Tips for Home Sellers

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I recently had the pleasure of taking a  new client out to look at homes for his first home purchase. Bright eyed and full of excitement, we embarked on an exciting quest for the perfect home.  Although all of the homes that we viewed had exceptional qualities, some stood out more than others.  In particular, one home's impression lingers in both of our minds not for its unmistakable charm, but rather for the overpowering color palette used within the home. Purple polka dot wallpaper, blue zebra print patterns and a yellow ceiling smacked us both square in the face when we opened the door to (what seemed like) a charming, historic bungalow. Understanding that homeowners should be able to express their unique styles within their homes, I do believe that

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Motivated by increasing home values, sellers brought 4,537 new listings to the market in February, a 14 percent increase as compared to last month and a four percent year-over-year increase. The new inventory was quickly scooped up by buyers eager to make purchases, which kept sales strong. The number of properties that sold in February was up 13 percent as compared to last month. Additionally, the number of homes that went under contract was up 15 percent month over month and saw a seven percent year-over-year increase.

The decline in the number of available homes that began in July 2014 continued into the first quarter, keeping inventory at historically-low levels. At the close of February, 5,087 active listings were on the market, a one percent

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Where is Denver' next hot hood? It is a question I get everyday and my answer for awhile now has been, Olde Town Arvada and more specifically, Alta Vista. Alta Vista is a neighborhood just north of Olde Town Arvada and is known for it's mid century mod style of homes and affordability. It is exploding right now and a great time to get in while there are still homes that need updating and not everyone has found it yet.

Alta Vista has the rough borders of Balsam to Garrison and Ralston to Oberon. It sits on the north side of the newly redeveloped Ralston-Central Park which is one of the nicest parks in all of Denver. The park features a splash pad in the summer, lots of open space along the creek, covered picnic pavilion, sand volleyball courts,

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Home improvements sell your home

Selling Secret

We keep telling you about Denver's low inventory situation, about how it's the perfect time to sell, and about how there are likely dozens of buyers circling your neighborhood looking for a house just like yours....but it's still really important to prep your property properly if you want to sell it fast and get top dollar. Here are 10 of my favorite tried-and-true ways to do it right from HGTV!

10: Pricing it right - Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a

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Consumer Reports just released their Top 5 List of Ways to Add Value to Your Home...and we have to say, we agree with every single one. There are endless ways to add value to your home...but if you are thinking of listing it anytime soon, these are all possibilities for getting the most bang for your buck.  On a budget? Don't worry....whether you go DIY and save some bucks or go all out with some serious upgrades, you're sure to get your money back in the Denver area's Seller's market if you make smart decisions.

Not sure what to focus on?  Don't hesitate to ask us! Live Urban agents love to share their expertise and will happily take a look at your project before you start to make sure it makes sense for you, your home, and your neighborhood!


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How much does renting instead of buying really cost you? There have been reports coming out pretty consistently the past few years showing how much more it costs to rent in Denver verse buying. It is about 50% cheaper to buy rather than rent in Denver right now which equates to a couple thousand more to rent per year. Depending on your situation, the flexibility might be worth it. But how much does it cost you when you look at it over a longer period? 

I found this great article on Market Watch about the $700,000 plus mistake that nearly six out of 10 millennials will make, click here. It breaks down the difference between renting verse buying for the standard loan term of thirty years and the results are startling.

Considering that the median home

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I recently had the privilege of previewing several properties in Denver's Highlands neighborhood with two additional Live Urban agents.  The homes ranged in price from $516,000 to $624,000 and although most showed quite well, tiny details had been overlooked in each home.  From outdated (and incorrectly priced) marketing materials, to chipped paint and out of season candies, each home left behind a small sign that the owners and listing agent(s) had overlooked specific and notable details.

We have all heard that Denver’s real estate market is particularly hot right now.  With low inventory numbers and rising home prices, realtors around the city are shamelessly asking potential sellers for new listings.  Understanding this dynamic, it is important to

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Now might be the best time ever to refinance your home because rates are near the lowest they have ever been and because of new FHA rules, you could greatly reduce your mortgage insurance. I've played the refinance game for years now, every time the rates drop, I refinance a little lower. I honestly thought I would never have the opportunity to refinance again. But I met with a lender today and he told me how low rates have dropped so I'm rushing to send over all my information to him to get the process started for my house and rentals right away. Below are two main reasons why refinancing makes so much sense.

1) Interest rates are near the lowest of all time. I was quoted 3.75% today for a 30 year fixed mortgage and 3.125% for a 15 year fixed

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2015 is going to be a great time to buy for first time buyers and those with low down payments. FHA recently announced some major changes that make their loans much more affordable again and a real option for first time buyers and those with lower down payments. And conventional loans have become available for those with 3% down for the first time ever. With incredibly low interest rates, one of the hottest markets in the country and now super affordable loans, there may never be a better time to buy in Denver.

Here are a couple updates that make buying so much affordable and more possible this year.

1) FHA just announced reduced mortgage insurance premiums for 2015. Most buyers I know opted to put 5% down last year to get a conventional loan over

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For 2015, Live Urban agents have nominated and voted for four local non-profit organizations to benefit from our Live and Give Program.

We will be distributing funds to the following organizations on behalf of our clients:



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