Colorado Real Estate News

Castle Pines | Community of the Month

It’s no secret that Colorado is brimming with picturesque mountainscapes, friendly neighborhoods, and endless entertainment opportunities. With such wonderful attributes, finding a great place to call home isn’t a difficult task. But even within these lovely communities, there are some places that rise above the rest. Truly encompassing the best of what Colorado has to offer, the city of Castle Pines is among those communities that shine a bit brighter.

Castle Pines | Community of the Month

Parks and Recreation

Castle Pines boasts some of the most beautiful parks not just in the state of Colorado, but in the country. Coyote Ridge Park and Elk Ridge Park are just two of the charming parks that call Castle Pines home. At Coyote Ridge, you will be greeted by breathtaking views and a pleasant atmosphere. Residents also have access numerous walking trails, a baseball field, picnic pavilions, a playground, and a skate park. Elk Ridge Park is the latest addition to the Castle Pines recreation facilities, and has many of the same features as Coyote Ridge such as walking trails and picnic pavilions. One of Elk Ridge’s unique attributes are fun, educational features that give facts about the history of Colorado. It also has a climbing wall, water fountain for children to play in, and art features.

Castle Pines is also home to one of Colorado’s most prestigious golf courses, The Ridge at Castle Pines North. The Ridge has four sets of tees that measure from 5,000 yards to more than 7,000 yards in length. And it has received both statewide and national recognition in various publications. Adding to the recreational opportunities, one of the largest parks in the Denver Mountain Park System sits just outside the city borders. Daniel’s Park is known for its bison herd, dramatic views of the Rocky Mountains, and historic buildings. Most of the park is a Bison preserve and natural area where visitors can view wildlife in their natural habitat.

Arts & Culture

On top of being a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Castle Pines is full of opportunities in the arts and those who are captivated by it. CPACF (Castle Pines Art & Cultural Foundation) is a proud supporter if the arts. They host the Missoula Children’s Theater as well as the Missoula Community Theater. And throughout the year they host several events for residents to enjoy. In the Fall, attend Fall in the Foothills, a celebration of the seasons. Here you’ll find food, music, education, and more that will bring residents together and puts a smile on their faces. And in the Spring residents gather for the Summer Solstice Fair.

 

Life in Castle Pines really offers the best of both worlds. The city of about 10,000 residents lies within the Front Range Urban Corridor and is considered part of the greater Denver metropolitan area. Living here you are only a short distance from all the amenities that Denver has to offer. But far enough away to have a genuine sense of Colorado living at its finest. When you call Castle Pines home, you’re close to some of the best winter ski resorts, hiking and nature trails, hunting, boating, golf, and so much more.

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Denver’s Best Neighborhoods to Relocate

Denver, Colorado has continued to make national headlines as one of the top cities to live over the past few years. The attention has brought companies like Charles Schwab and X and Y to the Denver area , along with anywhere between 75,000 and 100,000 people (per year) to Colorado. With such a hot real estate market in Denver, we wanted to introduce some great neighborhoods and cities in the Denver area that are not as widely known to people relocating to the Denver area.

Denver’s Hidden Pockets 

Backcountry, Highlands Ranch

There’s always something going on in Highlands Ranch with a wide variety of community events scheduled throughout the year.  It’s a place where you can grow, learn, prosper, and enjoy a highly desirable Colorado lifestyle on your terms. Click here to learn more.

Featured Listing:

10611 Autumnsong Court

Walk into the refreshingly versatile Northern Sky plan and find all the living spaces necessary to put down roots and stay awhile.

Listed by: Aimee Twarogowski

Denver Relocate | Highlands Ranch

 

Castle Pines

Castle Pines Village is among the most coveted communities in Colorado. Nestled within vast expanses of towering pines, Castle Pines Village showcases panoramic mountain vistas, dramatic sandstone cliffs, plus wildflowers and gamble oak throughout 3,000 acres where diverse Denver Real Estate ranges from magnificent custom mansions to stylish golf homes. Click here to learn more.

Featured Listings:

761 International Isle

Masterful perfection by Copperleaf Homes in Castle Pines Village showcasing exceptional designer finishes throughout & captivating mountain views from almost every window.

Listed By: Dotson Skaggs

Denver Relocate | 761 International Isle

146 Capulin Place

If you’re looking for the ultimate in private luxury living, then this Colorado custom mountain home was made for you!

