Feb. 17, 2017

Not Sure If It's The Right Time to Buy or Sell? Test Drive The Market

Barry Kunselman | 303.887.0588 | Contact Barry  

I have had a handful of phone calls recently from people about getting into the real estate market this year. They're not really sure. There's a lot of stuff they're hearing from the media and their friends of their current buying and selling experience, so they are curious. Is this the year they are going to buy or sell?




Your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, but they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Real estate conditions in your neighborhood of choice may differ from blended reports that you see on the news. 


I am offering a program right now if you want to test drive the market. Give me a call, whether you or somebody you know, essentially if you are just curious what the homebuying process looks like. We will sit down, review different neighborhoods. I have a client going out today doing the exact same thing. She is not one hundred percent sure she is going to buy this year but we are going to explore different neighborhoods she is interested in in her price point and circle back in a few months to see if this is a good year for her to get into the real estate market.


Reason To Own A HomeI get this question a lot from people regarding mortgage: What does the downpayment look like these days? A lot of buyers think it is twenty percent down but there are a ton of great programs right now at 3%, 3.5%, 5%, 10% and 20%. If you have questions about these loan programs, give me a call at 303.887.0588.

Home values are up. With prices increasing each month, it might cost you more if you wait until next year to buy. Your down payment will also need to be higher in order to account for the higher price of the home you wish to buy. Mortgage rates, though still historic lows, are expected to go up. What does owning a home mean to you? What non-financial benefits will you and your family gain from owning a home? Only you and your family will know for certain if it is truly the right time to buy.


I have a handful of sellers that have recently purchased in the past couple of years that are sitting on a decent amount of equity and are thinking about moving that equity into either a larger home, possibly a better school district. I even have one client who is considering moving to Evergreen and getting away from the city. If that's you, I would love to help you out.

Average Equity Gain Per Homeowner June 2015- June 2016


A lot of my sellers come to me and say "I know I can sell my house but how am I going to purchase another house with the market being the way it is?". Most of my sellers are  selling and moving to a slightly larger home and higher pricepoint. First of all, you are sitting in a ton of equity than some of the buyers in that price point. Everytime you move up a price point the competition is less intense. Move up sellers buying a home in the uper price range have a better time at finding a house than they might anticipate. 


CoreLogic predicts that US home prices will appreciate by another 5% by this time next year. Experts predict Denver home price appreciation at around 8-9%. If you are a Metro Denver homeowner looking to take advantage of your home equity by moving up to your dream home, let's get together to discuss your options! Call me at 303.887.0588 | Contact Barry  




Feb. 16, 2017

Denver Restaurant Week in 2017- Feb 24 to March 5

Barry Kunselman | 303.887.0588 | Contact Barry 

The 13th annual Denver Restaurant Week, a ten day stretch that takes place from February 26 through March 6 is upon us. Denver Restaurant Week is a celebration of the culinary scene in Denver. Participating restaurants will offer a multi-course dinner for some very tasty prices: $25, $35 or $45 depending on menu. 

Invite Denver Resto Week

When Denver Restaurant Week started in 2005, dinner was priced at $52.80 per couple and remained that way until 2014; in 2016, as in the previous two years, dinner is a flat $30 for one. This year, event organizer Visit Denver offered dinner for one at $25, the lowest ever offered for the event, below the $26.40 set in its first nine years.

Richard Scharf, president and CEO of Visit Denver, said the number and varieties of restaurants have grown over the past 13 years, since the event was created.

"We wanted the pricing structure to reflect the entire culinary scene," Scharf said. "The low-, mid- and higher-range options allowed the flexibility for even more restaurants to participate, and the prices make it easy for diners to experience more of everything that Denver has to offer."

Experience more of everything that Denver has to offer. Give your tastebuds a gourmet treat at your favoritte restaurant or try the amazing menu selection at emerging hotspots The participating restaurants are spread throughout metro Denver and offer a wide variety of choices, including American, Asian, Brazilian, Caribbean, barbecue, contemporary, brew pubs and more. 

