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Tips For Buying A Denver Home: City Parks

Washington D.C. is organized around the National Mall. Chicago is organized based on a loop. San Francisco is organized based on hills.

Denver, on the other hand, is all about the parks.

Indeed, city parks serve not just as amazing recreational areas, but also as neighborhood boundaries and landmarks.

If you’re looking for Denver homes for sale, it pays to pay attention to the parks. Having a property within walking distance of a park can greatly improve your quality of life, access to events, and, of course, your property’s eventual resale value.

For those new to the area, we provided this outline of the most popular Denver parks. Keep these areas in mind as you decide where to purchase a Denver home.

Washington Park

On the southern side of Denver, Washington Park’s boundaries are S. Downing Street and E. Louisiana Avenue.

This classic Denver park is the biggest at 155 acres. It includes two lakes, a flower garden, numerous biking and running trails, and tennis courts. On any given sunny day, you’ll see people jogging, playing ultimate frisbee, riding their bikes, paddle boating, having picnics, walking their dogs, or practicing yoga. If there’s any microcosm for the Denver lifestyle, it’s Wash Park on a Saturday.

“Wash Park” refers not only to the park, but also to the surrounding neighborhoods. This area, close to the University of Denver (DU), boats amazing craft breweries, sidewalk cafes, and cozy boutiques. South Pearl street is one of Denver’s most popular shopping and dining streets, and it is within the Wash Park area.

Wash Park is a great area to buy if you have a sizeable budget, as many of the renovated houses near the park go for millions. In the surrounding area, however, Wash Park is much more affordable. Young families can still find Denver-style bungalows at reasonable prices. Walk a few blocks along the tree-lined streets and make Wash Park your backyard.

Cheeseman Park

Cheeseman might be one of Denver’s most underrated parks, and that’s because it’s significantly less crowded than bigger ones like Wash Park. You can plan a picnic, run along the trail that carves through the area, or start up a lawn game with your neighbors in front of a beautiful neoclassical pavilion. With 80 acres of land, you can spread out and enjoy a beautiful Denver day.

Located in central Denver, Cheeseman is close to just about anything in the city. Framed by Downing, York, Colfax, and 8th Avenue, the neighborhood is becoming an epicenter for young Denver professionals.

In fact, the Cheeseman neighborhood has more single people than other neighborhoods in Denver (only 13.2 percent married compared to 34.7 percent for all of Denver).

Most of the new construction in the area is bigger apartment buildings, but you can still find detached single homes in the area.

Denver Realty Group

If you’re looking for a Denver home for sale, benefit from the experience of Denver Realty Group. Our full-service real estate brokerage has been helping people settle into Denver for the last decade.

Contact us as your first step to finding a home in Denver!

Tips For Selling Your Denver Home: Utility Storage

In our series of tips for how to sell your home in Denver, we’ve already covered the importance of outdoor garages.

But what’s a home seller to do if they don’t have a garage, don’t have the zoning permit to build one, or don’t have the time or resources to construct this brand new amenity?

Even if you don’t have a fully constructed garage, there are still excellent ways to add valuable storage to your home.

Denver home buyers are looking for storage, especially for skis, bikes, climbing gear, any other recreational activities.

We’ve compiled a few suggestions for maximizing recreational storage space, even if you don’t have the advantage of a full garage.

For more tips on selling your home in Denver, contact Denver Realty Group today!

Invest In A Storage Shed

According to Home Advisor, the average cost a vinyl shed ranges from $800 to $5,000. Metal sheds, which tend to be more affordable, range from $300 to $2,000. Depending on your price range, you can certainly find an affordable option for building a shed.

The thing about having a shed is that it doesn’t need to be the nicest or biggest — it just needs to exist as additional storage. Sheds are a great counterpart to in-home storage because they can store whatever you don’t need immediate access to or whatever you don’t want inside the home. Your muddy mountain bike? Put it in the shed. Your backcountry ski setup that you won’t use for another season? Put it in the shed? All of those holiday lights that you use for two weeks out of the year? Put it in the shed.

You get the idea. Having a shed is truly a utilitarian storage option. If you don’t have a garage, you can market your shed as serving a similar purpose. For those looking to buy in Denver, this type of storage space is invaluable.

Create A Basement Closet

Even if your basement isn’t the most spectacular, it can be used as an excellent storage space. It’s worth creating a separate closet area if you can.

For one, having an isolated area can protect gear from basement hazards (such as flooding and critters). Additionally, having a separate storage closet minimizes clutter and allows for storage-specific design. You can add wooden shelving units, hooks, and racks without worrying about the aesthetics. It’s all about function and not so much about form when it comes to basement storage closets.

