Kristin Kleimann was recently interviewed and featured on VoyageDenver online magazine. VoyageDenver's mission is "to promote mom and pops, artists, creatives, makers and small businesses by providing a platform for these hidden gems to tell their stories in their own words." Kristin was thrilled to be included.
Click here for the link to the full interview on VoyageDenver.
From the VoyageDenver website:
"Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Kleimann.
Kristin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Before entering the real estate industry officially, I spent more than 15 years as a communication consultant helping government agencies make complex information clear and usable. As part of my communication consultant work, I worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on the “Know Before You Owe” project to design new mortgage disclosures –the Loan Estimate (formerly the Good Faith Estimate) and the Closing Disclosure (formerly the HUD-1).
These mandatory disclosures were implemented in October 2015 and help consumers choose a mortgage that is right for them and then help consumers understand what, if anything, changed between the loan estimate and closing. They are also help consumers better use, compare, and understand complex mortgage information and terms. The disclosures have been called “understandable,” “transparent,” and “fair.” After working on these forms, I decided to get my real estate license, in part, because I knew I could help my clients better navigate the complex real estate buying and selling process by making it simple, transparent, and personalized. For me, getting my clients into the right house with the right mortgage is a core value.
Has it been a smooth road?
The real estate industry, market, and even the forms we use, are constantly changing and evolving. This is part of what makes being in the industry both exciting and challenging. That said, it requires constantly educating yourself on national, state, and local changes, so you can best serve your clients. I read — a lot.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m a lover of Colorado and Denver, especially when it comes to art, design, food, nature, entertaining, family, and travel. In both my work and home life, my focus is often research and education. I enjoy learning and then sharing useful, usable, and relevant information, with my clients and friends.
I give my clients my full attention and love working hard for them. My clients appreciate my knowledge, expertise, and quick response. It makes me happy to make my clients happy.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The real estate industry is ever evolving and changing.
For instance, in a hot real estate market like Denver, it can sometimes be challenging if a client needs to sell a home before they can buy another. The emergence of i-Buyers (like Zillow Instant Offers, OpenDoor, etc.) can help streamline the selling process by giving sellers the cash they need to purchase a new home quickly. While many of the i-Buying companies have some initial requirements with homes, (some want homes less than 25 years old, or won’t purchase any over a certain amount, etc.) it can be a good option for some clients. Someone thinking of using this model will definitely need to compare cash offers and the costs associated (some charge a “service fee” that is greater than a full-commission;), along with other pros and cons, against the net proceeds they would come away with if they had used a full-commission real estate agent/broker.
The real estate industry will continue to evolve quickly as technology improves and disruption occurs. The client experience will be paramount. A smart agent will need to know how to adapt, or risk obsolescence."
Photos and Article by Kristin Kleimann-Duggan
We made it to see the Ice Castles this weekend and it was well worth it! The Ice Castles are located in Dillon, Colorado and are open until the weather becomes too warm. Teams work to grow more than 5,000 icicles each day so they can build the castles by hand.
We bought our tickets in advance (highly recommended, as they sell out quickly, especially on weekends) and chose the 4:00 pm entry time because we were hoping to experience the Ice Castles in both daylight and at night. This was a decent choice as it was still light at 4:00 and then the castles are lit up at night with LED lights. (5:30 is about when it is getting dark now.) Last year, we went at 5:00pm and this was a better time to go to see the castles in both daylight and lit up. (We spent about an hour there.) Dressing for winter was important and waterproof pants and gloves (especially for the kids) are a must if you plan to crawl around in the caves or go on the ice slides. Warm socks and shoes are a must for everyone. My Mother-in-Law would have done better with her cane as the terrain is not flat. Do not bother with a stroller, it won’t make it.
Currently, hours are 4-9pm Monday and Thursday. On Fridays: hours are 4-10pm; Saturdays: 12pm-10pm; and Sundays: 12pm-8pm. The ice castles are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Ticket prices vary by the day and whether you purchase standby tickets or not. Adult prices range from $16.99 to $20. 99. Children (4-11) are $11.99-$15.99. Children under 3 are free. Standby tickets are $20-$25 for adults and $15-$20 for children.
