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There are a lot of agents that will promise you the world: a high price for your current house, a low price for the house you want to buy and a moving van too! Often it really is too good to be true. Gimmicks can be costly with no benefit to you on the sale of your home.  When interviewing find ...
Arvada Schools As a mom and realtor who has toured many of the schools in Arvada, I must say we are lucky! There are so many wonderful schools to choose from.  IN South Arvada a shining gem is Foster Elementary school with the Dual Language Immersion program to teach children fluency in Spanish ...
I read an interesting Blog by Seth Godin this morning about home buying, read it here. The last bit of the blog jumped out at me, that agents always work for the seller. In Colorado it's not true and hasn't been for years. It just reminds us that real estate is very local and it's always best to ...
Don't let a slow sellers market in Arvada scare you! Your home can and will sell with the right preparation, pricing and marketing. The biggest thing to remember is a "slow" selling market doesn't mean a completely "dead" market. In Arvada and the rest of the Denver Metro Area if you have a well...
One of the fun things about living in north Arvada in the Landing at Standley Lake neighborhood is we are uphill from downtown Denver. Arvada has lots of different biking trails and offers opportunities to head West to the Arvada Reservoir, past the Westwoods neighborhood, Golden via Wheatridge C...
A Great Investment is a House!   As a fairly general rule, homes appreciate about four or five percent a year. Some years will be more, some less. The figure will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, and region to region. Five percent may not seem like that much at first. Stocks (at times) ap...
Arvada has a lot of wonderful parks opportunities. Did you know one of the goals of the Parks group is to he a park located within 10 minutes' walk from any house in Arvada? I recently had the opportunity to walk around the open space near the west edge of Arvada at Partridge Open Space. It's a ...
One of the main reason Arvada continues to attract new homes, new residents and vitality is the commitment to further education and the Arts and Humanities. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities one of the largest Humanities institutions in the United States and is hosed right here in Ar...
Arvada is a vital, active recreational friendly community, a fact recently recognized by the League of American Bicyclists who have named Arvada a "Bicycle Friendly Community" in 2008. The League awards the designation to Cities that have demonstrated that they are integrating bicycles into the ...
Arvada is a wonderful community situated between Denver and Boulder just west of the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills. The current population is 102,000 which rather small for the Denver metro area. The small town feel and proximity to the mountains and quality of life make it an extremely des...

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