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Movin on Up!

TJC Real Estate - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The time has come and demolition work has started at our new office space in the Town Center. Our office is excited for this new journey and to share our new homes progress


Stay tuned...






MCAULIFFE RATED ONE OF THE TOP TEN MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN COLORADO!

TJC Real Estate - Friday, December 20, 2013

 

MCAULIFFE RATED ONE OF THE TOP TEN MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN COLORADO!
The Colorado Department of Education released their School Performance Ratings this week, and McAuliffe did exceptionally well. McAuliffe is ranked #8 out of 586 middle schools in the state of Colorado and was one of only ten middle schools to receive an A+ rating! You can see our overall ranking at http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolSearch.aspx?topRanked=true&st=2 Click on our school name and you can see how we did in each specific content area. Thank you all for everything that you do for our students!

The Key to Buying a New Home...An Experienced Realtor

TJC Real Estate - Tuesday, December 10, 2013
What is the most important factor when deciding to purchase a new build home? The flooring, an upgraded kitchen, a finished basement?

The correct answer to this question is an experienced realtor.


"When you buy an existing house, what you see is what you get for the asking price. When you buy an as-yet-unbuilt house, what you see in the builder’s furnished model is not what you get for the advertised base price."




http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/buying-a-new-home-an-experienced-real-estate-agent-is-essential/2013/12/05/284cdec2-458d-11e3-a196-3544a03c2351_story.html#!

The 1st Annual Christkindlmarkt on the Green

TJC Real Estate - Friday, December 06, 2013

The 1st Annual Christkindlmarkt starts this Friday, December 6, at 5pm on The Green!

The holiday market will include handmade gifts and crafts, a prize drawing, and entertainment, as well as traditional German holiday beverages

Tips To Prevent Freezing In Your Home

TJC Real Estate - Friday, December 06, 2013

A friendly reminder as we are entering into much colder weather this week:

To help avoid freezing water pipes, leave your faucets, sinks and showers on a slow drip from the hot water side. Also leave the cabinets (if present) below the sink open so warm air gets in below the sink. This is especially important in areas where the sinks or showers are adjacent to an outside wall.

Also please remember to disconnect all outside hoses from the house to avoid water freezing and broken pipes!

Doing this is always a good idea when the temperature gets into the teens or lower.

Now is also a good time to change your air filters, they should be changed every 30-60 days.....

Stay warm!

Stapleton Porch Surfing

TJC Real Estate - Friday, July 19, 2013

I have my boys this weekend and as usual, we are over-booked with activities all happening in the hood.  Stapleton is a non-stop living entity of fun. 

We are trying to figure out how many Friday neighborhood happy hours we can hit in one evening.  Somebody build me an app! Barhopping is so yesterday.  Porch Surfing is where it’s at! Everybody is willing to offer a prime chair and beverage on their porch while the kids run around playing.  Some Stapletonians go all out and have the party on their porch AND in the backyard.  Those are for the blowout parties when the kid counts come close to out numbering the adults.

Saturday is action packed all day.  My little guy turns eight so we are celebrating (again).  Lunch will be all family and we will let him choose a place to go for fun (please don’t say Casa Bonita please don’t say Casa Bonita please don’t say Casa Bonita).

We have to get back by mid afternoon to prepare for a block party in our courtyard. We know our fellow Courtyardians but haven’t met any of the new neighbors that have moved in around the block over the last year.  We are sure to make new friends, find potential future babysitting opportunities for Will and hopefully more kids my boy’s age so they don’t need me as often to play Four Square (although I run a good Story Telling version that involves lots of potty words so they will probably make me still play).

I’m sure the block party will be too much fun and we will end up sticking around.  But if we want a change of scenery, we will walk seven minutes to the Town Green for the free concert in the park.  Six Foot Joe and the Red Hot Rhinos are playing.  I wish it were Four Foot Joe cuz I have a weird thing about little people, but I’d be happy to see them nonetheless. 

That should get us through Saturday leaving just Sunday open for boring stuff like going to the pool, playing baseball, riding bikes and scooters and general Stapleton mayhem.

Some people move into a home.  We have moved into a fun fest.  See you on the porch!!


Posted by Brett Grischo - an aspiring writer hoping this endeavor doesn't kill his dream. About Brett's work with TJC here. Find more from Brett h ere.

Summertime in Stapleton and Movie Nights

TJC Real Estate - Monday, July 15, 2013

Summertime in Colorado is always a blast.  There is so much to do in the mountains and the city.  Families have seemingly unlimited options.  Summertime in Stapleton is the same.  There really never is a dull moment.  If we can’t decide what to do, our fallback plan is to go to the pool. 

