Posted by Alex Neir on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 11:54 AMBy Alex Neir / August 4, 2020Comment
Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements
Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, these nine home improvement projects are great ways to add function, beauty, and real value to your home.
The best part is, once you’ve secured the materials, most of these renovations can be completed over the course of a weekend. And they don’t require a lot of specialized skills or experience. So grab your toolbox, then get ready to boost your home’s appeal AND investment potential!
1. Spruce Up Your Landscaping
Landscaping improvements can increase a home’s value by 10-12%.1 But which outdoor features do buyers care about most? According to a survey of Realtors, a healthy lawn is at the top of their list. If your lawn is lacking, overseeding or laying new sod can be a worthwhile investment—with an expected return of 417% and 143% respectively.1
Planting flowers is another great way to enhance your home’s curb appeal. And if you choose a perennial variety, your blooms should return year after year. For an even longer-term impact, consider planting a tree. According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a mature tree can add up to $10,000 to the value of your home.2
2. Clean The Exterior
When it comes to making your house shine, a sparkling facade can be just as important as a clean interior. Real estate professionals estimate that washing the outside of a house can add as much as $15,000...
Posted by Stacy Neir on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 3:58 PMBy Stacy Neir / April 24, 2020Comment
While we only have a few days left working from home in Colorado, you may have been thinking of ways to improve your home office for future use and design! Here are just a few of our easiest tips and tricks to help make your workspace a fun-space too!
Add any low maintenance plant or greenery to your desk, side table or cabinet shelf. We personally love orchids, succulents, a snake plant or a fiddle leaf fig tree just to name a few.
Try to remove any unnecessary items from the top of your desk. It’s easy to let that area get cluttered with dozens of pens, many photos in frames, office supplies, etc. To combat this constant issue, create a pen holder cup from anything in the kitchen cabinet such as a mason jar or a stein that brings back fun memories. If you like to keep pictures or other display items on your desk, hang them on the wall instead. This will leave your desk space for only work-related items. And finally, invest in a file cabinet or file folders. Although this sounds extremely basic, believe it or not, many people do not have their own pencil cup holders or file cabinets in their homes!
Treat yourself (and your productivity) and purchase a new lamp that catches your eye and acts a statement piece or bring some awareness to the natural light possibilities in the room. This can be done by installing new window treatments to dress up the windows or moving your desk to the...
Posted by Neir Team on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 8:25 AMBy Neir Team / April 2, 2020Comment
Coronavirus, Stay-at-Home Order and Real Estate: Your Questions Answered
In these unprecedented times, we know many Denver real estate buyers and sellers are wondering what to do. The Neir Team is here to answer your questions based on policies and procedures developed by Kentwood City Properties. Below are some of the most common inquiries received by The Neir Team. If your question is not on this list, please give us a call (phone numbers below).
What does this mean for my current listing?
Your home is still posted on our various online channels and the MLS. Buyers typically first learn of a home online. The Neir Team clients benefit from our extensive digital marketing expertise -- we will make sure yours stands out among the rest.
The Neir Team, as well as most Denver real estate agents, are working virtually. While this is something required by the stay-at-home order, The Neir Team has worked on many transactions virtually including when buyers have been out of state, or even the country.
What does this mean for my current home search?
MLS listings across the region will continue to appear on traditional online sources.
The Neir Team will continue our extensive networking – virtually of course – that helps us learn about homes for sale before they are posted, so our Denver real estate clients have opportunities be among the first to learn about a new listing.
Physical viewings of properties will be limited in accordance with Colorado’s stay-at-home order, which overrides Denver’s original guidance to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. However, The Neir Team will be able to work with other Denver Realtors...
Ideas from The Neir Team on How to Stay Cultured While Denver is Sheltering in Place
There are so many resources to keep children engaged while sheltering in place in Denver, but not as much is being shared for adults. We need things to do as well! We searched out some opportunities to stay connected to arts and culture, even when you are sitting on the couch in your pajamas!
