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How to Sell a Home in Denver as an Empty Nester

The kids have all moved on to college dorms, apartments, or their own homes and left you with an empty nest… now what? Should you stay in your home or sell it? It’s not an easy question to tackle.


Since your family home has likely been one of the biggest investments you’ve ever made, it’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about either selling or staying. If you’re approaching retirement or have already left the workforce, a big real estate decision like this one will feel even more stressful.


To ensure that you make the right choice for your financial circumstances, we recommend a four step process to determine what you should do with your home now that you’re an empty nester.


1) Assess Needs


If you built or bought your home when you had to make room for multiple children, you are going to find yourself with entirely too much house once they have moved out. That might not seem like a real problem at first, but consider all the extra time and money required to heat, cool, and maintain a family-size house and yard. It might be more than you’re willing to take on at this point in your life. If you’re going to be traveling a lot, that makes downsizing an even smarter solution.


At the same time, if you don’t feel like you have too much house and the market, your tax situation, the circumstances in your life, or a lack of inspiring housing alternatives suggests that it’s not a good time to sell, than it might be better to stand pat for now. Let the situation and your needs dictate your decision.


If you plan to stop working soon, it would be wise to talk with a financial advisor specializing in retirement financial planning in CO before you make a decision on your home.


2) Contact the Neir Team


Even if you have experience buying or selling a home, there are plenty of good reasons to reach out to a Denver real estate agent as an empty nest seller. The Neir Team can help you assess your situation and determine the true value of your home. If selling is the right move for you, we can assist in analyzing the market, setting the ideal list price, and finding your next home.


3) Get a Lender


Your financial outlook has changed since the last time you went home shopping. You could be willing to pay more on a mortgage, or you may want to cut back to leave room in the budget for travel and other expenses. Talk with a lender to hammer out a clear financing plan before you start shopping for a new house.


4) Find Your Next Dream Home


This time around you may be more interested in downsizing to a condo or townhouse, or upgrading to a custom home that has everything you want. You also might be looking for a different type of neighborhood. According to Minneapolis luxury home builders Erotas Building Corp, proximity to good schools doesn’t matter as much to empty nester home buyers as access to entertainment and the right type of amenities (pool, fireplace, etc.).

The Neir Team is here to help you make the right buying and selling decisions based on market conditions. Getting into the market as an empty nester doesn’t have to be stressful. Contact us today for help analyzing the market, setting a price, finding a new home, and more!


The Best Denver Neighborhood for Bicyclists

Bicycle commuters and everyday riders are growing in numbers throughout the Denver metro area. Unfortunately, not every neighborhood is as kind to their desire to turn to the pedals to avoid the cost and environmental impact of a car-free lifestyle.

If you live in Denver or are thinking about relocating here and relying on your bicycle for transportation, exercise, or plain old fun, you would be wise to do your research before settling down. When it comes to two wheel-friendly locations in the city, we think there is one clear choice.

The Best Denver Neighborhood for Bicyclists -- RiNo

Nestled right up against the Platte River Bike Path, it should come as no surprise that the River North (RiNo) neighborhood has developed a bike-friendly attitude from the beginning. As it has rapidly developed (it’s quickly becoming one of the trendiest parts of town), it has maintained its status as a bike commuter’s dream location.

Easy access to downtown Denver is very important to commuters of any stripe, but it’s non-negotiable for bikers. RiNo does an excellent job of pairing that proximity with just the right amount of space and access to youthful nightlife. Cyclists can explore large swaths of the neighborhood via the South Platte River Greenway Trail, and then stop in for a drink at one of 10 different winery, distillery, or brewery locations along the way.

It’s a very hip neighborhood with many of the features that young home buyers are looking for. It’s the best neighborhood for bicyclists, but it’s also much more than that.

If you are thinking about buying a home in a location that is bike-friendly, you must consider RiNo Denver real estate.

Call Stacy Neir at 720.280.3004 or Alex Neir at 720.935.4399 for hot tips on RiNo properties!


Stapleton Denver Neighborhood Profile

Roughly six miles to the east of downtown Denver sits one of the biggest urban redevelopment projects in the U.S. in the past quarter century: Stapleton.

