An App For That

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The poster boy for the quantified self movement is none other than the cofounder of an online real estate website with an app for that.
And the question this begs?  The quantified selfers use apps for everything from tracking numbers of hours slept, daily intake of berries and other super foods, the quantity of time spent with children and available homes for sale or sold,  believing that measurement means improvement.

Certainly in the real estate industry, various websites that are available to the unlicensed consumer give the selfer every chance to research neighborhoods, homes for sale and solds, price per square foot, etc.  There are apps for that.  However,
in the real estate industry, the measurements are merely numbers and even the industry appraisers know that there is no app for the unmeasurable qualities that lead a home from a for sale status to sold.  Often appraisers will call for information from brokers that have a recent sold in their inventory seeking facts that cannot be measured by a mere app.  Disappointing news for the buyer selfers out there as many times they make their own search tedious and cumbersome and miss out on some of the best real estate purchases available to them.

Begs the question, how do you find the best real estate purchases available if there is no app for that?  Enter into an agency relationship with a licensed real estate broker that is a member of the board and has not the app but the apptitude for the industry.  There is no app that measures client trust or fiduciary responsibility.  When a realtor enters into a client agreement, the specific duties are lined out in the agency contract, very measurable.  What is not measurable is the difference between on-line and personal customer service.  Will the website network with an office of top producing brokers to find out the details of quiet listings, coming to market soon listings or the "field of dreams" listings?  Does the website preview listings and attend broker open house events for updated knowledge on market availability?  Does the website attend continuing education courses on current Colorado Real Estate contracts, disclosures, and basic real estate law?  There is no app for the duties perfromed for a client by a realtor, just as there is no app for the quality versus quantity of time you spend with your children. 

Before you begin your search, to either sell or buy one of the bigger assets in an investment portfolio, trust the realtor not the app.

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the future, contact:
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
email:judy@kentwoodcity.com
posted: February 25, 2013
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The Consumer Genome

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According to an article by Natasha Singer from the New York Times Sunday Business section, there is a company that has amassed the world's largest commercial database on consumers, information about 500 million active consumers worldwide and about 1500 data points per person. This is obviously useful for any major company looking for insight into its consumers. The data ranges from media channel usage, read books and magazines, investments, text messaging, spectator sports, latest purchase or months since last purchase and on and on. It gets into the particulars of the consumer such as ethnicity, religion, pet ownership,, food preference or diet restrictions and again, on and on. So why not mix it up? Give the genome composition something to think about. Let's re-map it! If you are a city dweller, maybe it's time to enjoy the whispering of the pines under starry, starry nights. Trade in the asphalt for the links by purchasing a home positioned on one of the signature Jack Nicklaus golf courses. Buy a lot or a home in Castle Pines Village, the consumer's position has never been better with record low interest rates and continued low pricing of existing homes. Castle Pines Village will always hold the magic of "where Denver becomes Colorado again". Your consumer genome will now include bird watching or hiking, or a tendency to exercise in fresh air or snow shoeing. Reverse this sequence by moving from the country into the city, where you walk from your door into a top rated restaurant or world class opera. Keep the car in your garage and walk to the Broncos game or jump on a last minute ticket to a Rockies game. Your consumer genome will never include moments of boredom, but it might include gourmet "foodie" with a tendency towards Broadway musicals. Now is the time to re-sequence and move that consumer genome and I can help you do that. I market homes, condominiums and lots in the greater metro Denver and Castle Pines Village. Email me today and let's get started. judy@kentwoodcity.com Kentwood City Properties posted: June 18, 2012
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The Eyes Have It

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Eye contact, no, not a new class offering at all the major colleges and ,yes, almost a thing of the past. In today's world of texting, robo texting, IM messaging, tweets and on and on, eye contact is a forgotten form of communication. The average two year old can scroll through Mom's I-phone in seconds to find a favorite game. Many toddlers walk to the television screeen and slide their tiny hands across expecting the screen to move. The teenager is probably dutifully watching the same toddler from the couch but sending several simultaneous texts without looking at the electronic device. Walk into many a corporate meeting and you will see all heads down, listening to the speaker or checking email. Electronic communication is immediate and current, but it is not eye contact. Eye contact is one of the most critical tools available in negotiating a real estate transaction. Many a buyer has walked through a listing and made verbal comments, but the truth about the buyer's feeback appears when reading between the eyes. That same non verbal messaging occurs when writing contracts and negotiating contracts, much of the truth lies behind the contacts. The email contracts are fast and immediate yet devoid of eye contact and the instant messaging the eyes reveal. When choosing a broker to represent you and your family, remember the value of all communicative tools. If you are currently working with a broker this blog is not meant as a solicitation, but, if you are looking... Contact Me! judy@kentwoodcity.com We can meet, in person, and communicate! posted: December 16, 2011
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The International

