May 2019

Found 23 blog entries for May 2019.

The Best Halloween Events in Colorado SpringsSpooks and frights are in the air as the cold sets in here in Colorado Springs, which means Halloween is just around the corner. Whether you have kids or just want to go out for a thrill this upcoming Halloween, Colorado Springs is sure to have an event that suits your needs. Find out which of these Colorado Springs Halloween Events are the best for you:

Halloween Events For Kids

Boo at the Zoo

Get your boys and ghouls dressed up to visit the animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! This annual event is a howl for the whole family! Check out the animal displays, take a walk through the haunted house, visit the spooky pumpkin patch, and much more!

  • Dates: October 21 – 23 and 28 – 31, 2016
  • Time: 4 – 8:30pm
  • Cost: $17.75 per person,
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Caring For Your Colorado Springs LawnKnown 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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Buying a For Sale By Owner HomeAlthough most homes for sale in the Colorado Springs area will typically have a selling agent, some owners opt for the For Sale By Owner route. What this means is that the owner is 100% in control of the sale, from setting the listing price and marketing it on their own to negotiation with the buyer directly. For buyers, this doesn't really change how they buy the home, but there are a few things you should be aware of when working with a property that's For Sale By Owner.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Do You Still Need An Agent If Buying From An FSBO?

Like with any real estate transaction, you can choose to work with or without

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What to expect at your first open house

Sometimes, a necessary part of the home buying process is attending a few open houses. These are great opportunities to see a home without the pressure of scheduling a viewing. For first-time homebuyers, open houses are a great way to see what other homebuyers are looking at and speak to a real estate agent without making a huge commitment.

Here are a few tips and tricks of things you can expect and ways you can prepare should you go to an open house:

Make the Most Out of the Day

One of the best ways how to prepare for an open house as a buyer is by researching the neighborhood and finding more open houses happening on the same day. That way, you can make the most of the afternoon and see as many properties as possible.

Dress

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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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Should you choose a bank or broker for your mortgage?

So you've found your dream home and you want to start the mortgage process to make things official. There are two options for buyers when it comes time to secure their local mortgage lender: either go with a mortgage broker or get a loan from a bank. Many homeowners will tell you exactly what they think the right choice is and while their opinions may be valid, they are often biased by their own past experiences. To find out which option is best for your personal needs, continue reading as we look at what it's like to work with a mortgage broker versus bank:

What is a Mortgage Lender?

A mortgage lender refers to a bank or other financial institution that specializes in mortgage products. Banks employ loan officers who work off a

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how to buy a home in a seller's market

The housing market in Colorado Springs was recently recognized as the best in the state, and with so many transactions and new construction properties, it's an exciting time to be buying or selling a home. Home values have continued to increase over the past few years, there are plenty of buyer's in the area, but there's also a lack of inventory for those buyers. These are all just some of the reasons why those who are looking to sell their home are at a bit of an advantage right now. That said if you're thinking about buying right now, with the right preparation, resources, and connections, you'll be well on the way to successfully owning a home in no time, for a great deal no less.

Know What You're Looking For In A Home

In a market like

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What Real Estate Terminology Should Home Buyers and Sellers Know?The real estate industry is filled with a myriad of terms and acronyms for things that you have probably never heard of and wouldn't be expected to know. That said, getting to know the lingo is a great way to become more comfortable when talking about the market with your real estate agent and reading the listings descriptions of homes for sale.

Here are some of the most common terms, acronyms, and expressions you'll come across during your home purchase or sale.

Common Real Estate Terms & Acronyms

CMA: Comparative Market Analysis

A CMA, or Comparative Market Analysis is a report that's assembled by your agent to show what your home could be worth based on comparable properties. Typically, this report takes into consideration the size

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Fall home maintenance tips

It's officially fall in The Springs. The leaves are changing, days are getting shorter, and residents are starting to trade in their shorts and T-shirts for pants, boots, and sweaters. Colorado Springs has had some pretty great weather so far, with only a mild sprinkle of snow on Pikes Peak in recent weeks, but that could all change in the coming weeks as we transition into October. Winter is coming, and here's how to get your home in great shape before it arrives.

Your Home's Pre-Winter Checklist

Inside Your Home

1. Check Your Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Before you turn on the furnace for the first time and start to heat up your home again, it's a good time to ensure that all of the safety equipment in your home is ready

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Improve your home's value with landscaping

One of the most important, and yet often overlooked, aspects of your home is the front yard, which also happens to be the part everyone sees first. Whether you're happily invested in your home for the long-term or are thinking about selling it in the near future, it never hurts to put some time and elbow grease into it each year.

Here are the best and most economical ways to make your front yard shine year after year.

Say Buh-Bye To Weeds

One the fastest and easiest ways to refresh your front yard is to spend an afternoon whacking and pulling every weed in sight. You can also apply some gluten pre-emergent herbicide to help destroy weeds before they take root. If you have any weeds popping up in the driveway, a solution of vinegar with

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