Category Archives: Relocation to Denver

Dreaming of Moving to Colorado?

Sand Hill Cranes Migrating to Colorado

Sand Hill Cranes Migrating to Colorado

Yesterday I received a call later in the evening than most people work. It was from a gentleman in Texas who had an opportunity to move to Denver, Colorado. He was excited but overwhelmed at the cost of our housing. He needed to talk.

I always enjoy these chats with people who want to fulfill their Colorado Dream. It wasn’t so very long ago I had the same dream. I remember how I looked forward to living in a beautiful environment where the air is clean and the ever present view lifted my spirits!

Relocation Hurdles

Moving from one part of the country to another comes with much anxiety about where to start. There are questions about the cost of living, distances and amount of time it takes to commute. Families with children always want to know about the school system. Mostly people want to know how much home they can buy with their money.

Denver’s housing market is not the most expensive in the country but it is much higher than many areas, especially Texas! The gentleman I was talking to was overwhelmed by the cost of our homes.

Granted our median sales price in metro Denver is $250,000, our property taxes are the fifth to the last least expensive in the county. Comparing the final house payment in Denver to one in Houston where the taxes are higher would compensate. Houston has the 5th highest rate of property taxes while Denver is ranked at 45th in the nation.

Comparing Square Footage

Another thing we discusses was the difference in the size of homes. Unlike Texas, Colorado homes typically have basements. This extra square footage in not always represented in the listings found on the Internet. Thus when comparing homes you are getting the size as measured “above ground” leaving out a significant portion of the home that is “below ground.”

While these differences may not totally compensate for the price differential, they certainly help. Living in Colorado is more expensive, but if you ask people who live here, it’s worth it!

Your Denver Relocation Resource

Have questions about a possible relocation to Denver?  Give me a call, I can help answer some of your pressing questions and help you make that move a smooth one!

 

Source of information on State Tax Rankings: http://taxfoundation.org/article/facts-figures-2013-how-does-your-state-compare

About Kristal Kraft, Denver Realtor

Hi, I'm Kristal Kraft, the resident blogger here, posting real estate and Metro Denver area information since 2003! You will find me writing about things I feel are important in the home buying process. When it comes to buying and selling homes, there's so much to know. I enjoy providing that information to my clients so they can make decisions based on knowledge and actual fact. You'll find I'm more of a teacher than a salesperson. My services include: residential property sales, purchases, 1031 Exchanges, new home purchases, REO, foreclosures, short sales. So if you are in the market to buy or sell Denver real estate, tap into my knowledge, just call me. I welcome your call!

Colorado is a Good Place to Retire!

The top ten states for retirement include Colorado as #6.  Colorado residents enjoy a high life expectancy!  Of course we all know this already, who wants to die when everyday we can wake up and gaze at the beautiful Rocky Mountains and breath the clean fresh air!  Well almost everyday…

If you want to know how the other states rank according to AARP here they are:

  1. Hawaii – great weather and high life expectancy
  2. Idaho – low crime rate and good economy
  3. Utah – good economy
  4. Arizona – good weather and high life expectancy
  5. Virginia – good economy
  6. COLORADO – high life expectancy
  7. Florida (tie) – good weather and  7. New Mexico (tie) – good weather
  8. South Dakota – low crime rate and high life expectancy
  9. California (tie) good weather and high life expectancy (they didn’t mention earthquakes?) and Texas (tie) – warm weather and solid economy

OK so my title say Top 10, but there are 11 States mentioned here.  Two are tied, given that we are missing #10.  What state do you think that should be?

About Kristal Kraft, Denver Realtor

Hi, I'm Kristal Kraft, the resident blogger here, posting real estate and Metro Denver area information since 2003! You will find me writing about things I feel are important in the home buying process. When it comes to buying and selling homes, there's so much to know. I enjoy providing that information to my clients so they can make decisions based on knowledge and actual fact. You'll find I'm more of a teacher than a salesperson. My services include: residential property sales, purchases, 1031 Exchanges, new home purchases, REO, foreclosures, short sales. So if you are in the market to buy or sell Denver real estate, tap into my knowledge, just call me. I welcome your call!

Autumn Rocks the Rockies!

Life after Real Estate

Changing of the seasons is one thing Colorado does best!  My favorite season is fall.  In the fall we still have nice weather with very cool, crisp nights.  The leaves on the trees turn all shades of yellow and sometimes orange.  With the backdrop of the mountains, Colorado color makes for inspirational calendar-type images.

It’s no wonder so many people have made moving to Colorado their #1 choice!

