How To Find Off Market Properties for your Clients

Denver is at a record low in inventory when it comes to houses these days, which I’m sure many of you have noticed when you start looking to buy. I am not saying this to scare you from entering the market, just sharing the truths about where our market lies right now. That being said, sometimes it is up to me as an agent to get creative when it comes to helping my buyers find homes.

 

Recently, I helped a buyer of mine lock down an off market property in One Lincoln Park Tower by sending out a "Buyer Need" professional postcard.  I had an agent call me who had a listing coming available in the floor plan my client wanted and we were able to view it before it hit the market, made a good offer and went under contract a day later. Needless to say my buyer was thrilled! You may have noticed a postcard or two in your mail or an ad or even a personal letter written to you in regards to your home. More and more agents are not waiting for homes to come on the market but are being proactive and if there is an area or home that their buyer really wants to be in, the agent should make an effort to see if they can make that happen.

 

Here are a few other ways that agents can scope out off market properties and hopefully find a potential seller:

 

Contact other real estate agents – many agents work in certain areas and if your buyer is hoping to be in a certain area, find homes recently sold, find the agent who sold it, contact that agent and other agents who work in that area to see if they will be putting any new homes on the market soon or know of any off house properties.

 

Direct marketing – sending out postcards or marketing materials stating that you have a buyer looking in that neighborhood can be a game changer if it gets in the hands of someone who is looking to sell.

 

Networking – relationships make the world go round and that rings very true when it comes to real estate as well. Contact your family, friends, client and any contractors you have worked with you may be able to help you in your search. Someone always knows someone who is thinking of either buying or selling so if you can get there first, you can have a chance to help your buyers out.

 

Look around – I always tell my buyers to scout the area they are interested in – drive around, talk to neighbors, check online to see what properties come up. I myself will also take the initiate and ask around in specific areas to see if anyone has heard or any properties coming on the market soon or sellers looking to sell.

 

Overall, as an agent in this tough market is it my job to be as proactive as possible for my clients especially my buyers. I want to get them ahead of the competition and to do so, I must think outside of the box and look at other options when finding that perfect home.

 

 

Why For Sale By Owner Properties Need An Agent

You may have noticed some signs starting to pop up in yards this spring; they are red and white with a hand written phone number, usually hard to read, written on each side. That’s right, those for sale by owner signs really hit the market come spring and summer because sellers know it is the best time of the year to put their home on the market and they also believe they can do it without the help of an experienced agent.

 

Now, I can understand why sellers would want to try and sell their properties by themselves, the main reason being they don’t have to pay commissions out to an agent, meaning they would save money right? Well I hate to tell sellers this but research shows that houses sold by their owner often sell for 5.5% less them comparable properties sold with an agent posted in the MLS. Agents bring a lot to the table, a lot of behind-the-scenes work that many sellers have no idea about and that is why it is imperative to hire a good realtor to represent you when putting your home on the market.

 

Here are a few reasons you should hire a realtor instead of attempting to sell your property yourself:

 

Time – We all understand that time is the most valuable thing you possess and realtors know that better then anyone. If a seller say is out of town for a week and an out of town buyer wants to put an offer on the house but only has a day to do so, how would a seller handle that without help? Realtors have teams and co-agents for a reason. They also respond to emails and phone calls in a timely manner.

 

Knowledge – Realtors went to school for a reason, to possess every piece of knowledge they could about real estate. Most sellers don’t know the depths of the laws and contracts that could land them in some hot water.

 

Marketing – Realtors have a budget for marketing their clients homes, do sellers want to pay a large amount of money to have fliers, signs, etc. made? Probably not, but an experienced realtor will have that put in place the minute they represent the seller.

 

Presentation – Many sellers think their home is “showing worthy” but 80% of the time, there are changes that need to be made and updates before a house is market ready, realtors are the people to help see those changes and make recommendations.

 

Negotiations and transactions – Negotiating is a lot of a realtor’s jobs, many of us have been trained to handle every type of situation thrown at us. Sellers have no idea the behind-the-scenes talks that go on between a selling agent and buying agent. Without the experience of this and the understanding of the contracts and keeping them in order, a seller could easily lose a deal.

