Joe has been a Realtor in the Pikes Peak Region since 1997 and as a first year agent, Joe received the Real Trends Magazine, "Rookie of the Year" Award. Since then Joe has participated in hundreds of transactions. Additionally, Joe is a Charter member of the exclusive luxury-marketing group, Elite-25, Joe and Jennifer have consistently been ranked in the top 1% of Realtors in the Pike Peak Region. Joe is a graduate of The Julliard School and prior to his career in real estate worked as a professional musician, playing in orchestras and chamber groups in the United States and Europe. This experience fostered a strong work ethic and discipline. Joe leads the way in our development creative ways to use technology to market homes. Additionally, Joe has extensive knowledge about the home building process and works closely with our Custom Home Builder partners. Joe's experience and knowledge make him a valuable resource for our company as well as his clients.

The Great 8 Real Estate Articles From September, 2017

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There is a lot of real estate content and chatter online. This makes it difficult to determine what is valuable and what is noise. Well good news, we read a ton of real estate content to stay on top of the industry. At the end of the Month, we compile the best articles we could find. This month we present eight informative pieces. These articles lo...
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St. Joseph Statues and Other Tips To Make Your Home Sell Faster

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In the world of real estate, superstitions abound. Perhaps driven by sheer desperation, say, a house that’s been on the market for months and just won’t sell, or a home that’s in less-than-optimal condition, real estate agents and homeowners alike have been known to take some drastic measures. Take, for example, the legend of St. Joseph . Over the ...
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Why Building Your New Home in Colorado Springs is a Great Idea

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Background You hear it all the time – the real estate market is booming right now. But this level of activity does bring its challenges. Things are tough all over when it comes to finding existing homes available for sale. And the resale home inventory is especially tight in Colorado Springs. All of this makes new construction an attractive alterna...
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Tips on Buying a House

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In Residential Real Estate a Seller's market is defined as having less than six months of available inventory, and this means that sellers have the advantage. I don't know what you call a market where inventories are measured in weeks not months. If you are trying to buy a house, you already understand the frustration this type of market creates. T...
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Essential Tips to Buying a Home with Bad Credit

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Qualifying for a mortgage can be one of the more frustrating aspects of the steps to buying a house , even if you have great credit. On the other hand, if your credit is bad or damaged, getting a loan will be even more difficult, but not impossible. Bad Credit, Bankruptcy, Short Sale and Foreclosure don’t mean you’ll never be able to buy a house; t...
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The Promenade Shops at Briargate

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One of the newer shopping mall developments in Colorado Springs is The Promenade Shops at Briargate, an open air, pet-friendly, outdoor shopping center, located east of I-25 at Briargate & Voyager Parkways. History In August 2003, Poag & McEwen Shopping Centers opened the Promenade Shops at Briargate, Colorado Springs’ first In August...
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3-D Real Estate Tours with Matterport Camera

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Springs Homes just became the first real estate company in Colorado Springs to own “ The Matterport Camera ”. We have started to use the “Matterport Camera” to create 3-D spaces of our for-sale listings. We are then able to share these spaces online with potential home buyers. The “Matterport Camera” is a combination camera and measuring device. It...
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Don't Punish Your Prospects, Entertain Them-Marketing Real Estate Agents through Video

Don't Punish Your Prospects, Entertain Them-Marketing Real Estate Agents through Video
As an independent, boutique, real estate company our greatest asset is our agents. One of our primary responsibilities is to promote our agents. We do this by getting them in front of potential clients. Real estate buyers and sellers have become protective about sharing their contact information fearing being overwhelm with unwanted communication. ...
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Mortgage Prequalification Guide

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Don't Bring Me Down Mortgage prequalification is the essential first step buyers should take before even starting to look at houses. Here is a scenario we see all time: A Realtor meets with home buyer to discuss buying a house. The buyers are very excited and they've been looking at properties online and have a bunch they really want to see. The re...
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Condos vs Townhouses - What's the difference?

There is a lot of confusion about the differences between condos vs townhouses. They share many similarities, and this seems to be the source of this confusion. Even amongst real estate professionals we often hear more opinions than facts. If you are considering buying a condo or a townhouse, it is important for you to understand the different real...
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What Do I Need to Get Prequalified for a Loan?

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin Preparation is an essential element in any successful real estate transaction, especially when the unexpected happens, and it will. Loan problems constitute a good portion of what can go wrong in a typical real estate transaction. Loan qualification standards are complex and ch...
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The Home Inspection

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You’ve been out looking at homes. As a matter of fact, you’ve seen a lot of homes, so many that when you walk into the right one you know it immediately. Your Realtor writes an offer and you work out the pricing and other terms, you are “under contract”. Then it hits you, you really don’t know much about what you are buying, you know how the house ...
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Understanding Clouded Titles

Understanding Title Clouds, Colorado Springs Real Estate
When you buy a house you certainly don't want to inherit someone else's debts or legal problems. This is one reason for a title Insurance policy. Title Insurance protects or insures that you have "Clear Title" to your property. Clear Title means that there are no liens, claims, judgments or problems with the title. The aim is to define the undisput...
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What is the Difference Between Prequalification and Preapproval?

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Prequalification vs. PreApproval Prequalification and preapproval are two important real estate finance terms. Unfortunately, these terms often get confused. The difference is important as it describes a lender's actual level of commitment to a home buyer. Interchanging these terms can create problems during the home buying process. Prequalificatio...
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Everything You Need to Know About Mortgages

The world of home financing is a multi-faceted one and we at Springs Homes would like to help you understand the ins and outs of the mortgage world. Much of the confusion and seemingly random nature of the home loan and mortgage process has to do with where the money comes from and how it flows.  There are multitudes of exceptions and guidelin...
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5 Tips For Winter Home Selling

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“Nobody wants to move their Christmas Tree”! That’s what I was told by the seasoned pros early in my Real Estate career. The problem is that many people find themselves having to sell during the holidays. The period of time from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day is traditionally slow. The days are shorter, colder, darker and sometimes snowy. That’s th...
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A Decade of Equity Briargate 2006-2016

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The  Briargate  neighborhood is one of our market's most popular areas. This popularity is the result of good planning, good schools and convenient amenities. Briargate prices have always been a little higher because of on-going new construction. New construction is more expensive than comparable resale homes. Home buy...
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Improving Your Winter Real Estate Photos

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Winter months create significant challenges for real estate photographers. The days are shorter, darker, colder and sometimes snowy. Exterior images are the biggest challenge. This is a big deal because this is the primary image for almost every Real Estate Listing create. Our basic rule of thumb for exterior photographs is to s...
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A Decade of Equity-Black Forest 2006-2016

A Decade of Equity-Black Forest 2006-2016
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Black Forest has always been a popular area, especially for those looking for privacy, trees and views. The area has a median sales price higher than Colorado Springs and the overall Pikes Peak Region. We are going to take a look at the median price sales data in Black Forest over the last decade. Back in 2006 the median sales price in Black Forest...
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What is a Loan Commitment?

The Loan Commitment is the final stage in the home mortgage financing process. At this point you should have gone through “Pre-Qualification” and “Pre-Approval”. These are both important prerequisites to purchasing a home but neither one of these processes require actually having a particular home in mind, they just let everyone involved know that ...
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