1130 W 76th Way, Arvada, CO

Are you looking to break away from a modern home and want a space that is custom?

This home was built from scratch with a sole vision of building a foundation of love.

The home has an ample living room and large windows throughout.

A spacious kitchen that includes an many cabinets which makes it easy for you to store all of your ingredients. There’s a beautiful breakfast area where friends and family can enjoy lively brunches and a formal dining room for when you’re entertaining guests.

In addition the home has a bodacious covered deck that allows you to enjoy picturesque mountain views in your own back yard.

Put more love into this home by making it yours!

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5 Things to do in Golden Colorado

The city of Golden Colorado is located northwest of the city of Denver. The gateway to the Rocky Mountains. The Wild West is still alive in Golden, Colorado’s territorial capital until 1867. Upon arriving in Golden, you are welcomed with an old-fashioned wooden arch over Washington Street reading: “Howdy Folks! Welcome to Golden!”

Established as a gold-rush town, Golden City quickly became a leading economic and political center of the region, being a center of trade between the gold fields and the east, a crossroads and gateway of important roads leading to the mountains. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains.

  1. railroad_museumColorado Railroad Museum – The Colorado Railroad Museum has over 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses HO Model Railroad and G-scale garden railway on our 15-acre railyard. OPEN DAILY 9:00AM TO 5:00PM
  2. Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Is a rock structure near Morrison, Colorado, 10 miles west of Denver, where concerts are given in the open-air amphitheatre. There is a large, tilted, disc-shaped rock behind the stage, a huge vertical rock angled outwards from stage right, several large outcrops angled outwards from stage left and a seating area for up to 9,525 people.
  3. Golden Gate Canyon State Park – Is a Colorado State Park located in Gilpin and Jefferson counties northwest of Golden, Colorado. The 11,998-acre (48.55 km2) Front Range park established in 1960 has 36 miles (58 km) of hiking trails. Horse and bicycle travel is allowed on 22 miles (35 km). Facilities include a visitors center, over 100 campsites and over 100 picnic sites.
  4. Coors Brewery – Two blocks east of the downtown shopping district is the starting point for touring the world’s largest brewery. Tour vans collect visitors at the parking lot, take them on a brief drive through downtown, then over to the Brewery. The tour includes a brief history of the business, an explanation of the brewing process, a chance to see the beer being made, and a trip to the Coors hospitality room, where visitors of legal drinking age can sample Coors products for free!
  5. astor_houseThe Astor House – Is a historic stone hotel from the earliest years of Golden, Colorado. Associated with prominent area pioneers, it was also a pioneering effort in historic preservation in the region. On June 13, 1972 Golden’s people voted to save it, with 69% voting in favor. Afterward it became the Astor House Hotel Museum, which is open to the general public today. OPEN DAILY 10:00AM TO 4:30PM

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10 Reasons to Live in Denver!

Denver ranks No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 2016 Best Places to Live. U.S. News analyzed 100 cities based on quality of life, job market, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Denver had an overall score of 7.8 out of 10. Austin, Texas, came in No. 2 with a 7.7 score; Fayetteville, Ark., got 7.5; Raleigh-Durham, N.C. got 7.5. (see the full article U. S. News & World Report)

So why is Denver a desirable place to live, we’ll let’s look at 10 reason you might consider Denver as your home. There are so many more reason to want to live in the “Mile High City,” but we will start with the top 10 reasons.