 

Inspection and getting to closing – The inspection might be the most stressful part of any real estate deal; it can make or break the deal and leaves both the sellers and buyers on edge. Is the seller prepared to fix whatever the buyer asks for? Does the seller have a highly-skilled team of handymen etc. to make corrections? Most sellers do not have the connections to do this while realtors have a black book full of help for any type of problem. Then, handling closing. It is more then just a few signatures and a realtor can guide a seller through the process making it a smooth transaction.

 

If you are thinking of selling your house by yourself this year, I highly recommend giving it a second thought and to sit down with an experienced realtor like myself to see what I can offer to help you get the best price for your home and make it as easy a transaction as possible!

Why using an agent with a good track record is imperative

If I asked you how many real estate agents you knew at this moment, my guess is you could name a dozen or so of your family and friends who are in the business. It’s no secret that there are copious amounts of real estate agents in Denver and the surrounding areas. Currently, the city has around 22,000 real estate agents, not all of them active but plenty to choose from. Of these agents, Scott Grossman (Past Chairman Of The Board at Denver Metro Association of Realtors) says that probably around 15% of the licensees out there are driving 80%-90% of the business. These are the agents who have their systems down and know how to drive their business for success in an extensive market. So of the agents out there, around 3,000 agents are doing most of the business. That might seem like a large number, but in a market where inventory is at an all time low, you are going to want to make sure to have one of the best agents on your side when making a deal.

 

Even in our seller’s market, it is important to make sure you have a Realtor who understands the ins and outs of the selling process. If you are looking to use an agent who is newer to the field, make sure they have either a good mentor, employing ber, or team that will help them navigate the real estate waters. I’ve had clients who come to me even though they have a relative who is a Realtor or a friend who is a Realtor and they come to me for many reasons. They come to me because of my success rate, because of my dedication to each one of my clients, because I have a team who also ensures every transaction is smooth from start to finish and at the end of the day, my honesty, my integrity and my ethics are some important things my clients are looking for to represent them best.

 

Pulling numbers from DMAR (Denver Metro Association of Realtors) shows that the most recent numbers as of April 11th, 2018 for the number of active listings is only 554 homes – down from 879 homes last year. Denver is experiencing an all-time low when it comes to our inventory and for that reason alone, you should be very picky about who you hire to be your real estate agent. I have worked with clients and heard stories from other buyers and sellers that they had bad experiences with agents in the past and some of these agents caused them to lose a deal or a home. Unfortunately, I explain that many times, realtors get into this line of work for the money alone and when it comes to being an advocate for their clients, many agents fall short. It is a very important thing for me to build trusting relationships with each and every one of my clients and let them know that I will be with them every step of the way from the day we decide to work together until we get to the closing table (and beyond).

 

I am grateful for every one of my clients, they are my motivation to be the best Realtor I can be. If you are thinking about getting into Denver’s competitive market, I would love the chance to represent you. Contact me today and let’s chat about how I can help you achieve your real estate hopes and dreams

A fourth of the year done, how are your yearly goals going?

It seems like 2018 just started a day ago but here we are into mid-April and we are already a quarter of the way through the year! I know at the start of the year I sat down and wrote down a list of my goals for the year. I actively work on them daily and try to remember that it is not a sprint but a marathon, I do not need to get everything done in the first few months but also not to leave everything until it is about to be another new year.

 

A few proud accomplishments for me so far:

 

-       I have been doing my best to read the Bible every day. I have an app called YouVersion that keeps track of my reading and I find it helpful to show myself how well I am doing and it encourages me to keep it up.

-       We were just about to pay off $58,000 in business debt, which is always a huge sigh of relief. Money issues appear to be a big thing for many people these days and being able to sit down and come up with a good business plan for the year is imperative to getting yourself out of debt and into a good financial space.

 

So how are all your goals going? Are you happy where you are today with your professional life and your personal life? As we come out of the winter season, many people find themselves in that winter lull still, figuring out how to take on the spring and summer. I know during the warm months too it can be hard to stick to goals when the weather is always nice and there is so much more going on in the city. I have a few recommendations for keeping on track with your goals when the rest of the world gets a bit more distracting –

 

-       Keep a running list – it has been proven time and again that writing things down, not on a computer or text but the actual physical act of writing it down helps the mind keep it in check. Whether you have a journal, notepad or even a white board, make sure to write down your goals and feels good when you can cross them off as finished or when you get to add new ones!