Add A Utility Room

Do you have an awkward guest bathroom that nobody ever uses? Do you have a weird hallway space near your entrance? If you get creative, you can manufacture a utility/laundry room in your home.

While it make take some maneuvering, having a dedicated laundry and utility room is extremely attractive. In fact, 92 percent of home buyers state that they want a laundry/utility room in their home. It’s one thing to have a washing machine and dryer in the basement, and it’s another entirely to have a room dedicated to storage and functionality.

Most utility rooms make use of:

  • Wall shelving
  • Ceiling hooks
  • Ceiling storage
  • Tile flooring
  • Wall racks

Make the most of your space today. If you have the time and resources, you should consider adding a utility room to increase your home’s resale value.

Use The Attic

While relying on the attic as a primary source of storage isn’t ideal, it can be a useful option for homes without finished basements or space for sheds and utility rooms.

It’s especially important to make sure that your attic is stable and well-insulated before you commit it to storage. Any ceiling leak or shaky floor can compromise the safety of this space. If your attic is secure, though, you can put some shelving in it and market it as an extra storage area.

About Denver Realty Group

Denver Realty Group has been helping individuals sell their homes in Denver for the last decade. We have experience with Denver’s unique market, home buyer preferences, and real estate trends. Our full-service real estate brokerage knows the area, and we’re excited to share our expertise with you.

To sell your home at a great rate in Denver, work with one of our real estate agents today!

Qualities to Look for in a Real Estate Agent

Finding the perfect professional to help you buy and sell a home is a difficult challenge. Sure there are dozens of realtors in the area passing out information and business cards for you to remember their name and you’ve got tons of recommendations from the people on your street, but how do you know what to look for once you’ve met with all of them?

The team at Denver Realty Group has worked with hundreds of families and individuals alike, and we’ve realized that in order to make the home buying process a smooth and enjoyable ones, your real estate agent needs to have certain attributes. That being said, we’ve reached out to some of our past clients for traits that they appreciated when working with us that made their buying or selling process a great one.

 

A Good Listener

Finding the home that you’ve been looking for is going to require a real estate agent who is incredible at listening. There are so many different homes that are on the market here in Denver that having a grasp of what you want and someone that can understand it well enough to find it is a must. Aside from just listening to the needs that you have in terms of a home, you need to have a realtor that listens to understand and can gain fully understand how you’re feeling just by listening to the words that you’re saying.

 

Customer Service

Buying or selling a home is not always a short term process. When you’re going to be working with an individual for longer periods of time, the one thing that you want to be sure of is that the person that you’re working with is someone that is going to be supportive and provide you with endless customer service — and that’s no different when talking about purchasing a home.

Something that the team at Denver Realty Group strives for is the opportunity to become friends with our clients. Finding the right home for you is something that we understand the value of and want to understand on a personal level. This relationship also plays a part in our desire to provide you with the best experience when working with us, which is why our customer service is something that we take pride in.

Various clients have told us that our willingness to take the lead throughout the home buying and selling process has drastically improved the time that they spent working with the market. Regardless of if you work with us or with a different realtor in the area, make sure that you’re getting the quality customer service that you deserve.

 

Grit & Persistence

The Denver real estate market is extremely competitive and it’s been that way for quite some time. Whether you’re buying or selling, you’re going to need a real estate agent that has grit and persistence with you and your home.

As someone that’s selling their home, you want to have a realtor that will ensure you get the right sale on your home and that it’s not just the first sale. Finding the right buyer can drastically improve the circumstances of the selling process.

The same is to be said for buyers. If you have someone fighting for you and your dream home, you want to make sure that it’s someone that is going to prioritize what’s best for you and ensure you’re heard. The last thing that you want is someone that is trying to rush you into a house and not allowing for you to find your dream home.

On both ends of the process, having a real estate agent that can stand their ground and fight the battle for you is going to be a must. Our team realizes that both ends of this are highly emotional processes and we take the time to fight for what our client wants and what they deserve.

 

Experience

Again, the Denver housing market has been booming for a couple of years and that’s drastically changed the way that people view the real estate market, but it’s no different than it has been for years. There are still countless hoops to jump through, things to prepare for, connections to have and tips and tricks to make it run smoother. All of these things boil down to one thing: experience.

If you’re looking for a real estate agent that can help your buying or selling process be a smooth one, then you need to be looking for a realtor with experience. Though the market is competitive and even the newest of real estate agents are getting a chance to bite at the opportunities, there is still something to be said about the real estate agents that have fought tooth and nail for the houses they’ve helped others buy and sell.

 

Honest & Ethical

Another trait that you’ll want to see in your real estate agent is honesty. Having someone that will tell it to you like it is will be something that you value as the process begins. While nice words can definitely be good to hear at times, you don’t want to have someone that sugar coats news that would be more beneficial had they told you the truth up front.

