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10562 Pictured Rocks Dr Peyton CO 80831

Courtney Gilmore

3D Tour 10562 Pictured Rocks Dr Peyton CO 80831

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This Home's Great Features

This stunning, semi-custom, two-story home has a gorgeous curb appeal with its full stucco exterior. As you walk in your front door you are greeted with a hardwood floor entry and an expansive formal living and dining area. The family room is also on the main level and has a cozy fireplace as well as custom built-ins. The kitchen is really the focal point of the main level as it is open to the family room, has both a dining area and a huge island, as well as granite countertops, staggered, raised panel cabinetry, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances.

Upstairs you will enjoy three large secondary bedrooms with a full bathroom, a laundry room, and an expansive master bedroom with mountain views, a huge walk-in closet, and a true five-piece bathroom. The huge basement is fully finished with a built-in 52' television, a wet bar, a large bedroom and full bathroom and would be perfect for entertaining guests.

Walk out to your backyard on to your newly refinished and stained deck and take in your 1/2 acre lot that is fully fenced with automatic sprinklers. Your unobstructed views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range are the icing on the cake of this luxurious home.

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4

Bathrooms

3,776

Sq Ft

21,867

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Falcon North Area Market Value

This home is located in the Falcon North area of Colorado Springs. Here is some additional information about the home values in this area.

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2921 W. Platte Ave Colorado Springs CO 80904

Courtney Gilmore

3D Tour 2921 W Platte AV Colorado Springs CO 80904

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This Home's Great Features

A rare find in Old Colorado City and within walking distance of everything, this home has it all, and is completely remodeled in the last 14 years. Huge living room boasts a gorgeous, full brick fireplace with gas insert and with hardwood floors. Dining area, that walks out to the rear covered patio, also has hardwood floors. The huge kitchen, which was redone in 2008, boasts cherry wood cabinets,under cabinet lighting, overhead lighting, white appliances, a pantry, soft closure doors and drawers, two lazy Susan corner cabinets, and hardwood floors. Master bedroom on main floor can be used as an office or a den and is. Full bathroom on main floor has a tile surround bathtub as well as tile flooring.


Second story addition that was completed in 2004 (PPRBD permit and plans available) boasts three more nice sized bedrooms and another full bathroom with tile surround bathtub, tile floors, and tile countertops with double sinks. Vaulted ceilings make this second story even more light and bright. Another rare addition to the home is the 24’ x 24’ attached, two car garage with remote entry as well as a concrete two car driveway with alley access. This home is situated on a double lot (zoned R-4) which is absolutely stunning and boasts a 6’ cedar privacy fence with two locking gates in the backyard, a five zone Toro Sprinkler system, a concrete patio, and a covered deck that make it perfect for entertaining friends and family. Additional upgrades/updates to this home include, 6 ceiling fans, newer windows in the main level bedroom, kitchen, and at the stairwell landing, a laundry room off the garage entrance, built in bookshelves in the living room and at the stairwell landing, and a cozy nook area with hardwood floors right off of the kitchen. Home also has storage in the cellar area that runs the full length of the kitchen.

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Bedrooms

2

Bathrooms

1,795

Sq Ft

7200

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Colorado Springs School District D11 Schools

This home is located in the D11 Colorado Springs School District. Here is some additional information about the schools in this district.

Colorado Springs School District 11
1115 N. El Paso Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 520-2000
Espanol: (719) 520-2012
Automated System for Recorded Information:
(719) 520-2300 or 1-866-433-8411 from outside the calling area.
Website – www.d11.org

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Old Colorado City Area Market Value

This home is located in the Old Colorado City area of Colorado Springs. Here is some additional information about the home values in this area.

