December 2017

Found 19 blog entries for December 2017.



First of all, thank you.

Thank you to our friends + family, to our clients, to all of the agents + investors + cheerleaders + hand-holders who helped us make 2017 a crazy-great first year for West + Main Homes.

As of this post, West + Main is home to 39 of the most amazing agents that we know and have the pleasure to work with.

Together, we have helped 125 families, investors, and developers complete transactions.

We have secured extended leases at 2 amazing locations: One in the heart of Applewood (we call it the West office, located at 2010 Youngfield Street) and another in RiNo (our Downtown office, at 2632 Blake Street), for a combined 5000 square feet of space in amazing centrally located storefronts.

We have thrown some amazing parties, including 2
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This is it...the home stretch of 2017.

We've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly as we've made our way through thousands of homes with potential homebuyers this year. And, one thing we always notice, is that the homes that feel the happiest (and worth the most money) are the one that are mostly clutter-free. We aren't always talking about professionally staged homes (though we love those, too) but even homes that are lived in, and obviously well-loved.

So, this is our one resolution for you, whether you are renting or living in a property that you own. Whether you live in a big house in the Denver suburbs, or a micro-condo in the city. Whether you have 10 kids, 2 dogs, 10 houseplants or none of the above...sticking to this ONE New Year's Resolution will

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The new year is nearly upon us and, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about how to usher in 2018 (and kiss 2017 goodbye). Whether you keep it family-friendly, spend the night out on the town, or do a little of both—there are a host of festivities in the Mile High City.

In addition to the annual downtown fireworks and one of the country’s largest New Year’s Eve dance parties, we’ve rounded up a few other ways to ring in the new year:

With The Kids          

12th Annual Budweiser Extreme Rodeo Challenge
Enjoy an evening of bareback riding, bull fighting, and mutton busting—aka, a kid-friendly version of bull riding, in which children ride sheep—to close out 2017 country-style. VIP Tickets include floor seats, an

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Welcome to your new home!

This spacious condo is open concept, illuminated with lots of natural light, and accented with beautiful loft-style finishes.  It's top floor location means nobody living above you and the building's best city views from the balcony off the living space, bedroom, and dining room.  Unique finishes throughout make it move in ready & entertaining friendly with high ceilings, wood floors, tall windows, central kitchen island, pantry, exposed ductwork, cement column, and an in unit W/D.

This is an urban dweller's paradise with a great Five Points location, within walking distance to light rail, B-Cycle station, and too many shops, restaurants, breweries, and parks to count.  Your furry friend is welcome in this building and the dog…
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  • The Fed is expected to raise interest rates three more times in 2018
  • Mortgage rates in 2018 could look like 2017’s rates with perhaps less volatility
  • Potential homebuyers hoping to secure a low rate without any uncertainty should act now

As we look forward to the new year and where interest rates may be headed, it’s important to remember that each of the last few years were billed as the year rates were finally going to soar higher.

In reality, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note ended at 2.17%, 2.27% and 2.44% in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. This year looks set to finish in similar fashion, with the 10-year currently yielding 2.46%, up just two basis points from the previous year. That’s a far cry from the forecasts

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In DHA(Denver Housing Authority) redevelopments, modern design elements harbor sleek, mixed-income villages, resulting in public housing that's affordable and forward-thinking.

Welcome to the new era of public housing, circa 2017, in a city experiencing its greatest economic expansion in a hundred years. The new residences are handsome, efficient, neighborhood-friendly and designed to ensure everybody benefits from the boom. 

And they are driven by one basic question: “How do we further expand the pathways for individuals who have yet to benefit from Denver’s growth and prosperity?,” asks Ismael Guerrero, DHA’s executive director.

For DHA, the answer has been to rethink what’s possible with low-income developments, and that has been a big job for a…
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We have had MANY clients, friends and associates reach out with questions over the last few days regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While of course this action will impact Americans in many ways, we thought it would be helpful to provide a guide on the implications that it might have for both home and property owners.

In Summary:

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) worked throughout the tax reform process to preserve the existing tax benefits of homeownership and real estate investment, as well to ensure as many real estate professionals as possible would benefit from proposed tax cuts. Many of the changes reflected in the final bill were the result of the engagement of NAR and its members, not only in the last three months, but over several

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Here are some holiday eating and drinking options that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. 


The Mercury Cafe- Organic-oriented eats plus music, poetry, dance lessons & tarot readings that add to the funky vibe.

The Oxford Hotel- Cruise Room- Historic, upscale Art Deco martini bar in the Oxford Hotel modeled after a lounge on the Queen Mary. The Cruise Room is a Denver institution. The Denver bar is shaped like a wine bottle and features 10 unique panels, all depicting “cheers” from different countries around the world. Originally opening the day after Prohibition ended, and never once closed, the Cruise Room is the longest continually open bar in Denver

The Thin Man- Situated on a quaint part of the 17th street strip of Capitol Hill – this…
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Tight supply and strong demand in Denver-area homes made for a new record low in housing inventory for the month of November, yet Denver is still on pace to break total record number of homes sold in 2017.

In November compared to the month prior, the number of active listings, new listings, average and median sales prices, and number of homes under contract or sold were all down. 

Yet, year to date, today’s market is ahead of last year overall and, furthermore, 2017 is on pace to break last year’s record for the number of homes sold in Metro Denver. The number of homes sold decreased by 13.51 percent compared to the previous month, however it is up 3.28 percent year to date compared to last year. The biggest issue the housing market is facing, according

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There is a lot of mixed messaging going around involving the tax overhaul bills that have been passed recently. It's important to remember that nothing is yet law, but there are some factors which might directly impact you as a Colorado homeowner or future homeowner.

First, here's a refresher on how a Bill becomes a Law from our friends at Schoolhouse Rock:



Here is a status report and breakdown by Lawrence Yun from NAR that helps to clarify where we are as of now, and what might happen:

Both chambers of Congress have passed tax overhaul bills. There are still opportunities to make the final legislation better for homeowners. Let’s examine three key areas:

  • There is a difference between the House and Senate versions on the maximum mortgage amount
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