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Jacci Geiger | Kentwood Featured Agent

Jacci Geiger

Jacci Geiger | Kentwood Featured Agent

Hometown:

I moved to Denver when I was 8 years old from Los Angeles. I like to say I’m 90% Native.

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

It sounds cliché’ but the outdoors. I have literally skied and golfed in the same day.  Where else can you do that?

What Was Your First Job?

Kentucky Fried Chicken at age 14, which they now so healthily refer to as KFC. I also sold Girl Scout cookies and babysat for the neighborhood.

Hobbies:

Golf, Peloton, biking, biking, concerts, live music, TRAVEL, live theater.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Innovative, Creative, Determined, FUN, And Compassionate.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Mountain Golf, the balls go so much further!

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Anywhere there is good people watching! I love the bar at Izakya Den.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I am in an Adult Rock Choir and I have sung at Red Rocks! Oh, and I am getting married to the man of my dreams on June 15th. And your all invited!

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I am a volunteer at Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado, a Denver nonprofit empowering teen mothers and their children to be productive members of the community. I get to hold babies while these amazing women get an education.

Who Inspires You?

Brave people. People who are vulnerable and still tell their truth.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Well that, of course, would have to be my son, which I am sure most people say, and they should. Raising a child in this world can be challenging. I have one son. He and I have been a team for a very long time. He went to the Denver School of Arts and then on to Juilliard School in NYC. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his husband and they are living their dreams in TV, movies, and photography. He is also, and most importantly, a good human. That makes me very proud.

How Do You Define Success?

I think success is very personal. I come from a very hard-working family. My father was a tailor for the airlines and my mom was our school nurse, so with 5 kids, money was tight. But they put us through the best schools and we were in every sport possible. We never went without. Our parents were our coaches and our leaders. They spent late nights working on pine wood derby cars and helping with homework. They taught us to stand on our own two feet, push yourself and take care of others. I think I have accomplished that.

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

A Psychiatrist or Psychologist…or a Rock-n-Roll star!

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

Playing the guitar or piano. Or I would learn to speak French or Spanish.  I guess I have a few.

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

Traveled to Europe by myself. It was the most liberating and exciting thing ever!

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

Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild. She’s a bad ass regardless of her losses and can put everything into words that I struggle with. Ruth Bader Ginsberg – no explanation needed. And my best friend, Brenda, who passed away suddenly 3 years ago. She made everything better.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

­­­Pretty simple. Chinese food and lots of Christmas Movies on Christmas Eve. Love Actually, Family Stone, Christmas Vacation, etc…with my family dressed in their “warm and fuzzy’s” (Pajamas).

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

Well it’s not really a concert, but when your son is on Broadway and your front and center watching him up there living his dreams – well that is something that lives with you forever.

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

Ohhhh this is a great question! I love so many books, TV shows, and movies! But I think I would have to say the Wizard of Oz.  It’s an adventurous, groundbreaking, and magical. But mostly because in the end Dorothy realizes what matters most is home and loved ones.

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8 Most Affordable Cities in Northern Colorado

Affordable cities in Northern ColoradoNestled between the Rocky Mountains, Colorado’s high plains, and Denver International Airport – Northern Colorado communities consistently rank as some of the best locations in the country for business, lifestyle, and craft beer. With mountains to the west, rolling plains to the east, and a one-hour drive to Metro Denver, Northern Colorado is hard to beat.

Evans

Average Sold Price: $276,459

Evans is known as the Queen City of the Platte. It’s the oldest and second largest city in Weld county, and borders Greeley. Residents enjoy access to spectacular open spaces with mountain views and boast a laid-back lifestyle. There is a wide range of recreational activities, affordable housing, sustainable employment opportunities, and easy access to major metro areas. Evans has authentic roots reaching back to the Wild West, but today is a flourishing community. This town truly offers the best of both city and country living.

Dacono

Average Sold Price: $318,596

Dacono is a friendly community with small town charm that is ready to transform and embrace growth. It’s a tight-knit, vibrant community where neighbors are friends and friends are family. Centrally located, Dacono is just 10 miles north of Denver, 44 miles south of Fort Collins, and 21 miles northeast of Boulder. The town currently encompasses only 8.2 square miles but foresees growth that will expand their boundaries to 22 square miles. With a growing economy, high levels of safety and an affordable real estate market, Dacono is a desirable location.

