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Oct. 16, 2017

Did You Hear the News About These 3 Colorado Cities?

Three Colorado cities were ranked in the 50 most livable cities in the United States...and ALL THREE were ranked in the TOP FIVE!

 

According to 24/7 Wall St, Centennial, Arvada, and Highlands Ranch were all ranked within the top five of the 50 most livable cities in the United States!

Ranked number 2 in America, Centennial was ranked as the most livable city in Colorado. Centennial’s population has grown 7.1% in the last five years, which is nearly double the US population growth in that time. High incomes and a relatively low cost of living contributes to the widespread prosperity in this area. The average household income for the Centennial area is $102,200 a year, and a mere 2.7% of their population lives in poverty. To put that in perspective, the typical United States household only earns $57,617 a year, and close to 14% of Americans live in poverty. As far as Centennials crime rates are concerned, the city is considered one of the safest cities in US since there were only 22 violent crimes for every 100,000 people. In comparison, the US had 386 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

  • Population - 109,935
  • Median Home Value - $393,200
  • Poverty Rate - 2.7%
  • Pct. with at least a bachelor's degree - 55.3%

 

The third most livable city in the US was marked as Arvada, CO. Arvada is considered an extremely safe city, with only 27 violent crimes occurring per 100,000 people. Arvada residents are also considered very well off; only 5.4% of the population lives in poverty. Arvada residents have easy access to the employment and cultural amenities of a major city; Downtown Denver is under a half-hour away from Arvada.

  • Population - 117,308
  • Median Home Value - $342,700
  • Poverty Rate - 5.4%
  • Pct. with at least a bachelor's degree - 37.2%

 

 

The fifth most livable city in the US came in as Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Located about 40 minutes outside of Downtown Denver, Highlands Ranch only has about half as many preventable hospitalizations per capita as the US as a whole. A small number in this category is a sign of good health habits and an efficient health system. A city’s good health is usually related to it’s affluence, and Highlands Ranch is considered very wealthy. The typical household earns $114,288 a year, which is about double the national median household income. 

  • Population - 112,436
  • Median Home Value - $446,300
  • Poverty Rate - 3.1%
  • Pct. with at least a bachelor's degree - 65.5%

 

Have you been considering buying a home in Centennial, Arvada or Highlands Ranch? We can help! With over 16 years of experience in Real Estate, our team of amazing Realtors are well educated on the Denver Metro market and can get you into the home of your dreams. CLICK HERE to start your home search

Do you already live in one of these amazing Denver Metro cities, and have been thinking about making a move? Home values are still on the rise....find out how much your home could be worth HERE!

Oct. 13, 2017

Another New Build SOLD with The Vindiola Group

The Vindiola Group JUST SOLD a new build home in Reunion!

We are very thankful for amazing clients like Paul Wood. Not only did he trust our listing specialist Venus to List his prior home at 9731 Mobile Street in Commerce City, but he went on to use her as his buyer's agent for the purchase of his new build home in the Southlawn area of Reunion! His new build at 16256 E 101st Way is beautiful, and although there were some bumps along the way, we could not be more happy with the outcome! Thank you for trusting The Vindiola Group at RE/AX Alliance with your real estate needs Paul!

 

Posted in JUST SOLD
Oct. 11, 2017

Keeping Clients Calm When Things are Quiet...

In a hot real estate market like the Denver Metro area, it is important to educate your clients on what they should expect when it comes to buying or selling a home. In a predominantly seller's market like this one, listings go quickly, and you often end up competing with multiple other buyers. Although the market is slowing a bit due to the winter season, this can still be the case; especially depending on what neighborhood your buyers are looking in! 

When you buyer's offer doesn't get accepted, or if their dream home goes under contract just mere hours before your showing.....no one likes to deliver bad news, but it's important to be honest. You know what's even more challenging than being honest when bad news arises? Keeping clients calm when you have NO NEWS at all. Although most Realtors are well educated and experienced with their craft, we don't always have the answers to everything. With that in mind, some real estate agents end up avoiding their clients when they don't have the answers they want; mainly to avoid confrontation from high-maintenance and/or domineering clients. 

