Understanding Your Property Taxes

Understanding your Colorado Springs property taxes
Will property taxes go up in 2017? 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 market value is determined, he...
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1st Time Home Buyer's Seminar

1st Time Home Buyer's Seminar
In this crazy, fast-paced real estate market in Colorado Springs, if you blink you might miss out on getting the #1 home on your list. You need to know what you are doing and you need a good team on your side giving you the right advice. On Saturday February 4th, you are invited to a 1st Time Home Buyer's Seminar that will give you some great advic...
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Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 28, Jan 29) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 28, Jan 29) in Colorado Springs





7th Annual Touch-A-Truck Weekend -  Fri Jan 27 5-7pm, Sat Jan 28 9-4pm, Sun Jan 29 10-3pm, Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center 3650 N Nevada Ave. Admission: $5/person, $20/family of 5, under 2 free. The Junior League of Colorado Springs knows how to capture the interest of kiddos. This is the 7th year that the Junior League has used this ...
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Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 21, Jan 22) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 21, Jan 22) in Colorado Springs





What is Dementia? What to Expect at Each Stage -  Sat Jan 21 9:30am-12:00 pm, Home Care Assistance of El Paso County 13395 Voyager Parkway Suite #120 Admission: Free. The Home Care Assistance of El Paso County as teamed up with New Century Hospice to bring a very important 3 part educational series addressing dementia. The first part of the se...
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Year-round Hiking Adventure at The Paint Mines in Calhan Colorado

Year-round Hiking Adventure at The Paint Mines in Calhan Colorado
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Colorado is notorious for its fluctuating weather patterns.... snow possible in areas 10 months out of the year, but 300+ days of sunshine! This week is a fine example of this... snow and wind today, but we'll be back up to 60 & sunny by Wednesday/Thursday. That being said, for a girl who loves outdoor adventure, I try to hike year round. ...
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Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 14, Jan 15) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 14, Jan 15) in Colorado Springs





Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count -  Sat Jan 14 8:30-11:00 am, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817 Admission: $5. Want to get outside this weekend and help out the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Join them for the Winter bird count. Good for the beginning birder as well for the more advanced lovers of birds. Res...
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Understanding Clouded Titles

Understanding Title Clouds, Colorado Springs Real Estate
When you buy a house you certainly don't want to inherit someone else's debts or legal problems. This is one reason for a title Insurance policy. Title Insurance protects or insures that you have "Clear Title" to your property. Clear Title means that there are no liens, claims, judgments or problems with the title. The aim is to define the undisput...
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Why People Move to Colorado Springs

Why People Move to Colorado Springs
There are probably a gazillion reasons why so many people are moving to Colorado, year after year, and after 27 years of living here myself, here are just a few of my own: WE HAVE JOBS! And we apparently have A LOT of them, and in a wide range of industries, especially in the professional and business sectors. As of November, 2016, the unemployment...
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Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 7, Jan 8) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 7, Jan 8) in Colorado Springs





United States International Duo Piano Competition -  Fri Jan 6, 7:00 pm, Sat Jan 7 9:15, 10:30, 2:20, 3:45, 5:00, Sun Jan 8, 1:15, 2:45, The Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Avenue Admission: Free. Have you ever seen a Duo Piano Competition? Now you have 3 days to catch your glimpse of this unique performance. This competition spans all ages and all le...
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A Seller's Guide on How to Handle Showing Feedback

A Seller's Guide on How to Handle Showing Feedback
Selling your home can be stressful at times. The sign is in the yard, the lock box is on the door & your house is finally active in the MLS & third party sites. Now, you’re eagerly waiting to hear what potential buyers thought of your property. Feedback is imperative for sellers, especially for those whose homes might be taking a little lon...
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Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 31, Jan 1) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 31, Jan 1) in Colorado Springs





Colorado Springs Philharmonic presents New Year’s Eve -  Sat Dec 31, 7:30 pm, Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, 190 South Cascade Avenue Admission: $21 and up. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is ringing in the new year Broadway style. Some of their best vocalists will be performing classic Broadway songs from Cats, Victor Victoria, ...
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5 Tips For Winter Home Selling

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“Nobody wants to move their Christmas Tree”! That’s what I was told by the seasoned pros early in my Real Estate career. The problem is that many people find themselves having to sell during the holidays. The period of time from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day is traditionally slow. The days are shorter, colder, darker and sometimes snowy. That’s th...
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Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 24, 25) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 24, 25) in Colorado Springs





Winter Wonderland with the Wolves -  Sat Dec 24, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center, 4729 Twin Rocks Road, Divide Admission: $30 adults, $15 kids 12 and under. Spend Christmas Eve morning learning about the wolves who are residents in Divide. Enjoy a breakfast burrito and prepare to walk away with a great appreciation for the...
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A Decade of Equity Briargate 2006-2016

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The  Briargate  neighborhood is one of our market's most popular areas. This popularity is the result of good planning, good schools and convenient amenities. Briargate prices have always been a little higher because of on-going new construction. New construction is more expensive than comparable resale homes. Home buy...
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Koi Bring Positivity Across DCC

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In September 2016 our 9-yr-old, a Discovery Canyon Campus 4th grader, brought home some fun fish he made in art class at school. That weekend we had a friend in town, his parents, and my in-laws for dinner. After dinner said 9-y-o placed a piece of paper on the table in front of each person... 7 adults and his brother, a 12-yr-old DCC 7th grader. H...
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Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 17, 18) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 17, 18) in Colorado Springs





The Hazel Miller Band: A Very Soulful Christmas -  Fri Dec 16, 8:00 pm, Stargazer's Theater Admission: $15-$20. Hazel Miller has been performing in Colorado for the past 24 years, so you owe it to yourself to come see this show. Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop, or Gospel, her voice is unbelievable and her experience has led her to open...
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Improving Your Winter Real Estate Photos

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Winter months create significant challenges for real estate photographers. The days are shorter, darker, colder and sometimes snowy. Exterior images are the biggest challenge. This is a big deal because this is the primary image for almost every Real Estate Listing create. Our basic rule of thumb for exterior photographs is to s...
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Just Listed! 3515 Mosswood Lane Colorado Springs CO 80910

Just Listed! 3515 Mosswood Lane Colorado Springs CO 80910
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Well, if this isn't the cutest house! Check out my new listing.  Built in 1972, this charming home features 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and over 1,600 finished square feet!  Includes updated kitchen with Silestone counters, new cabinets, new sink/faucet, new flooring, new roof, new carpet, new lighting, new windows, new doors, new paint, updated ...
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Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 10, 11) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 10, 11) in Colorado Springs





Jim Gaffigan -  Sat Dec 10, 8:00 pm, Broadmoor World Arena Admission: $39.75-$59.75. One of the few comics around that is safe to take grandma and the kids to, Jim Gaffigan doesn't resort to crude humor to wow his audiences. With 5 kids, there is a plethora of material for him to use. For more information: Broadmoor World Arena .  Deck th...
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Southern Colorado Insurance Changes

Southern Colorado Insurance Changes
I love it here... so thankful for limited natural disasters like tornado, hurricane, earthquakes. However, Colorado is still subject to blizzards, hail, wind, and fire. 2012 and 2013 were devastating locally when it comes to fire. Much of those homes have been rebuilt. So, let's talk about the unfortunate weather issues of 2016 And how it's changin...
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