Wow! Thank you God, my amazing husband @JayModglin, my beautiful daughter, my parents and friends for giving me the strength and support every day to do what I do. This career demands a significant amount of our time but it is so rewarding to help families find a place, be their advocate and guide them throughout the process to where in the end, they get to call it HOME. I am so grateful, honored and so very very blessed to win the award for 2018 Five Star Professional for Real Estate. Thank all my clients and industry partners for your very positive feedback that helped me earn this award.
CRUSH Walls is a week-long celebration of graffiti and street art. This annual event is free to the public and is for all ages to enjoy this curated outdoor gallery. With artists painting, activities for visitors, special promotions throughout the neighborhood, there is something for everyone at the CRUSH WALLS in RiNo's signature graffiti and street art festival.
If you have never been to Denver's River North District, or RiNo, CRUSH is a great opportunity to experience all that RiNo has to offer. Set north of the South Platte River and LoDo, the one-time warehouse district has seen unprecedented expansion in the last 6 years, as new apartment complexes, restaurants and bars have transformed its landscape. With twelve years experience in the loft market, I can tell you how much I have seen RiNo change. I remember when warehouses like the Benjamin Moore building went from abandoned to new, residential lofts and can offer my expertise when buying or selling in this neighborhood.
I’ve had a love of RiNo before it was actually called RiNo and have seen it grow into a diverse neighborhood that has sparked creativity and collaboration so you can live, work and play. This year, myself along with four other brokers from Kentwood City Properties will be sponsoring part of this experience by supporting the CRUSH WALL Festival. Follow along through our social media channels via Instagram and Facebook @DenverChitChat.
CRUSH Wall's Highlights:
- Opening party – September 4 at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse, from 7PM to 10PM
- Live mural creation – From September 3 to 9
- BYOB – Bring Your Own Beamer event – in collaboration with Supernova Digital Animation Festival: participating artists will project their digital artworks in alleyways
- The immersive art installation Juxtapoz Clubhouse – The first edition of Juxtapoz Clubhouse to take place outside of the Art Basel, Miami circuit: a massive and immersive art installation, including live performances and site-specific works by high-profile and emerging urban artists.
- Vauxhall Screenings – Held in the theater hall of The Ramble Hotel in RiNo, a two-night film screening highlighting street art culture and social practices in urban art throughout the world.
- Satellite Exhibitions – CRUSH WALLS is working with local galleries to create a truly immersive art festival, inviting guests to numerous individual gallery exhibitions opening throughout the week. Including: exhibition from invited artists Smithe and Poni from Mexico, curated by Galeria Balneario
- Art talks – Attendees will gain insight from local, national and international creative talent in intimate settings, in a series of art talks in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.
- Street Art Guided Tours – In collaboration with The Street Art Network - Rebel Tours - September 3 to 9: without getting in too much trouble(!), festival-goers will have the chance to embark on an eye-opening tour to see loads of street art where international, national and local artists have made their mark.
- CRUSH WALLS Print Launches – Limited-edition exclusive releases are scheduled across the event, giving festival-goers a chance to own new works by artists.
- Denver Bazaar Arts Fest – in partnership with Red Wolf Collective: gallery pop-ups, exhibiting artists, live mural painting and street art demonstration hosted by Red Wolf Gallery at Booz Hall RiNo
- Zine Art Fair at The Source – come print your own Zine Experience workshop with a small print shop
- Denver Orbit Pop-up Story Booth – pop-up booth by the award-winning magazine, featuring voices, stories and music from Colorado's creative community, and recording station to tell one’s story – at Zeppelin Station.
- Outdoor Stencil and Chalk Spray Workshop – Held in collaboration with the Denver Public Library, children from all ages will be offered the chance to express their creativity in a Chalk Spray and Stencil Workshop
- Literary Crawl Denver – A tour of literary landmarks and thought-provoking talks held across numerous venues in the city, the literary crawl is held in conjunction with At The Inkwell, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the FBomb, Mile-High MFA (Regis University), Tethered by Letters, Colorado Humanities and BookBar.
- Mini Street Skate Park – Outside Zeppelin Station, with skate deck exhibition curated by Jean-Claude G/Raud from France, in support of the project RoulePetitOugandais.com
- Secret Walls – An unparalleled live illustration battle where two teams of artists have 90 minutes to paint their walls against the pressure of the clock. A rare opportunity to watch freestyle work unfolding live at a secret location (to be announced).
