July 12, 2017

13439 W Auburn Ave Lakewood CO 80228

Barry Kunselman | 303.88.0588 | Contact Barry

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 2895 Niagara Street Denver CO 80207

 Beautiful Move-In Ready Ranch in Lakewood

 5 Beds |  3 Baths | $420,000


Beautiful move-in ready ranch in Green Mountain. This large ranch hosts 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the main floor. Master bedroom has great closet space and it's own private bathroom.  Buyer's will love the light and bright walkout basement, with 2 large bedrooms. Large backyard with deck is perfect for hosting a BBQ or enjoying your morning cup of coffee. RV parking next to garage.

The main level features: living room, dining room, master bedroom with 3/4 bathroom, two additional bedrooms, guest bath off the hall, kitchen with range, refrigerator, dishwasher, family room with gas fireplace and walk out to the deck and entry to the two car attached garage. The lower level features: 2nd large family room, 4th bedroom, 5th bedroom or study/office, 3/4 bathroom, laundry room with plenty of storage, full size washer/dryer and enclosed workshop area.

Don't miss the opportunity to own this wonderful Lakewood home located in a great neighborhood. Call 303.887.0588 today to schedule a showing.  

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Nearby Schools

Children in this community typically go to the following top rated schools:

  • Elementary School: Rooney Ranch Elementary School Public — K to 6 — 0.3 mi Rated 10 stars by Greatschools.org
  • Middle School: Dunstan Middle School Public — 7 to 8 — 1.0 mi
  • High School: Green Mountain High School Public — 9 to 12 — 1.4 mi


13439 West Auburn Avenue


Learn more about Lakewood

 More pictures and information here: coming soon

Shopping & Restaurants

 Hello Coffee, Frontroom Pizza, Abes Bar & Grill, Subway

Nearest grocery: Safeway

Amusement & Recreation

Nearest Park: Coyote Gulch Park

Bear Creek Golf Club & 

Forsberg Park, Jackson Park and Bear Creek Lake Park. 


Green Mountain Neighborhood

Nestled on the western edge of Lakewood, Green Mountain Estates is a small, close-knit community on the slope of Green Mountain. It is a peaceful and quiet urban community of upper-middle income families.

To potential buyers of this great opportunity in Green Mountain Lakewood: if you would like to see this wonderful home before it goes live on July 20 please email me Barry@porchlightgroup.com or call me 303-887-0588.


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June 29, 2017

2895 Niagara Street Denver CO 80207

updated July 10, 2017

Barry Kunselman | 303.88.0588 | Contact Barry

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 2895 Niagara Street Denver CO 80207

 Completely Remodeled in Park Hill

 3 Beds |  1 Baths | $350,000

OPEN HOUSE this coming Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 10AM - 4PM.  

Great opportunity to get into a thriving neighborhood with future retail development. Buyers will enjoy the beautifully refinished hardwood floors, updated bathroom, and kitchen. The 3rd bedroom would make a great master bedroom with walk-in closet, guest bedroom with office or a large media room. Enjoy endless hot water, this home comes with a tankless hot water heater. This amazing home comes with a covered front patio, covered pergola perfect for entertaining guest while hosting a BBQ. Don't miss the small sunroom. This room is great for storing garden tools and extra planters; could also be converted to a fun clubhouse! 

Take a 3D virtual tour: http://porchlight.visutour.com/2895-niagara-st

Nearby Schools

Children in this community typically go to the following schools:

  • Elementary School: Smith Elementary
  • Middle School: Denver School of the Arts/ McAulliffe
  • High School: George Washington High


2895 Niagara Street


Learn more about North Park Hill

 More pictures and information here: http://www.buydenverurbanhomes.com/property/5262784/

Shopping & Restaurants

Oneida Bussines Park is getting a $10,000,000 facelift. Currently, there is a pizza place (Allegra's), Music Shop, Barber Shop, Laundromat, Famous Philly Steak and Beer Garden, Spicy Thai II Asian Grill and Sushi Wow and more to come. Drive to Oneida Street between 22nd and 23rd.  

Popular Italian grocery Spinelli’s Market is along 23rd Avenue.

Amusement & Recreation

Park Hill Golf Club and City Park Golf Course are just blocks away, and City Park—along with the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science—lie right across Colorado Boulevard at the southwest corner.




