Colorado Real Estate News

Kentwood Northern Properties Office Joins Exclusive International Real Estate Networks

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Kentwood Real Estate is pleased to announce its northern Colorado office has been accepted to esteemed international real estate networks, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) and Luxury Portfolio International®.  The Kentwood Northern Properties office provides first-class relocation services to Fort Collins, Timnath, Windsor and Johnstown.

“Being part of the world’s most esteemed, leading international network of top real estate agents affords our clients great advantages in our global reach combined with our local expertise,” states Gretchen Rosenberg, Kentwood Real Estate President & CEO. “Our Northern Properties office of top brokers embodies the highest-caliber experience and professionalism in servicing homebuyers and sellers in Northern Colorado, a top destination for its picturesque backdrop and active outdoor lifestyle.”

LeadingRE is an invitation-only network spanning over 70 countries and 565 firms with a focus on high-performance and trusted relationships between clients and their real estate team. Luxury Portfolio International is the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Kentwood’s involvement with the two provides a global reach while retaining local, more specialized expertise.

Kentwood Real Estate Relocation is led by Director of Relocation and Business Development, Jason Exley and Relocation Manager, Heather Albrechtson.

Kentwood Real Estate is an elite team of Realtors® whose exceptional service, local expertise and deep community roots create a market advantage for clients. From the beginning, Kentwood has been built on the foundation of broker excellence. Only the most professional, ethical and knowledgeable top-producing real estate agents are selected to be affiliated with the esteemed brand. To contact Kentwood Northern Properties, located at 2510 East Harmony Road, #202, Fort Collins, Colorado, call 970.300.1985.

About Kentwood Real Estate

Kentwood Real Estate is dedicated to building on its legacy of being “Colorado’s Premier Real Estate Company” through the highest producing, most knowledgeable, caring and experienced brokers in the country who offer the highest-quality customer service experience. Kentwood produces more sales volume per agent than 99 percent of the real estate companies in the U.S. Kentwood Real Estate is comprised of Kentwood Real Estate DTC, Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek, Kentwood City Properties in downtown Denver and Kentwood Northern Properties in Fort Collins. For more information, visit Kentwood Real Estate online at www.kentwood.com.

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7 Maintenance Skills all Homeowners Should Know

maintenance skillsOnce you make the leap into homeownership there are no landlords or building superintendents to rely on for help. While we wish homeownership came with an instruction manual, it’s likely you will have to learn through hands on experience. We can’t possibly know how to do everything when it comes to home maintenance skills, but it’s helpful to know how to do minor repairs around your home. Here are a few basic home maintenance skills every homeowner should master.

Changing Your HVAC Filter

It’s important to schedule a maintenance checkup for your HVAC system every spring and fall. But in the meantime, filters need to be checked once a month. When they’re dirty, change them. Dirty filters shorten the lifespan of your system. Fortunately, it’s easy to do. First, check your owner’s manual for the right part number in order to buy a new filter. Then turn off your HVAC system while you work, remove the old filter, and slide the new one in place.

Resetting the Circuit Breaker

If your house was built after 1960, your electrical panel is likely filled with circuit breakers, which supply power to appliances and lighting in every room. When a circuit becomes overloaded, the designated breaker trips, shutting off juice to that area. When this happens, you’ll need to reset the breaker. Just open the panel cover and look for the breaker that’s sitting in the off position; then push it to on. If you can’t find the errant breaker, you’ll have to turn each breaker off, then on again.

Repairing Drywall

No wall stays perfect forever. Nails pop, and furniture or broom handles cause dents, making your once-flawless walls look all banged up. Learning how to repair drywall can save a homeowner time and potentially a fair amount of money. Luckily, it’s easy to repair drywall yourself; all you need is some putty and a spackling knife!

Cleaning the Gutters

When gutters get clogged, water can be trapped on the board behind the gutter and even be forced under your roof shingles, causing damage. So clean them twice a year in spring and fall. Start near a downspout by removing large debris, and then use a hose to flush a stream of water through the downspout to clear out fine grit. If your downspout is blocked, it may need to be removed and cleaned out; if it leads to an underground pipe that’s blocked, that pipe can usually be cleaned out with a handheld snake.

