I am planning on moving to Denver area in June or July. How soon should I start a serious search?

Asked by Dave, Casper, WY Mon Mar 10, 2008

I would like to find a 1 Bedroom 1 bath condo or townhome with a garage.

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Larry Hotz, Agent, Cherry Hills Village, CO
Sat May 24, 2008
I think you have exactly the right approach. Start looking online and find neighborhoods and properties that you're comfortable with. From there, you can begin to interview Realtors. I think it's a better idea to meet with them in person at their office so you get to see how they operate. If time is a constraint, at least be sure to interview them on the telephone.

If you need help zeroing in on a neighborhood, I provided a link below to a form that will e-mail you neighborhood reports for areas that match your own criteria. This allows you to find out more about neighborhoods before you begin looking.

Denver is great place to live. Best of luck in your home search!
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Brian Burke, Agent, Highlands Ranch, CO
Mon Mar 10, 2008
I would start searching online now. Contact a Realtor and like Karen said. See what you can afford per month and that will dictate the home price to search in. There are some crazy deals on 1 bedroon 1 bath Condos. I have a few clients with that criteria and you would be suprised how chhep you can get them.
Now is the time to buy.
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Karen Dodge, Agent, Denver, CO
Mon Mar 10, 2008
I'd suggest contacting a reliable loan officer so that you know exactly what you want to spend... NOT just what you can afford. It's best to NOT be house poor.
Secondly, use the internet as suggested previously, talk with anyone you know in Denver, determine the area in which you would like to live.
Lastly, start looking as soon as you know the amount you intend to spend. There are lots of homes to select from in the Denver Metro area. It's best to allow yourself time to find the home that is EXACTLY right for you. There are numerous Short Sale and Lender Owned opportunities; those may take longer to finalize.
Best of Luck, Dave!
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Jenny Lane, Other Pro, Superior, CO
Mon Mar 10, 2008
It's never too early to search! If you want great answers, use http://www.city-data.com to ask questions of people in certain communities how they like living there. IT's a great forum and people are very helpful and honest. Think about where you want to work, what your activities are, do you like suburban living vs. city living (although you already stated you don't want to be in city limits). So, first define your needs, then ask questions about communities, then begin your actual home search based on that information. Also, don't forget to look into moving costs (will your job cover a move cost for you?) and cost of living here, compared to where you are now.
Best Regards,
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Cj, , Denver, CO
Sat May 10, 2008
If your looking for a mover let me know, or a good realator, but if i were you I'd find a place in littleton or englewood along light rail.
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Kathryn L Ca…, Agent, Conifer, CO
Fri Apr 11, 2008
Dave: I would start the search now. First off-- is getting your loan approved. Feel free to sign up for free home lists matching your criteria-- as well as a mortgage consultation.
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Dave, Home Buyer, Casper, WY
Tue Mar 18, 2008
Thanks but this is the original question. I have been looking online. As soon as I return from my business trip I am going to contact a realtor.
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Karen Dodge, Agent, Denver, CO
Tue Mar 18, 2008
You asked this same question about a week ago!! At that time I suggested you start looking now... I'd still make that same suggestion. Go for it, Dave! In this market, there are tremendous opportunities for someone who is buying!
Good Luck,
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Hi, , Virginia
Tue Mar 18, 2008
you can probably rent it for much less than buying it.
wait a few years then buy
not a good time to buy
have a nice day
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Warren Petra…, Agent, Lakewood, CO
Tue Mar 18, 2008
Hi Dave,
I would suggest you begin looking at Realtor.com website and get your feet wet. This is more or less a universal site which will give you a good overall view of the metro listings and give you an idea of styles, prices,etc. Of course you might want to take into consideration your work or school location and work from that point. I have had several out of town buyers and suggest they get some idea of what Denver offers before they go out and start driving the neighborhoods.
You can get by fairly inexpensively looking for a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom condo....or spend as much you like on it. The website I mentioned has a mortgage feature that lets you plug your numbers in and gives you a better idea of payment amounts.
Let me know if I can help you further - bearcv@earthlink.net or (720)291-5410
Have fun looking!

Warren Petracek GRI, SRES
Broker Associate - Showcase Properties Unlimited
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Sarah Solomon, Agent, Greenwood Village, CO
Mon Mar 17, 2008
I have a wonderful loft in Littleton area. Great lil place on the golf course- you can visit us online below. Address is 3076 W. Prentice Ave #D. Has a garage too- attached. 1 bed/1 bath + loft.

I would suggest that you at least set yourself up with a tracking system that can allow you to search, save and make notes to home(s) now. Review and find what is important to you. Call and ask agents about the HOA fees/what they include-such as utilities ect. Any REALTOR(S) with this type of website can provide you this resource. It usually takes you setting up an account on their site to start the process. You are more than welcome to use mine and gain access to the local MLS database here in Denver.

Welcome to Colorado- we would love to have you!
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Chuck, Renter, Denver, CO
Mon Mar 10, 2008
Do you have a job lined up yet or any schools you need to be close to?

Email me chuck@chuckknowsdenver.com

We can chat easier on that.
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Dave, Home Buyer, Casper, WY
Mon Mar 10, 2008
I don't really have an area in mind, except I would rather not be in the Denver city limits.
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Chuck, Renter, Denver, CO
Mon Mar 10, 2008
I would start searching online at first. What area are you planning on moving to? Here is a site you can use to search homes on the market here. http://www.search-denver-real-estate.com
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