The Date Is...

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In this fast paced real estate market, and the market did pick up speed, it is always great to keep your eyes on the prize...CLOSING!  Sellers are launching to market and ready to engage in the best dating game of all!  They are thinking of a closing date! Positive manifestation, works in yoga so why not real estate.

When a home enters into a contract there are a myriad of dates that relate to the contingencies within.  There is the home inspection and the appraisal...deep breathing required there, along with loan commitment.  There is also plenty of hand-holding...always on dates....when it comes to off record matters, association documents, easements and surveys and title!  There are so many dates, buyers and sellers along with brokers and closing agents often take the eye off the prized date, which is closing....and it ain't over till it's over!

So manifest that date, paste it to your mirror the old school way or alarm and sync it.  Get it in the cloud and on the calendar and you will see success!

For more information on buying or selling real estate in Denver and the surrounding villages such as Castle Pines Village, give me a call or email me.  Or, if you want some manifestation and positive thinking, give me a call as I have been working with buyers and sellers for over 30 years.

Judy Fahrenkrog
judy@kentwoodcity.com
303-820-2489 posted: May 6, 2013
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Outperforming The Market

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During 2010, Denver MLS closed sales volume was down 3.0% and transactions were down 7.7%, however, Kentwood Real Estate was up 22.2% in closed sales and up 13.3% in transactions. Kentwood Real Estate continues to outperform the Denver MLS for closed sales volume and transactions and continues to outperform all other brokers in market share. In the Cherry Creek area, Kentwood took 42% of sales and in Cherry Hills Kentwood brought home 44% of the market share. These statistics are impressive in a robust real estate market, outstanding for 2009 and 2010! The forecast for 2011 is that the Denver real estate market will remain steady and stable with moderate growth. Kentwood outperformed during a decrease, imagine the numbers with growth. Choosing a real estate broker with the best performing company is not only a wise choice, it is your only choice. "When you enter a dark room and turn on the light, you soon forget how long the room was dark." posted: February 16, 2011
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Among Friends

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"It's been said that everlasting friends can go long periods of time without speaking and never question the friendship. These friends pick up as if they just spoke yesterday, regardless of how long it's been or how far away they are. They understand that life's busy and you'll always love them." a Facebook profile post. Friends from the past, friends forever akin to neighborhoods from the past. Have you walked through your childhood neighborhood lately? Changed of course, but still so familiar in so many ways. Growing up in Park Hill was not only blissful and blessed, and the bonus is that it is unchanged thanks to some very forward thinking developers and city planners. A stretch of Park Hill, from City Park at Colorado Boulevard and Montview Boulevard to Monaco Parkway and Seventeenth Avenue and as far south as Colfax Avenue, was known as the Downington neighborhood in the "Roaring Twenties". The neighborhood was a planned development, the names of the streets; e.g. Forest, Grape, Elm and Boulevard and Parkway were deliberate, it was to be an extension of a beautiful park dotted by homes. The original brochure featured Forest Parkway and Seventeenth Avenue Parkway, at the time a stretch of prairie grass but with a development plan for large elms and spruce. Childhood memories consist of walking from Montview and Bellaire (the air was indeed bella) to the elementary schools on Elm, both public and parochial, and on to the candy store or the grandparents house for after school treats. Crunching leaves underneath our feet in the fall and blossoms of pompoms and lilacs in the spring while we raced around the trunks of elm trees filled with childhood make believe became our play dates. They were our friends, old friends. This neighborhood has not changed, the classic architecture and craftsman construction are tributes to the artisans and designers and they remain little changed, like old friends. Take a tour of this majestic neighborhood and meet a few of my friends, on bicycle or on foot. Sunday, May 15th, Kentwood City Properties is hosting a B Cycle tour of Park Hill. For more information phone us at 303-820-2489 or email judy@kentwoodcity.com. Bring a friend! posted: April 6, 2011
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Denver Gem