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The International, the signature PGA tournament held annually at the prestigious Castle Pines Golf Club put the community of Castle Pines Village on a global arena. Many a tournament patron and television spectator wondered in awe at the beauty of this community and the lush golf course among towering Ponderosa pines and rocky foothills. The tournament was able to attract golf professionals from all over the world, many toured homes to purchase and it was consistently voted a tour favorite among the players. The tournament is no longer held during the beautiful summer months in Colorado, but Castle Pines Village did not lose its star status...(drum roll)...Christie's International Real Estate has arrived! The Kentwood Company has affiliated with Christie's International Real Estate for the marketing of distinctive properties in the Denver Area. As a Christie's affiliate, I have a network that spans the globe with more than 130 affiliates in 42 countries, operating out of 1,000 offices with more than 34,000 sales associates. This network offers an incomparable level of service, worldwide visibility, lead generation and instant brand recognition, resulting in impressive sales and procurements. From a duplex in Manhattan, New York selling at $19,000,000 to an estate on Red Mountain in Aspen that fetched $43,000,000, Christie's targeted strategies have attracted international buyers and sellers. So the International is not really missing from Castle Pines Village, it is alive and well and marketing properties to a worldwide network! If you would like more information on the real estate services that I provide for buyers and sellers, or my affiliation with Christie's International Real Estate, don't hesitate to contact me at: judy@kentwoodcity.com. I have specialized in Castle Pines Village as well as city close properties in the Denver area. Judy Fahrenkrog Kentwood City Properties posted: July 5, 2012
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Yes, Virginia ...

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There is a Santa Claus!  Of course magic is in the eye of the beholder and many believers penning a wish list headed towards the North Pole will not have a bright and shiny new school on the list, but that is what is being delivered to downtown Denver.

The Denver Public Schools are moving forward towards establishing a new school in the downtown area.  The location is 1860 Lincoln and the district will use the space in a multi-use way, housing the administrative offices there as well as moving the Emily Griffith Tech College and opening the Downtown Denver Expeditionary school.

According to today's Denver Post, the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School will be an elementary school scheduled to open next fall.  This is the result of collaboration among community groups including but not limited to the Downtown Denver Partnership.  Project approval is set for the next Board meeting scheduled in two weeks, right before the sleigh is loaded. 

Check out the Denver Post article written by Karen Auge for more information on the sale and purchase and other changes and plans that the school district and Mayor's office are coordinating.  This is exciting news as Denver moves into the future.

If you are interested in re-locating to Denver, our office is located directly across the street from Union Station, currently undergoing renovation for light rail expansion and under construction with multiple buildings that will house office, retail, restaurants and housing.  We have gone from the mini stocking to the super size variety, a big city with the heart of a small town.

For the holidays, Kentwood City Properties has teamed up with LoDo Cares to provide necessities for the homeless such as socks, hats, gloves, scarves, dental items and toiletries.  The company is matching the items purchased by the brokers and staff at Kentwood City with a cash donation to LoDo Cares. 

The season of giving just keeps on giving in Denver.

Contact me for information on the Denver real estate market.  I have worked with buyers and sellers for over thirty years, I would be happy to work with you.

email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: December 7, 2012
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New Normal

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The new catch phrase seems to be the "new normal".  Want to discuss global warming and weather patterns?  The answer seems to be the new normal.  Want to dissect the past election, red states vs blue and electoral votes?  The subject of the new normal will definitely enter into the conversation. Family television has re-defined the Donna Reed/June Cleaver household and the Modern Family has become the new normal.   Everything seems to be a new normal these days so let's explore the new normal in the housing market!

The new normal, mortgage delinquicy rates are down, meaning more people are current on  their mortgage payments.  Interest rates at record lows making it easier to make that payment; but wait, low interest rates are not the new normal.  What goes down will always rise again. 

Hoping to stay a new normal is the sales volume for October.
In the Denver metro area MLS the sales volume in October was up 45.9 %, in the Kentwood Companies it rose to 64.1% from last year.  Compare that to the year to date figures; MLs was up 28.5% and the Kentwood Companies were up 53.1% from last year.  Seeing a pattern here or the new normal?
With vacancy rates at a record low mark, the new normal for housing, homes are selling!