When the airport moved east, local voters decided the old airport space should be transformed into a neighborhood. Today, even though most trees and homes in Stapleton are barely a decade old, it would be more accurate to call it a community than a neighborhood.

There are roughly 20,000 residents who call the 4,100-acre Stapleton home. It may not be the perfect for every type of home buyer -- yards are small, houses are close together, playgrounds and parks are busy and plentiful -- but with the booming population and consistently high level of interest in real estate in Stapleton, they are clearly doing something right on the northeast side of Denver.

From the beginning, the development was created with “New Urbanism” principles in mind. That meant public areas and eco-friendly homes would be top priorities. Quickly, the neighborhood began to attract on-the-go families who loved the focus on green living and building a naturally communal atmosphere.

For those who embrace it, this is a dream neighborhood and an ideal place to raise a family. In addition to copious park and play space, Stapleton has 14 of its own schools, some of which are rated among the best in the entire city (100 percent of Stapleton’s Denver School of Science and Technology graduates have been accepted by a four-year college!). Check out our page on Stapleton Denver schools to learn more about the excellent elementary, middle and high schools.

Things to do in Stapleton

There is never a shortage of things to do in Stapleton. As you can see on the community events page, there is a full calendar of gatherings. More than 60 community events take place each year. The community features 50 restaurants, 100 shops and stores, a 50,000 sq foot recreation center, six community pools, two community gardens, a sledding hill, a skate park, and much more.

For families with children and retirees with grandkids living nearby, Stapleton real estate is a top priority during a Denver home search. If you are looking for a home in one of the fastest growing communities in the metro area, contact The Neir Team today!

We specialize in Stapleton Denver real estate!


Denver Neighborhood Rankings for 2015

Beyond looking for the perfect dream house, home buyers also search for an ideal neighborhood that balances community and privacy, excitement and safety.


Many home buyers base moving decisions on factors like neighborhood crime rates, unemployment rates, access to quality schools and, depending on their lifestyle, additional aspects like proximity to restaurants and entertainment venues. Each year, 5280 Magazine uses these factors and more to rank all of Denver’s neighborhoods.


In case you missed it, the 2015 list of Denver’s Best Neighborhoods has been released! Many of our favorite sections of the city scored very high.


Here is a quick rundown of some high-ranking neighborhoods that Denver home buyers should consider for their 2015 property search:


Lowry Features Affordable Condos and Homes


Those who are looking to live the condominium lifestyle will find Lowry to be a great neighborhood to move to. It also has single-family homes that start in the $200k's. There are bars and restaurants nearby, including Lowry Beer Garden.


Check out our list of Lowry homes for sale in Denver.


Cherry Creek Offers Upscale Shopping and Night Life


Whether you're looking to dine at a fine restaurant or browse for beautiful, unique items at a shopping plaza, you'll find plenty of ways to enjoy life in Cherry Creek. This neighborhood is high-end with homes averaging north of $1 million. It also has excellent schools and a low crime rate as well.


Visit our Cherry Creek Denver neighborhood real estate page for info on homes for sale in this section of town.


Wellshire Has It All


This neighborhood is ideal for families who want the luxury of living in an urban community with the second lowest crime rate in the city and legendary grade schools. It's also filled with midcentury ranches that are to die for.


Learn more about Wellshire Denver homes on the market right now!


Washington Park is a Denver Icon


Wash Park is vibrant, features great schools, has access to major highways and has beautiful, scenic parks. Bungalows and Denver Squares have made this area popular for visitors and home buyers alike. Wash Park is where a lot of Denver residents aspire to live one day.


View Wash Park homes for sale.


What’s Your Favorite?


Not everyone is going to agree with 5280’s list of the best Denver neighborhoods. If you think there are some sections of town that deserve to be ranked higher or lower, leave a comment below to start the debate.


Best Elementary Schools in the Denver Area

Every parent wants their child to attend the best schools throughout their academic career. The best way to ensure this is to live in proximity to schools that are known for having a great reputation. If you are planning to move to the Denver area and you have young children, learning which elementary schools are the best and where they are located should be a top priority.