-       Words of affirmation – I like to start my day by writing words of affirmation. This is a taught practice with a lot of realtors to get them to start their fay focused and ready to go. I like to write down what I am thankful for that day, what I hope to accomplish that day, who I appreciate and my business goals. Try it sometime; it really is a great way to start the day.

-       Make designated down time/personal time – as a realtor, the spring is my busiest time of the year, which means I consistently work a seven-day workweek. While it is great for business, I find it is imperative that I make time for my family, my friends, my church and my other businesses. I like to look at my week on Sunday evening and plan out times where I can take some time for just me because I know that is crucial to me being a good mom, wife, friend and realtor.

 

You’ve still got plenty of months ahead of you but there’s no time like the present to start checking those goals off your list!

 

 

 

Just Listed! Penthouse Loft In Iconic Benjamin Moore Building

I am excited to present this stunning loft in the Walnut Lofts.  In 2012 this unit came on the market as a short sale and I received a call from a woman from Steamboat Springs who was looking to purchase a loft in Denver and wanted to look at this loft that same day.  I was heading to a BBQ that day with my 18 month old daughter and family but was going to be passing through Denver anyway and could show it to her.  I met her at the loft, showed it to her and she immediately fell in love and wanted to submit an offer.  We submitted an offer, it was accepted and a few weeks later it was her new home.  

 

Being an Architect it wasn't long before she started renovating the loft, she started moving walls, taking down walls, renovating the bathroom, painting and adding new plumbing and light fixtures.  This loft soon transformed into a beautiful open loft with modern updates.  

A couple years later it was time for my client to get a little larger space as her business was starting to grow in the Denver market and she needed a larger studio/office space for her business.  We started looking and a few months later found her next loft  in the Golden Triangle.  

She decided not to sell the Walnut loft but to rent it.  We posted it for rent and found a great renter who lived in it and cared for it the last four years. 

Now it's time for you to make this loft yours.  Enjoy all that Denver and RiNo has to offer with breweries, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, walkability and so much more. 

Love where you live and make 2500 Walnut #309 your new home today! 

 

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Urban Farmer Dinner

Last year I had the pleasure of representing  Martha and David Moore on the purchase of their loft at the Steelbridge Lofts on 14th and Wynkoop.  Martha and David walked into the Kentwood City office the day I was working the floor and were interested in purchasing a loft in Denver.  As we sat down to talk about their search they mentioned their son had just opened a Brewery in the Baker area called Intrepid Sojourner and they were looking for a second home in Denver so they could be closer to their son and other children who all lived in Denver. 

I was very familiar with their son's brewery as my husband, Jay Modglin and father have businesses in the area and I had witnessed the building being renovated .

Martha and Davind would like you to join them Tuesday April 3rd at 7:00pm at the sophisticated Urban Farmer Denver to celebrate Colorado Craft Beer Week. Enjoy a spectacular four-course, spring-inspired meal,thoughtfully paired with local craft brews. Follow Executive Chef Chris Starkus and Head Brewer Andrew Moore as they guide you through a culinary experience that invokes all of the senses. Tickets are $96, all-inclusive, and are limited to 24. Don't miss out on this truly unique Denver culinary experience!

Urban Farmer emphasizes the pride of locally- sourced ingredients and authentic, straightforward preparations. Their rustic pantry is stocked with house-made, preserved and pickled local produce which offers a homespun counterpoint to the refined ambiance. Executive Chef Chris Starkus builds personal relationships with local farms, ranches and fisheries, bringing a taste of his dedication to the table and reaffirming the direct connection between land and plate.

Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project brews internationally-inspired twists on traditional beer styles. Former Classical Archaeologist turned Head Brewer Andrew Moore uses his love of beer as a perfect way to explore his passion for travel, history, & culture. The brewery is a place to experiment with new styles & it’s a place to make your own new stories while you explore new beers with your friends. The beers will send you on a trip down memory lane, evoking memories of your travels & giving you wanderlust for new adventures.