Along with being honest, you want a real estate agent that is ethical — someone that follows the rules and will be fair throughout the process. This is a great quality for you to enjoy but it’s also a quality that will make it easy for your realtor to work with other agents so that your well being is always being taken care of.

Finding the right real estate agent is something that you’re going to feel when you meet with them and take a second to sit down and chat. The qualities that we’ve listed above are items that we’ve been told improved the buying and selling process, but they certainly aren’t the only ones that make for a great real estate agent. Aside from that, your process is going to be different from that of others, so take some time to note what qualities are going to be important for you throughout that process.

When you’re looking for a real estate agent in Denver, you can always count on the team at Denver Realty Group to be there for you. Reach out to a member of our team today and we can provide you with a consultation on your needs so that you can get taken care of. Don’t wait any longer to get the home of your dreams — reach out to us now!

Tips For Selling Your Denver Home: Garage Storage

Even though Denver’s real estate market has favored sellers for the last half-decade, it’s still extremely important to put the best version of your house on the market.

After all, a few minor tweaks can drastically improve the resale value of your home — if you know what Denver-area buyers want.

Beyond all the general home improvements you can do before putting your home up for sale (which we outlined in another blog, “How To Get Your House Ready For Sale”), there are a few Denver-specific strategies that we want to cover.

We’ll start with one of the most important features that home buyers in Denver say they require: a garage.

The Importance Of Garages To Denver Home Buyers

It’s Denver. People need a secured location for their skis, snowboards, mountain bikes, road bikes, and kayaks. Not to mention that Denver locals absolutely need shelter for their vehicles during summer hail storms and winter blizzards.

As the city gets more crowded, garages also serve as designated parking spots. If you have a garage, you don’t need to worry about walking two blocks to your front door, moving your car every other Thursday for the street sweepers, or any other hassle of not having a parking spot.

If you have a garage, consider it a serious point of consideration as you start selling your Denver home.

Beautifying Your Existing Garage

If you already have an existing garage on your property, you want to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. Buyers will look at your garage as a primary component of your home, not just as an added bonus.

Here are a few strategies you can use to ensure that your garage becomes a selling-point of your Denver home.

1. Pave the Driveway

If you have a driveway leading to your garage, make sure it’s well-kept and paved. If potential home buyers see a driveway laden with potholes, overgrown weeds, and other hazards, they’re less likely to see the garage as a usable space.

2. Give A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Similarly, you don’t want the garage to look like it’s an abandoned quarters. Put a fresh coat of paint on the interior and exterior of the garage, making sure to use specialized acrylic latex paint on the exterior (to prevent weather damage and mildew growth).

Experts recommend neutral colors such as grey, beige, and tan. These off-white shades help to reflect light (as a solid white would do), but they also better conceal the dirt and grime that garages tend to attract.

3. Replace Your Garage Door

You can replace an old garage door for as little as $200. The standard price for a single, new garage door, however, is between $500 and $800. In the grand scheme of selling your Denver home, this isn’t an exorbitant cost. Indeed, you could install two new garage doors for less than $1,000.

In addition to these cosmetic fixes, you also want to ensure that your garage storage systems are up to date. Storage is perhaps the most attractive feature for Denver home buyers.

Maximizing Storage In Your Garage

As we mentioned above, Denver home buyers see garages as a world of possibility — and potential clutter.

You want to portray your garage as extremely organized so that potential home buyers can envision it as a house for all of their outdoor gear.

Consider adding these storage options to your garage before you put your home on the market:

  • Wall storage systems: create shelving units on the walls that can hold miscellaneous supplies, tool kits, and anything to which you need access.
  • Ceiling storage systems and hooks: to really maximize space, you can DIY your own ceiling storage system. It’s only about $75 for the plastic storage bins and the plywood you use to mount them. We don’t recommend storing heavy things up here, but it’s great for lighter objects like holiday decorations.
  • Ski and snowboard racks: your potential home buyer probably likes to ski or snowboard. Install a simple peg mounting system on your garage wall, and place cubbies nearby for gloves, goggles, and boots.
  • Bike racks: you can DIY a bike rack, or you can get one from a local gear store. Hanging your bikes from the wall or ceiling makes much better use of garage space.

If you don’t have this existing storage, consider investing at least $800 in creating it. A clean, organized garage is an absolute selling point for your home, and it’ll be well-worth the initial investment.

About Denver Realty Group

If you’re selling your house in Denver, you can benefit from the expertise of a local real estate agency. Denver Realty Group is a leading real estate brokerage in the area, and we know exactly what home buyers want in Denver.

Learn more about us, and call us today at (303) 502-7233 for a real estate agency in Denver!

