Castle Rock, CO Real Estate News

By Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022
(Novella Real Estate)
The Denver metro area consists of 7 close by counties.  One of the most popular counties to reside in this decade is Douglas County, home to Highlands  Ranch, Parker, Lone Tree, Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Larkspur and Sedalia. Currently Douglas County is the 6th fastest growing county in the U.S. down from #1 of previous years.  Growth has slowed down a little, but the popularity of Douglas County has  not slowed at all. National media agrees, read on: Castle Rock of Douglas County is featured the August 2007 issue of Family Circle Magazine for being one of the 10 Best Towns for Families.  The criteria for being considered was to "blend affordable houses, good jobs, top-rated schools, wide-open spaces, and a lot less stress." Castle  Rock certainly qualifies with all those features! Ca...
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Town of Castle Rock, Colorado residents stood up to take a collective bow on Tuesday, July 10, the day that Family Circle magazine unveiled its "10 Best Towns for Families." That's because the Town of Castle Rock made Family Circle's list - the first of its kind for the national  magazine celebrating women and families. The magazine's 10 Best Towns for Families article appears in the August edition, which hit newsstands nationwide on July 10. The article shares the results of the magazine's quest to identify "the best communities across the country that combine big-city opportunities with suburban charm" and "an ideal blend of affordable houses, good jobs, top-rated schools, wide-open spaces and a lot less stress." "That describes Castle Rock perfectly," Castle Rock Mayor Randy Reed sai...
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By Greg Polashock
(Cherry Creek Mortgage)
Real Estate Business Modeling - adapted from The Millionaire Real Estate Agent) - Part IIYa know, we're pretty much all in Sales and most people would give the "Duh!!" answer when the subject of Lead Generation comes up.  It's almost like they're implying, "Obviously, leads is important to being successful."  And those folks are absolutely right.  But Leads, as described in The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, is much more than just knowing that Leads is important.  In our industry, having not just enough leads, but MORE than enough leads is critical.The discipline of obtaining Leads is more than just the old, "Who do you know..." question.  The Leads concept begins with the general premise that we are professionals in the sales industry and that, as professionals, we must have a solid Le...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
My mother in law called me this morning from her home in Maryland.  I wasn't home, but she relayed to my wife that she had just been watching The Early Show and they were doing a piece on The Most Family Friendly Towns in the country as determined by Family Circle Magazine, and she thought it was so great that Castle Rock, CO was amongst them.  She is familiar with Castle Rock, as several times she has visited we have brought her to Castle Rock - to the outlet stores and various restaurants.  She knew that I, being in Denver real estate, would want to know.  And she was right. So many areas in the Denver Metro Area are great places to raise a family and it is no surprise to me that Castle Rock would be recognized as one of the nation's best.  After I was home today, I checked out the st...
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By Doug James, The Wise Listing System Team
(Re/Max Masters)
Thinking of buying a home in Castle Rock, Colorado?  See what CBS News has to say about this town, and how Castle Rock ranks amongst the nation's most desirable locations to raise a family!  Search all homes that are listed for sale in Castle Rock at www.DenverSmartBuyer.com to find this town's best priced homes for sale.Click below to watch the CBS News story:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/18/earlyshow/living/parenting/main3068911.shtml?source=mostpop_storyBuy a home for the least amount of money with the least amount of hassle at www.DenverSmartBuyer.com or give us a call at 303-814-3684.   
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By Greg Polashock
(Cherry Creek Mortgage)
Leveraging Knowledge and Expertise in Your Real Estate SpecialtyWHY?  That's the big question that must be answered in any real estate industry related profession.  Why should someone do business with you or partner with you?  The ability to effectively answer the "why?" question is in the knowledge and expertise you possess that sets you apart from everyone else.I heard a friend recently say that in order to set yourself apart, you must develop a market opinion that people are willing to pay money to get.  Part of the beauty of this philosophy is that it requires that you possess special knowledge.  In order to have a valid market opinion, you must have a high level of command of facts.  And in order to get facts, you must educate yourself to a degree that nobody else does. Why does ha...
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Press ReleaseCastle Rock, CO - Greg Polashock, a home mortgage consultant with Cherry Creek Mortgage Company, has passed the qualifying exams to earn the Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS) designation granted by the CMPS Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan, a training, certifying and ongoing membership organization created to help mortgage professionals integrate financial planning concepts into the mortgage process.  CMPS designees can offer clients strategies that encompass mortgages, debt, home equity and real estate investment.  There are only approximately 3500 mortgage bankers and brokers nationwide, representing less than 1% of all mortgage originators, who have obtained this prestigious certification"My focus is to help my clients build and protect wealth by better managin...