Purchase Tickets Here

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The Future of Elitch Gardens

Everyone in Denver knows about that random theme park located in the heart of downtown and everyone who visits the city either has questions about it or finds themselves at the amusement park/water park for the day in the spring and summer time. Elitch Gardens has been a staple in the Denver community for quite a while now with no intention of going anywhere, and most people are glad about that. But back in 2015, the 62-acre property was actually purchased by Rhys Duggan and his partners with backing from Nuggets and Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke.

 

Duggan saw the property for something bigger then what it was. A whole 17 acres of the property is used as parking lots that are going to be replaced by a single parking structure and new buildings as phase 1 of Duggan’s vision for the space. These plans call for adding office, residential and some retail space on the lots located to the north and east of the park.

 

“I think in the long haul, over 25 years this becomes a new, vibrant downtown neighborhood,” Duggan, CEO of Revesco Properties, said Monday. “In the interim, the park stays in place. Come see us. We’re spending money. We’re adding attractions.” (via Denver Post).

 

Around Elitch’s, the plan calls for multiple walkable areas with high-rise structures interspersed with green space. But Duggan sees this space as more then condos and offices. The space will include three parks along a roughly 1-mile strip of South Platte Rive, Colfax and Speer. With more then 137,000 square feet of space, there is to be a school, community center, day care and a grocery store.

 

Revesco is also doing intense research to see how they can build more affordable housing options in the space. “I think we have done a great job of building a city for a certain demographic and a certain age strata but I think we can do more to build a complete downtown community, where people can really live and work and even raise a family and send their kids to school,” Duggan said. “How do we do that with an affordability component so it doesn’t become an elitist neighborhood? Because I think that serves no one well.” (via Denver Post).

 

Duggan and his group are just waiting on the city to amend the 2007 Downtown Area Plan in which Duggan addresses he wants to make sure the community has a say in the building of this area and how it will help shape the future of the city.

 

It’s an exciting expansion for the city and I am so glad to hear they plan on keeping Elitch’s for everyone to continue to enjoy. Keep an eye out for more updates throughout the summer.

The best spots in Denver for Easter Services and Easter activities

Well we just had our first day of spring and I must say, we didn’t have much of a winter but I am ready for spring! The weather has started to change, the plants are starting to pop out of the ground and the sun stays out a bit longer. I especially like this time of year because Easter is upon us and this is a special time to me. For those of you around Denver, there are many great churches you can go to for Easter service and lots of great activities around town to celebrate the holiday. The best way to look for Easter services is to look them up online, some churches offer services at different times that day or may offer multiple services.  My favorite church to attend Easter service is the church I've been attending since 2007, Flatirons Community Church.  If you haven't found a church yet or are looking for a church that is unique and different, maybe give Flatirons a try.  There are several campuses around the Denver metro area so there's got to be one out there for you.

And don't forget about all the fun activities that come along with Easter.   Below I have listed some great activities that you and the whole family can enjoy.

Brunch: Easter and brunch seem to go hand in hand so here are some restaurants having some great brunch deals for the day:

 

·      Avelina – 3-course meal

·      Sarto’s – special Easter menu

·      Charcoal Bistro – 3-course meal with bottomless cocktails

·      Max’s Wine Bar

·      Ocean Prime – brunch specials

·      Denver Aquarium – breakfast with the Easter Bunny

 

Easter Egg Hunts & Activities –

 

·      Brighton Spring Celebration – Sat. March 31st - The city of Brighton will be celebrating spring with downtown local businesses handing out candy and treats to the kids. The Easter bunny will also be in attendance so make sure to bring your camera!

·      Bunny Bolt – Sat. Mach 31st – Head to City Park for a 5k, 10k and kids 1k run around the park. Kids will also have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, get their face painted and look for eggs. Adults can enjoy yoga and the Golden Egg Hunt.

·      World’s largest Easter egg hunt – Sun. April 1st – If you are ready for an Easter egg hunt like none other, head to Copper Mountain for the hunt of a lifetime. Over 2,500 acres are used with 65,000 eggs for kids of all ages to find. There are prizes and goodies for everyone to win and each age group has their chance to find eggs.

