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.

So You Married a Realtor

So You Married a Realtor

So you thought, sure, it would be great if my spouse is a Realtor... they'll have a flexible schedule and be able to help pick up kids from school and have occasional lunch dates... and then you realtize the unfortunate truth.

* It's pretty likely you'll be stood up on dates, because well, somebody walked into the office at 5:30pm to see 4 houses and of course write an offer... which is probably a competing offer, so we need to do it RIGHT NOW! 

 

* "I'll be home in 10-15 minutes"... actually means 30-45... or more (see above)

 

* Your spouse will be going to strangers' homes at all hours of the day to show them to other strangers... but it's fine... equipped with a stun gun (or in some cases, we actaully carry)

 

* Some of these "strangers" might just become our new BFFs, so be prepared to have awkward meals at random so we can figure out which ones will be lifelong friends. 

* We'll also be spending our money.. or ya know, financing again some marketing materials so we can tell all our current friends that "I'm becoming the best Realtor in the world, wanna help me get started?"

* And we'll be using this beautiful car (which should always be clean despite also carting my family in it and living on a dirt road) to drive to the nice homes all over town... oh, but also on the dirt roads of Woodland Park and Peyton properties. (it's fine, we'll be able to write off that mileage!) ** full disclosure, that's not our Camaro, but I'd take  it

 

* All Realtors "need" the classiest cars... even though we aren't making money when we start out, so we'll just finance everything, write it off in the hopes of striking it rich. 

* Plus I'll be gone for networking events in the evenings / weekends and volunteering whenever I can to help my community... "so you can get the kids today, right?...and next Tuesday... and Friday...?"

* Not only that, but this computer that I'm typing on (financed too, right?) will be on my lap while we watch TV in the evenings... and I'll check my smart phone for offer responses as soon as I get up in the morning, plus whenever else I'm not eating with my family. 

 

* Also, we'll be insanely particular about pronoucing REAL-TOR correctly.... some more than others. 

 

* When we have kids (we'll have time, really!)... they will learn fun real estate terminology like granite tile inlay (from my eldest son when he was 4-yrs-old) or the important difference between offer & contract... and the difference between a listing and selling broker. I laughed when my sick boy went with me after school drop of and he was excited to "see what I do after you drop us off".. like it's ever that same.. HA!

 

* I'll sometimes refer to our adorable additions as my little assistants when they have to accompany me on an appointment, thankfully not too often. 

 

* When sellers can't make it home, I'll occasionally open the house, set security systems, walk their adorable dogs (no I don't do cats because of allergies ;-) ), and re-secure properties. 

 

I know... lots of sarcasm and funny... but this business is seriously nutty at times. Thank God I have the most amazing, faithful husband on the planet. After 14 years he might kinda sorta be used to the craziness.

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Just Listed - 9855 LIBERTY GROVE, PEYTON, CO 80831

9855LibertyGrove

5 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, 3,570 SQ FT, $310,000

Immaculate stucco and brick 2x6 exterior constructed ranch plan with walk-out basement in Paint Brush Hills. Enjoyable lot with fenced back yard space, shed, extended deck and patio. Starting in the vaulted living room with fireplace, you'll enjoy the spacious feel. Three main level bedrooms. Master suites on the main and basement level, each with double sinks. Extended hardwoods through main level living spaces with wood laminate in kitchen. Main level laundry. Huge kitchen with island, gas cooktop. Basement workshop / storage. Peaked roof.

See more at www.9855libertygrove.com or contact Brooke Mitchell

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An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

I know...it's cliche... but this month seems to remind us to keep our thankful attitudes in check. There are the meme's on Facebook that joke something like- "November... a month for everyone who complains for 11 months, to pretend they are thankful"... oh and then there's black Friday where we go crazy shopping and hurting our fellow Americans to get the best deal... just one day after spending a whole day being thankful. 

In all seriousness AND thankfulness, I feel like this month sets us up to try and not be materialistic for the following month's festivities and celebrate the reason for the season. But back to November. I have done the daily giving thanks posts on Facebook, which turns out to be SO easy really. Don't we all have far more than we ever need or possibly even imagined for ourselves and our families?! I want to start a list of the hundreds of things now... my husband, my kids, Jesus, where we live, etc, etc... But I'd run out of room and bore you all to pieces. 

I would however rather dedicate this November Thankful post to our country.. the wonderful USA!!! To me there are 2 major components to that- 

First, as Thanksgiving approaches, I think of those who founded this country, among other things, for religious freedom. We have so many freedoms to be thankful for, and honestly more opportunity each day.  

Secondly our military, still fighting for (and sometimes dying for) this great country. I'm thankful for each member of the military.. each soldier, airman, seaman, reservist (I'm sorry if I'm butchering this)... and for their families who experience sacrifice at home while their loved one serves. I'm thankful to live in a place where I can drive down the street and walk into our church to worship with like-minded believers and that across the street or the country somebody else can worship (or not) as they see fit. I can safely drive state to state to see our loved ones. I drive my kids to a school where they feel safe to learn and grow... while seeing an awesome snow-covered peak on the way. 

