real estate: Top 3 Reasons to Understand Real Estate Agency Rules in Colorado - 04/19/09 09:52 PM

You’re thinking about buying Denver Real Estate and you’re ready to hire a broker to represent you.  What you need to know is that we have very specific rules here in Colorado about disclosing and explaining the rules of Agency to our clients and customers.
There are 3 very important reasons to understand the Colorado Agency Rules before you get started:
1.   Is Your Broker a Coach?  I like to explain to people that an Agent (a Buyer Agent or a Listing Broker) is like a coach. We have a fiduciary obligation to represent your best interests, negotiate on your … (0 comments)

real estate: Reduce the Price of Your House When Rates are Falling? - 04/02/09 09:50 PM
We’re in a recession. The worst since the 1930’s.
Have you heard that yet?  So have I, but guess what - we’re still selling homes in Denver!
I’ve said it before, Denver is weathering the storm better than many other areas.  It’s not only me and other exuberant Realtors pushing an agenda - read it in the NY Times and see it on NBC - Denver’s stability is news.
Still, our higher priced homes are taking longer to sell and have fewer showings while they’re on the market than the mid-priced homes.  Medium priced homes that are overpriced relative to their … (0 comments)

real estate: Top 5 Tips for Short-Sale Buyers (In Any Price Range) - 03/22/09 09:57 PM

You may be interested in making an offer on a property that is listed in the MLS as a “short sale”.  My highly educated, former physician father recently asked me exactly what that term meant and how it differs from a “foreclosure.”  His question offered me a glimpse that our Realtor-lingo isn’t always understood by the general public.
In Denver, we’ve seen many more homes come on the market lately as short sales. Here’s a list that could help you if your dream home happens to be a “short sale”:
1.  Make any offer you deem reasonable.  When a house … (1 comments)

real estate: Is Now a Good Time to Buy Denver Real Estate? - 01/27/09 07:50 PM

Where do you think we currently fall on this graph?
Somewhere between Panic and Depression?  Inching toward Hope judging from Denver real estate’s showing activity in the past 14 days?
Too many buyers will wait until we pass Hope and head into Optimism.  That may be the right time to move homes, but it won’t be the time for maximum return on investment.
Homeowners should remember that their primary residence is first and foremost a place to live, raise the family, make memories.  Second - it is an investment.  Investors looking for rentals, or an extremely well-calculated fix and flip, … (2 comments)

real estate: Denver Real Estate | Denver’s Architectural Styles - 01/03/09 04:36 PM

When you’re selling your home in Denver, you may want to have the correct label on the house for it’s architectural style.  I’ve seen homes that were clearly Victorian labeled Tudor, or Mid-Century Modern called International Style.  Denver Real Estate is replete with fabulous architectural styles, and remember, marketing is everything.  Your Bungalow may or may not be Arts and Crafts.
My home is a Tudor style, something my husband and I said we didn’t want when we were looking for a home.  We tended to gravitate to clean lines and a more modern, warm feel.  Our house was built … (0 comments)

real estate: Heard on the Street - Denver Real Estate and the Mall - 12/18/08 09:19 PM
It’s just 8 days until Christmas, and even fewer until Hanukkah.  What have I been doing?  Baking cookies for 80 people. The agents in my office are hungry for cookies, and I’m accommodating them in their time of need.
I’ve also been asking around, observing and trying not to shop unless absolutely necessary.
One of my father’s favorite Christmas movies is A Christmas Story.  He watches it every year and laments that he’ll miss it this year since he’s on a boat in the Antarctic channeling Ernest Shackleton.  But I digress…
In A Christmas Story Ralphie tries to convince his parents … (3 comments)

