real estate agent: Arvada Colorado Westwoods Neighborhood Market Update September 2010 - 09/05/10 10:51 AM
 
Arvada’s West Woods neighborhood market report is below. If you’d like more details, just let me know!
 
Arvada Colorado is a small city with a historic town center about midway between Denver and Boulder.
 
The West Woods neighborhood consists of almost 1200 homes, of mixed styles. There are multiple HOAs.  West Woods is north of 64th Ave and west of Indiana. 
 
For more info, please click here Arvada’s West Woods neighborhood
 
Before you buy or sell a home it’s important to know what’s happening locally – right down to the neighborhood level.  If you’re thinking you might buy a home or sell a … (0 comments)

real estate agent: More About HAFA Short Sales - 09/03/10 01:32 AM
The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Act may change the outlook for short sales. Read my first HAFA post if you don't know WHY the short sale process needed changing.
Homeowners should learn all their options before deciding on a short sale, but if short sale is the best choice for them, HAFA may make it happen more quickly and smoothly.  (HAFA offers a short sale or deed-in-lieu alternative to foreclosure. This post will focus on the short sale path.)
Once you've decided short sale is your best option, and you've chosen a real estate agent, the next step is to call … (5 comments)

real estate agent: HAFA - What Colorado Homeowners Need to Know About Short Sales Now - 09/02/10 09:21 PM
HAFA - the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Act may change the outlook for short sales. *Colorado homeowners should learn all their options before deciding on a short sale, but if short sale is the best choice for them, HAFA may make it happen more quickly and smoothly.  (HAFA offers a short sale or deed-in-lieu alternative to foreclosure. This post will focus on the short sale path.)
If you make it through this post, read my next post with more details about HAFA short sales.
HAFA is set up to solve the burdensome problems that have plagued short sales and contributed to … (0 comments)

real estate agent: Arvada CO Five Parks Neighborhood Update September 1, 2010 - 09/01/10 11:56 AM
 
Arvada’s Five Parks neighborhood market report is below. If you’d like more details, just let me know!
 
Arvada Colorado is a small city with a historic town center about midway between Denver and Boulder.
 
The Five Parks neighborhood consists of over 500 homes, of mixed styles. There is a voluntary HOA.
 
There are town houses and row houses too. However, in order to not skew the numbers this report sticks to only single family homes, which include patio homes. 
For more info, please click here Arvada’s Five Parks neighborhood.
Five Parks is in the northwest quadrant of Arvada, just north of 82nd Ave. and between Indiana and Alkire.
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real estate agent: Arvada CO Lake Arbor Neighborhood Update August 31, 2010 - 08/31/10 01:32 PM

Arvada’s Lake Arbor neighborhood market report is below. If you’d like more details, just let me know!
 
Arvada Colorado is a small city with a historic town center about midway between Denver and Boulder.
 
The Lake Arbor neighborhood consists of over 1000 homes, of mixed style including bi-levels, tri-levels, single story and two-story homes built in the 1970s. There is a voluntary HOA.
 
There is a town house section too. However, in order to not skew the numbers this report sticks to only single family homes. 
 
Lake Arbor is in the northeast corner of Arvada, just … (2 comments)

real estate agent: Legislative Changes Pertaining to Colorado Homes Part 3 - 08/30/10 02:08 AM
 
I took a class last week from an attorney who reviewed for us the legislative changes that pertain to home ownership in Colorado, and life between Denver and Boulder.  I've summarized them for you, with the bill numbers so you can look them up for more info.
There were a lot of them, so I divided them into 3 posts. This is part 3, which deals with everything that didn't fit into parts 1 and 2.  Read my first post on legislative changes pertaining to Colorado homes here.
I am neither an attorney nor a politician, so please don't base any conclusions … (4 comments)

real estate agent: Legislative Changes Pertaining to Colorado Homes Part 2 - 08/29/10 08:58 PM
I took a class last week from an attorney who reviewed for us the legislative changes that pertain to home ownership in Colorado, and life between Denver and Boulder.  I've summarized them for you, with the bill numbers so you can look them up for more info.
There were a lot of them, so I divided this into 3 posts. This is part 2, which deals with vacant homes, taxes and HOAs.  Read my first post on legislative changes pertaining to Colorado homes here. Read my last post on legislative changes pertaining to Colorado homes.
I am neither an attorney nor a … (0 comments)