Get there soon to see the Ice Castles before the weather warms. If the Ice Castles return next year, I encourage you to see them. It’s winter magic.
Please visit, www.icecastles.com for more information.
Save the Dinosaur (or Dragon?)! Next Meeting is February 6, 2020 (6pm-8pm) at Slavens Elementary School.
Denver Parks and Recreation is planning to make improvements to McWilliams (Dinosaur) Park.
From the Denver.gov website
"Update as of January 2020:Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) held the first public meeting for this project on Dec.3 with nearly 40 people in attendance. The project schedule and scope were reviewed, which includes making improvements to the playground, picnic area, basketball courts, and stormwater aspects of the Harvard Gulch basin.
DPR and the consultant team are currently reviewing the condition of the 40+ year-old dinosaur structure to determine its structural integrity and compliance with safety standards. The project team is evaluating options to incorporate the feature into the design, or possibly replacing it with a similar feature that meets current playground safety and materials standards.
Please join us for Public Meeting #2 on February 6, 2020.
Project Background:As part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program, DPR will be upgrading the playground, picnic area and basketball court. The redesigned park will be compliant with current safety standards and improve upon the well-known 'dinosaur' playground theme. With your input, these improvements will make the park more accessible and inclusive.
Public Meeting 1: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | Slavens Elementary School
Join DPR for the first public meeting to discuss the neighborhood's priorities as improvements are planned. Find full meeting details.
Public Meeting 2: Thursday, February 6, 2020 | Slavens Elementary School
Join the ongoing conversation regarding the redesign of McWilliams park playground, basketball court and picnic area. Find full meeting details."
Slavens Elementary School Cafeteria, 3000 S Clayton St, Denver, CO 80210
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Shakshuka or Shakshouka, is a dish of eggs poached in a tasty and spicy tomato based sauce and cooked in the oven. It's origin is Mediterranean.
I found this perfect and "foolproof" recipe from "Cookie + Kate." Here is the full link with some more of the origin and history of the dish...
I made a few changes from the original recipe Since I am not a huge fan of red pepper, I omitted the red pepper and used an extra half an onion. (I love onions!) I also omitted the cilantro and instead used parsley and green onions for garnish (see, I really do love onions). It's a super easy recipe and would be wonderful for breakfast, brunch, or as I made it, for dinner. Definitely don't omit serving it with crusty bread. It's a perfect cozy, comfort food.
Come on Spring... :)
Here's the original recipe from Cookie + Kate:
The Stock Show is in town and there's lots to see and do!
This year, parking is free at the National Western lots. We parked at Coors field and took the free shuttle. (Enter parking lot off of Park Ave. and Wazee St.) The free shuttle drops you off outside the South Box Office at the Coliseum.
The Stock Show leaves town next Sunday, January 26 but that day is Guest Appreciation Day. Grounds Admission tickets are $12 for adults, children 3-11 years old are $4, and children 2 and under are FREE.
Here's a link to the Stock Show Schedule of Events:
In addition, Mile High on the Cheap posted an article called "5 Ways to Save on National Western Stock Show Tickets". Here's the link to that:
Yesterday I received my latest issue of Denver Life magazine and tonight I laid down to read through it. To my surprise, I turned to a page and saw my parents' bathroom featured! Their bathroom was designed and remodeled by University Park resident and interior designer, Margarita Bravo. This bathroom is absolutely gorgeous. I'm so pleased for both my parents and Margarita! Congratulations!
If you are interested in reading the article I wrote about Margarita, you can access it by clicking HERE.
If you are interested in reading the full "Renovation Inspiration" artice in the Denver Life magazine, you can access it by clicking HERE.
How can we be less than a month into Winter? Ugh! Guess I'll eat my sadness. :)
My sister in law shared this yummy skillet chicken pot pie recipe with me and I made it for dinner tonight. I mean, how can you go wrong with Pillsbury Grands?
Note: On the advice of my SIL, I let the carrots cook longer to ensure they were soft and then doubled the liquids (and added a little more flour) because the Grands soak up a lot of juice. Turned out perfect!
Recipe is from delish.com. Click on the link below:
Head over to Casa Bonita for entertainment and sopapillas and then over to an art gallery for even more Casa Bonita related entertainment. Next Gallery, located on W. Colfax in Lakewood, is hosting its annual art homage to Casa Bonita February 21-March 8, 2020.
