D20 Digital Learning Coach Model

*** Warning - this is a "proud mom moment" and props to our school and district as well. I've said many times how our school and teachers have met our boys where they are in their education. The oldest has been participating with our TAG teacher for years. And while our youngest has struggled at points in math, they recommended Math Club to help bring his skills up to par. Both have seen vast improvments, and we so appreciate how the teachers and staff see their needs and meet them in that place. Recently our older boy, Cole completed a Tinker CAD program at school, encorporating math and fractions (ratios) to create a 3D model on-line. His choice was a robot, but it can be used to create other 3D building drawings and probably so much more. After his project he was asked to participate in a D20 board meeting where he and other students would display their math / technology projects to individual board members to show how they use technology with math in the school. This is all part of a movement by the district to have a Digital Learning Coach in schools. We all know we are in the age of technology... I can't believe how things have changed since we were in college in the late '90s, let alone the past couple years' of advances.

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Our librarian, TAG coordinator, and TAG teacher are helping advance this DLC model for all schools. Eight elementary schools in the district participated initially in the program, to help model how a DLC can help students at all levels. It was so fun to see Cole and his TAG classmate present to a board member, but also to see other schools with sudents as young as kindergarden displaying technology projects to board members. I love living in and seeing a district and community that sees value in similar programs. We want to thank Mrs. Knox, Ms. MacLean, and Ms. Hullings of Discovery Canyon Campus elementary for their participation, encouragement, and forward thinking. We'd like to also thank the entire school board and principals of Academy School District 20!

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 And of course, well done Cole, we love you and are so proud of you! (sorry, I had to)

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SCENIC COLORADO SPRINGS

2e1ax greenie frontpage Seven FallsColorado Springs has so much natural beauty. You've heard of Garden of the Gods; the fabulous red rock formation? And Pikes Peak; a 14,110 mountain which hovers above our city? But have you heard of Seven Falls? Nestled in the mountain canyons just below Pikes Peak, are cascades of water known as Seven Falls. Falls excites the senses and forshadows the dramatic landscape ahead. Crystal clear water from the Pikes Peak watershed has shaped a spectacular natural box canyon: the steep-walled, enclosed canyon that’s become symbolic of the American West.

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Buying a Colorado Springs area house for $250,000

I saw this funny comic on one of the real estate groups I follow on social media. Lots of people were getting some chuckles from it, but it got me thinking. I am fairly certain the average sale price in the greater Colorado Springs area is around $244,000. Can you find the house this couple in the comic is looking for in Colorado Springs....? 

So I went on a hunt for "close to downtown" (I chose what I thought would be 30 minutes or less) houses with 4+ bedrooms, good size lots (.2+ acres) and safe neighborhood (now that could be up for negotiation, but I think in general this is a VERY safe city overall and people should investigate crime if concerned... sexual offenders, violent crimes, etc... weren't not immune to crime, but it's really a great city!).  And here is what I found.... 

currently available - 76

under contract - 82

sold in the past 6 months - 262

Inventory generally starts slowing down here August (school starts) through about February.... so summer months will provide more inventory. While we have a cost of living higher than many parts of the south and midwest, it's nice to know it's pretty reasonable to live here. 

So, here's a little summary of what that $250,000 will cost you monthly... with 3.5% down (FHA minimum), borrowing $241,250 at a 4.166% interest rate and estimated tax, insurance, and mortgage insurance in your payment, you're looking at $1737/month payment. If you are VA and put nothing down, you'd be borrowing $257,875 because you rolled in your VA funding fee) looking at a $1556/month payment. Obviously all of those payments will be lower the more you are able to put down. 

Want to be close to downtown... like walking distance...? Well, that is a little tougher to find, plus you're looking at older homes (be prepared for a bit more maintenance). There is nothing with 4 bedrooms, 2 houses with 3 bedrooms are under contract withing walking distance of downtown. NOW.... add in the Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City areas, plus remove the .2 acre lot requirement and there are 37 houses. 

Okay, I know that was a lot, but there are many things we can do to help tailor a search in the MLS... especially when those large national sites are sometimes out-of-date. Let us know how we can help in your home search! I know from experience this summer, the nice ones under $250,000 disappear quickly or have competing offers.... it's a good price range! 

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6144 Montero Circle

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Check out my new listing!   Enjoy unobstructed Pikes Peak and mountain views, with open space directly behind the property.  And, no rear neighbors means plenty of privacy. Built in 1997, this terrific ranch floorplan features walk-out lot, stucco exterior, wood floors, vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, spiral staircase, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, finished basement, media room with projector, big screen and built-in speakers, air conditioning, wood deck, and all appliances stay!  Great Powers location...walk to nearby shopping and parks!

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Hot Market in 2014...Can We Do It Again?

Colorado Springs saw a great real estate market last year.  Sales of single family homes rose by 3.8% from the previous year, ending 2014 with 11,197 total homes sold.  The average sales price of a single family home was $251,430, up 2.8% over last year's average price.  Inventory, meaning homes for sale, dropped dramatically as homes continued to sell at a record pace.  As a result, we ended the year with 20% less inventory from a year ago.   Condos and townhomes saw the same kind of gain, with total sales of 1,474 units sold, up 6.6% over last year.  The average sales price of a condo/townhome was $167,893, up 2.3% over last year's average price. Inventory, or units for sale, had dropped by 13% by year's end.   In summary, there are less homes for sale right now.  There are more buyers buying.  As a result, prices are going up and houses are selling faster.   2015 is already paced to outperform last year.  We are seeing a lot of activity early in the year, and we haven't even hit our peak busy season which is usually Spring and Summer.  Bring it on!

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