Keep the Closing Process Moving Forward

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Once a home is under contract, there are several dates and deadlines that need to be met to close on the agreed upon closing date. A delay in closing could create implications for both parties. For instance, it could be interest rate changes, added negotiations, or changing the date of the move-in day. However, there are ways to dodge and prevent delays.

  • Agents should watch out for any problems early on. It is up to the agent to maintain consistent communication between all parties. A seasoned agent will know what to look for and can address any situations that may arise. 
  • Keep lenders in the loop. It’s crucial for communication among lenders and their clients. Avoid delaying lenders by ensuring they have all the requested financial documentation they need. A delay in the loan process could result in a delay in the closing date. 
  • Be aware of last minute seller surprises. Sellers can sometimes delay the process by requesting to move out later and failing to fix repairs. Be prepared for anything and allow adequate time for repairs to be addressed and fixed. 
  • Keep all finances stable. The slightest change in debt or financial obligations will most likely affect the ability to close on a mortgage. Prior to closing, avoid buying a new car, opening a new credit card, and investing in any major purchases. This is not an opportune time to change your credit!
Delays can be avoided by effective planning. If you notice any issues early on, communicate that concern to all relevant parties! If you have any questions about this topic or more, feel free to reach out to me by phone or email. I’d be happy to serve your real estate needs!
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Great Holiday Giveback

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Great Holiday Giveback

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 6th and The Scott Futa Home Team with Keller Williams Realty is gathering everyday necessities for the Douglas County Task Force for our annual #GreatHolidayGiveback! If you live in CastleRock and have items you can donate, send us an email (team@scottfuta.com) or give us a call at (303) 225-2707 so we can be sure to stop by your house Tuesday morning. You can leave the items on the front porch!

Some items the Douglas County Task Force is in need of include:

  • Tooth Brushes
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Contact solution
  • Diapers
  • Dish soap
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Feminine Products
  • Laundry Pods

New or Used Items

  • Tents
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves
Thank you in advance for helping us give back to our community!

#DeckYourDoorCO Contest

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#DeckYourDoorCO Contest

The holidays are here and we want to see your decked out front door for our #DeckYourDoorCO contest!

All you have to do is take a picture of your door and post it to Facebook or Instagram using #DeckYourDoorCO before December 19th. On December 19, 2016 we will post on our Facebook Page (www.facebook/castlerockscott) and on our Instagram Page (@ScottFutaHomeTeam) all of the doors tagged so that everyone can vote on their favorite!

First place will receive a $25 gift card to Lost Coffee

Second place will receive a $15 gift card to Lost Coffee

Third place will receive a $5 gift card to Lost Coffee

We can’t wait to see your decked out holiday door!

The Home Buyer Consultation

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The home buyer consultation is the first step we recommend to all of our clients when they have decided they are going to purchase a home. This decision could be made to buy a home immediately or within the next 12 – 18 months. Whenever it is, it’s never to early to start planning!

Too often I talk to home buyers who just want our team to show them a home and help them with the transaction. These are definitely things our team does, but we prefer to do them after we have had a chance to meet with you face-to-face and discuss your real estate goals.

Buying a home is not like buying a car. It is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make and an investment that will hopefully yield you great returns! A good Realtor is not here to just sell you a home, they are there to help you achieve your real estate goals.

This is what you can expect from our team whether you are buying, selling or investing in real estate!

 

Parking for Castle Rock Starlighting

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Parking for Castle Rock Starlighting

Parking for the annual Castle Rock Starlighting has become a little more of an obstacle over the years as the Town of Castle Rock continues to grow and their Starlighting event becomes more popular. We moved to Castle Rock 13 years ago and I still remember our first Starlighting (parking was not as much as a challenge back then).

While the town has clearly grown, the festivities remain the same or only get better! Sure – there are a lot of people, but this beautiful town we call home still shows off it’s small town charm especially at this event and the events they host throughout the year!

It is our family’s favorite event even though parking is a little crazier! So where should you park?

Well – if you get there early, the best parking has always been by the Douglas County School District building and the surrounding side streets. The event goes from 2pm – 7pm, but the actual star lighting ceremony doesn’t start until around 5p. The star will be lit around 5:30pm followed by fireworks and then the festivities continue until 7p.

