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Neighborhood Weekend SpotLight: March 13 – 15, 2015

Looking for something to do in your neighborhood over the weekend? Check out our weekly SpotLight events for some great suggestions. Have an event you’d like to include in the future? Email it to info@porchlightgroup.com with “Weekend SpotLight” in the subject line.

This week’s SpotLight includes events in LoDoCity Park WestNederlandPotter HighlandsNorthglennHighlands RanchElyria SwanseaArvada and Auraria, not to mention our Open Houses!

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Friday, 3/13, 10am – 7pm
St. Baldrick’s Foundation Head Shaving Event at Fadó Irish Pub. This annual head-shaving event brings the community together to raise money and awareness to help fight children’s cancer. This year, more than 500 shavers and volunteers will gather under the razors—including seven brave men and two amazing women from PorchLight! The PL team has raised more than $12,000 and will get shorn at 4:50pm.
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February Denver Market : Will the bubble burst?

The recent tremendous growth in Denver real estate values is leading some to compare the current market to the 2007 real estate housing bubble.

But understanding the differences in the markets could make you a savvy investor instead of a hesitant one. There’s still plenty of room—even in this “seller’s market” to buy low and sell high—as long as you know where the smart investments are.

Pre-Bubble vs. Current Market for Denver: What’s Different?

  • Pre-Bubble: Buyer demand was driven largely by 100% financed, sub-prime loans
  • Current Market: Buyer demand is being driven by a growing population in Denver, coupled with buyer-friendly—but still fiscally responsible—low mortgage rates.
  • The credit industry is much more conservative, and more highly regulated, than it was in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

Pre-Bubble vs. Current Denver Housing Markets: What’s the Same?

  • Record year-over-year growth in home prices
  • Buyer demand exceeds supply
  • Historically low days from listing to contract. Currently we are averaging about 50% of homes selling within the first 7 days.
  • The odds of a listing entering the market and resulting in a sale in the first 30 days is up from about 25% to nearly 60% in 2015 and climbing.

Just because the market growth resembles that of the pre-bubble era, doesn’t mean we should all prepare for the bubble to burst or the fall to sky. Very natural economic factors are fueling the market such as job creation and migration into Denver. As long as you have the right real estate agent on your side, you can find a home that will continue to appreciate and will be a wonderful investment for years to come.

Neighborhood Weekend SpotLight: March 6 – 8, 2015

Looking for something to do in your neighborhood over the weekend? Check out our weekly SpotLight events for some great suggestions. Have an event you’d like to include in the future? Email it to info@porchlightgroup.com with “Weekend SpotLight” in the subject line.

This week’s SpotLight includes events in Boulder, RiNo/Five PointsBakerWestminsterHampdenLittleton, LoDo, Windsor and Aurora, not to mention our Open Houses!

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Friday – Sunday, 3/6 – 3/8, 10am – 1am
Boulder International Film Festival at venues throughout Boulder. Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, the Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. This year marks the 11th festival, and will include The Wrecking Crew as the opening night film, Racing Exhibition as the closing night film and an evening with Emmy-nominated Alan Arkin.
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Neighborhood Weekend SpotLight: February 27 – March 1, 2015

Looking for something to do in your neighborhood over the weekend? Check out our weekly SpotLight events for some great suggestions. Have an event you’d like to include in the future? Email it to info@porchlightgroup.com with “Weekend SpotLight” in the subject line.

This week’s SpotLight includes events in Lincoln ParkBerkeleyCity ParkStapletonNorthglennFive PointsGreenwood Village, and Boulder, not to mention our Open Houses!

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Friday, 2/27, 6pm
Literature & The Chicano Movement at Museo de las Americas. In conjunction with the current Chicano exhibit, the Museo de las Americas welcomes Manuel Ramos, Mario Acevedo and Flor Lovato for a night of conversation and literature celebrating Chicano identity. The three authors—who’ve written everything from mystery to supernatural fiction and poetry—have deep roots in the Chicano history of Denver, and will make for interesting conversation.
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PorchLight Mentions Around the Web

PorchLight Real Estate Group was recently mentioned as the “go-to” resource by Job Dash for those thinking about moving to Denver. The entire article is below.

