Watching for Wildlife

In the past week I have almost hit two of these beautiful creatures with my car... mule deer. One rainy evening it was a very adorable, but confused fawn; once I slowed to a stop it just stood in my headlights... true "deer in the headlights" look. 

Living in this area, and much of Colorado (well, and other areas) we run the risk of wildlife in our communities. Because we are so close to the mountains and have treed communities like Black Forest, Erindale, Broadmoor and others, we are at risk for much of the year... or the wildlife is at risk if we're not aware / catious! 

In Black Forest we have mule deer, coyote, fox, squirrels (at least two different breeds, including black "Abert" squirrels), rabbits, a couple bears... last year there was even a moose. It is VERY unusual for moose to live at this altitude, so it was strange to have one here and in the Douglas County area just north of here. 

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The west side of Colorado Springs sees even more wildlife. I'm not sure I've ever shown houses in Peregrine, Broadmoor Bluffs or Skyway without seeing deer. There are most of the animals listed above on the west side, plus more bears, and add mountain lions and big horn sheep to the mix. For the mountain lions especially, pet owners are cautioned to keep pets, like small dogs and cats inside at night! Broadmoor Bluffs, Mountain Shadows and other west side neighborhoods post caution signs when widelife has been spotted in the area. The bears are especially dangerous just before and after hybernation when they are particularly hungry. They even make their way into dumpsters and even stores (as we've seen on rare occassion on the news). The bears and mountain lions will climb trees. The only black bear I've seen in town was off W. Woodmen Rd, pretty high in a tree on a 3 acre property. He didn't want to deal with us, but if there were baby cubs invloved it might have been a different story! 

In all areas, keep watch for deer crossing the road, particularly at this time of year when they have fawns and in the fall at dusk when they are very active. A friend once told us, when the Air Force relocted him here they told him during a local orientation, if you see a deer dart across the road don't watch him trail off... watch for his buddy and his buddy's buddy behind him. They normally travel together. In our neighborhood they travel in small groups of 6-10, however right now they seem to be just a doe and her baby(ies) or a bunch of individuals. If I can figure out how to imbed video in my blog, we had the awesome experience of 7 mule deer bucks "rutting" last fall as they establish the hierarchy of the herd. DO NOT approach these animals!! While they can seem harmless and will most frequently run from you, our neighbor's dog was gored by a large buck's antler, when he obviosuly felt threatened.... they will challenge each other. 

Living in the heart of town, don't think your immune to this wildlife. In 1999 my mom's car got hit by a deer near Circle and Fountain / MLK bypass... he jumped the car next to her and hit the front left side panel of her car. There are creeks and natural habitats that course through our city, creating avenues for deer and other critters to come into the city. 

Now, out east, you have to be aware of the coyote and fox, especially if you want to protect your cats and chickens at night. Let the rabbits and ground rodents be their prey! There are also large herds of antelope that roam the prairie in eastern Colorado Springs and from here to Texas and Montana. These are general much more slow moving creatures, and since they are out in the open they are easier to spot as opposed to the deer that often dart from trees and bushes into roadways. Watch for antelope especially in the areas along Black Forest Rd, Woodmen Rd, Marksheffel... and any home shopping out east to Falcon, Calhan, Ellicott, Ramah, even south of Fountain. 

As a friend used to tell us... Stay Alert, Stay Alive... important advice for you and the wildlife at risk (however I don't think they're reading this blog). 

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22045 Osteen Ct - Landings at Denmark | Calhan

Oh give me a home... where the buffalo roam... where the deer and the antelope play...

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Well, maybe not buffalo, but the antelope, chickens, kittens and horses love it here!! This ranch-style modular home is almost 2200 sq ft, taped / textured, and so well decorated you can move right in. Vaulted ceilings in nearly every room, Pikes Peak views from all rooms facing west and a nice little patio. Open great room includes a huge living room area, dining space, plus tremendous kitchen with pantry, island, desk space, eating nook and walk-out. Master includes 3 huge windwos, ceiling fan on remote, 5-piece bath, walk-in closet, plus storage closet.

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The kids and pets will enjoy plenty of space to roam, plus cross-fenced property for the horses.

Check out more details and the video tour here - http://www.osteencourt.com/  -  and contact me for a personal showing! 

