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Denver’s Best Neighborhoods: Where to Live Now

Best Denver Neighborhoods

It’s almost summer – the hottest season for real estate. As temperatures and inventory rise now is the time to consider which of Denver’s best neighborhoods is right for you.

Berkeley

Much of northwest Denver is lumped together as “The Highlands,” but the area is actually made up of several neighborhoods. Berkeley is just north of the Highland neighborhood and is bordered by Federal and Sheridan to the east and west and 38th Avenue and I-70 to the south and north.

We consider this one of Denver’s best neighborhoods because of the wide variety of housing styles. You’ll find ranches, bungalows, Victorians, and Tudors. Now, there is also a wide array of new housing including two-story single family homes and spacious duplexes, as well as pop tops.

Of course, to be one of Denver’s best neighborhoods, you need great parks. That is well covered with Berkeley Lake Park and Rocky Mountain Lake Park. In addition to the open space and serenity, these parks include a recreation center, a charming library, and sizeable dog park.

For many though, what really makes Berkeley one of Denver’s best neighborhoods is Tennyson – the old school “main street” of Berkeley. Get eats at Block and Larder and Firenze a Tavola, the fine dining Italian experience below the more casual Parisi. Shop small at independent bookstores, jewelry stores, and boutiques and enjoy great...

Best Denver Breweries: Top Five to Visit Now

Best Breweries in Denver

With Colorado Craft Beer Week starting Saturday through April 7, now is the perfect time to visit a best Denver breweries pick. Read on to learn more about this fantastic week and get our recommendations for the best Denver breweries.

Colorado Craft Beer Week

Each day of Colorado Craft Beer Week has its own theme with bars and breweries around Denver taking part. Below are highlights and specific event information for best Denver breweries is available at coloradobeer.org.

  • Saturday, March 31 – This ticketed event features more than 100 beers brewed specifically for the festival. Tickets are available at collaborationfest.com and start at $65.
  • Monday, April 2 – Monday is all about education. Topics at different breweries include sensory analysis classes and craft beer 101.
  • Tuesday, April 3 – Food and beer from the best Denver breweries are on tap for Tuesday. You tend to hear more about wine pairings, but beer pairings are coming into their own. Some participating venues will also host top chefs and serve special menus.
  • Wednesday, April 4 – Today grab a pint and keep the commemorative glass.
  • Thursday, April 5 – Show love for your favorite brewery by wearing their gear. Don’t already have some? Visit your favorites to pick up a tee or hoodie and stay for a pint or two.
  • Friday, April 6 – New beers will be out on Friday. Be among the first to taste what is new!
  • Saturday, April 7 – All good things must come to end. Toast the last day of Colorado Craft Beer Week by touring a local brewery. Better yet ride the “Brewery Loop Tours” that will take you many of the best...

Best Denver Easter Brunch: Where to Go

Best Brunch in Denver

If Denver Easter brunch is in your plans, hop to it! Places that do take reservations are filling fast. Our picks for Denver Easter brunch – both those that need reservations and those that don’t – are below.

  • Ellyngton’s – 321 17th St., (303) 297-3111The number one spot for Denver Easter brunch is undoubtedly Ellyngton’s. Its buffet will feature eggs, seafood, and sushi, as well as Easter themed meats and sweets. Holiday pricing for the Denver Easter brunch is $70.95 a person. For an additional cost you can chose to add your choice of champagne: Domaine Chandon, Moet et Chandon and saving the best for last…Dom Perignon! As of March 21, reservations were available for groups of four to ten. 
  • Snooze – Multiple locations: There are no reservations accepted at the ever popular Snooze, but getting a table is possible. A friendly employee told us just avoid the hours of 9 to 1 p.m. when they expect the heaviest crowds. For those going to Easter services, the winning formula may be to head to breakfast before church. Snooze opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 2:30 p.m. For Denver Easter brunch, we are partial to the Union Station location because of the fun vibe inside and out. Snooze will be serving its regular top-notch menu.
  • HashTAG – 10155 E. 29th Dr., ...

Denver Kid Friendly Neighborhoods

Where to live with kids in Denver

Denver Kid Friendly Neighborhoods: Smart Kids Ahead

There was a time when people looked to suburbs to raise their children. Now with all of the Denver kid friendly neighborhoods, there are great experiences to be had for children growing up in the city.

