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FORCLOSURE VS. SHORT SALE

by Team Cook

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Did You Know???

by Team Cook

Homes in the For Collins/Loveland market are 47 percent more affordable today than in 1995, & in Greeley, homes are 28 percent more affordable than in 1995. 

Several mortgage loan originators lost their licenses in Colorado after they failed to meet new requirements for education and testing.  The Colorado Division of Real Estate Canceled 4,560 licenses.

That Forbes.com ranked Colorado No. 4 among the best states for a business - this is up  from No. 6 last year.

Face Book Virus "KOOBFACE"

by Team Cook

We checked this out on Snopes.com and it is a true virus -

It may come across your computer as a christmas greeting. New Facebook virus- Santa Claus isComing to Facebook to Infect Your Computer With Koobface [ALERT] Santa Claus is Coming to Facebook to Infect Your Computer WithKoobface [ALERT] The worm spreads as infected users post the greetings to the walls oftheir friends, who then in turn get infected when they check out thesupposed greeting. Here’s how Panda Security describes it:"Following the posting of malicious links on Facebook() users’ walls,the bait directs to a fake embedded video player that poses as aChristmas greeting. When users try to play the video or click on alink on the page, their computers download and install a variant ofthe well-known Koobface worm, Koobface.GK.After the virus is installed on a computer, a captcha is displayedthat threatens to reboot the computer within three minutes. Although nothing happens after three minutes, the computer is rendered useless.Every time a user enters the captcha text, Koobface.GK registers a newdomain where the infection files are hosted, facilitating the worm’scontinued distribution."Panda notes that holiday-themed malware has been a trend in recentyears, with malware distributors taking advantage of user’s propensityfor sending online greetings. Add social networking to the mix and youhave a medium where such scams can spread remarkably quickly.

"...I was on the verge of foreclosure..."

by Team Cook

After falling behind in my mortgage payments for several months, I was contacted by Kevin Cook of The Cottage Realty, Ltd.

As this was the first time that I was on the verge of foreclosure, I had no idea what my options were. I also did not know what to expect as I navigated through this process. Kevin explained that I had a number of options available and we discussed the pros and cons of each one as it applied to my circumstances. For me, it became clear that a short sale was my best chance of avoiding foreclosure.

I was highly impressed by Kevin's dedication to save my house from foreclosure. How can you adequately thank someone enough for giving you the opportunity to restore your family, your housing, and your future? I owe a debt of gratitude to Kevin Cook for helping me.

I now have the ability to reach out to other distressed homeowners. I understand how difficult a time it can be.

I am excited that Kevin Cook has been helping educate homeowners about their options to foreclosure. He has restored hope to many. If you are facing foreclosure, then you understand what this really means.

Thanks to Kevin and his Team, I can now move forward and rebuild my future. He has bent over backwards to make the process as painless as possible.

Dwayne

Thank you...

by Team Cook

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for all the help your provided me. You have saved me from foreclosure and I really appreciate everything you guys did to make this happen. You just don't know how relieved I am right now. You guys performed a miracle and I will definitely recommend you to anyone who is also in the same situation as I was.

You have gone "above and beyond" to make this a very smooth process! I am really impressed how you always maintained a positive attitude even in light of some pretty stressful situations. I could not have done this without your team. This entire ordeal was very stressful for me and you did a great job of relieving me of most of that stress. You gave me a real solution to my terrible situation.

I just wanted to take a minute and thank Team Cook for all the hard work they have done for me. I know you have spent a LOT of time "fighting" to get the best deal for me and I really appreciate it!

Doug

Fagottini di Asparagi al Forno - Baked asparagus bundles

by Team Cook

Cookin' with Kevin & Connie!

Fagottini di Asparagi al Forno - Baked asparagus bundles

This dish is one of my favorite preparations - topped with creamy mozzarella cheese & sweet prosciutto. You can also transform this dish into a light meal by serving the bundles along side a couple of fried eggs or a few slices of frittata.

Ingredients:

16-24 asparagus spears
4 thin prosciutto slices
4 fresh mozzarella cheese slices
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into bits
salt to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking dish.

Trim off any tough ends from the asparagus, cutting at the point at which they begin to turn white. Thicker spears benefit from a light peeling to within about 3 inches of the tips.

