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SE Metro Denver Real Estate Report ~ May 2014

Looking to buy or sell a  home call Kristal at 303-589-2022

SE Metro Denver Region Real Estate Report by Zip Code

Neighborhoods in the area include (but are not limited to):



Greenwood Village or Denver Tech Center (DTC)

Cherry Hills Village

Southeast Aurora


Highlands Ranch


Castle Rock


SE Metro Denver stats are green with the exception of one area, Sedalia!  This area is considered a little remote from the metro area and homes just aren’t selling as fast!  With an average price at $426,900 this area has mostly custom homes.  Buyers in this price range have many options and those include building to their custom needs.  High end buyers might find the best deals in the Metro area in Sedalia, so be sure to take a look!

Average days on market for the SE Metro area is just at 33 days.  This means most homes are selling within a day or two taking the rest of the month for the buyer’s loans to be approved!  Sweet news for home sellers who can enjoy knowing their home is sold without having to be showing it for weeks on end.

Questions about your neighborhood? Need more specific data on your home for either purchase or to sell? Feel free to call for more in depth reporting. Kristal Kraft 303-589-2022 I welcome your call.

Request an Up-to-Date Market Report for your Metro Denver Neighborhood.

Based on information from Metrolist, Inc. for the period of May 2014. NOTE: this representation is based in whole or in part on content supplied by Metrolist, Inc. Metrolist does not guarantee nor is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by Metrolist may not reflect all real estate activity in the market content.

Douglas County Ranks High on Wealth Scale

Douglas County Colorado Enjoys the Good Life

According to Forbes metro Denver suburb county, Douglas County ranks 8th on the wealth scale.  Residents have an average median income of $97,480 annually.

Douglas County has also been one of the fastest growing counties in the country of recent years.  People are attracted to this south metro Denver location because of the excellent school system, abundance of newer housing, planned communities, proximity to Denver Tech Center, Downtown Denver  and views of the Rocky Mountains.

Douglas County is known to be partial to preserving open space.  Seeing sprawling horse ranches, county parks and greenbelts is by design, not accident.

Neighborhoods Within Douglas County

Popular communities within Douglas County are Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Roxborough, Parker, Larkspur, Sedalia and Castle Rock the County Seat.

Each community has a different flavor.  For instance Highlands Ranch is a planned community with a variety of homes across many price ranges.  Highlands Ranch offers four outstanding indoor recreation centers with all types of sporting activities and exercise equipment.  These amenities are included in the monthly HOA dues.

Nearby Parker has a town center and many strip mall type stores, but it also offers rural living that is very attractive to horse owners and those who prefer larger lots.

Castle Rock has both and old downtown and a brand new shopping area.  It is home to a large Outlet Mall too.  Castle Rock has homes from very affordable up to luxury estates.

Roxborough is a unique community located in the foothills.  Housing in this area is also diverse in price range.  The famous Roxborough State Park is nearby, featuring red rock formations so spectacular, National Geographic named it America’s Most Beautiful State Park. Golfers in the know will recognize the popular Arrowhead Golf Club.

The City of Lone Tree is also located in the northern part of Douglas County, adjacent to I-25.  This progressive community is fairly new as Cities go and has it’s own Mayor and City council to govern.  Lone Tree is the most convenient to Downtown Denver thanks to the RTD Lightrail Station located at Lincoln St.  This future “GoBurb” community enjoys the convenience of suburban living with clean and reliable public transportation.

Price ranges of homes are

Douglas County 2009 2010 Change
New Listings 1,128 1,210 +7.3%
Sold 225 294 +30.7%
Median Sold Price* $265,000 $291,500 +10.0%
Average Sold Price* $314,557 #335,457 +6.6%
Percent of Sold Price to List Price* 96.6% 97.1% +0.5%
Total Days on Market 115 108 -5.9%
Active Listings NA 2,853
Pending Sales** NA 52

Photo Credits: Kristal Kraft taken of Parker home with a view of Pikes Peak in the distance.