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Difficulty: Easy • Length: 4.0 Miles • Duration: 1-3 Hours
Garden of the Gods is a four star rated hike that is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This trail is not only family friendly but dogs are welcome too. Large rock formations that are the center of the loop are visible from all parts of the trail. This path give you the feeling of being among the rocks.
Difficulty: Easy • Length: 6.0 miles • Duration: 1-3 Hours
Raspberry Mountain is a pleasant hike with a wide and smooth trail. For the most part, the trail is shaded by Colorado Spruce. At the summit you will enjoy a 360-degree view of Pikes Peak and the Catamount Reservoirs. It’s very likely that the only people on this trail will be you and those you brought with you.
Difficulty: Moderate • Length: 5.2 miles • Duration: 1-3 Hours
Meyers Homestead Trail is a five star rated hiking trail located southwest of Boulder, Colorado. The late spring and early summer yields an abundance of wildflowers and in the fall it’s not uncommon to see small herds of elk along the hike. Meyers Homestead holds interesting historical significance and signage along the trail point out historical ecological points of interest.
Difficulty: Moderate • Length: 5.3 miles • Duration: Half Day
Blue Lake is located in the Roosevelt National Forest near Ward, Colorado. This trail provides excellent views and pictures of wildlife and flowers. Along the way you will encounter many streams, small ponds and eventually end up at Blue Lake with an incredible view of the Continental Divide. Blue Lake is above the timberline, so dress accordingly.
Difficulty: Moderate • Length: 6.9 miles • Duration: Half Day
Mount Bierstadt is the perfect beginner fourteener. It is an easy day trip and dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash. This hike offers incredible views of the front range mountains at a very moderate pace.
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult • Length: 13.3 miles • Duration: Full Day
Devil’s Thumb is a wonderful hike if you are up for the 13 mile journey. There are much shorter routes to the pass but none offer the type of experience you get on the 13 mile route. On the hike itself, you will ascend nearly 2,400 feet due to the length of the trail. Make sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and any other provisions needed because this is a full day hike.
Difficulty: Difficult • Length: 5.9 miles • Duration: 1-3 Hours
This trail is good for advanced cyclists and hikers. It is very strenuous and if you are riding a bike, be ready for steep climbs and rapid descents. There is plenty of wildlife and scenery on the trail. Dogs are not allowed on this hike!
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult • Length: 2.4 miles Round Trip • Duration: 2 Hours Round Trip
Hanging Lake is a short hike to two waterfalls and one of the most beautiful lakes in Colorado. On the same hike, you can explore Spouting Rock Falls, and even walk behind the waterfall. It’s not a day hike near Denver, but it’s definitely worth the nearly three-hour drive to the Hanging Lake Trailhead just outside of Glenwood Springs.
Incredible opportunity to own at the Rail Yard Lofts in RiNo! This freestanding two story loft sits on top of the mail room with no shared walls. Tons of natural light and spectacular unobstructed 360 degree views of the city and mountains. Hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances, huge balcony off master, private entrance, full washer and dryer in unit, 1 assigned parking space, this loft has it all! Right across the street from Backyard On Blake, one block to Epic Brewing and Walnut Room, 2 blocks to Infinite Monkey Theorem, 6 blocks to airport train stop, 8 blocks to Coors Field!