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3535 Pony Tracks DR Colorado Springs CO 80922

Courtney Gilmore

3D Tour 3535 Pony Tracks DR Colorado Springs CO 80922

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This Home's Great Features

A rare find in this home as it is located right across the street from the Springs Ranch Golf Course and with an oversized, 3 car garage. Stately, brick, two story with a covered front porch to enjoy the views of Pikes Peak and with tons of curb appeal. On the main level, a formal living and dining area greet you upon entering the home, and the soaring 2 story family room boasts both a stunning brick hearth gas fireplace and gorgeous floor to ceiling windows that allow for a lot of natural light. The kitchen sits adjacent to the family rooms and is perfect for entertaining, especially with the recent addition of the huge, custom, breakfast bar/island. As you enter from the three car garage, your separate half bath and nice sized laundry room are right there for removing muddy shoes and clothing. The upper level has an expansive master bedroom with wonderful views of Pikes Peak out the front window, and the master bathroom boasts a true five piece bath with a large walk in closet. The two secondary bedrooms are big and share a full bathroom. The basement is also perfect for entertaining with an expansive family room that is wired for surround sound. gorgeous built-ins, a large fourth bedroom with a walk in closet, and a 3/4 bath that is located right next to it. The back yard is level with an oversized concrete patio with brick accents, is fully fenced, and has automatic sprinkler system. The three car garage is oversized for workshop space and has a side entry door leading directly to the back yard. Recent improvements of less than a year old include a new roof, new gutter system, new whole house exterior paint, new window screens, new trim around the windows, and Renewal by Andersen windows on the main level and in the master bedroom.

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4

Bathrooms

3083

Sq Ft

6000

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Powers Area Market Value

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Choosing the Right High School

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Well, I am about to enter completely unknown territory!!!!  My only child, my son, will start his 8th-grade year and subsequently his last one in middle school.  Time to get down to business and start thinking about what high school he will be entering this time next year. (Uh, YIKES)!  Time to start preparing a checklist, or at the very least, a guideline, for what his Daddy and I will use to help make this next big step in our son’s life that much easier.  I thought I would share my family’s personal checklist for choosing the high school our son will attend. (Disclaimer, this list is prioritized first to last in what we determined, as a family, was most important for our own son).

Are any of his closest friends attending the same high school? 

As our son has gotten older, we have realized that the quantity of friends is not as important to him as the quality.  He has three or four close friends, but he has always put one particular friend above the rest. If he can have this type of strong, loyal, intense friendship with this other boy all the way through high school, he will have more than most.  (I am actually friends with the Vice Principal of one of the two schools we are considering, and I ran this sentiment by her.  It was a relief to receive her affirmation of how important this type of friendship will be, for both my son and his best friend, during their final four years as a child).

What kind of academic programs are offered

We like the idea of schools that offer both AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) course work.  Since his Father and I both took Advanced Placement courses in high school, ourselves, we are more familiar with them and love the way these courses focus relatively intensively on one particular subject. But with IB courses, we were also intrigued with the more holistic approach that a particular subject may be given.  In the end, both schools we are considering offer a beautiful mix of classes that use the IB and AP curriculums together, which will hopefully allow our son to benefit and grow from the strengths of both programs.

What extracurricular activities are offered

For my son, his most important extracurricular activity is sports, so we made sure that both schools we are considering have programs for the three sports he has played since starting elementary school.  Other programs we looked for the schools to have include arts, volunteer work and community service, music, governance, and clubs.  It is very important to us for our son to be involved in character building activities outside of the classroom, and regardless of his first passion, it is very important to us for him to have the opportunity to explore other extracurricular options BESIDES sports.  Diversity is definitely key, here.

What is the overall school culture

After speaking with parents of high school graduates and teachers and administrative staff, the consensus was that the only way to really get a feel for a school’s culture was to “get in the trenches”, to actually go to each school and physically walk the halls while a school day was in session, and do this as many times as necessary, with and without our son present.  The goal is to get a feel for what we expect the school to teach our son about life beyond academics and the classroom, itself.  The goal is to see how students and teachers interact with one another in the classroom setting, to see if students and teachers greet each other personally, to see if students and teachers greet parents, to get a feel for student mood and how students treat each other whether they know each other or not.  The goal is to just get a sense of if the school has an overall feeling of joy and hope and happiness.  No science or numbers or stats involved here….just going to give it a go and trust that Mama intuition!

