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I just updated my list of premium Denver Realtor seller services

I just updated my list of premium Denver Realtor seller services at with the following information.

Premium Denver Realtor Home Seller Services

All of my Denver Realtor services are provided risk free to Denver home sellers.

Denver Realtor: Color Fliers

1. High quality color fliers for people walking by and for showings of your home.

2. 1 year buyer’s home warranty from Colorado Home Warranty, for additional marketing, a smoother transaction, and legal protection.

3. Professional photography from, includes a virtual tour that goes out to all Denver real estate agent web sites that pull from the MLS. Is there anything more important to the marketing of your home than the photographs going out to the public?

4. In addition to listing on the Denver area MLS my listings are also put on, and and will be

Denver Realtor: Floor Plan

renewed weekly on

5. A floor plan for viewers of the property to take home.

6. A dedicated web url and web site like that is included on all printed materials and on the sign for people to easily find more information about your home.

Denver Realtor: SentriLock

7. SentriLock electronic lockbox that has unique day codes that log who enters the property and is the highest level of security in the business.

8. Featured listing on and

9. At least 1 open house every 2 weeks, if desired. Many Buyers are just cruising open houses on the weekends

Denver Realtor: Luxury Sign Post

10. Luxury sign and sign post yard arm to showcase your home.

11. The right to cancel brokerage agreements with written notice, cost free, if not under contract with a home purchaser.


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Denver Realtor: Must See Denver Attractions

Denver Realtor: A great list and article from Visit Denver of entertainment and tourist attractions in and around Denver.

Denver Realtor: Must See Denver Attractions

You can’t have bragging rights from a Denver vacation until you see these sights. Warning: it may take more than one visit! Here are two dozen of Denver’s Mile High Must-Sees, arranged by location.

And be sure to check out our Neighborhood Guides to discover Denver’s must-see neighborhoods.

Downtown Denver

The Brookings Institution ranks Denver as the fourth most walkable downtown in the nation. You can save on shoe-leather by riding the free shuttle bus on the 16th Street Mall – it makes everything downtown easy to reach.

Colorado State Capitol

Stand exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (one mile high!) on the west steps, then climb to the rotunda for a panorama of snowcapped peaks. It is against state law to block the view of the 200 named mountains visible from the dome. Free tours on weekdays. The Capitol Dome will be undergoing major structural renovations for 2-3 years and not offering tours during that time-frame. Help restore the Capitol dome! Learn more about the project or text the word DOME to 50555 to donate $10 to the project. More Info


Denver Realtor: Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum

There are two buildings – one a fortress-like structure from Italian architect Gio Ponti, the other, a structure that resembles a titanium crystal with peaks and shards designed by Daniel Libeskind. Inside, find the world’s greatest collection of Native American art and 68,000 other art objects, including works from European masters, Old West classics and phenomenal traveling exhibits, including Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico (Feb. 10-April 28, 2013).More Info

Denver Realtor: The Clyfford Still Museum

The Clyfford Still Museum 

Clyfford Still, considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists. The museum, which opened at the end of 2011, was founded to promote the late artist’s work and legacy. Still’s estate – 2,400 artworks – has been sealed off from the public since 1980. More Info

Denver Realtor: Denver U.S. Mint
U.S. Mint

Learn how to make money! The Mint produces 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little “D” for Denver. Free tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change. Reservations recommended.

Denver Realtor: History Colorado Center
History Colorado Center

The History Colorado Center, one of Denver’s newest cultural attractions, is designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado history through high-tech and hands-on exhibits, programs for children and adults, and special events. More Info

Denver Realtor: 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall
16th Street Mall – Pedestrian Mall

Lined with 200 trees and 50,000 flowers, this festive, mile-long pedestrian promenade has 28 outdoor cafes and offers Denver’s best people-watching. I.M. Pei designed the gray and pink granite pathway to resemble the pattern of a diamondback rattlesnake. Hop on the bus – they’re free and stop on every corner. After dark, horse-drawn carriages clatter up and down the Mall. More Info

Denver Realtor: Larimer Square
Larimer Square

This trendy block of Victorian buildings is home to chic shopping, dance clubs, a comedy club, outdoor cafes and a dozen of Denver’s best restaurants. For 40 years in downtown Denver, it’s hip to be at the “Square.”More Info 