"The Casa Bonita exhibition will be juried, and Next Gallery is accepting artists’ submissions through Feb. 3."
Next Gallery is located at 6851 W.Colfax Ave, Unit B in Lakewood, CO 80214. Their hours are: Friday 6-10 pm, and Saturday & Sunday Noon-5 pm.
For more information, click on the article from the Denver Post below...
Congratulations to our buyers and sellers in November! Lots of new homes for the Holidays...May your holidays be extra special :)
Welcome to Denver's desirable Boulevard One neighborhood. This stunning, high-tech Infinity home (Vue model) features 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and a flexible open-concept floor plan that can be tailored to meet your individual needs. Built in late 2015, this modern, energy-efficient home is teeming with wonderful upgrades including hand troweled walls, home theatre surround sound on all three levels, a designer kitchen and a bedroom and full bathroom on the main floor. The indoor-outdoor connectivity of this home can't be beat, with a front porch that opens on to a linear park and a sliding glass door that connects the low-maintenance backyard to the main floor living area. Bike and walking paths connect this home in minutes to Crestmoor Park, Lowry Town Center and Hangar 2 with Lucky's Market and additional retail space coming soon. Listed at $1,190,000.
For more information, please click here...
We did it...My clients managed to both sell and buy a home on the same day in a little bit of a tougher real estate market than we've seen previously. As the Denver Metro Association of Realtors reports, "Overall in the Denver-area residential market, 6.19 percent fewer homes were sold in July compared to the month prior and there was a slight uptick in days on market and price reductions."
I am so pleased (and relieved) we were able to get this done, and I also appreciate the very considerate review I received:
"The most committed agent in Denver, period.
We always felt like we had Kristin's full attention, and she jumped in to overdrive when we ran in to some hurdles. Our buyer dropped out late in the process, leaving our new dream home in jeopardy. Within hours, Kristin made numerous calls and landed us a new full price offer AND a backup offer. In spite of some market changes and curveballs, Kristin just made it happen.
This is an agent who truly understands the business and how to work with both buyers and sellers. She added significant value on both sides of the transaction, and got us in to our forever home. 110% recommend. -Nick"
Congratulations again on selling your first home and buying your forever home.
Listed at $480,000
Charming, light-filled, recently-updated, mid-century home in Virginia Village with 2 good sized bedrooms on the main floor plus a full bath. There are separate living and dining room spaces and a nice sized kitchen leading out to a covered patio area that includes a tv, projector, and projection screen for outdoor movies. The backyard is a 3-season paradise, great for entertaining. Outside is an oversized detached 2 car garage with workshop, and 2 separate sheds. Downstairs, you'll find a family room/flex space, and a bedroom (non-conforming) with a large walk in closet and attached 3/4 bathroom. (Carpet was just replaced.) Extra space in the basement for storage and laundry. Close to everything: Light rail, I-25, schools, parks, Ester's Neighborhood Pub, University of Denver, shops, restaurants, and the upcoming Glendale 180 district. Move right in and enjoy your new home, backyard, location, and neighborhood!
Many recent upgrades and improvements including new furnace (2019), interior paint (2019), new carpet in the basement (2019), exterior paint (2018), new 6' fence (2018), central air (2015), water heater (2014), and radon mitigation system (2014).
To see more photos, follow the link below:
Price Improvement to $750,000: Cherry Creek North Townhome. (3 bedroom/2.5 bath/1,914 finished square feet)
Price improvement to $750,000.
Lovely, sunlit, and updated Southern end unit in the Carriage Houses at Cherry Creek townhome community. The main floor invites you into an exceptional entertaining space with large, open-concept kitchen, dining, living room, maple floors, large picture windows, a walk-out west-facing deck that overlooks the outdoor pool, and a powder room. Upstairs, there are 2 large ensuite bedrooms and laundry facilities. The East-facing bedroom includes ample closets and a full bathroom with jetted tub, that was redesigned 4 years ago. A second West-facing bedroom has it's own ensuite bathroom and a walk in closet. In the basement, there is a 2 car garage with room for storage, as well as another non-conforming bedroom or office. With a walk score of 90 out of 100, this home is a walker's paradise. Walk to all Cherry Creek North has to offer including highly rated schools, Congress and Cheesman parks, the Botanic Gardens, Cherry Creek mall, and Cherry Creek North shops and restaurants.
