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Dog on a patio at a dog-friendly retaurant

 

Looking for a place in Colorado Springs where you can bring your dog along with you for a bite to eat or a coffee break? There are plenty of restaurants and bars around town that welcome pet owners and their furry friends. These dog-friendly restaurants in Colorado Springs are great spots to take a break from your walk and meet up with other pups and their humans.

Pub Dog Colorado

Designed specifically with dogs in mind, Pub Dog Colorado is the only spot in town where you can dine indoors with your dog. Outdoors there is a 3,000 square foot patio where you can let your dog run and play and indoors there is a counter and bar where you can order cocktails, beers and tasty bites like burgers, tacos and salad.. All breeds of dog are allowed

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Military benefits package with American flag

The state of Colorado offers numerous benefits for Military Service members, veterans and families of veterans and Service members. These include VA loans, property tax exemption, employment benefits, tuition assistance, family relief funds, grants and recreation benefits. 

If you are an active or retired Service member, a veteran or a family member of a Service member, you may be eligible for some of these benefits. Eligibility depends on a number of factors including career status, residency status, military branch, and disability status. 

VA Loans

A VA Loan is a special mortgage loan for active Service members, veterans and their surviving spouses. It is offered through a US Department of Veterans Affairs program. The VA Loan allows

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Pumpkins for Halloween in Colorado Springs

Halloween is here, which means it’s that time of year again to pick out your best costume and get ready for some fun and frightening festivities. There are tons of spooky events taking place in Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities, from trick-or-treating for the little ones to horrifying haunted houses for the grown-ups. If you’re looking for something fun to do this year, these are the top Halloween events happening in Colorado Springs.

Boo at the Zoo

Get wild this Halloween at Boo at the Zoo, a unique Halloween experience at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Little ones can dress up in their costumes and visit spooky treat stations around the zoo, explore the haunted house, and see select animal exhibits. There will also be a spooky

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Military member holding a replica of a home

Buying a home in Colorado Springs while you’re deployed in a different country may seem risky, but it’s actually very common for members of the military. In fact, it’s now easier than ever to buy a home long distance thanks to virtual showings, online application processes, and builder incentives for military members. If you’re thinking about buying a home while on duty overseas, these are some tips to make the process go smoother.

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

Work Out Your Budget

Before you begin searching for a home, you need to know how much you can afford. Do a thorough review of your financial situation including

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Soldiers walking in front of the Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs has a rich history that spans centuries. Once the homeland of the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho people, the territory saw a huge influx of people during the gold rush in the 1800s. However it was World War II that really changed the face of Colorado Springs and gave it its rich military legacy that still thrives today.

The Birth of Colorado Springs as a Military Community

Immediately prior to World War II, the Colorado Springs economy was in decline. The city was once known for its gold mining, but the federal price cap on gold hampered mining efforts. Colorado Springs was also touted as a spa town, but the increasing availability of penicillin negated the need for retreats. In addition, the Great Depression nearly put an end to

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Couple in front of renovated kitchen

If you’re planning on selling your home in Colorado Springs, a few renovations will go a long way to making your home more attractive to potential buyers. But what renovations will add the most value to your home? These upgrades will give you the most bang for your buck and add instant value to your home.


Kitchen Updates

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so you want to make sure that the space is inviting and fully functional. You don’t have to do a complete remodel, but a few upgrades will make the space more attractive to home buyers. Updates could include replacing your old appliances with newer energy-efficient models, redoing the cabinets and countertops, and adding a modern backsplash. You might also want to consider adding new

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Man giving a five-star rating on an app for a Smartphone

Whether you’re planning a move to Colorado Springs, just arrived in the city or are a long-term resident, there are a number of apps that can help enhance your day-to-day life in the city. 

You can find apps to enhance nearly every aspect of your life, from dining out to doggie daycare, ideas for adrenaline pumping outdoor adventures and even city maintenance.

Without further ado, these are the best apps for Colorado Springs that are available on iPhone, Android and other smartphone and device platforms. Even better, they’re all free!

GoCOS!

The city of Colorado Springs is committed to keeping the city clean, safe and liveable for all residents, so they created their own app to help residents connect with the city. The GoCOS! app allows

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Service member holding a small child in a Colorado Springs home

Are you a service member planning a PCS to Colorado Springs? If so, you’re probably wondering whether living on-base or off-base is the right choice for you. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so the decision you make really comes down to your unique circumstances.

To help you with the decision, we’ve put together a list of pros and cons for living off-base and on-base in Colorado Springs. This guide should help you confirm whether you want to make use of military housing, rent a home off-base or buy your own home in a Colorado Springs community close to your military base.

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

Pros

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Considering Selling For a Military Related Move? Here's How Property Liens Can Affect PlansThere are no two military moves that are exactly alike, and some work out smoother than others. Orders and instructions may be delayed, students in the household may be disrupted during the school year, and some moves may occur to another time zone or even continent.

Case in point, several things can go wrong even when following a military-focused moving checklist, and this isn't even taking into account concerns or additional effort involved in selling a currently owned home for military members and veterans. Liens can sometimes remain undiscovered until days before the sale is finalized. Keep reading to learn what property liens are, the various types of liens, and what military personnel need to know about them before selling.

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Fun January 2022 Events in Colorado SpringsThere's nothing like winter in the city of Colorado Springs! With exciting activities happening all around Colorado, there's an activity for everyone in January 2022. Get the new year started with a bang by attending some of the top annual events and festivals in January in Colorado Springs, CO. Keep reading to learn about some of the most exciting activities in and around Colorado Springs for January 2022.

2022 Home Building & Remodeling Show

Those wanting to fine-tune their DIY skills or learn a few tricks of the trade won't want to miss this year's Home Building & Remodeling Show at the Norris Penrose Event Center. Topical speakers and demonstrations go on throughout the weekend.

Sessions will include custom building, construction renewal

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