Staging Future Cities

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Sustainable development is dependent on the staging of future cities, according to the IJNR, International Journal of Neighborhood Renewal. They are hosting an international symposium in London that will focus on several themes that will bring cities into a sustainable future. The major themes are culture, neighborhood, connectivity, sport, enterprise, beauty, health and global and regional issues. The Connected City is a theme that carries particular interest for futurists as we move through this century, connectivity via communications/internet and transportation models. The future of the Denver area is very optimistic with its focus on many of the themes: Denver is quickly becoming a Cultural City with world class opera, ballet, theatre, symphony companies, major art museums and the Starz Film Festival has developed an international presence. No doubt that Denver is a Sporting City, with professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer and the region allows access to world class skiing and snow sports along with hiking, biking and fly fishing. Beauty and healthy, two words that are synonymous with Colorado, are themes that were also highlighted in the recent CBS Sunday Morning feature on the happiest cities to live in the USA. Boulder ranked number one, it is regionally very close to Denver neighborhoods, also a short commuter trip from both downtown areas. Denverites often frequent Boulder's great restaurants, outdoor experiences, Farmers market and the infamous pedestrian mall. Both cities have easy access to international travel and commerce, a global theme for future cities. Sustainable development in Denver, the urban center of Colorado, the future looks very bright; so bright you may have to wear shades. Connect with Denver and the realtor with a sustainable career in helping buyers and sellers move Denver. www.judysdenver.com email judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: May 13, 2011
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Leadership and Vision

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Leadership is defined as one's ability to get others to follow, every organization needs leaders at every level.  According to Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric Co., "Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion." 
But vision, isn't effective until the leader communicates the vision, and when the communication delivery is passionate, the passion is contagious.

Other  leadership qualities include integrity, openness, fairness, assertiveness, dedication, magnanimity, creativity and a sense of humor.  Pulling apart the traits of each quality you find the connection.  An individual that communicates with fairness and honesty has the ability to communicate openly and assertively because there are no surprises.  This strings into the trait of magnanimity, giving credit when credit is due.  A magnanimous leader creates followers through the simple task of recognition!  Creativity is a skill set, and ussually spins off the other leadership qualities as the mind is free to create when it is not bogged down with the doubts.

Leadership is the key to any successful business, team, transaction, family or goal.  Leadership with vision is the arithmetic for success.  Begs the question, are you working with leaders?

The real estate business is complex, from the listing to the closing the realtor must be the leader that exhibits all the qualities of strong leadership.  Openess and fairness, creativity and magnanimity, dedication and integrity along with integrity are key components in the success of a real estate transaction....and...a sense of humor!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Denver area, work with a leader in the industry.
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
judy@kentwoodcity.com
I have been working with buyers and sellers for over 30 years, and as a fourth generation Denverite...I know Denver!
posted: September 28, 2012
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A Wantologist

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In a recent New York Times article by Arlie Russell Hochschild,ther is a new training arena for life coaches, psychologists, life trainers, motivational coaches and executive coaching, the new expanded field of wantology. It was intended to help business managers make purchasing decisions but it has morphed into a broader field that includes but is not limited to goal setting. The first premise is to think about a "want" and then ask clients if they are "floating or navigating towards the want (goal)". Also, asked is the outcome, "what do you want to feel like once you have what you want?". New field? I think not because residential realtors have been in the field of wantology since the occupation began. The first question we ask clients, whether they are planning to sell or buy is to think about the "want". Do you want to downsize or upsize? Do you want to be in your new home by a school start or the holidays? Do you want to retire in the home or do you want to sell and move in a few years? Do you want a close commute or do you want bucolic acreage? Do you want city close or do you want open spaces? Do you want the home of your dreams much as the pictured home in this blog? I can make that happen! Wantologists are now advertising their services in a variety of publications and fields. One ad states that a Wantologist is Wanted..."to help me acieve my dream gazebo", or to "help a guy with no eye for fashion shop for pants". It is outsourcing to the max but we have been outsourcing for years. As a real estate professional, a Realtor for 30 years, I have been wantologist to many a home buyer and seller, often repeat clients. My professional services include going over in detail the wants and needs of clients, searching properties or marketing properties to reach the best possible conclusion...a successful sale and a happy client. Some of the services that I provide are arranging photography, open houses, internet marketing, showings and feedback, submiting and negotiating offers, working through multiple and back-up offers, working through home inspections, meeting appraisers, coordinating with lenders, and facilitating the closing with a professional title company. All of these services are just for the sellers. Buyers have a specific set of needs that include converting the "wants" list into a successful schedule of homes to tour in a timely fashion...since the inventory is so low, "timely" is the operative word. Add to the above services, learning the names of children and pets, adjusting the wants to a variety of lifestyles, schools, recreational, spiritual and just "feel good" places. Residential real estate is not for the amateur or "want-a-be's". We are licensed and trained and re-trained to be the best wantologists out there. Next time you want to buy or sell your home, phone or email me: judy@kentwoodcitycom. I will turn wants into realized dreams. posted: May 17, 2012
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Vivibilita

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The city rated the most livable in Italy is not Rome nor Venice but a city in the very northern region near Austria, Bolzano.  Bolzano perche?  Bolzano has that certain je ne sais quoi (french) for vivibilita (italian).   It is a city that boasts churches and frescoes and Tyrolian mountains and green valleys. You will hear English and German spoken as often as Italian.  It is a crossroads, close enough to the majors (Milan, Zurich) yet far enough to be unique.

