Kathy A. Torline-Nordstrom
ERA Herman Group Real Estate
Serving Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Category
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!
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Days on Market are continuing to decrease in Colorado Springs Are you moving to Colorado Springs? Would you like a FREE relocation package? I've written many articles about the importance of understanding the Days on Market, here goes one more. For Sellers, Days on Market provide an indication of the strength of the market and the average amount of time it takes for a property to go under contract. For Buyers, it will help them understand the trends in the market. ...Continue Reading!
Where's the crime? For a Free Colorado Springs Relocation package, call or email Kathy, 719-287-1049 [email protected] Since I absolutely love technology, I'm always on the lookout for helpful web sites; and especially web sites that can provide accurate and helpful for my real estate clients. I'm not always a fan of Zillow and Trulia, as I sometimes find their data about homes for sale and neighborhoods isn't nearly as accurate as the info I can find by looking at the local MLS, but...Continue Reading!
Colorado Springs Home Prices are gradually rising Would you a Free Colorado Springs Home Valuation Seems like every newspaper youpick up, or every magazine, talks about the positive change in the housing market. I preach over and over again to all of my clients about real estate being local, and Coloraod Springs doesn't always follow the national trends. Having said that, real estate in Colorado Springs is mirroring the trends reported in the national news. Also, it's important to note that during...Continue Reading!
2013 Colorado Springs Water Restrictions According to information on the Colorado Springs Utilities web page, water restrictions for Colorado Springs are going into effect today, April 1st. The Denver Water and Aurora water are also considering similar water restrictions. This is certainly not the first time that Colorado Springs has had water restrictions; as this also occurred in 2002 and lasted until 2005. Outdoor water will only be allowed on two days, and comprehensive information about the restrictions are detailed on the Colorado...Continue Reading!
Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs is getting ready for more lanes For a Free Colorado Springs Relocation package, call or email Kathy, 719-287-1049 [email protected] Since I'm almost a native of Colorado Springs and have lived in the area for over 32 years, I'm very excited that Interstate 25 is finally getting more northbound lanes. Seems to me that this should have been 20 years ago, but then what do I know. As my mother used to say, better late than never! The widening...Continue Reading!
Moving to Colorado Springs If you'd like a FREE Relocation Package, sent to you, call or Email Kathy at [email protected] If you are looking at moving to the Colorado Springs area, there are many, many important things to learn about the state, the county, the city, and the area. If you are looking at buying a home in the Colorado Springs area, it's important to become familiar with the Colorado Real Estate Contract. Every state has different laws regarding real estate, and...Continue Reading!
Colorado Spring Landlord Tips In my opinion, being a happy landlord is all about having good quality tenants. Bad tenants, mean lots of work, extra money, and more headaches. Good tenants equals a happy landlord. Here's 18 Tips for Landlords to attract and screen good quality tenants Search for Colorado Springs Duplexes and Fourplexes Don't show an unfinished property: If you are fixing it up, wait until it's done and completed before you show it. Research your competition: Check out Craigslist and see what...Continue Reading!
Low inventory appears to be hurting the Colorado Springs housing recovery For a free market analysis on your Colorado Spring home, email Kathy at [email protected] or call 719-287-1049 At first glance, it seems like a great time to buy a home in Colorado Springs, or investment properties in Colorado Springs; as prices are still lower and interest rates are cheap. But, the biggest challenge right now for buyers is the lack of inventory on the market. It wasn't that long ago that...Continue Reading!
Colorado Springs has a lack of natural disasters For a Free Colorado Springs Relocation package, call or email Kathy, 719-287-1049 [email protected] There are many factors that enter into a decision to move to the Colorado Springs area; and climate, weather, and natural disasters are part of the decision. The weather in Colorado Springs is not perfect, but : We typically don't have long periods of extreme temperatures. We don't have hurricanes We don't have volcanoes We typically don't have earthquakes We don't have tsunamis We don't have extreme amounts...Continue Reading!
Colorado Springs Housing Market Information for the Kissing camel neighborhood in WEST area of Colorado Springs, Single Family Homes Search for Homes in Kissing Camels Zip Code 80904 The Kissing Camels housing market continues to be a BUYER'S Market, as there is currently a 12 month of supply of homes on the market. A 6 month supply of houses on the market is considered a “NEUTRAL MARKET”. Here's a quick summary of the 2012 Real Estate Market for Kissing Camels Pricing increased by 5% from...Continue Reading!