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Gina Lorenzen | Featured Agent

Gina Lorenzen

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Hometown:

Davenport, Iowa

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

The life-long friends and close-knit community.

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

35 Years

Hobbies:

Skiing, golfing, hiking, reading, cooking and entertaining.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Honest, loyal, caring, detailed, extroverted.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Skiing

One Unusual Thing About You:

I love the NFL but I also love the NBA.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I support Roundup River Ranch and the Colorado Ballet.

Who Inspires You?

My mom and dad.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Raising my kids.

How Do You Define Success?

By the friendships that surround you.

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

Nursing. I have a BSN.

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

Playing the guitar because I love music.

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

Paragliding off the back of a mountain.

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

My family, because I enjoy being with them the most.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Crab legs on Christmas.

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

Paul McCartney, because I love the Beatles.

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

SNL, because it would be so fun!

Contact Gina Lorenzen

Cell: 303-570-2042

Email: Gina@Kentwood.com

Website: GinaLorenzen.com

Facebook.com/GinaLorenzenKentwood/

Instagram.com/gina_lorenzen/

Colorado Real Estate News

Metro Denver is Still a Seller’s Market

Metro Denver is Still a Seller’s Market Home-Seller-Market

Fact: Housing inventory under five months is considered a home seller’s market. In Metro Denver, the month of September ended with 2.04 months of single-family home inventory and 2.12 months of condos for sale, which clearly indicates we are still in a seller’s market.

 

While inventory has been steadily increasing over the past several months, September still only ended with 9,286 active listings. For comparison, the record-high housing inventory for the month of September was in 2006 with 31,450 active listings, and 2015 represented the record low with 7,516.

 

The Luxury Market is the Exception

The price segments for which homebuyers have gained more negotiating power are condos priced between $750,000 and $999,999 and the single-family homes priced over $1 million.

 

If buyers are wanting to buy a single-family luxury home, now may be the time. With over six months of inventory for homes priced $1 million plus, we’ve moved from a balanced market slightly into a buyer’s market in the luxury segment.

 

Housing Price Appreciation Has Slowed, but Has Not Reversed

Overall in the Denver-area residential market, while prices have decreased month over month, the average sold price of a home in September was still up 6.06% year over year and 2.52% year to date, $483,734 and $487,814 respectively. Year to date, the close-price to list-price ratio was at 99.31% in September, whereas it has been slightly over 100% since 2015.

 

Month over month, single-family homes in the Luxury Market had price depreciations with homes selling 96.49% from list-price to close-price, down 0.88% month over month and 0.42% from one year ago. Slowing down too was the single-family sales volume that fell 16.47%month over month but was still up year over year with an increase of 45.09%.

 

In general, you could say we’ve been turning from an extremely fast-paced market to a slower moving, healthier one this year.

Colorado Real Estate News

Photographing Fall Leaves

 

Whether this is your first or fiftieth fall in Colorado, get ready because over the next few weeks you’re likely to become a peeper. A leaf peeper that is.

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North Carolina or Vermont natives might beg to differ but many of us at Kentwood are staking a claim right now to ​Colorado ​having the best fall colors in the nation. Really, what could be more breathtaking than a mountain range blanketed with Aspens drenched in yellows, oranges and reds? There are lots of great destinations around the state for peeping that require an overnight bag if you live in Denver. Steamboat and Telluride immediately come to mind. If you only have one Sunday, try peeping in Rocky Mountain Park or Kenosha Pass. Don’t wait because even though the colors got off to a late start thanks to the warm summer, by ​November those limbs will be bare.

 

But today’s post isn’t about where to find the leaves. Since so many of us love taking pictures of the fall colors, we consulted with a professional photographer for nine tips on taking the best photos. The good news is that whether you’re using your phone or a fancy camera – these all apply to you.

 

  1. Rather than putting your subject in the middle of the frame, try the rule of thirds. No, this isn’t a geometry lesson. This is the composition trick used by pros around the world. Divide your frame into thirds, both from left to right and up to down, and place your subject at any of those points where the lines intersect. That is inherently more interesting to the eye than the center.

 

  1. When you’re surrounded by epic vistas, sometimes the best pictures are small. Start by looking down. Those three leaves floating in a puddle by your feet are just as dynamic a shot as an entire mountainside. Some might consider ​it a cheat, but you can even sprinkle some leaves on the hood of your car, a log, or boulder. Or, take a few ounces of water and splash some dry leaves. Voila. Colors are richer and the light reflects even better. Misting your subject with water works even better. Now, get close. Really close. That’s what a macro lens is all about, and fall leaves were made for it. The veins in the leaf will be more pronounced because of the color. ​

 

  1. Try laying on the ground directly underneath a tree and pointing straight up. The change in perspective will give you pictures you never knew you could take. And if the sky is ​bright ​blue​,​ the contrast with the leaves will be magical. Experiment with putting something in the foreground or along the side of the frame, like a tree trunk, an arm or a leg; these draw the eyes deeper into the image and add some whimsy.

