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My Favorite Restaurant on the Planet - Highland's Garden Cafe

February 29th, 2008

My birthday was Tuesday, February 26.  I’m 41 years young.

To celebrate, I convinced a friend to take me to Highland’s Garden Café, which, in years past, was where I always celebrated my Big hgcDay. But I haven’t been there in five years or so, so I was curious to see if it was as fabulous as I remembered.

For the uninitiated, HGC is on 32nd Avenue at Perry Street, in Northwest Den ...

I'm Addicted (to the dog park in NW Denver)

February 29th, 2008

I have a new addiction. The Dog Park in Berkeley - around 46th & Yates.

Why do I say "addiction?" Because... imagine the collective energy of 100+ happy dogs racing around the (fenced-in) park, with their 100+ owners proudly overlooking the scene. It's a rush. Probably something like the rush you get when you shoot illegal nastiness into your veins (no personal experience there though ...

Dumpster Diving in Charming Old Denver

February 17th, 2008

We central Denverites love our alleys. That’s where our garages are, where we can “donate” unwanted items to alley scavengers and where we keep our City dumpsters. Sometimes we get mad at our dumpsters when they block access to our garages (and just TRY to get a dumpster moved!), but for the most part, I’d say we’re pretty happy with our trash disposal system.

However, a few days ago, ...

Is There an @$$ For Every Saddle?

February 16th, 2008

In late 2007, I wrote an ebook with the tongue-in-cheek title of "70+ Ways to Sell Your Listings in Today's Sucky Market" which was a detailed instruction guide to SELLING listings as opposed to just GETTING listings. But there's one topic I didn't address in the book and should have.  donkey

The question I didn't answer was: "If my agent does each and every one of your 70+ thingees to sell ...

What $300,000 to $400,000 Buys You in Northwest Denver

February 15th, 2008

Just spent my morning looking at homes in Northwest Denver/Highlands. Partly for clients; partly for my own keeping-up-with-the-market commitment. As regular readers of my blog know, I've been away from town for two years, so it's really important to me to get back up to speed on the market in my beloved Charming Old Northwest Denver neighborhood.

Because I worked this neighborhood fo ...

The Jennifer Allan Parade of FORMER Charming Old Denver Homes!

February 12th, 2008

One of the many ways I kill time online is to look up the addresses of my former homes in Denver to see if they've changed hands again.  It's always fun to look at the interior photos to see what the new owners did to the place.

Whoa! I believe that every single house I've lived in here in Denver is either on the market right now or just was on the market! It feels weird - not sure wh ...

To Ziggers... My Precious Under Dog

February 12th, 2008

Last May I found seven little puppies on the side of the road in Dale County, Alabama. Brought ‘em all home, cleaned ‘em up, fell in love. But unfortunately, with three dogs already in residence, keeping all seven was a bit puppiesimpractical.

Here's a picture of the puppies from the night we found them. Which one does your eye naturally go to?

If you said the one with the white circle ...

The 30-Day Sale: Condition is Queen!

February 12th, 2008

A Message to Sellers

Your home needs to sparkle and shine. No excuses. It doesn't necessarily have to boast the latest upgrades, but it needs to be clean, tidy and in working order. Oh, and smell good - that's huge. When a buyer walks in your door, they form an emotional opinion about the house that no number of special features or amount of bonus square footage can overcome. No, buyer ...

The 30-Day Sale... Price is King!

February 11th, 2008

Price is King

Your home must excite the market, not just be "fairly priced." If the comparable competition is priced between $315,000 and $365,000 (and isn't flying off the shelves), you need to be at the lower end or even lower. Just 'cause the identical house down the street is priced at $329,900 doesn't mean you should price yours there too. Your home needs to blow away the comp ...

Why "We're Not in a Hurry" is NOT an Option

February 10th, 2008

The 30-Day Sale

I can't speak for the rest of the world, but in Charming Old Denver, there are very few excuses for a home to be on the market longer than 30 days. (And believe me, this market is no picnic.) In fact, the longer a home is on the market, the less likely it is to sell and most certainly, the less likely it is to get you that full-price-or-close-to offer you're hoping for! ...

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