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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 theDenver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Scienceand theChildren’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 decor, 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
Visit Estes Park as they celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park 100th 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
The 11th Annual Wild West Air Fest & Labor Day Celebration happening 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 athttp://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 athttp://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

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This is valuable information you won’t find online.

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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 Craigslist 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.

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.