Now is the time to join the new normal!  Contact me for an overview of the marketplace.

judy@kentwoodcity.com
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties posted: November 13, 2012
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La Vraie Chose

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When Alice Waters decided to open a restaurant, she decided to use the name Panisse, the compassionate hero of filmaker Marcel Pagnol. They were "seeking to re-create the idea that life was lived close to the land, where food was produced by people who were sustained by each other and by the earth itself, where life and work were inseparable, and where the daily pace left time..." They tried to re-create a lifestyle, filled with beauty and sustenance, collaboration and friendships, beauty and harmony with nature, and simplicity in sophistication. Chez Panisse opened its doors forty years ago, and Alice Waters became an icon in the food industry. Alice Waters was the speaker for the CU Center for Women's Health Research in Denver, Coming Back To Our Senses:Nourishing the Next Generation. The take away from her talk was not only that food, the preparation and sustainability of food, should be the primary focus for living well but actually living well trumps food. How we live and where we live is truly as important to our well being as the food we eat, our homes are just as nourishing to our souls. Taking a moment to look back at some of your fondest memories or happiest times and you will see a home in that portrait. Our homes create the memories, nourish our families and friends and are the investmet that sustains our lives. If your current home does not nourish or sustain, it is time for a change. Housing prices are steadily climbing but still quite reasonable and interest rates are at record lows. Banks are lending, sellers are selling and rentals are scarce. There has never been a better time to purchase. Contact judy@kentwoodcity.com for more information on the variety of listings that I have available city close and country wide. As always, if you currently have an agency relationship, this is not meant as a solicitation. Be sure to check out the many cookbooks and books from Alice Waters and Chez Panisse. The excerpts quoted are from her new book: 40 Years of Chez Panisse The Power of Gathering posted: September 6, 2012
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The Home Connection

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According to Suze Orman, "Owning a home is a keystone of wealth, both financial affluence and emotional security". There has never been a better time to buy a home than the present, interest rates are low and seller incentives are high. If you have been thinking of a lifestyle change, whether it is to buy up into that home that represents your keystone or to downsize your current home to reflect your financial plan for the future, connect the dots now. Connect with Judy Fahrenkrog, she will introduce you to homes currently on the market and homes that will be listed in the near future. posted: January 27, 2011
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Numbers Game

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Friday's date is 11-11-11, the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the eleventh year of this century. It is a very cool number and if you are into numerology it reduces to the number 1! Numerology exists with an address too and it is easy to discern the type of house that you inhabit by doing some simple math. According to Fran Ouelette's House Numbers, based on the 12 houses of astrology, two numbers may be working in your address, the Master Number and the Choice Numbers. Adding the numbers in the address across and continuing to reduce down will give you a single digit number, the Master Number. Adding up all the numbers in the address and subracting from 12 will give you the Choice Number, subtract until you have a number from 1-12. Condo and Apartment numbers are included in the math, but not rural routes as they are too general. So let's play. 89 Indigo Way in Castle Pines Village is a fantastic lot that is available for a lucky buyer. Let's look at the numbers to see what luck this house will bring! 89 reduces to 17 down to 8 for the Master Number and subracting 12 from 89 brings a 5 to the Choice Number. What does it mean? A Master Number 8 house will bring a bountiful harvest, for here are the results of your performance as a unit or as a part of another (an 8 house also deals with the process of relationship). Here your relationships become potentially fruitful by proper management, seems like we're talking buyer, architect, builder here. In a #8 you may find the type of experience that causes you to make perhaps the deepest and most vital choices of you life. Wow! All that on a gorgeous home site! A Choice Number 5 house occupant may be a bit of a dare-devil taking some risks possibly through activities. Creativity is high in this home and compatibility is a high note. I think we can see the buyer - architect - builder pattern again! What are you waiting for? Tomorrow is as good a day as any to explore the creative potential of building you dream home. Tomorrow is a #1 day and 89 Indigo Way is the perfectly creative spot to get going! If you would like to find out the meanings behind your current home's Master and Choice Numbers email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: November 10, 2011
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Some Like It Haute!

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A white December snowfall welcomed many a Coloradoan this morning. Time to get your cozy on and light the candles, stoke the fire, sip a "haute" toddy from a comfy couch in your "haute" property. With December's short days and cold wintry nights, isn't it time for you to get "haute"? There are plenty of "haute" properties in the Denver metro area, from Boulder to Castle Pines Village, but many of these properties are quiet listings. A quiet listing is a property that is not officially listed in the area's metro list service, nor can be found on the internet. The marketing is a cozy "word of mouth" transaction and many are getting sold quickly. A quiet listing is always "haute"! The elegant but cozy fireplace shown in this blog is one of four in a quiet listing on a spectacular lot in Castle Pines Village. Four fireplaces to get "haute". For more information on this Frank Lloyd Wright styled masterpiece, email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. posted: December 1, 2011
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