Good news! You’ve been accepted to some of the most prestigious universities in the country. Maybe not full admittance, but if you’ve ever wanted to say “I’ve taken courses at Harvard” – now you can. Harvard, Yale, MIT and others have a host of online offerings including some amazing art programs. Explore the art of cathedrals, study the relationship between comics and art or learn about antiquities trafficking. Here’s a list of 10 University Classes You Can Take Online.
Want to trying your hand at painting? Netflix has a full Bob Ross season. This means you can have your own “paint and sip” session taught by the DIY painting icon. Try using a program like Zoom to connect with...
Posted by Neir Team on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 3:35 PMBy Neir Team / March 17, 2020Comment
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The Neir Team Earns Prestigious Titanium Award from Denver Metro Association of Realtors
DENVER, March 17, 2020: Another indicator of being a consistent high performer, The Neir Team – Stacy Neir, Alex Neir and Laura Fuller – have earned the prestigious Titanium Award from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.
The Titanium Awards is bestowed on Realtors who sell between $30-39 million in a calendar year. In 2019, The Neir Team represented 69 clients, a mix of buyers and sellers.
“The Neir Team mission is to ‘make every client a client for life,’” said Realtor Stacy Neir. “We are so appreciative of our clients and their referrals and repeat business. They are an integral to our reaching this milestone.”
“Our client loyalty speaks volumes and we are honored that with our clients we have achieved our most successful year in our 17-year history,” said Realtor Alex Neir.
In addition to being a Titanium Award recipient, The Neir Team is the second-highest producing team at Kentwood City Properties.
Another of The Neir Team’s priorities is supporting the Denver community. Along with other community service projects, the Neir Team founded “Givetoberfest” in 2018 to blend all the fun of Oktoberfest with raising money for nonprofit organizations.
“In our inaugural year we raised money for Impact 360 and for Denver Public Schools in 2019,” said Realtor Laura Fuller. “This is every bit as important to us helping our valued clients achieve their real estate goals.”
About The Neir Team The Neir Team is one of Denver's premier real estate teams. Throughout their distinguished 17-year career in the residential real estate business,...
Dance through the decades with 70s music at 7, 80s music at 8, 90s music at 9, etc. There will also be a themed menu bringing back all the trendy food and drink from the past 50 years. Think “Carrie Bradshaw Cosmos.”
Posted by Stacy Neir on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 3:00 PMBy Stacy Neir / February 5, 2020Comment
Photo Courtesy of Cherry Creek North
Love is in the air so as Marvin Gaye would say, “Let’s Get it On.” Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year meaning it’s the perfect opportunity to get out on the town with your significant other, friends, family or your fabulous self! The Neir Team has comprised all of their favorite activities to do in Denver to celebrate the day of love. Enjoy!
Photo Courtesy of StubHub
Do you like to go two-steppin’ with your honey? If so, there are two country music favorites playing in Denver on Valentine’s Day. You can catch Eli Young Band at the Fillmore Auditorium or Randy Houser at the Denver classic, Grizzly Rose. If your style is a bit more alternative-funk-rock fusion, then check out Oysterhead at the 1STBANK Center. And lastly, if you’re really into electronic dance music or looking to dive straight into it, then get your tickets for Black Tiger Sex Machine at Mission Ballroom. We are certain all performances will be a great time!
Posted by Neir Team on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 12:41 PMBy Neir Team / February 1, 2020Comment
Photo by DESIGNECOLOGIST on Unsplash Unique Things to Do on Valentine’s Day 2020 in Denver
Single or happily matched with your “Plus 1,” there’s plenty to do in Denver this Valentine’s Day. For Valentine’s Day in Denver for Couples, we looked beyond dinner and found some fun food/drink pairings, ways to get crafty and how to hear the sounds of love. We must admit though, Denver singles definitely have some fun and unique ways to spend Valentine’s Day 2020. We may just be a tiny bit envious…
Valentine’s Day for Denver Couples 2020
Forget sake. Go for beer and sushi, with sushi from “The Captain and Sushi” food truck. Guessing that means there will be tacos if you and your love prefer that to sushi? Hosted by RiNo North Brewery, check Sushi and Beer for more details.
