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Why aren't all Denver condos approved for FHA financing? It is a question that I get a lot, especially with first time home buyers looking for a condo in or around Downtown Denver. FHA is very unique in that you can purchase a home with as little as 3.5% down and for many first time buyers that is the difference between owning a home and not. So you would think that all condos would allow FHA financing, but unfortunately, it is more complicated than that.   FHA has set standards for condo buildings to determine if they fit within their lending criteria. These standards include the number of units that are owned by investors, the amount of commercial space in the building, the number of delinquencies in the building, reserves with the HOA and the…
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FHA mortgages are set to increase their mortgage insurance premiums come April 1st, 2013. While this might not have much impact on you if you have 5% or more to put down on your home purchase, for most first time home buyers, this is a significant change. 

FHA mortgages typically cater to first time buyers who only have the minimum of 3.5% to put down or buyers with less than stellar credit. In an effort to minimize their exposure to these sometimes riskier loans, FHA has decided to increase their premiums by .1% on most loans they insure. For the average priced home of $250,000, this is about a $20 increase per month.

While $20 a month doesn't sound like a significant increase, it is when you consider the other change FHA is making. Currently,

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  How long will the standard household components last? It is a question I get all the time showing homes, especially older homes in Denver. I know a ballpark range for many items like furnaces, hot water heaters and roofs, but some of the less common items I wasn’t too sure of so I did a little digging and found a great resource at

To see the full list of household components, click here. These averages are of course based on usage, maintenance and climate, but it should give you a pretty good idea of how long these items are going to last so you can budget for them and decide if that fix up house you are eyeing is really that good of deal. Here are some more common ones you might be interested in.

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Recently, some friends of ours had a very scary close call with Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.  They ended up in the hospital, and are just so lucky that everything turned out OK.

Please take a minute to check that you have Carbon Monoxide Detectors and that they are working!  It's a Colorado State Law that every residential property must have adequate Carbon Monoxide protection, including detectors within 15 feet of every bedroom, and they must be installed and functional upon transfer of property...but if you have lived in your home for a while, you might not have them at all.  

Go. Check. Now!

Information about Carbon Monoxide and CO Poisoning:

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by the combustion of fuels such as

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Have you heard of Midtown yet? If not, you certainly will very soon. Midtown is the newest infill development in Denver. Located just north of Downtown at 67th and Pecos, I had to scratch my head to try to figure out where that is and what is even out there. But after visiting the site today and touring some of their models, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Midtown will have a Stapleton feel to it like most infill projects do. When completed, it will consist of 1,300 residences with commercial space, parks, and community gardens. The developers have done a great job of utilizing the space and providing what homeowners want these days. Below are some of the highlights from our visit today. It is a great opportunity for the buyer looking to be

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As of today, there are only 7,094 homes on the market in the Denver area.     To the general public, that might seem like a high number...but as Real Estate pros, we know that this is actually a crazy low level of inventory.   What does this mean for you?   As a homeowner looking to sell, this might be the perfect time...there is WAY less competition than usual, no matter what area of town you live in, so buyers are more likely to act quickly, look past the little things that might not be perfect about your home, and write a stronger offer than they would if there were more homes to choose from.   As a person thinking about buying a home, it's important to have an agent on your side who knows how to write a great offer (which isn't…
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The Denver Real Estate market is on fire, but you don’t have to take my word for it. In the past two weeks, a handful of articles have come out showing just how hot the market in Denver is right now. Some of the highlights include the inventory at a 23 year low, prices up 9.5% across the city, big money being invested in Real Estate, Denver home prices at a 5 year high and a national report of our market booming. Below are some recent articles for you to read for yourself to see just how hot this market is right now. Now is definitely the time to buy and sell before it is too late, so don’t hesitate to let us know if we can help.

Home inventory lowest in memory

Supply of Denver Homes at 23 year low

Denver Home Prices keep growing

Big Money betting on housing

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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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