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Old 04-19-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Northwest Suburbs of Denver
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It's moving forward. We've had 6 viewings in 6 days on our house in Maryland, so I'm turning my attention back to house-hunting in Denver.

We are looking in Superior, Broomfield, and the far western and far northern portions of Westminster (those areas that are zoned for Standley HS and Legacy HS).

I've found a lively Catholic church (Spirit of Christ in Arvada), found some general areas to rent office space, and now the house is all that's left.

Our budget is $350-$430K, and the top priority is to be within .4 of a mile walking distance to an elementary school. After that, we'd like a pocket park or green space pretty close by where the kids can play after-school and a house that is move-in ready or pretty darn near close to move-in ready. We also want a neighborhood that looks nice and where 95% of the houses have decent curb appeal. I've been checking Recolorado every couple days for the past few months, so I know this request is attainable.

I'm looking for houses that are "for sale by owner" as well as recommendations for Buyer's Agents. We will be demanding clients of our Buyer's Agent - we will not look at houses that don't meet at least some of our criteria. We will expect the Buyer's Agent to go door knocking in a neighborhood that meets our criteria (McKay's Landing near the elementary school, for example). This process will be far easier (I think) if the Buyer's Agent lives in the Superior/Broomfield/Westminster areas, participates in local civic activities, and is familiar with the nuances of the local elementary schools. (The principal's reputation at the elementary school will be one of the factors we consider, so we will need to know that definitively).

In return, we will be pleasant, communicative, honest and decisive. This will be the fourth property we have purchased, so we know the drill. We will also be reasonable - we will not dismiss a house based on paint color or carpet condition, since these things are so easily fixable.

I've gotten a couple DMs from buyer's agents and welcome more !
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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You can set up an hourly search on recolorado.com. Plus, if you have predetermined neighborhoods - there is a magic letter most brokers have to send to the neighbors asking for upcoming listings.
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