New listing in Five Points
2301 N Washington Street, Denver CO 80205
4 Beds /3 Baths / 2,350SF / $877,500.
Newly updated contemporary 4 bed/3 bath red brick duplex in charming Five Points. This must-see home was built in 2005 and blends effortlessly into one of Denver’s central historic neighborhoods. The ideal layout welcomes you with 10′ ceilings and walnut floors that flow through open-planned living spaces. At the front of the home, the main floor bedroom with a full bathroom, walk-in closet, and French doors works perfectly as a home office or guest suite. Entertaining is a breeze in the grand living room with a gas fireplace, open to the dining room and newly updated chef’s kitchen with new appliances. Conveniently located at the back door, find the mudroom/laundry room that flows to the private backyard, featuring a raised trex deck, a long tract of green grass perfect for playing fetch, and access to an oversized detached two-car garage. Next, retreat upstairs to find two huge bedrooms, plus an third room that would make a great nursery/office/lounge that opens to the master suite and hallway. Making this home stand out from the rest is the primary suite, which features a brand new five-piece bathroom, large closet with Elfa storage, and an attached secondary room that can be used as a lounge, office, or nursery. Serious value-add potential in the 1,000-square-foot unfinished basement offers 10′ ceilings, one existing egress window, and plumbing rough-ins that make this space ideal to finish into an additional bed/bath, home gym, or more living space. Easy access to 27th & Welton light rail. Walkable nightlife on 17th Street in Uptown and RiNo! Enjoy city living at its finest in beautiful Five Points! Open house on Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm.
New listing in Jefferson Park
2620 W 25th Avenue, Denver CO 80211
3 Beds /4 Baths / 2,350SF / $1,425,000
Exceptional 3 Bed 4 Bath Modern Home in one of Denver’s most sought-after central locations, Jefferson Park! Superb craftsmanship is evident in this intelligent design by Davis Urban Architects. Look forward to entertaining in transitional open-planned living spaces with soaring floor to ceiling glass on all levels filling the home with natural light. European Cabinetry, Thermador Appliances and Honed Quartz countertops are found in the sleek gourmet kitchen. Cozy up on a cold day next to the gas fire place or follow beautiful 5″ site finished White Oak floors to one of three outdoor living spaces: a sunny south facing balcony directly off the kitchen, an beautiful front courtyard or the upgraded rooftop deck with panoramic city and mountain views! Next unwind in the master suite with 5pc bath, steam shower and impressive soaking tub. Thoughtful custom closets in bedrooms to keep you organized. Adjacent to the master find the second bedroom which includes its own en-suite bath. You’ll love the ground level bedroom also with an en-suite bath which also works as a stylish office opening to the professionally designed courtyard with Spartan Junipers and Columnar English Oaks giving year round green and privacy. Additional amenities include automated blinds, wired Sonos sound, security system, dual zone high efficiency furnace, tankless hot water heater and radiant heat in master bath and lower level. The convenient oversized two car attached garage provides ample storage opportunities. Lastly leave the car in the garage and enjoy an easy stroll to 2914 Coffee Shop, Whirlybird Ice Cream and Waffles, Briar Commons Brewery and Eatery, Sexy Pizza, LoHI, LoDo, Coors Field, Empower Field at Mile High, Ball Arena and so much more.
Listed by: Michael Harry & Kassidy Benson
New listing in Villa Park
850 Meade Street, Denver 80204
3 Beds /1 Baths / 1,023 SF / $430,000
Perched atop a hill this charming three bed, one bathroom single family home zoned for an ADU offers an ideal location. Live ten minute drive from downtown in the affordable Villa Park neighborhood and only ten minutes walk from the Perry light rail stop. The charming green exterior welcomes you up the concrete steps with a metal railing and sturdy retaining wall. Stop to appreciate the mountain views from the front foyer. New vinyl flooring runs throughout the home creating cohesiveness. Public records will reflect 2 bedrooms because the owner converted the oversized living room into a third bedroom. A generously sized living space remains as well as a dining room and large kitchen. Enjoy the backyard with a privacy fence with a recently added Trex deck right off the kitchen and solar lighting. Sprinkler system in the front and backyard keeps the grass green all summer and in the front/around edge there are native, drought resistant plants. There is a storage shed, off-street parking spot with a gate from the alley, and an additional 150 sf in the crawl space for storage. Walk to Lakewood Gulch park/bike path and frisbee golf course, $12.5M Paco Sanchez Park, Barnum park/rec center/ and BMX bike park, Mile High Stadium, and Sloans Lake. Easy access to light rail, bike paths and major highways. Showings start on Friday 8am through Sunday at 5pm. Open house on Saturday and Sunday 11-1pm. All offers are due by Sunday at 7pm, please make the acceptance deadline Tuesday at 5pm. We will not accept an offer early, but the first offer submitted will be given preference.