What is the graduation rate and what is the college attendance rate of the school

This was our last priority as a family as we are not the kind of family to base our decision on what high school our kid attends based on numbers alone, but, alas, numbers DO (kind of) matter! Plus, certain stats can suggest how successful a particular school has been at bringing our children to the next most important stage of their life….adulthood. 

This list is not inclusive, obviously, and may not even be any of your own priorities, but hopefully, it can at least serve as a jumping point for your family’s own list if you, too, have a son or daughter who will be entering high school next year. This list for us, though welcomes balance, a concept we try to practice and live by routinely and day to day. We simply hope that addressing these five issues, as we choose a high school with our son, will create the ultimate opportunity for balance for him.  

Good luck and Happy High School shopping to you all!  See you in the trenches!

One final note:  It is too cliche’ to even think about, much less type into words, but when I was growing up, I do not remember my mother having the option of choosing where I went to high school. Oh, you live in Hixson, Tennessee?  Yes.  Okay, your child will go to Hixson Junior High School and then Hixson High School.  And so, I did.  Regardless, I am grateful that, in this day and age, parents have the luxury to live in a certain area of Colorado Springs, (a city I have now called home for 25+ years) and choose for their children to go to school in a completely different area!!!!     

 

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Real Estate Inventory in Colorado Springs: What is causing the shortage?

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Wondering why Colorado Springs is seeing a severe shortage of inventory this year?  Here are a couple of reasons:

First, the median price of a home in Denver is currently $377,500, and the median price of a home in Colorado Springs is $246,800.  As a result, folks from South Denver are having so much trouble finding a home to purchase there locally, that they are willing to commute the 45 minutes or so to Colorado Springs to save over $100,000 when purchasing a new home.
As a result, though, this migration is creating a large deficit in inventory for my own clients and customers who are here in Colorado Springs.The struggle really is real now, but for those of us practicing residential real estate, it is such a very, very good one! 
Another reason is a combination of economic ones….the potential for increased interest rates, something that has not been done since the financial crisis that lasted from late 2007 through early summer, 2009, increasing apartment rents, a two-bedroom apartment in Colorado Springs rents for, on average, close to $1,200/month, and inflation are all contributing to buyers getting off the fence and into a home purchase. 
This influx of would-be renters who are now want to be buyers is also contributing to keeping inventory at record lows. 
While it is always a wise decision, in any market, to interview your real estate professional before hiring them to work for you, it is especially important in a market as unique as this one. 
Find the right real estate professional who has the experience and longevity to successfully help you wade through all of the land mines that accompany a market that has not seen these kinds of shortages since mid-2001, and you are gold! 
It would be my pleasure to answer any questions you may have regarding the market itself, and/or to help you to formulate exactly what questions you should be asking your potential agent for hire!
Happy Hunting!
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Top 4 Things you Need to Know about Appraisals

The appraisal of a home is a vital part of any real estate transaction, and the role of an appraiser is possibly one of the most critical parts of the entire transaction. See below as to how you, as a Seller, can be way ahead of the learning curve with just a few helpful hints from me when are you ready to put your home on the market for sale!

1. Appraisers are always hypersensitive to contributing to potentially over inflating any real estate market. And, with multiple offers being the norm in most price ranges here in Colorado Springs, they are even more so.  Encourage your real estate broker to have comparable sold data ready to present to an appraiser. This data should support whatever sales price the buyer and seller finally agree to…ESPECIALLY vital if that sales price is OVER what the original list price was.

2. Most real estate brokers are ridiculously busy right now, but that ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT excuse your real estate broker from not showing up to your home, with comparable sold data and a list of every improvement made to the home in hand to meet the appraiser for his or her site inspection. Your real estate broker knows your home better than the appraiser does, so make sure your real estate broker shows up and represents!