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Should You Move to…Denver?

Feb. 6, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

The Seattle Seahawks might have soundly defeated the Denver Broncos in this year’s Super Bowl, but the opposing team’s hometown is gaining traction as a top jobs provider in 2014. Sure, Seattle has a slight advantage on the labor market with a current unemployment rate of 5.9 percent compared to Denver’s 6.7 percent (figures RiseSmart used to accurately predict the Super Bowl victor), but the Mile High City is growing and employing at a steady pace.

Denver ranked 6th in Forbes’ August 2013 list of the Best Places for Businesses and Careers based on combined factors of past and future job growth, cost of living and business, educational attainment, and projected economic growth. Forbes’ findings are similar to those of NerdWallet’s Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2014 with Denver coming in 4th for job availability, city growth, and cost of living.

At least Peyton Manning can rest easy knowing his adopted city is resilient and strong.

So, if you can take or leave the Seahawks—or maybe just aren’t sold on Seattle—Denver could be your ticket to a winning job search. But before you relocate, review our Denver highlight reel to see if it’s worth a move for employment.

Vibe

These days, any mention of Denver might trigger impromptu sing-alongs to John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High,” Colorado’s unofficial anthem since 1972 and, more recently, a convenient allusion to the state’s new law legalizing marijuana. But the original “high” praises the state’s impressive altitude and mountains for days.

If you love the great outdoors you’re in luck: Denver is a popular destination for skiing, camping, biking, hiking, and other activities involving fresh air, great heights, and wide open spaces. Since healthy people are often happy people, Denver residents tend to be approachable and laid back. Which isn’t to suggest locals aren’t plugged-in and moving forward. In fact, the city is quickly becoming a hub for startups—an alternative Silicon Valley with a lower cost of living and an arguably more favorable work/life balance.

Eat and Drink

Denver is passionate about beer. The city boasts 22 craft breweries (just a short drive from where Coors pours) with several companies offering guided tours to help narrow down your favorites among a bevy of solid options. You can also plot your own taste test of Denver’s best brews alongside selections from participating vendors representing other U.S regions at the annual Great American Beer Festival. It’s a great way to expand your palate and engage with the local community.

Denver’s Blue Moon Brewing Company at the Great American Beer Festival. Photo credit: DJ Speiss

If beer isn’t your beverage of choice, try Mile High Spirits, a handcrafted, small-batch distillery featuring an on-site tasting lounge that often invites nearby food trucks down to complement cocktails with tasty, homegrown bites. Despite what celebrity chef Mario Batali has to say, Denver’s food scene boasts plenty of “talented, intelligent and unpretentious” industry players producing dishes that speak to the city’s open, inviting culture. Notable eateries in 2014 include Uncle, ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, Old Major, Beast + Bottle, Biker Jim’s, and Root Down.

Sports and Recreation

In 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper continued his mission to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation, efforts that date back to 2006 when, as Denver’s mayor, he spearheaded Greenprint Denver. The successful green-initiatives program helped lay the groundwork for one of the country’s first large-scale municipal bike-sharing system, now operating as Denver B-Cycle, which should play a critical role in Hickenlooper’s new plan to increase the number of urban bike commuters from 1.6% to 10% by 2018. Current Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is also a proponent of increased bike sharing (he stood to win a custom bike of his own in a friendly Super Bowl wager with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray).

Of course, plenty of Denver cyclists take their riding off-road, too. Many Colorado “Front Range” trails are within close range of Denver proper where fat tires and all ages are welcome. Routes vary in difficulty but you should have no problem locating the right path for your interests and abilities. Research trails online or pick up a guidebook from Denver’s tourism agency. You could also connect with one of several businesses specializing in guided mountain bike tours.

Winter Park Resort

Denver is arguably not as ideal for skiers and snowboarders as are Vail, Aspen, and Telluride, however its relative proximity to fresh powder at Winter Park, Loveland, Eldora, and Echo Mountain makes a 70-minute drive well worth taking. Add another 20-30 minutes to your trip to experience Breckenridge, Keystone, and Copper Mountain resorts.

