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Luxury Rental Listing Service

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Did you know in Denver each day there are an average of 1300 posts for rental properties on Craigslist in Denver? Did you also know that the average window your post will appear on the first page of searches is 2.5 hours after you post the ad?
With a strong background in luxury rental management, I understand the true value in having a well-qualified tenant. When I market your property, I alleviate you of the time and hassle of professionally photographing your home, showing the property, collecting applications, qualifying, processing, and screening the applicant, and negotiating the rental rate. I also have a comprehensive understanding on Craigslist policies and how to utilize the Craigslist platform to the best of it’s abilities. Additionally, I market the property on the MLS which syndicates to websites such as Trulia, Zillow, and more, so there’s more qualified prospects viewing your property.
With this service, you receive:
– professional photography
– aggressive craigslist marketing campaign
– MLS syndication to multiple websites
– a licensed agent showing your property to prospects
– rental negotiations to net you the highest return
– complete and thorough application
– TransUnion background check on applicants
– Reference verification
– Attorney-drafted lease
– Complete ease through the process
You are still the landlord, I just assist with the upfront process.
For a custom quote, please call/text 303.881.6545 or email Kip@KipDenver.com!

10 Most Expensive Homes Sold in Quarter One of 2016

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2016 is set to be another record-shattering year for Denver, Colorado.

And it’s no surprise as the US News called Denver the #1 place to live. 2,732 Denver home owners sold their home in the first quarter which is up 1% from last year’s numbers. Overall inventory has decreased slightly, and the number of new listings coming on the market is down 0.7 percent in Denver metro and up 2 percent in the City of Denver. Meanwhile, the number of listings sold have increased only 2.9 percent and 2.1 percent respectively.  These statistics are evidence of continued competitive, steady conditions in the marketplace.

As we approach another spring and summer frenzy, let’s take a look at some elite properties sold January through March. Here are the 10 most expensive homes sold on REColorado in the first quarter of 2016 for Denver and neighboring communities.


10. $2,875,000 | 660 Ruby Trust Dr., Castle Rock

5 bedrooms | 8 bathrooms | 11,213 sq ft

Courtesy of Robert and Renee Moliter – LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

An extraordinary estate home in a remarkable setting of majestic pines and awe-inspiring mountain views. Architectural design by Gayle Berkey & construction by Summit Chalet, this home features over 10,000 square feet finely finished using the highest quality of materials and workmanship. Five large bedrooms plus bonus room, 8 bathrooms, 7 fireplaces, soaring view-filled great room, 2 laundry rooms, elevator, 3-story winding staircase, thick 8′ knotty alder doors and handcrafted woodwork, over-the-top totally remodeled kitchen with every modern convenience, fully equipped tavern-style wet bar with 800 bottle climate controlled wine cellar, security cameras, sound systems throughout, state-of-the-art theater, Crestron system, impressive lighted stone bridge entry, large circular drive w abundant guest parking, porte cohere with large beams, extensive landscape with huge covered decks, patios and water feature.


09. $2,900,000 | 17 Sandy Lake Rd., Cherry Hills Village

5 bedrooms | 7 bathrooms | 10,005 sq ft

Courtesy of Tracy Tooman – Porchlight Real Estate Group

A fine location in the esteemed Buell Mansion. No expense was spared when customizing this five bed, seven bath – 9000 plus sq. ft. dream estate. Thoughtful attention to every detail from the acoustic treatments to the UV protected west facing windows. The main level features a chef’s kitchen complete with a butler’s pantry, stainless Wolf six burner stove and Sub-Zero refrigerator, custom cabinetry and gorgeous marble countertops. Dual living rooms share a fireplace with exquisite vaulted ceilings and a wall of windows with exquisite views of the lake. Enter the master suite, which includes side by side custom built walk in closets, indoor/outdoor fireplace, private patio and a master bathroom with a soaking tub and steam shower. The basement offers the beginning of a sound-proofed theater, wine cellar and bedroom are framed in and ready to complete.


08. $3,000,000 | 22955 Peak to Peak Hwy., Nederland

5 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 16,800 sq ft

Courtesy of Bruce Royer – RE/MAX Alliance Boulder

One of a kind custom mountain home and ice skating facilities on 43+ acres. Adjacent to National Forest. Inspirational panoramas. Only minutes to Eldora Ski Resort. This home features an updated kitchen w/two Dacor gas ranges and two Kitchen Aid dishwashers. Granite top island. Great room with massive stone fireplace. Two master bedroom suites. And did we mention an ice skating rink with ice making features and zamboni machine. Only the sounds of nature surround this luxury home.


07. $3,100,000 | 1910 Stony Hill Rd., Boulder

5 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 7,897 sq ft

Courtesy of Michael Bader – RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc

Reminiscent of an Aspen chalet complete with natural stone. Desirable Devil’s Thumb location. Entertainer’s kitchen featuring cherry cabinets, oak floor, Corian counters and an unbeatable Boulder location.


