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Highest and best for your home sale - starts with a strategic marketing plan

The Neir Team at Kentwood today reflected on their April home sales. The month proved to be a good one as a result of our tenacious marketing strategy, which has been in development for twenty-one years. Every house has a story to tell it's our job to tell it The main aim was always to give people greater peace of mind by creating a marketing strategy proven to achieve the highest home value possible....and by experienced application, this service has achieved incredible success thus far.

We strive to provide a comprehensive home listing service. Anyone familiar with the market conditions in the greater metro Denver region will probably have noticed how most listing brokers seem to take photos, print a brochure, and put a sign in the yard. We felt this was a problem because, in a hoStaging allows us to curate a feel for the home.t market, limited marketing exposure of the property can lead to tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost equity.

So as a result of years of experience selling homes in Denver, we, instead, created a comprehensive marketing strategy including a home prep consultation, coming soon campaign, lifestyle video, interactive 3D tour, social engagement plan and follow up to ensure every home we list sells for the maximum value possible. We always apply our local market expertise and comprehensive marketing strategy to every home we sell, regardless of the market conditions, demonstrating our continued commitment to our client's success.

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Urban Living Flats, Central Parks newest affordable housing project

The Urban Living Flat at Central Park

The Central Park Living Flats at the corner of Central Park Boulevard and 36th Ave. in the Central Park neighborhood of Denver is the newest addition to the affordable housing initiative set forth by the city and County of Denver.

The Central Park neighborhood in Denver has a large number of affordable housing units, as this was a requirement of the neighborhood master plan. Most of the affordable housing units in the neighborhood are been made up of townhome units. The Urban Living Flats is the first affordable condo project in the neighborhood.

The Urban Living Flats at Central Park Denver is made up of 132 units on three floors. Each floor consists of 44 units which are a mix of one and two-bedroom units. One-bedroom units average 721 square feet and two bedrooms average 904 square feet. Prices for the one-bedrooms start at $142,300. Prices for the two-bedroom units start at $173,300. Currently, only one-bedroom units are left. If you would like to get on the waitlist for two-bedroom units please contact

The project is slated to complete in the summer of 2021.

If you would like to reserve a one-bedroom please contact The reservation requires a 1% of the purchase price deposit. This deposit is completely refundable up until the time a contract is signed. The deposit amount is held in escrow until the time of closing at which time it is applied to the down payment of the home.

All reservations require a pre-qualification/pre-approval letter from a lender.

The Central Park urban living flats are located in a wonderful location. It is located across the...

New Decade, New Trends in Real Estate

Extended time at home because of the Corona Virus has us exploring home upgrades and renovation. Simple upgrades that increase happiness and value have been the focus as of late. 

Now let's take a look at how styles are changing as we head into the third decade of the millennia. Keeping up with current style trends and making incremental upgrades ensures that you don’t find yourself in decades old home. Outdated homes take longer to sell and sell for considerably less than their updated counterparts. Secondly, keeping your home updated adds joy to your life, it's a simple fact! 

So, let’s dive into the design trends in real estate that are making a splash in 2020. These styles are not for everyone or every home. So use your design savvy to determine which motivate and which fall flat. 

Sustainability is in and quick furniture is out

The first trends in real estate - eco-consciousness has infiltrated every aspect of the home and home furniture is no exception. Quick furniture, similar to the products IKEA sells are becoming less popular. Consumers are moving to higher quality items that are built well and showcase more individual style. The environmentally friendly and non-toxic furniture segment should gain more market share in 2020 and beyond. 

Curated Design Elements...

Easy Upgrades that Spark Joy for Buyers and Yourself

Happy House Happy Life

The Denver real estate market is scorching hot right now. My opinion on why this is happening is outlined in this article: Why hasn't COVID 19 slowed the Denver Real Estate Market? With a market this hot, as an owner/seller you might tell yourself - buyers will love my home regardless! While this certainly may be true, some strategic upgrades can increase your odds while creating a tidal wave of joy for yourself.

I often see sellers really start considering improvements right around the time they go to sell. This is {nuts emoji}. What if I could convince you that some simple upgrades could spark joy in your life! A tangible joy that will lift our mood every day. Wouldn’t it be worth doing that now instead of at sale time? If you are still with me, I’m glad you agree and here are some suggestions.

Let's start in the bathroom(s). A room you are in every day regardless of your schedule. A simple upgrade here will, absolutely, spark joy in your life. Start with a deep clean. Go through everything and throughout all the {poop emoji} that has accumulated. 

Next, let's add some organization. Go to Target or the Container Store and grab some drawer organizers. Give yourself dedicated areas for smaller things, like hair products and jewelry. In the cabinets, upgrade to roll-out shelving or decor appropriate baskets for easy access to commonly used items.

Creative bathroom ideas...

Why hasn't COVID 19 slowed the Denver Real Estate Market?

Why is it so hard to buy a house

With unemployment sitting at around 10.5% in Colorado right now, COVID-19 spiking in many places across the United States and the national news fixated on a stagnant economy, why is it so difficult to buy a house in Denver right now?

