Golden Ranch with Walkout Basement Listed by David Dlugasch

This ranch at 16030 W. 14th Place is a gem. David Dlugasch just listed it for $798,000. It has hardwood floors throughout the main level. The newly remodeled kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. It has all new windows, electrical panel, A/C, clean air system, high efficiency forced air heating system, sprinkler system front and back, fenced yard, SimpliSafe alarm system and so much more. Off the dining room is a large deck with mountain views.  The main level has two bedrooms and a full bathroom, with two non-conforming bedrooms and a tiled 3/4 bathroom in the basement. The lower level family room is huge! It has a separate bar area, and space for a theater, playroom, pool table, or whatever. Walk out to your beautiful backyard with a covered deck, fire pit, patio, and an upper deck for BBQing. The oversized garage is an added bonus with a 220V outlet for an electric vehicle. Enjoy Orchard Park one block away with tennis courts, swings and lots of open space. You are minutes away from I-70, Colorado Mills, downtown Golden, and walking distance to South Table Mountain trails. See more photos and take a narrated video tour at www.SouthGoldenRanch.online. Call David at 303-908-4835 to set a showing.

Price Reduced on Wheat Ridge Ranch with Finished Basement

Now listed at $825,000

This home at 3740 Tabor Court has a newly renovated interior with all new stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, oak hardwood floors, and custom tiled bathrooms. The main level has a primary bedroom with a 3/4 bath and two other bedrooms with double closets and a full bath in the adjoining hallway. The basement has a family room large enough for a game room or home theater, plus a large bedroom and full bathroom. All 4 bedrooms have new carpeting. The new furnace and A/C will keep you comfortable year-round. The wood deck and concrete patio are perfect for entertaining. There’s a fenced yard and RV parking, too! View a video walk-through, narrated by Jim Smith, at www.ApplewoodHome.info, then come to the open house Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 11am to 1pm. Or call listing agent David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 to set a showing.

https://youtu.be/mnkKN3FEYis

Price Reduced on Renovated Ranch in Wheat Ridge  

David Dlugasch’s listing across from the Clear Creek greenbelt at 11000 W. 41st Pl. is now priced at $865,000. You can take a narrated video tour of this beautifully renovated home online at www.WheatRidgeHome.info. Then call David at 303-908-4835 to arrange a private showing..

Wheat Ridge Rehab Listed by David Dlugasch  

Listed for $898,000

This newly renovated home at 11000 W. 41st Place is on a quiet cul-de-sac conveniently located near I-70 and great shopping. It is an open concept home with stunning high-end finishes throughout. The main level has hardwood flooring and 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, including the primary bedroom with a huge walk-in closet and completely tiled bath. The large kitchen opens up to a bright family room with a modern fireplace and vaulted ceilings, sliding glass doors that lead to a large patio and fenced-in yard. The backyard is private and great for entertaining friends and family. The lower level has an open area that can be used as a family room, home theater, or game room. It has a full bath, large laundry room and 4th bedroom with double closet. The detached one-car garage is oversized with plenty of storage space. The upper level of the garage can be used for storage or maybe a studio. Come see this gem! More details, pictures and a video tour can be found at www.WheatRidgeHome.info.

I’m Reconsidering the Advice I’ve Given About What to Fix or Improve Before Listing Your Home  

Recent experience with my listings has caused me to rethink recommendations I’ve made in the past about fixing up a home before putting it on the market.

Despite a moderating seller’s market, two recent listings went under contract for way above their listing prices, and I think it was because of the effort and money that was expended on dressing them up for sale.

In previous columns I have said you don’t need to do much to sell a home. Only fix “eyesores,” I wrote.  If the carpet is old but not damaged or rippled, just have it professionally cleaned, don’t replace it.

My most recent seller, however, spent significant time and money dressing up their home before putting it on the market, and I think it paid off. The home was listed at what the comparable sales suggested it should sell for, but it attracted 12 offers and ended up going under contract in five days for 20 percent over the listing price. 

The new carpeting was well chosen and beautifully installed. The seller followed our stager’s advice to the letter. The deck was re-stained. The concrete flatwork which had settled was mud-jacked. Windows were washed and screens labeled and put away. I asked the seller to describe all they had done over several months, and it’s super-instructive. Here’s a link to what they wrote.

Another effort — by me — really paid off, too.  The narrated video tour with drone video which we put on YouTube and linked to the MLS and our website was so effective in showing off the home that a buyer from the East Coast submitted the winning offer without seeing it in person. That’s because our videos simulate an actual showing, starting out front (just like a real showing) and going through the home and into the backyard, narrating all the time.

As I wrote in a previous column, we are amazed that more agents don’t shoot live action narrated videos. They’re easy to do once you get the knack of it, and they cost nothing to create and edit if the listing agent does it himself.  And who better than the listing agent to “show” a listing?

Come on, dear colleagues, get with the program. It can pay off for you as it pays of for Golden Real Estate agents week after week!

Secluded Evergreen Home Listed by David Dlugasch  

This spacious and beautiful mountain home at 28 Valley View Lane, just listed by David Dlugasch at $700,000, is move-in-ready. It is located 25 minutes from downtown Denver in Evergreen’s Echo Hills. It has solid hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, slab granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a glass tile backsplash, and a whole house wood-burning stove. This 3-bedroom, 3-bath home has newer carpets, high altitude casement windows, hail resistant roof and a wide open floor plan. It’s nestled among beautiful evergreens and has a great deck for BBQs and entertaining. The yard is flat and fenced in for your pet. It boasts scenic views and has a real mountain feel. Come experience mountain living and freedom at its best. The oversized garage is insulated and has 220V electricity for a workshop and/or electric car. The large 10’x12’ storage shed can store winter wood or equipment. There’s ample room for parking all your toys, vehicles and an RV. Find a video tour at www.EvergreenHome.info, or simply click on the thumbnail below. For a private showing, call your agent or David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835.

https://youtu.be/rL14yMddga8

Golden Heights Ranch Listed by David Dlugasch

Come see this beautiful ranch home at 15820 W. 3rd Ave. with 3 bedrooms and 1½ updated bathrooms in a quiet location. It was just listed by David Dlugasch for $498,000.

The living room and hallway have newer hardwood floors and the bedrooms have wood-like COREtec vinyl flooring. A bay window with mountain views and a wood-burning stove make the living room very bright and cozy. The rest of the home has double-pane windows, a 4-year-old roof and new Hardie Board siding, newer furnace and water heater. The spacious family kitchen has maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom has a double and single closet plus its own half bath. In addition to the carport, there is room for additional cars or an RV through the double gate into the backyard. The large backyard has a deck with canopy, a fire pit and a 10’x16′ custom Tuff Shed. From the elevated rear of the yard you get a great view of the mountains. Nearby 6th Ave. Expressway can get you to downtown Denver in 15 minutes or downtown Golden in 10 minutes. Or take I-70 up to the mountains. The basement has a workshop, is framed out and ready for a new bedroom, 3/4 bathroom, game room, home theater, or whatever you can imagine.  Take a narrated video tour by clicking on the thumbnail below, or visit www.SouthGoldenHome.com, then come to the open house on Saturday, August 7, 11am to 2pm.  Or call David at 303-908-4835 for a private showing.

Leyden Rock Home Backing to Greenbelt Just Listed by David Dlugasch

Welcome to this fantastic home at 16896 W. 85th Lane with 180-degree views of the foothills, mountains and downtown Denver. It was just listed by David Dlugasch for $749,000. This extremely well maintained home is like new. The open floor plan, views and fireplace makes it a great place to relax. Extensive hardwood flooring on the main level adds a luxurious feel to the main level. Enjoy the generous sized office space with French doors that makes it easy to work from home. Enjoy the gourmet kitchen with double ovens, gas stove top, quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances, gorgeous white cabinets, and a bar area, great for entertaining. The main floor master suite has fabulous views to wake up to every morning. The second bedroom on the main level boasts a full bathroom and lots of closet space. The dining area off the kitchen has a walkout deck to BBQ and watch the sunset. A powder room and large laundry/mud room with sink, loads of cabinets and washer/dryer included, that rounds out the main level. The finished walk-out basement gives you another full sized family room to enjoy. The two very large bedrooms have great light, one of them with wonderful views. There’s a full tile bath, utility room with plenty of storage space and another large storage area. The owners also live on the east coast and spent only a little time in the home. Take a 3-D video tour at www.LeydenRockHome.info, then call your agent or David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 for a private showing.

Golden Real Estate Wins Sustainability Award

Broker/owner Jim Smith and broker associate David Dlugasch pose with the Golden Sustainability Award in front of their two Teslas.

Back in 2010, Golden Real Estate was awarded the “Sustainability Award for Business” from the City of Golden for the brokerage’s solar-powered office. Eleven years later, we have been awarded this recognition a second time because of how much further we have taken our passion for sustainability.

Back in 2010 we had a 5kW solar array on our roof — enough to power our office, but little else. We had a couple other features — sun tunnels to daylight our office reducing the need for artificial lighting, extra insulation to reduce the amount of natural gas needed to heat the office, and we accepted polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) for recycling.

Now, we have 2 ground-mounted solar arrays adding another 15kW of solar power, providing enough electricity to heat and cool our office with heat pumps and to power our five agent-owned Teslas as well as offering free EV charging to the general public. We had our gas meter removed in 2017 and now our Xcel Energy bill is $10 to $11 per month, which is the cost of being connected to the electric grid. We are now a “net zero energy” facility — and we’re taking two truckloads of Styrofoam to a reprocessing center in Denver every month.

Thanks to “net metering,” the electric grid functions like a battery, receiving our excess energy during sunny days and giving it back to us when we need it. We like to consider our office an example that other businesses can aspire to, and we are grateful for this week’s recognition by Golden. Click on the following 2-minute YouTube video tour of our net zero office:

Lakewood Earth Day 2021 features this video tour of Golden Real Estate’s Net Zero Energy office.

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