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How do you confirm a Colorado Springs realtor has a license?

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Do you want to know how long the Colorado Springs Real Agent you are working with has been licensed in Colorado?    Search for Homes in Colorado Springs If so, the following link will take you to the Colorado Department of Real Estate Licensee 'Look up". Related Article: Real Estate Agent or Realtor? What's the difference? You can search by First name and Last Name, License #, of company name.  As an example, if you search by Kathy, it will bring up 13 pages of people by...Continue Reading!

Colorado Springs Housing prices have started to increase

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Colorado Springs Real Estate -- prices have started to increase Must Read Articles Schools in the Colorado Springs Area High Altitude Tips Trees make a neighborhood special Relocating, it’s all about the schools Government and Military are #1 employers in El Paso County If you read the national newspapers on a daily basis, you’d think all houses in Colorado Springs and in Colorado have plummeted in value.     Not true, and I’m a big believer that graphics and charts tell the real story; so here’s my attempt to...Continue Reading!

Pricing in Southwest Colorado Springs continues to decline

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Colorado Spring Real Estate, October 31, 2009 Market Report for Southwest - Single Family Homes, Homes Close to Fort Carson Includes  Homes in the Broadmoor, Cheyenne Meadows, Bluff Bluffs, Quail Ridge Search for Homes in Southwest Colorado Springs Related Articles: Pre-Qualification or Pre-Approval, which do you need to buy a home? Colorado Springs Mortgages — tips for consumers on points How do I get a down payment for Homes in Colorado Springs? The Southwest housing market continues to be a BUYERS  Market, as there is currently a 9.7...Continue Reading!

Research who you are working with

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Is your Colorado Mortgage Broker Licensed? Does the Colorado Realtor you are working have an active License? For a free Buyers Guide, Email Kathy Torline at [email protected] Must Read Posts: It’s against the law Who is Representing YOU? Shop for a Lender like you shop for a house I got an email this week from DORA (Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies) about the number of Mortgage professionals who just had their licenses inactivated; and realized it was a great idea for a blog post. According to an article...Continue Reading!

Market Report for Homes in Monument, July 2009

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Colorado Spring Real Estate  Market Report for Tri-Lakes - Single Family Homes,  Includes Monument and Palmer Lake Search for homes in Monument Must Read Articles It’s all about the home warranty What are closing costs in real estate? The pictures tell the story The Monument and Palmer Lake housing market continues to be a Buyer’s Market, as there is currently a 14.5 month of supply of homes on the market.   A 6 month supply of houses on the market is considered a “NEUTRAL MARKET”.   Sales...Continue Reading!

Foreclosed homes in Colorado Springs continue to sale quickly

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Foreclosure Listings in Colorado Springs as of August 1, 2009 During the week of July 27th, 71 bank-owned properties came on the market; 46 (65%) of them are already under contract, or pending.  For a FREE list of up-to-date Foreclosure Homes, Email KTorline@msn  Must Read Articles Who is Representing YOU? - Tip #1 Shop for a Lender like you shop for a house - Tips #2 - 6 Top 3 websites for home buyers - Tips #7 -9 Open House Misconceptions - Tip #10 Appraisals and...Continue Reading!

Townhome market in Colorado Springs is finally starting to pick up

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Colorado Springs Townhomes and Condos - June 2009 Market Report Must Read Article:  Townhome bargains in Colorado Springs Search for Townhomes and condos in Colorado Springs The Colorado Springs townhome and condo market continue to be a BUYERS Market, as there is currently a 8.7 month of supply of homes on the market.   (more…)Continue Reading!

Do your homework on building permits

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Do your homework on Building Permits Previous Posts 5 reasons lack of building permits cause big problems Colorado Springs Building Codes and Permits – Part I  Colorado Springs Building Permits – Part II Colorado Springs Building Permits – Part III Colorado Springs Building Permits — Part IV   Colorado Springs Building Permits — Part V  5 reasons lack of building permits cause big problems The El Paso County Assessor's office is one of the web sites I frequently check when I'm getting ready to write an offer for a homebuyer...Continue Reading!

64 new foreclosed properties came on the market last week

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Foreclosure Listings in Colorado Springs as of July 25, 2009 During the week of July 20th, 64 bank-owned properties came on the market; 42 (65%) of them are already under contract, or pending.  For a FREE list of up-to-date Foreclosure Homes, Email KTorline@msn  (more…)Continue Reading!

Pricing holds strong in Old Colorado City

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Colorado Spring Real Estate  Market Report for Old Colorado City - Single Family Homes Includes Crown Hill Mesa, Gold Hill, Old Colorado City Search for homes in Old Colorado City Must Read Articles: Old Colorado City Commercial district…fun to visit and lots of history Old Colorado City Springs to Life with a Vigilante System of Government The Old Colorado City housing market continues to be a Buyer’s Market, as there is currently a month of supply of homes on the market.   A 6.9 month supply of...Continue Reading!

