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The Denver inventory of homes for sale is down from January 1st, abnormal according to this Denver Realtor. Pete Doty Continue reading

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Christmas and the Grandchildren are coming to Denver

This Denver Realtor s 3 year old grand daughter is coming from Scotland with her folks to visit for Christmas. We are counting the days with great excitement (thank goodness for Skype) and frankly, I could stand to sell some more real estate to help pay for their trip. A three year old can really make you think though…WHAT DANGER LURKS in your Denver home?

Aside from fires, gas leaks, and spills, a lot of us are unaware of the other potential dangers in our homes in Denver. Either that or we have forgotten about the other possibilities because they tend to be rather small, or not as publicized situations. And by small, it does not mean that the consequences can’t be detrimental, it means that the incident just may not be as obvious or immediate as a fire or spill. It is true that virtually everything in a home can be seen as dangerous in one way or another, but there are definitely certain things that you should be careful of, and to do so does not involve much effort, simply just some awareness and memory. So to jog your memory, here are some common potentially dangerous things to beware of in your household. This information can be especially useful if children are running around the abode.

  • TALL & HEAVY FURNITURE. This is mainly for children, but for adults too – dressers, bookshelves and the like are privy to crushing people when being climbed on or knocked over. A quick fix would be to attach furniture to the wall.
  • CORDS. Not only are cords dangerous due to their electrical components, but if placed inappropriately can act as an object to trip over. Make sure your cords are organized and out of the way.
  • BATHTUBS. Like cords, bathtubs are dangerous in more than one way. People are very prone to slipping in tubs, so be sure to place a good mat in your tub. Secondly, if you have young children, watch them at all times while bathing to avoid drowning. This also goes for when preparing a bath for yourself – don’t leave a full bathtub unattended.
  • MEDICINES & CLEANING PRODUCTS. The same rule is applied to both medicines and cleaning products – do not leave them in reach of children and pets. They can be very toxic, harmful and even deadly. It is likely we have all been taught this rule, but it can be easy to forget when rushing around the house.
  • EXERCISE EQUIPMENT. Similar to the last tip, make sure exercise equipment is out of children’s reach. Heavy, mobile objects like weights can be tripped over or can be dangerous if a child decides to make them their new play toy. Also remember to clean your equipment after use because they can harbor sickness-inducing germs.
  • PESTICIDES & MOTHBALLS. While both can be very useful in removing unwanted pests, the chemicals in each can be very harmful in the long run. You may choose to limit use to when very necessary, find a safe alternate solution, or opt for not using them at all. It may be a small sacrifice to make in order to ensure good health.
  • HOLIDAY DECORATIONS. Some of us enjoy the twinkling lights of trees and a train dashing around the base thereof, but when the rest of the house is silent, little eyes, and hands are snooping. Make sure all the cords are properly tucked away, and if you have a tree, make sure it is secure.
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Who sets VALUE for your Denver home

A Denver appraiser said today, “If you do not like the value of your home today, blame your neighbors. They sold too low.” Now they might not have been able to control, that but they did have to sign the contract. This Denver Realtor was at a continuing education class today and I heard that and “the last thing I look at to establish value is dollars per square foot.” Yet everyday, I meet folks who think that is the one measure of value for their home in Denver.

So who sets the value? Your Denver Realtor? The Appraiser? The Owner? Actually it is the market of homes currently available, as well as the homes that have recently sold. Distressed properties might be considered, however in the south suburban Denver area, there are very few. And the question is if the house can be purchased for less NOW because there are homes on the market at the lower price, then it could affect you.

An experienced Realtor can assist you in establishing the asking price for your home, not the value. A willing buyer has to bring you an acceptable “arms length” contract offer and then value is established.

The appraiser affirms that the price in the contract is a fair value for the lender to underwrite.

 I did get a couple of good tools too…one is Anyone can get an appraisal for  your purposes at a much lower cost than a full appraisal. No one visits your home and the interior details are not specified, but it is a great tool if you are thinking about re-financing, or about to put your home on the market. It does take 3-4 days to get your report. Another great tool is which is a cost versus value report.

Make sure to consult with a Professional Full Time Realtor to help you establish value. It may not be the right time for you to sell. OR it could be the perfect time to go find that new Denver Home.

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Tree Recycling Offered to Highlands Ranch Residents, Denver Realtor reports

With the arrival of fall, it’s time to prune your trees and shrubs. But before you place tree branches and other woody plants out for trash collection, consider recycling these materials at the Highlands Ranch Metro District’s recycling event Sunday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Shea Stadium parking lot, 3280 Redstone Park Circle.

Tree limbs less than 12 inches in diameter and woody plant materials will be accepted at the recycling event. The following items will not be accepted – finished lumber, non-woody material, grass clippings, sod and root balls. In addition to tree recycling, free mulch will be available to Highlands Ranch residents.

If you have questions about the proper way to prune your tree, visit the Metro District’s website at and go to the Parks & Open Space page. Metro District Forestry Technician Caleb Palmer demonstrates the proper way to prune your tree in a new video short featured on the website. If you have further questions it is recommended you contact a certified arborist.

The Metro District will also host a Christmas tree recycling event from late December through mid-January. For more information about tree recycling in Highlands Ranch, please call 303-791-2710.


Founded in 1981 as the local government in Highlands Ranch, Colo., the Metro District provides a variety of municipal services to this planned community of 93,000 people. Learn more about the Metro District at


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Buying Up in Denver s Down real estate market


Denver Realtor, Pete Doty, tells how he moved up in a down market and why now could be your time to do the same:   1988 and 1989 were not my “best” years and yet they were good professionally. Personally my mom and step father both passed away. We were watching DC 7, rear engine, “T” tailed jets land (coming in over our house) at “Arapahoe County Airport”. We had a neighbor who parked his travel trailer straight across the street. And most importantly the school district was talking about having the 6th graders attend “middle school”. We had 7 & 9 year old girls who loved their friends, school and neighborhood. And housing prices were down as you can see from the chart to the left. We had both reasons to stay put and enough to want to leave.