Here’s a full list of the more than 200 participating restaurants. To check out menus or reserve a table at your favorite, visit denver.org/denverrestaurant


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Jan. 28, 2017

9475 W Utah Pl Lakewood 80232

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9475 W Utah Lakewood CO

 Rare Kendrick Lake Townhouse

 3 Beds |  3 Baths | $235,000 

Best value in Lakewood, this move-in ready townhome has new paint, new carpet, new laminate flooring and new modern light fixtures. The second floor has 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. The unfinished basement is perfect for adding a rec-room or workout room. Buyers will enjoy large 2 car garage with room for small work shop. This 1,321 square foot townhouse is adjacent to greenbelt, open space, Kendrick Lake Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake, watch ducks and geese at play, or take take a stroll down the wide paved paths. The park has a large playground, covered ramada, large open flat field and restrooms.  Close to shopping and restaurants.

Don't miss the opportunity to own this wonderful home located in a great neighborhood. As of this time, there are no other homes for sale in Kendrick Lake. Call today to schedule a showing.  

Nearby Schools

Children in this community typically goes to the following schools:

  • Elementary School: Green Gables & Kendrick Lakes Elementary School
  • Middle School: Carmody Middle School 
  • High School: Alameda International High School


9475 West Utah Place


Learn more about Lakewood


Shopping & Restaurants

 The closest grocery stores are Jenny's Market, Big Lots and Dillon Co.  Nearby coffee shops include Donut Burst, 7-Eleven and Starbucks. Nearby restaurants include Blackjack Pizza, Buck's BBQ & Grill and Garramone's Pizza and Italian Restaurant.

Amusement & Recreation

Kenderick Lake Park - Walk around the Lake and watch the geese and ducks play. Very nice playground equipment for kids. Plenty of free parking. Fishing is allowed. Kids can feed the ducks. They have covered picnic tables that can be reserved for parties.

Jewell Park and Carmody Park & Recreation Center.  


Kendrick Lake Neighborhood

Nextdoor members describe  Kendrick Lake as a quiet & peaceful, safe, family & dog friendly, well maintained community.

Woodlake's $210 Monthly HOA fee include access to the community pool, exterior maintenance with roof, grounds maintenance, recycling, sewer, snow removal and water.

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Jan. 27, 2017

Are Metro Denver’s Home Prices Overvalued?

Barry Kunselman | 303.88.0588 | Contact Barry

Buying a home is one of the most important financial decision that you will make. However, Denver Metro area homebuyers are experiencing extremely tough times purchasing a home due to low inventory which turns to bidding wars and further escalates home prices. Porchlight Real Estate statistics show that year over year Denver home prices for single detached homes have been increasing by an average of 9% since 2013. The figure is even higher for condos/townhouses. 

After making predictions about  2017 Denver Housing Market Trends, I wanted to take a moment to address this homebuyer question:

Are Metro Denver’s Home Prices Overvalued?

As early as 2015, Denver real estate was reported as one of the most overvalued in the US. An overvalued housing market is defined as having home prices that are 10% or more above the long-term sustainable level.

Last week the Denver Post posted published an article stating that Arch Mortgage Insurance Index study shows Denver’s home prices are more overpriced than any time since the 1980’s. However the article itself does cite that economists think Denver and Colorado home prices will likely NOTdecrease in the next 2 years.

How Bad Is It?

In Q3 2016, Colorado home values are about 15 percent above where they should be given income gains, making the state one of the most overvalued after North Dakota and Texas. But like metro Denver, the state as a whole faces only a 2 percent chance of a home price index decline over the next two years versus a 5 percent chance of a decline nationally, according to Arch MI.

 Top overvalued areas in Colorado per Arch Index Estimate in the third quarter of 2016:

  • Denver - 22.1% 
  • Boulder - 16% 
  • Fort Collins - 15.6%



Job losses, shrinking incomes, out-migration and overbuilding are among the ingredients that can trigger price declines, but those aren’t evident in metro Denver. Colorado is in fact expected to be in the top 10 cities for economic growth in 2017.  