100% of the time, my kids find friends at the pool and 98.7% of the time, another parent offers me a beer.  Most parents worry about being at the pool too long because of the heat and possible sunburn.  In Stapleton, parents worry about staying too long because of the cocktails.

Of course the drinking at the pool is all in moderation because it’s all about family time.  The pools, parks, bike paths and town center are always bustling with activity.  This is truly one of the best places in the Denver region to raise a family. 

Out of town family love Stapleton too.  The fun is blind to generations.  My parents have been visiting for a week.  They are in their eighties and they love chatting with my boys, playing games, and being part of their life.  When it comes to family time, we don’t have to go to the mountains or expensive amusement parks to create memories.  Stapleton is our own perfect playground.

Friday night was a great example.  Since my parents live in the lightening capital of the world (Florida), they weren’t deterred by a little rain.  We walked to the Town Green with our camping chairs, blankets and cooler full of food and drinks to picnic before the outdoor movie. 

Sandlot was the movie (click here for the schedule of future movies) and once the rain subsided, it was a perfect night for what has replaced the drive-in movie.  No cars or loud parties.  Just families enjoying each other’s company, their neighbors and of course the entertainment. 

One of my sons sat a few groups up to watch with his buddy’s family.  My other son took advantage of the opportunity to snuggle up to his best girlfriend.

 

My parents sat next to each other with smiles on their faces.  And although I was watching the movie, I really was watching the generation gap in my family shrink to nothing.  We were all together enjoying the same moment.  Life is grand in Stapleton.

Posted by Brett Grischo - an aspiring writer hoping this endeavor doesn't kill his dream. About Brett's work with TJC here. Find more from Brett here.

Fireworks

TJC Real Estate - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It is almost July.  You know what July means, right? Correct!  It’s my birthday on July 9th!  Woot woot!  Every year, people around the country celebrate my birthday for nearly a week.  They kick it off on the 4th with a parade and then a spectacular fireworks display.  It seems like a bit much, but I don’t mind.  Happy times for everyone.

The last few years, I have taken my boys to a ridge on Northfield Blvd, on the northern perimeter of the Northfield shopping center to see the fireworks.  It was a great spot because it was an unimpeded and very close view to see the show launched from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park after the Rapids game. 

We’d bring camping chairs, snacks and beverages.  It was never too crowded because the spot was a bit guerilla and unknown.  Most people actually watched from the stadium.  Here is the link if you want to be official.

This year will be different.  That big empty field between Northfield Blvd and Dick’s is now filled with houses – some done and many under construction.  The Conservatory Green neighborhood is exploding in growth.

Imagine if you lived there!  You very likely could see the fireworks directly over your head from the comfort of your patio or deck.  Or if you live dangerously, I bet some rooftops have spectacular views. 

We will have to find a different spot, but it will still be in the Conservatory Green neighborhood.  There is a hill across the parking lot from Wahoo’s that could be a great location.  There is nothing like fish tacos, a Tecate and fireworks to celebrate my birthday, right?

Posted by Brett Grischo - an aspiring writer hoping this endeavor doesn't kill his dream. About Brett's work with TJC here. Find more from Brett here.

Pick an Agent, Any Agent

TJC Real Estate - Monday, June 17, 2013

I don’t plan on buying or selling any real estate anytime soon.  The good folks at TJC Real Estate helped me find my home in Stapleton last year.  If I were in need of a real estate agent, of course I’d use TJC.  Besides them being the best, they pay me to write on their blog.  The least I can do is support them (deservedly so) and make apologies to every third friend of mine, every second cousin, every fourth new person I meet, every other stay at home mom getting back into the workforce and the seemingly endless number of acquaintances that decided to get their real estate licenses. 

Does it seem like everyone and their brother is an agent? When I used TJC last year to buy my Stapleton home, I found myself apologizing to numerous friends and associates for not using their services.  It was like breaking up with someone and trying to just be friends.

“I’m sorry Jack, but I’m using TJC Real Estate.”

“I knew you were with someone else!  How long has this been going on?”

“Well Jack, I’ve known Tom and Kari for over ten years but I’ve been looking for a new home only for the past two weeks.”

“Did you sign anything?”

“Like a pre-nup?”

“This is ridiculous.  I’ve been with you through thick and thin.”

“You just got your real estate license last month, Jack.”

“I helped you move into your last house!”

“That is because you are my friend.  Plus I bought you beer.  And it was five years ago!”

“What are you two talking about?”