Turning Off the Water Supply

If you ever come home to a flooded floor, you need to be able to shut off the water to the whole house ASAP, especially if the source of the water leak is unclear. That’s why every homeowner should know where their main shutoff valve is. Look near the perimeter of the house at ground level nearest your water meter. The shutoff valve might be in a basement, crawlspace, closet or garage. In an emergency, you can also shut off your water from the outside water meter, but the valve might require special tools to turn.

Dealing with a Flooded Basement

If you come home to standing water in your basement, time is of the essence. You have 48 hours to get the water out and get it dry. After two days, mold will start to grow, and once that starts you have to rip everything out. Call your insurance agent right away and take pictures; then get to work pumping out the water and removing all furniture to be dried off. Important: make sure the power is off if there’s standing water! As long as the water is below boot level, you can safely shut off the power from a basement panel if you wear rubber boots and gloves and use a wooden stick or hammer handle to trip the main power switch.

Unclogging a Drain

Harsh, pricey chemicals shouldn’t be your first option when a sink drain gets clogged — better to keep a small plunger and a drain snake on hand to work out the problem mechanically. After you’ve removed the primary clog, clean out smelly gunk by putting a cup of baking soda in the drain followed by four cups of boiling water; then end with a cup of vinegar. The vigorous chemical reaction will jar any remaining debris loose and leave the drain smelling fresh.

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Denver Real Estate Midyear Update

Stay on the forefront of real estate news with the help of the mid-year update! Stapleton22

Denver Real Estate Midyear Update: More Conditions Favoring Buyers Creating Balance

With metro-Denver housing inventory at its highest level since October 2013 and interest rates still low, now is a good time for home-buyers. On the flip side, with home prices peaking now is also a good time for home sellers; making for a more balanced market.

Housing Inventory

Housing inventory is up 28 percent year to date from 2018. The first half of this year ended with the most active listings, at 9,520 at the end of June, since October of 2013 which was at 9,734. For perspective, the record-high June for active listings was in 2006 with 31,900, and the record-low was in 2015 with 6,197.

Year to date in the Luxury Market (homes priced $1 million+), single-family home sales were down 2.72 percent year over year, but up 34.05 percent compared to 2017. Luxury condos also saw striking results with sales up year to date at 38.78 percent year over year and 4.26 percent since 2017.

Home Prices

The average sold price dipped 0.54 percent from May’s $502,518 to $499,807 at the end of June, but it crept up 1.64 percent year to date. More choices for home-buyers means sellers have had to make price adjustments to be competitive. Sellers with homes priced between $1,500,000 and $1,750,000 have been taking the biggest cut with a 91.20 percent sale-to-original-price ratio for single-family homes and 94.9 percent for condos.

Days on Market

Homes have been staying on the market longer before going under contract this year. The median days on market was up 66.67 percent from six days at this point last year to 10 so far in 2019. The average days on market is up 25 percent year to date compared to last year, from 24 to 30 days. Meanwhile, days on market for all price ranges indicates a seller’s market except over $1 million+ where it’s an equal market between buyers and sellers with 5.16 percent months of inventory for single-family homes.

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8 Best Places for Boating in Colorado

Boating in ColoradoBecause we’re a landlocked state, you might think boating in Colorado doesn’t present many great opportunities. But according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, there are over 2,000 lakes and reservoirs where you can go to have a boating adventure! These 8 locations are the perfect place to hit the water this summer.

Blue Mesa Reservoir

Located in Western Colorado near the town of Gunnison, Colorado’s largest body of water is a must-see destination. Blue Mesa Reservoir spans 20 miles and boasts over 96 miles of shoreline. It is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area and offers two full-service marinas — Elk Creek Marina and Lake Fork Marina. Blue Mesa is a popular destination for outdoor recreation including boating, water skiing, sailing and wind surfing.

Boyd Lake

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Boyd Lake State Park is a water-sports haven for northern Colorado. The lake lies at the western-most edge of the plains at the foot of snow-capped Long’s Peak and the mountains of the Continental Divide. ​​​​​​​​​​​Boyd Lake State Park has something for everyone: boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, swimming​, hiking, biking, and hunting. All types of watercraft: ski boats, fishing boats, jet skis, sailboats, and canoes use Boyd Lake’s 1,700 surface-acres of water. Boyd also has a sandy beach and a pavilion for swimmers.

