Colorado Real Estate News

Where To Celebrate National Doughnut Day

This National Doughnut Day, big names like Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Lamar’s will  be handing out free doughnuts. But the deals don’t stop there! Plenty of local, smaller name doughnut shops will be offering up specials of their own. Make your forefather’s proud and celebrate this National Holiday with one of the most decadent doughnuts in town.

Glazed & Confused Donuts

Location: Stanley Marketplace 

Glazed & Confused is not your typical doughnut shop. They make ridiculously delicious doughnuts utilizing organic, sustainable, and locally sourced ingredients. You’ll find unique flavors such as Obi Won Cannoli, Prickly Pear Margarita, and Raspberry Lemonade, these decadent doughnuts are the perfect way to indulge on National Doughnut Day. Glazed & Confused will be offering up free cold brew to their clientele all day.

 

Habit Doughnut Dispensary

Location: 1553 Platte Street #130

The buttery brioche doughnuts here are habit-forming! This cheeky bakery is the perfect place to get a savory sugar high. And while the unique flavors are addicting all on their own (Nutella Ella Ella, Pumpkin Playa, or Caramel Apple Bottom), what takes these pastries up a notch is the option to inject different kinds of liquor into them. Boozy breakfast anyone? Habit will be celebrating National Doughnut Day with the John Daly – an iced cake doughnut with a grass vodka pipette.

OMG Donuts

Location: 7355 Ralston Road 

At OMG Donuts, the atmosphere and menu are simple, the people are pleasant and patient, but most importantly the doughnuts are to die for! The Red Velvet Cake is a must-try. And if you like the classics, the Glazed is light, fluffy, and will melt in your mouth. This hidden gem may fly under the radar for many Denverites, but is not to be missed. OMG Donuts will be giving away a dozen doughnut holes for every dozen doughnuts purchased.

Beet Box Bakery

Location: 1030 East 22nd Avenue

Beet Box is a from-scratch vegan bakery on a quest to make the most delicious and inventive cakes, pastries, and breads from whole ingredients. Their bakery is rooted in the craft and technique of transforming raw ingredients into daily delights! If you’re looking to try something a little different then step out of your comfort zone and stop by the Beet Box Bakery this National Doughnut Day.

City Donuts

Location: Three Locations Across Denver

City Donuts is a self-proclaimed “old-fashion bakery that will take you back to your childhood and satisfy your sweetest cravings.” In 2016, they were voted Best Donuts in Denver by Best of Westword. They offer a variety of tasty creations that are made from scratch each morning from their family recipes. If you’re craving a traditional doughnut done right, City Donuts has you covered. They will be giving away one free donut with every purchase.

VooDoo Doughnuts

Location: 1520 East Colfax Avenue

The draw of VooDoo Doughnuts is their plethora of weird toppings and strange doughnut names. But their reputation is so much more than just gimmicks. The doughnuts are baked fresh all day long, so don’t worry about getting stale doughnuts in the afternoon. Not-to-mention that the doughnuts are are so big you’ll need a fork to take a bite! VooDoo Donuts will be celebrating with the launch of a commemorative Funfetti donut.

Donut Maker

Location: 9625 East Arapahoe Road

Make everyday a sweet day with Donut Maker! Donut Maker is locally owned and operated, and has been serving metro-Denver for more than 20 years. Their doughnuts are made fresh daily, and they can customize flavors and decorations to whatever you can imagine. Be a hero in your office and bring in Donut Maker doughnuts for National Doughnut Day.

Colorado Real Estate News

Spring Lawn Care Tips

Spring Lawn CareWith Spring finally settling in, it’s time to tune up the lawn mower and uncoil the hoses. Warmth and sunshine are bringing out emerald green lawns, along with plenty of weeds that seem to have popped up on the first warm day.

With a little TLC, your lawn will be healthy and ready to thrive when temperatures rise this summer.

Fertilization

Spring is an ideal time to fertilize your lawn in Denver. Feeding now will green up the grass after winter dormancy and strengthen it for the coming summer.

Don’t over-fertilize and beware of high-nitrogen fertilizers. Unless your grass is yellow or greenish-yellow, which indicates a nutrient deficiency, there is no need to use them.

Go easy on weed and feed fertilizer unless you have a serious weed problem; the weed killer in the mixture can weaken trees and other nearby plants. Usually, a high quality, complete lawn fertilizer will contain all the nutrients your lawn needs. If you aren’t sure, a soil test is always a good idea.