60750 US Highway 285 • Bailey
303.816.5504 • aspenpeakcellars.com
9046 West Bowles Avenue • Littleton
303.904.7650 • avantiwinery.com
15090 Lansing Street • Brighton
303.807.3906 • badbitchcellars.com
1946 East 66th Avenue • Denver
303.287.5156 • balistrerivineyards.com
11616 Shaffer Place • Littleton
303.722.0669 • bacellars.com
15836 Black Bridge Road • Paonia
970.527.6838 • blackbridgewinery.com
251 Jefferson Street • Fort Collins
970.407.9463 • blueskieswinery.com
28036 Highway 74 • Evergreen
303.674.5460 • creeksidecellars.net
528 Main Avenue • Durango
970.403.8182 • fourleaveswinery.com
5513 County Road 321 • Ignacio
970.563.4675 • foxfirefarms.com
53716 Falcon Road • Olathe
970.901.5919 • garrettestatecellars.com
16150 County Road 220 • Salida
719.539.1175 • mountainspiritwinery.com
5859 5825 Road • Olathe
970.323.6816 • mountainviewwinery.com
6547 South Racine Cir #1400 • Centennial
720.328.2513 • pointblankwinery.com
4640 Pecos Street • Denver
720.437.9537 • rykerscellars.com
1501 Lee Hill Drive #16 • Boulder
303.532.1892 • settembrecellars.com
41716 Reds Road • Paonia
970.527.3444 • stonecottagecellars.com
12174 Road G • Cortez
970.565.0825 • sutcliffewines.com
4455 Fountain Avenue • Cascade
719.684.8000 • wineryatpikespeak.com
2087 Broadway Road • Grand Junction
970.255.1471 • tworiverswinery.com
8100 West Highway 50 • Salida
719.539.6299 • vinosalida.com
1660 Champa Street • Denver
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JUST SOLD! Edbrooke Lofts - 1450 Wynkoop #3B, Denver -
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | 1600 Square feet | $650,000
Sitting on the original site of the Washington Hotel and Studebaker Buggy and Carriage House, this building was constructed in 1906 as a four-story warehouse for the Spratlen-Anderson Mercantile Co. Frank Edbrooke designed the original structure, as well as a two-story addition built in 1919. This corner loft offered brick and wood beams throughout and many custom features, 12- Foot ceilings, hardwood floors, slab granite in kitchen and master bath, built-in appliances, custom lighting, custom rugs and so much more. It was such a pleasure to represent the seller in the sale of this gorgeous loft.
A big thanks to my awesome creative team who helped me put this amazing listing together:
Real Estate Assistant - Mary-Carol Jones
Co-Listed With: Jay Modglin
8992 County Road 6 - Granby
33975 Highway 24 N - Buena Vista
661 Highway 46 - Black Hawk
Routt National Forest - Walden
410 State Park Road - Colorado Springs
Pike National Forest - Woodland Park
Sylvan Lake State Park - Eagle
GARDEN OF THE GODS CAMPGROUND
Gunnison National Forest - Crested Butte
Pike National Forest - Bailey
26363 Country Road 3 - Orchard
U.S. Route 295 - Fairplay
Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park
Great San Dunes National Park - Mosca
5775 Highway 325 - Rifle
Gunnison National Forest - Almont
Colorado National Monument
25500 Co Road 14 - Steamboat Springs
San Isabel National Forest 46 • Leadville
Red Feathers Lake - Fort Collins
Twin Lakes Reservoir - Leadville
5495 Highway 36 - Estes Park
The home of #TheBradyBunch is up for sale for $1.885 million in Studio City, California. It’s a 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom and is almost 2500 Square feet on a 12,500 Square foot lot and hasn’t been in the market in 50 years. The Brady Bunch ran from September 1969 to March 1974.
The Brady Bunch house is among the most photographed homes in America and attracts a steady stream of 30-50 fans each day, according to the Earnie Carswell. The property even has its own Yelp page.
The McCallisters have both passed away. Their children are selling the home.
Carswell anticipates upwards of 500 calls a day on this listing and thinks that if they had a Sunday open house is would just invite chaos.
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Light filled residence with private balcony, hardwood floors, open living spaces. Kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and an island bar for casual dining. Master bedroom with 5-piece bath, walk-in closet and access to the balcony. Awesome location in Uptown with easy access to Downtown, light rail and numerous restaurants at your fingertips! Buyer to verify taxes, HOA's schools and square footage.
For more info visit www.1950Logan613.com for more details.
11147 Josephine Way, Northglenn, CO 80233
Coming to market this Wednesday, July 11th! This 3 bedroom, 3 bath attached single family home has been well maintained and updated with new carpet, paint, and blinds. Convenient commute to Denver, Boulder, or Interlocken with access to I-25 and Route 36. Great community in the Fox Run neighborhood with close access to Carpenter and Stonehocker Parks as well as a wide variety of entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. Low quarterly dues of just $60- rare opportunity to purchase at affordable $360,000 price point. For more information on this listing visit www.11147JosephineWay.com
With all of the ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Denver this year, you are sure to have a blast! Don’t miss out on any of the fun with our Fourth of July event guide.
When: July 2nd
Where: Four Mile Park
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Delight in an annual Four Mile tradition brimming with old-time games and historic demonstrations as well as the new-found joys of food trucks, a beer garden, and a viewing of the Glendale fireworks show after dark.
