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Reasons to work with a discount real estate broker

When it comes to hiring a real estate agent, the saying, "you get what you pay for" rings true. We see many Realtors® advertise their services online offering rebates and discounts for homebuyers— especially here in The Springs. If you think these Realtors sound too good to be true, they definitely are.

Discount Realtors are easy to find but they are also something you should avoid if you are selling or buying a home. The initial discount or rebate is not worth the hassle and trouble of working with an inexperienced and unprepared individual.

Here are 3 reasons why you should avoid working with a discount real estate broker:

They Can Lack Proper Training and Experience

Training to be Realtor takes time and money. Offering reliable

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reasons to buy a home in the fall

As you wind down from the excitement of a summer that was filled with family gatherings, nights out with friends, barbecues in the backyard, and weekends floating peacefully in a lake somewhere, it's time to focus your thoughts on buying that new home that you have been thinking about. Why would you want to do this in the fall I can hear you thinking! There are many reasons for listing in the fall and after this blog post, we know you'll be ready to run out and buy your first or next home! Ok, maybe not run out, but at least be more informed after reviewing the following 6 reasons for listing in the fall.

Homes Are Priced Lower

Realty Trac states that October is actually the best time to purchase a home. They looked at over 32 million home

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What You Should Do Before Shopping For A Home in Colorado Springs

Many seasoned home buyers have been through the process and already know what they want and need. But if this is your first rodeo, you may not know what to look for when buying a home or where to even start. The home buying process can be emotionally charged at the best of times, so to help you stay on track and find exactly what you're looking for, here are a few things to think about before you start shopping.

Find Out How Much You Can Afford

Before you start perusing the listings and falling in love with house after house, it's time for a reality check. It's better to find out what you can really afford before you get your heart set on a particular home. This is one of the most common mistakes of first-time buyers and it's heartbreaking to

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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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New home inspection

During the construction of a new home, your builder acts as a conductor would in an orchestra. The builder is the person in charge of coordinating all the smaller contractors and builders who are involved in the main construction of your home. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, are just a few of the people involved.

With so many cooks in the kitchen, it is imperative for the builder to keep track of everything and inspect the progress. Not only does the builder make sure the project is running on schedule, they also make sure everything is up to standard.

Before Closing

A couple weeks before the closing date, your builder will most likely walk through the home and make several notes of things that must be changed or repaired

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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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