Denver Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

July 27, 2019

COMING SOON ALERT!!!

 

️COMING SOON ALERT!!!

4 BR 🛏️| 4 BA 🛀 | 3 car garage | 4788 sqft. | 2 acres 🌳

🔥Coveted Lions Head Ranch in Pine Colorado🔥

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☎️Call/Text for availability and private showing info: 720-314-8462

July 1, 2019

The PERFECT July 4th Ingredient

The PERFECT July 4th Ingredient

Discover the perfect ingredient for your July 4th celebration.  We can help!  Call or Text us: 720-314-8462

 

Discover the PERFECT Ingredient for Your July 4th Celebration from Tim Jones on Vimeo.

June 28, 2019

Introducing: Our Newest Listing - 11629 Blackmoor St

Introducing: Our Newest Listing - 11629 Blackmoor St

We're thrilled to introduce you to our newest listing at 11629 Blackmoor Street in the Villages of Parker.  This updated home with finished basement overlooks the prestigious Black Bear Golf Club at Blackstone Country Club and beyond you see those famous Colorado mountains.

This home has everything you're looking for and then some.  Please share with anyone you know looking for a great home in a peaceful neighborhood near all the conveniences.

 

 

For more pictures, pricing, details ---->>>> 11629 Blackmoore Street

June 28, 2019

Like Living in Your Own Private National Park

 

Welcome to summer in Colorado! Residents and visitors alike hike thousands of miles of National Park lands each year. Imagine if you had your very own "National Park" - we've found it for you!

Introducing 11542 Belle Meade Dr just outside Evergreen CO in Conifer. You can live in a luxurious estate then step right out your door onto 10+ private acres of some of the most gorgeous, flat park-like land around. The forest has been mitigated for fire safety, existing trails accommodate hikes, bikes, scooters, ATV's, snowmobiles - whatever your heart's desire. A property like this is truly one-of-a-kind. Call or text us today so you can experience this unique slice of Colorado paradise!

 

 

11542 Belle Meade - Conifer CO - Like a Private National Park! from Tim Jones on Vimeo.

May 24, 2019

Memorial Day 2019

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. ... Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
 
We pause, remember and give thanks for all who have selflessly served and given their lives so we may have our freedom. We thank their families and loved ones who have supported their service. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend
 
#landofthefree #homeofthebrave #memorialday #americafreedom

Posted in Colorado, Events, Holiday
May 1, 2019

2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable

 

Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as reports show that wages have increased at their highest rate in decades!

These two factors have helped keep housing affordable despite low supply of houses for sale driving up prices. First American’s Chief Economist, Mark Fleming, explains the impact,

“Ongoing supply shortages remain the main driver of the performance gap as the housing market continues to face an inventory impasse – you can’t buy what’s not for sale.

 However, an unexpected affordability surge, driven primarily by lower-than-anticipated mortgage rates, rising wages and favorable demographics, has boosted housing demand.”

Mortgage interest rates had been on the rise for most of 2018 before reaching their peak in November at 4.94%. According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates last week came in at 4.20%.

Average hourly earnings grew at an annual rate of 3.2% in March, up substantially from the 2.3% average pace seen over the last 10 years.

These two factors contributed nearly $6,000 worth of additional house-buying power for median households from February to March 2019, according to First American’s research. Fleming is positive about the prolonged impact of lower rates and higher wages.

“We expect rising wages and lower mortgage rates to continue through the spring, boosting housing demand and spurring home sales.”

Bottom Line

Low mortgage interest rates have kept housing affordable throughout the country. If you plan on purchasing a home this year, act now while rates are still low!

