Readers Appreciate Our Free MLS Neighborhood Alerts

Back in April 2019, I offered to set up Free Neighborhood Alerts for any reader who wanted to keep track of real estate activity in their subdivision or larger area. The response was overwhelming. I myself have 42 readers who currently receive such alerts for their neighborhood.

I’m not complaining. My broker associates and I are pleased to make this service available to everyone who wants it, and we’ve become pretty efficient at creating these free alerts.

The MLS allows members to set up an unlimited number of email alerts, designed to assist buyers in searching for homes. We have adapted it to provide neighborhood alerts. Once set up, the alerts are generated automatically by the MLS. Just give us your address and the boundaries of the area you wish to monitor. The initial alert will tell you all the coming soon, active, under contract, sold, withdrawn and expired listings in that area, going back 90 days or longer.

Future alerts will come to you within 15 minutes of a new or changed listing being entered on the MLS. You will literally be up-to-the-minute in your knowledge of real estate activity in your neighborhood!

I’m happy to handle every request I get from readers, but feel free to ask any of our broker associates to create a neighborhood alert for you. They are listed below with their email addresses and are more than happy to provide this free service. Send your requests by email only, please.

In addition to setting up the neighborhood alert for you, we can also send you valuation reports on your home using two different software packages — Realtor Property Resource (RPR), which is only available from members of the Realtor association like us, and Realist — that you will find are much more accurate than Zillow’s “Zestimates,” which home owners are used to seeing.

I also like to provide a spreadsheet of active, under contract and sold listings that are comparable to your own home, which serves as a double-check on those two software valuations.

Jim Smith, Jim@GoldenRealEstate.com

Broker Associates:

Jim Swanson, BrokerSwanson@aol.com

Chuck Brown, Chuck@GoldenRealEstate.com

David Dlugasch, David@GoldenRealEstate.com

  Carol Milan, Carol@GoldenRealEstate.com

  Ty Scrable, Tyler.Scrable@gmail.com

Downsizing Safely and Effectively in Your Senior Years

Are you thinking that now’s the time to leave your big-house life behind? If so, you’re in luck. Despite the pandemic, the real estate market is strong, interest rates are low, and it’s still a great time to sell and buy. But you can’t go into the process blindly. Here are some tips to get you started on the right track.

First on your to-do list: Work with an experienced agent like those of us at Golden Real Estate. After all, an agent who knows the area can price your home correctly and help you find the right replacement home for you. We know the local market and whether a neighborhood is senior-friendly. You can ask us questions and get knowledgeable answers about local amenities, such as public transportation, fitness centers, and local senior facilities that will enrich your life.

If you prefer to downsize into a rental unit within a senior community, we can advise you on those communities and that process too, so feel free to ask us.

We can also help you determine a budget. As a buyer, keep in mind that it’s a seller’s market, and having us on your side can help get your foot in the door. If you’re moving locally, we can also save you a bundle with our free moving truck and our in-house movers.

You want to take a look at your budget to determine what you can afford. Our preferred lenders offer free affordability calculators. They allow you to input data, such as your home price, down payment, and monthly expenses. This can help you determine your potential future living expenses.

Once you have an agent and a price range, it’s time to compare what you can afford with what you need, and then make adjustments to your list as necessary. Many seniors, according to Home Tips For Women, look for features including those which lower utility costs. These, along with things like single-level living and wide doorways, allow for greater mobility, an important consideration if you’ve already begun to experience mobility issues.

Something to keep in mind during the downsizing process is that moving into a smaller home will require downsizing your belongings as well. Once you have chosen your future home, you can evaluate the belongings in your current one. This is an emotional process which takes patience, and, ideally, you’ll have cooperation from your friends and family. It’s often best to give certain things to your children and grandchildren now so you’re not tight on space in your new home. You can use our truck for that, too (and for trips to Goodwill).

If you’re moving outside the metro area, choosing the right moving company is something else that deserves special attention. Movers charge different prices, even for what appear to be the same services. Your moving company will factor everything from whether you need an entire truck to how far you’re moving, to the overall weight of your household goods into the price. Previous clients have given us feedback on their experiences which we can share with you.

Finally, make your move while you’re in good health and don’t wait until you have to move. And let yourself enjoy the process. Your retirement is a time of change and to feel all the excitement associated with it. Moving is not always easy, but the end result of downsizing can be more financial freedom and a better quality of life during your senior years.

Downsizing as a senior presents a significant lifestyle change, but it’s one to embrace. If you still have questions, don’t be afraid to reach out to us. My broker associates and I (see below) are here to make the process as seamless as possible and can be a valuable resource not to be overlooked.