  1. 300 sunlight days a year – The Denver area enjoys more days of sunshine than any other city, making it a phenomenal place to play outdoors. Some good advice; invest in a good pair of sunglasses. The snow quickly melts in the city while keeping the white stuff on the peaks. Can’t beat 300 days of sun rays.
  2. A thriving downtown – Downtown Denver doesn’t shut down after 6 p.m., like the downtowns of so many other cities. A historical mining town with a long history of drinking and saloons, Denver nightlife is today a varied scene. Legend has it that first building ever constructed in Denver was a drinking establishment and with a high brewery count per capita, Denver specializes in select microbrews and authentic breweries with a local, Western flavor. LoDo, or Lower Downtown, is a hip enclave of see-and-be-seen bars alongside packed sports bars.
  3. 5,280 feet above sea level – You didn’t think they called it “Mile-High City” without reason, did you? Denver is a mile above sea level. In fact, if you walk up the western stairs of the Colorado State Capitol, you’ll be “Mile High” on the 13th step. The high altitude will definitely improve your golf game, but for newcomers and visitors, it means drinking more water (and less alcohol), taking it easy on physical activity, and wearing lots of sunscreen. The sunsets erupt into incredible oranges and reds, with mountains silhouetted against the backdrop.
  4. Public transportation and parks – Denver offers every kind of free public-park option: dog parks, skate parks, bike parks, walking parks, grassy parks, and above all, Red Rocks. Similar to the concept of Chicago’s “L,” Denver has the RTD Light Rail that stops at 46 stations throughout the Denver metro. With stops all the way from Sports Authority Field at Mile High and Pepsi Center out to Littleton, Denver residents and visitors can get where they need to go without hitting tons of traffic. Just added in 2016 is a line out to the Denver International Airport from downtown Union Station. It’s also easy to transfer to city buses from the Light Rail, and there are Park-n-Ride lots for commuters.
  5. The Rockies mountains are 20 minutes away – The excellent view of the Rocky Mountains just to the west of the metro isn’t the only reason people like living in Denver. Outdoor enthusiasts in particular love the area because they’re only a short drive from hiking and sightseeing adventures at Rocky Mountain National Park, camping in Chatfield State Park or Guanella Pass, whitewater rafting down Clear Creek and so much more.
  6. Front Range is on the front line of this country’s beer production – Although initially known for Coors, the Mile High City has been a huge player in the craft brewery revolution. There are microbreweries located all over Colorado and many within the Denver city limits. You can’t go wrong with any of them and a favorite is the Great Divide Brewery located in Downtown Denver. They have amazing beer, a brewery tour and a tap room. In addition, there are several downtown standouts: Wynkoop Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, Great Divide Brewery, Blue Moon Brewery, Falling Rock Taphouse, Renegade Brewing, Denver Beer Company, Denver Chophouse and Brewery, and Rock Bottom Brewery. Brewpubs outside of downtown include Avery Brewing, Left Hand Brewery.
  7. Outdoor play zone – With nearly 200 parks in Denver, you’re bound to find the right place for outdoor recreation. Many locals love South Denver’s Washington Park—known as Wash Park—for running and biking. It has miles of wide, well-kept trails frequented by runners and cyclists of all levels. For those who aren’t into running and biking, the more modern Central Park in Stapleton is also a great place. In addition to lakes and paths, this 80-acre park includes a stage and playground area, as well as a massive hill perfect for sledding in the winter.
  8. Every major sports team and then some… – If professional sports are your thing, there are plenty of options in the Mile High City. Denver is home to all of the big four major sports teams with the Broncos, Avalanche, Nuggets and Rockies. For the non–traditionalists, there are also two professional lacrosse teams and soccer as well.
  9. Denver International Airport – Thanks to its convenient location in the center of the country, Denver is the fifth-busiest airport in the world (based on aircraft movements). It’s the main hub for Frontier Airlines, as well as a hub for United Airlines and Southwest. Flights to either coast (especially the west) are relatively quick and inexpensive, and flights to Europe and the Middle East often head due north, to Canada, and then over the Arctic, making for an abridged route.
  10. Independent arts and music scenes – From the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to the Denver Art Museum to the Denver Performing Arts Complex (where touring Broadway shows like The Lion King and Book of Mormon please the crowds), the Mile-High City offers its fair share of cultural attractions. If you like live music, head to the Ogden or the Fillmore to catch major touring acts. If you’re searching for smaller bands, check out the Hi-Dive, Bluebird Theater or head north to the Boulder Theater.If you’re into independent movies, the Esquire Theatre (just south of Cheesman Park) shows plenty of indy and foreign films, while the Mayan Theatre (on Broadway, between 1st and 2nd) shows a blend of big-box and indy flicks. Less than an hour south of Denver sits the Colorado Renaissance Festival, a literal village that opens each summer and is filled with hundreds of trained and experienced costumed merrymakers. Not only do these actors live and work in the village, but they also perform on each of the seven stages throughout the festival grounds. You can come in plain clothes or dress up—you can even buy a costume while you’re there! Also, try Steak on a Stake and cheer on your favorite jouster alongside the royal court in the jousting tournament.

Denver Colorado is an attractive place to raise a family, retirement or just the single life. As Denver’s offer of more than 5,000 acres of parks, trails, golf courses and playgrounds makes it an outdoor paradise. But for those sensitive souls when it comes to temperature, Denver definitely has seasons, but they are more mild than a lot of people would think. Lots of snow one day and sunshine the next. Who could ask for more.

Tiny House Craze!