Are you in or near a city with vivibilita, if not why not? Castle Pines Village is the perfect example.  It sits on a 2800 acre site with rock ledges and cliffs, rolling hillsides and manicured golf courses,  towering ponderosa pines and rambling gambel oak, hiking trails and biking, herds of elk and fields of wildflowers, sunrises and starry nights. The community is gated with 24 hour emergency services and sits between two major hospitals, Lone Tree and Castle Rock.  The community is near I-25 an easy and short commute to downtwon Denver and transportation hubs, including airports.  Castle Pines quite literally, has it all.
For more information on Castle Pines Village's Vivi call or email me. Check ou the beautiful homes available on this website...
all within the village.

judy@kentwoodcity.com
Judy Fahrenkrog
303-820-2489 posted: April 1, 2013
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Giving Thanks!

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Land of the free, because of the brave! posted: November 11, 2011
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TWO HANDS

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We are born with two hands for a reason....one to give and the other to receive. It was never more evident than the other evening when the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame inducted several honorees, each one placing Colorado on the map for world class tennis. All the proceeds went to the Colorado Youth Tennis Association with the mission to promote diversity and inclusion. Serving the underserved, and we are not talking match - point - game. Tennis is a game that mixes athleticism with intelligence, a game that requires perseverance and concentration. Bringing tennis to the inner city schools allows educators to instill values and positive thinking skills to Colorado's youth. One such elementary school has seen academics and test scores rise due to the school wide effort to include tennis and chess into the after school curriculum. It was my pleasure and honor to be in the audience when Scott Humphries received his induction into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame. Scott's mother was a Californian that played on the University of Colorado tennis team and helped bring youth tennis to Greeley. His talents went beyond the state tournaments as he went on to win at Wimbledon and enroll at Stanford University. Congratulations Scott and to Colorado for promoting our youth through a game that requires a serve and return, two hands ...one to give and one to receive...a game of love! posted: January 31, 2012
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Stage Right

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One could argue that Sophia Loren is the perfect example of the Italian phrase or obsession "fare bella figura", but in fact since it is an obsession, most Italians are examples.  "Fare bella figura" means to make a good impression...at all times.  Italians never go out shopping or running errands without looking presentable, you will never see an Italian in work-out clothes or sweats in the market or anywhere outside the gym.  Even the waste management personnel in Rome wear uniforms that look very Prada, complete with knee high boots that could make the cover of Vogue.   Italians take great care in that first impression, they inherently know that it sets the stage.

In a competitive real estate market, staging is now the first step in marketing a home.  When buyers walk through the front door, a well staged home sets the tone for the length of time for the visit, the target price for an offer, even setting the stage for the inspection process.  There is nothing more distracting to a buyer than to be expected to "see past" the clutter or the family photos or the shelves of souvenirs.  Buyers want to see themselves in the home as owners of the home, not spontaneous guests.

What constitutes staging...right?  A good stager will visit the home then not only decide which pieces of furniture and art stay, but where they should be placed.  The movement of furniture in the home or out of the home may be uncomfortable for some sellers, but the goal is the verb within the noun...sell.

Prior to the appointment with a professional stager, most work on an hourly rate,  do some of the leg work in advance.
For instance, the kitchen pantry should be cleared.  Most of the shelves in the pantry should be bare and wiped clean.  It not only gives the appearance of space but it sets the tone for the cleanliness of the home.  Along with the pantry, take an overview of the home and set the move in motion.  If you are not going to move an item to a new location, get rid of the item prior to the staging appointment.  If you plan to move items such as family photos or souvenirs, box them for the move immediately,  the stager will always make that suggestion so you will be saving time and money if you accomplish that task prior to the staging appointment. 

The Denver area real estate market is positive, sellers are beginning to see a rise in values and the return of the long forgotten word "home equity".  If you plan to market your home to sell, give it a chance.  Allow your home the opportunity to make that good impression, fare bella figura.

If you are interested in the value of your home in today's rising marketplace, don't hesitate to send me an email or call.  I would be happy to walk through a market analysis of the sales in your neighborhood as well as a walk through of your home for marketing suggestions.

