5 Things to Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Saturday, March 12th, 2016 - 12pm on Tejon Street from St. Vrain to Pioneers Museum

Lots to do this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The Parade with it's floats, bagpipes and leprechauns kicks off at noon, but come earlier for the 50K Bike Ride at 8:30, the 5K Run at 10am and the Leprechaun Fun Run at 11am. Bring the whole family downtown join in the fun. For more info: www.csstpats.com.

 

Jay Leno at the Pikes Peak Center - Sunday, March 13th at 5 pm, 190 S. Cascade Ave.

Admission: $62-$117. One of the hardest working men in show business, Jay Leno comes to the Pikes Peak Center to do what he loves best, stand up comedy. Since retiring from "The Tonight Show", Jay has been focused on motorcycles and stand up comedy. Last year alone, he spent 210 days on the road. If you have missed seeing him in his late night role, this show is for you. For more info: http://www.pikespeakcenter.com/events.

 

Woodland Park Winter Market - Saturday, March 12th, 9am - 1pm, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave.

The Teller County Farmers Market Association presents the Monthly Indoor Market. This market runs the second Saturday from October through May. You can find vendors selling typical Farmers Market fare such as Vegetables from Greenhouse, Bread, Pies & Pastries; Jams, Honey & Pickles; Salsa &  Pasta; Birdseed, Birdhouses & Toys; Pet treats & Miscellaneous items; Natural Meats, Eggs & Cheese; Hot Food & Drink; Seasonal Specials; Holiday Wreaths & Swags. For more info: https://www.wpfarmersmarket.com/winter-market.html

 

"The Importance of Being Earnest" by the Milibo Art Theatre, Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm through March 26th

Admission: $16-$25. The Milibo Art Theatre presents this Oscar Wilde classic play. You are probably used to the original physical comedy of Birgitta De Pree and Jim Jackson, and they bring it in full force for this delightful play. The show is about two male friends who invent imaginary character in an effort to win over the women they desire. For more info: http://www.themat.org/the-importance-of-being-earnest-2/

 

Family Science Exploration Day - Wester Museum of Mining and Industry, Saturday March 12th 10am - 3pm

Admission: Free with standard museum entrance fees. Come join the WMMI and explore the world of science. With presentations from the AFA Cadets, Pikes Peak Soaring Club, CSU Electricity Demos, Physics is Phun, Science Matters, 3D printing demos and rocket demos at noon this day should keep any budding scientist in awe. For more info: www.wmmi.org

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Fast Falcon Home Sales!!

While they have Peyton addresses, many people refer to the area surrounding Woodmen and Meridian Roads as "Falcon"... I'm talking Woodmen Hills, Meridian Ranch, Falcon Hill, Paint Brush Hills. This area struggled for several years during the economic downturn, but it seems to be coming back strong! I've been very fortunate to have some great clients with some sweet houses selling here in the past couple months... here are some of the details: 

Falcon Homes for Sale

9855 Liberty Grove

4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car walk-out ranch on .47 acres

12/4/15 listed

12/11/15 under contract (7 days!)

1/27/16 SOLD!

Falcon Homes for Sale  

8425 Garrison Rd

5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car, 3322 sq ft custom ranch on 1 acre 

1/1/16 listed

1/7/16 under contract (6 days!)

2/29/16 SOLD!

 

Falcon Homes for Sale

10450 Pictured Rocks Dr

5 bedroom 2-story 4362 sq ft on .52 acres

1/8/16 listed

1/22/16 under contract (14 days!)

3/8/16 SOLD!

I have another 2-story coming soon as well, so please keep your eyes peeled and contact me if you have any questions about these homes... or want to talk value on yours if you think it's time to sell! 

Thank you Falcon / Peyton community and friends for your support in this area! 

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A Piece of the Action

A Piece of the Action

2016 is shaping up to be one of the best years in real estate in many years... probably at least 10. We've all seen the stats about new Colorado residents. Inventory is extremely low, and building permits are way up.

The market in Denver was "madness" in 2015, with multiple offers taking prices $20-40,000 (or more) over list. Some of these transactions turned into mini-auctions. Good for sellers?...sure, maybe! Tough for Buyers?... yep! As agents, I think it's difficult to be on either side of a competing offer situation, so we present ALL offers and help our clients make what hopes to be the best decision. 

This busy-ness however gives the public a bit of a skewed perspective on how "easy" the real estate market is. I've heard 3 times in the past week from clients, friends, acquaintances that they are thinking about getting into the real estate business... whether they want to get licensed, invest, or otherwise jump in. Excuse me for being a little bit callous, but even the "easy ones" aren't easy! We have put many properties under contract in days, but the work and negotiations, don't stop there. We help the clients then negotiate inspections, meth, radon, lead-based paint, appraisals, unexpected property damage, septic and well "issues", lender qualification challenges, title challenges... and so much more. 

At Springs Homes, we have years of experience in handling these issues and work together to protect our clients' interests, while helping all parties make it to the closing table. Negotiations start before listing the property and sometimes go beyond closing. It's much more service than it is sales. 

To the aspiring real estate agent, please talk to somebody who's been in it for years... preferably through some of the "hard" years (2006-2009). Expect to live off your savings for 6+ months without a closing. Sometimes you work 4 hours a day, sometimes 36 hours a day (I know, I'm kidding, but it feels like it sometimes). And this is 7 days a week. Especially in a market like this; a property hits the market under $300,000 and you better be in same day to have your offer considered. Expect to shell out money to become a member of your board, national / state / local association, photos, marketing material, web pages, gas, vehicle service, continuing education, insurance, office fees, etc, etc... 

What looks like a cake-walk takes years of working, learning, and growing to succeed. We are so thankful to the people of Colorado Springs and in our "circles" for supporting us year after year. We are so thankful to be successfully doing business in this community for decades!!! 

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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 which are head and shoulders hotter than the rest of the country:

The hot list

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. San Jose, CA
  3. Dallas, TX
  4. Denver, CO
  5. Vallejo, CA
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Santa Cruz, CA
  8. Santa Rosa, CA
  9. Stockton, CA
  10. Oxnard, CA
  11. Sacramento, CA
  12. Los Angeles, CA
  13. Boulder, CO
  14. Modesto, CA
  15. Eureka, CA
  16. Portland, OR
  17. Nashville, TN
  18. Colorado Springs, CO
  19. Palm Bay, FL
  20. Tampa, FL
 

 

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7386 Owings Point Colorado Springs CO 80831

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 sized bedrooms, walk-in closets, central air conditioning and all appliances are included.   No yardwork with this one.  The homeowner's association takes care of your lawn, snow removal and even trash.  Convenient location...walk to nearby shopping and restaurants! See more at: https://www.springshomes.com/mls/9660282-7386-Owings-PT-Peyton-CO-80831

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