December 2010

There are 13 blog entries for December 2010.

We don't usually go out on New Year's Eve.  For one thing, it's crazy tough to find a babysitter that night.  And, it's total amateur night.But, I do like to take the kiddos to this event at the Denver Children's Museum - this year it's on Friday December 31st...they have a super big glittery ball that drops down a pole with a big countdown every hour on the hour -- one year we watched it 3 times with playtime in the Museum in-between!Then, the kids celebrate by jumping on huge sheets of bubble wrap - it's awesome, sounds just like fireworks, and what kid doesn't love bubble wrap?Schedule of Events:
  • 10:00 a.m. - Ball Drop with The Littleague - Plaza
  • 10:30 a.m. - StoryTime with Lars the Polar Bear - Program Playhouse
  • 11:00 a.m. - Ball Drop
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Are interest rates really in the 5% range again in Denver?  The truth is sadly, yes.  While rates have crept down a bit the past few days, I spoke with three lenders last Thursday who were quoting 5.125 to 5.25% for a thirty year fixed rate for buyers with excellent credit.  Unfortunately, the days of high 3% rates are more than likely gone.  The good news is that rates in the high 4's to low 5's are still excellent in terms of historical standards.  And the lesson here should be that if you have been thinking of buying or refinancing, don't wait a second longer, do it now.

The graph below is pretty telling about interest rates and where we are heading.  People always say they are waiting for the bottom to hit in the Real Estate market, but the bottom of

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‘Tis the week of the holiday season we start to recall memories as we sit back and look at trees filled with ornaments of old and new.    The idea inspired me to write about the best and worst of Christmas memories... only to realize it’s not about the best tree or the dumbest gift.

 

The holidays are about the best moments.  Moments are subtle and pass without fanfare through our lives, yet they shift an entire day in small ways. They return to us a year later, and a year after that.    You have hundreds of them packed away.   You have a few from this year already.  We all do.   I am reminded that it is within those moments that keeps the spirit of the holidays alive;  the collective soul of Christmas and  Hanukah combined with other traditions.  

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So what will the New Year look like for the Denver Real Estate Market?  From everything I have heard and all the expert predictions, we are going to see a marked improvement over 2010.  I have already seen business increase despite the "slow" time of year with people positioning themselves to make a move come January. 

And personally being on the buying side, I can attest that the inventory is the lowest I have ever seen it.  There are a lot of motivated buyers out there right now hoping to take advantage of these rates before they climb higher who just can't find what they are looking for.  So if you have been thinking of selling, factor in these 5 predictions for Real Estate in 2011 direct from the horses mouth, Freddie Mac and consider if now is the

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Just in time for the holidays, we've finished our kitchen remodel. It's been a really tough four months, but we're so glad to be done and back into our house. Basement living was NOT for us!

We love our new kitchen, and am really happy with all the choices we made along the way. No regrets at all - at least ones we want to discuss in public. (We'll save those conversations for later. Much later.) Needless to say, a major home remodel project was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. 

Here's some before and after photos...

One of the biggest changes was knocking out this wall, and opening up the room to the stairway and backdoor. This made a big change, and dramatically opened up the space.

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Since we have arts and crafts bungalow with lots of

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I've recently begun a major renovation of my 1890s Victorian home in the Cole neighborhood in Metro Denver. Demolition actually began five days ago. The plan is to add a master suite, guest bed and bath, and a small office. To make the room needed we are adding three new dormers and had to completely remove the roof. The weather for this project has been spectacular and I'm happy to report that things are moving right along. The new roof should be "dried-in" by Monday.

I've also made an effort in recent years to become more "green" in both my work as a Realtor and in my everyday life. One of the amazing facts I've learned through my greening-up is that construction and demolition debris accounts for as much as 40% of material in landfills. A massive

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What is the best way to keep my Denver home safe this year during the hectic Holiday Season?  As the songs say, it is the greatest time of the year.  It is a time for celebrating and being with friends and loved ones.  But unfortunately, once you start adding decorations such as trees, lights, candles and colder weather, it can also be a time of danger in your home if you aren't careful.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 156,000 home fires occur during the winter holiday season each year, causing 630 deaths, 2,600 injuries and nearly $1 billion in property damage.  And on New Years Eve and Day, there are more than 200 fire-related injuries and fatalities alone.

So how can you safeguard your home to prevent this from happening?  Follow

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Where can I find Denver's best Christmas light displays this year?  Nothing can get you in the Holiday Spirit better than Christmas lights.  In Denver we are very lucky to have some terrific privately decorated homes in every neighborhood of Denver and also some fabulous private light displays around town to bring out the child in you.

The Civic Center light display is always a great place to start any tour.  Young and old will love Zoo Lights at the Denver Public Zoo and Living Lights at the Butterfly Pavilion.  Botanic Gardens offer two displays, Blossoms of Lights on York and Trail of Lights at Chatfield and Hudson Gardens offers Hudson Holiday, voted best display last year by Westword.  And to see private home owners trying to pull off their

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I do not confess to know much about the instinct of Canadian geese but walking around Sloan’s Lake last week, I was fascinated by this small gathering of geese.  Standing there on the newly formed ice, they seemed to gather around with one question for the elder geese, 

 “Where’s my lake?”Ok, they probably didn’t have a care in the world but it does remind of all the times we ask ourselves the same question.   Our lakes often change in real estate; market shifts, incentives change, and rates vary.    I am always surprised that in such times, how many sellers and agents (outside of Live) agree to discount their marketing efforts to try and increase their net returns by investing the least amount into marketing.  Doesn’t sound right does it? It is a…
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What to do in Denver this weekend?  Ready to get in the Holiday spirit?  Then this is your weekend.  Split your time between one of the various Art Walks around town and the Parade of Lights.  Take a Polar Plunge to raise money for charity and then warm up with your friends at the Santa Pub Crawl.  Whatever you find, enjoy. 

First Friday Art Walk - With this amazing weather, might as well take advantage and get outside to share some wine with neighbors and get some ideas for Christmas.  Click Here for a list of Denver art walks.

Parade of Lights - A Denver Holiday tradition.  And guess what, it isn't freezing this year for a change.  Click here for all the details.

Polar Plunge - Ready to go a little crazy, jump in some ice-cold water and raise money

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