January 2014

There are 23 blog entries for January 2014.

Are you ready for the big game?!  We're counting down to the Superbowl, and can't wait to play SUPERBOWL SQUARES!

Squares is a betting competition in which people try to predict the last digit of the scores for both teams at the end of each quarter. Each player puts in a certain amount of money (e.g. $1 per square) to make up a pool, and the game begins. 

The game starts with a 10 x 10 grid, with the ten rows and ten columns labeled with the numbers 0 through 9. One team is designated as the “rows” and one team as the “columns.” The bettors take turns putting their initials in each square until all the squares are filled. After each quarter, the last digit of each team’s score is taken and the player with the corresponding square in the grid wins

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Denver's inventory of available property is very, very low.  If homes are priced right and show well, they are in many cases receiving multiple offers and selling for more than they are listed for in the first few days on the market.  Unfortunately, many homes do not even get listed, and are sold as pocket listings.     We asked several LIVE Urban agents what their active buyers are looking for and put together the following list of Buyer Needs.  There are home-shoppers in every price range and looking all over the Denver Metro area.  If you have a home that might match one of these needs, or if you are thinking of selling, please contact one of these LIVE Urban agents, who can help you to determine what your house might sell for, and how…
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Beyond providing service excellence and expert transparent real estate guidance to all of our clients, the brokers of Live Urban Real Estate are committed to engage with our local community and give back. We are committed to our mission of improving the communities we serve and that's why we've created our "LIVE and Give" program. 

 We are happy to announce that LIVE Urban agents have nominated and voted for local non-profit organizations to benefit from our LIVE and Give Program for 2014.  

We will be distributing funds to the following organizations on behalf of our clients:






In real estate, we're always looking for a win-win outcome. And now, we want to take that idea one step further. Our "Live and Give"

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We all know Denver will beat Seattle in the Super Bowl...but how do the two cities match up as far as housing demographics and statistics?


Population: Denver's population comes in at 604,356 while Seattle's is a little higher at 612,916.

Median household income: In Denver the median household income is $49,091, which is a little higher in Seattle at $63,470.

Residents with a bachelors degree or higher: 45 percent of Denver's residents have a bachelor's degree, while 58 percent of Seattle folks do.

Home-ownership rate is a close match-up: In Denver 50 percent of residents own their homes, while in Seattle that rate is 47 percent.

There's a really large difference in the average sales price of houses: $260,547 in Denver vs. $403,402 in

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entire home impeccably updated * quiet cul-de-sac * steps from community pool, clubhouse, tennis courts & trails * Andersen double-hung windows * plantation shutters * Elfa shelving * 180 degree mountain views * recessed lighting * new carpeting in the master * heated floors in 2 baths * main-level study with French doors & Mendota gas fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases * open concept eat-in kitchen/family room with Decora cherry cabinets, Silestone countertops, GE Monogram dual-fuel stove, Bosch dishwasher, a Mendota gas fireplace, built-ins, and Andersen French doors that open to a covered patio and backyard with mature landscaping * central air * recessed lighting * NO POPCORN CEILINGS! * great storage * 3 bedrooms
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  The Denver market continues to heat up, and this sweet little Platt Park home is a great example...Under Contract in 2 Days, thanks to the hard work put in by LIVE Urban agent Paul Kourkoulis.   What does it take to sell a house so fast?  We asked Paul....   "There's a few reasons why I think Pearl St received multiple offers and went quick.  First is it's on a great block in a desirable neighborhood.  Walking to so much that's quality is huge reason.  Second, we priced it right and there's nothing under $300 in the Platt Park neighborhood.  Third, it showed very well.  I put it in the mls at 10 am on Saturday and held it open at 1pm.  Three of the groups that came through the open house ended up writing on it.  Location (top notch), price…
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When we made the decision to downsize to a smaller home last year, we did it knowing that we would need to increase the square footage sooner rather than later.  But rather than jump into construction right away, we decided to wait a few months, live in the existing house, which we remodeled before we moved in, and just see what we thought it was missing.


I am so glad that we took that time, because what I had originally had envisioned as an addition going out the back of the house, with a master suite and additional living room has evolved into something completely different!

 We decided to go up rather than out…and we also realized that we didn't really need additional living space…but we did still crave that Master retreat.

 But, let me start

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Tax Tips for Home Sellers

Tax season is approaching fast, and for those who sold a home this year, it's important to start thinking about how this may impact your taxes. Below are several of the need-to-know facts about tax season for home sellers.

Under $250,000? You may be able to exclude gains. Just because you profited on your home sale does not mean you have to pay taxes on it. In fact, if you're eligible to exclude your gains, you don't even need to note that you sold your home at all when you file.

To be eligible, you need to have made a profit of less than $500,000 on a joint return or $250,000 on an individual return, and the home must have been your primary residence for at least two years prior to sale.

You may not have to report

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One-of-a-kind modern masterpiece in the hot Sunnyside neighborhood, this home features quiet luxury living: no shared walls and no HOA.

Over 3000sf total with hard-to-find 3 big bedrooms on one level upstairs including an incredible master suite with walk-in closet.

A total of 4 bathrooms and the potential for 5 bedrooms!

Modern, open and spacious kitchen with Viking stainless steel appliances, Caesarstone counters and high-end cabinetry.

Solar panels plus a tankless water heater and energy star-rated appliances mean low, low utility bills. Big 4690sf lot with oversized 2 car garage, zoned for accessory dwelling.

Quiet, peaceful living just minutes from all the hustle and bustle of all the great shops,

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How far is it around City Park in Denver? Seeing that it is one of the prettiest parks in all of Denver, it is pretty obvious why it is so popular for joggers and walkers. So after visiting the other day, I began to wonder how far around it it is. I consulted once again mapmyrun.com and was able to get some pretty accurate distances around different parts of the park. 

If you are running or walking around the outer most paths in the park, it is about 2.21 miles.

If you are going around the entire exterior of the park, from 17th to Colorado to 23rd and back down York, then you are looking at 3 miles.

And I know that a lot of people like to run around 3 miles so I thought I would try to find a path through the park that would give you the

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