North Park Hill Neighborhood

North Park Hill is a quiet neighborhood close to elementary school, grocery stores, night life, and more. Easy access to downtown with public transportation and light rail as well as easy commute to Anschutz Medical Campus. Call about pet restrictions.


To potential buyers of this great opportunity in Park Hill: if you would like to see this beautiful home before it goes live on July 7 please email me Barry@porchlightgroup.com or call me 303-887-0588.


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June 13, 2017

Summer 2017 FREE Concerts At The Crescent

2017 Summer Concerts Crescent

Who loves outdoor concerts? This summer there are great outdoor concerts all over the Denver Metro area. Whether you are a music aficionado or just love to be outdoors socializing with friends, these free concerts give you a reason to enjoy Colorado’s amazing weather while listening to great local music.

Goldsmith Metropolitan District presents free concerts all summer long at the Crescent Amphitheater in the heart of the DTC (on DTC Boulevard at Belleview Avenue).  


Black Ice

Playing all your favorite AC/DC hits, Black Ice is a little Bon Scott and a little Brian Johnson all rolled into one rocking good time! Awarded “The Best Tribute Band” at the 2016 Colorado Rock Awards, Black Ice is definitely the tribute band to see!


The Whitfields

A spin on the classic styles of blue grass, The Whitfields call their style NEW GRASS music. One of the most requested bands in Denver.


Soul School

Enjoy the vast repertoire of musical hits including Golden Oldies, Motown, Country, Jazz, Rock, Rhythm and more because there “Ain’t No Party Like a Soul School Party.” Class is now in session.



Mr Majestyk's

This 8-piece 1970s tribute band features an actual string section. You’ll glean the authenticity of the players and feel the intensity of sounds when we deliver this music.


Premium Diesel

Whether your idea of country is Johnny and June, Shania Twain, Mumford and Sons or Florida Georgia Line, Premium Diesel can rev up the party with high-octane versions of hits from your favorite classic country artists, to today’s biggest crossover bands.


New Sensations

Representing the great artists of the 80s, New Sensation Band will transport you and your guests back to the days of MTV and mullets!


Paying tribute to the musical legends taken from us too soon, enjoy the cover music of David Bowie, George Michael, and the legendary Prince. This mash-up sensation will honor their musical abilities, hit songs, and more

Bring your friends, family and a picnic dinner and enjoy eight exciting nights of fun and entertainment. The park opens at 5pm, and there will be a designated area for all lawn chairs. Shows start at 7pm. Free parking is available in surface lots. 

For more information: 720.244.0722 or concertsatthecrescent.com


June 12, 2017

40 Homebuyer Mistakes To Avoid

Barry Kunselman | 303.88.0588 | Contact Barry

40 Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid In The Denver Metro Area

Buying a home in the Denver Metro area can be very strenous for both first time and move-up homebuyers. With the current housing conditions, many homes under $400,000 are selling very fast. Bidding wars are common with houses selling at or over asking price. 

Avoid these mistakes to better your chances at winning the ideal Denver home for you and your family:

