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Now that snow is on the ground and the temperature is dropping, I think it's safe to say we are into the winter months in Denver. So the questions I'm starting to get on a daily basis are, is winter a good time to buy in Denver? Is winter a good time to sell in Denver? The answer to both is YES! To help me explain, I'm going to rely on some great statistics courtesy of Megan Aller with Land Title. 


The first graph shows that the best odds for selling are April and May and the lowest odds are in January. The second graph shows the average days on market. July is the shortest at 36 and January and February the longest at 70 days.


The first graph above shows the sold verse list percentage. Homes on average sold for 100.1% of asking

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Denver Area Housing Prices Rise in October

Inventory levels up compared to last year

The housing market in the Denver metro and surrounding area remained active despite seasonal softening. Inventory levels remain stable, thanks to a steady stream of new listings coming on the market. After several months of decreases, average sales price increased in October.

With 8,563 active listings on the market, October’s inventory of available homes for sale was down five percent month over month but, was seven percent higher than this time last year. Inventory levels held steady thanks to sellers bringing 5,830 new listings to the market, eight percent less than last month, but 18 percent more than October 2014.

Months of Inventory remained at two

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Millennials will account for 32 percent of real estate buyers this year, according to the National Association of Realtors. In fact, if you are thinking of selling a house, it's likely that someone in this age group will be your buyer - so it's important to know what they are likely looking for in their future home so that you can sell it quickly and for top dollar.

Perhaps not surprisingly, homebuyers in their 20s and 30s are looking for very different features than their parents did, but it can be relatively easy to make a few simple changes and updates in order to meet their criteria.

What Boomers wanted vs what Millennials want

Boomers (folks who are now in their 50s-60s) bought what they could afford at the time, and took years and even

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Grief and Loss

I know it seems strange for a Real Estate agent to be talking about grief and loss, but buying and selling real estate is a very emotional process for many people. When we think about the homes where our parents lived and we grew up, many of us have strong emotional ties to the places we called home. Our family memories are housed in the walls that kept us safe through storms or that opened to family and friends for both hard times and celebrations. The rooms in our homes welcome home new babies and say goodbye to ailing grandparents.

There are times when it becomes necessary to part with Real Estate because of loss of a family member or divorce. Even moving for happy reasons can invoke feelings of grief and loss for some.


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To help you understand the probate and trust sale process, here is a list of some of the steps involved in a typical transaction:

Appointment of the Administrator or Executor of the estate. This is the person who the deceased named in his or her will to carry out their final wishes. The executor or Administrator of the estate are designated to distribute assets including Real Estate and they are the one with the authority to hire the Real Estate professionals. If the Executor is unable or unwilling to carry out the task the courts will name and executor. The execution of the will cannot move forward until this person has been identified. This is usually formalized through a probate process.

Once the Executor is established, they move forward

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You have recently become the executor of an estate and real estate (real property) needs to be sold as part of the settlement. What needs to happen next?

The process of selling Real Estate through a trust or probate isn't much different than selling a property from an individual, however the process takes a lot longer and Real Estate sales usually happen toward the end of the trust settlement process.  

Settling an estate is can be challenging because often times multiple family members are involved in the decision making and it is often a very emotional and challenging time for families. Having a team of professionals from lawyers to title companies and your Real Estate agent, who are sensitive to the emotional intensity of settling an estate,

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Many home buyers, home sellers, and sadly more than a few real estate agents probably don’t realize major changes are coming that will affect the rules governing real estate closings. You’ll no doubt be hearing more about these changes as the deadline for the new rules to go into effect draws nearer.

What are the big changes? On October 3, 2015 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is a new federal entity created by Congress when it passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, will mandate that mortgage documents are locked in at least 3 days before closing.* Additionally lenders will have to use newly created RESPA (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act) and TILA (Truth In Lending Act) forms:

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Imagine entertaining family and friends in this charming townhome with open floor plan and vaulted ceilings.

Stay cool with central air conditioning during the summer and cozy up to the wood burning fireplace during the winter. This home is a great fit all year round! Enjoy the view and natural light from bay windows in the living room and second bedroom. Newer appliances, all included. Conveniently located close to Cherry Creek Schools, parks, Southlands shopping, DIA, E-470 and light rail.

Listed by Kay Dale for Live Urban Real Estate. Please contact Kay for current pricing and availability.

16982 East Chenango Ave #E, Aurora CO 80015.







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Sharp Modern Townhome designed by Sprocket in the heart of LoHi.


Light & bright open plan with soaring ceilings and stairway sun tubes, central AC and whole house fan, great cross breezes, solid core doors, sleek tile & finishes. Private patio & balcony. Large gourmet kitchen with raised eat-in bar & rare pantry. Walk to 30+ restaurants, breweries & cafés. Union Station & Coors Field are just a 20-25 min walk away. 3 Nearby B-Cycle Stations.

Easy living in one of Denver's hottest neighborhoods!

Listed by Heather Truhan for Live Urban Real Estate. Please contact Heather for current pricing and availability.

2620 18th Street, Denver CO 80211.










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Colorado is officially in the fall season with leaves changing and colder nights so naturally the question of what is going to happen to the Denver Real Estate Market as we head into fall is starting to come up. Since the Denver Real Estate market is often seasonal, I try to do my best to predict what will happen to the market as we head into each season based on my experience, what I hear from other agents and future expert predictions.

The past few years, we have seen an insane spring selling season, a slower summer season in July and August, and another rush in home sales in September through November before winter sets in. That is what we expected this year and so far, we are still waiting for the fall rush to begin. For a number of reasons,

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