·      Easter candy hunt at the Mile-High flea market – Sat. March 31st

·      Broomfield Eggstravaganza – Sat. March 31st

·      Glendale Easter Eggstravaganza – Sat. March 31st

·      Golden Family Easter – Sat. March 31st

·      Highlands Ranch Community Easter Egg Hunt – Sat. March 31st

·      Parker Easter Egg Hunt – Sat. March 31st

Hope you all have a blessed Easter and if you are thinking this spring might be the time to get into the housing market, contact me today! I would love to sit down with you and figure out how we can make your real estate dreams a reality.

Time to turn your clocks forward!

Hard to believe we are already heading into spring and with that comes the changing of the clocks. This Sunday, March 11th, at 1:00am the clocks will cruise forward giving us earlier morning sun and much more sunlight with sunsets taking place around 8:00pm. It’s a great way to get excited for spring and summer but also can throw people a bit for a week or so, especially anyone with small children who need to get used to going to bed with the sun still shining!

 

There have been many arguments over the years about taking away daylights saving time in the United States. Many countries did away with daylights saving or have never even used it but the US continues to use it. Arizona, for example, can be a bit tricky because some of the parts of the start recognize daylights saving and other parts of it do not so if you happen to be traveling there, make sure to ask around to figure out what time it is.

 

The history of when daylights savings started goes all the way back to 1895 to a entomologist from New Zealand named George Hudson. He proposed a two-hour time shift so that he would have more after work hours of sunshine. He wanted to have more time to go bug hunting was his main purpose. Then about seven years later, a British builder named William Willett thought up the same idea while he was out horseback riding. He brought the idea to England’s Parliament as a way to prevent the nation from wasting daylight. The idea was shot down by the British government and didn’t come back to light until 1916, two years into World War 1 when the German government was brainstorming ways to save energy. They knew of Willett’s idea and decided to implement it into their daily lives. Back then, coal power was king and so by changing their clocks, people really did save energy by not having to use so much coal.

 

Today, there is still a lot of back and forth because as many people have pointed out, changing the clocks no longer saves any energy. There also have been studies around the changing of clocks and how it has been linked to higher car accident fatalities, heart attacks and other negative outcomes. But these effects are just temporary, thought to be due to sleep deprivation and circadian rhythm changes.

 

So before you go to bed Saturday evening, make sure to turn your clocks back and don’t be alarmed if you feel a little groggy on Monday morning! With this weather changing you might be thinking it is a good time to get into the real estate market and if that’s the case, give me a call today I’d love to grab a cup of coffee with you and chat about how we can make your real estate dreams come true!

The Oscar Goes To...The Premier Condo Market

The Premier residential market was feeling the love in February with its sales volume increasing 6.18 percent month over month, and 12.12 percent year over year. Sellers loved that their homes were not taking as long to sell in February with the days on market down 32.74 percent from the prior month to 76 days. No President’s Day sales were happening in the Premier single-family segment of the market, as the price per square feet increased 4.32 percent from the prior month. The average price of a single-family home in the Premier market was  $589,683 - up 0.07 percent from the prior month. With 999 active residences (single-family) at the end of February, and 1.99 months of inventory, buyers had more to choose from compared to homes under $500,000, but needed to act quickly when a listing came on the market. In the category of highest year-to-date percentage increase in sales and sales volume, 2017 over 2018, the Oscar goes to…the Premier condo market at 24.83 percent sold and 23.93 percent sales volume at over $100 million. Days on market for Premier condos was striking at 237 days, down 27.30 percent from the prior month. There were 261 active listings and 3.18 months of inventory in this segment of the market, so buyers had more to choose from in the Premier condo market over other segments of the market.  Download the full March market trends report here.  

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Add a little flair to your house with tile

As we work out way into spring, many of my clients are coming to me and asking what they can do to upgrade their homes either to enjoy themselves or for when they decide to put their home on the market. There are so many great things one can do to keep their house looking fresh and up-to-date. I always recommend re-painting their home every 5+ years for the exterior and keeping the indoor colors tons that future buyers could enjoy. I talk to them about the exterior of their homes and how curb appeal is so important when trying to sell a house but also keeping a nice yard will have benefits for my clients as well.