Affordable Denver Neighborhoods

You don’t need another reminder about the price of Denver homes. If you’ve been considering investing in Denver real estate, you already know that the market is hot, home prices are soaring, and neighborhoods are flipping over night.

While inflating home prices might make you want to run the other way, consider the big picture: a booming housing market means a booming city. Real estate is the pulse on a city, so, according to trends, Denver is in peak shape.

Just because the data follows an upward trend doesn’t mean that there’s no hope finding an affordable home in Denver. If anything, a few neighborhoods are becoming rising stars for places to find reasonable homes.

If you want budget-friendly options, consider this affordable neighborhood guide from Denver Realty Group.

Lakewood

While technically a western suburb of Denver, Lakewood has come on the scene recently as the place to buy a single-family home. If you’re a young family or a couple that plans on raising a family in the area, look no further than Lakewood.

The median home value in Lakewood is around $238,500, but most of these houses are newer than ones you’d find in the Denver city limits.

Lakewood is about 15 minutes west of Denver, so it’s that much closer to the ski slopes, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The city is also in Jefferson County which has a celebrated school system. You get the quiet of a suburb with unbeatable proximity to Denver’s urban happenings.

Arvada

Similar to Lakewood, Arvada is only seven miles northwest of Denver. Because of its western location, it’s also closer to I-70 and getting to the mountains. When it comes to Friday night traffic heading toward the slopes, it’s amazing the difference that seven miles can make to a commute.

Additionally, Arvada is convenient for those who work in the city and don’t want an unbearable commute. There are existing bus routes, and Arvada is on the docket for Denver RTD’s commuter rail expansion. Arvada is also more bike-friendly than comparable Denver suburbs, so it’s a great option for those who like to cycle.

Thornton

Thornton is about 10 miles northeast of Denver, and it’s an excellent option for young families who value parks, recreation, and green space. There’s perhaps no better area on the Denver real estate market for individuals who want the Denver lifestyle without the pricetag. Indeed, this Denver suburb boasts 81 parks and 2,000 acres of green space.

With a median household income around $65,000, Thornton is an ideal location for first-time home owners and young couples. It’s northeastern location makes it closer to Denver International Airport, the only international airport in the area.

Westminster

Located nine miles to the northwest of Denver’s city center, Westminster is nestled between Broomfield to the north and Arvada and Lakewood to the south. For anyone who commutes to Boulder or who might need to in the future, Westminster is an excellent location.

Most notably, Westminster is in the works to be connected to Denver’s light rail system and bus lines. This will make it even easier for Westminster dwellers to make it to the city conveniently.

About Denver Realty Group

Denver Realty Group is a local real estate agency with a decade of experience. If you’re a first-time home owner looking to buy, our local team can help you navigate the Denver real estate market. We know the area, so we can also work with you to find a home that fits your budget.

Start by using this helpful database of homes for sale in Denver, and contact our team today to get started on your search!

How to Get Your House Ready for Sale

Because homes are flying off the market these days in Denver, your pressure as a homeowner is reduced. You don’t necessarily have to worry about your house sitting on the market or losing thousands of dollars on your investment.

However, a seller’s real estate market also means you might forego minor maintenance that can add tremendous value to your home.

Just because you can sell your Denver home doesn’t mean you should settle for anything less than the best offer.

To maximize the value of your Denver home for sale, take the time to perform these cosmetic procedures. They don’t take much, but they could mean thousands of dollars in your pocket.

Landscape

It’s amazing the difference that a mowed lawn, trimmed hedges, and potted plants can make to our subconscious impressions of a place.

Curb appeal is a prehistoric concept in the world of real estate, but it’s so frequently discussed because it is imperative to your home’s resale value.

If you don’t have time for landscaping, you can hire a neighborhood teenager to mow your lawn. Or, you can invest a bit more money into a professional landscaping service to ensure that your lawn is spectacular.

Regardless of how you spruce up your landscape, it’s important that you do it.

Get Rid of Smells

Your house could smell like an incredible floral arrangement of lavender and honeysuckle, but even a “good” smell doesn’t translate to a good thing in real estate.

You want your home’s scent to be as neutral as possible. After all, you don’t know if a potential home buyer will be walking in with an aversion to Sweet Vanilla and an allergic reaction to Fresh Cut Roses.

A strong smell from a candle or air freshener is the best case scenario. More often than not, our homes smell like our pets, cooking styles, and soccer cleats.

After years of living in a home, you probably don’t even recognize the distinct scent.

We recommend using neutral air fresheners, keeping the windows open for a fresh breeze, and having your neighbor walk through the home to identify any pungent smells.

Clean Your Siding

A dirty exterior is the first thing your potential home buyer will notice. Take the time to power wash the exterior siding of your home so that it sparkles.

