635 S. Cody St. Listed at $377,000

DSC_4553 It’s a 6 bedroom 3 bath home with a 2 car garage.   The house is twice as big as it looks from the street, thanks to a fully finished basement. This home has 3600 square feet of living space.  The popcorn ceilings have been scraped and while they were at it they installed bull nose corners throughout out the upstairs.  The single pane windows have been replaced with nice new double pane Amerex windows.  They replaced the window sills with oak when they did it too, nice touch.  The home is close to Bel Mar Park and on a quiet cul-de-sac with friendly neighbors. DSC_4539

 

Below is the formal MLS description:

Beautiful home within walking distance of Belmar Park. The entry has tile and the carpets have been professionally cleaned. Newer Amerimax double pane windows and bull nose corners add a contemporary feel to the home. The custom top down mini blinds are a nice touch, allowing a ton of light to come in without sacrificing privacy. The good sized master bedroom has ample closet space with organizers that stay, in fact, there are DSC_4536closet organizers all over the house! The master has a 3/4 ensuite bathroom which includes a gorgeous tile shower, granite counter top and a solotube. The bright kitchen features newer maple cabinets, double sink and an open bar area. The roof was replaced and upgraded in 09, along with the furnace and AC. The water heater new in 2012. This home has been professionally landscaped and includes a sprinkler system. The lot has mature trees making for a very private backyard. The backyard has a patio, pergola and storage shed. *Basement bedrooms are non conforming.*  DSC_4549

Please click the link for more information.  635 S. Cody St.

 

What does nonconforming bedroom mean?

DSC_4547Installing a bed in a room does not make it a bedroom. In order to be stated as a bedroom, it must have both a window and a closet in order to be considered a bedroom.

Armoires have been used instead of framed closets in the past to skirt the closet requirement, it is not exactly the correct way to get things done, but it does seem feasible if there were absolutely no other option.

Conforming vs. non-conforming bedrooms are determined by the window’s size and accessibility to the outside in case of a fire. i.e. an egress window. I believe the windows need to be 3’x 4″ feet minimum, but I would check with your local building codes.  Basically, the windows in the basements before 1980’s were all little 18″ x 24″ windows. These small windows were often 6 feet off the basement floor and would be really hard to crawl through in case of a fire. Egress windows can be installed into basement foundations usually for $750-1500, although I have seen quotes as high as $2500.DSC_4546

As for resale and the basement bedroom, it can be tricky. There is no guarantee you’re going to be able to get a huge return on that “extra” bedroom, especially if it’s not an aesthetically pleasing space to begin with. In a basement that is livable with high ceilings, a nice bathroom, and a separate laundry/storage/mechanical area a nice-sized bedroom that is conforming will add to the value of the home.

Many nonconforming basement bedrooms are used for other purposes anyway, like sewing rooms, gyms, offices, storage, etc. so it may be unnecessary to invest in an egress window in a rarely occupied space.

The bottom line is, you should have your agent disclose that the bedrooms are non-conforming bedrooms as far as current building codes are concerned.

 

 

6 Mistakes a Renter Should Refrain From Committing

The global housing market is going fine, albeit slow and there are owners who lost homes to foreclosure or sold their homes with heavy hearts as they couldn’t afford it. These circumstances have led to a sharp decline in the home ownership rates and a surge in the demand for rental apartments and houses. The competition in the rental segment has increased by leaps and bounds, which can trap renters into a web of scarcity. The scarcity of a peaceful mind and thoughts will be experienced that otherwise should have been incurred into rental-hunting. Continue reading

Buffalo Mesa HUD 3/3/3 near airport – 16422 E 107TH AVE


$295,000, 3Bd/3Ba Single Family House, 2821 sqft.


Nicholas Bowman | House Calls Realty | 303-476-8454housecallsrealty@gmail.com |
E 107th Ave, Commerce City, CO 80022
3/3/3
3Bd/3Ba Single Family House
$295,000
Year Built 2005
Sq Footage 2821 sqft.
Bedrooms 3 Beds
Bathrooms 3 Baths
Floors 3
Parking 3 Garage
Laundry In Unit
Lot Size 6534 Square Feet
HOA/Maint $40
Website housecallsrealty….

DESCRIPTION

Newer 2-story home in popular Buffalo Mesa! Light and bright throughout! Open main level with formal dining, spacious family room with gas log fireplace and vaulted ceilings, and a sunny kitchen with plentiful cabinets, breakfast bar, and eating space! The main floor master boasts a private 5-piece bath and a large walk-in closet! The upper level features a huge loft area – perfect for home office or play room! Two generously sized bedrooms share a full hall bath! Garden level basement for future living area, plus a crawlspace for additional storage! Kids and pets will love the fenced in backyard, and the Trex deck is great for summer BBQs! HOA includes pool! Walk to 3 parks and the Reunion Rec Center! Super opportunity – don’t miss it! 2087 square feet-information of gross living area above grade is from the FHA Appraisal and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Possible plumbing leak in master bath shower.

