Sotheby’s International Realty Broker, Jon Goldberg, Hosts Autumn Art Soirée

18Oct 2014

WalkerFineArt-4On October 2, 2014, Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty broker, Jon Goldberg, hosted an Autumn Art Soirée, featuring the art installation, Shades in Time, highlighting two talented Colorado artists, Bonnie Lhotka and Norman Epp. 

The event, celebrated on the “first Thursday” of October, at the Walker Fine Art Gallery, located in Denver’s Golden Triangle museum district, was to showcase Denver’s vibrant art scene. A client, vendor, and business associate appreciation event; over 80 guests enjoyed an evening of culture, culinary delights and libations.

Guests were treated to Lhotka’s incredible use of photography and unique printing methods. Lhotka holds a degree in Printing and Printmaking from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She uses multiple layers of ink and printed mediums to give her art a truly matchless look and feel. In additional to Lhotka’s work, guests enjoyed viewing one of a kind wood sculptures crafted by master woodworker, Norman Epp.

Epp holds a master’s degree in fine art and is known for using environmentally friendly, reclaimed materials, to create unique sculptures.

“These artists exemplify the talent and passion in the Colorado art community, and I am excited to support their work,” said Goldberg. “It is gratifying to introduce this type of art to clients and friends of my own.”

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Along with a stunning visual palette of art, guests were treated to spectacular food and libations. A wine concierge service, WinePairings, provided three specialty wines from across the globe and Crazy Mountain Brewery treated guests to three distinctive craft beers, brewed in Vail, Colorado. As they say at Crazy Mountain, “crazy is, as crazy does, so drink up and live the life you want!” Occasions Catering delighted taste buds with their famous mac’ and cheese bar, featuring two pasta and cheese creations and a dedicated staff that orchestrated the event flawlessly.

The combined package of unique art, distinctive food and beverages created an exceptional evening for guests of Goldberg at the Walker Fine Art Gallery.

For more information contact Jon Goldberg at 303.919.8950



FSIR Welcomes Broker Jenny Kurpinsky to Cherry Creek Office

17Oct 2014

Jenny KurpinskyThe Cherry Creek broker team at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty (FSIR) prides itself on being a leader in luxury real estate. With brokers of only the highest quality, FSIR is pleased to announce the addition of Jenny Kurpinsky, a highly active broker with proven results, to its quality brokerage team.

“We were attracted to Jenny’s high standards of business ethics and service excellence,” said Shannel Ryan, managing broker of Cherry Creek at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. “She is an outstanding leader in the real estate community.”

Colorado native Jenny Kurpinsky is hitting her stride in the luxury real estate market. Awarded the Five Star 5280 Magazine’s Top Broker for Customer Satisfaction for two years running, she has been assisting buyers and sellers in North East Denver and the Stapleton area for over 10 years. Having grown up in Aurora, her knowledge of Metro Denver combined with her working within the Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty network, sets her apart from other brokers. The service, knowledge and marketing products Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty provides foster optimal results for her clients and Kurpinsky’s excellent people skills put her clients at ease.

“Home buying and selling is complex, stressful and usually linked to other large changes in people’s lives,” Jenny explains. “I use my experience with corporate relocations, knowledge of loan options and understanding of complicated family situations to make the transaction process as smooth as possible.”

A holder of the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI), Jenny has secured a strong educational foundation and achieved a high level of professional service that coincides perfectly with her natural ability to work well with people. Reading the emotions of her clients and the brokers she negotiates with is a skill Jenny has cultivated through her years in real estate, and uses with her degree in Psychology to understand the needs of her clients.

Her long-time involvement in the community and membership in groups such as the Denver Metro Real Estate Association and Stapleton Cooperation of Realtor Excellence provides her with inside information on the area and a leg-up on properties coming to market. Denver’s low home sales inventory makes bidding on a home extremely competitive and requires a broker like Jenny who finds out what to expect in the market before it happens so her clients have a leading edge.

