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Denver’s Split Personality Market

The Denver real estate market could diverge in a big way in 2017, with apartment rental price increases plateauing or even decreasing, while home prices rising even higher.

Denver apartment market trends

A record number of new apartment communities means more vacancies and (potentially) falling rent prices or concessions for renters. But even steady prices means good news for a market that has seen double digit increases in the last few years.

According to Zillow, the media rental estimate for the Denver metro is $2,017 (no coincidence). This is more than $600 over the American average rental price of $1,411/month.

While Zillow doesn’t break down costs for average units in neighborhoods or with/without key amenities (in-unit washer/dryers, for example), those numbers seem fairly accurate for the large-scale, newer buildings coming to downtown and desirable neighborhoods.

Denver home price trends

In contrast, if too much supply is an issue with apartments, the opposite is true for Denver homes and condos, where new construction has failed to keep pace with gains in population and employment.

The median price of a home sold in Colorado last year rose 10 percent, with both new listings and the inventory of homes available for sale nearing historic lows. This news comes from the Colorado Association of Realtors.

This of course is a cautionary tale for renters. The low inventory, high demand and rising mortgage interest rates could drive more home searches back to apartments, boomeranging the rental market back to a more frenzied pace.

Best solution for home searchers

At the end of the day, we all need a safe place to lay our head. So, whether searching for a rental or a home the best advice is to plan early, evaluate all your options and stick to your budget.

Not sure what budget to keep in mind? Contact us for advice. We’re always here to help!

How Long Does it Take to Find an Apartment?

Apartment GuyZ tips for your next move timeline

Truth be told, finding an apartment begins long before you actually start hunting moving can be pricey, not to mention stressful and time-consuming so having plenty of lead time is a real advantage.

Lead Time for Finding an Apartment: Several Months (If Possible)

Whether looking for your first apartment or just ready to move on,planning can be essential to getting the best rental for your needs. Don’t have a lot of time? No problem. We can help with that too!

Plan your budget two or so months before your moving date. The amount of money you can afford to spend each month will determine where you look for a place and the type of apartments you view.

Once youve settled on your rent budget, look for apartments and neighborhoods in your price range. Compile a list of all the units you want to view. Staying organized now will help you stick to your apartment hunting timeline.

Two Months Before Moving

Apartments in Denver typically require 60-90 days notice to end a lease, which means you’ll be able to know exact units available long before you need to move. As you approach the two-month mark, start scheduling apartment tours. If you are a planner you can ever start a few weeks early!

With so many apartments out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Make a list of needs, use our rental database or give us a call to understand your options.

Planning aheadgives you enough time to see multiple places, go through the paperwork process and pack (assuming you find a place you like). Shopping early also gets you the best deals and flexibility on unit availability.

On the chance that nothing is available to view and sign the day you search, youll still walk away understanding what you can expect within your budget as well as get a good feel for what neighborhoods and amenities you like.

A Month Before Moving

This is crunch time.

A worthwhile rental is not just an apartment, but a home. Considercommuting distance,budget, nearby grocery stores(or other priority amenities) and safety.

As soon as you find the right apartment for you, go ahead and start the paperwork process.Aside from the apartment application (which checks your credit score and eligibility), you’ll have to fill out the lease and other supporting documents.

Two to Three Weeks Before Move-In

Finish up any remaining paperwork at this time and schedule movers or friends to help on the big day. Your leasing agency or landlord may also need you to finalize rental details, submit a deposit andpick up keys.

How to Choose a Reliable Mover

Whenit’s time to make a move, selecting a trustworthy moving organization is critical for not only peace of mind but also for safety. Since movers are responsible for transporting all of your belongings and have access to your home it’s important to be aware of their track record and confirm their reliability.

While most renters have smooth experiences when using movers, there are others who have to deal with late arrivals, no shows, hidden fees or even lost or damage property. Worse yet, some consumers have even alleged that movers have stolen possessions or held their things hostage until fees are sorted out.

So how do you know if you are dealing with a reputable company? Learn the basic steps to verify companies although, it also wouldn’t hurt to get personal recommendations from trusted friends or family.

Step 1: Verify Business Licence

Every single moving company authorized in the US. should be registered with the Department of Transportation((DOT) and will receive a permit called a US DOT number. Movers permit numbers need to be renewed annually so checking the number’s legitimacy is vital.

To check a company’s DOT number, visit the DOTwebsite then enter the number where you’re prompted.

Checking the mover’s permit data will also declare any inspection results, reported accidents, among other issues.

Step 2: Check Better Business Bureau Status

BBB receives more than 7,700 complaints nationally against moving companies annually. So in addition to checking on a company’s permit looking up their BBB status is also a smart move. Any company accepted by the BBB is likely be a reputable company to use when moving — in order to be accepted a mover must meet the following eight criteria:

  • Build Trust
  • Advertise Honestly
  • Tell the Truth
  • Be Transparent
  • Honor Promises
  • Be Responsive
  • Safeguard Privacy
  • Embody Integrity

Step 3: Review Testimonials & Online Sites

Lastly, online testimonials and sites like Yelp.com can be extremely helpful by providing customer reviews of their experiences. Conversely, if you see a number of customer complaints, it’s likely a company you want to stay away from.

 

Winter Driving Tips

Tips for non-natives to survive (and thrive) Colorado’s ice and snowstorms

Denver was among the top cities for population growth in 2014, according to the Denver Post. That means a lot of newbie winter drivers this season. But no need to fret, Apartment GuyZ (and GirlZ) are here to provide some words of wisdom for getting through this winter wonderland.

Test your tires and breaks before you really need them

Before you get yourself in a bad situation, find an empty parking lot near your home on a winter day and take your car for a test-drive. That means turning radius, breaking and how far your car may (or may not) slide in snowy conditions. This will help you better understand your car’s handling and also how to react in a bad situation.

Slow down

It probably goes without saying but if there is snow on the ground, slow down. This is especially true on bridges and overpasses which freeze over quicker than normal roads.

Check your tires (and consider upgrades)

Having a good tread and winter tires can do wonders in the winter. At the very least, check your tire tread and get all-season tires. Chains or studs are not usually necessary for normal commuting. If you do opt in for chains, however, be sure to review Colorado’s chain laws.