Posted by Neir Team on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 11:19 AMBy Neir Team / January 27, 2020Comment
With Denver Public Schools closed for the day, this Valentine’s Day offers a special opportunity to spend quality time with all your sweethearts. We searched for the best day trips (or weekend trips if your prefer) in Colorado that the entire family will LOVE.
Need to stay local? We’ve got some ideas for that too.
What to Do in Colorado With The Family on Valentine's Day - Road Trip
Loveland is the capitol of Colorado on Valentine’s Day. Soak it all in at their second annual Loveland Sweetheart Festival, themed “Love, Locks and Light.” Bonus – The festival continues on Saturday, February 15.
Head south to the gorgeous Garden of the Gods. A great place to visit any day, on Valentine’s Day Garden of the Gods is having a “kissing camels” coloring session. Reservations required.
Steamboat Springs is having a “Light the Night Celebration.” It actually has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day, but hot air balloon glows are always loved by all! Likewise, the Ice Castle in Dillion is also sure to please.
Posted by Neir Team on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 6:58 AMBy Neir Team / January 24, 2020Comment
Ever wanted to own one of San Francisco’s Painted Ladies? You can! For $2.75 million and the budget and patience to do a complete overhaul.
Or, you can own a brand-new home inspired by the Painted Ladies, right here in Denver’s Stapleton Neighborhood. But, they are selling quickly so if you are interested, schedule a tour today with The Neir Team (Stacy Neir, Alex Neir, and Laura Fuller). We have specialized in Stapleton real estate dating back to development of Stapleton’s first neighborhood.
Parkwood Homes describes their Painted Ladies Collection in Stapleton, Denver as a way to “rediscover the timeless charm of their Golden Gate sisters while drawing inspiration from the best of Denver's historic neighborhoods.”
In addition to an open floorplan, top finishes and options for a three-car garage, Parkwood Painted Ladies offer lots of indoor/outdoor living space, which is becoming very desirable in Denver real estate.
You can read more about Parkwood Homes Painted Ladies in Stapleton Denver here.
We look forward to helping you purchase a home sure to be as popular as those beauties along San Francisco’s “postcard row.”
~The Neir Team Stacy Neir, Alex Neir and Laura Fuller
Posted by Alex Neir on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 3:00 PMBy Alex Neir / January 13, 2020Comment
Q4 2019 Denver Real Estate Market Update.
Hey everybody, I’ve got your Q4 2019 Denver real estate market update. How did 2019 compare to previous years? Also, strategies and predictions for what’s going to happen in 2020.
We’re talking about the Denver real estate market today. First of all huge shout out to Megan Aller with first American title. She is the amazing statistician that has compiled all of this data and made it actionable for us.
Four things I want to cover today.
Number 1: let’s check in on the inventory in our market as it’s the huge driver for the price appreciation that we continue to see.
Number two: For 2020 when does the Denver real estate market pick up?
Number three: Heading into 2020 when is the best time to buy and when is the best time to sell.
And number four: I want to give you some insight on what to watch for going into 2020 that will have an impact on affordability.
All of the information and presenting today is specific to detached single-family product. If you would like the same information on the attached product please get in touch and I can get you that for you.
Here is the inventory graph for the greater metro area of Denver from 2005 through 2019. As you can see the market has behaved almost identically for the last...
Posted by Neir Team on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 1:36 PMBy Neir Team / January 12, 2020Comment
The holidays have passed and the decorations are packed up until next year. Now everything around the home is back to normal. But why not take it a step beyond normal. Get motivated by January being “National Get Organized Month” and vow to do at least one organization project.