Whether a client is home buying for the first home, planning to down-size after the kids are gone or want to purchase a luxury home in one of Denver’s many high end neighborhoods, Jenny can help navigate through the complicated business of real estate, making home buying and selling an enjoyable and memorable experience.

For more information contact Jenny Kurpinsky at 720.339.1880.


The Market is Cooling, And It’s Good

16Oct 2014

By Steve Blank, managing broker of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Denver

The real estate market, both nationally and in Denver, is considered healthy with positive prospects for the future.

Prices in Denver continue to rise, however not at the same pace we experienced in 2012 and 2013. Since July, Denver has seen price appreciation level off to around 6.5% – 7% annually (year over year), compared to an average of approximately 11% per year, for the prior two years. According to a recent Case-Shiller report, our local numbers echo the general retraction across the country where there has been an easing of home price gains.

It is crystal clear that Denver enjoys one of the strongest “sellers market” in the nation.

1014705_Exterior_highIf we look at “Days on the Market (DOM)”, which indicates how long it takes for a home to sell, the national average in August was 53 days, while Denver hit a record breaking low of 25 days. That timeframe is likely to increase over the coming months. Denver experienced low inventory levels in 2014, contributing greatly to the “sellers market” as supply was not able to meet buyer demand. As more homes come on the market “for sale”, we will see this cooling off period become reflective of a market transitioning to a more normal pace of appreciation, as opposed to the big swings of a few years ago.

Real estate should always be viewed on a more local level as it is safe and realistic for Denver to put the housing recession further in the rearview mirror. It’s interesting to note that a sellers market is not necessarily one where values wildly rise, but rather one where homes sell more quickly, price reductions occur less frequently, and properties sell very close to (or above) the list price. Of course values will generally increase to some degree when all that takes place. And if Denver’s current pace 6.5% – 7% price appreciation cools off to 5% or 6%, that would still be 2-3 times the rate of inflation. We talk about Denver being a “sellers market”, but in the last few years, it has also become a “landlords market”. During the recession (2008-2011) many homeowners became “accidental landlords”, meaning they became trapped in the tougher market and decided to rent, rather than sell at a loss. Higher prices and faster sales times have allowed these owners to cash-out, leaving fewer homes for lease and pushing rents higher. Rents will begin to level off in Denver with the thousands of new rental units being built over the next 1-2 years. We have all heard of multiple offers on homes available for sale. Well, renters have also been going head-to-head, typically seeing multiple applications on a high percentage of homes for rent. Next year, Denver will see inventories on homes for rent AND for sale improve in availability. This summer Denver’s inventory of homes for sale ranged from 7,200 to about 8,600, compared to averaging over 10,000 homes during the summer of 2013, and well over 20,000 available homes in the summer of 2011.

The National Association of Realtors chief economist, Lawrence Yun, believes “as long as solid job growth continues, wages should eventually pick up to steadily improve purchasing power and meet pent-up demand for buying”. That relates nicely to the Denver economy, where the Denver Post recently reported that Denver had the 4th best post-recession recovery from among the 150 largest U.S. cities. “ said Denver ranked #1 for the increase of college-educated workers, and second for the decrease in foreclosures. Denver was also 10th in increasing median household income”. All of this really means that by cooling off…it can be very healthy for the long term.

For more information call 303.893.3200 or visit Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty.


The Wolfe Group of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty Hosts VIP Reception at $27.7M Taylor Estate

15Oct 2014

Sotheby's - Taylor Estate-002 Sotheby's - Taylor Estate-017Architects, historians, VIP clients and guests of Nancy and Fred Wolfe, of the Wolfe Group and Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, attended an invitation only reception held at the Taylor Estate Thursday, September 25, 2014.  The reception offered an exclusive look inside one of Denver’s rarest listings. At $27.7Million – the Taylor Estate is the highest priced home listed in greater Denver.

The event was held to introduce the listing to potential buyers and to thank members of  Historic Denver for helping to identify the rich detail of the home, constructed by Burnham Hoyt in 1932. Among those in attendance were members of Historic Denver, Inc., enlisted by the Wolfe Group to discover greater details of the historic estate.