Snow tires vs all-season tires

Speaking of tires… which are best?

Snow tires, aka winter tires, have the best traction and shortest stopping distances on snow and ice. If you need todrive no matter the conditions they will keep you safely on the road in the broadest spread of conditions. The down side is they aren’t meant for warm weather so you’ll need to switch them out during the Summer.

All-season tires are just that — tires that can get you through all sorts of weather. While they do offer more flexibility and ease, they don’t offer as much grip as winter tires. Stopping distance is also impaired (but better than other tires).

When in doubt, stick to major roadways

If you are worried about whether you can make it out and about, stick to major roadways and interstates. While accumulation is not as much of a problem as you get closer in to Denver, icy roads and hazardous white-outs can happen anywhere.

Major roadways are not only more traveled (if you need assistance) but are also frequently cleared by road crew.

AWD, four-wheel drive and SUVs are not impervious

Sometimes, all-wheel driver have a false sense of security when driving during snow, causing them to enter turns too quickly or be unprepared when they skid out. AWD can only aid acceleration. It doesn’t provide more grip in corners, or help drivers stop.

Steer into spins

If you catch yourself sliding or spinning, turn your wheelinto the spin. Once you get traction again, then straighten out. Most people’s initial reaction to jerk the wheel in the opposite direction or break hard. Unfortunately, both of these reactions will only cause the car to go further into a tailspin.

Practice in a parking lot until it becomes a habit.

Best Apartments in Denver

Finding your next apartment rental in Denver can be tough if you don’t know where to start (we know, we’ve been there!). But even if you have a good list to go from, how do you know if it’s the best for you?

Apartment GuyZ agents answers these questions every day, and after talking with thousands of rentals both during the process and after they move in we have a unique understanding of the best units available. More importantly, we’ve seen some common trends in what renters want when they think of the “best of the best” apartments on the market.

Best Apartment Amenities

When hunting for an apartment, most searchers hone in on just a few must haves: an affordable price in a convenient location that allows pets and has ________ (a garage, a dishwasher, A/C).

However, many apartments across the Denver metro are packing in the perks to get renters to take notice (includingpet-friendly ones). From rooftop dog walks to electric car charging stations to infinity pools, new complexes and old are redefining apartment living.

And renters are indeed taking note.

Depending on your specific community, there could be a whole world of unique amenities and features right outside your front door. Many of the upscale communities offer the convenience of having everything at your fingertips, so you’ll be able to have a good time without going far, no matter what neighborhood you’re in.

Best Rentals with Views

Denver’s mixture of urban and suburban communities means beautiful views can be seen atop most any apartment building whether it be of the bustling city streets, serene green spaces or beautiful mountain views.

Corner unit, penthouse floor, pool-side view? If you have a specific apartment request, speak up! We’ll do our best to find it.

Best Deals

For many renters, the best apartment doesn’t come with the largest closets or even an underground garage — it comes with a great price tag.

That’s where Apartment GuyZ locators really work their stuff. Since prices in Denver can often change by the day or even week, we’re in constant contact with communities to know who has a leasing sale, when a deal is really a steal and when a price is likely to move up or down.

Even better, some of these properties are brand new and coming out with lease-up deals to fill their units fast. For Denver, fast can mean an hour or a day. So we can call our renters to let them know their unit is on the market in their ideal range!

While prices vary depending upon neighborhood, unit size and community age, they can start as low as $1300s per month, while others may cost more than $4,000 a month.

Best Bet: Working with Apartment GuyZ

Not sure where to start or which communities offer the best mix of amenities for you? NO problem. Our agents visit every property and know every neighborhood so often the simplest way to cut through the field is to give us call.

We can give you as much or as little help as you need — often, just 15 minutes can match you with the best place for you.

Give us a call or contact us online — we’ll help you find your next apartment in Denverfast.

Employee Relocation Assistance

Free employee relocation offered by Apartment GuyZ

Our free assistance includes access to online listings, live chat support, individual assistance from qualified locators and advice on where to live in Denver.

It’s free because hundreds of landlords want employees of the largest Denver employers to live at their property, so they pay Apartment Guyz to bring employees moving to Denver to their rental properties.

Working with HR/employees on relocation

Denver employee relocation programs are rarely sponsored by companies anymore and the cost of moving to Denver generally is the responsibility of the employees.

Even some of Colorado’s largest employers like Dish Network, Echostar, Comcast, Kaiser, and Ch2M Hill no longer contribute company dollars to moving an employee to Denver.

Apartment GuyZ ensures employees get the best price available in the nicest rentals reducing the stress and cost of moving to Denver. Employees have an easier time moving to Denver and employers have an employee more focused on their new job than wondering if they made a good choice.

Flexible leasing options for employees relocating to Denver

One of the largest expenses in moving to Denver is obtaining a short or long term rental. Denver rentals are priced by demand and by length of the lease, making odd lease times extremely expensive.

Our agents know the market inside and out, and can offer guidance on the properties that offer more flexible lease options or a better deal on pricing. We pride ourselves in our expertise and knowledge and ability to steer people towards the rental that fits their budget and wish list.

Even if you work for a smaller company or your employer is not on our list of employers eligible for rental discounts and free rent we are continually adding to all Denver employers large and small.

Apartment GuyZ relocation services

We’ll work with you closely to implement the goals of your relocation program effectively whether it’s a large group move, key employee relocations, high level executive transferee, individual relocations, families, domestic or international moves.

We provide placement throughout the Denver metro area including DTC, LODO, downtown, Cherry Creek, Boulder and the Highlands.

  • Rental finding & locating
  • Temporary housing assistance
  • Neighborhood 0rientation & tours (when available)
If you are an employer wanting assistance for your employees or are an employee relocating to Denver for work and want more information about the Apartment Guyz free employee relocation program please call the employee relocation hotline at 303-649-0705.

Moving to Denver: Market Update

A City on the Rise

Moving to Denver is an exciting experience. We are currently attracting well educated young professionals, retirees, students, and people just looking for a better climate and lifestyle. Denver has a relatively mild climate with many outdoor activities like Skiing and hiking as well as great beer, sports teams and a growing foodie scene.