Admission is free, donations suggested. Refreshment and activity charges apply. Sorry, no pets. Bring a blanket and arrive early, as space is limited!
When: July 4th
Where: Dicks Sporting Goods Park
Time: Pre-match activities @ 5pm
Each ticket gets you into the pre-match activities, post-match fireworks show and concert! Activities will include: live music, Soccerfest inflatables, human foosball, a ropes course, quad bungee trampoline, laser tag arena, mechanical bull, obstacle course, bounce houses, Eighteen 76 bar, live karaoke, DJ performances, and C38 tailgate. Celebrate your 4th of July with the largest public fireworks show in the state of Colorado.
When: July 3rd
Where: Union Station Terminal Bar
Time: 1pm – 10pm
All-aboard Denver Union Station’s fourth annual Stars & Stripes Express Fest! Celebrate America with a FREE concert on Terminal Bar’s extended patio on July 3rd from 1pm to 10pm. We’ll be partying through the decades with tributes to your favorite hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and today! Avery Brewing Company will also be on-site with giveaways and special beer tappings of their award-winning brews.
When: July 3rd
Where: Clement Park
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Come celebrate Independence Day with food, beer & wine garden, exhibits, bouncy houses, a free concert featuring Wash Park Band, and of course fireworks!
When: July 3rd
Where: Civic Center Park
Come join the ninth-annual free community celebration featuring a concert, light show, and fireworks finale! The concert will feature Chris Daniels and the Kings and the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard. Beginning at 4 pm, a variety of food trucks will be available, along with two NEW beer & wine gardens! Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; arriving early is greatly encouraged, as are blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnics; a variety of food trucks will also be available on-site. The event will take place rain or shine.
When: July 4th
Where: Fountain Pavilion Central Park
Time: Starts at 9am
The Annual Pancake Breakfast will begin at 9am at the Fountain Pavilion in Central Park. Breakfast may be purchased at the event, which include pancakes, sausage, and juice. Suggested donations are $5 per adult, $3 per child or you can purchase a family 4-pack (2 adults/ 2 children) for $12. All donations will benefit the Stapleton Stingrays Swim Team.
Bring your decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons or scooters for the parade, which will begin at 10:30am at the Fountain Pavilion in Central Park. Participants should line up along the promenade at the fountain and head east toward the lake, looping around back to the fountain area. There will be parade leaders at the start of the parade to guide participants through the course.
When: July 4th
Where: Elitch Gardens
Time: Park Closing
Once again Elitches will light up the Downtown Denver skyline with their fireworks extravaganza! Shows start at park closing time.
When: July 4th
Where: Buchanan Park, Evergreen
Time: 10am – 7:30pm
Last year, over 1,800 attendees came to celebrate! This year’s festival is expected to be even bigger, as they honor military personnel and provide outstanding entertainment to attendees of all ages from Evergreen and other communities, such as Golden, Lakewood, and Denver.
When: July 4th
Where: Lions Park, Golden
Time: 11am – 9:30pm
City of Golden and Golden Lions Club will be hosting the 4th of July community celebration in Lions Park in Golden. Activities include free rides for the kids, face painting, and live music throughout the day. Union Gray plays from noon to 3 p.m., followed by Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Something Underground takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 1300 10th St.
When: July 4th
Where: 23rd Avenue, Park Hill Neighborhood
Time: Starting at 1:30pm
Welcome to the ninth annual Park Hill 4th of July Parade! This community-friendly event will again be marching along 23rd Avenue on Independence Day. Stretching from Dexter St. to Krameria St., this year’s parade will include more than 50 groups, including floats, marching bands, costumed characters, classic cars, and more!
When: July 4th
Where: Belleview Park & Cornerstone Park
Time: 3pm – 10pm
There will be plenty of family fun at the 23rd Annual Family Festival and Fireworks. Activities include miniature golf, batting cages, bouncey castle, miniature train ride, a children’s farm, and much more!
When: July 4th
Where: Westminster City Park
Time: Starts at 4pm
Don’t miss the best fireworks display in the north metro area! Get there early—activities, food vendors, beer garden, and performances start at 4 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m. and the fireworks go off at 9:15 p.m. There will be a free shuttle bus from many locations in Westminster! Please note: grills, glass containers, personal fireworks and outside alcohol are not allowed at the event. Sponsored by NMAA/SCFD, Westminster Public Schools and Oskar Blues Brewery.
