5 Things to do this Weekend in Colorado Springs Jun 24-26

5 Things to do this Weekend in Colorado Springs Jun 24-26

Doug Smith, Fri Jun 24, 7pm at the Black Forest Community Center.

Admission: $5-10. The Black Rose Acoustic Society Friday Night Featured Act comes to us with a Grammy under his belt. Doug is an accomplished guitarist who has won the Winfield International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. His original compositions are heard everywhere from NPR to TCM to Martha Stewart to Good Morning America. His playing combines folk, classical and jazz elements and has been called “a cross between Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges.” For more information: www.blackroseacoustic.org .


Fan Fest, Fri Jun 24 5-10pm on Tejon Street between Colorado and Platte.

Admission: Free. Start the International Hill Climb weekend celebration with the Red Bull Jumpers, Fire Fighter Chili Cookoff, Victory Motorcycle Stunt Team, meet the fastest qualifiers from each race class and a Beer Garden. For more information: www.PPIHC.com .


Buddy Whittington & The Atomic Fireballs, Fri Jun 24, 6-8 pm, University Village

Admission: Free. Head out to the University Village Shopping Center for they Friday Evening Free Concerts. This week brings you a great mix of Blues and Country that is sure to please everyone. For more information: www.UVCshopping.com . 


Pickin' on the Divide, Sat June 25 9-5pm, Church at Woodmoor, 18125 Furrow Dr, Monument

Admission: $10. Head north to Monument for some bluegrass and fiddlin'. The competition runs 9-12 with bands playing 12-5. See known bands like Flying W Wranglers, WireWood Station and Grass it Up. For more information: www.pickinonthedivide.com .


Tejon Street Bike Festival and Tattoo Fest, Sun June 26, 10 am

Admission: Free  Corona Bikini Contest with $1,000 prize, bike show, live music and lots of vendors. Starting at 1pm, attention will be turned to tattoos and the ink will be flowing. Head to Cowboy's 25 N. Tejon where it is $10 per tattoo for the competition. http://pro-promotions.com/pro-events/tbf .

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A Thoughtful Gift

Gift House IIIIt 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 office, on the shelf above my desk.  Each day I look at it and feel happy knowing that people appreciate my work.

In this fast-paced world it's easy to forget to say thanks, to forget to compliment someone on a job well-done.  But those little things can really make someone's day.  Sometimes when I am feeling low, I pull this house out and re-read the client thank-you notes.  I am reminded of their kindness and gratitude.  I am reminded of their families, their houses, the experience of helping them.  Thanks to all of you!


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Ringing in the New Year


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 30th) :

Single Family Home Sales Up 17.6% from last year
Condo/Townhome Sales Up 29.9% from last year
Average Price of a Single Family Home Up 7.1% from last year
Average Price of a Condo/Townhome Down .2% from last year
Number of Single Family Homes for Sale 2,627 total (down 10%)
Number of Condos/Townhomes for Sale 219 total (down 13.4%)

I wish you all a safe and happy 2016. Feel free to give me a call for any of your real estate needs. Happy New Year!!!

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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 and of course write an offer... which is probably a competing offer, so we need to do it RIGHT NOW! 


* "I'll be home in 10-15 minutes"... actually means 30-45... or more (see above)


* Your spouse will be going to strangers' homes at all hours of the day to show them to other strangers... but it's fine... equipped with a stun gun (or in some cases, we actaully carry)


* Some of these "strangers" might just become our new BFFs, so be prepared to have awkward meals at random so we can figure out which ones will be lifelong friends. 

* We'll also be spending our money.. or ya know, financing again some marketing materials so we can tell all our current friends that "I'm becoming the best Realtor in the world, wanna help me get started?"

* And we'll be using this beautiful car (which should always be clean despite also carting my family in it and living on a dirt road) to drive to the nice homes all over town... oh, but also on the dirt roads of Woodland Park and Peyton properties. (it's fine, we'll be able to write off that mileage!) ** full disclosure, that's not our Camaro, but I'd take  it


* All Realtors "need" the classiest cars... even though we aren't making money when we start out, so we'll just finance everything, write it off in the hopes of striking it rich. 

* Plus I'll be gone for networking events in the evenings / weekends and volunteering whenever I can to help my community... "so you can get the kids today, right?...and next Tuesday... and Friday...?"

* Not only that, but this computer that I'm typing on (financed too, right?) will be on my lap while we watch TV in the evenings... and I'll check my smart phone for offer responses as soon as I get up in the morning, plus whenever else I'm not eating with my family. 


* Also, we'll be insanely particular about pronoucing REAL-TOR correctly.... some more than others. 


* When we have kids (we'll have time, really!)... they will learn fun real estate terminology like granite tile inlay (from my eldest son when he was 4-yrs-old) or the important difference between offer & contract... and the difference between a listing and selling broker. I laughed when my sick boy went with me after school drop of and he was excited to "see what I do after you drop us off".. like it's ever that same.. HA!


* I'll sometimes refer to our adorable additions as my little assistants when they have to accompany me on an appointment, thankfully not too often. 


* When sellers can't make it home, I'll occasionally open the house, set security systems, walk their adorable dogs (no I don't do cats because of allergies ;-) ), and re-secure properties. 


I know... lots of sarcasm and funny... but this business is seriously nutty at times. Thank God I have the most amazing, faithful husband on the planet. After 14 years he might kinda sorta be used to the craziness.

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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: Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: Pikes Peak Center

Additional Info: http://csysa.com/content/concertsevents



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