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Denver Real Estate Foreclosures

Denver Foreclosures are still trending at 29% fewer than in 2010. This Realtor sees good news for home owners but worries there are not enough homes for sale. We see the inventory of homes avaiable for sale in Denver mirroring the foreclosure notices, with almost 30% fewer homes available to buy. Take a look at this video:

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Denver real estate since 1989

Here is a slight review of Denver’s real estate history since 1989


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Denver Realtor announces Skateboard Competition is Coming to Redstone Skate Park

Skateboarders in the Denver-metro area are taking over the skate park at Redstone Park Saturday, September 17 at 11 a.m. Skaters of all ages and abilities will compete in the Highlands Ranch Metro District’s skateboard competition – Ruler of the Railzz.

A competitive skateboard event, Ruler of the Railzz is open to all ages and abilities. Six skateboarding divisions allow participants to select the division to compete in that matches their interest and ability.

Divisions include:

  • · Beginner
  • · Intermediate Bowl
  • · Intermediate Street
  • · Advanced Bowl
  • · Advanced Street
  • · Advanced Mini Bowl

Participants can register online before the event at by clicking on the Recreation tab. Registration costs $15 per participant per event. The event is open to the first 15 participants per division. Pre-registration is recommended however you can register on-site the day of the event from 10:30 until 11 a.m. with cash or credit card only. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis or until the divisions are full.

Last year’s winners in each division were Caden Macleod for Beginner Skateboard, Alejandro Alsup for Intermediate Street, Adam Snyder for Intermediate Bowl and Advanced Mini Bowl, Evan Tooley for Advanced Bowl and Ben Melinca for Advanced Street.

Redstone Skate Park is located in Redstone Park at 3280 Redstone Park Circle, Highlands Ranch. For more information about the event, call 303-791-2710 or visit and click on Recreation.

Announcement courtesy of Pete Doty, Denver Realtor living and working in Highlands Ranch

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Got Spiders? In Denver? Denver Realtor shares some tips

Spiders: How do we get rid of these Pests?

Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, seems almost universal. It is pretty rare to come across a spider lover, or someone who likes seeing these intruders around our homes, and so knowing how to get rid of the little crawlers would be considered very useful knowledge. Encountering spiders outside is pretty acceptable to most people, but when we come across them inside our living quarters the sight can sometimes be downright scary! Despite the fact their size is miniscule in comparison to ours, and that the common types that come into our homes are virtually harmless, there is just something about those little buggers that make us less than comfortable. Most people’s appropriate response would be to immediately kill and squash a spider after it has been identified, but how do we prevent spider populations from entering and inhabiting our homes in the first place? Here are some useful tips on getting rid of spiders in the home, which can also be applied to other small, intrusive pests:

  • GET RID OF MESS. It seems that keeping your home clean has many benefits, including spider and pest prevention. Many spiders find cluttered spaces incredibly cozy and think they make for the perfect places to live, so don’t give them that chance to settle in by keeping your home clean!
  • REMOVE THEIR PREY. Spiders are attracted to ants, flies and small bugs for food and so getting rid of those pests first can be a big help in preventing spiders.
  • SEAL ENTRANCES. Spiders are able to enter your house through small cracks and openings in your home. Make sure they are not given this opportunity by monitoring your house for cracks and unwanted openings and then fixing or sealing them shut when found. For openings in your house that are necessary, try to cover them with ventilated screens which do not allow spiders through.
  • LIGHTING. Spiders and their prey are very attracted to light, so be sure not to leave your outside lights on. A good alternative to your outdoor lights would be yellow sodium lights which do not attract bugs.
  • §         INSECTICIDES. Spray insecticide on the perimeter of your home as well as everywhere inside your home (preferably small spaces and window sills). Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a good insecticide as it is harmless to humans and pets.
    • If you feel uncomfortable spraying things around your house, some items that you can purchase just from the grocery store that repel spiders include: eucalyptus, horse chestnuts, and Osage hedge balls. Put them where you would spray insecticides.
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Denver Property Listings way down

Last month some say I gave you too much information (excuse me????) about the Denver real estate market. Here is a short video of this month’s chart showing only July new listings (periwinkle) and sales (cranberry). Major note: NEW LISTINGS are not coming on the market. Those are the Denver property listings that are new to the Denver real estate market and replacing the closed sales. There were only 3318 new listings and 2744 sales. Take a look:

Last year in mid September we had close to 17,500 single family homes on the market in metro Denver. Eleven months later we have barely 13000 homes for sale, a 30% decrease. Additionally in 2010 we had 13546 foreclosure notices filed in metro Denver and year to date there have only been 9271 in 2011, a 36% reduction. Where are all those houses that were for sale? Demand stays steady, supply goes down, prices will go up.

I have watched this specific data every month for the last 12 years. The number one question I get is “How is the market?” Along with being an active listor and buyers agent in Denver, this lets me know the answer. And while a newby may be able to acess similar data, they will not have dealt with the emotions of the Denver home buyer and know what their decision process is like. When you want the best in real estate in Denver, give me a call or an e. I help nice folks find awesome places to live in Denver, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Centennial, Englewood, Parker, Cherry Creek, Denver Realtor, Greenwood Village, Lone Tree, Cherry Hills Village, Sedalia, Larkspur, Kiowa, Elizabeth, Franktown, Sheridan, Lakewood, Ken Caryl & Castle Rock Colorado.

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