Chatfield Reservoir

Boaters from all walks of life flock to Chatfield Reservoir each summer to take advantage of its impressive waters. Located just outside of the Denver Metro Area, everyone from fishing enthusiasts to water skiers enjoy the lake’s pristine water and scenic views. The reservoir houses a full-service marina including boat rentals and a floating restaurant. If you are looking for a weekend getaway, Chatfield is home to four different campgrounds featuring 200 single-family campsites.

Cherry Creek Reservoir

Cherry Creek Reservoir is a scenic oasis in the Denver area. It offers a wide variety of water and land activities for outdoor enthusiasts. The 4,000-acre park and modern campground is open year-round. View birds and wildlife, recreate or relax with the majestic Rocky Mountains as a backdrop.

Grand Lake

Located at the headwaters of the Colorado River, Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake. Here you will find great opportunities for boating, swimming, water sports, and fishing. Visit the historic Grand Lake Marina and rent your own pontoon boat, whaler, kayak or canoe and enjoy the exceptional Rocky Mountain views. After a day at the lake, visit the charming town of Grand Lake. You’ll find dining, shopping, and lots of character!

Lake Granby

Lake Granby is one of Colorado’s largest bodies of water containing approximately 40 miles of shoreline. The lake is famous to anglers but is also home to the Lake Granby Yacht Club. Sitting at an altitude of 8,280 feet, Granby Lake Yacht Club is one of the highest-elevation yacht clubs in the world. The lake is best experienced from a pontoon boat to explore its many coves and marinas, making the lake very popular to boaters and jet-skiers.

Horsetooth Reservoir

Horsetooth Reservoir is one of Colorado’s most scenic outdoor paradises located only minutes outside Fort Collins. The 6.5-mile-long reservoir is a favorite recreation spot for activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, stand up paddle boarding, water skiing, sailing, and picnicking. There are many miles of trails surrounding the reservoir for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. Additionally, on the east side of the reservoir is one of the best spots in Colorado for bouldering in Rotary Park. Horsetooth Reservoir is open year-round and includes RV spots, campsites, and cabins.

Sloans Lake

Most of the time you have to leave the big city to experience true boating, but Denver is one of the few major landlocked cities where you can have some serious boating fun. Sloan’s lake is one of the only options for boating in Denver where boating enthusiasts can head out on both motorized and non-motorized boats. The lake is relatively small and shallow, reaching only 8 feet of depth! Still, boating may be possible as long as proper arrangements are made with the Sloan’s Lake boating office.

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Beth Davis | Featured Agent

Beth Davis

Beth Davis

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

Musician Bobby McFerrin (Don’t Worry, Be Happy) lived in my childhood home with his family after we moved!

What Was Your First Job?

My first job was babysitting, and I still love spending time with other people’s kids.

Hobbies: 

I spend my free time painting, exploring the Art Museum, Botanic Gardens or taking in a performance at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. I love the arts & culture programs here in Denver, there is ALWAYS something to create or go do.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words: 

Friendly, Funny, Organized, Optimistic, and Artistic.

Favorite Colorado Past-time: 

If I have a free weekend, I’ll drive to the mountains to camp solo with my dog, Georgia O’Keeffe.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink: 

Margs Uptown is my neighborhood hang. Love their Lava Lamps!

One Unusual Thing About You: 

My initials are B.A.D. (Beth Anne Davis) because my parents have a funny sense of humor and an affinity for acronyms.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I love taking advantage of opportunities to get involved with the Denver Community. I often join up with friends who volunteer, and love trying out different ways of giving back. I have volunteered with Denver Rescue Mission, Metro Caring, I have been a mentor for the Denver Metro Partners Program and I am a member of the Denver Art Museum and Botanic Gardens.

Who Inspires You?

I am constantly inspired by my friends, family, and colleagues. Everyone is facing their own struggle!

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why? 

I’m proud of myself for moving from Minneapolis to Denver almost 8 years ago, knowing nearly no one when I moved, and successfully making a life for myself here!

How Do You Define Success?

I define success as working hard, being nice to people, and finding joy in each day. Everything we do or want is because we think it will make us happier, if we can find joy first – then everything else falls into place!

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Realtor?

If I wasn’t a REALTOR I would probably still be in sales of some sort. I love working towards a goal, developing relationships, and being a problem solver.

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

I wish I was one of those people who could be dropped in the middle of the woods and still know what direction they’re facing at any given moment. I don’t have that natural navigator skill.

