Life Changing Experience

 

In 2008 I had a life changing experience. I had taken my exit after a short trip with a career choice that took over a year to achieve and found out amazingly quick that I was not suited for this career. So feeling a bit down I began to look for what else would suit me and I found real estate. I noticed that I loved looking at homes just to see what they did with floor plans, living areas, size, view, and well basically everything you can imagine. So I was looking into getting my license then when I came across Nouveau Riche,  a real estate investment education company that to me was the real deal. I got my education over a two year period and during that time became involved in real estate with my own deals and other investors I had met with theirs. Getting involved was my turning point. I experienced great deals and costly deals their after, but with every deal my experience and expertise grew. Then I found that I was still missing something. That was not sharing what I knew to help others. So I achieved my RE license and found the part I needed. I love getting to be the agent that my clients trust with one of the biggest transactions they will complete in their lives. 

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What to look for when buying your home.

What to Look for when Buying a Home

While a house can be a great financial investment, make sure you can see yourself enjoying your life there.

Does the house look and feel like home?

Your impression of a house is important. As you walk up to the front door, opening it, ask yourself, “Could this really be home for me?” This is an important factor, one you should not ignore. Remember that you are looking for a place to live for quite some time.
Ignore the furnishings and the taste of the current owner. Go beyond that and look at the layout of the house, its shape and the position of the house in relation to the street. Are the ceilings too low for you? Are you too close to the street?
You might also simply feel uncomfortable when you walk in the door. Perhaps you can’t put your finger on why but you aren’t happy. Trust your instincts.

Does the house have the space you need?

Figure out how many bedrooms and bathrooms you really need. Depending on the size of your family, there are a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms necessary for comfortable living. For instance, do you really want to share a single bathroom with your spouse and three children?
Try to picture the routine of your family as it would fit into this house. If you have children, do they have a place to play? If you like to garden, is there a spot in the yard suitable for your needs?
Some families like to hang out in the kitchen while meals are being prepared. If this is your family tradition, is this home’s kitchen big enough for that?
Will your family change in the future? If you’re planning to have more children, consider their space requirements now. Take a look at the house with the future in mind. Will it continue to serve your needs, or will it become too small or too big? You’re better off not buying a house that will need major remodeling in the future.

Will your furniture fit?

In most cases you will want to move in furniture you already own. Will you be able to put your favorite couch in the living room and the dining set in the dining room? If you own a king-size mattress, will it crowd the room making movement nearly impossible?
If you’re moving from an apartment or home that is much smaller, your current furniture might not be right for your new home. You may need to buy new things.

Does the house have important features you need?

In addition to the usual requirements, your family has unique needs. If you have children, you probably want a fenced-in yard. If physical fitness is a priority, a pool or special workout room may be a necessity. Evaluate the house in terms of your daily routine.

Is it close enough to work?

When people fall in love with a home they often forget about the commute times to their work and other family activities. Find out how long the drive times will be and make sure you’re comfortable with them.

Real estate now!

Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors throughout, an indoor/outdoor fireplace, and a newly remodeled master bath—it sounds perfect! And it might very well be, but these days in Denver’s hot real estate market, by the time you contact your real estate agent, your perfect home may already be gone.

According to Redfin, Denver is the 11th fastest real estate market in the country. Last quarter’s report from Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty reported a 41 % decrease in inventory from the previous year and a 17.7% increase in home sales, and the average days a home was on the market dropped from 87 to 54.

When tracking listings, offers, and closed sales for one week (September 30 to October 6) to see what was really happening we find that Denver had 234 homes that were listed, 274 owners accepted offers, and 245 closed. This is one great way to gauge how fast the market is moving homes in Denver and surrounding areas.

All of these are a major factor in your next home purchase. Many of these homes have gotten multiple offers for sellers to chose from. So when preparing your offer as a buyer, make sure you are bringing your A game. Be prepared to make the best offer you can. Keep in mind that your agent is your wingman and aficionado. Hire me and I will be there to protect your best interest!

