Tax Tips for veterans and first-time homebuyers

Buying a home is an exciting time in many people’s lives. It’s the point in your life when you stop paying rent and start building equity with a mortgage. While there are many practical benefits to owning a home, something many people don’t discuss is the tax breaks.

As tax season is upon us, let’s take a look at some of the unique tax breaks that homeowners are able to take advantage of:

Mortgage Interest

For many first-time home buyers, one of the most pleasant surprises come tax season is the knowledge that your mortgage interest is tax-deductible. At the start of January, you should have received a notice from your lender letting you know how much mortgage interest you paid throughout the year. Homeowners are allowed deduct the tax from

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About Challenger Homes

For 17 years, Challenger Homes has built quality homes in Colorado Springs for an unbeatable price. Their value is unparalleled, which is just one of the many reasons why the team loves to connect prospective buyers with a beautiful new house by Challenger Homes. Whether you’re an eager young couple looking for your very first home, an expecting family with a new addition on the way, or a couple in search of a smaller home after the kids have gone their separate ways, they offer a great selection of models to fit your needs throughout El Paso County.

Benefits of Buying A Home By Challenger Homes

Challenger Homes offer a new home warranty that’s sold and backed by the builder themselves, not a third-party. This means that

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Lauren Schneider wins Top Agent Award by Challenger Homes

One of the largest homebuilders in Colorado Springs has named Lauren Schneider,’s founder and REALTOR, their Top Real Estate Agent of 2016. The award was presented to Lauren on Thursday, January 26 in recognition of her achievement for selling the most Challenger Homes that year. She sold a total of 10 homes in 4 different developments to active duty, reservists, and veterans. This is Lauren’s first award since becoming a Realtor and she looks forward to another year of working closely with Challenger Homes and helping even more families find a beautiful new home.

When it comes to helping her clients buy a new construction home, Lauren prides herself on always being there at every stage of the building process. From

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High-tech gifts for the home

Tech the halls with these nifty gifts for the home!

What do you get the family member or friend that seemingly has everything? Well, how about some of the latest tech for their home! Each year the number of high-tech gadgets for the home grows so there’s always something new and inventive to find! Whether you’re looking to invest in your nest or just want to get your loved ones a unique gift they can actually use, you’ll find that there’s a great selection of options to match any budget.

Here’s what’s hot in tech this holiday season.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are the best way to manage your home’s temperature 24/7. If you’re away, you can use the app to turn down your heating system when you’re away from the home, or let it use

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Buy or Rent in Colorado SpringsWhen you are PCS’d to a new base, the to-do list can seem daunting. All of the sudden you are researching a new city, the weather, the school districts, the real estate market, and what there is to do for fun. And chances are you have done this before or will be doing this again. As a military family, you literally could write the book for everyone else on how to move!

Is It Better To Buy or Rent In Colorado Springs?

So here we are in 2016, and the age-old question comes up: is it best to rent or buy right now? What is the best decision for my family? While only you can answer that question, here are a few things to consider:

  • Rental rates are at an all-time high in Colorado Springs.
  • Inventory for rental properties in Colorado Springs is
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