View the tour and photos here! Click on link below.
Calling All Business Owners: Donations or Sponsorship Needed for the University Park Elementary School Auction
Hello friends, family, and neighbors!
It's auction season once again for University Park Elementary School (UPark).
If you have a business/goods/talent/service that you would be willing to donate or would be interested in a sponsorship, please consider supporting our school.
(Examples of goods or services donated in the past are bottles of wine, gift cards/certificates, merchandise, spa packages, tickets to cultural events, travel opportunities etc. If you would like more information about the sponsorship packages available, please contact me. There are three different investment levels, starting at $1,000 but also a la cart options that are less expensive.)
The goal this year is to raise $77,000, which goes directly to funding to keep classroom sizes small. This event is organized by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to raise money for the students of University Park Elementary School.
UPark is located in Observatory Park in Southeast Denver, and serves children in kindergarten through fifth grade. It is an ethnically and socio-economically diverse school whose success and growth depend on the support of its parents and the community. Like many schools in Denver and throughout the State of Colorado, UPark faces budgetary challenges that threaten its ability to meet the academic needs of all its students. Therefore, the PTA organizes an annual auction to help bridge the gap. It's one of UPark's most important fundraisers.
The deadline to make a donation or sponsor the event is Wednesday, March 6, 2019. I am happy to send you a donation form. The Auction will be held on April 6, 2019.
Thank you so much for your support!
Kristin Kleimann (parent)
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This recent article from Consumer Reports provides consumers with information about how to save money on mortgage fees by:
1. Obtaining several loan estimates
As the article states, "Your best tool to comparison-shop mortgage fees is a Loan Estimate—a free, standardized form that you can request from each lender." The company I used to work for, Kleimann Communication Group, Inc. and I, prior to entering real estate, helped the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) develop this consumer friendly tool. The Loan Estimate breaks down the total cost of a loan, "so you can compare loans, apples to apples."
Other ways to reduce your fees include:
2. Avoiding or minimize junk fees
3. Shopping for or negotiating on fees you can control
4. Questioning fees that appear to be out of your control
5. Preparing for closing fees you can't avoid
To read the full article and get more detail about how to save money, please click the link below:
303Magazine recently published this wonderful article about 100 Things To Do in Colorado in 2019.
"Sure, it’s nice to have our incredible state highlighted by national publications like USA Today (who just named Winter Park the best ski town in North America) or Vogue (who wrote about the Denver restaurant, bar and street art scene) — but when it comes down to it, we don’t need non-Coloradans telling us why our state is simply the best. From the mountains to the plains, from north to the south and everywhere in between, Colorado has an adventure at every mile marker. Whether you want to travel for art or the outdoors, see the sights in Denver or spend a few nights in a picturesque setting, there is never a dull moment — especially when you have a list of 100 things to do in Colorado in 2019. Some of these are special to the year — as in, you won’t see them in 2020 — and some are the tried-and-true Centennial State bucket list items. Whether you’ve lived here your whole life or just arrived, check off all these activities and thank us later."
To see the entire list and to read the article, please click here:
Written by Kristin Kleimann-Duggan
Are you and your family both train and holiday enthusiasts? Do you like beautiful scenery, holiday lights, meeting Santa, and good food and drinks? Do you enjoy adventures close to Denver? If so, the Santa Express on the Royal Gorge Train Route may be just what you are looking for…
This past weekend, our family and some friends took the 2-hour roadtrip (each way) to ride the Santa Express in Canon City. We decided to stay overnight in Canon City to make the overall trip more tolerable for the young children, oh, and for us. The length of the train trip (2 hours) was perfect, the scenery and holiday lights gorgeous, the experience nostalgic, and the food and drink delicious.