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Are you thinking of living in the Front Range's commercial epicenter that is bordered by 22 miles of bike path connecting downtown to Cherry Creek State Park? Take the thinking cap off and bask in the brilliance of a neighborhood that boasts outdoor seating at many of its bistros and coffee shops. According to the Kentwood Company's Gallery Magazine editor this neighborhood gem of Denver is Cherry Creek North, a 16 block area tucked within the greater Cherry Creek area. Dense mixed use urban development has given a chic and eclectic feel to this upscale residential community filled with townhomes, patio homes and single family homes on mature city lots. Two avenues and two boulevards encase the commercial arena with shopping, salons, spas, restaurants, clinics, grocery and health foods, art galleries, furniture galleries and more. There is a public library and an award winning elementary school. A Cherry Creek address will present a 100% walkscore. So put that cap back on and stroll through the Cherry Creek North neighborhood and discover why it claims to be the community to "have it all" or call me for a market analysis of the neighborhood. I live here! posted: February 18, 2011
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My Daddy's Husband

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....the response from my two year old grandaughter to the question, "Who is fixing dinner?"  At two she understands multi-tasking as her father was doting and playing with her while giving his wife a much needed post holiday break from the kitchen.  He truly was multi- tasking ... daddy/husband.

If we counted the number of times during the day that we multi-task we would need the pedometer gadget that counts the steps you take per day.  The simple task of eating breakfast becomes a multi-task if you are reading a newspaper and watching a morning show.  Factor in the smart phone, and the multi-tasking grows.  The new Iphone 5 multi-tasks itself!  You can literally surf the web while conducting a phone conversation.   We now judge our daily productivity by the number of tasks we accomplish.  Exhausted yet?

The high technology age is the new normal, yet if we do not carve out a special time or spot to clear the air and smell the roses, we will be moving through this life at warped speed.
This is where the true meaning and value of a "home" comes into play.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday, many Americans travelled miles to get back to the place they call "home" and many welcomed family and friends back "home".  Home is the cornerstone of the American family, in all its shapes and dimensions, and it continues to be the cornerstone of American society.  It is usually the largest asset in a family's portfolio, both financially and emotionally, the ultimate multi-tasker for the family.  Does your home measure up?

The Denver area housing market continues its strength during the recovery.  Many areas are showing record low inventory and multiple offers are common ( the Xgames in  multi-tasking for the listing agent).  With low interest rates and more lenders lending, there has never been a better time to purchase a home or consider a move vertically, horizontally or to downsize.

Contact me for more information on buying or selling your home.  I specialize in the Denver area markets that include Washington Park (my listing... sale pending), Cherry Creek, Country Club and Hilltop as well as Castle Pines Village (my lisitng... sale pending).  I have been multi-tasking in Denver's real estate market for over thirty years.
 
judy@kentwoodcity.com
Kentwood City Properties posted: November 26, 2012
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Looking Up!

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Did you ever see Fred Astaire looking down at his shoes? Have you noticed that in dancing, the dancers lead with their heads, letting the feet go where the eyes go. A downhill skiier rarely looks at the skis or bindings; the eyes look forward allowing the rhythm of the bumps the energy to guide the skiier. The Dow hit 13000, things are looking up. The residential real estate market is also looking up! In Cherry Creek North, the stats for the year 2011 show that the price per square foot is steadily moving up. In Condominiums the low price per square foot was $139 compared to the high at $913 leaving an average per square foot price at $377. In the single family home category the low price per square foot was $302, the high was $855 leaving an average per square foot price at $424. In looking up and forward to 2012, there are still many great values in the market with low per square foot prices, but the inventory is low and sellers are gearing up for a brisk spring market. The timing for an upward Seller's market may correspond with an increase in interest rates. What does this mean? Look forward, move forward...start looking up! Email judy@kentwoodcity.com for more information on the market or a free market analysis of your home. posted: February 22, 2012
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Comparative Jeopardy

