A Love Letter to My Clients

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In honor of Valentine's Day, I am writing this love letter to all my clients.    Dear Clients/Friends, Thank you for allowing me to help you with one of the most important decisions of your life, one of buying and selling your home, one of relocating your family, one of financial change, one of great impact to you.   Thank ...
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The Home Inspection

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You’ve been out looking at homes. As a matter of fact, you’ve seen a lot of homes, so many that when you walk into the right one you know it immediately. Your Realtor writes an offer and you work out the pricing and other terms, you are “under contract”. Then it hits you, you really don’t know much about what you are buying, you know how the house ...
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Tiny Trees - Colorado Seedling Program

Tiny Trees - Colorado Seedling Program
When we first moved onto acreage, we were in the great rolling hills northeast of Colorado Springs. Our property was not treed and the only growth to speak of was weeds. Now in our second home on acreage, we looked into a seedling program offered by the state. Crazy as it is, I recall doing this when my family moved to Castle Rock, CO in 1988. We p...
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Steve's Picks for a Nice Weekend

Steve's Picks for a Nice Weekend
My family and I moved to Colorado Springs in the Fall of 2008 and we quickly fell in love with the lifestyle, the abundance of year-round outdoor activity, fresh air and lots of sunshine! Oh, and plenty of snow just to make things really exciting. This area has so much to offer no matter your season of life. But if you are like me, married with kid...
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Things to Do This Weekend (Feb 4, Feb 5) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Feb 4, Feb 5) in Colorado Springs





1st Time Home Buyer's Seminar -  Sat Feb 4, 10-11 am, Integrity Bank and Trust, 13540 Meadowgrass Dr. Admission: free, refreshments provided. Our own Courtney Gilmore joins Kevin Stevenson of Integrity Bank to host this seminar for 1st Time Home Buyers. If you are tired of renting, and ready for home ownership, come to this free seminar to hea...
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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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What is the Difference Between Prequalification and Preapproval?

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Prequalification vs. PreApproval Prequalification and preapproval are two important real estate finance terms. Unfortunately, these terms often get confused. The difference is important as it describes a lender's actual level of commitment to a home buyer. Interchanging these terms can create problems during the home buying process. Prequalificatio...
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Everything You Need to Know About Mortgages

The world of home financing is a multi-faceted one and we at Springs Homes would like to help you understand the ins and outs of the mortgage world. Much of the confusion and seemingly random nature of the home loan and mortgage process has to do with where the money comes from and how it flows.  There are multitudes of exceptions and guidelin...
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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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