Brooke has been selling real estate since 2001 and enjoys serving the community. She has 2 professional designations, CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative). What that means to you is she strives to go above the required continuing education standards to provide a higher level of expertise to her clients. She has been with Springs Homes since early 2008 and loves providing stellar service for all your real estate needs! She has been in Colorado since 1988, growing up in Castle Rock and now gorgeous Colorado Springs/Black Forest area with her husband & her 2 wonderful sons. She has family in the real estate industry all along the front range and loves serving & selling in the Pikes Peak region. Her family enjoys the great Colorado outdoors (camping, dirt biking/ATVs, hiking, fishing) as well as being very involved in their church.

Hiking the Pikes Peak Region North to South

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It might seem a bit silly as the weather turns cooler to talk about hiking. However, Colorado's 300+ days of sunshine lend to year-round hiking (and golfing for that matter)... plus if it's too snowy, I'll just throw on snowshoes and "hike" that way. I am certainly not an expert on all of these trails, but I will try to give a brief description or ...
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How to Use the El Paso County Assessor Website

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Colorado Springs is the second largest city in Colorado, located within El Paso County. I've recently had more opportunity to explore the user-friendly El Paso County Assessor's website . As a Realtor in Colorado Springs , I have used this site quite a bit for real estate purposes, but there are some functions that are useful to any resident of El ...
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Academy School District 20 Boundary Changes

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If you want to stir up some controversy, start a discussion about schools; if you really want to get people excited, start a discussion on school district boundaries. Academy School District D20 is proposing some boundary changes for the upcoming school years. One of the first things people ask is about changes to external boundaries (those bo...
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Searching for the Right Schools!

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What are the Best Schools in Colorado Springs?

As real estate professionals, we are often asked to help find the "best school" and while we cannot steer you in the direction of a certain district, school or neighborhood for a variety of reasons, the truth is the "right school" is different for every family and student. I have a friend with 6 students in different schools/districts; they did the research to find what's best for each of their students! I'm here to help you find more information so you can make an informed decision.

Once you have selected the right school or district for your student or family, try out our Springs Homes awesome new search-by-school-district capability.

 

Colorado Springs School District Map

 

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14910 Spiritwood Loop - Black Forest Home

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After years of living in Black Forest ourselves, there are normally two personality types: I have always lived in the City, want some space & trees/views, still like people I want to live in seclusion and never see anyone again  I'm kidding of course, because there are all sorts of people here, but some do tend to lean one way or the other...
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I Want to be a Realtor...

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With the booming real estate market, especially locally, we are seeing lots of people interested in the real estate business... friends, family, & clients. But HOW?.. well it all starts with real estate school, but those of us in the business a while know there should be some sort of personality exam first. HA! It's a very interesting and chall...
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Home Buyer's Needs Assessment

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It seems in this "transitional community" we live in, with military, job growth, etc. we frequently do needs assessment over the phone or on-line... only planning showings once the buyers arrive and we hit the ground running.  What is a needs assessment for a home buyer? and where do we start? Recently I had a buyer who lives here in town alre...
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Buying a Home with a Pikes Peak View

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People come to the Colorado Springs area from all over the country... the world for that matter. They move here primarily because of our military and technology companies, but also just for the sheer beauty and reasonable cost of living. The Pikes Peak region is a popular place. One of the first things people ask for (especially from the midwest or...
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PPRBD Building Permits for Home Improvement

PPRBD Building Permits for Home Improvement
With just about any home improvement in El Paso and Teller counties, homeowners are required to pull a permit with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) in Colorado Springs... anything from basement finishes, decks, electrical/plumbing updates, water heaters, furnaces, adding outbuildings... the list goes on! Their website is relative...
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International Notary Guidelines

Notary Guidelines
I'm certainly not going to pretend to be an expert on all things regarding legal notary services around the globe. It only came to my attention a few years ago that it might not be as easy to process real estate paperwork everywhere as it is here!  In the United States of America, many legal documents need to be notarized. For most of us, in o...
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Tiny Trees - Colorado Seedling Program