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2014 Home Sale Forecast

In the first half of this year, home prices rose. From January to June, the average sales price of a single family home went up by 1.8%. The average sales price of a condo or townhome went up by 2.8%.   First quarter (Jan-Mar) single family home sales started out slow, but they made a nice recovery in the second quarter with better results (Apr-Jun).   And while sales are not quite at last year’s pace yet, I believe they will be by end of the third quarter. There are still plenty of buyers buying, interest rates are still low, and summer is only half over.   Historically we slowdown in late fall, so we still have much buying time left to bring those numbers up.

Interestingly, there is a lot more inventory meaning homes for sale, this year. We ended June with 4,233 single family homes for sale, a dramatic increase over last June when we saw only 3,868 single family homes for sale. I think the increase is the result of two things: (1) many sellers were waiting until the market improved to put their home up for sale, and when it finally did they all did. AND (2) new construction is booming again, causing many to move up into a newer home.

I think the biggest factor to consider here is inventory has gone way up, but sales have only gone up slightly.   With more supply and less demand, prices will probably stabilize.

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Keep Your Eyes Open During the Final Walk-Through

You’ve found your dream home…the offer was accepted…the loan is secured…your inspector has given the thumbs up…and you’re about to sign the closing papers. There’s one more important step I urge you not to overlook before you receive the keys: the final walk-through. This should be done the day before, or even the day of, your closing.

The final walk-through is a critical part of the home buying process. You and your agent will visit the property to make sure that the home is in good condition and that you are getting everything that was written into the sales agreement. This generally includes all window coverings, attached light fixtures (e.g. chandeliers, track lighting), appliances, area rugs/carpets and spas/pools, unless otherwise indicated in the agreement. You’ll also want to ensure that any previously agreed-upon repairs have been completed.

Make sure that the home is clean, the cabinets and garage have been emptied, the toilets, sinks, dishwashers and laundry machines are functional, the heat and air conditioning work and that all trash has been removed. Turn on all the light switches and test the outlets. Other potential surprises include large carpet stains that were hidden by furniture, large wall cracks that were camouflaged under paintings or mirrors, or water stains from leaks that have developed since you last saw the property. If you discover any of these conditions, you have the option of asking the owner to repair them before closing or to provide financial concessions on the selling price. Once you have closed, the sellers are no longer obligated to make any repairs.

If I still haven’t convinced you of the importance of the walk-through, here’s a cautionary tale that we personally experienced. The buyer and agent did a walk-through on a home that was built in 2005. They thought they had done a completely thorough inspection and everything appeared to be in working order, so they proceeded to closing.

A few weeks later, the buyer called our company and said that the furnace did not look like it belonged in the house. Sure enough, upon inspection, the furnace was a beat up, rusty model from the 1970s—the owners had swapped out the new furnace after the inspection and replaced it with an old one! You can be sure that from that point on, we included the furnace in our walk-throughs and advise you to do the same.

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Spotless 2-Story in Middle Creek Manor

12710 Rockbridge CR
Colorado Springs, CO 80921

 

Located in the Popular Middle Creek Manor Subdivision

 

The main level has both formals and a great room as well as an office and 2 staircases. The kitchen features granite counter tops and backsplash, upgraded appliances, double ovens and a kitchen island. The kitchen opens up to the family room with 17’ ceilings, a gas log fireplace and a wall of windows allowing plenty of light.

The master suite is located on the back side of the home which has great views of the mountains. The master bath has double vanities, a large soaking tub, a tiled shower and a walk in closet. There is a fireplace located between the bath and the bedroom.The basement is great for entertaining with a large wet bar that has upgraded cabinets, granite countertops and a refrigerator.

There are 2 bedrooms that share an updated bath as well.The exterior is stucco and the roof was replaced in 2013. Located on a third of an acre, the property has Northwest views to include, Pikes Peak and the Front Range and the Air Force Academy. There is a stamped concrete patio, a pergola complete with outdoor grill, a hot tub and is fully landscaped.Updates include air conditioning, interior paint,, plantation shutters, rod iron spindles, granite in the kitchen and bathrooms, upgraded kitchen appliances.

For More Information, please visit:http://www.rockbridgecr.com/

 

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