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If your weekends are looking like mine, there’s not enough time to head to the mountains to take in those fall colors – which are probably peaking as I write this. Luckily, for those of us living in Denver, our fall color display lasts all month – the peak is yet to come.
I love the mountains – don’t get me wrong! – it’s just being raised on the West Coast and then living on East Coast before landing in the middle of our country has given me a high expectations for “fall color.” The changing aspens in our mountains are spectacular, no question, but for color variety, the city of Denver has never let me down in my 25 years of urban leaf-peeping. With our varieties of oak and maple trees, clinging ivies and prairie grasses there’s a vibrant rainbow of colors in your backyard, on your drive to work, school or shopping. Plus, we’ve still got the splendor of those late summer flowers popping along with the changing leaves.
I invite you to open your eyes and celebrate the immediacy and proximity of very own Denver Fall Color Extravaganza. I’ve included photos from my neighborhood – Lowry. Send in photos of your neighborhood color and we’ll post them here. The show is going on right now and will keep you delighted for weeks. Enjoy!
Written by Perry & Co. Marketing Director Lorrie Grillo.
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Heather Parness, former President and COO of Fuller Sotheby’s of Denver, joined Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals as Managing Broker effective September 9, 2009.
A 17-year veteran in the real estate business, Heather Parness‘ experience includes all aspects of the real estate business including sales, management and IT. She joins Perry & Co. President R. Don Larrance, and Vice President Jon Larrance as the new Managing Broker for the firm. Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals is one of the few privately-held boutique residential real estate firms in the Denver Metro area. The company was established in 1971 and today has three offices and over 50 agents.
“We welcome Heather to our company with open arms and excitement about the energy, professionalism, knowledge and experience she brings with her.” said R. Don Larrance, President.
VP Jon Larrance added, “We look forward to working together with Heather and to capitalizing on our combined assets. I am convinced that together we will prepare Perry & Co., and our real estate agents, for even greater success in the coming years.”
The new Managing Broker was introduced at an impromptu meeting of company agents, managers and staff prior to the company’s weekly sales meeting. Agents were overwhelmingly supportive and excited.
“I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be part of Perry & Co. I sought out Perry & Co for the reputation, culture and philosophy that have been ingrained into this company. I have always admired the integrity of Perry & Co. agents, as well as the warmth and generosity of Don Larrance. I feel I can really make a difference in the company’s growth, and continue to foster a strong business model for a boutique real estate company to flourish,” said Parness on her first day on the job. Continuing, “I could not have found a more perfect place to call home!“
Heather started her real estate career in 1992 with Sears and Company, The Team, an independent firm in Greeley, CO. Since getting her start in real estate, she has gone on to work in sales and management for many of Colorado’s top brokerage firms. She joined Fuller Towne & Country Properties in 2002 and was appointed President in April 2005. During her 7-year tenure with Fuller Towne & Country Properties, Heather served in many capacities, including the Director of Technical Operations & Employing Broker. In the past year, she helped the firm transition to their status as the sole Sotheby’s franchise in Metro Denver.
Heather is a member of the Colorado Chapter of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), and serves as the co-membership Chair on their Board of Directors. Additionally, she serves as an area Chair for the Western Region for YPO. She is also a Board member for the DDI of the Downtown Denver Partnership. Heather was awarded Managing Broker of the Year for the Denver Board of Realtors in 2007.
Heather, a Colorado native, is an avid scuba diver and traveler.
“Heather is an amazing person, leader, and real estate professional. I can’t say enough about her reputation – she is fabulous and will surely lead an already terrific Perry & Co. into a whole new stratosphere of success.” – Pam Metzger, Colorado Landmark Realty
For more information about Heather Parness and Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals go to Perryandco.com, Perryandcoblog.com, Twitter.com/perryandco or call Heather directly at 303.399.7777.
Written by Perry & Co. Marketing Director Lorrie Grillo.
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Perry & Co. is pleased to welcome Kirk Hartshorn as a Broker Associate in the Cherry Creek Main office.
A University of Colorado at Denver graduate, KIrk received a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on marketing.
Kirk has 8 years experience in Real Estate sales. Although Kirk has moved about the country a fair bit, he has resided in Colorado for a total of 19 years, and has lived in the Wash Park area of Denver specifically for a total of 10 years.
Kirk proudly says, “I am dedicated to giving my clients my full professional expertise, knowledge and know-how to ensure their ultimate success in purchasing or selling real estate.”
Along with his considerable energy, Kirk brings to Perry & Co. a passion for cycling. In fact, we look forward to reading about Kirk’s journeys on his new blogsite www.westwashparkliving.com.
Welcome to Perry & Co. Kirk!
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Price reduced to 499,000! Denver’s coveted Glasshouse South Tower Unit 516!
This is a true show-stopper with the finest views and finishes! Top of the world views of both Downtown Denver and the beautiful Rocky Mountains. This unique two bedroom two bathroom South Tower Glasshouse condo unit 516 is a gem! This home has been impeccable kept and has been lived in ever so delicately. Go green in the heart of city, from walking out your front door to the local coffee shop, Ink Coffee, to dining at one of Denver’s hot spots, Zengo, not to mention the beautiful bamboo floors. The condo has the perfect mix of city energy outside and tranquility inside. This residence is competitively priced at $499,000. Come take a look as you will not be disappointed!
Written by Perry & Co. Real Estate Agent Courtney Ranson
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It is well acknowledged, if not documented, that the 1999-2004 Porsche Carrera 911 (or 996) is the ugly step-child of the 911 family. Having been born right after the pampered darling, the 993, the much belittled 996 was intended as a leap forward in luxury and performance – a Porsche for the new age.