Posted in Colorado, News, Trends
April 29, 2019

Colorado Day Tripping

You don’t need to travel far to see something new and different in Colorado. Our beautiful state offers plenty of day trips for everyone to enjoy. You might decide to check out some hot springs at Glenwood Springs or mountain bike through Winter Park, considered to be “Mountain Bike Capital USA.” Other day trips include photography tours of the Rocky Mountains, exploring the quaint town of Manitou Springs, boating on Lake Dillon, and walking through the Colorado Music Hall of Fame at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
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Just another reason why we love living here in #Colorado. If you live outside the state and would like to enjoy great day trips like these, call/text us: 720-314-8462. 
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#daytrips #coloradohotsprings #biking #hiking #mountainbikes#photography #boating #rafting #fishing #concerts #music

April 29, 2019

It's a "Tankless" Job....The Joys of HOT Water

 

The Joy of Hot Water

The joy of endless hot water.  

Let's talk a bit about the technological advances in tankless hot water heaters today.  It seems that there is still a good portion of folks that are not convinced that tankless are still not up to snuff up here in the mountains.  So here are some reasons to consider a tankless hot water heater:

1. Tankless water heaters deliver an endless amount of hot water at a constant temperature for as long as the faucet is on.  No more wondering  if you are about to get shocked by jolt of cold water.  Now you can run as many appliances as you desire, running laundry, dish washer, filling a bath tub and taking a shower at the same time finally can happen now.  

2.Energy bills will be lowered.  A traditional hot water heater stores and maintains a specific temperature twenty four hours a day until the water is used and recovery rate is 40 to 75 % while a tankless water heater is instantaneous recovery and eliminates the need of storing the hot water which could result in an energy reduction of up to 40 % energy ( this statement is based on data from www.waterheaterleakinginfo.com heater replacement)    

3. With proper yearly maintenance tankless hot water heaters last double the life of a regular hot water heater which results in peace of mind and savings. 

4. It is well known that home buyers are looking for deals and savings. Installing a long lasting tankless water heater that provides endless hot water at reduced energy costs will guarantee you a system that is truly worth the investment and  your home more appealing to your potential buyers. 

5. Now more than ever everyone cares about our planet. with a tankless water heater  you will be enjoying energy efficiency and lowered CO2 emissions. 

Tankless water heater vs tank water heater. Tankless water heaters uses 30 to 50 percent less energy than units with tanks, saving a typical family about $100 or more per year, depending on water usage. ... The primary disadvantage of on demand or instant hot water heaters is the upfront cost. Saves you money over time. According to Energy.gov, “For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand (or tankless) water heaters can be 24% to 34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters.” ... You'll have hot water whenever you need it.

A new tankless water heater costs between $1,500 and $2,000 installed, while a whole house tank costs between $600 and $800. A tankless hot water heater costs around $430 without installation and a traditional heater costs around $440.

Top brands include Rheem and Rinnai

Posted in bathroom, Colorado, News, Tips, Trends
April 18, 2019

Un-Drain the Swamp (Cooler)

Preparing an Evaporative Cooler for the Cooling Season

Dewinterizing Your Swamp Cooler

 

1. After Winter....De-Winterize

Evaporative coolers are commonly used to provide cooling for homes and businesses in dry climates. Evaporative coolers (also known as swamp coolers) provide cooling through the simple physics by which evaporating water absorbs heat from the surrounding environment. An evaporative cooler cools the air much like sweat evaporating from your skin cools off your body.  

 

If you properly winterized your evaporative cooler at the end of the last cooling season, you must reverse the process to "de-winterize" the unit as the warm season approaches. (And if you haven't been a model homeowner practicing good maintenance, it's never too late to start.) 

 

2. Uncover the Cooler

Start by removing the cover or tarp from around the unit. This is a good time to inspect the condition of the cover before storing it for use next winter. If the cover is torn or has holes, order a replacement cover now so you'll have it ready when it's time to winterize the unit again.

 

3. Remove the Casing

Remove all of the sides of the cooler unit by releasing the panel catches or clips and sliding the panels up slightly and then out. Set the side panels aside, facing down.

 

Tip: To save some time later, keep track of which panel belongs to each side of the unit. The panels are sometimes slightly different, and they may not fit exactly right unless they are put back in the same positions.

