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Feb. 23, 2018

13 Things To Know When Relocating to the Centennial State

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With Denver quickly becoming one of the fastest growing cities in the country, it will come as no surprise to learn that there are a lot of new people in the state. If you happen to be one of these people, welcome to the Centennial State! We are so glad you are here and contributing too all of the things that make this one of the best states in the country (in our opinion!). Depending on where you moved from you may find a lot of similarities and a lot of differences between your previous home and your new one, but there are some extra special things you should know to help you settle in fully. 

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Posted in 360tip, Resources
Feb. 16, 2018

360tip: Where to Find The Best Coffee in Denver

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One of the first things people research once they move into a new home is where their nearest coffee shop is (or is that just us?!). And while caffeine might be what drives us there, we also want a place where the faces are smiling and the atmosphere is inviting. So we created our own list of criteria for finding the best coffee in the Denver area. They all had to have a place to sit (no to go-only places!), good coffee, friendly staff, easy parking, and of course, wifi.

This list could literally go on forever (or pretty close!), but we rounded up some of our favorite spots around the city that meet all of the requirements.

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Posted in 360tip, Things To do
Feb. 8, 2018

10 Things To Do In Denver This Month (February)

Winter in Denver can be a time where we either hibernate in our homes, or escape to the mountains. But Denver is thriving with unique and interesting things to do all winter long. So to inspire you and your friends and loved ones to get out and try something new, we want to share 10 unique things that are happening in Denver this month. Whether you enjoy imbibing on local spirits or are intrigued at the prospect of watching cartoons from your childhood at a local brewery, we've got you covered this month. And there is plenty of fun for the whole family in this list!

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Jan. 29, 2018

Top 5 Reasons to List Your Home Denver Home for Sale in March

list-denver-home-for-saleDid you know that right now there are only 2564 detached residential homes for sale in the Denver market? Of those, many are over $1M, and the rest are overpriced or have something seriously wrong with them.  100,000 people a year are coming to the metro area. It's simple math. Low supply and high demand = a big payday for Denver sellers.  Homes under $450k are seeing 100 showings and 30+ offers. Prices continue to rise, and we don't see any change in the foreseeable future.  If you are thinking of selling, I invite you to read our top 5 list of reasons why you should list your home this Spring. 

  1. You could get 10% more for your home. Prime buying season starts at the end of February which is known as the compression phase. Based on projections, we'll see an increase in inventory thus unleashing the buyer feeding frenzy. With high demand and low supply, buyers will be paying more than the home is worth.  Sometimes as much as 10%. 
  2. You'll have a better chance of your appraisal coming in at contract price. With such low inventory, there are not a lot of transactions occurring right now so comps are tough to come by.  
  3. There are only 1037 condos for sale right now. If you own a condo, demand is extremely high. Let's get it on the market before the new builds start in full force.  They changed the construction defect litigation laws so now we'll see more condo projects start popping up.
  4. The average home price is $477,523.
  5. 41% of closed homes in Denver sold for over their asking price.

If you plan to sell in the near future, I would recommend hitting the market in Feb/March. You'll likely have a ton of buyers knocking down your door to give you more money than you are asking for more than likely.

Want to get a quick idea of what your home may be worth? Check out our Instant Home Valuation Tool

 

 

Posted in Real Estate Tips
Jan. 25, 2018

When Will the Humanity Star Visit Denver?

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A geodesic sphere made from 65 panels of carbon fiber called the Humanity Sphere will be visible from Denver soon. The brainchild of Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck, the Humanity Star was launched into orbit from New Zealand on Sunday, January 21st and will orbit the Earth for approximately nine months before its orbit starts to decay and it is pulled back into the Earth’s gravity.

"The Humanity Star sphere spins rapidly, reflecting the sun's light back to Earth. Essentially it creates a similar effect as a disco ball, creating the appearance of a bright flashing shooting star," Rocket Lab says.

"The concept of the Humanity Star was in part inspired by the Iridium flare phenomenon. Widely considered to be the brightest man-made object in the night sky, Iridium flares are caused by a flat metallic plane on Iridium satellites briefly reflecting the sun.

The company claims it will be “the brightest object in the night sky,” visible from earth as a kind of shooting star as it orbits every 90 minutes. However, using the tracking feature of their website says it will be visible from Denver Colorado in 34 days - which would be February 28th, 2018 (lasting about 3 minutes and 30 seconds).

So Denverites, look up in the sky for a giant blinking disco ball around then.

