A licensed Colorado Real Estate Broker since 1996, Nicole works with both buyers and sellers. In 2009, she was ranked #21 out of 214 ERA agents state wide, for volume sold. She proudly supports our local military and is happy to offer our military appreciation program to active duty clients. http://www.springshomes.com/military-assistance-program. In addition to real estate, Nicole’s passions include running, ballroom dancing, cooking and playing piano. With a strong background in new home construction and accounting, she has a sharp eye for detail.

Colorado Springs Best Coffee Ever

Colorado Springs has it all in the way of places to shop and eat. Chain stores pepper the city from North to South selling familiar goods like clothing and dog food and Starbucks coffee.  But we also have the specialty boutique stores, independently-owned and locally run offering unique, high-quality goods which you cannot get anywhere else.&n...
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The Up-Front Costs of Buying a Home

You might be getting a mortgage for your new home, but did you know?  There are fees that you, the buyer, must pay prior to that new mortgage and prior to closing on your new home.  Buyers often ask "what money will I need up-front for this purchase?"  Here is what I tell them: EARNEST MONEY When you write a purchase contract for a h...
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Nicole Happel's Favorite Pumpkin Bread

It's that time of year again!  Every October I post my favorite recipe for pumpkin bread.  I've tried a few, and this one is by far the best.  I think it's the cream cheese which makes it extra yummy.  And there's a funny story about how I came across this recipe.  One day I got home from work, and in my mailbox w...
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1247 Soaring Eagle Drive Colorado Springs CO 80915

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Here is my newest listing!  Built in 1985, this charming town home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, wood burning fireplace, upper-level laundry, private fenced rear patio with storage shed and even mountain views!  The exterior features a new roof, parking spaced right in front of the unit and spacious green lawns all around.  The interior h...
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3 Jewel Ave Colorado Springs CO 80906

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Check out my newest listing in Southwest Colorado Springs !  Built in 1962, this home has been lovingly remodeled and includes 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, finished basement, 2 fireplaces, updated kitchen with hickory cabinets, Corian counters with integrated sink, glass tile backsplash, ceramic tile floors in kitchen and dining, recessed lighting, up...
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Fall in Colorado Springs

Fall in Colorado Springs
The end of summer is finally winding down with school back in session. Fall is right around the corner -- so be sure to stock up on pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters & Fall activities.  Personally, it’s been a great year for business. I’ve helped many buyers relocate and find new homes, and I’ve had multiple listings this year as well. H...
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6725 McCracken Drive


Check out my latest listing!  Built in 1999, this lovely 2-story home features formal living room, separate family room with gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings, spacious kitchen with wood floors and stainless steel appliances, 3 good sized bedrooms, upper-level laundry, central air, new roof and a professionally landscaped yard including auto sprinkler, mature trees and shrubs, lush lawn and even a wooden playhouse in back!  Located in the popular Powers area, this home is an easy commute to Peterson Air Force Base, Shriever Air Force Base, Ft. Carson Army Post and even the Air Force Academy. Near to shopping, restaurants, movie theatres, parks, and schools, this one meets all the needs.

But the best part about this listing is the people who own it. They are past clients who bought the house 10 years ago. They are some of the nicest people on earth. When they called recently about selling their home, they said "when we knew it was time to sell we wouldn't have even considered calling anyone else. After the great experience we had working with you the first time, it was a no-brainer!" How can I not love working for people like that? Knowing they value my work and our relationship means the world to me. 

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Being a Realtor Is About Personal Relationships


Over the years my clients often become friends.  After all, we talk and email daily during the course of the transaction, and with that, we become quite familiar with each other's lives and routines.  We share stories which go beyond real estate, delving into the personal about our kids and pets and how we feel today.  Clients have met my family, joined us boating at the lake, taken pictures of our dogs.  They invite me to their weddings and baby showers and parties.  They sometimes call for relationship advice or where to buy a good burger.  One client currently under contract is pregnant, so we begin our conversations with "how are you feeling today?  are you so excited to be having a girl?"  My business is so personal.

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2017 Real Estate Market Heads Strong into the Fall


This year Colorado Springs real estate market made the list of top 10 cities in the nation for hottest real estate markets, according to Realtor.com, and it's no wonder.  Home prices continue to rise. Home sales are abundant. And there is significantly less inventory (homes for sale) than in years past. Here is a breakdown of what is happening in our little boom town this year.