Before Making An Offer

  1. Not getting pre-qualified to know how much home you can afford. 
  2. Not fixing errors on your credit score. You can save thousands on your loan by raising your credit score. Borrowers with low credit scores generally get higher interest rates than the an identical borrower with a high credit score. 
  3. Skipping mortgage pre-qualification. 
  4. Assuming you need 20% down payment. Borrowers can purchase a home with the following down payment options, 3%, 3.5% (FHA), 5%, 10%, 20% and in some case buyers purchase a home with as little as zero down! 
  5. Choosing the wrong lender. Did you know some lenders need 45 days to close a loan and some need 30 days? If you lender needs 45 days your offer may be ignored by the seller because they don't want to wait the additional 15 days to close.
  6. Choosing lowest interest rates but not considering heavy restrictions and penalties
  7. Failing to consider maintenance costs and fees on top of monthly payment. Property insurance, taxes, homeowners association dues, maintenance, and higher electric and water bills.
  8. Failing to anticipate increase in fees. Taxes & insurance tend to go up every year. Will you still be able to make payments with higher rates?
  9. Spending all your savings on downpayment and closing costs. Always have a rainy day fund.
  10. Being too picky on limited funds.
  11. Not seeing a property in the first 24-48 hours it goes on the market. In a highly competitive/low inventory market like Denver, over 60% of affordable homes go under contract in 7 days or less. Get your agent to set that appointment. { See the latest Denver homes for sale }  
  12. Indecision. That house you saw today and thinking about buying might already have an offer the following day from the buyer who saw it yesterday.
  13. Lacking vision. Doing upgrades, even with a contractor, is often cheaper than buying a home that a seller has upgraded.
  14. Being swept away by staging or a home with minor upgrades.
  15. Compromising on things that really matter to you. If you hate apartment living. Do NOT buy a condo! 
  16. Not choosing an agent. Get professional help. Consider attitude, skills, credentials and experience when choosing your realtor.
  17. Using the seller's agent as a first time homebuyer. There are exceptions to this rule but it might be better to hire your own agent for a truly independent advice. Dual agents could face a conflict of interest. 
  18. Blind faith. Verify the accuracy of your information independently as much as possible.
  19. Not thinking about future home values.
  20. Not anticipating development plans like major highways. Ask questions about zoning and planning.
  21. Not researching for what could be built on the undeveloped land beside your the home.
  22. Not getting a feel of the neighborhood. Is this truly the location you want to settle in?  Get an area tour. Talk to potential neighbors when possible. Some homes have deed restrictions that are in conflict with your plans.
  23. Putting to much faith on online home values. That home you want might have an overpriced zestimate. Check with your agent for an accurate home evaluation.
  24. Exposing how much you love the home to the seller or seller's agent. Not every home receive multiple offers. You might end up paying far more than the true worth of the house.  

After An Accepted Offer

Top Mistakes a homebuyer can make after your offer is acceptedBuyer client on car lot before closing

  1. Verbal acceptance of offer is not final without the paperwork. Seller chose you over other bids? Sign that paperwork fast!
  2. If you do not turn in your earnest money in time your contract will be canceled.
  3. Buying a car or opening a credit card. 
  4. Closing a line of credit. Check with your lender before you take action.
  5. Don't skimp on inspections. Have a reputable inspector check the foundation and structural features of the house. Check the plumbing. Check for mold or pest infestations. Heating and air conditioning, as well as the electrical system need inspection too.
  6. Did you know a sewer scope is NOT included in a typical home inspection? ( Sewer inspections can save a lot of headaches…)
  7. Unwillingness to kill the deal when your home inspection uncover problems in the house. Structural faults, water & pest damage cost a great deal to fix.
  8. Failing to be very focused and responsive while in a transaction. Delays can cost you money.
  9. Have an experienced agent with systems in place to stay on top of things
  10. Sign lead based paint along with your offer or the contract is void. 
  11. Waiting too long to order appraisal. 
  12. Lenders can and do check your employment the day of closing. If you've been fired or your working hours have been cut they can refuse to give you a loan. 
  13. Opting out of mortgage protection insurance. Be sure to protect your biggest investment.  

After Closing

Top Mistakes a homebuyer can make after closing

  1. Rushing into renovations as soon as you buy. Take time to make a solid plan that will maximize return of investment.
  2. Overimprove.
  3. Not checking if you qualify for any property tax exemption.

Don't let these mistakes keep you and your family from buying your Dever Metro home. Let's get together to discuss your options. Contact me at 303.887.0588 or email barry@porchlightgroup.com.

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May 16, 2017

241 S Grove Street Denver CO 80219

Barry Kunselman | 303.88.0588 | Contact Barry

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 241 Grove St Denver CO 80219

 Great Investment Opportunity 2 homes for $250K in Barnum

 3 Beds |  2 Baths | $250,000

Purchase 2 homes for the price of 1! Front home offers 2 bedrooms with 1 bathroom, hardwood floors, 2 off street parking spaces new furnace and hot water heater. ADU offers 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom 1 off street parking space and newer hot water heater. The ADU is in need of some repairs, including paint, new carpet, deep cleaning and some repairs to bathroom. Very low rents, front house is rented for $800 per month, ADU is $400 per month, tenants are currently on a month to month lease. 


