Design Tricks to Make Tiny Bathrooms Look Bigger

Design tricks to make tiny bathrooms look bigger

It’s fun to look at magazine pictures of gleaming bathrooms the size of airplane hangars. But if you’re like most homeowners, your washroom can barely fit a sink and toilet, let alone a Learjet.

How can you make the most of those rooms?

There’s plenty you can do—from choosing the right color palette to employing visual tricks—to make even the smallest space look magazine-worthy. Here are some suggestions from Houzz:

Choose white on white: White tile, white paint, and a white vanity can do wonders for visually enlarging a space. “This noncolor-color naturally recedes, making the space look bigger,” notes Houzz. Use varying textures to keep the design from appearing monotonous.

Install a floating vanity: This choice allows for storage beneath the sink, while also giving the bathroom an airy look. Additionally, “in a very small space, having more room to plant your feet can make a big difference,” notes Houzz.

Go minimal: Don’t choose the largest vanity possible. A smaller vanity will “make the area feel less stuffed and thus roomier.”

Replace a shower curtain with glass: This makes the entire square footage of the room visible, opening things up considerably. Houzz also suggests homeowners consider replacing the bathtub with a shower stall. “They are easier to get in and out of, and removing the tub eliminates a lot of bulk that eats up precious room.”

Use bright lighting: Consider multiple light sources in different locations. This will brighten the room and eliminate shadows that close in the space.

If you need any contacts for contractors to aide you in your home renovations please feel free to reach out to me directly. I am always available to you as a resource.

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School Districts are More Important to Denver Home Buyers than other Amenities

School Districts are More Important to Denver Home Buyers than other Amenities

We all know home buyers desire high-performing school districts. But what are they willing to sacrifice for this priority? Plenty, according to a recent survey by

The survey found that 78% of home buyers place a good school district above other amenities. “School districts are an area where many buyers aren’t willing to compromise,” Chief Economist Danielle Hale noted of the survey’s findings, as reported by CBS MarketWatch. “For many buyers, ‘location, location, location’ means ‘schools, schools, schools’.”

According to MarketWatch, more than half of home buyers (59%) studied test scores to determine a school district’s quality. Others considered whether the school had a gifted and talented program (53%) and art and music education (49%).

Among the amenities they were willing to sacrifice for great schools: a garage (19% were willing to let this go); updated kitchen (17%); number of hoped-for bedrooms (17%) and outdoor living space (16%).

“Of course, buying in a good school district comes with a significant premium as well,” adds MarketWatch, which cites a 2016 study noting that homes in higher-rated school districts were 49% more expensive on average than the median-priced home nationwide.

Reach out to me at The Colorado Broker and I would be happy to provide you with a school district map so you can see what district is right for your family.


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The Colorado Broker – Computers vs Humans Home Appraisals

Computers can do home appraisals. But humans are better

In our computer-oriented world, decisions driven by data and algorithms have become commonplace. This raises the question: Is there still a need for human input to get the right outcome?

It’s a question many are asking regarding home appraisals.

“With these [technological] advances, will computers inevitably replace appraisers when it comes to valuing homes?” asks John S. Brenan, director of appraisal issues for the Appraisal Foundation. He explored the idea in a recent Realtor Magazine article.

Computer models, called automated valuation models (AVMs), are used by websites like Zillow, tax assessors, lenders and others. Most experts agree that AVMs have their place in today’s world. For example, they are useful in situations where the appraisal isn’t critical.

Brenan offers the situation where a person owns a $2 million home free and clear and wants to take out a $50,000 line of credit. “I’d be irate” he notes, “…if I had to pay a large fee” for an appraisal. In this case, an AVM would work nicely and save the homeowner as much as $700 in appraisal fees.

Computer algorithms also work well when evaluating average homes with no special variations. But few homes are “cookie cutter.”  AVM’s don’t consider whether the home is located on a busy street corner, if it has been updated or is in major disrepair, and so on.

