What is the Difference Between Short Sales & Foreclosures?

There is a big difference between a foreclosure and a short sale.  A foreclosure is where the property is already owned by the bank, and the bank is now the seller. The former owner couldn't make his house payments, so the bank (his mortgage lender) took the house back. The good thing about a foreclosure is the bank/seller has already determin...
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Mortgage Interest Rates in 2016

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Everyone is speculating about interest rates. Will they go up in 2016 or will they remain low? A low interest rate allows the home buyer to qualify for a higher priced home. When interest rates go up, buyers do not have as much buying power. Here is an excerpt from an article I recently read on realtor.com : "Mortgage rates will likely be volatile ...
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Understanding Your Property Taxes

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  Will property taxes go up in 2016?   Better yet, just how are property taxes calculated? Here, in Colorado Springs, the El Paso County Assessor re-evaluates the value of homes every two years.   He starts with the current market value of the home. Market Value is based on the most recent comparable sales in the area. Once...
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Tremendous 2-story - 10450 Pictured Rocks Dr





This golf course community 2-story home in Meridian Ranch has a gourmet kitchen and plenty of space to enjoy inside and out, 5 bedrooms... and the basement is unfinished, leaving even more opportunity to expand the living space!    Peak view from the back of the home... kitchen, family and 2 bedrooms. This gourmet kitchen comes complete w...
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A Thoughtful Gift

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It means so much when people say thank you!  Recently some clients of mine not only said it, but they made this adorable house for me.  It even has a sign in the front with my name on it.  The roof comes off, and there is storage inside, so now I keep all of my client thank-you notes in there.  I proudly display it here in my of...
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Colorado Style + Southern Charm = 8425 Garrison Rd

Colorado Style + Southern Charm = 8425 Garrison Rd




This sweet house is a beautiful combination of Colorado and the south! Beams & stone inside and out, plus plenty of finished space, storage, bedrooms and yard! This might be the perfect home for entertaining, all just minutes east of Colorado Springs in Falcon North with easy access to Air Force Bases!    10 foot + main level ceilings...
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Ringing in the New Year

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As we wrap up 2015, I want to thank you all for your business, referrals and friendship. I am so grateful to do this work and for all of you, for making this a wonderful year! Here is what our Colorado Springs real estate market saw in 2015 (as of November 30 th ) : Single Family Home Sales Up 17.6% from last year Condo/Townhome Sales Up 29.9% from...
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Getting Your Homeowner's Insurance Refund

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Did you know there might be money waiting for you?   And if you don't claim it, it may never be yours to keep.  I am referring to homeowner's insurance refunds.  When you buy a home you purchase homeowners insurance for it.  And most of us have that insurance policy premium paid by our mortgage lender.  In this ca...
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So You Married a Realtor

So You Married a Realtor








So you thought, sure, it would be great if my spouse is a Realtor... they'll have a flexible schedule and be able to help pick up kids from school and have occasional lunch dates... and then you realtize the unfortunate truth. * It's pretty likely you'll be stood up on dates, because well, somebody walked into the office at 5:30pm to see 4 houses a...
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Show Me the Money!

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When purchasing a home, personal checks are not accepted at the closing table.  “Good Funds” as our contracts call money due at closing, will need to be either a cashier’s check or wire transfer. A cashier’s check is simple to obtain. Usually you can purchase one at your bank. These work well when you have a down payment to bring.   BUT b...
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Just Listed - 9855 LIBERTY GROVE, PEYTON, CO 80831

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5 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, 3,570 SQ FT,  $310,000 Immaculate stucco and brick 2x6 exterior constructed ranch plan with walk-out basement in Paint Brush Hills . Enjoyable lot with fenced back yard space, shed, extended deck and patio. Starting in the vaulted living room with fireplace, you'll enjoy the spacious feel. Three main level bedroom...
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Just Listed - Beautiful Remodeled TriLevel in Northeast

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2955 Purgatory Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918   Beautiful! Remodeled tri-level, with 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 car garage, wood deck, patio and storage shed. Open on main level with new 42” cabinets with soft close doors, granite counter tops, under mount sink/faucet, stainless steel appliances, new tile floors and glass back splash.   4 BE...
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Home Owner's Insurance Policy

You have found your home and are headed towards the closing table. Congratulations, you are nearly done with the home buying process. There are only a handful of details left to complete, one of which is insurance. Have you already bought a policy or do you still have to choose a provider? Before you proceed any further with this, you should gain s...
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Youth Symphony - Sounds of the Season

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Sounds of the Season is the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony's  annual holiday concert at the Pikes Peak Center.  Prepare to enjoy this great mid-season concert and start off your holiday music tradition at the biggest classical music venue in the Springs !     Date:  Saturday December 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm Location:  Pike...
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Stress-free Moving Tips


When selling a home, we always seem to have extra stuff we don’t want to take, i.e. furniture we won’t use or household goods to get rid of. Having gone through the selling process myself recently, this is fresh in my mind so I had to write about the best ways to get rid of pre-move stuff. For large items like furniture, you can do a few things: Ad...
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Find your Dream Home as soon as it hits the market!


Page 7, page 8, page 9....if you have been searching for a home your eyes might glaze over as you get lost in looking at page after page of listings. All of the listings start looking alike and you can't tell which ones you have seen before or not. SpringsHomes.com has created a new tool to help you find your Dream Home as soon as it hits the marke...
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An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

I know...it's cliche... but this month seems to remind us to keep our thankful attitudes in check. There are the meme's on Facebook that joke something like- "November... a month for everyone who complains for 11 months, to pretend they are thankful"... oh and then there's black Friday where we go crazy shopping and hurting our fellow Americans to ...
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7240 Bonnie Brae Lane in Springs Ranch - Just Listed


We just listed this great open 2 story home with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 car garage located in The Range at Springs Ranch . The main level has a formal living room with vaulted ceilings. The eat in kitchen has ample storage space, black appliances and is open to the living area. This home also features a walk out to the back yard from the kit...
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5 Tips to Get Great Listing Photographs of Your Home

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Find Something Else To Do  - It is tempting to want to stick around and help point out the best angles for the photographer, but resist that temptation. Photographers often work best when left alone with the agent to stage and showcase the best features of your home. Pick Up, Pick Up, Pick Up  - All homes show best with the minimum amount...
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What You Need to Know About Appraisals

Congratulations, you have finally found the house you wanted! But you should ask yourself one question before signing all the paper work, is the house you are planning to buy really worth the money you will invest? Can’t decide? The asking price on the house is an amount which your lender has already approved, so you probably won’t have any issues ...
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