2010 was a great year for All Denver Real Estate Blog. Three veteran Denver Realtors joined us as contributing Authors. We totally changed our theme format to be be much more User-Friendly. And, the national real estate portal, Zillow, just awarded this blog the Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Denver Blog.
That raises the question why did we win The Award and what do we do differently than other Denver real estate blogs. After all, aren’t all real estate blogs just fluffy pieces of propaganda promoting Realtors’ self-interest? We try to differentiate ourselves from other bloggers in several important ways. This is a blog that describes Denver, it’s neighborhoods, amenities, events, lifestyles and it’s homes. Some other blogs do a good job of that also. But, there are some differences in this blog. First, it is not written by just one Realtor. We are experts in our own areas of Denver. This city is just too big for any one Realtor to know everything about all neighborhoods and suburbs. The metro Denver area has over 2 million people and over 4500 square miles.
Authors are all specialists in their own expertise, neighborhood or Denver suburb. All have been selling Denver homes for at least 5 years and know their own Denver neighborhoods like the back of their hands. They are not brand new Realtors trying to get to launch new careers by writing articles and hoping you will be the first to use their services. Nobody wants to be a new surgeon’s first patient.
In fact, some of our contributing Authors aren’t even Realtors at all. One is a home inspector. A couple are mortgage loan lenders. We would welcome a homebuyer or seller to write a guest blog to share their experiences and what they learned from the real estate process. That might be about the “good”, the “bad” or even the “ugly”.
Secondly, we are not afraid of controversy. Most real estate blogs can be almost “Pollyannaish” in presenting the state of the current market. They dwell on the silver lining but miss some of the storm clouds. So, we want to express some the harsh realities along with the “feel good” stories and the “optimistic forecasts” for the market to improve sometime soon. We wrote about one theory that “shadow inventory” of homes that will be foreclosed soon will continue to drive prices lower. We even provided an article on the return of the bed beg epidemic. But, we also wrote about improvements in the Denver luxury home market and fun things to do in Stapleton, one of Denver’s new planned Town Center communities that was built where the old airport stood.
Generally, we do think there are some silver linings. But, we are realists. Many of us have been though a Real Estate Recession before. That was in the 1980’s. The rest of us know that this market has been brutal on many Sellers. But, we are also aware, this market has rewarded many Buyers with lower prices, lower interest rates and lower payments on great homes.
In short, we try to report on what you need to about Denver and its homes. We each describe our own neighborhoods and the variety of lifestyles available throughout the metropolitan area. No one blogger could possibly know about all that. But, as a group, we can report on our own neighborhoods so that you see more of the options for living well in Denver.