“Oh, hi Jane. I was telling Jack about my new house hunt.”

“That is wonderful Brett!  Congratulations! What are you looking for?  I can set up showings for you for tomorrow.”

“Jane, it’s not you.  It’s me.  I have to do this without you.”

“You aren’t with Jack are you? His diaper is wet!”

“No Jane, I’m using TJC Real Estate to buy a place in Stapleton.”

“Oh, well they are very good and certainly know the Stapleton neighborhood better than most, but what about me?  I am family!”

“Jane, you are the ex-wife of my estranged uncle I haven’t seen in five years.  I didn’t even know you lived in Denver.”

“I moved back a year ago.”

“And I haven’t heard from you until today? Wait, did you know I’m buying a house? Stupid Facebook updates!”

“Um, gee, look at the time. I really need to go to my yoga class, then pick up the kids from school and head to my night job at the restaurant.”

“When do you even have time for real estate?”

“Oh I do it on the side.”

I really do have a ton of friends and associates that are agents.  One of my buddies in another state just announced he is quitting his business to change careers and get into real estate.  I wouldn’t be surprised if my 80 year old mom does it next.

Be careful whom you choose to help you buy or sell a house.  This is a big deal and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  You don’t know what you don’t know and a reputable firm that has been around for years is a safe and smart way to go.  Don’t do your friend a favor and put them in charge of your future unless they are qualified, know what they are doing, work hard and add value.

In my humble opinion, for every ten Jack and Janes there is really only one legitimately strong and effective real estate agent.  Considering how many people have licenses, that still gives you a large pool to choose from.  But then narrow down to agents that specialize in the neighborhood you are targeting or the house style you desire.  Narrow down more by finding out where they live and if they are in a similar life cycle situation.  Narrow down more by their qualifications – homes bought and sold in the last couple years, expertise, knowledge, etc.  Narrow down more by deciding if you actually like spending time with them. 

You are going to have to let down your neighbor’s hair stylist’s hot sister or brother in favor of someone that lives for the passion and excitement of placing you in your dream home.  And they must have the experience and expertise to pull it off for you too.  Choose wisely. It's not a magic trick.  Not just any card will do.

Posted by Brett Grischo - an aspiring writer hoping this endeavor doesn't kill his dream. About Brett's work with TJC here. Find more from Brett here.

Urban Adventure

TJC Real Estate - Friday, May 31, 2013

You probably already know that Stapleton used to be Denver’s airport.  My first house in the neighborhood sits on what was previously a runway.  Talk about traffic problems!  My current house sits on the old surface lot of the parking garage. 

I can see the old control tower from my bedroom window.  It looms large and empty as constituents debate what to do with it.  It appears some decisions have been made as per this article from Channel 9 earlier this year. 

When I did a quick search for the article, I found a link to a guy that calls himself an urban explorer.  Apparently he travels around the world breaking into abandoned buildings and checks them out.  He has only been arrested once.  I wish I could say the same for myself!  Wait, did I just really write that out loud?  Anyway, urban exploration of abandoned buildings seems interesting, but that dude is not and therefore his adventures come across as bland and kind of stupid. 

But on an exciting note, the tower and exploration inspired me to think about all the adventures you can have if you live in Stapleton.  There are miles of bike and walking trails, not only in the hood, but they extend to arteries throughout Denver.  You can connect to the Sand Creek trail or just hang around Westerly Creek or hit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal which is now a wildlife reserve; as is Bluff Lake. 

Yes, Stapleton has wildlife and I’m not just talking about Tom Cummings on a Saturday night.  I have seen foxes (the four legged kind) numerous times around my house.  There was another night that I followed three coyotes for a few blocks before they ran off into open space.  I know cat owners aren’t fond of this wildlife, but I’m not a big fan of cats so I’m cool with it. 

We have a skate park, a climbing wall, tons of parks, pools, a sledding hill and countless structures and hardscaping that make for great exploration (and climbing opportunities).  “Kids!  Get off that bridge railing!”  And, “Don’t fall off that retaining wall!!!”  Or, “No, you cannot build a dam in the creek so you can cross over!”

When people think of large new-build neighborhoods, they tend to focus on the homes themselves and maybe the commercial and retail space within walking distance. Obviously it is important to think about the roof over your head in a new neighborhood.  But it’s also important to get out of the house to explore and create adventures.  Thankfully, we have that right out the front door in Stapleton.

Posted by Brett Grischo - an aspiring writer hoping this endeavor doesn't kill his dream. About Brett's work with TJC here. Find more from Brett here.


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