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Denver Area Solar Map

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

A Douglas county company, CH2M created a solar-mapping portal which enables business owners and residents to estimate the solar potential of their roof tops.  What a great idea!  We need to get one of these for Denver.  With all our beautiful, sunny days imagine all the solar energy we could create!  Check it out at


Great time to buy real estate in Denver!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Denver's real estate market continues to fare better than the rest of the country.  Last year, home prices in Denver fell 5.7%.  This is the second lowest decline in the country (Dallas was the only market doing better with a 4.5%).  Low prices make this a great time to buy and the modest price decrease still shows that the Denver market is still a great place to buy and invest.  Add in the first time home buyer tax credit and this is a historical opportunity.  Check out the full story in today's Denver post on page 8b of the business section

What is a lease-purchase?

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

In a lease-purchase arrangement, the buyer and seller enter into a contractual relationship where the buyer will lease the seller's home for a predetermined amount of time, at the end of which, they will close on the house.

In some lease-purchase arrangements, the potential buyers are under no obligation to close on the house if they choose not to. In others, the buyers put down a deposit that, if they don't close within the stated amount of time for any reason, they will forfeit to the sellers.

Denver Real Estate: The advantages of home ownership

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

The tax advantages of homeownership can help you bring home more money every month and afford a larger mortgage (read: better house) than you may think.

Almost every wage earner remembers the first paycheck they brought home from their first job. The feeling most of us felt was a foreign blend of excitement and pride, mixed with shock and horror at the amount of hard-earned funds that were siphoned off the top by some unheard-of monster going by the initials FICA and his buddies -- an array of taxes and various other withholdings. Over time, most of us have grown accustomed to seeing (or, rather not seeing) these funds come out of every check. We align our monthly budgets to our after-tax income, understanding that only so much of our gross income will ever make it into our hot little hands.

Smart homebuyers often determine their maximum home purchase price based on what monthly mortgage payment makes sense for their budget. The problem is, too many would-be homeowners forget to take the tax advantages of homeownership into consideration when determining what they can afford to spend monthly on their future mortgage. Savvy homebuyers often fail to factor in the decreased amount of money they will need their employer to withhold from their paycheck to break even with the IRS at years' end, given all the tax advantages of homeownership.

Payroll withholding is a process through which your employer deducts a portion of your pay every pay period and sends the funds to the IRS, which credits the monies toward your eventual year-end tax bill. Every taxpayer's goal should be to have their withholdings come as close as possible to the actual amount of taxes they owe -- no more and no less. If you have too little money withheld, you end up with a tax bill you have to pay out of pocket on April 15th. If too much is withheld, you get a refund check, which sounds nice but actually signifies that you allowed the federal government to use your money interest-free all year, when you could have been bringing it home or even stacked it in an interest-bearing savings account -- or even using it to pay your mortgage or other expenses of homeownership -- during the year.

Homeowners are allowed major tax deductions not given to renters. When a renter transitions to a homeowner, their entire tax situation changes; payroll withholdings should also be reexamined and, perhaps, reduced to account for the reduction in net tax liability. The change in withholdings allows the new homeowner to bring more money home every pay period, leaving more net income to use for paying the mortgage and other costs of homeownership!

If you're struggling to find a place you like within your price range, seek out some tax advice about how you may be able to reduce the amount withheld from your paycheck for taxes, in light of your projected post-homeownership tax liability. It's not so simple as figuring your mortgage interest; rather, that calculation must take your income, your tax rate and your other deductions into consideration to be accurate, so that you don't end up having too much or too little withheld. Talk to your tax preparer or use the IRS withholding calculator, to get the numbers right. Submit a new W-4 form to your employer, which will send more money home with you every month. Then, restart your house hunt with your newly enhanced purchasing power!

NOTE: To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the IRS, we inform you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein. Taxpayers should seek professional advice based on their particular circumstances.

Downtown Denver night out! Dine out Thurday night for a great cause!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Realtor

Support a great cause by dining at a great restaurant Thursday night.  Check out the website for more information and for a map of participating restaurants.

Walkable Neighborhoods

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Realtor

This is a great website to check out:

You can type in an address and it gives you a walkability score along with a list of nearby restaurants, shops and other services. 



Dog Park Master Plan needs your input

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Realtor

Denver Parks and Recreation is currently evaluating its seven pilot dog park sites and writing a dog park master plan for the City of Denver. Your input is needed. Please take this 15-minute survey, whether you own dogs or not. The information gathered will help us to draft the master plan, as well as make policy recommendations for off-leash areas in Denver. Surveys will be collected through April 30, 2009.


16th Street Public Survey Unveiled!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Realtor

Do you ever feel like you have a great idea but no arena in which to share it? Well for those who spend time living, working, and playing on the 16th Street Mall the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) would like to inform you of a new program that we hope will give everyone a little voice. The DDP has created an online survey in order to better receive public input from those who use the Mall. This will help us not only better our communication with the visitors but also create a progressive network of sharing information.

The survey should take roughly five to ten minutes to complete, and will be available on-line until 5p.m. Wednesday, April 22. We encourage all who have an opinion to chime in as we are eager to hear what you have to say.

For survey access visit



2009 Earth Day Fair

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Realtor

Join in on the celebration by attending the 2009 Earth Day Fair on Wednesday, April 22 in Civic Center Park.  This event is sponsored by the City & County of Denver and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greek Amphitheater section of the park.

Penny Saturday at MCA DENVER

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Realtor

Whoever said a penny can't get you anywhere these days might be right most of the time, but on the first Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 6 pm, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver will be opening its doors to everyone for yes, one penny!

This popular event will allow visitors to experience a number of truly unique activities. You can spend part of your day on a docent guided tour of new exhibits and hands-on workshops in the Idea Box, while spending the other stimulating your taste buds at the MCA CAFÉ.

This day will also be highlighted by MCA Denver and Swallow Hill Music Association's presentation of Seeing Out Loud, an MI 5 Musical Experience. Here you will be able to live your gallery experience out loud as you record sounds on the Idea Box with traditional musical instruments and unexpected objects. These sounds will then be mixed by musician and audio wizard Colin Bricker into an ambient musical experience that will be heard throughout the building.

For more information on this event as well as the MCA Denver, visit  


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