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Old 04-19-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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My housing search has brought me full circle. I started in the mountains thinking I wanted to be "away from it all" but then realized I don't want to deal with snowy commutes for 2 hours a day, and becoming a hermit who never leaves the house :-). I am 27, married, no kids (yet) and looking to buy a place as far north as Longmont and as far south as maybe Littleton. I've been renting in Boulder for over four years and working in Lafayette. We have been focusing on suburbs, especially Lafayette as an ideal place, but now we are thinking of looking more in Arvada/Denver for more job opportunities and because there is more to do. My biggest concern with Denver is traffic, but as a teacher I may be able to avoid peak rush hour times on 287 or 25 (start early leave early).

This market has made me adjust my housing expectations, but in a dream world I would want a 3br/2ba place over 1300 SF with some semblance of a yard for gardening. It would be a bonus to be able to walk or bike to food, coffee, parks etc. I also like to run outside so any area with trails is appealing. I have heard great things about Highlands but it seems out of our price range of under 300K. Anyone have ideas for neighborhoods to look into?
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:00 PM
 
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How about this one for $250K.

1267 W 135th Pl, Westminster, CO 80234 - Zillow

You can walk to King Sooper and some great restaurants on the corner of 136th and Zuni. The trail system in the neighborhood goes under 136th (so no crossing busy streets) to connect up to the one that goes around McKay Lake.

Here is some more listings for that area. Edit: that search didn't work.

Use recolorado.com and the neighborhoods of Amherst, Westminster and Quail Crossing No 1.

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Old 04-19-2013, 04:08 PM
 
Location: The North
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Even if you find such a property the number of bidders is likely to be long. Highlands and anything close to downtown is tough.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default The Inventory is not strong

Having moved from Bonnie Brae (Belcaro) to Berkeley in Denver, I have come to appreciate:
Wheat Ridge
Arvada
and certain parts of Lakewood.

Hire yourself a BUYER's agent.

Find one who LIVES in the area you want to move to.
And, ask them: "How many sides did you do in the last 12 months?"
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:24 PM
 
Location: RSM
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There were houses in that range in Littleton and a little further south when I was looking
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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If I was not in the real estate business, I would ask -
What is your strategy to win multiple offer situations?
How can I be sure I am getting new listing leads?
Do you belong to marketing groups that announce coming soon listings?
What can I do to better position myself to win an offer?
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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Originally Posted by 2bindenver View Post
If I was not in the real estate business, I would ask -
What is your strategy to win multiple offer situations?
How can I be sure I am getting new listing leads?
Do you belong to marketing groups that announce coming soon listings?
What can I do to better position myself to win an offer?


lol what do you do, copy and paste all the questions that come off your real estate school papers? I seen these before.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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I went to real estate school in 1989. I passed the state & federal exam on the first try.

Then, the average days on market was 9 months, and the average purchase price was $82,000.

So no, I did not get these from any source. I did not copy & paste. I posted to be helpful to buyers seeking brokers in this market.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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lol what do you do, copy and paste all the questions that come off your real estate school papers? I seen these before.
Good grief....that's no way to thank someone who took the time to post a reply. Just say "thanks" and move on.
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