Fall Images of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains

I took these images on a trip to the San Juans almost two weeks ago.  Color was just turning in some parts and in others was at it’s peak. I’ll never understand why one side of the mountain can be bathed in gold while the other is still green.  Just the same, I’m happy it turns out that way, drawing out the changing of the leaves for a longer period of time.

Colorado’s 4-wheel Drive Roads

I drove over Cinnamon Pass a high-clearance, 4-wheel drive only road that goes from Lake City to Silverton, Colorado.  Trust the warning signs when they state the road is not maintained.  It isn’t.

We had the pleasure of viewing a Moose family from afar.  Mr. Moose was content to munch on the brush around the stream, while Mrs. Moose and Baby Moose remained somewhat obscured in the brush.  We could see them moving about, but they never stepped clear of their dinner!

Colorado Cowboy Carwash?

My brand new car got to go through the Cowboy Carwash, another fun, yet nerve wrecking feat, at least nerve wrecking for me!

The highlight of the trip was chasing the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train.  My photographer friends, the Pixel Chix were determined to shoot the train as it rolled down the tracks.  We had no idea where to find such a location, so I asked the Engineer when the train was sitting in Silverton.  He was very helpful, telling me where to stand and what time the train would get there, but still we never did find that “perfect spot” so I’ll be going back there one day to find it.

The image with the ragged peaks are the Mt. Sneffels Wilderness range.  That image was taken nearby the Double RL Ranch, belonging to Ralph Lauren of Polo fame.  Mr. Lauren certainly knows how to buy real estate.  His ranch is magnificent, the setting is a picture postcard throughout all the four seasons!

Getting to the San Juan Mountain Range from Denver

The San Juan area is located along the western slope of Colorado.  The towns in the area are the famous mining and ski town, Telluride, Ridgeway, Ouray which is known as America’s Little Switzerland, and the mining town of Silverton.  A visit to this area is easily made from Denver in about 5-6 hours during the spring, summer and fall.  In the winter more time should be allowed if there is snow on the roads.  Many of the roads the Pixel Chix took are only open during non-winter months.

The route we took was a big circle, picking up one of the Pixel Chix in Colorado Springs, we drove up Highway 24 to 285, catching Highway 50 in Montrose going over Monach Pass (awesome color) to Gunnison and then Lake City to Silverton.  Ouray was our home base.  When in Ouray don’t miss the Chocolate Mouse store, oh my goodness the scrap cookies are to die for! ) Returning we started in Crested Butte (Kebler Pass is a MUST see) returning via Cottonwood Pass to 50 than 285 home over Kenosha to Denver.

If moving to Denver, Colorado is part of your plan, please call me.  I am a Colorado licensed real estate broker who would welcome your call.

 

 

 

About Kristal Kraft, Denver Realtor

Hi, I'm Kristal Kraft, the resident blogger here, posting real estate and Metro Denver area information since 2003! You will find me writing about things I feel are important in the home buying process. When it comes to buying and selling homes, there's so much to know. I enjoy providing that information to my clients so they can make decisions based on knowledge and actual fact. You'll find I'm more of a teacher than a salesperson. My services include: residential property sales, purchases, 1031 Exchanges, new home purchases, REO, foreclosures, short sales. So if you are in the market to buy or sell Denver real estate, tap into my knowledge, just call me. I welcome your call!

Natural Disasters in Colorado

Natural Disasters and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night

100 Real Estate and Relocation Tips in 100 Days (Day 14)

One of the really great things about living in Metro Denver is the relative freedom from natural threats to human safety.With that said, it is foolish to assume that we humans are always safe from natural disasters and other threats to our safety. Let’s consider the better known “threats”:

Weather. Winter weather in Denver has been mild for the last half century.Although blizzards do occur from time to time, most of the area’s winter weather is more of an inconvenience than a threat.
Serious snowfall is usually predictable, and can be planned for.Most snows begin to melt quickly, as Denver is subject to 300 days of sunlight in the average year.If you are used to snow storms in the winter, than you know what to do in Denver, if not, make sure your automobile is winter ready, and pack the larder with a little extra food, batteries and candles.Spring and summer weather can present more difficulties. Although tornadoes are seldom seen in Metro Denver,
a large tornado did significant damage north of Denver in Windsor in the spring of 2008.Violent thunderstorms with damaging hail and lightning are common in the spring and, regarding those sunny days I mentioned earlier, remember that Denver really is a mile high, so the sun burns exposed skin faster than at
sea level.Wear sun block if you expect to be exposed to the sun for longer than 5 minutes.