So it’s no surprise people are taking notice (and probably why you’re reading this now).

Redefining Apartment Living

Over the last few years Downtown Denver has had a total remake including thousands of brand new upscale apartments. Along with rising prices, these communities bring convenience and luxury to living in Denver to a whole new scale. Working with more than 600+ communities, we’ve seen about everything including:

  • Rooftop pools
  • Heated garages
  • On-site personal trainers
  • Maid and pet walkers on call
  • Valet car parking
  • Bike repair shops
  • Dog washes
  • On-site markets

Of course, not every property boasts all these amenities (nor should they). However, this level of service in so many downtown Denver apartments means renters can not only enjoy more upscale options but also the more typical amenities are becoming common place (dishwashers, garages, etc).

Additionally, 2016 will see another 1,000+ apartments added to the market. Many of these properties are going into the suburbs like Littleton, Lakewood, Denver Tech Center, and Aurora — in addition to growing neighborhoods such as Sloans Lake.

The great thing about these apartments is the location. Most of these brand new apartment communities are built on the light rail.  For a map of the light rail system visit RTD here.

Many Denver apartment communities advertise direct access to the light rail but that may not be the case.  Still, with an overall approval rating of 4.2 out of 5 even if you have to make one transfer from bus to light rail these properties will still be a good option.

Apartment Units Up, Vacancies Down

Despite the additional properties coming to Denver, the influx of people is still outpacing construction. Ongoing reports show vacancies (the amount of available rentals) continue to shrink — and available rent specials and good deals shrink right along with it.

Fortunately, Apartment Guyz are experts in researching options for you. Find affordable luxury Denver rentals that best fit your needs based on personality, commute, budget, credit standing, location to public transit, and more.

Contact Apartment GuyZ today at 303-649-0705 or start your search now.

Denver’s Population Growth

Newdata from the U.S. Census Bureaushows that Denver area’spopulation continues to grow — reaching 682,545 by July 2015 (the last month tailed). That represents a nearly 3% increase from 2014 or18,582 additional residents. Moreover, the latest report shows a 13% increase in population since 2010.

Stats also showed that Broomfield County had the state’s fastest growth rate, making the top five in the country.

Population growth a mixed bag

The rise in population growth reflects the growing interest in Denver as a technology and small business hub, as well as the rise in marijuana-related industries. Along with the growing population, the city has seen soaring rent prices, a real-estate boom and rising costs of living.

Read more at the Denver Post.

Colorado Fun Facts

There is a lot that Colorado is known for, from everything from great skiing to national parks and a great football team. But whether you’re a newbie or a local, there’s always something to learn about our great state of Colorado.

How many of our fun facts do you know?

Colorado trivia

The highest paved road in North America is located just outside Idaho Springs: the road to Mt. Evans off of I-70 climbs up to 14,258 Ft. above sea level.

The world’s largest rodeo occurs in Denver ever year, the Western Stock Show.

More than 125,000 valentines are re-mailed each year from Loveland, CO.

Denver International Airport covers 53 square milesis nearly twice the size of Manhattan and the second largest airport in the world.

Colorado has the highest mean elevation of any state, with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks higher than10,000 feet and 54 above 14,000 feet.

Colorado means colored red and is known as the Centennial State sinceit became a state in the 100th year afterthe United States Declaration of Independence.

It took300 million years to create Red Rocks Amphitheater.

There are 52 “Fourteeners” in Colorado.

The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.

Colorado loves beer.No, really.In fact, we’re home tomore microbreweries per capita than any other state.

The world’s largest natural hot springs pool takes up two whole blocks and is located in Glenwood Springs.

Colorado is home tofour National Parks Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison — along with nine national forests. If fact, half of the state is public land.

Why Apartment GuyZ Renter Service is Free

Apartment GuyZ rental service has and always will remain free for our searchers.

Our agents have been on the other side of the fence when looking for a new home, and we firmly believe that renting a new apartment should be hassle-free.

That’s why we pride ourselves on supplying great customer service, personalized apartment listings, and knowledgeable advice — free of charge, with no strings attached.

How does Apartment GuyZ offer free apartment locating?

Our locators are paid through property marketing budgets, keeping searching free for our users.

The prices our customers gain through the rental properties are the same as if they rented on their own, with the added benefit of our expertise and knowledge.

We work with more than 600 area properties — from rental apartments, condos and townhouses
throughout Denver and Colorado’s Front range — meaning we can often source clients to the property with the best deals, amenities or desired community “feel.”

Using our online database, clients can view recommended properties or search on their own. Our property match system allows users to filter search results by price, bedrooms, neighborhood, pets, community features, and more.

December 2015 Events

There’s more to Colorado winter’s than skiing and snow. Check out these events in the greater Denver area going down in December.

Olde Golden Christmas

Every Saturday throughout December in Old Town Golden
Experience small town, authentic holiday charm at Olde Golden Christmas in historic downtown Golden. The celebration features Victorian carolers, holiday art market, and  a holiday light display along Clear Creek. Don’t miss special fireworks on December 4th and Olde Golden Christmas parades on the 5th, 12th, and 19th.

Denver Christkindl Market

Throughout the month in Denver
Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the 15th annual Denver Christkindl Market, a miniature German village created in Skyline Park.  Enjoy Bavarian musicians play classic carols and dance-worthy melodies, and vendors dish up specialties served at traditional German Christmas markets, including baked apples,  charcoal-grilled sausages spicy mulled wine, and gingerbread biscuits.

Skyline ice skating rink

Open daily until Feb. 15, 2016 in Denver
If you find yourself in downtown Denver checking out the market you may also want to head over to Skyline Park at 16th and Arapahoe Streets to enjoy the annual ice skating rink. The rink is open daily until Feb. 15, 2016 and is free if you bring your own skates. Otherwise, skate rental is $2.

Denver Parade of Lights

Dec. 4–5, 2015 in Denver
No other holiday bash in Denver can hold a candle to the grandeur that is the Denver Parade of Lights. Arrive early to watch the impressive floats, festive marching bands, dancing groups, and more take over the streets of downtown.

