Nothing to do with Denver Real Estate…

…but how awesome is Richard Paterson? Here’s a good pre-holiday tutorial for you would-be whisky sophisticates, and play close to attention as to how to nose a good Scotch, lest you pay the price. :)

Karl Lueders is a novice Scotch whisky drinker, Denver Realtor and half-cocked half-marathoner. See him on the streets in Las Vegas this weekend trying to run 13.1 miles. @KarlLueders or find me on Fbook.


Denver’s Start-Up Community Adding Steak to the Local Sizzle

The karmic payback for Denver following such a crappy ski season last winter might have been worth the pain of brown ski runs and early closings. Now that the resorts are opening up (finally!), let’s remember a couple highlights of 2012:

  1. This January, FOX News called Denver the place to live and buy real estate. Not a bad prediction: real estate sales have benefited tremendously from supremely low interest rates (albeit artificially sustained) and oddly low inventory (too many homeowners with not enough positive equity). Yet for those fortunate enough to sell, they were welcomed with multiple offers often higher than asking price. Of course, selling a house will turn quickly turn someone into a buyer, relegating them to the shark tank of homebuying. There haven’t been too many complaints about this climate from my end, though.
  2. Colorado has become a battleground state. Not five years ago, Colorado was just another swath of the great midwestern sea of red on every election big board visited by presidential candidates from about 30,000 feet. Of course, now we can’t get them to leave.
  3. Apparently, Colorado will also see a rise in flavored corn and potato snack consumption. Unless, of course, Governor John Hickenlooper convinces the feds to buy out the state’s entire supplies of Cheetos and Goldfish, thereby discouraging recreational users statewide from the cause by denying them the oh-so delicious effect.
  4. More importantly, and curiously close to yours truly, is the emergence of the start-up and requisite incubators to the Denver business landscape. Most notably, although not alone, is the recent arrival of the Galvanize tech campus to the Golden Triangle (my ‘hood), giving entrepreneurs a place to create and reap the rewards of immersing themselves amongst other starts-ups. Some more (oxymoron alert) established start-ups like Forkly and Roximity have already snatched up private suites, but the traditional bullpen atmosphere is what’s being promoted heavily.
  5. And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the major free-agent football pick-upduring the off-season. Cornerback Tracy Porter, Super Bowl hero for the New Orleans Saints from three years ago and proud Indiana University alumnus, has helped shore up the local football team’s secondary.

It’s good to be in Denver.

Karl Lueders is a residential Realtor with The Kentwood Company at Cherry Creek (and IU grad). He can be reached at 720.971.8267, email, Twitter or G+.