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how to avoid wire fraud

 

Your home purchase process slows to a close as the frantic business of buying your house comes to end. You can almost feel the keys in your hand - almost experience the excitement of stepping through the front door for the first time! By all means, enjoy this moment to the fullest but don’t allow wire fraud to creep its way in and steal your happiness. Learn how to avoid wire fraud and you'll be in the clear!

As explained by The Washington Post, wire fraud continues to be “the fastest-growing form of real estate cybercrime in the United States: thefts of home-purchase money wired to complete closing transactions.” Given the prevalence of this crime, safeguarding yourself against wire fraud is more important than ever.

Wire fraud occurs as a

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The Denver Post has published the 2018 edition of the Denver Post Top Workplaces list, a ranking of the best places to work in Colorado. We're delighted that Live Urban Real Estate has been named a Small Business Top Workplace for the 6th consecutive year!

The Denver Post Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And often times, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug

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Make your move eco friendly

With earth day coming up and the real estate market bounding into its busy season, you may be considering how to combine the two and make your move eco friendly! All the cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and toxic fumes can add up… but there are some easy ways to minimize your moving footprint.

  1. Pack Your Bags

eco friendly packing

Instead of using disposable cardboard boxes, search your home for box-like receptacles and use those for your big move instead! Storage bins, duffle bags, rolling suitcases, large tupperware and keepsake boxes are just a few examples of the hidden gems just waiting to make their debut as moving boxes.

  1. Hunt for Boxes

Green packing

Are all of your containers and tubs already full and ready for moving day? Look outside your

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Change the face of Denver Real Estate

Last month, the average Denver single family home price exceeded half a million dollars. This local milestone represents years worth of equity climbs, low inventory, and the changing Mile High City as a whole.

According to Susan Adams, "For the first time ever, our average home prices exceeded $500,000. This isn't especially surprising given the record home prices, low inventory, and high demand that we've seen for the last few years."

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Since 2014, Metro Denver has seen record high home prices and record low days on market... especially in the entry-level and more affordable home sectors. This steep climb into Denver’s current [intense] seller’s market is due largely to the area’s listing shortage. There are far too few homes on the

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 Denver's half million average home price

During the first week of March, 2018, The Denver Metro Association of Realtors announced that the average price of a single family home exceeded $500,000. This increase represents a 12% rise since last year, which is nearly double Denver's historical average increase percentage. Learn what Denver's best real estate agents think of this landmark number!

 John Skrabec- Founder and Owner of Live Urban Real Estate

"I’m not surprised to see our real estate market continue its’ upward trend, and as long as supply remains low, prices will increase. I see no end in sight, until we start building more affordable, entry-level housing to meet the never ending demand. I am concerned about the anti-growth initiatives being discussed in our city, which would

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Premium home prices across Colorado’s Front Range have had buyers in a pinch for the past five years. Those seeking an affordable home in or around Denver have struggled through stressful multiple offers and price tags that they simply couldn’t afford. Real estate experts agree that this extreme seller’s market is due mostly to the area’s listing shortage. 

Colorado Ballot Measure 66 

And yet, a ballot measure is working its way into the November elections that would limit new housing growth to 1% or less of the existing homes in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld counties. Colorado initiative #66 would clearly have a wide-reaching impact on Denver’s housing market.

In a recent update, as reported by The Denver

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With Denver’s restaurant week 2018 just around the corner, our agents served up their favorite locations and dishes from our deliciously foodie city! For 10 delectable days, hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants will offer multi-course tasting menus for $25, $35, or $45.  Denver restaurant week delights taste buds from February 23rd until March 4th, 2018. So, browse restaurant week menus and make your reservations before they’re gone!

 Denver Restaurant Week 2018

Live Urban’s Real Estate Agents know the fare and city well, so you can trust that their Denver Restaurant Week 2018 favs are the top of the town:

Jill Mant - Jill recommends Table Six, Mister Tuna, Rioja, Sushi Den and Bar Dough. 

Jill Mant

“Denver is now so chock-full of deliciousness and all of these restaurants

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 Benefits of Selling Your Home in the Winter 

Denver’s listing shortage continues to drive home prices higher and higher. If you’re a homebuyer, this is likely the news that has you losing sleep at night. But, if you’re a seller, this is the ace in your back pocket!

Listings decrease during the fall, then make a slow climb throughout the winter and into the spring and summer. Though autumn and early winter are seen as Denver's "slow season", buyers are always searching for a good home in Denver and winter marks the start of new buyers joining the real estate market. The thing is, with inventory so low this time of year, homes on the market are at a premium. The benefits of selling your home in the winter are substantial.

Your Home Becomes Coveted

The Tesla of Real EState

Think about it, when Tesla released

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In the spirit of new beginnings, we went searching for some good New Year's resolutions for the homeowners we love and value -- Live Urban clients, friends and family!

New Year's Resolutions for Homeowners

We really like this list of 5 suggestions from HGTV.  They consulted with experts and came up with some resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful, efficient, clean and green place in the coming year:

 1. Streamline the stuff.

One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter. Each year most of us acquire a mountain of stuff. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. (All that clutter also makes your house look dated and dirty,

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Holiday cheer has been spreading like glitter around the Live Urban Office... a dusting of snow greeted us this morning and shoppers have been bustling around Highland Square. The only thing that could make a day like today better is an evening of holiday lights viewing. 

But, have you ever driven Denver's streets only to head home without setting eyes on any truly impressively decorated homes? 

Well, it turns out the Denver Post has an interactive map where you can find all of the most fantastic decorated homes across the Denver Metro Area - and if your house isn't already on the map, you can add it!

So, fill those travel mugs with hot chocolate and hit the road for some good old-fashioned holiday light viewing!

Have fun checking out

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