May 19, 2017 Friday 1-3PM

May 20, 2017 Saturday 12-4PM

May 21, 2017 Sunday 12-2PM

More pictures and info here: http://www.buydenverurbanhomes.com/property/9515453/

Nearby Schools

Children in this community typically goes to the following schools:

Elementary School: Barnum Elementary School & Munroe Elementary Schools

Middle School: Kepner Middle School 

High School: West High School


241 South Grove Street

Very Walkable

Learn more about Barnum 

Minutes to light rail, Perry and Knox Ct stations.

Shopping & Restaurants

Grocery stores are plenty and the area has a huge selection of locally owned restaurants and bakeries along Federal Boulevard.

  • Grandpa’s Burger HavenIf you want to grab a quick burger after you visit the park, check out Grandpa’s Burger Haven. It’s kid friendly and they have outdoor seating.
  • Los Molcajetes Taqueria. Los Molcajetes Taqueria is a Mexican restaurant that is said to have delicious chili rellenos and tortas. The pricing is reasonable and they have a great selection, with a friendly atmosphere.

Belmar Plaza is a mere 10 minutes drive and boasts of multiple dining options, shopping, ice skating, bowling, movie theater and more.

Amusement & Recreation

Barnum Park has a recreation center, pool and playgrounds. Enjoy the outdoor pool in summer or join a variety of fitness classes and activities at the popular rec center.

Visit the neighborhood orchard, Barnum King St Garden. Bring the kids to the Petting Zoo beside the garden and check out the friendly goats. 

Have a bicycle adventure at the Platte River Trail or the Barnum North Bike Park.


Barnum Neighborhood

 Find Out What Your Barnum Home Is Worth

To potential buyers of this great investment opportunity in Barnum please email me Barry@porchlightgroup.com or call me at 303-887-0588 for more information.


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April 19, 2017

12810 Jackson Circle Thornton CO 80241

updated June 16,2017

Barry Kunselman | 303.887.0588 | Contact Barry

12810 Jackson Cir Thornton, CO 80241

 Move-In Ready Ranch Style Townhome In Thornton

 2 Beds |  2 Baths | $329,900 

Move-in ready ranch in popular Lake Village subdivision with tons of storage. Buyers will enjoy large open kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, large master bedroom with huge walk-in closet. Large unfinished basement and large crawl space is perfect for additional storage. Maintenance free living, HOA includes exterior maintenance, roof, ground maintenance, insurance and the HOA will shovel driveway and sidewalks. 

Special Features

Main Floor Master with lots of storage

Granite counters and stainless steel appliances

1000 square unfinished basement

Low HOA fees

10 Guests parking spaces around the corner.

For the right price new washer and dryer stay.

See All Townhomes & Condos for Sale In Thornton, CO

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Nearby Schools

Children in this community typically go to the following schools:

  • Elementary School: Stellar
  • Middle School: Century
  • High School: Mountain Range


12810 Jackson Circle


Learn more about Thornton

More pictures & Information here: Coming Soon


 Walk down the road and enjoy Chinese and sushi at United Chinese, the nearest restaurant in the vicinity. They deliver too! Order authentic Mexican food at Restaurant Monclova

Amusement & Recreation

There are two parks right around the corner: Cottonwood Park and Heritage Trail Park- that offer two play grounds and tennis courts.

East Lake Shores Park is very close and offers tennis courts, playground, walking trails and nature reserve great for bird watching. 


Lake Village Center Neighborhood

HOA $210.00 month includes Exterior Maintenance w/ Roof, Grounds Maintenance, Insurance, Snow Removal. HOA shovels drive and walkway!

Contact Barry at 303.887.0588 for a sneak peek of this move in ready townhome in Lake Village or other houses for sale in Thornton CO.

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April 14, 2017

Can A Discount Broker Really Save You Money?

Barry Kunselman | 303.887.0588 | Contact Barry

Can A Discount Broker Really Save You Money?

Commission. Some see it as a dirty word, but when it comes right down to it, it’s the way your real estate agent earns their living. And it’s the incentive they have to do the best job to get your home sold—or next home purchased—with as much efficiency and for the best price possible. Don’t discount the importance of a great real estate agent.

Why discount brokers could end up costing you more in the long run

Discount brokers—those who offer up their limited services at a reduced percentage or flat rate—have been popping up at a more rapid rate with the housing market boom. They promise the same, or even better, services at a lower rate than their traditional competitors. But when it comes to discount brokers, there are several reasons why it should be buyer—or seller—beware. Here are some things to think about before you hire your next agent.