While it may take some time upfront, organizing projects usually pay off by making things more efficient once the project is done. For example, spend 30 minutes organizing your tools now and avoid spending 30 minutes searching for the right screwdriver the next time you need one.
Getting organized now is especially important if you are planning to list your home for spring selling season!
Where to start? We usually find it is easiest to take one area at a time. Below is our list. Pick one, roll up your sleeves and dig in. (Tip: Try listening to an audio book while you work. You’ll be entertained and productive!)
Kitchen Home Organization In the rush to make fantastic holiday meals and batch after batch of cookies, often we shove pots and pans anywhere we can. Take the time now to organize your items by type and size (so they stack) and make sure lids to pots are easily accessible.
Look below your sink. Are there cleaners that can be consolidated, discarded or refilled? If you have trash or recycling under the sink, did any items miss the receptacle and end up in the vey far reaches of your space? Looking under the sink is also a good way to make sure there are no leaks or other issues lurking below.
With food storage, check to make sure you don’t have expired products. If you have a deep pantry, consider rollout shelves so cans and other products won’t get lost and therefore wasted.
Home Office Organization It is amazing how quickly paper can stack up. Go through any piles...
Posted by Neir Team on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 6:20 PMBy Neir Team / December 27, 2019Comment
Looking for a lesser-known way to spend New Year’s Eve in Denver with the family? We dug a little deeper and found some alternatives to fireworks in downtown Denver or Noon Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum. Here’s our list of some unique ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Denver with your kids.
Visit the Great Outdoors Sure, it is winter, but that is no reason to stay inside! It is Colorado after all.
Noon Year’s Eve Noon The beautiful Barr Lake State Park is kicking off the “noon” year with crafts, snacks, party favors and a balloon drop. This party bills itself as “rockin’” and “raucous,” but it is for the family and is sure to be a unique New Year’s Eve event just outside Denver. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
First Day Hikes Fountain Valley State Park invites you to bring your family and "celebrate the New Year with a 2.2 mile hike to explore the beautiful sandstone formations on the Fountain Valley Trail.” You might see wildlife too! The hike is guided by park experts. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Posted by Alex Neir on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 1:29 PMBy Alex Neir / December 9, 2019Comment
Technology is changing the way we do almost everything, and real estate transactions are no exception. In fact, a new crop of tech companies wants to revolutionize the way we buy and sell homes.
iBuyer startups like Opendoor, Offerpad, and Properly are rapidly expanding into new territories, and now established players, like Zillow, are starting to get in on the action. Also known as Direct Buyers, these companies use computer algorithms to provide sellers with a quick cash offer to buy their home.
While the actual market share of iBuyers remains small, their big advertising budgets have helped create a noticeable buzz in the industry. This has left many of our clients curious about them and how they work.
In this article, we explain their business model, weigh the pros and cons of working with an iBuyer, and share strategies you can use to protect yourself if you choose to explore this new option to buy or sell your home.
FIRST, HOW DOES THE iBUYER PROCESS WORK?
While each company operates a little differently, the basic premise is the same. A seller (or seller’s agent) completes a brief online form that asks questions about the size, features, and condition of the property. Some also request digital photos of the home.
The iBuyer will use this information to determine whether or not the home fits within their “buy box,” or set of criteria that matches their investment model. They are generally looking for houses they can easily value and “flip.” In most cases, their ideal property is a moderately priced, single-family home located in a neighborhood with many similar houses. The property shouldn’t...
Posted by Stacy Neir on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 2:44 PMBy Stacy Neir / December 5, 2019Comment
Neir Team’s LoDo Holiday Gift Guide
Have you already found yourself not knowing what to get a certain someone for Christmas? This happens all too often, and we find ourselves searching phrases online like “things to get your mom for Christmas” or “gift ideas for a boyfriend.” Well look no further than the Neir Team’s LoDo Holiday Gift Guide. We thoughtfully chose to feature these businesses around LoDo for your shopping convenience, to support the local economy and simply because some are flat out cool. We also want to highlight each spot based on characteristics of the person you might be buying for! So, check out what we’ve comprised and Happy Holidays!
