Where have all the Zillow listings gone?

Where have all the Zillow listings gone?

For those consumers that rely on Zillow as their primary source to find homes for sale, there has always been an issue with accuracy. Zillow previously relied on “syndicated” listings through an agreement with company called ListHub. Since there wasn’t a direct connection to the original source of those listings, meaning the local MSL, there was inherently a delay in the information being updated.


But that agreement expired on April 7th, so now most (but not all) of the homes listed by REALTORs have been removed. At a minimum, those that remaine aren’t being updated at all.


That leaves Zillow with mostly homes listed on their site by homeowners themselves. This means the Make Me Move or For Sale By Owner categories now dominate the listings that appear on the website.


Listings Provided By IDXSince this website utilizes an Internet Data Exchange (IDX) agreement to access listing information directly from the Denver MLS, this website is not effected by the changes at Zillow. Here, the consumer will continue to receive up to date information on homes for sale.

Not only does this website have all the listings the consumer wants, but also provides additional detail on each property. Tabs for each property’s Walk Score or a list of local school rankings provided by GreatSchools are easily accessed below the property description.

Park Hill Bungalow Open House

Park Hill Bungalow Open House

I recently help open this move-in ready Park Hill bungalow. This story and a half with a finished basement and updated kitchen has nearly 2300 finished square feet.

The home is located within the coveted boundaries of East High School and it has 3-bedrooms and 2-baths, including a 3/4 bath in the master bedroom. It is also only blocks from City Park, the Denver Zoo, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

There are two fireplaces, one in the living room and the other in the basement rec-room. The second floor can be used as a second study or nursery. The large corner lot is fenced and includes a private patio and 2-car garage.

Park Hill Bungalow at 1855 Bellaire St, Denver, CO

For a private showing, call John at 303-547-7578.


Coat Drive for the Action Center

Coat Drive for the Action Center

Today kick’s off the Perry & Co. coat drive to support the Action Center. Coats can be dropped off at any of the Perry & Co. offices between October 23rd and November 3rd.


Cherry Creek North: 2902 E Fillmore St – Sunday thru Saturday
Cherry Creek East: 101 S Madison St – Monday thru Friday
Village Shops at the Landmark: 5375 Landmark Pl – Monday thru Friday

The Action Center’s mission is to promote pathways to self-sufficiency through intervention, prevention, and connection.

As winter approaches and the Action Center identifies families in need of intervention, the donated coats will be provided as a basic human need.

Perry & Co Coat Drive

 If you would like your donations picked up, give John a call at

Overlooks Cheesman Park

Overlooks Cheesman Park

Cheesman Park is one of Denver’s most desirable neighborhoods. But how would you like to live right on the Park? When I held 1291 High Street open one Sunday afternoon, I had a great time “people watching” off the back patio.

Overlooks Cheesman Park

View from the back of 1291 High St in Denver, overlooking Cheesman Park.

This luxury townhouse has a private and gated courtyard that provides direct access to Cheesman Park. The open floor plan of nearly 3,000 square feet is freshly painted and has new carpet, making this home “move in ready.”

This wonderful location is only minutes from Downtown Denver, but the two car garage with gated entry means you never have to worry about parking in this vibrant neighborhood. Making it easy to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens Chihuly Installation, or grab a cone at nearby Liks Ice Cream Shop.

If you want to take a look inside, give me a call and I will happily arrange a private showing. A comparable unit in the building next door sold for almost the exact same price in July and was only on the market for 10-days.

With the inventory of Denver real estate still near record lows, this home won’t last long either.





Stapleton Pool Schedule and Dog Daze

Stapleton Pool Schedule and Dog Daze


Family Nights at the Stapleton Pools

There aren’t many left, but one pool stays open until 7:45 Monday through Thursday. The schedule is below:


Back To School Pool Schedule Beginning August 18th, 2014

Puddle Jumper
Jet Stream
Runway 35
Labor Day (9/01)

Dog Daze at F-15 Pool (2831 Hanover St)

A happy dog at the Stapleton poolphotograph courtesy of www.stapletondenver.com

Every year, before the MCA drains the pools, they open up F-15 to the dogs of Stapleton. Dogs are divided by weight, under 40 pounds and over 40 pounds and the registration fee is $5 per dog ($10 at the door). All proceeds this year will benefit the StinkBug Project. Registration began today and there is a limit of 200 dogs per group. So register early!