1. ATTENTION: This is one of the biggest and most important transactions you’ll make in your life, and you deserve the one-on-one attention and dedication a traditional agent offers. Discount brokers have to handle more deals to earn a living, which means they have less time to dedicate to you and your home.

2. AVAILABILITY: Deals happen at all hours of the day. Traditional brokers often work nights and weekends to ensure their clients are being served at the highest level. But discount brokerage firms typically run from 9am - 5pm, putting their schedules above your convenience.

3. EXPERIENCE: Traditional brokerages predominantly consist of seasoned agents with years of experience. That’s compared to discount brokers who tend to be less seasoned, without the essential market and contract knowledge to ensure you get the best deal possible. In fact, a traditional broker will likely get you a better price than a discount broker will be able to—which means they could bargain away more than the difference in commission is worth!

4. REPRESENTATION: You might have heard that discount brokers are now offering the “transparency” of letting buyers and sellers work directly with each other. Don’t be fooled! That simply means you don’t have the professional representation you’re paying for. A real estate agent’s full-time job is to act on behalf of their client, finding properties they might not be able to access on their own, negotiating contract details, and serving as a liaison between buyers and sellers to ensure their client makes it to closing table with a deal they can be happy with.

5. SUPPORT: Overall, the main difference between discount brokers and traditional agents is the level of support you’ll be able to expect. A traditional realtor will earn their commission through:

  • Tracking down homes that meet specific and demanding criteria, getting in touch with sellers’ agents and making appointments to see homes.
  • Pricing a home correctly, by knowing the market and comparing all other houses in the area.
  • Preparing a home for sale by properly staging it and taking professional photos for marketing purposes.
  • Using advanced marketing techniques, including online advertising, print collateral and essential networking with other traditional brokerages.
  • Access to the MLS—this vital tool in buying or selling your house is often not availableat a discount brokerage firm.
  • Hosting open houses, broker opens, and showings, and gathering timely feedback on a listing.
  • Negotiating the details of a contract to ensure you get exactly what you want out of your transaction.

See how a discount broker might actually cost you money: 

Discount Broker downsides chart

Denver Metro Home Sellers

Discount brokers imply that you will net more money because you are paying less commission. A traditional full service broker implies that you will net MORE, even after paying a higher commission, because of their expertise and knowledge. 

The bottom line is, traditional brokerages simply bring more to the table. And when you choose a PorchLight agent (me), you get even more service, support and dedication. Buying or selling a home is a big deal. Don’t make a mistake by outsourcing it to the lowest bidder.

Barry Kunselman | 303.887.0588 | barry@porchlightgroup.com


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April 7, 2017

25 Fun Facts About Denver YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

Barry Kunselman | 303.887.0588 | Contact Barry

1. Louis Ballast, who operated the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In in Denver, was the first person to trademark the cheeseburger.

2. The first permanent structure in Denver was not a hospital, bank or house—it was a saloon. Which is appropriate, since Denver now brews more beer than any other city in the nation, with over 200 different beers brewed daily.

3. In Denver’s rarified air, golf balls go about 10% farther than they would at sea level.

4. The 1976 Winter Olympics were originally going to be held in Denver. However, after the community voted against it, the city withdrew their bid, making it the first place to ever turn down hosting the Olympics.

25 Fun Facts About Denver

5. Famed music group Led Zeppelin played their first show in America at the Denver Auditorium Arena on December 26, 1968.

6. In 1902, the police at Denver Union Station started enforcing a “no kissing” rule on platforms because it slowed down the trains.

7. William McGaa, one of the first settlers of Denver, named several downtown streets, one of which was called Wewatta for his original Sioux wife. However, he also named another street, Wazee, after his mistress. Talk about awkward.

8. Denver is one of the 12 US cities to have teams from four major sports (baseball, hockey, football and basketball).

9. The National Western Stock Show, held in Denver, is the largest stock show in the world. The National Western Rodeo is also one of the biggest rodeos on earth.

10. Denver has been named the “Baby Boomer Capital of America,” boasting a higher number of baby boomers than any other US city.

Capitol dome11. The dome of the Colorado state capitol is plated with real 24K gold. However, the real rarity of the Colorado state capitol is on the inside—the world’s entire known supply of Colorado Rose Onyx was used on the building’s interior.