New listing in Fort Lupton
245 2nd Street
2 Beds /1 Baths / 1,144 SF / $299,000
Sweet home on a quiet corner with a one car detached garage and huge shop with two additional garage doors. The exterior has a fresh coat of paint and the roof/gutters were replaced two years ago. Sunshine floods into the living/dining space at the front of the home featuring southern facing windows with upgraded up/down blinds The main level features new laminate flooring in the kitchen/living room and the seller replaced the linoleum in the bathroom with new tile. Full bathroom also has new vanity and light fixture. The updated kitchen with white cabinets has refreshed countertops, new backsplash, sink, faucet, and garbage disposal. A cozy bedroom with carpet finishes out the main level. Downstairs you have a laundry area with a flex space that could be used as a second living area or home office and a second non-conforming bedroom. Seller recently expanded the garage door opening and added a new garage door to the one car structure. A huge selling point is the oversized two car detached shop with tons of space with tinker and store all your toys. Conveniently located in the heart of Fort Lupton, near Highway 85.
Winning strategies for my buyers!
When I am working with a buyer I in a competitive market, I start by sharing some of the strategies we can use to get our offer accepted. These are strategies many buyers are using to win in competitive situations. With multiple offers being very common, there are several ways to stay competitive with other offers. Although all of strategies are frequently used in today’s market, be sure to keep in mind that some of these strategies are more risky than others. There are ways to keep some contingencies in place and modify others making the offer more attractive to the seller.
1. PRICE – Of course price is the most important factor. If the home is new to the market, I recommend presenting your highest and best offer ASAP.
2. APPRAISAL GAP – Because many buyers are bidding over the list price or are paying cash, some waive appraisal conditions. If the house does not appraise for the agreed purchase price, the buyer is agreeing to cover the difference at closing because a loan will only cover the appraised value. In an extremely competitive situation we will review comparable homes and I will suggest to you what I believe to be appropriate regarding appraisal.
List price $400K
Offer: $425K with a $25K appraisal gap.
Appraised Value: $415K
If the appraisal comes back low (below offer value) and the home only appraises for $415K, that would mean you have to bring an additional $10K in cash to gap the difference between the offer and appraised value. You can either choose to bring an additional $10K in cash to closing, or you can also adjust your down payment with your lender to reflect the difference.
It is important to note that the lender will NOT lend on a value higher than the appraised value.
3. TIMELINE – Being cognizant of the seller’s ideal time line is highly important as we go into the offer process. Unoccupied homes typically want a quick close while occupied homes may need more time or even a rent back to find their replacement home. In today’s market, typically we do not charge the seller for a rent back – your first payment will be 30-60 days after closing so this is a good way to sweeten the deal if your move timeline is flexible. The max rent back allowed by lenders is 60 days after closing. Depending on their situation, being able to offer them their ideal circumstances can work wonders to set your offer apart. I will secure these details for you with the listing agent before you make any decisions.
4. INSPECTION – You can offer a limited inspection – example limiting to only major items that cost over $1000 to repair. Some buyers are waiving the inspection objection and taking out the deadlines from the contract. You should always do an inspection no matter what. Limiting inspection or waiving inspection is an effective way to let the seller know you aren’t planning to submit a huge list of cosmetic repairs. Depending on the condition of the home I can make recommendations on how to proceed.
5. ESCALATION CLAUSE – In this case, you present your purchase price and then agree to escalate that price a few thousand above the highest offer (with proof that another higher offer exists). In multiple offer situations, unfortunately this can be a slightly ineffective strategy. Listing agents will typically receive multiple offers with escalation clauses which can make it difficult to know who to go with. Typically sellers go with the highest and best offer vs. putting a lot of weight into the escalation.
6. SIGNING BONUS – This is a newer strategy I have used. We write into our offer that if the seller accepts our offer by a certain time and signs, they will receive a signing bonus.
