November 2011

There are 12 blog entries for November 2011.

Should I take my Denver house off the market for the Holidays?  It is a question I get a lot and with the perception that Real Estate shuts down during the holidays, I believe most people would say yes.  But I would suggest that you think twice about pulling your house off the market this time of year and consider the advantages of having it on the market instead.

It is true that the market does slow down this time of year and there aren’t as many homes for sell or buyers out looking around the Holidays.  But instead of following other sellers, why not use the depleted inventory to your advantage?  Some of my busiest months of all time have been in November, December and January.  And the reason?  Because people who are buying and selling this time

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1893574199_290MONTCLAIR: Colfax Avenue to Sixth Avenue and Monaco Parkway to Quebec Street
 
Montclair was established in the 1880s to attract wealthier residents away from gritty Denver, with its abundance of saloons and bordellos. It’s standards were high; Homes were built on lots twice as big as Denver’s standard size of 25 by 125 feet, were originally required to be at least three stories high, and made of brick or stone.

By in 1893, the silver crash halted construction, and in 1903, Montclair was eventually annexed into Denver. Mayor Robert W. Speer appeased disgruntled Montclair residents by extending parkways and boulevards, planting trees and erecting fountains and monuments.  It was quickly joined by homeowners building bungalows, cottages, Tudor revivals and

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Small Business Saturday is just a few days away, are you ready?  While more and more people are hearing about Small Business Saturday, not everyone is familiar with it yet.  Small Business Saturday is a day created to celebrate the Shop Small movement and encourage shoppers to shop at small businesses in their neighborhood.  Like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this is a push to keep the importance of shopping local and at small businesses on everyone’s mind come the holidays and year round.

The importance of shopping local has certainly been spreading of late and the need to keep the movement going certainly needs to continue.  For those not aware with the benefits of shopping local, research indicates that of every dollar you spend at local,

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Come celebrate the beginning of Buy Local Week with Mayor Hancock, Tennyson St. merchants, and a wonderful group of Denver business movers and shakers! The Tennyson St. Local Flavor Guide will be released for the first time as well.

There will be food from Big Hoss Bar-B-Q, Hops & Pie, and the Winey Bean. Come enjoy!

This is a great opportunity to network, and get to know more about Denver local businesses and how awesome they are.  Today, November 22nd from 1:30 to 3:30.  For more informtation, click here.

 

 Buy Local Week Kickoff w/ Mayor Hancock

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So, I usually host a big Thanksgiving dinner and I love it. My grandparents drive up from Canon City, and my mom and sister, and whoever else doesn't have anything else to do, come over and Ori and I cook like crazy. I like to search for fresh twists on the traditional menu items, walking a fine foodie line between "something new" and "pissing my Grandma off".

This year, however, my Grandpa just got out of the hospital and they aren't feeling up to the drive...so we are bringing the Thanksgiving feast to them. We are still trying to figure out how to cook and transport the turkey...smoke it the day before? Roast it, pull it out of the oven, and take it with us all snuggled up in a roasting pan, hoping it will stay warm on the 3-hour road-trip? Or carve

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Thanksgiving is certainly a time of year to give thanks for all we have.  Unfortunately, there are many out there in Denver that are not as fortunate and that desperately need our help this year.  So in honor of giving thanks, how about reaching out and helping those in need as part of your Thanksgiving tradition.

There are plenty of ways to give back to those Denver families in need this year.  If you are super busy and making a donation is your best bet, then these charities can certainly use your help.  Click on the name to go directly to their website.

Denver Rescue Mission – A mere $1.92 buys a meal for a hungry person this Thanksgiving.

Volunteers of America - $5 feeds an entire family for Thanksgiving.

JeffCo Action Center – Delivers

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Is the Denver Real Estate market a buyer's market or a seller's market right now? If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Denver, then this is a great question to ask before you begin. For the past 8 years, as long as I have been in the Real Estate, Denver has been a strong buyer's market. But how do we know when it transitions from a buyer's market to a seller's market?

Before going into numbers to answer this question, it is necessary to first understand what the difference between a buyer's and seller's market is. In a buyer's market, there are more home sellers than there are buyers. When this occurs, there is greater supply than demand and typically the buyer holds the negotiating power and can expect a great deal. On the flip side,

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The 3rd Tuesday in November is one very special HUNI Hour!!

Please join your neighbors, friends and local merchants for a fun evening at Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe. www.rosalindasmexicancafe.com. 

For the past 27 years, Rosa Linda's has held a Thanksgiving Feast for the Needy. Last Thanksgiving the Aguirre Family served over 5500 free meals to families in need in our community & as far away as Greeley! 
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The November HUNI hour is our opportunity to help the Aguirres by collecting food donations.*** Please bring non-perishable food items to this month's event.... here's a link for a detailed list of specific needs http://www.facebook.com/notes/rosa-lindas-mexican-cafe-annual-thanksgiving-feast-to-the-needy-2011/thanksgiving-needs-2011/305203562840179

If

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loanmod_320.Often times, homeowners ask me “What exactly is a loan modification?”  The simplest answer is this -- a modification will adjust the initial terms of your loan that you agreed upon with your lender. There are three areas in which your loan can be modified: interest rate, principal amount owed or the length of the loan.  Eighty percent of the modifications that are approved qualify for a reduced interest rate.  

The loan modification process can often times be tumultuous at best. Homeowners should be prepared to provide their lender with a large amount of documentation, often times repeatedly sending the same documents multiple times.  Once all of the documentation has been sent in, and the modification has been submitted to underwriting, the “waiting game”…
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What is Occupy Denver?  If you look online, or especially on social media avenues like Facebook, you are likely to get a wide range of opinions about Occupy Wall Street and more specifically, the Occupy Denver Movement.  Some feel it is the movement that will save our country whiles others that think it is nothing more than a waste of tax payer’s money and that everyone involved should be thrown in jail. 

If we go straight to the source, Occupy Denver, according to their website, “is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab

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