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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!

home office decor

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!

home office files

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...

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...

Connecting with the Arts While Sheltering in Place

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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

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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,...

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

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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

WHAT TO DO IN NORTH DENVER THIS WEEKEND – FEBRUARY 22-23

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.

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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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Concerts:

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 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

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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...

Everything You Need to Know About iBuyers and the “Instant Cash Offer”

Is a cash offer in your best interest

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...

LoDo Holiday Gift Guide

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!

Patagonia

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...

Colorado's Best Christmastime Activities!

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!

Camp Christmas

Photo Courtesy of Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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.

Santa's North Pole Adventure

Photo Courtesy of Georgetown Loop Railroad and Mining Park

Another experience quite like any other is Santa’s...

Will Your Remodel Pay Off? The Best (and Worst) Ways to Spend Your Budget

Renovations that work

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...

What to do Labor Day Weekend in Denver and Beyond

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.

Unique Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in Denver

Crush Walls

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.

The Spot Grandopening

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...

Second Annual “Givetoberfest” Combines Oktoberfest Fun with Community Giving

What
The Second Annual Givetoberfest, presented by the Neir Team, invites you to come dressed in your lederhosen and drindls and dance to “Rick Borger and the Average German Band.” The event features Oktoberfest brews, as well as a full bar with wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. German food on the menu includes brats, spaetzel, pretzels and more. Other activities include stein hosting and costume contests. Kids will love the dancing, face painters and balloon artists.

When
Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where
The Hangar @ Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010

Why
To raise money for public schools as Colorado ranks 43rd nationally for per student funding, which is simply not enough for children to succeed. Proceeds benefit six Denver Public elementary schools.

Tickets
$10 for adults and $5 for kids through September 18. Children under 2 are free. After September 18, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids.
Buy tickets at www.givetoberfest.com.

Who
Ranking #1 in sales production for Kentwood City Properties the past two years, The Neir Team (Stacy Neir, Alex Neir, Laura Fuller) is one of Denver's premier real estate teams. Throughout their distinguished 16- year career in the residential real estate business, they have garnered numerous sales production awards, which place them among the upper echelon of real estate teams in Colorado and nationwide.

Sponsors include: First Integrity Title, Rob Lopez with State Farm Insurance, Breen Juice, Neighborhood Music, Creativ Design Studio, Holt Design LLC, Bekn, and Garage Experts, Stapleton Home Services, the Lice Cure, Amore...