Archives for: April 2008


Permalink 09:22:49 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 113 words   English (US)

Live in Downtown Denver

I would love it if you became one of my neighbors! And I can help you find your perfect home in downtown Denver. I'm attending this event and hope that you might join me.

CenterYourself: LiveDowntownDenver Housing Event
April 17th

5:00 - 7:00 pm
Oxford Hotel - Grand Ballroom
1600 17th Street


Browse a diverse selection of both for-sale and rental housing options in Downtown!

One on one interaction with leasing agents and developers!

Bring a friend and make a night of it!

Complimentary appetizers!

Free cocktails!

Appetizer special from McCormick's Fish House & Bar!

Prize drawings every half hour from Denver Pavilions, Denver Botanic Gardens and Larimer Square!

Please RSVP at or call 303.571.8205


Permalink 05:42:23 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, Real Estate, 338 words   English (US)

Is It Okay to Toot My Own Horn?, featured a story last week about Keller Williams Realty agents who received awards last year. I just found out today. Cheers to my 1 second of fame, Yay!

Here's the article in case the link above doesn't work:

Contributed by: Laurie Anderson on 4/8/2008

The Colorado Region of Keller Williams Realty celebrated its success at its annual awards ceremony, and the Denver Downtown Market Center (2751 Alcott Street) was honored with numerous awards for top producing groups, teams and individuals.

Kirstan Marks received a Rookie of the Year award for her contributions to the company's success. Sanders and Associates was awarded as a Double Platinum Team, and The Duncan Team received a Platinum Group award.

A Double Gold Group award was received by The Montanez Group. The Merritt Group was honored as a Gold Team award winner, and John Frederics received a Gold Individual award.

A Silver Group award was received by The Guida Group, andA Silver Team award went to Denver Core. The recipient of a Silver Individual award was Molly Zeman.

Hopkins & Saunders, LLC received a Bronze Team award, and Casey DeBell, Kathleen Genereux, Catherine Lennox, Jane Thompson and Allison Smith were awarded Bronze Individual awards.

"We're proud of the accomplishments of all of our agents," said Zach Merritt, Team Leader for the Denver Downtown Market Center. "They are hard-working professionals who continually help our office grow."

With more than 79,000 agents and 659 franchised Market Centers in 45 states and provinces, Keller Williams Realty International is now America's fourth-largest and fastest-growing residential real estate company. Keller Williams Realty franchised the Colorado Region in 1993 and has succeeded by creating a unique agent-focused model that builds partnerships between agents and local ownership through participation in a life-long, profit sharing program. In 2007, Keller Williams Realty International shared more than $44 million in profits with its agents.

In Colorado, the company has 28 locations and more than 2,800 agents. In 2007, Keller Williams agents achieved a sales volume of more than $3.5 billion. For more information, contact Team Leader Zach Merritt at 303-539-5700 or visit


Permalink 11:06:33 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Kirstan's Ramblings, 284 words   English (US)

Kids Build a City

In conjunction with Doors Open Denver, the Denver chapter of The American Institute of Architects holds an event called Box City. This was held yesterday, April 12th at the Wellington Webb building on Colfax (downtown Denver).

I was there volunteering with the Child and Youth Friendly City Initiative. We were collecting voices and informing people about our initiative, but I got the chance to experience one of the coolest activities for kids at the same time.

Box City Denver

The kids start by picking up their permit to build. So at the permit station, they have to decide if they want to build a retail store, school, library, playground, sky-rise, housing, etc. There was a huge map on the floor in the atrium of the Wellington Webb building. Each of the blocks on the map had a specific color outlining the type of zoning that was allowed on that particular block.

You can see a couple of buildings already placed throughout the city. On the far right, two boys built a skyrise that was at least 16 feet tall.
(The photos from my phone do not do this justice)
Box City

After applying/receiving a permit, the kids go to the construction store to pick up all of the materials (boxes and construction paper) needed to build the building.

This was the area where all of the construction took place.
Kids (and a lot of parents) were very creative.
Construction Zone at Box City

When the kids were done building, they would get their picture taken with their building and then take it into the city to be placed on the appropriate zoning area. They left the event with their "Master Builder" certificate and learned a fun lesson in city planning. How cool is that?

Kids Build a City


Permalink 08:57:19 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Kirstan's Ramblings, Real Estate, 469 words   English (US)

Buyers Market Doesn't Mean Everyone Can Buy!

You need to have cash or be qualified from a lender to purchase real estate. It's as simple as that. How about this? Make sure you have your financing ducks in a row before you even start looking at real estate. Why would you do it any other way? If you look, you will find.

I have trusted relationships with experienced, honest mortgage consultants who will educate you, find the best financing product for your situation, stay in communication with you, and work with us as a team in pursuing your real estate investing goals. It's so important that you work with a lender that you trust will be there through the entire transaction and will not leave you sitting at the closing table without your funds.

Lenders have tightened their guidelines. No documentation loans are gone, 100% stated loans are gone, 100% investor loans are gone, sub-prime loans are gone. Loose guidelines from the past 5-10 years are gone and the pendulum is swinging an equal distance back. High LTV 2nd mortgages, jumbo 30 year mortgages and high LTV/low documentation loans are harder than ever to qualify for or find a lender who will allow it. Now more than ever, you need to have a good relationship with a lender and Realtor who can help you navigate through the constantly changing guidelines.