When: July 4th
Where: Carmichael Park
Time: 4pm – 10pm
This year’s celebration will feature free activities for children as well as a variety of food vendors.
DJ Tidalwave will kick off the musical entertainment at 5 p.m. consisting of interactive activities, group dancing and more. Soul School, a high energy dance band, will begin at 7 p.m. Soul School’s performance will feature a vast repertoire of music which includes Golden Oldies, Beach, Motown, County, Jazz, Rock, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, and Contemporary. The group will satisfy all musical tastes, from tight harmonious vocals and smooth jazz to an all-out dance party.
Immediately after, there will be a patriotic presentation. The city will cap off the evening with a spectacular fireworks display – weather permitting – beginning at 9:45 p.m.
When: July 4th
Where: Lutz Ballfield and Stenger Sports Complex
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Celebrate Independence Day in Arvada mingling with neighbors, friends, and thousands of people enjoying the day with free activities. This year, Arvada’s Independence Day Celebration returns to its roots, focusing on the core of the holiday–fireworks!
When: July 4th
Where: Carpenter Park Fields
Time: 4pm – 10pm
Beer gardens and food, a performance by the Thornton Community Band, skydiving jump and fireworks.
When: July 4th
Where: Broomfield County Commons Park
The celebration starts with pony rides and inflatables. Enjoy a free concert with the “17th Avenue Allstars” and “That Eighties Band”. Bring your picnic dinner or enjoy a dinner from our vendors at the park. Charcoal grills are not permitted. After the concert, at dusk, the fireworks display begins, approximately 9:30 pm.
When: July 4th
Where: Aurora Municipal Center
Time: 6pm – 10pm
The city of Aurora invites you to experience the 4th of July Spectacular and celebrate Independence Day with a firework show that lights up the area skyline. The Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn will feature live music, delicious food, and a firework display revered as one of the best in Colorado.
When: July 4th
Where: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
Celebrate the stars and stripes of the good ol’ U.S. of A with your Colorado Symphony this Independence Day! It’s the return of the Family Friendly Fourth of July with even more surprises and star-studded talent. This family-friendly program features your favorite contemporary scores and the best fireworks the Front Range has to offer! Celebrate America with the Armed Forces Salute, Stars and Stripes Forever, the Overture of 1812, God Bless America and a slew of your favorite hits from stage and screen.
When: July 4th
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
The Outlaws vs. the Boston Cannons at 7 p.m. One of the coolest close-proximity extravaganzas you’ll ever see. Fireworks within the bowl at Mile High Stadium feature pyrotechnics paired with a show on the 220-foot wide Thundervision screen.
When: July 4th
Where: Folsom Field
Time: Gates at 8pm
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205 S French Street • Breckenridge
970.453.6489 • abbettplacer.com
724 North Grand St • Steamboat Springs
970.879.1528 • alpinerosesteamboat.com
ANTLERS ON THE CREEK
999 Lightner Creek Road • Durango
970.259.1565 • antlersonthecreek.com
711 Manitou Avenue • Manitou Springs
719.685.1277 • avenuehotelbandb.com
BLUE LAKE RANCH
16919 CO-140 • Hesperus (Durango)
970.385.4537 • bluelakeranch.com
2151 Arapahoe Ave • Boulder
303.442.3007 • briarrosebb.com
1572 Race Street • Denver
303.331.0621 • castlemarne.com
CAPITOL HILL MANSION
1207 Pennsylvania Street • Denver
303.839.5221 • capitolhillmansion.com
711 14th Street • Golden
303.278.2209 • doveinn.com
FOUR MILE CREEK
6471 Co Rd 117 • Glenwood Springs
970.945.4004 • fourmilecreek.com
HOLDEN HOUSE 1902
1102 W Pikes Peak Ave • Colorado Springs
719.471.3980 • holdenhouse.com
1339 N Nevada • Denver
719.471.9265 • lennoxhouse.com
442 Main Street • Minturn
970.827.9647 • minturninn.com
52516 CO-9 • Alma
719.836.4517 • mountaincomfortbandb.com
OLD TOWN GUESTHOUSE
115 S 26th Street • Colorado Springs
719.632.9194 • oldtown-guesthouse.com
PURPLE MOUNTAIN LODGE
714 Gothic Avenue • Crested Butte
970.349.5888 • purplemountainlodge.com
2147-51 Tremont Place • Denver
303.296.6666 • queenannebnb.com
302 El Paso Blvd • Manitou Springs
719.685.4515 • redcrags.com
1766 Lower Broadview Rd • Estes Park
970.586.4666 • romanticriversong.com
650 Lakewood Court • Estes Park
970.577.7528 • sonnenhofbedandbreakfast.com
THE RUBY OF CRESTED BUTTE
624 Gothic Avenue • Crested Butte
800.390.1338 • therubyofcrestedbutte.com
THE SNOW QUEEN VICTORIAN LODGE
124 East Cooper Avenue • Aspen
970.925.8455 • snowqueenlodge.com
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1536 Co Hwy 83 • Fraser
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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.