If you have children and are looking to buy in Denver, the below highlights five Denver kid friendly neighborhoods you’ll want to consider.

Of note: Part of the reason all of these areas rank with us as top Denver kid friendly neighborhoods are because they are short drives from the city’s top cultural amenities. These include the Denver Zoo, Children’s Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Aquarium. Our inside tip is to buy memberships to your favorite spots as memberships usually pay for themselves in two visits, but provide unlimited admission for an entire year.  

Stapleton

Stapleton is often considered tops among Denver kid friendly neighborhoods. It starts with some of the best schools in the state. Current residents often compare the public schools to the quality you would expect from private schools so living in Stapleton offers a great value.

Parks and pools add to Stapleton’s position as one of Denver’s kid friendly neighborhoods. Stapleton is home to 50 green spaces and parks, including Central Park, the third largest park in Denver. Stapleton also boasts six different outdoor pools that provide lessons, swim teams and a place to relax and cool off. There is an indoor pool in the neighborhood recreation...

Restaurant Week: Neir Team top picks

Tasty Top Picks for Denver Restaurant Week

Denver Restaurant Week

For us as self-proclaimed foodies, Denver Restaurant Week is the most wonderful time of the year! In case you are not familiar with Denver Restaurant Week, it is happening from now through March 4 and offers special menus at the Mile High City’s top eateries. Multi-course meals are available at three price points: $25, $35 and $45. 

Among participating Denver Restaurant Week establishments, our favorites are listed below.

  • Atelier by Radex: Here you can enjoy French-inspired entrees including Canadian wapiti with black currant demi or roasted poulet with shallots and duxelles. The $45 menu also includes an asparagus and watercress parmentier served with a winter salad and choice of appetizer and dessert. Atelier by Radex follows Chef Cerny’s popular L’Atelier in Boulder – we’re so glad to have a location closer to home.
  • Bar Helix: This swanky bar features an amazing selection of beverages and delicious small plates. For its Denver Restaurant Week menu, Bar Helix is featuring three #soulmatepairing courses for $35. Tip: Consider going early as Bar Helix only accepts reservations for parties of eight or more.
  • Citizen Rail: What we love about Citizen Rail is it dry ages, smokes and cures its meats onsite. For Denver Restaurant Week, entrée selections include New York strip and smoked short rib. You’ll also enjoy two other courses for $35.
  • Colt & Gray: This restaurant also features meaty fare with its $35 menu including carbonara, quail, short rib and cod. Its included appetizers and dessert selection are also sure to hit the spot.
  • Concourse: New in our Stapleton neighborhood,...

Stapleton Life: 10 reasons to live here

Central Park Stapleton

If you live anywhere near Denver, you probably know of Stapleton. But do you really know
Stapleton? For an inside look at Stapleton life, a resident shares her “Top 10 Reasons to Live in
Stapleton.”

Location, location, location: The old adage is true. Location matters. Just a 10 minute drive to
downtown Denver, Stapleton has easy access to I-70 and its connections to I-25 and I-225. There is
also an entrance to I-270 for travel to Boulder.

Grade A: Stapleton is home to some of the best schools in Denver and across the state. Residents
often comment that the public schools in Stapleton are on par with private schools – so Stapleton life
means a great education for your children without the high price tag.

The Great Outdoors: Open space and parks are at the heart of Stapleton life. Stapleton’s largest
park, Central Park, is also the third largest park in Denver. But that’s not all. There are 49 other
parks throughout Stapleton to choose from. There’s even a park just for Fido.

Put on Your Walkin’ Shoes: Walking is a big part of Stapleton life. Most of Stapleton’s amenities
can be reached on foot or by bike. You can also walk to Stapleton’s “A Line” station. Hop aboard and
you can head west to Union Station or east to Denver International Airport (DIA).

Fun for All: The Stapleton life includes great free community activities. Grab your blanket and picnic
and head to an outdoor movie, theater production or concert. Participate in the annual Easter Egg
Hunt or stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the summer Farmer’s Markets. A festive Winter...

Why investment properties make so much cents!

