Everyone Wear Green!

I'm totally wearing green tomorrow!  Admittedly, it's one of my favorite colors to wear but that's not why I'm wearing it.  Tomorrow there will be high ranking military officials in Colorado Springs, here to determine the pros and cons of military cutbacks at Fort Carson.  As a community, we are told to wear green in protest to these cutbacks.  It's our way of telling the government that we want to keep Fort Carson and the local economy strong.  Here is an excerpt from our local paper, with more details on this: "The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance hopes to make Feb. 3 look like St. Patrick's Day in Colorado Springs as part of an effort to stave off military cuts.

Getting locals to wear green that day is part of a wider effort to impress Army brass who will be in town to hear public comments on cuts for Fort Carson that could eliminate up to 16,000 soldiers from the 24,500 now on the post. The alliance is working to pack the Army's "listening session" downtown with boosters, including Colorado's Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

 

 

 

"The Army is sending out some pretty significant officials," said Andy Merritt, who oversees military affairs for the alliance. "We certainly want to be able to make sure those guys go back with a positive view of what is going on here." The Army is dealing with a $900 billion financial squeeze over 10 years brought on by postwar downsizing of the defense budget and $50 billion in annual cuts mandated by a 2011 budget deal in Congress called sequestration. Last spring, the Army announced proposed cuts of up 16,000 soldiers at each of 30 installations, including Fort Carson. The move, Army leaders said, will allow the brass freedom to pick targets for a cut of 40,000 soldiers designed to trim the Army's active-duty roster to 450,000. That makes it unlikely that any base will take the full brunt of the cut. But any cut worries business leaders in Colorado Springs, where the alliance says 50 cents out of every payroll dollar are tied to the Defense Department." Around 50% of our local economy is military.  That is our stability.  Personally, military buyers and sellers are a huge part of my real estate business.   I encourage everyone to get out your green stuff tomorrow!

 

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2015 Real Estate Update

COLORADO SPRINGS REAL ESTATE IS GOING STRONG SO FAR THIS YEAR.  HERE IS HOW WE DID IN JANUARY:   SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES             - UP 6.7% OVER JANUARY 2014 AVERAGE SALES PRICE S/F HOME     - UP 11.4% OVER JANUARY 2014 CONDO/TOWNHOME SALES                  - UP 30.3% OVER JANUARY 2014 AVERAGE SALES PRICE CONDO/T.H.  - UP 2.8% OVER JANUARY 2014 TOTAL S/F HOMES FOR SALE                - DOWN 23.5% FROM JANUARY 2014 TOTAL CONDO/T.H. FOR SALE              - DOWN 15.6% FROM JANUARY 2014   IN SUMMARY...SALES ARE UP AND GOING STRONG, ESPECIALLY FOR JANUARY WHICH IS HISTORICALLY, NOT OUR BUSIEST MONTH.  PRICES ARE UP COMPARED TO LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME.  INVENTORY (meaning homes for sale) IS WAY DOWN.     SUPPLY IS DOWN.  DEMAND IS STRONG.  INTEREST RATES ARE STILL AT RECORD LOWS.   WOO HOO, I SAY!

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What to Do with Your Poo... new El Paso County Septic Regulations

For all you city-dwelling folk, you may not care about this one, after all your personal waste gets whisked away by the city or local municipality's sewer system.  For those of us living a little more rural, we handle it a bit differently. Septic systems are a large tank to handle waste from an individual home, which has to be pumped out (depending on tank size, persons living in the property, and use) about every 2-5 years. It's super fun (insert sarcasm).. after living in our house 6 years we just had ours pumped for the second time. **helpful tip -  keep those doors and windows closed or the stink could grace your house for a while.Effective January 1, 2015 the "On-Site Wastewater Treatment System Transfer of Title Inspections" took effect - New county regulations are requiring that their approved inspector check and certify every septic tank on which the property will be transferring title. What this means, is if your home closes any time after 1Jan2015, you must have an approved inspector check your system. This list of approved inspectors can be found at http://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/services/site-wastewater-treatment-systems. Most of your usual septic companies are on the list plus others. In November there were a few names on the list, but with this regulation ramping up, they were able to add a bunch of names to the list.  I would speculate that a great majority of these will be fine, but there could be some damage to some systems. The program allows 90 days for repairs and re-inspection. I imagine if there is damage, it could delay some real estate closings. Because of this new requirment, loan underwriters will be aware and also require satisfactory inspection reports. So, if a system does not pass, I'm sure lenders won't fund until the system is in working order by inspector standards. If you are about to sell your house, with septic system, you might go ahead and get the process started. Or you can consider waiting until you receive a contract on your property. The "acceptance document" priovided by El Paso County is good for 6 months, with a potential extension (obviously not all homes sell in 6 months).  As always let us know how we can help you find out if this or other county or state requirments apply to your home and property as you prepare to sell. 

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12254 Angelina Dr - Meridian Ranch

With mixed feelings I listed this sweet house in Meridian Ranch... why the mixed feelings?!? Well these are new friends, and once again the Air Force will take a friend across the country! However, this is a GREAT house... so let's focus on that! :-)

Hardwoods grace all the important main level traffic areas and kitchen. The previous owner did some outstanding electrical upgrades...Boston surround sound system, holiday lighting package, central vacuum system, and so many other beautiful lighting upgrades!

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The kitchen has gorgeous granite counters and these owners have added granite counters and tile floors in the bathrooms. The main level has dining and living that have peaked ceilings. The kitchen includes a tray ceiling and pendant lighting over the island. 

From the ktichen walk out onto a partially covered, stamped, stained patio... plus this lot backs to local park / open space and they have a nice water feature in the corner. 

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The basement family room is huge... with theater area ,2nd gas fireplace, generous wet bar, and 2 large bedrooms! 

The garage has a 4 foot extension for workshop, your longer truck or extra storage... plus they added overhead storage out of the way. 

Meridian Ranch is such a great community with your water bill and a Recreation Center included in your HOA dues, plus available nearby golf course and up-and-coming shopping center. Near Peterson AFB and Schriever this is just a great location! 

Check out more details and the video tour - http://angelinadrive.com/ 

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Fireworks on New Year's Eve

Tonight there will be fireworks from the top of Pikes Peak.  Every year the Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club climbs the icy slopes of Barr Trail, located on the east face of the world famous Pikes Peak.  Then, at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, AdAmAn members and their guests ignite a glorious fireworks display from the summit to usher in the New Year.

 

The club has been a local tradition since 1922.  It is a unique group of mountaineers, who each year on December 30th and 31st make the climb.  The club was founded in memory of the original "Frozen Five," Ed Morath, Fred Morath, Fred Barr, Willis Magee and Harry Standley.  Their idea was that each year only one new member whould be added to the club, hence the name AdAmAn (for add a man).  New members are chosen from a list of applicants, and it is quite an honor to be selected.

 

The climbing party of thirty members and guests leaves the trailhead of Barr Trail on December 30th, with an overnight camp at Barr Camp.  On December 31st they flash mirrors from their location at timberline, to friends and families in the Colorado Springs area.  In the early afternoon, they finish the ascent to the summit of Pikes Peak.  This 14,110 foot climb is often accomplished on icy and snow covered slopes with wind chills of -50 degrees.

 

Today our local weather in the Springs is a chilling high of 30 degrees.  The snow covered Peak towers above with temperatures well below that.  I admire those brave mountaineers who take such pride in this local tradition.  Thank you, AdAmAn, and be safe!

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