How To Properly Screen A Prospective Tenant

According to the the National Association of Realtors®, “distressed homes” represented nearly 2 of every fifth home sold in January 2010. Clearly, real estate investors are taking advantage of good deals on cheap property. But there’s risk involved.

The Best And Worst Cities For Commuters (2010 Edition)

The Best and Worst Work Commutes 2010

According to the Census Bureau, 2.8 million people commute to work 90 minutes or more each day, in each direction. Now, your daily commute may not be as long, but time spent in cars, trains and buses is time away from work and from family.

More People, Less Places

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I read with some interest the 2009 Magnet States Report released by Allied Van Lines.  The report is based on Allied tracking the incoming and outgoing household goods movements of 59,381 such movements using the services of Allied Van Lines in the first 11 months of 2009.  Colorado ranked 10th in inbound moves, and 15th […]

Retail Sales Dropped In December And Now So Are Mortgage Rates

Retail Sales December 2009

Mortgage rates are dropping this morning on weaker-than-expected Retail Sales data from December. Lower rates means more bang for your home-buying buck.

2010 Economic Forecast

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This morning, Vectra Bank, along with the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (EDC), sponsored the annual Metro Denver Economic Forecast.  To sum up the opinions of three well known economists, 2010 will be somewhat better than 2009, but the long term outlook is bumpy. Patricia Silverstein, with Development Research Partners, was generally upbeat about Metro […]

Looking At The 2010 Predictions For Housing Markets And Mortgage Rates

2010 housing and mortgage predictions are guesses

There’s a lot of talk on CNBC and elsewhere about what’s coming in 2010. Before you take those predictions to the bank, just remember that analysts do a much better job interpreting data from the past than projecting it into the future.

Ski Season in the Colorado Rockies has Begun!

Ski Colorado

It’s SKI time! Are you ready to hit the slopes? Have you been waiting for days for the potential of an early opening day? Well, it has happened! Keystone opened TODAY- an entire week ahead of schedule! I, however, am very bummed that this will be my first missed ski season since 1993. Being 19 […]

Great Halloween Events for Kids in the DENVER Area

Mia Boo at the Zoo

Below is a list of Halloween events for your little trick-or-treaters! Enjoy! Denver Zoo Boo at the Zoo Date: Saturday, October 27 – Sunday, October 28 Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost: Members – Free Non-Members – Regular Zoo Admission (Adults $9, Children 3-11 $5 Seniors – $7) (All Activities free with zoo admission) […]

Observations on the real estate market

Flying Fickle Finger of Fate

In response to today’s column by Al Lewis in the Denver Post, I’ve responded with the following: I read your column in the blog. Thank you for not treating my comments negatively. I am curious about your headline “Desperation” and your thoughts about it always being a good time to buy. Consider that (1) the […]

It’s FREE! 5th Grade Ski/Ride Passport Program

Colorado Ski resorts have been offering free passes to 5th graders for 12 years! Kids who qualify receive up to 3 days of skiing at each of Colorado’s 25 Ski resorts. If your 5th grader wants to learn or already knows how to ski, apply for this great Colorado benefit online at: Learning how […]

Blog tour of Denver Country Club, Cherry Creek and 7th Ave

Nordstrom Cherry Creek

Denver Country Club is located just west of the fashionable Cherry Creek neighborhood and the area extends from Speer Boulevard north to 6th Avenue and from Downing Street east to Oak Street. Many of the most socially elite people live in this area and have private membership privileges to the prestigious Denver Country Club. The […]

Lodo ~ Denver’s Lower Downtown

Ice house lofts

When one thinks of a vibrant city lifestyle where restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries are within steps from your front door, Lodo is the place that comes to mind. Denver’s Lodo has blossomed in the past decade thanks to the foresight of some very wise people. Once the site of abandoned old brick buildings, […]

Riverfront Park

Glass House

Another great neighborhood within walking distance of Coors Field is the Riverfront neighborhood. When Coors Field opened in 1998, the Riverfront Park area was mostly open land and rail road tracks. It’s now a beautiful neighborhood with great restaurants (Zengo’s, McLaughlin’s Pub and Ink! Coffee), retail shops (Pet Fitters, RitaB Salon, Little Raven Vineyards), a […]

Ballpark Neighborhood

ballpark neighborhood

With the excitement caused by the Colorado Rockies and their phenomenal journey to the 2007 World Series, it seems a good time to relate the Rockies and Coors Field to the neighborhoods around the exceptionally well designed home of Denver’s professional baseball team. To the northeast lies the Ballpark Neighborhood Historic District. The Denver Planning […]

Colorado Rockies and Real Estate

Todd Helton Hitting for the Rockies

This morning’s Denver Post online blogged about how many posts are being written about the Rockies. The article said in the past 120 minutes more than 100 post were written. That’s nearly a blog per minute. Amazing? Not really. Denver is alive with excitement and anticipation right now. It is very hard not to get […]