The same goes for any exterior feature. If you have a porch, sweep it and add a new welcome mat. Make sure the walkway is kempt, and that you are painting a welcoming feel from the moment your potential home buyer drives up.

Highlight Your Home’s Distinct Features

The Denver real estate market features all sorts of different home types with unique features. Make your home’s idiosyncrasies stand out!

If you own a bungalow home, makes sure your styled roof is clean and shining.

If you own a quirky Victorian, put on a fresh coat of paint to make it look as vibrant as ever.

If you have a traditional home, focus especially on landscape to make your bigger yard stand out.

Give your potential home buyer no choice but to focus on what makes your home unique and wonderful.

Denver Realty Group

As a full-service real estate agency in Denver, we have been helping individuals to sell their homes for the last decade.

The Denver real estate market can be tricky, as it has experienced such rapid growth in the past few years. Our local team is incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to customer-service, so we can support you through all aspects of the home selling process.

To learn more about our services, contact our real estate agency today!

Are You Ready To Own a Rental Property?

When a housing market grows the way Denver’s has in the last 10 years, it opens up all sorts of opportunity for real estate profit and investment

If you bought a home in 1970 near LoDo, its value has probably skyrocketed with the construction of Coors Field, reinvention of Union Station, and general renewal of the area. The same holds true for RiNo, Baker, the Highlands, and seemingly every neighborhood in the city.

If you own a home and share it with roommates, you’ve most likely been able to double the rent prices you were previously charging. Your roommates pay your mortgage, and you have an appreciating home in a hot Denver real estate market.

For those who are looking to the Denver market as a bastion of opportunity, investing in a rental property might be a very enticing option.

Is It Time To Invest In the Denver Real Estate Market?

In this blog post, we want to delve into the implications — and opportunities — associated with owning an investment rental property in Denver. If you’re considering making this step in real estate, be sure to ask yourself these questions or talk to a local real estate agent before committing.

Will You Live In The Home First?

One of the most important questions associated with rental investment properties is whether you plan on living in the home at all before you rent it out.

Real estate experts recommend living in a home for at least two years before renting it out, though this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule. There are ample benefits when it comes to living in a home before renting it to someone else. For one, there’s no better way to assess any serious improvements that need to be made unless you live in the home. Does it get unbearably cold in the winter and need better insulation? Does a drain in the upstairs bathroom become continually clogged? Living in a home is the best way to find out the quirks of a home before you leave tenets to discover it on their own.

Investment Property Financing

Whether you will live in the home or not also determines what type of financing you’ll be able to secure. You want to keep in mind that lenders will factor in vacancy, usually around 5 to 10 percent. As a result, your projected income from rent will be lowered. Additionally, you’ll probably need to put a larger down payment on the house, as lenders see rental properties as an increased risk.

Finally, interest rates tend to be higher for non-owner occupied homes, so you want to factor this cost into your decision. You might be thinking, “well, how will my lender find out that I’m not occupying the home? Can’t I just get a traditional mortgage?” This is a common thought process, but it’s simply not worth the risk. Should your lender learn that you do not occupy the house, they could put the property into default and pursue foreclosure proceedings.

 

Do You Live In The Denver Area?

You also want to think about the practicality of maintaining a rental property whether you live in Denver or across the country.

Denver Locals

If you do live in Denver, you might have an easier time managing the property yourself. The question becomes whether you want to (and are qualified to) take on that responsibility. Indeed, if you manage the property yourself, you’ll need to:

  • Draft a lease
  • Find dependable tenants
  • Fix any maintenance issues
  • Collect rent
  • Comply with state and local building codes
  • Ensure peaceful, quiet, hazard-free conditions
  • Establish professional relationship with tenants

For many people, hiring a property manager becomes an easier solution than taking on this risk alone. This also comes with a price tag, though, as property managers share on the profits.

Out-of-Town Owners

When you live out of town, hiring a property manager is almost a non-negotiable. You want to make sure you find a reputable, local property management company so that your rental property is more likely to be a cash cow instead of a headache.

You also want to look for a property management company in Denver that has usable online features, so you can keep track of your property without needing to call the management company every day.

Is There An Opportunity For Multiple Units?

One of the best ways to turn a profit on investment properties involves multiple units. Think duplexes, mother-in-law suites, and separate entrances.

Even if the property comes as a single unit, it’s worth figuring out whether you can configure multiple units. This gives you multiple sources of income, and it gives you the chance to live in the property without sharing a space with your tenants.

Do You Have a Local Real Estate Team?

Finding an experienced local real estate team is the first step of investing in a rental property. Especially if you don’t live in the Denver area, you need to rely on your real estate agent as on-the-ground eyes.