 

  1. Try shooting directly into the sun. Be careful, we don’t want you to hurt your eyes, but if you aim your camera just right, the sun will shine right through the leaves instead of onto them. The backlight makes the leaves positively glow. Just make sure there isn’t a flare in your lens. If there is, hold your hat or a magazine above the camera to shield the lens from the sun.

 

  1. Pay attention to ​all ​those white branches and trunks. How do they relate to each other? Sometimes the real picture is in the patterns, not the colors.

  1. Don’t give up if it’s an overcast, rainy or foggy day. ​Bundle up and get out there. Sometimes those less than ideal conditions are ideal for incredibly saturated foliage images. Overcast days nicely fill in shadows and tamp down hot spots. Keep your eyes peeled for rainbows too.

 

  1. Get that portrait you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s a headshot for work or just a family photo, try to frame people so that all you see behind their faces is out of focus. And, whatever you do, make sure a tree trunk in the background isn’t coming out of the subject’s head.

  1. ​ Find A Lone Tree​. Sometimes the power of the color is amplified by the minimalism. And, of course, there are all the profound literary concepts elicited by one solitary tree. ​

Colorado Real Estate News

5 Best Northern Colorado Restaurants

When it comes to the Northern Colorado food scene, farm-to-table isn’t another trend. From restaurants in Windsor to Fort Collins, farm fresh fare has been the standard for decades. If you’re a foodie looking for seasonal variety, we’ve rounded up our top five favorite restaurants with seasonal menus. Just make sure you catch them before the menu changes!

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1. Locality

Locality offers a chef-driven menu dedicated to local and fresh ingredients in a beautiful, modern dining space. Located in southeast Ft. Collins, Executive Chef Matt Smith picks ingredients and produce himself from farms throughout Northern Colorado. A few of our favorite fall dishes are the Ricotta Agnolotti, which is fresh made raviolis with squash, pepita seeds, and blonde frisee; and the “Buffalo” Buffalo Short Rib, a beef short rib topped with buffalo sauce, blue cheese and served with mashed potato and pickled celery and carrot.

 

2. Chimney Park

Located in downtown Windsor, Chimney Park has won the DiRoNa Award of Excellence, OpenTable.com Best Restaurants in America in 2011 and 2015, and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2014 through 2018. Chimney Park offers a five course Chef’s Tasting Menu and other seasonal favorites like the Colorado Rack of Lamb, which is served with panisse, oven dried tomatoes, cauliflower, goladen raisins, arugula, and lamb jus; and Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef NY Strip, which is served with potatoes, fondant, broccolini, haricots verts, cipollini onions, and a whiskey sauce. Acclaimed chef Jason Shaeffer has molded Chimney Park into a regional, state-wide and national dining destination in Northern Colorado that is not to be missed!

 

3. Fish

You may not expect to find an acclaimed seafood restaurant in Northern Colorado, but alas, Fish is it. Located in downtown Ft. Collins just down the street from the Museum of Art, Fish serves sustainable seafood dishes with an on-site fish market. The seafood is refreshed on a near-daily basis and you can special order anything you crave within a couple of days from the market. A few of the seasonal offerings are the tacos, grilled red rock cod or shrimp topped with oaxaca cheese, carrots, cabbage, cilantro jalapeno, crème fraiche, and pico de gallo; steamers and fries, a bucket of clams or mussels in a white wine, lemon and garlic broth served with French fries; and the parmesan breaded halibut, a wild Alaskan halibut served then baked with parmesan breadcrumbs topped with a lemon caper cream sauce.

 

4. The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm

It doesn’t get more ‘farm fresh’ than The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm. Located in a 133-year-old building with its own chicken coop, The Farmhouse offers menus that change for each season to reflect festive flavors and local ingredients. Located northeast of downtown Ft. Collins, The Farmhouse seasonal dishes include the Summer Zucchini Noodles, served with corn broth, heirloom cherry tomatoes, carrot top pesto, fennel, fava beans, peas, and fresno chile; and a Smoked Salmon Pappardelle, which is a house-smoked salmon, hand-cut parpardelle, kale, peas, fava beans, rainbow carrots, capers, cream sauce, goat cheese, and herbs.

 

5. Ginger and Baker

Ginger and Baker is home to a market and bakery, daily café and an upscale restaurant called The Cache, named for the Cache la Poudre River. Located on the north-end of College Ave., The Cache offers a food and wine selection that has won the 2019 Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. The menus and wine list change to reflect the seasons, so be sure to check out their website to see what’s on currently, and read the chef’s tasting notes. Tip: try the herb-crusted ruby trout, which is served with spaghetti squash, watercress, black currant vinaigrette, and chive coulis.

 

No matter the season, you’ll be able to satisfy all your foodie cravings with these five NoCo foodie hotspots!

Colorado Real Estate News

Staging Hacks in a Pinch

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If you’re staging your home to sell, obvious tips include decluttering, cleaning off counters, and opening window blinds for more light. The goal for a staged home is to look clean, spacious, and inviting at all times. As we all know, staging a home is much more difficult when you’re living in the home you’re selling and need to make it show-ready with short to no notice.