Greeley

Average Sold Price: $327,086

From the tree-lined UNC campus to Greeley’s energetic downtown and quiet residential areas, you’ll find an essence of community wherever you go. Greeley is home to a growing workforce and forward-thinkers who are dedicated to their community and land. The Poudre River Trail and 81 miles of in-town bike lanes ensure that residents can take advantage of the 300 days of sunshine. With a plethora of outdoor recreation and entertainment options and a friendly western attitude, Greeley offers an exceptional and affordable Colorado lifestyle.

Milliken

Average Sold Price: $329,446

Milliken is known as the “Hub of Northern Colorado”. It’s a fast growing, vibrant community sitting six miles north of I-25. Milliken offers a pristine quality of life to its residents in a true rural Colorado setting. Prospective residents have the opportunity to choose a home in a variety of master planned communities at a far better value than in many of the surrounding larger cities without sacrificing quality. In addition to several local businesses, Milliken is also located within a short 15-minute drive of other major shopping and entertainment establishments.

Wellington

Average Sold Price: $350,511

Wellington is located 10 miles north of Fort Collins and is Colorado’s northernmost town along I-25. This community features a historic downtown, safe and relaxed environment, and diverse community programs. Smith Lake State Wildlife Area and Wellington State Wildlife Area offer wildlife viewing, hiking, and hunting for outdoor lovers. Wellington also boasts an award-winning school system that has received state and national accolades, making it a wonderful place to raise a family.

Johnstown

Average Sold Price: $394,809

Johnstown is located just minutes away from Loveland, Greeley, and Fort Collins, and only about 45 minutes from Denver. The area is full of opportunity for rapid development and is equipped with the infrastructure and planning necessary for the expected future growth. Historically rooted in agriculture, this community enjoy the perks of peaceful small towns, plus nearby big-city amenities.

Loveland

Average Sold Price: $410,326

Known for its excellent quality of life, happy residents, a thriving arts scene, and favorable economic climate due to its diverse industries, Loveland sits just down the road from Rocky Mountain National Park and is built on a rich history. As Loveland and neighboring Fort Collins grow toward each other, they share a highly-educated workforce, booming economy, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Firestone

Average Sold Price: $413,852

With spectacular views of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Firestone is located on the northern edge of the Denver-Boulder metropolitan area along Interstate 25, midway between Denver and Fort Collins, just east of Longmont. Firestone has been recognized for its sprawling open spaces, outdoor recreational opportunities and rapidly growing economy. Firestone has a rich history that underpins the town’s community development and continues to build from it. Firestone is a great community to call home, and it’s a community that is well-positioned for the future.

Berthoud

Average Sold Price: $437,720

Nicknamed the “Garden Spot of Colorado,” Berthoud is poised for growth. The town boasts a growing economy, highly-educated workforce, a historic business district, excellent schools, and room for new development. Residents enjoy Berthoud’s convenient location south of Loveland, along with its small-town charm, which includes tree-lined streets, beautiful parks, and Victorian homes.

 

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9 Tips for Creating a Pet Friendly Home

Creating a pet friendly homeIf you’re the type of person who can’t imagine living without a dog or cat, but you don’t want to sacrifice your personal sense of style, then these tips for creating a pet friendly home are for you! From flooring to furniture and beyond, snag some good advice on creating the perfect pet friendly home.

Separate Sleeping Spaces

Just like their human counterparts, pets love plush places to sleep. Often times, that winds up being your bed. But dog behavior specialists say it’s better for your dog, and to show who is boss, to have their own sleeping space. Some of the best types of pet beds are filled with cedar chips and have a washable cover. They smell good and help to repel fleas.

Dogs also do very well in crates or closed-in spaces. The way you feel in your den or reading nook is similar to the way your pup feels in their crate – safe and relaxed. Put a crate under a table in a kitchen corner or build a little pet hideaway for them to escape to.

Dress Beds in Washable Fabrics

Even when you create separate sleeping spaces, it’s likely you may still sometimes share the bed with your four-legged friend. Or they might sneak up there when you’re not around. Help protect your bed against the inevitable hair, dirt, and accidents that will happen when owning a pet.

Duvet covers work better than bedspreads or quilts because they can be removed and washed. You’ll want to choose sturdy sheets in a medium shade that can hide a little pet hair while in between washes. You should also consider investing in a moisture resistant mattress pad to help protect your mattress.

Choose Durable Flooring

To keep pet-occupied rooms in top shape, you will need hard-surface flooring. Laminate or hardwood flooring, stone or ceramic tiles, or painted concrete are easier to keep clean and stain-free than carpets. Such floors are also cooler in warmer weather, an important consideration for pets with thick or long hair. Even if your dog is perfectly potty trained, carpet is going to collect hair, critters, and bacteria.

