July 2012

There are 15 blog entries for July 2012.

Tree Applications available NOW


The Park People’s

4th Annual Denver Digs Trees

Fall Shade Tree Distribution


Apply Online: www.TheParkPeople.org

or contact The Park People at 303-722-6262


Deadline for applications: September 1

Tree pick-up: October 6


These trees are strictly for your yard (on private property),

NOT along the street in the public right-of-way.

(For street-side trees, consider our spring street tree program.)


Trees are only $25 each

and Free to residents in our target neighborhoods

(Trees this size usually sell for $100+)


Denver Digs Trees has provided more than 44,000 affordable and free trees to Denver residents over the past 21 years.  We offer a variety of beautiful trees that make our communities

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How is the Denver Real Estate market doing? Around springtime of this year, I did a number of blog posts about how the Denver Real Estate market is on verge of the a seller’s market. With the latest data that is out, it looks like Denver has turned that corner and continues to get stronger.The entire metro area isn’t in a seller’s market yet, but there are pockets that are and we continue to see homes fly off the shelves.

In a report out today by the Wall Street Journal, click here, Denver is the second fastest selling Real Estate Market in the country based on average days on market. The average time on market in Denver is coming in at 33 days, almost a third of the national average. I remember just year or so ago when 100 days was the norm so 33 seems
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househunters_showheader_400House Hunters gives viewers a behind the scenes glimpse of what may be the biggest financial and emotional purchase of a person's life — buying a new home. From touring open houses to making offers, each half-hour episode shows the experience of finding and purchasing a new home. House Hunters is the first television series that enables viewers to live vicariously through our individuals, couples, and families as they recognize their own anticipation, fear and delight in the search for their ideal home.

If you're interested in being a part of House Hunters, please fill out a BUYER application or a REAL ESTATE AGENT application.

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In some parts of the country, a house without a pool is like a Subaru without a bike rack in Colorado. But because of the weather, I’m assuming, pools and houses in Denver is just not something you hear much about or find much demand for. So it got me wondering, how much value, if any, does a pool add to a Denver home?

I got to wondering this because I just put on the market a fabulous home in Castle Rock with one of the nicest pools I’ve seen in a long time. The house sits at the top of a hill and from the pool, you have stunning mountain and canyon views and more blue sky than you could ever imagine. To check it out, click here.

After speaking with the owners about it and finding out how little work and money it actually is to keep it running, it
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Just as hot as the Denver Real Estate Market is, so is the rental market. In an article out today from the Denver Post, The average rent for apartments in metro Denver rose 7.1% from the second quarter of last year to the same period this year.  It was the highest growth rate reported during any quarter since the third quarter of 2011, when average rent grew 8.5%.  During the second quarter of this year, the average rent in metro Denver rose $65 to $979 from last year's second-quarter average rent of $915.  "You have to go back to the days of the dot-com boom to see lower vacancy rates than what we're seeing right now," said Ryan McMaken, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Housing. Click here to read the full article.

What does this mean to Denver
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Colorado Dragon Boat Festival | July 28-29, 2012 | Sloan's Lake Park, DenverDragon boat racing: The thrill of victory!


WHAT: 12th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, the region's largest celebration of pan-Asian culture

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29, 2012

WHERE: Sloan’s Lake Park, 25th Ave. & Sheridan Blvd, Denver

HOW MUCH: FREE admission!

CONTACT: media@cdbf.org, Erin Yoshimura 303-953-7277 (high-res photos available upon request)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cdbf.org

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival celebrates its 12thyear on July 28 and 29, 2012 at Sloan’s Lake Park

in Denver. CDBF is the largest pan-Asian festival between the Midwest and West Coast and is the 

premiere summertime family event in the region, attracting over 100,000 guests every year. There will be 

traditional and cultural performances, educational exhibits and

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RTD Northwest Rail Line Groundbreaking in Westminster on June 28, 2012

Great news for public transit! RTD officially broke ground on the Northwest Rail Line on June 28, 2012. The groundbreaking took place near 68th & Grove, marking the exciting start of construction toward the new station at 71st & Lowell in Westminster, Colorado. 

RTD Northwest Rail Line Groundbreaking in Westminster on June 28, 2012

Three new RTD lines are slated to open in 2016, including: Northwest Rail Line (up to the Westminster 71st & Lowell station), Gold Line (to Arvada) and East Rail Line (to DIA). IF you are thinking about buying property in neighborhoods along these lines, or if you already live in them, you will want to follow what is happening with RTD construction.

Northwest Rail Line

View latest NW Line updates

RTD Northwest Rail Map to DIA

Gold Line

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RTD Gold Rail Map to DIA

East Rail Line

View latest East Line updates

RTD East Rail Line Map to DIA

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header_logo_153Veros Real Estate Solutions, a leading private forecaster for the mortgage industry, projects home prices will appreciate in Colorado and Phoenix over the next 12 months.  Helping boost this projection was Freddie Mac reporting new record lows for fixed U.S. mortgage rates. The average on the 30-year loan dropped to 3.62 percent- the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s. This will provide prospective buyers with more incentive to brave a modestly recovering housing market. 

Veros predictions bolster a rule of thumb that every housing market is different and is contingent upon its own specific economic factors.  A look at Veros’ forecasts of the top and bottom five major U.S. metropolitan housing markets in the coming year:

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Have you heard of the Denver Energy Challenge? If you own a home or business in Denver, then you will certainly want to know more about it. The goal of the Denver Energy Challenge is to help Denver residents and business owners make energy efficient improvements to their home or business through free, independent advising in hopes of reducing energy use by at least 15%.

This great program offers free energy advising to Denver Residents in the following ways.

* Review a previous audit
* Schedule an audit for $135
* Prioritize energy saving measures
* Provide a list of pre-screened Contractors
* Compare and review bids
* Locate rebates, financing and help you apply
* Answer any questions you have about energy savings

And as a small business owner, you have access

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a common struggle among my friends is the ability to squeeze in their workouts between the demands of their professional and personal lives.  like me, they believe that exercise is an important component of healthy living, but sometimes (often) their individual needs fall behind those of kids, spouses, work, and home. 


in my 20s, i managed to hit the gym or run ten miles at least five days a week.  the frequency with which i went to the gym brought the average per workout cost down to a reasonable six dollars.  enter my 30s.  work demands increased, and i got a 4-legged kid who couldn’t accompany me to the gym yet still needed exercise. i found myself hitting the gym less and less, thereby increasing my average per workout cost to an unacceptable $15.

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