06. $3,950,000 | 1760 Sunset Blvd, Boulder

5 bedrooms | 8 bathrooms | 6,531 sq ft

Courtesy of Jay Hebb – RE/MAX Alliance on Walnut

Incredible estate on Downtown Boulder’s coveted Sunset Blvd. This home is LEED Certified as a comfortably modern masterpiece perched above the city offering the most breathtaking views in town. Oversized lot affords privacy and serenity with being just blocks from the areas finest amenities including Ideal Market Plaza and the renown Pearl St Mall. Finishes throughout will impress the most discerning Buyer. Custom garage features a high-end car lift and 7 additional underground parking spots.


05. $3,950,000 | 5701 E. Stanford Dr., Cherry Hills Village

6 bedrooms | 9 bathrooms | 12,130 sq ft

Courtesy of Gina Lorenzen – The Kentwood Company

Positioned on over 2 acres, this stunning, sophisticated Cherry Hills residence has been completely renovated to perfection, by Paul Newymer, contractor, and Steve Ekman, architect. Gorgeous wood floors, beamed cathedral ceilings, well-designed William Ohs kitchen, expansive great room, wet bar & top-of-the-line 54 in. wide screen fireplace, with floor-to-ceiling honed white limestone. Sumptuous main floor master with 6pc bath + guest en suite, formal living and dining rooms, study, laundry and mud room on the main level. Four additional en suites on the upper level, plus huge studio, bonus room, upper laundry and loft area. The lower level includes a generously sized media/entertainment room with wet bar, two possible bedrooms, bath, exercise gym and storage. Large, covered, buff-color flagstone patio with grill, remarkable custom rock structured pond, brand new tile roof and exquisite mountain views complete this incredible property.


04. $4,325,000 | 480 Cook St., Denver

4 bedrooms | 8 bathrooms | 10,026 sq ft

Courtesy of Cristy Owen – The Kentwood Company

Sophisticated and Sleek! A complete renovation of this 10,000 sq.ft. Kobey built home was finished in 2013. Formal living room with soaring ceilings opens to a tree-lined terrace, grand dining room featuring a commercial glass front 800 bottle wine room – truly a work of art! Den-music room-library plus family room and kitchen with informal dining, opening to enlarged SE terrace with dramatic linear fire pit, covered seating area, and outdoor dining. Gracious gallery hallways provide circulation and spacious art walls, with lighting by world renowned lighting designer Barbara Bouyea throughout – an art lovers dream! The master, and three additional guest suites, all continue with the same tasteful design. In addition, 12 seat movie theatre, elevator to all floors, three car garage, great storage and rec room/gym are part of this magnificent home.


03. $4,700,000 | 4081 Preserve Pkwy, Greenwood Village

5 bedrooms | 9 bathrooms | 12,832 sq ft

Courtesy of Janet Kritzer – LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Custom home by elite builder Bond General on almost 2 pristine acres overlooking the Highline Canal. The home exudes elegance, quality and fine craftsmanship throughout in custom cabinetry, moldings, rich hickory and tumbled limestone floors, reclaimed wood beams as well Crestron and Vantage lighting systems. Abundant windows provide magnificent views. The handcrafted mahogany library is accented by French doors and coffered ceiling. A Chef’s kitchen featuring William Oh’s Cabinetry, Wolf and Sub Zero appliances opens to cozy hearth room and great room. The main floor master’s suite offers a private balcony, fireplace, sitting room, laundry and Carrera marble master bath. Grand staircase leads up to 3 impressive bedroom suites. The richly finished, walk out basement has a media room, family room, exercise room and a gorgeous wet bar. Beautifully cultivated grounds, private pool and pool house. No detail has been overlooked, a truly captivating property.


02. $5,300,000 | 4603 S Denice Dr., Cherry Hills Village

6 bedrooms | 11 bathrooms | 13,455 sq ft

Courtesy of Nancy Wolfe/Jeff Hendley – LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Reminiscent of a French Chateau capturing the essence of Old World craftsmanship and timeless design. Poised on over two acres of meticulously manicured grounds with a background of spectacular mountain views. The architectural masterpiece boasts over 20,000 SF, including 6 bedroom suites, 11 baths and dramatic designer finishes. The pinnacle of luxury living with over two acres of award winning landscaping, this is an opportunity to own an iconic property like no other.