Lighting of Breckenridge

Dec. 5, 2015 in Breckenridge
The Summit Choral Society sings timeless holiday carols, the Race of the Santas starts on Breckenridge’s Main Street, cookies and hot cocoa are served, trees are lit, the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade knocks everyone’s socks off with its cuteness and Santa visits the Barney Ford Museum.

Festival of Lights Parade

Dec. 5, 2015 in Downtown Colorado Springs
Floats, high-school marching bands, groups on horseback and Santa Claus himself bring the holiday spirit at this family favorite outside Denver.

Vail Snow Daze

Dec. 11–13, 2015 in Vale
This celebration welcomes the skiing season with free concerts, a rockin’ street fair and a tree-lighting ceremony. This year’s headliners include The Wallflowers, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. and Rusted Root.

Denver Pavilions Carousel

Dec. 11-23 in Denver
Another beloved downtown holiday event is the opening of the Denver Pavillion’s holiday carousel. Rides cost $3 typically, but if you are patronizing the shops or donate a can for the Food Bank of the Rockies you can get a free ride.

12 Days of Aspen

Dec. 20–31, 2015 in Aspen
Downtown Aspen comes alive with a variety of free holiday activities, cookies, hot chocolate (and much more!) to celebrate the holidays and the winter season.

Eight Awesome Reasons to Move to Denver

Considering the move but need something to really push you this way? I’ve got eight. That’s right… 8 things that make every other city seem more like than a destination city.

Our top reasons to move to Denver (or at least eight of them)

1. Craft Beer.Denver is home to more craft beer brewries than anywhere in the United States. Colorado is also home to Coors Brewery and Budweiser.

2. Red Rocks.What’s better than your typical concert venue? An amphitheater.What’s better than your typical amphitheater? A natural one, silly. What’s better than your typical natural amphitheater? One that’s nestled in the foothills of the Rockie’s and is probably the greatest venue on all of the Earth… duh. And they play movies there? Get out! What’s that? You can workout there, too? Stop it!

3. Denver puts the ‘No’ in Snow.The benevolent mother nature in Denver understands that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. That’s why she’s quick to melt the snow. It’s the best of both worlds. All of the snow, but without the mess that sticks around.

4. Denver Cruiser Ride.Ever wish that Halloween came around more often? Well, you’re in luck if you live in Denver. We take to the streets every summer Wednesday for the largest social bike ride in the country. With a different theme each night, you’re sure to get your costume fix.

5.Music, Culture and People.Denver’s got one of the hottest music scenes in the country right now. We’re home to a few of the current chart-topping artists and there’s always a good show playing somewhere. But the people here are what make it worth experiencing. You’ll hardly ever hear the same story twice… because everybody has a different background and culture. Just one big melting pot of Denverites who love music and are more passionate about lifestyle than the size of their bank accounts.

6. Sports. Denver has every major sports type and then some.

7. REI Denver Flagship.Ever long for that “Oh my god, we’re going to Toys-R-Us!” feeling as an adult? This is where your inner child comes out to shine. But it’ll get you in trouble. Not like “15 feet up a rock face and nowhere to go” trouble. Financial trouble. It’s literally an adult playground.REI Flagship Store in Denver is one reason to move to CO

8. Skiing, Biking, Volleyball, Fly Fishing, Hiking & More. Like to get outdoors? So do we. In fact, Denverites enjoy just about every sport year-round. Every season has its own specialty and most of us enjoy them all.

If you’ve got some reasons of your own, feel free to chime in and let me know what makes Denver better in your eyes.

November Events in Colorado

Fall is here, but things are heating up in the Denver metro area. Check out some of our favorite things to do this November.

Pumpkin Smash Festival

November 1, 2015 in Idaho Springs

Don’t Trash it – Smash it! Bring your pumpkins to this festival for fun for the whole family.

Denver Film Festival

November 4-15 throughout Denver
“Come Sit and Be Swept Away” at the 38th Denver Film Festival. With more than 55,000 attendees and 200+ films,  it’s one of the larger events in the Rocky Mountain region.

Annual Colorado Hard Cider Festival

November 6, 2015 in Hotchkiss
Join us on November 2nd for the second annual Colorado Hard Cider festival.

Saturday Night at the Museums

November 7, 2015, various locations throughout Denver
Visiting Denver’s premier museums can’t get any easier: complimentary admission, free shuttle service and extended museum hours. Participating museums include the Denver Art Museum,  Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Children’s Museum of Denver.

Deck the Mall

November 7 on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, Denver
Get holiday shopping done early, check out Deck the Mall: an annual holiday shopping spectacular.  This year’s extravaganza features live music, unique gifts and food vendors.

Holiday Food and Gift Festival

November 20-22 at the Denver Convention Center

Boasting more than 100,000 square feet of shopping this festive event has become a Colorado holiday tradition! Featuring art and crafts, gourmet food,  jewelry, clothing, toys, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more.

Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms’ Trail of Lights

November 27, 2015 through Jan. 2, 2016 in Denver

Stroll or enjoy a hayride along winding paths filled with colorful lights. With a stunning countryside backdrop, seasonal drinks, and entertainment, this venue is sure hard to top.

Finding the Right Apartment Dog

Colorado is amazingly pet friendly, from happy hours and dog meet-up groups to dog parks and tons of accessible dog-friendly activities. So now that you’ve moved into your apartment getting a four-legged friend seems like a logic next step. But where to start?

Here’s ApartmentGuyZ’s advice on finding just the right apartment dog for you.

Criteria use for finding the best apartment dogs

Size

Whether you live in a cramped condo, an spacious apartment or closeted quarters, there’s a dog that will fit into your living space. But for each space, size matters.

Personality & temperament

Personality is also key to finding the right apartment dog. Many breeds require lots of attention, activity, and stimulation so might not be a good fit for an apartment dwelling or someone who isn’t able to give them a lot of exercise. In additions, some dogs are also easy to train while others, not so much.

