Charming Lakewood Tudor Near Belmar & O’Kane Park Just Listed by Chuck Brown

DSC_0463.JPGThis brick Tudor at 6585 W. 2nd Ave. will win the heart of any fan of great architecture.  Built in 1945, it has its own well for both irrigation and household use — a great savings over public water. The entire second floor is a fabulous master suite. The basement is a mother-in-law suite with its own entrance and kitchen. The roof is new (2017) and the home is updated with brand new (2018) electrical service, central air conditioning, furnace, water heater and well pump. It has a detached 2-car garage. The location is great, too — on a quiet street close to Belmar and 6th Avenue expressway, and 1/2 block from O’Kane Park.  For a narrated video tour of this great home, inside and out, visit its website at www.LakewoodHome.info. Then call Chuck at 303-885-7855 for a private showing. Open Saturday, June 16th, 11 to 2. Listed at $430,000. 

Price Reduced on Solar-Powered Arvada Ranch With Mother-in-Law Apartment

DSC_0346Not visible from the street is this home’s solar system, which meets most of this home’s electrical needs for only $137/month year-round. It is located at 5674 Fig Way in the Candlelight Valley subdivision adjacent to the Van Bibber open space park.  A trailhead is just two blocks away. It’s a super quiet location, as you can tell by watching (and listening to) the narrated video tour at www.CandlelightValleyHome.info. This  home has a finished walk-out basement and is on one of the larger lots — over 1/3 acre. Everything about this home is top shelf, including the gourmet kitchen with marble floor, granite countertops and GE Monogram refrigerator. The walk-out basement is a mother-in-law apartment with its own kitchen. The expansive deck and covered patio provide additional entertainment possibilities.  Now listed at $797,000.

 

Gilpin County Cabin Just Listed by Carrie Lovingier

DSC_0450.JPGLocated a couple miles off the scenic Peak to Peak Highway, this charming 2-bed 1-bath mountain cabin at 39 Midway Drive is very private and has lots of natural light, a wood burning fireplace, washer/dryer hookups, and has well water and septic so it can be lived in year round or perfect for a getaway cabin. It sits on almost 2 acres and includes 2 adjoining lots for a total of nearly 4 acres of gently sloping usable land. It has a metal roof. There is plenty of room to build a garage or add on to the existing 550-sq.-ft. cabin. There’s a newer 10’x12’ Tuff Shed. The taxes are only $590/year, and the road is county maintained. Enjoy hiking, fishing, 4-wheeling, camping, or visit the nearby casinos for great food and entertainment. There’s good cell service, which is a rare bonus. Take a narrated video tour at www.GilpinCountyHome.info, then call Carrie at 303-907-1278 for a showing.  No open houses at this time.  Listed at $275,000.

 

Lakewood Townhome Just Listed by Andrew Lesko

Pheasant Ridge Ad Photo - smallerLocated at 10456 W. Dartmouth Ave. in the highly sought-after townhouse community of Pheasant Creek, this is a great opportunity for first-time home buyers! Bring your design ideas and make this home yours. This is currently the lowest priced Lakewood townhouse with a garage! Features include a main-level living room with wood burning fireplace, dining area and a smart kitchen space that accesses the deck — great for summertime BBQ’s! The two spacious bedrooms upstairs share a full bath. The basement has an 80-sq.ft. unfinished room behind the garage with included washer and dryer (and furnace and water heater). This townhome is move-in ready. Community amenities include a pool and basketball court. Close to trails, parks, restaurants and shopping. This is a great starter home in a great location and is priced to sell quickly! View the narrated video tour online at www.LakewoodTownhome.info, then call your agent or Andrew Lesko at 720-710-1000 for a private showing. He’ll be holding an open house on Saturday, May 5th, 11 am to 3 pm.  See also www.GoldenTownhomes.com.

 

Just in Time: A Breakthrough in ‘Rent-to-Own’ for Those Who Can’t Buy Now

Real_Estate_Today_byline      It’s not uncommon for us to get a phone call or drop-in from someone who would like to buy but who might not be in a position do so at this time. They are looking for a rental, and for that we refer them to trusted companies that specialize in rentals. Sometimes the caller or visitor will inquire about rent-to-own, but we explain that it is nearly impossible to find a seller in this market who would consider rent-to-own when they can sell now for top dollar.