For the Outdoor Enthusiasts
It’s not hard to find an outdoor enthusiast in Denver! If you’re gifting to anyone that’s a hiker, biker, climber, camper, angler, hunter or anything in between, head to Patagonia at 1431 15thSt. For the lady in mind, we love their new fleece jackets. Made with more environmentally friendly materials and in two beautiful neutral tones, these are sure to be a great gift. They are relocating to RiNo very soon, so catch them in LoDo while you can!
When it comes to the man counterpart, we suggest heading to REI Co-Op. This is kind of a no-brainer in Denver considering they have just about everything an outdoor...
Posted by Stacy Neir on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 1:05 PMBy Stacy Neir / November 20, 2019Comment
Colorado’s Best Christmastime Activities!
Christmas music playing in stores, decorations going up around town, snowflakes in the air and holiday parties quickly approaching… All of these things can really start to get you into the Christmas spirit. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best Christmastime activities in and around Denver to check out with friends, family or coworkers before Ole Saint Nick comes to town!
Perhaps the most creative, immersive and interesting Christmas-time activity to attend in all of Denver is Camp Christmas at The Hangar at the Stanley Marketplace.Full of wonderment, glitter and everything Christmas imaginable, this art installation is undeniably unlike any other! Click on this link https://www.denvercenter.org/tickets-events/camp-christmas/ to watch a quick, informative video that will most certainly make you want to check it out.
Posted by Alex Neir on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:55 AMBy Alex Neir / October 14, 2019Comment
Most homeowners have something about their property that they want to change. And as needs and design trends shift over time, many will eventually choose to remodel. Some homeowners make updates to their property before listing it to maximize their potential sales revenue.
Whatever your reasons are for taking on a home improvement project, it’s wise to consider how the money you invest will impact your home’s value.
We’ve taken a look at six popular home renovations and identified those that—on average—have the best and worst returns on investment. So before you lift a hammer or hire a contractor, take a look at this list and see if your remodeling efforts will reward you when it comes time to sell.
RENOVATIONS THAT PAY OFF
These three common home improvement projects not only add function and style to your home, but they also offer a strong return on investment. Making strategic upgrades to your property will help you increase its value over time.
Minor Kitchen Remodel
The kitchen is often referred to as the “heart of the home,” and for good reason. Traditionally used for preparing food, it has morphed into so much more. Many of us now eat our family meals in the kitchen, it serves as a favorite spot for homework and kids’ art projects, and it’s the place guests tend to gather when we host events.
Because we spend so much time in our kitchens, it’s natural that we will eventually want to make updates and upgrades to better suit our needs and changing style preferences.
Luckily, a minor kitchen remodel is one of the best investments you can make in your...
Posted by Neir Team on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 1:25 PMBy Neir Team / August 26, 2019Comment
Everyone knows Denver’s big Labor Day event is the Taste of Colorado. But if you’re looking for some different – and less crowded ways – to celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Denver, we’ve picked five events you may not know about to help you decide what to do. Wanna go beyond Denver this Labor Day weekend? We’ve also provided five what to do ideas outside of Denver, including Summit County, Boulder and Colorado Springs.
Now in its 10th year, Crush Walls, transforms the streets and alleys of RiNo into permanent, open-air galleries. The official kickoff is Monday. DRiNK RiNo members will be there to help everyone toast this art show with their drink of choice. Members include C Squared Ciders, Infinite Monkey Theorem and Epic Brewing – to name just a few.
Want a festival of fitness fun? The grand-opening of the Spot bills itself as “celebration of fitness, wellness and recreation in the heart of the Golden Triangle.” The event will have clinics, food trucks, beer, a vendor...