Lawn Care Tip:

Water deeply the day before you apply fertilizer, then water lightly afterwards – just enough to wash the fertilizer off the blades.

Watering

Water your lawn when the soil is dry; not by the calendar. A healthy lawn may require a couple of inches of water every week (or more) during hot, dry weather. But in spring, an inch of water or rain per week is usually sufficient. Other factors to consider: clay needs more water than sand, and lawn in full sun needs more water than one in the shade.

Avoid shallow, frequent irrigation. Instead, water deeply and allow the soil to dry before watering again. This way, you encourage development of a long, healthy root system. In Denver, watering in the morning is an ideal way to limit evaporation and use water more efficiently.

A healthy lawn can tolerate periods of drought. However, too much drought stress will weaken the grass.

Lawn Care Tip:

If you aren’t sure whether it’s time to water, your lawn will let you know when it’s thirsty. For example, if you notice a wilted appearance and a grayish-purple tint, or if your lawn shows footprints after an hour, it’s time to water.

Mowing

The first rule of mowing is to never scalp your lawn. Scalped lawns are more susceptible to damage by disease and insects. Most lawns in Denver are cool season grass types that thrive when mowed to a height of about 3 inches.

Frequency of mowing in Colorado depends on weather conditions, the type of grass, and what time of the season you are in. You may need to mow every few days, or only two or three times per month.

Unless the grass is very tall, leave the clippings on the lawn. They act as a natural fertilizer by decomposing to provide necessary nutrients to the soil. A mulching mower makes the job easy, but a regular mower will also work.

Lawn Care Tip:

Sharpen your lawn mowers blades every fourth mowing. Your grass will be healthier and more attractive with clean cuts, not ragged, frayed blades.

Aeration

An aerator is a piece of equipment that removes small plugs from the lawn, thus getting things off to a healthy start in spring. Aeration improves air circulation, loosens compacted soil and improves your lawn’s ability to absorb water.

Water before aerating so the plugs pull out easily. Don’t worry about raking up the plugs; they will decompose quickly as you mow and water.

Lawn Care Tip:

If you don’t have an aerator, you can rent one at your local garden center. To save costs, share the machine with neighbors and split the expense, or hire a lawn care company to do the work for you.

Colorado Real Estate News

Sterling Ranch: A Community On The Rise

The Nature of Sterling Ranch

Douglas County will soon be home to one of Colorado’s most remarkable master planned communities, Sterling Ranch. In 2016 alone, Douglas County grew by 8,770. While many residents believe that Douglas County is growing too rapidly, demand for housing in the area is high. And anticipation of the new Sterling Ranch community is palpable.

Situated between Santa Fe Drive and Roxborough State Park, Sterling Ranch will grow out of wide-open pastures. Nestled up against the gateway to the Front Range, the rolling terrain boasts sweeping views of the mountains and thousands of acres of a natural, preserved environment. The community will also have access to 30 miles of trails, open space, and connectivity to two state parks and three regional parks.

Where Innovation and Preservation Meet

Sterling Ranch is a mixed-use, master planned community like no other. The minds behind Sterling Ranch hand selected the most in-demand Colorado home builders to develop and customize the dwellings.  The community will feature authentic Colorado architecture, enriched by sustainable resources and forward-thinking technology. And there will be many homes differing in style, perfect for every walk of life.

There will be nine unique villages within Sterling Ranch. With pedestrian friendly design as a key element, these villages will radiate outward from an amenity rich community center and civic gathering place. Homeowners will save money and time while being part of an energy-wise community. Enjoy the amenities of modern living while still being mindful of the environment.

Providence Village is the flagship of the nine villages and will eventually include about 800 homes. It is also the first to offer new home opportunities. Those 800 homes will be the first of about 12,000 dwellings planned for the 3,400 acres community over the next 20 to 25 years. This could potentially bring more than 30,000 new residents to the area.

“At a recent Realtor Continuing Education Program hosted at Sterling Ranch, Mr. and Mrs. Smethills, the developers of Sterling Ranch, were in attendance.  Hearing their story, seeing their vision and enjoying their passion for “their community” we shared their excitement for the future.  Diane Smethills stated, “We are building a community for the children who’ve not even been born yet.”  In short, Sterling Ranch is a thoughtful community with unbridled potential.” – Tom Cryer, Kentwood DTC 

Colorado Real Estate News

Enchanted Gardens | Kentwood Homes

Spring is in full effect here in the Mile High City, bringing with it lush landscapes, beautiful blossoms, and fantastic foliage. These homes provide the perfect place for potential homeowners to immerse themselves in enchanted gardens.

