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The awards for Colorado Springs continue to come in

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Awards for Colorado Springs continue to come in If you’d like a FREE Relocation Package, sent to you, call or Email Kathy at [email protected]   Colorado ranked 2nd Best State to Retire - Some of the factors considered were weather, access to health care, cost of living, crime, and taxes. The #1 choice was South Dakota, and Colorado was then rated #2. The state got especially high marks for cost of living, crime rate, health care quality and taxes.     Colorado Springs ranked 5th for...Continue Reading!

June 30, 2014 Colorado Springs Real Estate Market Trends

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Colorado Springs Real Estate Market Trends As of June 30, 2014 Search for all homes for sale in Colorado Springs Single Family Homes for Sale as of June 30, 2014: 4719  Single Family Homes under contract as of June 30, 2104 1364   # of Homes sold in June 2014: 899   # of Homes sold in June 2013: 1114 Average Sold Price in June 2014: $266,211    Average Sold Price in June 2013: $258,119 Average Days on Market in June 2014: 81      Average Days on Market in June...Continue Reading!

Colorado Springs Off-Leash Dog Parks

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Colorado Springs love their parks! Search for homes on acreage in the Colorado Springs area If you are new to Colorado Springs, or just getting to relocate to the area, and want to know where you can take your dog off-leash, the Trails and Open Space Coalition has a brochure that lists and maps dog parks and leash free areas in Colorado Springs.  Here's a link to the PDF File; trailsandopenspaces.org/dog-parks.   The brochure includes a map and a brief description of the...Continue Reading!

Housing in the Monument area isn’t quite as strong as 2012 and 2013

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Monument Housing, Single Family Homes Neighborhoods Include: Palmer Lake, Woodmoor, King's Deer, Jackson Creek Zip code 80132 Search for homes for sale in Monument Here's a quick summary of the Real Estate Market for Monument area for the 1st 5 months of 2014 Pricing has continued to increase, and has now increased by 4% from 2014 to 2013 Number of homes sold per month is 38.4 , which is a decrease from last year which averaged 44.8 a month. Neighborhoods Jackson Creek: Average Price $300,176 --- Price...Continue Reading!

Fourth of July in Colorado Springs – time to celebrate

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Fourth of July celebrations in the Colorado Springs area Search for all Home Listings in Colorado Springs I'm often traveling someplace over the Fourth of July weekend, but this year I'm going to be in town.  As I started to research different things to do over the Fourth, it inspired me to write a Fourth of July post and share it with my readers.   Where:  Memorial Park in Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Symphony orchestra performance Time:  Park opens at 5:30pm, concert at 7:30pm   Where:  Cripple Creek...Continue Reading!

After the Black Forest Fire – a year later

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Black forest rebuilding in full force It's almost been a year since the Black Forest Fire that occured in 2013  and the area is well way under way to being rebuilt and renovated.   I was recently driving through the area, visiting my favorite local yarn shop, the Table Rock Llamas and quickly snapped some shots while I was there. The fire burned over 14,000 acres, destroyed over 500 homes, killed 2 people, and was considered the most destructive fire in Colorado's...Continue Reading!

What is an easement?

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  What is an easement? It's that time of the year again, home buyers and sellers are out in full force in Colorado Springs.  It's also the time of the year, which I  spend time counseling buyers about the home buying process and I often end up explaining surveys, ILC's, and easements.   So I thought it would be a good time to write a quick blog about easements.   Let's start with some basics: What is an easement? When an easement over someone's land is...Continue Reading!

Open House at a Historic Home in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Come see a move-in ready home in Central Colorado Springs, in the Historic Old North End Search for Historic Homes in the Old North End There will be at an open house this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th,  from 12:00-3:00pm, you can stop by and see this home at 219 E. Columbia in Central Colorado Springs; Priced to sell at $325.000.   Centrally located in the Old North End Beautiful Wood floors Updated Kitchen Clawfoot Tub in Main Level Bathroom  If you enjoyed reading...Continue Reading!

Moving to Colorado Springs, 7 reasons to use Buyer’s Agent to help you find a home.

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Why would I use a Buyer's agent to help me find a home? Related Articles: Real Estate Agents have a fiduciary relationship Real Estate Agent or Realtor? How to choose a Buyer’s Agent Colorado Real Estate Terms: What is a Listing Agent? What is a Buyer’s Agent?  7 reasons to use a Colorado Springs' Buyer's agent (1) First of all, they know the area, they know the city, they know neighborhoods.    Utilize their expertise and knowledge. (2) They'll be your advocate, they''ll  work for you, not the...Continue Reading!

2014 Homes sales for January and February aren’t as strong as last year

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Colorado Springs Homes Prices continue to stay strong Are the sales for the first two months an indication of the sales for the year? Search for Colorado Springs Homes #IDX-quickSearchForm { position: relative; height: 250px; width: 210px; } #QS-minPriceField { position: absolute; width: 100px; height: 22px; left: 92px; top: 33px; } #QS-maxPriceField { position: absolute; width: 100px; height: 22px; left: 92px; top: 63px; } #QS-minSqftField { position: absolute; width: 100px; height: 22px; left: 92px; top: 93px; } #QS-minRoomsField { position: absolute; width: 100px;...Continue Reading!

