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It's that time of year again, and no…we're not talking about the holidays.  It's time for all of the major players in the world of decor, fashion and design to tell us what colors are expected to trend as the hottest in 2015. So far, they are sort of all over the board….but we are loving Sherwin Williams' pick: Coral Reef.

Even though this might not be the most obvious of choices, we're spotting it from the red carpet to the runways…and now it's popping up in fun, playful, and tasteful ways in home decor….check out some of these examples from our Pinterest board:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the rest of our Pinterest board here and let us know if you love or hate the idea of using Coral Reef in your home! 

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If you were hoping to check out this lovely Ballpark home this weekend, you're too late...it's Under Contract already!  We asked Live Urban Listing Agents Traci Tooman and Billy Potocnik how they made this one happen so quickly:

Live Urban: Wow! That was fast....how long was this one actually on the market?

Traci and Billy: It went on the MLS Wednesday afternoon and we had multiple offers by Friday night.

 Live Urban: Why do you think the property sold so quickly?

Traci and Billy: The offers we received were from buyers who have been looking for a few weeks and knew what they wanted and where they wanted to be. Even the record cold weather didn’t stop showings our first day on the market!

 Live Urban: Did you do anything special to

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This cute Sunnyside bungalow wasn't on the market for long...proving yet again that Denver area homes that are priced right and show well are still selling very quickly. We asked Listing Agents Sandi Klatt and Sara Murdoch to share their strategy for listing this Northwest Denver property:

Live Urban: Wow! That was fast....how long was this one actually on the market?

 Live Denver Team (Sara and Sandi):  Two days.  We entered into the MLS late Friday evening.  Over the weekend we had 24 showings and by Monday morning we had 3 offers to present to our seller!

 Live Urban: Why do you think the property sold so quickly?

 Live Denver Team:  We made sure to take a lot of care in preparing the property for market.  We made sure that the property

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Since I got into Real Estate 10 years ago, I've been continually searching for Denver's next hot hood. It was pretty easy five years ago but the past three years it has gotten progressively more difficult. Last year, I recommended Wheat Ridge right as it was heating up and it definitely caught fire and took off. I don't think Globeville will explode like Wheat Ridge did this year, but the long term outlook for it looks really strong.

Globeville has historically struggled to see much increase in property values but that could be changing. The city announced recently that they will be putting extra money and work into revitalizing Globeville. Amazingly, the extensive write up in 5280 the Magazine has already gone a long way to getting people talking

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The Denver Metro Real Estate market has slowed a bit according to the most recent stats, but homes that are priced right and show well in high-demand areas are still selling incredibly fast....like this one listed by Joy Opp for Live Urban Real Estate.

A cute brick ranch in Thornton, it was on the market and then under contract so fast we couldn't even keep up! We asked Joy how the deal came together so quickly...

Live Urban: Wow! That was fast....how long was this one actually on the market?

 Joy:  28 hours. Showings were being set while I was still making minor adjustments to the MLS!  And we ended up with a total of 19 showings and four offers.

 Live Urban: Why do you think the property sold so quickly?

 Joy:  When I compared the

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It might seem counter-intuitive to list your house in the winter months, but actually there are many reasons to list and sell your property during the winter:

1. We see a measurable increase in online traffic on our Real Estate website when the weather gets cold...it makes sense, people are inside, and they are looking at properties online.  If you are thinking about selling your home anytime soon, yours should be one of them.

2. Transactions tend to run a little more smoothly in the winter months, when Realtors, Lenders and Title Company Reps are not as busy...your deal will have much more of their attention than it would get in the Spring, leading to less mistakes, faster closing times and more availability.

3. Buyers that throw on snow

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It's official! Whole Foods is coming to Downtown Denver. The biggest complaint I get from my clients who live Downtown is that there isn't a good grocery store close by and they end up having to drive quite a ways to get groceries. Many of those problems should fixed soon with the announcement that Whole Foods will be opening near Union Station in 2017. It will be about the same size as the stores in Cherry Creek and Belmar and be considered Denver's flagship store. 

Another look at 17W, where Whole Foods Market is planting a flag.

According to John Rebchook with insiderealestatenews.com, it will be in the 17W apartment community that will have 640 luxury apartment units and 70,000 square feet of retail space when it is completed. This is incredible news for the Downtown Denver Real Estate market and as I've

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Have you ever thought about investing in Denver Real Estate? There has never been a better time to own rental properties in Denver with rental rates at an all time high, vacancy rates at an all time low and interest rates back near an all time low. While investing sounds very tempting, it can also be very intimidating and confusing. I've owned rental properties for the past 7 years in Denver so thought I might give some tips to help get you started.

First, just like every Real Estate transaction, it starts with figuring out where you are going to get the money to buy the property. If you have cash, that certainly makes it a lot easier but it is not always the best financial strategy so I always suggest speaking with a lender to get started. You can

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We want a better vision for Wheat Ridge than big box stores and corporate retailers. That vision does not include a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Grocer, or any other Wal-Mart store.

  If you have driven around Wheat Ridge anytime lately, you've likely seen No Walmart on 38th signs everywhere. It got me curious so I looked into it and found out that there are rumors of a Walmart going in on the south west corner of 38th and Wadsworth.    It certainly makes sense why residents are protesting. There are already 6 Walmart's in a five mile radius of this site. But I think the biggest issue would be the potential lost by turning this corner into another big box store.   Wheat Ridge has been booming this year and if you follow this blog at all, you know that I've been encouraging people to invest in Wheat Ridge the past couple of years. The city of Wheat Ridge has been very aggressive in rebranding itself and has done a…
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You read that right, interest rates have dropped to their lowest level of 2014 and are below 4% right now, thanks in part to Ebola. With the second case of Ebola in Dallas, ISIS, a weak European economy and other problems around the world, investors are pulling their money from the stock market and putting it into the bond market. When the purchase of bonds increase, the bond yield decreases and as a result, so do mortgage interest rates.

I've spoken with a lender today who has seen rates drop as much as .75% today which is unheard of. I never thought we would see rates fall below 4% again and yet they have. Do the experts think this will last? No, the US economy is still very strong and it is only a matter of time before money gets put back into

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