Does It Matter?

Last year, if you read national news like CNN you will have the perception the housing market is on the verge of a market correction. However our local news and other economist feel the Denver market is still strong with potentially another 8-10% home appreciation this year. If interests rates increase home prices may slow but the market will still be strong.

“Much of the price increases we are seeing are the result of rising demand among investors and homebuyers for a still-limited supply of homes for sale,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic.


  • If you're planning to live in a home for a long time, for example, you may be willing to pay a bit more.
  • If it's cheaper to buy a house than to rent one, then whether your housing market is overpriced will be less of a concern.
  • If, on the other hand, you're getting into real estate as an investment (or you hope to resell within a few years), you'll care a lot more about what's happening in your housing market. The be successful in real estate it's not "timing the market" but "time in the market". The longer you hold on to your investment the more you will make over time.  If you are planning buying a home in the next 2-3 years it is better to buy now than waiting for prices to increase with interests rates.


In general, however, if you're ready to buy your Denver home and can comfortably afford to do so, then go ahead — interest rates are low and it may yet be possible to score a great deal. Want to know the best strategy in purchasing a home? Give me a call at 303.887.0588. I would love to help you out with tough questions. 

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Jan. 13, 2017

2017 Denver Housing Market Trends

Barry Kunselman | 303.887.0588 | Contact Us  

2017 Denver housing Market Forecast

 Happy New Year! Hope everybody had a wonderful holiday. According to data released by Recolorado, Denver's Multiple Listing Service, 2016 Denver Front range housing sales is highest on record. Last year broke record highs and lows. In July, we hit an all-time high for the average sold price of a home at $420,178 and median sold price at $365.000. February brought us a record low for month -end inventory of 3.963. Compare that to our all-time high of 31.989 in July of 2006. The 2016 housing market was driven by historically low inventories, high demand and affordability concerns for many buyers.

What will the Denver Metro Real Estate Market Look like in 2017?


How much will housing prices rise in 2017?

We are expecting another great year for Metro Denver real estate. U.S. News and World Report named Denver the best place to live and Zillow ranking the Denver market #9 for next year with 3.6% home value appreciation. Possibly expect Denver home prices to rise by up to 8-9% because we still have high buyer demand and low inventory.

Housing Predictions:

“Looking to 2017, the Denver area market is showing signs of prices starting to moderate and inventory levels improving.” - Kirby Slunaker, REcolorado.

CoreLogic, a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information, predicts that the recent rise in mortgage rates and the expectation of higher rates in 2017 could slow home price gains in 2017.

Will there be new Denver condos in 2017?

There is a chance the Colorado builder defect law will change making it more appealing for builders to build affordable condos. Right now the law that was put into place makes it difficult because of high insurance rates and the liability put on the builder. Both Colorado Democrats and Republicans will work together this year to fix this law making it easier for builders to build condos and still protect the consumer from builder defects.  This would increase the amount of affordable housing, making it easier to live in and around out growing city.

Advice to Homebuyers

What I have noticed over the last 3 years is that from February to around July prices generally increase every week. Demand increases every week until we get to April. The longer you wait, the more you are going to pay and the more complications you'll have. 

Denver Average Sales Price

"[I see] mortgage rates getting much closer to 5 percent at the end of next year.” - Mark Fleming, the Chief Economist at First American

Mortgage rates are rising but still at relatively low vs historical averages and is expected to remain under 4.5% for a 30-year fixed rate. 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Monday a cut in FHA mortgage insurance annual premiums. This is great news to FHA homebuyers closing on their new home on or after the 27th of January since rising mortage interest rates have made it more expensive to buy home. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has lowered annual premiums by 25 basis points which could save the average buyer who gets a 30-year fixed-rate $200,000 mortgage about $500 a year in payments.

If you are thinking of purchasing a home under $400k , I would highly recommend getting on the market sooner than later.