Bark

Living in the close quarters of apartment living means that a dog’s bark can be worse than its bite. Finding a pet that rarely or occasionally barks is preferred.

Breed

Lastly, many apartments restrict the breed of dog based on size, temperament or other factors. Apartment GuyZ took this into consideration when putting together the best apartment dogs for Denver.

Best apartment dog breeds

Affenpinscher

Although Affenpinschers need to be groomed often to maintain their coats, they shed minimally, so you won’t have to worry about dog hair as much as other breads.

Basenji

This barkless dog is great for citydwellers but does require attentive training, so they might be a challenge for first-time dog owners. They’re also not recommended for those living in cold climates so they might be better suited for downtown urbanites where there is less snow.

Boston Terrier

This breed is ideal for apartment living because it doesn’t need much exercise. Add in low maintenance grooming and minimal shedding and the Boston Terrier is a very owner-friendly dog.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These dogs love to cuddle. Owners are expected to deal with moderate shedding and grooming with this breed, and because it’s not hypoallergenic, it’s not recommended for those with allergies.

Coton de Tulear

Cotons are happy-go-lucky dogs that are well-fit for living in small apartments. This breed is small in size, have easy to care for coats, are exceedingly friendly and require less exercise than most breeds. The Coton loves to play fetch and go for walks, but won’t suffer from being inside for a day either.

English Springer

These dogs can adapt to basically any dwelling. While a family dog first and foremost, the English Springer has a happy and lively personality. They are best known for their versatility, making them popular for dog sports and  hunting.

English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is a relatively high maintenance pet, as it sheds regularly while needing consistent grooming and exercise.

Flat-Coated Retriever

These easily-trainable dogs are very friendly and sweet.  However, apartment dwellers should only adopt these retrievers if they can give him at least an hour to run every single day.

Havanese

Let’s just say there’s a reason why the Havanese breed is so popular with the general public. They’re affectionate and very friendly. These bouncy pups love to play, as long as their owners are near. Standing only about a foot tall, these dogs makes a great apartment pet for someone with plenty of energy.

Greyhounds

Greyhounds, though traditionally known for their high energy and lanky legs, make surprisingly great apartment pets. Their energy needs are well-satisfied with a daily brisk walk and their friendly, calm nature makes them a great choice even for smaller apartments.

Great Dane

Another surprise for the list is the Great Dane, but this  majestic animal is such a natural loafer so that while your sofa may be fully occupied, he’ll take up far less space than you might think. These dogs are also known for being easy to train, with a calm, friendly and quite nature.

Portuguese Water Dog

These dogs are require a lot of exercise, but if that is something you can provide they make great roommates. These energetic dogs are also friendly and highly intelligent. Originally bred to help Portuguese fisherman there is a reason “water dog” is in their name — they’ll love traipsing through the Colorado rivers and creeks.

Silky Terrier

A small dog with low exercise needs is an ideal candidate for young professionals looking to add a dog to the family. These dogs were bred to hunt snakes, so don’t be fooled by their cute façade. They’re more than capable of holding their own in sticky situations.

Whippet

Whippets  (which look like a small Greyhound) are also known for their sprinting abilities. But, like their bigger cousins, they  tend to tire out quickly due to a lack of endurance. Regular walks and occasional trips to the park to tire them out with games of fetch should be enough to satisfy their need to be active.

October Events in Colorado

Find great things to do in the Denver and Rocky Mountain region this October.

Fall Colors

Various
While not an actual event, one of the greatest Colorado pastimes is checking out the beautiful Fall colors. Let nature be your guide as you drive through the mountains, checking out the fall leaves.

Hot Chocolate 5k/15k

October 4 at Civic Center Park in Denver
Will run for a great goodie bag — this event features more than hot cocoa including an event expo, great tunes, decadant samples and a kids zone .

Elk Fest

October 3–4 in Estes Park
Head to Estes Park to experience the  beautiful annual phenomenon. Watch as elk gather just at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park to show off for  the start of the breeding season. At Elk Fest, visitors learn about elk behavior and can see performances by American Indians.

Applefest

October 3–4, 2015 in Cedaredge
At Applefest, more than 150 vendors share the area’s agricultural wealth with visitors, who can also check out a classic car and antique tractor show, bands and much more.

Telluride Horror Show

October 16–18 in Telluride
Already famous for film, Telluride is also embracing the spooky fun of October with this sixth-annual horror, fantasy and sci-fi film fest in the town’s historic Sheridan Opera House.

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival

October 23–25 in Breckenridge
Craft distillers descend in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, restaurant specials, a downtown pub craw, more. Sip the best offerings from small-batch, artisan distillers and learn more about the distilling process in Breckenridge, a town with its own pioneering distillery.

Boo at the Zoo

October 23-24, October 31-November 1 in Denver.
The 31st annual Boo At The Zoo offers more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of Denver Zoo.

Denver International Wine Festival

October 28-30 in Broomfield

If you enjoy wine and good food, you may wish to check out this annual international event. As the premier wine festival in the region, you’ll have the opportunity to taste vintages from across the globe.

Highlands Square Harvest Festival

October 31 in Denver
This family-friendly event runs Halloween afternoon at Highlands Square ( 32nd Ave. between Lowell & Perry). Come, trick-or-treat at businesses along 32nd Ave. and stay for face painting, live music, a costume contest and more.

 

Moving? Why You Need Help from an Apartment Finder

Whether you are hoping to purchase or rent, you are likely discovering that the Colorado market is no piece of cake. Even if you are not relocating from out-of-state, finding a rental or corporate housing is a challenge in the fierce market we find ourselves in.

That is why utilizing services like Apartment Guyz, with more than a dozen years experience in the Denver/Boulder area, can help. Denver’s rental market is one of the most competitive in the United States. We understand that our clients want nothing more than to find the perfect home. We can help.

We work with more than 600 communities all across the region and can help renters overcome common issues when finding a new home including:

Not Knowing Neighborhoods or Where to Rent

One of the biggest obstacles when moving is lack of knowledge — knowing which neighborhoods are the most secure, close to needed amenities and within an easy commute, for example. While Google is great,  you’re better off  locating a home in a safe area,  with great schools and  transportation by working with someone who knows the ins and outs. This is where an apartment locator comes in.