Jim Smith— 303-525-1851

Jim Swanson — 303-929-2727

Chuck Brown — 303-885-7855

David Dlugasch — 303-908-4835

Carol Milan — 720-982-4941

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Tyler Scrable — 720-281-6783

Here’s a Good Resource for Seniors

Colorado doesn’t rank high in the percentage of our population that’s 65 and over. In fact, seniors represent only 14.2% of our population, ranking Colorado 46th among the 50 states.

Recently I was made aware of a website with tons of Colorado-specific information for seniors. Here’s that website’s address: https://www.seniorhousingnet.com/seniors/senior-living-us/colorado

2001 Home North of Golden Just Listed by Carol Milan

5974 El Diente Street, Golden – Just listed at $704,000

Check out this beautifully updated home at 5974 El Diente Street in desirable North Table Mountain Village. It was just listed by Carol Milan at $704,000. This quiet neighborhood is walking/biking distance to the trails of North Table Mountain and Long Lake Park. The home features 4 bedrooms and a loft which could be an additional bedroom. With 4 beautifully updated bathrooms and an open floor plan, this home is very inviting and spacious. The beautifully finished basement features a custom wet bar, workout area, and home theater. Enjoy endless hot water from the newer tankless hot water heater. The Premier storage system in the garage is completely off the floor and washable. The backyard adjoins the neighborhood greenbelt. Take a narrated video tour at NorthGoldenHome.com, then call Carol Milan at 720-982-4941 to see it.

Mesa Meadows Ranch Just Listed by Carol Milan

Just listed for $878,000

This rare ranch home at 1013 Meadow Run, Golden, with its full walkout basement, backs to the Tucker Gulch greenbelt. It’s situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with great views of North Table Mountain and the foothills. It has 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and a main-floor office. This home has an open feel, featuring a large kitchen with breakfast bar island and a formal dining room. The walk-out has ample space, a rough in for wet bar, and 3 bedrooms . The large fully fenced yard backs to the greenbelt, providing easily walkable access to downtown Golden. The 3-car garage and mature landscaping make this an incredibly rare find in one of Golden’s most popular neighborhoods. Take a narrated video tour online at MesaMeadowsHome.com, then call your agent or Carol Milan at 720-982-4941 for a private showing. Open Saturday, Mar. 7, 1 to 3 p.m.  

Price Reduced on Home in Golden’s Foothills

5771 Bear Paw Road, Golden CO 80403 – Just reduced to $899,000

You won’t believe the mountain and city views (all the way to DIA) from this beautiful log home in a gated community, nestled on 35 acres just 14 miles from downtown Golden, with easy access to Denver, Boulder and Eldora Ski Resort. (You can be on the slopes in 30 minutes!)  Now priced at $899,000, this peaceful, furnished retreat is one of a kind.  Complete with a plow truck and camper for extra guests or rental, all you need to do is move in!  Buyers who offer full price and close before the end of the year will receive a free 1-year home warranty.  There will be no open houses. Schedule a showing with your agent or call Kristi Brunel at 303-525-2520 or Carol Milan at 720-982-4941 for an exclusive private showing. You can find more pictures and view a drone video tour of this listing at www.FoothillsHome.info.

Golden Gate Canyon Home on 35 Acres Just Listed by Kristi Brunel & Carol Milan

Beautifully nestled on 35 stunning acres, this log home at 5771 Bear Paw Road offers all the beauty of mountain living, just 30 minutes from downtown Golden up Golden Gate Canyon. Just minutes from the Golden Gate State Park, this home is also an easy drive to Golden, Boulder, Denver and major ski resorts. It was just listed for $924,000.

The large natural stone fireplace adjoins the kitchen in a beautifully open floor plan with a main-level master suite. A large laundry room and sun room off the front of the home, offers both city and mountain views to complete the main level.  Upstairs, the open loft area separates a second master suite and third bedroom, which share a full bathroom. Come see this peaceful property amongst the quaking aspens (peaking this week!) and all that mountain living has to offer! Call co-listing agents Carol Milan, 720-982-4941, or Kristi Brunel, 303-525-2520, to set a private showing.  Get more information and see more pictures at www.FoothillsHome.info.

Broker Associate Carol Milan to Embark on African Mission

If you know Carol Milan, you may know that she is a registered nurse and that her husband, Kevin, is an Assistant Fire Chief with South Metro Fire Rescue, overseeing all firefighter training. In November they are embarking on an 11-day trip to Kenya with Africa Fire Mission, where Carol will work on the medical team, while Kevin handles training of the firefighters.

Firefighter deaths in Africa are excessively high, largely due to lack of training. We are pleased to support Carol and Kevin in this humanitarian mission, and encourage your support too.

The website for making donations is https://provide-training-in-africa.everydayhero.com/us/milan-africa-fire-mission.