01. $6,530,000 | 16 Sandy Lake Rd., Cherry Hills Village

7 bedrooms | 15 bathrooms | 14,275 sq ft

Courtesy of Nancy Wolfe – LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

In a class of its own, this strikingly beautiful estate features dramatic lines and unparalleled quality. Designed by the famed architecture firm of Alvarez Morris, its 21,000+ finished square feet boasts a sumptuous master suite with 6 piece marble bath and private study, 4 additional bedroom suites and separate caretakers apartment. Spacious formal rooms offer dramatic views, while its open floor plan and newly renovated state of the art gourmet kitchen make this a fabulous home for grand entertaining. Located in the prestigious gated enclave of Buell Mansion, in the heart of Cherry Hills, this property features a long approach to a circular drive and portico entrance. It’s 2.5 acres offer ultimate privacy, mountain views, expansive terraces, pool, fountain, fireplace and a deluxe outdoor kitchen.

The Future of the Denver Real Estate Market

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In early 2014, after passing my Real Estate boards, I decided to hang my license with a flat-fee brokerage in town that was quickly gaining a reputation in and out of the Real Estate community as making waves. In my 6-month tenure with the company, I received a crash-course in modern Real Estate practices, assisting with over 150 contracts. In this time, I was able to witness first-hand the beginning of a fundamental shift in traditional Real Estate.

While I’m not a proponent of the flat-fee model, (which is a story for another time), competition is a sign of a healthy market in any industry, and every day we see more and more competition flood the Real Estate market, on all ends. Investors continue to invest, transplants continue to move to the Mile High City,and inventory is starting to rise which allows our market to continue to thrive. But some think we are facing another bubble in the not-so-distant future. If you’re selling or buying a home or condo in the Denver area, ignore the hype and look at market realities.

We’re constantly reminded of the familiar frustrations of home prices reaching record highs and inventory hitting record lows. We’ve heard these concerns, yet the Denver area market seems as hot as ever. How can homebuyers navigate these mixed messages? How can sellers know when to sell? How can investors recognize a good deal? What are some of the shifts we’ll see as we continue to turn new technology and heightened competition into the mix?

Here are my 3 predictions of the Denver Real Estate Market to come.

Mobile use will reshape the landscape of Real Estate, already transformed by technology. 

Just like Uber Technologies changed the transportation industry and Airbnb shook up the hospitality industry, advances in technology will change the way we currently see Real Estate. Apps like ZipTour want to revolutionize the industry by providing on-demand access to listings you want to see, right when you want to see them. In a day and age of instant gratification, apps like these will excel, pairing ready homebuyers with licensed agents in a matter of minutes. Smartphones are the new “for sale” signs, where more homebuyers search for new homes online.

Millenials are also now transitioning from renters to first-time homebuyers, and they typically begin the search on their smartphones. According to the Downtown Denver Partnership we are continuing to welcome a multitude of companies to the Downtown landscape, bringing with them a number of jobs. With more higher-paying jobs, more Millenials will enter the market and begin their searches on their phones or online.

Technology has given control to the end user, providing an extremely personalized experience. Home searching apps learn patterns, save preferences, and truly tailor the experience to individual needs. They also allow on-demand access 24/7 and alerts in real time when a new home matches a search criteria.  Apps empower the consumer and will continue to better connect in unprecedented ways.

Affordability will continue to decline, leading to greater innovation from developers.

Housing affordability has seen a continuous decline. Supply continues to stay low and demand remains high. More and more, we’re seeing developers cater to a broader demographic by bringing to the table strategic innovation, such as microhousing developments. These micro-units create an opportunity for renters to get a hip, desirable location at a more obtainable price than they otherwise might have. Many of these 300-400 square foot units run under $1200 per month, which, in today’s Downtown marketplace, is hard to come by. These developments will render a larger urban density in the Metro Denver area.

Smaller, more obtainable development will forge the market.

Neighborhoods that have until today remained untapped, are gentrification-wary, and rightfully so. Globeville and Elyria-Swansea are perfect examples of this, neighborhoods rich in cultural and historical significance on the front line of a major shift. Tied by two chief elements, industry and immigration, these neighborhoods initially attracted immigrant workers from Europe in the early 1900’s. The landscape has changed as jobs have transitioned and the mousetrap of I-25/I-70 intersection divides the communities. Many of these homes are past their life expectancy, streets are in dire need of city improvement, and the neighborhood is heavy with freight rail. Even with these obstacles, city officials are optimistic of a brighter future for the neighborhood.

Given the current conditions of the neighborhood, I don’t foresee these neighborhoods transitioning into a future Highlands or Berkeley, where rooted families have been pushed out. Rather, I’m optimistic that a happy balance of reclaiming the historical, cultural integrity and providing newer housing options will come into play. One idea is developing smaller, denser, more obtainable housing, allowing Buyer’s to enter the market close to Downtown at a lower price point that previously wasn’t available. Much like the apartment micro-unit wave we’re starting to see, I predict microhousing will enter the single family and attached home market.

Want to sell your home, buy a home, rent a home, or invest in the market, feel comfortable in doing so as it’s never been a better time. While the landscape might change on the horizon, we still have a lot of opportunity ahead.

If you’re looking to sell, buy, rent, or invest, don’t hesitate to reach out!