REMINDER TO VOTE FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE ON NEXTDOOR


Every year, Nextdoor asks neighbors to vote for their favorite local businesses, and we're in the running to become a Neighborhood Favorite business!


Just a reminder that voting ends this Sunday on February 23rd.


Please consider voting for us this year and help us win at: nextdoor.com/favorites


If you have enjoyed me serving you with your real estate goals, please share your story on www.nextdoor.com. And if you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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FEBRUARY 2020


If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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VOTE FOR YOUR 2020 NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE ON NEXTDOOR!


For a local business like ours, there is nothing more powerful than word-of-mouth recommendations from the neighbors who know and love us. You can vote for us as your Neighborhood Favorite business on @Nextdoor, and we would love your vote!


Head to nextdoor.com/favorites any time before February 23rd to cast your vote.


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5 WAYS TO FRESHEN UP YOUR BATHROOM - NO DEMOLITION REQUIRED!


The bathroom is one of the most popular rooms of the house to renovate. But, you don't have to overhaul it to make it sparkle like new. Below are five tips to enhance the appearance of your bathroom without undertaking an expensive and intensive remodel.


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The supply of homes for sale is at a historic low and buyer demand is strong. Please give me a call if you're thinking of selling a home in the Colorado Springs area . I'm happy to help!


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DECEMBER 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Here is the 2019 December Market Snapshot for Colorado Springs. With demand still very high and inventory selling within days, please consider using an experienced realtor.


If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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7 WAYS TO KNOW A HOUSE IS THE ONE


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Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or looking for your forever home, purchasing a house can be a daunting task and the fear of buyer's remorse can cause serious anxiety.


How do I know this house is right for me? What should I be considering when purchasing? How do I avoid the dreaded buyer's remorse? These are all valid questions one could ask before entering into a purchase or sale agreement. Here are some things you'll want to consider before making that decision:


Can I afford it?


Nothing is more disappointing than finding your dream home just to be told by the mortgage company that it's out of your price range.


Before venturing into the real estate market, have an in-depth look at your financial state and meet with a mortgage broker or bank representative to obtain an accurate number for purchase. This will help you to avoid heartache and allow you to consider real options versus something that's not feasible because of your budget.


Does this house meet my must-haves?


When considering homes for purchase, it's a good idea to make a list of your must-haves. Features such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms should be high on that list.


Things such as walk-in closets, an ensuite and lot size might be negotiable; however, if you're unwilling to compromise on certain amenities, be sure to only look at properties that offer them.


Is this property in the right area?


Whether it's a certain desired neighborhood or area of town, narrowing down where you want to live is crucial. Finding a perfect house that adds an additional half-hour to your commute can lead to disappointment—it may seem like no big deal, but it can easily turn into a major hassle.


Research the area you're considering. Are there parks? Trails? Do I add time to my commute? Am I near amenities important to me and my family? Questions like these will help determine if you're looking in the area that will best suit your needs.


Is this house right for my future?


For young couples, single buyers and small families especially, it's vital to ask yourself if this is a home you can grow into. What is your five-, 10- or even 15-year plan? Do I want to start a family here? If your answer is yes, then the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as separate living space, are all things to take note of.


If not, you may want to consider resaleability when purchasing, especially if you are a first-time buyer. Having a home that you'll have no trouble reselling is peace of mind for the future.


Is there potential?


Many properties on today's market have good bones; however, the style or overall interior may not be exactly what you had in mind.


Is the structure solid? Are renovations an option? Will I be able to get the required permits for additions or structural changes? If your goal is to do some major overhauling, inquiring with the proper city officials will save you money and frustration.


You slept on it.


It's easy to get swept up in the excitement when walking through a potential new home. Emotions have a way of taking over and what might seem like the perfect property could be anything but after a day or two of thinking it over.


Although houses are moving fast and the market is competitive, carefully thinking about the decision and discussing it with your partner or family will ensure that everyone is on the same page and there are no second thoughts come closing day.


You can feel it.


Trust your gut when something feels off about a house. You'll know a house is right for you and your future by the feelings you have while looking at it, walking through it and when it comes time to move in.


If you're trying to convince yourself a house will work or that you love it, chances are it won't and you don't. At the end of the day, trusting your instincts will guide you to the perfect house while helping you avoid the ones that aren't. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I’m happy to help!


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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020


As we start a new year, I am thankful to all of my clients in 2019 for trusting me with their real estate needs. 


If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area this year, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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WHERE TO CELEBRATE NEW YEARS EVE IN COLORADO SPRINGS


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Into the Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve Celebration


Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers is throwing its first annual New Year’s Eve celebration speakeasy style. Dress in your Roaring ’20s best for a chance to win the costume contest. Fuel your dancing at smoked prime rib and ham carving stations and ’20s and ’70s era menus. Toast at midnight. Cheers, y’all.


Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers; $100 bootbarnhall.com


Jack Quinn’s Annual New Year Eve Big Bash


Ring in the new year with Ireland at 4 p.m., accompanied by the live music of the McDeviants. Join the rollicking party at 9 p.m. with the Tejon Street Corner Thieves. Free champagne toasts at each performance.


Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub; Free facebook.com/Quinnspub


Midnight in Manhattan


Celebrate a classic NYC New Year’s Eve with tapas, a midnight toast and live jazz by Wayne Wilkinson Trio with Krista Joyce. The experience is complete with a “sequin and Sinatra” dress code.


Motif Jazz Cafe; $60 per person motifjazzcafe.com


New Year’s Eve Block Party


Go clubbing in the heart of downtown as Colorado Springs’ ultimate block party extends to five clubs: the Mansion, Red Martini, Gasoline Alley, Cowboys and Blondie’s on New Years Eve. One ticket gives access to all five with a champagne toast. Show up at Cowboys before 8 p.m. for a choice of free chicken or steak dinner or complimentary bottle of champagne.


CS Night Clubs; $15 csnightclubs.com


New Year’s Eve Dance Party


Suga Bear and The Showtime Band will keep the dance party going, followed by a countdown to midnight and a champagne toast to welcome 2020.


Stargazers Theatre; $35-$55 stargazerstheatre.com


New Year’s Eve With the Philharmonic


Stage star Joshua Franklin, of Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde and Grease, contributes vocals to the Philharmonic to ring in the New Year with hits from Broadway’s greatest shows. Conducted by Thomas Wilson.


Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts; $43-$68 csphilharmonic.org


Puttin’ on the Ritz New Year’s Eve Party


Head for the Gold Room for a rocking ’20s-themed dance party. Dress like a flapper, gangster or sllent screen star, and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast. Want to stay all night? Call 719-323-2051 for Mining Exchange Hotel pricing and options.


Gold Room; $65 single, $115 couple facebook.com/pg/goldroomlive


Swinging in the ’20s New Years Eve Bash


The Loft will host dance lessons before the Roaring ’20s party starts. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Break out those beaded flapper dresses, cloche hats and three-piece suits; period dress is required.


The Loft Music Venue; $30 single, $50 couple loftmusicvenue.com


Viva La New Year! With Ryan Flores


Ryan Flores and the Viva La Noche boys will bring upbeat “latin gypsy music” to Axe and the Oak, and the whiskey room will provide specialty cocktails. No costumes required.


Axe and the Oak Whiskey House; Free axeandtheoak.com


The Antlers New Year’s Eve Gala


Chase N the Dream plays the live soundtrack. You enjoy the buffet featuring slow roasted prime rib and banana’s foster. Raise a glass for the midnight champagne toast. Book your room to stay onsite.


The Antler’s a Wyndham Hotel,$79 antlers.com


Pick Your Party at The Broadmoor


You’ve got options at The Broadmoor. If Big Band is your jam, book your tickets for the traditional, black-tie New Year’s Eve Gala, and dance the night away to the sounds of the The Broadmoor Pops Orchestra. $250 per person, inclusive. For a more rocking scene, head for live funk, rock and blues by Soul X and DJ Karson at the New Year’s Eve Bash at The Broadmoor. Come at at 8 p.m. for a small-plates, tapas style buffet, $150 per person. Or head over at 9:30 p.m. for “After Party” admittance  without the buffet, $75 per person. If you want to head for your five-star room when the party’s done, book a New Year’s Eve Package. Rates start at $400 per person, with suites 25% off published rates.


The Broadmoor, broadmoor.com


Fireworks and a Fourteener for Two at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club


Grab a front-row seat on your patio or balcony for the AdAmAn firework show. Each room has a private, west-facing view of Pikes Peak towering over the red rocks of Garden of the Gods for the best view in the city. Choose a romantic night for two with champagne and dinner at the fireside in your luxury suite or opt to dine and dance the night away at the New Year’s Eve Gala.


Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, gardenofthegodsclub.com ( Note: Rooms are currently booked for Dec. 31. Check with the resort for any potential cancellations.)


Mardi Gras Remix at Hotel Eleganté


Things will get heated with acrobats, fire dancers, show girls, live music and a Cajun dinner buffet. Immerse yourself in the Mardi Gras Carnival theme, and toast the new year at midnight with a balloon drop.