Slip Proof Area Rugs

Not only do area rugs enhance a room, they can also protect your floors from claws and stains. They muffle the sounds of thumping tails, dropped chew toys, and animals running around. They protect your pet from slipping on the polished floors and give them a comfy place to nap. Buy rugs featuring patterns with a multitude of colors to draw the eye away from dirt, stains, and pet hair. Or buy a rug similar in color to your pet’s hair, so it will blend in easier.

A dog running around can easily slip on a rug, knocking over a person, plant or table in the way. So, invest in a slip proof area rug and anchor it with heavy furniture. If you’d rather re-purpose the rugs you already own, you can purchase rubber rug grips that stick to the bottom of the rugs.

Protect Your Walls with Paint

Pets can do several things to damage your walls. They like to rub against them as they walk by. They can spray the walls with drool if they shake their heads or dirt if they come in wet and shake off the rain. Cats may be tempted to scratch a wall papered in textured wall paper.

Therefore, instead of wall paper, paint your walls in beautiful colors and keep paper towels handy to wipe away dirt. Semi-gloss-finish paint or satin paint are great choices for rooms that see a lot of activity because they clean up much easier. If you’d still like to go for a matte finish be sure to choose a washable flat paint.

Shred Proof Your Furniture

A common and frustrating cat behavior is scratching at anything they can get their little paws on. Unless you like torn and fringed walls and slipcovers, invest in a scratching post! Set it near your favorite perch, which is usually where cats’ enjoy scratching the most. Discourage clawing by covering the spot with aluminum foil or tape until your cats habits shift to the scratching post.

Install A Doggie Door

If you spring for a nice-looking airtight pet door, you will be saving both you and your pet a lot of trouble. They’ll be able to come and go as they please! Just be sure your yard is fenced in, so your pet doesn’t wander off when they go outside.

Nix the Bleach

Here is a pet safety tip you might not be aware of: your pet will absorb – through their paws – whatever you use to clean your floors and other surfaces with. Bleach and other strong chemicals are highly irritating and toxic. Instead, opt for vinegar and water rinses instead – they are also better for you and the environment! Keep all your household cleaners up high or secured in a cabinet where your nosy pets can’t get into them.

Inspect Your Houseplants

Pets and plants don’t always mix. Many plants including aloe, ivies, and amaryllis can be toxic to both dogs and cats. For a complete list of plants toxic to pets, check with the ASPCA. Luckily, plants make wonderful gifts. So, if you need to part with a poisonous plant, a non-pet owning friend or family member will likely be more than happy to take it off your hands! If you’re a plant lover, be sure to set your non-toxic greenery on a sturdy base so that they won’t get knocked over.

 

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Tom Gross | Kentwood Featured Agent

Tom Gross

Tom Gross | Kentwood Featured Agent

Hometown:   

Perkasie, Pennsylvania

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

It’s a historic town in beautiful Bucks County.

What Was Your First Job?

Mowing yards. But my first payroll job was working on a trash truck in High School.

Hobbies: 

I enjoy mountain bike riding, hiking, and reading historical biographies.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words: 

Living in faith and commitment.

Favorite Colorado Past-time: 

Cabin camping at Steamboat Lake.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:  

I do not drink – unless you are referring to an awesome green drink😊

One Unusual Thing About You:

People tell me it’s unusual that I have no vices – no alcohol, coffee, soda, smoking or unhealthy eating!

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

In the Cherry Creek School District, I serve on the Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee. In the City of Centennial, I serve on the Audit Committee, Centennial Rotary Club, and Silver Sponsor of the KATA Foundation.

Who Inspires You?

Abraham Lincoln

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?   

I hosted a very large and emotional surprise retirement party for my Father. He retired from real estate after 40+ years in the business. It was awesome to see and feel the love and admiration people had for my Dad.

How Do You Define Success?

Living my life by design focused on faith and generosity.

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

I was an accountant/auditor in my prior life.

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

Performing/singing on stage – I would love to be able to entertain.

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

Going on a two week rafting trip through the Grand Canyon.

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

Abraham Lincoln, so I could try to learn and understand selfless love of my country and fellow man.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

We have enjoyed so many awesome family visits to Steamboat Lake. One evening there was an amazing and scary thunderstorm – the sky was red.  The memory always reminds me of John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High lyric– “I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky”.

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

Fleetwood Mac – their music is timeless and their passion to perform at age 70+ is inspirational.

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

As painful as it might be, I would like to live in Atlas Shrugged as Hank Rearden.

