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Buying a Home in a Denver Historical District - 11/30/10 07:40 PM
Buying a Home in a Denver Historical District If you have found a wonderful turn-of-the century property, and is located in the Denver Historical District, there is more information you need to know. Historic Preservation was established through the Denver Landmark Preservation Ordinance in 1967 in order to help preserve City history and character. Fifty Historic Districts have been established and 330 structures have been individually landmarked. Here are a few neighborhoods that have been designated as historical: ~ Country Club Historic District ~ Country Club Gardens ~ Lower downtown Historic District ~ Civic Center There are 62 neighborhoods to include (10 comments)
The interest rates are rising, and in DENVER there are areas that are actually seeing increases in values! If you think the 'bottom" has not arrived, you may have missed the boat! The blog by Scott has merit, and if you have THOUGHT about buying a home in the near future, this blog is worth reading!
Via Scott Hayes (Austin Real Estate Agency): People often remark that the real estate market slows down in November and December. Although this may be true, I certainly believe winter is one of the better times to buy. Not only do I encourage end of year (5 comments)
Winter Weather is Here --- Is Your Car Ready? - 11/28/10 10:44 PM
Denver is expecting a snowstorm tonight, and the thought came to me - wonder if I have all the necessary needs in my car just in case I break down. Some items you should have in your car during the winter months --- ` Water ` Blanket ` Gloves & Hat ` Breakfast bars - Emergency kit ` Flashlight ` Winshield scraper The Red Cross suggests extra winter clothing and a utility knife as well. If you have a medical condition, extra medicine be included in this list. If you should get stranded for a few days --- what would you (28 comments)
Denver Active Listings - Zip 80210 - 11/28/10 10:29 PM
Denver Active Listings - Zip 80210 In the Zip Code in Denver for 80210, active listings from $200,000 to $600,000 single detached family homes, there are 147 active listings. These properties are located in the DU area, Wellshire, Platt Park, Washington Park and Observatory Park to name a few.
If you would like a list of these active listings, please contact me! (1 comments)
Can't Get Enough Holiday Lights? TODAY IS YOUR DAY! - 11/26/10 12:26 PM
Can't Get Enough Holiday Lights? TODAY IS YOUR DAY! The most popular is the Parade of Lights that is held in downtown Denver which will be held today - Friday November 26th, starting at 6 pm.
This parade will begin at Union Station (17th & Wynkoop), continue for a two miles to the City & County Building in Civic Center Park. Along this Parade route, there will be special events, including a Holiday-themed choir, a Children's Museum craft table, delicious treats provided by LoDo restaurants, a visit by Dinger Claus (the Colorado Rockies Mascot), and much more! There is (13 comments)
The sellers currently with their properties on the market are getting showings, as the buyers out right now, are serious buyers. The buyers viewing properties this time of year are looking that deal, and have the desire to get into their new homr prior to the end of year. In past years, I have found first thing in January to be a good time to put a new listing on the market. All the Holidays are over, the inventory is not as plentiful, and the buyers are really looking for that (16 comments)
In 2007 Southshore was an upcoming luxury community on the Quincy Reservoir and offered $1 million homes with an upscaled clubhouse. Southshore was the feature for the 2007 Denver Parade of Homes. However, with only 14 homes complete and sold, the down housing market foreclosed on the entire property. Pulte, a prominent builder in Denver, found this property was on the market, and moved quickly, and with one transaction in November 2009, they purchased the entire property for $14.5 million. Plans for this luxury community includes 55 single-family homesites (6 comments)
Condos and townhome projects have been quite challenging to get approved over the last couple of years, especially if they have delinquent HOA fees, and more investor owners than owner occupied! Here is just one more hurdle Larry has shared!
