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Getting your home ready for winter in the Denver metro area

Deep cold has held off this autumn so far for Denver. But, rest assured, an icy blast is sure to hit the front range! Getting your home ready for winter in the Denver area can save you on costly repairs and winter-time stress. 

What?! You don't have a Winter Prep List for your home?! Now you do...

Preparing your home for winter takes some serious planning, but getting your home ready for winter in the Denver Metro area doesn’t have to break the bank or your back. There are several simple ways to make sure your house is up to the task of getting through the coldest months. It’s important that you take the steps to get them done before the first freeze so you’re not left floundering at the last minute.

One of the first steps toward winterizing

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DENVER STREET GUIDE.

Denver Street Guide

download the free Denver Street GuideDenver is pretty easy to navigate. As it has grown during the last 150 years or so, it has maintained a largely uniform grid and naming system. Want a cheat sheet? We've created a free, nifty pocket-sized Denver Street Guide to help you out. Drop by our office and pick one up, or Contact Us, and we'll gladly send you one.

A UNIFORM STREET-NAMING SYSTEM MAKES IT EASY.

A uniform street-naming system is used in the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area, covering Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson, and parts of Broomfield and northern Douglas County. However, there are significant areas within the metro area that do not conform to the master grid of street names below.

Northern Douglas County, save for the names of the major

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Staying on top of the latest home trends can keep even an HGTV devotee busy.  Knowing what's in and what's out can be important for sellers wanting top dollar and buyers wanting the latest features that define the comforts of home.  We gathered just a few of the hottest trends for 2017 to share with you. For all the latest trends, head to Realtor Magazine and link to the full story: http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2016/12/2017-home-design-trends

Paint! - Taupe is the new gray – grays have been the go-to color for quite awhile. It's neutral enough to satisfy most tastes, but more exciting than variations on white. The new trending color is taupe, which is considered a “warmer neutral”. Sherwin Williams has a good one

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As 2016 has drawn to a close, the report identifies highs and lows in the housing market last year and how it compared to previous years.

“2016 will go down as another robust market defined by record-low inventories and record-high prices,” states Steve Danyliw, Chairman of the DMAR Market Trends Committee and Denver real estate agent.

“First, housing inventory has been an issue as evidenced by historically low numbers for the past three years,” he said. In February, DMAR recorded 3,963 active listings at month end, representing the lowest number of any month since housing data started being tracked in 1985. December 2016 finished with 4,265 active listings, which was 68.9 percent less than the historical December average of 13,702, and beat the

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denver housing market 2017

What will 2017 bring to Denver's housing market?

We asked Megan Aller, our local housing stats expert and Land Title rep, to pull the numbers together for us yet again. You may not be able to go back in time and buy a couple of years ago when Average Home Prices in the Denver Metro area were much lower...but you CAN crunch the digits and decide if it might make sense to make a move in '17, before either interest rates or prices go up even more (or both)!

Last year, Megan had this to say.

The numbers are no less shocking this time around...and we've also got a new President moving into the White House that is sure to cause some impact as well.

Denver's demand doesn't look to decrease anytime soon, and it's just a guess as to what will

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5 Reasons to Sell Your Denver Area Home NOW

1. Don't wait for the weather to warm up to sell...beat the competition by listing now instead!

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand’. If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring. As an example, here is what happened to housing inventory at the beginning of 2016:

The #1 Reason to Sell Now… Not Next Spring | Keeping Current Matters

Putting your home on the market now instead of waiting for increased competition in the spring might make a lot of sense, especially since we are expecting these same inventory patterns to

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What will Denver's housing market look like in 2017?

It's a question we get all the time - as Denver's local Real Estate experts, we not only do as much research and forecasting as we can, we are also in the field and on the streets, all day every day. Talking to both homeowners and homebuyers as well as investors and developers, looking at inventory, and doing our best to help Live Urban clients navigate the Denver area's complex housing environment.

Here are a few predictions from Live Urban agents looking into 2017 and beyond:

Ash Sabados predicts: Interest rates will put a ceiling on home values. 30 year fixed will be heading to 5 percent. Market will become more balanced in 2017. 

Sara Wilhelm said: I have seen a lot of condos

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As 2016 comes to a close, the report spotlights how the hot real estate market fared this year, experiencing both record highs and lows.

In July, Denver-metro hit an all-time high for the average sold price of a home at $420,178 and median sold price at $365,000. February marked a record low for month-end inventory at 3,963; comparatively, the all-time high was in July 2006 at 31,989 listings.

“As we spend time with friends and family enjoying all the turkey and trimmings, we also give thanks to another hot summer selling season,” said Steve Danyliw, Chairman of the DMAR Market Trends Committee and Denver real estate agent. “In reflecting on the good and not so good of our summer housing market, the question on the mind of many REALTORS® today

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Live Local, Shop Local, Support Local.

Denver is full of awesome little boutiques, independently-owned restaurants, and plenty of opportunities to find the perfect locally crafted or sourced gifts for every special person on your holiday list. We asked Live Urban agents to share their favorite places to SHOP LOCAL:

Ryan said: I've got to send a shout out to Spruce Men's shop and Barbershop on Tennyson Street in Highlands. It's a great place to pick up a great men's gift AND get an awesome haircut at the same time! 

Joy said: I love Mountain Moppets based out of Manitou Springs for baby toys and clothes! They are owned locally, and also sell locally made goodies. mountainmoppets.com

Sandi said: Tallulah Jones on 17th. Great

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23 Questions to Ask New Home Builders

Live Urban Real Estate agents have been busy this year helping clients buy and sell homes all over the Metro Denver area, and they are finding that increasingly, due to the prolonged extremely low inventory situation, that more buyers are considering New Construction for their next home purchase.

We asked Live Urban agents to share the most important questions they think Buyers should ask New Home Builders, here is what they had to say:

1. What are the current taxes and what are they currently based on? Do you anticipate an increase, if so by how much?

2. What is the current HOA fee and what does it cover? Do you anticipate any special assessments in the near future?

3. What type of warranty do you

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