Happy New Year

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There are two days of the week that begin with the letter T...
Today and Tomorrow!  As many celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the tradition of beginnings, the concept of today and tomorrow is more poignant.
If we are truly living in the present with an eye forward to the future, every day should be a celebration and new beginning.
This begs the question, if you are living in the present, do you like where you live?
The housing market has been so mercurial the last few years that many households have had to make temporary changes in order to secure tomorrow.  Many homes that could not sell due to the drop in property values were rented to cover the mortgage costs.  The sellers became renters and the rental market sky rocketed along with rent prices; the demand seized the supply.  The sellers/renters took on the concept of a temporary "today" in order to create a better tomorrow.  Tomorrow has arrived, the property values have seen a steady rise with continued low interest rates, and the rental market continues its super competitive edge.  Today and tomorrow have arrived, it is time to move.
Seize today!  Take the inventory and decide if you are living exactly how you want to live and where you want to live.  If not, contact me for the opportunity to see the marketplace.  I am available today and tomorrow.  Whether you are a buyer or a seller, I have the knowledge, expertise and skill sets that will help you maneuver through the process. If you have an agency relationship this is not meant as a solicitation but a congratutlations;  working with a professional Realtor is the first step.
Browse this website for information of the array of homes that I have listed for sale, and the other great resource is my company website: www.denverrealestate.com.
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
judy@kentwoodcity.com

posted: September 17, 2012
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Change Optimists

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"People who resist change are either very naive or very wise". This profound statement was spoken by the Chinese philosopher, Confucius. Most of us are somewhat in between, neither wise nor naive, nor resistant to change because we are change optimists. Necessity forces us to adjust to change throughout our lives. Our family dynamics are in a constant state of change through marriage and partnerships, kids coming and going, career paths and ultimately residences. Many feel that change is good, these are the change optimists as the change is viewed as growth, the journey of life. Others fear change and become somewhat stuck in the middle. The phrase "stuck in the eighties" connotes many images from our sense of style to our sense of technology. We picture suits with shoulder pads, sedans with phone consoles and television sets that houses were built around. Viewing the world as a change optimist is the challenge. Are you looking for a "fifties ranch style home" or a "mid-century modern"? Is your video library a VHS or an IPAD, skis long and narrow or a shaped dynamic? Optimistically changing the perspective, becoming unstuck is the journey of the change optimist. Spring is a great season to become a change optimist. The renewed energy from nature's rebirth inspires change. Take an inventory this spring of the change that is needed. Being stuck is the direct opposite of change, and the only way to become un-stuck is to move. Let's move! posted: April 10, 2011
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Indian Summer Castle Pines Style

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'Tis a privilege to live in Colorado and Coloradoans are enjoying that privilege today. Along the front range, snow fell and temperatures dropped wreaking havoc on the Denver area's deciduous trees that have not changed color after a mild autumn. The streets have been lined with limbs and leaves, but not in the glorious Castle Pines Village. Castle Pines Village is nestled in a century plus Ponderosa Pine forest with acres of the majestic evergreens that withstand an early winter storm. The Village is home to two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses and a cornucopia of homes from large estates to zero lot line townhomes. The Village was planned and developed in the early eighties and has adhered to blending unique architecture with the beauty of the forest. Residents include CEO's of oil, technological, medical, educational, aerospace, legal, sports and more; including your basic CEO of the homefront. The diversity in family dynamics gives this community a special warmth, the residents span several generations. The community's homeowner's associaiton is active and communicative with a website, newsletter and open board meetings. There is an active design review committee that monitors pre-construction through post construction as well as changes to existing homes, including landscape design. The community's plan is to preserve the natural landscape, flora and fauna, with little disruption to the natural residents that range from owls to pussycats. Castle Pines Village is a gated controlled access community with an Emergency Services Department housed near a major Fire Department. There are three community swimming pools, a fitness center, tennis courts, children's playgrounds, soccer/play fields, and hiking and biking trails that wind up and down the hills and valleys of the village. Castle Pines Village is minutes from the Denver Tech Center, Park Meadows Mall with anchor stores such as Nordstrom's and IKEA. It is an easy commute to downtown Denver and is convenient to E470 to the Denver International Airport and C470 to the I70 corridor and Colorado's lush mountain resorts. Castle Pines Village has a small boutique shopping area, just outside the guard gates, that is home to a Tony's Market, a floral shop, restaurants and more, Pizza Delivery too! For more information on Castle Pines Village or a chance to see the most spectacular lot, 89 Indigo Way, that is available on the prestigious Castle Pines Golf Club email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. posted: October 28, 2011
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Why Denver?

