Shared Intelligence

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Painters and Architects, Architects and Artists, Artists and Scientists, Scientists and Artists...when art shares life, intelligence and beauty prevail. This is the story of the ultra cool and uber sexy modern home that recently SOLD in Belcaro in the Mile High City. As seen in Modern In Denver magazine, the home that was co-listed...Judy Fahrenkrog and Peter Blank, www.milehi modern.com. Multiple offers, and heightened interest when the Under Contract sign was posted brought the highest price this year for the Wright inspired home in the Belcaro, Polo Club and Bonnie Brae area. The home's architecture and construction bring new meaning to beautiful sustainability, recognized by shared intelligence. For more information on homed of this quality contact me at Judy@kentwoodcity .com posted: July 5, 2011
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Shared Intelligence

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Painters and Architects, Architects and Artists, Artists and Scientists, Scientists and Artists...when art shares life, intelligence and beauty prevail. This is the story of the ultra cool and uber sexy modern home that recently SOLD in Belcaro in the Mile High City. As seen in Modern In Denver magazine, this home was co-listed ...Judy Fahrenkrog and Peter Blank, www.milehimodern.com. Multiple offers caught heightened interest when the Under Contract sign was posted bringing the highest price this year for the Wright inspired home in the Belcaro, Polo Club and Bonnie Brae area. The home's architecture and contruction bring new meaning to beautiful sustainability; architecture and science. The floor plan lays out for the entertaining of friends or musicians as many areas are conducive to a cello or two. The private study with a two way fireplace to the master offers privacy yet convenience for any inspiration or invention. The landcaped palette, set high on the lot offers stunning intimacy. The shared intelligence of urban living with chosen privacy. If you missed this home, contact me for other quality homes in the Denver area. Contact judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: July 5, 2011
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Congratulations Douglas

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Douglas County ranked #6 in the nation for the wealthiest counties. It was the only county in Colorado to make the list and the only county west of the Mississippi. Most of the counties that came in the top 15 were near and around Washington DC, counties in Maryland and Virginia and New Jersey listed a few counties. The median household income in Douglas Country is $94,909! This is an impressive number, but the wow factor is that 30.5% of the residents in Douglas County are under the age of 18 suggesting it is a great place for families. There is an average of 340 people per square mile, another attractive feature for living in the wide open spaces of Colorado. Douglas County is located city close to Denver, a short travel up I 25. It borders the foothills, and features the famed red rocks along the fountain fault. It enjoyed a 62% increase in population from 2000 to 2010. The gorgeous lot at 89 Indigo Way is located in Douglas County, in Castle Pines Village. It is located on the tenth green of the Castle Pines Golf Club, ready for a new build. The home featured in the blog image is located in Douglas County, sitting on an acre of scrub oak and ponderosa pines with mountain and golf course views. Email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com for more information on the lot at 89 Indigo Way or the featured house. posted: February 20, 2012
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The Ornament

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One of Jonathan Adler's iconic designs, the 24 inch wide sphere chandelier, was the brainchild of his mother.  Cynthia Adler made the original chandelier from dozens of white polystyrene-foam coffee cups and Elmer's glue!  So don't go throw out all those hand-made, Brownie Girl Scout handicrafted ornaments from your children while decorating the house for the holidays.  You may have the next objet d'art that will chic up your home.  The new version of the chandelier sells for $800, and you can see one up close and personal at the JONATHAN ADLER store in Cherry Creek North. 

Another new store to follow and patronize is JOI, the new store for the chic home and the brainchild of Holly McDonald.  Holly takes a new twist on chic with artisnal accessories from a local artist and other fantastic finds from around the states.  If you need an eye for chic, ask Holly.  JOI is located on Third Avenue in Cherry Creek North.

BLOOM has expanded its location and Annuschka continues to chic up Denver with her inspired floral designs as well as her home accessories and superior collection of gems and jewelry...why not a little ear or neck ornamentation!  Annuschka's presence can be seen all over Denver, her store is located in Cherry Creek North along Third Avenue.

Cherry Creek North is a blend of locally owned shops and restaurants as well as more nationally prominent brands...Hermes, Loro Piana, Sur La Table to name just a few.

