Make some money this year ;-)

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49.00 today!

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you would have $33.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have $0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned-in the aluminum cans for recycling, you would have received $214.00.

Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle. It is called the 401-Keg.

A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon!

Makes you darned proud to be an American!!!

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Denver Realtor s Seattle waterfront

Model railroad in Denver/Highlands Ranch

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Morrison Colorado Home for sale by Denver Realtor

Denver Home for sale

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No homes to buy in Denver?

Denver Realtor explains the current market


Now here is that data I promised you. Note how the number of sales increase when inventory is down

# Active Average Asking Price # YTD SOLD Average SOLD Price
18142 98678
19430 98071
20002 100612
19777 105771
18240 101577
11846 121696 19272 103868
9869 140245 20476 102766
8563 151705 21547 109071
7922 157538 27215 115154
6282 196067 30763 126168
7028 230011 29710 138301
7984 238346 27810 150736
8708 237997 29522 159328
8866 249318 30981 169587
8063 276971 35139 185785
6571 306958 35500 208296
6898 353590 37012 239779
9247 360826 35888 257394
15190 357050 36272 268926
15498 355900 36677 277856
14332 370038 41682 289971
16428 381777 41365 307529
18109 331231 39208 317112
18709 424390 38845 310418
14995 511601 37988 270261
12263 496675 33114 264803
13941 409416 30777 282080
8854 470408 31437 279858
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Home of Denver Equestrians

Denver Equestrians Home

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Fear Factor? 8088 versus 13112

Most folks are scared to make a move. They just do not trust the economy, the government, the times and are worried that if they make a move, they could lose it all. And frankly, I know how they feel…I am worried too. But not about the local Denver Real Estate Market. My worries are for my kids, and how confusing these times are for them.

FEAR FACTOR? I am not a fan of the show, but I seem to remember that you get a great reward if you face the fear, and sometimes throw yourself into it! GREAT REWARD? Hmmm. Just drawing a picture so bear with me…

January 3, 2011 there were 13,112 single family homes on the market.

January 3, 2012 there were 8,088 single family homes available on the market.

AND, in 2011 we sold AND CLOSED more single family homes than we did in 2010. The average sale price varied less than one percent…neighborhood is the difference. The trend continues… do not wait.

If you do not trust a Realtor, you won’t do business with them. Here is one way to get to know me, a little better…in this video.

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Denver Realtor does market update

Denver real estate market review

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Denver Real Estate Market update 2012

Denver realtor talks statistics and about the Denver Real Estate market is. Mentions Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Littleton

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Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas, etc

for all my friends and customers

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Winter time Showings

If your home will be for sale this winter, it is important to master certain seasonal issues that are less significant or even non-existent at other times of the year. Here are 10 bits of advice.

Keep your lights on! The best way to combat winter’s short and frequently cloudy days is to turn on your house lights. For a showing, every single light in the house must be on, even in the closets and utility/mechanical rooms, “Make sure all the bulbs are working and are polished if they are clear. Then stock up on all the right bulbs for lamps and fixtures so burned out bulbs can be replaced immediately.  It is also a great idea to keep the lights on in the front of the house even if no showings are scheduled. In today’s market with so many first showings on the internet, people are constantly driving past the house. Keeping it lighted makes it look happy and welcoming. Add natural light to the package by keeping all the blinds and curtains open, allowing that free light to stream in, and the warm glow to flood out into the dark night.

Make sure there is plenty of good parking. Or said another way, move the old van parked in front of the house for two reasons: It’s important that buyers have a convenient place to park as they don’t want to walk very far in cold weather or be forced to climb over a snow bank to exit their vehicle. And the second reason is people driving past need to get the best impression.

Winter showings can get off to an awkward start if prospective buyers arrive with snow, sand or salt on their shoes. Make it easy for buyers to deal with their shoes when they arrive by placing a festive area rug at the front door so visitors can wipe their feet. Then have slippers or disposable booties available, along with a bench or chair, if there is room for one, where a visitor can sit and easily remove or put on their boots.

Some smells are not our friends: many home tend to be stuffy in winter when windows are rarely opened. That can allow odors to build up, which can be a turn-off to buyers. Pet odors can be especially worrisome in winter. Use of a room fragrance can over whelm many a nose. Just make sure to change the cat litter daily. If pets are in the house, consider setting the thermostat control so that the furnace fan runs constantly during the day to keep air moving through the house and dissipate odors. Also try to avoid strong cooking odors, especially if a showing is scheduled that day. However, fresh cookies are always a hit. Just leave a note allowing the buyers (and Realtor) to help themselves. A rich vanilla smell is great.

Appropriate decorations for Christmas and St. Valentine’s Day help give a home a cheerful look during the winter months.Holidaydecorations can help homes sell, but don’t go to excess. Keeping small, decorative white lights on trees and bushes pretty much through the winter season is fine, but other decorations should be taken down quickly once the holiday passes.

Make a good first impression on buyers with a neatly maintained yard. Walks and steps should be kept clear, especially of snow and ice.

If the home you are selling is a condominium, your job as a seller may be relatively easy in winter, with no snow to shovel or yard work to worry about. However, that is only the case if your condominium association does its job well. If the association isn’t doing it, the homeowner may have to take responsibility for keeping the entrance area and hallways clean. If the association isn’t getting snow shoveled promptly, consider buying some de-icing salt and sprinkling it judiciously around the building entry.

We all tend to prefer a specific temperature for our homes during the winter, but don’t blast buyers with hot air. Keep the temperature at a comfortable 65 degrees for all showings. Remember, buyers are likely to be wearing their coats even as they walk through the house.

Another challenge of selling a home during the winter months is the overabundance of cold weather gear. Buyers do not want to find the mudroom filled with boots or the hall closet overflowing with heavy coats. Shift some winter coats to another closet and put anything not needed in the closet into storage. To keep gloves and scarves from piling up in the front hall or mudroom, put a special container for them, such as a decorative chest, where the family typically enters the home.

Never turn down a showing even if you have a wedding reception going on at the house! “Hey it is crazy over here, come on and join the party!” is a great attitude. A home shows to its best advantage during daylight hours, which are relatively scarce in winter. Encourage your agent to show your home before 4 p.m. and have it ready to show by 9 a.m. if you want the best results.

Despite the challenges of marketing a home during winter, there also are benefits, most notably that the buyers out looking at homes in December or January are, as a group, quite serious about buying. Therefore, sellers tend to benefit because each showing is more productive, and fewer showings are needed to sell the property. The challenge of course is keeping the house “showroom ready” for a lower showing frequency.

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