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Why not Denver! That was the remark quoted from Pierre Berge - Yves Saint Laurent Foundation when asked why Denver was chosen as the only city to have the honor of exhibiting Yves Sain Laurent The Retrospective. And, boy howdy, Denver lost its cowtown image with this exhibit, a sweeping retrospective of the designer's forty years of creativity. The presentation represents the famed designer's career from his days as head of the House of Dior in 1958 through 2002. The exhibit features a selection of two hundred haute couture garments along with drawings, paintings, films that were the inspiration behind his work. It begins with Dior and winds through his "gender revolution" to the "scandalous collection" to "friendships and dialogues with art" to the "iconic tuxedo" to the "last ball". One area displays over 750 pieces or sheets of fabric swatches with color pairings for his famed haute couture designs. For a man who claimed his favorite color was black, this room displays the nuance behind the genius. Forty tuxedos are displayed on staggered mannequins that reach the height of the vaulted room with walls lined in black satin, and the evening gowns are paraded down red carpet stairs with a black satin backdrop, with film images of a grand ballroom that is enhanced by the angle and depth of the Liebskind designed wing of the Denver Art Museum. Why Denver? Why not! Denver, Colorado is one of the hottest cities to live in the continental United States. Along with the world famed Denver Art Museum, Denver is home to eight professional sports teams, and owns its own opera company, symphony, ballet company along with a performing arts complex that hosts major Broadway musicals and plays. Along with the cultural amenities, Denver has become a haven for foodies with an abundance of top chef restaurants that have opened. All this and the Rocky Mountains too! Denver's easy access to its backyard playground with hiking, biking, skiing, boating, angling, riding and more makes it one of the healthiest cities in the country. Why Denver? Well, why not cowboy! For more information on Denver, homes and neighborhoods in Denver contact me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. The Denver Post featured an article on the hot Denver housing market, second in the nation for quick sales. Why not Denver! posted: April 20, 2012
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Stackable Design

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Massimo Vignelli introduced an iconic mid-century design, his concept was a "design to be semantically correct, syntactically consistent and pragmatically understandable". He created the stackable dinnerware that has been included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, aka MOMA. The genius in this design is in the way it stacks, maximizing space with tremendous appeal. It became an instant classic. The architectural design of 984 South Vine has incorporated the stackable design concept by layering nearly 6000 finished square feet and 21 rooms with tremendous appeal. All three levels of the home are stacked to a supreme level of finish. The walk-out level entertains with a media, exercise and recreational room plus a wet bar that leads out to a sunken patio with stairs to the main entrance. The walk-out level also hosts a guest bedroom, full bath and a laundry room. The main level's open floor plan accommodates a large living and dining room with a wet bar, a great room off the kitchen with eating nook plus access to the outdoor patio and yard. The main level's library study charms with a private patio. The third level's master suite has a private balcony deck, fireplace, ceiling fan, five piece bath with jetted tub, steam shower, double sinks and a vanity. Three additional bedrooms and two full baths complete the third level, plus an additional laundry room. All three levels are accessed by a dramatic floating hardwood staircase that is approximately 35 vertical feet from the floor of the walk-out to the third floor ceiling. Now this is taking stackable design to new heights! Visit the virtual tour at www.denverrealestate.com! For a private showing of this spectacular Wash Park home email judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: August 25, 2011
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Piazza!

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The piazza or better defined as the plaza, is the centerpiece of an urban setting. It is a multifaceted public space where city life comingles. Missing from the urban landscape of Denver is the piazza, but not for long. The Denver Union Station development projects a future piazza for downtown Denver. The area will be the land transportation center, where light rail commutes and travelers convene. The historic railroad station, Union Station, is undergoing a major restoration in conjunction with re-development of the land and rail lines. There is a hotel planned, an underground bus line, parking, shopping and plenty of outdoor spaces with fountains and terrace styled seating. Commerce will be everywhere, commissioned art will be added to the iconic frontage of Union Station; all designed to draw the people and ,done right, the people will come. The historic Union Station is located where 17th Street ends on Wynkoop, right across the street from the Kentwood City Properties office. Most of the development above ground projects north west of the historic station building and rail lines. It moves towards the Highlands and LoHi neighborhoods, the most up and coming residential neighborhood in Denver, an architectural mix of bungalow with modern and the best restaurant selection along the front range. The pedestrian bridges will be well connected to the Union Station development as will the proximity to the Riverfront community, a planned luxury residential community that is bordered by Confluence Park, where the Platte meets Cherry Creek, and the Highlands area. Riverfront is the empty nester or second home city dweller's dream; a latte shop and vintner steps from your front door. Check out what is happening and get a head start on the real estate that will be available soon. For a tour of the Union Station project, email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. I am a fourth generation Denverite, learned to ski via the Eskimo Ski Train that transported twinkie bearing mogul busting kiddos to Denver's Winter Park (part of the parks and recreation system of the mile high city). The Ski Train left every weekend from Union Station. You can tour the old and the new with a seasoned realtor and native of the city! The Union Station development is under construction, but visit www.unionstation.org for more information. posted: February 23, 2012
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Denver Is The Best