 

Posted in Things To do
Dec. 20, 2017

10best: Spots for An After Work Drink Near Sloan Lake

 

Whether or not you happen to live in one of the popular neighborhoods surrounding Sloan Lake, there are plenty of reasons to plan a visit to west Denver. The beautiful lake offers plenty of recreational activities with a view, the neighborhood streets are quiet and charming, and the number of restaurants and bars seems to grow nearly every day. And while Denver neighborhoods rarely disappoint in the booze department, Sloan Lake is certainly no exception. So as we move into a brand new year and you are looking to reconnect with friends and colleagues, don't overlook this charming neighborhood for a little happy hour enjoyment.

And in case you still aren't convinced, we rounded up our 10best spots for an after work drink in Sloan Lake. Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

  1. Sloan's Bar & Grill
  2. Joyride Brewing Company
  3. Providence Tavern
  4. Hogshead Brewery
  5. Tap & Burger
  6. Seedstock Brewery
  7. GB Fish & Chips
  8. Skyline Pub
  9. Growler USA
  10. Happy Leaf Kombucha (for the non-alcohol inclined)
Posted in 10best, Sloans Lake
Dec. 13, 2017

360tip: How to Update Your Bathroom On A Budget

 

Regardless of whether you have any intention of selling your home in the next few years, it is wise to stay on top of any necessary updates that need attention. A well maintained home is not only nice to live in, it also shows incredibly well and is evident to potential buyers that there are no hidden issues lurking. Kitchens and bathrooms are most important when it comes to updating, as these are typically the most costly rooms to modernize, and ones many buyers want to already have finished when buying a new home. It is easy to think that these updates are out of your budget, but did you know there are some great ways to save big when doing a renovation like a bathroom?

Whether you pay someone to install everything for you, or you decide to tackle some of the project yourself, here are a few simple ways to save you money on your next bathroom remodel.

  1. Toilets, vanities, shower stalls and more can all be found (brand new!) at places like ReStore and Bud's Warehouse for a fraction of the cost of a big box store.
  2. Shopping around online is a great way to find faucets and light fixtures at competitive prices.
  3. Ask for a deal at your local tile shop. If they have any tiles on clearance, don't be afraid to ask if that's the best that they can offer you! 
  4. If you are inclined to put a bit of sweat equity into your renovation, Bath and Granite is a great place to start. They have vanities, bathtubs, shower doors, and countertops at affordable prices, so long as you are comfortable installing them on your own (or hiring a handyman!). Be sure to check out their clearance vanity and countertop section for some major steals!
  5. Keep an eye out for rebates from your local water provider on toilets and fixtures that save water.
Posted in 360tip, Resources
Dec. 8, 2017

5 Reasons The Denver Real Estate Market Is (Still!) Great For Millenials


According to the latest research, millennials represent the largest group of home buyers across the country.  And while some might argue that the housing market in Denver has priced younger buyers out, we believe there is still plenty of potential for these first-time home buyers to get on the property ladder (despite their long wish lists!). With the growing number of condos hitting the market, this can be a great first home for many young buyers as they do not have to worry about any upkeep with a yard, roof, etc., and they can also be found on a budget in a variety of Denver neighborhoods. There are also a number of new housing developments popping up around the metro area which falls perfectly in line with their desire for turnkey homes. 

One common complaint for younger buyers has been saving up for a down payment to buy their first home, with many opting to stay living with their parents for longer in order to do just that. This is a financially smart way to get onto the property ladder in a responsible way and to allow them to decrease their monthly outgoings by putting down a larger deposit.

Here are five reasons we feel that the Denver real estate market is still a great choice for millennials.

  1. Millennials prefer finished homes. (Nearly half of all millennial buyers are looking for a luxury kitchen.)
  2. The Denver suburbs offer plenty of hip downtown shopping, dining and coffee shops in a more affordable neighborhood. (4 out of 5 homeowners under the age of 25 live outside the urban core.)
  3. Energy efficiency is important to millennial buyers. (47% of millennials say they want solar panels and efficient energy storage.)
  4. Homeownership is not seen as permanent by millennials. (on average, millennials sell their homes 4 years sooner than the average homeowner.)
  5. Millennials are most likely to prefer the use of a real estate professional when buying a home. (75% want guidance understanding the purchasing process.)

Are you a millennial? When do you plan to buy your first home? Share your thoughts in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you!

Dec. 1, 2017

Hot Denver Neighborhoods For Your 2018 Investment

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the Denver market to learn that it is in the top ten of a number of different polls for expected growth in 2018. That means there is no time like the present to invest here in the mile high city. But figuring out which neighborhood will get you the most bang for your buck can take a bit of research, which is why 360dwellings is happy to help guide you toward the best investment that meets whatever criteria you have in mind.