Tiny Trees - Colorado Seedling Program
When we first moved onto acreage, we were in the great rolling hills northeast of Colorado Springs. Our property was not treed and the only growth to speak of was weeds. Now in our second home on acreage, we looked into a seedling program offered by the state. Crazy as it is, I recall doing this when my family moved to Castle Rock, CO in 1988. We p...
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Year-round Hiking Adventure at The Paint Mines in Calhan Colorado

Year-round Hiking Adventure at The Paint Mines in Calhan Colorado
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Colorado is notorious for its fluctuating weather patterns.... snow possible in areas 10 months out of the year, but 300+ days of sunshine! This week is a fine example of this... snow and wind today, but we'll be back up to 60 & sunny by Wednesday/Thursday. That being said, for a girl who loves outdoor adventure, I try to hike year round. ...
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Koi Bring Positivity Across DCC

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In September 2016 our 9-yr-old, a Discovery Canyon Campus 4th grader, brought home some fun fish he made in art class at school. That weekend we had a friend in town, his parents, and my in-laws for dinner. After dinner said 9-y-o placed a piece of paper on the table in front of each person... 7 adults and his brother, a 12-yr-old DCC 7th grader. H...
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Southern Colorado Insurance Changes

Southern Colorado Insurance Changes
I love it here... so thankful for limited natural disasters like tornado, hurricane, earthquakes. However, Colorado is still subject to blizzards, hail, wind, and fire. 2012 and 2013 were devastating locally when it comes to fire. Much of those homes have been rebuilt. So, let's talk about the unfortunate weather issues of 2016 And how it's changin...
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Cookie Cutter Neighborhoods

Cookie Cutter Neighborhoods
Colorado Springs is filled with all sorts of neighborhoods, many developers have come into areas with the idea to divide property as tight as possible to build as many homes as possible. Profit, obviously their goal. There is the benefit of having neighbors nearby, and smaller lots to maintain and water in this dry climate!! I have many a story! He...
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Tankless vs Tank Water Heaters: What's the Best?

Tankless vs Tank Water Heaters: What's the Best?
I've often wondered, so maybe you have too, what the best style of water heater is for a home. The tankless option which came out years ago to provide more energy efficiency seems to be a great option, because water isn't sitting in the typical stand-up tank being heated and unused.  However I wanted to get some expert advice, so I consulted w...
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12864 Pine Valley Cir - Golf, Swim, Run, Play

12864 Pine Valley Cir - Golf, Swim, Run, Play
I'm so excited about this new listing the Woodmen Hills community in Peyton Colorado. It's a great 2-story with ample rooms for rest, play, craft, exercise, TV, games, etc! The main level includes a generous living room, dining and kitchen... With a walk-out to a great back yard, bordered at the rear with privacy trees; plus enjoy a patio and stora...
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Just Your Average Real Estate Day

Just Your Average Real Estate Day



So, in case you are wondering if Realtors are some super-human breed of peeps, I'm here to tell you, we all have "days like this"... Like the rest of the world. One of my favorite books growing up, my mom always read to us, "Alexander's Terrible, Horrible, No-good, Very Bad Day"... Why such a bummer of a book?! Well, because it shows us that everyo...
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Labor Day Balloon Festival Tradition

Labor Day Balloon Festival Tradition


A Colorado Springs tradition over Labor Day weekend used to be called the Balloon Classic, but was "bought" by another group and is now the Labor Day Lift Off. In either case, this awesome festival takes place in Memorial Park near downtown Colorado Springs . Walk amongst launching balloons, enjoy booths, jumpers for kids, morning lift-offs, evenin...
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2016 Parade of Homes in the Books

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The Colorado Springs HBA Parade of Homes is one of my absolute favorite local annual events!!! Anyone who knows me knows I don't like hot weather, and this tradition marks the beginning of school and a general cooling trend as we head into fall. Not only that, but I LOVE seeing new design trends... building styles, colors, features, locations, furn...
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