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Downsizing? This is not just a baby boomer trend, because they are empty nesters or trying to get out of house and yard cleanup. No this is a most recent trend of the Millennials. Millennials are wanting to use the money for a home to travel and spend more time with friends and family instead of being strap down with a mortgage payment. So they are not buying over their budget with a starter home, they’re starting with a tiny house.

It’s tiny house Craze!

These perfectly planned mobile homes that take advantage of nearly every inch of space for functionality sake are the latest and greatest in real estate trends. This is a more simplified way of life in the downsized fashion.

The Tiny House Trend

Under 50,000 in cost

So who wants a tiny house? What is wrong with the normal American home? Most of the tiny home hunters are looking for these smaller living spaces because of one of two reasons: financial or environmental. The average American home is over 2,000 square feet and costs on an average of $200,000. Every homeowner will be paying off a mortgage payment for about 15-30 years. This is too long for the typical tiny house purchaser.

Most Americans will spend a good chunk of their lives working just so that they can pay off that massive mortgage, leaving them stuck in a vicious cycle of debt. The main idea behind the tiny house trend is that it allows your home buyers to build or buy, and design their home without entering into that cycle of debt for years.

An increasingly popular choice for tiny houses aren’t houses, but mobile homes, school buses, converted shipping containers, or small houses that can actually be towed behind a truck on a trailer. Perfect for millennials, known for job-hopping and their traveling tendencies who may find themselves in a place where buying the traditional home isn’t viable for their location or current economic state.

The idea behind the trend of tiny houses is that without getting stuck in the trap of debt, tiny house folks can live in a home they own outright and do more of what they love, and less of the working that they may not love as well.

The Tiny House In Colorado

In Colorado, the towns of Durango, Buena Vista, Telluride and Walsenburg have all changed or are working on rule changes to embrace possibilities for tiny houses in the community. Here are some other areas that are welcoming the tiny homes communities: Denver, Boulder, Woodland Park, La Junta and Colorado Springs.

Tiny Homes are not for everyone and this might just be a fade, but the idea of financial freedom and traveling might appeal to a lot people. A tiny house might have a place on your lawn. Would you consider a tiny home?

Home Sales Soar Throughout the Country

It’s not just Colorado that has a booming market full of buyers, it’s everywhere in the U.S.!  Now is the time to sell and find your next dream home.  Check out this article from The Denver Post about the rising home sales throughout the country —

U.S. home sales soar in July to fastest pace since 2007

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By The Associated Press

The U.S. housing market contains a mere 4.8 months’ supply of homes.(Associated Press file)

WASHINGTON — Americans stepped up their homebuying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.59 million, the fastest rate since February 2007.

Sales have jumped 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, while the number of listings has declined 4.7 percent.

The housing market contains a mere 4.8 months’ supply of homes, meaning that prices are rising for an increasingly narrow set of properties. The median home price climbed 5.6 percent over the past 12 months to $234,000. Just 28 percent of the purchases last month went to first-time homebuyers, a group that historically accounted for 40 percent of sales.

“When first-time homebuyers compete with people who are more qualified borrowers that have additional cash, they tend to lose,” said Budge Huskey, CEO of the real estate brokerage Coldwell Banker.

Contact The Strange Team today to see how this market has increased the value of your home!  For loan information contact our business partner and preferred lender Dustin Hodges at Summit Funding, Inc. (NMLS ID# 3199)

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6 Easy Steps To Homeownership

Interested in buying a home, but have no idea where to start?  Check out our easy steps to home ownership below —

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  1. Pre-Approval

Critical 1st step in knowing your buying power and a valuable tool in helping your offer to be accepted by sellers.

  1. Hire an Agent

Having a trusted Real Estate Team working for you will save you time, money & stress in finding the right property.

  1. Home Search

Make a list of your must-haves. Select homes that meet your property & budget criteria

  1. Make Offer/Sign Contract

Once your offer is accepted you and the seller will sign a contract!

  1. Property & Documentation

The home is inspected & appraised to support value. Your documentation is verified.

  1. Closing & Your Keys!

Upon final loan approval, Title Company schedules your signing appointment to close and your keys are delivered!

 

The Strange Team and Summit Funding Inc. are ready and willing to make your home owning dreams come true!

For more information, contact The Strange Team at info@thestrangeteam.com or 720.295.4350 and our lending partner, Dustin Hodges at Summit Funding, Inc. (NMLS ID# 3199)

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Dustin Hodges
Direct: 303.668.7605
Email: dustin.hodges@summitfunding.net
NMLS ID#: 269783
DORA ID#: LBM100030291