Denver Realtor: LoDo Historic District
LoDo Historic District

Denver’s happening historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and rooftop cafes. Stop by Rockmount Ranchwear for a snap button Western shirt at the store where they were invented; browse from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Bookstore; listen to jazz at El Chapultepec, one ofEsquire Magazine’s 50 best bars; or sip a handcrafted beer at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver’s first brewpub opened by former Denver Mayor (now Colorado Governor), John Hickenlooper. More Info 

Denver Realtor: Confluence Park
Confluence Park

Denver was founded here as a gold mining camp in 1858. Today, the river park is the heart of Denver’s 850-mile bike trail network, and is surrounded by attractions. Gear up for the mountains at the REI Flagship store; ride thePlatte River Trolley to the Downtown Aquarium to see stingrays and sharks and The Children’s Museum of Denver, with dozens of interactive “playscapes” for younger kids; eat and drink in the nearby neighborhoods of Riverfront, LoHi and Highlands; or scream your head off on the Mind Eraser at Elitch Gardens – Denver’s downtown theme park.


City Park

Denver’s largest park has several lakes, spectacular mountain views, flower gardens and a hiking/jogging trail that is exactly one mile high.


Denver Realtor: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The fourth largest museum in the U.S. is a maze filled with treasures of the earth – dinosaurs, dioramas, space exhibits, science experiments, a digital planetarium, IMAX theatre and touring shows. More Info

Denver Realtor: Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo

Lions and tigers and bears – and so much more, on lovely grounds make this the fourth most popular zoo in America. Go underwater with polar bears at Northern Shores, or eyeball-to-eyeball with a gorilla in Primate Panorama.Predator Ridge recreates the plains of Africa with a pride of lions, whileTropical Discovery is rainforest teeming with crocodiles and gila monsters. The zoo’s biggest new addition is Toyota Elephant Passage, a phenomenal 10-acre home for the Zoo’s elephants, gibbons, rhinos and more, all in the heart of a re-created Asian village. More Info


Cherry Creek

This tree-shaded neighborhood is just two miles from downtown and easily accessible by bike on the Cherry Creek Bike Path.

Denver Realtor: Cherry Creek Shopping District
Cherry Creek Shopping District More than 500 department stores, boutiques, galleries, spas, and one-of-a-kind shops grace this browsing paradise – the largest concentration of stores between St. Louis and San Francisco. Cherry Creek Shopping Centeris an ultra upscale mall with Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Tiffany’s, while across 1st Ave., Cherry Creek North offers tree-line streets with cafes, spas and galleries amidst fountains and public art.
Denver Realtor: Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens

This 23-acre oasis in the middle of the city has 45 different gardens (some 33,000 plants), as well as one of the nation’s top 10 conservatories. Relax in the Japanese Garden, climb through the Rock Alpine Garden and explore the new Mordecai Children’s Garden. Don’t miss Kizuna: West Meets East, a phenomenal open-air art exhibit on view through Nov. 4, 2012. More Info



Colorado’s first capital celebrates its Old West history and mountain location with a trendy downtown filled with galleries and recreation shops. Sip a beer at an outdoor café, while kayakers float by on fast rushing Clear Creek.

Denver Realtor: Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitors Center
Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitors Center

Carved from towering red rock monuments, this 9,000-seat arena is one of the world’s most renowned concert venues and has hosted everyone from the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. Listening to a concert here is on the “bucket list” of every true music fan. When there’s no concert, the Visitor Center has a museum and Performers’ Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.More Info

Denver Realtor: Coors Brewery Tour
Coors Brewery Tour

“Taste the Rockies!” The world’s largest brewing site still uses the same Rocky Mountain spring water that Adolph Coors discovered in 1873. Free, self-guided tours show every step in the brewing process, and end with free samples for those over 21. More Info

Denver Realtor: Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave

Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave

Welcome to the Wild West! Buffalo Bill Cody’s exciting story as Pony Express rider, army scout, buffalo hunter and showman comes to life at this fun museum, high atop Lookout Mountain. Enjoy views of the snowcapped Rockies in one direction, the Great Plains in the other. For those with strong nerves, drive to the museum on the hairpin Lariat Loop Drive … then continue to I-70, exit 250, to see a live herd of buffalo. More Info

Denver Realtor: Colorado Railroad Museum
Colorado Railroad Museum

Surrounded by towering Western buttes, the Colorado Railroad Museum combines a spectacular location with more than 100 narrow and standard gauge locomotives, cabooses and cars. Exhibits include a working Roundhouse, model railroads, photographs and artifacts, much of it housed in a replica of an 1880s-style depot. Train rides every Saturday on the Galloping Goose take guests on a third of mile loop of track, while “Steam ups” and special events including “A Day Out With Thomas” occur throughout the year. More Info