Here at The Vindiola Group, we are well trained in understanding the market and assessing wins and losses with our clients. We pride ourselves in high quality customer service, and and making sure our clients understand every bit of their real estate journey. Here are a few things that we do, and other agents should do as well instead of avoiding their clients:

  1. Stay in contact often - It's important to keep your clients calm. The idea of commission is always sensitive; clients have a preconceived notion that you are making an arm and a leg off of each sale. Whether or not that is true, we always stay in contact with our clients, that way they know we are working hard on their behalf. 
  2. Be Proactive instead of Reactive - We send our clients updates and contact them before they have the chance to contact us. The best times to reach out to a client are mid to early morning, or mid to early afternoon. Sure, clients will always have unpredictable questions, but when it comes to the information you have and things you know they'll want to know about -be sure to contact them first!
  3. Give the client something to do; keep them busy! - Make sure to remind your clients about items that will be needed by their lender or for closing such as home repairs, financials, etc. A good example would be "Your mortgage lender is going to need your updated bank statements, so go ahead and get those together while we wait to hear back." 
  4. Easy messages - you don't need to send a five page text or email every time you want to contact your client. Whether you don't have the answer right away, or want to give them an update on their listing or buyer offer, keep it short and sweet! Chances are, if they receive a long-winded email, they will worry that something has gone wrong. 

Great customer services is very important when picking a Denver Metro Realtor. Here at The Vindiola Group, we pride ourselves on fantastic customer service and our market knowledge when it comes to Denver Metro real estate. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Denver Metro area, please don't hesitate to call us at 303-668-9949.

Not ready to buy your home just yet, but want to start a search anyways? Click here to search all Denver Metro homes for sale. 

Curious about the value of your home in today's real estate market? Receive a free a home value estimate HERE!

Oct. 10, 2017

Denver Metro Housing Market Stats - September 2017

As Realtors, we are questioned quite frequently about the housing market and where it is going. This winter, like the winter season traditionally does, the Denver Metro housing market is predicted to cool down a bit. 

With the cold weather rolling in and children being back in school, homeowners are much less inclined to sell or move. The latest report from REColorado shows that this trend is definitely showing up in the Denver metro market. 

Below are a few housing market stats for the Denver Metro area in the month of September '17:

During the month of September, there were 6,562 total active listings, with 5,501 of them being new listings to the market. The average sales price was $425,136, and the median sales price was $370,000. 4,262 total listings sold, and 4,930 listings went under contract! The average days a listing spent on the market was 27, and there are approximately 7 weeks of inventory. 

Overall September had 21% fewer home sales than August. The fact that the market is at 7 weeks worth of inventory means that the housing market is slowing down for the winter season, because that number is up from the five and a half weeks of inventory in August. 

So far in 2017, there was been $17.7 million in home sales in the Denver Metro area, which is a 97% increase as compared to home sales in 2012.


Stay tuned in November for the Denver Metro's market statistics for October. 

 

 

 

Oct. 5, 2017

THREE Properties FOR SALE in North Commerce City!

Do you work for Denver International Airport and are looking to purchase a Denver area home? Look no further! We have five homes on the Denver real estate market that could be perfect for you!

 

8350 E. 104th Way #5, Henderson, CO 80640

This property along the E 104th corridor is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhome filled with beautiful updates! This townhome is close to major highways, public transportation, restaurants and entertainment! This property is listed at $250,000! Have questions? Want to take a look? Call Venus today at 303-668-9949.


14700 E 104th Ave. #1804 Commerce City, CO 80022

Welcome to this lovely Aspen Hills condo for sale! Located along the 104th corridor, this condo is close to subdivisions such as Reunion and Potomac Farms. This condo is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with brand new carpet and kitchen flooring, as well as updated appliances! The Vindiola Group has this home listed at $235,000.


LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BIGGER THAN A CONDO OR TOWNHOME?

Sometimes you need more space, a basement, bigger garage, or just want your own fenced in yard! If that's the case, check out these two homes we have for sale in the Reunion subdivision of Commerce City along the 104th corridor!


10852 Sedalia Circle

This home has got it all! Complete with beautiful updates (flooring, appliances, etc) this modern ranch-style home in Reunion is sure to fit all of your needs! This home is equipped with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and an open floor-plan this is perfect for an entertainer! Don't miss the landscaped backyard! Want to check out more pictures and get more information on this home along the 104th corridor? CLICK HERE!


