March 2011

There are 17 blog entries for March 2011.

How well does zero-VOC paint work?  As I prepared to paint my new Highland home, I started considering my options for paint.  I had always used Behr Ultra Premium and had been very pleased with it.  But in a continual effort to live by more environmentally friendly standards, and the fact I have a pregnant wife who will be living in the house, I started thinking more and more about using "Green" paint.

I had never used this zero-VOC paint before and after reading reviews online, I wasn't too sold on it.  But after speaking with some painters, and learning that the newest versions are excellent, I decided to give it a try.  After leaving Sherwin Williams with hundreds of dollars worth of paint, I was hoping I made the right decision.

As soon as I started

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It is that time of year again.  No, not spring, baseball season, picnic weather, gardening, etc., but "best of" season in Denver.  First is Westword's Best of Denver followed shortly by 5280's Top of the Town and Channel 7's A List.  It seems everyone looks to these lists for their favorite spots, a way to find new restaurants and shops, and with pride on how many nominations their neighborhood received.  Like most years, Northwest Denver's Highland neighborhood came home with lots of "Best of" awards.

Below is a list of some of the Highland winners.  There are many more to choose from on the main list as well. If you haven't visited them yet, you might be missing out, so make a point to check them out.  Who knows, perhaps your new favorite spot is

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This house is perfect, but I can't afford to buy it and fix it up.  Are there any home loans that will lend me the money upfront to do the work?  Selling mostly in central Denver, I show a lot of terrific homes that have amazing potential, but I know I certainly wouldn't want to live in them as is.  I therefore get this question a lot and have had a lot of buyers walk away from great homes because the expense to fix it up is just to great.

Luckily, there is a great home loan program for buyers who are willing to take a fixup on, but need to borrow money upfront in order to do so.  This loan program is called a 203K, or Rehab loan.  The 203K is a product of FHA and in almost every way, functions just like a standard FHA loan.  The difference is that

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289_640.As our landscapes lay dormant it is a perfect time to consider changes in your urban landscape and incorporate more sustainable uses in your yard.

Strive to take a healthy approach to gardening. Ecoscaping integrates the disciplines of landscape architecture and spatial planning with environmental science that provides an innovative approach in creating a sustainable and nature urban friendly environment. This way to garden and manage your property is sustainable and balanced. Various techniques are employed to transform your garden areas so that a greater harmony with nature is achieved:

    •    Replace the grass. Traditional Kentucky bluegrass is lush and hardy, but it requires a substantial amount of water in our semi-arid climate. Instead plant a

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293_120We recently installed a tankless hot water heater on our home in Denver's Chaffee Park neighborhood, and although we love it's hot water capabilities, compact size and about $70/year in energy savings, I'm not convinced it's the right decision for everyone.
 
Let me explain a bit more. A tankless water heater differs from a storage type because it doesn't hold hot water, rather when someone requires hot water high powered burners heat it on demand.
 
Although you'll never run out (think start the dishwasher, run a load of laundry and then take a well deserved hot bath), these type of water heaters can cost around $1000, and about the same to install because they require special venting and electrical changes; whereas a higher end replacement storage type may…
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Help!  What should I do with this stunning pink bathroom in my new Highlands home?  I am closing on a bungalow this Friday in Berkeley Highlands.  It needs updating throughout and almost all of what I need to do is a no-brainer.  But when it comes to this bathroom, I am a bit stumped. 

I can't say that I am a fan of pink.  This bathroom looks like Barbie puked.  But the tile is in perfect shape and it looks like it is brand new.  And every time I tell people about it and show them pictures, I get the greatest reactions.  Half the people say rip it out and start new, they can't imagine I am contemplating keeping it.  And the other half think it would be the world's greatest sin to tear it out, they think it is the greatest bathroom of all time.

So

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With a severe shortage of rentals available in Denver, and few rental buildings being built, Denver could expect to see rental rates rise 10% or more in the next few years.  This means that if you are in a lease, and plan to stay there for awhile, then you should try to renew your lease before prices go up.  Or, maybe it is time to think about buying instead!

In an article I found on CNN Money, Peggy Alford, president of Rent.com says "The demand for rental housing has already started to increase.  Young people are starting to get rid of their roommates and move out of their parent's basements."

By 2012, she predicts the vacancy rate will hover at a mere 5%. And with fewer units on the market, prices will explode.  Consider that vacancy rates in

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As we head into spring, we typically see a bump in sales and activity in the Denver Real Estate Market.  This year, this is even more true than in years past.  As Realtors, we can keep a close track of the market by how often our phones ring, how many emails we get a day and how many showings our listings are getting.  We try to relate that to our clients, our sellers, our buyers and anyone that asks.  But oftentimes, we also need to provide hard evidence.

Two recent reports have come out recently to help support this little Real Estate boom we are seeing.  The first has to do with foreclosures.  According to the state Division of Housing, new foreclosure filings last month were down 34.7 percent from the same month of 2010, reaching a 30-month low,

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It's that time of year.  Time to start thinking once again about your house and all those projects you dreamed up over the winter.  If you are planning on remodeling your Denver home this summer, might as well get some ideas from the professionals. 

This weekend, March 18th to 20th is the Denver Home Show at the National Western Complex.  It is your chance to learn what's new in remodeling, home decor, landscaping and more.  You'll have the opportunity to meet more than 500 experts and experience thousands of products and services.  And with a list of HGTV's best personalities, it is your chance to finally meet the hosts of all those shows you love so much.

For all the information, schedules and discount coupons, visit the website here.

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Wondering if you could add a carriage house to your property?   Our next “Happy Hour” at our Live Urban Real Estate office will explore your options and discuss the new zoning codes that directly impact your decisions.    I will be hosting the event on Thursday, March 17th from 5PM – 6PM at our offices located at 3627 W. 32nd Avenue.  In the course of the hour, we will share a few glasses of wine and have an informal discussion on the new uses of carriage homes.

Not all neighborhoods are zoned for carriage homes (officially referred to as Detached Accessory Dwelling Units) while others with smaller lot sizes are now approved.  The new zoning code may change block to block, neighbor to neighbor.  To answer these questions, we will go online and check

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