Within An Hour From Denver

Denver Realtor: Central City & Black Hawk
Central City & Black Hawk 

These two old gold mining towns (once known as the “Richest Square Mile on Earth”) have come alive with casino gambling. Two dozen casinos rock 24-7 with 10,000 slot machines, poker, black jack, roulette and craps. The surrounding hills are covered with abandoned gold mines, Victorian buildings and Old West history. Located 34 miles west of Denver. More Info 

Denver Realtor: Georgetown Loop Railroad

Nestled in a steep mountain valley, the “Silver Queen” is one of Colorado’s most elegant mining towns with 200 Victorian buildings. Ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad over a 100-foot high trestle to neighboring Silver Plume, tour historic homes and shop on the quaint Main Street that has been used in films by Clint Eastwood and John Denver. Located 42 miles west of Denver on I-70. More Info

Denver Realtor: Echo Lake and Mount Evans
Echo Lake and Mount Evans

The highest paved road in North America climbs 9,000 feet from Denver, passing through five life zones en route to the 14,264-foot high summit. This is one of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners (peaks that climb to 14,000 feet and above), and one of only two in the nation that you can drive up. Stop at Echo Lake along the way for hiking trails, fishing, picnic tables and an unusual eight-sided log cabin restaurant. At timberline, the Denver Botanic Gardensmaintains a trail that winds through wildflowers. Due to snow, the Mount Evans Highway is generally open to the top only between Memorial Day and Labor Day. More Info


Denver Realtor: Boulder

Home to the University of Colorado, Boulder has been described as the “the city nestled between the mountains and reality.” A recent study pegged it as the “happiest” city in America. You’ll find out why when you stroll past the shops, cafes and street performers on the Pearl Street Mall, or take a hike on the city’s 200 miles of trails. Nearby attractions include the National Center for Atmospheric Research with a museum on weather and global warming, and towering Eldorado Canyon State Park, one of the most famous technical climbing centers in America. Boulder is 27 miles from Denver on Hwy. 36.More Info


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Denver Realtor: Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado’s No. 1 attraction is 71 miles from Denver and offers an unforgettable trip into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. More than 350 miles of trails meander to valleys of wildflowers, thundering waterfalls, high alpine lakes and craggy, snowcapped peaks. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous highway in the world with panoramic views in all directions. See elk, moose and big horn sheep, while hawks and eagles circle overhead. At the entrance to the park, the historic resort village of Estes Park offers shopping and dining. More Info

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A Buyer’s Denver Realtor Really is FREE for Buyers

I just added a page about why every Denver Home Buyer should hire a metro Denver Realtor with the following information.

Every Buyer Should Hire a metro Denver Realtor

Buyer’s Denver Area Realtors Really are FREE for Buyers

Many of us believe that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The truth is that buyers really do get professional services for free.

Buyers who think they will get a house for a lower price when they contact the listing Realtor directly are assuming that the listing Realtor will pass on a commission discount to the seller. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! The listing Realtor already has an agreement with the seller and they will receive both sides of the commission if the buyer has no Realtor. There is much research, paperwork, and phone calling to complete, thus a smart Realtor would never represent both sides for one fee, and below is why:

How are Denver Area Realtors Paid?

Before we can talk about why it is a misconception that buyers pay more when they have their own Denver Realtor, you need to understand how Realtors are paid.

Almost all Realtors work on 100% commission. No salary, sick days, or health insurance.

Home sellers hire listing Realtors to help them sell their home. The Realtor charges the seller a commission on the total sale price, typically somewhere between 5-7% for a full service Realtor. Listing Realtor only get paid if they are able to get a contract on the home. If the home doesn’t sell, then the Realtor makes nothing.

Since there are thousands of Realtors, and thousands of buyers, the chances that the listing Realtor will actually locate a buyer for the home is slim. So, listing Realtors offer to pay a portion of the commission that they receive to the buyer’s Denver Realtor that represents the buyer who purchases the house.


A Buyer’s Denver Realtor Really is FREE for BuyersBut, it rarely is just a split between the 2 Denver Realtors. Most of the time, the Denver Realtors work under the umbrella of a brokerage. Both Denver Realtors split their side of the commission with their brokerage. Depending on the brokerage and the Realtor’s production level, the portion that the Realtor keeps is typically between 50-70% of their side of the deal (there are a few company’s that offer plans where Realtors can pay upfront fees and keep up to 95% of their commission).

