Ken Blevins's Blog Posts

Denvers Home Prices Jump 22000 In 2017

According to Zillow analysts, the average Denver home is worth $22,000 more today than it was a year ago, nearly twice the $12,500 the typical American home gained in value over the same period.

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Affordable Housing Project In The Works For Commerce City

According to a recent article in the Denver Post, a new 216-unit affordable apartment project broke ground in Commerce City last week. The homes at North Range Crossings will target people making

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Pace Of Resale Price Gains Slowing In Denver

For six consecutive months, year-over-year average gains in home-resale prices across metro Denver slowed slightly in July from the previous month's pace. However, the average resale prices in

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Attached Homes Gaining Popularity In Denver

For many, the idea of buying a new home in metro Denver is slipping further and further away, which has many buyers turning to the idea of townhomes. For both buyers and builders alike, these

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Bump In Inventory Is Good News For Denver Home Buyers

In a bit of good news for home buyers in the Denver metro area, residential inventory in the Denver metro area increased nearly 20 percent in June compared with May. That’s according to the Denver

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Loan Prequalification The First Step For Any Home Buyer

So you’re ready to start the house hunt and are considering foreclosures or other distressed properties – that’s fantastic! But before you start scouring for deals, there’s one important

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Home Sales Slow But Prices Continue To Rise

According to a recent report from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors (DMAR), home sales in metro Denver experienced some slowing in April, but it didn’t prevent home prices from reaching

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Denver Home Prices Up Inventory Down

A recent article in the Denver Business Journal reported that average home prices in metro Denver continued to increase in October, jumping 9.96 percent year-over-year on average. This data comes

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Denver Trails Portland And Dallas For Increasing Home Prices

According to a recent report from Zillow, Denver home prices jumped 11.3 percent in July 2016 from July 2015, putting the Mile High City third in the nation for rising home prices. Portland

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Coloradan Condos Coming To Union Station

According to the Denver Business Journal, a $200 million, 334-unit condo project has broken ground at Union Station. Named “The Coloradan” this condo development will be the “last building

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Golden Seeks Input From Community Development Analyst

If you’re currently seeking a property in the Denver metro area, no doubt you’re aware that Golden is one of the most in-demand neighborhoods around. With an array of shops, restaurants,

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Avoid The Pitfalls Of Buying A Short Sale

We recently gave you an overview of what exactly a short sale is.  But is this the right type of property for you?  It most definitely can be, but check out the list of pitfalls below to

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St Anthony Redevelopment Getting The Sloans Treatment

St. Anthony Redevelopment Getting the “Sloans” Treatment If you’ve been keeping an eye on up and coming neighborhoods in the Denver-metro area, no doubt Sloans Lake has been on your list to

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Spring Brings Record Home Prices For Denver Metro North

Whether you’re buying or selling in the Front Range, there’s no doubt our area has one of the most active housing markets in the country. In fact, four metro areas in Colorado set records in

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Denver Included On Thrillists Best Of The Best

According to internet ranking powerhouse, Thrillist, Denver is among the best of the best. After analyzing 44 different best-of lists from all over the world wide web, Thrillist gave cities points

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Breaking Down The Appraisal Process

When it comes to buying a house, how much you spend depends on two things: the asking price and the actual value. That’s where an appraiser comes in.  But what exactly does an appraiser do

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Denver Home Prices On The Rise

Denver home prices just keep going up, at least according to the latest Case-Shiller report that was released last week. The recent analysis revealed that Denver area home prices soared by 8.1

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January Brings Spike In Colorado Foreclosures

According to a recent report from RealtyTrac, foreclosure activity in the Denver area spiked by 166 percent in January from December. Data also indicated that foreclosure activity in the Denver area

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Colorado Ranks 1 In Home Appreciation

Real estate analysts from CoreLogic reported that Colorado single-family home prices jumped 8.4 percent in December 2014 from December 2013, the biggest increase in the country. The report, released

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Micro Apartments Hitting The Mile High City

A recent article from Inside Real Estate News reported that micro apartments are finally headed to Denver – and their new home will be the in the former VQ Hotel next to Sports Authority Field at

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Non Traditional Lafayette High School Remains Open

A recent article from the Colorado Hometown Weekly reported that, after appealing to the families of past and present students, Lafayette’s Catalyst High School has raised enough funds to remain

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New Planned Community Proposed East Of Aurora

As housing inventory levels continue to drop in Denver, a 5,144-acre master-planned community has just been proposed in unincorporated Arapahoe County, bordering the eastern edge of Aurora south of-

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Denver Housing Inventory Hits Record Low

According to a recent report from Metrolist, there were only 6,566 active home listings on the Denver-area market last month, which is a record low for the mile high city.  The report showed