 

4. Clean the Inside of the Cooler

Clean the inside of the cooler with a shop-vac to remove accumulated dust and ​loose mineral scale. Use a damp rag to pick up any remaining dust and to get into corners and tight spaces. If there is a lot of buildup inside the unit, consider using a descaling or cleaning product designed for use on evaporative coolers.​

 

5. Replace the Evaporative Pads

Change the pads, as needed. Your evaporative cooler has absorbent pads that hold water as a fan blows air across them to evaporate the water. Depending on the design of your cooler, these pads may be flat panels or they may be attached to a rotating drum. Over time, these pads become stiffened with mineral deposits, which hinders their ability to hold water.

 

If the pads were not changed in winter as part of the winterizing process, you should change them now. When to change the pads is really a matter of preference—they just need to be changed once every year.

 

The size of the pads varies for each cooler, so you may want to measure them before heading to the store to buy replacements.

 

6. Reconnect the Water Line

Connect the water line to the cooler fitting, and carefully tighten the nut with a wrench or pliers. Confirm that the drain plug is in place in the water pan, then turn on the water supply to the cooler.

 

7. Check for Leaks

Inspect the cooler pan and the water line for any leaks. Some leaks are quite obvious, such as when a pipe is broken or punctured, but others are slower and harder to see. Look around the drain plug for any leaks, and tighten the plug, if necessary.

 

This is also a good time to check to make sure that the float valve is working properly. Wait for it to turn off the flow of water when the cooler pan gets full. Make adjustments, if necessary, to prevent overfilling the pan. Replace the float valve if it does not seem to be working properly.

 

8. Test the Pump and Fan Motor

Turn on the cooler and check the pump and fan motor for proper operation:

 

When the pump is working properly, the water should be flowing freely from the "spider" water-feed tubing onto the sides of the evaporative cooler. If the water flow is sluggish, it could be a sign that the pump is not pumping or that the spider or the lines are clogged.

 

Confirm that the motor is running and the fan wheel is turning. 

 

9. Reassemble the Casing

Reinstall all of the side panels in their corresponding openings and secure them with the catches or clips. Your evaporative cooler is now ready for summer!

 

Depending on the location of your "swamp" (evaporative) cooler (rooftop) - you may feel more comfortable calling in a pro to take on the de-winterizing task.  We really don't want any stories of you falling off the roof.  If you need a recommendation, call or text us at 720-314-8462 or is you go through all these steps and still do not have a properly working unit, we can help you find someone who can help you keep your cool this summer!

April 18, 2019

Taking Your Lawn Sprinkler System Out of Hibernation

For lawn and garden enthusiasts, spring is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the season when flowers, trees and grass come alive with color — so long as they get the sunshine and water they need to thrive.

 

Dewinterizing Your Sprinkler System

When Mother Nature can’t hold up her end of the bargain, lawns and gardens need a little help from us humans. A garden hose or watering can will suffice, but homeowners with underground sprinkler systems know that the most convenient way to keep a healthy lawn is to automate the process.

 

That’s not to say that using a sprinkler system is a completely effortless process. In fact, shutting down the system for winter and reopening it in the spring are two fairly big jobs. But if you do them well, your only worry in between should be avoiding the sprinkler heads with the lawn mower.

 

Dewinterizing and starting your sprinkler system for the spring may take two hours or more, depending on the size of your property, the number of sprinkler heads and the condition of the system.

 

  • Tools and Supplies You Will Need
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Sprinkler valve key (as needed)
  • Note pad and pencil
  • Pliers (as needed)

 

1. Check Your Lawn for Frozen Ground

Before you take the first step toward dewinterizing, you need to make sure your lawn agrees that winter is over. Use a shovel to dig at least one foot into the soil in an inconspicuous part of your lawn. If you strike frozen ground, you’re too early and should wait a week or two before conducting another dig test.

 

Starting your sprinkler system while the ground is still frozen can result in broken water lines during the startup process or even hours later, if the ground is cold enough to freeze the water in the lines. If your watering just can’t wait, you’ll want to hook up the hose and do it the old-fashioned way while the soil thaws.

