Living in Colorado

Until now, there has been strict guidelines on where Airbnbs are allowed in Denver, and under which circumstances. A new pilot program is working to make Airbnb more accessible.

The standard one bedroom at Archer Tower Apartments in Capitol Hill rents for $1,440 a month, unless tenants plan on listing their unit on Airbnb.

Then they get a discount, and get to run a little side-hustle with their landlord’s blessing.

Commit to listing your one bedroom on Airbnb for 10 days a year, the ad says, and your monthly rent becomes $1,380. Commit to 60 days, and rent drops to $1,075, a 25 percent cut.

Tenants in Pillow buildings can sign a lease addendum that authorizes short-term rentals. In return, the landlord has the ability to track and monitor the

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You've heard about the tiny house craze, probably from HGTV's Tiny House Hunters. This trend is a great way to simplify living, but there are downsides as well. 

Tiny homes aren't designed just because of their adorable aesthetic, they also promote sustainable living. There is a movement behind the tiny houses, one which has many supporters. Reasons to jump on the tiny house boat include saving money, living a greener life, and high flexibility. 

One of the biggest reasons to switch to the tiny lifestyle is cost. According to Huffington Post, the average household in 2014 spent roughly $1,483 on housing costs. If the owner is able to finance the building of the tiny house, they could save a large amount on monthly costs. 

Many have chosen tiny homes…
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This charming brick ranch features well maintained landscaping,  a freshly painted main level, and newly refinished hardwood floors.

Charming brick ranch in Lamar Heights/Arvada with exceptional curb appeal. Landscaping has been meticulously maintained and ready for your enjoyment! The main level of this home has been freshly painted with newly refinished hardwood floors! Your major systems have been well maintained with a 5 year old furnace and 1 year old water heater. The unfinished basement (with egress window) is ready for your vision or will provide ample storage space. Our preferred lender will provide you with $2,000 in closings costs and no origination fee. Don't miss the Open House Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 to see this in person!

Listed by…
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Active listings in the residential market (single-family homes and condos) was at 7,586 total units in September, while the number of sold listings decreased by 21.58 percent compared to the previous month. The decrease in sold listings is greater than the 10-year seasonal average decrease of 10.1 percent.

Notably, even with the number of homes sold dropping, the market is still ahead of last year as year-to-date closings are up 3.22 percent over 2016.

“We’re starting to see a slowdown in overall housing market traffic even in the lower price ranges,” said Steve Danyliw, Chairman of the DMAR Market Trends Committee and Denver REALTOR®. “Inventory continues to be in short supply and nothing that we can see will change that in the immediate

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The decision to buy a house can be overwhelming. Not everyone has the same reason to want to purchase their own home, but here's three questions you can ask yourself to determine if you're ready to make the leap.


1) Why am I buying a home in the first place?

What does owning a home mean to you? Are you looking for more space? A safer space? A space more suitable for a family?

2) Where are home values headed?

If you wait until next year to buy, is that going to save or cost you money?

3) Where are mortgage rates headed?

The long-term cost of your home can be greatly effected by mortgage rate. If the mortgage rate is on the rise, it'll cost you more to buy a home the longer you wait.

Read more about the process of planning to buy a house on Keeping…
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If you're shopping for a home, you may be considering townhouses and condominiums. But what are the differences between the two? 

While most condominiums are apartments, a townhouse is attached to one or more houses and can run the gamut from duplexes and triplexes to communities with hundreds of homes. On the plus side, there are no neighbors above or below the home like in an apartment; and because the homes are attached, they may offer a greater sense of security.

With a townhome, buyers usually separately own their homes and the land on which the houses sit. With a condominium, the unit owners jointly own the land and this common interest cannot be separated from the others.

Townhouses can be structured in many ways. Some, particularly huge…
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We hope you can join us at our first annual Octoberfest!!!

The West and Main team is excited to host you at our Octoberfest party!

There will be many things to enjoy at the party, including a petting zoo, free pumpkins and pumpkin painting, a chili cook off, beer garden, and music by our own Dave Christie otherwise known as The One Man Ruckus!

We'll see you there!

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This stunning 2-story features shabby chic kitchen cabinets, solid surface countertops, upgraded light fixtures, a wood stove, new carpet, upgraded bathrooms walk-in closets, and an awesome flex space for an office or second living area with its own private entrance! And a home office + one of the largest yards in the community with plenty of room for a garden (or 6), covered patio, 2 car garage, privacy and space for play! 

Listed by Kendra Lanterman for West + Main Homes. Please contact Kendra for current pricing + availability. 

9514 Pierce Street, Westminster CO 80021.


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Updating your Stairs + Railings will add to your home's value.

A beautiful staircase could be the wow-factor your house needs. Whether you are thinking about completely rebuilding your stairs and railings, or just giving them a simple update.

We were totally inspired by this video created by Melissa at Welcome to the Woods, who takes one of the outdated railings that we see all of the time in Colorado homes, and gives it a simple, low-cost update that not only looks great, but certainly would add to a property's value as well:

So, we headed over to Pinterest + Houzz to gather some ideas + inspiration for taking your stairs and railings from outdated to WOW!

Why replace when you can refinish?

As simple as a coat of paint...

Open Risers create a feeling
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There are countless cities to call home in the US. However, the majority of people live within 20 miles of their parents. If you're looking to step out of your bubble, check out this list of the top cities to move to as a millennial, according to Growella.

Using data from more than 70 public resources, including everything from walkability to farmer's markets per capita, Growella ranked every city in the United States. Here are the top 10...

1) Durham, NC
2) Pittsburgh, PA
3) Nashville, TMN
4) Des Moines, IA
5) Charlotte, NC
6) Syracuse, NY
7) Columbus, OH
8) Austin, TX
9) Greensville, SC
10) Houston, TX

Check out the complete list, along with the ranking system on Growella.

If you are thinking about making a move from Colorado to any of these cities, or anywhere…
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