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Watson defeats Jeopardy champions! Watson, the IBM brainchild, made international news and history by beating his human competitors, creating the dialogue that one day technology may advance ahead of human capability. In the 3 day tournament, Watson stayed cool and calm, needing neither rest nor nourishment an occasional "battery charge" and an edge over the humans. However, Watson missed a question, lacking what the human brain uses daily, comparative knowledge. Watson missed a simple question, answering..."What is Toronto", the correct answer..."What is Chicago". The question asked to name a US city that had airports named for a World War II hero and battle. If Watson had comparative knowledge he would have eliminated a Canadian city immediately, comparative jeopardy. Comparative knowledge and the emotional capacity of the human brain is what will always keep ultimate choice and decision making out of the realm of technology. In residential real estate, buyers and sellers use comparative knowledge while selecting a list price or a sale price. The internet has opened a wealth of competitive information to the real estate consumer, but it cannot think for that consumer. A comparable market analysis will compute the data, search the criteria and give the answer, but it cannot do the work. The buyer needs to tap into the emotional resources of a home purchase and use his ability to compare the knowledge that the internet makes available to make the correct choice. Another tool available to buyers and sellers is a seasoned realtor with a track record and a long list of clients. A realtor has the advantage of experience and market knowledge that will give you the competitive advantage in today's market. Specializing in the Denver area, I am your real estate connection, call me for a comparative market analysis for your area and we will put our human brains to work. posted: February 20, 2011
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A Listed

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The age old question "when" not "if" ... the answer 2715 Castle Glen Place... The premier house on the premier #1 hole of the Castle Pines Golf Club, is finally availabe for sale. The one owner home has been highly coveted but never available...that is until NOW! The custom Glen home sits on not one but two of the Glen lots. The second lot serves the home like a party wall agreement, usage ranges from patio, pool, or guest house potential. With a paid water tap on the extra lot the sky is the limit. Ownership of the second lot protects the mountain and golf course views captured from the main house. The floor plan of the house is designed for comfort living with a main floor master with access to the outdoor deck, a main floor library, an open living/great room, gourmet kitchen and walls of windows to capture the views. The guest rooms are on the walk-out level, large and accomodating with full baths. The entertaining portion of the walk-out includes and wet bar and walk-in wine room. The immaculate 3 car garage is spacious, accomodating day to day vehicles as well as collector toys. The home is priced at $1,700,000 and available to be shown by appointment. For more information contact: Judy@kentwoodcity.com Judy Fahrenkrog Kentwood City Properties posted: July 13, 2012
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Ready...Aim....SOLD!

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Two major Lower Downtown Properties closed! The Larimer Place penthouse condominium and the Four Seasons corner unit on the 34th floor closed making downtown Denver the number one place to live. How do you spell LOCATION? Both properties have sweeping mountain and city views, 24 concierge controlled access, pools and spas, great walk scores, great restaurants and world class theatre and sports, but you knew all of that. What you did not know is that both properties were purchased by Colorado residents looking to re-locate to locate in the location. Call or email me to learn more about the advantages of living urban! With record breaking low interest rates, there has never been a better time to purchase prime real estate. Give it your best shot...now! Judy Fahrenkrog Kentwood City Properties 303-820-2489 judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: July 31, 2012
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Rome & Other Cities

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The real estate market buzz is the lack of inventory in the metro areas, much to the dismay of many buyers.  If you are a seller, this is great news as low inventory tends to increase market values.  However, if you are a seller looking to buy or even rent, the news is receiving mixed reviews.  Afterall...
."Rome ne s'est pas faite en un jour."  Ah oui, the famous phrase..."Rome wasn't built in a day." was coined by none other than a 12th century French cleric.  Voila!

Cherry Creek North is the Roman example.  With several new projects underway, most mixed-use commercial and residential, it will be a few years before product is available and most of the product will be rental.  If you have been fence sitting in the Cherry Creek North area, time to find a lower fence.  A year ago, buyers had the luxury of patiently waiting for one of two things, prices to drop further or new inventory hitting the market.  Neither of these two things occured in 2013.  While the neighborhood associations took action with developers to proceed with caution, the developmens were delayed and the existing inventory sold.
The new normal in Cherry Creek North is finder's keepers.  The same holds true for many urban communities.. the aka?... LoHi/Highlands and Lower Downtown.

Yes, market fans, we cannot Houdini inventory.  However, during the lag in new construction there are some alternatives.  The best action plan is to get involved with the market you desire with an experienced and licensed realtor that specializes in your desired area.  Zillow and other websites cannot track the word of mouth.  The specialist not only knows the market via Intenet, but the specialist knows the neighbors and the friends of friends and the other brokers that specialize.  

If you are interested in learning your market, contact me now!  I specialize in city close and suburban areas including the best kept secret for inventory and prices...Castle Pines Village!

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-3489 posted: April 22, 2013
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