In my opinion, Porsche accomplished that leap with great clarity – but we’ll get to that later…
The reason the 993 become everyone’s favorite baby is because you need to pamper it (see my earlier post for 993 babysitting instructions). The 993 is fussy and prone to tantrums – take your eye off its’ three oil gauges for more than a month for example and you risk serious engine damage. It always has issues that consume you (but rarely detract from the pure driving excitement), like the heater and AC controls, sunroof operation, overall electronic operation, and I had constant flat tires – although this had more to do with the tire manufacturer than anything (aside: Michelins over Bridgestones always). It takes a considerable effort to drive. The 993 needs you, and your constant attention, and that dependence creates a bond unlike any other vehicle. In fact, some nights you actually go to sleep worried about its’ well-being.
Granted, the 996 is a transitional figure in the Porsche genealogy. It’s a given, that money being no object, every sportscar enthusiast would choose the styling and performance of the current Porsche progeny, (the 997 – 2005-present), over the 996. But the 996 paved the way for the 997 by leaving behind the antiquated air-cooled system for a conventional “water”/radiator engine cooling system, as well as computerized driver aids. No question, the 993 is precise in its turn-in and road-feel. The driver aids of the 996 do take away from this precision with intentional understeer, but the 996 delivers so much more in terms of luxury, information, and comfort, without abandoning that guttural Porsche “thrill factor.”
Compare the figures (“S” versions): 1997 993 – 282HP weighing 3064lbs = a Power-To-Weight Ratio of 1:11 vs. 2003 996 – 320HP weighing 2920lbs = PTW 1:9 (the lower the ratio, the faster the vehicle). If you desire an unadulterated driving experience I would suggest you purchase a 125cc Shifter Kart, which provides a Power-To-Weight Ratio of 1:4.
The Porsche Snobs, sorry Purists, say, “It isn’t a ‘real Porsche’ unless it is air-cooled and rear-engined.” This way of thinking leaves the 944 and the classic 928 orphaned as well. But the general public sees, and respects, any Porsche progeny saying, “Ah, there goes a Porsche – isn’t she beautiful?”
Then there’s the headlights. The Porsche Purists say, “Round headlights are a 911 trademark,” following with, “Porsche turned their back on us with the introduction of the 996.” I willfully concede on this argument. This applies to the re-invented 996 front grill as well. Notice how the well-received 997 made a return to a rounded, albeit oval, headlight and a more traditional front end – also notice how 993 and 997 resale values are holding steady, while 996 resale values plummeted within a couple years of their unveiling – honestly, that fact greatly added to my personal affection for the 996. (Click here to see current 911 resale prices on Cars.com.)
But compare the interiors of the 996 with the 993. No comparison! The 993 looks as if it was stillborn in the 70′s – no cup holder or right arm rest, to which the Purists like to respond, “How many racing cars have cup holders?“ Can you believe the original MSRP on the 993 was over $60,000 in 1997? (Most final sticker prices were well over $70,000.) The 996 is indeed a modern luxury sportscar – ergonomics, computers and all – and its original MSRP was only $5,000 more in 2003. (Aside: the original MSRP of my 1997 C4S was $81,700 compared to my 2003 C4S of $83,560)
In truth, I too was waiting for resale prices of the 997 to drop into my affordable range before moving out of my 993. In fact, I’ve driven all three recent 911 generations numerous times and the 997 is without a doubt the best (especially with PDK), but 997 resale prices just haven’t dropped enough yet. So I bit the bullet and settled for a 996. Settled for the goofy headlights and the front-end slippage on tight turn-ins, even the second gear which is admittedly not well ratioed. I resigned to receiving dirty looks from the Purists, rather than the friendly waves of my former 993 brotherhood. But alas, after just one month of driving my 996, following five years fathering a 993, I have a confession…
I am confessing to the “Porsche Purists” (you know who you are), the ones who celebrate the brutish 993 with a verbose and self-righteous rhetoric, that I have grown to love my fledgling 996. I love it as if it were my first-born. And better yet, I trust it. I trust it in the hand’s of my wife and other lesser-experienced 911 drivers. Trust that it will hold its line if my attention should ever momentarily wane. I trust that I won’t ever have to experience snap-oversteer while putting it through its paces (thanks to PSM). Trust that I will receive an equal, if not greater, number of speeding tickets.
Lastly, I trust that I made the best decision, for the money, of which pre-owned Porsche Carrera 911 to buy.
Written by Perry & Co. Denver Real Estate Professionals’ COO & Director of Relocation Services Jon Larrance.
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Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals was one of 9 retail sponsors of Colorado Homes and Lifestyles‘ 3rd Annual Cherry Creek North Wine Crawl on Thursday evening, August 20, 2009 benefiting The Kempe Foundation for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Each sponsor hosted a wine selection for patrons to try and some locations, like Perry & Co.’s showcase office at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Fillmore Street, also had a chef to prepare and serve appetizers for the wine connoisseurs.
“This kind of event is such a win-win for everyone involved,” said Don Larrance, President of Perry & Co. “It’s a great cause, it’s a great way to invite people to enjoy the District, and the wine and food are fabulous.”
Broker associates Colleen McGrath and Sherri Wheeler were on hand at the Perry & Co. office to welcome the wine-tasters and answer any questions about the District, homes for sale in the neighborhood and around Denver.
Event-goers enjoyed a beautiful Colorado evening while strolling from shop to shop with their (empty) wine glasses – their “ticket” that let them participate in the tasting. Each wine glass was printed with the Perry & Co. logo which includes the tagline: ”A Denver Tradition.” (It is shown here by a modest oenophile.)
The event ended with a party, jazz and prizes at Shaver-Ramsey Oriental Rugs, another long-time Cherry Creek North retail establishment.
Written by Perry & Co. Marketing Director Lorrie Grillo.
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