It was a true pleasure representing the seller on this the truly authentic penthouse loft in Benjamin Moore. This loft was listed at $489,000 and sold for $475,000 with a $500 Buyer concession.
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There are many times when I am driving around showing homes that I will accidently drive past the house because I have a hard time seeing the house number. Whether it is during the day or at night, it is imperative that you have your home numbers visible from the street not just for people trying to find your home, but also in case of an emergency.
When responding to an emergency call, police officers, EMS and firefighters look for house numbers when they first arrive. These numbers are their first indication of where to stop and if you have numbers not printer on your mail box, that blend in with the siding of your home or are not visible at night, it makes it hard for them to figure out where they are needed.
Make it a point to look and see if your numbers fit the following criteria:
All of the numbers are there – sometimes with older homes or with the typical wear and tear from weather, numbers can become faded or they can detach from the house and/or mailbox. Make sure you have all your numbers listed.
You have large numbers visible from a distance – there are many sizes of numbers you can get at the stores these days and while some of them might look a certain way or you might not want them to overwhelm your house, it is important that the numbers are large enough to be seen from the road. Find the area on your house that is very easy to see – above the garage, next to your door, on the mailbox or all of them – stand in the road and hang the numbers. If you can’t see them, then they aren’t big enough and you will need to find bigger numbers.
Make sure you have the area around the numbers cleaned up – this is more specifically for mailbox areas or if you have vegetation growing on your house that may cover up the numbers in any way. Make sure again, if you can’t see if from the road, that you make sure to clear up the area so others can see it from the road.
The color of the numbers does not blend in with the house in any way, shape or form – if you have a white house, then don’t put white numbers on your house. When it comes to numbers, it isn’t as much about fashion, it’s about the ability to see the numbers in case of an emergency.
Remember, these numbers could be a lifesaver in case of an emergency so you want to make sure you have them visible, large and in the right color!
Spring has sprung in the Mile High City and we are almost into Summer – with the weather changes and the heating up of temperatures, the real estate market is also on the move. Denver’s market has been heating up as well, with a winter that was still busy, we are moving into a time of the year that is busy for all parties involved. My buyers are out in strong numbers during the spring and my sellers are excited to put their homes on the market with all the interest, many getting above asking price.
For my buyers, it can be a bit tedious in the spring to get to first, get under contract and then, to get to closing table. But once we get to that closing table, there are smiles and hugs and happy tears around.
As a Realtor, one thing I really look forward to is getting each of my clients’ great housewarming gifts for their new home. A lot of the time, I like to try and find personal things that go with each client. After spending a lot of time with each of them, I feel this personal touch is a nice way to end our transaction and for them to have something to remind them of me as well in their new place.
For those of you who are wondering what would be a good housewarming gift for a new homeowner, here are some great ideas to add a little something to their new home:
· A gradient vase – Grab some flowers from your local florist and pick out a great vase
· Fun door mat – There are lots of great welcome mats out there these days that have fun little sayings or fun pictures on them. Shut The Front Door Mat, $49; 5 Green Boxes.
· Plants – Bamboo, air plants, succulents, you name it and most plant stores have them. What better way to add some green to a new home?
· Sonos One Speaker With Alexa – These devices make it easy for a homeowner to connect their music, tv, lights and other electronics to be activated by them speaking, very fun for the tech homebuyers in your life. Get it local at Digitique Denver
· Wi-Fi Smart Video Doorbell – This doorbell syncs to a phone so that the homeowner will never miss a package again and allows the homeowner to ignore or respond to whoever is at the door. Indoor Security Camera, Starts at $199; Digitique Denver
· Electric bottle opener with accessories – New homeowners will also get many bottles of wine and bottle openers can be a struggle so give them this electric opener that can open a bottle with a push of a button.