real estate agent: Legislative Changes Pertaining to Colorado Homes - 08/28/10 02:35 PM
I took a class last week from an attorney who reviewed for us the legislative changes that pertain to home ownership in Colorado, and life between Denver and Boulder.  I've summarized them for you, with the bill numbers so you can look them up for more info.
There were a lot of them, so I'm going to divide this into 3 posts. This is part 1, which will include laws affecting the 'equity purchaser' (aka 'third party investors' who are involved in buying short sales then immediately re-selling them) and foreclosure law changes.
Read part 2 of Legislative Changes Pertaining to … (0 comments)

real estate agent: Arvada CO Home Sales by Neighborhood (8/27/10) - 08/27/10 08:23 PM
 
The chart below shows Arvada Colorado home sales in a few sample neighborhoods. 
If you’d like information on your neighborhood, or any neighborhood in any city between Denver and Boulder, just let me know!
And check out my individual posts on each of these Arvada neighborhoods for more information.
 
                                              Active         Sold Past        
                                             Listings         12 Months
Five Parks                                16                      37 
Huntington Heights                 9                      11
Lake Arbor                              24                      41
Meadowglen                             3                        8
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real estate agent: Taking Care of Animals that Need our Help - between Denver and Boulder - 08/26/10 06:43 PM
I write a monthly newsletter, and encourage my readers to give me input. One reader mentioned that she is involved with a local no kill animal shelter called Max Fund,  so I asked her to write up something on it.
I hope you enjoy the charming format, and maybe even take a minute to give Max Fund a few bucks!
MaxFund, a true non-profit, no kill animal shelter. 
Wow!  You are probably wondering what this is all about.  Well, my name is Gizmo and I am a former recipient of what MaxFund is all about.  A kind person found my … (0 comments)

real estate agent: Real estate between Denver and Boulder - What's up with Westminster Mall? - 08/20/10 07:30 PM

 
I had a call yesterday from a lady planning to move back to the Westminster or Arvada area, and one of her questions was, "What has been done about Westminster Mall?"
She and her husband moved ot of Colorado a few years ago, and even then Westminster Mall was deteriorating. So she was surprised she couldn't find anything about the renovation of this valuable piece of real estate.
Westminster Mall is just west of Sheridan, and between 88th Ave. and 92nd Ave. It's ideally located for a bustling urban center, being near the I-36 interchange, right across Sheridan from … (2 comments)

real estate agent: Open House 7163 S. Ammons Ct, Littleton CO - 08/19/10 04:30 PM
This lovely Littleton home for sale features new bamboo wood floors throughout, designer paint, wet bar, huge eat-in kitchen plus formal dining, a lovely yard on a corner lot, newer windows and roof, Neptune washer/dryer included. Move-in ready!
In the desirable Columbine West neighborhood, near W. Coal Mine Ave and Yukon.
This Littleton home is listed by my cohort, Peggy Sue Romero. She will be holding it open this weekend, Saturday August 21, from 1:00 to 3:00. 
Please stop by, meet Peggy Sue, and take a look at this inviting home. Even if you're not ready to buy or sell your … (2 comments)

real estate agent: Special Home Financing for Teachers, Nurses, Firefighters, more - 08/19/10 03:47 PM
 
BBVA Compass offers special financing for home buyers who are certified teachers, school administrators, law enforcement officers, firefighters and healthcare professionals including nurses, pharmacists and medical technicians.
The My Community Program features
- low down payment
- no private mortgage insurance
It's true that this loan is not going to give the lowest possible interest rate. However, since there is no private mortgage insurance (PMI), the overall payment is often lower than loans with lower interest yet charging PMI.
I met with Brant Helferich of BBVA Compass and asked how it was even possible to not have PMI, and Brant … (4 comments)

real estate agent: Colorado Real Estate News - Special Financing: Professional Program - 08/18/10 10:08 PM
 
