I know some areas have been mentioned but everyone's tastes and and choices are totally different. What 'I think' might be good area might end up being the complete opposite of what you really want. An agent needs to know everything (well not quite everything but close) about you, your partner, your future plans, your lifestyle etc. Architecture of the home will dictate certain areas, if you want a lot of land, modern lifestyle, family plans? .
What fun! This is such an exciting time for you. First home, new city. Take your time and interview an agent that you feel you would like to work with (trust me they will be your new best friend ), Read the article below to get a better understanding. Happy to discuss my Relocation experiences - trust me I visited every area imaginable before finding 'the one'.
You have made a phenomenal decision to move to Denver!
In a recent article in Forbes Magazine Denver was rated #2 as the best cities to buy a home.
According to â€œNational Geographicâ€ magazine Denver was picked as one of the top 10 cities in the U.S. for providing energy-efficiency, the least polluting and the healthiest living environment. The Green Guide presents the top 10 environmental leaders, cities whose â€œgreen achievementsâ€ set the standards for other cities across the nation.
Youâ€™ll find a great selection of homes for sale that meet your specific needs throughout Denver and its suburbs allowing you to select the best home on the market that meets your criteria and at reasonable prices due to the current real estate market conditions, this is a great time to buy especially for first time home buyers. Like any other investment you want to buy when prices are low. As you probably already know interest rates are also low making this a perfect time to buy your new home.
Denverâ€™s climate is mild and semi-arid. The city receives approximately 8-15" of moisture a year, comparable to Los Angeles California, and it records 300 days of sunshine a year (more than San Diego or Miami Beach), Denver has the perfect climate! Winters are pleasant with an average daily high of around 52 degrees. Snow does fall, but it usually melts in a short time due to the Chinook winds that blow down from the mountains. Winter days often reach 60 degree Fahrenheit.
NOW TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION:
One of the first things you should do is research Denver and its suburbs, we can help you get started by going to our web site http://www.RealEstateMetroDenver.com and viewing our â€œLocal Infoâ€, â€œAbout Denverâ€ here is the URL: http://www.realestatemetrodenver.com/local-town3.asp . Youâ€™ll also want to know about Denverâ€™s neighborhoods we can help you there as well just go to http://www.realestatemetrodenver.com/local-neighborhoods-den .
Once you have done the aforementioned you might want to actually come to Denver prior to relocating from San Francisco to tour Denver and its suburbs. If you decide to visit we can help you there as well just contact us and weâ€™ll make arrangements to provide a personal tour of the entire metropolitan Denver area, NO HARD SELL., we provide the ultimate in real service it is the way we work, this statement is verifiable by going to http://www.realestatemetrodenver.com/quotes.asp and seeing what our clientele have said about us and the way we work..
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Hope you are doing well and enjoying your search. Call me if you need any assistance with a purchase in the area. I will be happy to assist.
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Denver-area home resales down 28% in October, prices up 10%
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SInce I am answering your question in December have you purchased a home yet? Now is a great time to buy there are plenty of first time buyer programs and inventory throughout the Metro Area. Location, Condition and Value are the points you should be looking for. Find a lender and a Realtor that will help you in the programs available right now for first time buyers. Qualify for a program before you begin looking so you know what you have to work with and what you will need in the way of funds.
Have a wonderful Christmas
Congrats on your move- I lived in Colorado for 20 years (graduated high school and college) and I LOVE
COLORADO. I would rent and check out neighborhoods in different areas and keep in mind your commute.
Denver has really grown and the highways get pretty congested (like everywhere else). Be sure to find a good lender along with your Realtor so you can get pre-approved and know how much you can afford and are comfortable paying each month.
Best of luck Katie!
I am going to follow what many others have said - unless you know the area well already, renting first will probably be your best bet. Maybe find a short term rental (6 months or so, maybe even 3) so you can begin to see which area will suit your needs. There are so many neighborhoods in Denver, each with their own feel and personalities (yep I believe a neighborhood can have personality!), you wouldn't want to buy somewhere that on the surface met your needs, only to discover a few months down the line you actually prefer a different neighborhood that you still could have afforded.