“I went down to the Western History and Genealogy collection at the Denver Public Library and pulled the records for the house on Morrison Road. There are five oversized folios of architectural drawings housed at the library, showing every elevation and detailed floor plans. Hoyt designed the house down to the molding used on each door, the radiator openings and even that pantry sink,” said Becca Dierschow, preservation programs assistant at Historic Denver

The Taylor Estate boasts numerous interesting details.  For example, the “s” shaped sink in the staff kitchen is coated in nickel to prevent crystal glassware from breaking if dropped.

To attend a catered garden party at the Taylor Estate using local accoutrements like honey from the estate and all access to the nearly untouched antique-filled rooms and backyard gardens is an experience enjoyed by few.

“This estate has been owned privately for more than 60 years, since the Taylor’s bought it in 1951,” said FSIR broker Nancy Wolfe. “Unless you were personal friends of the Taylor’s or dignitaries, you wouldn’t have known the property was there.”

Taylor_Estate_146Vernon Taylor III, the son of Vernon and Ann Taylor, original owners of the estate, attended the event. He explained that to honor the legacy and wishes of his parents he has placed a five-year deed restriction on the property prohibiting immediate development from the time of sale of the Estate in hopes that  the property will be passed on to someone else to create their own legacy.

“It was my father’s wish for this place to go to a family. A family with kids who would sail, ice skate, play tennis and especially ride horses like my parents loved to do,” said Taylor. “They rode every day. My father would ride with my mother every morning before he went to the office.”

Just 20 minutes from downtown Denver, the property is hidden away at the end of a long dirt drive in Lakewood, Colo. Situated on Ward Lake with 1,100 feet of waterfront, boating privileges are shared with just 10 families. The property has one acre zoning with agricultural status and features a 14,000 square foot English manor-style 26-room home, a lake cottage, stable, dressage ring and two barns, a tennis court, outdoor pool and unobstructed mountain views. For more information, contact Nancy Wolfe of The Wolfe Group at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty at 303.324.0825.

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The “It” List – Cartier Exhibit Premiers at Denver Art Museum

14Oct 2014

Almost as rare as a perfect diamond is an exhibit with subject matter that is truly unique.

When that subject matter is stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects created by the iconic French jewelry and luxury goods maker, Cartier, be prepared to be dazzled. The Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century exhibit at the Denver Art Museum runs November 16, 2014 through March 15, 2015, and features more than 250 rare pieces created by Cartier between 1900 and 1975.

Brilliant encapsulates the years when the Cartier name rose to fame. From Hollywood’s early glamour years to the Art Deco movement of the 1920’s, the exhibition will include signature pieces worn by Elizabeth Taylor and the Duchess of Windsor.

Egyptian striking clock owned by Mrs  George Blumenthal (c) Cartier

For those interested in experiencing one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories, Brilliant is not to be missed.

The exhibition is organized by the Denver Art Museum, and will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building. Tickets for Brilliant are $15 for members and start at $25 for adult nonmembers.

Above: Crocodile necklace made as a special order for María Félix. Cartier Paris, special order, 1975. Gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies; Length .30 cm. and 27.3 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

Below Right: Egyptian striking clock owned by Mrs. George Blumenthal. Cartier Paris, 1927.Gold, silver gilt, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli, coral, emerald, cornelian, enamel; 24 x 15.7 x 12.7 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

Friends and family of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty receive a special discount with promo code BR-FSIR. Click here to purchase tickets. 


FSIR Welcomes Broker Chris Merman to Cherry Creek Office

10Oct 2014

Chris MermanFuller Sotheby’s International Realty (FSIR) is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Merman, a highly active broker in the Denver community, to its award-winning Cherry Creek broker team.

“The Sotheby’s brand affords a reputation to be shared by only the finest real estate agents in the market,” said Shannel Ryan, managing broker at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. “Chris Merman is an outstanding example of a high performing, results oriented member of the Denver real estate community. We are thrilled.”

Prior to joining FSIR, Merman has been honored as a top performer in both volume and sales at ERA Herman Group and Prudential Colorado and holds several real estate designations including CNE, GRI and Distinctive Properties Certifications.

