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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More About Meridian Ranch - Part 2

More About Meridian Ranch - Part 2
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PERHAPS YOU'VE PLAYED THIS GAME BEFORE? BUT TODAY YOU'RE BARELY SURVIVING. There you are. You’re on a brisk walk with the kids. You notice a speeding Beamer zooming toward your youngest. Your toddler. She's about to cross the road. You think, “hey, we need a cross-walk here” catching her bolt just in time. People need to know we l...
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Tankless vs Tank Water Heaters: What's the Best?

Tankless vs Tank Water Heaters: What's the Best?
I've often wondered, so maybe you have too, what the best style of water heater is for a home. The tankless option which came out years ago to provide more energy efficiency seems to be a great option, because water isn't sitting in the typical stand-up tank being heated and unused.  However I wanted to get some expert advice, so I consulted w...
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Why Buyers Should Get Sewer Inspections

Why Buyers Should Get Sewer Inspections
A lot of first time homebuyers may not be aware that sewer inspections are not part of your routine home inspection. This is so important. Buying a home & moving is stressful enough as it is. Finding out that you have a bad sewer line after closing would just add to that list. Sewer line inspections can range from about $150-$300. Plumbers will...
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Getting to Know Meridian Ranch

Getting to Know Meridian Ranch

YOU’RE STUMPED SOMEWHERE Maybe you’re just scoping Meridian Ranch from afar. Or maybe just want to know—WHO RUNS MERIDIAN RANCH? I did. This post kicks off the Brain Builder series for Meridian Ranch at Falcon Colorado. You ready? Sure, there’s no such Meridian mayor running the place. But are you wondering…WHY ISN&rs...
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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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Good Faith Estimates

In previous articles we discussed loan pre-approval and pre-qualification, which occur when a borrower makes a loan application. The big takeaway from this process will ultimately be a “Good Faith Estimate” or (GFE). This is a form that details the basic information about the terms of the loan for which you have applied as well as a breakdown of th...
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2016 Parade of Homes in the Books

2016 Parade of Homes in the Books








The Colorado Springs HBA Parade of Homes is one of my absolute favorite local annual events!!! Anyone who knows me knows I don't like hot weather, and this tradition marks the beginning of school and a general cooling trend as we head into fall. Not only that, but I LOVE seeing new design trends... building styles, colors, features, locations, furn...
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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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Just Listed - Land with 360 degree views & rock formations

Just Listed - Land with 360 degree views & rock formations
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When you think of Colorado, this piece of land could be the state's official postcard. 1.67 acres of land in Cripple Creek Mountain Estates Community with rock formations and to die for views. Community benefits include, Fitness Center, heated Indoor Pool, Library and playground. For more information, visit www.goldencyclecircle.com , or ...
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Negotiating After the Home Inspection

Home Inspection Negotiation
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As real estate agents, we'd like every home we show our home buyers to be in perfect condition. Unfortunately, even homes that appear to be in pristine condition can have serious problems under the hood. This is why we even recommend a property inspection on every home we sell, including new builds. Colorado's Contract to Buy and Sell Real Estate C...
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Just Listed in Briargate! 2130 Summerset Drive Colorado Springs CO 80920

Just Listed in Briargate! 2130 Summerset Drive Colorado Springs CO 80920
This spacious townhome is centrally located in Briargate near shopping, parks and the Air Force Academy!  The immaculate upper level features gorgeous flooring throughout an open kitchen, formal dining room and living room complete with a gas log fireplace. The kitchen has plenty of cabinets and counter space as well as a large island. The mas...
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Are Home Warranties a Good Idea?

We have all heard the stories, someone we know buys a house and has problems right after they move in. Big problems like the water heater bursts, the furnace stops working, etc... Although these problems are a normal part of home ownership, it always comes as an unwelcome surprise. Additionally, the financial stress can be an even bigger problem. T...
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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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5 Things To Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

5 Things To Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs





Pine Forest Spring Show and Sale, Lewis Palmer High School, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-3. Admission: $6. Sponsored by the TriLakes Women's Club, this event has over 100 bakers dishing up their goods as well as gourmet food trucks for the first time this year. You can also enjoy antiques, craft items, birdhouses, garden art and more. The TriLakes Women's...
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Ridgeview 2-story 5868 Poudre Way

Ridgeview 2-story 5868 Poudre Way




Absolutely wonderful 2-story 5 bedroom home in Ridgeview at Stetson Hills. Enjoy a wonderful open floor plan with some hardwoods at entry and kitchen... covered patio... 2-story family room!  The entire main level is open, with formal living / dining combined, and a kitchen open to the family room. Walk-out to a nice back yard with covered pat...
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Come See this Home in Wolf Ranch this Weekend

Come See this Home in Wolf Ranch this Weekend

This very popular floor plan includes formal living and dining, divided by a fireplace and built-ins... the living is open to spacious and upgraded kitchen with walk-out to back yard. The main level also includes an office with French doors, bedroom, bath ++ master suite with ample windows, 5-piece bath, walk-in closet and bonus walk-out to patio. ...
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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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5 Things To Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

5 Things To Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs





Clifford The Big Red Dog, A Big Family Musical - Sunday April 3rd, Pikes Peak Center Admission: Varies. In this musical adventure, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth will take audiences on a journey with their friends to learn about Clifford’s BE BIG!™ Ideas - Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Help ...
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