Listed By: Helm Weaver Helm

Denver Relocate | 146 Capulin

145 Capulin Place

At the end of a cul-de-sac, on the 16th fairway with stunning golf course views. Incredible family home for the money!

Listed By: Annzo Phelps

Relocate Denver | 145 Capulin

Castle Pines Village 50+ Home Sites

These home sites are for the luxury minded and the community speaks to that buyer. The lots are from $395,000 up. They range from .5 acres to 6 acres. Many of them are heavily wooded and have gorgeous views to Pikes Peak, the front range, and mountain peaks to the west. This is a gated community with two Jack Nicklaus golf courses, two swim clubs, fitness center, tennis courts, and 24-hour security and emergency services.

Listed By: Annzo Phelps & Chrissy Smith

Relocate Denver | CPV Lots

Evergreen

Nestled in Colorado’s magnificent high country, Evergreen is conveniently located just 15 miles west of Denver, therefore making it easy for many residents to commute to their workplace in the metro Denver area. Click here to learn more.

Featured Listing:

2553 Elk Valley Road

Saddle up and savor the luxuriousness and privacy of this exclusive 35-acre equestrian estate in Evergreen, Colorado. Mere minutes from I-70 and Denver, but worlds away from all the hustle and bustle.

Listed By: Christopher Howey

Relocate Denver | 2553 Elk Valley Road

Golden

Golden is nestled between the majestic Rocky Mountains and two scenic mesas, as a result you are guaranteed a beautiful backdrop no matter where in Golden you are lucky enough to find yourself.  The city offers a wide array of activities and attractions for residents and visitors alike. Click here to learn more.

Featured Listing:

1920 Larkspur Drive

Architectural masterpiece with Mt. Evans and Arapahoe Views! Post and beam constructed home with endless possibilities. Unparalleled design featuring floor to ceiling windows, exposed beams, 6 fireplaces, wood accented ceilings, and dramatic snowcapped views from almost every room.

Listed By: Ann Lenane & Angela Beldy

Relocate Denver | 1920 Larkspur

Littleton

Littleton is a unique, stunning community with beautiful homes, mature trees, large lots, and park-like landscapes. It is comprised of separate exclusive neighborhoods each with their distinctive charms, attributes, and amenities. Click here to learn more.

Featured Listings:

10187 Blue Blood Place

Exceptional quality, craftsmanship, and privacy abound! Custom Colorado style home, zoned for horses, perched on 2.3 acres with sweeping front range views, backs to the Highline Canal, with access to miles of trails.

Listed By: The AdenBell Group

Relocate Denver | 10187 Blue Blood Place

1 White Fir Court

This pristine Ken-Caryl home on private cul-de-sac, sits on an elegant 22,000 square foot lot.

Listed By: Patsy Brown

Denver Relocate

5131 Juniper Street

Back on the market after new landscaping! Spectacular modern custom ranch home with stunning views, close proximity to lake & beach.

Listed By: Rollie Jordan

Denver Relocation

 

Morrison

Morrison’s small main street is filled with restaurants, quaint shops, and antique haunts. The high-end, critic-approved, wild-game establishment known as The Fort is a replica of Bent’s Old Fort, an adobe building that is a celebration of the West that features a décor and southwestern food, quality wines, and decadent desserts. Morrison is best known for Red Rocks Amphitheatre, one of the most renowned outdoor concert venues on the planet. Click here to learn more.

Featured Listing:

16321 Gentian Lane

Sprawling ranch with 4,800 finished square feet. Large corner lot with mountain & city views. Colorado lifestyle at its best!

Listed By: Greg Margheim & Kelly Sophinos

Denver Relocation Guide

 

Westminster

Westminster is an award-winning community with an international reputation for livability, a tradition of excellence in parks and recreation, a leadership role in technology, and a reputation for sound financial management.  The community is a three-time winner of the National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award recognizing excellence in park and recreation management. Click here to learn more.

Featured Listing:

1255 Huntington Trails Parkway

Step inside this beautiful custom-built residence that backs up to open space with its own private pond and two private decks, a fire pit and a gas BBQ grill, allowing you the privacy you need to enjoy spectacular mountain views.

Listed By: Jamie Slough & Mor Zucker

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Denver Relocation Rental Homes

Guest Blogger – Steven Kruse
Typical of Denver relocaton rental homes
This is an actual home for sale in the MLS. I am leasing it as a Denver relocation rental home with an option to buy it.