Looking for a new home??

Are you looking to buy a new home?

If you are looking to purchase a home in the Denver, Colorado area, you might want to look into buying a home in Lone Tree or Highlands Ranch(HR). An astonishing 97% of the residents would recommend living here, and there are a variety of reasons why residents love their community so much.

-small town With BIG CITY Opportunities
With roughly 11,400 residents in Lone Tree and 96,000 in HR there is a small town feel allowing you to get the benefits of a smaller communities. Despite the small town feel, Lone Tree and HR have many business opportunities. Lone Tree is home to Sky Ridge Medical Center, the first hospital in Douglas County and a hospital noted for using the latest technology. Also Lucent Technologies was one of the first major corporations to move to HR and still calls it home today. Lone Tree and HR are filled with career opportunities from finding your dream job to prospering your dreams and creating your new business idea with success. With Denver only roughly half an hour away and the Rocky Mountains nearby as well, big city excitement and entertainment or quiet, scenic, mountain air is what you need you are just moments away.

-Shopping and Dining
When you are ready to go shopping there a many places to choose from. Park Meadows is a state of the art shopping center with over 150 stores in and around the area. You are sure to find what you are looking for. Don’t forget to get over to the new giant Ikea store across from park meadows as well. But maybe you want some outdoor shopping, then head 15 min south on I-25 and visit the Castle Rock outlets. With these great prices you will have a fabulous shopping experience. Lone Tree and HR have amazing dining cuisine from around the worlds a well. Some restaurants include PF Changs, The Cheesecake Factory, Yard House, White Chocolate Grill, Red Robbin, Champs, and many others to satisfy your palate.

– Indoor and outdoor
Lone Tree and HR have an assortment of parks and trails for the outdoor enthusiast. Lone Tree also has SkyVenture Colorado, an indoor skydiving facility catering to people of all ages who don’t want a splat at the end to be a factor. The Lone Tree and HR Recreational Centers provide residents with indoor/outdoor pools, water slides, indoor tracks, indoor/outdoor tennis courts and many other amenities that supply recreational fun for the whole year. If golfing is your thing you can find many challenging courses throughout, and the Castle Pines senior PGA course isn’t far away either.

-Enjoy the Arts
The Lone Tree Arts Center provides the community with tickets to a variety of shows including musical performances, dancing, and plays. HR has new events weekly, from farmers markets to wine 101 and a movie, and also the summer concert series. Check in with the calendar and see what’s going on this week. While some performances cost money, there are also free ones for the communities too. Lone Tree and HR also have many other opportunities for community members to enjoy the arts. With wonderful libraries, large movie theaters and the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra, these are communities that really have a passion for the arts.

If you are interested in looking into moving to Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch or any of the surrounding areas, I would be honored to serve you in your search to find the perfect place to live. Contact me so we can get started on finding your new home.

July 23rd- August 4th Events for your area

Since I am still working on trying to get the calendar on the blog fixed I figured all of you would still like to know about upcoming events!

Here are events that I have found from July 23rd to August 4th in Lone Tree, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch.

If you have any questions about events please feel free to reply and I will help you get more information about the event.

Enjoy your summer!

Tuesday July 23, 2013

HR-Build with Lego’s
Highlands Ranch Library
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Lone Tree-Decorate a pretty bookmark inspired by American Girl’s activity books.
American Girl Store – Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

HR-Bark for Books
Highlands Ranch Library
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Wednesday, July 24

HR-Slick Science from the Mixed-Up Files
Highlands Ranch Library
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (A second class takes place at 1:30 PM.)

HR-Highlands Ranch Chess Club
Highlands Ranch Library
9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 80129
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Children, teens, and adults.