 

When it comes to actually updating the house, everyone knows that the two most expensive rooms to remodel are the kitchen and the bathrooms. These rooms require a lot of changes when it comes time to remodel, upgrading appliances alone can cost thousands of dollars. Bathrooms, if budgeted right, can be better to upgrade because if you don’t have to buy the top of the line products, you can still find a lot of great bathroom materials that look expensive but don’t hurt the wallet.

 

One feature that many people invest a lot of time in when redoing these rooms are the backsplashes and the floors. There are so many different ways to do these both and one thing that can really add flair or keep a room looking crisp is the addition of tile.

 

Tiles have been around for quite a while but are now being used more and more as actual art pieces within bathrooms and kitchens. When it comes to backsplash for example, you have the opportunity to buy bright, colorful glass tiles that can take any white kitchen from looking plain to all of a sudden looking like a kitchen you might find in a magazine.

 

Terracotta tiles are a big hit in the kitchen because they have a very natural look to them and instantly bring warmth and comfort to the space.

 

Subway tile is classic and will continue to be around for a long time. One way to make it stand out more is to add a colored, dark grout to make the space look more unique.

 

Patterned tile can add so much flavor to a kitchen and can act as more of an art piece then actual tile.

 

Black and white tile was popular a while back but it has been making a comeback as more and more people are looking to have a classic feel within their homes.

 

Tile can be expensive so that is something to budget for when you are thinking to remodel. But it doesn’t have to break the bank and it can add so much to your home in the long run!

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Sledding & Tubing In Colorad

ADVENTURE POINT

Keystone Mountain Resort

 

BARNUM PARK

360 Hooker Street • Denver

 

CARTER PARK

Three blocks east of Main Street • Breckenridge

 

COLORADO ADVENTURE PARK

566 Co Rd 721 • Fraser

 

COPPER MOUNTAIN TUBING AREA

509 Copper Road • Copper Mountain

 

CRESTED BUTTE ADVENTURE PARK

5200 N. Garfield Avenue • Loveland

 

CRESTED BUTTE NORDIC CENTER

620 Second Street • Crested Butte

 

DUTCH HENRY SLEDDING HILL

Just south of downtown on US-24  •  Leadville

 

FRISCO ADVENTURE PARK

621 Recreation Way • Frisco

 

GRAND LAKE NORDIC CENTER

1415 Co Rd 48 • Grand Lake

 

HAYMAKER TUBING HILL

Beaver Creek Resort

 

HIDDEN VALLEY

Rocky Mountain National Park • Fort Collins

 

HIGH COUNTRY TUBING PARK

3821 US-160 • Pagosa Springs

 

HISTORIC FRASER TUBING HILL

455 County Road 72 • Fraser

 

KENDALL MOUNTAIN

14th & Greene Street • Silverton

 

KROH PARK

5200 N. Garfield Avenue • Loveland

 

POWDERHORN TUBING HILL

48338 Powderhorn Road • Mesa

 

RUBY HILL PARK

1200 West Florida Avenue • Denver

 

SCOTT CARPENTER PARK

30th Street & Arapahoe Road  •  Boulder

 

SLEDDING HILL PARK

S. Kipling Pkwy & W. Ken Caryl Ave •  Littleton

 

THE MEADOWS AT ELK CAMP

Vista Trail • Aspen

 

VAIL ADVENTURE RIDGE

600 West Lionshead Circle • Vail

 

WALLACE PARK

8501 East Belleview Avenue • Denver

 

WOAH NELLY HILL

861 Maroon Creek Road • Aspen

 

YEE-HAW HILL

37350 Co Rd 179 • Steamboat

 

YMCA OF THE ROCKIES SNOW MOUNTAIN RANCH

1101 Co Rd 53 • Granby

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The benefits of having LED lighting in your home

For those of you who haven’t changed to LED lights quite yet, this blog is for you. There are so many great benefits to switching over to LED lights including extended lifespans of the lights, lower maintenance requirements and reduced energy consumption. According to the DOE, it is estimated that LED lights can save 190 terawatt house of electricity per year which equals almost $15 billion dollars saved. These lights last longer and will cut your electricity bill, why wouldn’t you trade in your regular light bulbs for LED light bubs?