10491 Norfolk Court

Another beautiful ranch-style home in the Reunion subdivision, this home is listed for $350,000! With a wide open floor-plan, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 10491 could be the home for you! Always dreamed of owning a hot tub? Your dreams will come true with this home! Want to check out more pictures and get more information on the beautiful Reunion ranch? CLICK HERE!


If these homes strike your fancy, our team would love to help you find the perfect Denver Metro Home. To start the search for your dream home, please click here.

Do you live along the 104th corridor and would like to receive a value estimate of your home? CLICK HERE to find out how much your home could be work; fast & free!

 

Posted in JUST LISTED
Oct. 2, 2017

3 Properties "COMING SOON" to the Denver Metro Real Estate Market This Week!

The Vindiola Group will be listing THREE homes on the Denver Metro Market this week; all properties are very well maintained and are ready for their new residents!

 

The first property is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo - 8350 E. 104th Way #5, Henderson, CO 80640. This condo is right on the corner of 104th Avenue & Brighton Rd; close to major highways and restaurants! At 1,794 square feet, we are listing this condo for $250,000. A great deal for any buyer, if you are working with first time home buyers, this would be a great property to check out! 

 

The second property we are listing is one of two amazing ranch style homes in the Reunion neighborhood of North Commerce City! This listing will go LIVE on the Denver Real Estate Market on Thursday, and we will have our OPEN HOUSE on Saturday October 7th from 11 to 2pm! Be sure to swing by for Apple Cider Mimosas! Complete with beautiful floors, sleek appliances and an open floor-plan, this 3 bedroom home is sure to go quickly! CLICK HERE for more information regarding this home, and the open house!

 

The third property we will be listing this week is another ranch-style home in Reunion! 10491 Norfolk Ct. is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with 1,572 square feet of living space! We will also be holding an open house for this property on Saturday, October 7th from 11 to 2 pm. Swing by to check out the home and have some pumpkin pie! Already own a home in the Reunion neighborhood? Swing by to receive a home value estimate fast & free!

 

Looking to purchase a home in the Denver Metro area, just not in Reunion? Start the search for your Denver dream home here!

Looking to receive a value estimate of your Denver metro home? CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

Sept. 28, 2017

JUST LISTED with The Vindiola Group...

The Vindiola Group listed not one but TWO amazing condos on the Denver Real Estate market today!

The first condo is a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo in the Prospectors Point neighborhood of Westminster. This condo is listed at $140,000, has a nice kitchen with plenty of cabinet space, and a balcony to sit on and sip your morning coffee! Close too major highways, shopping and entertainment, this condo in Westminster is sure to sell fast. 

 

The second we listed for sale is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom BEAUTIFUL condo in Commerce City. This condo has recently been updated with new tile and new carpet throughout, amazing new appliances, and comes at a steal of a price; $240,000. We will be holding an open house for this Commerce City condo on Sunday, October 1st from 11 to 2pm. If you would like to come and check out this condo for sale, feel free to sign in and guess the FINAL SALES PRICE. The person closest to the final sales price will win a $50 gift card of their choice! Come by and check it out before the Broncos play!

For more information on these condos, click the hyperlinks in the descriptions provided. 

We love helping people with their real estate goals, whether that be buying, selling, or refinancing; we'll help you get the job done efficiently, or refer you to an amazing lender who can help you out! If you have any questions regarding listing your home on the Denver Metro Area real estate market, please don't hesitate to call us at 303-668-9949.

Interested in purchasing a Denver Area home? Start the search for you dream home HERE!

Posted in JUST LISTED
Sept. 20, 2017

Housing Market in the Denver Metro Area Remains TIGHT

As busy Realtors serving the Denver Metro Real Estate Market, we are constantly being asked, "How's the market? Is it slowing down? Should we expect home values to continue to increase?" And although there is quite a bit of speculation surrounding where the Denver Real Estate market is heading, here at The Vindiola Group we expect housing prices to continue to increase, and for homes to continue to sell quickly. 

According to the latest housing report released by our brokerage, RE/MAX, homes in the Denver Metro area stated on the market for a mere 24 days. Only two cities surpassed Denver with least amount of days on the market; those cities being Omaha and Seattle at 21 days. Overall, the national average was 47 days on the market. 