1 Denver Area Realtor & 2 Clients Doesn’t Result in a Lower Sale Price

When a buyer calls the listing Realtor directly, some Realtors will try to talk the buyer into not using their own Realtor. The reason that they do this is obvious. If there isn’t a buyer’s Realtor assisting the buyer, then the listing Realtor doesn’t have to pay out a portion of the commission to the buyer’s Realtor/buyer’s broker. Many buyers assume that listing Realtors will reduce the commission charged to the seller if there isn’t a second agent…and thus the home seller can sell for a lower price.

Usually, this simply is not true.

There is a lot of work that goes along with assisting buyers after a contract gets accepted. When this work isn’t done, contracts can fall apart. Homes go unsold and Realtors don’t get paid. To make sure the deal closes, listing Realtors will add the buyer side details to their list of things to do when a buyer’s Realtor isn’t involved in the transaction.

Most listing Realtors don’t want to do all of that work for free. If they reduce the commission to the seller by the amount normally paid out to a buyer’s Realtor, then the listing Realtor does twice as much work for the same money.

What is Transaction Broker Agency?

Some listing Realtors will offer to assist the buyer while only representing the seller. This means that the buyer has no one advocating for their rights, since the listing Realtor is working for the seller. More often, the listing Realtor will offer to work under Transaction Broker Agency. Transaction Broker agency means that one Realtor represents both the seller and buyer in the same transaction. If you call the listing Realtor from an ad or off the yard sign, or walk into an open house, you will often be setting yourself up for the listing Realtor to try to talk you into transaction broker agency.

Why You Should Avoid Transaction Broker Agency

Whether you are the buyer or seller, having your Realtor represent the other side means that your Realtor cannot advocate for you in negotiations. Your Realtor can present options for you, but can’t help you decide which approach is most likely to get you what you want. Buyers and sellers don’t benefit from dual agency. The only people who benefit from dual agency are listing Realtors that keep the entire commission. And, it truly is hard to disconnect from their original allegiance to the seller.

How Do We Handle Transaction Broker Agency?

We don’t do transaction broker agency except in rare situations. When unrepresented buyers contact us about our listings, we offer to show the buyers the homes and explain that we represent the seller. We let the buyers know that they have 3 choices if they like the property and want to make an offer:

1. As a seller’s Realtor, we can assist them with the paperwork and the contract details just as a store salesperson can assist the people that are purchasing products from the store. We will be representing the seller and will encourage the buyer to accept the terms that the seller wants. By the way, this is exactly what new construction salespeople are doing when a buyer purchases a new home without a buyer’s Realtor.

2. We can refer the buyer to another good Denver Realtor that can act as a buyer’s Realtor and represent the buyer’s interests. We would much rather have a good Realtor of the other side of the deal, doing the work to make sure that the deal closes, than have a deal fall apart when an unprofessional Realtor fails to stay on top of contract details such as loan and appraisal contingencies.
3. The buyers can find a Denver Realtor on their own who can represent their interests in contract negotiations. If you discover a home through an ad or a yard sign, call an Denver Realtor that will represent YOU and not try to sell you on transaction agency.

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Denver Realtor: Record Low Number Of Denver Area Homes For Sale

This was the most recent article from Metrolist (The Denver MLS) about record low levels of Denver area homes for sale.

Year-over-year inventory levels continue to be low, home prices are up and average days on market (DOM) for Denver-area homes is down, making for a prime sellers’ market according to the latest reports from Metrolist®, which powers, a free resource for Colorado home buyers, sellers, and owners.

Since July of last year, the number of available homes on the market has continued to shrink. At the close of January, there were only 7,094 homes for sale, which is 8 percent fewer than December figures. While January numbers typically reflect a seasonal slow down, average sale prices remained up 11 percent from this time last year.

Indicative of the competitive housing market, sellers can expect an extremely quick sales cycle, as the average DOM is at 78 days, 25 percent below January 2012.

“The time is now for sellers who have been waiting to put their home on the market,” said Kirby Slunaker, CEO and President of Metrolist. “Prices are back up to pre-recession levels and homes that have been priced appropriately are receiving multiple bids and closing at much faster rates.”

“We’re seeing a general sense of optimism within all facets of the housing industry and these numbers support what we’ve been hearing from local real estate professionals,” says Slunaker.

Historically low inventory levels have also led to a long-awaited uptick in residential construction. According to’s recently launched new home construction search feature, 850 of the 8,600 listed properties were new homes.

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