Advice to Homesellers

With rising home prices, more homeowners are recovering from negative equity and find that they are able to sell their home. When you are moving up, selling your current home then buying a  larger home, you might want to wait until early April when demand is extremely high. You can find a buyer who is willing to let you look 2-3 months for your replacement home, giving you time to get everything together and not rush in the process.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Denver Metro, give me a call at 303.887.0588 or email barry@porchlightgroup.com

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Nov. 30, 2016

1469 Lowell Blvd Denver CO 80204

updated 12/19/2016

Barry Kunselman | 303.88.0588 | Contact Barry

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 1469 Lowell Boulevard Denver CO

 Investment Opportunity in Maple Grove

 3 Beds |  2 Baths | $340,000

Great investment opportunity blocks away from the St. Anthony redevelopment, make 12%-20% return on fix and flip (numbers will vary per contractor), buy and hold and wait for the Saint Anthony’s redevelopment to be completed and then cash in, or use the plans provide by the seller to pop the top and have a duplex with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms per side. 

This home is not listed on the MLS per seller instruction and is currently under contract. 

Nearby Schools

Children in this community typically goes to the following schools:

Elementary School: Cheltenham Elementary School

Middle School: Lake Middle School 

High School: North 


1469 Lowell Blvd

Very Walkable

Learn more about Denver

 1469 Lowell Blvd is a nine minute walk from the W-Line Light Rail West Line W-Line at the Knox Station stop.

Shopping & Restaurants

The closest grocery stores are Bueno Food Sales, Villa Park Mini Mart and Indochina Enterprises. Nearby coffee shops include 7-Eleven, 7-Eleven and 7-Eleven. Nearby restaurants include Los Mesones, Taqueria Mexico and Arctic Pacific Fisheries Inc. 

Amusement & Recreation

 1469 Lowell Blvd is near Paco Sánchez Park, Open Space - at St. Anthony's and Hallack Park. There are excellent bike lanes. Bike sharing is available from Denver B-cycle.



West Colfax Neighborhood

 Very walkable, with most errands can be accomplished on foot. Good public trasportation options. Excellent bike lanes

 Realtors see the supplements section for pop-top plans and rough fix and flip numbers. 

To potential buyers of this great investment opportunity in West Colfax if you would like to see fix and flip numbers and pop-top plans please email me Barry@porchlightgroup.com or call me 303-887-0588.


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Oct. 24, 2016

14098 E Arizona Avenue Aurora CO 80012

updated Jan 3, 2017

Barry Kunselman | 303.88.0588 | Contact Barry

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 14098 E Arizona Avenue Aurora CO 80012

Very Large Townhome in Desirable Sableridge

 3 Beds |  3 Baths | $277,500

PRICE IMPROVEMENT PLUS $2,500 credit to buyer in the form of seller paid closing costs or additional price reduction.Great opportunity to own one of the largest homes in the desirable Sable Ridge community. This home has beautiful hardwood floors, granite counter-tops, fully finished basement with an office or non-conforming 4th bedroom. Over 2000 finished square feet and large 2 car garage.

Notable Features:

New Roof 

Newer high efficient Furnace

Granite counter tops

Beautiful hardwood floors throughout the home

Large master bedroom

Nearby Schools

Childeren in this community typically goes to the following schools:

Elementary School: Jewell

Middle School: Aurora Hills

High School: Gateway


14098 East Arizona Avenue


Learn more about Aurora

Close to future light rail stop, the Aurora Metro Center Station of the R Line, scheduled to open winter 2016. The R Line offers quick and convenient access to major activity centers like the Aurora City Center, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Hospital, the new VA Hospital, and the Denver Tech Center. 

Shopping & Restaurants

Nearby restaurants with 4+ stars rating on Yelp include My French Press at E Iliff Ave, Tacos La Morenita, Cuba Bakery & Cafe, and Cafe Paprika. Take a short drive to Walmart or King Soopers for grocery shopping. 

