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Are we on the edge of another Denver housing bubble?   We get asked All. The. Time. "Are we on the edge of another Denver housing bubble?" And we totally get it! Choosing to invest in a home is one of the most impactful financial choices you'll ever make.   Even though we don't claim to have any kind of crystal ball, what we do have is access to information like this...which, in short, outlines why we still think Denver area housing is a safe bet.   

Housing markets can be drastically different in various parts of the United States, which is why we think it's really important to keep a close eye on what's happening in the Denver Metro Area. The Denver Metro Association of Realtors releases it's most recent area data monthly, and the numbers continue to reassure would-be Denver area

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Denver is a wonderful place to be in the fall. It’s still sunny, yet brisk enough for that cozy sweater you’ve been dying to wear. So pull that sweater on and plan some pumpkin picking, cider sipping, and adventure going for the autumn season! Our list of Metro Denver’s 16 best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and fall festivals has something for everyone all along the Front Range.

Denver's Best Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Fall Festivals

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, & Corn… Oh My!

These events offer pumpkin picking, viewing, tasting, and corn maze navigating.

Punkin Chunkin: Aurora
October 7th-8th
Aurora.gov

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Corn Maze: Littleton
September 15th - October 29th
Botanicgardens.org

Tawaga Gardens Pumpkin Festival: Centennial
October 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd

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How Will Residential Growth Limits Impact Your Chance of Buying a Home?

Lakewood, Colorado has frequented local news outlets as of late. Taking a page out of Boulder County’s book, the Lakewood Strategic Growth Group made headlines with their petition to impose a 1% yearly cap on new residential builds in the year 2018.  That would mean that new housing units would be maxed-out at 650 for next year, falling far short of demand. The Lakewood Strategic Growth Group aims to ease strain on local school and infrastructure budgets by limiting new builds. But more broadly, a new proposed amendment to Colorado’s constitution would make the same restrictions possible all along the Front Range. Initiative 4, like the Lakewood measure, would cap new residential builds at 1% yearly in the counties of Denver, Broomfield, Adams,

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Thinking about selling your home? Then it’s safe to bet the thought of earning top dollar through your home equity pops into your mind frequently. By focusing on cheap ways to increase home value, you can boost your home equity without breaking the bank in the process! From clever home hacks to some old standards, we have the list for you.

Replace Doorknobs: $20-$30 each

 Cheap ways to increase home value

Doorknobs present a unique and accessible opportunity to modernize your home. Select knobs that follow recent home decor trends to add affordable style at every doorway. As an extra bonus, doorknob replacement is an easy, do-it-yourself project.

Redo Your Backsplash: Price varies with backsplash selection

redo your backsplash

You’ve heard it before and I’ll say it again… home equity

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The month of September is the ideal time to witness a gilded aspen spectacle on a scenic drive, but you have to time it right: The color lasts only about a week in most places. It's difficult to predict when exactly the leaves will turn in any given location. The best strategy is select travel dates in advance, but not destinations. Then go wherever the color is. Here are a few road-tripping routes, sorted by region, that have become fall-color pilgrimages for aspen lovers, according to Colorado Come to Life, a great resource for visitor information, things to do in Colorado, and special tourism offers:

Southwest Colorado Fall-Color Drives

Dallas Divide and Lizard Head Pass: Begin your journey in the town of Ridgway. Head west on Colorado 62 over

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Denver Home Prices

As summer stepped out the door like a backpack clad child happily (you can read the sarcasm, right?) skipping off to school, August rode on by like the buzzing yellow school busses shipping those very happy kids off to school.

The thing is, all that bustle and fuss focused on moving back into a daily rhythm - August energy veers away from springtime house hunting and toward schedules, school days, and daily commitments.

Agents know that the real estate market steps in tune with the school calendar, so comparing this August’s trends to August of last year provides more insight than a comparison to last month.

You’ve read it in the news and heard the water cooler discussions: real estate trends aren’t what they were in May. The August

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Live Urban Real Estate believes in being a part of the community and giving back. Each year, we donate thousands to charities through our Live & Give program and are proud to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2017. Every time you close a deal with a Live Urban Agent, you’re supporting an important cause that affects Denver residents.

child with leukemia

Why Live Loves LLS

Live Urban’s Assistant Managing Broker, Paul Kourkoulis, brought The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to the Denver Real Estate Company’s attention as an option for a Live and Give partner because of the cutting edge research being done using T-Cells to remediate blood cancers. Paul has a big heart and a former client - and current friend - who is a childhood cancer survivor. She invited

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Searching for a new home can be so many things: exciting, daunting, inspiring, bewildering…

Types of Homes in Denver

Yes, very bewildering at times. Throughout your search, you’ll likely hear countless home architecture terms you’ve heard of, but only on HGTV: As the perky couples travel from home to home with their jovial tv real estate agent - looking at this Victorian or that Tudor - you nod and smile approvingly at your television. You may eve think to yourself, what a lovely tudor or, you should definitely buy that charming victorian!

But despite your grin, you’re probably not quite sure how to spot the difference between a Mediterranean and a Cape Cod home.

This may seem like just a small matter of semantics, but when it comes down to it, the more eloquently

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What Do HOA Fees Pay For?

No one likes paying their HOA fees, but that pesky bill comes every month! I despise paying my gigantic HOA fee as much as any other condo-dweller, but it has come to my rescue on more than one occasion. Next time you have to fork up several hundred to your Homeowners’ Association, try to remember everything it’s doing for you…

  1. You don’t have to be Ruler of Rubbish

 HOA trash fee

HOA fees often cover some basic expenses, such as trash removal, water, and sewage upkeep. I don’t know about you, but I’m more than happy to pass any sewage-related hiring along to my Homeowners’ Association. Not sure what your fee covers? Simply ask!

  1. Things always look lovely

HOA Upkeep Fees

The cost of your HOA likely goes toward

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Live Urban's Short and Sweet Market Snapshot

July is summer break for the Real Estate industry: this time of year, listings slow and buyers go on vacation. It’s no surprise that July’s real estate trends showed declines in new listings, sold homes, and sales volume as compared to June. What’s surprising is July’s numbers as compared to this time last year.

Finally, some great news for buyers!

Days on market have increased by 4% as compared to June and almost 12% since this time last year, as Sarah Bryant explained above. This means that buyers can save some of their “scrambling” for breakfast.

But…

Despite a slight decrease in average home prices since June, home prices are still on the increase as compared to this time last year (to

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