Thursday, July 25

HR-Writing Workshop for Grades 1-6
Highlands Ranch Library
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

HR-Highlands Ranch Summer Concert Series: Forever in Blue Jeans
Highland Heritage Regional Park
9651 S. Quebec, Highlands Ranch, 80130
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Friday, July 26

HR-Colors and Shapes in Nature
Redstone Park Pond Fishing Pier
3280 Redstone Park Cir., Highlands Ranch
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Ages 3 to 5.
Register online using Activity #105102.
District: $12; Non-District: $14

Lone Tree-Family Night at Little Monkey Bizness, Lone Tree
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ages 6 and under.
: $5/children over 1; $3/crawlers under 1 (parents are always free), plus specials on drinks and pizza by the slice.

HR-Family Friday Night: Bedtime Math PJ Party
Tattered Cover
9315 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch, 80129
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Up to age 8.

Saturday, July 27

HR-Free Kids Yoga in the Park
Civic Green Park
9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Ages 4 to 8.

Lone Tree-Rec and Rock
Lone Tree Recreation Center
10249 Ridgegate Cir., Lone Tree, 80124
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Ages 9 to 14.
$10
Littleton-Museum Summer Concert Series
Denver Concert Band
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Littleton Museum
6028 S. Gallup St.
Littleton, Colorado 80120

Sunday, July 28

Lone Tree-Williams-Sonoma: Farmers’ Market Finds
Williams-Sonoma — Park Meadows Mall
8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, 80124
10:00 AM
Older teens and adults.
Please call (303) 790-2565 to register.

HR-GO Game Club (HR)
Highlands Ranch Library
9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 80129
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Children, teens, and adults.

Tuesday, July 30

Lone Tree-Summer Reading Bookmark Craft
American Girl Store – Park Meadows Mall
8423 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, 80124
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Ages 8 and up

Lone Tree-Free Sunset Yoga
Belvedere Park
Belvedere Lane, Lone Tree
(between RidgeGate Parkway and RidgeGate Circle)
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Thursday, August 1

Lone Tree-Saige’s Art Event with Crayola Model Magic
American Girl Store – Park Meadows Mall
8423 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, 80124
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Ages 8 and up.

HR-BYOP Backcountry Hayride (Bring Your Own Picnic)
Backcountry Wilderness Area
Ron King Trail Road, Highlands Ranch
5:45 PM – 7:15 PM
All are welcome!
District: $10; Non-District: $12; Children 2 and under are free.

HR-Ladies’ Fishing on the Fly
Classroom: August 1, 8, & 16, 6:30-8:30 PM
Field-trip: August 22, 6:00-8:30 PM
Eastridge Recreation Center
9568 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 80126
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Ages 16 and up.
$25 in advance, $30 day of event if not sold out.

Lone Tree-Passport to Culture: Story Pirates
Lone Tree Arts Center
10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, 80124
Shows at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
Families with children 12 and under.
$8 per person; 2 and under are free.

Friday, August 2

Littleton-FREE DAY at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Lone Tree-Family Night at Little Monkey Bizness, Lone Tree
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ages 6 and under.
$5/children over 1; $3/crawlers under 1 (parents are always free), plus specials on drinks and pizza by the slice.

HR-Author After Hours: C.J. Box & BBQ (HR)
Highlands Ranch Library
9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 80129
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
BBQ plate for $12; tea or lemonade sold separately. Books to be sold courtesy of the Tattered Cover Bookstore. Cash only please.

Lone Tree-Family Creativity Night
Lone Tree Recreation Center
10249 Ridgegate Cir., Lone Tree, 80124
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
$14/family; Non-district: $16/family (up to four family members)

HR-Film in the Park: The Lorax
Civic Green Park
9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch 80129
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
All ages.

