Living Urban in Denver: Real Estate Blog

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the mortgage buying giants are offering some amazing incentives on foreclosed homes.  Most of the homes are liveable but usually need some work and almost all are discount significantly from retail price.  But hurry because Closing must occur on or before December 31st 2010.  Make a Christmas present of investing in your financial future with the gift of home ownership.  I've outlined the highlights below. 

1)Restrictions on who can offer and when. . .those intending to move into the property and live there are offered an intial opportunity, usually 10 days before investors can purchase, this mean less competition.  

2)Closing costs assistance of 3.5% or more, this means thousands more in your pocket that will stay there when

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Highland United Neighbors Inc (HUNI) will be having its monthly neighborhood meeting this month at Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe at 2005 W 33rd St.  It is being sponsored by US Bank and Fidelity National Title. The grand raffle prize is an Apple IPad!

Rosa Linda's is also sponsoring its 26th annual Feast for the Needy food drive. Please bring canned food, or frozen turkeys to the HUNI Hour to contribute to the food drive. Please note that November's HUNI Hour is two weeks early because of the food drive.

HUNI hour is open to everyone, not just Highland residents.  As a special incentive, if you renew your membership tonight and or donate a pound of food for the food drive, you will receive an extra raffle ticket for the best prize yet.  For more info,

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I fell in love with this beautiful homelocated at 2892 Cherry Street in Park Hill at the curb. Situated high on a generous corner lot in one of Denver' s most coveted neighborhoods, the classic brick construction, extra roomy front porch, and amazing HUGE front door had me hoping for the best inside. I was not disappointed.

The beautifully xeriscaped front garden with just enough grass to play, and a flagstone patio big enough for adirondack chairs and a firepit create the perfect place to chat with the neighbors, greet guests, and relax with a big mug of coffee or tumbler of wine.

Walking through the over-sized front door, you will be surprised by the open layout and generous size of the living room, dining room, and stunning gourmet kitchen.

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My blog, MicTalksDenverHomes.com, has been nominated for the Zillow People's Choice Award for Best Blog In Denver!  In order to win the title, I need as many votes as I can get.  If you like the content I provde, then please vote for my blog as often as possible, up to once per day.  Visit the Denver Real Estate Page on Zillow to vote, click here. Thank you!

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In some cities, there are countless agencies dedicated to matching people with the perfect rental property. Denver is not one of those cities. At LIVE Urban, we are lucky enough to have a storefront office on a popular walkable street in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Denver metro area.

We have property information available in the window, and there is always an agent working the front desk - so whether you come to our office ready to put your Highland house on the market, if you just want to get some information about what your home might be worth, or if you are ready to start searching for your perfect place in the 'hood, you are in the right place - just look for the big green dog out front and come on in.

 

BUT, if you are

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How can I improve the curb appeal of my Denver home?  With curb appeal being so important to getting your home sold, first impression is so important, there is never a bad time to look into options for improving your front yard and general appearance of your home, especially if you are considering selling.

Searching online for different ideas and examples to help spruce up curb appeal, I came across a terrific website from HGTV, click here.  The site provides examples of various problem entryways and walks through step by step with pictures on how to improve them for top notch curb appeal.  Below are some before and after pictures of homes similar to those we find in Denver and they clearly show how important curb appeal can be.  For more detailed

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What can I buy for $400,000 in Denver these days?  At this price point, the size and finishes of the homes available become very appealing.  To start a, stunning loft in the heart of Riverfront Park Downtown is certainly within reach.  A fully remodeled Tudor in Highlands, a large Berkeley gem with original hardwoods, a stunning Victorian on Lincoln, a charming story and a half in Park Hill and a five year old ranch with perfect finishes prove to be some of the nicest in their neighborhoods.  Click on the address for more information and let me know if you would like to see more examples of what this price point offers, you won't be disappointed.

 

1438 Little Raven St #109  $390,000

FAB 1ST LEVEL CORNER UNIT W/LARGE TERRACE ON QUIET TREE LINED

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As much as we have loved it, it appears as if these glorious fall days in the 70's may be over.  And with dark clouds hanging over Denver and snow to be falling soon, it's a good time to think once again about getting your house ready for winter.  Of course, we all should have been winterizing our homes this weekend when it was in the high 70's, but what fun is that?  So they next time a nice day rolls around, here are 10 tips from About.com to help your home make it through another Colorado winter.

1) Furnace Inspection

  • Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
  • Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly.
  • Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat.
  • If your home is heated by a hot-water
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The chilly weather has finally moved into Colorado, and we might even see some actual SNOW in the Denver Metro area in the next few hours, so it's got me thinking about what will need to be done as far as staging our listings in the next couple months. Whether a property is occupied or vacant makes a big difference, of course - but either way it's important that accessories are switched out so that the listing seems new and fresh, rather than sad and stale.

Here are some great ideas from some of my favorite resources:

The mantel often serves as a focal point in homes that are lucky enough to have a fireplace.  Staged4More has a great post today about different ways to make the most of this feature.  This one is my favorite: 

Photo courtesy of Casa

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Help!  With fall in full effect, and leaves shin deep in my yard, where can I get rid of all these leaves here in Denver?  While the changing leaves sure are beautiful and give brand new colors to our city, once they fall, they sure can be a pain.  If you can't use them as compost in your yard, then why not give them to the city who can.  Now through December 3rd, the cities LeafDrop program will have open drop off sites for you to dispose of your leaves properly and help the environment at the same time.  For a full list of drop off sites, click here.

Saturday Drop off Locations:

November 6th and 13th, Noon to 4 pm.  Denver Solid Waste Transfer Station, 7301 E Jewell. Ave

Sunday Drop off Locations:

November 7th and 14th, 10 am to 3 pm. Denver Solid

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