Aurora, CO Real Estate News

(This article was found in the May 2008 issue of "Indoor Environment Connections" and can be viewed at http://www.ieconnections.com) Douglas Kladder Director, Center for Environmental Research & Training Colorado Springs, Colorado “Fire in the hole” is not an expression commonly used by radon mitigation contractors, but was one shouted out by Ty Pennington of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” moments before over a hundred sticks of dynamite blew a Cheyenne, Wyoming home sky high. Why was the home blown up? As indicated during the November 4, 2007 airing of the program, it was because the family was being poisoned by the presence of radon gas. For those who read this column and are not intimately involved with radon, let me point out that C-4, nitroglycerine or even wrecking balls a...
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By Thomas Recke, ACI
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By Jude Sandvall: DreamHomes by Jude, 720-427-1021
(Brokers Guild Classic)
An article from The Denver Post, reports that later this year in Aurora, Lend Lease could start work on a new sustainable community that would include a mix of homes, shops, restaurants and offices.  Horizon Uptown will be located on 500 acres and include about 3,800 residences housing approximately 8,000 people and 1.3 million square feet of retail, comprising 400,000 square feet of neighborhood retail and 900,000 square feet of large-format and lifestyle centers.  Also planned is up to 4 million square feet of office space, targeting the health care, aerospace and defense industries.  All commercial buildings in the project must meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold standard.  Homes will be built to either Colorado Built Green standards or those established by t...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
Centennial Real Estate - Aurora Real Estate - Homes Sales Statistics - April 2008 Real Estate sales in this area have held pretty steady in April.  Inventory in single family homes is a bit down, yes closed sales are up and pending home sales are as well, just a bit. Overall, this is good.  As for condos and townhomes for sale - its much of the same.  For sale inventory is a bit down but closed sales are up and pendings are up a bit as well. Here are the AUS Aurora South numbers for April 2008 - Aurora South and parts of Centennial Aurora South - Residential Real Estate - Single Family Homes Total Active 1393Average Asking Price Price $241,945New Listings 661Listings Back on Market 211Sold 302Average Price Actually Sold $185,815% of List Price 99%Days on Market 98Under Contract 486Expir...
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By Jude Sandvall: DreamHomes by Jude, 720-427-1021
(Brokers Guild Classic)
An article from the Rocky Mountain News, reports that changes are on the way for Buckley Air Force Base with the addition of hundreds of personnel and more than two dozen major construction projects in the works or planned.  John Spann, of the base's public affairs office said, "We are one of the fastest-growing Air Force bases in the country.  The missions here at Buckley are constantly changing."  One plan that is in the works is the addition of 800 people assigned to Buckley over the next three years, a combination of enlisted, private and contractor jobs.  That includes about 600 workers at the Air Force Air Reserve Personnel Center near Lowry who will move to Buckley by 2011.  Other plans, according to the Air Force, include a $30 million building for temporary lodging, a $1.42 mil...
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By Thomas Recke, ACI
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I have come across a small list of powerful websites that will help you in this gas crunch: 1) www.gasprices.mapquest.com --  this site lets you search for the lowest prices of gas, diesel, and E85.  Other good info found at this site is a road trip gas calculator. 2) www.gaspricewatch.com --  this site actually tracks prices with a LIVE feed and works with over 163,000 voulenteer drivers who maintain a database of more than 127,000 gas stations nationwide! 3) www.gasbuddy.com -- this website will help  you locate gas stations in your area.  Also found at this site are tools to track the lowest average gas prices by both city and state in addition to charting changes in gas prices from yesterday to over one year ago. 4) www.aaa.com -- this website is organized by zip code and will offer...