I am a Relocation Realtor who helps lots of folks moving here from out of town. Usually, I help them buy a home. But, sometimes they need Denver relocation rental homes before they’re ready to buy. So, I am able to offer free professional help to relocation renters too.

There are lots of reasons why relocation buyers need to rent a home before they buy. Sometimes, they just want to try out a neighborhood before they commit to buying. Also, they may need to sell a home and don’t want to wait for it to sell. Or, they might have a problem getting a loan and have an issue to clear up such as bad credit from a medical bill.

Short Supply of Denver Relocation Rental Homes

Whatever reason is causing them to want to rent first, these relocation buyers are in for a shock. The Denver real estate market is so hot that even rental homes are in short supply. The overall vacancy rate now for rental homes in good areas is less than 4%. Because that is the case, it’s difficult to find a home to rent in good condition or in a good location. I know. I’ve helped many buyers with rental properties. They are easily disillusioned after just looking at a few Denver rental homes for relocation renters. Most have poor locations such as on a busy street. Or, they might be in poor condition. And, folks relocating to Denver are often in competition with lots of local renters.

Rent Any Home in the Denver MLS

denver-relocation-rental-homeThe good news is I found a solution. I have partnered with one company that lets my renters select a home from the current home listings for sale. You read that right. My renters can actually rent Denver relocation rental homes currently listed for sale in the Denver residential MLS.  My partner company will then buy that home to become the landlord and rent it to my customers at market rate. From there, the clients have the option to buy the house after a year. Or, they can continue to rent the home if they prefer at a pre-determined increase in rent.

The program works like this. The relocation renter finds any single family home or townhome that is currently on the market with my help under $475,000. The chances are that the home is already pre-approved from the investor because they use a pre-approval system that is automatically linked to the Denver MLS System. I then reach out the listing agent and explain to them we have a cash offer coming their way and we would like a 30-45 day closing with a quick inspection. Listing agents love these terms. So,  we should be able to place the desired home under contract right away. And,  the Denver relocation renter can take possession quickly and rent with very reasonable, pre-determined option to buy. Imagine all the listings for sale in the Denver MLS are now available to Denver relocation renters.

Rent With Option To Buy

No matter what this program is a win-win. Since all MLS homes for sale are potential Denver relocation rental homes, they get better homes. And, the customer has options at the end of the lease to leave, re-lease or buy that home. They can end the lease totally without penalty at that time. Or, they can renew the lease at a pre-determined rate. Finally, they have the option to buy the home. Of course, there are applications that need to be filled out like any other lease. And, there is a minimum income and credit requirement. However, these are requirements for any Landlord that is credible and good at what they do.

When I first found this unique program, I was a little concerned that it might not be exactly as advertised. But I was wrong! Yes, I have to do a little extra work for Relocation rental company but not the customer. All they have to do is select the home or homes they want to view. I set up the showings and hope we find a home that would work perfectly for a short period of time or maybe longer!

Denver relocation renters love this program. They get a better home to rent, a greater selection of homes and the option to just the home reasonably at the end of the lease. I am thrilled about this program and so are my relocation renters. Do you have any questions about this program? I can provide all the details.  Simply use the contact form below and I will be in touch with you soon.

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What is a Denver Relocation Realtor? – By Larry Hotz, Kentwood DTC Broker

Relocation Realtor

I am a Denver Relocation Realtor. Many people have no idea how that is different than just any regular Realtor. Basically, it means a Relocation Realtor knows more suburbs and neighborhoods throughout Denver that are appropriate for folks moving here from out of town.

It also means it some Realtors are especially well versed in handling clients moving into and out of Denver. Sometimes, they been transferred by their employer and are receiving benefits from that employer that need to be understood by the Realtor. Sometimes, they been newly hired by a new employer. Sometimes, they’re moving to Denver on their own. In any case, those folks don’t need to buy a house until they are oriented properly to the area.

Most Realtors specialize in just one area of the city or suburbs. It’s often the same area where they live. Or, sometimes they farm a geographical area for buyers or sellers. Sometimes a Realtor may specialize in foreclosures or bank owned properties. I know some Realtors that specialize in only golf course properties and others who know everything there is to know about lakefront properties in the Denver area.