A local real estate team can assist you in:

  • Determining areas where tenants want to live
  • Finding homes that meet your criteria
  • Understanding Denver neighborhoods
  • Negotiating costs
  • Closing on properties

Denver Realty Group has a decade of experience in the Denver real estate market as a full-service real estate company and property management business. If you want to find the perfect rental property in Denver, give us a call today!

What to Consider When Searching for a New Home

Finding your new home is a thrilling and exciting process; looking at new homes and dreaming up the adventures that will take place within those walls is one of life’s greatest milestones. When it does finally come time to start looking for a new home it can be easy to get lost in the excitement and wind up looking at houses that are far from what you actually need.

If you’re in the process of searching for a new home, then one of the best things that you can do is spend some time going over the following points so that you can really determine whether or not a house is suitable for you and your needs.

 

Bedrooms

Easily one of the make or break points for a house is the number of bedrooms that are in a home. There is no one answer for how many bedrooms can make a house, but there should be a number for how many bedrooms can make it so that this house is no longer a viable option. We always suggest finding a minimum number of rooms that you’ll need for your family to live comfortably, but there are still more things to consider when it comes to bedrooms.

Number of Rooms

Aside from having enough rooms for everyone to stay comfortably, you’ll also want to take a few things into consideration in regards to bedrooms. Are you planning on expanding the family in the next couple of years? If so, how many additional bedrooms should you be accounting for at that point?

Do you have a lot of guests that stop by and visit? In the case that you are the one hosting holidays and are known for always having a pillow for friends and family alike to rest their head, then you may want to consider having a few spare rooms that will make it easy to put people up in later on.

Beyond these two questions, you can also have too many rooms in a home. If there’s a number of rooms that you want to have but there are a few additional rooms that may go without a use, then you need to consider that these could be additional items on your cleaning list. Is there such a thing as too big of a home for you and your needs? Because if so, you’ll want to have a clear idea of what the number of bedrooms that takes it to that point will be.

Size of Rooms

Not every room is created equally, and this is often the case for bedrooms. There will certainly be some spacious rooms throughout the house — like the master — but having an idea of what size of bedroom you’d like to have will also help you determine if the house is a realistic fit for you.

There are plenty of homes that will have multiple small bedrooms, but when you think about how you’re going to utilize those rooms and the furniture that you’ll be putting in them, is this something that will realistically work? If the answer is no, be honest with yourself and recognize that the house just isn’t the right fit for you.

While we talk about the size of rooms, one thing that you’ll often see directly correlated with the size of a room is the size of the closet. For some, this is a very important aspect of the bedrooms in their house. Is there enough storage in the bedrooms for the individuals that will be using them? Determine how important the closet space in each bedroom is going to be for you and have an idea before you look at the house so that you can judge with a clear mind as to whether or not the bedrooms will work for you.

 

Bathrooms

Right up there with bedrooms on the list of important things to check for, are bathrooms.  This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as this is easily a room that gets used on a daily basis. This is, however, another room that is has multiple things to think about before really determining what you want.

How Many Bathrooms

Denver is a big city, but there are homes that are older and don’t have the added feature of multiple bathrooms throughout the house. For some this is a liveable circumstance that can be overlooked, but for others it’s a deal breaker. If you would rather have a master bathroom that goes directly off your bedroom and will be private for you, then you will want to put that on the list of things to have in your next home, along with at least one other bathroom for the rest of the house to use.

Along with considering whether or not you’ll want one master bathroom along with other bathrooms in the house you should think about how many bathrooms will make it easy for your home to function. For bigger families, having just two bathrooms can lead to some frustration during the work and school week or at the end of a long day.

Amenities in the Bathrooms

When you think of the best bathroom for your needs, you also likely think of a few amenities that bring the space together and make it easy for you to use. One of the best examples that we can provide would be a shower vs. a bathtub. For some, a bath is a relaxing amenity that will be used to destress and relax at the end of a long work day, while for others it’s simply a waste of a space.

If you have an idea of how many sinks you want or whether you’d like to have a shower over a bathtub, recognize it in advance. This will also help you realize when a house is going to be a good fit and when the bathrooms just aren’t up to par with your needs.

 

Yard vs. No Yard

There are a lot of homes in and around Denver that will offer a yard, and there are also many homes in the heart of the city where a yard isn’t at the top of the list of perks. What you need to determine is whether or not having a yard or a lot of land is going to be something that matters to you, because this will quickly rule out a number of homes and could also open up homes for you that you might not have consider before.

This is a fairly straightforward piece to dissect because you can quickly acknowledge whether or not you want space for kids to play, room for dogs to run, or a fenced off area where you can just hang out and relax on the weekends. You may also be considering amenities that you’re looking for or wanting to add down the road. Is there space for a pool if you choose to add one? Are you able to do so based on the HOA regulations?