How to succeed at real estate investment

I was fortunate enough to get into the real estate game early. Much earlier than becoming a broker. I had the good fortune of having Mike Jensen, the Ft Collins real estate mogul, as my roommate in college. Mike was in my ear a lot about investing in real estate. He encouraged me to secure a first-time home buyer loan through a local credit union. I had no credit so my father agreed to co-sign. I bought my first investment property in Fort Collins in 1995 with only $3600. 

This decision kicked off an incredible real estate education through the act of doing. I would like to share my lessons with you.

Lesson 1 - Other peoples monryThe purchase price for the Ft Collins Property was $120,000. The first-time homebuyer program allowed me to purchase the property with a 3% down payment. Therefore my investment came to $3,600 and I used $116,400 of the bank's money to get me into the game.

Investment property 1

I bought the Ft Collins Property to live in but quickly realized it would generate a great deal of cash flow (total rent - mortgage = cash flow). So, I moved out and it became my first investment property. I managed the property for a number of years then hired a management company.

When I graduated college my wife and I moved to Denver and decided to shift my investment property closer to home...

Road X: Finally, a solution for the I-70 congestion to the mountains

Road X CDOT partnership with Panasonic

Ah, the Rocky Mountains, probably one of the reasons you moved to Denver, love living in Denver or brag about Denver. Those beautiful mountains represent so much recreation year round, that it's hard not to love them. Although getting to them, especially on the weekends, has become a bit of a nightmare. I don't know about you, but every drive on I-70 to the mountains includes at least one conversation about - How are they going to fix the congestion?!?

Well, Road X might be the answer!

Smart freeways and interstates

Building new lanes and infrastructure within the I-70 corridor presents immense challenges and costs. What if adding additional lanes of Highway didn't require new asphalt but required data? Road X represents Colorado's investment in innovative technology that is the future of connected roadways. This concept envisions smart vehicles and infrastructure sharing data about road conditions instantaneously. This data share and intelligent analysis, combined with autonomous vehicles could result in the capacity of I-70 being increased 4X.

 Connected vehicle mandates

New connected vehicle mandates combined with the rapid development of autonomous vehicles means that Colorado could have up 1.2M connected vehicles on the road by 2025. In addition, many companies such as ...

Kentwood Commercial

Kentwood Real Estate adds a commercial real estate division

Kentwood Commercial was recently (August 2017) created by Peter Neiderman, CEO of Kentwood Real Estate. This boutique commercial brokerage combines the exceptional local brand and referral network of Kentwood with the national strength and financial support of Berkshire Hathaway. The company has the ability to nimbly handle the range of large institutional and smaller entrepreneurial clients the highest level of skill, responsiveness, and experience in the industry.

The team includes:

Commercial brokers Karen Zeile

Karen Landers Zeile
Senior Vice President

Karen Landers Zeile has 17 years of commercial experience in Denver and sold and leased properties throughout the downtown area including LoDo, Uptown, the Golden Triangle, the Ballpark neighborhood and the RiNo District.

Commercial broker Rodney Gustafson

Rodney Gustafson
Senior Vice President

Rodney Gustafson has 20 years of experience in the Denver commercial brokerage industry and previously worked with Grubb & Ellis, Frederick Ross Company, Pinnacle Real Estate, and was most recently Founding Principle of Case Commercial Real Estate.

Commercial broker David Morison

David Morrison
Senior Vice President

David Morrison has 35 years of commercial experience in Denver...

Yes, Denver is this good!

The ultimate guide to what makes Denver so great.

Downtown Denver from Jefferson Park

What’s the deal with Denver? It seems like every week there is an article, post, tweet or broadcast about how great Denver is. Is it that great…..? What does the city offer that has the country buzzing about Denver? As a native of Denver, I have seen the city come of age over the past decade or two. It is certainly not the same city I grew up in and for the most part, it’s much better.

My opinion, the national hype is well justified as this city rules on a number of fronts. I put together this guide to Denver to help clarify what I see as Denver’s strengths. If you are thinking about moving here, I hope this article helps. If you live here I hope this article rings true. Hit me up in the comments if you think I missed something or I’m off base and yes, Denver is this good.