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By Greg Polashock
(Cherry Creek Mortgage)
Demographic Focus as a core element in your Business StrategyPreface - Sometimes I tend to be a bit prolific in my writing.  Hang with it - I think you'll find this information valuable.Laser-focus allows one to maximize efficiencies within a business model.  What is a business model?  I'll cover that in another Blog.  For now, assuming you are in the Real Estate industry, I will just recommend that you read the book The Millionaire Real Estate Agent.Previously, I used geography as an area in which to concentrate laser-focus.  There are many areas in which to focus for an efficient business.  Concentrating on Demographics is critical for a well-focused Real Estate industry professional.  Let me give an example of demographic modeling in action.  As in almost any area, there are many "cl...
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By Greg Polashock
(Cherry Creek Mortgage)
Creating Your Business Model (more than just your "Plan") is critical to maximum long-term success and Business EfficiencyWhat is it that separates the average-to-good business person from the one who is great?  In the book Good to Great, you will discover that great business entities ultimately have a common denominator - each is highly focused on something in particular.Focus in business is of primary essence.  Let me use myself as an example.  (I'll admit right now that I have my own opportunities for improvement.)I am in business as a Mortgage Planning Specialist.  In order to obtain income, I create Mortgage Loans for people.  With that in mind, let me start expanding.  My focus starts with my geographic perimeter.  I am located in Colorado.  I live just south of Denver in a rather...
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By Greg Polashock
(Cherry Creek Mortgage)
Before I begin this column, please know that I am not an accountant.When I was a boy, my father shared a bit of wisdom with me regarding taxes.  He said, "Give Uncle Sam every dime he is due... and not a penny more."  My father is both wise and a great citizen and his advice has served me well.Consider this when it comes to taxation - suppose you have a penny and you double it every day for 30 days.  You would end up with almost $5.4 million dollars!  And you could get taxed on it at that point.  Now let's suppose you take the same penny and do the same thing, but tax it at 25% every day.  You would end up with about $1,200 dollars.  If that tax were 35%, you would end up with only $20 after 30 days.  Would you rather be taxed as you go, or at the end of the investment life?In the real ...
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By Greg Polashock
(Cherry Creek Mortgage)
Laura Scheer asks: What are the most important steps to prepare ourselves for our first mortgage?  How do you choose a lender?First, let me offer my congratulations for asking the questions!  The cliché would be to say that home ownership is the American dream.  The truth behind the cliché is that home ownership can be one of the most effective ways for an individual or family to begin building wealth.For someone considering the purchase of a first home, the first big step is to get pre-qualified with a lender.  Before doing that, the following preparations should be made.•-         Gather financial documents that will be necessary for financing qualification.  As a start, compile the most 30 days of income verification (pay-stubs), your most recent two years of complete tax returns and...
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By Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022
(Novella Real Estate)
Sneak Preview ~ New Prairie Style Custom HomeLocation: The MeadowsFinal touches are being completed...boasting architectural character, this Prairie style contemporary has clean lines and warm tones. Granite counters throughout, cherry wide-plank hardwood, custom tile finishes, celestial windows, 3 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms upstairs (including Nanny quarters), main floor den (with views of the front range), side entry 3-car garage, Views, backing to open space, walk-in pantry, separate laundry room, professional grade cook top, wet bar, kitchen cabinets are trekked out for the gourmet of the house. The best part, this home will be ready very soon. Located on the prestigious Soaring Eagle Lane, high on a hill with remarkable Rocky Mountain views in every direction. This is the last lot to b...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
CASTLE ROCK, CO - HOMES SALES NUMBERS FROM MAY 2007 REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT Here are numbers from May 2007 regarding the activity in Castle Rock, Colorado.   On May 31, 2007 there were 1057 homes that were Active Listings - Homes for Sale.  In May 2007, there were 261 homes that were Under Contract.  Of those, 159 went Under Contract in May.  Of the homes that were Under Contract (261), 114 of them closed in May.    What does this mean?  Yes, there is large inventory in Castle Rock.  If you are a buyer, you have a lot to choose from.  To sell your home, make sure it is in great shape and priced right.  Do not over price a listing or your home will not be part of the sold statistics in these reports.  *Statistics from MLS deemed accurate but not guaranteed. *These numbers may not inclu...