For the organized sports fan, check out Denver’s seven professional league teams—Broncos (football), Rockies (baseball), Nuggets (basketball), Avalanche (soccer),Mammoth (lacrosse), Outlaws (lacrosse), and Barbarians (rugby).

Entertainment

Denver’s music scene stepped into national headlines in 2013 when charming indie-folk trio, The Lumineers, hit it big with their sweet, simple, catchy tune, “Hey-Ho.” Time will tell whether the young act’s staying power is comparable to fellow Denver export, Devotchka. The multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble gained prominence on indie radio airwaves and on-stage at venues across the country for a captivating live show (often accompanied by aerial dancers). The same qualities that attract tech workers to Denver—reasonable cost of living; convenient travel hub) apply to musicians, as well. Resident bands and touring acts can be found most nights at small-to-medium-sized clubs including The Bluebird, Larimer Lounge, Meadowlark, and the Hi-Dive.

In spring and summer months, head to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a stunning, naturally occurring outdoor venue located 15 miles west of Denver in Morrison, Colorado. Musical performers scheduled for the 2014 season include James Taylor, Chromeo, John Prine and Emmylou Harris, The Head and The Heart, and Devotchka with the Colorado Symphony!

Take The Kids

Denver Art Museum
Besides a multitude of family-friendly outdoor activities readily accessible through Denver parks and mountains, the town is also home to multiple institutions sure to please visual arts enthusiasts (Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art), history buffs and hobbyists (Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum, Forney Museum of Transportation), and curious minds of all ages (Downtown Aquarium, Children’s Museum of Denver, Butterfly Pavilion, Dinosaur Ridge, Denver Zoo).

Commute

In addition to its ongoing efforts to facilitate metro cycling, Denver boasts a progressive light rail and bus system with affordable options for commuters and incentives for employers to purchase annual employee passes.

Denver Light Rail

Housing

Denver rental rates seem to be increasing relative to the influx of tech workers who aren’t quite ready to commit to owning an area home. If you’re ready to take the plunge, now is a great time to purchase property in Denver. If traveling by car, start budgeting for snow tires—winter driving conditions can be challenging for those new to icy roads.

Just the Facts

Median Household Income: $60,699
Median Home Price: $250,400

“We’re Hiring”

Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation lists eight industries responsible for Denver’s continued economic expansion: Aerospace, Aviation, Bioscience, Broadcast and Communications, Energy, Financial Services, Health and Wellness, and Information Technology-Software. What does that mean for job seekers? Skilled IT professionals are in high demand and generally have their pick of both establish and up-and-coming companies to join. There are also plenty of opportunities for healthcare practitioners, from surgeons and pediatricians to pharmacists (annual salary averages $114,000). The Bureau of Labor Statistics also points to postsecondary educators as some of Denver’s higher-wage earners. And, in keeping with the city’s reputation for outdoor adventures, 27 of Outside Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work are Denver-based, including the list’s No. 1 pick: Groundfloor Media.

Start your search: Looking remotely for jobs in Denver? Online job boards can spotlight openings, but if you have your sights set on a specific field consider heading straight to the source—in other words, check out company websites for positions that might not be listed elsewhere. Interested in Denver’s IT world? Try Built In Colorado and Startup Hire. If you prefer to meet with career counselors in person, check out one of Denver’s severalworkforce development centers. And, of course, JobDash can help you organize and manage your findings, keeping you on track throughout the process.

That’s it for now. We’ve only touched on a handful of things that make Denver ideal for many job seekers. Let us know what we missed and stay tuned for more Market Spotlights featuring additional cities where you just might get hired.

Neighborhood Weekend SpotLight: February 20 – 22, 2015

Looking for something to do in your neighborhood over the weekend? Check out our weekly SpotLight events for some great suggestions. Have an event you’d like to include in the future? Email it to info@porchlightgroup.com with “Weekend SpotLight” in the subject line.

This week’s SpotLight includes events in GoldenWindsorLittletonHighlands RanchLincoln ParkFive Points/RiNoWash Park WestWestminster, and Congress Park, not to mention our Open Houses!

