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Funny Street Signs

That line, made famous by Shakespear, is a great quote.  Look around the room you are in right now and ask yourself how you would feel about any item had it another name?  Have you thought about the name of the street on which you live?  Did the name, the commonality or the ease at which you can spell it have any affect on your decision to buy it? 

Can we all agree that names are sometimes fascinating?  I mean, who comes up with some of them?  While showing homes to a client today we drove down Motsenbocher Way when two interesting topics arose:  1) How much is a homes saleability affected by the name of the street on which it sits?  2) What’s a Motsenbocher? 

While we surmised that Motsenbocher was most likely someone’s name the interest in this subject remained.  Our interest was further fueled by another street we came across on Rhyolite Way.  For 20 points what is a Rhyolite?  After a quick Google search it was discovered to be volcanic rock. No Name Road Sign

When people are shopping for homes how much attention is paid to the street on which it resides?  Think about this: have you ever told someone your address over the phone?  How many times did you have to spell it?  Is there enough pain in spelling more than three times the name of your street to a delivery person? 

While contemplating this topic I was reminded of a couple of my favorite street names in the Denver Metro Area. 

Off the wall: It would be difficult (to me at least) to tell people that I live on Jackass Road.  I didn’t stutter when I said: Wewatta Street.  Kalamath doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.  While being good for entry to Coors Field, Wazee Street’spotential may be limited.  Another couple Denver favorite’s are Champa and Wynkoop. 

Politics?  Would it be tough to live on Democrat Drive? How about Republican Mountain?  

My all time Favorite?  I can’t say this one without grinning…my ultimate favorite street name in Colorado?  Erfert Street.

What are some of the funny names that you have seen in and around your neck of the woods? 

Look through this list of Denver Homes for Sale and see if there are any names that would cause you to think twice about buying.

Alan Strange |  The Strange Team

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Specializing in Metro Denver Real Estate ranging from REO/Short Sales to Luxury to New Builds. 


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Buffalo Wild Wings has opened a new location in the Larkridge Shopping Center in Thornton, CO. Over 200 people waited outside the grand opening early one morning in September in hopes of being one of the first 100 people to receive a coupon book good for free wings for one year.

Here’s some info from their site:

 Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar® is one of the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Restaurant Chains in the country, and our concept is more than just a NY-styled wing joint with 14 signature sauces.  We are also a sports bar, complete with a full menu featuring from salads to appetizers to burgers, and a variety of speciality items.  All served in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere where people like to hang out with friends, play trivia on our Buzztime® Trivia system and watch their favorite games on one of our many big-screen TVs.  
Wild Wings has made it’s new home at Larkridge Shopping Center which is located at Highway 7 and Washington. The shopping center offers many other conveniences such as Costco, Sears, Petco, Home Depot and several restaurants such as Famous Dave’s BBQ, Gunther Toody’s and Village Inn.

Their address is:

Buffalo Wild Wings

16540 N. Washington Street
Thornton, CO 80023-8964
Phone: 303-524-3800

Store Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 11AM to 1AM
Fri-Sat: 11AM to 2AM
Sun: 11AM to 12AM

Several nearby neighborhoods in the area are:

North Range Village offers many different single family homes available from a couple different builders.  Centered around a Thornton Parks and Open Space designated park this neighborhood has lots to offer including the close proximity to every convenience imaginable.  Below is a link for all currently active homes for sale in North Range Village. 

North Range Village Homes for Sale

The Haven located in Thornton, Colorado at York and 144th Ave is a spacious neighborhood both in layout and in the homes available to own.  Centered on a community pool this neighborhood has tons of trails, parks and open space.  There are several models to choose from and Silver Creek Elementary School is located in this neighborhood.

The Haven Homes for Sale

Quail Valley located in Thornton, Colorado at the south-west corner of 144th and York has a great collection of homes from which to choose.  This neighborhood has lots of trails and is located just south of the Big Dry Creek Open Space designated by the city of Thornton as protected space.

Quail Valley Homes for Sale

Join Alan Strange and The Strange Team in welcoming another great business to the Thornton, Colorado landscape.  Alan and his team have been serving in the Denver Metro market for nearly 10 years.  For more information on market activity and to find out whether the market has stabilized in your area visit our website on the Colorado Real Estate Market.

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According to www.FinancialStability.gov two new plans were initiated to help struggling homeowners.  The details on those follow:

PROGRAM #1: Refinancing For Strong Borrowers 

If you are a homeowner who is current on your mortgage payments but unable to refinance to a lower interest rate because your home value has decreased, you may be able to refinance. (program begins immediately and run until 6/2010)

Who may qualify:
1. The home in question must be your primary residence.
2. It must be a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan (conventional loan).  If you don’t know contact: 

Fannie Mae, 
1-800-7FANNIE (8am to 8pm EST).
Freddie Mac
1-800-FREDDIE (8am to 8pm EST)

3. The mortgage must be current: “Current” means that you haven’t been more than 30-days late on your mortgage payment in the last 12 months.
4. The value of your home must be about the same or less than the current value of your house.

PROGRAM #2: Remodifying Loan Terms For At-Risk Borrowers

Making Home Affordable Modifications

If you can no longer afford to make your monthly loan payments, either because your interest rate has increased or you have less income or you are experiencing a hardship that has increased your expenses (like medical bills), you may qualify for a loan modification to make your monthly mortgage payment more affordable. Millions of borrowers who are current, but having difficulty making their payments and borrowers who have already missed one or more payments may be eligible. (program begins immediately, new borrowers are accepted until 12/31/2012)

Who may qualify:
1. The home in question must be be your primary residence.
2. The amount owed on your first mortgage must be equal to or less than $729,750.
3. Are you having trouble paying your mortgage?  An example would be if have you had a significant increase in your mortgage payment OR reduction in your income since you got your current loan OR you have suffered a hardship that has increased your expenses (like medical bills).
4. The current mortgage must have been created before January 1, 2009.
Go to the website for the links necessary for guidelines and more detailed information in how to apply and to learn how the loan is modified.

If you or someone you know is faced with either of the above situations and you would like more information we would be glad to help.  We have consultants waiting for you call and can help with home retention or foreclosure prevention.  Don’t hesitate to see what your options are. 

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