Living Urban in Denver: Real Estate Blog



What do I need to look for when I do my final walk through on my new house next week?  The week leading up to closing is always a fun and hectic time.  You are trying to get the house packed and the movers lined up, all while hoping there aren't any glitches with your loan or closing.  When it comes time to doing the walk through, most people are so tired and ready to close already, they don't necessarily take the time to do it right. 

A walk through is a very important part of the closing process and should be taken seriously.  We all would like to believe that the seller is honest and will leave everything as they said they would, but this is not always the case.  It is a lot easier to get items fixed or replaced before closing than it is after

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The question was finally asked by the mother of the three year old sitting in the very first seat… “Don’t you ever get tired of just going in circles all day long?” “No, I never do,”  replied Doug Schmidt, Engineer/Conductor and tour guide on the miniature railroad in Englewood’s Belleview Park,   “It may be my 33th time around the park today, but for a lot of these little faces, its there first ever on a train.”                                                                                                                                  For Doug, such moments are repeated daily but never taken for granted. Regardless of the era, small faces and trains are a natural combination.   Smiles reflect the true sense of adventure and wonder, as the train…
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What to do in Denver this weekend?  The 10th Annual Dragon Boat Festival!  This weekend, July 24th and 25th, head out to Sloan's Lake to watch 48 teams compete for the coveted Dragon Cup. Not only will you see some fun boat racing, in some crazy boats I might add, but also enjoy the Asian Marketplace, the Taste of Asia Food Court and the Performing Arts Stage.  And bring the kiddos along for the ever popular Dragonland.  For more information, visit the website here.  Hope to see you there.

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What is my house zoned now that the new Denver zoning code has been approved?  Before, it was pretty easy to understand what each house was zoned and what that meant.  But with the new code, and hundreds of different codes to choose from, things can be a little more challenging.  Luckily, the city has provided an excellent website, click here, to help get you through the transition and figure out what your home is now zoned and what that actually means.  The amount of information it provides can be a little overwhelming so make sure to check back on this blog for easy to understand descriptions of the most common codes and uses.

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Listing price – Cheeseman Park

The median sales price for homes in Cheeseman Park, Denver for Apr 10 to Jun 10 was $185,500 based on 38 sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median sales price decreased 3.6%, or $7,000, and the number of sales increased 15.2%. Average price per square foot for Cheeseman Park was $206, an increase of 6.7% compared to the same period last year.

There are currently 89 resale and new homes in Denver on Trulia, including 2 open houses, as well as 28 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in Cheeseman Park was $472,411 for the week ending Jul 14, which represents a decrease of 2%, or $9,807, compared to the prior week. For more information on

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Virginia Village Market Report - Denver Colorado Real Estate

Listing price – Virginia Village

The median sales price for homes in Virginia Village, Denver for Apr 10 to Jun 10 was $230,000 based on 63 sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median sales price increased 24.3%, or $45,000, and the number of sales increased 0%. Average price per square foot for Virginia Village was $183, an increase of 17.3% compared to the same period last year.

There are currently 105 resale and new homes in Denver on Trulia, including 57 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in Virginia Village was $264,771 for the week ending Jul 14, which represents an increase of 0.5%, or $1,335, compared

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To celebrate the launch of our new website, LIVE Urban Real Estate gave away a shiny new iPad to one lucky winner! During the month of June, and during the Highland Street Fair, hundreds of people registered to win. We drew a name at random, and the winner is Adrian Weatherby of Denver. Congrats Adrian. Enjoy your new iPad!

ipadwinneradrian_1600 Our new real estate website is your one-stop resource for all things 'Denver Real Estate'. We embrace new technology, and our website is a perfect example! It features advanced search allowing you to view all area MLS listings, and features tools to keep you up-to-date in our changing real estate market. From real-time real estate market data, powerful search tools, Google Streetview, Walkscore, Get Local Demographics and more,

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How did I get here? It seems I've wanted a new kitchen forever. I bought my classic arts and crafts bungalow nearly 15 years ago in NW Denver's Harkness Heights neighborhood (part of the larger Berkeley neighborhood). It's truly my dream home. I used to live around the corner, and would walk by all the time and quietly say to myself "Someday I want to own THAT house." Luckily, it worked out.

Back before I moved in, I did a fair amount of remodeling. With the help of my friend, Rob Fisher with New West Architecture, I tore down walls and created a master suite, tore out the ugly green carpet and refinished the hardwood floors, updated lighting fixtures, and generally whipped the place into shape after 75 years of bad design choices and deferred maintenance

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With the real estate market as it is, is now a good time to remodel my kitchen?  According to Consumer Reports, right now is an excellent time to redo your kitchen and is the most popular remodel happening these days.  With money tight, it might come as a surprise, but as you dig deeper, it makes sense.

According to Consumer Reports, the economic slowdown means there are outstanding deals on everything from cooktops to countertops. It also means kitchen designers and building contractors are eager for work and willing to negotiate.

When planning a remodel, determining your budget is one of the first steps. The National Kitchen & Bath Association calculates the average kitchen remodel costs between 10 percent and 20 percent of the home's value. But

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I'm buying a house in Denver, should I get a sewer scope done as part of my inspection?  The answer to this very good question is yes.  Why might you ask?  Because to replace a sewer is going to run you between five and twenty thousand.  Sewers are usually forgotten during inspection, but with this type of price tag, it is probably something you should be insisting on regardless the age of the home.

 A standard sewer scope will run between $99 and $250.  The sewer scope company will run an actual camera down the entire length of the sewer line and record what they find.  In Denver, especially with so many historic neighborhoods with grand, old trees, it is hard to find a sewer line that doesn't have roots crawling through the sewer lines reaching

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