Flash Floods can and do occur in the mountain canyons, and many people are surprised at how quickly a 3 foot creek and become a life threatening torrent of rampaging water. Those thunderstorms can be drop a lot of water very quickly, and the relative dryness of the foothills and high plains around Denver allow for rapid runoff (flash flood) in a major rain event. People should leave canyons and get away from creeks and streams in a thunderstorm.
Wild fires are becoming something of a concern for areas at the extreme edges of Metro Denver.Dry conditions, especially in the urban/mountain and urban/plains interfaces are prompting more “Red Flag” warnings than ever before.If you desire to live in the interface areas, precautions against wildfire are necessary.Clearing brush and trees in close proximity to structures is now required by some fire districts, and preparations for evacuation must be taken
into account.While a complete discussion of such preparations is beyond the scope of this article, (you can obtain emergency preparedness guides from your local county sheriff) you should have a plan in place that will enable you to leave your home quickly with heirlooms, family pictures, legal documents, computers, medicines and extra clothing (don’t forget Fido).

An awareness of wildlife has always been a concern for humanity.We seem to be amazed when coyotes appear in an inner city park, but we should not be so
surprised.It is a fact of life that feral animals adapt to human development quite readily.Coyote, fox, and deer are frequently spotted in urban Denver, with raccoons, bear and mountain lion seen occasionally in the interface areas. Caution is advised when walking alone in natural habitats, and domestic pets are at risk if left outside in the interface areas. Please do not feed the wildlife, they are not domestic pets.While humans are seldom threatened by wildlife, the occasional incident does occur.Again, you are advised to obtain an emergency preparedness handbook from your local sheriff.

Metro Denver does not suffer earthquakes and hurricanes.We are too far from the Gulf of Mexico for the latter, and the area is not located on a moving earth fault line.

Metro Denver is a pretty safe place to be, at least as far as the natural surroundings go.Crime rates are relatively low in the Denver area also, but we will leave that discussion for another day.

About Kristal Kraft, Denver Realtor

Hi, I'm Kristal Kraft, the resident blogger here, posting real estate and Metro Denver area information since 2003! You will find me writing about things I feel are important in the home buying process. When it comes to buying and selling homes, there's so much to know. I enjoy providing that information to my clients so they can make decisions based on knowledge and actual fact. You'll find I'm more of a teacher than a salesperson. My services include: residential property sales, purchases, 1031 Exchanges, new home purchases, REO, foreclosures, short sales. So if you are in the market to buy or sell Denver real estate, tap into my knowledge, just call me. I welcome your call!

What Denver and Sacramento Real Estate Have in Common

Guest Blogger and Sacramento REALTOR® Gena Riede is a good friend. We knew each other through blogging long before we met in person.  Gena has a flair for selling real estate and is very good with helping both buyers and sellers meet their goals.  One bit of trivia about Gena Riede, she grew up in Denver.  I hope you enjoy her post today, I just love her horse photo!

 

It is a pleasure to be here representing Sacramento CA real estate on Denver Dwellings where Kristal Kraft has a very informative blogsite for all her readers.

 

I Thought I would share with you today a little known secret in real estate that applies across the nation no matter where a house is for sale.

I’ve never met a home seller yet that doesn’t feel their home is the best on the street.

It’s understandable since our home is very personal to us.  When selling your home it’s important to have a comparative market analysis for the neighborhood where your home will be for sale, showing you what your competition is priced at.

As a Sacramento Realtor ®, I usually make arrangements for my home sellers to view their competition that is for sale.  This way we all have a clear picture of how the homes for sale line up.  This process gives the home seller a realistic view of price and condition of homes in the neighborhood currently on the market.

In Sacramento real estate as well as Denver real estate, there is a thing called “chasing the market.”  This is something every home seller should avoid.  It means, the seller over-priced their home initially, and usually after months realize they are over-priced and lower the price of their home to what it should have been priced to begin with.

Many times, the lower price is not where the new price point is but even lower, which means the seller continues to simply chase the market without ever zeroing in on the actual current value.  This sends a clear message to home buyers that the price continues to be reduced so who knows where it will end up. And the end result is either a very low offer or the seller simply takes their home off the market.

The homes priced correctly, always sell for more than the homes that chase the market. It’s a proven fact and that’s why as your Realtor® we work hard to provide you with the best value figures at the time of the listing and continue to monitor prices in the neighborhood while your home is for sale. If we see home prices dropping, as the listing agent we contact the home seller and ask for a price reduction in order to keep your price in line and NOT chase the market.

As you can see these luxury homes to the stars are chasing the market. When working with a seasoned real estate professional we help you avoid this costly mistake.

How does that saying go…

You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.

It’s always a pleasure to work with Denver Realtor®, Kristal Kraft when I have a Sacramento home buyer with a Denver relocation.  Makes for a very happy relocating home buyer.

Gena Riede, Sacramento Realtor

Author of Sacramento Real Estate Voice