Single Family Home Sales =  UP 5.6% over last year

Average Price for a Home =  UP 11.2% over last year (currently at $313,652)

Total Homes for Sale =  DOWN 15% from last year

Condo/Townhome Sales = UP 15% over last year

Average Price for a Condo/Townhome = UP 10.5% over last year (currently at $193,564)

Total Condos/Townhomes for Sale = DOWN 25.9% from last year

Supply is low. Demand is high. More buyers are buying and relocating here. And there are less homes for them to choose from. Competition is steep, driving home prices way up. Bidding wars are the norm, especially in the under $500,000 price range. 

I recently had two listings which received multiple offers within 24 hours of going on market. And both ended up selling for above asking price!  We call this a seller's market where homes sell fast and at top dollar.  Buyers, on the other hand, are at a disadvantage. They have less homes to choose from and prices are higher than ever.  The only fortunate thing is interest rates remain low, enabling buyers to qualify for higher amounts.

The big question? Will this trend continue?  And for how long? My belief is we will see this robust market for awhile, and definitely well into next year.  But eventually there will be a correction. History has proven markets like this always correct at some point. If you are looking to buy or sell and want to find out more about the market, give me a call.  

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6425 Lange Drive Colorado Springs CO 80918

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Homes are selling so fast lately.  This listing went under contract after only one day on market.   Fun story with it.  The owners are people I met 20 years ago.  We all frequent Cottonwood Park in the mornings.  I like it for the running trails.  These folks are regulars, and even on the most wintery of mornings,...
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Preparing Your Teen for Driving

Back when I was a teen getting a driver's license was pretty simple. We enrolled in driver's education offered in public schools and at the end of the course we took an exam and upon passing were eligible for a learner's permit. The permit was obtained at the local DMV where you fill out an application and maybe showed them your birth cer...
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How Do You Determine Market Value?

As a Realtor people often ask me how market value is determined. Sellers want to know their market value so they can decide on a fair asking price. Buyers want to know the market value of their home so they can see that the price of the home is justified. Here is the advice that I usually I give them. Factors that Influence Mark...
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The Importance of a Buyer's Walk Through!

As a Realtor, I have learned many lessons through the ins and outs of closing so many home sales over the years. This story is a recent one, which will stay with me for a long time and I thought that it was important to share in hopes that potential home buyers or home sellers might avoid this pitfall by taking some good real estate advice.  I...
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Colorado Springs Bike Trails: Pikes Peak Greenway Trail

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With the warmer weather, I have been excited to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. With my bike, I have been exploring some of the great Colorado Springs Bike Trails and I stumbled upon another one. The Pikes Peak Greenway Trail is one of the most popular bike trails in Colorado Springs.  I like it because it's paved, located in the heart of town ...
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Scenic Colorado Springs bike trails: Biking USAFA

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Colorado Springs is unique in that we're a sprawling city at the base of the mountains. Nature and wildlife are abundant here, and the mountains are our backyard. Woven throughout the city are trails for biking, hiking and running. And it's easy to lose yourself in the outdoors. To really capture such beauty I highly recomm...
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Colorado Springs: A Seller's Market For Sure

It's definitely a seller's market right now. Properties often receive multiple offers. Bidding wars are the norm, where the highest and best offer gets the house. Days on market have dwindled down so much that many homes sell the first day they are on market.  I am working with a family right now who is super excited that we got their current ...
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15642 Coquina Drive Monument CO 80132

15642 Coquina Drive Monument CO 80132
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I'm so excited about this new listing!  Built in 2001, this beautiful stucco home has 4 bedrooms, an office, great room, formal dining room, upper-level loft, finished basement and professionally landscaped yard!  The main level features wood floors, spacious kitchen with island, pantry and counter bar, master bedroom with his/her closets...
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710 Cresta Road Colorado Springs CO 80906

710 Cresta Road Colorado Springs CO 80906
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I am beyond excited about this new listing! Built in 1952, this ranch floorplan sits on an oversized lot with mature trees, flowering shrubs, an expansive brick patio, fountain and even a greenhouse! This tastefully updated home features remodeled bathrooms and kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, and a warming drawer. It has wide p...
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2017 Real Estate Market at a Glance

2017 Real Estate Market at a Glance

Our housing market is off to a great start this year. Sales are abounding. Many properties are receiving multiple offers, and the days on market are shorter than ever. For more detailed local stats, check out our Market Reports . Mortgage interest rates are still low, hovering in the 4%-4.25% range. I just saw an article from Realtor.com which says...
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A Love Letter to My Clients

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In honor of Valentine's Day, I am writing this love letter to all my clients.    Dear Clients/Friends, Thank you for allowing me to help you with one of the most important decisions of your life, one of buying and selling your home, one of relocating your family, one of financial change, one of great impact to you.   Thank ...
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