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Friday, 2/20, 9:30am – 9:30pm & Saturday, 2/21, 10am – 11pm
Colorado Environmental Film Festival at the American Mountaineering Center. The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is an exciting, inspiring, and energizing event that includes world-class environmental films with representatives from local and national organizations. CEFF will screen features, shorts, films by foreign and local filmmakers and films by young filmmakers and for youth. True to the spirit of Colorado, this event is supported and attended by people who value the natural world and share a passion for the power and beauty of film.
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Neighborhood Weekend SpotLight: February 13 – 15, 2015

Looking for something to do in your neighborhood over the weekend? Check out our weekly SpotLight events for some great suggestions. Have an event you’d like to include in the future? Email it to info@porchlightgroup.com with “Weekend SpotLight” in the subject line.

This week’s SpotLight includes events in Elyria SwanseaAuroraLovelandFive Points/RiNoBoulderLone TreeGolden TriangleWashington/Virginia Vale, and Parker, not to mention our Open Houses!

Westminster Kennel Club Holds Press Conference Ahead Of Dog ShowSpotLight Elyria Swansea
Through Monday, 2/16
The Denver Dog Show at the National Western Complex. Thousands of dogs and their owners will gather for this competition of conformation, agility, obedience and rally. The 20th Annual Rocky Mountain Cluster features both shows and trials, and also welcomes a host of vendors selling dog-related goods. Tickets are just $5 each, children under 12 are free.
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Neighborhood Weekend SpotLight: February 6 – 8, 2015

Looking for something to do in your neighborhood over the weekend? Check out our weekly SpotLight events for some great suggestions. Have an event you’d like to include in the future? Email it to info@porchlightgroup.com with “Weekend SpotLight” in the subject line.

This week’s SpotLight includes events in Lincoln ParkElyria SwanseaArvadaAuroraDowntown DenverCity Park WestLittletonBoulder, and Wash Park West, not to mention our Open Houses!

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Friday, 2/6, 6 – 10pm
Art of Winter 2015 Closing Party at Battery621. Celebrate First Friday and the art and artists of this fantastic show! Now in its fifth year, Art of Winter was originally launched as a public complement to the SIA Snow Show. What began on Larimer Square as a small, two-part exhibition of independent ski and snowboard brands and original works of upcycled art, is today a city-wide showcase of ideas, innovations, and ebullience that the Colorado winter gives rise to.
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Neighborhood Weekend SpotLight: January 30 – February 1, 2015

Looking for something to do in your neighborhood over the weekend? Check out our weekly SpotLight events for some great suggestions. Have an event you’d like to include in the future? Email it to info@porchlightgroup.com with “Weekend SpotLight” in the subject line.

This week’s SpotLight includes events in Downtown DenverPlatt ParkCongress ParkNederlandLovelandGolden TriangleLittleton, Boulder, and Berkeley, not to mention our Open Houses!

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Friday & Saturday, 1/30 & 1/31, 9am – 6pm;
Sunday, 2/1, 9am – 1pm

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show at Colorado Convention Center. The SIA Snow Show delivers the largest, most concentrated and authentic trade event in the snow sports industry. It is the first time globally that the styles, technologies, innovations, culture and energy of snow sports for ’15/’16 will be presented. While it’s industry professionals who meet to engage in business, networking opportunities, parties, brand events and seminars on the trade-show floor, look for events across Denver open to the larger community.
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Neighborhood Weekend SpotLight: January 23 – 25, 2015

Looking for something to do in your neighborhood over the weekend? Check out our weekly SpotLight events for some great suggestions. Have an event you’d like to include in the future? Email it to info@porchlightgroup.com with “Weekend SpotLight” in the subject line.

This week’s SpotLight includes events in LoDoBrightonCommerce CityCheesman ParkGolden TriangleDowntown DenverCity Park, Broomfield, and Highlands Ranch, not to mention our Open Houses!

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Friday, 1/23, 6 – 8pm
Black Sheep Fridays: Devo v. Bowie at MCA Denver. Head to the MCA Café for the first weekly Black Sheep Friday of the new year! The popular Black Sheep series brings together some of Denver’s best and brightest artists, musicians, crafters, dancers and more to be a part of a night of pure entertainment. Tonight’s offerings include a karaoke showdown—David Bowie versus Devo—whose frontman Mark Mothersbaugh has an exhibition called “Myopia” currently in the museum.
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