Some Denverites Will Never Be ‘Home For the Holidays’ – Here’s How to Help

Some Denverites Will Never Be ‘Home For the Holidays’ – Here’s How to Help

vacationAs you know, I have made a career out of helping people buy and sell homes. Finding the perfect neighborhood for a growing family or a posh pad for a transplanted corporate couple offers me the chance to do what I like to do best – and it’s the perfect excuse for taking clients out for a delicious lunch to celebrate. All in all, not a bad way to make a living.  

The thing is, there are so many individuals in Denver that may never have a home to call their own; and to say that is disheartening is an understatement. These frigid days only compound the fact that there are men, women, and – the worst – children, out on the street every single night. And while I can’t change the world like I thought I could in my youth (aahh, youth!); I realize that any small gesture can make a big difference. Everything counts.

Last year I started a new tradition and spent my Christmas morning in Civic Center Park handing out socks, hand warmers and food to Denver’s homeless. It was not like any other Christmas morning I’ve had in my 50-something years because…well…it was way better. Colder, but still better.

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I realized, once again, that doing something good for someone else makes me feel good. I like that feeling. A lot.

So I plan to spend December 25th at Civic Center Park again, as I am officially addicted to this effort. Obviously, not all of you can pack up your families and head downtown, but if you’d like to support this cause, I will be collecting items for my “Christmas Care Kits.” Yes, I’ve given MY packages an official name (this is where being Type A really comes in handy). “Socks and Hand Warmers” were sooooo last year.

I’m going BIG this year! See the list below and if you’d like to participate by donating or volunteering, please email me at  ann@paysons.sg-host.com or visit me on Facebook. I can pick up items from you or you are welcome to drop items at Coldwell Banker Devonshire (200 Fillmore Ste. Suite 300 in Cherry Creek).

In the meantime, Merry Christmas to all and to ALL a warm(er) night.

 Items Needed for Christmas Care Kits*

  • Reusable water bottles
  • Fruit snacks or individual apple sauce with pull tabs
  • Small cans of tuna or tuna kits with pull tabs and crackers
  • Crackers with peanut butter and cheese
  • Fast food gift certificates
  • Pre-paid calling cards
  • Socks and gloves
  • Hand wipes
  • Nail clippers
  • Band aids
  • Feminine products
  • Small packages of facial tissue
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Mints, cough drops, gum
  • Lip balm
  • Small comb or brush
  • Heat packs
  • Sunscreen
  • Winter hat
  • Brief note of encouragement or well-wishing

*All items should fit inside a gallon size zip top bag; please refrain from items such as hand sanitizer or mouthwash as they often contain alcohol.

Counting My Blessings One Piece at a Time.

countingI am grateful. And not in a casual yeah, yeah, I count my blessings sort of way, but for real. Why? Well, for a lot of reasons, including you. Yep. I am talking to you; my friends, colleagues, family, and clients.

I wish I could say that every single day I ponder the good things that happen; the moments and memories that shape my life. But I am busy. We are all busy. So some days I am just racing around town like the rest of humanity, checking off tasks and selling houses and meeting clients and squeezing in a social life and a workout and a walk with my dogs.

But this week I have truly carved out some time to remember the people and events that left a happy mark on the permanent record of my life. What a concept – ! Using Thanksgiving week to be thankful. I am reflecting back on the joy and prosperity and friendship that makes each and every day a gift, those pieces of the pie that made this year deliciously delightful.

Speaking of….you know what goes really well with introspection? Pie. Really, pie and pondering is a match made in heaven and I can prove it. After some friends told me about how happy everyone was at a pie party they had hosted, I thought: I like pie too – maybe I should have a pie party?! So I did. Yesterday, I had a handful of guests pop by for my first pie party and I believe it may be an annual tradition. I am now a pie party pro. My mother would be so proud.

The thing about a pie party is you get to eat and drink and celebrate and laugh and then when you say goodbye to your friends, you can send them home WITH A PIE! I know, brilliant, right? It was a success; and I am blessed.

May you, too, be blessed throughout the holiday season and coming year with much peace, joy and prosperity. And a little pie. Happy Thanksgiving.

Painting Strategies for Home Sellers

Painting Strategies for Home Sellers

paintingSelling a home can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be a process that is long and drawn out. While there are a lot of things you can do to help your home sell faster, one of the simplest is to paint.

Paint Your Door First
It makes sense that your front door is the first thing a potential homebuyer will see. While you might not think it matters much, it can actually make a difference about how a potential buyer feels before they even step foot in your home. Bright colors are nice, but to be sure what’s right for your neighborhood, check and see what other homeowners in the area have done.

Check Your Trim
Trim around doors and windows can easily chip and fade over time. As a homeowner with a lot going on you may not even notice it, but a potential buyer will. Check your trim and touch it up when needed. With trim, simply stick to the original color, sanding only if you need to.

For more tips and help selling a home in Denver, contact Ann Meadows at 303-478-1201 today!

Photo Source: Shutterstock

Choosing a Denver School District

Choosing a Denver School District

COSU_HomePageImages_EveryKidDeservesWhen you are buying a home in Denver it is important to have information on the local school systems. You want to ensure that your children will be attending a high quality school that meets state and local standards.  ColoradoSchoolGrades.com has launched as a way for parents and students to receive pertinent information in order to make informed school decisions.

When you visit ColoradoSchoolGrades.com you’ll be able to view scores for schools in your district, an area you are considering moving to, or any school in the State of Colorado. You can view school information side by side to compare schools on a variety of indicators. Schools are scored in areas such as academic proficiency and academic growth. These scores are combined for an overall performance grade indicating school quality. You can view even more detailed results in reading, math, english, and science and are able to see trend data from previous years. The site also computes demographic information for each school and easily links to data from nearby schools for comparison purposes.

If you have any questions about buying a home in Denver, local school districts, or specific neighborhoods please contact Ann Meadows. Ann is an experienced Realtor in the Denver area and is committed to finding homes Denver families will love in school districts they trust.

Photo via Colorado School Grades.

Denver is the 3rd Highest Searched US City on Google

Denver is the 3rd Highest Searched US City on Google

What’s the third most commonly searched-for city in the United States? According to Google, it’s Denver. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Every day, The Denver Post prints a well-known Denver saying, “‘Tis a privilege to live in Colorado,” and it’s true.
DENVER-IS-THE-3RD-HIGHEST-SEARCHED-US-CITY-ON-GOOGLEIf you’re wondering whether or not it’s time to call a Denver real estate agent, check out the city’s great features:

  • Spectacular weather. Denver gets over 300 days of sunshine per year. There’s a reason Colorado has the lowest obesity rate in the country. The wonderful weather lures people out of their homes and into active lifestyles.
  • Outdoor fun. With bicycle trails webbing the city and the mountains just a few minutes to the west, there’s always plenty to do outside. In the summer you can camp, hike, rock climb, kayak, or just stroll around the city’s manicured parks, and in the winter you can ski, snowboard, tube, and ice skate.
  • Cultural events. Denver is a favorite stop on tour circuits, so you can always find major concerts and Broadway plays to attend. The Denver Art Museum hosts internationally acclaimed exhibits and the Colorado Ballet performs world-class productions year round.
  • A Place for Everyone. No matter what kind of neighborhood you love, you’ll find it in the Denver metro area. Want a small-town feel? Try Golden. Love city high rises? Snag a LoDo loft. Love the slight hustle and bustle of suburban life? Try Littleton or Lone Tree.

Make Denver your home by calling a Ann Meadows today at 888-860-1913.