BBVA Compass is offering special financing for doctors, dentists, attorneys, CPAs and CEO, CRO, CIO, COO or chairman of a publicly traded company or their direct reports.
Here's the scoop
- financing is available with no downpayment up to $1,000,000
- There is no private mortgage insurance (PMI)
- Competitive rates
It’s true that this loan is not going to give the lowest possible interest rate. However, since there is no private mortgage insurance (PMI), the overall payment is often lower than loans with lower interest yet charging PMI.
I met with Brant Helferich of BBVA Compass and asked how … (4 comments)

real estate agent: First Time Homebuyers - No Mortgage Payment for Three Months! - 08/18/10 07:50 PM
First time homebuyers in Colorado* need to check out Compass Bank's First Time Home Buyer Program. 
The First Time Home Buyer Program features
 - first mortgage payment not due for three months**
 - low down payment options***
 - no origination or other lender fees, including no private mortgage insurance (third-party fees may still apply)
This loan could be a great thing for people who will have to invest money in fixing up their new home, and wouldn't be able to come up with the bucks if they were making a mortgage payment. It might also allow a new home owner to … (3 comments)

real estate agent: Lafayette Colorado Home for Sale - 1213 Alexandria St. - Great Price - 08/18/10 03:22 AM
 
1213 Lafayette CO - a pre-approved short sale - now just $217,000!
We have received word from the bank that they will accept listing 1213 Alexandria at $217,000. This is a short sale, which are the best deals around. And the lienholders are proving very easy to work with.
Since reducing to the new price, we've had a lot of showings. So if you're interested in a home in Lafayette that backs to open space with mountain view from the deck, you better hurry!
Read more in my post about 1213 Alexandria, or check out the property website for 1213 Alexandria.
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real estate agent: Denver to Boulder - Local Tidbits & Real Estate News July/August 2010 - 08/16/10 06:35 PM
Joetta’s Neighborhood Newsletter
Hello, Friends & Neighbors!
I hope you’re having a great summer, and staying healthy. I’ve been having a lot of fun, taking advantage of as many local summer events as I can (no one could do them all!).
I’ve also been spending a LOT of time at my computer. I’ve come to call it my task-Mac-ster!
Do You Own a ‘Vintage’ Home?
“What once was old is new again” – that could be good news to those of you who live in homes built in the 1960s or before, if your home still retains its original character.
I … (0 comments)

real estate agent: Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park - things to do in Colorado - 08/15/10 03:34 PM
If you live between Denver and Boulder and you've never been to the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, a road trip awaits that will leave you breathless!
Click the link above for details about weather, directions, more photos. The entrance fee is $15 for a car load.  
Some of the photos below of the drive getting to Black Canyon.  We had driven south to see a friend in Alamosa, so approached from a different direction than we normally would have. 
While you're in the area, be sure to stop in Ouray. This Victorian town is situated in a rugged … (3 comments)

real estate agent: D Note - popular local hangout - things to do Denver to Boulder - 08/14/10 12:42 PM
One of the most popular hangouts in Olde Town Arvada is the D-Note.  They have food, music, Baby Boogie, Zumba - just to mention a few. All this in a historic brick building right on Grandview, the heart of Arvada.
The D Note is such a big part of Olde Town Arvada's life that it would be hard to talk about everything they do in one post. Check out the link above for more.
I went to the D Note a few weeks ago with my family and a bunch of friends to see an acapella band called Cool Shooz. They … (2 comments)

real estate agent: Adam's Mystery Playhouse, Things to do between Denver and Boulder - 08/13/10 03:14 PM
Finally - I got to go to a Mystery Dinner!  I've wanted to for a long time, couldn't get the hubby on board. Then, he won an award at work and all the winners were treated to a Mystery Dinner at Adam's Mystery Playhouse. Click on the link for reviews, details, menu, etc.
It was a gorgeous Colorado spring day, so the place didn't look too ominous from the outside, despite the owner's best efforts. But inside there was lots of creepy and bizarre things to look at.
The characters who were part of the mystery itself were staff, so the … (2 comments)

 
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