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By Ben Hargis
(VR Business Brokers)
Ben, what is my business worth? I get this question 5 times a day. Here are some guidelines.SDE=Sellers Discretionary Earnings. How much do you make, plus addbacks like milage, meals, entertainment, etc. Don't addback expenses like rent or utilities, as new owner would have to pay that as well.Salons- 1.7 times SDE plus equipment and inventory. Service Business- 1.5 times cash flow.Liquor stores- 33% of Annual sales plus inventory.  Another methed is 2 times SDE plus inventory.Publishing Company- 70% of Annual sales. Another method is 4-6 times EBTID.Do you have a question about the value of your business? Call me for more detailed information. All conversations are completely confidential. Free Valuations. CASH FLOW IS KING!                                                            be...
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Douglas County West - (Includes Castle Rock, Larkspur, Sedalia, Palmer Lake, and Part of Littleton) The absorption rate spiked to 42.9 weeks in April 2007 this is primarily due to a very low number of solds in March.  We will see a big rebound in absorption rate for next month.  Apr-06Apr-07% Change# of sales closed - Month1711826.0%# of sales Closed - YTD576557-3.4%Avg Days on Market1171224.1%# of Active Listings1,1851,35712.7%# of NEW Listings5045599.8%Absorbtion Rate (in Weeks)25.742.940.2%Average Price (Sold)440,290523,11115.8%Absorption Rate Definition - the rate at which a market can absorb additional units of supply without causing market saturation and severe price distortions. For example, during a recessionary period, many homeowners may list their house for sale. Since the su...
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By Judith Clausen, Judith R. Clausen
(Buyers Advantage Real Estate of Metro Denver)
Castle Rock is a quaint old town grown up, a great affordable place to live close enough to Denver to commute, especially now that light rail is available just 10 miles north on I-25. The Outlets at Castle Rockis the largest collection of outlet shops in Colorado, and provides locals and Denverites with a great shopping experience.Real estate prices in Castle Rock run from $200,000s to the $500,000s, with most selling midway between. Townhomes range from $70,000 to $325,000. Castle Pines, an upscale community in Castle Rock, has homes selling upwards of $800,000.Beautiful Castlewood Canyon between Castle Rock and Franktown provides many day-use recreational opportunities.
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
CASTLE ROCK, COLORADO NEAR THE TOP OF BEST AFFORDABLE SUBURBS LIST Business Week Online has recently published a list of the 25 Best Affordable suburbs in the nation.  The cities picked were based on affordability, safety, schools and culture, distance to a larger city.  Located in Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO has long been known for its quaint neighborhood feel away from the big city - but still close enough to commute  - and now the rest of the nation will know as well just how affordable & great it is.   The article quotes the median home price at $240,000, which as well all know can vary a bit based on when the number was pulled.  If you are looking for a home in Castle Rock, here are some current stats.  Personally, I feel that number from the article to be a bit low as a median...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
Castle Rock, CO Real Estate: March 2007 Market Report Steve Scheer, RE/MAX Masters, Inc.Denver Area Real Estatewww.stevescheer.com Data Based on numbers from MLS (MetroList) for Castle Rock, CO real estate. These numbers represent March 2007 of single family residential properties in Castle Rock (Douglas County).  March 2007 - Castle Rock, COActive Listings - (Total) 956Active New Listings (listed in March) - 235Under Contract  - 208Newly Under Contract in March - 121 So yes - listings are up & acitivity is up.  Looking at the numbers for March, you can see the number of homes that have gone under contract compared to the new listings is about half.  I do expect to see more new listings enter the market as we change seasons.  Inventory levels are a little over 4 1/2 months.  Sellers in ...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
Where should I camp in Colorado? So you live in the Denver area, or perhaps you just moved here or are about to.  And you want to experience the great outdoors - after all, the proximity of the Denver area to the vast selection of outdoor activities is almost endless.  And even now in the early spring, it is not too early to start planning them, especially if you want to go camping.  I do receive a lot of inquiries from clients that have relocated to the Denver area about where to go camping.  These inquiries come from all types, adventurous, first timers, some wanting the experience to the nth degree, others wanting to get outside and feel like they are camping but still want some walls around them.  My intention is to highlight different ones to give you a taste of what is out there f...
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