However, if you are determined to buy, you NEED to find a realtor who knows the areas you are interested in extremely well. Probably someone who lives, works and plays in the same area you are interested in, and made the decision to live there for similar reasons to you. So if you want to be in or close to downtown, someone from there. If you want to be in Highlands Ranch, someone from there, etc. You get where I am going with this....
I live and work in and around the downtown area, so if you would like any advice, even from a renting perspective and areas to explore while you make your decisions, please feel free to get in touch.
Hope your search is going well. And ... Hope you're narrowing your search to include Boulder County, too.
Of course, I am biased and I'm going to say Boulder, Longmont and Boulder County are great places to live.
But the national and local press say the same thing. I rounded up a few links for you to look at.
Prices have remained stable and even edged up in a few places, and that can be a good thing for buyers,
too. We all like stability. What's really great these days is interest rates have dropped so far. On Friday (Oct. 1, 2010), rates were the 4.30s. That used to be what we got for passbook savings accounts. How's that for
a sign of how things have changed?
But the great news is, of course, the great homes here.
Call if you need more information or a guide. BTW: I'll be putting up a listing in Niwot today.
Have a great weekend!
720 810 0683
PML - "the property movers"
I would suggest doing a short term rental when you arrive in November. Craigslist has been pretty successful for me finding qualified tenants. In Nov. you will be in a good position to negotiate some better rental terms because there are not many folks out moving.
When your ready to buy I would suggest picking up a copy of 5280 sping real estate Issue. Hopefully rates stay low and you have more purchasing power in 2011. I wish you well and safe travels.
Well as first time homebuyers, hopefully you've created a checklist of what you want (proximity to work, walkscore, schools, features your new home must have, etc.). With that said, then the hunt for your new home can begin assuming you've got a pre-approval letter from your lender! I'd love to apply for the job to as your buyer's agent. I can be reached at 303-902-1435. Cheers and Welcome to the Mile High City! Esther Harnsberger, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty Success, LLC (Note: Keller Williams has been ranked by JD Powers and Associates...check out the press release: http://www.jdpower.com/homes/ratings/home-buyer-ratings/sort
I'm originally from San Francisco, and most recently lived in Palo Alto before moving to Boulder. Despite having grown up in the SF Bay Area/Monterey area, my husband and I fell in love with Boulder, and moved here knowing it was where we'd want to live for a long, long time. I think you'll be pleased with what you can afford here versus SF. Boulder is still expensive, but entry level real estate is far more reasonable here than in CA.
P.S. Hard to believe, but there's a sushi restaurant here that my husband swears is better than anything in San Francisco, if you like sushi!
Benson Sotheby's International Realty
I love describing many different areas in Metro Denver. Helping people who are moving here from out of state is a lot of fun, especially when you finally come out and find the house and area that you were hoping for. You might want to pick a few different Realtors from this site and email back and forth with them until you decide which one specializes in the area that best suits your needs.
Purchasing a home in November should be O.K. November and December are normally our slowest months for sales so perhaps prices will be a tiny bit better. Of course, many Sellers just pull their homes off the market during those months so your selection may not be as good.
Enjoy your search for a new home,
The Kinslow Team
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Have agents interview you based on your statements made
Research for local magazines or newspaper articles which publish "top suburbs" Our local magazine just published their bi - annual report of Best Suburbs of Dallas....
Congratulations! You will love home ownership and Boulder County.
I'm going to venture a guess that you are accustomed to great restaurants. (That's what I loved about San Francisco - and of course, the million dollar views - when I lived nearby.)
Boulder is called a mini-San Francisco owing to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and great restaurants. Longmont has some qualities that match Boulder. It has great restaurants. Both cities are family-friendly. There are great schools, hiking trails, and a plethora of activities year round. If you're looking for a more affordable home, you'll find that you can typically buy more house just up the road in Longmont. There are other satellite communities, too. Lafayette, Niwot and Louisville are close by.
