June 2011

There are 12 blog entries for June 2011.

It is that time of year again, Fireworks time.  And if you are a fireworks junkie, then you should be lucky you live in Denver.  If you time it right, you won't get just one night of fireworks, but up to four nights of the best firework displays Denver has to offer.

July 1st

Coors Field: Rockies Games - It is fireworks night at Coors Field July 1st and 2nd and if you have never been to a firework game, now is the time to go.  And if you are in an obstructed seat, you even get to go on the field to watch the game.  But tickets go fast, so make sure to get yours now.  Click here for more info.

Littleton - There will be fourth of July Festivities on FRIDAY, July 1. A spectacular fireworks show will be launched at Clement Park on the corner of Bowles &

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Please join your friends, neighbors & local merchants at one of LoHi’s hottest spots…….Highland Tap and Burger!
Enjoy complimentary appetizers & drink specials on the best patio east of Federal!

Our main sponsor is Stir Cooking School www.stirtolearn.com located at 3215 Zuni St. Increase your odds of taking home
1 of 3 amazing grand prizes by just visiting Stir after checking in at HUNI Hour! St (drinks, apps, a cooking demo & extra door prize ticket will be provided) AND the Grand Prizes are………..A Coleman “Weatherman” 10 person Tent, Happy Hour for 10 & a Cooking Class for 2 at Stir Cooking School!

A portion of the proceeds from Left Hand Beer sales during HUNI Hour will go to the 4th Annual 4th of July Highland Parade

and a big shout out to Jason Foucault

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Want another sign of how strong the Denver Real Estate market is?  According to research by Realtor Magazine, Denver is the fastest selling Real Estate Market in the country.  In Denver, homes are selling on average in 39 days with a median list price of $253,700.  The rest of the country?  How about 92 days! 

This is great news for the Denver market for buyers and sellers.  When we see homes moving quickly it means that more sellers are pricing their homes correctly and buyers are recognizing good values when they see them.  We have been seeing homes in our office sell much quicker than the 39 days and it should continue all summer.   I know I sound like a broken record, but if you are thinking of buying or selling, now is the time. Here is a list of

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There are a ton of reasons why home ownership makes sense! And these days, with great prices and low interest rates, it might make perfect sense for you to take the plunge and buy your first home!

Here are just a few reasons you should OWN instead of RENT.
 
Affordability - It makes financial sense! For example, you can own this sweet townhouse in popular Northwest Denver's Potter Highland neighborhood for only $163,500! Wow! This gorgeous two bedroom home at 3421 Decatur Street would probably rent for $1200 in today's market, but you could BUY it with as little as $5862.50 down! Your new mortgage payment including taxes and insurance would only be around $1055 per month! Of course this is just an estimate, and there are restricting in obtaining a mortgage

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Today is Bike to Work day all across the country and what better way to recognize an incredible nationwide event than with a party.  Join Live Urban Real Estate for the Third Annual Cactus Bike From Work Bash on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in celebration of Bike to Work Day.   The event will feature free food, beer, entertainment and a chance to party with Denver's ...diverse bike community while supporting the work of BikeDenver.  Live Urban has donated a cruiser bike for one of the many door prizes so make sure to swing by our booth and say hello.
  Since a big part of the bash is about supporting Denver's bike culture, all proceeds from the event will go to support BikeDenver (www.bikedenver.org).

New for 2011- Cactus has produced a limited run of…
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What is there to do in Denver this weekend?  Lucky for us, this weekend in Denver is packed with amazing events and the weather should be great.  So get out there and enjoy all Denver has to offer.

  

Highland Square Street Fair - Celebrating it's 28th year, the Highland Street fair is a can't miss.  Enjoy the neighborhoods largest community event with free live music on three stages, tasty food and beverages, over 150 artisans and a classic car show. The family-friendly event is for all ages and this year, the Fair has made even more room for kids. The Kid’s Zone, organized by area non-profit daycare and pre-school Explore & Discover, will feature arts and crafts, music and various interactive activities and games to entertain the little ones from 10

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When fruit tress are blooming around Denver every spring, there really isn't anything prettier.  They provide great shade during the summer and come late summer, early fall, you only have to reach your arm up to get some of the best fruit you will ever taste.  But what do you do with all the fruit left at the top of your tree after you have had your fill, given away all you can and have canned and dried more fruit than you have shelve space for?  Most people will just let if fall, who blames them, and then have to deal with picking it out of their lawn or letting it rot over the winter.

As an alternative, how about this year, give Yard Harvest a try?  Never hear of Yard Harvest, neither had I.  According to their website, every year in Denver tens of

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creditcard_1829Mortgage rates are still near historic lows; the supply of housing units available for purchase is very high; the mortgage lenders are awash in money to lend, so why does the real estate market appear to be stuck? And, what can you do about it when you want to buy a home?

First, today mortgage lenders are strongly focused on “Quality”; they want well-presented, full-documentation loan applications. The no-income-verification loans (aka “Liar Loans”) are long gone; as are the days of scant asset documentation and questionable credit (sub-prime) loans. Therefore, fewer consumers are now approved for a mortgage.

So, focus on what you can control, such as, most importantly, your credit. First, check your credit early on, even before you look at houses. Work…
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Now that summer is officially here, how is the Denver Real Estate market doing and what should we expect going forward?  It is a great question and I wish I had a crystal ball to tell you exactly how it is doing and what will happen in the future.  Unfortunately, no crystal ball in sight but I can give you insight from my own personal experience as a Realtor, what I am hearing in my office which is often the best barometer of of the market, and also plenty of statistics to back it all up.

In my own experience, I am definitely feeling the push of a market I feel is firmly on the up-slope and getting better.  In the past two weeks, I have listed four homes.  I have asked all four sellers why they decided now is the time to sell and the answers have all

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nationwide_open_house_wknd_logo_2011-300x148_300Nearly half of all home buyers visit open houses during their home search. This weekend, those numbers may swell as buyers across the country take advantage of the Realtor® Nationwide Open House, June 4-5. LIVE Urban Real Estate is out in force this weekend with nearly two dozen open houses all over Denver.

See all the LIVE Urban Real Estate open houses here!

 

“Realtors® bring value to home buyers and sellers, and this weekend, Realtors® are bringing them together through the Realtor® Nationwide Open House,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “The event will give consumers the chance to find out more about home ownership, allow buyers to pursue their dream of owning a home, and give Realtors® an

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