Small Dog Registration

Large Dog Registration

This year’s event will be held on September 7th. Each group of dogs will have about an hour to socialize and swim. There will even be a DJ. The small dogs have the pool from 1:00-1:45 and the large dogs take over from 2:00-3:00. The pool must be cleared between the two groups. There are a few rules as well:
-Remember to bring doggy bags to pick up your dog’s waste
-Please remember to pick up your dog’s waste – it is your responsibility to manage your pet at the event
-You may not swim with your dog (it’s a health & safety concern)
-Event staff will be located around the pool to assist dogs

If you have any questions, contact the MCA at 303.388.0724.

Mission: Wolf and The Cottonwood Institute

Mission: Wolf and The Cottonwood Institute

Mission Wolf in Westcliffe, CO

Hi! I’m Denver Kid and my class took a 4-day camping trip to Mission: Wolf with the Cottonwood Institute in May. Mission: Wolf is a sanctuary for rescued wolves and horses in Westcliffe, Colorado.

Our class built a fence, fed the wolves and got to go in their enclosures to meet them. We learned that wolves are a keystone species and how they impact the ecosystem. Mission: Wolf teaches visitors about respect for animals and the environment. I could have stayed there for a month!

For more info and to support rescued wolves visit www.missionwolf.org. To find out more about awesome outdoor educational programs, go to www.cottonwoodinstitute.org.


Stapleton This Weekend: 6/27 – 6/29


Lots of great activities in Stapleton this weekend! Hope the weather holds for Gravity tonight!

Friday, June 27

Friday Night Flight @ the West Crescent, 7 – 9 pm

Movie on the Green – Gravity, starts at sunset

Saturday, June 28

Sweet William Market @ the Green, 9 am – 2 pm

SUN Block Party, throughout Stapleton

Sunday, June 29

Farmers Market @ the Green, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

For a complete calendar of Stapleton events, visit www.stapletondenver.com


Rocky Mountain High… Rents

Rocky Mountain High… Rents

With rents at an all-time high along the Front Range, it is an ideal time to consider buying. This goes for current renters as well as potential real estate investors.

For real estate investors:

  • Vacancies are low
  • The metro Denver area continues to attract new residents
  • Build outs of new rentals are not keeping pace with demand

For renters who want to become homeowners:

  • A mortgage payment could be lower than your rent payment
  • Landlords may let you our of your lease if they can charge someone else higher rent
  • You can avoid a rent increase when it is time to renew
  • FHA down payments can be as low as 3%

Homes are selling briskly as well, with the average Denver area home staying on the market for just under 20-days. Buyers should be prepared to move quickly on homes that meet their criteria.

Steps for buyers to get the best result in shopping in today’s market:

  • Talk to a lender and get pre-qualified
  • Work with a Realtor who understands your specific needs
  • Choose a Realtor with a large network who can alert you to listings before they come on the market
  • View properties as soon as possible – that great house may already be under contract by the weekend


It’s Always Stormy (Lately) in Denver – Protect Your Plants

IMG_0492Lately it seems like we have a hail storm every other day in Denver. The first big hail storm came the day after my family had planted some flowers in containers on our front porch (see the results to the left).

The best way to save your plants (and keep your money and gardening efforts from going to waste) is to be prepared with some basics from the local home improvement center. Have 5-gallon buckets, trash cans and tarps on hand to cover plants before a storm. Old blankets will work in a pinch and can protect delicate foliage from being shredded by hail. For details check out this Gardening 101 article from The Examiner.

In the event that your plants are already damaged by hail, you may be able to salvage them following the tips in this article from Gardening Know How.

Happy gardening!