December 2019

Found 8 blog entries for December 2019.

The Best Christmas Holiday Events in Colorado Springs

Throughout December, there's almost always snowflakes flying in Colorado Springs. On every corner, travelers and visitors will hear the sounds of Christmas bells and festive carols. It's the most wonderful time of the year, and there's always unique events being scheduled, which allow people to celebrate the season together.

These are the best Christmas events in Colorado Springs to put on your calendar.

35th Annual Festival of Lights Parade

The 35th Annual Festival of Lights Parade has been a favorite Christmas event of both residents and visitors alike for generations. The theme of the 2019 parade is "Home for the Holidays" and will be the premier event of the Festival of Lights. The parade takes place after sunset, so that the holiday

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Where Do Military Members Need to Update Their Addresses When They Move?Most members of the military are no strangers to the concept of moving, whether it be due to an assignment transfer, the end of a tour of duty or retirement finally rolls around. However, the processes of making an official change of address request will differ depending on the circumstances and logistics of the move. Here are the steps for changing a military address and ensuring mail is forwarded to a new Gleneagle residence or non-military location.

How to File a Change of Address for a Military Address

Individuals planning to transition from a military address that includes FPO, DPO or APO will have two options for changing their address: in person at a United States Postal Service location or at the USPS website online. Taking action in

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How to Save Money During a Military RelocationFor members of the military, moving is often part of the job. Those in active duty as well as their family members are often asked to move across the country to a new base. Sometimes they have advanced notice and can plan accordingly, and other times, a last-minute decision is made and logistics must be coordinated quickly.

Either way, a military move can be expensive. These tips can help military members and their families save money while making plans to head to their new Monument home.

Organize and Reduce Household Products Before the Move

Whether a military family has been living on the same base for a decade, or they have only been in their current location for a year, it's likely they have acquired more stuff than they truly need to

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What to Do in Colorado Springs, CO During JanuaryThe short days in January and cold nights make it easy for people in Colorado Springs to forget about what makes their city so special. While the state of Colorado gets plenty of sun, it's not easy to look past the plunging temperatures that lie just outside the cozy homes of the town. But staying inside until it warms up again isn't the answer. Those looking for a way to bring a little color to their life before the blooms of spring can check out the following events.

Mueller State Park Hike

When most people have New Year's resolutions, the Mueller State Park Hike turns the hope into action right at the beginning of the year. Instead of spending the day sleeping off the festivities of the night before, take an inspirational walk up a mountain.

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What Kinds of Homes Can I Buy with a VA Loan?There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the VA loan, and these myths can unfortunately keep people from even applying for it. These government-backed loans give lenders more freedom, meaning their terms are different from that of a conventional lender. However, these loans do specify homes must be in liveable conditions in order to purchase. So whether it's a townhome, condo, or single-family home, certain requirements need to be met. Florissant home buyers considering the conditions of the property they can purchase with a VA loan should keep the following in mind.

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

Basic Amenities

VA

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Tips for Military Families Choosing a School in Colorado SpringsMilitary families are accustomed to moving across the country and fitting into a new community, but that doesn't mean relocation is an easy feat. Military families must learn more about their new community, find a place to live and choose a school for their children. Understanding the differences between the various Colorado Springs school districts can help military families select a neighborhood that is right for them.

Here's what military families need to know about the school districts in Colorado Springs:

Academy School District 20

Academy School District 20 is one of the largest school districts in the region, and it serves more than 26,000 students. There are 39 different schools in the district, ranging from early childhood learning

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What You Should Know About VA Home Improvement LoansThe Department of Veterans Affairs backs one of the most attractive loans available in the industry today. However, they have their own rules when it comes to what types of property are eligible for these special loans. Those who want to buy a fixer-upper will not be approved unless the home meets basic livability standards and declared free from defects. For those whose dream homes may need some work to meet these requirements, a VA home improvement loan may be useful. Learn more about how these loans work and who they're meant for.

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

Understanding the Terms

A VA home lender wants the property to

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What to Know About Colorado Springs' Public TransportationThere is a lot to see and do in Colorado Springs, so visitors and residents alike will want to be able to make the most out of their free time in the city. Although winter driving can be an adventure, people in Colorado Springs can also use public transportation on the weekdays.

In Colorado Springs, the main source of public transit is the bus system. This is what locals and tourists need to know about public transportation in the city:

The Bus System is Known as Mountain Metro Transit

Mountain Metro Transit is a fixed-route bus system serving Colorado Springs and the surrounding region. The majority of the routes run within the city limits; however, there are several routes that go to Manitou Springs, Widefield and the Chapel Hills Mall.

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