holding title by yourself it is called holding title “in severalty”.  “In Severalty”, is used  when real estate is owned by a single person or legal entity.  A sole owner is free to do anything with the property that is within the law—sell it, lease it, gift it, or pass it to heirs without anyone else’s permission.

If two or more people will be holding title to the home, things get a bit more complicated.

Here is an overview of the different ways two or more people can hold title and how ownership is affected.  You can also download a pdf of ways to hold title here.

Joint Tenancy

  • Two or more people can hold title to the property
  • All parties hold equal interest
  • Title is held in the names of the individual owners
  • There is an equal right of possession
  • If one of the owners conveys their interest then it breaks the joint tenancy (for example, if one owner decides to sell their interest to another person or one of the other owners then the ownership automatically defaults to “tenants in common”.
  • If one of the owner’s dies then their interest automatically passes to the survivor(s)
  • Last survivor owns the entire interest
  • Co-owners interest may be sold at an execution sale to satisfy any judgements by a creditor (see above for what happens to title)

Tenants in Common

  • Two or more people can hold title to the property
  • Any number of interest, equal or unequal.
  • Title is held in the names of the individual owners
  • There is an equal right of possession
  • Each co-owner’s interest may be conveyed separately.  No automatic conveyance.
  • If an owner dies their interest is passes according to their estate.
  • Heirs become tenants in common
  • Co-owners interest may be sold at an execution sale to satisfy any judgements by a creditor.

Partnership

  • Two or more people can hold title to the property
  • Partnership interests may be equal or unequal
  • Title is held in the name of the partnership
  • Possession is determined by the partnership agreement
  • Any general partner, authorized by the partnership agreement, may convey the title.
  • If one of the partners dies, the partnership agreement provides for termination or continuance of the partnership
  • Heirs will have rights in the partnership but not in the specific property.
  • Any judgment by a creditor can only affect the profits of a partner.

Trust

  • There can be any number of beneficiaries of the trust
  • Interest in the trust may be equal or unequal
  • Title is held in the name of the trustee.
  • Possession is determined by the trust agreement
  • Trustee may convey title in accordance to the trust agreement
  • Trust agreement usually provides for distribution upon death of the settlor.
  • Usually, a creditor cannot execute on a beneficiary’s interest.

Ways to Hold Title

Title Vesting Informational Chart

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