Weekly Snapshot: Highlands Nov. 13 – 19

DenverSnapshot

 

For information on what’s newly listed or just sold in your neighborhood, click on the link below.

 

Lower Highlands

New Listings – 5

Sold – 6

 

West Highland

New Listings – 1

Sold – 4

 

Sloan’s Lake

New Listings – 4

Sold – 4

 

Sunnyside

New Listings – 4

Sold – 2

 

Berkeley

New Listings – 5

Sold – 6

 

Have any questions? You can reach us at 303-543-3083 or clientcare@8z.com.

 

Quick Tip Tuesday: 9 Bathroom Renovation Ideas

When you go to do renovation on your home, it’s always a good idea to think about resale value. “What is going to be attractive to potential buyers when I go to sell my house?” Let’s take a look at 9 bathroom renovation ideas that consumers are looking for!

 

1. Heated Ceramic Tile Flooring

People love ceramic tiles in the bathroom, but the problem is they can be so damn cold! That’s where the heated part of the renovation comes in.

A typical system uses about the same amount of electricity as three 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. Plus, radiant heat is often more efficient than forced-air heating because it eliminates heat loss through the ducts, says the U.S. Department of Energy. It also distributes heat uniformly across the floor, taking less time to warm a room than other types of heat.”

 

 2. Curbless Walk-In Shower

Curbless showers are becoming more and more popular. They are good for all ages (young and old) as there is nothing to trip over, but if you plan on this renovation, just know that you’ll have to remove old flooring and subflooring and alter the framing underneath the floor to create the proper slope for the drain. In the end, though, I think you’ll love it.

 

3. Quartz Countertop

“It’ll look good year after year. Plus, the surface is so impervious bacteria can’t lodge in it.”

 

4. One Big Sink Instead of Two Small Ones

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“Establish your individuality without losing your bond with a large (38-inch or more) sink ($350 to $1,200). One big sink saves more counter space than two, and still lets you both wash up simultaneously.”

 

5. Single-Hole, Motion-Activated Faucet

“Motion-activated, touchless faucets shut off automatically so you’re not running the water continually, like when you’re brushing your teeth, which saves a significant amount of water,” says NKBA president John Petrie.

 

6. Humidity-Controlled Exhaust Fan

“But who wants to open a window in winter to get rid of excess humidity? Get a fan with a humidity-sensing on/off switch. It’ll turn on when moisture levels are high and automatically shut off when things return to normal. That keeps mold at bay, ensures you’re not sucking out air-conditioned or heated indoor air, and prevents the fan from using power long after it needs to.”

 

7. High-Efficiency, Dual-Flush Toilet

“A high-efficiency, dual-flush toilet reduces water usage and appeals to any buyer looking for a cost-effective home.”

 

8. Pocket or Sliding Barn Door

“The floor area of a bathroom is precious. Why waste any with a swinging door that eats up some 14 square feet of space? A pocket door or barn door slides out of the way without requiring any clearance, leaving more room for storage and design flexibility.

Google Trends shows that interest in sliding barn doors hovered at a lukewarm rating of about 40 from 2004 through 2011, when interest upticked to 70 before reaching an all-time high of 100 just last year — the highest possible rating on the Google interest scale.

The sliding door phenomenon partners neatly with sustainability: old, salvaged doors of all kinds make showpiece barn doors for your bathroom.”

 

9. Calm Colors

Bathrooms are often a sanctuary for people. They want their bathroom to be spa-like. This means calming colors. “The NKBA says gray is the trendiest color for baths these days, so you win on two fronts, for now.”

 

 

Via HouseLogic

 

 

Infographic: November 2014 Market Update for Sloan’s Lake

 

Sloan's Lake - Denver, real estate infographic

 

Sloan’s Lake real estate market is still hot!

 

This 3 month Hotsheet which includes stats for August, September and October shows that both Single Family Homes and Condos/Townhomes are moving very rapidly.

 

Sloan’s Lake continues to gain momentum as a wonderful place to not only buy a home but to INVEST! Invest as a homeowner and/or invest in renovating a property. Why? Well, the obvious is that the market is up and financing options are fabulous! And Sloan’s Lake has a great location [with a lake, yes], but so close to everything… zip to the airport, the mountains or downtown. Sloan’s Lake remains better pricing that West Highlands and continues to grow in popularity. So get going and come take a peek!

 

We are entering a slower market during our Winter months, but buying and selling in the winter months can be beneficial. I have 12 distinct points I am happy to share with you.