If you would like to hear, more you can use my email address to request local publications. Or call 720 810 0683.
720 810 0683
Tuxedo Real Estate/PML
Bring your skis!
Oh, and about buying a home. Don't forget to check out Boulder County. Though Boulder City can be expensive for first time buyers, some other areas are more affordable. And this is a great area to live in. Beautiful view and great people!
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
Welcome to Denver, you have made a fantastic choice! I recommend that your first step should be getting an idea of the different neighborhoods in Denver by going this link on my website
I love to help people and would like to offer myself as a resource for any questions about Denver, real estate in Denver and creating a life in Denver for free and for no obligation. I specialize in reconnecting people's lives life from their previous city to their new life in Denver. I help them get affiliated to religious organizations, clubs, banks, doctors, vets, and even nail and hair salons!There are so many different areas of town, that I recommend that you tour the different areas.
I specialize in Family Relocations and offer a free, no obligation day tour of the city!
Also, I provide a Free Relocation Packet that includes:
* Cost of Living Analysis
* Salary Comparison
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Thanks and feel free to contact me anytime for questions or information on your move.
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Denver offers many lifestyles and identifying which one you would like to have will be the first step. I always start my Relo Buyers with a "lyfestyle Tour" of the different areas in Denver. This may include Evergreen as well as Downtown. Of course we like to get in front of a trusted lender so we know what price range to identify as well as making sure that your employment situation meets the conditions of the Lender.
How about a quick weekend trip to take the "tour" and meet me.
Love to help
I'm sure that the advice give here has been helpful.
I love working with first-time buyers and out of state buyers. I'm a Denver native and I get really excited when someone chooses this amazing community to call home.
There are so many variables (location being prime) that it would be very difficult to answer your question straight up. That being said, I am somewhat partial to SE Denver (I grew up in that part of town and still love it).
Best of luck. I am very confident that you will absolutely fall in love with Colorado and Denver.
Keller Williams DTC
Very exciting and good luck to you! Denver is a big area, that's for sure, but if you decide that you are interested in checking out the beautiful foothills west of Denver, please let me know and I would be happy to send you some information. The foothills is a very large area, and some of the bigger towns up here are called Evergreen, Conifer, Morrison, Genesse/Lookout Mountain and Bailey, but there are others too, so a map is always a good place to start. The properties tend to be larger than you would find in Denver and closer to the mountains, but are a further commute if getting into Denver quickly is important to you. It all depends on what is important to YOU. I think a good thing to do when you get to Denver is to get a map and spend several days to drive EVERYWHERE......all directions around Denver and see what you like.
Let me know if I can help.
We recently relocated from California (Southern) and are leasing until we can find a place that feels like home. While we are closely watching the home ads, I would recommend you lease at least a year to find where you belong. Colorado is beautiful, but since each city/town is different it would be a pity for you to purchase and then find it's not exactly where you want to be. It's not easy here to quickly sell a house, like it isn't in California.
Of course all the realtors suggest purchasing right away, but if you aren't familiar with the areas and politics of each area you might be better off waiting.
Good luck, whatever you do!
As 1st time homebuyers, educate yourself on the process steps. See http://x291571.yourkwagent.com/atj/user/BuyerResourceGetAction.do
After working with al lender to determine how much house you qualifty for, THEN hire a realtor who acts as your buyer's agent. Remember a buyer's agent commission is generally paid by by the seller. Make a list of the "must haves" in your new home, i.e. close to work, specific schools, walkability score, #beds/baths, etc. ) Share your dream home criteria with your realtor who will search for matches. I'd love to help you find your 1st home in the Mile High City. Welcome to Denver. Esther
Hopefully you've found the other answers useful, as I would agree with most of what has already been said.
My family and I moved to Denver from Chicago 4 years ago and live in the Stapleton neighborhood. Stapleton is a great place, and it seems most everyone here is from somewhere else, putting us all in the same boat. In fact, we have some neighbors who moved to Stapleton about the same time that came from the San Francisco area.
