Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (July 8-July 9)

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The Summer is in full swing this weekend! Catch a rodeo, soccer game, some great summer outdoor music and a local photographer. Plenty of things to do this weekend in Colorado Springs. Get out and Enjoy!

Things to Do This Weekend

21st Annual Pikes Peak Special Rodeo - Sat July 8, 9:00am - 12:00pm, ProRodeo Hall of Fame

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Admission: Free. Come and join the 21st Annual Pikes Peak Special Rodeo presented by the Pikes Peak Range Riders and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. With a petting zoo, food trucks, rodeo queens, rodeo clowns, the Pikes Peak Range Rider Pivots, and face painting everyone will find something they like. Children are encouraged to enter Western dress-up contest and stick horse race. All proceeds from this event benefit the Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center and the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center. For more info, visit: Pikes Peak Special Rodeo.


Switchbacks FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps 2 - Sat July 8, 6:00pm - 8:00pmWeidner Field

6303 Barnes Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80922


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Admission: $15. A rematch of the Switchback's 2016 playoff defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps 2. Who stays in contention in the Western Conference?  For more info, visit: Switchbacks Website.


Woodland Music Series: Acme Bluegrass and Ragged Union - Sat July 8, 11:00am - 1:30pmUte Pass Cultural Center 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, CO 80863

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Admission: Free. A beautiful weekend for outdoor music on the green, at the Midland Pavilion. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and an umbrella for the sun. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more info, visit: Woodland Music Series


Second Sunday Jazz Affair - Sun July 9, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Olympian Plaza Reception Center

975 S Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

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Admission: $5 member, $10 non-member. The Pikes Peak Jazz And Swing Society will host the Changing Times Quartet's CD Release Party at the July edition of the Second Sunday Jazz Affair! There will also be dancing, door prizes, a cash bar, and a full buffet and dessert bar available. For more info, visit: Pikes Peak Jazz & Swing Society.


2nd Friday Art Show featuring Robert Gray - Sat July 8, 11:00am - 6:00 pm and Sun July 9, 11:00am - 4:00pm, Art 111 Gallery & Art Supply 111 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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Admission: Free. An engineer turned artist, Robert Gray's portfolio ranges from landscapes and cityscapes to street style and portraits. For more info, visit: Facebook.

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6425 Lange Drive Colorado Springs CO 80918

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Homes are selling so fast lately.  This listing went under contract after only one day on market.   Fun story with it.  The owners are people I met 20 years ago.  We all frequent Cottonwood Park in the mornings.  I like it for the running trails.  These folks are regulars, and even on the most wintery of mornings, I can count on seeing Mike at the park for his morning walk.  He'll stop at my car in the parking lot to inform me of any icy spots on the trail.  It's become routine for us both.  Who would have thought all these years later Mike and Pam would ask me to help sell their house?

Located on a quiet street in a mature neighborhood, the home was built in 1981 and features stucco and wood exterior, 3 bedrooms, an office with built-ins, 4 baths, finished basement and over 2,000 finished square feet.  It has been lovingly maintained and updated including a new kitchen with maple cabinets, pull-out drawers, nickel hardware, stainless appliances, air conditioning, wood and tile floors, updated bathrooms with raised vanities, new roof, new skylights, new garage door, new windows and huge covered rear deck.  You can't beat the location.  It's in the Northeast area of town and close to shopping, schools and of course Cottonwood Park!

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I Want to be a Realtor...

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With the booming real estate market, especially locally, we are seeing lots of people interested in the real estate business... friends, family, & clients.

But HOW?.. well it all starts with real estate school, but those of us in the business a while know there should be some sort of personality exam first. HA! It's a very interesting and challenging business, but so much fun most of the time! Here is what you need to know before you take the first steps to become a Realtor.

Real Estate School

This is the actual real first step. My schooling was 16 years ago, WHOA! So things have obviously changed, but the goal of real estate school is to provide a framework for the industry and help you learn to pass the test. Then the real education begins. ;-)  My top recommendation would be a real school like Kaplan where their sole focus is the real estate industry and surrounding fields (appraisers, etc). 

There are other ways to do it, I think our local community college and probably the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) have real estate classes. Classes can be taken on-line through schools all over the country.

Real Estate Test

(Dun dun DUNNN)

  • You have to pay each time
  • There is one test facility in Colorado Springs (and one in Pueblo)
  • There are two portions... State and National
  • Plan a couple hours
  • Results pretty much immediately
  • I think the majority do not pass the first time
  • Your license can transfer to different state with different levels of reciprocity (some are full transfer, some partial, some require taking their state test, some don't transfer and you have to start over)

Hanging Your New License

Once you pass the test!.. you will soon have a Colorado Real Estate license, but now you have to figure out where to "hang" your license. During real estate school, if you went to classes at Kaplan in person, some real estate companies will come visit your class and do some light recruiting. You may also do research on your own. What do you want? ... what do you need?

  • First, the state requires hanging your license under a brokerage for minimum 2 years to be supervised by a broker. 
  • small or big?
  • boutique or big box?
  • company splits or desk fees?
  • personality (yes, offices carry different personalities, and like any job, it's nice to get along with the people you work with)
  • monthly meetings
  • supporting staff
  • mentor program

Once you pass your test, to be issued a license, you have to be fingerprinted by the state of Colorado. They do a full background check. 