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Audit Reveals Denver Needs More Affordable Housing

According to a recent performance audit by Denver’s city auditor, the mile high city is facing a growing shortage of affordable housing that could negatively impact our economic and social

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Lafayettes Strathmore Apartment Complex Gets New Owners

Lafayette’s Strathmore Apartment Complex gets new Owners & New Name Denver-based multifamily investment and management property, Griffis Residential,

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Fastest Growing Cities In Colorado

For the past ten years Denver has seen a steady increase in population, and for a variety of reasons. Not only has the state gained 70,500 jobs between May 2013 and May 2014, but according to

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Denver Parade Of Homes Opens TODAY

Let’s face it: even if we’re not in the market to buy or sell a home ourselves, we love looking at other people’s houses.  So much so that we watch countless shows about it – whether

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Rents On The Rise In Metro Denver

The Apartment Association of Metro Denver along with professors from the University of Denver recently released a report indicating what many renters and potential renters already know: rents in

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Denver The New Hot Spot For Millennials

Great news for younger buyers in the Denver metro area: you’re in the right place. At least according to recent findings from the National Association of Realtors. The term “millennial”

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Nearly 800 New Homes Coming To Stapleton

Good news for homebuyers looking for options in the northern suburbs. Last week Forest City Enterprises Inc., the developer of Stapleton, unveiled plans for Willow Park East, its second housing

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The Smart Home Surge

We all know the Internet isn’t going anywhere.  And while many people find being connected through a variety of devices appealing, we have yet to see the monetary value a souped-up smart

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How Sellers Can Compete With Newly Built Homes

While it’s common for many homeowners to feel like their property is the best in the neighborhood, when it comes to selling it’s important to be realistic about the competition - especially

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How Neighborhood Livability Can Impact Overall Health And Happiness

Looking for a new home can sometimes be overwhelming – after all you’re not just purchasing a new house, you also may be entering an entirely new neighborhood. Of course you want your home to

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Denver Home Prices Rise For Second Consecutive Month

Whether you’re looking to downsize or relocate, if you’ve been on the fence about putting your home on the market, here’s a bit of news that may encourage you to take the plunge.  Recent

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Study Shows Denvers Marijuana Shops Arent Increasing Neighborhood Crime

When recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, many wondered what kind of impact the decision would have on Denver neighborhoods. In addition to bringing in a tremendous amount of tax

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Denver Home Prices On The Rise But Inventory Decreases

Great news if you’re thinking of listing your home on the market – here in Denver we’re seeing average home sale prices on the rise and inventory is dropping. If you’re a home owner

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LIVING DOWNTOWN DENVER

Unless you have been on an Australian Aboriginal Walkabout for the past ten years you will certainly have seen the development that has taken place in downtown Denver and surrounding areas. 

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Mortgage Financing

"What is the best Mortgage Financing for my situation?"Can be one of the most confusing questions to answer when it comes to buying a home and it certainly should be the one area that home buyers

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RENTING Vs BUYING

Renting vs Buying has to be one of the most hotly debated topics when it comes to real estate.  Homeownership remains cheaper than renting nationally and in all of the 100 largest metro

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Making Your Mortgage A Smoother Process

Help The Mortgage Lender to Help Yourself  All to often I hear from buyers that their lender didn’t communicate with them or that their lender didn’t get the correct documentation to

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Everything In Your Pocket

To Many Browsers Open at Once?  Put them in your Pocket! Do you ever have the problem of perusing the internet and before you know it you have 10 or even 15 pages open.  You are

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Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

Buying a home is the biggest financial commitment that you will make in your life and some people will make this decision several times during their lives.  But yet I routinely find that

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First Blog

Blog Site Goes Live --- 2nd January 2014 Two years ago I had a lofty dream of starting my very own blog site. I had little to no idea on exactly how I was going to accomplish this feat, but

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Historic Charm And Livability Come Together In Denvers Bonnie Brae Neighborhood

Translating literally to “Pleasant Hill”, Bonnie Brae was originally thought of as a Scottish village in the outlying areas of what was long ago the Denver metropolitan area. Fast-forward

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Fix And Flip Profits To Be Made In Denver

If you’re looking for a fix and flip investment opportunity, the Mile High City could be the perfect place to do it. According to a recent report from housing data company, RealtyTrac, the

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Considerations For Buying An REO

While the real estate market is rebounding in nearly every major metro area and foreclosures are declining as well, there is still an abundance of foreclosed properties on the market. Real estate

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108 New Rental Units Coming To Union Station

In addition to the many new condos, shops and restaurants headed to the revamped Union Station area, 108 new affordable rental units can also be added to the list. The Integral Group, LLC. has