Amusement & Recreation

Hike or wildlife watch from the observation deck at Greater Metro Denver's largest wetland area, Jewell Wetlands. 14098 E Arizona Avenue is also near Peoria Hills Park and Utah Park.

Enjoy delicious hand-tossed pizza, calzones, Philly cheese steaks, gluten-free item while watching sports on one of the well placed 33 Tvs at Legends of Aurora Sports Grill.

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Sable Ridge Neighborhood

This Townhome Community Offers quick access to schools, shopping, I-225, public transportation, Buckley Air Force Base And Denver Tech Center. HOA is only  $500.00 Per quarter and includes Exterior Maintenance without Roof, Grounds Maintenance, Insurance, and Snow Removal.  

Contact Barry at 303.887.0588 if you would like to view this or another home or townhome in Aurora, CO.


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Posted in Sold Listings
Oct. 14, 2016

2016 Halloween Haunts & Fall Festivals Around Denver

See the list of fall festivals and Halloween events for the upcoming weeks.

There are a lot of activities and options to choose from around Denver. Enjoy! 

Mazes o’ Maize

Pumpkin Festival at Denver Botanic Garden at Chatfield

Pumpkin Festival at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield  Corn Maze, Littleton

September 16 - October 30
$13 adults; $10 kids; $12 seniors, students & military;  kids 2 & under FREE

Celebrate fall at the Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Farms—a treasured October tradition for the entire family. You’re sure to find the perfect pumpkin in the massive pumpkin patch. Be sure to bring a wagon so you can load up on pumpkins and still enjoy everything else the Festival has to offer, including plenty of family and children’s activities, live music, more than 30 local craft and artisan booths, food trucks, and beer and wine vendors on Saturday and Sunday.

Diana’s Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze, Cañon City

September 17 - October 31
$9 adults & kids; $8 seniors & military; kids 5 & under FREE

Fritzler Corn Maze, La Salle

September 17 - October 31
$16 adults; $13 kids; kids 2 & under FREE

Anderson Farms Fall Festival, Erie

September 21 - October 31
Monday - Thursday, $10; Friday - Sunday, $14/$16;  kids 3 & under FREE

Mile High Farms, Bennett

October 1 - 30, Saturdays and Sundays
$14 adults; $10 kids & seniors; kids 3 & under FREE

Flat Acres Farms, Parker

September 24 - October 31
$11 adults; $14 kids; $9 seniors; kids 2 & under FREE

Harvest Farm Fall Festival, Wellington

October 1- 30
$15 adults; $13 kids; $10 seniors; kids 3 & under FREE

Mazzotti Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, Hudson

October 1 - 30
$10 adults & kids; kids under 2 FREE

Crazed Corn Field Maze & Pumpkin Field, Thornton

September 24 - November 1
$12 adults; $9 kids; kids 4 & under FREE

U-Pick-Em Pumpkins & Corn Maze, Broomfield

September 24 - October 31
FREE admission Corn Maze: $9 age 12 and up; $6 age 4-11;  kids 4 and under FREE. 

Pumpkin Patches & Parties

Cottonwood Farms Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival, Boulder

September 24 - October 31 FREE 

Colorado Pumpkin Patch, Larkspur

September 24 - October 30
10/17 - 10/21; 10/24 - 10/30 –$9 adults & kids; 10/8 - 10/16; 10/22 - 10/23 –$9 adults, $11 kids;  $7.50 seniors & military; kids 2 & under FREE

Osborn Farm Pumpkin Patch, Loveland

October 1 - 31

Olde Town Arvada’s Festival of Scarecrows, Arvada

October 8, 10am - 2pm
FREE admission; $20 scarecrow entry fee

Tagawa Gardens Pumpkin Festival, Centennial

October 15 - 30, Weekends
FREE admission; $1 tickets 

 Haunted Houses

13th Floor, The Asylum & Primitive Fear, Denver

September 17 - November 12
$32.99 - $52.99 

Haunted Field of Screams, Thornton

September 25 - October 31
$24 - $35 

Colorado’s largest haunted attraction. Don't miss the Haunted Field of Screams and Dead Man’s Night Maze.