Not Knowing the Market and How Much to Budget

The typical cost for rentals varies not only across the state, but even within Denver neighborhoods itself. For those moving from out-of-state, these cost fluctuations are hard to keep up with. In addition, new buildings are coming on the market every day — often with short-term lease-up specials that are not always advertised.

Our agents can help provide details about specific rental markets and community cost, helping to forgoe any hidden costs or sticker shocks.

Not Being Able to Tour or “See” a Rental

Let’s be honest: apartment searching is work.  Even at the best of times. Add to that a cross-city or cross-country move, work demands and an extremely tight rental market and you’ve got a full time job.

Utilizing an expert apartment locator can help you discover the right neighborhood, price and rental for you. In fact, you don’t even have to be in Colorado yet to receive our support. Along with individual and personalized services, we provide a comprehensive property database so renters can view communities online, without having to tour or visit the area if they don’t want to.

We provide decades of expertise and a team of dedicated professionals who make the home-hunting experience quick, straightforward and stress-free.

So if you’re on the verge of a move, let us help.  Get started: find an apartment now.

September 2015 Events in Colorado

Find things to do in the Denver and greater Rocky Mountain area for September 2015, compiled by our friendly apartment agents.

Check back for updates as new festivals and other activities become available.

Colorado State Fair

Aug. 28- September 7 in Pueblo
Concerts, rodeo, free attractions, carnival, exhibits, music and more.

Taste of Colorado

September 4-8 in Denver at Civic Center Park
Come hungry for this annual festival where you can sample eats from over 50 local restaurants and food slingers: expect everything from giant turkey legs to chef demos, and live music from artists Kansas and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Celebration

September (dates vary) in Estes Park
Join us in Estes Park as we celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park100th anniversary with special events, educational series, live music and more.

Labor Day Celebration, Balloon Festival & More

September 04, 2015 in Creede
Creede’s annual Labor Day Celebration includes a Balloon Festival 22 mile Mountain Run, fun runs and walks, among other festivities.

11th Annual Wild West Air Fest & Labor Day Celebration

September 05, 2015 in Steamboat Springs
 11th Annual Wild West Air Fest & Labor Day Celebration Labor Day Weekend in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

September 10-13 in Estes Park
This annual event takes over the town of Estes Park with jousting, folk music, a strongman challenge, a parade, and much more.
Learn more at http://www.scotfest.com/Scottish_Festival/Home.html

Go Colorado Chile Fest

September 12-13 in Denver
This new event celebrate one of Denver’s favorite  foods. Come and enjoy green chiles and salsa from local chefs, restaurants, and home cooks competing for bragging rights. There will also be music, dancing and other entertainment. For more enticement: 100 percent of the proceeds will go to a good cause.
Learn more at http://coloradochilefest.com/

Fall Fest 2015

Sept. 18–20 in Downtown Boulder
Boulder’s 3-day festival lines up music performances, a beer garden, food vendors and a children’s carnival  along the vibrant Pearl Street Mall.
Read more at www.boulderdowntown.com/fall-fest

Denver Oktoberfest

September 18-27 (dates/times vary) in Denver at Larimer Square
Modeled after the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany this event offers entertainment schedule, kids’ activities, sponsor list, merchandise, and – of course- a plethora of Denver’s beers.
Learn more at http://thedenveroktoberfest.com/

P.S. Looking for more Oktoberfest options? There are more than two dozen taking place throughout Colorado. Visit 5280‘s roundup for more info.

Snowmass Balloon Festival

September 18 – 20 in Snowmass
The 40th annual balloon festival is sure to impress, with 30 pilots competing in various challenges such as a distance race that covers the whole Roaring Fork Valley.
Read more at http://www.gosnowmass.com/event/snowmass-balloon-festival/

Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors

September 24-27 in Telluride
This is a new event for 2015 and is setting itself up to be the premier car show in the area.
Tickets and more information available at http://carsandcolors.com/

Denver Startup Week

September 28-October 2
Innovation is everywhere.  This annual event brings founders, developers, product managers, designers, marketers, sales in Ted-like talks, seminars and happy hours throughout the week. The event is free but requires registration at http://denverstartupweek.com

Buying in CO? Test Drive by Renting First

If you’ve accepted a new job offer in Colorado, you’ve got a lot to consider outside of just accepting the offer. Where will you live? How long will the commute be? Is the neighborhood a gem or a dud? Why pile on the stress by adding a mortgage to an already hefty decision.

Now imagine if you can learn all those answers before you buy.

You can. Take your chosen neighborhood for a test drive by renting an apartment first.

Would I actually like living in Cherry Creek, Denver, Highlands or LoDo? How will I know until it’s too late? Moving to a new city — especially a place like Denver, with mountains, nightlife, parks and tons of variety — is exciting. But it’s a little a scary too.

Well now, thanks to Apartment GuyZ, it doesn’t have to be!

Working with Apartment GuyZ

As one of the longest-serving and most respected apartment finders, Apartment GuyZ works with more than 600 communities all across the Denver metro area. So whether you’re interested in Centennial to Boulder or specific Denver neighborhoods, give us a call.

Our agents not only know the properties and their communities, but also neighborhood information, schools, apartment restrictions and more. Looking for an attached garage? Have 50 lb dog (and two cats!). Have a panache for Dazbog coffee in walking distance to your new place? No problem.

We can help guide you to the right neighborhood at the right price.

Take stock of what really matters to you, in terms of where you live and choose accordingly — whether it’s important that you are close to your job, shopping, schools or entertainment. By test driving your new home you’ll quickly become acquainted with the area, providing an opportunity to scout out potential new houses while taking stock of your surroundings and commute.

Best Rated Rental Downtown Denver

Want to find the best rated apartments in Denver?

Apartment Guyz has been filling Denver area rentals for 15 years.  Year after year we get feedback from renters we helped place.  We are also in touch with the communities themselves on a regular basis about everything from one-day specials to planned upgrades.

This is valuable information you won’t find online.

So if you’re looking for a property to rent, give us a call or register online for our service. We’d love to answer any of your questions and help find you the perfect home today.

