Nicole Happel's Favorite Pumpkin Bread

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It's that time of year again!  Every October I post my favorite recipe for pumpkin bread.  I've tried a few, and this one is by far the best.  I think it's the cream cheese which makes it extra yummy.  And there's a funny story about how I came across this recipe.  One day I got home from work, and in my mailbox w...
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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Oct 21-Oct 22)

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Serveral popular annual events are taking place this weekend, including The Waldo Waldo 5K, Boo at the Zoo, and Giant Pumpkin Festival! Plus more fall festivals on the southeast side of town and a bluegrass concert downtown. Don't miss what Colorado Springs has to offer!

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How to Use the El Paso County Assessor Website

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Colorado Springs is the second largest city in Colorado, located within El Paso County. I've recently had more opportunity to explore the user-friendly El Paso County Assessor's website . As a Realtor in Colorado Springs , I have used this site quite a bit for real estate purposes, but there are some functions that are useful to any resident of El ...
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The Great 8 Real Estate Articles From September, 2017

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There is a lot of real estate content and chatter online. This makes it difficult to determine what is valuable and what is noise. Well good news, we read a ton of real estate content to stay on top of the industry. At the end of the Month, we compile the best articles we could find. This month we present eight informative pieces. These articles lo...
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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Oct 7-Oct 8)

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​Have you noticed it's getting darker earlier? And the trees are changing color! That means fall has definitely arrived. This weekend there are many fall events and festivals happening in and around Colorado Springs. Plus science day, concerts at Stargazers, and a fundraiser for Black Forest to keep your social calendar full. Have a fantastic fall weekend!

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Sump What? What You Need to Know About Sump Pumps

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We’ve had record amounts of rainfall this past summer. Colorado is known for its sunshine, 2nd behind in Florida with nearly 300 days of sunshine a year. However, this past summer was a bit different. In July, 6.23 inches of rainfall compared to our normal 2.83 inches fell ( usclimatedata.com ). By the middle of August, we already had 2.02 inches o...
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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Sept 30-Oct 1)

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Are you over the cloudy weather? Well you're in luck as the sun is predicted to come out this first weekend of October! Make good use of it at these events around Colorado Springs including a Star Party for Astronomy Day, Tree Walk, Rock Fest, Hot Rods at PPIR, and Autumn Hour at Pioneers Museum. Have a sunny weekend!
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Academy School District 20 Boundary Changes

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If you want to stir up some controversy, start a discussion about schools; if you really want to get people excited, start a discussion on school district boundaries. Academy School District D20 is proposing some boundary changes for the upcoming school years. One of the first things people ask is about changes to external boundaries (those bo...
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St. Joseph Statues and Other Tips To Make Your Home Sell Faster

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In the world of real estate, superstitions abound. Perhaps driven by sheer desperation, say, a house that’s been on the market for months and just won’t sell, or a home that’s in less-than-optimal condition, real estate agents and homeowners alike have been known to take some drastic measures. Take, for example, the legend of St. Joseph . Over the ...
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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Sept 23-Sept 24)

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​Welcome to Fall, Colorado Springs!! The skies will be buzzing this weekend with the Air Show happening Saturday and Sunday. Brew fests, concerts, and other events await you this weekend. Hopefully the rainy, fall weather stays at bay long enough for you to get outdoors and enjoy what Colorado Springs has to offer. 

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Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

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As if the city of Colorado Springs wasn’t already fascinating enough, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun is a destination you should include on your bucket list. Constructed between 1934 and 1937, the shrine is one of our incredible local landmarks created by Spencer Penrose. Penrose was a huge fan of Will Rogers, a humorist and wild west comedic ac...
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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Sept 16-Sept 17)

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Fall is just around the corner! Sure doesn't feel like it with the warmer than average weather around Colorado Springs lately. Oktoberfests, harvest fests, and porchfests are kicking off this weekend and are sure to get you in the fall mood. Also, raise money and participate in our local Walk to End Alzheimer's. 

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Why Building Your New Home in Colorado Springs is a Great Idea

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Background You hear it all the time – the real estate market is booming right now. But this level of activity does bring its challenges. Things are tough all over when it comes to finding existing homes available for sale. And the resale home inventory is especially tight in Colorado Springs. All of this makes new construction an attractive alterna...
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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Sept 9-Sept 10)

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So many free events happening this weekend in Colorado Springs! From the top of Pikes Peak to downtown you're sure to stay busy. Enjoy your beautiful weekend as summer starts to wind down. 

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Sept 2-Sept 3)

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​And with that, we bid farewell to August and usher in September and Labor Day Weekend! Balloon festivities, tours, and outdoor events abound this Saturday and Sunday. The weather looks gorgeous for all three days of your holiday weekend, which is promising for the balloons to lift off. Happy Labor Day Weekend all! 

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Aug 26-Aug 27)

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Who needs San Diego when we have our own Comic Con which is happening this weekend!! It feels like we're out of our monsoon streak for the time being, and the weather looks to be beautiful for the Dragon Boat races and other outdoor activites around Colorado Springs. If you know of events coming up around town, let us know! We love to spread the word.  
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Searching for the Right Schools!

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What are the Best Schools in Colorado Springs?

As real estate professionals, we are often asked to help find the "best school" and while we cannot steer you in the direction of a certain district, school or neighborhood for a variety of reasons, the truth is the "right school" is different for every family and student. I have a friend with 6 students in different schools/districts; they did the research to find what's best for each of their students! I'm here to help you find more information so you can make an informed decision.

Once you have selected the right school or district for your student or family, try out our Springs Homes awesome new search-by-school-district capability.

 

Colorado Springs School District Map

 

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The Charm of the Patty Jewett Neighborhood

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The beginning of summer of 2001, I moved to Colorado Springs. I actually drove, all by myself, a 22’ diesel U-haul truck into Colorado Springs. That’s a different and much longer story.  I had visited Colorado Springs once or twice before, and this young, recent college grad was thrilled that this town was going to be my own. I quickly fell in...
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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Aug 19-Aug 20)

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Lots of walking and hiking to be had this weekend in Colorado Springs. Not to mention our local roller derby club is out in full force. Look...
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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Aug 12-Aug 13)

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Pump up those tires, tighten your helmets, and get ready for all the cycling events happening around Colorado Springs this weekend! Following the...
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