Together We're Better

Even though I have none of my own, I feel that it is very important for kids to be given independence and space from their parents; fly and fail on their own. This is exactly why this didn't happen sooner. I wanted to prove to my mom, and more importantly myself, that I could build a thriving business and support myself. Two and a half years into this wild adventure, this is definitely the case. But why partner now? What they don't tell you when you're studying for your real estate license is... well, everything. It is one thing to know what answer to give when prompted on a multiple choice test, it is another to figure out the other 99% of the job. I have heard that you never stop learning the business, but that's to be expected. The market today is completely different from the market of two weeks ago. What I have learned though are my strengths, and more importantly my weaknesses. Enter Lynn.

Lynn has been in this business for a decade. Needless to say, there's a lot of experience for me to lean on (and I most certainly have, with calls after 9pm a bit more frequent than she would probably like). While she is the master when it comes to the personal side of the business (what?! buying and selling houses stresses people out?!?!), I am the master at integrating all of the systems we use and the analytics side.

With both of our approaches now working in unison, our clients can expect an even better experience than they had when we were individual agents. It is with this that I am proud to say that we have become The Goetz Group.

Where Are the Hottest Neighborhoods in Denver?

Denver Heat Map - 12 Month Estimated Value Change in Real Estate

Denver Heat Map - 12 Month Estimated Value Change in Real Estate

As I have been relentlessly preaching recently, Denver's real estate market is coming back. But this normally raises the question of "where is the hottest place to buy right now?". It is one thing to be in the industry a see this on a day-to-day basis, or to have a friend at work recommend ______, but to actually be able to visualize it is another. Below is a heat map of the 12 month change in estimated value (I pulled this just now, so it is current as of 6.23.12 @ 10:45am):

Here is how the map breaks down:

Heat Map Legend

Heat Map Legend

While there are clearly smaller pockets on the map, the areas that I want to highlight as the hottest in Denver are the closest suburbs to downtown. For the last decade or so, we have been seeing a lot of reurbanization (may have just made that term up). By this I mean that people are moving from the distant suburbs, trading in their 2,500sf+ home, and downsizing along with the desire from my generation to live in urban centers. The increased values in these areas can be attributed both to new commercial ventures, renovations being done on the homes and a spike in demand.

Factor in the charm of the homes and the areas, and it is easy to see why people are making the move. Boutique shops, parks, mass transit, events, bike trails and more social interaction with your neighbors are all key reasons why we are seeing Highland, Five Points, City Park, Park Hill, Baker, LoDo & Riverfront start to boom again.

If you live in one of these areas, I'd love it if you would share what you like about it below. Thanks for reading.