Things to Do This Weekend (Nov 19, 20) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Nov 19, 20) in Colorado Springs

Skate in the Park - now through Jan 16, Acacia Park, downtown Colorado Springs

Admission: $10. Come ice skate in downtown Colorado Springs no matter what the weather is. Skates are included with admission and children under 4 skate free with a paid adult. For more information: http://www.downtowncs.com/skate

Warren Miller's Here, There and Everywhere - Fri Nov 18, 8:00 pm, Sat Nov 19 6:00 pm, Pikes Peak Center

Admission: $21. At 92 years old, Warren Miller has put together his 67th film. Well, maybe not personally, but he still remains a huge inspiration and makes an appearance in this year's film. Nothing gets you in the spirit for a season of skiing than a Warren Miller film. For more information visit the http://pikespeakcenter.com

 

Blues Meets Jazz with Dotsero and Blazz, Sat Nov 19, 8:00 pm, Stargazer's Theatre

Admission: $15, $20 at the door. For those have have seen the legendary Dotsero in concert, you know they are hard to beat for great music and pure entertainment. The pairing with Blazz, Kansas City Blues and swinging jazz, just means your will be dancing and enjoyment will last all evening long.  For more information: http://www.stargazerstheatre.com.

 

Rampart Craft Bazaar 2016, Sat Nov 19, 9 am - 4 pm, Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Dr, COS

Admission: Free. Have you gotten your craft fair fix yet? The Rampart Craft Bazaar will have over 150 vendors with holiday gifts, jewelry, pottery, baked goods and more! Product price points will range from $1 – $3,000+ with tremendous variety in the types of products available. For more information check out their Facebook Page.

 

USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships, Fri Nov 18 12:30pm, Sat Nov 19 10am, Sun Nov 20 9am, Olympic Training Center Velodrome

Admission: Free. Weather delayed the Masters Championships earlier this summer, so now the racers are ready to make their mark. Friday is a record attempt day where riders are able to set new national or world records in their age categories, while structured races are held Saturday and Sunday. More information: USA Cycling Website.

 

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Cash Buyers for Homes: Pros and Cons

Cash Buyers for Homes: Pros and Cons

Right now I'm working with a cash buyer, meaning they do not have to get a loan to purchase a home.  Often times cash buyers ask "can I negotiate more since I'm paying cash?"  Here is what I tell them: 

Advice for Cash Buyers

Being a cash buyer is great because you don't have to wait the usual time for a mortgage loan. You can usually close within 2-3 weeks instead of the typical 45 days which loans take to accomplish. So your "power" or leverage is that you can close quicker than most.

But being a cash buyer DOES NOT make you more valuable from a money standpoint. At closing the seller gets paid no matter what, whether you are financing your purchase or bringing cash to the table. They do not get paid more if you pay cash.

Why I Like Working with Cash Buyers

From my perspective a cash buyer is sweet. They can close quickly. There are less hassles without a mortgage involved. And they can choose whether or not to even have an appraisal done. For me, simple real estate transactions are great. 

While sellers may appreciate your ability to close fast, they won't stand to make any more money with you. And...be sure you can verify your funds. Sellers will need to see an account statement or some proof that you really do have the dough!

If you have more questions about buying homes with cash versus taking out a mortgage, feel free to give me a call.

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Things to Do This Weekend (Nov 12, 13) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Nov 12, 13) in Colorado Springs

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival - Fri - Sun Nov 11-13, Fine Arts Center, Colorado College & other various locations

Admission: $15-$140. From 350 entries, 43 films were selected for this year's festival featuring films by and about women. Topics of the films range from Middle East crisis, Newtown tragedy and handling grief. The 29th year for this festival will showcase a variety of types of films including documentaries, shorts, features and animations. For more information: http://rmwfilminstitute.org/festival

"The Great", Colorado Springs Philharmonic - Sat Nov 12, 7:30 pm, Sun Nov 13 2:30 pm, Pikes Peak Center

Admission: Various, kids free. Marcelo Lehninger conducts this outstanding concert featuring Schubert's Symphony No. 9 "The Great, Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 5 and the World Premiere of New Orleans composer Courtney Bryan's White Gleam of Our Bright Star. Tickets for ages 7 to 17 are free with an adult ticket courtesy of GE Johnson. For more information visit the http://csphilharmonic.org

 

Colorado College Hockey, Fri Nov 11, 7:30 pm, Sat Nov 12, 7pm, Broadmoor World Arena

Admission: Starts at $9, kids tickets $5. Are you a Hockey Fan? Then you know watching it on TV is not the same. Come out in person and watch Colorado College take on #13 ranked St. Cloud State in a 2 night event. For more information: http://cctigers.com/tickets.