You may be asking yourself this very question. All economic indicators should have buyers pausing purchase decisions. Uncertainty about the future has traditionally caused real estate markets to slow down. But this time is different. Why is that?

I have a few ideas on what might be fueling the demand for real estate in the Denver market right now.

First of all, It is extremely cheap to borrow money. Interest rates sit at 3.14% for a 30-year and 2.66% for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. Cheap money translates to more purchasing power. More purchase power, coupled with a home value which is likely the highest its ever been, have most homeowners considering their options. 

Second, I feel the COVID-19 has most people evaluating their living situation. With more time being spent at home, it's natural to ponder what it would be like to have a larger yard, a second office, or no more building elevator. 

A third reason why COVID-19 hasn't slowed the Denver Real Estate Market is the lack of inventory. I feel like a broken record, with the needle stuck repeating a familiar phrase but the numbers continue to support this fact. 

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Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

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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 to...

Home Office Ideas

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!

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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.

home office plant

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!

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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 window...

Denver Real Estate and the Stay-At-Home Order: Your Questions Answered

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 to...

Connecting with the Arts While Sheltering in Place

Photo by Robin Schreiner on Unsplash

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...

The Neir Team Earns Prestigious Titanium Award from Denver Metro Association of Realtors


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,...

What to Do Leap Year Day 2020 in Denver

What to Do in Denver on Leap Year Day 2020

It’s not every day that you get to make plans for February 29th. Stumped on how to spend it? Here are some places in Denver hosting celebratory events.

What to Do in Denver on Leap Year Day with Fellow Adults

Leap Year Decades Party, Improper City

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.”

Leap Year Silent Disco, Spaces Ballpark

Another opportunity to dance through the decades with proceeds benefitting Project Angel Heart. Beer, wine, signature cocktails and snacks included.

Quadrennial Dinner, Create Cooking School

On this special night the Creative Cooking School chefs will be serving up sumptuous eats paired with wine.

One Giant Leap Year Comedy Show, Woods Boss Brewing Company

Craft beer and a free show featuring comedian Anthony Kupfer who has been featured on “Laughs on FOX,” “Comedy Time TV on HULU” and Sirius XM Radio.

Leap for Hope, RiNo*

There will be a DJ spinning tunes, cocktails, food trucks, live muralists & graffiti artist demo, games, interactive photo/selfie rooms and more – all benefitting...

What to Do in North Denver with Kids - February 22-28


Stacy Neir’s Guide to What to Do in North Denver with Kids

Here's our guide for what to do in north Denver with your family: February 22-28


Saturday, February 22:

Anna and Elsa at Bookies, 1-2 p.m.

Family Fest, National Western Complex, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rainbow Cake, My Make Studio, 6-8 p.m.

Mardi Gras Petite Parade, Dairy Block, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bumblebee Jam, Denver Botanic Gardens, 10:30 a.m.

Colorado Ballet Sensory-Friendly Performance, Denver Ballet Education Center, 5 p.m.

Recurring Family Events on Saturdays

Wake + Make Family Open Studio, Craftsman and Apprentice, 10 a.m.

Little University: Movement Time with Colorado Ballet, Schlessman Branch Library (Lowry), 10:30-11 a.m., ages birth-5 years 

Children’s Yoga, Dahlia Campus, 10 a.m.


What to Do in North Denver with Kids - February 15-21

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Stacy Neir’s Guide to What to Do in North Denver with Kids

Need something to do with kiddos? Here's a day by day guide for February 15-21...

 Saturday, February 15:

Little University “Cooking Class,” Denver Public Library’s Schlessman Branch (Lowry), 10:30-11 a.m., ages birth-5 years 

Free Day, Molly Brown Museum

Kids Club “Love,” Whimsy Paint and Sip Northfield, 10:30 a.m., ages 7-15

Free Day, Clyfford Still Museum

Family Swing Dance Class, DPL-Park Hill Branch, 2 p.m. 

Wake + Make Family Open...

Love is in the Denver Air for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Blog

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! 

Valentines Blog

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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!

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Unique Things to Do on Valentine’s Day 2020 in Denver No Matter Your Relationship Status

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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. 
  • After beer and sushi, it’s time for beer and desert. Join Baere Brewing and Buttercream Bakeshop in the taproom for another heart melting cupcake and beer pairing! We'll be pairing four of our wide assortment of beers with four of their mouth pleasing...

Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Colorado with the Family

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.
  • Also to our south, spend a day appreciating wildlife at “Valentine’s Day with the Wolves” presented by the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide. 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.

What to Do in Colorado...

Own San Francisco's Most Iconic Home Style Right Here in Denver

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 Central Park 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 Central Park real estate dating back to development of Central Park’s first neighborhood.

Parkwood Homes describes their Painted Ladies Collection in Central Park, 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 Central Park 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


Q4 2019 Denver Real Estate Market Update

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.

Denver Inventory Graph

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...

Celebrate 'Get Organized Month' with Tips from the Neir Team

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...

Unique Ways to Spend New Year's Eve in Denver with the Family

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

Connect with Art and History

New Year’s Eve Morning Tour
The museum’s gallery teachers...