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Real estate returns with self direct IRA

In the past few years, Denver real estate has proven to be a profitable alternative investment that offers attractive risk-adjusted returns. Unfortunately, quite a few investors who have wealth concentrated in retirement accounts haven’t explored this opportunity - due to real estate traditionally being available through taxable amounts. Real estate IRA is opening new doors that you probably haven’t considered earlier.

What is Self-Directed IRA?

A Self-Directed IRA is not very different compared to other IRAs. However, it is unique because of the investment options available. A lot of IRA custodians allow only investing in bonds, stocks, mutual funds and CDs, but a self-directed IRA custodian, (such as Equity Trust) allows those types of

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Denver’s newly earned status as a world-class city has catapulted the local food scene to impressive proportions. The Mile High city now plays venue to many delicious and innovative restaurants and has become a James Beard Award focal point. If you haven’t heard about the James Beard Awards, it’s the US’s food equivalent to an Olympic medal. Needless to say, this honor is very coveted and restaurants bestowed with it meet the highest of standards. So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable night on the town with incomparable cuisine, look no further than this list of award winning Denver restaurants.

Award Winners:

Denver's best restaurants

These Denver restaurants won the big prize for Best Chef in the Southwest! Visit these James Beard Award winning restaurants for

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it's a great time to buy in Denver real estate

Denver real estate buyers, take a sigh of relief. Denver may still be a strong seller’s market, but buyers have more choices and less competition than just a few months ago.

Over the past several months, the residential real estate market has been incrementally cooling, providing a bit more opportunity for buyers. So, dust off that house hunting fatigue and hop into the Denver real estate pool.

More homes for sale in Denver

Denver’s home inventory is continuing its steady climb as we head into August! Given our popular city’s inventory shortage, this is promising news for buyers in the area. With more houses to choose from, potential buyers may face a less competitive market this month and will certainly be able to explore more options. In

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Your home is likely the biggest investment of your lifetime. Treat your house like the gem it is and shine it up before putting it on the market for maximized profit and ease of sale. After all, a little elbow grease now could mean more cha ching later!

Wondering how to get top dollar for your home? Follow our easy tips:

Spruce it up

how to get top dollar for your home

When it comes to selling your home, it is only as good as it looks. You already know that first impressions are everything, so take the time to make the very best first impression with your house.
The first thing you’ll want to do is clean, clean, clean! Dust those shelves, mop those floors, and store clutter out of site. Adding storage boxes can provide double duty - eye appeal and clutter camouflage all in

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Quiet Neighborhoods in Denver

You settle into your patio chair, steaming mug of coffee begging to be sipped and bestselling novel eagerly awaiting your attentive gaze. Ahhh… it’s a lovely Saturday morning of relaxation when suddenly - weeeeeeooooooooooooo weeeeeeeeooooooooo weeeeeeooooooooooooo - police sirens screech past. Then - dumduh dumduh dumduh dumduh dumduh dumduh dumduh dumduh dumduh dumduh - music blares from a nearby car. Finally - vrrrrrroooooooooooommmmmmm HONK - the highway rumble that you’ve managed to tune out in the name of calm re-enters your consciousness.

Where are the Quiet Neighborhoods in Denver?

We’re not all cut out for city noise. I mean, there’s a reason they call it noise pollution. If it were pleasant, they’d call it noise enhancement or

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Amazon Prime Day is back and it's the perfect time to score some gear for your pup! We put together a list of our favorite Prime Day deals for your dog to get you started. These "members only" deals opened at noon today and are only good through tomorrow, July 17, at midnight. Snag some swag for your pup before the sale is over!

Our Favorite 2018 Prime Day Deals for Dogs

1. Plush Paws Ultra-Luxury Pet Seat Cover    

 Save your car from pet hair AND give your dog a comfy ride with this pet hammock for your backseat!

2. Pawaboo Dog Safety Vest Harness     

 Your pup will be stylish and safe with this adjustable harness compatible for seat belts!

3. Pet Zone Designer Diner

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Fourth of July Pet Safety

Do’s and Don’ts for Keeping your Pup Safe this Independence Day

Fourth of July Fireworks are fun and exciting for us, but can be truly terrifying for our pets. It can cause them to go into Fight or Flight Mode, either destroying the house or leaving a Fido sized hole in the window screen. More dogs go missing and end up in shelters on Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year. According to PetAmberAlert.com, animal control sees a 30-60% increase in lost pets on July 4-6 every year. Sadly only 14% are returned to their owners. We want your dog to be safe and happy this Independence Day, so we’ve put together a list of Do’s and Dont’s to minimize the negative impact on your best friend.


Do- Make sure your pup is microchipped

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Whether you go for decadent chocolate, creamy vanilla, or a fresh fruity sorbet, we're willing to bet you can't make it through summer without a scoop of ice cream. It's like a handful of portable air conditioning that comes in every imaginable flavor! Our agents share their favorite ice cream spots (by Denver neighborhood) and crave-able flavors. So, take a break from the heat and enjoy a scoop at one of Denver's best ice cream shops. 

Traci said:

High Point Creamery in the Curtis Park neighborhood

I love that we can ride our bikes and their milk chocolate ice cream is delish! The impeachment is good too. LOL!

Kelley said:

Sweet Cow Ice Cream in the Platt Park neighborhood

They always have different flavors rotating (like

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East side office opening this fall in the center of Denver’s classic historic neighborhoods

Live Urban Real Estate, a city-focused real estate brokerage, is opening a second neighborhood real estate office at the four corners of the Cherry Creek, Congress Park, Cheesman Park, and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. Live Urban will occupy a storefront location along busy East 6th Avenue, adjacent to other local neighborhood businesses including Shaver-Ramsey and Barolo Grill.

“I’ve wanted to open a second location for a few years, but wanted to find just the right location,” says John Skrabec, President of the growing boutique brokerage. “It’s in a great spot filled with unique shops, restaurants and service providers, with a walkable connection to the

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Affordable Housing in Denver

Denver home prices have been pedaling up a steep slope since the great recession of 2008. Thanks to Denver’s strong economy and growing popularity for both tourism and relocation, the residential real estate scene is booming. But, some Colorado wages have failed to keep pace with ballooning home values and the number of newly built houses have fallen behind that of new Denver transplants - creating high competition for houses that do hit the market.

Colorado's impressively strong real estate market creates problems for some looking to buy a home. Denver’s affordable housing regulations make some headway in alleviating this problem for those who qualify, requiring multi-dwelling new builds to include affordable units. Affordable housing in Denver

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