Tips for Home Sellers

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  This Arvada home is a perfect example of today's real estate market in the Denver Metro area.  It was updated with young, modern buyers in mind, the layout was opened up as much as possible, and the finishes are a great combination of forward-thinking design and utility, taking advantage of the lovely views, the big backyard backing to Standley Lake Open Space, and the potential for easy entertaining.   It was listed less than 24 hours before going Under Contract!   If you would like advice about selling your Denver Metro home, about the types of updates or renovations that you should focus on to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, don't hesitate to contact a LIVE Urban Real Estate Specialist at 303-455-LIVE.   Looking for a home…
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If you are like me, this insanely warm weather we are having right now might be causing some concern. Sure it is great now, who could complain about 60 degrees in January, but what is going to happen this summer if we have major water shortages and record setting heat once again?

This got me thinking of how I can help do my part in my own home to save water, gas and electric. Since I have an older home that needs updating to begin with, the timing is pretty convenient so I started researching to see what energy rebates Xcel Energy and Denver water are offering this year. I figure I can save a little money and do my part to help use our natural resources more wisely.

Looking through the Xcel and Denver Water websites, I’m surprised to see how many rebates
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  About this time every year I like to sit down and try to do my best to predict what the Real Estate market in Denver will do in 2013. Of course it is always a challenge and I can't predict with any degree of certainty, but as I start making predictions this year, I find myself much more confident in what will happen than years past. In 2012, we saw the market transition almost overnight from a strong buyers to market to a pretty neutral and at times, seller's market. The record setting activity we saw last summer has stalled a little this winter for the simple fact that there is now record low inventory, down 50%, and almost nothing for buyers to choose from.    I've heard talk from a lot of sellers that come spring, they will be willing to give…
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  Even though it feels like the dead of winter, it is never too early to start thinking about your yard this summer. Once again, The Park People and Denver Forestry will be giving away free trees this spring to all Denver residents. I got one for my yard last year and the process couldn’t have been easier. Applications are due by February 15th so don’t wait.

For more details and to apply online, visit or contact The Park People at 303-722-6262

This Spring, Denver residents have 2 options to get free trees!

The Park People Option


Denver Digs Trees’ Spring Street Trees  Program

•         Free street trees for public right-of-way

•         This spring, trees are free for all Denver neighborhoods.

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  How will the fiscal cliff resolution impact Denver Real Estate? It seems like all we heard about on the news for months was the Fiscal Cliff. Now that there seems to be a resolution, at least for the time being, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at what the compromise means for the Real Estate market in Denver in the coming years.

The first positive to come of the resolution is the extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Act.  If this hadn’t been extended, principal balances written off by lenders to help homeowners with underwater mortgages would have been treated as ordinary taxable income. This would have seriously reduced the number of successful short sales we are seeing and would have led to more foreclosures on the market. With
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If you live in an old house like I do, then you probably have an ancient toilet or washer that uses way too much water. Switching out the toilet or washer is a quick and easy way to save literally gallons of water a day and after the great rebates offered by Denver water, much more affordable than you might imagine.

Through the end of the year, you can get a $75 rebate for up to 3 toilets per household for qualifying, high efficiency toilets. You can also get a $100 rebate for qualifying clothes washers. I would imagine that Denver water will offer a similar rebate again next year, but you can never be sure. Make sure to take advantage of these great rebates and help save some water while you’re at it. For more information, click here.

Clothes washer

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One of the things I love so much about traveling abroad is seeing how other people live. I just got back from a couple weeks in Spain and Italy and could go on and on about the differences in everyday life I noticed. But one difference that really jumped out to me is the prolific use of motion sensor lighting. It seemed like every hotel I stayed in, every hallway I walked down and every bathroom entered had motion sensors for their lights and it got me wondering, why we don’t we have them everywhere here?

I never really thought about how much energy could be saved by using these sensors until I started to see them literally everywhere in Europe. Every hotel room we stayed in had motion sensors in the main room and bathroom at least. On top of that, they
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"I love my bank." That's said about as often as, "I hope I get the Swine Flu," and with good reason.

Four or five years ago, when the sky fell in the world of mortgage lending, banks understandably slashed their workforce. Now that rates are crazy low and demand for new mortgages and refinanced loans is crazy high, lenders aren't staffing up to handle the demand. With fewer employees and lower costs, banks are now making more than twice the usual margin on their loans. That makes them and their shareholders happy, but what does that mean for the rest of us?

That means hurry up and wait. Whereas the standard for closing a home purchase used to be 30 days, it's now 45 days, at least. Refi's can take even longer. So adjust your expectations if you're

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What do interest rates look like? Where are interest rates going? Are interest rates going to get any lower? After, “how’s the market doing,” these have to be the most common Real Estate related questions that I get. I try to keep track of the rates as best as possible but with them changing daily, it is hard to know and predict without watching them constantly what direction they are headed.

So instead of trying to guess on my end, I decided to ask a professional. Tracey McVicker is a senior mortgage consultant with SWBC Mortgage Company here in Denver. Tracey is constantly tracking mortgage rates and I thought who better to ask about what makes them go up and down than the expert who consistently gets my clients the best interest rates possible.

To best
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