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
email: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: January 23, 2013
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Do The Math

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Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year, a signal for Spring's arrival and new beginnings. The Chinese culture has given so much to many generations in the form of art and literature, philosophy and ancient traditions. One tradition of note is house numerology, the process to find the ideal house for your lifestyle. In house numerology, take the full house number, including an apartment or unit number, add all the numbers together and then reduce to a one digit number. One house I recently sold, 100 Detroit #501 reduces to the number 7. What do the numbers mean? A 1 House is where you would feel motivated, this house shines and the owner will always have the energy to initiate. A 2 House nurtures all kinds of relationships, "tea for two", and makes an ideal place for weddings, a perfect setting for a gazebo. A 3 House vibrates self-expression, perfect for entertaining and creativity and will do well with an expansion. A 4 House represents security with a strong foundation, the owner will succeed in this house. A 5 House represents change and movement, the residents will travel and the houe will be filled with computers and technology. A 6 House is beauty, associated with the planet Venus, this decor will express style and class. A 7 House is contemplative, a great home to build a library. The 8 House means power, money and success, its occupants would make great doctors, attorneys and high executives. The 9 House is the house of the humanitarian, with its connection to the past the house will welcome a lot of visitors, friends past and present, and will host lots of charity events. Does your house reflect your lifestyle, personality, family? Are you house hunting now, or planning a future move? Start with the right Realtor, and while you are navigating the home search...do the math. posted: February 3, 2011
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Where In The World?

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Many customer service reps that receive the phone calls from the customer that pressed zero for service, have never been to Denver, Colorado or the areas surrounding the Denver area. Many have never stepped onto to US soil. These customer service reps are responding to inquiries from the various companies that require their services due to the large volume of calls received. The cable and mobile carriers rely on these services and it keeps the personal contact at a minimum. Shocking to find out that many real estate brokerage firms rely on the same call banks, but they do. Do you know which brokerage firms outsource the most important employee in the company is the employee that answers the phone? Do you really want to list your home with a company where the only contact with brokers setting showings is a receptionist that lives in Kansas City? Didn't think so! Sellers in a very volatile real estate market need the professional expertise and services of brokers that not only know the weather but know the values. Appraisers have come under scrutiny because many times an appraiser for a property is not only unfamiliar with the neighborhood but has been known to ask "Where in the world is LoHi or Country Club or Slavens?" If you live and work in Grand County, you might not know the demographics of Castle Pines Village, tough to get apprised of market activity over the last three months if you are getting a crash course in GPS! If the appraisers are under such scrutiny, it is a curiosity to them that a property in Vail may be represented by a broker in Denver or vice versa. Sellers should focus on brokers that specialize not only in the Seller's area but a brokerage company that is well represented in that area. The second cousin in Fort Collins that brokers through a national chain of brokerage firms will not have the expertise to market a home in Castle Pines Village. This is why a company such as Kentwood, locally owned with three office locations in the Denver area remains the premier real estate brokerage service! The top awards from Realtor Roundtable went to all three Kentwood offices, brokers that specialize and know Denver and brokers that refer clients to our Luxury Relocation service when the client is out of the Denver area. Kentwood's branding is nationally known, and also the relocation service offered is nationally recognized. Kentwood is affiliated with Christie's for international marketing exposure, but Kentwood is locally owned. If a broker calls to set a showing at any one of the Kentwood offices, that broker will connect with a real person that is actually at that office! Our showing desk takes pride in efficiency and professionalism, with the utmost courtesy to clients and brokers. They know where in the world your home is! "Please hold" is not an option for Erin and Gloria, the showing desk team. They also receive all the incoming calls from buyers that have located a listing from print advertising or on the web or a drive-by with a Kentwood sign. They are pros at immediately getting the correct information to the caller, essential in an ever changing market place. So if your home is already listed, this is not meant as a solicitation but an information blog. If you are thinking of buying or selling in the future, contact me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. As a fourth generation Denverite, I specialize in the neighborhoods where I have lived, Country Club, Cherry Creek, Hilltop, Park Hill and Lower Downtown. I also specialize in Castle Pines Village, twenty minutes south of Denver center, a community I called home for twenty years. If I don't specialize in your area, I am happy to refer you to a specialist from our network. posted: April 13, 2012
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Million Dollar Baby

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You look like a million bucks! Or so say the buyers that have purchased Million Dollar plus properties in the Denver area. In recapping January of 2012, buyers have purchased $56,193,722 in single family and condominium Million Dollar Plus properties compared to last year at this time of $49,760,083. This resulted in an increase of 14.7 % in transactions and a 12.9% increase in volume....now this is "news you can use!". As the inventory is decreased so has the number of days on the market, from 264 to 211. All of this information is from the Kentwood marketing department and it is good news. The Million Dollar Baby is making a comeback, so get started and climb aboard before the train leaves the station. If you are thinking about listing a property contact me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. If you are thinking about buying a property let's get started while the interest rates are still low. If you have a property listed, this is not meant as a solicitation but a congratulation, and let the momentum continue. email: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: February 16, 2012
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