Living Urban in Denver: Real Estate Blog

I’m really excited about Doors Open Denver next weekend, April 23rd and 24th, 2016! It’s one of my favorite local events, that allows the public to get a peak into some of our city’s most unique buildings.

Doors Open Denver (DOD) is an annual two-day event that provides opportunities for residents and visitors to explore our city, creating meaningful connections to the built environment and promoting quality design. Each spring, the Denver Architectural Foundation (DAF) inspires the community to connect, through self-guided (free) or expert-guided (fee-based) tours of Denver’s unique spaces, including high-profile, historic and/or artistic feats of architecture and design. Doors Open Denver tells the story of where Denver is, where it has been and

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I’m the owner of a real estate brokerage in Northwest Denver, and am alarmed at the possibilities an expanded I-70 will bring to the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods.

These neighborhoods have already been compromised by a separation from the rest of Denver’s revitalized Highlands and RiNo neighborhoods, and will be further ruined by this new plan. Home values in those neighborhoods have barely increased in the past 15-20 years. Every other neighborhood that’s within four miles of the urban core is worth two, three or four times as much as it was in the same period. Demand for real estate development in the city makes these areas an opportunity to reclaim these neighborhoods - but will not continue to do so if I-70 is widened. This is our

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Potential homebuyers in Denver could qualify for $15,000 in down payment assistance.

Wells Fargo and the city of Denver announced a program on Wednesday that will provide $4.5 million to qualified homebuyers. Those who qualify will need to attend a homebuyer event on April 4-5 at the Colorado Convention Center. The program includes homebuyer education. To qualify for the program, you must buy a home in the city and county of Denver.

To learn more about who qualifies and to register for the event go to

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Buoyed by successes from past homeowner programs and with an eye on the future, the City and County of Denver and the Metro Mayors Caucus today launched the Metro Mortgage Assistance Plus Program, a new funding initiative to encourage home ownership.“There is no better way to help rebuild our local economy and expand the strength and vitality of our neighborhoods than to open the doors of home ownership to moderate and low-income buyers,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

The program reduces the usual barriers to home ownership by providing a 4% grant for down payment and closing cost assistance—money the borrower does not repay—and can offer a competitive interest rate on 30-year mortgages. The program can currently be used to purchase any property

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Heads up Denver! Residential seasonal street sweeping begins April 1st and Denver Public Works needs your help to keep the Mile High City clean!

Denver Public Works Street Maintenance crews sweep residential streets from April through November. 
Residential streets in Denver are only swept once per month where posted (not every block has restrictions), so please be sure to move your vehicle according to the signs on your block to avoid a $50.00 parking citation. 

Want a helpful reminder about your street sweeping day? Denver Public Works has you covered!
 Here's your options:

1) Sign up to receive a free email reminder of your street sweeping day. Visit the Street Sweeping Reminder Sign-Up Page to sign up. Be sure you know what day of the week

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With all the different programs available it’s important to determine early on in the loan process which program is right for you.  Each type of mortgage has different underwriting guidelines and down payment requirements.  Figuring out which one makes the most financial sense can be tricky. How much money you have available for the down payment can play a huge role?  Below are some of the most common:

FHA is great for first time homebuyers as the minimum investment is 3.5%.  The downside of this type of financing is the cost of Mortgage Insurance.  FHA requires both “up front MI” which can get rolled into the loan, and “monthly MI” which can get rather expensive and lower the amount that you qualify for.

VA is a great option for Veterans as it offers

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Returning for its seventh season, and just in time for the Broncos big game, volunteers for Denver Parks and Recreation and Winter Park Resort have begun snow making in anticipation of the January 2013 opening. Ruby Hill Rail Yard brings the excitement and energy of skiing and snowboarding to Denver with a free, ski and rider urban rail yard.

Snowmaking begins tonight, January 11 and will continue as a 24 hour operation until snow making is complete. When complete, Ruby Hill Rail Yard will begin grooming more than an acre of snow. When opened, Ruby Hill Rail Yard will feature six to eight rails of varying configurations and levels of advancement. Weather permitting, the rail yard will be open approximately six to eight weeks.

Jack in the Box is

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househunters_showheader_400House Hunters gives viewers a behind the scenes glimpse of what may be the biggest financial and emotional purchase of a person's life — buying a new home. From touring open houses to making offers, each half-hour episode shows the experience of finding and purchasing a new home. House Hunters is the first television series that enables viewers to live vicariously through our individuals, couples, and families as they recognize their own anticipation, fear and delight in the search for their ideal home.

If you're interested in being a part of House Hunters, please fill out a BUYER application or a REAL ESTATE AGENT application.

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DIY Network’s "Rescue Renovation" is now casting homeowners who live within an hour of Denver and who have gotten in over their heads in a home renovation project and need professionals to help finish it! If interested, email for an application or apply via the link below.

Licensed contractor and host, Kayleen McCabe, and her team of experts will come to the rescue and save these project-challenged homeowners! Applicants must have an appropriate budget already set aside for the renovation. If interested, please e-mail for an application, or apply on-line at:

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