Via Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage: As you may or may not be aware, one of the major changes announced last year by HUD/FHA in HUD Mortgagee Letter 2009-46B is that all condominium projects that were initially approved prior to 10-1-2008 will expire as of 12-7-2010 and going forward all others approved after 10-1-2008 will expire upon the 2 year (1 comments)
Residential Construction & Remodeling Estimates - 11/20/10 09:49 PM
Residential Construction & Remodeling Estimates If you are contemplating making some changes in your current home, versus moving, here is a list of approximate amounts for different areas of your home you could be thinking of upgrading.
Structure/Exterior Aluminum Siding $4.50-5.50/sq ft. Brick Veneer $9.50-21.50/sq ft. Cedar Siding $9-$12/sq ft. Stucco $9-$11/sq ft. Vinyl Siding $4-$5/sq ft. Garage/Driveway/Walkway Detached Carport $5000+ Detached Garage single/double $10,000/$15,000 Asphalt Paving $4-$6/sq ft. Asphalt Seal $60-$75 Interior - Windows Bay/Bow Window $50-$60/sq ft. Skylight (5 comments)
Little Kitty --- BIG MEOW - 11/20/10 09:21 PM
Little kitty --- BIG MEOW My favorites pets are kitties, so when I see a picture or a video that contains kitties, it always come with an AWWWW..... This combines with my passion of skiing, (which BTW, if you are thinking of vacation time in Colorado - we have MANY ski areas open now) so hope you enjoy this --
How into football are you? Do you invite a few friends over to watch the game, share some football food? Do you have a flag proudly hung representing what team you are rooting for? Do you have jerseys you wear with pride every Sunday (or Monday)? Here in Denver, especially in past years, when the Broncos are playing, you might as well not have an open house during game time, as you won't have any viewers. There are some pretty fanatical fans here in Denver in good years. Are you so into your football team, even your pets are (12 comments)
~ If you plan to place decorations on your roof, check to be sure where the overhead power lines are located. Be sure to keep a minimum of TEN FEET between the power lines and anything you may be holding, such as a ladder, equipment, etc. ~ While you are locating those power lines, be sure any strung lights are far from them, as anything touching a power (6 comments)
Where Are Your Charitable Contributions Going? - 11/19/10 12:36 PM
Charities would like to have donations all year long, however, this time of year it is more prevalent for families to give to charities. Do you know where your hard-earned dollars are going? Peggy's blog has laid out some great facts. Via Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900 Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty): Where are your charitable contributions going?
We are in the midst of the giving season. The upcoming holiday season is sure to present us with plenty of opportunities to help others, and most people increase their donations this time of year, whether it is to local (4 comments)
Here in Denver we now have had to have our furnaces on for about a month, and are hearing about fires within the homes already! Space heaters can be so dangerous if not used properly. Jim's blog on space heater safety is good timing!
Via Jim Frimmer, Realtor and CDPE, Mission Valley, CA DRE #01458572 (Century 21 Award):
Space heater safety Because of the weather in San Diego, many of us don't use our central heating systems very often, and when we do get cold, we'll often jump into a warm bed or close a door and plug (1 comments)
Wordless Wednesday -- Surprising Kittens - 11/17/10 10:41 AM
You Tube has really cute videos, but this one is a MUST SEE, just too cute! Kittens do sleep a lot and can sleep through most anything....but you need to see this one! I just did a blog post on the Dumb Friends League, if you are thinking of adding a new pet to your family!
Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is a national leader in providing humane care to lost and abandoned animals, rescuing sick, injured and abused animals, adopting pets to new homes, helping pets stay in homes, and educating pet owners and the public about the needs of companion animals.
The Dumb Friends League is the largest animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, welcoming tens of thousands animals to our two shelters. We turn no animals away. Adoption information At our main shelter in southeast Denver and (16 comments)
Denver Metro Sold Data for October 2010 - 11/15/10 09:25 PM
Denver Metro Sold Data for October 2010 The October figures are out, and the inventory is down over last month! The homes showing Under Contract are up, and the average sold price is down just a little. The days on market are up 2%. Pending means the homes that are bank owned or short sales that have offers verbally accepted, are called Pending. Once there is bank approved, it is considered under contract.