Denver Relocation Home Buyers

But, people moving to the Denver area have certain unique needs and questions that have to be answered by a competent professional. For example, what are the differences between schools and school districts? What areas of town have high crime rates? Where would I find the churches or synagogues I want to attend? How does open enrollment in public schools work in Colorado and where can I use it?

Relocation Realtors have been dealing with questions like this for many years. In fact there’s even a professional certification, Certified Relocation Professional, offered by a Division of the National Association of Realtors. These brokers have attended classes and must meet certain minimum standards to receive this certification. It’s similar to the kind of designation for residential real estate, Graduate Realtor Institute which I taught for many years.

Relocation Realtor Clients

My career working with relocation buyers and sellers began when I first entered the real estate business 1978. My firm then was affiliated with a national relocation company, Merrill Lynch. We helped their clients move into and out of Denver for many years. As time went on, I worked directly with several companies in moving their employees. Those included Xerox, Pepsi, Boeing, Pfizer and The University Of Colorado Health Science Center known as CU Medical Center.

Those companies wanted their employees to make a smooth transition when moving into or out of Denver. They wanted a trusted Realtor partner to help do that effectively. They knew that different Realtors had different competencies, knowledge and skill sets. I developed many relationships with executives who referred me to their most important employees. They wanted them to land safely and not be stressed in their moves.

I’m still in touch with many of those executives today. They have provided rich and rewarding relationships.

National Relocation Companies

Relocation clients can also be referred by national third-party relocation companies. Those clients often have benefit programs which need to be understood by both the transferee and the destination Realtor. Many transferees think that they must choose to work the Realtor assigned by the relocation company. However, a saavy relocation transferee can ask to be assigned so long as that Realtor is approved by the company. That way, the transferee can get a seasoned Relocation Realtor instead of the “luck of the draw”.

Now, I’m working with my daughters to teach them how to handle relocation clients. Together, we are helping many folks move into and from Denver in job-related moves. My daughter Elizabeth has been a real estate broker since 2006 and my daughter Meredith joined our Hotz Group last year.

We would be happy to help you or your company with any relocation related moves. Our services go far beyond just selling a home. We believe in helping our clients get oriented to the Denver lifestyles. We can work with national relocation companies or human resource officers within individual companies. We also work with folks who are just moving into Denver and looking for a competent Relocation Realtor.

All these folks are looking for a smooth transition of their present environment into their new environment. That’s why they should consider finding a Denver Relocation Realtor who can help them make a smooth transition into Denver.

Meredith and Elizabeth Hotz

Colorado Real Estate News

Prohibited: Things Your Moving Company Won’t Touch

Moving DayIt’s not every day that you pack up all of your belongings to move across town or the country. In this regard, moving companies can be a life saver. They will carry everything you own down three flights of stairs, out a window and through the rain. Well, almost everything that is. There are certain things movers draw the line at. Before you start packing up your possessions, become familiar with the list of items that your moving company will not move for you.

Hazardous Materials
Federal law bans moving companies from transporting hazardous materials, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. If it looks or smells dangerous, chances are they won’t be loading it into the back of a moving van. As a general rule of thumb, anything you can’t ship or dispose of regularly is prohibited. The list ranges from propane and gasoline tanks to liquid bleach, charcoal, corrosives and even nail polish remover. The best plan is to use up these items or dispose of them properly, then restock once you’ve settled into your new home.

House Plants
There might be a few moving companies that are willing to throw a house plant or two in the back of a moving van, but most won’t allow any plants on a local or cross country move. Some states are sensitive about plants. It is illegal to transport plants over 150 miles without a special license. Many officials worry about the plants transporting pests such as emerald ash borers and other problems with them and introducing them into new areas. So if your house plants are extremely important to you, you might have to bite the bullet and transport them yourself, or simply leave them behind.

Food and Pantry Items
Non-perishable food items can be transported but perishable items are a definite no. This includes frozen foods and open containers, no matter what the expiration date. Transporting food can attract all sorts of issues, and living things, along the way. And that could put your belongings and the movers at risk. Pack only sealed food with a long shelf life. If you want to take the perishable items with you, put them in a cooler to bring along in your own car. Or try to use as many of these items as you can before the move.

Valuable/Personal Items
Technically, these items aren’t among the things that movers refuse to handle. But it is always a good idea to keep your valuable items with you instead of leaving them in the hands of someone else. You don’t want to risk losing jewelry, cash, credit cards, birth certificates, passports or things that have sentimental value to you.