As Brenan writes: “[C]omputers don’t buy houses; people do. An AVM does a great job of analyzing tangible features, such as a property’s age, number of bedrooms and baths, square footage and lot size. However, a property’s overall appeal is something that has been, at least to date, extremely difficult to quantify.”

Brenan notes that while AVMs can help appraisers in their valuations, the human element is still critical in most situations. “[U]nless and until AVMs can better emulate the human factor, an ethical and competent appraiser remains indispensable.”

I have been in the industry for a long time and have established relationships with reputable appraisers in Denver throughout the years. Contact The Colorado Broker, Joseph Newman,  if you would like contact information for our trusted appraisers in the area.

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Fall Festivals in Colorado are upon us!

You probably already know this about me but one of my favorite seasons in Colorado is upon us. Even though temperatures in Denver already feel more like winter we are still very excited for Colorado’s Fall Festivals!

Also, if you are interested in buying or selling a home this fall don’t hesitate to reach out to me at or email me at

John Denver Celebration

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When: Wednesday, October 10 – Monday, October 15
Where: Various locations, Aspen
Cost: Free to $80 (depending on the event)

The Lowdown: Singer-songwriter, John Denver’s last name isn’t actually ‘Denver,’ it is Deutschendorf. He changed his last name to make himself more marketable and chose Denver because Colorado was his favorite state. You may know his hit song “Rocky Mountain High,” boasting about the beauty of this state. To celebrate the musician, every year a John Denver Celebration is held in Aspen around this time, where fans gather together for a week of events. Festivities will include tribute bands, a gathering at the John Denver Sanctuary and stories of Denver told by his friend, Jim Salestrom.

Telluride Horror Show

Photo courtesy of Telluride Horror Show.

When: Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14
Where: Various locations, Telluride
Cost: $150 for three-day passes; $75 for six film tickets; $15 for individual film tickets.

The Lowdown: Honestly, horror movies may be the best part about Halloween — so a film festival dedicated to the genre, with the bonus of being located in Telluride, naturally attracts scary movie fans from around the world. The Telluride Horror Show is a weekend full of film screenings with both new horror features and shorts from around the world including the US, Ireland, Japan, Austria and more. Most notably, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Killer Klowns from Outer Space will be a showing and a Q & A with director Stephen Chiodo. We can’t think of a better excuse to get out to Telluride. To see the full film lineup and more, check out our recent story.

READ: Telluride Horror Show Adds More Films and a Scary Virtual Reality Experience

Pumpkin Festival

Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens on Facebook.

When: Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
Cost: $10 per adult; $8 per child; Discounted advance and member pricing.

The Lowdown: Just south in Littleton, the Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield Farms will soon be hosting its Pumpkin Festival — a full weekend of pumpkin picking and fall activities. This event is all about the kids with face painting, pony rides, photo booths, a mini-maze, bouncers and slides. Local craft booths, food and drink vendors, live music and horse-drawn hayrides will be available as well. This is the perfect fall day of fun for the family.

Bloody Mary Festival

Photo courtesy of Bloody Mary Liberation Party on Facebook.

When: Saturday, October 13, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St., Denver
Cost: $45 for general admission; buy tickets here

The Lowdown: Are you a bloody mary aficionado? Well, we’ve got the festival for you. The Bloody Mary Festival will stop through Austin, San Francisco and here in Denver to fulfill your vodka and tomato juice dreams. It is ultimately a conquest to taste a variety of bloody marys from several restaurants in Denver and choose your favorite. Food trucks, food samples and live music will round out this event commemorating brunch’s most coveted drink.

St. Dominic’s Oktoberfest

Photo courtesy of St. Dominic’s Parish.