Top or Bottom? Which Floor Should You Live On

There are a number of considerations when renting an apartment — budget, location, amenities, to name a few — that renters grapple with during the apartment hunt. But after choosing that perfect home, the next step is often picking the unit and floor you want to live.

So which apartment would you prefer to live on: top or bottom? Here’s a quick overview of the pros and cons.Apt-balconies-aptguyz

Living on the Top Floor

Upper floor apartments usually afford a better view and rarely include noise from outside the building. Another unique advantage is that top floor units don’t have to contend with upstairs neighborhoods — and their foot traffic.

The premium, of course, is not always cheap. Most apartments in Denver upcharge units as they move up in floor. In other words, the higher the floor the higher the price even for the same floor plans.

Living on the Bottom Floor

Conversely, a lower floor unit is typically cheaper. Another advantage of a lower floor apartment is the convenience of a walk-in unit or quick trip up the stairs. This is particularly advantageous if living in a walk-up.

A renter may also choose to live in a lower unit if they have a dog. Walking a pet a few times a day adds up, and a lower unit can be a nice time-saver for you and your pup.

On the flip side, there are some potential downsides to living on a lower level. If your windows or entrance are street level, that could leave an apartment dweller feeling a little vulnerable with passersby just a few feet away. Also, sometimes the noise level is louder when a renter is closer to traffic or the building’s entry and exit points.

Four Considerations For Every Apartment Tour

We tour a lot here at ApartmentGuyZ. A lot.  And we see (and service) it all in terms of clients wishes and needs. We take their wishes serious… and so often we find ourselves serving as both advisor and advocate to clients considerations during apartment tours.

If you are fortunate enough to have the time and ability to tour an apartment, it’s an amazing opportunity to see what properties have to offer — and not just in terms of square footage and price.

Below are the six most common considerations we tell our clients about during apartment tours. I stress common because nearly every client has some unique wish, history, or circumstance that makes them special. But, hey, that is what we are here for!

Atmosphere

If we’ve learned anything it is that every apartment building is unique. They all have their own personality and quirks. Of course, what might be considered charming for one client can be utterly annoying for another so don’t forget to get a sense of the atmosphere of the property you are touring. This includes potential neighbors, apartment staff and even the hallway lighting.

Keep one thing in mind: what makes you feel at home?

Maintenance

While you are on a tour don’t miss the opportunity to see how well the place is kept up. Even new buildings require maintenance and repair. Keep a look out for fresh or peeling paint, cracked walls or stained carpet, or announcements for upgrades or new building features.

Other important questions to ask: are there full time maintenance staff? How are repairs handled? What is the average turn-around time?

Amenities

Some amenities, like an elevator vs. a walk-up, aren’t always apparent prior to an apartment tour. Similarly, in-apartment washers, dryers, wood floors, valet trash, fireplaces or valet parking can all be yours if that is really what you require and have a budget for. Knowing what is or isn’t included in your rent can really help with finances. And sometimes you might just be surprised at what property communities have available.Apt-Denver

Location

This may seem like a no-brainer but often the perfect apartment may be smack dap in the un-perfect location. So know exactly what you are looking for. Take a walk around the neighborhood you are potentially going to live in and check out if it really is a good fit. If you want something lively, make sure there are bars, restaurants or shopping in the area. If you like it a bit more quiet, maybe pass on that unit right next to a soccer or daycare.

Keeping these considerations in mind can help your apartment on track.

If you aren’t fortunate enough to have the option to tour yourself, give ApartmentGuyZ a call. Our locators have expert knowledge of the Denver area and apartment communities, and our comprehensive database can make finding an apartment a breeze.

 

 

How Do Apartment Finders Work?

Apartment locators do a lot to simplify and de-stress apartment hunting. Much like a qualified Realtor, an experienced apartment locator takes on the hassle of finding the right community and rental, and can do a lot to educate clients on property pros and cons.

Apartment GuyZ combines our years of experience with our comprehensive database to provide you with the latest and most current apartment rental information 24/7. In addition, we have relationships with apartment management staff to clarify polices for special conditions, such as large dogs or accessibility.

So once you have decided to work with us, it really can be a very simple process:

  1. Register for our service.
  2. Speak to your assigned locator who will work with you to find the best properties for your needs.
  3. Review the properties you’d like to visit.
  4. Write us as your referral source on the guest card, lease application, and lease.

 

That’s it! It couldn’t be simpler and — best of all — it’s free.

Buyer Beware: Avoid Craigslist Scams

You don’t have to search far or long to hear about scams on Craigslist (see here or here for just two unfortunate  headlines).

Don’t get me wrong, Craigslist is a great resource and has practically revolutionized an outdated classifieds system. That said, it’s important to be cautious and smart when making any deal.

The old adage buyer beware holds true.

If a deal sounds too good to be true, it typically is.

Most of the rental scams on Craigslist come in the guise of an out of town landlord asking for a large deposit or money upfront in exchange for a rental. There are also cases of landlords asking for deposits from multiple prospective tenants only to back out on all the tenants (and taking their application fee/deposit with them).

In a recent article where a Minnesota family experienced just local police warned consumers about the following red flags:

  • Long-distance inquiries
  • Suggestions to mail a check or money order or wire funds through Western Union, MoneyGram or Green Dot
  • Requests for personal and/or financial information such as a bank account or Social Security number
  • Typos, grammatical errors and improper wording or context during discussion

There are certainly good deals to be had on Craigslists and many honest users but renters should know reasonable rental rates in the area and be wary of demands for a large cash payment upfront.

If you don’t know Denver rental rates or neighborhoods and need help finding an apartment contact Apartment Guyz.

Easy Apartment Decorating Tips

Making an apartment a home takes work, but it doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes is a little ingenuity and some easy decorating tips. Here’s how to update your unit without losing your security deposit:

Use Neutrals to Your Advantage

Think white space is dull and unimaginative? Think again. White walls and white furniture are the perfect starting point for bursts of color. For a modern look, keep furniture and decorations in a complimentary tone like taupe, grey, or cream.

