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 The initial alert will tell you all the coming soon, active, under contract, sold, withdrawn and expired listings in that area, going back 90 days or longer.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

An Affordable 3-Bedroom Lakewood Condo in a Quiet Location

1723 Robb Street #8, Lakewood – Just listed for $200,000

This 3-BR, 2-Bath, 1,000-sq.-ft. condo is a bright corner unit with newer double pane windows and newer appliances. This is low maintenance living at its best! The complex (Blueberry Hill Condos) is within walking distance of King Soopers and is a commuter’s dream, convenient to I-70, light rail and Colorado Mills Mall. At this price, there may be lots of offers, so act quickly. Tenant is moving out this weekend and new carpet is being installed on Monday, August 10, so you might want to look at it after then. We won’t sell it before next Tuesday evening. Take the narrated video tour at www.LakewoodCondo.info, then call your agent or Jim Swanson at 303-929-2727 for a showing.

Gated Daniels Gardens Home Listed by Jim Swanson

Buyers looking for a private turn-key house will love the top quality features in this move in ready 3-bedroom, 3-bath home at 1205 Vivian Street. The entire home was gutted by the previous owner and further improved by the current owners. Features a long paved driveway leading to a detached 2-car garage with 220V service and an upstairs finished exercise room. There is covered RV parking area with 50 amp service and sewer access.  The Daniels Gardens area is quiet with great access to 6th Avenue and I-70.

There are 32 pine trees in the 0.29-acre fenced lot. Everything in this home has been meticulously upgraded or replaced with great care and quality — new roof, new boiler, gas stove, new paint, new granite kitchen counter and backsplash. The large master bedroom has wood floors and a walk-in closet. All appliances and the newer washer and dryer are included. Visit www.LakewoodHome.info for more details and photographs as well as a narrated video tour.  Call your agent or Jim Swanson at 303-929-2727 for a private showing.

Daniels Gardens Home Just Listed by Jim Swanson

Buyers looking for a private turn-key house will love the top quality features in this move-in ready 3-bedroom, 3-bath home at 1205 Vivian Street. The entire home was gutted by the previous owner and further improved by the current owners. It features a long paved driveway leading to a detached 2-car garage with 220V service and an upstairs finished exercise room. There is covered RV parking area with 50 amp service and sewer access. The Daniels Gardens area is quiet with great access to 6th Avenue and I-70. There are 32 pine trees on the 0.29-acre fenced lot. Everything in this home has been meticulously updated or replaced with great care and quality — new roof, new boiler, gas stove, new paint, new granite kitchen countertop and backsplash. The large master bedroom has wood floors and a walk-in closet. All appliances and the newer washer and dryer are included. For more details and pictures, visit www.LakewoodHome.info.

Note: This home can be purchased fully furnished. 

Pheasant Creek Townhome Listed by Jim Swanson

This 2-story 3-bedroom townhome at 10116 W. Dartmouth Ave. in Lakewood’s Pheasant Creek subdivision offers affordable living with good access to US 285 and C470 via Kipling or Morrison Road. It features tile flooring and brand new carpeting, an outdoor patio, and a wood-burning fireplace. The unit was recently professionally painted and is move-in ready. All appliances — stove/range/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and washer and dryer – are included. Assigned parking is across from the unit. You’ll appreciate the original, well cared for condition inside, and the fact that it’s priced for quick sale at $269,900. Find more pictures and a video tour at www.LakewoodTownhome.info, then call your agent or Jim Swanson at 303-929-2727 for a private showing.  

Just Listed: 5-Bedroom Arvada Ranch on 0.97 Acres

This secluded ranch home at 7050 W. 61st Avenue sits on a cul-de-sac just minutes from downtown Arvada.  The 0.97-acre lot has a 900 square foot detached garage, a large out building previously used to raise geese, and a shed for extra storage.  Ditch water is used for irrigation. There is a holding pond and pump system installed for irrigating the lot. The home was recently painted and new gutters and roof were installed. The garden level basement was recently finished, including upgraded electrical and new carpeting. You can take a room-by-room narrated video tour (including drone footage) at www.ArvadaRanch.info.  Contact your agent or  listing agent Jim Swanson at 303-929-2727 for a private showing. Just listed at $589,000.