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I just added a page to help home buyers evaluate metro Denver neighborhoods

I just added a page to help home buyers evaluate metro Denver neighborhoods at http://denverhomesales.info/neighborhood-evaluation/

Perform some in depth research on the location of your future home before or after you go under contract. Location is the most important aspect of your future home choice and licensed real estate agents are not permitted to share their opinions about demographics, crime, or schools with you because of fair housing laws. The following links will give you some resources to evaluate your future neighborhood yourself.  In addition to these digital resources, it is advisable to simply go for a walk at different times of the day in the neighborhood you are considering purchasing a home in. These are neighbors and homes you will be living next to for an extended period of time. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are the homes and lawns well kept?
  • Do you feel safe walking there?
  • Are there lots of vehicles parked on the street?
  • Are the city and/or county and/or HOA doing a good job of maintaining common and public spaces?
  • Is there a lot of graffiti and trash?
  • walkscoreIs there any shopping or restaurants or parks close by that make your neighborhood more desirable to you or others? http://www.walkscore.com/
  • Are the any public transit or bicycling options that make your neighborhood more desirable to you or others? http://www.walkscore.com/

Meet your immediate neighbors:

  • Is this someone you want to live next door to?
  • Would they choose to move here again? Why?
  • If they wish they moved somewhere else, where would it be?
  • What is their favorite thing about the location?
  • What is their least favorite thing about the location?

Other ways to evaluate the metro Denver neighborhood digitally:

  • Search for the HOA and/or neighborhood website. Look for the subdivision and common name.
  • Is there a Facebook group or fan page? Look for the subdivision and common name.
  • Evaluate your metro Denver neighborhood on NextdoorFind your neighborhood on NextDoor.com
  • Find your neighborhood on Piton.org, great for demographic information.
  • Find your neighborhood on Neighborhoodscout.com

Metro Denver Neighborhood Crime and Municipal Information

Find crime statistics on NextDoor.comNeighborhoodscout.com and learn about the  different laws and regulations on the city web site of your metro Denver neighborhood. Are Pitbulls allowed? Can you operate a business out of your home? Are there different gun laws? These are some of the questions my clients have had.

  1. Aurora Colorado Web Site
  2. Arvada Colorado Web Site
  3. Centennial Colorado Web Site
  4. Castle Rock Colorado Web Site
  5. Denver Colorado Web Site
  6. Englewood Colorado Web Site
  7. Golden Colorado Web Site
  8. Highlands Ranch Colorado Web Site
  9. Lakewood Colorado Web Site
  10. Littleton Colorado Web Site
  11. Parker Colorado Web Site
  12. Westminster Colorado Web Site

Selecting A Metro Denver School District And School

In addition to surveying the ratings of various schools, you should pay attention to what programs are offered by specific schools, what charter schools options are available, and how difficult it would be to choice into a different school than the designated school for a specific neighborhood.

Colorado School Grades is the most comprehensive and easiest to use web site to evaluate a lot of schools at once, but is fairly superficial.

http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/

Another web site that is comprehensive and easy to use to evaluate a lot of schools at once, but fairly superficial, is GreatSchools.org.

http://www.greatschools.org/colorado/denver/

The following school district web pages will provide useful information about what special curriculum are offered at different schools and how they allow people to choice into schools.

  1. Adams County Public Schools
  2. Aurora Public Schools
  3. Boulder Valley School District
  4. Cherry Creek Public Schools
  5. Denver Public Schools
  6. Douglas County Public Schools
  7. Englewood Public Schools
  8. Jefferson County Public Schools
  9. Littleton Public Schools

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I just created a Denver Home Buying Information Sheet

I created the following Denver Home Buying Information sheet to help answer some common questions regarding the Denver Home Buying process.

http://denverhomesales.info/denver-home-buying-info/

Common Denver Home Buying Questions

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Why do I need a Denver Realtor?

  • Denver Home Buying InformationTo coach you through the process / be your advocate

  • Market and neighborhood knowledge

  • Price guidance and negotiation

  • Help you avoid expensive pitfalls

How is a Denver Realtor paid?

  • Typically Sellers pay their Realtor a commission, which is split with the Buyer’s agent making the services of a Realtor free to the Buyers.

How long does it take to buy a house?

  • After finding a home and coming to an agreement on terms with the Seller, it typically takes between 30 & 45 days to complete the transaction.

What a is lender pre-qualification letter, when do I need it, and why do I need it?

  • A pre-qualification letter is provided by a Lender after an initial credit and income check, providing the Buyer with the maximum amount they can borrow to purchase a home.

  • A pre-qualification is needed prior to being shown homes by your Realtor

  • A pre-qualification letter is needed to prove to Sellers that you are qualified to purchase a desired home, and to ensure you are looking at relevant properties.

What is earnest money?

  • Earnest money is typically 1% of the purchase price.

  • Earnest money is held in escrow as collateral during the purchase process.

  • Earnest money will be credited as part of the down payment at closing.

What expenses will I have other than closing costs and the downpayment?

  • Depending on square footage and types of inspections the Buyer chooses, will determine this out of pocket expense.

Basic ~ $250+

Radon ~ $150+

Sewer ~ $150+

Mold ~ TBD

What is an Agency agreement?

  • A Buyer’s Agency Agreement is required by most Realtors, enabling them to work on your behalf and contracting that you are not working with other agents.

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