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East side office opening this fall in the center of Denver’s classic historic neighborhoods

Live Urban Real Estate, a city-focused real estate brokerage, is opening a second neighborhood real estate office at the four corners of the Cherry Creek, Congress Park, Cheesman Park, and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. Live Urban will occupy a storefront location along busy East 6th Avenue, adjacent to other local neighborhood businesses including Shaver-Ramsey and Barolo Grill.

“I’ve wanted to open a second location for a few years, but wanted to find just the right location,” says John Skrabec, President of the growing boutique brokerage. “It’s in a great spot filled with unique shops, restaurants and service providers, with a walkable connection to the

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Affordable Housing in Denver

Denver home prices have been pedaling up a steep slope since the great recession of 2008. Thanks to Denver’s strong economy and growing popularity for both tourism and relocation, the residential real estate scene is booming. But, some Colorado wages have failed to keep pace with ballooning home values and the number of newly built houses have fallen behind that of new Denver transplants - creating high competition for houses that do hit the market.

Colorado's impressively strong real estate market creates problems for some looking to buy a home. Denver’s affordable housing regulations make some headway in alleviating this problem for those who qualify, requiring multi-dwelling new builds to include affordable units. Affordable housing in Denver

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Denver spring and summer festivals

Denver, Colorado is one of the most beautiful and eventful cities in the United States. While many people associate it with the abundance of winter activities due to the snowy mountains that are nearby, summer and spring are glorious in the region.

Annually, you'll find calendars published for your enjoyment. These calendars advise you of the many shows, exhibits, and festivals in Denver. You can gather this year’s information here. 

Here are our top picks for festivals that you can enjoy in Denver in spring and summer 2018.

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

Colorado spring and summer festivals

On July 14th and July 15th, head to Steamboat Springs for the annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Enjoy the magnificent beauty of the balloons and watch them do tricks like dipping into the lake and

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The Mile High City; the city of the moment - the city of cool. World class dining, unbeatable outdoor recreation, unique neighborhoods and breathtaking scenery await all who visit and reside in Denver, CO.  But, one of the coolest things to do in Denver (The Square on 21st) has vanished into thin air, only to be resurrected on a larger scale! The upcoming 5280 Loop will connect the hottest locations in Denver, and will be designed as a pedestrian’s oasis throughout the city.

The Coolest Things to do in Denver

Based on this past summer’s popular pop up park (The Square on 21st), the 5280 Loop will combine recreation areas and pedestrian throughways for use by all residents and visitors. The project will connect Downtown Denver, Coors Field, Union Station, The Auraria Campus, The

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Choosing a Discount Broker

We get it, real estate in Denver is expensive. With average home prices reaching new records monthly, discount brokerages are popping up faster than you can pound in the For Sale sign. These brokerages offer their services for a lower percentage than full-service brokerages or for an up front fee. They are capitalizing on a fast-moving market by offering less-than-full service for lower fees.

By all means, investigate every option when selecting your Denver real estate agent but don’t forget that you get what you pay for! Not only is buying a home utterly intimate, it is also likely one of the most important financial investments you’ll ever make. So, consider investing in high quality service as you buy and/or sell a home.

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how to avoid wire fraud

 

Your home purchase process slows to a close as the frantic business of buying your house comes to end. You can almost feel the keys in your hand - almost experience the excitement of stepping through the front door for the first time! By all means, enjoy this moment to the fullest but don’t allow wire fraud to creep its way in and steal your happiness. Learn how to avoid wire fraud and you'll be in the clear!

As explained by The Washington Post, wire fraud continues to be “the fastest-growing form of real estate cybercrime in the United States: thefts of home-purchase money wired to complete closing transactions.” Given the prevalence of this crime, safeguarding yourself against wire fraud is more important than ever.

Wire fraud occurs as a

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The Denver Post has published the 2018 edition of the Denver Post Top Workplaces list, a ranking of the best places to work in Colorado. We're delighted that Live Urban Real Estate has been named a Small Business Top Workplace for the 6th consecutive year!

The Denver Post Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And often times, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug

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Make your move eco friendly

With earth day coming up and the real estate market bounding into its busy season, you may be considering how to combine the two and make your move eco friendly! All the cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and toxic fumes can add up… but there are some easy ways to minimize your moving footprint.

  1. Pack Your Bags

eco friendly packing

Instead of using disposable cardboard boxes, search your home for box-like receptacles and use those for your big move instead! Storage bins, duffle bags, rolling suitcases, large tupperware and keepsake boxes are just a few examples of the hidden gems just waiting to make their debut as moving boxes.

  1. Hunt for Boxes

Green packing

Are all of your containers and tubs already full and ready for moving day? Look outside your

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Change the face of Denver Real Estate

Last month, the average Denver single family home price exceeded half a million dollars. This local milestone represents years worth of equity climbs, low inventory, and the changing Mile High City as a whole.

According to Susan Adams, "For the first time ever, our average home prices exceeded $500,000. This isn't especially surprising given the record home prices, low inventory, and high demand that we've seen for the last few years."

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Since 2014, Metro Denver has seen record high home prices and record low days on market... especially in the entry-level and more affordable home sectors. This steep climb into Denver’s current [intense] seller’s market is due largely to the area’s listing shortage. There are far too few homes on the

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 Denver's half million average home price

During the first week of March, 2018, The Denver Metro Association of Realtors announced that the average price of a single family home exceeded $500,000. This increase represents a 12% rise since last year, which is nearly double Denver's historical average increase percentage. Learn what Denver's best real estate agents think of this landmark number!

 John Skrabec- Founder and Owner of Live Urban Real Estate

"I’m not surprised to see our real estate market continue its’ upward trend, and as long as supply remains low, prices will increase. I see no end in sight, until we start building more affordable, entry-level housing to meet the never ending demand. I am concerned about the anti-growth initiatives being discussed in our city, which would

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