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.

Understanding Your Property Taxes

Understanding your Colorado Springs property taxes
Will property taxes go up in 2017? Better yet, just how are property taxes calculated? Here, in Colorado Springs, the El Paso County Assessor re-evaluates the value of homes every two years. He starts with the current market value of the home. Market Value is based on the most recent comparable sales in the area. Once market value is determined, he...
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Just Listed! 3515 Mosswood Lane Colorado Springs CO 80910

Just Listed! 3515 Mosswood Lane Colorado Springs CO 80910
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Well, if this isn't the cutest house! Check out my new listing.  Built in 1972, this charming home features 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and over 1,600 finished square feet!  Includes updated kitchen with Silestone counters, new cabinets, new sink/faucet, new flooring, new roof, new carpet, new lighting, new windows, new doors, new paint, updated ...
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Cash Buyers for Homes: Pros and Cons

Cash Buyers for Homes: Pros and Cons
Right now I'm working with a cash buyer, meaning they do not have to get a loan to purchase a home.  Often times cash buyers ask "can I negotiate more since I'm paying cash?"  Here is what I tell them:  Advice for Cash Buyers Being a cash buyer is great because you don't have to wait the usual time for a mortgage loan. You can usuall...
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1003 Sun Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80905

1003 Sun Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80905
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Check out my new listing!  This one is cool.  Located on a cul-de-sac lot which backs to open space and a natural preserve, the mountain and city views are AMAZING!!!   This 1960 home has been lovingly restored and maintained to showcase the original character and charm of that era.   It features vaulted and beame...
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Colorado Appraisals Get More Expensive

Colorado Appraisals Get More Expensive
People often confuse a home inspection with a home appraisal. To clarify, a home inspection is to determine the condition of the home and inclusions. A home appraisal is a formal opinion of value to determine what the property is worth. If you're getting a new mortgage your lender will require an appraisal in order to justify the sal...
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Bringing Awareness to Teen Suicide

Bringing Awareness to Teen Suicide
Suicide, is a sad topic no one wants to talk about. But I have to write about it because it's affecting our teens in Colorado Springs. You see, teen suicide is on the rise here. As of mid-October there have been 13 teen suicides in ...El Paso County.  In 2015 there were 14 teen suicides here. Our very own Academy School District 20 recently la...
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More Halloween Fun in Colorado Springs

More Halloween Fun in Colorado Springs


As promised, here is my favorite activity for the little ones. BOO AT THE ZOO, at our very own Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, is a great way for children to enjoy the holiday. I took my daughter to this every year when she was little, and we both loved it. Children can dress up in costume, visit the animals and trick-or-treat for candy provided by loc...
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Celebrating Halloween in Colorado Springs

Celebrating Halloween in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs loves Halloween. I've never seen a city so enthusiastic about this holiday. There are many Halloween activities to enjoy here during the month of October. This weekend my teenage daughter went to the Haunted Mines , something she enjoys every year. The Haunted Mines takes place in the Northgate area at the old Mining...
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Nicole's Pumpkin Bread

Nicole's Pumpkin Bread
Every Fall I bake my favorite pumpkin bread.  Funny story about this recipe...it was actually mailed to me by another Realtor, trying to drum up business.  She was canvassing my neighborhood and apparently didn't know she was sending this to "the competition". Anyhow, it looked pretty good so I gave it a try.  It's actually one of th...
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9 Things Which Give Value to a Neighborhood

9 Things Which Give Value to a Neighborhood
I recently wrote a blog about things which devalue a neighborhood. Now it's time to talk about things which add value to one:   1. School District - Being in a desirable school district always adds value to a property. In fact, I sometimes get phone calls from out of state buyers who are coming to Colorado Springs and have already targete...
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Open House this Wednesday and Saturday in Forest Meadows

Open House this Wednesday and Saturday in Forest Meadows
Come Try Out This Private Master Balcony!!! We are holding open houses at this lovely home Wednesday August 24th, 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM and Saturday August 27th, 10 AM to 1:00 PM. For more details on  our listing at 7778 Chasewood Loop, Colorado Springs 80908, go to  https://www.springshomes.com/mls/6453302-7778-Chasewood-LP-Colorado-Springs...
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9 Things that Devalue a Neighborhood

9 Things that Devalue a Neighborhood
I recently read an interesting article about home prices and what can make a home more or less valuable.  Below is the list of nine top things which devalue a property or neighborhood, and my commentary on each: 1. Bad School District -  I completely agree with this one.  Families with school age children are especiall...
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7778 Chasewood Loop - New Listing in Forest Meadows

7778 Chasewood Loop - New Listing in Forest Meadows






I'm so excited about this new listing. I sold the house to them and it's just as pretty today as it was when they bought it.  It's a former model home and has all the builder upgrades you can imagine. Here's more detail of the place: Built in 2007, the gorgeous home features 5 bedrooms, 4 baths and 3,400 finished square feet.&nb...
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Low Property Taxes in Colorado

Low Property Taxes in Colorado

I often hear buyers comment on how low our property taxes are here in Colorado as compared to other states. I've heard that in places like New Jersey they are much higher.  But I never knew exactly how much higher. Recently I came across this article on Realtor.com   It's about property taxes and how much they cost in each ...
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Why Doing a Final Walk Through is Crucial


When buying a home, you have the option of doing a final walk through to verify condition before you close. Some buyers want to waive this right, especially if the home they are buying is vacant. They figure the house probably looks the same as it did when they initially saw it and there is no reason to look again.  WRONG! Here is my favorite ...
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Crazy Good Real Estate Market

Crazy Good Real Estate Market
It is a good real estate market for sellers right now. And it is a crazy real estate market for buyers right now. Sellers are getting top dollar for their homes, and often times they are seeing bidding wars and multiple offers in the under $300,000 price range. Buyers, on the other hand, have to act fast when they find that perfect home. Most likel...
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It's a Seller's Market for Sure!


I keep running into the same problem...not enough houses for sale for all the buyers right now.  Currently I am working with a sweet, young couple looking to buy their first home.  They both work and have 2 little children with a 3rd one on the way. So needless to say they are busy.  Time is limited. And when they do make  time ...
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Colorado Springs in the Top 20 Cities for Real Estate

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I just read a fun article in Realtor.com about which 20 cities have the hottest real estate markets right now. Guess what? Colorado Springs is in there! According to them, they rank a hot market by how many showings a home gets, how long houses stay on the market, and how many new sales the area is seeing. Here is the complete list, all 20 cities w...
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7386 Owings Point Colorado Springs CO 80831

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Check out my new listing!  This spacious rancher was built in 2006 and features 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and over 2,100 finished square feet.  Interior offers vaulted ceilings, upgraded carpet and pad, upgraded door hardware, large living room, formal dining area, gourmet kitchen with breakfast counter bar and pantry, finished basement, good s...
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Mortgage Interest Rates in 2016

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Everyone is speculating about interest rates. Will they go up in 2016 or will they remain low? A low interest rate allows the home buyer to qualify for a higher priced home. When interest rates go up, buyers do not have as much buying power. Here is an excerpt from an article I recently read on realtor.com : "Mortgage rates will likely be volatile ...
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