Looking a little bit into the future will help you figure out what’s going to make a difference in regards to your yard.

 

Location, Location, Location

As one of the hot spots in Colorado, Denver has quite a areas that people are wanting to buy a home. This is all going to be relevant to you and what types of areas you’d like to live in as well as what types of things you’d like to make the most of when living in the area. For some, being able to walk right downtown to enjoy the summer baseball games and countless businesses is the life, while others would like to prioritize the distance to the closest parks and schools.

If there’s something specific that’s bringing you to the area, then it’s good you are straightforward and open about what those items are so that you can look at homes that will be in the right location for you. This is another item that will drastically change the homes that you look at while searching.

 

So Much More!

The items that we’ve covered in today’s blog post are only a few of the thing that you should be considering when you begin the search so that you find homes that are matching the requirements that you have. We will touch on a few of the other things that we suggest looking at in advance in a future blog, that way you can really get a grasp on all of the pieces that will make up your dream home and have an idea of what items are musts, as well as which of these factors aren’t going to make or break a home for you. That being said, keep an eye out for those blog posts and check out a few of the other ones that we’ve posted so that you can prepare for the buying process!

The team at Denver Realty Group will always work diligently to help you find the home that you’ve been looking for. As you begin to prepare yourself for the move, reach out to a member of our team and we will be able to help you find a house for sale in the Denver area that meets as many of your requirements as possible. Contact us today with any questions you may have or for additional information.

The Types of Denver Homes and How They Sell

The overarching trend for Denver real estate in the last decade has been a soaring market. Homeowners can sell for more money, and buyers often embark in bidding wars and pay above-market-rate for the home they want.

While this is the general trend, there are interesting discrepancies worth knowing related to the different types of Denver homes for sale.

Types of Denver Homes for Sale

The team at Denver Realty Group wanted to assess these trends, as understanding the specifics of home styles can help you gain leverage as either a homebuyer or home seller in the competitive Denver market.

Traditional

“Traditional” homes refer to those built at the onset of World War II, when there was a need for more affordable housing. As mass-produced homes, houses in the traditional style usually have just one story, a simple square floor plan, and basic aesthetic components.

According to the data on Denver homes for sale, traditional homes have been consistently the most affordable home on the Denver market. After all, they were built during the war period for this very purpose.

Traditional homes also pervade the city, from the western suburb of Lakewood to the northeastern quadrant of the city. So, part of their affordability relates to the supply available.

This is good news especially for single-family or first-time home buyers who might not need much space. The houses were simply constructed which means that maintenance usually costs less as well. Additionally, they tend to have slightly bigger plots and thus have more backyard space than newer Denver homes.

Bungalows

From the quaint neighborhoods around Washington Park to up and down Downing street, bungalows are a staple of south-central Denver.

These iconic homes are small and usually single-story, but they feature ornate roofs and Craftsman decoration that more traditional homes lack.

Bungalows are highly coveted in the Denver real estate market, and so they are some of the most expensive Denver homes for sale.

Not only are the bungalows located in extremely popular neighborhoods for young professionals, but they also have larger lots and feature more ornate designs.

If you want to buy a bungalow in Denver, be sure to work with a highly knowledgeable local real estate team.

Tudor Homes

Tudor homes speckle the northeastern quadrant of Denver, located in an area known as the Park Hill neighborhood. These homes also pop up in Washington Park, securing a prime location by one of the city’s most popular recreational areas.

As some of the biggest Denver homes for sale, tudor homes statistically sell much faster and at a much higher price than other homes in the city.

If you want a bigger home for your family or have the finances for a larger real estate investment, hire a local real estate team to ensure you can put a contract on one of these highly popular homes.

Denver Square Homes

As the name suggests, these are boxy homes named after the city. A return to simple craftsmanship as a response to the Victorian influence that swept the city, Denver square homes are usually plain, two stories, and modern.

These homes aren’t as popular as bungalows or tutors, and they actually sell a bit slower than traditional homes.

Victorian Homes

Like bungalows and tudors, Victorian homes are extremely popular in Denver. Many of them are concentrated in the newly revitalized Baker District. For young families who want easy access to the city, but to live on quieter streets, Victorian homes in this area represent an excellent option.

Known for their elegance, color, and style, Victorian homes tend to be popular no matter the city.

What does this mean for Denver real estate deals?

It pays to know the specific types of homes because you can use these facts as leverage.

If you’re a potential home buyer, for instance, you can certainly negotiate when you’re trying to buy a traditional home. These homes are widespread, have been the most affordable home in Denver’s history, and offer “nothing special” compared to the hundreds of other homes on the market.

If you’re selling a bungalow in Denver, on the other hand, you can come armed with information about its Craftsman style, its unique roof features, and its historical connection to the city.