4100 South Bellaire

List Price: $1,495,000

Listed By: Nancy Nielsen

Overlooking three ponds, a park, and the Highline Canal, this custom Koelbel-built home is a rare opportunity to live in the perfect setting!

4100 Bellaire | Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens

1483 South Uinta

List Price: $1,599,000

Listed By: Susan Henderson, Kevin Garrett, Matt McNeill

Fabulous oasis in the city. Casually elegant two-story home on a pristine .9 acre setting backing to the Highline Canal. Outstanding custom design – Nantucket meets the mountains. Award-winning landscaping and perennial gardens featured in Homes and Gardens Magazine.

1483 Uinta | Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens

21 Crestmoor Drive

List Price: $1,850,000

Listed By: Faun Hauptman

21 Crestmoor Drive boasts one of the best private gardens in Denver, according to staff at the Denver Botanic Gardens who are familiar with the property.  With its rare rose specimens and 30 years of loving cultivation, this garden has over the years been a training ground for Denver Botanic Gardens interns, and host to many with an interest in fine English rose gardens.

21 Crestmoor | Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens

702 Golf Club Drive

List Price: $1,975,000

Listed By: Rollie Jordan

Striking contemporary beauty on the third tee box of the exclusive Castle Pines Golf Club, professionally landscaped over ¾ acre lot with mountain and golf course views. Custom landscaped patio with running water features, built in BBQ, hot tub, and fireplace.

702 Gold Club | Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens

27110 Craig Lane

List Price: $2,300,000

Listed By: Team Denver Homes

Exquisitely designed landscaping seamlessly meets natural beauty. This stunning, custom estate is located on a very prime and private 9.86-acre site with breath taking panoramic valley and mountain views. Enjoy the views from the multiple outdoor spaces, complete with a gas fire pit and grill, perfect for outdoor entertaining and everything the mountains have to offer.

27110 Craig | Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens

4930 South Gaylord

List Price: $2,695,000

Listed By: Edie Marks

Designed and constructed to showcase an extraordinary terraced backyard, walls of Caradco windows and doors bring the outdoors in. With a mini botanic gardens as your seasonally changing backdrop, the owners created an outdoor oasis of cascading fountains, a stone fireplace, and the quintessential outdoor kitchen.

4930 Gaylord | Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens

919 South Garfield

List Price: $3,380,000

Listed By: Annzo Phelps

This home was designed by premier architect Scott Parker of Nest Architecture and built by BOA Construction. The back of the home opens entirely to covered patios, an outdoor kitchen, expansive outdoor living room, and dining area with a fireplace. The landscaping and water features create a sanctuary that is ideal for solitude or entertaining.

919 Garfield | Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens

Lakehouse 17

List Price: Multiple Price Points

Listed By: Dee Chirafisi, Kevin Garrett, Matt McNeill

Water revives us and connects us to nature. That’s why we love to live at its edge. Lakehouse, on the south shore of Sloan’s Lake, is the ideal urban oasis of private penthouses, condominiums, and rowhomes. Experience the lake, the views, and opportunities to live well.

Lakehouse 17 | Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens

Colorado Real Estate News

Eric Fitch | Kentwood Featured Agent

Eric Fitch

Eric Fitch | Kentwood Featured Agent

Hometown:

Denver, CO

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

I am the child of two Colorado natives. My Grandfather was the GM at Brown Palace so my mother grew up riding her tricycle around the lobby.

What Was You First Job?

My first job was at JL Cheers in Southmore Park. I would clean on the weekends after a bustling Friday or Saturday night.

Hobbies:

Skiing, hiking, and traveling

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Creative, passionate, sincere, adventurous, outgoing

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Catching a concert at Red Rocks

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Cooper Lounge at Union Station

One Unusual Thing About You:

I’m double jointed.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I serve on my HOA, I am a volunteer with Project Angel Heart, and I support the SCFD.

Who Inspires You?

My son – he finds joy in everything.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

My proudest accomplishment is the incredible business I have built through referrals – it is a testament to my commitment to service and professionalism. I love what I do because of the relationships I have built with my clients, and my business is successful because of their continued support.