In addition to demonstrating proven success within the luxury real estate market Merman continues to expand his real estate education focusing on performance, accountability, and excellence –making him a leader among agents.  Merman plans to leverage the Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty brand to its maximum capacity.

“I hope to increase my production to all time high levels. By using all the innovative tools and branding from Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, I know I can increase my sales and volume considerably over this year. I want to increase my average sales price and help more custom home builders properly market their properties,” said Merman.

An experienced investor, Merman owns and operates several apartment buildings in Denver which offers a unique perspective to clients interested in investment properties.

Additionally, with years of experience in professional relocation, Chris is a valuable member of FSIR’s relocation team which works with the largest relocation networks in the world.

With over 14 years of Denver real estate experience, Merman is familiar with the most appealing neighborhoods for families, schools, shopping and outdoor activities. He specializes in Park Hill, City Park, Mayfair, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, Washington Park and the Downtown Denver areas of real estate.

When not investing and selling real estate, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons in the Historic Park Hill neighborhood just outside downtown Denver.  He has a passion for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. He loves to ride his road bike or motorcycle on the weekends too.  Contact Chris at 303.358.4294


Breckenridge Office Sponsors Tables at Hearthstone Wine Dinner

8Oct 2014

An array of community leaders including doctors, architects, developers and other non-profit members gathered at the historic Hearthstone restaurant September 23, 2014 for an evening of dining, libations and a silent auction to raise monies for the Family Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) in Breckenridge.
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Guests of the Hearthstone Wine Dinner enjoyed hand-passed appetizers and a silent auction followed by a four-course meal paired with wines donated from Penfolds of Australia. This year’s event raised over $30,000 to support FIRC programs and operations.

Sitting at one of the tables sponsored by Melanie Frank, VP of professional and business development and managing broker of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Breckenridge, sat guests with over 175 years lived in Summit County, collectively.

“The sense of community here is immense,” said Frank. “Sponsoring this event on behalf of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty makes me feel proud to give back to a cause my coworkers and I really believe in. Whether you’re talking about business, the community where you live or your own family, it’s all a network.”

FIRC was created over 20 years ago by citizens of Summit County with the mission to support and strengthen families, fostering the firm belief that strong, healthy families make for a strong community. FIRC assists families by providing direct support in a crisis, and then connecting them to resources and information so they can work to prepare for future challenges.

“Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty is always a leading sponsor of our events,” said Anita Overmyer, development and volunteer director at FIRC. “We had a fantastic turnout and raised over $30,000. Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty contributed a big part of those donations. In one evening, that’s incredible.”

The Hearthstone restaurant generously donated 100% of ticket sales to support FIRC. The building that houses the long time favorite Breckenridge eatery dates back to the late1800s.

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty has expanded it’s Breckenridge presence to a new main street location on the corner of Main Street and Ski Hill Road at the 100% intersection. The new FSIR Breckenridge location will ensure Buyers and Sellers maximum exposure with high visibility. The grand opening will take place in December 2014. For more information call 970.453.0550.


Bob McCarroll Garners Community Service Award

1Oct 2014

IMG_2782The Mountain Metro Association of Realtors (MMAR) Inaugural was held Thursday Sept. 11, 2014, at the Mount Vernon Country Club in Golden, CO.

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty was recognized as a major sponsor of the well attended event for their donation of a photo booth for guests to capture memories throughout the event.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual MMAR 2014 Community Service Award, awarded to Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty Managing Broker, Bob McCarroll. McCarroll was recognized for his exemplary community service efforts, ranging from mentorship to volunteering. Fellow FSIR brokers, Heather Graham and Kay Bohan, of the Evergreen, Colo., office were each sworn in as a Director-at-Large.

bob M and Karra LayMountain Metro Association of REALTORS® is a non-profit trade association with 230 REALTOR® members and 50 Affiliate business members. Its members cover the geography from Georgetown east on I70 through Evergreen, Conifer and out to Park County.

