September 2010

There are 16 blog entries for September 2010.

zoning_387In January of 2005, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper appointed a community-based Zoning Code Task Force to guide and oversee a multi-year code-fix effort. With this step, Denver kicked off a five year effort to rein in the crazy quilt we’ve called our zoning code for the last 50 years.  On June 25th Denver’s new context- based zoning code became a reality, with a unanimous City Council vote. The first step for most of us is to begin to understand how the new code will affect our biggest investment.

The city has created great tools to help you understand the new zoning code. Check out the ‘What’s My Zoning’ tab on the Community Planning and Development page of http://www.DenverGov.org. There you’ll be able to enter your address and see where you fall into the…
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You may be asking yourself, "is it really in my best interest to buy a home now?"  With all of the bleak news about the economy, jobs and the housing market many of us have thrown our hands in the air and given up.  But when you look at the advantages of purchasing in a market like this the question isn't really "should I buy" it's "which house should I buy?"  The Wall Street Journal's article, 10 Reasons to Buy a Home states it beautifully.  Here are the top 5:

1. You can get a good deal. Especially if you play hardball. This is a buyer's market. Most of the other buyers have now vanished, as the tax credits on purchases have just expired. We're four to five years into the biggest housing bust in modern history. And prices have come down a

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Oh, the joys of home remodeling. Who knew it would be so fun! Now, I considering myself pretty savvy when it comes to home maintenance, remodeling, and real estate in general. I mean, I sell real estate for a living, have renovated four homes over the the last twenty years, and have an undergraduate degree in architecture. But I have to be honest; this little kitchen renovation is driving me crazy.

Although we're only remodeling the kitchen, we also want to refinish all the hardwood floors and the same time. So thinking it would be best if we moved out of the entire first floor, we packed up all our stuff, and either moved it to a off-site storage area, or to the basement. We've squeezed the lives of three people into a few rooms, with a small

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casting_image_3_240PROFESSIONAL GRADE: A NEW HGTV SHOW IS LOOKING FOR DENVER AREA HOMEOWNERS!

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the General Contractor on your own renovation? Think you can do it cheaper than the pros? Put your skills to the test for a chance at winning cash!

Producers at High Noon Entertainment are searching for dynamic Colorado homeowners who plan to renovate a room in their house using their own budget and acting as their own General Contractor. Before the project begins, the homeowners will come face-to-face with their expert contractor for an assessment of what needs to be done and how much it will cost. Then, they’ll hit the ground running, scrimping and saving, pouring in their own sweat equity and hiring out…
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Hot Denver Neighborhoods - North Park Hill median sales price up 26%

North Park Hill median sales prices

The median sales price for homes in North Park Hill for Jun 10 to Aug 10 was $248,950. This represents a decline of 3%, or $7,800, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 25.7% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 0.2% over the last 5 years in North Park Hill, Denver. The median sales price of $248,950 for North Park Hill is 24.54% higher than the median sales price for Denver CO. Average listing price for homes on Trulia in North Park Hill was $308,093 for the week ending Sep 08, which represents a decline of 0.6%, or $1,973 compared to the prior week and a decline of 2.1%, or $6,699, compared to the week ending Aug 18. Average price per square foot for

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Hot denver Neighborhoods - City Park average sales price up 48%

City Park median sales prices

The median sales price for homes in City Park for Jun 10 to Aug 10 was $458,000. This represents an increase of 59.6%, or $171,000, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 31.7% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 23.8% over the last 5 years in City Park, Denver. The median sales price of $458,000 for City Park is 129.11% higher than the median sales price for Denver CO. Average listing price for homes on Trulia in City Park was $542,439 for the week ending Sep 08, which represents a decline of 1.9%, or $10,513 compared to the prior week and a decline of 3.9%, or $21,800, compared to the week ending Aug 18. Average price per square foot for homes in City

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Every Saturday through the fall a student and volunteer garden has set up a farmstand to sell their vegetables in the Cole neighborhood.  The garden is run by Green Leaf Colorado, a community partner of Denver Venture Prep School.  The goals of the group are to provide "fresh, healthy organic vegetables" at affordable prices in a sustainable urban environment.  The garden was begun this summer in a vacant lot donated by the property owner and has blossomed into what the students call a "Mini-Eden".  Vegetables at the Farmstand are sold through a "name-your-price" system.

We like to supplement our own garden with vegetables from the Farmstand.  This past Saturday, we picked up some gorgeous purple string beans and a huge zucchini.  The zucchini from the

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Besides my down payment, how much money do I need to buy a house in Denver now?  This is a great question, especially for a first time buyer to ask.  The answer is, not as much as you think.  On average, most buyers are going to be looking at 3.5% of the purchase price for down payment.  That is a set in stone number you can anticipate up front, but what about other costs that pop up.  Below is a break down of the majority of expenses first time buyers can expect when buying.  Of course, these can change, but this is a pretty standard estimate.

1) Earnest money.  Typically 1 to 2% of the purchase price.  This money is due when the contract is accepted and will be held by a third party.  It is refundable if the home doesn't pass inspection, appraisal, or…
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What to do in Denver this weekend?  With the temperature in the 80's, it is the perfect time to get out and experience all Colorado has to offer before the temperature gauge starts falling.  Enjoy some great live music, great food and wine, and local tennis.  If that isn't enough, catch a Rockies game as they try to make the playoffs, hit up your favorite local pub for the start of the NFL season, or get outside and enjoy this great weather.

8th Annual Sunnyside Music Festival http://www.sunnysidemusicfest.org/

6th Annual Denver Food & Wine Classic http://www.coloradorestaurant.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=56

Denver Beer Fest http://www.denver.org/denverbeerfest/

Colorado State Tennis Open http://www.gatestenniscenter.info/open.htm

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The Highlands Garden Café is sponsoring a special evening this Sunday from 4-7PM to benefit Canine Companions for Independence. This national organization, with local chapters along the Front Range, trains and places four legged companions with people living with disabilities. The evening wouldn’t be complete without the stars of the show joining everyone  on the patio for demonstrations of their skills.
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The event is being co-sponsored by the Café and Cru Vin Dogs Wine Group.  The wonderful collection of wines will include favorites such as the 2007 Best of Show Pinot Noir, paired with New Zealand lamb chop served with pomegranate reduction and the 2008 Greyhound Sauvignon Blanc served with a antipasti brochette prepared with salami, fresh mozzarella,

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