 

This may seem overwhelming, but don’t worry! Here are 5 staging hacks you need to know to keep your home staged with no notice:

 

1. Add more decorative pillows to make beds look luxurious.

The master bedroom is especially important, as that’s the room your buyers will be living in. Hide your regular sleeping pillow and replace them with more appealing, decorative ones. You can buy more pillows, or simply purchase new pillow shams that you can put on in the morning before any showings take place. Add a couple smaller pillows and a lumbar pillow to finish the look, and it’ll make a big difference for the overall feel of your master bedroom.

 

2. Put out flowers and greenery.

Flowers, greenery and house plants all add visual appeal to the space. Mix fresh-cut flowers with low-maintenance potted houseplants. If you don’t have a ‘green thumb’ or simply don’t want to spend time potting plants, opt for a few quality faux plants. Faux plants come in all shapes and sizes, no matter the growing season!

 

3. Hide the clutter.

A common place to find junk mail, schoolwork, and pots and pans is on kitchen counters – make sure they are always completely cleared. Check around the house for charging cables and cluttered electronic cords. Do your best to keep tangled TV and entertainment center cords from view. Check the house for phone cords sitting idle in sockets. Use zip ties to organize and secure cords around computer desks. Before showings, round up all portable electronic devices and chargers in a tote bag or a part of your daily routine.

 

4. Use display towels.

Kitchen and bathrooms need to look immaculate. Put all your day-to-day bath and kitchen towels away during showings, and buy new, clean towels to display instead. Since you won’t be using them, keep them folded between showings so they’re always ready. Swapping out towels should be a part of your morning and evening routine when selling your house to ensure it’s show-ready at a moment’s notice.

 

5. Remove all traces of pets.

We all love our pets, but potential buyers may not. You’ll want to take all pet items out of the house or hide them during showings. This includes food and water bowls, toys, brushes, beds, and most importantly, your pet! Cleaning after your pet is equally important. Be sure to regularly lint roll your furniture – including couch, bar and dining room table seats, and bedroom duvet covers – vacuum often, and wash your pet regularly to avoid any lingering pet odors.

 

There you have it: 5 easy home staging tips to make your home looks beautiful and inviting while living in it. Maintaining your personal life in a staged home is never easy, but there are tips and tricks to keep last minute prepping to a minimum.

Colorado Real Estate News

Jeff Tomlan | Featured Agent

Jeff Tomlan

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Hometown:

Wilmington, DE

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

The fall colors on the East Coast.

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

4 Years

Hobbies:

Playing upright bass, watching college football, playing with my kids

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Passionate, Creative, Free-Spirited, Problem Solver, and Always Improving

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

My favorite time of year in Colorado is Autumn, despite how short lived it is. I love to visit a different mountain town each early October and see the leaves change color and smell the crisp, fall air.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I’m a professional jazz musician.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I try to stay involved in my children’s schools- by volunteering for classroom aide or volunteering to teach the music class. This way I not only give back to the children in the community, but gain a little extra time with my children. In addition, I love to support the local arts, especially the symphony.

Who Inspires You?

My wife. She is a rock star who conquers so much each day and keeps me balanced. She gave us two beautiful children, and she has raised them, so well, to be empathetic and intelligent individuals

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

My family, because I get to relive my own childhood, teach them what I know, and they help me grow.

How Do You Define Success?

I define success in many ways, but all of them are tied to being happy and fulfilled. If you have a lot of financial success, or any other conventionally successful thing, but you are not happy, or fulfilled, then I do not feel that you are truly successful. It doesn’t do anyone any good to attain certain levels of success if they are miserable. Life is short, and it should be enjoyed as much as possible.

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

I would have become a jazz musician. I have been playing upright bass for the past 11 years, and it is definitely my first passion. It is difficult to make a living as a jazz musician though (I think I’ve seen a few memes about it). I love to incorporate my two passions though, by holding broker and client open houses with live jazz music, provided by me.

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

I wish I could learn a foreign language. I can speak conversational Spanish, but I wish I were fluent in another language.

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

The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is start a family. There are so many responsibilities, and the anxiety is never-ending, but the rewards and joys of parenthood make me very glad that I did it.

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

Frank Lloyd Wright, because he was an innovator. He understood the balance between art and nature.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

My mom handmade an advent calendar for me when I was a teenager. It has little felted Christmas items for each day of December. My favorite family tradition is watching my wife and kids excitedly take the new item out of the pouch each day and place it on the tree on top. Since my mother passed away a few years ago, it’s nice to have a tradition that includes her in our lives.

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

How could a musician pick just one?

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

I would want to live in Wonderland. I went to a charter school in high school that emphasized math, and the concept of a world of nonsense, created by a mathematician, appeals to me. I am drawn to fantasies, and there isn’t one more enticing to me than one based on pure creativity and the absence of logic.

Contact Jeff Tomlan

Cell: 303-828-8747

Email: jeff@kentwoodcity.com

Website: Jeff Tomlan

Facebook.com/tomlanjeff

Instagram.com/jefftomlan.kcp