When: Saturday, October 13, 2 to 8 p.m.
Where: St. Dominic Catholic Church parking lot, 2905 Federal Blvd., Denver
Cost: Free Admission

The Lowdown: St. Dominic’s Oktoberfest held in the St. Dominic’s Parish parking lot, is essentially a brewery festival for the Highlands. The event will host seven micro-local breweries: Little Machine Beer, Zuni Street, Joyride Brewing, Blind Faith, De Steeg Brewing, Factotum Brewhouse and Diebolt. Three highlands food vendors have been announced so far and three Denver based bands will be playing live music throughout the day. Support local businesses and have a lovely beer drinking time.

Pumpkins & Pilsners Festival

Pumpkins and Pilsners. Photo courtesy of Families for Estes on Facebook.

When: Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park
Cost: Free Admission

The Lowdown: If you’re itching to get away, Estes Park is looking pretty good this time of year (as is all of Colorado), but still — it’s a nice fall getaway. The annual Pumpkins and Pilsners hosted by Families for Estes is a free fall festival, fun for kids and adults alike. Just like the name, it’s all about craft beer and picking pumpkins. For the kids, there will be a bounce house, games and crafts. All profits from the festival will go to the sponsor in order to support educational, family-friendly and recreational opportunities in Estes Park.

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival

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When: Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21
Where: Various locations, Breckenridge
Cost: $15 – $90 (depending on the event)

The Lowdown: Breckenridge, if you haven’t been, is one of the coolest ski towns in Colorado and there is always something exciting going on. The Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival coming up is no exception. It will be hosted at Beaver Run Resort, where you can also book a room or condo to stay during the festival. The weekend will consist of cocktail workshops, a scavenger hunt and bar mix off, a guided tour of the town’s historic district and tastings. The main event is the Grand Tasting ‘Still on the Hill’ — admission provides craft spirit tastings, craft cocktails, artisanal snacks, people’s choice voting and live music.

Giant Pumpkin Festival

Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Giant Vegetable Growers on Facebook.

When: Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Old Colorado City, 2324 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs
Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Charlie Brown’s: It’s the Great Pumpkin comes to mind with the mention of a giant pumpkin. Have a Charlie Brown moment this fall at the Giant Pumpkin Festival at Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs. The Rocky Mountain Giant Vegetable Growers (RMGVG) will be competing for the Biggest Pumpkin in Southern Colorado. In addition to browsing the large pumpkins, there will be a pumpkin patch for people and families to pick from. Kids can get their face painted or a balloon animal from a balloon artist. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween best. The area has tons of shopping and restaurants as well for you to enjoy before or after the event.

Broadway Halloween Parade

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When: Saturday, October 20, 6 p.m.
Where: Broadway from 5th Ave. to Alameda Ave., Denver
Cost: Free 

The Lowdown: Broadway is a very diverse area with all kinds of personalities and people roaming around, so what better place to have a crazy costumed Halloween Parade? In its second year, the Broadway Halloween Paradepresented by City Council, the Broadway Merchants Association and Lucky District 7 will take place two weekends before Halloween. The parade will travel down Broadway from 5th Avenue to Alameda. Decked out floats, marchers, bands and attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes. Close to the end of the parade, festival goers can march in the street with all of the floats and performers.

READ: 15 Places to Enjoy Happy Hour on South Broadway

Emma Crawford Coffin Races & Festival

Photo courtesy of Manitou Springs Emma Crawford Coffin Races on Facebook.

When: Saturday, October 27, 12 to 4 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs
Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Manitou Springs is having its 23rd annual festival about a woman, Emma Crawford, who came to the town in 1889. She arrived searching for a tuberculosis cure and fell in love with the town. Two years later, Crawford died and her wish was to be buried on the top of Red Mountain. In 1929, her coffin came racing down the side of the mountain and a few kids found the coffin and some of her remains. So the town made a coffin race and festival about this crazy story and legend of Manitou Springs. Watch racers and non-racers dressed up in their best spooky attire glide down the main thoroughfare of this gorgeous, old-timey town.