For something more lively, add bright colors using throw pillows, drapes, and accent pieces.

Whichever way you decide to go, embrace the neutrals! They are always in style.

Try 3M and Command Strips

Just because you can’t paint a wall doesn’t mean you can’t add color to it. Aside from hanging pictures or canvas, utilize 3M tape or command strips to hang fabrics, wall paper, or wall decals.

Not only will it add color and visual interest, these handy and easy strips are completely removable. No more sticky glue for wall paper or holes in the wall for hanging art. Get creative!

Add Some Green

Plants give a sense of warmth and life to a space. Use plants to fill empty corners or on tabletops to add a sense of interest. I use herbs and wheat grass in windowsills to brighten up the space, add color, and make delicious meals! Form and function.

If you are new to live plants, try out one or two you like and see how it goes. It may take a bit of time to find what works best for your lighting or really sets off your space.

Ask about Accent Wall Colors

Many new apartment buildings allow renters to have one colored accent wall (sometimes for free!) as long as they are willing to paint it white when they leave. Although not always available, this option is fast becoming the norm for new Denver communities. Always check with a landlord or leasing office first, but you may be surprised.

 

 

Science Solves Rent Division Dilemma

A few years ago, I moved into the perfect apartment with the perfect roommate. The only problem? One of us was getting stuck in a shoebox while the other lived it up in the master suite. It was also an older building where only the smaller room was equipped with an in-unit air conditioner and ceiling fan. Keeping the harmony was going to be a pain. What to do? Some folks simply decide to divide the costs evenly, or perhaps based on the bedrooms’ square footage or even each renters income. Science, however, may have solves this pressing issue using mathematics.

The theorem, Sperner’s Lemma, could hold the key to dividing rents fairly, according to The New York Times. It calculates price points at which every roommate finds their happy place, helping to eliminate room envy. Using a triangle with three points: Point A, B, and C. The interior of the triangle is divided to represent the variety of ways to split rent.  The rent is more accurately and “fairly” divided the more the triangle is divided. Sounds complicated? A bit, but the NYT breaks it down for us using this handy  rent division calculator.

Part of the beauty of the approach is that you don’t have to come up with numbers yourself. All it requires is that at each step you pick which room you like best based on the prices assigned to each room at that moment. As the method proceeds, the prices get closer and the decisions become harder, but it contains no surprises. You’re never stuck with a price that you haven’t chosen.

So how do you apply it? Roommates take turns answering a series of questions, picking a room they like best, based on a specific price. With each step, the hypothetical prices get closer, and the decisions are trickier. Each roommate continues answering until there’s a fair division. Try it out the next time you’re leasing.

Five Tips to Simplify Your Denver Move

Moving is hard enough, but moving to a new city is even harder. Besides using Apartment GuyZ to ease the burden, here are five other tips for relocating to Denver:

  1. Familiarize yourself with your new home town by reading the city’s neighborhood guide. Our experienced locators can also help find the right neighborhood for you.
  2. Check out this handy out-of-state moving checklist and tip sheet.
  3. Business is thriving in the metro area. If you are looking for a job, the Denver Post has a list of the top 100 employers in Colorado.
  4. Go out and experience Denver! As exciting as moving to a whole new city sounds, the reality is daunting. Fortunately, organized social groups like MeetUp.com or Sport and Social Club can help.
  5. Give yourself time to acclimate — not only to the altitude, but also to your surroundings. It can take many months to get into the swing of things and hey, that’s ok.

If you are already here, don’t forget to stay social and explore. Chances are there are a lot of new things in the city you haven’t seen or tried yet — and more new businesses are opening up every day!

 

 

Denver Apartment Boom: What it Means for Renters

After years of stagnation, Denver is experiencing an apartment boom. But what does that mean for renters? Not as much as one might hope, according to predictions by MPF research.  According to them, while apartment developers began an aggressive building spree it is largely upset by the droves of new job seekers in the Denver metro area.

In fact, the Denver Business Journal reported today that average rents climbed again in the fourth quarter 2014, increasing by 12 percent to $1,168 from $1,041 in the same quarter of 2013.

So while business is booming, it appears that 2015 will still be a tough rental market. That means deals and units  — unless vacancies increase — are harder to find without help. The good news? Denver’s vibrant economy creates jobs, which typically generates apartment demand and investment.

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Yes, I said rent specials in Denver

Current outlook for Denver rentals

Denver apartment prices are still rising. The cause? Over 4,000,000 more renters in the U.S. marketplace vs. this time in 2007, and lack of the addition of new apartments. Even though 96% of renters surveyed say they plan to buy in the future prices are quickly rising on home prices due to lack of new home construction.

Soon home prices will be beyond the reach of renters in the under 54 age group. Additional funding issues like high personal debt to income ratios are keeping would be home owners in the rental market longer.

Everything is pointing towards higher rents, and Denver is on the leading edge. There is some relief coming. New home construction is up 60% since this time last year and new home inventory is up 12%. Additionally, an estimated 19,000 apartment rentals will be coming online in 2014 and 2015. Both of these factors will most likely not bring down rent prices but may slow rent price increases and increase rent specials for renters.

Yes, I said rent specials

There are good deals to be found. True, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack, but that’s what Apartment GuyZ does and if you are moving to Denver, Apartment GuyZ tracks rents and specials daily. Our database and and of almost 300 properties with over 4,500 apartments, townhomes, and lofts available help you find that needle.

Rent specials typically start in late November and early December, but this year apartment rent concessions like one month free rent started in early October making November the busiest rental month of 2013.

December and January is already boasting some of the best rent specials of the year. Rents are still high, but getting free rent up front or spread out over the course of a lease, drastically reduces the rental rates in Denver by as much as $200 a month.

To find the best apartment deals in Denver, and affordable luxury rentals call Apartment GuyZ today or use the contact form on this site to start your search now.

How to find a Denver apartment on a holiday weekend

Sometimes long holiday weekends are the best time to rent Denver apartments.  Apartment Guyz can arrange tours on most holidays, and can also seek out holiday apartment deals.  Take advantage of your holiday, book your apartment so you don’t have to use vacation days to move, and get a better deal!

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