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Parker CO Ranked Top 10 in Safety!

This study originated when we at home services app SERVIZ, realized we were failing as many as 1 in 3 home contractors for criminal background checks. Concerned at these numbers, SERVIZ then researched and assembled its groundbreaking new Home Safety Rankings (HSR) Index for over 100 metropolitan areas across the U.S. It's a comprehensive look at statistics and findings on home safety across the U.S., with participation from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and other national organizations.

The list ranked cities according to highly specific home safety and crime statistics, and the results included more than a few surprises, with cities in the Denver Los Angeles, Dallas and San Diego metro areas appearing in the top 10 safest, and with multiple cities in the Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver and other metro areas also falling in the bottom 10 as the least safe.

In addition to our nationwide rankings on 108 cities, the HSR examines the home safety habits and concerns of residents through city page infographics. 

It's a great story that not only shows homeowners vital facts about their own city's potential safety, it also offers important statistics and tips, with insights on such cities as nearby DenverLos Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, New York, Washington D.C., and more.

Some big-picture comparisons and findings at a glance:

  • Parker, CO scored a 64 on our Crime Index (100 is safest), and achieved an overall Home Safety Score of A+.
  • Nearby Denver, meanwhile, scored in the bottom 10, with a Crime Index score of 9 and a grade score of C. Los Angeles’s Home Safety Score was C+, San Diego scored a B-, New York scored a B, and Washington D.C. scored an F.
  • New York ranked 27 on the Crime Index, with 40,599 annual crimes, while Los Angeles ranked 19, with 121,241 annual crimes. Washington ranked 3 on the Crime Index, with 39,966 annual crimes.
  • Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime: 1 in 87 in Parker, 1 in 24 in Denver, 1 in 34 across Colorado. Compare these stats to the rest of the nation: 1 in 33 in L.A., 1 in 41 in New York, 1 in 17 in Washington D.C., 1 in 39 in San Diego, and 1 in 35 across the U.S. (Average)
  • Compare more statistics across Colorado (and against other states) here.

But what’s of greatest concern may be who people nationwide are actually letting into their homes. We found that home service pros failed SERVIZ background checks as follows:

  • 1 in 4 Home Repair Pros failed background checks in Denver.
  • 1 in 9  Home Repair Pros in Los Angeles failed criminal background checks (with as many as 1 in 6 carpet cleaners failing checks)
  • 1 in 6 Handymen in New York and San Diego failed criminal background checks

The full report is full of other vital and useful home safety information too, including how U.S. homeowners prepare for threats to their homes and their biggest safety concerns.

Read this to find out just exactly how Parker, CO received an A+ in the safest cities nationwide:

Just How Big is the Denver Metro Area?



Pretty big and getting bigger.  In the 7 County region including Douglas County but not Elbert) there are over 3.1 million people.  And Denver CO has added 10.5% to its population since 2010.  Not sure how many households 300,000 people is, but this is why we have a sellers market...because we don't have enough listings to match the demand and builders aren't building them fast enough.  Who would have ever thought this was going to happen in 2010?  

Its Painfully Obvious How Hard it is to be a First Time Homebuyer

The inventory is lacking on all levels, but especially for first-time home buyers, which as defined in this article are buying homes averaging $212,500. Why isn't anyone building these types of homes anymore?  Its hard to say...probably not as profitable.  Its only 16.4% of our inventory, and its supposed to be 33%.  They could go back to the good old days in Parker and Denver CO where they built entire streets at a time, and it wouldn't be enough.  If you are selling this type of home you are in the drivers seat for sure.  I have a buyer in this category and the homes we write offers on are usually getting 20-30 showings the first day, and 8-10 offers, and the winning offer is ALWAYS above the asking price...meaning prices are still going to rise unless this madness stops.  

