May 2018

Found 46 blog entries for May 2018.

Restaurateur Frank Bonanno's Denver Milk Market will make its public debut with a weekend full of food, freebies and fun

Construction of nearly every kind is stirring up dust inside the vast, sprawling space on the Dairy Block downtown that will soon become Denver Milk Market, a multi-concept market in LoDo that shares some similarities with the Denver Central Market, Zeppelin Station and Avanti Food & Beverage. There's one big difference at Milk Market, though: While the other food halls have gathered multiple independent purveyors under one roof, all sixteen food counters and bars inside this one will be run by chef/restaurateur Frank Bonanno.

Milk Market takes up the quadrant of the Dairy Block closest to the corner of 18th and Wazee streets,

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A Feast for Your Eyes: The Free Denver Chalk Art Festival Is June 2–3!

More than 200 artists (both professional and newbies) will take their craft to the streets on Saturday and Sunday, June 2–3, creating an art gallery of sorts on the very pavement of downtown Denver’s Larimer Square. Their tool of choice? Why, chalk, of course.

WHEN: Sat., June 2: 10 a.m.–10 p.m. | Sun., June 3: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
WHERE: Larimer St. (between 14th and 15th streets) | Downtown Denver

Featured artists will spend the two days of the festival on their hands and knees, first drawing the outline for their piece, then moving on to lay the color base, followed by layering and blending vivid pastel colors to create the desired contrast and depth. The festival is an

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This original owner home has over $200,000 worth of custom upgrades.

You won’t find another home like this in the neighborhood and you won’t find the level of quality and upgrades that this home has in any other home under $800,000. This home features extensive wood flooring, plantation shutters, slab granite countertops in kitchen and all bathrooms, upgraded light fixtures, all new door hardware and hinges, new plumbing fixtures, heated floors in master bath with steam shower, and designer carpeting. From the minute you open the custom cherry entry door, you will notice the level of detail and perfection throughout this beautiful home. The home looks and lives like a model home. The owners also made many practical upgrades such as a central

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Move right into this three bed, two bath updated pop top with a three car garage.

Swing open your front door to the main living area featuring refinished hard wood floors, a fireplace, and a beautiful staircase. Flow into the updated kitchen with dining nook. Through the mud room, open up your back door to a green yard with a privacy fence and huge three car garage! On the main level you have one bedroom and a full bathroom. Upstairs you have two bedrooms and a 3/4 bath. It gets better! This home also has a 900 square foot unfinished basement with a great fireplace, non conforming bedroom, and large utility room. You may mistake this location for Ruby Hill or Harvey Park, but it is actually in Englewood. Platt Park, Wash Park, Levitt Pavilions, and

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Home buyer, beware! The seller may be watching. And listening.

A growing number of home sellers are using security cameras and microphones to spy on potential buyers as they tour their houses or condos. They then may use what they hear or see as leverage in price negotiations.

The trend has been fueled by the spread over the past five years of inexpensive Wi-Fi enabled cameras and mics that homeowners can buy and set up themselves for home security. Motion sensors notify them by text or email that a visitor is in their house, and they can then observe a prospective buyer on a computer, laptop or smartphone through the Internet. Alternatively, they can view a recording later.

“Recording devices are cheaper and more readily available,” says

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Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have climbed from 3.95% in the first week of January up to 4.61% last week, which marks a 7-year high according to Freddie Mac. The current pace of acceleration has been fueled by many factors.

Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, had this to say:

“Healthy consumer spending and higher commodity prices spooked bond markets and led to higher mortgage rates over the past week.

Not only are buyers facing higher borrowing costs, gas prices are currently at four-year highs just as we enter the important peak home sales season.”

But what do gas prices have to do with interest rates?

Investopedia explains the relationship like this:

“The price of oil and inflation are often

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Denver just added a new form of transportation to its repertoire: dockless electric scooters from Lime

Lime, formerly known as LimeBike, is ready to enter a new vehicle into Denver’s ride-sharing world, the electric scooter.

The scooter, called the Lime-s, works like other Lime products and is unlocked with a phone app and equipped with a GPS tracker. This scooter will cost you $1 to unlock and then 15 cents per minute to ride.

Not only is Lime excited to bring this product to the Denver market, the company believes this will be another step in getting the city away from car-centric modes of transportation.

“We see Lime-S as an integral component in helping Denver achieve its Denver Vision Zero goal of 30 percent non-vehicle travel by

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The construction zone on Brighton Boulevard will disappear in one month.

Well, part of it, anyway.

But even as it wraps up, a series of major private and public projects are gearing up.

 

June 21 will be opening day for 11 blocks of the newly rebuilt road, according to city and district officials. Brighton is one of the main drags in the River North redevelopment zone, and the project should significantly improve walking and biking in the area.

The $29 million Brighton project covers 29th to 40th streets. It includes new sidewalks, bike paths, 400 new trees, more than 100 new benches, new bike racks, and new lighting. It also comes with some fun extras, like color-changing lights.

The road will be restored to its previous four-lane

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The fact of the matter is that wire fraud perpetrators have fooled industry professionals and consumers alike—including veterans extremely familiar with the real estate closing process. They’re also growing more brazen and sophisticated by the day. To this point, the real estate and mortgage industry has been caught mostly unprepared. But preparation starts with awareness.  Whether you’re a real estate agent, a home buyer, a mortgage broker, title agent or loan officer, you are now officially on notice:  mortgage wire fraud is not a nuisance.  Instead, it’s a threat; an epidemic. It’s now past time for the entire industry to address it as the crisis it is.

Wire fraud victims have few options once they discover they’ve been had. But when

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WELCOME TO OUR SERIES, MOVING OUT OF DENVER. 

It's no secret that the team at West + Main Homes is passionate about life in the Denver Metro area. Our agents live all over the city and in the nearby suburbs. Many of us grew up here, and the rest of us got here as fast as we could.

But, Denver is quickly growing + changing, and we understand that it might not be a perfect fit for you and your family as both housing cost increases and population growth show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.



So, if you're thinking about cashing in on your home's equity and moving to a smaller Colorado town, up to the mountains, or even out of State, we are here to help. From preparing and listing your local home for sale, to introducing you to a great Realtor

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