August 2011

There are 19 blog entries for August 2011.


What is the Tour de Harvest you ask?  It is your chance to tour UrbiCulture Community Farms' Sunnyside food wonderlands! Guided walking and bike tours and DIY options available. Tickets include small plate meals handcrafted by local chefs at each of our 8 Sunnyside gardens. Come enjoy live music, free bike tuneups, tasty food and refreshments donated by local businesses, and awards for best repurposed costume, best mode of transportation, and best group theme. Bring your own travel mug and get ready for the Tour de Harvest!


Cost: $30 per person in advance and $35 day of. Children 6-12 are $10 and Children 5 and under are free.  This event takes place September 17th, 2011 with guided tours starting at 3 pm at 4201 Umatilla St.

This is a fundraiser for

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denversnow_495We love Denver’s urban neighborhoods and are pleased our signs are in every part of town. But do you ever wonder where prospective buyers are really looking? We recently reviewed where all of our website users focus their searches, and found their top ten neighborhoods:

10) Capitol Hill: Great values and Denver’s most architecturally diverse area of historic homes and updated condos.
9) Platt Park: Well known for its tree-lined streets that border every block of well-kept homes, the local flavors of South Pearl Street keep this area in the top ten.
8) Sloan’s Lake: Always a favorite neighborhood for its open spaces with a charming combination of Tudor and Victorian homes.
7) Baker: Great to see this rising in the list of favorites!  The area is being…
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Is it better to flip Denver investment property or rent it right now?  This is a question I get from investors often and the answer, for the first time in a long time, is actually to rent.  According to a study by Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survery, 50% of all investors that purchased an investment property in July decided to rent it instead of flipping or reselling it.  That is in contract to July of 2010 when only 28% of investors rented their recent purchases.

So why are so many more investors renting out their investment properties?  It only makes sense.  First, interest rates are so incredibly low, I have investors getting investment loans for under 5% which is unheard of, which of course makes it much easier to cash

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Did you know that Denver is the fastest moving Real Estate market in the country right now?  For the second straight month Denver once again had the lowest median age of inventory among metro areas country wide at a median of 32 days on the market.  That is a 38.5% drop in the median year-over-year, the biggest drop amongst the 11 most active markets in the U.S. according to Realtor.com.   

With an average day on market of 32 days, this is a great sign that the Denver market is strong and will continue to only improve as we push forward.  This should be a clear message to sellers that now is a great time to sell and to buyers that are looking to take advantage of these great rates that when you find the right home, jump on it before it is gone.  I have

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homeprices.Economists are beginning to talk, and many believe that our housing market has probably hit bottom in the 1st quarter of this year! There are some areas in our nation which aren’t so lucky and will continue to struggle through the end of the year. However, Colorado is one of the fastest growing real estate markets in the county according to recent statistical data! Mortgage loan applications increased by 7.1% for the week ending July 29th. If you are thinking about selling this may be a great time. There are buyers out there looking for their dream home.

As most people know getting a mortgage is not as easy as it once was. Consumers are required to provide a multitude of paperwork and other information which was not necessary a few years ago. In addition

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The USA Pro Cycling Challenge beings this weekend, starting in Colorado Springs and it will continue through the week throughout Colorado covering ground and tackling passes many of us wouldn't even want to do in our car.  And it will conclude August 28th, with a ride from Golden to Downtown Denver.  So have you staked out your spot yet to see some of the top riders, riders from the Tour de France, compete against all Colorado has to offer?

The race will be covered live on NBC and Versus if you want to watch it on TV.  I know I am excited to see 128 riders racing down Independence Pass at 60 miles an hour.  And if you want to watch it live, there are many spots where you can see the racers in person and you certainly won't be alone.  Over a million

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It is hard to believe that it has already been 10 years that this site has been vacant, but three years from now we should see a complete transformation of the old University of Colorado Hospital.  According to the Denver Post, construction will start next April on a $180 million project that will have about 500 residences and 350,000 square feet of retail space. The project is expected to be completed in may of 2014.

Though the project is still in the planning process, the vision is that restaurants and shops will front East Eighth Avenue and a natural-foods grocer will face Colorado Blvd at a new street that will run through the site between East Eight and East Ninth avenues.  Movie theaters and health clubs also have expressed interest in

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It's that time of year....my favorite holiday -- and yes, to me it is definitely a holiday -- BACK TO SCHOOL!

 

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Don't get me wrong, I love having my kids around in the summers, but by August, when it's so hot that I feel like I'm melting the minute I go outside, we have been on vacation, and camping, Summer camps and activities are winding down, and the kids are tired of me, of each other, of every wii game that they own and even tired of going to the pool...we are ready to go back to school!

 

As a Realtor, I am often asked about schools and school districts. With 4 kids between the ages of 2 and 12, I know a lot about quite a few schools in the Denver Metro area. But with new charter and even public schools opening all

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CONGRESS PARK: Colorado Boulevard to York Street and Colfax Avenue to Sixth Avenue
 
exterior_image_used_400Denver's Congress Park calls itself “a traditional city neighborhood with a small-town atmosphere.” It prides itself on diversity in residents, who share a common love of older homes and the convenience of city living. Congress Park offers an array of housing stock from the mansions of 7th Avenue to preserved bungalows to quality starter homes on the Eastern edge. It boasts one of Denver’s jewels, the Botanic Gardens, and an abundance of tree-lined streets. Pride of ownership is evident. Its namesake park includes green fields and a public, outdoor pool.

Congress Park also features easy access to shopping and quality restaurants. Its a blend of quality housing and active

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regis real estate denver

 

As a Real Estate expert in Northwest Denver, I hear a lot of people comment on the seemingly high price point in popular Denver neighborhoods like Berkeley, LoHi, Sunnyside, Chaffee Park, Sloan's Lake and especially West Highland.

I always explain that the market determines the price. Community is at a premium, and there isn't a stronger community vibe anywhere in the Denver metro area than the one that you will find in Northwest Denver. Today's homebuyers are looking to buy not only a home, but a neighborhood, a community, a built-in family of sorts. But what if you can't afford to buy a home in the area bordered by I-70, I-25,  Sheridan, and Colfax...where do you look next?

I think that the area just north of I-70, easily accessible by

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