7. LOVE LETTER – Pull the seller’s heart strings by drafting a letter describing why you love their home. Compliment them on the aspects of the home that they improved. Tell them who you are so they will identify with you personally, instead of regarding your offer as just a number. This is only effective if the owner is personally attached to the home, not for flips or investment properties. Some listing agents won’t allow “love letters” because it can create cases of discrimination. Your letter should NOT include any information regarding —race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap and familial status to prevent discrimination based on the protected classes.
8. EARNEST MONEY – You can make some or part of your earnest money non refundable. The net result costs you nothing if you close because all earnest money is credited back to you at closing. When your offer is accepted, earnest money is required within about 48 hours, it is cashed upon receipt and held in a trust account. Making earnest money non refundable shows you are a serious buyer who plans to close, you actually have skin in the game. If you do not add this provision to the contract, your earnest money is refundable if you terminate for any reason within the contract.
9. FINANCING- To make your offer stand out, a solid pre-approval letter will be required along with proof of funds demonstrating you have the down payment in your bank account. Additionally, I will begin working closely with your lender so that he/she knows where we are in the process and is ready to make a personal phone call to the seller’s agent on your behalf. When listing agents review multiple offers, there is a hierarchy of financing options where cash is superior, followed by conventional loans with the highest down payment, FHA loans, VA loans, and then financing programs using down payment assistance programs.
I will also provide a strong cover letter to the listing agent explaining your offer and qualifications. Agents prefer to work with a buyers agent who presents his/herself professionally, is eager to work together as a team, and stays in communication throughout the process. In addition to a cover letter, I will be texting, emailing and calling as appropriate to provide you with accurate and timely information about your offer so you can make educated decisions.
The most exciting phone call I get to make is – “You got the house!”
New listing in Congress Park
770 Monroe Street, Denver 80206
4 Beds /2 Baths / 2000 SF / $695,000
Perfect opportunity to build equity and customize your dream home. Live walking distance to Congress/Cheeseman Park, Cherry Creek North, and the new 9th Ave/Colorado Development (called 9+CO). This home in the 7th Avenue Historic District feeds into the renowned Steck Elementary School but is not historically designated. Live in a top-ranked area in Denver known for walkable local businesses, rich architectural style, and a shady canopy of mature trees.
Classic 2000 sf 1923 brick bungalow with 3 bedrooms 1.75 bathrooms on a 4460 sf lot with a small garage. A spacious foyer leads into a classic living room with a fireplace and dining room. Great opportunity to upgrade the kitchen and create an open concept during the process. Two bedrooms and one bathroom with vintage pink tile complete the main level. The basement includes a large family/bedroom with egress, 3/4 bathroom, laundry, bedroom without egress, and storage/mechanical room. This home has been a rental earning $2400/m since 2018 with room to increase rent to $2800 according to Zillow. Move-in ready or a great opportunity to renovate.
A similar home with beautiful upgrades sold for $880K (1168 Adams Street) and 608 Cook Street will close for $930K. Add a second story and transform this into a 3000+ sq ft home worth $1.385K like 737 Garfield across the alley. At 916 Jackson a homeowner is doing a full remodel and adding a second story for $450K leaving equity for the new owner.
Four doors from 8th Ave provide ample separation. Three minutes from Trader Joe’s, Snooze, and Postino, and much more at new 9+CO. Walking distance from 12th Ave shops/restaurants in Congress Park or head south to Sixth Ave restaurants including Barolo and the luxury shops of Cherry Creek North. Home sold as-is (new water-main in 2013 and newer furnace).
At the onset of 2020, there was no way to predict that Covid19 would make “stay home’ the theme of last year. One thing is for sure, homes are in more demand than ever in 2021
Denver has become accustomed to low inventory. Since 2012 we’ve been operating at about one month’s inventory vs the 6 months of inventory required to create a “balanced market”. Typically we get a spike in inventory in Spring but in 2020 due to Covid19 instead of seeing a spike, we actually saw inventory decrease. Supply has dropped to less than 0.5 months of inventory in January 2021. Yet demand is stronger than ever. In the resale market, almost every single-family home has multiple offers. In 2021 I’ve witnessed a new phenomenon – showings are completely booked through the weekend. With only one group allowed in the house every 15 minutes, popular homes book up quickly. Terms escalate quickly in these competitive situations. It is now commonplace that buyers waive inspections, pay appraisal gaps, and use Accept. inc to make cash offers.