We are extremely lucky to live in a place that has so much to do and with such friendly people to do it with. If you need convincing you have found the right post. I’ll try to narrow it down to the top 14 reasons why you will love moving to Denver. I’m never leaving as it keeps getting better and better every year.

Somewhat less interesting facts about Denver:

  • Population (Denver Metro): 693,060
  • Population (Greater Denver Area): 3 million
  • Unemployment rate in Denver: 7%
  • Median Home Price (Denver County): $362,800
  • Median Household Income: $53,637
  • Average Commute Time: 26 minutes

1.) Denver Has Amazing Views

Views  of the Rocky Mountains...

Stapleton Denver Real Estate in Review

RTD A-Line to DIA2016 was a pretty big year in Stapleton Denver. With the opening of the Central Park Light Rail Station, the opening of Stanley Marketplace, Eastbridge Town Center is finally under construction and the launching of 2 new neighborhoods, its no surprise that Stapleton was named the 4th best selling community in the nation. We have so much to offer here and the numbers speak for themselves.

 

  • Single Family average sales price hit a high water mark with an average sold price of $603,791, which is an increase of 6.36% over 2015.

StapletonDenverappreciationstatistics

  • Our average Days On Market (DOM) was (and still is) under 60 days which means it is still a Sellers market out there.
  • Despite inventory being low, 599 home were sold in 2016, which was a record number of homes sold in a year, ever.
  • A new high water mark for sale price was achieved for the sale at 3106 Dayton  which sold for $1,475,000.
  • 11 homes were sold over the $1,000,000 mark in Stapleton, which is a 266% increase in this price point compared to all previous...

What to do on St. Patricks Day in Stapleton 2017

There are only two people in the world: those that are Irish and those that wish they were. Whether your are Irish or not, we’ve got your go-to guide for how to sham”ROCK” St. Patricks Day/weekend in Stapleton. Here’s a look at the Neir Team’s top 5 things to do in Stapleton to make your way through the Emerald celebration. 

caseysbistrostapletonstpatricksdayCaseys Irish Bistro & Pub – 7301 E. 29th Avenue. This is THE place to be on St. Patricks Day in Stapleton. Located in the 29th Avenue Town Center Casey’s will be featuring a modified menu including fish and chips, shepperds pie and other various traditional Irish dishes. They will also feature live bagpipes and Irish dancers to get you in the spirit. Their patio will be tented with heaters in case it gets cold. We’ve been told that “all hands will be on deck” for this fun-filled Irish celebration.

stpatricksdayparadedenverTake the Light Rail downtown for the St. Patricks Day parade. With the opening of Central Park Light Rail Station getting to downtown Denver is easier than ever.  Denver’s St. Patricks Day parade will actually be held on Saturday March 11th  this year which is the weekend BEFORE most St. Patricks Day celebrations.  The parade starts at 9:30 am but you will want to arrive well before then to secure a spot.  We suggest taking the 8:04am westbound train to Union Station to have plenty of time to nab a...

2016 Neir Team Sales Performance

Thank you to all of our 2016 clients for helping make 2016 a wonderful year for the Neir Team.

Neir Team Sales Stats

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8 Secrets to Selling Lowry Denver Homes for 10% More

How to sell for moreAfter all the talk of the booming real estate market and rising home prices in the metro area over the past couple years, you’ve finally decided to sell your Lowry Denver home. Now what?

In a highly competitive market like Denver, It’s especially important to make your house as attractive as possible in order to stand out to the ideal buyer. What’s the best way to do that?

Here are eight marketing and open house tips that are sure to help sellers get a 10 percent or more boost to the sales price for Lowry Denver homes.

  1. A Clean Home Sells - A messy house knocks thousands of dollars off the sale price. Cleaning your house thoroughly is a prudent idea. It’s low-hanging fruit that far too many sellers don’t pick.

  2. Price Your Home Right - It’s obvious that pricing too low takes money out of your pocket. However, overpricing your house does the same. In the real estate industry, new listings shine the brightest. If you price too high in the beginning, your house will stay on the market. People will wonder why you haven’t sold, and the perceived value of your house will dip.

  3. Don’t Leave Repairs Undone - Leaving a repair undone will cost you more than the repair itself. It adds negative emotions like doubt to the equation. Buyers will wonder what else you left unrepaired.