real estate: Denver Colorado Real Estate | November 2008 Market Statistics - 12/17/08 10:32 PM
It’s that time of the month to reflect back on Denver’s residential real estate sales.  Denver real estate is up and it’s down, it’s selling and stalling.  It depends on who you ask, what their circumstances are and what price range they’re in.
We’ve had several instances of multiple offers in my office this past month.  This seems to be happening when the price is set correctly or even a little aggressively, when the house shows perfectly and when the price is between $250,000 and $500,000. Remember sellers - You’re not only in a pricing war, you’re in a beauty contest.
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real estate: Denver, Colorado Gets a Real Estate High Five in Wall Street Journal - 12/02/08 10:49 PM
So the U.S. is in a recession. I got that important text message to my BlackBerry yesterday from the NY Times while I was sitting in a meeting. I was flabbergasted, couldn’t believe it.
Actually, I’ve been helping real estate brokers in my office and sellers whose properties I have listed weather this recession since about December 2007. Surprise - the official pundits tell us the recession started in…. December 2007.
In today’s Wall Street Journal I found an interesting article, “The Future For Home Prices.” The author, James Hagerty, discusses where home prices will trend in the future, and whether … (0 comments)

real estate: Colorado Real Estate Bloggers Talk about Denver, Colorado Real Estate - 11/17/08 10:23 PM

Denver and Colorado real estate agents are full of great information about what’s going on in our city and state. You may not have read some of these people, and I wanted to introduce you to a few of my favorite local voices:
Denver Modern Homes - Todd Carpenter isn’t a real estate broker, he’s more focused on the mortgage industry and being a consultant for internet communication and marketing. Todd also has a passion for Mid-Century Modern architecture, and he puts up really interesting information about modern homes for sale and events in Denver.
Kristal Kraft has been blogging … (1 comments)

real estate: Denver Economics - Real Estate Market and Current Trends - part 3 - 11/03/08 09:28 PM
Last week, The Kentwood Companies sponsored a real estate and economic forum for our agents and clients. The speakers were nationally recognized experts in their respective fields, and had some extremely interesting comments to make about the U.S. economy, the Denver, Colorado economy and real estate trends. Over 1,000 people attended, and the local media was there as well.
I plan on presenting to you the highlights from each speaker, but am writing one at a time. Today, let’s hear from Erik Davidson, the SVP and Senior Director of Investments for Wells Fargo Private Bank.
He questioned, “Are we in a … (0 comments)

real estate: 3 Open House Requirements - 09/30/08 09:46 PM
It’s time to hold an open house and your real estate broker has scheduled the date and time. You may not realize that there are a few essential preparations you need to be making prior to that day.
1) Clean as if your life depended on it. My sister and her husband called me recently as they left an open house. They’d admired this home for a few years, and when it was finally held open, they were excited to see the inside of the house. This is a $2.4 million home in Denver. They entered the house and the carpet … (5 comments)

real estate: Denver Real Estate Stats - August ‘08 - 09/10/08 09:51 PM


It’s that time again! Time for Denver Real Estate Statistics, and I’ve got a great deal of information this month. The chart is provided by MetroList, metro Denver’s MLS provider.
For the past several months we’ve continued to see inventory declining - number of homes on the market going down. What that tells us is that we’re on the road to a more balanced market. As fewer and fewer homes come on the market, you’ll notice that homes are beginning to sell faster. That’s due to the fact that buyers are now competing for homes where they once could … (0 comments)

real estate: Turn a Small Remodeling Budget into Big Results - 09/03/08 09:03 PM
You may have heard your real estate broker remark on a home’s improvements or updates. The typical real estate wisdom suggests that a home should be remodeled every 6 to 7 years. In Denver, there are many older homes being renovated and updated both for the current enjoyment of the owners, but also for future resale.
Is your home ready for an overhaul?
There are improvements you can make to your house on a limited budget that can still make a huge difference. Take your budget, plan the work you’d like to get done under the best of circumstances and then … (0 comments)

real estate: Eight Home Closing Essentials - 08/30/08 06:55 PM
Real estate purchases can entail hours searching online for possible homes, days in the car with your real estate broker looking at those homes. Discovering that sometimes the pictures don’t exactly match up with the reality, and then finally pulling the trigger and preparing an offer.
Now what?
The period of time we call “under contract” in Colorado Real Estate, sometimes known as “in escrow” in other states, can stretch out for weeks and make time feel like it’s moving at a snail’s pace. There is much to be done, though, and these eight real estate closing fundamentals are important to … (0 comments)

 
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