The Frightmare Compound, Westminster

September 30 - November 5 
$24 - $35

The Frightmare Compound, Westminster

September 30 - November 5
$25 - $27 

Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens, Denver

September 30- October 30

World's Scariest Haunted House

October 7-31
$18- $25

Tricks or Treats

Children’s Museum Trick or Treat Street, Denver

October 28 - 30
FREE for members; $15 adults & kids; $13 seniors and age 1

Boo at the Zoo, Denver

October 23 - 30
Activities included with Zoo admission

Belmar Boo! Trick or Treat Event, Lakewood

October 30 FREE

Harvest Festival & Trick or Treat Street at  Highlands Square, Denver

October 23 FREE

Trick-or-Treat Nature Trail at Morrison Nature Center, Aurora

Morrison Nature Center
October 23 FREE

Kids Halloween Parade & Party at Union Station, Denver

October 27 FREE

Trick or Treat Train at Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden

October 29 - 30 $15 adults; $10 seniors; $5 kids; kids under 2 and  museum members free

Munchkin Masquerade at Pearl Street Mall, Boulder

October 31 FREE

Aspen Grove Trick-or-Treat Street, Littleton

October 22

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Oct. 11, 2016

10224 W Dartmouth Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80227

Barry Kunselman | 303.88.0588 | Contact Barry

10224 W Dartmouth Ave, Lakewood, CO 80227

Beautiful Townhome With Walkout Basement In The Heart of Lakewood

 2 Beds |  2 Baths | $225,000

Best Value in Lakewood! Beautiful townhome with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, plus den/office with new paint and carpet. FHA and VA financing available. This townhouse has a walkout basement with small yard that backs to open space.  1 Reserved parking space with additional guest parking throughout the community.

Nearby Schools

Elementary School: Bear Creek 

Middle School: Carmody 

High School: Bear Creek 


10224 West Dartmouth Avenue


Learn more about Lakewood

Located off at Pheasant Creek Townhomes,  a quiet family friendly community off of W. Dartmouth Ave & S. Kipling, across from Bear Creek High School.

Shopping & Restaurants

Easy access to I-285, close to grocery stores, restaurants, and shops. Nearby restaurants include Grubalicious LLC, Maria's and Golden Plate II.

Amusement & Recreation

Take the kids to play at nearby WaterWestborough Park, Bear Valley Open Space and Sister City Park.

Have fun playing mini golf on three 18 hole courses at Putter's Pride.

Golf Courses: Fox Hollow Golf Course,  Homestead Golf Course.

Top neighbor interests include hiking, biking and skiing for an active lifestyle.

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Pheasant Creek At The Bear  Neighborhood


This Townhome Community Offers Well Cared For Greenbelt, Heated Pool In Summer, Playground And Basketball Court. HOA is only  $153.00 Per month and includes access to Community Pool, Exterior Maintenance w/ Roof, Grounds Maintenance, Insurance, Sewer, Snow Removal, Trash Removal.  

Contact Barry at 303.887.0588 if you would like to view this or another home or townhome in Lakewood, CO.


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Posted in Sold Listings
Oct. 5, 2016

Before Selling Your Home, You Need To Get Rid of These Smells

In the Denver Metro area, homes are selling fast but if you are thinking of putting your home on the market make sure your house doesn't smell! Homebuyers browse the internet to find a home and once they find something that interests them, they are going to want to see it. One of the things that could potentially get a homebuyer running in another direction is THAT smell. 

Emma Stone Bad Smell

study conducted by researchers at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute in University of California Berkeley reveals that it takes less than a hundred milliseconds for someone walking into a new environment to decide if an odor is unpleasant or pleasant. Professional home stagers recommend finding and getting rid of the source of the bad smell as it can kill a buyer's interest within seconds!