Home sales in Central Colorado Springs continue to be brisk

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Colorado Spring Real Estate Market Report for homes in Central Colorado Springs  - Single Family Homes Search for Homes in Central Colorado Springs The Central part of Colorado Springs housing market continues to be a NEUTRAL Market, as there is currently a 5.66 month of supply of homes on the market.   A 6 month supply of houses on the market is considered a “NEUTRAL MARKET”.  Sales were only down 16% from 2008 to 2007, but average pricing was down 5% from 2007 to...Continue Reading!

New Foreclosure reporting bill signed by the Governor

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Public Trustees are unique to Colorado For a FREE List of Foreclosures email Kathy Torline at [email protected] Related Articles: Don’t let your dream house become a nightmare Buying HUD homes in Colorado Springs, Part II Buying HUD homes in Colorado Springs, Part I Pre-Qualification or Pre-Approval, which do you need to buy a home? Finding diamonds in the rough The foreclosure process in Colorado is quite a bit different than in other states because  the Governor appoints a "Public Trustee" for each county in the state.  The trustee...Continue Reading!

Top 3 websites for home buyers

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog The following information is the third in a series of Buyer Tips to provide tips for both the first-time home buyer and the most experienced home buyer.   The goal is to help the consumer to become better educated about purchasing real estate in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.  This article includes tips #7 - 9 For a FREE  Buyer’s Guide, Email [email protected] Home Buying Resources on the Internet As I started to put together this article, I originally was going to write it about the...Continue Reading!

It’s against the law

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Fair-housing laws prevent agents from talking about neighborhood demographics For a Free Colorado Springs Relocation Guide, Email Kathy Torline at [email protected] Luckily, the Web picks up where agents leave off A real estate agent can be a wealth of information about a house.    So a homebuyer who asks what crime is like in a specific Colorado Springs neighborhood might be surprised when the agent defers the question, directing a client to the Web or local police instead.  I work with many buyers...Continue Reading!

NORAD is still alive and smaller under Cheyenne Mountain

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog NORAD Must Read Articles Military After fierce competition Colorado Springs finally lands the Air Force Academy Military relocation? 6 tips to read before you buy a home An early history of Ft. Carson History of Ft. Carson part II   NORAD today, stills sits under the caverns of Cheyenne Mountain, even though its in a warm status.  It may not be as large as it once was due to the consolidation of NORAD and Northcom now housed mainly at Peterson Air Force Base, but its still there...Continue Reading!

Buying a short sale vs. a foreclosure, what’s the difference?

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Every buyer wants a "deal" right now and I don't blame them! For a FREE List of Foreclosures email Kathy Torline at [email protected] Here is El Paso County we have an 8 month supply of houses (compared to a 5-6 month "normal" supply) and at least 1 out of 10 of them are "distressed sales" (foreclosure, pre-foreclosure, etc.).  Although these figures vary vastly on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis.   As an example, the Southeast part of town has been hit particularly hard...Continue Reading!

Top 5 VA Loan Myths

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Guest Blogger -- Marry Ann Daniell Search for Homes in Colorado Springs It was only a year ago that I started blogging on an wonderful site, ActiveRain, which is an amazing resource for Realtors and anyone else involved in the Real Estate Industry.   It's has a wealth of information; and the most wonderful thing is that fellow Realtors all over the world share information with each other.  Since Colorado Springs has a high military population with both active duty and retired personnel, I thought...Continue Reading!

Colorado Springs Luxury Homes are hit by foreclosures

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog  Colorado Springs Luxury Homes -- Foreclosures  (Part II) Even in affluent neighborhoods,  foreclosures are beginning to appear more frequently  Wow, if only homes could talk ....................... I previewed a variety of homes this week in Colorado Springs, ranging from a cute home in the East part of the city that was listed at $155,000 to one that was listed at $725,000.  My favorite home of the day was an amazing Italian Villa type home in Northwest Colorado Springs.  It was  located on...Continue Reading!

USDA has money to lend for home buyers in rural areas of Colorado!

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Are you searching for a home in Colorado that's perhaps a little out of the way?  Perhaps an area like Peyton or Rush (even parts of the Springs may qualify).  Do you have a good credit rating  but lack a big down payment? (only requirement is $100 down).  Perhaps you only make a small amount of the median income in the area, which might prevent you for qualifying for a conventional loan.  There's help out there for you in the form...Continue Reading!

Resources for building a Green Home

Colorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog Green Homes Search for Homes in Colorado Springs Are you considering building the home of your dreams this year?  The newest trend is to build green by using materials that are environmentally friendly, designing your space to use energy more efficiently, furnishing your home with Energy Star rated appliances, avoiding waste and using natural resources as much as possible. There's also the advantage of doing your bit to help the environment while cutting back on your own utility bills. Here are a few websites that offer...Continue Reading!