Multiple offer situations and low-interest rates are pushing prices up.
With lower inventory, most listings are receiving multiple offers and going significantly over the asking price. This demand for homes in Denver is accelerating the increase in prices. Why is this? COVID? Partially. With Covid, people’s needs changed. The need for more space, a home office, and a backyard/outdoor space is important. That paired with all-time low-interest rates. With low-interest rates, buyers are not wavering at the prospect of higher purchase prices. With no end in sight, the buyer wants to jump on this opportunity because they know if they wait, prices will be more expensive next month and when interest rates could rise, their buying power/price goes down.
Current homeowners have a massive amount of untapped equity.
I disagree with a recent piece by the Denver Post that said, “distressed sales and foreclosures could rise significantly from low levels as forbearance plans granted by the CARES Act expire and borrowers look for an exit strategy.” I do not see this happening. In the Denver market, I believe foreclosure will continue to be almost nonexistent. Residential values have gone up close to 40% in the last two years in Denver. Even facing unemployment, an owner can sell their home for a profit. It’s statically likely to sell in one weekend, over the asking price. An educated homeowner would not go into foreclose when they can sell at a profit and keep their credit clean.
Moreover, everyone who owns a home in Denver is sitting on major equity. They can tap into this equity using a home equity line of credit or by selling their home. Either way, we have a huge group of current homeowners who are anxious to make the most of their home equity. Now is an exceptionally good time to sell. Sellers can use their home equity for a down payment or they can sell and get a 60-day rent back from the buyer so they can stay in their home while they make non-contingent offers on their replacement home. We are seeing many homeowners keep their current home as a rental that cash flows and use that additional income to subsidize their new home’s mortgage payment.
Rising taxes and interest rates could reign in appreciation in Denver in 2022.
NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE MAJOR IMPACT THIS TAX CHANGE WILL HAVE ON THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. I was only able to find one article about it online, summarized below.
In November 2020, Colorado voters passed every statewide ballot measure that dealt with taxes despite being in the midst of a pandemic. Voters repealed the Gallagher amendment (which has actually caused taxes to decrease in previous years). Without Gallagher tax bills will rise in lockstep with property appreciation from now to eternity. Taxes in Denver will increase by $2400/year minimum for the median home in 2022. Denver sales tax rates increased by .5% and the mill levy increase by 4 mills, so assuming the median home price of $606,000, the tax bill would increase by about $2400/year minimum, if Denver continues to appreciate, which it likely will that number will be closer to $3000/year into perpetuity.
2021 is a reassessment year but taxes are paid in arrears so the higher bills won’t appear until 2022. One of the largest drivers of appreciation in Colorado is the out of state buyers from higher-cost coastal areas like California or New York. They are leaving these areas due to large property and income tax bills. As Colorado continues its upward trajectory of taxation, it will soon join the coastal club of expensive cities and at some point, see more migration out than in as people move to the next up and coming city with lower taxes.
An extra $2400 per year in taxes, would be equivalent to interest rates going from 2.75% in 2021 to 6% in 2022. If property taxes go up as planned in 2023, that would be equivalent to a 9% interest rate. In addition to taxes starting to double every year, some people think interest rates might increase in the future. I’ll believe it when I see it!
If you are looking for an opportunity for a good deal, consider a city condo in 2021.
Downtown has become a ghost town without workers, sports events, and conferences. Many bars and restaurants have shut their doors and the homeless have set up camp. Young adults didn’t last long on college campuses and moved back in with their parents at much higher rates this year than last, with nearly 2 million 18 to 25 years old still living at home in August according to Zillow.com. Pre covid, commutes, and being in “walkable” neighborhoods were a primary focus. With the vaccine, downtown will enjoy a renaissance in 2022 as these younger buyers leave the nest and flock back to city centers. Until then, there are deals all over downtown in the condo market. Get one today below market value at low-interest rates and wait for the renaissance of Downtown to realize gains from your genius foresight.
Construction Loan for an ADU
We are very proud to donate $8,700 to @theparkpeople_denverdigstrees for our 2020 closings! We give $150 to The Park People in order for the nonprofit to plant one tree in a low canopy neighborhood for every home we sell. Thank you to our 58 buyers and sellers for making this gift possible!! #givingback