Top 4 Things you Need to Know about Appraisals

Top 4 Things you Need to Know about Appraisals
The appraisal of a home is a vital part of any real estate transaction, and the role of an appraiser is possibly one of the most critical parts of the entire transaction. See below as to how you, as a Seller, can be way ahead of the learning curve with just a few helpful hints from me when are you ready to put your home on the market for sale! 1. A...
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Condos vs Townhouses - What's the difference?

There is a lot of confusion about the differences between condos vs townhouses. They share many similarities, and this seems to be the source of this confusion. Even amongst real estate professionals we often hear more opinions than facts. If you are considering buying a condo or a townhouse, it is important for you to understand the different real...
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International Notary Guidelines

Notary Guidelines
I'm certainly not going to pretend to be an expert on all things regarding legal notary services around the globe. It only came to my attention a few years ago that it might not be as easy to process real estate paperwork everywhere as it is here!  In the United States of America, many legal documents need to be notarized. For most of us, in o...
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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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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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5 Tips For Winter Home Selling

5 Simple Hacks
“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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A Decade of Equity Briargate 2006-2016

BRI MED
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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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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Why you should not rule out selling your home in the winter months

Why you should not rule out selling your home in the winter months
Winter will here before we know it, but that should not give you any concern at all if you are considering putting your home on the market for sale in the next few months.  Here are my reasons why: 1. The winter market can be less competitive for Sellers since many families will wait until Spring to list their home. Economics 101: Supply and d...
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Tankless vs Tank Water Heaters: What's the Best?

Tankless vs Tank Water Heaters: What's the Best?
I've often wondered, so maybe you have too, what the best style of water heater is for a home. The tankless option which came out years ago to provide more energy efficiency seems to be a great option, because water isn't sitting in the typical stand-up tank being heated and unused.  However I wanted to get some expert advice, so I consulted w...
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Why Buyers Should Get Sewer Inspections

Why Buyers Should Get Sewer Inspections
A lot of first time homebuyers may not be aware that sewer inspections are not part of your routine home inspection. This is so important. Buying a home & moving is stressful enough as it is. Finding out that you have a bad sewer line after closing would just add to that list. Sewer line inspections can range from about $150-$300. Plumbers will...
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5 Things To Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

5 Things To Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs





Pine Forest Spring Show and Sale, Lewis Palmer High School, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-3. Admission: $6. Sponsored by the TriLakes Women's Club, this event has over 100 bakers dishing up their goods as well as gourmet food trucks for the first time this year. You can also enjoy antiques, craft items, birdhouses, garden art and more. The TriLakes Women's...
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Crazy Good Real Estate Market

Crazy Good Real Estate Market
It is a good real estate market for sellers right now. And it is a crazy real estate market for buyers right now. Sellers are getting top dollar for their homes, and often times they are seeing bidding wars and multiple offers in the under $300,000 price range. Buyers, on the other hand, have to act fast when they find that perfect home. Most likel...
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5 Things To Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

5 Things To Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs





Clifford The Big Red Dog, A Big Family Musical - Sunday April 3rd, Pikes Peak Center Admission: Varies. In this musical adventure, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth will take audiences on a journey with their friends to learn about Clifford’s BE BIG!™ Ideas - Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Help ...
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5 Things to Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs





Easter Brunch - Springs Orleans, March 27, 2016; 10am-2pm Admission: $36 per person; $10 children 12 and under and $10 bottomless mimosas. For Easter Brunch check out  Springs Orleans , the home restaurant at the Mining Exchange Hotel. Specialties will include deviled eggs, carved prime rib and ham, eggs étouffée, fresh fruit, d...
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5 Things to Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs





Endgame - Thursdays thru Saturdays 7:30pm, Sunday 4pm - Cottonwood Center for the Arts Admission $6-$15. First premiering in 1957, the Star Bar Players take on Samuel Beckett's classic play. Full of contradictions, this play balances the comic and the tragic. For more info:  http://cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com/schedule-tickets .   Faure...
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What Day of the Week Should You List Your Home?

What Day of the Week Should You List Your Home?
Should you list your home on Thursday or Friday or even Sunday? There are many opinions as to the best day of the week to list your home. Redfin found that according to their analysis, homes listed on Fridays have a higher list to sale ratio compared to other days of the week. They also found that homes listed on Fridays had a g...
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5 Things to Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do this Weekend in Colorado Springs





St. Patrick's Day Parade - Saturday, March 12th, 2016 - 12pm on Tejon Street from St. Vrain to Pioneers Museum Lots to do this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The Parade with it's floats, bagpipes and leprechauns kicks off at noon, but come earlier for the 50K Bike Ride at 8:30, the 5K Run at 10am and the Leprechaun Fun Run at 11a...
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Fast Falcon Home Sales!!

Falcon Homes for Sale
Falcon Homes for Sale
Falcon Homes for Sale
While they have Peyton addresses, many people refer to the area surrounding Woodmen and Meridian Roads as "Falcon"... I'm talking Woodmen Hills, Meridian Ranch, Falcon Hill, Paint Brush Hills. This area struggled for several years during the economic downturn, but it seems to be coming back strong! I've been very fortunate to have some great client...
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A Piece of the Action

A Piece of the Action
2016 is shaping up to be one of the best years in real estate in many years... probably at least 10. We've all seen the stats about new Colorado residents. Inventory is extremely low, and building permits are way up. The market in Denver was "madness" in 2015, with multiple offers taking prices $20-40,000 (or more) over list. Some of these transact...
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