Boulder, Broomfield, and Jefferson Counties, as well as most of the towns and cities in the area, have purchased substantial property to preserve as wildlife habitat and open space. Combined with the relatively dense housing development in many of our towns, this has put a substantial premium on homes backing to undeveloped farmland or natural terrain. If you are looking at a home that is near undeveloped land, meet with the city or county planner, locate the property on a map, and find out what the current status of the property is. Also ask pointed questions about what the possibilities for future development are. Do not rely on the homeowner, the neighbors, real estate agents, or anyone else for this information. If the “open space” behind your home turns into a four-lane highway or a mall, you’ve made a mistake that may cost you tens of thousands of dollars on resale.