The interest rates are climbing, inventory is down, is it time to buy yet? There are still rates under 5%, which is still the best rates (8 comments)
Kodak and ActiveRain have a contest, and asked WHERE would you spend the extra $220 if you saved that much purchasing Kodak printer cartridges. We do print many pages of listings, brochures, contracts, and many pages of information for our clients, requiring a bank roll for ink. If I saved $220, I would re-invest in my business. Stopping in to see past clients, or taking them out for lunch or dinner renews that relationship that you developed during a past transaction. It is good to call past client, but even better to see them in person. This would pay (12 comments)
Buyers are always asking when the best time is to buy. If you find a home that makes you feel warm & fuzzy - you need to JUST DO IT! That same property may never be available again. The interest rates are just fabulous and some inventory has been on the market for a while, so there may be a good deal there! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Via Barbara Altieri Connecticut Real Estate (RealtyQuest): I am one of those shoppers who will find something I might like to buy and then hold off actually purchasing for a day or (5 comments)
We all work with short sales and bank owned properties whether it is working with the Seller or the Buyer! I have written and got many bank owned properties under contract and closed --- but this one HAS TO TAKE THE CAKE! My investor wanted to look at a few bank owned properties Friday morning, and I had found one that she did not know about, but knew it was in the right area at the right price. This new property -- WAS WHAT SHE WANTED, and had been on the market for a WHOLE MONTH, and was available (38 comments)
As we enter into the Holiday season, most families are putting together a large Holiday spread for the family. The last thing you want is to spoil this Holiday season with a kitchen fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the amount of kitchen fires during the Holiday season triples, especially on Thanksgiving! There have been a few commercials on television where it shows turkey frying being a very dangerous method of cooking turkey. There are higher risks due to hot oil spills, scalding, injury and fire. You may want to consider a commercial source if (9 comments)
More Credit Information...YOU MAY NOT KNOW.... - 11/12/10 04:27 PM
More Credit Information...YOU MAY NOT KNOW.... We all know a lot of about credit, how you can improvement it, where to correct it, and who to call when we have problems. In the last couple of years, there have probably been more changes in the financial world than in the last twenty years. In this class I attended, there were items of interest that were "new" to me, and thought I would share:
The Foundation of FICO - is your likelihood to repay. Payment History carries the most weight of your FICO score. If you (for any reason) have to (17 comments)
This great home with history of filming "Sleeper" with Woody Allen, was in foreclosure, and I posted this back late October. My previous blog had details. What a deal --- Michael Dunahay paid 3.43 million and was in foreclosure. Yesterday, a Denver investor John Dilday, a regular on the auction circuit was the winner at the auction for $1 over the minimum bid. Dilday picked up this home for $1.5 million.
This investor had made it very public, he would be flipping the home (28 comments)
For those that have served, and lost their lives, for those that have served and came back, and those STILL serving --- THANK YOU for our freedom and serving for US. This memorial from Bill was absolutely wonderful!
Via Liz and Bill Spear RE/MAX Elite (Southwestern Ohio) (Northern Cincinnati to Southern Dayton): I'll be the first to admit, I'm a little biased in favor of our military. I can't point back like Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump to generations of service, but I was born in an Air Force Hospital in Anchorage Alaska, the son of an Army enlisted man (2 comments)
Active Lisitngs in Denver - Zip 80205 - 11/09/10 09:23 PM
Have you always wanted to know what it would be like to live in Denver near downtown? Are you thinking of being an investor and buying/fixing up your next property? Here are the homes that are available, detached family home in the price range of $0+. These listings are located in Curtis Park, which is very up and coming. Many short sales and bank owned properties. Many have been completely remodeled and located on great streets with character. Need to see MORE?