Hiring a Denver Real Estate Team

Understanding and being able to capitalize on these trends takes an experienced real estate team. While having a general sense helps you to be a smarter consumer, local real estate agents live and breathe these trends.

The team at Denver Realty Group has been helping the Denver community buy and sell homes for the last decade. If you want a full-service real estate team that knows Denver, contact us today!

You can also use our online home search feature to refine your home search by property type, location, price, size, and many more criteria. Take advantage of this feature today!

Factors to Consider When Buying a Single-Family Home in Denver

According to a 2014 survey from the National Association of Realtors, 75 percent of new home buyers chose a single-family home rather than a townhouse, condo, apartment, or co-op.

Interestingly, 75 percent of new home buyers also stated that they needed to compromise on the home they purchased, namely regarding size and price.

Denver Homes For Sale

Now, factor in Denver’s lightning-hot, bustling real estate market and you might assume you can only afford a dilapidated shack…by the airport.

While the Denver homes for sale certainly have competitive bidding processes, don’t give up just yet. If you are an intelligent buyer and have a knowledgeable real estate team, you can absolutely find a single-family home in the Mile High city.

The key is to understand the factors you should consider and prioritize as you explore Denver homes for sale.

Denver Realty Group (DRG) was founded in 2008 as a full-service real estate business in Denver. Consider these guidelines below as you form a picture of the house of your (realistic) dreams.

The Five-Year Rule

Think about where you were five years ago. What was different in your life? What was the same? Five years is a surprisingly long time, especially for young professionals who are more transient now than ever. When it comes to purchasing a home, this concept of five years is really important.

You want to be able to live in your first home for at least five years. This is generally how long it takes for a property to become financially soluble after you buy it. Plus, why go through the hassle of a home inspection, closing, and mortgage if you were not planning on staying in the home?

If you think you might move for work or grow tired of your current location before five years, renting might be a better option for you.

Space for Now and Later

One of the reasons buying a single-family home can be challenging involves projecting the future. The space you can live in now might not be big enough later on. Here, it’s important to really think about your lifestyle.

If you are engaged or married and planning on having children, it follows that you should buy a home with a spare bedroom. That part is easy.

But what about your numerous Colorado hobbies? It can be easy to convince yourself that you don’t need the extra space, but think about your skis, your mountain bike, your winter gear, your car…

Would you be okay keeping these in a basement and hauling them up when you need them? Or, might you need a garage for easy-access and storage? There’s no right answer. The important thing is that you consider anything you’ll need to store (including toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, etc.) both now and in the future. Then, be honest with yourself about what you are willing to sacrifice if it means finding a more affordable home.

What can you change easily?

As you browse Denver homes for sale, you should also train yourself to picture the homes as what they can be instead of what they are. Here, though, you want to be reasonable with “easy” fixes versus renovations that might require outside contractors and expensive material.

Because most first-time home buyers do not have experience with home renovation, this can be daunting. Having a real estate agent or home inspector can be incredibly helpful, as they can provide advice.

If you had to guess, what would be more expensive: redoing your kitchen counters or the cabinets?

Replacing kitchen cabinets is actually much more expensive, even though we think of granite countertops as a more luxury remodel.

Unless you have extensive experience as a handyman or home remodeler, it really does help to have a real estate agent who can determine how much work realistically needs to go into a home for sale.

Location

Of course, location has to be a part of the conversation. Neighborhoods form clear distinctions in Denver, so it becomes easy to judge a house’s location based on its neighborhood.

When you think about location, you should also ask yourself these questions:

  • Commuting/Travel
    • Given Denver traffic, how long can you really manage for a commute?
    • Are you planning on changing jobs?
    • Do you have the option of working remotely?
    • Can you bike or walk to work?
    • Do you travel a lot and need to be close to the airport?
    • Do you want to be closer to I-70 for a quicker trip to the ski slopes?
  • School districts
    • Are you planning on having kids within a few years?
    • Have you researched the local school district to see if it offers what you want?
    • How far would the drive be if you placed your child in an out-of-district school?
  • Do you have the necessities close by?
    • How far is the nearest grocery store, gym, pharmacy?
    • Is there a park or open space if you have a dog?

This list is by no means extensive, but it should at least get the mental wheels spinning as you assess the locations of homes for sale in Denver.

HOA and Neighbors

Homeowners Associations (HOA) can be a sneaky reason that young buyers are not happy with their home choice.

While the home could be perfect, the parking rules, noise limitations, outdoor furnishing requirements, grilling restrictions, etc., can be a nuisance.

Assess your own lifestyle and whether you would be comfortable with following the HOA rules in your development.

Denver Realty Group

For a full-service real estate firm in Denver, contact Denver Realty Group today. We specialize in brokering single-family home deals in the Mile High City.

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