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Welcome to the Atlas Blog!

Here you’ll find the latest and greatest about what we have been up to. Got questions or suggestions for new blog topics? Great! Email info@realatlas.com with your ideas.

Should I hire a Property Manager?

Should I hire a Property Manager?

September 19, 2017
By Sara Russell

Deciding whether to hire a professional to manage your rental property doesn’t have to be an agonizing decision.


Survey Reveals Tenant Incentives That Really Work

Survey Reveals Tenant Incentives That Really Work

September 14, 2017
by Taylor Short of SoftwareAdvice.com

Tenant turnover can cost at least $1,000 for most properties. This doesn’t even factor in the time and effort it takes to clean, perform maintenance and market an apartment or condo.


Rising house values prove real estate can be a smart investment

Rising house values prove real estate can be a smart investment

August 23, 2017
by Erik Martin of The Mortgage Report

Homeownership continues to prove good long term wealth building strategy.


Atlas Gives Back to School a Boost with Supply Drive

Atlas Gives Back to School a Boost with Supply Drive

August 16, 2017
By Sara Russell

Atlas continued it’s commitment to give back to the community by partnering with the Salvation Army and select Aurora schools to provide school supplies for children in need.


Prepping to Buy a House: Financial Tips for Aspiring Home Owners

Prepping to Buy a House: Financial Tips for Aspiring Home Owners

Aug. 1, 2017
By Sara Russell

Prepping to buy a house can be a daunting task, plan ahead for smoother results. Below are 6 practical tips for aspiring home owners.


Real Estate Rentals for Retirement Income and Building Wealth

Real Estate Rentals for Retirement Income and Building Wealth

July 21, 2017
Ryan Boykin
Insight on how to build and protect wealth throughout late-stage life.


Saving for Your Kid’s College? There’s an Alternative

Saving for Your Kid’s College? There’s an Alternative

July 5, 2017
Ryan Boykin

How real estate is an effective option for funding your child’s college education, your retirement and more.


Sending my Kids to College Using Others’ Money

Sending my Kids to College Using Others’ Money

June 20, 2017
By Mike Hills

Atlas Associate Broker, Mike Hills explains how he is using real estate investment to finance his children’s future, and how you can too.


For a Stress-Free Move, Seniors Need to Know How to Handle Movers

For a Stress-Free Move, Seniors Need to Know How to Handle Movers

May 10, 2017
By guest blogger, Jim Vogel of elderaction.org

When it comes to making a move as a senior, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to get everything done without the help of professional movers.


Better To Rent Than Buy In Denver? We Disagree.

Better To Rent Than Buy In Denver? We Disagree.

March 21, 2017
By Jason Shepherd

In response to a recent article titled “Denver housing market ‘worrisome’ to real estate economists, who advocate renting here,” we respectfully disagree based on our years of experience being Colorado’s largest buyer of single family homes for rent.


Why Buying Is Better Than Renting

Why Buying Is Better Than Renting

October 26, 2016
By Kappner Clark

“It’s better to buy than rent, and it probably always will be,” says Bloomberg news in a recent article. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves…


Atlas Summer 2016 Recap

Atlas Summer 2016 Recap

September 21, 2016
By Kappner Clark

Wow. I can’t believe tomorrow marks the official first day of fall. We had a very fun and busy summer at Atlas. Here are some highlights.


3 Hidden Costs of Property Management

3 Hidden Costs of Property Management

September 20, 2016
By Nick Mertens
VP Property Management, Atlas Real Estate Group

People are always asking me, “is property management really worth the cost and fees?” Well, that depends heavily on who your property manager is. Below I’ve outlined three main hidden costs of property management, but that when handled well, they can all be huge value add’s.


Real Estate & Retirement: What I Now Know

Real Estate & Retirement: What I Now Know

September 16, 2016
By Joan B

Being part of the early wave of post-war baby boomers, I’m pondering the notion of retirement, and while I’m not interested in crossing that bridge any time soon (and may never be), I am interested in a financially secure future like my parents had into their nineties. So that leads me to the topic at hand: how to prepare for retirement, semi-retirement or a financially secure future at any life-stage if you haven’t already saved a bundle.


Denver Business Journal tours Atlas office!

Denver Business Journal tours Atlas office!

August 3, 2016
By Kappner Clark

Our office is a historic site in Denver. If you drive on i25 near downtown, you’ve probably noticed a large Victorian mansion at the 23rd St. exit and the Aquarium. That’s us!


26 Interview Questions to Ask Property Management Firms

26 Interview Questions to Ask Property Management Firms

July 27, 2016
By Nick Mertens
VP Property Management, Atlas Real Estate Group

Choosing the right property management firm can be tough. To help you with your search, we’ve compiled a list of questions to ask potential property management firms when interviewing them. We hope this helps.


4 P’s of Positive

4 P’s of Positive

June 20, 2016
By Joan B

Positive attitude is a choice, an attainable state of mind.

Do you believe that headline? I do because I know firsthand that a positive attitude/an optimistic outlook can be learned. It takes retraining our thought processes, but who doesn’t think that’s worth a try!?