Hotel Eleganté, $399 per couple hotelelegante.com


Randy’s Noche de Gala Latin New Year’s Eve Dance Party


An upscale, New York-style dance party with Latin cuisine and live performers and DJ spinning salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, regaetton and more. Make it an all-nighter with a special $99 rate at the DoubleTree Hilton; call 719-576-8900.


DoubleTree Hilton Hotel; $55-$60 randysinatra.com/nochelatinparty/


New Year’s Eve Dinner Train


Get on the right track for the New Year with a three-course meal crafted from Colorado-grown ingredients, holiday libations and the beauty of the gorge at night. 


Royal Gorge Route Railroad, $144-$159 royalgorgeroute.com


New Year’s Eve Champagne Murder Mystery


Welcome the return of the roaring ’20s with “Murder Speaks Easy!” dinner experience at the Briarhurst Manor Estate. A five-course meal, champagne during a theatre-in-the-round performance. Step into 1926 at Chicago’s Black Orchid speakeasy, but watch out for the Southside kingpin.


Briarhurst Manor, $120 per person (includes taxes and tip) facebook.com/pg/BriarhurstManorEstate


Fort Carson New Year’s Eve Party


Roll into the New Year with cosmic bowling at Fort Carson’s Thunder Alley Bowling Center. Watch the (Times Square) ball drop from your lane and raise a champagne or soda toast to 2020.


Thunder Alley Bowling Center, Fort Carson; $17 child, $23 adult carson.armymwr.com


Guffaw’s 2020 Bubble Bash


The whole family will laugh at the extra enormous bubbles and silly tricks during this one-day-only show. Stay for craft-making and milk and cookies after the performance.


Millibo Art Theatre, $12.50, $44 for a family four pack themat.org


Noon Year’s Eve


Celebrate the New Year with the whole family at noon on Dec. 31 when the kids will still have all the energy they need. There will be a balloon drop at noon, plus face painting, scientific experiments and more. All activities support a fundraiser for the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum.


Colorado Springs Event Center,$7.50-$26.25 pikespeakchildrensmuseum.org


AdAmAn Club Fireworks


It’s a Colorado Springs tradition. Once you see the first sign of the mountaineers on Pikes Peak — the flashing of mirrors at timberline — you’ll know the AdAmAn Club is making their final ascent up Pikes Peak. Grab a seat anywhere in the city with a view of the Peak to see the firework show at 14,115 feet at the stroke of midnight.


Home or wherever you can see Pikes Peak, Free adaman.org


 


Wishing you and your family a healthy and safe New Year. If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


"Not intended to solicit you or your business if you are currently being represented or are a party to a real estate transaction. The views expressed here in are my personal views and do not reflect the views of The Platinum Group, Realtors®. Please check with the venue for information as dates are subject to change."


*Source: https://springsmag.com/





HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2019


Warmest holiday wishes from my home to yours.


If the new year should bring you the need for a new address, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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NOVEMBER 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


As 2019 winds down, Colorado Springs remains one of the strongest real estate markets in the country.


If you are considering buying or selling a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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FREE THINGS TO DO AROUND COLORADO SPRINGS IN DECEMBER


There are plenty of options for free holiday fun this month in the Pikes Peak area.


Here are some favorites to put on your calendar, including parades, Christmas carols, and more!


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Downtown Holiday Stroll


Dec. 11th, 5 p.m., Downtown


Do some holiday shopping while carolers spreading holiday cheer along the downtown sidewalks, and kids will have an opportunity to visit with Santa. downtowncs.com


PikeRide Ugly Sweater Holiday Roll


Dec. 11th, 5 p.m., PikeRide Headquarters


Wear your ugly sweater, decorate your electric-assist PikeRide bike, and take a free group ride around downtown. Many stores will have special offers and refreshements. Keep an eye out for Santa and maybe even the Grinch. facebook.com/PikeRide


Wintersong


Dec. 13-14th, 7:30 p.m., Colorado College


This cherished candlelight concert features music from medieval to modern, plus poetry, story and song, in the splendor of Shove Chapel. cvae.org


Gold Camp Christmas


Dec. 13-14th, All weekend, Cripple Creek


Join the Victorian Christmas festivites. Tour the mining tradition of Lighted Headframes by shuttle or on your own. Catch the Friday evening 12 Redneck Days of Christmas Parade in Victor. Or join Santa and the Cripple Creek Christmas Parade at noon on Saturday. visitcripplecreek.com


Holiday Vegan Market


Dec. 14th, 11 a.m., Pikes Peak Library 21C


Eat, shop for vegan groceries, candy, baked goods, skin and healthcare products and more from 50 vendors. And join plant-based cooking demonstrations by local cookbook authors, including JL Fields.coloradospringsveganevents.com


Little London Winds Hanukkah Concert


Dec. 14th, 7 p.m., Temple Shalom


Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Hanukkah and Klezmer music by the Little London Winds. All faiths welcome. littlelondonwinds.org


Calhan Country Christmas


Dec. 14th, gates open at 5:00 p.m., El Paso County Fair & Events Complex 


The Calhan Christmas Parade of Lights and the Town of Calhan partner to bring you a Calhan Country Christmas! The 2019 Parade of Lights will depart and conclude at the El Paso County Fair & Event Complex where it will remain in place as a static display of floats. 