School rankings can be highly subjective. Some parents want their children to attend schools that have excellent art and music programs, others are focused on finding a renowned special needs department. Check out The Neir Team’s guide on how to pick the best Denver school for your child to learn more about evaluating options.

When it comes to objectively ranking schools, test scores are often a key factor. Unfortunately, standardized testing is not always a perfect reflection of a schools overall quality. The website Chalkbeat uses several factors – re-enrollment rate, growth points, status points, poverty percentage and more – to come up with annual rankings for Denver schools. Here is the list of Denver elementary schools that received a “distinguished” School Performance Framework (SPF) rating in the most recent Chalkbeat rankings:

  • Asbury Elementary School
  • Bradley International School
  • Bromwell Elementary School
  • Carson Elementary School
  • Cory Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • McMeen Elementary School
  • Polaris at Ebert Elementary School
  • Steck Elementary School
  • University Park Elementary School

You can find links to more information about these and other schools on our complete list of Denver's elementary schools.

To learn more about elementary school options by neighborhood, or to discuss the biggest factors in your Denver real estate search, contact The Neir Team today!


Cherry Hills Village Community Profile

For many years, Denver-area home buyers have viewed real estate in Cherry Hills Village as the gold standard for the area. Located just a few miles south of the Denver metro area, this affluent suburban community offers beautiful rolling landscape, grand homes and a long list of eye-catching features.

Homes in Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village is home to many gorgeous mansion-style homes, many located within the area’s gated communities. Expansive properties and open, rolling terrain make it the perfect setting for homes with horse stables, gardens, and lush greenspaces.


Quality of education is one of the top reasons for families to relocate to Cherry Hills Village. This community is home to a few of Denver’s best schools. Top private institutions include Cherry Hills Village Elementary, West Middle School and Cherry Creek High School. The leading private schools are Colorado Academy, Kent Denver School and St. Mary’s Academy.

Math, writing and reading test scores typically rank in the 98th percentile or above.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Knowing who your neighbors will be is just as important as knowing about the property you are interested in. Here is some key data on Cherry Hills Village residents:

  • Average annual household earnings is an estimated $389,043
  • More than half of the population here is under 65, and the average age is 42.8
  • Approximately 85% of residents are married, and almost half have young children.

What's There to Do?

Whether you're single, engaged, married with children or retired, you'll find that there's plenty to do in Cherry Hills Village. Golf is one of the most popular local activities, with two world-class private golf clubs nearby – Glenmoor and Cherry Hills Golf Course. Those who love to shop will find a handful of high-end boutique shopping plazas to enjoy. The entire family can head to performance arts centers for shows, visit beautiful botanical gardens or find entertainment at the zoo or one of the museums. Denver’s bustling city life is just a short drive away.

Find Real Estate in Cherry Hills Village Today!

If this community sounds like a good fit, you can start searching for your dream home today. Visit our page on real estate in Cherry Hills Village or call 720.280.3004 or 720.935.4399 today to learn more about the best available properties!


Best Denver Neighborhoods for Young Professionals

Best Denver Neighborhoods for Young ProfessionalsYoung professionals from the millennial generation and Generation X are playing an increasingly large role in the Denver real estate market these days. These young home buyers typically fall into one of two categories: (1) looking for a turnkey home that requires little improvement or upkeep (2) interested in investing sweat equity to add value and put a personal stamp on a property.

The Denver home market is filled with opportunities to satisfy the needs of both types of buyers. Here is a short list of the best Denver neighborhoods for young professionals.

Wash Park

Split into two sections -- Washing Park and Washington Park West -- this area has a lot to offer young professionals looking to purchase a home. Its excellent walk score and proximity to outdoor adventure, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops make it an ideal location for young singles or couples on the go.

If you’re looking for a turnkey home in a beautiful neighborhood that caters to your needs as a young adult, check out our page on available Wash Park homes.

Cheesman Park

Like Wash Park, this is another top Denver neighborhood built around one of the city’s best parks. What sets Cheesman Park apart is its affordability. Relative to some other top neighborhoods around town, it has lower priced homes that offer young professionals a chance to save money upfront and build value through sweat equity.