 

If those reasons aren’t enough, here are a few more to get you on the path to changing over to LED lights:

 

·      Energy efficiency – LED lights use about 50% less electricity then traditional fluorescent, incandescent and halogen options. This results in lower energy cost savings where lights might be on for longer periods of time. Because LED lights are mounted on a flat surface, they emit light hemispherically rather then spherically which reduces wasted energy and light.

·      Extended life – Unlike typical light bulbs, LED lights never actually burn out they merely dim over time. LED lights have a lifespan of 30,000-50,000 hours or even longer while a comparable fluorescent lasts 8,000-10,000 hours.

·      Durable – LED lights do not have any filaments or glass enclosures making them more resistant to breaking.

·      Cold temperature operation – LED lights function well in the cold unlike fluorescent lamps. LED performance increases as operating temperatures drop which means they work well in refrigerated display cases, freezers and outdoor applications.

·      Rapid cycle – LED lights are unaffected by turning them on and off in a rapid cycle unlike traditional lights that have a shorter lifespan the more they are switched on and off.

·      Instant on – Unlike traditional lights that do not provide full brightness from the moment they are switched on, LED lights come on at 100% brightness almost instantly.

·      No UV emissions

 

These are just some of the many positive reasons to switch over to LED lights in your home. I am seeing many new build homes that only use LED lighting and it saves my developers and buyers a great deal of money at the end of the day. Take a minute to go around your house and see what lights can be changed and do that for the environment and to save some money!

Where to find the best chocolate for Valentine's Day in Denver

What do you like to do with your loved ones for Valentines Day? Is there a certain restaurant you always go to with your significant other? Do you have a daily ritual like taking the day off and spending it just the two of you? Does your lady friend expect some flowers or does your man friend appreciate some gadgets? Valentines Day is a fun day to remind those ones in your life that you love them (there are 364 other days to do this as well but this is the holiday of the year so it’s fun to show your love!). And there are so many ways to do that – and one tradition that people particularly like to indulge in would be the sweet side of the holiday, the chocolate side. This might be one of the sweetest filled holidays (that and one of the biggest floral holidays of the year) and I am a big fan of all the amazing chocolate you can get around Denver. I have compiled a list of some of the best chocolate shops below so if you still need to grab something sugary for your loved one check one of these amazing places out!

 

Roberta’s Chocolates – 4840 W 29th St

Nothing says quaint chocolate shop like Roberta’s that has been serving up sweets to the Denver area since 1995. The shops doesn’t just have chocolates either, they serve up truffles, fudge, lollipops and dozens of great gift ideas. Have a specific chocolate shape or design you want to send to your special someone? Roberta’s has over 10,000 molds to make custom candy or chocolate that is unique and special for your Valentine.

 

Chocolate Crisis Center – 3370 Walnut St

Hopefully no one has to take a trip to the doctor or the ER this Valentines Day but if you have a chocolate emergency you might want to get that checked at the Chocolate Crisis Center in LoHi. They have an online shop ready to go 24 hours a day but if you are feeling the need to go in a try some chocolate and have a consultation so you can find the perfect chocolate for you and your loved ones.

 

Temper Chocolate at Denver Central Market – 2669 Larimer St

Developed by chef John Robbins, this chocolate shop might be new to town but they are causing quite the stir at Denver Central Market. With chocolates that are fresh and unexpected when it comes to flavors, patrons are surprised and delighted at the tastes of every chocolate they eat.

 

Chocolate Lab – 2504 E. Colfax

If you want a good truffle, no, a great truffle, then go see the chocolatiers at the Chocolate Lab because they are dedicated to bringing the best of the best to Denver when it comes to all things chocolate. Every truffle in the shop and chocolate is hand-dipped and made to be the best of the best.

 

 

The Chocolate Therapist, Inc. – 2560 W Main St Littleton

Need a good therapist? What about a chocolate therapist? This shop is a great place to go when you need help figuring out just what type of chocolate to get your loved ones. Their unique chocolate are infused with organic flavoring oils, nuts, spices and natural fried fruit.

