Real Estate in Golden, CO

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As of today September 4th, 2012 there are 237 listings in the Jefferson County West-Golden area.  Yet, the closer to downtown Golden you get, the market gets much tighter.  There are 27 listings within 2 miles of downtown Golden.  There is currently 1 listing under 200k, and only 6 listings between 230k and 350k.  As we have seen, real estate in downtown Golden continues to move very quickly with significant demand.    If you are in the market to buy or sell in Golden, feel free to give us a call.  I would love to help you find what you are looking for.   I work all over the metro and mountain areas, but I also love to help clients right here in the town where we live and work.  Give me a call today!  720-363-7050

Century21 Golden Colorado - Barb Ecker

Professional Realtor Barb Ecker Century 21

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Foreclosure News in Denver

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Foreclosures are up a bit in Colorado compared with last year, but the market continues to improve across the board.  This is still a great time to get into a house with interest rates and values starting to rise.

In article by John Mossman  in the Denver Post, he states Foreclosure Filings rose a total of 14% compared to July of last year.  The silver lining though, is that this is a much healthier market on the whole…

“While foreclosure filings rose slightly, they are still well below the volumes in 2010,” said Craig Wildrick of Vectra Bank.

“In 2011, many institutions slowed foreclosure filings given the controversy and legal settlements underway. The slight increase also could indicate that lenders are getting through evaluation of delinquent borrows for loss mitigation options, and are initiating the foreclosure process.”

So the good news is that there are still some deals to be had, but things are moving fast in Denver with rates at historic lows.

-Barb Ecker

Categories: Realty Information

Clear Creek fun in Golden

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This has been a very warm June for Golden, and much of Colorado.  Temperatures have risen into the 90’s in the past couple weeks and that has brought many people down to Clear Creek for a swim, or tube ride.  This time of year, as the creek begins to drop, the tubers and swimmers come out in droves.  There is no better way to cool down and get refreshed than to jump into Clear Creek.  Clear Creek is a natural draw for folks from all over Denver, because of its recreational uses.  This time of year you fill find a combination of kayakers, tubers, swimmers, sunbathers, and plenty of dogs taking advantage of the cool waters of Clear Creek.

Categories: Community Events

Latest Denver Real Estate Market News

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Here are some updates for the Denver Real Estate Market for the week of June 10th-17th, 2012

There are currently 11,294 active residential listings in the Denver Metro area according to Denver Metro MLS IDX

The median price is $324,500 and the average price is $478,840 according to Denver Metro MLS IDX

There are 2.624 active Condo listings on the market with an average price of $271,589 according to the Denver Metro MLS IDX

Inventory remains low, and demand high in certain price brackets.  We are experiencing multiple offer situations in many neighborhoods across the Denver Metro Area.  Many buyers are still adjusting to the new reality that competition is driving up prices and forcing buyers to have to make quicker decisions.  Overall, this is good for the Denver Housing Market.

Here is a quick link to a news story about the Denver Housing Market



As of 6:23am on June 11th, 2012, there are 2,624 active Condominium listings on the market in the Denver Metro MLS IDX. The current range of prices in the Denver Metro MLS IDX is $2,400 to $10,500,000. The median price is $180,000 and average price is $271,589. The average price per square foot is $184. There are 14 new listings today.

Categories: New Homes

Wildhorse Ranch in Golden, CO: The Arbor Collection

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Here is a breakdown of the different models that are being built in Wildhorse Ranch in Golden.

The Alder: Plan 3513              1609 +- Square Feet

This is a Ranch style home with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths with a two car garage.  This has an  open great room concept, nice kitchen with island, pantry and dining area.  This has a  spacious master bath with a large walk in closet.  The model also includes an optional study with french doors in bedroom 3.

The Birch: Plan 3523              1,750 +- Square Feet

This is a ranch style home with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths that features a large kitchen with pantry and nook open to great room.  This Great room area includes a formal dining area.  This model includes a spacious master suite with master  bath, linen closet and walk-in closet.

The Douglas: Plan 3534        1880 +- Square Feet

This is a two story home with a covered front porch, large great room open to the dining area and kitchen with an oversized pantry and optional island.  This plan boasts an open second floor with lots of natural light, loft and two secondary bedrooms along with the master suite that comes with a walk in closet, linen, and master bath.

The Juniper: Plan 3504       2082 +- Square Feet

This is a two story home with a front porch.  This floorplan features a  nice living area that opens to the kitchen and dining area as well, with a spacious second floor with 3 bedrooms and a master suite that comes with a walk in closet, linen, and master bath.

The Spruce: Plan 3514         2335+- Square Feet

This is a two story home with a front porch.  This floorplan is the biggest floorplan and Wildhorse Ranch and comes with a spacious kitchen, dining and family room area with a formal living and dining area as well that can include and office space with french doors.  The second floor boasts 3 bedrooms plus a loft in addition to the master suite with walk in closet, linen, and master bath.

Feel free to contact  Barb Ecker for more information on this exciting new home development in Golden at 720-363-7050, or at



Categories: New Homes

New Homes in Golden, CO-Wildhorse Ranch

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I am excited to tell you about an area of affordable new homes that are being build just 4.5 miles North of the town center of Golden.  This collection is called Wildhorse Ranch by Taylor Morrison.  These homes are very affordable starting as low as 270k for the base ranch model up to 311k for the two Story base model.  This will be an exciting offering for folks wanting to live close to Golden because of the affordable prices and the opportunity to own a new home.  These models are currently being build just off 58th and Highway 93 just to the North of North Table Mountain.  Hiking and Biking trails are literally just a short walk away, with White Ranch open Space less than a mile away as well.  Feel free to give me a call if you are interested in these homes.  We have already worked with buyers in this new neighborhood.  Call us at 720-363-7050 for more information.

