December 2015

There are 18 blog entries for December 2015.

It's that time again...when we're making our lists of goals and New Year's Resolutions and vowing to improve our lives by losing weight, saving money, organizing our closets and getting our bootys to the gym.

If making a move is on your list, you might be considering whether to rent or buy, so we thought we would break down a few reasons why buying a home in the Denver Metro area might make sense for you in 2016.

Interest rates are still low.

Interest rates on home loans are at historic lows, with a 30-year fixed-rate home loan still hovering around 4%.

It is likely that we’ll never see interest rates this low again. So, even though Denver area home prices have gone up in the last couple of years, the savings in interest payments could easily

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"To buy or to rent?"

That seems to be the question lots of people are wrestling with these days with interest rates still near historic lows and the housing market continuing to gain strength in most communities. If making a move is on your list of 2016 goals or resolutions, you might be wondering whether it makes more sense to rent a new place in the Denver Metro area, or to buy a Colorado home.

 While each option has its advantages and disadvantages, the decision to purchase a home as opposed to renting is a complicated one and really depends a lot on your individual circumstances. In a market as hot as Denver, both home prices and rents are bound to keep going up.

According to a recent survey conducted for the National Association of REALTORS®,

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It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

Recycling your Christmas tree is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with Denver Recycles/Solid Waste Management’s annual Treecycle program. This year’s program will run January 4 through January 15, 2016.

By recycling your tree through Denver’s Treeycycle program, you can help keep trees out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help create mulch that is available to Denver residents for free at the Annual Treecycle Mulch Giveaway & Leafdrop Compost Sale in the spring.

Here’s how easy it is to recycle your Christmas tree:

  1. Remove all decorations, lights, and the tree stand.Natural (real) trees only! NO artificial or flocked trees.
  2. Set your tree out for collection during the two-week Treecycle collection period
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2016 Decor and Design Trends

Indoors + Outdoors = Home.

With the ever-growing popularity of large glass doors, expansive balconies and patios, and an ever-increasing demand for usable outdoor space where Coloradans can enjoy our seemingly endless days of sunshine, we're seeing a lot of outdoor furniture that looks totally cool indoors too.

Work.

If you have the chance to work from home, you might as well set up a productive and inspiring space to work both indoors AND out, right? Make sure it's both comfortable and functional with a table and chair that are ergonomically supportive, and it also helps to have a couple of different seats that you can rotate through during your workday, as well as a small meeting space if necessary. Don't forget

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We all heard that the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate yesterday. If you're planning to buy a home soon, put down that can of Dinty Moore stew and climb on out of your doomsday bunker. The sun will indeed come up tomorrow. Your mortgage rate is not directly tied to that Fed rate.

I think this article does a good job of explaining why the Fed Rate isn't really relevant to mortgage rates and gives some good insight on what might lie ahead:

Why the Fed move doesn't matter to mortgage rates

So if it's your life's ambition to geek out financially, watch the yield on the 10-year note. That is the one indicator that mortgage rates tend to follow. (The key word is "tend". It's not fail-safe.)

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I'd say this is something that you don't see everyday, but there are neighborhoods west of Denver where seeing elk is not all that unusual. We were driving into Willow Springs and saw this guy.

The really cool thing about this is that you don't have to go all hermit and isolate yourself to live among elk (and deer and other wildlife). Where I'm standing is 30 minutes to downtown Denver. You can work and play in the city all you want, then come home to this. It's not an "either/or".

By the way, check out how the elk totally nails his cue when I say, "Elk." That's talent. Even though they overindulged at craft service, the elks were all business on set.

 

 

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Prepare yourself for a loft space that combines sophisticated design, exceptional finishes, flowing spaces and a location that will be the envy of your friends and family.  This elegant two bedroom + office, two bath loft is located one block north of Union Station, and across the street from Coors Field.  Its modern design features large, flowing spaces that are conveniently divided through the use of glass, steel, copper and other artistic elements.  Exceptional finishes include slab granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, state-of-the art washer/dryer units, and bathrooms that feature the finest tubs, showers and hardware on the market.  Expansive hardwood floors add a natural, warm element to the home, and sweeping views of Coors Field

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Denver Area Housing Inventory Up Year Over Year

Prices Remain Strong

According to REcolorado, Colorado’s largest MLS and the provider of the re-designed REcolorado.com, the housing market in the Denver metro and surrounding area continued to experience typical fourth quarter softening. Inventory levels remained up as compared to last year, with average sales prices remaining steady.

November ended with 6,954 active listings on the market, a seasonal month-over-month decrease; however, a welcome six percent increase as compared to last year. As expected, sellers brought new listings to the market at a slower pace in November. During the month, 3,686 new listings came on the market, 15 percent higher than November 2014.

Months of Inventory

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1435 Wazee Street #203, Denver, CO  80202

  It is not often that a tremendous layout, a location that is second-to-none, incredible finishes and designer touches meld together.  However, once inside this exceptional LoDo loft, one will find a marriage of everything described!     Conveniently located within the West End Loft Building at 14th and Wazee, this two bedroom, two bath loft offers an executive rental solution that is unparalleled by other rental options in the market.  The expansive layout offers two well appointed bedrooms, an abundance of storage, two fulls bathrooms, and an open concept kitchen and living room that make entertaining a true delight.  A cozy outdoor patio offers views of the Pepsi Center and Denver's Front Range…
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You probably don't know about Willow Springs and Willowbrook. I'd never heard of it until I saw it on the map about 15 years ago. Well, now you do, and you need to see it for yourself.

One thing that deserves more attention than I had time for in the video is their private trail system. There are 800 acres of open space here with incredible views and varied terrain. These trails also tie into Ken Caryl Ranch's 4,800 acres of open space and 35 miles of trails. You can spend an entire day hiking, biking or on horseback and feel like you have the entire thing to yourself. It's one of the best neighborhood "amenities" you'll find in all of Denver.

If you want to know more about Willow Springs and Willowbrook, give us a holler!

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