 

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 I am only a call or email away from providing you assistance. I’d be more than happy to discuss the current market’s activity, show homes from the current inventory and help you with any of your real estate needs in the neighborhood. You can always reach me at 303.883.5856 and Brenda.Meyers@8z.com.

Weekly Snapshot: Highlands Nov. 6 – 12

DenverSnapshot

 

For information on what’s newly listed or just sold in your neighborhood, click on the link below.

 

Lower Highlands

New Listings – 1

Sold – 2

 

West Highland

New Listings – 1

Sold – 3

 

Sloan’s Lake

New Listings – 2

Sold – 5

 

Sunnyside

New Listings – 5

Sold – 0

 

Berkeley

New Listings – 1

Sold – 3

 

Have any questions? You can reach us at 303-543-3083 or clientcare@8z.com.

 

Weekly Snapshot: Highlands Oct. 30 – Nov. 5

DenverSnapshot

 

For information on what’s newly listed or just sold in your neighborhood, click on the link below.

 

Lower Highlands

New Listings – 6

Sold – 2

 

West Highland

New Listings – 3

Sold – 6

 

Sloan’s Lake

New Listings – 2

Sold – 5

 

Sunnyside

New Listings – 3

Sold – 8

 

Berkeley

New Listings – 2

Sold – 9

 

Have any questions? You can reach us at 303-543-3083 or clientcare@8z.com.

 

2730 Meade St, Denver: A Done Deal in Sloan’s Lake

 

 

2730 Meade St  SOLD REVIEW  snippet of photo I took on june25

2730 Meade Street was just evaluated in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood in Denver. Was this a good deal? Our 8z Neighborhood Expert knows and dishes the scoop on this recently sold home.

 

Listed at: $390,000

Sold for: $385,000

 

Originally listed June 5 for $420,000 this home sold on October 31 for $385,000 while it was listed for $390,000 – there had been multiple price decreases as well as an expiration. So this home was definitely over priced as was my assessment during my June 25 preview and subsequent review. The original list price asked for $306 per finished square foot and this was over zealous for a home with a garage conversion and not high quality renovation craftsmanship. The lack of a 2nd bath in a 3 bed home also equated to a sold price of $385k which is $280 per finished sq foot.

 

 

Need a market expert’s assistance? To see homes in the area contact 8z REALTOR Brenda Meyers at brenda.meyers@8z.com.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with Brenda? Let us know! Please feel free to submit your comments below.

Quick Tip Tuesday: Top 5 Mistakes When Choosing A Real Estate Agent

1. The agent sold more homes than anyone else.

Quantity is great, but you need to look at quality, too. Ask them how many houses they listed as compared to how many they sold. Ask them how many houses sold for near the asking price. If the agent sold 30 houses, but listed 100, that’s only a 30% success rate. There could be some better agents out there who listed 12 houses and sold 12 houses and got the best money possible for those houses.

 

2. They had a great sales presentation.

You must make sure that you don’t get mesmerized by a great salesman. Just because the person is good at selling to you doesn’t mean he or she is good at selling real estate. There’s a lot of marketing knowledge, construction knowledge, and psychological knowledge that goes into selling a house, so just because the agent puts together a great sales presentation about why you should hire them doesn’t mean they’re the best.

 

3. You’ve got a distant friend or family member who sells houses.

It’s nice if you have a mom or dad that sells real estate who will help you out, but try to avoid the second cousin or the friend of a friend who sells real estate. Chances are that they aren’t very good, and it makes the situation awkward. Most likely, your parent will work hard for you, because they want to make sure you get a good deal and land in a good house, but anyone else might not work as hard for you, because they won’t take you as seriously as their other clients.

 

4. Going with the agent who charges the least commission. 

You ALWAYS pay for what you get. That’s a fact. Make sure that percentage and price isn’t always your determining factor. If there’s an agent with a higher fee, ask them why they are asking for a higher percentage than other agents you’ve interviewed. The answer may surprise you. They might have better access to high quality marketing campaigns and the extra percentage will help cover those marketing costs.

 

5. The agent seems really nice.

Some agents like to take the opposite approach of a salesperson and kill you with kindness. Being nice doesn’t always sell houses, and they might not be good negotiators when it comes down to negotiating price and concessions on the contract. It’s a good idea to pick someone that you can get along with, but try to find someone who looks to be confident and knows when to be strong and hold their ground when the negotiations get tough.
 
 
 
Via Money Crashers