12. Denver was rated as the healthiest city in the country for pets by Purina, ranking high in categories like veterinarian to pet ratio and low number of fleas.

13. Denver has the largest city park system in the nation, with 14,000 acres of mountain parks and 2,500 acres of natural areas.

14. Denver collects more money for the arts per capita than any other US city, and the Denver Performing Art Complex is the 2nd largest performing arts center in the world.

15. Except for Calvin Coolidge, every US President since Teddy Roosevelt has visited Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel and Spa.

16. When viewed from above, the 400,000 pieces of granite paving on the pedestrian walkway of the 16th Street Mall resemble the skin of a western diamondback rattlesnake.

17. 200 named peaks are visible from Denver. 32 of them tower at 13,000 feet and above.

18. Elvis Presley once flew in his private jet from Memphis to Denver’s Stapleton Airport just for a sandwich. He ordered 22 Fool’s Gold Loafs, a sandwich containing a jar of peanut butter, a jar of grape jelly and one pound of bacon, from the Colorado Gold Mine Company Steakhouse for him and his friends. They dined on the sandwiches with champagne and then returned home.

19. Denver was named after Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver in hopes of gaining political favor. However, by the time the town was named, Governor Denver had retired.

20. Denver is one of the sunniest cities in the US, with 300 annual days with some sunshine each year.

Coors Field21. At just over 26 miles long, Colfax Avenue is the longest continuous street in America.

22. Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field is one of the best ballparks in the nation for home runs. Because of its high elevation and the dry air, the balls fly much farther when hit than in other stadiums. The field has twice broken the record for major league home runs hit in a single ballpark in one season.

23. The Denver mint is the single largest producer of coins in the world. You can tell if a coin is made in Denver by a D mark.

24. In Denver, it is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your neighbor.

25. Denver’s bright blue sky really is bluer than many other cities’. Because of Denver’s elevation, the air has less water vapor than it would at a lower altitude, making for a gorgeous sky!

Source: Amanda Orcutt, Movoto Blog, movoto.com/guide/denver-co/denver-facts

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March 21, 2017

13890 E Marina Drive, 402 Aurora, CO 80014

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13890 E Marina Drive, 402 Aurora, CO 80014

 Large End Unit in Heather Gardens Seville

 2 Beds |  2 Baths | $263,000 

Great opportunity to own a large end unit in Seville. Future owners will enjoy Seville's outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis courts and Koi pool just outside the building's front door. This desirable F model has beautiful mountain views from Pike's Peak to Long's Peak. This unit is flooded with natural light, has new carpet, new paint and light fixtures. The owner has enjoyed the large dining room which is perfect for hosting friends and family for holiday and dinner parties.

Special Features

New Carpet
New Paint
New Light fixtures
Desirable F Model in Seville
End unit
Amazing Mountain Views
Large Enclosed Lanai

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Nearby Schools

Children in this community typically goes to the following schools:

  • Elementary School: Century Elementary School Distance: 1.12 miles away Grades: PK-5 & Polton Community Elementary School Distance: 1.28 miles away Grades: PK-5
  • Middle School: Prairie Middle School Distance: 1.44 miles away Grades: 6-8
  • High School: Overland High School Distance: 1.47 miles away Grades: 9-12


13890 East Marina Drive


Learn more about Aurora

More pictures & Informatio here: http://www.buydenverurbanhomes.com/property/4376354/

Amusement & Recreation

Nearby parks include:

Eagle Park  

14691 E. Floyd Ave.

6.5 acres, basketball half courts (2), playground

Olympic Park 

15775 E. Yale Ave.

5.3 acres, picnic shelter, playground, restroom, access to Cherry Creek Spillway Trail

Tierra Park

 14777 E. Asbury Ave.

14.3 acres, playground, tennis courts (2)


Heather Gardens Seville Neighborhood

YOU'LL ENJOY SEVILLE WITH ITS OWN OUTDOOR POOL, HOT TUB, TENNIS COURTS, AND KOI POND. HOA fee include access to the newly renovated Clubhouse, Community Pool, Exterior Maintenance (Including Roof), Gas, Heat, Sewer, Snow Removal, Tennis Courts, Trash Removal, Water

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March 17, 2017

Renovating Your Denver Home to Sell Boosts Resale Value

By Barry Kunselman | Porchlight Real Estate Group | 303.88.0588 | Contact Barry

How Much Will You Get Back If You Renovate?

