January 2013

There are 9 blog entries for January 2013.

  This Arvada home is a perfect example of today's real estate market in the Denver Metro area.  It was updated with young, modern buyers in mind, the layout was opened up as much as possible, and the finishes are a great combination of forward-thinking design and utility, taking advantage of the lovely views, the big backyard backing to Standley Lake Open Space, and the potential for easy entertaining.   It was listed less than 24 hours before going Under Contract!   If you would like advice about selling your Denver Metro home, about the types of updates or renovations that you should focus on to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, don't hesitate to contact a LIVE Urban Real Estate Specialist at 303-455-LIVE.   Looking for a home…
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If you are like me, this insanely warm weather we are having right now might be causing some concern. Sure it is great now, who could complain about 60 degrees in January, but what is going to happen this summer if we have major water shortages and record setting heat once again?

This got me thinking of how I can help do my part in my own home to save water, gas and electric. Since I have an older home that needs updating to begin with, the timing is pretty convenient so I started researching to see what energy rebates Xcel Energy and Denver water are offering this year. I figure I can save a little money and do my part to help use our natural resources more wisely.

Looking through the Xcel and Denver Water websites, I’m surprised to see how many rebates
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One of the biggest draws of the Highlands, making it the hottest neighborhood in Denver and I would say the country, is the ability for homeowners to so easily walk or ride their bike down the block and meet friends and neighbors for a drink on a sunny afternoon. With the influx of new homeowners to the neighbor also comes an influx of new businesses. And the only thing as hot as Real Estate in Highlands right now seems to be retail space for new breweries in the neighborhood.

Last year brought the likes of Prost Brewing and Dogshead Brewing to the hood. This year, we will see 2 new ones on Tennyson St, a new one in Sunnyside and restaurants expanding to produce more of their own beer. The craft beer industry is exploding in Colorado and Denver is quickly

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  About this time every year I like to sit down and try to do my best to predict what the Real Estate market in Denver will do in 2013. Of course it is always a challenge and I can't predict with any degree of certainty, but as I start making predictions this year, I find myself much more confident in what will happen than years past. In 2012, we saw the market transition almost overnight from a strong buyers to market to a pretty neutral and at times, seller's market. The record setting activity we saw last summer has stalled a little this winter for the simple fact that there is now record low inventory, down 50%, and almost nothing for buyers to choose from.    I've heard talk from a lot of sellers that come spring, they will be willing to give…
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Returning for its seventh season, and just in time for the Broncos big game, volunteers for Denver Parks and Recreation and Winter Park Resort have begun snow making in anticipation of the January 2013 opening. Ruby Hill Rail Yard brings the excitement and energy of skiing and snowboarding to Denver with a free, ski and rider urban rail yard.

Snowmaking begins tonight, January 11 and will continue as a 24 hour operation until snow making is complete. When complete, Ruby Hill Rail Yard will begin grooming more than an acre of snow. When opened, Ruby Hill Rail Yard will feature six to eight rails of varying configurations and levels of advancement. Weather permitting, the rail yard will be open approximately six to eight weeks.

Jack in the Box is

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  Even though it feels like the dead of winter, it is never too early to start thinking about your yard this summer. Once again, The Park People and Denver Forestry will be giving away free trees this spring to all Denver residents. I got one for my yard last year and the process couldn’t have been easier. Applications are due by February 15th so don’t wait.

For more details and to apply online, visit www.TheParkPeople.org or contact The Park People at 303-722-6262

This Spring, Denver residents have 2 options to get free trees!

The Park People Option


Denver Digs Trees’ Spring Street Trees  Program

•         Free street trees for public right-of-way

•         This spring, trees are free for all Denver neighborhoods.

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  How will the fiscal cliff resolution impact Denver Real Estate? It seems like all we heard about on the news for months was the Fiscal Cliff. Now that there seems to be a resolution, at least for the time being, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at what the compromise means for the Real Estate market in Denver in the coming years.

The first positive to come of the resolution is the extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Act.  If this hadn’t been extended, principal balances written off by lenders to help homeowners with underwater mortgages would have been treated as ordinary taxable income. This would have seriously reduced the number of successful short sales we are seeing and would have led to more foreclosures on the market. With
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After a whopping 33% increase in sales volume in 2012, Live Urban Real Estate is expanding their brokerage management team.

Broker/Owners and Founders of the company, Mark White and John Skrabec, have named Stacie Staub as Director of Marketing and Nicole Winsauer as Director of Broker Services. Winsauer and Staub have been with Live Urban since 2008.

Staub, who earned her MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver, will manage the brokerage’s marketing efforts, with an emphasis on lead generation, social media, and managing Race To Your Next Place, the brokerage’s signature fundraising event to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Colorado.

Winsauer, a communications graduate from University of Colorado at Boulder, will be responsible for ensuring a

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