The Town is offering shuttle rides, which may be convenient if you don’t mind letting someone else drive! See below for those details:

Free Shuttle Rides: 1:30 PM to 8:30 PM

CASTLE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL – Red Line  **NEW LOCATION**
Back North Lot (5254 N Meadows Dr.)

DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL – Purple Line
South Bldg. (2842 Front Street)

DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS – Green Line
Lot 5 (500 Fairgrounds Drive)

There is the also the parking garage at 3rd & Jerry — the only bad thing about this lot is that it’s hard to get out of when everyone is trying to leave at the same time.

Our personal favorite is to park by the Keller Williams Realty office at 140 S Wilcox Street (probably more commonly known as the Douglas County Library parking lot)! Don’t get me wrong, this lot will fill up, but it’s usually the last one to fill. If that one is full you can also look for spots by the Safeway parking lot.

Our last bit of advice would be not to rush out of there after the starlighting … unless you want to sit in traffic! Last year we parked by our Keller Williams office and then after the starlighting headed over to El Korito Mexican Restaurant next to our office to wait out the crowd! The food was great and we got to enjoy some more time with family and friends before rushing back home!

Enjoy the Starlighting and the time with your family and friends this holiday season!

 

 

Article on Preparing Your Home for Winter

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Article on Preparing Your Home for Winter

 

February and March are the snowiest months in Colorado! With winter approaching, your home might not be prepared for the freezing temperatures and snow. An article in Realtor Magazine entitled “Help Clients Prepare for Weather Challenges” gives buyers, sellers, and homeowners tips on how to winterize their houses. This publication addresses possible issues, like ice dams, collapsed roofs, power outages, frozen pipes, and more. Information on winter home maintenance is provided by professionals who will help you make sure your house is safe for the season. They also offer explanations for why some of these issues are occurring. In order to ensure your home is prepared for the winter, check out this informative article. Also we have an extensive network of reliable partners that can help you get your home ready for winter. Give us a call at 303-225-2707, we would be happy to provide you with their contact information.

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Help Clients Prepare for Weather Challenges

Frozen on Ice Review

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Frozen on Ice Review

 

This weekend, my family and I went to see Disney’s Frozen on Ice at the Pepsi Center. I love all of the Disney movies, especially Frozen. This performance brought the magic from the Oscar winning movie to life and was wonderful to watch.

 

When the show began, we were greeted by Mickey, Minnie, Ariel, Cinderella, Nemo, Donald Duck, and other beloved Disney characters. They all came together and told the audience that there are many different ways we can show people we love them and that there are different types of love. This set the scene for Frozen, which is a story about both romantic and sisterly love.

 

It tells the story of sisters Elsa and Anna, who are royalty of the kingdom of Arendelle. Queen Elsa has the ability to turn things to ice, and, when her powers are discovered by her sister and her kingdom, she flees the castle. Princess Anna and her friends Kristoff, Sven (a reindeer), and Olaf (a talking snowman) go after Elsa and try to convince her that she can use her powers for good.

 

Disney on Ice did a wonderful job of capturing the  magic of Frozen. Because all of the performers were skating as well as acting, they were able to show a wide range of their talents. They were lip-syncing to the audio from the movie (because it’s difficult to skate and sing), but they were able to demonstrate their impressive skating abilities. The costumes were beautiful and were the same as the cloths the characters wore in the movie. Many of the costumes for characters like Sven, Olaf, and the trolls were very impressive as well.

 

The special effects were great. There were sparks that popped up every time Elsa used her powers. Different colors of lighting were used to show the change from summer to winter (because Elsa “froze the summer”). Also, there was an inflatable snow monster that guarded Elsa’s ice castle and fake snow!

 

All in all, this was a wonderful performance and I had a lot of fun! All of the songs from the movie were included and the story was practically the same as the film. Frozen on Ice was very special, and I’m glad I was given the opportunity to go. It was a magical event that was fun for people of all ages!

Article on Buying in Areas with Low Inventory

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Article on Buying in Areas with Low Inventory

 

In certain areas, including most of Metro Denver, there is a shortage of homes for sale. This is making it difficult for buyers because they have to compete with others and be ready to make quick decisions when the time comes to make an offer. An article in Realtor Magazine entitled “Tips for Battling Against Low Inventory” informs buyers on how to search for homes in these frustrating markets. In order for  you, as a home buyer, to be successful in areas with low inventory, it is important that you are prepared before you start your search. Some of the tips within this article include getting pre-approved, having your finances in order, and making a list of what you are looking for. This post is very informative and will help you get a head start on purchasing their new home.

