Ringing in the New Year

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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 30 th ) : Single Family Home Sales Up 17.6% from last year Condo/Townhome Sales Up 29.9% from...
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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 a...
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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:  Pike...
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An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

I know...it's cliche... but this month seems to remind us to keep our thankful attitudes in check. There are the meme's on Facebook that joke something like- "November... a month for everyone who complains for 11 months, to pretend they are thankful"... oh and then there's black Friday where we go crazy shopping and hurting our fellow Americans to ...
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Favorite October Activity...BOO at the ZOO!

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This year it saddens me to write about this.  My daughter, age 13, is too cool to dress up and go to the zoo with me now.  But when she was younger, BOO at the Zoo was one of our favorite Halloween activities!   Our local Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hosts the event for a few weeks every October.  Children dress up in costume and ...
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Pumpkin Bread


In continuation of my "things to do in October" theme, I thought I'd post my favorite recipe for pumpkin bread.  Funny story about this one.  I received it in the mail at my house.  It was sent by a Realtor who was trying to drum up new business.  Clearly she didn't know that she was mailing it to a fellow Realtor's house. ...
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Jack-O Lantern Trail Walk

Jack-O Lantern Trail Walk
Another fun thing to do in October is the Jack O Lantern Trail Walk at the Fountain Creek Nature Center.  Located just South of Colorado Springs is the City of Fountain.  The Fountain Creek Nature Center includes a museum and acres of winding trails which lead through densly treed preserved land that parallels the creek.  Here is an ...
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Fun Halloween Activities

Fun Halloween Activities
As Halloween approaches, I thought it would be fun to focus on cool stuff to do during the month of October.  This last weekend, I took my 13 year old daughter to the Haunted Mines.   Located on the city's North end, is the historical mining museum.  It's open year-round and offers guests an eye opening tour of some existing min...
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Ready to Plank?

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Can you hold a steady plank?  Our local Lululemon Athletica store, located at the Shops at Briargate, needs 2,000 people to hold a plank simultaneously to break the Guinness World Record.  Are you interested?   Don't worry...you needn't be some fitness junkie to participate.    You just need to be able to hold the plan...
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Christmas Wishes!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Today I am especially grateful for all my clients/friends!  Thank you for your business, referrals and friendship.  Thank you for letting me help you with these life transitions.  I wish you happines and peace during this holiday season and in the year ahead.      nicole happel
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Love or Fear; It's Your Choice

I once read a self-help book entitled "Love is Letting Go of Fear."  The basic premiss of it was that you cannot love something and fear it at the same time.  The two are mutually exclusive.  You must choose if you are going to love something or fear it.   Today I read a quote from Jon Gordon, basically the same principle.&...
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Balancing Your Life

Websters Dictionary defines balance as "equality of distribution."   This means giving the same energy to both sides.  For me this concept is always a challenge, giving appropriately to all things without overdoing it in one area.  As a Realtor it's easy to overdo.   Our job is often seven days a week.  We work we...
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Things Realtors' Kids Say

Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought I'd share some funny personal kids antics, and particularly as I've spent the past couple days helping my sister shop for a home! And well, since my boys are out of school, they've been drug along for the "fun". They aren't afraid to share their opinions..."we like the one with the open space in front,...
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When Clients Become Friends

I just said goodbye to Barry and Shareen.  In 2006, they moved here from Southern California and bought their Colorado Springs home.  I was their Buyer's Agent.  Today, they sold that home and moved to Durango.  It was a good closing but a tough goodbye, when I teared up as we hugged in the parking lot. They are more than client...
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Delicious Pumpkin Bread

In honor of fall and the holiday season upon us, I thought I'd leave the real estate talk for a moment and share with you my favorite recipe for pumpkin bread.  Yum!   Preheat oven to 350 degrees   Ingredients 4 ounces cream chees, softened 1/4 cup butter 1 1/4 cups white sugar 2 eggs 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour...
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Which Cell Phone Provider Do I Choose?

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  So I'm driving around in the car this weekend with some new buyers from out of state.  They traveled with their cell phones, naturally.  As we drive, we notice that they keep losing cell phone service. Their signal is weak and they can't get good connections. They do not have AT&T. A good friend of mine who lives in the East ar...
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