You can use a wide range of factors to determine what neighborhoods are the ones to watch for 2018, with everything from recent income growth, current employment rates, average home sale prices, crime statistics, school ratings, influencing the final scores. Here's an inside look at our top ten neighborhoods to watch.

Denver's 10 Hottest Neighborhoods For 2018:
  1. Congress Park (percentage increase in home sale price: 19.13%)
    This area has seen a surge in restaurants and shops flooding in over the past few years, making it even more desirable. Bungalows and traditional brick homes are commonly found here surrounded by mature landscaping. The schools are highly sought after as well, making it even more popular.
  2. Hilltop (percentage increase in home sale price: 17.68%)
    While expensive, this established neighborhood has beautiful historic homes that make most of us green with envy, as does historic Cranmer Park which is a very popular green space. This is one of those areas that you can envision going for long walks along the wide, tree-lined streets, pup in tow, even if you can't quite afford to live here yourself!
  3. Mar Lee (percentage increase in home sale price: 20.21%) 
    This affordable neighborhood has been booming and is highly desirable for first-time buyers. The low crime rate, parks, dining-out options, and proximity to amenities are among the top reasons for the surge.
  4. Hampden South (percentage increase in home sale price: 33.45%)
    Yes, you read that correctly: 33.45% increase in the average home sale price! Yikes! If that isn't reason enough, this area suburban neighborhood offers easy access to all of the amenities without the hassle of difficult parking and crazy traffic. You can also score some pretty sweet views of the foothills from here!
  5. Indian Creek (percentage increase in home sale price: 19.76%)
    This quieter neighborhood is likely to have you feeling like you are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located just west of Cherry Creek, you can enjoy the popular cycling path which cuts through this great neighborhood. Part warehouses (with some pretty cool shops), part residential this neighborhood is one to watch.
  6. Sloan Lake (percentage increase in home sale price: 22%)
    This eclectic neighborhood has seen a surge in ultra modern homes going up next to the more historic architecture is was known for in years past. The beautiful lake and the influx of hip restaurants in the area are just a few of the reasons folks are flocking here.
  7. Windsor (percentage increase in home sale price: 19.12%)
    Touted as one of the safest neighborhoods in the city, this neighborhood is chock full of apartments and condominiums making it stand out from many of the surrounding areas. From here you have easy access around town via some pretty main thoroughfares and great schools.
  8. University Hills (percentage increase in home sale price: 21.48%)
    Home to the University of Denver, this bustling neighborhood is filled with coffee shops, bars, and casual dining options to suit the student population in the area. The crime rate is quite low here, while the schools are highly rated.
  9. Rosedale (percentage increase in home sale price: 26.12%)
    A list of unique offerings, this neighborhood is soaring due to its popular parks, exceptional schools, and proximity to the fun area of South Pearl Street.
  10. Berkeley (percentage increase in home sale price: 16.03%)
    This busy neighborhood has exploded in recent years, and is highly sought after for its beautiful tree-lined streets, mixed in with all of the charm and amenities one could want out of their neighborhood. 

What neighborhood do you have your eye on for 2018? Share with us in the comments below!

Nov. 22, 2017

Ten Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home for A Colorado Winter

For us it always feels like Thanksgiving is the official start to winter: the ski resorts are open, the streets are twinkling with Christmas lights, and our heaters have been switched on at night. With the arrival of winter also comes a checklist of things to do on your home for the changing of the seasons. Since the festivity of the holidays can often overshadow these important tasks, we wanted to share a few important things to add to your weekend to do list to prepare for another Colorado winter.

While there are certainly bigger, costlier projects you can do to prepare your home for winter and make it more efficient, let's be realistic. Keeping the items on your to do list simple and achievable means you are a lot more likely to accomplish them.

Ten Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home for A Colorado Winter. 

  1. Blow out your sprinklers.
  2. Replace your furnace filters.
  3. Identify and fix any drafts around your doors.
  4. Caulk your windows, both inside and out. (Did you know that simple leaks can sap your energy efficiency by 5 to 30% every year?!)
  5. Insulate your pipes.
  6. Install a smart thermostat.
  7. Clear your gutters. (hello, snow melt!)
  8. Clean your fireplace.
  9. Protect your outdoor plants. (or bring them in if you can)
  10. Reverse your ceiling fans to clockwise. (keep that warm air right where you want it!)

How do you prepare yourself and your home for winter in Colorado? Share your ideas in the comments below!