· Bar cart – For those of your friends who like a few adult beverages, they might like a bar cart to display their beverages.
. Locally made longboards and cruisers are the perfect way to see a new ‘hood. Pacto Cruiser, $139; Anonymous Boards
There are so many great gifts out there and one thing I would recommend is finding a local shop to buy them from, maybe in the same neighborhood as the house the buyers just bought.
Make sure to check out my arrival in Denver Style Magazine about these great gifts and where you can find them in local shops around Denver.
Type A Personalities are always trying to make sure they can control everything in their lives including their monthly budget. However it is difficult to control certain things - for instance, when a repair or replacement of an appliance or other household item will be needed, and how much will it cost. While you can prepare financially for the repair or replacement, you never know how much it will cost in grand total including labour and parts, or whether the repair will work or you will need to further repair the appliance. A home warranty can help the controlling type A persons manage their budget, and level down their stress.
Home Warranty: What is It?
A home warranty is a great way to help keep your repair and replacement expenses under control for your homes appliances and home systems. Home warranties are service agreement policies that cover what’s inside your home, such as the kitchen appliances, clothes washer and dryer and even the furnace and a/c unit.
When one of the covered items breaks, you can get it fixed or replaced for free, although there is a service call fee of approximately $50 on average. There are a lot of companies operating in Denver and each of them has different characteristics. Different home warranty plans with different costs, different service call fees, different level of coverage, and different professionals they are working with.
The cost of a home warranty is dependent on the age of the appliances and what you want to include or exclude from the coverage, as well as the cap on item replacements. On average a home warranty will cost between $35-$65. This regularly scheduled monthly fee is much easier to budget for than the unexpected cost of a repairing or replacing one or more home appliances.
Additional Tips: What Can You Do to Keep Your Repairs Cost Low and Make Sure You are Not Voiding the Terms of Your Home Warranty Policy
Always wanting to keep repairs and maintenance costs low be sure to do regular cleaning and service of your homes appliances and home systems to keep them in good working order. Here are a few tips I gathered from across the internet.
Clothes Washer- Routinely run a wash of white vinegar through the wash to help keep it clean
Clothes Dryer- Keep the lint trap clear and routinely clear the
Dishwasher- Be sure to clear debris from the collection trap (coarse filter)
Cooktop / Oven / Stove- Keeping your oven clean is key to preventing fires! Be sure to keep your cooktop clear of excess debris on the cooktop and in the oven itself.
Built in Microwave- Keep the filter clean and replace when necessary
Air Conditioning Unit- Have the outside unit inspected twice a year, at the beginning of spring and at the end of fall.
Furnace- Change the filter every three months
Garbage Disposal- Do not put things in it like cold leftovers, those go in compost or trash (meat, potatoes, pasta, eggs shells)
When caring for your home appliances and home systems it is important to ensure that you do them correctly and when needed, if they are neglected they can cause problems and if a home warranty is covering the items, the coverage might be voided if proper care and maintenance was not performed. As type A personality, routine should fall right in line with what you need to help control your homes needs and expenses. You can use an app to help schedule the regular maintenance and cleaning needed to care for your home.
If you routinely provide the care and maintenance on your appliances and home systems you will help extend the life of these items and in turn keep your costs low by not having to repair or replace them. Your monthly expenditures would consist mainly of your home warranty.
Do You Really Need a Home Warranty?
The mother of all questions is whether people actually need a home warranty and will it save them money in the long term. The truth is that whether a home warranty is right for you is a very individual question. Some people may be wasting their hard earned dollars on unfit home warranties which do not provide adequate coverage while others may be preventing themselves from large expenses in the future by working with the right company and choosing the right plan for them.
One of the most pivotal questions when coming to consider a home warranty is the contents of the house and the age of the systems and appliances. If your home is brand new and everything is under manufacturer warranty, there is no use for a home warranty. If your house is very old, it is reasonable to believe that many systems will be deemed as “unmaintained” and home warranty companies will refuse to pay for them if they break.
There are so many variables involved in this decision that it is wise to pay good attention into it, read about the topic, gather opinions about the services of the home warranty company you intend using, and use designated calculators which will help you make the right decisions fast.
Article Source: Nate Simms RevewHomeWarranties
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.
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!