 

There are so many great chocolate shops in Denver and the surrounding communities that you should have no problem finding the right one for your loved one this holiday season! Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of lots of love!

Important Moving Tips For People With Diabilities

Moving to a new home can help you to expand your horizons, meet new and interesting people, and perhaps even start afresh. But the many tasks involved with relocating can add stress to what should be a great adventure. In this post, we'll show you how to steer your way around these potential pitfalls.

1. Choosing a New Place to Live
Locating accessible housing is like meeting your perfect romantic match. You know it's out there; the trick is finding it. Here are some tips to help you in the quest:


● Read the ads. Sellers of accessible housing often go out of their way to list handicap-friendly features in the property description. Use caution when relying on seller information, however. Sometimes they will list improvements such as a wheelchair ramp but neglect to mention that the bathrooms, hallways, appliances, etc. are unsuitable for people with physical challenges.
● Consult an internet database of accessible housing. This is a great way to find out about opportunities across the country.
● Contact a realtor. Local agents may know of options you could otherwise overlook.

2. Adaptable vs. Accessible Housing
If accessible housing is in short supply in the area to which you plan to move, then you may want to consider an adaptable home. These are modifiable existing homes that can meet the needs of the physically challenged with minimal remodeling, according to information provided by North Carolina State University. Here are some factors to keep in mind when considering this option:

● Choosing an adaptable home will allow you to customize its layout, features, and décor to your tastes and priorities.
● The cost of carrying out these projects may fall on you. However, you will find many potential resources for meeting these costs, including private foundation grants and HUD-sponsored loans.
● There are websites that can help you to locate a builder with the right certifications and experience. Remodeling a home with physical challenges in mind usually requires specialized construction skills.
Let's say you've found the perfect home, and you're anxious to move in. Your next step is to decide what to do with your belongings. Many people find that hiring a professional is the best way to go. Here is why:
● Peace of mind. Most professional packers offer coverage in case an item gets damaged, lost, or stolen.
● Expertise. Like many tasks, packing and moving are more complex than they appear at first. For example, items such as electronics, medications, and artwork require special care to avoid potential damage.
● Freedom from sore muscles. Packing and moving takes more than brute strength. It involves a lot of bending, twisting, and other movements that present special challenges to those with disabilities. Why put yourself through this ordeal when someone else can do the job for you?
Okay, your belongings are packed, and moving day is almost upon you. Here are some tips for making it go smoothly:
● Keep kids and pets out of the way. You may want to set aside a room in which they can relax and enjoy themselves away from the hustle and bustle.
● Have water and snacks on hand for the movers. This is a great way to show your appreciation for their help.
● Make sure you know the route to your new home ahead of time. Trip-mapping services like Siri can make mistakes.

The key to any successful move is covering your bases. Taking time to plan the process can save you from countless hassles down the road. We wish you all the best as you enjoy life in your new home.

 

Guest post by Patrick Young and AbleUSA

February Market Trends Report

A new year starts, resolutions begin and we all get to start 2018  off right! With all these new things happening, not as many home sellers and Buyers were thinking about selling or buying.  Sales were down in the Signature market with single-family home sales down 34.67 percent, and condo sales down 13.16 percent. Sales may have slowed, but month over month and year over year price per square foot (PSF) was up 4.56 percent in the Residential Signature market (single-family plus condo) from the prior months at $252 PSF, and up 12.50 percent year over year at $224 PSF from one year ago. WOW, a lot can change in a year!  January literally came in with a BANG year over year with sales up 11.36 percent in the Signature single-family market and an impressive 266.67 percent in the condo market. Our sales volume was also up 8.69 percent year over year in the Signature single-family market and 285.98 percent in the Signature condo market. Even with the cooler temperatures in January, the Signature condo market was HOT year over year. Maybe February will bring some love to home sellers and they will think about selling as our months of inventory remains low in this segment of the market at 3.80 months of inventory in the single-family market and 2.97 months of inventory in the condo market. Don’t forget the conforming limits increased January 1st to $453,100 as the new base limit, and now most Denver metro cities and counties are at $529,000 or higher. This now gives your buyers more purchasing power to enter into the Signature market and rates are still low for Jumbo loans and HELOC (Home Equity Line Of Credit) loans.  
 

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