Inspection Report: http://housecallsrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/inspection-107.jpg

Commerce City
see additional photos below
Unit Features

– Living room – Dining room – Master bath
– Storage space – Pantry – Basement
– Range / Oven – Dishwasher – Microwave
– Garbage disposal – Fenced yard – Heat: forced air
– Central A/C – Air conditioning – Double pane / Storm windows
– Fireplace
Community Features

– Garage – Attached

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Contact info:
Nicholas Bowman
House Calls Realty
303-476-8454
housecallsrealty@gmail.com
For sale by Agent/Broker

Posted: Apr 2, 2015, 12:54pm EDT

Newer 2-story home in popular Buffalo Mesa! Light and bright throughout! Open main level with formal dining, spacious family room with gas log fireplace and vaulted ceilings, and a sunny kitchen with plentiful cabinets, breakfast bar, and eating space! The main floor master boasts a private 5-piece bath and a large walk-in closet! The upper level features a huge loft area – perfect for home office or play room! Two generously sized bedrooms share a full hall bath! Garden level basement for future living area, plus a crawlspace for additional storage! Kids and pets will love the fenced in backyard, and the Trex deck is great for summer BBQs! HOA includes pool! Walk to 3 parks and the Reunion Rec Center! Super opportunity – don’t miss it! 2087 square feet-information of gross living area above grade is from the FHA Appraisal and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Possible plumbing leak in master bath shower.

Inspection Report: http://housecallsrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/inspection-107.jpg

PROPERTY FEATURES


  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Master bath
  • Storage space
  • Pantry
  • Basement
  • Range / Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Garbage disposal
  • Fenced yard
  • Heat: forced air
  • Central A/C
  • Air conditioning
  • Double pane / Storm windows
  • Fireplace

COMMUNITY FEATURES


  • Garage – Attached

ADDITIONAL LINKS


  • Website: http://housecallsrealty.com/buffalo-mesa-hud-333-near-airport-16422-e-107th-ave/

Contact info:
Nicholas Bowman
House Calls Realty
303-476-8454
housecallsrealty@gmail.com

Here is the inspection report.

Denver HUD Inspection Report

Denver HUD Inspection Report

Ever want to tell me to go jump in a lake? Now’s your chance! / Special Olympics Polar Plunge

20140131_223051Nick Bowman, the web master of this website, and his son Gavin have decided to commit to raising some moola for the Special Olympics this year.  We have agreed to do the Polar Plunge in City Park on Feb. 28th 2015.  We will be jumping in and quickly out of freezing water in order to generate donations to help support the Special Olympics.  Rumor has it that the plunge will be in a pool of water as opposed to a lake, so it could be worse. We are already over half way to our goal of $100.00. Please consider joining the team, all the cool kids are doing it, or just sponsor us if your chicken.

Please click this link to donate or sign up today!

http://soco.kintera.org/citypark2015/travelingblues


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8 pointers to keep in mind when looking for the perfect apartment

 

Living in the perfect house is a dream come true. From apartment-living in high rises to owning an independent villa, the choices are many. However, the road to final acquisition is long and requires meticulous deliberation with oodles of patience. Get educated about the key points of apartment-hunting through this article.denver realestate blog

Finding the right apartment can be enjoyable or extremely stressful. From taking that initial decision to finally opening the door to your new house, it is quite a rollercoaster ride. Looking at pictures, maps, and directions to properties can be exciting, however, the groundwork of actually going to visit the colonies, questioning the owners, and assessing the neighbourhood can be quite stressful, daunting, and overwhelming. Getting the fear out of apartment-hunting is very important. Here are a few pointers on “what to do” when looking for your dream house:

  1. Question yourself: Be very clear about what you want when apartment hunting. Take time to decide the different amenities that you would want in and around your dream house. Number of bedrooms, size of the place, the floor, the location, garage space, and feasibility of keeping a pet are some of the important questions that need to be addressed before moving forward.

 

  1. Do not despair: “Searching” can be nerve-wracking, imagine what final “procuring” will be like. It is a daunting process riddled with despair. Somebody could beat you to your chosen apartment or a flat may not look the same as in the promotional pictures. Do not lose heart if your efforts fail to yield desired results. Keep your eye on the final prize and try again.

 

  1. Research is important: Going blindfolded into the fray with no prior knowledge is madness. Adequate and relevant research about the residents, locality, neighbourhood, accessibility etc. is a necessary mandate. A flat priced at a cheap rate may probably be located in a not-so-good colony. Keep your eyes and ears open and educate yourself.

 

  1. Make a list: After all the research it is now time to make a list of all the favourable societies and colonies. Stay organised and list data according to preference. Price, size, location, amenities etc. all need to be penned down properly. Leave room to take notes later, if required. Several real estate builders are listing properties with all such detailing on online portals. Purchasing apartments designed by leading investors become easier with proper preparation and organization.