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7 Amazing Wildflower Hikes in Colorado

Colorado Wildflower HikesWith summer peeking around the corner, our minds have turned to outdoor activities like wildflower hikes in Colorado. In the highest reaches of Colorado, summer is short. Which means wildflowers have only a brief period to show off. Peak wildflower viewing is typically between June and July when Colorado’s high country explodes with color. Here are 7 of the most beautiful wildflower hikes in Colorado that should be on your summer bucket list.

Ice Lake & Island Lake 

Where: San Juan Mountains near Silverton

Length: 8 miles out and back

If you want to see beautiful blooms and are up for a challenge, you will want to check out the double basins of Ice Lake and Island Lake. The longer hike will take you through aspen groves, beautiful meadows, a waterfall, stunning cliffs, and glaciers eroded in the rocks. The wildflower-filled slope is a must-see for adventure seekers. There is absolutely nothing boring about this hike and the view alone will make the trek worth it.

Arthur’s Rock Trail

Where: Lory State Park – Fort Collins

Length: 1.7 miles

While Lory State Park offers an abundance of hikes with flowers in bloom, this is one of the best wildflower hikes in Lory State Park. Although it’s a moderately trafficked trail, hikers will be surrounded by more than five dozen varieties of wildflowers. The trail weaves in and out of open meadows and forested areas, while a confetti of blooms peek in and out of incredible rock formations. At the top of this trail, hikers will be treated to a panoramic view of Fort Collins and the Front Range.

Willow Creek Trail

Where: Roxborough State Park

Length: 1.4 mile-loop

Roxborough Park is like entering into another world, a perfect escape just south of Denver. This gentle hike is a great introduction to the park – the red rock and wildlife combine to create a wonderful sense of beauty. In the spring, this birdwatcher’s paradise is awash with wildflowers. Remember to watch out for poison ivy on this trail!

Devil’s Thumb Lake

Where: Nederland

Length: 13.3 miles out and back

This hike begins at the Hessie Trailhead near Nederland. A breathtaking alpine escalation offers hikers spectacular views of the Continental Divide. While the full out and back hike is fairly long, you don’t need to hike all the way to the lake to experience a wonderful wildflower show. In late spring and early summer, hiking a stretch of this trail will ensure you see beautiful bluebells and wild purple columbines.

Trail 403

Where: Crested Butte

Length: 7.5 miles out and back

Crested Butte is known as the wildflower capital of Colorado, and for good reason. The hillsides and meadows surrounding this mountain town put on an amazing show with mule’s ear, lupines, and fireweed. This trail connects Washington Gulch to Gothic and allows you to take it all in. Climbing up over 11,300 feet, it also offers jaw-dropping views of the Elk Mountain to the north.

Herman Gulch

Where: Arapaho National Forest – Idaho Springs

Length: 6.4 miles out and back

The Herman Gulch Trail offers natural beauty with lush, green meadows sitting below snow-capped mountains. Yellow and red flowers bloom all over the valley as you hike beside views of the Continental Divide and climb to the shimmering green Herman Lake. This trail is very popular thanks to its impressive display of up to 100 different species of wildflowers alongside spectacular mountain views.

Gem Lake

Where: Estes Park

Length: 3.3 miles out and back

Gem Lake is one of Rocky Mountain National Park’s most popular trails. It starts out on Devil’s Gulch Road and climbs steeply across a mountain side to Gem Lake. This small, but gorgeous lake sits between granite cliffs in a fir and spruce forest at 8,860 feet. The trail and Gem Lake offer stunning views south toward 14,259-foot Longs Peak, the park’s resident fourteener. Hike it in summer for wildflower displays, including the rare Telesonix jamesii, a beautiful pink flower that grows in cracks above the lake.

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Love Was In The Air In February’s Real Estate Market

February's Real Estate MarketLove was in the air in February’s real estate market

In addition to the number of homes under contract being up nearly 16 percent month over month in metro Denver, the Luxury Market (homes priced $1 million plus) faired particularly well too. Last month, 119 homes in the luxury segment closed for a total of $178,766,560 in sales volume, accounting for an over 23 percent increase from January.

Of course, long-term home closings in the Luxury Market are down 6 percent year over year, making the start to 2019 slightly more challenging. But, with 6.58 months of housing inventory, March is a great time to take the market back in bullish fashion for this luxury buyer’s market.

Yes, the selling—and buying—season is back!

In fact, the average number of homes sold in February’s real estate market increased by nearly 5 percent month over month. The culprit? Potentially the 5.6 percent increase in listings from January, which is 47 percent stronger than buyer choices a year ago. And because more single-family homes went under contract than were listed in February, housing inventory surplus is eroding.