Denver Real Estate: A Tale of Two Markets

Denver Real Estate: A Tale of Two Markets

June 20, 2016
By Nick Mertens

2016 is shaping up to be another strong year in the real estate market here in Denver. Home sales prices are still rising in double digits; in fact, Metro Denver home prices rose 10.2 percent in January, marking the 12th consecutive month of double-digit annual price increases, according to the latest update of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. Since the Great Recession peaks 10 years ago, home values in Denver have increased 49.3 percent, which is the biggest gain in the country according to mortgage resource company HSH.com.


Bilingual Bonding Over Xeriscape

Bilingual Bonding Over Xeriscape

May 10, 2016
By Kappner Clark

To celebrate spring, the environment, and early childhood education, Atlas hosted 36 first and second grade students from Escuela de Guadalupe, a small, bilingual Catholic elementary school in west Denver, for a field trip filled with lessons on the importance of water conservation and planting xeric (low water) plants.


Basking in Glory-for-Good

Basking in Glory-for-Good

April 7, 2016
By Kappner Clark

One of my favorite things about Atlas is our competitive spirit. It probably stems from the partners. Jason, Ryan, and Matt are three of the most competitive guys I know. Whether it’s playing mini-basketball on the mini-hoops in their offices on a Friday afternoon or trying to beat our own revenue goals for the year, competition is alive in everything they do. For March’s #AtlasGivesBack, the Volunteer Committee decided we should give these partners a run for their money.


Filling Bellies and Fueling Souls

Filling Bellies and Fueling Souls

February 9, 2016
By Kappner Clark

Volunteering at the Denver Rescue Mission (DRM) is one of our favorite activities to do together as a team. Since I’m relatively new to the Atlas team, February’s dinner serving event was the first time I participated.


#AtlasGivesBack Kicks Off!

#AtlasGivesBack Kicks Off!

February 1, 2016
By Kappner Clark

Atlas has always felt a deep sense of commitment to giving back to the community in which we serve. Giving back is one of our core company values. It’s part of what makes Atlas, well, Atlas. We decided this year though, we want to make our commitment to community giving and volunteering more consistent.


Atlas’ Homeless Initiative

Atlas’ Homeless Initiative

June 25, 2015 — As part of Atlas’ commitment to giving back to the community, Atlas has joined forces with the housing nonprofit Brother’s Redevelopment, Inc to help homeless veterans find suitable housing in Denver.

With market rate rents for a one-bedroom apartment surpassing $1,300 per month in the Denver metro area, and vacancy rates at historic lows, many low-income veterans, individuals, and families are having a difficult time finding an affordable place to live.

Atlas manages 900 units of residential real estate in Colorado and has pledged over 200 apartment unit to the campaign.

For the full story, click here.


Atlas vs. Rowan Field Day

Atlas vs. Rowan Field Day

September 17, 2015 —

Atlas team members competed with our friends at Rowan Financial Capital in a series of “field day” games. This marks the 2nd Annual Atlas vs. Rowan competition, where the winning team gets to choose a local organization in the Denver community as the recipient of a monetary donation from the losing team. Last year Atlas won the trophy, and this year we passed the torch to Rowan. Our team is already starting to train for next year to reclaim our title!


Cystic Fibrosis Climb

Cystic Fibrosis Climb

July 29, 2015 — Atlas team members participated once again in the 5th annual CF Climb at Sports Authority Field at Mile High! The Colorado Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted a record-breaking number of participants, raising more than $130,000 to help support the search for a cure. Climbing around the stadium was a test of endurance and time, but also a great way to spend the day with co-workers, friends and family while “Adding Tomorrows” for people with cystic fibrosis!


Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope

Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope

June 30, 2015 — Atlas team members competed on internal teams to donate the most non-perishable food items! Teams were established as staff vs. brokers, with all Atlas team members participating. The winning team by item count chose the recipient of a $1,000 donation, given to a local community organization. The Colorado Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation received this gift on behalf of Atlas Real Estate Group. In total 332 lbs of non-perishable food items were given to the Food Bank of the Rockies to help fight hunger and feed hope!


Escuela 101

Escuela 101

May 28, 2015 — Atlas team members attended a monthly informational session known as “Escuela 101” to learn more about this outstanding community partner and different ways to get involved while giving back. Escuela de Guadalupe staff and students hosted the group, providing insight into the mission and values of this School of Excellence and offering a tour of the original building, before the group relocates to their new location over the summer.


Earth Day at Atlas

Earth Day at Atlas

April 22, 2015 — Atlas team members spent the afternoon bettering the local business community with trash pickup and landscaping. Trash pickup along the Platte River and around the downtown Denver area filled two dumpsters with litter and discarded waste. Stop by our office and enjoy the beautiful new landscaping!


Dinner at Denver Rescue Mission

Dinner at Denver Rescue Mission

March 16, 2015 — Atlas team members volunteer as needed at the downtown Denver Rescue Mission. This opportunity to serve with one of our community partners is fulfilling and fun! DRM is the oldest, full-service Christian charity in the Rocky Mountain region.