MMAR offers educational and social events and community outreach programs. Recipient of the 2012 Pearl Award from the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, MMAR has demonstrated integrity and innovations within the real estate community.

The National Association of REALTORS® and MMAR continuously promote professional development and communication among its members and to the public and government, for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own property.

For more information on the MMAR visit


Elaine and Richard Swomley Sponsor ‘Jerusalem’ Screening on IMAX

30Sep 2014

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A holy city to more than half the world, Jerusalem is shrouded with mystery. To shed some light on the revered city, home to Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, a screening of the IMAX film Jerusalem, will take place October 1st at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science at 8pm. The highlight of the evening will be a live audience discussion with Writer and Director of the film, Daniel Ferguson, on the challenges of producing such a film in the current environment in the Middle East.

image001The 45 minute Natural Geographic IMAX documentary captures the essence of the 5000 year old city through the eyes of three young women from long established Jerusalem families, a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew, none of whom met before or during the film’s production.

This is the second time Richard Swomley, broker for Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty and his wife, Elaine Swomley, a broker with FSIR for eight years, will introduce Ferguson and his contemporary film to the Denver community.

“Having worked with Daniel on his earlier highly challenging film, Journey To Mecca, said Swomley, “Elaine and I are sponsoring this event for the second time to share one of the most diverse and internationally oriented cities in the country with the community we love.”

Years of hard work and determination went into getting Jerusalem on the big screen, including five years of working with government officials to get permission to film in the city as well as special permits to capture areal footage above the Old City’s no-fly zone. Ferguson traveled to Jerusalem more than a dozen times to capture his footage, even moving his family for a short time.

“Whether we realize this or not,” said Ferguson “this tiny place has shaped our culture.”

The Swomley’s sponsored 100 guests and the event is open to the public. For more information on Jerusalem at the Denver museum of Science and Nature visit the ticket booth or to schedule an appointment with Richard or Elaine Swomley, call 303.916.8204


Fred Wolfe Walks from Denver to Vail to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness

29Sep 2014

This year marks Fred Wolfe’s tenth year walking from Denver to Vail in honor of his father who died two years after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2005. Wolfe, 67, has lived in the Denver area for 43 years. He began his journey Sept. 17th at 6a.m. at the offices of the Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado chapter, and walked over the course of four days until he reached the covered bridge in Vail on Sept. 20th.

Fred WolfeWolfe, a Denver-based broker at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty divided his route into four sections. The first day he walked from Denver to the El Rancho Evergreen exit.  On day two, he walked from Evergreen to Georgetown. On day three, he walked from Georgetown over Loveland Pass to Dillon, and on his final fourth day, he walked from Dillon, through Copper Mountain, to Vail.  In order to avoid afternoon lightning storms, he began his last two segments at 1:30a.m.  Wolfe makes very few stops on his journey, eating while he walks and only stopping to add or subtract clothing layers or for three short periods of sleep.

Large print on his backpack clearly states his cause to all passersby, along with his father’s initials and number of years he has walked this journey.  His backpack weighs exactly 21 pounds, including six and a half pounds of water.  In it he carries flyers about Alzheimer’s and donation envelopes that he distributes to everyone he meets throughout his four-day walk.

This walk is personal for Wolfe, who pledged to make these annual pilgrimages to Vail as he sat by his father’s bedside feeling helpless and unable to help his dying father who was an avid mountain climber and outdoorsman.

“I knew I had to do something, and if my dad were alive today, he would be walking with me to spread awareness and raise funds to help put an end to this devastating disease,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe has garnered national attention during his walks. One year Governor Hickenlooper walked with him for part of his journey and other years Linda Mitchell, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter, accompanied him.

To date, Wolfe has raised $362,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association and hopes to reach a ten year total of $400,000 raised.

“Wolfe’s commemorative walk is timed with our Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Denver, sponsored by E Light Electric and Jackson National Life Insurance, which was held on Saturday, September 20 in Denver City Park,” said Linda Mitchell, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter.

“We’re proud of Fred and his determination to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s,” Mitchell continued. “We know his father would be proud of him as well.”