Cheesman Park has tons of green space, a nice variety of retail stores, and close proximity to downtown. Check out our Cheesman Park neighborhood profile for more information, or start your property search on our page devoted toCheesman Park real estate in Denver.

LoHi / Highlands

The connected Highlands and LoHi neighborhoods of Denver feature plenty of great restaurants, bars, and coffee shops all within easy walking distance. In this section of town, there are activities and opportunities to meet new people, explore a new shop, and enjoy life every day. Proximity to downtown Denver and the highway gives LoHi residents easy access to the best of urban and outdoor adventure.

Check out our LoHi homes for sale to begin your property search in one of Denver’s hippest neighborhoods.


The Riverfront neighborhood offers some of the great features of the other areas mentioned -- quick walk to downtown, easy access to highways and public transportation, trendy shops and restaurants -- but it is much more affordable.

Visit our page on Riverfront Park homes to see what’s available for you in this up-and-coming neighborhood.

To learn more about the best Denver neighborhoods for young professionalscontact the Neir Team today!

If you have an opinion on which Denver neighborhoods are best for young professionals, leave a comment and let us know!


Neighborhood Profile: Denver's Washington Park

Neighborhood Profile: Denver's Washington ParkInterested in relocating to a home in Denver's Washington Park neighborhood? This area of town has some amazing features that make it a great choice for families as well as singles and couples of all ages.

To get started on your real estate search, visit our list of Wash Park homes on the market. Read on if you’d like to learn more about the neighborhood and all that it has to offer.

The Park

The neighborhood is centered around – and takes its name from -- one of the finest parks in Denver, known as Washington Park. The park sits on 165 acres and has a lot to offer, including two beautiful lakes, running trails, the largest flower garden in the city and a serene atmosphere that appeals to singles, couples and families. The park extends from Downing Street all the way to University Boulevard.

Neighborhood Statistics

Other than the gorgeous park setting you can visit anytime, you may be interested in who lives in the area. According to the most recent numbers from City-Data.com, the average median rent was $1,293 and the average value of detached homes was $521,029. The median income per household in the area, as of 2011, was $95,691, which is more than double the median salary of all Denver, which is $47,371.

In Washington Park, about 46.1% of the households are populated by married couples. Approximately 42% of households have children. The median age of residents is 40 years old for both men and women, which is a couple of years older than the median in Denver and Denver County.

Other Features

Some of the restaurants that you can find locally include Max Gill & Grill, Reivers Restaurant, Washington Park Grille. Curious about eating healthy locally? You can shop at the local Whole Foods Market, or swing by King Soopers, which is open 24 hours daily.

If you have children, there are grade schools nearby, including two of Denver’s best public schools, Steele Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.

Find Your Dream Home!

Overall, the Washington Park neighborhood is a great place to live and play. It has everything a small community needs and is ideal for singles, couples and families alike.

The Neir Team is your expert source for everything related to Washington Park real estate! Check out our Wash Park Denver homes for sale page to find your dream home today!


Tips to Hire the Best Denver Real Estate Agent

Seeing through all the hype is probably the hardest part of finding the best Denver real estate agent.

When it comes time to buy a new home or sell your old home, you need a qualified agent capable of backing up their claims. Anyone can say they are the best, so you need to do a little homework to ensure you wind up with a professional who has what it takes to help you reach your real estate goals.

By following a few tips below, you will be able to get the information you need to make a solid judgement on an agent’s ability to lead you to success in a real estate buying or selling.

Check for the Right Experience

It would be ideal to find an agent with experience that will increase their chances being successful with you. Ask them for examples of homes they have found or listed in your price range and location. If you have a home for sale and they have successfully sold a property in the same neighborhood for an equal or higher amount, they are likely to be a good candidate.

If your home has some unique features, ask about their past experience with those as well.

View Current Listings

To double check whether or not you have found the best Denver real estate agent to handle your price range and location, check the current listings on their website. Are there homes that you are interested in buying? Are there similar homes for sale in Denver? If yes, this is just one more signal that the agent has the experience needed to help you reach your real estate goals.

