Any homeowner looking to sell their home that is located within the school boundaries of Teller Elementary School can participate to be randomly selected as the Teller Centennial Home.
The Teller Centennial Home is a fundraising initiative being offered through a partnership with the Teller Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and the Sultan Newman Group, which is a team of Denver-based real estate agents with Compass.
Through the initiative, the randomly-selected home seller can save on real estate commissions and raise money for the PTA, which is celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary this current 2020-2021 school year.
“Teller is truly a special community that always works together to ensure all our kids feel welcome and supported,” said Eric Sultan, team leader of Sultan Newman Group, in a news release.
Sultan is a parent of two students at Teller, and he developed the idea for the Teller Centennial Home project in November while homeschooling his children during the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the closure of Denver Public Schools.
“The adjustments to remote learning caused by the pandemic have been hard on all of us,” Sultan said, “and so I wanted to create something that would engage the Teller community and showcase that ‘we’re Teller together’ — particularly in light of the fact that Teller is celebrating 100 years of amazing service to our community.”
Henry M. Teller Elementary School is located at 1150 Garfield St. in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood. It opened “in 1920 to handle the burgeoning student population in Congress Park following World War I,” states a news release. It is named after the late U.S. Sen. Henry Moore Teller. Teller served as one of Colorado’s first United States senators in 1876 after the state entered the union, and later, as secretary of the interior under President Chester A. Arthur, according to a news release. He returned to the Senate in 1885 and served until 1909, states a news release. “Teller died in Denver in 1914 and is buried in Fairmount Cemetery, which is located four miles from Teller Elementary near the intersection of Alameda Avenue and Quebec Street,” states the news release.
The building itself is also significant to Denver history. It was “designed by Denver architect George Hebard Williamson who attended Denver public schools and was an 1893 graduate of `Old East’ high school. … Williamson would later go on to design Denver’s East High School, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is known for its Jacobethan Revival architecture,” states a news release.
How to participate in the Teller Centennial Home project:
The home for sale must be located within the Teller Elementary School boundaries, which are East 26th Avenue to the north, Colorado Boulevard to the east, East Eighth Avenue to the south and York Street to the west. Sellers within those boundaries who would like to participate in the Teller Centennial Home project should contact Eric Sultan with the Sultan Newman Group at 303-829-0814. Deadline is April 1, 2021.
The Sultan Newman Group will randomly select one home seller to participate in the Teller Centennial Home fundraiser. Sultan will announce the Teller Centennial Home by April 8, 2021.
The seller will receive full real estate services from Sultan and Joseph Newman. The selected home will be featured in special marketing campaigns and signage, and the Sultan Newman Group will reduce the total commission paid by the seller to 4.8% - 2% to the seller side and a 2.8% cooperative commission to the buyer side - when the seller agrees to donate the 2% seller side commission to the Teller Elementary School PTA.
“This initiative will generate a sizable donation for the PTA — upwards of $10,000 for a $500,000 home or $20,000 for a $1 million home,” said Emily Musser, fundraising chair for the Teller Elementary PTA, in a news release. “That kind of donation will ensure Teller’s ability to thrive not only during this pandemic, and but also well into the future.”
To learn more about the Sultan Newman Group, visit sultannewman.com. To learn more about Teller Elementary School, visit http://teller.dpsk12.org.
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