 

St Peter Catholic School Holiday Boutique & Craft Fair, Sat Nov 12, 9 am - 3 pm, St. Peter Church, 24 First Street, Monument

Admission: Free parking and admission. It is not too early to start shopping for those special Christmas Gifts. Shop over 70 vendors for handmade and local items. You might even pick up something from St. Nick's Bake Shop! For more information: http://www.petertherockschool.org/

 

Red, White and Blues to Honor our Vets Day, Fri Nov 11 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Whistle Pig Brewery, 1840 Dominion Way

Admission: Free. The Whistle Pig Brewery celebrates Veterans Day in style! Starting with a ceremonial flag raising at 6pm, your Veterans Day evening will consist of special guest speakers,a book signing by Intrepid Professionals and Whistle Pig's favorite Blues Musician, Grant Sabin. Want to win an autographed “Orange Crush” replica jersey? Yeah, they got that too, and p.s., grab a beer while you are there. More information: http://whistlepigbrewing.com/.

 

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Cookie Cutter Neighborhoods

Cookie Cutter Neighborhoods

Colorado Springs is filled with all sorts of neighborhoods, many developers have come into areas with the idea to divide property as tight as possible to build as many homes as possible. Profit, obviously their goal. There is the benefit of having neighbors nearby, and smaller lots to maintain and water in this dry climate!! I have many a story! Here's a funny about one such "cookie cutter" neighborhood. 

A friend had moved from the Colorado Springs area to the south for job relocation. They asked another mutual friend to meet their vehicle delivery service at their home on a Saturday following their departure. Said friend called me that morning, unable to get in. It went something like this:

Me: Hey Matt, how's it going?

Matt: Brooke, I'm at the house to meet the vehicle delivery crew, and I can't get the garage code to work.

Me: Okay, I'll come over and open the house with our electronic lockbox, be there in about 15-20 minutes.

Matt: thanks.

... some 20 minutes later...

Me at house, no Matt in sight... calls Matt... 

Me: Matt, I'm at the house to open up for you.

Matt: I'm here too, parked in front.

Me: I'm in front of the house, I don't see you.... uh... what street are you on?

Matt: (says name of street, not the right street), oops... 

We meet up at the right house and have a good laugh. In this instance the house that we were meeting at was at one end of the street just to the south, faced the same way, were the same floor plan (at least visibly from exterior) and were the same exterior color. 

Thankfully our friend, Matt, didn't awake the owner where he was mistakenly trying to open the garage.. ha!! 

Again, there are some great benefits to having similar homes in neighborhoods... for one, if a buyer likes a floor plan but not the decor or finishes of the one I showed them, I might be able to peruse the MLS quickly for that same style. In the case of the story above, John Laing was the builder, one of my favorites, who unfortunately left Colorado Springs during the economic decline a few years ago. Even though one of the things I loved about them was their bold color choices, many in that specific neighborhood were still very similar! 

Similar homes nearby also make for easier market analysis research... for both buyers and sellers. We can find similar or exact square footage in most cases, making upgrade adjustments minimal, and providing strong comparable sales for making offers. 

If you've been in the business as long as many of us as Springs Homes, then you often know who the builder is walking into a neighborhood or even a specific home... by the decal above the entry, the decorative quoins along the garage, the floor plan, the porch rails... we just have a base of knowledge that helps us help our clients all the more! We have watched this beautiful city grow for years! 

Is there a moral to the story?! Pay attention to the details maybe... and also just to remind us to laugh along the way! If you are looking to buy or sell your home, feel free to give me a call.

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1003 Sun Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80905

1003 Sun Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Check out my new listing!  This one is cool.  Located on a cul-de-sac lot which backs to open space and a natural preserve, the mountain and city views are AMAZING!!!   This 1960 home has been lovingly restored and maintained to showcase the original character and charm of that era.   It features vaulted and beamed ceilings, original slate and wood floors, new custom blend stone carpet flooring, restored original cabinetry, new stainless appliances, new sink, new backsplash, new bathroom tile and faucets, new fixtures, new patio, central air, security system, auto sprinkler w/drip line for veggie garden, partially finished basement and an oversized 2 car garage! Sewer lines from the street to the house have been replaced, and structural piers were installed which have a lifetime transferrable warranty.   And you can walk to nearby D-12 schools from the trail behind the property.  Totally cool...in every way!

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