I’m happy to announce a breakthrough. Last week our office was presented with a new business model that could fill this gap in the real estate market. The way it works is this: we submit the prospect’s name to a company which, upon approving the person as a tenant, agrees to purchase a house, which that pre-approved tenant can rent.

Once approved, the prospect goes on the company’s website which contains all the MLS listings (sub-ject to company approval) that qualify for this program. The homes can range in price from $100,000 to $550,000. Only townhomes and single family homes qualify for this program — condos do not.

If you’ve looked online for rentals, you are familiar with the limited inventory of rental homes.

The fact that the sellers and listing agents of the qualified MLS listings are offering their homes for sale, not for rent, doesn’t matter. If a prospective tenant finds a for-sale home they’d like to rent, our partner company can offer a lease for that home which states what the rent will be for the next five years, and which also provides a pre-determined purchase price for that home over the same 5-year period.

Let’s say you find a $500,000 home you’d like to rent.  If you click on that listing, you’ll find the following grid of rental and purchase prices:

Rent_to_own_grid As you might expect, these figures are subject to adjustment, since (1) the listed price may not be the final sale price, (2) the home may need renovation work, and (3) there may be other costs associated with purchasing and owning the property. These and other conditions are spelled out in the lease agreement that is signed by the prospective tenant.

At that point, we represent the rent-to-own company in negotiating a purchase of the identified property. To the seller and to us as a buyer’s agent, it’s an ordinary transaction by an investor.   In this case, however, the investor has already identified a qualified tenant for the property.

Although the landlord is bound by the specified rents and purchase prices for five years, the tenant is only locked into a one-year renewable lease and can choose to purchase the home at any time.  They can also choose to not renew the lease and simply walk away.

This flexibility will be particularly attractive, I expect, to people relocating to our area who may be able to buy immediately, but don’t want to lock themselves into purchasing the first home they find. They can rent a home they think they might want to buy, then buy another house after the first 1-year lease period is up.  They can also opt to exercise their option to buy the house for a pre-determined price — an increase over what their landlord paid for it.

Home_Partners_screen_shot  At right is how an MLS listing appears when displayed on the company’s website, showing the listing price on the right and the estimated initial rent on the left.

Although the prospective tenant is not our client — the landlord is — we set up showings for that tenant just like we would for any buyer. When the tenant identifies the home they’re interested in, we tell the company and together we go about buying the property so that tenant can rent it.

If you or someone you know can’t (or doesn’t want to) buy at this time, have them call any Golden Real Estate agent at 303-302-3636 or send an email to info@GoldenRealEstate.com.

 

What Is an ‘Escalation Clause’ and How Should Sellers Respond to One?

In our competitive seller’s market where a listing might attract five, ten or more competing offers, submitted contracts often include something called an “escalation clause.”

An escalation clause is an additional provision worded something like this: “In the event Seller receives a competing contract with a purchase price, net of concessions, in excess of the Purchase Price in this Contract, Buyer agrees to increase the Purchase Price of this Contract to $1,000 in excess of the purchase price of said competing contract, up to a maximum of $______.” I have seen contracts offering as much as $5,000 over a competing contract.

Two things you need to know about this strategy. Most importantly, the seller is completely free to ignore the escalation clause and does not even have to accept the best offer. Secondly, when it’s you submitting the contract with an escalation clause, I recommend not inserting a maximum price. That makes it more likely you’ll receive a call from the seller’s agent telling you what that higher offer is.

 

Black Hawk Mountain Home Just Listed by Chuck Brown

199 Lake Front Dr.jpgReady to leave the city and move to the mountains? Be sure take a look at this 2,200-sq.-ft. 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom ranch-style home at 199 Lake Front Dr. in Black Hawk. This home is about 3.5 miles north of the casinos and within walking distance of Gilpin’s K-12 public school, with quick access to Hwy 119. This home features 1-level open concept living space with spectacular southeastern views of the foothills and snow-capped peaks. Beneath the living area is an oversized 2-car attached garage, laundry room and storage room. Enjoy the wonderful Gilpin County services, low property taxes (only $487 in 2017) and mountain lifestyle. You can see more photos and take a narrated video tour of this home at www.BlackHawkHome.info. There will be an open house on Saturday April 28th, 11am to 1pm.  Call your agent or Chuck Brown at 303-885-7855 for a private showing. Listed at $385,000.