While you are shopping the holiday season in Cherry Creek North, give me a rigorous nod and we can explore some home shopping (as in residential real estate).  The neighborhood is diverse with condominium style living to townhome or single family homes.  The demographic is diverse and the area is within the famed Bromwell School district, the star ornament in the system for the Denver Public Schools.  As a resident of Cherry Creek North, I am familiar with the homes for sale and the homes that will be listed in 2013.  Cherry Creek is the perfect location for the ornaments in your life!

email:  judy@kentwoodcity.com
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties

The Jonathan Adler information was courtesy of the New York Times. posted: December 14, 2012
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2012

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Not the score of the Bronco-Pats play off game tomorrow evening but the toast to a really great year, 2012. So many positive things are happening in Denver, and real estate trumps Tebow according to a Fox news report on investments. Greg Rand of the real estate website Own America was interviewed on Fox News and he stated that the number one place to live is Denver, Colorado. Why? The lifestyle! He stated that the low cost of living mixed with the high quality of life has pushed Denver into the top. People from all over the nation are migrating to Denver, and the average age is young, young. The lifestyle is the fresh air, the hiking, biking, skiing not to mention the spectator sports. The foreclosure rate is 1/2 the national average so with rental rates rising, Greg is targeting single family home REITS as the next great investment for your money and the place to do that investing is Denver! 2012 will introduce the single family REIT and I will introduce you to Denver! Email me now at : judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: January 13, 2012
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# SOLD

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"Hashtags are words or phrases preceeded by the # symbol and have become the new cultural shorthand." Ashley Parker, New York Times. Twitter has made the # symbol a fast short cut to categories, so if you are looking for comments about certain politicos and celebs, all you need to do is type the #symbol and the name, or the free association to the name...e.g. #Winning, you will not come up with the Dallas Mavericks but you will find all comments associated with a certain former television sitcom star. Tweeting in real estate is relatively new, but extremely point to service for checking the status of a property. Now that the market has picked up its pace, the hashtag may become the new norm for checking a listing. For example, 762 Valderrama Court in Castle Pines Village is a much anticipated listing due to launch to market in the near future. When it launches a tweet with the hashtag #Active will appear. Think of the possibilities: # Under Contract # Taking Back-ups # SOLD # Price Reduction # New Listing Amazing opportunities exist with this cultural shorthand. Let's give it a try! posted: June 13, 2011
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Game On!

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The Denver real estate market is well into the first quarter, and 2012 could be a game changer. The low inventory has well priced homes positioned to receive multiple and back-up offers. Open House Season is near, let the March Madness begin. If you are undecided on listing your home this spring take a look at a few economic projections. Heather Draper, journalist with the Denver Business Journal summarized the comments by James Paulson, Chief Investment Strategist for Wells Capital Management. In her view, he was quite optimistic with declarations that there is growth in the GDP and a dip in the unemployment. He named 2012 the "gear year" because it is the third year of the recession recovery and the year the economy will gear up. Paulson claims there is a lot of pent up demand and that consumers will start spending again. In other words, there is cash on the sidelines! As a Seller, the game plane consists of a strategic timeline. Prior to listing the home, Sellers need to take a hard nosed look at the team. Choosing an experienced Realtor that is familiar with the neighborhood is critical. One rarely hears of a patient choosing a doctor based on low cost services and fresh/new to the business. Similarly, a professional sports franchise will mix up the head coach to get to the play-offs, but they rarely choose a coach from a different sport or based on low-salary options. They never choose a relative or "my wife's brother- in -law from her first marriage". Sellers need to choose the broker and the brokerage firm with reputation, experience, knowledge and marketing tools. The second most important team player in listing a house is the house! The house must be ready prior to the first showing. Many sellers are electing to do a pre-listing home inspection based on the mantra, "If it's broke, fix it". A pre-inspection allows the Seller to call the plays, if a sink doesn't drain properly you can call your plumber. If a problem is expensive and requires bids, your position in the game is more advantageous if it occurs prior to a Buyer's inspection. A pre-inspection allows the Seller to complete the Seller's Property Disclosure with confidence and documented knowledge. Another member of the Seller's team is the Seller or Sellers. Everyone needs to be on board for having the home "show ready" daily. Homes tend to show better with lights and music, kitchen and baths spotless, pets in agreement with their showing arrangements as well as children. It is the half-time show that only last minutes, so it needs to be spectacular. If the game plan seems daunting, call or email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. I will be the offensive coordinator from pre-listing to closing and the post season. Game on! posted: February 3, 2012
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INSPECT

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As in the Aretha Franklin song RESPECT, the residential real estate industry is singing a new version INSPECT and it can be serious business.