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

I have been skydiving three times! Jumping out of an airplane is the most adventurous and exciting experience of my life, hands down.

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

I would love to have dinner with both of my Grandmas. I think of them often and have fond memories of home cooking with one, and champagne & burger dinner dates with the other.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

My family has never been very traditional or religious, but every year when the holidays would come around, we would have a VERY traditional Jewish Christmas… CHINESE FOOD! It doesn’t matter if I’m spending it with family or friends, Peking Duck is served on Christmas Eve.

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

Dolly Parton at Red Rocks was a once in a lifetime experience. Red Rocks is the most amazing venue and Dolly is so funny, incredibly talented and joyful – and to make it even more special, I watched two friends get engaged that night!

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

Harry Potter would be pretty fun, because… magic!

 

Contact Beth

Cell: 612-220-6989

Email: Beth@Kentwood.com

Website: BethAnneSellsDenver.com

Facebook.com/BethAnneSellsDenver

Instagram.com/BethAnneSellsDenver

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4th of July Celebrations Around Denver

4th of July CelebrationsWe’ve compiled all of the best 4th of July celebrations in one spot, that way you don’t have to!

4 Mile Historic Park’s Celebration

When: July 2nd | 5pm – 10pm

Where: 715 South Forest Street Denver

Fourmilepark.org

Glendale Annual Fireworks Show

When: July 2nd | 9pm

Where: Between South Cherry & 4 Mile House

Glendale.co.us

Rockies vs. Houston Astros

When: July 2nd & 3rd | 6:10pm

Where: Coors Field

Mlb.com/rockies

Civic Center Park Independence Eve Fireworks

When: July 3rd | 8pm

Where: Civic Center Park

Civiccenterconservancy.org

Littleton Red, White & You

When: July 3rd |  5 pm – 10 pm

Where: Clement Park

Ifoothills.org

Super Diamond & Fireworks

When: July 3rd | 7:30pm

Where: Hudson Gardens

Hudsongardens.org

Arvada 4th of July

When: July 4th | 7pm – 9pm

Where: Stenger Sports Complex

Arvada.org

Aurora 4th of July Spectacular

When: July 4th | 6pm – 10pm

Where: Aurora Municipal Center

Auroragov.org

Boulder: Ralphie’s 4th of July Blast

When: July 4th | 9:30pm

Where: Folsom Field

Bouldercoloradousa.com

Rapids vs. New England & Fireworks

When: July 4th | 7pm

Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Coloradorapids.com

Outlaws vs. Chesapeake

When: July 4th | 7pm

Where: Mile High Stadium

Denveroutlaws.com

Elitch Gardens Fireworks

When: July 4th | 9:15pm

Where: Elitch Gardens Theme Park

Elitchgardens.com

Englewood 4th of July Festival

When: July 4th | 9:30pm

Where: Belleview & Cornerstone Park

Englewoodco.gov

Golden 4th of July Festival

When: July 4th | 9:30pm

Where: Lions Park

Visitgolden.com

Green Valley Ranch Concert & Fireworks

When: July4th | 6pm – 10pm

Where: Green Valley Golf Club

Gvrcoconcerts.com

Highlands Ranch July 4th Celebration

When: July 4th | 4pm – 9:30pm

WhereHeritage Regional Park

Hrcaonline.org

Lakewood Big Boom Bash

When: July 4th | 5:30pm – 9:15pm

Where: Jeffco Stadium

Lakewood.org

Longmont Fireworks & Concert in the Park

When: July 4th | 9:30pm

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds

Longmontcolorado.gov

Louisville 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

When: July 4th | 6pm – 10pm

Where: Coal Creek Golf Course

Louisvilleco.gov

Lafayette 4th of July Celebration

When: July 4th | 4:30pm – 10pm

Where: Waneka Lake Park

Lafayettecolorado.com

Northglenn 4th of July Family Fest

When: July 4th | 7am – 10pm

Where: E.B Rains JR. Memorial Park

Northglenn.org

Parker Stars & Stripes Celebration

When: July 4th | 6pm – 10pm

Where: Salisbury Park

Parkeronline.org

Thornton 4th of July

When: July 4th | 4pm – 10pm

Where: Carpenter Park Fields

CityofThornton.net

Westminster 4th of July Celebration

When: July 4th | 8pm – 10pm

Where: Westminster City Park

Cityofwestminster.us