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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

Denver Relocation Expert Helps Camera Relocate to Clearwater FL

This week  Denver Dwellings welcomes a good friend and fellow photographer from Clearwater Florida, Cyndee Haydon.  I “met” Cyndee online years ago when she began blogging. Her passion for her business was clearly expressed in her blogging.  Due to her love for her area she has attracted many people to her part of the world.  My husband and I visited a few years ago and fell in love with Clearwater and the nice sandy beaches.  If you have a goal to own a beach condo, I would suggest you subscribe to Cyndee’s blog.  She will keep you up-to-date on the Clearwater real estate market and probably tempt you into purchasing a home there!  I know she tempted me!

Denver Relocation Expert Helps Camera Relocate to Clearwater FL

If my camera could talk, oh the sights it has seen and stories it could tell. You see my camera actually relocated from Denver Colorado to Clearwater Florida with the help of a Denver Relocation specialist, none other than your own Kristal Kraft. You see I met Kristal about five years ago when I began my Clearwater Beach real estate blog .

As you know, Kristal is not only knowledgable about Denver Real Estate and relocation, she’s also an accomplished photographer. I have always admired her pictures and along the way she’s been generous enough to share many tips on how to capture great pictures of everything from beautiful sunsets to neighborhood shots to creating the perfect MLS photo to showcase a home at it’s best.

Well in 2007 I had your typical digital camera. You know the kind that fits easily in your pocket or purse. It was always with me and being convenient I tended to snap lots of local pictures when I was out and about.  That was a good thing because as they say, “done is better than perfect”.  However I soon realized I wanted to be able take better pictures after seeing a variety of quality work by fellow Realtors like Kristal Kraft and Teresa Boardman. The photo bug had bit me and I knew I wanted to take my pictures to the next level which meant I needed a better camera… and that’s where Kristal came in.

Then opportunity knocked around Christmas a few years ago because I heard Kristal was looking to upgrade her camera to a newer model. Well you guessed it, I  jumped at the chance to buy her “old one”, a Canon Rebel XT with an 18-55mm lens and that was the start of a new and on-going love of photography. I am still enjoying it and learning more everyday.

When it comes to taking pictures of our Clearwater beach condos for sale there’s no comparison to the old pictures and pictures we take now using a wide angle lens.

It’s really a shame that it’s not mandatory for Realtors to have to take pictures of your home with a wide angle lens because with over 90% of home buyers starting their home search online, pictures today are often like yesterday’s open houses and first showings of the past as people view them and decide which properties to will take a secondo look at by actually arranging to see them in person.

So it makes sense that if the pictures of your home stink it’s definitely going to handicap you ability to get your home sold. While many of my pictures are of Clearwater beach real estate, my favorite pictures are of the majestic Clearwater Florida  sunsets - and than’s to Kristal my pictures are definitely better now that they’re taken with the special Denver camera that relocated to Clearwater Florida.

 

Tools of Technology Assist Relocation to Denver

Moving to Greater Denver area may not hold so much mystery as it once did.  From the comfort of our easy chair we can surf the ‘net viewing homes inside and out.  Property searches yield so much information with just a click of the mouse; school accountability scores, neighborhood demographics, crime statistics, taxes, etc.

Google Street View is Great for Denver Relocation!

Now Google has taken the information explosion even further with Google Street View.  If you want to get the “feel” of driving down the street visit maps.google.com type in an address and click.  If you have used an address located in the Greater Denver area, you will find most of the streets have a visual, just like driving down the street!

Neighborhood Photos Help When Moving to Denver!

Note the little “yellow” pegman situated on the in the upper left corner.  Dragging him onto the map will turn the streets blue, indicating there are user generated photos of the area.  Amazing as it sounds, many photographers (just regular folks like you and me)  are now publicly sharing their photos with geo tags sending info to Google for viewing on these maps.  The photos are garnered from photo sharing sites like Flickr and Picassa.

I love the interactivity that enables us to quickly determine if a neighborhood might work.  Of course the Street View photography results are sometimes less than wonderful.  I looked up my own house only to be disappointed that the Google guys drove by on trash day!  Now my house will forever be adorned with the lovely green mini-dumpster I so love looking at!

Inbound Coming!

Rearview-relocation If you are looking in the rearview seeing an increase of out of state license plates, you aren’t alone.  We are all noticing this.

According to a report released by United Van Lines Colorado is one of the most popular inbound states for relocation.

Where are the people coming from? The top three states are:

  1. Michigan
  2. Illinois
  3. Indiana

Welcome inbound people!  You are going to love it here! Our mufflers don’t rust out and the mosquitos are scarce (please don’t bring any from home!)

Denver Makes Forbes “Best City to Purchase a Home” List

rotate5 Once again the people at Forbes.com turn their focus to Denver and the real estate market.  Today they announced Denver to be one of the best cities to purchase a home.

Why you ask?  Isn’t the real estate market in the tank?

Actually it’s not.

As Forbes says our fundamentals are very good.  Forbes used three different sets of data to arrive at their conclusion.  You can read about it here.

After combining all data, Denver tops the list.  25% of property sales have occurred within 25% of the city’s zip codes, making a proportionate market within the city.  Thanks to our modest appreciation over the past few years our fall was not nearly as deep as other parts of the country.  “Little boom, little bust” quoted Christopher Cornell an economist at Moody’s.

This is certainly good news for Denver!