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By Jude Sandvall: DreamHomes by Jude, 720-427-1021
(Brokers Guild Classic)
An article from the Rocky Mountain News, reports that changes are on the way for Buckley Air Force Base with the addition of hundreds of personnel and more than two dozen major construction projects in the works or planned.  John Spann, of the base's public affairs office said, "We are one of the fastest-growing Air Force bases in the country.  The missions here at Buckley are constantly changing."  One plan that is in the works is the addition of 800 people assigned to Buckley over the next three years, a combination of enlisted, private and contractor jobs.  That includes about 600 workers at the Air Force Air Reserve Personnel Center near Lowry who will move to Buckley by 2011.  Other plans, according to the Air Force, include a $30 million building for temporary lodging, a $1.42 mil...
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By Thomas Recke, ACI
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I have been finding info about avoiding Identity Theft in many different sources and I think these points do a great job of tightening up the laces so-to-speak to keep yourself out of trouble:1.  Get your Credit Report.  A credit report can be obtained free, each calendar year, from all three credit bureaus (TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian) at http://www.annualcreditreport.com  By employing credit report requests every quarter will give a significant leg up on noticing suspicious activity with any of your accounts.  By law you are entitled to your own credit report (although not the FICO score, those sneaky companies) once per year at no charge to you. 2.  Only carry what you need.  When you go shopping, especially around holiday seasons, limit the credit cards you carry to only one o...
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By Wendy Bibeau, The Bibeau Group - Realtor - Denver Colorado Real
(Keller Williams Realty DTC)
Great news! The first annual Greenfield Neighborhood (Colorado) Food Drive, held on March 9, 2008 was a huge success! In just four hours, we were able to collect 322 pounds of food for Food Bank of the Rockies. Additionally, the event co-sponsors, The Bibeau Group and Oxford Mortgage, matched the community donations for a grand total of almost 650 pounds of food. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and congratulations to the entire Greenfield community. This wonderful, caring neighborhood just made a huge difference in the lives of many Colorado families in need. For additional information about the Food Drive, or for any questions, please call Erin Rogers with The Bibeau Group/Keller Williams Realty at (303) 550-4125. Look for the 2nd Annual Food Drive in early 2009!
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By Wendy Bibeau, The Bibeau Group - Realtor - Denver Colorado Real
(Keller Williams Realty DTC)
The Greenfield neighborhood is located in Centennial, Colorado.  The area is very close to the Southlands shopping district and E470.  Children living in the neighborhood attend excellent Cherry Creek Schools, including Rolling Hills Elementary, Falcon Creek Middle School and Grandview High School.  The most recent real estate statistics for this area are as follows: During the past 90 days (February 29 - April 29, 2008): 9 homes sold in Greenfield (7 more are currently Under Contract) Average net sold price was $342,732 (ranged from $231,500 to $550,000) Total Days on Market average was 85 These 7 homes sold for 97.77% of their list price and 91.3% of their original asking price Average net price per square foot was $132 Last year during this same period (2/29/07-4/29/07), 5 home sold ...
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By Thomas Recke, ACI
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By Thomas Recke, ACI
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Homebuyers are increasingly considering environmental hazards that may exist on or near a property as an important factor in their final purchasing decision. One example; Arapahoe County’s Lowry Landfill Superfund Site, 15 miles southeast of the City and County of Denver and two miles east of Aurora, Colorado, is on the EPA’s Superfund list and is currently undergoing remediation.  The contamination was caused by the disposal of both industrial waste (solid and liquid) and municipal solid waste that dates back to the mid 1960s.  Although it has been known as a contaminated site since 1990, the disclosure of its existence to a homebuyer is not required.  It is not just commercial sites causing problems; “Meth labs”, leaking storage tanks or other previous activity on a residential proper...
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By Thomas Recke, ACI
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Homebuyers are increasingly considering environmental hazards that may exist on or near a property as an important factor in their final purchasing decision. One example; Arapahoe County’s Lowry Landfill Superfund Site, 15 miles southeast of the City and County of Denver and two miles east of Aurora, Colorado, is on the EPA’s Superfund list and is currently undergoing remediation.  The contamination was caused by the disposal of both industrial waste (solid and liquid) and municipal solid waste that dates back to the mid 1960s.  Although it has been known as a contaminated site since 1990, the disclosure of its existence to a homebuyer is not required.  It is not just commercial sites causing problems; “Meth labs”, leaking storage tanks or other previous activity on a residential proper...