If you have thought about this area being an area you are interested in, please (0 comments)
Things you should know when Buying your first investment property in Virginia - 11/09/10 08:54 PM
Ritu has a great list of items to check off once you have decided to purchase investment property, whether it is in Virginia or Colorado. You need to know what your "list" in prior to looking for property. Via Ritu Desai (Samson Properties): Many are inspired by great books and commercials on being real estate riches. Whatever is your inspiration I Congratulate you on thinking about buying your first investment property in Northern Virginia...like any other financial advisor would advise don't put all eggs in one basket, investing in real estate is one of the egg in your basket. Here are few handy (0 comments)
Active Lisitngs in Denver Southeast - 11/06/10 10:44 AM
Active Lisitngs in Denver Southeast Have you always wanted to know what it would be like to live in Denver Southeast? Here are the homes that are available, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 2 car garage with 1700+ square feet for a detached family home in the price range of $400,000 to $600,000. These listings are located in Crestmoor, Wellshire, DU, Washington Park, Lowry, Stapleton, Capitol Hill, Congress Park, Belcaro and Hilltop. Many have been completely remodeled and located on great streets with character. Need to see MORE?
There are 113 active listings with these parameters, and (8 comments)
As our markets are slowing down, pricing now is more important than ever! Pricing too high could put you out of the market from the beginning, as you will always be chasing the market down! Price is right, have curb appeal, and smells good, you will sell! Kathleen had a great blog post ---
Via Kathleen "Kate" Elim LAKE ANNA, VA Real Estate (DOCKSIDE REALTY): Sellers be careful...If you list too high, you may end up with too little. Yes, that can happen and often does. Why? That's a question I will address but you should talk with your agent (3 comments)
If you are a potential home buyer, and ready to jump into the real estate market, Debe has put together a great list of tips to consider before you select the homes you want to see. This will help in making a good decision!
Via Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty): Buyer Tips: Must-Haves, Wants and Don’t-Really-Needs Homebuyers, have you determined what you REALLY need in a new home?Searching for the right home takes time and lots of patience. Before you head out to tour Charlotte homes on the market, you (4 comments)
Credit Scoring Tips...Things I just Learned after years in the Business! - 11/02/10 06:23 PM
Often times we have clients that would like to purchase a home, but have had some negative circumstances happen in their lives, and they ask us -- can be buy? Disclosure --- I AM NOT A LENDER, CREDIT REPAIR COMPANY, ETC. I am a Realtor, and learned a few things today that I didn't know, and thought I would share! If you have more detailed questions, I have several great lenders to ask!
Foreign buyers usually do not have credit. Have them open a couple credit cards before they come to purchase a home. There are many scoring (71 comments)
Selling a home when there is an impending divorce can be difficult. If both parties can be civil, it sure is easier on all parties, and a much smoother process. Talking about the final result civilly will allow for good decisions made by all. With years in real estate, I have been asked to sell many properties due to a pending divorce. First, let's hope the divorce will be filed AFTER the home is sold, since this could put a cloud on the title. If the divorce has been filed, an agreement from both sides as to the disposition of (100 comments)
Sold MLS Data - Zip Code 80222 - 11/01/10 02:34 PM
Sold MLS Data - Zip Code 80222 There were 46 properties sold in the last 3 months that were detached single family homes in the zip code of 80222. The prices vary from $109,000 to $345,000 with University Hills, Holly Hills, and Virginia Village. The median price was $220,000 with median days on market being 85. The average age of the home sold in this area was 1953 and the sellers were able to reap the benefits of 91.86% of the original list price.
Within this zip code, homes remain on the market a little longer, but still under (3 comments)
What is it about First Time Home buyers? - 11/01/10 02:33 PM
If you are thinking that it is time to jump into this market, just KNOW you will get great service! With being a first purchase, you will need a little more attention, and I know that, I will be there for YOU! When you are a first time homebuyer or seller, there are no stupid questions, just great answers! Via Ginny L Gorman North Kingstown RI Expert (401)529.7849 www.RIHouseHunt.com (Phillips Post Road Realty): Not to say I am partial or anything but what is it about first time home buyers that draws one in and under the protection cloak of (1 comments)
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