Categories: New Homes

Packing Tips

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A few general things you need to know about packing

  • Keep boxes to 50 lbs or less. Put heavy items in small boxes and light items in big boxes.
  • Pack non-breakables tightly in smaller boxes, so they’re not too heavy.
  • Buy clean newsprint to wrap items, and bubble wrap for padding.
  • Pack breakables loosely in plastic storage bins with lots of bubble wrap.
  • Rent furniture pads.
  • Mark your boxes by room, so you know exactly where everything goes. Color coding or using a number system works great (i.e., red stickers for bedroom or 1 for bathroom.).
  • Write “FRAGILE” on all boxes with breakables and stack these boxes on top.

Packing the big things

  • Beds: Tie bed frames together with tape or rope. Then label the pieces so they’re easy to reassemble.
  • Bureaus: Fill drawers with clothes or fragile, well-wrapped items. Cover with a blanket or furniture pads and rope securely.
  • Tables: Remove legs, pad and tie together. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tape under tabletop.
  • Big appliances: Empty, defrost and drain the fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Clean the interiors and put accessories in bags. Stuff towels between washer sides to prevent rotating and tape down moveable parts. Cover with blankets and tie.
  • Computers, TVs, & Electronics: Use original packaging, or buy electronic-specific boxes.

Packing the small (but still important) things

  • Small appliances: Put your microwave, VCR, etc. into boxes, and cushion with wadded paper.
  • Books: Pack them flat in small cartons, alternating bindings. Try to keep each box under 30 lbs.
  • Clothing: Pack hanging items, including drapes, in wardrobe boxes. Leave small items in drawers.
  • Collectibles: Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap and tape securely. CDs: Pack upright and cushion with newspaper.
  • Kitchenware: Stack pots & pans, and cushion with paper. Put a few of these items in the “open first” box. Dishes: Never stack them flat. Wrap each piece in bubble wrap. Pack plates & saucers on edge, with cups & bowls placed around them.

Packing the awkward things

  • Chairs: Wrap arms & legs with bubble wrap. Leave slipcovers on or buy chair bags for protection.
  • Bicycles: Loosen the handlebars and turn them sideways. Cover chains and pedals to keep grease off other items.
  • Mirrors, artwork & frames: Wrap small pieces in newsprint and pack in mirror boxes. Cover larger pieces with cardboard, tape securely and stand them along the truck’s sides or inside wardrobe boxes.
  • Lawn furniture: If heavy or bulky, disassemble. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tie together.
  • Rugs: Roll up and secure with rope or tape.
  • Plants: Put in plastic bags with air holes, then in boxes. Water before you leave.
  • Power and garden tools: Wrap all sharp edges and use plenty of cushioning to prevent injury. Tape long-handled tools together and place small ones in boxes.
  • Lawn mowers/yard edgers: Empty gasoline from all tanks, and check for oil leaks.
  • Garage & attic stuff: Use medium-sized boxes for spray paints, brushes, car waxes, etc. Throw away oily rags or anything combustible.
  • Pets: Always keep them in a pet carrier up front with you. Ask your vet how to make their, and your, move less traumatic.

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Moving Checklist

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Two Months Prior to Moving Day

  • If you will use a mover, get a few estimates from moving companies.
  • If you will move yourself, get costs from at least two truck rental companies.
  • Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.
  • Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter (start with the basement, attic, garage, and other storage areas).
  • Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.).
  • Arrange to transfer school records.
  • Choose a mover (or truck rental company).
  • Get your new home ready – Contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc., so your home is ready when you arrive. Remember to change the locks on all the doors in your new home.

Six weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.
  • Subscribe to the paper in your new hometown to learn more about your new community.
  • Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
  • Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records.
  • Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised.
  • Clean all closets and drawers.
  • Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.

Four weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have “last month” deposits with services, such as the telephone company, request your refund.
  • If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck.
  • If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials and start packing items you won’t need until after you arrive at your new house. See our Packing Tips.
  • Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting.
  • Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
  • Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit.
  • Make any travel plans necessary for your move.
  • Check to see if you need any moving permits.
  • Plan your moving sale. Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions.
  • Collect your important records — Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, veterinary and school records; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.

Three weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids.
  • Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving to another state).
  • If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use of the elevator.
  • Make child-care arrangements for moving day.
  • Hold your moving sale.

Two weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Arrange for disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale.
  • Service your car in preparation for the move. If you’re moving from a warm climate to a cold one, check your antifreeze.
  • Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery.
  • Notify any creditors of your move.
  • Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand.
  • Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
  • Change your address – One week before your move, send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
  • Pick up laundry — Laundry tickets are easy to misplace, so ask for your things by name and not just by the receipts you have.
  • Pack a travel kit:
    Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids. Also, pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items.

One day prior to Moving Day

  • Transfer your bank accounts.
  • Take animals to vet for immunization, if necessary.
  • Close and empty your safe-deposit box.
  • Settle any bills with local businesses.
  • Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses.
  • Find new homes for plants that will not be moved.
  • Confirm any travel reservations.
  • Drain your waterbed.
  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer, propping doors open.
  • Let movers pack your belongings (unless it’s a do-it-yourself move).
  • Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move.
  • Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.
  • Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box “Load Last.”
  • Obtain cash or traveler’s checks for the trip and to pay the movers.
  • Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck.
  • If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture.

Moving Day

  • If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions.
  • Note all utility meter readings.
  • Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork in a safe place.

Delivery Day – Again, be on hand to answer any questions

  • Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.
  • On an interstate move, be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are unloaded.
  • Supervise unloading and unpacking.
  • Be prepared to pay your mover with cash, certified check, or traveler’s checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

Categories: Moving Info