Your home might have great curb appeal, be perfectly neat, clean and beautifully staged but these off putting smells could potentially kill the deal:


Cooking Smells

What is that awful smell? Fish? You might have just the best meal in the world but that smell is going to carry on to the next day. Any food that has a strong smell should be avoided. Some smells that are delicious to you may be off putting to some buyers. Make sure to always be careful of what you are cooking if you are going to be opening and showing the home the next day. 

Open windows and set hood fan on high while cooking. Close doors while cooking so clothes and linens do not absorb the smell. If odors still linger, set a bowl of vinegar or coffee grounds on the counter to absorb the smell overnight. 


Got stinky refrigerator, washing machine, dryer or dishwasher? Refrigerators: The culprit is usually last month's leftover meal that's been left too long. Take everything out and give the refrigerator a thorough cleaning with baking soda/vinegar and water. Eliminate lingering odors by leaving out baking soda or activated charcoal on the shelves. Remember to label and date leftovers.

Appliances should be cleaned at least once a month, including washing machines, ovens and dishwashers. Clean any lint on washing machines and dryers. Pop baking soda and add white vinegar on a smelly washing machine then running a cycle will combat that rank smell. If your dishwasher smells, check the unit for trapped food particles. Clean interior, spray arm, filter. Run a cycle with a cup of vinegar. Keep appliances dry.


Don't let that laundry pile up when selling your home. Leave shoes outside to air. 


Not everyone loves dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, or your cute hamsters. You might no longer notice pet odor but the minute a potential homebuyer walks in, he will. Some people may even be allergic. Make sure to brush/bath pets regularly, vacuum often, clean out litter boxes and tanks or cages. To unstink pet pee soak the spot with an enzyme spray and let it seep into the carpet pads and floors. If that doesn't work steam clean or ditch the smelly carpets. Still smelly? You might want to replace a section of the flooring!

Infographic- Dog smell

When it comes to showing time, you definitely want to try to keep your pet's bedding laundered and clean. Keep the pets out of the home when possible. Hide the pet paraphernalia. That dog bowl you leave out? It might create  an immediate negative impression- by getting the homebuyer to wonder about what the animal might have done in the house.


Smoke is one of the worst smell and if your home smells of smoke you are going to lose buyers. It's a guarantee. Not everyone enjoy the smell of cigars or cigarettes as much as you, smoker. Get some fresh air moving in the house to banish smoke odors. Do smoke outside the house while your home is on the market. Smoke sticks to eveything: curtains, upholstery and even lightbulbs. Dirty lightbulbs in a smoker's house will bring back the smoke smell once the light is on and heats up. You will need to wash and clean all surfaces, completely repaint the room, wash curtains and clean upholstery to get rid  of the odor as much as you possibly can. 

Smoke smelly house

Try leaving a bowl of vinegar out for 24 hours prior to a showing to remove the smell of cigarette smoke – though this won’t help heavy smokers. There are professional companies that specialize in removing this odor that your realtor might recommend.


 That moldy, musty smell can be a huge red flag to Denver homebuyers. Mold smells can come from drains, flush them with hot water on a regular basis. Use a dehumidifier. A little bit of bleach goes a long way to keep your bathrooms and household items germ and mold free. Exposure to mold can make everyone in sick in a snap. It's time to contact a professional if the mold smell is extremely overpowering. 



Home selling in Denver-No Pot

On January 1, 2014 legal recreational marijuana sales began in the state of Colorado. Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use, also allows homeowners to grow up to six pot plants for personal use. Yes marijuana is legal but please remove all smoking devices and all plants!

Done with all the cleaning and scrubbing? Get a friend or ask your trusted realtor to take a whiff for a honest evaluation of the odor in your house.  The better your home smells, the better chances you have of a buyer falling in love with the home. 


Barry Kunselman is a top Denver seller's agent with an established track record of selling homes fast and for top dollar. With 54 days ave days on market from year 2012 to 2016, Barry ranks in the top 10% of agents. 

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