February 2015

There are 33 blog entries for February 2015.

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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A great value in Arvada! A rare opportunity to own this much space under $300K anywhere in the metro area! This low maintenance home boasts more than 3000 sq ft finished! Move-in ready with a bright open floor plan, stainless steel appliances, new carpet and paint. Large windows and skylights flood the entire house with natural light.

Beautifully updated master suite includes a 5-piece bath with a jetted tub and skylight. Add a kitchenette downstairs and design an ideal mother-in-law space. Patio is wired for a hot tub, so you can create your own outdoor retreat with plenty of space to garden and entertain. New furnace, tankless hot water heater and 4 year-old roof. Great location!

Sitting directly across from the new Britton Park - completion

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Spectacular remodeled Highlands home with knockout kitchen, huge rooms, soaring ceilings, expansive master retreat, exposed brick, original woodwork, family room, game/media room and much more. Located close to all that Highlands has to offer, this home is a MUST SEE that will not disappoint.

You'll want to live in the huge and beautiful light-filled kitchen, totally remodeled with modern finishes, vintage wood and exposed brick. Escape to the fully permitted, all-new second-floor master suite with walk-in Elfa closet, 5-piece bath and cozy reading nook.

Main floor features an inviting family room PLUS media room and formal living/music room. Basement could easily be a rental or in-law suite, or just enjoy the newly finished space with 4th

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The Denver area doesn't have school and businesses closed very often because of the weather, but when it happens, we know just how to celebrate! Whether you're looking to keep the kids busy, or ready to cuddle up by the fire with a good book and a cocktail...our Snow Day Pinterest Board is full of solutions, recipes and activities to get you through the day....








Check out our Snow Board Pinterest Board for original sources and links to recipes and activities!

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It is no secret that Denver’s real estate market is red hot. Limited availability and rising home prices continue to put Denver’s real estate statistics on the front page of national blogs and economic publications. Although many are timid to test their buying power in this market, real estate professionals will argue that there has never been a better time to invest. In order to be a successful buyer, you need to know exactly what you want, and what is available to you and your budget! Knowledge is power, and the more knowledge that you have in this market, the more likely you are to succeed.

This blog will be the first of many that will be comparing and contrasting what kind of real estate investment your money can buy you in Denver’s market. I will

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Most Denverites are already well acquainted with the existing Light Rail system, which initially started running in 1994.  The iconic cars, with their advertisements, are distinctly Denver.  

Over the years, additional lines were added to the system, mostly serving the Southern part of the metro region.  (Current light rail map shown below)

If you didn’t live to the South you might not have had a chance to ride in one, or benefit from its use.   Personally, I have actually only ridden the light rail once, to get to a concert in Greenwood Village at Fiddler’s Green amphitheatre.  Other than that, it just hasn’t served my needs, living in Lohi and working in the city proper.   Fortunately the days of large swaths of the metro area not being close

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Real Estate Investing ROI

Real estate investment professionals use a number of financial tools to make sound investment decisions, most commonly “cap rates,” or the annual return expected on an investment. In contrast, people who are just starting to look for a single-family home or other residential property in which to invest, too often rely on gut instinct or emotion to drive their purchase decisions. They may simply love the property and hope that it will someday appreciate for a sizeable return. But even if a property appreciates (which isn’t always a given), will it appreciate enough to cover the annual costs to hold the property? The experts don’t invest for appreciation alone, so why should you? The primary financial driver steering your investment property decision

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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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If you're fed up with the paltry returns you get on bonds, the insulting interest rates paid by banks, and the frenetic fits of the stock market, you might consider turning to rental real estate to supplement your retirement income. But it's not for everyone. Walk through these six tips to see if real estate can help you construct a sound retirement portfolio. If the idea still seems solid, the next step is to do your homework.

1. Assess your goals. The days of buying real estate and flipping it for a quick profit are long gone. Rental real estate can provide a steady, long-term income, but it takes work. Are you prepared to do lots of research to secure a property in a good location that will be attractive to people in the rental market? Are you

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Let it snow! As I sit here watching this brilliant sunshine hit the glistening snow, I am thinking of SNOWSHOEING! Want to snowshoe but don't know where to head? Here are some great trails near Denver for all skill types:   Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park-Views, views, views and an easy to moderate terrain and only 3.6 miles all around.   Middle St Vrain near Peaceful Valley - Phenomenal glacier views make the 16 mile trek worthwhile for novices to intermediate skill levels.   Lost Lake, Nederland Indian Peaks Wilderness - Great for families and those of all skill levels. The scenery is spectacular and it is just an easy 5,5 mile trek.   Brainard Lake near Ward - Stunning views of peaks and lake with many trails for beginners.…
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