Once you board the train, you are provided hot chocolate and cookies to snack on. As the train starts its journey, they play Holiday music and conduct sing alongs. If it is still light out, you are treated to spectacular views of both the gorge and the Arkansas River, and possibly the sunset. There are a few open air cars that you can go to to really experience the views. Once the train reaches the “North Pole,” which is all done up with lights, Santa and the elves board. The elves come around and give each child a bell from one of Santa’s reindeer. Santa also makes his way to talk to the children and collect their wish lists. We absolutely loved the adventure and highly recommend the overall experience.
For 2018, trips are offered November 16th-December 30th. Trips are scheduled up to four times daily: generally, 9:30, 12:30, 4:30, and 6:30. Some dates are less expensive than others so do check their website schedule. There are several different classes of service offered including Vista Dome, Club, and Coach. The ticket price varies by class.
We opted for the Vista Dome class and purchased our tickets (easily) online in advance. Vista Dome service provided us with 360-degree views, assigned seats at a table (seats are in groupings of four so we were all seated together), and table side food and drink service (food and drink are not included in the ticket price, but purchasing food in advance is an option.) Food, drinks, and the full service bar are available to all classes of service. Passengers are also permitted to visit the open air car as frequently as they’d like and at any point in the trip.
One of the highlights of the tour is seeing the Royal Gorge bridge from a unique vantage point, below it! The Royal Gorge bridge is the world’s highest suspension bridge and is located at the narrowest and deepest point in the gorge. The train stops under the bridge for a few minutes for viewing and for photo opportunities.
A Very Brief History of the Royal Gorge Route
The Royal Gorge route opened in 1879 and cost $11,759 (about $250,000 in today’s dollars) but service eventually ended in 1967 for a variety of reasons. The Royal Gorge historic rail line was resurrected in 1999 with the goal of creating “an entirely new Colorado experience featuring excellent food, friendly service and memorable events while sharing the most spectacular scenery in the Rocky Mountain West” (Royal Gorge Route Railroad “Signal” Publication). The route is run by a private, family owned Colorado company passionate about good food and wine.
Visit: www.royalgorgeroute.com or call 1.888.724.5748
Kristin Kleimann named one of the "Top 15 Denver Real Estate Agents On Social Media In 2018!" by PropertySpark
Kristin Kleimann was recently named one of the "Top 15 Denver Real Estate Agents on Social Media in 2018" by PropertySpark. Kristin came in 13th in their rankings.
From the article:
"These Denver real estate agents are controlling the city’s real estate market after discovering the power of using social media platforms.We’ve researched hundreds of Denver real estate agents’ social media channels and went through a certain process to select the top real estate agents. First, we began by finding Denver real estate agents through different mediums. Then, we looked at objective data regarding the Denver real estate agents’ social media presence across a number of social media channels. Finally, we made sure that the Denver agent who have made it to the final 15 have great social media presence based on subjective variables.
That being said, we present to you the Top 15 Denver Real Estate Agents On Social Media In 2018!..."
For Kristin's section, PropertySpark wrote:
"Looking for an agent who will help you navigate the complex market of Denver? Why not go with an agent like Kristin Kleimann of Colorado Real Estate [actually Edelweiss Realty Co.]. Kristin works with clients to help them understand the processes involved with buying a home but more importantly, she’s ready to help you find that perfect Denver home. Whether it’s a luxury house you are looking for, or a home with a spacious backyard, no matter your needs – Kristin is ready to help. Check out some of Kristin’s listings and tips on the Denver market via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You may find your next purchase in a hashtag just for you!"
Thank you, PropertySpark! I am honored. Guess I won’t get off social media just yet :)
To read the full article, please click on the link below.
Congratulations to my buyers on the purchase of this 1889 Queen Anne style residence is the historic Jefferson Park Denver neighborhood. The neighborhood takes its name from the 5 acre park located in the neighborhood, a former city dump. The neighborhood is part of the original Congressional Grant of 1864 which established Denver’s first city limits, as well as part of the incorporated Town of Highlands... Congratulations!
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I recently got a chance to work with clients returning to Denver after decades away. Congratulations, Scott and Sheila, on putting down new roots in Lone Tree and thank you for the kind review...
"Kristin was amazing! She hustles and fights for her clients! At the same time she guides you in the right direction when it comes to what to negotiate on! Love love loved her!!!" -Sheila
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