Georgetown Loop Railroad – Oktoberfest

Photo courtesy of Georgetown Loop Railroad and Mining Park.

When: October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28
Where: Georgetown Devil’s Gate Depot, 646 Loop Dr., Georgetown
Cost: Prices vary; Tickets can be purchased here

The Lowdown: The last three weekends in October you can experience a magical Oktoberfest train ride on the Georgetown Loop. All riders on these dates will receive a free Colorado microbrew tasting, root beers for the kids and a free bratwurst or hot dog. Nothing too fancy, just a great excuse to take a ride and witness the changing leaves.

Glow at the Gardens

Glow at the Gardens. Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens.

When: October 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25
Where: Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
Cost: $10 – $18; buy tickets here

The Lowdown: Experience Glow at the Gardens where the botanic gardens get all dressed up at night with luminaria-lined pathways, spooky displays and glowing pumpkins. Several pumpkin artists carved them up in their own way, making for a different sight everywhere you turn. Enjoy scary storytelling, pumpkin carving demos, glow in the dark cornhole, a Halloween trivia wheel, LED performers and tons more. Seasonal food and beverages will be available at both of the gardens’ cafes. You can either just enjoy the sights or take in part in one of the many activities.

Halloween Events at the Denver Zoo

Photo courtesy of the Denver Zoo.

When: October 5 – 28 
Where: The Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver
Cost: Prices vary; Member and non-member pricing. 

The Lowdown: The Denver Zoo has several events planned for the Halloween season, starting this weekend. The Enchanted Hollows, a night walk experience for both kids and adults, will be held every weekend until Halloween. Guides will tell stories of the roots of Halloween on an eerie trail through the zoo. Boo at the Zoo is an all-day event (Oct 21, 22, 28 and 29) for kids to trick or treat and wear costumes with a unique view of the zoo during fall. And Taps and Tails is for the adults on Thursday nights in October to sip local beers and watch live music — you may as well dress up and laugh at each other, too.

Pumpkin Nights

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When: October 17 – November 4
Where: Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton
Cost: Prices vary; buy tickets here

The Lowdown: Want to pretend you live in the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas? Well, you’re in luck, the event Pumpkin Nights which has 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins and eight “Pumpkin Lands” will be coming to Denver for its first time. Each pumpkin land is themed one being the Hogwarts castle in Happy Potter. It is a half mile long walking path with insane pumpkin displays covered in crazy lights and decor. There will be pumpkin painting, pumpkin artist carving demos and fire dancers from the Spirit of Pumpkins fire show. Enjoy local food and beverages while you take in this dazzling, spooky pumpkin wonderland.

READ: A Huge Halloween Festival is Coming to Denver With 3,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins


Día de Los Muertos – Breckenridge

Dia De Los Muertos. Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Creative Arts.

When: Thursday, November 1 – Saturday, November 3
Where: Arts District, Various locations, Breckenridge
Cost: Free workshops, exhibitions, activities and more. 

The Lowdown: If you’re an art lover, this festival is for you. The Breckenridge Dia de Los Muertos will be a weekend full of activities, starting with an opening party featuring a five-piece salsa band playing at the ‘Ofrenda’ exhibit at Old Masonic Hall. It will also have a free buffet, with a cash bar. Events include five exhibitions + performances, four folk art workshops and several activities and talks. Whether you want to make a Catrina skull doll, get your face painted or participate in a flash mob — your creative senses are sure to be pleased.

Día de Los Muertos Celebration – First Friday Art Walk

Photo courtesy of Art District on Santa Fe on Facebook.

When: Friday, November 2, 4 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, Santa Fe Dr., Denver
Cost: Free

The Lowdown: If you’ve never experienced first Fridays on Santa Fe, it’s a time when all of the galleries on the strip between 7th and 9th avenues come alive on the first Friday evening of the month. The first Friday of November will be a celebration of Dia de Los Muertos in the Santa Fe Arts District. Face decoration stations will be positioned throughout the Arts District starting at 4 p.m. Dress in Catrina attire and join in on the parade starting at 7 p.m. There will be a costume contest as well. If you don’t want to dress up, just come to enjoy the sights and celebrations.