More Renters Than Every Before

Its an interesting phenomenon really, considering the fact that interest rates are still at historical lows.  Despite this fact there are still many who can't qualify for a mortgage or simply don't want one.  And once again, it proves that its a golden time to own a rental property in Denver CO!  The percentage of renters is higher than ever.    It could be a paradigm shift.  As of 2014, 37.8 percent leased rather than owned, and that is a large number.  It would suggest that 38% of the housing in Denver should be rental housing to support this.  

We Had A Good January

January’s indicators showed sizable increases in the number of new listings that came on the market, an indication that sellers are looking to get a jump on the selling season and take advantage of what continues to be a prime seller’s market. January saw 4,148 new listings of homes for sale, a 63 percent increase over last month and three percent more than last year.


Denver Predicted to Win the Super Bowl by!

Everyone has a theory, so we'll see if this hold true. is predicting a Denver Broncos win based on the stock market results for the month of January.  

But check this out.  Every single year the Broncos have been in the Super Bowl the housing market rose!  That is pretty cool.  

If they do win, they look like superstars.  If not...well better luck next time.  

What is a Granny Cottage?

This is a trend that could have some legs to it.  Granny cottages are allowed in Denver?  Who knew?  Why not use all of the land/space you have?  Why not have someone help you pay the mortgage?  It also makes sense why some communities would ban them...because then it may seem like a multi-family community and potentially ruin the character of the neighborhood.  Lots of buyers always tell us they are looking for real estate in Parker, Castle Rock, or Elizabeth where they can have multi-generations live there.  The standard answer these days is "you have to find something for sale with no HOA and pretty far out to be able to pull this off."  Seems like there should be more opportunities for this in Douglas County.  

De-Clutter Now!

Here is the psychology of clutter in a nutshell:

The Six Kinds of Clutter

Just recognizing what kind of clutter it is and having a strategy for tackling it may make it easier to let go.  Here are six basic kinds:

1.  Sentimental Clutter- If you are attached to it, then it is not clutter...maybe this object is loved. Have too many items you consider to all have sentimental value?  Problem.

What to do: Ask yourself: If it’s not important enough for to display, and you don’t find yourself paying attention to it for months on end, it probably doesn’t have the sentimental value you’re assigning it.

2. Gift Clutter- Often we are reluctant to declutter items from friends and family, whether we like the gift, need it, want it, or have room for it. The primary motive for keeping gifts is to not hurt the person’s feelings.

What to do:  Try to mentally separate the item from your feelings of the person, and make every attempt to get rid of it.

3. Dream clutter- most all of us cling to the dream that some day we’re going to get back into something we use to crafts etc.  And because none of us likes admitting that we didn’t accomplish a dream, our “dream clutter” can become overwhelming. 

What to do: As you get rid of this clutter, it’s a lot like giving yourself permission to mark lots of stuff off your “to do” list that you know you’ll never get to anyway.  

4. Expensive clutter- So often we keep an object around because we spent a lot of money on it. Throwing or giving it away just seems like wasting money.

What to do:  Remind yourself that the past is past and you can’t fix what you’ve done with the money by keeping these objects around. In fact, your bad purchases are costing you an emotional toll by adding to the clutter in your life.  

5. Depression Era Mentality- we “might need them some day,” right? But if you haven’t “needed it” in the past few years, chances are you won’t need it in the future.

What to do: Ask yourself how realistic is it to hang on to these things? Can they be replaced if you truly need them? If so—get rid of them.

6. Overwhelming Clutter- we can’t find the desire to move forward because we are overwhelmed. 

What to do: Break down overwhelming tasks into small, bite size chunks, to make the task seem less stressful and more doable.  Take one step at a time, and don’t think about the whole project.

Here are a few articles to help you get started.  Hopefully one of these articles speaks to you and helps you take that first step.


1. The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Decluttering Your Home


2. Declutter 101: Hot to Cut Clutter at Home


3. How to successfully declutter anything in your home!


4.  50 Ways to Leave Your Clutter

Good luck de-cluttering!  As the old saying goes, “Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions!”

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