How Do You Define Success?

Success is the impact I have made in helping my clients reach their goals and milestones in their life. When I think of my professional success, I am thinking of all the people I have worked with, and the contributions they have made in my life.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

I have served as a volunteer firefighter, I think I would have pursued that professionally if I wasn’t a broker.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I would really love to skillfully play guitar – not to be in a band or anything, but just to be able to play music with my friends and family.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

I went on a solo trip to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

I would love to have a steak and whiskey dinner with Buffalo Bill. I am really into Colorado history and I think it would be fascinating to hear his stories over a long meal.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Every Christmas Eve we sing carols in ‘The Cave’, which is this incredible red rock formation in our Morrison neighborhood. It’s shaped like a teepee and was used by Chief Colorow’s tribe of Ute Native Americans as a winter home. On Christmas Eve we have a big bonfire, eat cookies and hot chocolate, and sing together as a neighborhood. It’s a very special place and the perfect place to kick off the holiday.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Harry Connick Jr at Red Rocks Amphitheatre –  it was a killer show, but I planned to propose to my now wife at this show. I couldn’t hold the secret so I ended up proposing to her at the Millenium Bridge a few weeks prior. But it was still an incredible concert and a really special time in my life.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

I would be a gun slinger, chasing outlaws with Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp in Tombstone.

Colorado Real Estate News

Dog Friendly Patios and Bars in Denver

Dog Friendly Patios and BarsHere in Colorado we love to take our dogs everywhere with us. They are family after all! As the weather starts to heat up, what better way to spend the day with your pup than enjoying a refreshing drink and good food at a neighborhood restaurant? Who knows, you might even make some new friends. Here are some of the most dog friendly patios and bars around Denver.

The Watering Bowl

Location: 5411 Leetsdale Drive

The Watering Bowl is Denver’s first dog friendly tavern. Complete with a 7,000-square foot, fenced in dog park, it’s the perfect place for you and your best friend to hang out and be social! In addition to the dog park, they also provide water and pools for your pup to cool down in while playing with their new friends. There are also two fully stocked bars and two patios for you to find a seat at.

Denver Beer Co.

Location: 1695 Platte Street

Located just off the pedestrian bridge connecting downtown Denver to the Highlands, Denver Beer Co. is a quick pit stop when taking your pooch for a walk in the city. It’s a local brewery that caters to beer lovers and dog lovers alike. Dogs are welcome both on the patio and inside the tavern. And you can usually find a rotation of delicious food trucks posted up outside.

The Matchbox

Location: 2625 Larimer Street

With its killer back patio, The Matchbox is a great place to enjoy a cheap beer with fido and some friends. This RiNo neighborhood watering hole not only serves up great drinks, but also has Bocce Ball, a jukebox, and rotating food trucks. Your pooch is free to roam inside the bar and on the front and back patios.

Prost Brewing

Location: 2540 19th Street

At Prost Brewing there is no shortage of dog friendly patio seating! Situated in the trendy Highlands neighborhood, Prost offers German craft brews and pretzels. Due to its award-winning selection of beers, its short distance from downtown, and love of dogs – Prost is a “must see” in our book!

Forest Room 5

Location: 2532 15th Street

Forest Room 5’s eclectic, outdoorsy space will delight your senses while allowing you and your four-legged friend some much needed social time. Complete with a waterfall, fire-pits, log seating, and all-around mountain retreat vibe, this spot is a dog’s dream.

City O’ City

Location: 206 East 13th Avenue

Not only is City O’ City a hip, vegetarian restaurant with a killer view of the capital building, but it’s also one of Denver’s best kept secrets. Their beautiful patio allows dogs (on the leash) to hang with their owners. They also provide plenty of water for your furry friend.

Racine’s

Location: 650 Sherman Street

Racine’s has been a Denver staple watering hole since 1983. A couple years ago, they opened an umbrella-topped patio perfect for you and your pup to lounge on. The small patio is a great place for fido to make some new canine friends while you start up a conversation with other dog lovers.

Colorado Real Estate News

5 Common Home Selling Mistakes To Avoid

Home Selling MistakesSelling your home is a big decision and can be a difficult process. But to get the most out of your home it pays to be detailed and do everything right. If you can avoid these common home selling mistakes, you’ll increase your chances for a smooth, fast, and lucrative transaction.

