Lakewood Duplex Near Belmar Park Just Listed by Jim Swanson  

This duplex with detached 2-car garage is located on a corner lot at 365-375 Carr Street in Lakewood’s Foster subdivision. It is listed as “Coming Soon” by Jim Swanson for $575,000. It has a single legal description, so it can only be sold as one. Pictures will be uploaded soon to www.LakewoodDuplex.info. It’s in a quiet location near Belmar Park, shopping, etc. There are 2 one-bedroom units. The larger ranch unit is 1,127 square feet with one bedroom and a full bath. It also has a full basement that is great for extra storage. The cozy smaller one-bedroom unit is 600 square feet and is built above where the original one-car attached garage was. Each unit has its own electric meter and laundry room. The lot measures approximately 1/3 acre. This property has been a solid long-term rental and has good bones, but could use some updating. The tenant in the smaller unit would like to stay. Call Jim Swanson at 303-929-2727 with questions or to arrange a private showing.

4-BR Westminster Ranch Just Listed by Jim Swanson

This move-in ready south-facing ranch home with updates at 3865 W. 63rd Ave. is ready for new owners. It was just listed by Jim Swanson for $559,000. The corner lot and low maintenance yard is great for pets. The open floor plan features a large living room with vaulted ceiling, plus a dining area with French doors adjacent to the kitchen. Quality kitchen appliances are included. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 baths on the main level, and 2 bedrooms, a full bath, and a nice family room in the basement. You’ll like the high ceilings in the basement. Built in 1987, the Arlington Meadows neighborhood has great access to Denver and Interstates 25, 76 and 70. The Tennyson light rail station is only 10 blocks away, as well as the large Tennyson Knolls park. View more pictures and take a narrated video tour at www.ArlingtonMeadowsHome.info, then call your agent or Jim Swanson at 303-929-2727 for a private showing.

https://youtu.be/uHPJa1e7uIg

East Arvada Home Just Listed by Jim Swanson  

This is a turn-key move-in ready 4-bedroom, 3-bath home. The address is 3875 W. 63rd Avenue. Jim Swanson just listed it for $595,000. It has an Arvada address, but is in Adams County. You’ll enjoy the numerous updates. The stainless steel kitchen appliances and gas range are included. The three bathrooms have been professionally remodeled, and there is custom wood flooring throughout the home. There are newer windows, and the high quality window coverings are included. The home faces south and has a 2-car garage and additional concrete driveway pad for a third vehicle. You’ll appreciate the home’s convenient location close to I-76 and I-70. It’s only 10 minutes to the Tennyson light rail station, and large Tennyson Knolls Park. Find more information and interior pictures at www.ArlingtonMeadowsHome.info, then come to Jim Swanson’s open house on Saturday, March 19th, from 11am to 2pm. Or call Jim at 303-929-2727 to arrange a private showing.

South Golden Home Listed by Jim Swanson

344 Poppy Street — Just Listed for $595,000

Golden Heights is a small residential subdivision nestled behind the industrial area west of the Jeffco Fairgrounds at the end of the 6th Avenue frontage road. It has its own city-maintained park with playground which is just one block west of this home. The seller has beautifully updated and freshened this 4-bedroom home at 344 Poppy St., which has a 24’x26’ undivided addition with its own 3/4 bathroom and exterior access suitable for a mother-in-law apartment, art studio, rehearsal studio or whatever you want. The large fenced backyard includes two sheds and space for a garden. The oversized garage is insulated, finished and painted, with an epoxy floor. The kitchen has new slab granite countertops. All in all, this home is move-in ready. With its newer vinyl windows and paint, you’d be hard pressed to find anything that needs improving! Take the video tour at www.SouthGoldenHome.com, then call your agent or Jim Swanson at 303-929-2727 for a private showing.   He’ll be holding it open this Saturday, June 5th, from 11am to 2pm.

Open floor plan, wood laminate flooring and slab granite countertops!
Updated eat-in kitchen with pantry
Backyard features this deck, two sheds, garden area and door to 640-SF addition.
The 640-SF addition has its own 3/4 bathroom and exterior door to street.
The oversized 1-car garage is insulated and finished with epoxy floor.

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