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

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  Will property taxes go up in 2016?   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...
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A Thoughtful Gift

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It means so much when people say thank you!  Recently some clients of mine not only said it, but they made this adorable house for me.  It even has a sign in the front with my name on it.  The roof comes off, and there is storage inside, so now I keep all of my client thank-you notes in there.  I proudly display it here in my of...
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Ringing in the New Year

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As we wrap up 2015, I want to thank you all for your business, referrals and friendship. I am so grateful to do this work and for all of you, for making this a wonderful year! Here is what our Colorado Springs real estate market saw in 2015 (as of November 30 th ) : Single Family Home Sales Up 17.6% from last year Condo/Townhome Sales Up 29.9% from...
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Getting Your Homeowner's Insurance Refund

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Did you know there might be money waiting for you?   And if you don't claim it, it may never be yours to keep.  I am referring to homeowner's insurance refunds.  When you buy a home you purchase homeowners insurance for it.  And most of us have that insurance policy premium paid by our mortgage lender.  In this ca...
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Show Me the Money!

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When purchasing a home, personal checks are not accepted at the closing table.  “Good Funds” as our contracts call money due at closing, will need to be either a cashier’s check or wire transfer. A cashier’s check is simple to obtain. Usually you can purchase one at your bank. These work well when you have a down payment to bring.   BUT b...
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Stress-free Moving Tips


When selling a home, we always seem to have extra stuff we don’t want to take, i.e. furniture we won’t use or household goods to get rid of. Having gone through the selling process myself recently, this is fresh in my mind so I had to write about the best ways to get rid of pre-move stuff. For large items like furniture, you can do a few things: Ad...
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Favorite October Activity...BOO at the ZOO!

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This year it saddens me to write about this.  My daughter, age 13, is too cool to dress up and go to the zoo with me now.  But when she was younger, BOO at the Zoo was one of our favorite Halloween activities!   Our local Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hosts the event for a few weeks every October.  Children dress up in costume and ...
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Pumpkin Bread


In continuation of my "things to do in October" theme, I thought I'd post my favorite recipe for pumpkin bread.  Funny story about this one.  I received it in the mail at my house.  It was sent by a Realtor who was trying to drum up new business.  Clearly she didn't know that she was mailing it to a fellow Realtor's house. ...
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Jack-O Lantern Trail Walk

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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 ...
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Fun Halloween Activities

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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 min...
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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 gre...
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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....
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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...
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Ready to Plank?

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Can you hold a steady plank?  Our local Lululemon Athletica store, located at the Shops at Briargate, needs 2,000 people to hold a plank simultaneously to break the Guinness World Record.  Are you interested?   Don't worry...you needn't be some fitness junkie to participate.    You just need to be able to hold the plan...
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2015 Home Sales at a Glance


2015 is very much a Seller's Market.  We have less inventory, meaning homes on the market, and sales are on the rise.  Home prices continue to go up.  Here are the latest statistics as of July 31, 2015:           single family home sales         &nbs...
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6935 Stockwell Drive

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I'm always excited to list a house in the Powers area.  With close proximity to military bases as well as shopping and amenities, this location is always a good one.   This charming 2-story home sits on an oversized cul-de-sac lot and offers gorgeous mountain views, RV parking, formal living and dining areas, vaulted ceilings, family...
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6387 Hannah Rose Road

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I keep saying it's a seller's market, and I'm right. This property is further proof of that. I listed it recently and after only two days on market, we had several showings and an attractive offer submitted. It's now under contract. Sellers are happy. Buyers are happy. Truth is our market inventory, meaning homes for sale, is so low that buyers are...
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909 Fire Rock Place

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I keep saying it's a Seller's market.  Here is proof.  This is one of my recent listings.  It's a really cute 2-story home located in the Greyhawk neighborhood in Northgate.  It was built in 2011.  It's got 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, finished basement and over 2,300 finished square feet.  I put it on the market last Tuesday,...
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15 Things We Folks in Colorado Know

1. Please back away from the wildlife. Sure, your #ElkSelfie in Rocky Mountain National Park might get you a few more likes on Instagram, but is it worth getting gored to death by a bull during rut? 2. Green chile is not chili. When your server at the Cherry Cricket asks if you’d like it smothered, it’s best to comply. But, don’t expect it doused i...
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Celebrating Memorial Day

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As we approach this Memorial Day weekend, I am especially grateful to those who have served and continue to serve in our military. The freedoms and privileges we enjoy as Americans are the result of their efforts. I am so grateful to live in this military town, surrounded by heroes whom I call clients and friends. Thank you for touching my life so ...
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