  4. Make Sure Your House Smells Great - Do you have odors from pets, smoking, or cooking? Remove all traces of these smells before showing the house to buyers.

  5. Communication Is King - People want to feel their time is respected. Don’t delay requests for information about the house and sign contracts promptly. Dawdling...

First-Time Homebuyers in Denver: Common Regrets to Avoid

Avoid Regret with a home purchaseMore than one in five first-time homebuyers report having at least one major regret with their purchase. We don’t want first-time homebuyers in Denver to have to deal with the same dissatisfaction.

Buying a house can be a fun and rewarding experience without disappointment. The best way to avoid any big mistakes that end up costing you frustration or money down the line is to learn from the most common regrets of those who came before you.

Here’s our list of the most common regrets of first-time homebuyers. Listen up, because avoiding these mistakes will go a long way to ensuring that your experience is everything you want it to be.

Common Regrets of First-Time Homebuyers in Denver

  •  62 percent of first-timers report that they outgrew their home faster than they thought they would. These buyers wish they had done a better job of predicting the amount of space they would need as their families and assets grew. 

  • 40 percent say they ultimately feel they paid too much for their first home.

  • 38 percent wish they had budgeted more accurately for the costs of maintaining a home. More than a third of first-time homebuyers say they underestimated all the little expenses that go into repairs and maintenance.

  • 34 percent would search around and negotiate more to find a better mortgage rate if they could do it over again. Many feel they are paying too much. “We should have put more money down upfront” is another common regret that’s highly related.

  • 25 percent say they ended up not liking the surrounding neighborhood they moved into.

These are just a handful of the pitfalls that can spoil one of the biggest investments...

The Best High Schools in Denver

Denver's Best High SchoolsIn the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools report, there were well over 100 Colorado schools that received recognition. There were 14 that earned gold medal honors and another 35 that earned a silver.

Let’s take a closer look at a handful of Denver-area high schools that ranked the highest.

Best High Schools in Denver

  • KIPP Denver Collegiate High School

    KIPP ranks number two in Colorado and number 164 in the nation for high schools. Some of the reasons cited for its high ranking include the Advanced Placement exam and course options and the 95 percent AP participation rate. KIPP students achieved a 73.5 on the college-readiness index.

  • DSST: Stapleton High School

    Like KIPP, the DSST student body has very high participation rate in AP programs (79 percent) and wide access to Advanced Placement exams and coursework. As a whole, the school scored a 70.2 on the college-readiness index.

  • Denver School of the Arts

    DSA is the eighth highest rated high school in Colorado and number three in Denver. The relatively low 22:1 student to teacher ratio, the very high english proficiency scores of the student body (94 percent), and the high AP participation rate (84 percent) are all reasons why the Denver School of the Arts cracked the top ten in Colorado and achieved a national ranking of 298.

Learn About Other Top Schools in Denver

To get more information on top high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and private schools in neighborhoods all over Denver, check out the Neir Team’s section on ...

Denver Home Insurance Advice for New Buyers: Key Do's and Don'ts

Home Insurance PitfallsShopping for a new home is an exciting time. Hopefully, your search is inspiring you to envision a bright future for you and your family in the house of your dreams.

It's not a time when you necessarily want to start thinking about things that could go wrong down the line, but that's just a necessary part of being a savvy home shopper and owner.

Securing the right kind of home insurance is absolutely essential to having a good experience with your property investment.

Here are a handful of the key do's and don'ts when it comes to Denver home insurance:

Don't...

Bundle for convenience -- bundling with other types of insurance MIGHT save you some money, but that doesn't mean it's the right choice. It might be right for you, but don’t automatically assume it without doing your due diligence.

Pay for land -- Protect the buildings and structures you own, but don't be talked into insuring the land they sit on.

Forget to protect additional items -- special items, like jewelry, that are contained within your home will require additional insurance. Don't forget to protect these valuable as well.

Do...

Check for special rates -- good credit, your age, or certain features of your home could all earn you discounted rates, so do ask any prospective home insurance provider.

Shop around -- get multiple quotes to ensure you get competitive rates and services from the provider you ultimately choose.