For the condo market, however, the number of listings continues its four-year upward trajectory. In fact, there was a notable 79 percent rise in active listings at the end of February.

Freddie Mac also tells a story of ascent in the housing market: With the strong job market and a gradual decline in mortgage rates for the second straight month, housing demand continues in 2019.

No better place to be than at a Mile High

According to Forbes, Denver is the most competitive housing market in the nation. What does this mean for you? That there are far fewer homes for sale than buyers in Denver, putting this market solidly in a compression phase of the housing cycle. And what can you expect? That this cycle will continue while prices rise steadily through June. If it’s anything like years past, we’ll start to see buyer fatigue and inventory hit an annual high in July.

In February, there was a 47 percent increase in active listings year over year for the residential market as a whole, generating a 5.6 percent increase in new listings compared to January.

Denver is still in a strong seller’s market for single-family homes in the non-luxury segment, with only 1.92 months of inventory available.

As an interesting aside, Denver is sixth on the national list of apartments completed, with 11,700 apartments built in 2018.

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Home Offices | Kentwood Featured Homes

Home offices were once thought of as a luxury. But these days more and more homes are coming equipped with secluded studies where you can read, write, or work in peace. These Kentwood listings feature beautiful in home offices that are the perfect place to conquer any work load, read your favorite novel, or simply escape.

10115 Nadine Avenue

Listed By: Jacci Geiger

Price: $620,000

Ranch-style living with stunning mountain views! This 2016 home in Parker includes a main floor study with lots of light and openness, but also the privacy of 8′ Glass French Doors. $620K.

In Home Offices | 10115 Nadine

4545 South Monaco Street #331

Listed By: Patti Moye

Price: $668,500

Welcome to this rare version of the Richmond “Allison” Model. First Villas offering of the extended floorplan, adding a spacious sunroom area, and enlarging the basement and the loft spaces totaling 2,930 square feet above ground. The home offers an option of 4 bedrooms plus a study with beautiful bay window or 5 bedrooms including large closet space. The Villas is a private gated community with ponds and gazebo and is just blocks from bus, light rail, and Belleview Station restaurants!

In Home Offices | 4545 Monaco

5590 West 97th Avenue

Listed By: Thomas & Rosanne Dutzer

Price: $750,000

Impeccably-designed former model home from David Weekley. Three fully finished levels ideal for relaxing and entertaining. Light-infused front office on main level features 10′ ceilings and tasteful wood detailing. Versatile upstairs loft with granite desktop, built-in shelving and dual workspaces.

In Home Offices | 5590 97th Avenue

9559 Brook Hill Lane

Listed By: Jim Traynor

Price: $800,000

Behind a set of French doors at the foyer is a main level study/den. Open and spacious with large windows makes for the perfect home office or study.

In Home Offices | 9559 Brook Hill

6515 South Wenatchee Court

Listed By: Lori Pace

Price: $815,000

Exquisite golf course community home backing to the fairway with views of pikes peak and the Saddle Rock neighborhood and community. This home has an incredible interior experience featuring an Architect’s home office reflecting his projects of Denver Architecture on the walls. This home features his and her offices. Much like The Wizard of Oz – “there’s no place like home”.

In Home Offices | 6515 Wenatchee

3940 South Cherry Street

Listed By: Nancy Nielsen

Price: $1,625,000

Remodeled and updated one-of-a kind Mid-Century/Contemporary home in Cherry Hills. Just a block away from the Highline Canal Trail. Great block, great location, Cherry Creek Schools.

3940 South Cherry Street | In Home Offices

755 Lafayette Street

Listed By: Annzo Phelps & Phelps Blair

Price: $1,695,000

Situated in a home built in 1904, this cozy office is surrounded by south facing windows that afford natural light all day long. Beautiful wood trim and molding, with original wall sconces make this the perfect hide away to conquer the business world or to curl up and read a book.

In Home Offices | 755 Lafayette

641 Ruby Trust Way

Listed By: The Cryer Team

Price: $1,700,000

The moment we walked into this wonderful home, the study became our favorite room. Nestled up away from the rest of the plan, hidden behind double doors and cozy with the warmth of fire, we were immediately drawn here!  You will be too!

In Home Offices | 641 Ruby Trust

5350 South Steele Street

Listed By: Helm Weaver Helm

Price: $6,495,000

Unparalleled craftsmanship, woodwork, a cozy fireplace, and large grand windows makes this study a special place in this home.

In Home Offices | 5350 Street Street