The inspection phase of a real estate transaction has always been a slippery slope.  Often buyers view it  as the last chance on return items or the skiing without footwear phase...cold feet.
Sellers view the inspection as the ultimate "do over"...requests to remodel or redo, as in appliances, carpet, even price.  The inspection phase is critical,  it can swing either way... the termination of a contract or the successful negotiation towards the closing.  Most buyers and sellers would prefer the latter, hastle free, ut how do you get there? 

Many sellers are pre-inspecting their homes prior to listing and marketing, often a wise recommendation from their listing agent.  The pre-inspection by a qualified inspector is a preventative measure similar to the "wellness" check by your health practitioner.  If your sewer line needs repair, best to get it repaired prior to signing a negotiated buy and sell contract with a buyer because you will have to repair.  If you know the hard costs before negotiating your bottom line price, you have positioned yourself.  Buyers don't necessarily want to point out that the home has been filled with radon to a seller that has been living in the home, yet if radon levels are above the EPA recommended guideline the house will not sell or close without mitigation.  Both examples are not inexpensive items to cure, so if a seller knows the hard costs or has cured the problem prior to listing, those costs will factor into either the list price or the negotiated sales price.  With a pre-inspection from the seller and made available to the buyer and the buyer's inspector, many of the unecessary items on a buyers notice to correct are eliminated.  The inspection should only target items to correct that are critical to the safety and welfare of the home and its inhabitants, so re-painting a few nicks on the baseboards should not appear on the notice to correct.  A pre-inspection will address the target items, a wise seller will have those items addressed and the motivated buyer will continue with the motivation that led to the negotiated contract to sell.

There have been several changes to the 2013 Colorado Real Estate Commission's approved forms for buying and selling real estate.  Many of these changes address the inspection phase of the contract so it is critical for buyers and sellers to work through the process with a Realtor.  The Kentwood Company has provided continuing education contracts classes for the brokers and licensed assistants, continuing to make us the number one real estate company in the Denver area.

If you have any questions regarding the changes in the Colorado purchase agreement/contract to buy and sell, don't hesitate in emailing me at judy@kentwoodcity.com or phoning me at:
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489

I-N-S-P-E-C-T   take care of ...TCB







posted: January 28, 2013
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La Bella Figura

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The Italian expression "la bella figura" translated literally is the beautiful figure, but the expression is more a way of life, the philosophy of the good image.  If you want to actually touch, see, and feel la bella figura then I have the place...coming to the market soon is the beautiful figure.

A wonderful custom home on the Castle Pines Golf Club's International course, set back and nestled in the ponderosa pines and scrub oak with true divided light windows, vaulted ceilings, dormers, large decks and signature design elements; it will hit the MLS in April.  The home has wonderful history, a spectucular presence and exudes elegance.  The architecture is timeless, a true custom gem!

But what about that way of life philosophy?  With the serene setting on the golf course, a main floor master and solid construction of brick and tiled roof all that is left to appreciate is the aesthetic!

If you want more information on this stately beauty, email
judy@kentwoodcity.com
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489 posted: March 20, 2013
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Rocky Mountain Highs

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The Highs for the Rocky Mountain Region...

High temps midday in the Denver metro area followed by a dip low enough to start the snow making machines in the ski areas!


HIgh prices in $1million or higher home sales for the month of August with 18 luxury home sales in Denver, 15 in Boulder and Cherry Hills Village saw 9.   As  home sale values soar, Castle Pines Village  continues to strengthen and will soon see a double digit million dollar home sale with 31 Albion, featured in Christie's International Real Estate's Bespoke program.

High viewer counts!  Approximately 40+ million viewers tuned in Tuesday evening to watch the first Presidential Election debate at the University of Denver.  The clear winner of the debate was Denver, with excellent city planning for security and transportation issues, great Fall weather, and the national  and international spotlight; Denver was showcased as the place to live and work. To rephrase the Denver song..
"Rocky Mountain High...Colorado!"

For more information on the Denver metro area, please email judy@kentwoodcity.com.
As a fourth generation Denverite, I know Denver!  The market could not be more conducive to home buyers with record low interest rates and motivated sellers.  Many of the niche markets in Denver are running low on inventory but the opportunities are still available if you are connected with the right Realtor.
For more information:
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
Let's go shop Denver

posted: October 4, 2012
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