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 11am. Bring the whole family downtown join in the fun. For more info: www.csstpats.com.

 

Jay Leno at the Pikes Peak Center - Sunday, March 13th at 5 pm, 190 S. Cascade Ave.

Admission: $62-$117. One of the hardest working men in show business, Jay Leno comes to the Pikes Peak Center to do what he loves best, stand up comedy. Since retiring from "The Tonight Show", Jay has been focused on motorcycles and stand up comedy. Last year alone, he spent 210 days on the road. If you have missed seeing him in his late night role, this show is for you. For more info: http://www.pikespeakcenter.com/events.

 

Woodland Park Winter Market - Saturday, March 12th, 9am - 1pm, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave.

The Teller County Farmers Market Association presents the Monthly Indoor Market. This market runs the second Saturday from October through May. You can find vendors selling typical Farmers Market fare such as Vegetables from Greenhouse, Bread, Pies & Pastries; Jams, Honey & Pickles; Salsa &  Pasta; Birdseed, Birdhouses & Toys; Pet treats & Miscellaneous items; Natural Meats, Eggs & Cheese; Hot Food & Drink; Seasonal Specials; Holiday Wreaths & Swags. For more info: https://www.wpfarmersmarket.com/winter-market.html

 

"The Importance of Being Earnest" by the Milibo Art Theatre, Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm through March 26th

Admission: $16-$25. The Milibo Art Theatre presents this Oscar Wilde classic play. You are probably used to the original physical comedy of Birgitta De Pree and Jim Jackson, and they bring it in full force for this delightful play. The show is about two male friends who invent imaginary character in an effort to win over the women they desire. For more info: http://www.themat.org/the-importance-of-being-earnest-2/

 

Family Science Exploration Day - Wester Museum of Mining and Industry, Saturday March 12th 10am - 3pm

Admission: Free with standard museum entrance fees. Come join the WMMI and explore the world of science. With presentations from the AFA Cadets, Pikes Peak Soaring Club, CSU Electricity Demos, Physics is Phun, Science Matters, 3D printing demos and rocket demos at noon this day should keep any budding scientist in awe. For more info: www.wmmi.org

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Fast Falcon Home Sales!!

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 clients with some sweet houses selling here in the past couple months... here are some of the details: 

Falcon Homes for Sale

9855 Liberty Grove

4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car walk-out ranch on .47 acres

12/4/15 listed

12/11/15 under contract (7 days!)

1/27/16 SOLD!

Falcon Homes for Sale  

8425 Garrison Rd

5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car, 3322 sq ft custom ranch on 1 acre 

1/1/16 listed

1/7/16 under contract (6 days!)

2/29/16 SOLD!

 

Falcon Homes for Sale

10450 Pictured Rocks Dr

5 bedroom 2-story 4362 sq ft on .52 acres

1/8/16 listed

1/22/16 under contract (14 days!)

3/8/16 SOLD!

I have another 2-story coming soon as well, so please keep your eyes peeled and contact me if you have any questions about these homes... or want to talk value on yours if you think it's time to sell! 

Thank you Falcon / Peyton community and friends for your support in this area! 

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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 transactions turned into mini-auctions. Good for sellers?...sure, maybe! Tough for Buyers?... yep! As agents, I think it's difficult to be on either side of a competing offer situation, so we present ALL offers and help our clients make what hopes to be the best decision. 

This busy-ness however gives the public a bit of a skewed perspective on how "easy" the real estate market is. I've heard 3 times in the past week from clients, friends, acquaintances that they are thinking about getting into the real estate business... whether they want to get licensed, invest, or otherwise jump in. Excuse me for being a little bit callous, but even the "easy ones" aren't easy! We have put many properties under contract in days, but the work and negotiations, don't stop there. We help the clients then negotiate inspections, meth, radon, lead-based paint, appraisals, unexpected property damage, septic and well "issues", lender qualification challenges, title challenges... and so much more. 

At Springs Homes, we have years of experience in handling these issues and work together to protect our clients' interests, while helping all parties make it to the closing table. Negotiations start before listing the property and sometimes go beyond closing. It's much more service than it is sales. 

To the aspiring real estate agent, please talk to somebody who's been in it for years... preferably through some of the "hard" years (2006-2009). Expect to live off your savings for 6+ months without a closing. Sometimes you work 4 hours a day, sometimes 36 hours a day (I know, I'm kidding, but it feels like it sometimes). And this is 7 days a week. Especially in a market like this; a property hits the market under $300,000 and you better be in same day to have your offer considered. Expect to shell out money to become a member of your board, national / state / local association, photos, marketing material, web pages, gas, vehicle service, continuing education, insurance, office fees, etc, etc... 

What looks like a cake-walk takes years of working, learning, and growing to succeed. We are so thankful to the people of Colorado Springs and in our "circles" for supporting us year after year. We are so thankful to be successfully doing business in this community for decades!!! 

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Colorado Style + Southern Charm = 8425 Garrison Rd

Colorado Style + Southern Charm = 8425 Garrison Rd

This sweet house is a beautiful combination of Colorado and the south! Beams & stone inside and out, plus plenty of finished space, storage, bedrooms and yard! This might be the perfect home for entertaining, all just minutes east of Colorado Springs in Falcon North with easy access to Air Force Bases! 

 

10 foot + main level ceilings, wood beams, ceiling fans, tall windows, open floor plan, deck and back yard view. Three main level bedrooms, to include a generous master suite with walk-in closet (convenient niche drop into laundry), custom tiled 5-piece bath. 

Open, custom kitchen with tall cabinets, raised counter height, pantry, gas range, open to everything... the true heart of this home! 

 

The basement includes 2 large bedrooms and a bath with separate vanities. The Recreation Room just needs some framing and drywall.... but it's usable as is for excerise and gathering space! 

 

The back yard starts with a deck and leads down to a firepit area for outdoor gatherings, plus ample yard space all fenced. 

 

For a personal tour or more info, please contact Brooke Mitchell

http://garrisonroad.com/

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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 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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