April 2012

There are 17 blog entries for April 2012.


DIY Network’s "Rescue Renovation" is now casting homeowners who live within an hour of Denver and who have gotten in over their heads in a home renovation project and need professionals to help finish it! If interested, email rescue@highnoontv.com for an application or apply via the link below.

Licensed contractor and host, Kayleen McCabe, and her team of experts will come to the rescue and save these project-challenged homeowners! Applicants must have an appropriate budget already set aside for the renovation. If interested, please e-mail rescue@highnoontv.com for an application, or apply on-line at:

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"Thank God I'm alive. Your meals have literally saved my life!"--Client Dwayne, age 46, living with HIV/AIDS

These are words we hear all too often from many Project Angel Heart clients who, like Dwayne, depend on Project Angel Heart meals for survival. Join us in raising vital funds for Dwayne and others like him, by Dining Out for Life on April 26th.

With your help we can raise $380,000 for Project Angel Heart, and secure life-sustaining meals for our clients who depend on us! Supporting us is easy. Simply dine at a participating restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner, and 25% of your food bill goes directly to Project Angel Heart!

So please dine out and help save a life on April 26th. It's guaranteed to be the most satisfying

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Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Keep Denver Beautiful is sponsoring an annual cleanup just in time for spring cleaning and clutter removal. Denver residents are invited to participate in The Great Denver Cleanup - Neighborhood Cleanup Day to discard unwanted household items and yard waste from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28th.

image001_669Items that can be dropped off include mattresses, lawnmowers, carpet, bikes, appliances without Freon, BBQ grills (no ashes), toys, swing sets and slides, household and outdoor furniture, scrap metal (collected at all sites by Habitat for Humanity ReStore) and yard debris (yard debris separated from other debris will be composted).
Bring your unwanted items to any of the following free locations:

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If I won $10,000, I can think of lots I could with the money. Replace my 50’s pink bathroom, take a trip or two, or buy another investment property. Unfortunately I’m not eligible to win the $10,000 grand prize for Race to Your Next Place, but you sure are.



Race to Your Next Place is less than a month away and we have been getting lots of questions about the race. To help clear up some frequently asked questions, I put together this little list. It isn’t too late to register for the race so visit www.RacetoYourNextPlace.com and get in the running for the grand prize of $10,000.

Q) Is it an actual race, is running involved?

A) No, there is no running involved. Participants will drive from house to house getting clues along the way and

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In the spring of 2011, longing for a fundraiser that was actually fun, a group of parents organized a one-of-a-kind, ‘80s-themed event on Tennyson Street called Totally Tennyson, which benefited eight elementary schools in Northwest Denver. This event was a pub-crawl that went “back to the future,” and ticket holders were all about break dancing, glam rock, jazzercise, and neon fishnet stockings. The ‘80s never saw a better party! Totally Tennyson 2011 had over 1,000 attendees and was able to raise over $21,000 for those eight schools. Tennyson Street had never seen so many mullets, Swatches, or leg warmers—a DeLorean was even on the scene.

Totally Tennyson will be rocking the Tennyson Street Merchant Corridor between W. 38th Avenue and

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How hot is the Denver Real Estate market right now? I have been saying it for the past three or four months and feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record. But it is true, the Denver Real Estate market is on fire and in an article in the Denver Post today, hard numbers are out which help to back up my recent blog posts.

According to the article, Denver is second in the country for days on market. With an average of 33 days, we are well below the national average of 89 days. And a major reason they are going so quickly is a lack of inventory while demand has spiked.  “Unsold homes on the market totaled 10,325 in March, a 42 percent drop from March 2011.”

As an example, I listed a condo on 13th and Speer last week. Two years ago we had it

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greenergarden_597Everybody loves a gorgeous green lawn until it’s time for mowing, watering, fertilizing and weeding - or paying those lawn care company bills every month. Or perhaps you’re trying to grow grass in a shady area, but it’s just barely hanging in there.

If you’ve had enough of the green stuff, it may be time to cut back on the amount of lawn in your yard. Spring is a great time to get started.

We’re not talking a front yard covered in nothing more than rocks or gravel. Some people used to think that was the meaning of “xeriscaping”, but that short-sighted approach contributes little to the environment.

Removing lawn should be done for the right reasons - to reduce maintenance and use of chemicals, lower costs, diversify your landscape and attract birds,…
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Is it possible to find horse property for sale in Denver? It certainly is a great question with lots of conflicting answers. To many out of state buyers, they think Denver is still part of the wild, wild west and that we still ride horses to work. To those that live in the metro area that is now over 3 million people, the idea of owning horse property in the actual city of Denver seems like something of the past.

If you are looking more in the suburbs, it is quite possible to find horse property on acreage still in areas like west Arvada, Golden, Castle Rock, Parker and parts of Boulder County. If we focus more on central Denver though, the options definitely narrow. There have only been 3 homes on the market that have sold in the past two years

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What is the deal with a 15 year mortgage? Should I consider one when buying a Denver home? It certainly is a good question and one that we hear more and more now that rates for 15 year mortgages are so incredibly low.

The average for a 15 year mortgage is now down around the 3% level which is just plain crazy. In the past, lots of buyers shied away from 15 year mortgages because if you are paying your home off twice as fast, obviously your monthly payments are going to be much higher. But with rates so low, you might be surprised as to what you can afford and the benefits of paying it off in 15 years as opposed to 30 years are obvious.

Let’s look at some numbers. If you were to get a 15 year mortgage on a $250,000 home with 3.5% down and

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If you are thinking about buying or live in a historic property you may be elligible for significant state tax credits for preserving or rehabilitating your home.  The tax credit is up to 20% of qualifying expenses with a maximum of $50,000 per qualifying property.  No construction can begin prior to approval for the tax credit, and the state is very strict about this.  To see if your home qualifies and to learn more about the process visit http://www.denvergov.org/preservation/StateIncomeTaxCredits/tabid/434056/Default.aspx


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