Credits: Colorado County map and Statistics from Forbes.com

We Really Are Connected

Sunset-Smokey Night in Highlands Ranch As the fires burn in California we in Colorado are feeling the effects.  It took a couple days to figure out what was going on when the sun didn’t shine on our Rocky Mountains. Then it dawned, we weren’t walking around in some dull, lifeless cloud or the misty puffiness of fog, but nasty, dirty old smoke!

We need rain.  Actually I’d be happy to give our rain to California right now.  I can’t imagine how miserable it must be in LA right now.

Maybe, just maybe we can do a virtual rain dance and wet down the grassy hills of Southern California.

I’m game, how about you?

Denver Zip Code Map

Denver Zip Code Map for Searching Real Estate

Day 7 in 100 Real Estate and Relocation Tips in 100 Days (Day 7)

Searching for a home has become much easier for the consumer since most real estate is now displayed on the Internet. The problem arises when it becomes necessary to filter the search to a smaller area.

Many home buyers have found a good way to search is via the ZIP CODE of the area.  By combining the Zip Code with other criteria such as price, sq. footage, # of bedrooms, # of bathrooms and # of garage spaces, it is possible to narrow down a search to a much more manageable size.

Try for yourself, here is a Zip Code map of metro Denver to include all the regional areas, towns and cities.


Metro Denver zip code map resource -

Click on map to enlarge

About 100 Real Estate and Relocation Tips In 100 Days

This series of 100 tips in 100 days is a crash course in all the questions I’ve ever been asked about Denver, Colorado and purchasing a home here. If a move is in your future, you will find this series helpful, be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed or add the RSS to your Outlook, so as to not miss a post!

Relocation far or near comes with questions.

As relocation specialists we work with home buyers to answer questions and solve problems. If you are uncertain of where to live or what your next move should be, we can help. We cover the entire scope of your transfer to and from Denver, initial consultation, area tour, financing, house hunting, negotiation, closing and move-in, we are there for you.

Our mascot, Dew Bugus is a cute little guy who really likes it when you “bug us”! You now have permission to call, email, or fill out this Denver Relocation form with your questions on Denver neighborhoods and all the other things that are worrisome right now! We can put your concerns at rest.

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Denver Real Estate and Relocation ~ Home Inspection

Denver relocation celebrationSaturday evening, most people are relaxing after a satisfying work week. Some may even be popping the corks off wine bottles celebrating a moment or just enjoying life.

Tonight I was at a celebration of a different kind, a home inspection. This week I worked with a buyer who is relocating here from the Washington  D.C. area. It was her second time out and the first time to seriously look at homes.

We spent two days touring all the homes that fit her specific criteria in the Highlands Ranch area.  On Thursday night we wrote the offer which was accepted late Friday.  With one full day left before she went home, we scheduled a home inspection!

Much to my surprise, John Braddock the inspector who I can always count on agreed to do it Saturday night, the first time he had available!   We were delighted at the prospect of my buyer being able to return home with her mission accomplished!  So we accepted the appointment.

My hat goes off to the family with young children who agreed to leave us in their home for 3 hours on a Saturday night!  They were most gracious and accommodating, in fact they left us fresh, home-made chocolate chip cookies!  Yum!

The inspection went quickly as John called in his partner, Ryan. At the end we celebrated by clinking our water bottles in a toast to us and all the people that pull together to make a real estate transaction happen.

Thank you to the buyers, sellers, inspectors, listing agent, relo manager (who accepted the offer at home after hours), assistants and the future helpers; appraiser, title reps, closer and the neighbors who will welcome the new comers to Colorado!

Oh I forgot the mention Frances Wehner, the loan officer who took time out of her Saturday to travel to Park Meadows Mall to meet with the buyer as a convenience as to not interrupt her shopping!

Tomorrow my buyer goes home satisfied. She visited all the schools, registered the pre-schooler, shopped in her future grocery store, got a pedicure, went to the mall and purchased a home!  All in 5 days.

Now that is what I call a productive week!

Welcome to Denver!

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