10th Annual Pumpkin Smash Festival

Photo courtesy of Scraps-to-Soil, Neighborhood Compost Club on Facebook.

When: Saturday, November 3, 12 to 4 p.m.
Where: Idaho Springs baseball fields, 101 Idaho Springs Rd., Idaho Springs
Cost: Free with a signed ticket; Details here

The Lowdown: The folks at Scraps-to-Soil, a composting collective in Idaho Springs, have a unique way of disposing of pumpkins after Halloween. The 10th annual Pumpkin Smash takes place at Shelly/Quinn Fields in town, where people bring their pumpkins and pulverize them into pieces using Louisville Sluggers and slingshots. There will also be food vendors, beer, a pumpkin pinata, pumpkin bowling, face painting and more. This is a great opportunity for kids and adults alike, to learn about composting all while smashing pumpkins.

Día de Los Muertos Celebration – Botanic Gardens

Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens.

When: Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
Cost: Free Gardens and Event Admission

The Lowdown: It’s not often that you can get into the Botanic Gardens for free, so its Dia de Los Muertos celebrationis the perfect excuse to see the gardens and take in part in this 3,000-year-old Mexican celebration of the dead. Costumes are encouraged and featured activities include live art demonstrations, Lucha Libre, face painting, children’s crafts and more. Some activities will be dependent on the weather. A market (El Mercado) will showcase artist vendors from Colorado sharing their Dia de Los Muertos original art. Traditional altars and shrines for deceased loved ones will be arranged throughout, making for a colorful beautiful way to celebrate the dead.

Vintage Market Days

Photo courtesy of Vintage Market Days of Colorado Springs on Facebook.

When: Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18
Where: Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd., Colorado Springs
Cost: $5 per person; Free admission for kids 12 and under. 

The Lowdown: ‘Bringing the vintage experience to you.’ Vintage Market Days is an event that began in Tulsa in 2011 but has since grown to eight locations and five states. It is a gathering of vendors selling antiques and re-purposed and handmade items. Food vendors, artists, gardeners and chefs also showcase their products and talent. Vendors include Stella Ella Vintage Dress, Inglenook Soaps & Co., Rusted Rabbit and more. Venture to Colorado Springs next month for some fall decor and attire — and perhaps a few Christmas presents.

I would love to hear about your experiences at these festivals, if you go to one and have a great experience, please let me know!


September Market Report

Market Insights for Fall 2018

Housing inventory increases to the highest level in four years giving homebuyers more selection and signaling increased days on market and a slowdown in the rate of price growth.

Is this the time to sit on the sidelines waiting for the market to turn?

With interest rates expected to go to 5.1 percent in 2019 and forecasted appreciation softening but continuing to remain strong at 5.6 percent year over year in Denver, the cost of waiting is significant.

Don’t fall into the trap of rumors about the Denver Real Estate market. Contact me directly and I will help guide you through the buying or selling process.

A $425,000 home today will cost an estimated $23,800 more in purchase price in one year and $286 more a month in your mortgage payment – that’s a 13 percent increase or cost for waiting a year.

With that being said, don’t wait to purchase until next year. The time to buy is now. Contact me directly to get the buying process start. I have an excellent team backing me that will make sure home buying is as seamless as possible.

Quick Stats:

  • Average active listings for August is 17,020 (1985-2017).
  • Record high August was 2006 with 31,664 listings and 2016 represented the record low with 7,327 listings. August 2018 had 8,228 active listings.
  • The 20-year average change in active listings from July to August is a .16 percent decrease. 2018 represents an increase of 7.65 percent. This is the highest percentage increase ever recorded.

DMAR Market Insights

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