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.

Jack-O Lantern Trail Walk

Jack-O Lantern Trail Walk

Another fun thing to do in October is the Jack O Lantern Trail Walk at the Fountain Creek Nature Center.  Located just South of Colorado Springs is the City of Fountain.  The Fountain Creek Nature Center includes a museum and acres of winding trails which lead through densly treed preserved land that parallels the creek.  Here is an exerpt from their web site:

 

See some Creepy Critters and take a walk on the Jack-O-Lantern Trail at the Fountain Creek Nature Center.  Trails will be lighted with pumpkins from the Pumpkin carving party held earlier in the day.  Come and see the creepy and creative designs on the trail walk.  There will also be a Creepy Critters slide show, meet a live Tarantula and receive a candy treat.  Wear your favorite costume to the event.  To create a pumpkin for the trail come to the Pumpkin Carving party that will be held on October 26 from 9 am to Noon. For more information call (719) 520-6745.

Date:  Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time:  5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location:  Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Peppergrass Lane
Cost:  $4.00 members,  $ 5 nonmembers

 

 

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Fun Halloween Activities

Fun Halloween Activities

As Halloween approaches, I thought it would be fun to focus on cool stuff to do during the month of October.  This last weekend, I took my 13 year old daughter to the Haunted Mines.   Located on the city's North end, is the historical mining museum.  It's open year-round and offers guests an eye opening tour of some existing mines.   Each year at Halloween they turn the mines and surrounding property into a frightening haunted house, known as the Haunted Mines.  Here is an excerpt from their web site about how the haunts work:

Who Are We?

The Haunted Mines is an all-volunteer charitable organization that raises money for the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (WMMI) and other local charities. We do this by producing a professional, thrilling Halloween event for our community’s enjoyment. We teach our volunteers valuable skills that they put to use at our events and carry with them into their adult lives.

We want to be the best Halloween haunted attraction in Colorado. We produce a thrilling and exciting event unlike any other, for adults of all ages and children (ages 13+). We use historical-based scenes and situations from the American West and America’s mining legacy as our backdrop, but with a new twist every year to keep you screaming!

 

It's a great activity for teens.   I highly recommend it, if yours are brave enough!

 

 

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4430 College Park Court

4430 College Park Court

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I'm super excited about this new listing!  It's a great property.  Located in the popluar Northeast area, it sits on a quiet, cul-de-sac street with views of nearby mountains and rock formations.  The home features stucco exterior, 3 car garage, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and over 3,100 total square feet!  It offers a large great room with gas fireplace, spacious kitchen with upgraded cherry cabinets, ceramic tile counters and backsplash and wood floors.  The upper level offers 3 good sized bedrooms, plus a sitting room off the master.   The large unfinished basement is perfect for future expansion.  And wait until you see the backyard...gorgeous!  It has a Trex deck as well as professional landscaping and even a storage shed.  Give me a call if you'd like to see this one in person!

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New Appraisal Guidelines

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Did you hear? As of September 14th, there are new requirements for an FHA home appraisal

When a buyer gets a new mortgage, part of the loan process is getting an appraisal.  An appraisal is a formal opinion of value and condition.  This protects both the lender and consumer, in making sure the property is worth the contract price.  

In the past, FHA appraisers did focus on safety items.  But now, they are required to look at much more than ever before.  Below is a list of items your FHA appraisers will be looking at:

 

1. Appliances - they will check to make sure all are in working condition

2. Roof - they will have to actually go on the roof to ensure proper condition

3. Crawl Space - if the home has one, they will have to go inside and inspect it

4. Cabinet Doors and Drawers - they will have to open and close all to make sure they are working

 

If these items are unsatisfactory, the appraiser will condition them to be corrected.  Otherwise, the loan will not be approved. Should be interesting! Check out some additional information we have about appraisals.

 

 

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The Beginning of Fall

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You can tell Fall is around the corner.  Kids are back to school.  The nights are cooler now.  The morning sun rises a little later.  Soon leaves will turn their brilliant shades of gold and yellow.  What does this change of season mean for the housing market?  Well, historically Fall means a slower pace for home sales.  When families are focused on school and holidays and cooler weather, home sales usually diminish.

 

However, with 2015 being a record year for housing, it will be interesting to see just how quiet the Fall season is this year.  Here is a snapshot of what we saw through the end of August in the Pikes Peak area housing market:

*Home Sales January to August          UP 20% from last year

*Average Sales Price of a home          UP 7% from last year

*Condo/Townhome Sales January to August       UP 35% from last year

*Average Sales Price of a condo/townhome        UP 3% from last year

*Total Homes for Sale (inventory)     DOWN 17% from last year

*Total Condos/Townhomes for sale   DOWN 26% from last year

See how Q2 2015 wrapped up in our market report.

 

 

 

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