 

2. Turn on Your Control Panel

Dewinterization starts at your sprinkler system’s brain — the main irrigation control panel. These are often installed outdoors, so you’ll probably need to wipe away a layer of dirt and clear out some cobwebs.

 

Turn on the control panel and review the current settings for time, date and irrigation zones. If your system has a battery backup and the batteries are more than six months old, this is a good time to replace them. All control panel models are a little different, so if you don’t have your system’s original documentation, find a copy online by searching for your panel’s model number.

 

3. Clean Your Sprinkler Heads

One of the most time-consuming steps is the inspection and cleaning of every sprinkler head and valve. The bigger your lawn is, the more time this will take.

 

Complete these steps at each sprinkler head:

 

Inspect the sprinkler head assembly for damage. If the nozzle is damaged, unscrew it from the head and buy a replacement at your local lawn care center. If there’s more extensive damage to the entire head assembly, the repair can be a bigger project that you might want to outsource to an irrigation maintenance professional.

Clean the nozzles thoroughly. An old toothbrush helps with this job. Any obstruction will affect the spray pattern, and that could result in some areas getting too little water while others get too much.

Make sure the sprinkler valve is closed, unless it’s the valve farthest from the main water source. You’ll want to leave this valve open and remove the sprinkler nozzle to allow air to escape when you turn on the water. If your system has multiple branches feeding off a main line, you should open the valve and remove the nozzle of the last sprinkler on each branch line.

 

4. Slowly Open the Main Valve

The next step is to open the main water valve, and this is where rookies can make an expensive mistake. Opening the valve too quickly sends a rush of water and air through the system, creating an effect called a “water hammer”. This surge of pressure can crack pipes, break valves and even send sprinkler heads rocketing into the air.

 

Slowly open the main valve until you can hear the water begin to flow, then wait for several minutes as water feeds into the main line. When you’re ready to continue, open the valve just a few degrees wider every couple of minutes until it’s fully open.

 

In a system where branch lines feed off the main line, there may be an additional valve where each branch line meets the main line. After completely filling the main line, you’ll need to repeat this slow-and-steady process at each branch line’s main valve.

 

Once all these valves are open, it’s time to check the faraway sprinkler valves that you left open earlier. With the sprinkler heads removed, any dirt and debris trapped in the line should be flushing out. As soon as the water flowing out looks clear, close the valve and screw the nozzle back into place.

 

5. Check Your Irrigation Zones

Your sprinkler system is now primed for its first watering of spring. And if you didn’t make any major changes to your system or landscaping since last year, you might not need to make any adjustments to your sprinkler nozzles. But it’s still worthwhile to test the irrigation of each of your zones, one at a time, to verify that your spray patterns are getting water where you need it.

 

Use your control panel to start the irrigation program for a single zone, then go watch your sprinklers at work. If you have any malfunctioning sprinkler heads, this is when you’ll notice them. And if your sprinklers have unusually low pressure, that’s often a sign of a water line break. You should watch for soggy spots to develop in your soil to pinpoint the area of the break, then shut down the water at the main valve until you can get it repaired.

 

If any nozzles need adjusting, take note of all the changes you want to make in the zone before turning off the sprinklers. You can only make the adjustments while the sprinklers are off, so this will spare you additional trips back and forth.

 

There are markings on top of each nozzle that indicate their spray patterns. To adjust a nozzle, unscrew the ring that holds it in place, lift it out of the head assembly and reinsert it with the markings pointing in the desired direction. Screw the ring back on and you’re good to go.

 

After working through each zone individually, activate your full irrigation program for one final walk-through inspection. If you like what you see, you’re all done until it’s time for winterization!

 

And if you're just not ready to take on this DIY project, give us a call or shoot us a text 720-314-8462, we're happy to recommend a professional who can do the job for you so you can spend time doing those things you actually enjoy!

 

 

Information courtesy directenergy.com/blog/ and their contributing writer, Josh Crank.

 

Posted in Colorado, Gardens, Lawns, Tips