Bring a large saucepan three-fourths full of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and salt, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer until the spears are just beginning to bend when they are lifted by the stem end, 4-8 minutes; the timing will depend on the thickness of the asparagus. Using tongs, transfer to a platter and pat dry with paper towels.

Divide the asparagus evenly among the prosciutto slices, centering the spears across the end of each slice. Roll up the prosciutto, encasing the asparagus inside, to form 4 neat bundles.

Place the bundles in the prepared dish. Lay a mozzarella slice on top of each bundle. Dot the ends and tips of asparagus with butter.

Bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Transfer to warmed individual plates and serve hot.

Chili Relleno Casserole

by Team Cook

Chili Relleno Casserole

What you will need:

1 can (26 oz.) whole green chili

1 lb. monterey jack cheese cut into strips

1/2 lb. grated cheddar cheese

5 lg. eggs

1 1/2 c. milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 c. flour

Preparation:

Clean Chili; rinse, dry. Place monterey jack cheese strips in chilies and place in greased 9X13 inch pan. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over chili. Next, Beat eggs. Gradually add flour and beat until smooth. Add remaining ingredients & blend thoroughly.  Spread egg mixture over chili. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

Enjoy! 

 

Team Cook you're my HERO'S!

by Randy Lindstrom

Team Cook you're my HERO'S! (Wish I would have listed with you 2 years earlier)

I had my house on the market for two years (5/07 - 4/09) listed with different agents of course! With the economy the way it is, I lost my job and had other family crisis's going on at the same time. I spoke with Kevin about a short sale. Best decision I have made in many years! I was able to concentrate on my family issues while they handled the sale of my home. One less concern for me. I would recommend this team to everyone. They are true professionals, their communication is superb. They kept me informed of the progress from the beginning to the end when it finally sold. And thank you Rose for staying on those mortgage companies.

One very happy client,

Randy Lindstrom

SEASONAL WILD MUSHROOMS & ASPARAGUS TART

by Team Cook

Cookin' with Kevin & Connie!

"This is one of my all-time favorites to make- A good wine pairing is an Iron Horse "Q" Pinot Noir from California"

SEASONAL WILD MUSHROOMS & ASPARAGUS TART

Asparagus Tart

6 stalks Asparagus

1 tbs butter

1 1/2 tsp minced shallots

12 ounces chopped wild mushrooms

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 cup heavy cream

Salt & pepper to taste

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

4 4-5 inch tart shells

 

Marsala Sauce

1 tbs minced  shallots

1 sprig fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

6 cracked peppercorns

1/2 cup burgundy wine

1 cup demi-glaze

salt & pepper to taste

1 tbs unsalted butter

Preparation

1. Asparagus Tart. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove asparagus tips and set aside. Chop asparagus stems. Heat butter in saute pan, add shallots, and cook over medium to medium-low heat until translucent. Add mushrooms and chopped asparagus and cook until all moisture has evaporated. Add wine, stirring to dissolve browned particles in bottom of pan; cook until liquid is reduced by three fourths. Add cream and cook until thickened. Season with salt & pepper & stir in parsley. Fill tart shells with mushroom mixture, place on baking sheets, and bake until shells are browned and centers are warm, approximately 20-25 minutes.

2. Marsala Sauce. Combine shallots, thyme bay leaf, peppercorns and burgandy in saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup. Add Marsala and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup. Stir in demi-glaze, reduced to desired consistency, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in butter.

3 Serving. Blanch asparagus tips in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, then cut in fourths. Cut tarts in half, place two halves on each plate, and cover with approximately 1-1 1/2 tablespoons sauce. Garnish with asparagus tips and serve immediately.

*The pastery shells can be found locally at Schmidt's Bakery in Loveland, Colorado

Recipe from Cooking with Colorado's Greatest Chefs

Thompson School District Map

by Team Cook

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A MAP OF THE THOMPSON SCHOOL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES!

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The Cottage Realty Ltd.
908 Mountain Avenue
Berthoud CO 80513
970-532-2695
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"I have truly heard and seen first-hand that Cottage Realty is wonderful, exemplary, and a real asset to the economy of Northern Colorado. I will definitely keep Cottage Realty in mind as my first choice if and when I have real estate needs in the future. Again, thank you so much. I will also refer you to friends and family who need your services. Sincerely...Stacy"