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.

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 in a brown sludge of ground beef and kidney beans. Instead, expect even the most mediocre dish to be elevated to a higher plane of spicy, smokey, porky gloriousness.

3. Altitude is real.

Some people have no issue with the altitude, but others feel it as soon as they’re off the plane. Altitude sickness causes headaches, nausea, fatigue, and a general feeling of “Holy crap, why do I feel hungover?” So maybe let’s hold off on climbing Mt. Elbert until you’ve acclimatized for a day or two.

4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Your body needs more water at altitude, so you’ve probably noticed feeling perpetually thirsty. But don’t worry about buying bottled water from King Soopers. Here’s a Nalgene; fill it up from the tap. Our Rocky Mountain snowmelt yields some of the best tasting municipal water in the country. Bonus points for reducing your plastic consumption.

5. Everyone uses sunblock and you should, too.

Did I mention it’s a mile closer to the sun here?

6. Mother Nature will likely be drunk.

Patio beers and grilling out in January? Mountain snow or plains tornadoes in June? Not uncommon. In early May we had thundersnow and school delays in the morning, then 60s by afternoon. What should you pack? Hell if I know, better bring it all.

7. We have the best concert venue in the world.

Two words: Red. Rocks.

8. Ignore the pronunciations you learned in Spanish class.

For inexplicable reasons that would make your high school Spanish teacher cringe, Buena Vista is pronounced “BYOO-nah VIS-tah”, Del Norte is “Del NORT”, Salida is “suh-LYE-duh” and Monte Vista is “MON-tuh VIS-tuh”. In tomorrow’s lesson we’ll cover the French and Ute linguistic butchery of Cache la Poudre, Ouray, Tabeguache, and Weminuche. And if you’re really advanced, we might go over how Sawatch, Saguache, and Sahwatch are pronounced exactly the same.

9. It’s impossible to get lost on the Front Range.

Just know where the mountains are. You’re more likely to get directions as “towards the mountains” or “away from the mountains” instead of west or east.

10. Biblical plagues of locusts have nothing on our springtime invasion of Miller Moths.

As soon as temperatures warm in May and June, these swarms of fuzzy flying assholes arrive from the eastern plains, terrorizing all in their path. Go ahead, seal your entire home in duct tape and shrink wrap — they WILL find a way in. And regardless of how dead they seem, they will explode to life, fly directly into your face, then carry off your children.

11. Rocky mountain oysters are NOT shellfish.

Google it. Or just go the the Buckhorn Exchange and place your order with the other tourists.

12. Go easy on the booze.

Drinking at altitude can do some damage. If you expect to get an early start on your outdoor adventure, avoid the dreaded high altitude headache by paying attention to three critical letters on the brewery chalkboard: ABV.

13. Denver is not a mountain town.

Ignore the snowcapped panorama you’ve seen from Sunday Night Football broadcasts — Denver is a city on the plains and sometimes the mountains are barely even visible. Want to really get in there? I-70 Westbound.

14. Lightning kills people.

In the summer, afternoon thunderstorms are a routine occurrence and one of the worst places to be is hiking above treeline. So get an early start on your Bierstadt climb and if a local warns you to descend, you should probably listen. Or you could just wait until the hair on your neck stands up.

15. Oh, you only came here to buy weed?

You do know we have a few other things to do, right?

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Celebrating Memorial Day

b2ap3 thumbnail american flag 2a 20150522 153612 1As 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 personally. Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day!!!

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Home Sellers Have the Advantage

It can happen anywhere, at the grocery store, at parties or while I'm out showing homes to buyers. People always ask..."how's the market?" Well, here is my answer today: IT'S A SELLERS MARKET! Today, there are 25% less homes for sale than there were a year ago. Buyers have less to choose from, and sellers know it. As a result, homes are selling much faster and at higher prices. The average price for a single family home today is up 9.5% from last year at this time. I recently worked with some buyers looking for a new, bigger home for their growing family. They were looking slightly over the average price, in the $280,000-$290,000 range. I must have shown them over 20 houses total. What we kept finding was the cute stuff which was priced well would sell so fast, and would usually have multiple offers. The first house they loved was a cute remodel located in the Northeast area of town. It had all the bells and whistles, granite counters, hardwood floors, new paint and carpet, pretty light fixtures. After only 2 days on the market, they put an offer on that one. Their offer was full price but they did ask the seller to concede $5,000 for closing costs. The seller countered the offer and only agreed to pay $2,500 in closing costs. My buyers ended up losing that house to another buyer, one who was willing to pay a higher price. The next house they loved was another cute remodel located in the Northeast area of town. This one also had a remodeled kitchen, hardwood floors, new paint and carpet, and it had a wet bar in the basement. The house had only been on the market for 1 day and already had many showings (meaning other buyers looking at it). My buyers didn't mess around with this one. They put in an offer immediately. Again, they offered full price and asked the seller for $5,000 in closing costs. The seller countered their offer with ZERO concessions, full price, take it or leave it! By this time my buyers had learned their lesson. They were either going to accept this counter or lose the house to another able buyer. They accepted the counter and are now under contract, closing soon. The moral of the story is, it's a SELLERS MARKET right now! Cute houses which are priced well are selling fast and at top dollar. Sellers may not even agree to any concessions, knowing that if you don't buy the house there is another buyer in line who will!

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SCENIC COLORADO SPRINGS

2e1ax greenie frontpage Seven FallsColorado Springs has so much natural beauty. You've heard of Garden of the Gods; the fabulous red rock formation? And Pikes Peak; a 14,110 mountain which hovers above our city? But have you heard of Seven Falls? Nestled in the mountain canyons just below Pikes Peak, are cascades of water known as Seven Falls. Falls excites the senses and forshadows the dramatic landscape ahead. Crystal clear water from the Pikes Peak watershed has shaped a spectacular natural box canyon: the steep-walled, enclosed canyon that’s become symbolic of the American West.

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February Home Sales Going Strong

2015 is off to a great start in our local housing market. Here is how we did last month: Sales of Single Family Homes= UP 15.8% from last year Average Sales Price of a S/F Home = UP 9.7% from last year Sales of Condos/Townhomes= Up 40.1% from last year Average Sales Price of a Townhome= Down 5.8% from last year Inventory (meaning total homes for sale) is way down, off about 20% from last year In summary, buyers are buying, but there is much less for them to choose from.Prices have risen. Interest rates are still at record lows. The market is good, folks!

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