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Tips for Battling Against Low Inventory

 

 

Holiday Productions in Denver

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Holiday Productions in Denver

 

For those who love holiday plays, ballets, and concerts, there are a variety of festive productions in downtown Denver which celebrate this special time of year. From fantasy to comedy, there is something for everyone this holiday season. Here are some of the many holiday shows being presented in Denver.

 

The musical adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic tale, A Christmas Carol will be performed at the Stage Theatre (in the Denver Center of Performing Arts) from November 27th-December 27th.  In this 19th century story, miser Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve and learns the value of family, love, and the holiday season. Performances will be at either 1:30pm, 6:30pm, or 7:30pm, depending on the date. The show itself is 2 hours and 7 minutes long, with an intermission. Because of period language and the ghosts, the age recommendation is for audience members 6 and up. Tickets start at $49.

 

As a change from the typical holiday productions, the one-man comedy, SantaLand Diaries tells the story of Crumpet (played by David Sedaris) who was a department store elf in New York. This off-beat show is being performed in The Jones Theatre (in the Denver Center of Performing Arts) and runs from November 27th-December 27th. Adult language and subject matter will be used throughout the production, so the age recommendation is for mature audience members (16+). Tickets start at $25. The performances begin at either 3pm, 7pm, 8pm, or 10pm, depending on the date, and the run time is 90 minutes (without an intermission).  

 

Fans of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker have the opportunity to see two different productions from two talented ballet companies.  Both of these versions tell the story of a girl, Clara, who is given a magical nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve. Together, Clara and The Nutcracker travel to the Land of Sweets, where they are greeted by The Sugarplum Fairy, Snowflakes, Flowers, and other wonderful creatures. The original score, composed by Tchaikovsky, is still used in the ballet today.

 

  • The Colorado Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker has been a tradition for 55 years.This year, it will be held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House (in the Denver Center of Performing Arts). It will run from November 28th-December 27th and will be at either 1pm, 1:30pm, 6:30pm, or 7:30pm, depending on the date. Dancers from The Colorado Ballet have continuously dazzled audiences with their wonderful performances. As an added bonus, this year, the ballet company will create an on-stage blizzard! This ballet is about 1 hour and 50 minutes long, including a 20 minute intermission. Tickets start at $34.

 

  • As a part of their international tour, The Moscow Ballet is coming to Denver for two nights to perform The Nutcracker. On December 11th and 12th, audience members can experience magical performances from this legendary ballet company. Dancers are skilled in the art of ballet and will be wearing bright and elaborate costumes. This production runs for 1 hour and 30 minutes, with one intermission. Tickets for these two festive performances start at $56. On December 11th, the ballet will begin at 7pm, and it will start at 5pm on December 12th.  

 

Based on the 1983 film, A Christmas Story: The Musical will be playing at the Buell Theatre (in the Denver Center of Performing Arts) from December 16th-27th. Set in 1940s Indiana, this fun, family-friendly adaptation of the classic holiday movie tells the story of Ralphie, a boy who wants a bebe gun for Christmas. Unfortunately, Ralphie’s parents think the gun will be dangerous and that he will “shoot [his] eye out!”  This determined kid won’t give up, and he faces obstacles like bullies and a cranky department store Santa in order to get the ultimate Christmas gift. Shows will be either at 2pm or 7:30pm, depending on the date. This musical performance runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, and there will be one intermission. Tickets start at $25.

 

The Mannheim Steamroller Christmas concert, presented by Chip Davis, will also be at the Buell Theatre this holiday season. This production will include classic Christmas songs from Mannheim Steamroller, and there will be different multimedia effects that play along with the music. Performances are on December 12th at 4pm and 8pm and on December 13th at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets start at $44. Come and experience this wonderful holiday concert that has been a tradition for the past 30 years!