It really is the best time to buy if you go about it the right way. There are amazing opportunities available and interest rates are so much lower than the last time we experienced a true buyer's/investor's market. Conventional financing or FHA government loans are currently the best methods of financing. FHA loans are not just for first-time home buyers, but know that you are going to have to put money down to purchase real estate right now. There are methods available that help people get loans and/or receive gift down payment assistance. My trusted lending partners know about these opportunities, not everyone else does or they might not be doing it above board.

Many Realtors (including me) will not spend their time taking you to look at real estate unless they know that you can afford what you are looking for. And that's not because we don't want to work with you, it's because our time is valuable, you are not our only client (if you were, we could not afford to stay in business), and we need to run our business like a business. I don't have time to serve the general public, I make time to serve my clients who are committed to working with me, will trust my knowledge, and will allow my experience to guide us in the transaction. Anyone can become a Realtor, not everyone can be as good at it as I am.


Permalink 11:35:47 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 168 words   English (US)

A Business Anniversary Celebration

I hope that you might join me next week, Wednesday, April 16th as I will be celebrating my friend's business anniversary with Hazel Miller at Soiled Dove (7401 E. 1st Ave, Denver). This event also benefits a well-known dance company in Denver called Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Tickets are $35 in advance and the event starts at 6 p.m. There will be food, drink, music, networking, dancing, fun, and gifts. More Info, Buy Tickets >

Cindy Kent, owner of A La Carte Gifts and Baskets, is celebrating 12 years of business and she will be the opening act for Hazel Miller.

Hazel Miller is a sought-after performer in Colorado. Hazel has regularly performed with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and was a regular performer on the ETown Radio Show, aired on NPR. She has performed at all the major jazz and music festivals throughout Colorado while maintaining a working band which won the Westword Readers Poll "Best Blues/R&B" band for three consecutive years.

Hope to see you there!
Anniversary Invitation


Permalink 11:43:26 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 73 words   English (US)

This Weekend Devoted to Denver's Amazing Architecture

Doors Open Denver

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend (April 12 and 13), you have the opportunity to tour and visit Denver's most amazing buildings and parks.

Admissions are free, even expert tours are free, but participants must pre-register at headquarters because of capacity. The headquarters is at Union Station (1701 Wynkoop St.) and it will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call 303-282-5073 or visit


Permalink 12:45:11 am, Categories: Background, Kirstan's Ramblings, 293 words   English (US)

The Boys Are Back in Town!

Rockies season is upon us and unfortunately they were swept by the Diamond Backs in their first home opener of the season. Come on guys, what's up with that? It's a good thing that there's no telling how things can end up. Rockies had a terrible start last year and they still ended up in the World Series. It just so happens that Boston is in last place for the start of this season also.

Opening Game at Coors Field

Coors Field

We went to the home opener on Friday. It was a gorgeous day and such a blast. Parties galore and all sorts of craziness occurred. One of our friends barely ate anything, ran off, and was stumbling sick. Luckily, we found her within about 45 minutes. Her hubby had to come pick her up early from the festivities.

Soon after that, I ended up with glass in my foot. Turns out, a beer bottle broke by us. I didn't notice, but others did...then, all of sudden I had this terrible pain in my foot. I wondered around on it for a little bit, then finally looked at it and it was bleeding. Yuck!

When we walked back to our place, we received an offer from someone to buy our place. That was very cool and somewhat unexpected. Chris gave him the grand tour while I cleaned up my foot. Ironically, we are actually going to be selling it soon to move to another hot spot in downtown Denver.

As we were winding down, we made it over to Illegal Pete's for some grub and it was packed out. That grub ended up giving another friend stomach problems all night. What do you guys put in that stuff?

The Rockies didn't show up for us, but we celebrated anyway!


Permalink 11:03:13 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 268 words   English (US)

Please Vote for Denver's Child & Youth Friendly City Initiative

With just a few minutes of your time, we have the opportunity to raise more money, awareness, and support for this important initiative.

Out of more than 4,641 applicants, Denver’s Child/Youth Friendly City Initiative (CYFC) has been selected as one of the Top 20 Finalists in the Case Foundation’s Make It Your Own Awards. Will you please take just a moment to vote for CYFC in the Case Foundation's Make it Your Own Awards? Click Here to Vote!

We need Denver’s Child/Youth Friendly City Initiative to become one of the Top 4 finalists so that the initiative has the opportunity to receive $25,000! Visit, or click on the link below, to vote for this exciting project and three others. Be sure to read about all of the other amazing community projects and then select Denver’s Child/Youth Friendly City Initiative and three other projects you believe deserve the support of the Case Foundation.

Make It Your Own AwardsClick Here to Vote!

Denver’s Child/Youth Friendly City Initiative is a broad-based community effort to establish Denver as the leading child/youth friendly city in the nation. There are currently more than 100 organizations and more than 6000 individuals who have connected to the Initiative’s Community Wide Conversation about what makes or will make Denver child/youth friendly. Members of the Initiative, both youth and adult, are eager to engage thousands more citizens as we begin taking action to make citizen’s ideas for our city a reality.

Denver Child and Youth Friendly City Initiative
More Info >

Now, please help spread the word and tell others to vote for the initiative also!

Thank you!

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Passionately Urban

Welcome to my journey. My name is Kirstan Borne and I'm an active community member, a Denver Realtor, RE investor, property manager, appraiser in training and a business owner. I moved from the suburbs to the city of Denver over 12 years ago. I'm passionate about intelligent and prosperous growth of Denver and state of Colorado. Location Innovators, Llc.

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