Not Hiring a Realtor® or Choosing the Wrong Realtor®

Working with an experienced real estate professional can make all the difference when selling your home. When you pick the right broker they will provide support, advice, resources, and an extensive professional network that you would not have access to otherwise. From preparation and paperwork to marketing and open houses, an experienced professional will help alleviate much of the stress that goes into selling a home.

But not all agents are created equal. Instead of choosing a Realtor who is a friend or a family member, take time to pick someone with an excellent track record for listing homes. It will payoff to find a broker with local market knowledge and sales expertise.

Incorrectly Pricing Your Home

Pricing is the most important decision of the selling process, and will have the biggest influence on your sales outcome. If you have hired the right realtor who can analyze the market and determine a reasonable price, then you can avoid incorrectly pricing your home.

Overpricing is one of the biggest home selling mistakes you can make when listing their home. It can lead to more days on the market, which can potentially effect the final sales price. If you base your price on an over-inflated view of your home, rather than listening to your listing agent, you may end up dropping the price multiple times before finally selling.

Using Bad Photography

Your home needs to show its best in person, as well as in listing photography and marketing materials. With over 90% of potential buyers starting their home search online, listing photography is often the first impression they have of your home. Therefore, professionally shot and staged property photos should be an essential part of your marketing plan. Poor photography or photos taken on a camera phone will only serve to create a bad first impression. And you may not ever get a second chance to make the perfect impact.

Skipping Necessary Prep Work

Once you make the decision to sell, it’s easy to want to jump the gun and get your house on the market right away. However, selling your home is no small task. You’ll want to take your time and make sure your home is prepared to sell before going on the market. Sweat the small stuff because even small cosmetic issues can be a red flag for buyers. Chipping paint, stained carpet, and water marks can all be signs of larger issues.

That means painting, decluttering, making repairs, cleaning up your landscaping, and staging are all going to be crucial prep work. These steps may seem small but they can have a big effect on the value of your home – especially in a competitive market.

Being Present for Showings and Open Houses

Showing your home to a potential buyer is the one time during the selling process you should be completely hands-off. Buyers want to be able to visualize themselves and their families in your home. Being there at the same time as a buyer could create an awkward situation. They may feel like they are intruding, being rushed, or inhibited by your presence. Pack away your personal affects, take down the family photos, and whatever you do don’t linger around during a showing.

Colorado Real Estate News

April Sees a Spike in Denver’s Inventory of Homes

Small House With Sold Label Attached To ItOften, when taking the pulse of the housing market, we look at the average sales price of a home, the number of homes that have sold, and the active inventory. These are all important metrics when determining the health of the market. Indeed, in April, the average price of a single-family home sold in the Denver metro area soared to a never seen-before record of $543,068, according to a report by the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

One of the most promising measures of market strength was not the record home price, but the number of homes placed under contract. According to DMAR, 6,097 single-family homes, condominiums, and townhomes were placed under contract last month. That was the best April for under contracts since 2013, when 8,223 homes were placed under contract. Last month was the first April since 2014 that more than 6,000 homes were placed under contract.

One of the best indicator of the sales activity in any given month is how many homes go under contract. Sales, by contrast, measure the number of homes that were placed under contract in previous months. There were 4,384 total sales last month, almost a 9% drop from April 2017. Of course, a certain number of homes placed under will not close. But in Denver, where there is only a 1.24-month supply of unsold single-family homes, some buyers are often able to purchase a home that did not close under its initial deal.

Buyers also had more homes to choose from in April than in March. 6,917 new listings hit the market in April, a 9.12% increase from a year earlier and almost a 5% increase from March. Homes also sold much faster in April than in March. Buyers, on average, snapped up listings after they were on the market for a mere 20 days in April 23% faster than the sales pace in March.

Sellers also did a good job of listing their homes at the appropriate price. The average closing price for a single-family home was slightly above the average listing price, according to DMAR. Overall, homes closed at just under 1% over the listing price. The mix of homes sold likely helped drive up the average price of single-family homes in April.

Once again, the luxury market of homes priced at $1 million or more was the best-performing price strata. A total of 196 luxury single-family homes and condominiums traded hands last month. Which was the best April on record for luxury home sales.  Luxury home sales were up 33.33% from a year earlier. Luxury single-family home sales led the way, with 184 homes closing, a record for an April. That was a whopping 40.46% more than a year earlier. Total sales volume of luxury single-family homes rose to $281.6 million, soaring 41.13% from April 2017.