 

On December 3rd-6th, the Frozen on Ice will be performed at the Pepsi Center. In this adaptation of the hit, Oscar winning Disney movie, skilled actors will be performing the entire story on ice skates! Songs from the film, like “Let it Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, will be included. Frozen tells the story of two sisters: Princess Anna, who longs for adventure, and Queen Elsa, who has the power to turn things to ice. After a mishap at her coronation, Elsa runs away from her kingdom of Arendelle. Anna and her new friends Kristoff, Sven (the reindeer), and Olaf (the talking snowman) help Elsa overcome her fears and come to terms with her special gift.  Tickets for Frozen on Ice start at $17 (children under 2 are free). Performances are at either 11am, 3pm, or 7pm, depending on the day. The show is 2 hours and 15 minutes long, including one intermission.

 

All of these plays, ballets, and concerts allow residents and visitors of Denver to experience the magic of the season. If you want to know more about festivities in Colorado’s capital city, check out our post on holiday events and traditions in Denver. Also, for information about different December events in Douglas County, check out our posts on this website and on scottfutahometeam.com.

 

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Events and Traditions in Denver

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Holiday Events and Traditions in Denver

 

During this special time of year, residents and visitors of Denver embrace the season of giving. Though the holidays might be hectic, it’s nice to take the opportunity to enjoy the time spent with family and friends. Here are events and traditional activities throughout Denver that ring in the seasonal spirit.  

 

The Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting the Blossoms of Light exhibitions from November 27th to January 2nd at 5:30pm-9pm. During this time, the gardens will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with unique light displays around every corner. Visitors will have the chance to walk through different sections of the property and see features like the O’Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens. The walk will take between 25-45 minutes. Also, there will be different performances by the Laste Note Singers, The Colorado Choir, The Choralary, and other Denver entertainers.  During the non-peak dates (November 27th-December 13th), tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for adult members, seniors (65+), and members of the military, $8 for children (3-15), and $6 for children members . For the peak dates (December 14th- January 2nd) tickets are $2 more for each age group.  (Children under 2 are free, regardless of the date.) Tickets can be purchased online or at the the Bonfils-Station Visitor Center during the event.

 

As a Denver holiday tradition, the 41st Annual 9News Parade of Lights will be held along the 16th Street Mall. This event spans two miles and is a display of different illuminated floats and festive marching bands. Both Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa will be making appearances. This free event will take place on December 4th at 8pm and December 5th at 6pm.  Children and adults, alike, will love this holiday parade.

 

The Denver Zoo Lights is another magical light display. From December 4th-January 3rd, the Denver Zoo will be decked out with different illuminated animal sculptures that can be seen throughout 70 acres of the property. The lights will be lit at 5:30pm each night and will be on until 9pm. As a part of this celebration, there will also be a month-long Lantern Festival at the Toyota Elephant Passage. Visitors can also see the animals in their enclosures as they enjoy the light displays. Tickets (for non-members) are $13 for adults (12-64), $9 for children (3-11), and $11 for seniors (65+). Members get a $2 discount (for each age group). There are also packages for large groups.

 

For those who love going out on the ice, the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park provides the perfect, family-friendly ice skating experience. This rink is open from November 24th-February 16th and is located at 16th and Arapahoe. Skate rentals are $2, and admission is free. Come and experience one of the most popular winter activities in Denver.

 

To celebrate the inner child in all of us,  Denver Pavilions is bringing a Holiday Carousel to the 16th Street Mall. This magical attraction is open from December 11th-23rd from 9am-10pm. Visitors pay $3 per ride. They can also get a free ride from their purchase at any Denver Pavilions location or by donating cans or food to the Food Bank of the Rockies. The carousel is a wonderful holiday attraction that’s fun for the whole family!

 

One traditional holiday activity in downtown Denver is Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace. Though this hotel offers tea year-round, this season is often their busiest time of year. Diners can have tea, small sandwiches, pastries with Devonshire cream from England, and scones in a festive setting. Pianists and harpists play classic music to create an air of elegance. The tea “meals” range from $36-$128 (children 6 and under are less), and guests can choose from a variety of different teas and snacks. Reservations are required during the holiday season, and can be made by calling (303) 297-3111. Tea lasts from 12pm-4pm.

 

These festive events and attractions help ring in the holidays and allow us to embrace the things that make this time of year special. If you are interested in the theatre, be sure to check out our post on the holiday plays in Denver. Also, if you would like to know about holiday events in Douglas County, check out our posts on this website and on scottfutahometeam.com.

 

Happy Holidays!