Take note of limits -- if you have limited time to file a claim after an incident, you need to be aware of the restriction. Ask for info about limits and get it in writing.

Photograph damage immediately -- if an incident does occur,...

Required Documents for Mortgage Qualification

What do I need for a home loanUnless you're paying entirely in cash upfront, you will need to get a mortgage to buy a new home in Denver.

To qualify for a mortgage, you're going to authenticate the income and tax information in your application by providing a list of documents.

Do you have everything you need? Check out the list of the required documents to double check:

  • Signed disclosures
  • The social security card belonging to each person involved in the purchase
  • A list of home addresses for all properties lived at in the last two years
  • Two to three months of bank statements
  • Two previous pay stubs
  • Proof of down payment
  • Previous two years' W-2 forms
  • Previous two years' tax returns
  • The purchase contract (if it's available)
  • Details of your employment

In certain circumstances, a borrower may also have to provide:

  • Evidence of other income (child support, etc.)
  • Divorce settlement papers
  • Balance sheets (if self employed)
  • Gift letter (if, for instance, parents are providing the down payment)
  • Evidence of other debt (student loans, credit card debt, etc.)

Some Other Requirements

  1. After completing your mortgage application, you will need to provide consent for the lender to proceed. This gives the mortgage provider permission to investigate your application.
  2. After all required documents have been submitted and the application is completed and submitted, the lender is required to give you a Loan Estimate within three days. This estimate will summarize your monthly payments and loan terms.
  3. Before approving the loan, the lender must order a home appraisal. An appraiser...

5 Tips for Buying a New Construction Home in Denver

New Construction TipWith the intense competition for existing homes in Denver, more and more buyers are looking to new home builders for a solution.

While building a new construction home in Denver does solve one problem, it also presents a few unique challenges that buyers need to be aware of.

Here are some things you should be aware of before you decide to go the new construction route.

Incomplete Phases

In some cases, new construction homes are part of larger development projects that won't be complete for years. If you're on a short timeframe for moving into a new home, these situations won't work for you. Make sure your new home would be move-in ready within a reasonable amount of time.

Construction

There are different definitions of "move-in ready." If you're going to be expected to live in a home surrounded by dirt, machinery, and loud construction noise for the first year, you need to be aware of it. This can be the case sometimes when one new construction home is part of a larger development that is still in progress.

Model Home vs Real Home

Builders are excellent at creating model spaces that appeal to buyers. However, sometimes the actual home doesn't appeal to the buyer quite as much as the model did. Make sure your attraction to the space and design goes beyond the professional staging and finishing that only applies to the model.

Included Items

The model home may have had tons of high-end appliances, but that doesn't mean they'll be included in your new construction. Find out what's included and discuss your needs with the builder.

Completion Date

Make sure you get the developer's projected finish date down in writing. This should be official in case any disputes arise later. ...

12 Real Estate Terms that Shouldn’t Scare You

Real Estate TermsAre you confused by some of the terms popping up in your first attempt to buy or sell a home in Denver?

Don't worry, you're not alone. The real estate industry is filled with unique terminology that can trip up homebuyers, sellers, and even unseasoned agents.

Here are some quick definitions for the terms that you're most likely to encounter.

Appraisal -- It's the estimated value of a property

Certificate of Title -- The document that verifies the home is legally owned by the person claiming to own it

Closing Costs -- All of the expenses and fees associated with closing a home purchase. They can add up to as much as 4-6 percent of the cost of the home.

Contingencies -- Certain conditions that need to be met in order for a buyer's offer to be accepted and for things to proceed

Due Diligence -- Actions that the buyer should take to protect their real estate investment

Debt to Income Ratio -- To qualify for a loan, your monthly debt should add up to less than 43 percent of your monthly income.

Earnest Money Deposit -- A payment the buyer includes with their offer in order to prove serious interest to the seller.

Escrow -- An account where all closing costs are collected while the lender approves the deal.

FICO Score -- A numerical value assigned to a buyer based on their credit history.

Good Faith Deposit -- A payment made to the lender at the time of the offer to show serious interest.

HOA -- Homeowners associations (HOAs) are organizations that set and enforce rules and standards for properties within their community.

Prequalification -- the process through which lenders determine if a borrower is...