Colorado Springs gated communities

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Where are the gated communities in Colorado Springs? Search for Colorado Springs Homes Search for Colorado Springs Luxury Homes I'm often asked by people moving to Colorado Springs, for a list of developments in the area that have guard houses at the entrance with security.    For a long time, there were really only 2 areas that met this criteria, Kissing Camels and Cedar Heights.  But during the building boom years in the 1990's, were many more developments built that are gated communities....Continue Reading!

Oldest building in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Old Colorado City History Search for homes in Old Colorado City   One of the oldest buildings in Colorado Springs is Dr. Gavin's 1859 log cabin located in Bancroft Park in Old Colorado Springs.   Dr. Gavin was a prominent doctor in the Colorado Springs area.  The cabin was originally used for seeing patients, as well as for his living quarters. Bancroft Park is located in Old Colorado City, which once served as Colorado's capital.  Bancroft Park is located on the south side of Colorado...Continue Reading!

2013 Housing report for Central Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Colorado Springs Housing Market Report for CENTRAL Homes, Single Family Homes Neighborhoods Include:  Homes in Downtown, Old North End, East End Addition Zip code 80903 and 80907 Search for homes in CENTRAL Colorado Springs Here's a quick summary of the Real Estate Market for Central Colorado Springs for 2013. Pricing increased by 5% from 2013 to 2012 Number of homes sold increased by 22% from 2012 to 2011 Days on Market decreased by 35% from 2012 to 2011 Most Expensive Sale in area: Address:  707 S. Hancock Price:  $24,900 Square...Continue Reading!

8 Winter fire safety tips

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Fires risk increases during the winter in Colorado Springs With the brutally cold weather we've currently been having in Colorado Springs, it's made me think about the fire hazards during the winter time.     Also since the December holiday season typically includes cold weather, lots of cooking,  holiday decorations, and lighted candles, it's understandable how the fire risk increases in the winter. Here's some quick facts about winter fires: Fires are more prevalent in the winter Cooking is the leading cause of all winter...Continue Reading!

Is it too late to invest in Colorado Springs real estate?

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Is it too late to invest in Real Estate in Colorado Springs Search for investment properties in Colorado Springs I often get asked by new real estate investors, is it too late to invest in real estate?   In my opinion it is never too late, just need to be realistic about your expectations and understand why you want to invest in real estate.  Do you want to flip properties?  Do you want to buy and hold?  Are you looking for long term...Continue Reading!

Neighborhood Profile — Palmer Lake north and west of Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Homes in Palmer Lake Search for Homes in Palmer Lake Zip Code 80133 Single Family Homes in Palmer Lake were primarily built from 1969 to 2008 with an average age built of 1986.  The majority of the houses are ranches with some 2 storys; with 3 - 4 baths, 3 – 5 bedrooms and 2-4 car garages; both attached and detached.  The average home has appx. 2500 to 3500 square footage. The Palmer Lake housing market continues to be a Neutral Market, as...Continue Reading!

Homes in Briargate continue to sell briskly

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Colorado Springs Housing Market Report for Briargate Homes, Single Family Includes  Homes in Pine Creek, Windjammer, Gatehouse Village, Summerfield Zip code 80923, 80920, 80924 Search for homes in Briargate Here's a quick summary of the 2013 Real Estate Market for Briargate: Pricing has increased by 9% in 2013 Number of homes sold continues to be on pace to increase in 2013 vs. 2012. Days on Market has increased by 3% in 2012 vs. 2011 Most Expensive Sale in area: Address:  9950 Highland Glen Place Price:  $1,395,000 Square Feet:  5834 Price Per Square...Continue Reading!

Homeowners who were foreclosed on may be able to purchase again in 12 months with an FHA Loan

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  FHA issues new guidelines FHA is now allowing borrowers who went through a foreclosure, short-sale, or deed-in-lieu to repurchase within 12 months as long as they meet certain requirements.    They recently issued a letter, called Document 13-26 dated August 15th explaining the  details. It's important to note that only certain borrowers qualify: (1) Must show that credit challenges were from a loss of income  or loss employment (or both) that was beyond their control, resulting in a loss of income of 20%...Continue Reading!

Do you need air conditioning in Colorado Springs?

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog How important is Central air in Colorado Springs? Search for homes in Colorado Springs When I first moved to Colorado Springs, 30 some years ago, it seemed like the majority of houses that were built didn't include air conditioning.    It also seems like in the 1980's and 1990's,  most summer days had afternoon thundershowers which cooled things off on a daily basis. I'm not sure what my opinion is about global warming, but it sure seems like the summers have gotten hotter and...Continue Reading!

2013 Black Forest Fires close to Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Black Forest Fires Once again, there are fires close to Colorado Springs, in the Black Forest area.  It's a heavily forest area, Northeast of the city.    It's a very fast moving fire, started around 1;00pm on Tuesday, June 11th.  Approximately 7000 people have been evacuated, and current estimates are at appx. 80 homes have been burnt. As I was on Academy Drive and Woodmen yesterday, I took the photo showing Jared Jewelry then I took the other picture as I was driving...Continue Reading!