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.

A Decade of Equity-Black Forest 2006-2016

A Decade of Equity-Black Forest 2006-2016

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 was $411,048. That number is actually quite high, but it is important to remember that this number was fueled by easy “pre-crash” money and hot new subdivisions like Cathedral Pines and High Forest Ranch. Value in the area increased another 1.8% into 2007 before dropping 18% over the next four years to $339,500 in 2011.

Black Forest slowly began taking back some of the losses, along with the rest of the Colorado Springs real estate market, from the end of 2011 until June of 2013 and the tragic “Black Forest Fire”. Post fire, the fear in the real estate community was that values would see a negative effect based on the loss of trees. This was initially the case, especially with land values, but not so for the overall real estate market. The post fire median price in Black Forest has jumped a whopping 26.8% since the fire.

There are a number of factors contributing to this aggressive rate of appreciation. First of all, some of the areas most drastically affected by the fire were some of the oldest and most affordable neighborhoods in Black Forest. Once these areas were rebuilt and sold, the home prices were more in line with the rest of Black Forest. Additionally, many people did rebuild in order to sell or just flat out sold to builders, who in turn built to sell. Either way, these sales were modern construction on very large lots, and the land prices as well as the lot sizes are really responsible for driving up the median sales price.

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Moving forward, we anticipate values stabilizing, although demand looks to remain high in the area as new amenities move closer and closer.

If you are interested in talking to us about Black Forest Real Estate, please feel free to contact us, we would be happy to help.

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Colorado Charm in Walden Photo Journal

This photo shoot was in the Walden subdivision of the Tri-Lakes area. This is a beautiful area, large lots, plenty of trees and some awesome views. This was a newer home, so there were lots of challenges but at the end we were really happy with the results.

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The amount of contrast between the light and shadows here on the exterior of the home made us decide to do a 5 bracket tonal compression. It really evened out the image and gave it a natural look.

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Portrait angled shots are generally difficult to deal with on real estate websites as well as in the MLS. We couldn't resist this one though. As you look back towards the door it is the focal point of the front of the house. 

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This great room living room is was just soaked with sunlight. We wanted to maintain the views of some of the vegetation through the windows while showing the room was warm and open. In order to accomplish this we did a 7 exposure "Fusion" this helped maintain the actual look and feel of the room.

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Once again in the kitchen we used a 7 exposure to give the room a warm and natural look. 

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This image was taken from our "drone" we tried to minimize the contrast between shadows and sunlight. We did a virtual HDR image for this one, using RAW files to simulate an actual HDR image. We were not able to get usable brackets because it was windy and the drone was moving all over the place.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to us about our listing services, please contact us or give us a call 719-388-4000

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3945 Gorge View Place Photo Journal

3945 Gorge View Place is an impeccably maintained 4-level home located in a truly unique neighborhood. Sunset Mesa, is a hidden gem of a neighborhood right in the heart of Northeast Colorado Springs

 

Gorge View Exterior

 

This exterior shot is a 3 exposure HDR image. We used the aspen tree to the right in order to block the sun which was behind the house when we shot this. The leaves provided a nice bright green accent in the upper right hand corner. Additionally, the position of the sun kept the living areas full of natural light for the entire shoot.

 

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In this Kitchen, we wanted to capture a clean, even feel while bringing attention to the hardwood floors. In order to accomplish this we used a 7 bracket "Exposure Fusion".

 

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This Family Room was located at the back of the house, there was a ton of sunlight streaming in through the windows. We did a 9 bracket fusion. This allowed us to show the room as it appears to the eye. Notice you can see foliage through the window. A standard image would have shown the window as completely "blown out" (over exposed).

 

 

Backyard Picture

 

The backyard was a 3 exposure HDR tone compression image. We shot it this way because there was such a wide contrast between the shaded and sunny areas. Tone Compression seems to work really well in this kind of setting.

 

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The remaining images are 7 bracket "Exposure Fusions". We shot this way because we wanted to have a clean even look on the inside while maintaining the view through the windows into this beautiful lot.

 

For more information on this house please visit: https://www.springshomes.com/mls/2577820-3945-Gorge-View-PL-Colorado-Springs-CO-80918

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Real Estate Photography

Online listings and more specifically, property photos have become the new first showing. Buyers no longer want to waste time slogging through dozens of homes in order to find “The One”. Like it or not, todays buyers eliminate properties based on first impressions. Great property photos motivate homebuyers to move those homes to the top of the stack. Good Realtors know this and insist on the highest quality photos.  

 

Good quality images are generally described as being clean, clear, bright and even. Additionally, the expectation is that the shots will use a wide angle lens in order to clearly showing the entire room. Great photos should convey emotions as well as a sense of comfort and style; a place that would make you happy to live in.  

 

Professional photography starts with professional equipment. Modern DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras are ideal for real estate work. These cameras give the photographer the ability to realistically see what they are producing, allowing the experienced photographer to make adjustments for different lighting conditions. Additionally, the DSLR allows the photographer to change lenses, as needed. If your property pictures are done with a phone or point and shoot camera, you will want to take a look at the results before going live, especially when compared to other homes on the market.  

 

The next step for any professional real estate photographer is going to be post production work. This involves color correction, white balance adjustments, vertical adjustments from effects of wide angle lenses and more. Truly great photographers will take the post production process a step further and produce “enfused” or “HDR” (High Dynamic Range) images. Both of these treatments require a lot more work but in the end provide much more photorealistic images, ones that really stand out from the pack.  

 

The human eye, perceives a much wider dynamic range of light than any camera possibly can. HDR Photography techniques like “Exposure Fusion” and “Tone Mapping” processes compensate for the camera's lack of dynamic range by allowing the photographer to take multiple images of a single scene. These images cover the range from seriously under exposed to very overexposed. The photographer then uses special software in order to merge these images, adjusting the pixels based on the overall image. The resultant image shows a significantly wider dynamic range than any single image can. Here is a side by side comparison of a "properly" exposed single image and a Exposure Fusion version of the same scene.

 

 

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Normal, appropriately exposed image Exposure Fusion Version

 

The Exposure Fusion version shows a much more even, clean look without changing the fundamental look of the room. In order to accomplish this, we used the following 7 total exposures. These were processed in PhotoMatix Pro and the rendered as the resulting Exposure Fusion above.

 

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The second option we have when working in a program like PhotoMatix Pro, is to render the image with "Tone Compression". We have found this process to be helpful but only in certain cases. We feel like the images result in a fake or overprocessed look. Here is the same image rendered as an HDR image with tone compression:

 

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HDR with Tone Compression Exposure Fusion

 

We feel like Tone Compression give the images a fake, over processed feel. Since our goal is to realistically show our for sale listings in the best possible light, we primarily use the fusion method.

 

No matter what processing techniques the photographer uses, it is the Realtor's job to make sure their for sale listings are presented in the best light possible. If you have any questions about Real Estate Photography or are interested in talking to us about selling your home, please give us a call.

 

 

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Youth Symphony - Sounds of the Season

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Sounds of the Season is the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony's  annual holiday concert at the Pikes Peak Center.  Prepare to enjoy this great mid-season concert and start off your holiday music tradition at the biggest classical music venue in the Springs ! 

 

Date: Saturday December 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Location: Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: Pikes Peak Center

Additional Info: http://csysa.com/content/concertsevents

  

 

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