Saturday, August 3

Denver-FREE DAY at Denver Firefighters Museum
Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Pl., Denver, 80204
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

HR-Project: LIVE! presents Laurie Berkner
Civic Green Park
9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch 80129
10:30 AM
All ages welcome but recommended for younger children; children must be accompanied by an adult.
$10

Littleton-Dive-In Movie at Westridge
Come see The Lorax in the pool! Doors open 7:30 and movie starts at 8:15 PM or dusk. Bring in dinner (no alcohol) or have pizzas delivered. This event is weather permitting.
Recreation Center at Westridge
9650 S. Foothills Canyon Blvd., Littleton, 80129
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

HR-Wine 101
Recreation Center at Southridge
Debus Wildcat Mountain Auditorium
4800 McArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch, 80130
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Ages 21 and up only. IDs will be checked.
Tickets may be purchased online, at any HRCA facility, by calling (303) 471-8859, or at the door, if not sold out.
Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 the day of the tasting, if not sold out.

Sunday, August 4

HR-GO Game Club (HR)
Highlands Ranch Library
9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 80129
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Children, teens, and adults.

Littleton-Donuts and Pocket Lemonade
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Littleton Museum
6028 S. Gallup St
Littleton, Colorado 80120

Foreclosures still a big impact.

In today’s market one could easily be drawn into a fast sale, ever growing prices and happy clients. But we all soon forget all to quickly the dimmer side of real estate, the foreclosure.

We are seeing foreclosures to still be as prevalent as ever to our market. Should you have to go through a foreclosure you can look out a far as 5-7 years before your buying credit will be back on useable terms to lenders with out exponentially higher rates. Don’t even dream of buying another home within that time.

There are a lot of the banks that have been sitting on homes ready for foreclosure because of their excessive backlog of homes and transactions they already have to go through.

Could this be good for you? If you are a home owner on it could be your answer. Here are a few ways that your troubles could be solved, a short sale, a normal sale, mortgage restructure/loan modification, or refinance to name a few.

So in lew of brighter futures ahead, if you or your loved ones are finding yourself in this burdensome situation please contact us to see how we can help you. We pride ourselves in being problem solvers for our clients.

Andrew with The Denver Realty Company
303-726-8434 or Andrew@TheDenverRealtyCompany.com

Highlands Ranch Top Booming Suburbs!

Highlands Ranch Is A Booming Suburb 

Howard Pankratz wrote an article in The Denver Post on Wednesday June 26th. The article entitled Highlands Ranch Colorado’s “Top Booming Suburb” talked about how Highlands Ranch is a booming suburb in Colorado. It is not in the top 10 in the United States, but was given a score of 909.81 by Coldweld Banker Real Estate. The top city with a score of 1,000 was Cottage Lake, Washington.

This great suburb is no stranger to lists of top places to live. On CNN Money’s Best Places to Live which came out on September of 2012 Highlands Ranch was ranked 21st out of 100 small cities across America. This article talked about HR’s state-of-the-art recreation center to the golf courses within HR as being parts that make this suburb a great place to live. HR was also in an article written in 2010 by Business Weekly as Colorado’s best place to raise children.

Here are the year-over-year average prices as listed on trulia.com. Highlands Ranch has had great growth since last year at 8.5% for all homes up to 4 bedrooms. Many of the homeowners selling today are experiencing multiple offers and higher than asking prices with those offers. In 2008 HR had seen sales drop from 1000 sales per month to under 500 sales per month. As we come into the midway point in 2013 we are seeing those numbers getting back to 1000 sales per month.

No. Bedrooms

Mar – May ’13

y-o-y

3 months prior

1 year prior

5 years prior

1 bedroom
2 bedrooms $239,000 +6.2% $234,000 $225,000 $225,900
3 bedrooms $297,100 +10.9% $280,000 $268,000 $265,500
4 bedrooms $414,850 +10.8% $387,450 $374,500 $398,500

All properties

$323,000

+8.5%

$310,000

$297,700

$298,650

 

Chart taken from trulia.com

With all that there is to do in Highlands Ranch no wonder they are recognized as a popular area. From open spaces to parks to a great schooling district to new stores and homes developing HR is a thriving community. Overall Highlands Ranch is a great community for many people; there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Denver Realty Company is your source for all your real estate needs and questions about Highlands Ranch and the Denver Metro Area.