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Old 01-13-2013, 10:13 AM   #1
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Moving to Colorado???

I know this is vague but I have to start somewhere. Does anyone here sell real estate in the region of Fort Collins to Colorado Springs area?

I am looking to leave Seattle and my first choice is the Spokane, Wa area. Well after visiting Ouray/Telluride/Glenwood Springs/Leadville and having the time of my life this past summer, I am seriously considering Colorado. I am a CPA and should be able to find some sort of work. The biggest issue is housing. I am looking for new construction somewhere along the I-25 corridor between Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. I have googled new home construction but I can't tell if the housing developments are in nicer areas or not so nice areas. I don't want to live in a crowded suburb where my only view is tract after tract of housing. As such, I can really use some guidance from a real estate agent.

If you are an agent or know someone who is please PM me. I can fly out and rent a car to check on some areas but would like an idea of what I may be in for and what housing costs are like.

My trip this summer was on a dual sport bike but after seeing the Wrangler raffled is Ouray, I decided I need to get one of those.

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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You may have better results posting in the Colorado forum, go ask those folks, I bet you get some good info.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:48 PM   #3
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You may have better results posting in the Colorado forum, go ask those folks, I bet you get some good info.
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I don't know how I missed that. Thread data moved to the Colorado forum.

Edit: This forum has a short curfew on editing posts so I can't delete but if a mod wants to, go for it.

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:45 AM   #4
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My wife is a realtor and she covers the denver metro area. My dad is also a Realtor and covers everything from Leadville to Denver. I'll send you a PM. We've helped quite a few people who are moving here from out of state, so it'd be great to work with you.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:17 AM   #5
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My wife is a realtor and she covers the denver metro area. My dad is also a Realtor and covers everything from Leadville to Denver. I'll send you a PM. We've helped quite a few people who are moving here from out of state, so it'd be great to work with you.
I'd love to talk to you some time! I own a branch of Supreme Lending in Breckenridge. We have a branch in Denver as well. I'm closing loans in a 1-2 weeks on avg. (appraisal dictates that more than anything). It would be a great excuse to drag your wife up to Summit County to get out on the trail!

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Old 01-16-2013, 01:43 AM   #6
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The town I live in, Monument, is a really nice, relatively small town. Its just north of the springs and south of castle rock. If you're driving through its worth at least checking out.

And if you're looking for a realtor, look up Delaina O'Dell. She sold and bought my previous house and several other friend's houses.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:20 AM   #7
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You'll make a great decision if you choose CO...can't go wrong living in the Rockies. This is my 3rd time back through the state and I plan on staying put for a long time.

There are so many great places to live...I've been up and down the front range from Ft. CollieDog (what I always called Collins) down to the Springs. It depends on what you like...

Ft. Collins...nice college town, that can get overwhelmed with 18-22 year old...Horsetooth Res is a fun place to hike and such. The Cache La Poudre region has good fishing and places to trek through. Benefit: small college town, pretty area. Con: Pretty far up north, if you end up wanting to trek the central trails you'll be driving quite a bit.

Denver Region...it's a major metropolitan area what can be said about a city. Lots of traffic and people. Me personally if I were live back up there again I'd hug the Jefferson County/Boulder County/western edge of Douglas County for easier access to the mountains and such. Towns like Parker or Aurora aren't bad, but they are what I consider Kansas Lite...gets a little too flat out there for me.

Monument...a great little town to live in. Easy access to Denver and the Springs. Not a hotbed of economic growth, but hey it is a small town, friendly folks and laid back mantra. People who live there are working in the Springs or Denver region.

the Springs...good size city with all the amenities and you live in the shadow of a 14er.

I can recommend an excellent realtor if interested. I'll pop a PM to you with his name and contact info. He works the entire front range, knowledgable and one helluva negotiator.

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:03 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone.

Wrapping up some audit work this week and I'll reach out in the next few days. I know exactly what I can afford to buy if I move sans job. If I can't afford what I am after I'll talk with accounting recruiters to see what the job market is like and if I land work first, I have a lot more flexibility. I'll definitely have to fly out to Denver and rent a car for a few days. I don't want Kansas flat but know the closer you get the more $ you spend.

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Old 01-19-2013, 07:51 PM   #9
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Be careful where you buy. I lived near Cherry Creek (a bit south of downtown) and hated it every day. I then moved to a southern suburb (Highlands Ranch) and it was no prize either...crowded, zillions of houses and people, and soccer-mom traffic. Finally, I moved a bit west (Google "Ken Caryl Valley") and I am home. Love it here.
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Took a job with HR block for tax season and that will be done in less than three weeks. Bro-in-law flys for Alaska and he can get me to fly stand-by for free. I'll be heading out around April 22 and I'll check out the area between Colorado Springs and Boulder.

I have to fly into Denver but don't want to stay anywhere near the downtown area. Can anyone recommend an area to stage out of? I'd like to be within an hour of the airport and preferably on the West side of Denver. I won't stay in the flea-bag motel but don't want to spend big bucks either.

I'll spend probably four days looking at the area/new construction and try to meet with an accounting recruiter or two as well. Fingers crossed this trip works out.

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This is the area I'd stay in. Golden will be very expensive to buy in, but you can stay there or anywhere along that 470 corridor south of Golden. That will keep you west, yet 45-60 mins to the airport. Try to stay close to 470, and use it as much as possible, instead of 25. That 25 corridor is horrible.

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Parker is a great place to live. it has all the amenities that you would want. it's minutes from I-25, E-470 & C-470. it has houses that are in developements and also has houses that have quite a bit of land. i'm sure you can find something that is to your liking - good luck
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My wife is a realtor and she covers the denver metro area. My dad is also a Realtor and covers everything from Leadville to Denver. I'll send you a PM. We've helped quite a few people who are moving here from out of state, so it'd be great to work with you.
Hey Nathan, if you don't mind send me the info as well. I think I'm done bouncing state to state and I'll be ready to buy my first home in the Denver or surrounding areas within the next year.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:19 AM   #14
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Parker is a great place to live. it has all the amenities that you would want. it's minutes from I-25, E-470 & C-470. it has houses that are in developements and also has houses that have quite a bit of land. i'm sure you can find something that is to your liking - good luck
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