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By Jeff Kroll
(Metro Brokers/Colorado Dream Properties)
What struck me as odd at that auction was when it was clear that there were at least 2 or 3 interested parties for a property, that some would back down if they were outbid by $1000 or even $500.  In some cases I could see where it would make sense if the margins were going to be slim anyway.  But when the properties is listed at $224,900 and the high bid is at $170,000, is it really going to matter if you go up another $1,000 to get it?  I guess everyone has their magic high bid that they are willing to put out there.  Everyone has their limit in the end... Search the Denver MLS directly for properties and homes at http://www.coloradodreamhomes.info/ and access a huge real estate resource at http://www.coloradodreamhomes.net/
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By Jeff Kroll
(Metro Brokers/Colorado Dream Properties)
So I bagged my first real estate auction today.  Witnessed about 90 properties go in about 2 hours.  Crazy stuff.  For the savvy investor, I would definitely be going to these.  You just cut to the chase and get it done in all of 3 minutes on average!  I had this home under contract 3 days ago for 310K and it just went today for 287,500.  Not a substantial drop, but considering that it could comp out at over 400K if it was fixed up the right way, someone is going to make some money here.    There are a few more videos I took today at ColoradoDreamHomes.net. Search the Denver MLS directly for properties and homes at ColoradoDreamHomes.net
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By Thomas Recke, ACI
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This question is for all the real estate professionals out there:  Does vehicle signage, brand affiliation, logos, etc. influence your decision of what home inspector you use?  The reason I ask is simple, as home inspectors we have to keep our name and brand ever-present through vehicle lettering, branded shirts, branded inspection reports, etc.  I for one spend a lot of money on my advertising, roughly ten percent of my yearly gross revenue is dedicated to advertising on some level.  I am about to make the leap and get my vehicle wrapped with our franchise logo and I want to see how well this is generally received among the real estate community.  I am under the impression that a strong brand and logo that is simply everywhere leaves an image of permanence - something that is supposed ...
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By Thomas Recke, ACI
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With the somewhat tumultuous nature of the existing real estate market, a real estate professional needs to capitalize on everything in their tool belt to ensure a successful transaction.  How do you make that happen?  Some advice from the other side of the table; not the real estate professional, the buyer, but the home inspector. A real estate professional that takes the bull by the horns, so to speak, will make the transaction smoother and increase the probability of a happy transaction for all parties involved.  How do you ensure your client is well represented in the home inspection arena? 1.  Attend the home inspection!   Buyers want to know someone is going to hold their hand through the entire process.  If you cannot make it to the inspection, at a minimum you should be there a...
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By Jude Sandvall: DreamHomes by Jude, 720-427-1021
(Brokers Guild Classic)
By Boyd FletcherThe Aurora SentinelAURORA | The folks at Zagat might not be doing reviews here anytime soon, but Aurora Public Schools cafeterias are among the top in the state.The Colorado Department of Education rated 46 district nutrition programs last year, with APS ranking third. On a scale of one through 10, the nutrition services department in APS received a 10.Linda Dallman, director of nutrition services for APS and 21-year district employee, thanked all of her staff and attributed the distinction to their hard work.http://www.judesandvall.com/
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By Jude Sandvall: DreamHomes by Jude, 720-427-1021
(Brokers Guild Classic)
From the Aurora Sentinel, Colorado is like any other government, a massive bureaucracy slow to turn once momentum has begun. Still, the state has long shown a penchant for rising to the call and exhibiting a pluckiness indicative of life in the West.It is those attributes that have made it illegal to slander broccoli, an effort to protect the farmers in the state, and to lead the nation in requiring an open and accessible government. In Colorado, when the chips are down, its residents and leaders are not.That's the attitude needed to keep the state from wasting millions of increasingly rare taxpayer dollars in how and when it builds new light rail tracks along the Interstate 225 corridor and eventually widen that highway.Currently, the Regional Transportation District and the Colorado D...
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