I'm thankful... for this country, for our military.

Happy Veteran's Day to anyone who has served. THANK YOU!!!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone as well. Give Thanks! 

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Wonderful Vista Grande 4-level, 5991 Eldora Lane

Wonderful Vista Grande 4-level, 5991 Eldora Lane

I have been anxiously waiting to blog on this one!! It's such a great little house on the Northeast side of town, but after a few showings it was clear the achilles heel for this home was the 1970s kitchen arrangement. When you walked in you saw the back of cabinets and the back of the range. The sellers agreed to make some recommended changes, by moving the awkward peninsula & upper cabinets from the middle over to a side wall. The change is amazing, please check it out for yourself or give me a call and I can show it to you.

WOW... The change is just amazing, the way it opened up. I bet the sellers don't want to leave now! 

In addition to this sweet kitchen change, this house has all the right spaces with 3 bedrooms + 2 baths up.... main level vaulted living, dining, kitchen ... lower level family with with brick fireplace... and basement partially finished with workshop or storage. The garage is oversized with bonus storage and workshop space as well.... and the back yard is so PEACEFUL, especially with some new back fence. 

Thanks so much for checking it out, please visit http://5991eldoralane.com/ for more photos, the listing video and more details. Contact me with any questions or for a personal showing. I can't wait to bring buyers through with this new kitchen!! 

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Important Home Inspection "add-ons"

Important Home Inspection "add-ons"

If you've ever bought a home or if you're in the process of buying a home, one of the most important and first things that happens is the buyers' home inspection. Depending on the size of the house, a general home inspection is $250-600 and takes 2-5 hours. If you have additional buildings, structures, etc those will all add expense. 

In addition to that, there are many other things you need to think about when it comes to your Home Inspection Rights and Costs. Some of these things are regional, specific to the state, climate, etc. Your real estate professional can advise, and your home inspector will also make suggestions. 

RADON - Radon gas is a prevalent issue in the state of Colorado and the region. It is a gas emitted from the break down of rock / granite in the soil. It's all over our area, but it happens to be heavier than the oxygen we breath, so it's tested at the lowest level of the home. Different companies administer test in various ways, but usually a minimum 48-hour test is best to collect data. Radon can be mitigated from $900-1500. Get more important information about Radon.

MOLD  - Most home inspectors will not claim to inspect for mold, but will check for visual areas that appear to have excessive moisture or discoloration consistent with mold. They will then recommend an environmental specialist to take surface and air samples to be sent to a lab. 

TERMITES - Termites are extremely uncommon here because of the cold winters (and maybe altitude). I will not say they don't exist, but in 14 years (hundreds of sales) I've had termites spotted by an inspector in 1 home. Sometimes foreclosures with out of state banks will require termite inspection, because it's common in other places. Sometimes that requirement can be waived. Again, good inspectors know the "flags" that might indicate an issue and will alert you to consult a pest control specialist. 

METH - one of my least favorite 4-letter words... ugh! Apparently Colorado is one of the most lenient states on multiple offenders, so meth use and cooking is fairly common. The sad part is the residue remains in everything... fabrics, drywall, etc. Meth tests can be done by environmental specialists as well, for $500-2000 depending on the amount of areas test. Mitigation requires going all the way to studs to completely remediate the space, to the tune of $thousands! People often think it's just an issue in poorer neighborhoods or downtown areas, but the sad fact is meth has been found all over the city all the way up into the million dollar price range. 

WELL  - For about $300 you can have a well company inspect all the equipment and perform a 2 hour pressure test. While this might seem like a lot, it can help find a hidden issue on a system seemingly working "just fine"... like the recent well pressure tank that needed replacement. Thankfully it was discovered before closing, giving my clients the opportunity to request replacement by the sellers! 

WATER  - El Paso county will do water bacteriological testing. It's not expensive ($40 I think), but the collection container and process are very specific and the county requires submission in a short amount of time after collection. In most cases the lender REQUIRES this test if the property has a well. 

SEPTIC - It used to be up to the buyer to inspect or request that seller have the septic inspected. Effective January 2015, the seller now carries the obligation and title will not transfer nor loan fund until a septic inspection is complete. This regulation is new to El Paso County, however other counties have been requiring this for a while. Each county or region has a list of approved inspectors on their website. Some are easier that others to bring into compliance. 

 

I hope this helps you (and doesn't scare you!) to figure out what areas are of highest importance. There are other inspections that might be required based on a lot of factors. After inspections are done, buyer has a right to ask seller for any number of items to be repaired or further evaluated by the appropriate professional (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roof, etc). The physical inspection phase is normally in the first 7-14 days of the contract. If you have any additional questions about Home Inspection Add-Ons, let me know.

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