I think that is part of why there is such a strong sense of community here. That, and the fact that Stapleton is designed around the new urbanism concept, which promotes the use of common space to draw neighbors out of their houses forcing everyone to get to know one another.
You might get the feeling that I'm a little bias, but if you want to know what others are saying about Denver, check out my blog where you can find a link to the 5280 article about "where to live in Denver".
As also stated below, I would agree that you start discussing loan options with a local lender. While the tax credit has expired there are still some Colorado first time home buyer programs available. I have a few name I can give you if you are interested.
Lastly, I would suggest you make a trip out here over the summer and have a Realtor show you around. Just like looking at properties online isn't quite the same as viewing them in person, you need to experience the feel for a neighborhood to understand it.
Best of luck,
Live Green Real Estate
It is great that you are looking into this now so that you can be an educated buyer when the time comes. I teach a class through Colorado Free U called ABCs of Home Buying. Here is the link to the course description:
I also wrote the book, The Colorado Home Buyers Guide, and here is the link for that
I would be happy to answer any questions you have, as I represent lots of first time home buyers. You should also check out the info on my website, http://www.IdealPropertiesofDenver.com
I have worked with several buyers over the years who were relocating from the Bay Area. Seems like most of them started their searches in Downtown Denver...looking at lofts, condos and townhomes. Some purchased in that area, while other expanded their search to the surrounding Denver residential neighborhoods...which offer a mix of old and new...condos/towmhomes and single family homes/duplexes. It really comes down to your specific preferences and how close to Downtown you want to be.
I have lived and worked in Denver since 1982 and would be happy to share my knowledge of the Denver real estate market with you. Prior to your move in Nov, you should consider coming out for a weekend to just drive through Denver's neighborhoods. Most buyers who do, pretty quickly narrow down their search to a couple of specific neighborhoods.
It is a great time to be a buyer...and Denver's market is no exception. Whatever your price point ends up being, I am sure that you will find just the right property here in Denver to meet your specific wants and needs. Best of luck with your search and your move here to Denver. please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of asistance.
Bob Drack - Broker Associate
There are many great neighborhoods in Denver. I have a great website that will probably be the most helpful in your search. My office is located in the Highlands neighborhood and we focus on urban living. On our website you can find information on different neighborhoods, pricing and housing stock. You can also set up a personal search and save your favorites. Check it out, I think you will like it! http://www.DenCoLiving.com Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions.
I would have to agree on most of the area suggestions that have been posted below (Lowry, Stapleton, Cherry Creek). Here are a few others that you may like: Wash Park, Highlands, LoHi and Observatory Park (all are very hip and trendy and great places to live!). When you get to Denver, I would drive around and explore as many areas as you can. If you would like a free tour of the city and these areas, I would be happy to give you one.
Welcome to Denver!
The Kentwood Company
Glad you are considering Colorado! It's a beautiful state and the Denver metro area is a great place to live.
Some people here choose to live close to work, others close to where they like to "play". There are advantages to both obviously, but it just depends on your lifestyle. There are some great loft and condo options in Denver if that is where you'd like to be. There are also great option in the suburbs or foothills if that is your slant also. Boulder is a great little town and close to the mountains, as is Golden.
Commuting here is not even comparable to San Francisco so living farther out from the city is not such a big deal, although the public transportation system isn't as robust as SF.
Think about your lifestyle and where you'd like to be and that should get you started. If you'd like more information, feel free to contact me.
My advice would be to get associated with a local colorado lender and a Denver Realtor. Once your parameters are known such as price, style of home and community, older or newer home, and any other particulars; a good Realtor can narrow down your search and send you specific listing and community information that meets your criteria. Our listing emails can be automated or manual and full of interior photos and virtual tours when available. Please let me know if i can help you further or if you have any other questions or concerns. Meanwhile check out my website below for more info and an up to the moment home search engine.
Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
First, I would suggest contacting a local lender to see what you would qualify for. I can suggest some to you that I trust with my business.
If you have an idea of price range already, shoot me an email with more specifics about your lifestyle and some of the questions mentioned above. I'll send you some properties to give you some ideas and more info on the areas that you might want to check out.