Speak with Previous Clients

Ask a prospective agent to supply you with a short list of clients they have worked with in the last year. They should be able to provide you with at least a couple properties they have successfully listed and sold in the recent past.

Once you have the contact information from the previous clients given to you by the agent, don’t be afraid to call and ask questions. Probably the most important question to ask is, “what was your original asking price, and what was the final sale price?” Ask delicately and politely and you should get a clear, honest answer.

Check Credentials

Colorado has a real estate commission that tracks licensing and monitors professional agents. Check here to make sure a prospective agent is properly licensed and does not have any troubling complaints or disciplinary actions against them.

Contact the Neir Team Today!

Alex and Stacy Neir of The Neir Team have the experience and credentials home buyers and sellers are looking for. To work with the best Denver real estate agent team, contact us today!


Best Denver Neighborhoods for Foodies

If you’re looking for mouthwatering cuisine, there are several Denver neighborhoods that can provide you with a wide variety of great dining options. You just need to know where to look.

These days, The Mile High City has much more to offer than just breathtaking mountainous terrain. In fact, its reputation as a foodie destination is growing more and more each year.

Here’s a short list to help you make sure your next home is located in one the best Denver neighborhoods for foodies:

Five Points/RiNo

Five Points may be one of Denver's oldest and most historic neighborhoods, but it is on the forefront of the city's emerging food and restaurant scene.

The neighborhood’s top restaurants -- Snooze (breakfast and brunch), Biker Jim’s Restaurant (creative burgers and hot dogs, lunch and dinner), Comida (Mexican, lunch and dinner), Acorn (new American, lunch and dinner), The Populist (new American, dinner only), and Work & Class (new American, dinner only) – will keep you full and happy morning, noon, and night.

Check our RiNo Denver real estate listings page to find a property in River North, the neighborhood adjacent to Five Points.

Highland/Jefferson Park

The burgeoning restaurant scene is one of the main reasons that the Highland neighborhood has become one of the hottest parts of town. If you include the nearby Jefferson Park and its own list of excellent eateries, it’s easy to see why this area is earning rave reviews from visitors and residents alike, especially from foodies.

In Highland and Jefferson Park, restaurants like Duo, Über Eats, Sushi Sasa, Park Burger, Linger, Lola, Old Major, Root Down, Sassafras, Uncle, and Sartos helped the area capture a high ranking on Travel+Leisure’s recent list of “Emerging American Neighborhoods.”

Highland’s history is rooted in Hispanic and Italian residents, and these traditions come to life in the modern food scene. There are plenty of amazing family-owned Mexican, Italian, Argentinian, and Peruvian restaurants to explore.

Visit our Highlands Denver real estate page to browse available properties in this foodie wonderland. 

Washington Park

Wash Park has long been home to a beautiful blend of contemporary and historic architecture that pleases the eye. Now it’s also a great destination for people looking for blends of classic and new flavors that please the taste buds, making it one of the best Denver neighborhoods for foodies.

The top Wash Park area eateries give residents plenty of opportunities to enjoy a great meal in good company:

Vert Kitchen (technically in Wash Park West, but definitely worth a mention) uses French cooking techniques to bring new takes to world flavors. Devil’s Food Bakery & Cookery is a fun breakfast, brunch, and comfort food spot to explore the sweet and the savory. Fooducopia is a grocery/eatery with tons of tasty dishes. Homegrown Tap & Dough is a pizza/Italian restaurant that can please all palettes.

To find your next home in this top foodie destination, check out our listings ofWashington Park Denver homes for sale.


Last but not least there’s the Uptown neighborhood, home to one of Denver’s most concentrated sections of quality dining. There is no shortage of great restaurants in this part of town, especially along the stretch of 17th Avenue better known as “Restaurant Row.”

Uptown favorites include: Humboldt Farm Fish Wine, Il Posto, Steubens, Beast & Bottle, and Ace.

There are many more Denver restaurants and neighborhoods that deserve a mention for their great food. Leave a comment and tell us which parts of town gets your votes for best Denver neighborhoods for foodies!