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Colorado Foreclosure Situation Continues To Improve

According to a national report released in early January from RealtyTrac, only 10 percent of Colorado home mortgages are “deeply under water,” and while that number may not initially seem

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Cherry Creek Shopping Huge Draw For Buyers

Located in the south-central area of Denver, Cherry Creek is a diverse mixture of exciting retail options, urban development and tree-lined residential streets. One of the biggest draws to the

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Denver Home Prices Keep Climbing

If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing property in Denver, it may be time to make a move as home prices in the area are definitely on the rise. According to a recent S&P/Case-Shiller

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Exploring Denvers Observatory Park Neighborhood

Positioned between I-25, Yale, Colorado and University, Observatory Park enjoys all the convenience of Denver University’s college campus, while keeping the storybook setting of an upscale

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Decluttering Does More Than Free Up Space

Improving health and fitness typically takes the number one New Year’s resolution spot, but coming in a close second is getting organized. This should be an especially important resolution for

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Home Improvement Projects Sellers Should Skip

Things like upgrading your kitchen, adding a fresh coat of paint or changing out old windows for modern, energy efficient options, are tried and true upgrades that can increase the value of your

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Let There Be LIGHT

Friday it happened again -- I met a client at a property and instead of "House for Sale" it should have been advertised as "Dungeon for Sale". No lights on, every blind and drapery closed.  

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Making a strong first impression

You listed home needs to make a strong first impression.  Take a serious look at what buyers see when the approach the outside of your home.   Is the yard well manicured?  Are the

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Market

Where's the inventory? Sellers call me and let me show you what your house is worth and why now might be a great time to sell! Thanks!

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Is Purchasing a Rental Property Right for You?

If you’re considering investing in rental property, now might be the best time in years. Currently, it’s a buyer’s market and mortgage interest rates are lower than they’ve

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Foreclosure Rates Continue to Decrease Across the Nation

According to a recent report released by RealtyTrac, U.S. foreclosure activity fell to a five-year low in September of 2012. Colorado in particular saw a significant drop in the third quarter,

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Maximizing Space in a Small Bathroom

Does your bathroom feel a little snug? It's not your imagination. Even though the average size of bathrooms in new homes has almost doubled, bathrooms in many older houses have remained at their

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Denvers Dish On Dining TAG

A couple of weeks ago I found myself planning a night out with a few of my old college sorority girls.  We love the Denver restaurant scene but wanted to mix it up from our usual spots.  

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Q2 Sees Sharp Drop in Foreclosures

Sales of bank-owned homes and those already on the foreclosure path fell sharply in the second quarter of 2012, reflecting a thinner slate of properties for sale in many cities as banks take a

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Fall still a Desirable Time for Home Selling

How did you spend your summer vacation? If you’re frustrated that it didn’t include selling your home, don’t despair. While the home sales market tends to cool off a bit with the

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Low Closing Costs in Colorado

Not only are mortgage rates as low as they have ever been, but Colorado consumers have another incentive to buy a home – Colorado can boast having the third-lowest mortgage closing costs in

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Four Myths About Listing Your Home

When you’re selling your home you’ll be inundated with advice and recommendations from what feels like everyone.  Much of it will be welcomed and some of it may not apply. Here we

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Rob Spees is now with Metrowest

Rob Spees has moved from Weichert to Metrowest. I am very excited about this!

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Celebrity Restaurant to Open in LoDo

A restaurant co-created by Justin Timberlake and backed locally by Ryan Tedder, the front man for the Colorado-band One Republic, is slated to to open in Lower Downtown. The Southern Hospitality

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Denver Sales Continue to Rise

Sellers rejoice as the market continues to gain momentum in Denver. Total sales for single-family residences in the Denver residential market in June were up 20 percent over last year, according to

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Top 5 First-time Buyer Mistakes

You’ve decided to take the plunge and officially become a homeowner – while this is an exciting decision, it’s also a business venture. Take a look at these common mistakes of

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More Bang For Your Remodel Buck

While the seller’s market is improving, it’s still a less-than-desirable time to sell in certain areas across the country. But according to research analysts if you just can't ride out

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Jefferson County Open Space Trails Close to Denver

For those of you looking to escape the noise, and bustle of the city without planning an extensive camping trip there are some amazing options that are within a 25 minute drive from Downtown. &

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Denver Takes the Number Spot

A recent front-page article in the wall street journal revealed that based on zip codes, Denver home values increases in April from the three previous months, were second only to those in Phoenix.

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RiNo LightRail Station Helps Developers Reach Creative Businesses

As the light-rail station planned near Denver's River North neighborhood gets closer to reality, developers are pushing to accommodate what’s become a melting pot for creative businesses. Long

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