To Get Top Dollar For Your Home You Need To Renovate

Every Denver Metro homeowner wants to get the maximum value when selling a home. But how do you ensure you get the best price? Should you renovate or sell as is?

I recently helped a seller renovate a 2 bedroom townhome in Lakewood. Sold as is we would have received $230K. With $7K investment into carpet, laminate flooring and paint we received multiple offers. The highest offer came at $277K but we decided to take the offer for $265,500 because the buyer was willing to cover the cost if the appraisal came in low. 27% return on money. 

Here are some things you should consider before deciding to renovate or sell as is:


Unless you absolutely have no money or you can't afford mortgage payment and the home is going into foreclosure, I always recommend some updates before selling. Small projects can pay off big. New carpets and a fresh coat of paint do wonders to improve the appearance of a home and its overall appeal to buyers. I would never recommend to redo a kitchen & bathroom completely as this would be pricey and would not give 100% return of your investment. 

Before you ever spend a dollar or lift a hammer you have to evaluate if you and your family can handle a renovation. If you remain living in your home while you are renovating, then you will be faced with some level of chaos. Certain personality types do not do well with chaos. There will dust and displaced household items and unfinished walls, drywall and flooring. What would you be willing to sacrifice to get your home move in ready?


9475 W UUtah Before & After Kitchen

As a seller, you might think that the buyers would want to select his own carpet and decide on paint colors. They do. So why do you need to update?

90% of homebuyers are looking at homes online so it is incredibly important the photos of the home look good and accurately display the home. Your home cannot look like a dump if you want to get the best price for it. To make more money, you have to get it to move-in ready condition. People need to see how it's going to look when they live there so make sure it's attractive and appealing.

Because most buyers are using the majority of their savings for the down payment they are more likely to pay more for a home that is move in ready than purchase a home at a lower price and spend thousands of dollars fixing it up.


Establish the budget. As a realtor I advise my selling clients on improvements and renovations that would maximize the home's appeal while working within the seller's home improvement budget.

I also offer to help hire contractors and monitor/oversee renovations. Majority of realtors do not offer this value added service to home seller clients. I provide this service because the house will sell quicker and I enjoy it. It's fun to take an old outdated home and make it shine.

My clients trust me because I know the best people for the job. My contractors are affordable and reliable and not overpriced. If my clients were to find contractors online they are going to pay a premium for the contractor which will affect their bottom dollar.  


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Once the seller has established a budget, it is time to it is time to create a list of things that need updating and to find out approximately what those cost. This renovation checklist can help you get a clear picture and identify the areas that need work.

Maybe the house has not been painted in the last 10 years and there is wallpaper on the walls, or the carpet looks frayed and dirty. Kitchen and bathrooms are make or break for buyers when touring a home. It is important not to overlook its condition. Since an up-to-date kitchen helps entice homebuyers, money you spend in this space can usually be expected to find its way back into your wallet.

If there is not enough money to replace carpet in the whole house we can put my seller's money into deep cleaning or updating outdated light fixtures. My aim is to maximize the budget as best as I can. We want to make the home as turnkey as possible within the budget.


Simple renovations and updates can run from 2 -to 3 weeks. If seller is out of town I take photos of the work that has been done. The photos can be a wonderful way to show the steps the contractor did to complete the job which could help down the road. There may be some clues in these photos that show what could have gone wrong. It is also an excellent way to keep everyone honest and to keep the quality high. These are also wonderful memories for later.

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Advice to Home Sellers:

Before selling your Denver Metro home, make sure you understand the current market conditions in your neighborhod by talking to a knowledgeable realtor. Look at the competition in your price range to see how they stack up to you home. Check with your realtor which renovations will give the most bang for your buck. Making the right decision about your renovation project will ensure that your home will attract more homebuyers and get you the best price.

If you’re thinking of selling, give me a call!  I would love to help you get maximum value for your home. l know what will work the best for you and advise what repairs are necessary, given the state of the Denver Metro market. Call 303.887.0588 or email me at barry@porchlightgroup.com.


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