3. Your real estate broker should be as descriptive as possible about your real estate listing and include if at all possible, ALL 36 photos that the Pikes Peak MLS allows. It helps an appraiser immensely to include photos of the front of your home, the rear of your home, the street view of your home, and all major rooms in your home as well as the features of the home itself. Again, your real estate broker knows your home better than the appraiser does.

4. What your real estate broker should tell you, from the very beginning, about the role of an appraiser in a real estate transaction? The role of the appraiser is actually NOT to confirm the sales price, but to provide the Buyer’s lender an independent, objective, and completely impartial opinion of the value of your home. This value of your home is considered the collateral to which the Buyer’s loan would be based.

Happy Selling!

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1st Time Home Buyer’s Seminar

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In this crazy, fast-paced real estate market in Colorado Springs, if you blink you might miss out on getting the #1 home on your list. You need to know what you are doing and you need a good team on your side giving you the right advice. On Saturday February 4th, you are invited to a 1st Time Home Buyer’s Seminar that will give you some great advice on going through the process of purchasing your first home. Courtney Gilmore, our agent at Springs Homes, teams up with Kevin Stevenson of Integrity Bank & Trust to cover financing, offers, mortgage payments and lots more. The seminar is being held at Integrity Bank and Trust 13540 Meadowgrass in Northgate, Saturday February 4th from 10-11am and refreshments are provided.

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Why People Move to Colorado Springs

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There are probably a gazillion reasons why so many people are moving to Colorado, year after year, and after 27 years of living here myself, here are just a few of my own:

WE HAVE JOBS! And we apparently have A LOT of them, and in a wide range of industries, especially in the professional and business sectors. As of November, 2016, the unemployment rate for the country was 4.6%. As of November, 2016, the unemployment rate for Colorado was 3.2%.

WE HAVE MOUNTAINS! The Front Range, to include Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo is no more than an hour and a half drive to world class hiking, mountain biking, skiing, camping, and some of the most breathtaking views of the majestic Rocky Mountains in the country. Summer, Winter, Fall, Spring, you will never be without a ton of different options as you head west into Colorado’s mountains.

WE ARE FIT! Colorado routinely ranks in the top ten for healthiest states in the country, and we routinely have very low obesity rates. Combine those stats with 300+ days of sunshine a year, and the almost obscene popularity of physical, outdoor activities, and you find yourself with a very healthy and fit population!

WE HAVE PRO SPORTS! So, if you are into that, you have a plethora of which to choose. The Denver Broncos play at Mile High Stadium in Denver and you may or may not have heard that they won the Super Bowl last year. The Colorado Avalanche (hockey) and the Denver Nuggets (men’s basketball) share the Pepsi Center in Denver and both are always fun and great for a night out! The Colorado Rockies play baseball at Coors Field which is one of the most spectacular stadiums in the country with the stunning Rocky Mountains in the backdrop. Colorado even has a professional soccer team and two professional lacrosse teams!

WE HAVE ARTS AND CULTURE! So, if you are into that, you also have plethora with which to choose. Colorado’s music, dance, theatre, and visual arts organizations are known here for presenting popular masterpieces and innovative, creative new works pretty much year round. Our state’s long tradition of stellar cultural events, performing arts series, and indoor and outdoor art festivals ensure that there is always something amazing to do and see here and you will are pretty much always guaranteed to be entertained!

Need more reasons to move to our great state? Give me a call! We could talk the benefits and beauty of living here until I am blue in the face!

