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Up until this weekend, this incredible heat streak in Denver had done little to help the state of Denver lawns. Driving around last weekend I couldn’t believe how bad so many lawns looked, mine included. It got me wondering, how much water does my Denver lawn really need?

I searched around and found some great advice from Tony Seigert with Safe Home Inspection. He told me that in general, turf grasses need about 3/4 to 1 inch of water per week to maintain green color and active growth. However, during certain times in the summer, like now, when high temperatures are the norm, you should allow lawns to naturally slow down in growth. You can let the lawn go almost completely dormant in hot weather. In hot weather you may need an inch of water only about every
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As long as I have lived in Denver, I don’t remember it being this hot for so long, especially this early in the year. I’m trying to find ways to cool my house, without A/C and a small swamp cooler, it is pretty miserable. As I swelter in my house, I look with envy at my neighbor’s house that stays in the shade all day long thanks to two large shade trees and it makes me realize just how much shade trees can help to keep a home stay cool during these hot, hot days.

It is no secret how much shade trees can help and luckily there is a great organization called The Park People that provides trees for Denver residents at little to no cost for homeowners. They have a spring and fall tree distribution and the application for the fall trees will be available
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Metrolist, the largest real estate multiple listing service (MLS) serving Colorado real estate agents, recently reported data suggesting the Denver real estate market is heading towards a seller's market, something unimaginable just one year ago. Their report, published on June 7th, shows increased sales volume and price in our residential real estate market.

Unit sales for single family residences the Denver residential market climbed to 4,625 in May, a 19% increase over the previous month. Average days on market (DOM) according to Metrolist, the provider of, dropped 13% to 78 days.




The average sales price, meanwhile, jumped further in May, rising to $284,059, a 3% gain from April's average of $275,241. Excluding condos,

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I want mountain views. It is a request that I get from prospective home buyers all the time, especially people moving in from out of state. Most out of state buyers are surprised initially that Denver isn’t actually in the mountains. And once they realize it isn’t, then they at least want killer mountain views.

With Denver being relatively flat and having lots of large trees, finding mountain views isn’t near as easy as one would think. As a result, I see a lot of buyers looking near the foothills and the west side of the Denver metro area for mountain views. And while you can get a small glimpse of the mountains from the west side, to truly experience the majesty of the front range, you actually have to go east.

There are a handful of neighborhoods around
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Can you really get a good deal on a HUD home in Denver? I would say 75% of all new buyers I meet with tell me they want to buy a HUD home and a HUD home only. I assume that so many buyers think a HUD home is the way to go from advice they have heard from a friend or the media. And while buying a HUD home, essentially a government foreclosure, can be a great investment and a good deal, there is a lot more to consider before you set your sights solely on a HUD home.

The great thing about HUD homes is that they usually priced below market value. The government wants to move them quickly and in order to do so, they are priced very aggressively. And like with anything priced aggressively, there is going to be extra demand. As a result, you often see HUD homes

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The FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage. It certainly isn’t a mortgage type that gets a lot of press but the more I learn about it, the more I’m convinced it definitely should. According to Preston Luckett, loan consultant with Guild Mortgage, the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) is a normal FHA loan where the borrower finances 100% of the expense of an “energy package” which saves the buyer more in 

energy costs over time than the cost of the improvements themselves.

Simply put, if you find the Denver house you love, but replacing all the appliances, hot water heater, furnace, etc., just seems too daunting a task, now you have an alternative. The EEM allows you to roll the expense of replacing these items, the energy package, into your loan so that you
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There is quite a bit to think about when buying a home and typically insurance is isn’t at the top of the list. Most buyers will make sure they can get insurance on the house they are buying and that is enough for them. But perhaps it would be wise to look further into the insurance history of the home and that is where a C.L.U.E. report comes in.

C.L.U.E. (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange) is a claims history database generated by LexisNexis® that enables insurance companies to access consumer claims information when they are underwriting or rating an insurance policy. That sounds great for insurance companies, so why is it important to you?

A C.L.U.E. report is important to you because it allows you to see any past claims the current owner of…
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Can you believe your chance to win $10,000 is only a few days away? I know there are lots of participants who can’t wait and have been looking forward to this day for months, and why shouldn’t they? There is still time to sign up so if you have been on the fence about it, now is the time to register and start collecting points.

If you have registered already, then you can easily start collecting points to give you a head start on the competition by visiting  Remember, it is not an actual race but a game of wits and strategy. Plus, we will be raising a ton of money for a great cause, Habitat for Humanity, so invite a friend and don’t miss out.

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Every year we agents wait to see 5280 the Magazine's Real Estate edition hit the shelves and see what they say the top Real Estate markets in Denver are and which ones are going to be in the coming year. While they aren't always perfectly accurate, they typically do a good job and buyers and sellers certainly listen to what they have to say. So it was good to see that this year they nailed it when naming Highland as the top hood in Denver.

According to the article, Highland "has become a nationally recognized, trendsetting model for the possibilities of 21st-century new urbanism" and I couldn't agree more. Whenever I meet with out of state buyers I am amazed at how many of heard of Highlands and the surrounding neighborhoods of North West Denver. For the…
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How hot is the Denver Real Estate market right now? I have been saying it for the past three or four months and feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record. But it is true, the Denver Real Estate market is on fire and in an article in the Denver Post today, hard numbers are out which help to back up my recent blog posts.

According to the article, Denver is second in the country for days on market. With an average of 33 days, we are well below the national average of 89 days. And a major reason they are going so quickly is a lack of inventory while demand has spiked.  “Unsold homes on the market totaled 10,325 in March, a 42 percent drop from March 2011.”

As an example, I listed a condo on 13th and Speer last week. Two years ago we had it

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