The Costs of Being a Realtor

It is expensive to get going; there are start-up and recurring costs:

  • Real Estate School
  • PPAR/CAR/NAR (see next paragraph) - monthly/annually
  • Electronic Contract Software - monthly
  • License Renewal - every 1-3 years
  • Signage - as needed
  • Lockboxes - as needed
  • Education - multiple times annually
  • Gas/vehicle maintenance - weekly/monthly (I drive now about 25,000 miles per year)
  • Meals, expenses, client referral gifts
  • I'm sure there are others I'm not thinking of! 

Join a Real Estate Board

Our local board is the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors. Membership here includes membership to the local board (PPAR), Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR). To join the board there are required orientation and ethics classes. You will learn how to use the MLS and how to handle various situations. It would also be advised to take additional classes through PPAR or local title companies for things like contracts, electronic contract software, etc. There is so much you can learn. 

Required Continuing Education

As with most licensed profession, continued education is required... a certain amount of hours per 1 and 3 year period... ethics, contracts, elective courses... all to help you become better at what you do. 

The industry is constantly changing, the contracts change annually, every transaction is different because of various parties involved and every home is unique. 

My best advice

  • work on a team or under a mentor for at least a year!
  • soak up everything you can from the successful agents around you
  • SAVE$$!... it can take months/years to be truly successful, and even then there are rollercoaster times as the market shifts. It may be several months before you close your first sale, and you need to still be able to pay your rent/mortgage during that time... and probably eat. 

If you have a friend who is a Realtor in Colorado Springs, take them to lunch or coffee and "pick their brain". I have done this with several people in the past few years. I love helping people, so I want to talk them through if it's a good choice. Everyone thinks it's so easy right now because it's busy, but in 16+ years, this is the hardest market I think I've worked! If you are interested, jump in with both feet and prepare to be challenged, frustrated, encouraged, let-down, built-up, and grow!  If you already have your license check out our mentorship program. It is a good option to get off on a good foot once you have your license.

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (July 1-July 2)

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Happy Fourth of July weekend! Many free events happening in Colorado Springs including Independence Day celebrations. Along with family BBQs, check out the car shows, family events, and festivals! Looks like the weaher is going to be perfect for gatherings and firework shows. Enjoy your holiday weekend! 

Things to Do This Weekend

First & Main First Saturday Car Show - Southern Colorado Chevelle El Camino Club - Sat July 1, 8:00am & 10:00am, Parking lot in front of Dick's Sporting Goods @ First & Main Town Center 3237 N New Center Point

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Admission: Free. First Saturday of the month means it's car show day! This month's host club is the Southern Colorado Chevelle El Camino Club. For more info, visit: First & Main Town Center.


Bemis Family Adventure Day - Sat July 1, 10:00am - 1:00pmColorado Springs Fine Arts Center - Bemis School of Art 818 Pelham Place

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Admission: Free. Come and get your creativity with hands-on art activities for the whole family.  For more info, visit: Colorado College.


A Midsummer Night's Dream - Sat July 1, 2:00pm & 7:00pmColorado Springs Charter Academy 2577 N Chelton Rd

 

Admission: $15-$20. Final weekend to see this performance! Portion of ticket sales will go to the Make a Wish Foundation. For more info, visit: Village Arts of Colorado Springs.


Fort Carson Freedom Fest - Sun July 2, 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Iron Horse Park - Ft. Carson 6561 Sheridan Ave

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Admission: Free. Start celebrating July 4th this weekend at Iron Horse Park! Sunday will feature car show finale, band, laser show, fireworks, and more! For more info, visit: Carson Freedom Fest.


Colorado Springs Art & Music Festival - Sun July 2, 10:00am - 4:00pm, America the Beautiful Park 126 Cimino Drive

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Admission: Free. More Independence Day Weekend festivities happening at America the Beautiful Park including live music, dancing, art, family activities, and food! For more info, visit: Colorado Events and Festivals.

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (June 24-June25)

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​Welcome to your first official weekend of summer! And it definitely feels like summer with all the events happening in Colorado Springs. Head outdoors with the family now that the weather has cooled a little, do a little vintage shopping, and enjoy summer concerts. Next stop, July! 


Things to Do This Weekend

Garden of the Gods Youth Trail Work Day - Sat June 24, 8:30am & 12:30pm, Garden of the Gods Park

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Admission: Free. Hey kids! Help keep Garden of the Gods looking beautiful by performing trail maintenace and restortation projects. For more info, visit: Rocky Mountain Field Institute.


Festival Orchestra Concert - Sat June 24, 7:30pm - 9:30pmColorado College - Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room 825 N. Cascade Avenue

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Admission: $35 general public. Come see the final concert for the 2017 Summer Music Festival. For more info, visit: Colorado College.


11th Annual Parade of Ponds - Sat June 24, 9:00am - 5:00amAround Colorado Springs

 

Admission: $5/adult. Get inspired by ponds and waterfalls on this self-guided charity tour that will take you around Colorado Springs. For more info, visit: Purely Ponds.


Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Sun June 25, all day, Pikes Peak - America's Mountain 5089 Pikes Peak Highway

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Admission: $60-$70 single day race ticket. Our annual Race to the Clouds is upon us! Watch as cars scale Pikes Peak around 156 turns to finish at the 14,115 foot summit. For more info, visit: Pikes Peak Internation Hill Climb.


Vintage Market Days - Sun June 25, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Norris Penrose Event Center 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road

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Admission: $5/person. Do you love vintage antiques, arts, and home decor? This market is for you! Vendors have come from all over the country for this weekend's event. For more info, visit: Vintage Market Days.

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