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Memorial Day events in Colorado Springs

Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Do you have any exciting plans? With numerous military bases in the area like Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, NORAD, and more, Colorado Springs is the perfect place to celebrate Memorial Day and give thanks to the men and women who sacrifice their lives to make our country great.

Memorial Day is also an unofficial kick-off to the summer and a great opportunity to get outside, enjoy the weather and soak up the sun. If you’re stumped on what to do this weekend, try any of these 4 family-friendly Memorial Day activities and events:

1. Territory Days

This popular tradition has been happening for years in Old Colorado City. With fantastic live performers, vendor booths, tasty food and drink, as well as

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6 myths and misconceptions of VA loans

VA loans are one of the best ways for active-duty military and veterans to become homeowners. Since the military lifestyle involves moving around for several years, it can be difficult for veterans and their families to save the money they need for a down payment, and VA loans allow them to bypass that problem by financing 100% of the home's value. Another big advantage is that VA loans don't require private mortgage insurance, since the loans are guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Finally, VA loans tend to have below-average rates, which could end up saving you money down the line. So with a VA loan, you can buy a home right away with no extra costs.

If VA loans are such a great opportunity, then why don't more people consider them

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Selling Your Home After a PCS Move

Buying a home is often something that active service members try to avoid. With a potential PCS looming over their heads every two to four years, the idea of purchasing a home, and subsequently, selling a home can seem daunting.

However, there are many things that military sellers can do to make selling a home after a PCS easier and worry-free. The Colorado Springs real estate market is especially lucrative for sellers since the market is in desperate need of some new inventory.

Here are a few other tips for making a seamless PCS transition and selling your home:

Talk to Your VA Home Loan Center

Your local VA Home Loan Center can help if you are looking to make a quick sell of your home. Offerings such as the HAP Military Short Sale

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PCSing with pets

PCSing can be a stressful time of any military personnel’s life. Relocating with a family and pets often adds to that stress. Here are four things you should know about relocating with your family and pet.

1. Are You Married or Single?

pcsing with your dogMarried military personnel have more options when it comes to PCSing. In most cases, your pets are included as a dependent and everyone in the family moves together. This means that you simply need to notify the right officers and make proper arrangements for your pets to be moved with the family. However, it can also be really difficult to get into family housing. In some cases, it can take a year to get in, which means you'll have to find a pet-friendly rental somewhere in Colorado Springs, that's ideally close

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Why It's Better To Buy A Home Than Live On Base In Colorado Springs

With 5 military installments, Colorado Springs is home to one of the largest concentrations of military families in the country. While you don’t always have a say in where you live in terms of location, you typically have some choices when it comes to living on-base or off.

If you’re PCSing to Colorado Springs and are faced with the decision of living in military housing or finding your own accommodations, here are a few reasons why buying your own home is the best choice.

1. No Waiting Lists

Many bases have a waiting list a mile long. It could take anywhere from a few weeks to a year for military housing, especially if you have a family. For many, this means they’ll be forced to rent for a time until they can get into on-base housing. As

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Eco-friendly moving tips

With PCS season just around the corner, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out about your upcoming move. If you're doing a personally procured move, you are most likely going to be spending a lot of time packing, planning, scheduling, and losing sleep. When it comes to relocating, there are a few things you can do to take some of the stress away and make sure your move is eco-friendly and simple.

Try some of these tips and tricks to make your PCS greener and more environmentally friendly:

Use Natural Cleaners

It’s amazing how much dust you discover during a move. Even if you are a clean family that maintains a relatively dust-free home, you will most likely want to go for a deep clean before packing up all your belongings. Using

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caring for your Colorado Springs lawn

Known for its dry climate, lawn care in Colorado can sometimes seem like a constant uphill battle. Drier than normal spring weather will result in watering and irrigation restrictions that will make it, even more, difficult for homeowners to maintain a healthy, lush lawn. Dried up, brown grass is a constant plague that homeowners in the area must deal with.

However, there are a few things that you can do to better care for your yard. Here are some of our top tips and tricks for caring for your Colorado Springs lawn:

Fertilize the Lawn

Fertilizing the lawn in the spring is always recommended between March and June each year. Even if the spring is dry like it has been recently, fertilizing is still recommended since minimal precipitation and

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Should I Buy A New Or Resale Home

Homebuyers in 2017 have endless options for their big purchase. One of the most common questions we get asked by buyers is whether or not they should buy a new home or a resale home. The answer is different for everyone; however, there are several factors you should consider before making your final decision.

Consider the Costs

Finding your dream home in a resale home is a great feeling. However, one must consider any added fees. With older homes, you must consider factors such as replacing old appliances or investing in needed repairs to make the home more livable. Home features such as the roof, water heater, furnace, AC system, windows, and other components may require repair or replacement, which may drive the overall price up

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Colorado Springs March 2017 Real Estate Market Report

The real estate market in Colorado Springs is really starting to sizzle as we enter the spring market. Last month, we reported on a record-breaking February, which has nicely segued into a bustling March as well. The number of sales jumped nearly 60% over the last month while the number of new listings also grew by 38.2%, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to keep up with demand, causing the average days-on-market to drop again from 41 to 36. This March, the average home price was $295,000 and the median home price was $268,000, which have increased by 10.4% and 11%, respectively. That’s an average increase of over $25,000 in one year alone. Given that it’s typically more affordable to buy than it is to rent, and the considerable increase in home

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Growing a Vegetable Garden in Colorado Springs

Thanks to the annual amount of sunlight the city receives, Colorado Springs may seem like a great place for a garden to succeed, but it also comes with its own unique set of challenges as well. The Pikes Peak region is home to several little microclimates, all of which make gardening a totally different experience from one end of the city to the other. However, with a little bit of hard work, the right conditions, and some persistence, you can achieve the beautiful backyard vegetable garden you’ve been dreaming of.

If you’re looking to start your very own vegetable garden in Colorado Springs, here are a few tips to help you get started:

Find The Perfect Spot

You’ll want to find a spot that typically receives around 10 hours of sunlight per

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