Along with the limited days on the market, RE/MAX also reported that home inventory in Denver is down to a 1.4 month supply (Seattle and San Francisco are the only two cities with a lower supply!) A Real Estate market that is balanced between buyers and sellers usually consists of a 6 month housing supply. Right now, the national average is a 3.1 month supply. The collection of all this data concludes home buyers experiencing increased competition with the very low inventory, and home sellers are benefiting from fast sales for top market value. 

 

We love helping people find their Denver dream homes - we don't want buyers to be discouraged! Even with the low inventory in Denver, home ownership is more than possible. One of the most important steps is finding an experienced and educated Realtor. For more information about how an experienced member of our team can get you into the home of your dreams in this tight and aggressive market, please contact us at 720-263-6501.

Sept. 13, 2017

5 Things Real Estate Agents Want You to Know About Buying a Home

Working with home-buyers can be challenging, especially in a market as aggressive as the Denver Metro area. Buying a home in Denver means high sales prices, listings receiving multiple offers, and sometimes having to juggle and sacrifice "wants" vs needs. Being Real Estate Agents in the Northern Commerce City area, our team works with a lot of home-buyers looking in neighborhoods like Reunion, Potomac Farms, Fronterra Village, and many more. We love the homes in this area mainly because they are newer, and you get a lot more home for your dollar! That being said, homes in North Commerce City can still go for well over $300,000. Our Buyer Specialists love working with home buyers, so we make sure to educate them on what is necessary and the steps we need to take before we start shopping in order to secure their Denver dream home.

 

  1.  Get financial pre-approval (know what you can afford before you start looking!) - nothing hurts more than falling in love with a pair of Gucci's you can't afford. Same goes for a home! In this high priced market, it is important to know your price range before you start shopping. There are ways to get an idea of what you can afford, such as home affordability calculators, but even if you are in early stage of considering home ownership, we suggest you meet with a qualified Mortgage Lender. They will look at your finances, analyze any debt you may have, and give you a pre-approval letter stating how much you can pay for a home. This is easily the first and most important thing you should do when starting the journey towards home ownership. 
  2. Found a few homes you really like? Don't call the Listing Agent.... - in most Real Estate transactions, buyers have their own agents, and sellers have theirs. These agents act on behalf of their buyers/sellers by communicating their clients questions, concerns and deal negotiations. Contacting the listing agent directly can imply a lack of trust between you (the buyer) and your agent. This can affect how the listing agent feels about a potential contract. 

  3. Be careful what you say around other agents - Have you ever heard of the saying "Loose Lips Sink Ships?" Well same goes for real estate transactions. It is important to be aware of your surroundings at open houses or showings, and be careful what you say. You won't want to let on that you've looked at 10+ houses, how much you would spend on the home, or how much you dislike it. These kind of statements can give the sellers a lot of leverage during the negotiation process. You hired your agent for their trust and expertise, and they should always be your voice when it comes to conversations with the sellers.

  4. You don't have to see every house within the Denver Metro Area - if you are working with a trusted and professional agent, they'll make sure you won't be seeing hundreds of homes. Here at The Vindiola Group, we set up a screened search according to your needs, and make sure we only show you the best there is to offer. 

  5. Commitment giving you cold feet? Nah... - Buying a home is easily one of the biggest commitments you will make in your lifetime. Don't let the idea of it scare you! Sure, there are plenty of "what ifs" that could go through your mind while deciding on your Denver dream home, but it's important to remember, you can always sell the house later down the road if you decide it isn't for you! Owning a home is definitely not a "till-death-do-us-part" situation unless you want it to be! Go for it; don't let your fears stand in the way of home ownership. 

Ready to start the search for your Denver Metro Dream Home? CLICK HERE!

Sept. 8, 2017

To Do in Denver - Arvada Harvest Festival!

Looking for some family friendly activities this weekend in the Denver Area?

The Arvada Harvest Festival will be running from Friday 9/8 through Sunday 9/10. There will be carnival rides, tons of food, drinks, vendor booths and much more! Bring your family down and experience one of Arvada's biggest festivals of the year! Bingo, live music, dancing - what more could you ask for? It's going to be a beautiful weekend; make sure you swing by!

 

Arvada Harvest Festival Schedule: