Under Contract: 3-BR Patio Home in Arvada  

This paired ranch-style patio home at 7857 Allison Court boasts a large kitchen with granite counter tops, gas cooktop, breakfast bar and tray ceiling in the dining room. The main-level master suite has a soaking tub, double vanities, tile floor, a large walk-in closet, and new carpet. It leads out to an All-Season glass sunroom. The other main-level bedroom has an oversized double closet, new carpet, and large window. When you enter the home, you see the premium hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings in the living room with a pellet stove. Walk out to the Trex type deck with plumbed gas connection for a BBQ. The downstairs is loaded with extras! A home theater is wired with surround sound. The 4-person steam room has bench seats and dual rain shower heads. There’s a large kitchenette with lots of cabinets, wet bar, dishwasher, small refrigerator, and wine cooler. The large, carpeted bedroom has a walk-in closet and double entry doors. There is a gym with equipment for sale, and a room with built-in bookshelves that we’re calling a bonus room. Come and see this low-maintenance home with yard work, snow removal, exterior roofing, painting and plumbing costs covered by the HOA. They also take care of water, trash, and street maintenance. Interior photos and a narrated video tour are posted at www.ArvadaPatioHome.info. The open house originally scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 2nd, has been canceled. Call listing agent David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 for more information.

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!

Price Reduced on a Secluded Evergreen Home  

This spacious and beautiful mountain home at 28 Valley View Lane is move-in-ready. It’s now listed at $675,000. It’s located 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 RV. Find a narrated video tour and interior photos at www.EvergreenHome.info. Or click on the YouTube link below!

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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.

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Just Listed: Ranch on 0.41 Acres Backs to Lakewood Gulch

This 1961 brick ranch at 705 Dudley Street in Lakewood backs to Lakewood Gulch. It is listed at $714,000. Actually, the stream runs through the back of the property, which includes both sides of the gulch. There are several great features of this home, including the 15’x32’ covered patio behind the garage with a built-in gas grill with chimney. There’s a gas fireplace in the kitchen and a wood-burning fireplace in the family room — and enough trees on the property to provide firewood! A trail to Holbrook Park (which straddles the same gulch and includes a playground) is just 100 feet west of this home! You can take a narrated video tour at www.LakewoodHome.info or by clicking on the thumbnail picture below. My broker associate, David Dlugasch, 303-908-4835, will be holding it open Saturday, Aug. 28th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

Price Reduced on Updated Denver Bungalow Listed by David Dlugasch

David Dlugasch’s updated bungalow listing at 847 S. Newton St. is now priced at $349,000. Find more information and still photos at www.DenverHome.info. Click on the image below to view a narrated video tour.

New Listing: Like-New Bungalow in West Denver

This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom bungalow at 847 S. Newton Street is in the up-and-coming Westwood neighborhood, across from Castro Elementary School. It was just listed by David Dlugasch at $374,000. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, and there are hardwood floors throughout, new windows, and new central air conditioning and furnace. The washer and dryer are included. There is a covered front porch, and a back patio to BBQ and entertain friends. There is a 9’x10′ storage shed in the large backyard and plenty of room to add a garage. See the narrated video tour at www.DenverHome.info or click on the first picture below. Call your agent or David Dlugasch, the listing agent, 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.

Candelas Home Listed by David Dlugasch

17830 W. 94th Drive – Listed at $675,000

    Step into this stunning home built in 2018 and see all the features of a wide open floor plan. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a gas range, a huge granite island, beautiful back splash, and lots of light. The dining area leads out through sliding glass doors to a covered deck, perfect for BBQs. The family room has large windows, recessed lighting, and both rooms have hardwood laminate flooring. Also on the main floor is an office/den with new carpet and a half bath. The upper level has the master suite, 5-piece master tiled bath and walk-in closet. Two other bedrooms are carpeted and the third has hardwood laminate flooring. The laundry room is conveniently located on the upper level, as is another bathroom. The basement has 9-foot ceilings and is ready for two more bedrooms and another bathroom that is already plumbed in. Enjoy the Candelas area with two community pools, community centers and gyms. See narrated video tour at www.CandelasHome.info.