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According to John Rebchook's Inside Real Estate News, the S & P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released today ranked Denver as the best performing housing market between the coasts! Peter Niederman, CEO of the Kentwood Co was quoted in the article along with Chris Behrens, a broker with New Era Realty Inc. Both noted that with job growth in the Denver area, Denver fares pretty well. The states noted for re-location to Denver are Texas and other Southern states due to the energy business. Behrens and Niederman noted the high quality of life in Denver, moderate weather and lots of activity. It was also noted that buyers from the East and West coast see Denver as having a lot of inventory for buyers and based on today's interest rates it is advantageous to buy rather than wait. In a buyers market, Denver is the best, and connected with the best. posted: February 22, 2011
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Assertiveness Training

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A recent publication made the statement that it takes a lot of courage to be assertive. A simple notion but a profound thought, especially in a mercurial economic environment. Assertive courage is key in maneuvering through the process of buying or selling real estate. A seller needs to present the product to a number of critics, the buyer, the inspector and the appraiser. A buyer needs to compare the benefits of the chosen product to the reports that appear through the inspection and the appraisal. Getting to closing can be tricky without proper representation, assertive representation. This is not the time nor the economy to be represented by the "Ms. Congeniality" award winner. This is the time to be careful in your decisions! Be assertive in your choice, and choose wisely. The National Association of Realtors is one of the oldest trade associations in the United States, one needs to be a realtor to join. Realtors are professionals that have achieved the training and state license requirements and the required ethics training of the association. I am proud to have served as a Director on the Denver Board of Realtors, an arm of the Colorado Association of Relators and the National Association of Realtors. The elected position is an opportunity for realtors to work on issues in an assertive manner that affect buyers and sellers, at the local and national level. The issues range from zoning changes and requirements to efforts that will lobby to preserve the mortgage interest tax deductions for American homeowners. Realtors are professionals with the courage to be assertive. If you would like more information on the process of buying or selling homes feel free to contact me at my email address: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: September 15, 2011
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TWELVE

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Twelve is a composite number, the smallest number with exactly six divisors. There are twelve inches in a foot and one dozen equals twelve. There are twelve star signs and twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac. In Hindu the sun god Surya has twelve names and the western zodiac has twelve signs. There are twelve tribes of Israel in Judaism and twelve days to Ephiphany in Christianity. The Mayan calendar ends in two thousand twelve. Twelve men have walked on the moon and twelve is the symbol for the crowd roar in football. There are twelve months in a year....now that is enough time to buy or sell so do that in 2012! The current real estate market is proving to be an opportunity that one should not miss, whether you are a first time home buyer, looking for a second home, looking to relocate or looking for a real estate investment. There are twelve reasons why you should not wait, the top of the list is the fantastic interest rate for a buyer and the low inventory for sellers. If you would like more information about buying or selling in this come back market email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: January 18, 2012
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What Is Modern?

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What do you call a remodelled brick ranch that was built in the sixties and houses an Eames chair? Modern or contemporary comes to mind but then if it is a normal brick ranch is it traditional? In the same vein, what do you label an architectural Wrightian influenced design with wood beams and quarried rock set on a wooded lot? The general categories listed in the residential real estate tool box fall short in describing today's homes. There is no Mid-Century Modern category eventhough that style of home is sought after and quick to sell in today's market. The lack of that category is enough to make Men Mad. Just listed recently was a brick and frame ranch style home near Bible Park and the Highline Canal. The exterior and surrounding neighborhood homes, all built in the sixties, suggest the style term traditional. But, this home is everything but traditional. During a recent Open House, jaws dropped upon entering the home due to the WOW factor of the remodelling. Walls were moved to create an open floor plan with a new kitchen featuring stainless appliances, slab granite and espresso glazed cabinets. A Euro styled bath in the Master Bedroom and hand scraped 5 inch plank hickory wood floors throughout the main level turned the style of this home with a flip of a contemporary switch. There are no categories that suggest wow, yet the home went under contract within hours. For more information on this home at 6915 East LaSalle Place or any other homes that will not gather dust on the market or the quiet listing of the Wrightian influenced home, email me at: Judy@kentwoodcity.com. There is a home awaiting you and your Eames chair! posted: May 7, 2012
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