 

  1. Contact property owners: Once you have zeroed down on the localities and apartments, it’s time to contact their owners. Call them up and always schedule a meeting beforehand. It is quite depressing to go owner-visiting after a hard day at work, to find them unavailable or absconding. Sometimes, listed properties stay online even after getting signed up. It is wise to conduct enquiry before going for a walkabout.

 

  1. Be inquisitive: Ask all the right questions when talking to the landlord. Never feel that a doubt is baseless or redundant. Age of the property, previous owners, information about renovations, maid availability, water, electricity, age of appliances, availability of utilities, responsibility of maintenance etc. are some of the major questions that must be asked.

 

  1. Door-to-door service: Playing detective with the landlord is not sufficient. Getting the right information about the locality, its proximity to important facilities like schools, hospitals, etc. is important as well. This can be best attained from the community dwellers or your neighbours. Walk up to them, question about everything from maid to electrician to plumber, and satisfy yourself completely before moving on.denver real estate

 

  1. Lease alert: After agreeing on an apartment, be very careful before signing the lease. The clauses and conditions should be meticulously read; any issues must be duly noted and raised immediately.

Conclusion

It is natural to be on your guard when taking on the colossal challenge of finding your dream apartment. Risks are a plenty, but there could be some surprises too. Do not be afraid to take this decision, reaching the ultimate goal of acquiring the right kind of property is going to stay with you for the rest of your life. Take a chance, jump in the fray, and enjoy the result.

Author Bio: Tina Jindal is a professional content writer who works on a variety of topics like employment, real estate, and education. She has been involved with renowned publications and has tried her hand at editing works on Cookery, Gardening, Pregnancy, and Healthcare. She loves to travel and is crazy about dogs. You can contact her @Gmail | LinkedIn | Google+.

 

Chatfield HUD on the market


$288,400, 3Bd/2.5Ba Single Family House, 1614 sqft.


Nicholas Bowman | House Calls Realty | 303-476-8454housecallsrealty@gmail.com |
6897 W Chatfield Pl, Littleton, CO 80128
3/3/3 Foreclosure Excellent Condition Near Chatfield Res.
3Bd/2.5Ba Single Family House
$288,400
Year Built 2003
Sq Footage 1614 sqft.
Bedrooms 3 Beds
Bathrooms 2.5 Baths
Floors 2
Parking 2 Garage
Laundry In Unit
Lot Size 4248 Square Feet
HOA/Maint $44
Virtual Tour youtu.be/3t1KjgCt…

DESCRIPTION

This new Westlake Highlands home was built in 2003 and oozes pride of ownership.
Littleton
see additional photos below
Unit Features

– Living room – Range / Oven – Refrigerator
– Dishwasher – Microwave

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Contact info:
Nicholas Bowman
House Calls Realty
303-476-8454
housecallsrealty@gmail.com
For sale by Agent/Broker

Posted: Jan 7, 2015, 1:39pm EST

Inspection Report

Property Condition Report
Case Number: 052-538417 Contract Area: 1D
Current Step: 1c-Ready to Show Condition Address: 6897 W CHATFIELD PL
Step Date: 12/29/2014 City, St Zip: LITTLETON, CO 80128-0000
HOC: Denver
Property Condition Report
Item Description/Condition Item Functionality Functionality/Test Notes
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Cooling/Air-Conditioner: OK HVAC tested and
functional?:
Tested with active electric. Unable to
test the AC due to the low ambient air
temperature at the time of the inspection.
AC components were in good visible
condition at the time of the inspection.
The furnace burner controls were intact
and functional at the time of the
inspection.
–Heating/Furnace: OK Yes
–HVAC System Duct: OK
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Electrical Wiring: OK Electric supply
tested and
functional?:
Tested with active electric. The circuits
were activated and functional at the time
–Other: N/A of the inspection.
Yes –Other: N/A
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Stove/Range/Oven: OK Built-in appliances
tested and
functional?:
Tested with active electric. The stove,
d/w & microwave were operational & in
good visible condition at the time of the
inspection.
–Kitchen Cabinets: OK
Yes –Other: OK
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Plumbing: Damaged Water supply
tested and
functional?:
The plumbing system did not hold
pressure when applied with an air
compressor @ 40 PSI for 20 minutes
due to a cracked shut off valve by the
HWH, disconnected hot supply line to
the � bathroom sink & disconnected
cold supply line to the upstairs hall
bathroom sink at the time of the
inspection.
–Sink: OK
No –Other: N/A
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Water Heater: OK Water heater
functional?:
Tested with an air compressor. HWH
tank did not hold pressure when applied
due to the damaged plumbing. Burner
controls were intact and functional at the
time of the inspection.
Yes
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Sewer/Septic System: OK Sanitary &
plumbing system
functional?:
There were no noted deficiencies at the
time of the inspection. –Toilet: OK
Yes –Other: N/A
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Roof: OK Roofing in
acceptable
condition?:
There were no noted deficiencies at the
time of the inspection. –Other: N/A
Yes