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Fears and Worries of Home Buyers

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Have you, or someone you know, been considering purchasing a home but the associated worries seem to be too overwhelming? Here are a few thoughts that should hopefully help alleviate those concerns.

b2ap3 large one Worried about the associated costs required to purchase a home? Worried that you will not be able to take vacations or go out to dinner or plan for retirement because all of your current savings will be drained? DON’T BE. In this day and age, it is relatively inexpensive to purchase a home. VA loans require no down payment, and FHA loans require only a 3.5% down payment, and there are programs out there now that offer either down payment assistance or even down payment grants! Concerned about your closings costs? DON’T BE! Most savvy real estate professionals can get the Seller to pay your closing costs for you during the negotiation process!

b2ap3 icon twoWorried you might not ever find a home you really like? First and foremost….don’t settle, on a mediocre home, or on a mediocre real estate professional. If you work with the right real estate broker, they will take as long as you need until you find the home that is perfect for you. If you are feeling rushed or pressured by a real estate professional to hurry up and buy something, find another real estate professional! You deserve the time, patience, and respect that is needed to help you with perhaps the biggest purchase of your life!

b2ap3 icon threeWorried about buying a home that will have tons of repairs that are found only after you purchase it? Completely legitimate concern, but it can be alleviated two fold. A. Hire a professional home inspector to inspect your home prior to closing. A home inspector’s job is to make sure you know every possible thing, both good and bad, about the home. A home inspector can also give you an idea of how much certain bigger repair items might cost so that you can go back to the Seller and ask them to correct the issue(s) before closing. B. Purchase a home warranty that can potentially cover costly home repairs and replacements due to normal wear and tear after you have closed on your new home. (A home warranty is a separate contract that covers repairs and replacements on systems in your home and coverage typically lasts for a one year period).

b2ap3 icon fourWorried that it is cheaper to rent than own? In most areas of the United States, it currently is not, and for Colorado Springs specifically, it definitely is not. If you are fairly certain that you will be in one place for at least three years, it just makes sense to purchase versus rent. Think about it this way: Rent money literally disappears, and you are not able to build ANY equity like you would with owning a home. Rent money pays your landlord’s mortgage not your own. Rent money does not allow you vital federal tax deductions that come with owning a home. If in true doubt, use a rent vs. buy calculator to crunch the numbers or contact a local real estate professional for more insight.

Fear of the unknown causes quite a few of us to not make potentially good decisions. It is okay to be afraid, and it is definitely okay to ask questions…a lot of them! I am always here to answer your questions and even the ones that you may not even know that you have…I am ready when YOU are ready!

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Why you should not rule out selling your home in the winter months

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Winter will here before we know it, but that should not give you any concern at all if you are considering putting your home on the market for sale in the next few months.  Here are my reasons why:

1. The winter market can be less competitive for Sellers since many families will wait until Spring to list their home. Economics 101: Supply and demand.  Supply goes down, price goes up. This creates a unique opportunity for a Seller to make a little more money just by selling in the Winter months.

2.  The smaller amount of inventory in the form of active listings will allow Sellers to get more attention from a bigger pool of Buyers. This bigger pool of Buyers creates another unique opportunity for Sellers in the Winter months.  A bigger pool of existing Buyers will typically translate into shorter times before a Seller can expect an offer.

3.  Many people do not know this, but many larger corporations will transfer existing employees or hire new ones early in the new year. During this time period, and especially in larger metro markets like Denver and Colorado Springs, this activity tends to produce highly motivated Buyers for Sellers listing their homes in the Winter.

4.  Buyers looking to purchase in the winter tend to be more bound and determined to buy. Most folks will not do a great deal of window shopping in the harsher weather months of December and January like they tend to do in warmer months like March and April. Listing your home in the Winter will likely eliminate some of the ‘lookie loos’ of the Spring months.

To support my rationale, I found a study that came out in late December, 2013 from the online brokerage firm, Redfin. This study found that Sellers net more above asking price during the months of December, January, February, and March than they do from June through November. Further, homes listed in Winter sold faster than those listed in Spring. The likelihood of selling a home when listing in Denver broke down like this:  If you listed your home in Winter, you had a 77% chance of getting it sold in six months or less, in the Spring, you had a 64% chance, in the Summer, you had a 63% chance, and in the Fall, you had a 68% chance.

Winter is coming friends, and numbers don’t lie! If you are needing or wanting to sell your home in the Winter months, you can and with confidence! Feel free to give me a call.

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