All Blog Entries by Lauren Schneider

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How to Find Real Estate Agents Skilled in Working with VA LoansThrough the VA home loan program, servicemembers, veterans, and other eligible individuals can start their journey toward Black Forest homeownership. There are many requirements to pay close attention to, however, in finding an eligible property for sale. Real estate agents can make this process much easier and more approachable, but it is important to find the right one. To do so, use this guide to learn how to screen real estate agents who work with VA loans.

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

Ask About Their Experience

To best serve the needs of the homebuyer, real estate agents need to have experience in helping people buy properties

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Top Military Discounts in Colorado Springs, COMany companies across the Colorado Springs area offer military discounts, but it is not always so easy to find them. This guide aims to resolve this by providing a look into who offers these awesome discounts. With this info, everyone can head out on their adventures without having to break the bank. Take a peek and find some new adventures to enjoy at a discount.

Overland Adventures

Overland Adventures, located at 4760 W Hwy 160, Suite E in Pagosa Springs, offers an amazing array of trail-ready Jeeps for rent.These vehicles come equipped with all the features people need to explore the San Juan mountain range and beyond. Some of the vehicles even come with pop-up tents. This agency also offers other fun items for rent, such as:

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Facing Military Reassignment: Should I Lease or Sell My Home?There's little doubt leasing a home when transferred to a new permanent duty station can be a smart financial decision for some military families. Although individual situations differ, if the new assignment includes on-base housing, or if a family's goal is to return to the home some time again, leasing is a good way to cover the cost of ownership and build equity for the future.

However, the prospect of becoming an absentee landlord can be a major headache. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of leasing vs. selling a Colorado Springs home, and consider all available options before making an informed decision.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a qualified legal expert before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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MOM (Military on the Move): How Can it Help You?If you're a Colorado Springs homeowner involved in the armed forces, whether you're active duty, separated or retired, you may have a lot of experience with moving around the country. You likely even have experience buying and selling homes. If this is the case, you know that buying and selling homes can be difficult and expensive.

That's why armed forces officers have access to the Military on the Move program. This unique and well-designed program gives military people access to rebates that can help defray the costs of moving while also making the process easier to manage.

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

What is the Military on the

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The Top Colorado Springs November Events

Those who are in Colorado Springs during the month of November have a lot to be grateful for. The majestic mountains and the tapestry of colorful trees are awe-inspiring, and the vibrant community offers something for everyone to enjoy throughout the month. There are events that allow people to reconnect with one another and appreciate the nostalgic feelings of the past, as well as events that allow parents to have quality time with their children as they delight in fall crafts and delicious treats.

These are the events in Colorado Springs that you should add to your calendar:

Seven Falls Winter Lights Event

Locals or tourists in Colorado Springs who are looking for the perfect place to take their holiday card photo should look no

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Hot Spots Where Locals Dine in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is known for having a unique vibe and an eclectic mix of residents who welcome visitors to enjoy their pristine mountain home. Those wanting to get an authentic taste of the community will want to check out some of these eateries favored by locals and travelers alike.

Urban Egg

Keeping in tune with the earth friendly practices of many residents of Colorado Springs, Urban Egg takes pride in offering patrons beautifully crafted breakfast and lunch fare from local, organic ingredients. Urban Egg regularly receives ‘top breakfast in Colorado Springs' accolades, and is by far one of the most popular places for early birds—especially those who love local gourmet coffee and made-from-scratch recipes. They happily cater to those with

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Top October Events in Colorado SpringsOctober might seem like a fine time to bundle up and stay indoors in Colorado Springs, but this is actually one of the most brilliant times of the year according to locals. Fortunately, many agree in the city's event planning department, as there are droves of fun events in October in Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities. These are some fan favorites of residents and visitors alike.

Pikes Peak Restaurant Week—September 27 through October 6

Hungry folks in the Pikes Peak Region will once again be treated to an entire week of discounted meals at select establishments participating in Restaurant Week 2019. Diners will enjoy multi-course meals from a pre-fixed menu with pricing tiers of $15, $30 and $45 per person. Be sure to download the

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Should You Be Living Off Base or On Base? TipsIf you're in the military, you have the choice to live on or off the military base. The place where you live can make a big difference in your overall experience in the military. Knowing the differences between each option as well as the pros and cons can help you decide whether life on a military base is right for you.

Benefits of Living On Base

A military base is a facility owned by the military. People in the military have the option of living on base, in military-owned housing. Often, people interested in living on base must put in their request months or even years in advance. However, there are many advantages of living on the base.

Convenience

Military bases come with basic services like schools, parks and stores. People who live on

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The Best Cities for Road Trips from Colorado Springs COWhen people live in a city in Colorado, they know just how much there is to explore. There's always a new hike, restaurant, or activity to try to make the most of a person's free time. Still, sometimes it's nice to get out and really explore the state to learn more about its history, people, and future. Colorado Springs is close to a number of major cities in the state, making it one of the perfect locations from which to plan a road trip. Those who want to stay in Colorado should first know how far each city is, and what it will be like once they get there.

Denver

Located just 70 miles away (about an hour drive) from Colorado Springs, Denver is the capital city of Colorado and is an exciting place to stay for a weekend or two. Visitors can gaze

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What You Need to Know About IRRRL Veteran RefinancingVeterans and qualifying military families may have the ability to lower their home mortgage interest noticeably with a VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL). This is one of the most powerful refinancing options around, and the process is actually fairly simplistic compared to traditional options. Here is what veteran homeowners need to know regarding VA IRRRL's.

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

What Exactly is a VA IRRRL?

Sometimes called a VA Streamline, IRRRL is a quick refinancing option that has far fewer requirements to comparable programs such as a VA cash-out refinance. Qualifying veterans and military families may be

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