Holiday Spirits Festival


Dec. 14, from 1-7 p.m. (parade at 6 p.m.), Manitou Springs


Spend the day in Manitou Springs and shop in the unique stores and art galleries. The town will be filled with holiday spirit as you listen to Sidewalk carolers, a Brass quartet, see Santa's helpers, and more! There will also be fireworks, a Santa appearance and a community parade!manitousprings.org


'Twas The Night Before Christmas 2019


December 15, 2019, at 2:00 pm; 3:30 pm; 5:00 pm; 6:30 pm, Colorado Springs Christian School


Holiday Showcase featuring dancers from the Children's Division. Messiah SingalongDec. 15th, First Christian ChurchJoin the annual singalong to Handel’s masterpiece, including the Hallelujah chorus, with soloists, strings, harpsichord and organ. firstchristiancos.org


A Christmas Story, Ivywild Movie Night


Dec. 16th, 7 p.m., Ivywild School Gym


Will Ralphie finally convince his parents and Santa that the perfect Christmas gift really is a Red Ryder BB gun? Well, you know the story. Enjoy the classic holiday film hosted by the Independent Film Society of Colorado. facebook.com/IvywildSchool


Unsilent Night


Dec. 21st, 5:30 p.m., Bancroft Park, Old Colorado City


Be a part of the immersive performance and street promenade. Each participant gets one of four musical tracks on cassette, CD or MP3 to amplify on boombox or speaker. The result is unique mobile sound sculpture that melds experimental electronic music and Christmas caroling. coloradosprings.unsilentnight.com


With less competition (low inventory) and rising home prices, the winter months are a great time to list your home. If you're looking to sell or buy a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


"Not intended to solicit you or your business if you are currently being represented or are a party to a real estate transaction. The views expressed here in are my personal views and do not reflect the views of The Platinum Group, Realtors®. Please check with the venue for information as dates are subject to change."


*Source: https://springsmag.com/




IT'S NATIONAL ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD DAY!


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Did you know that each year in the United States, we celebrate "National Roof Over Your Head Day" on December 3rd?


National Roof Over Your Head Day was created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head. There are many things that we have that we take for granted and do not stop to appreciate how fortunate we are for having them. This day follows closely after Thanksgiving, a day to be thankful.  So just like Thanksgiving, be thankful for what you do have and always remember, that it is a better feeling than worrying about what you do not have.


From bungalows to cottages, and farmhouses to treehouses, today we show our appreciation and gratitude for the places we call home. Owning the roof that shelters us is something many renters still aspire to, knowing there are so many financial and non-financial benefits to homeownership.


According to the 2019 State of the Nation's Housing from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, cost-burdened renters now outnumber cost-burdened homeowners by more than 3.0 million. In addition, renters make up 10.8 million of the 18.2 million severely burdened households that pay more than half their incomes for housing.


Homeownership drives many benefits, including providing families with a place to feel secure. It also helps promote confidence that they are investing proactively in themselves and their communities. That is why there are 77.7 million owner-occupied housing units in the United States.


Many, however, fear it is too expensive to own a home. In reality, however, it’s actually more expensive to rent. Here’s the breakdown as a percentage of income necessary for both  – affording median rent and owning a home:


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Today we pause to appreciate the places we call home, and all of the other reasons we have to be truly thankful. To celebrate, consider volunteering at or making a contribution to a homeless shelter in your area. Your gift may help someone else be able to have a “roof over their head” tonight. 


For those who don’t own yet and would like to, it’s a wonderful time to start identifying the steps to take toward homeownership. Please give me a call today to begin creating your plan. I'm happy to help!


"Not intended to solicit you or your business if you are currently being represented or are a party to a real estate transaction. The views expressed here in are my personal views and do not reflect the views of The Platinum Group, Realtors®."




HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2019


This Thanksgiving I am thankful for you! I appreciate your friendship, business, and support. 


May your holiday be filled with friends, family, and lots of turkey. 


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Here's what one of my recent clients had to say about their experience with me:


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"She has become my friend. She has been very sensitive to my not being a good business woman. I trust her totally!"


Sally H., Colorado Springs, CO


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OCTOBER 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


I hope you're enjoying this fall weather! Here are the selling trends in Colorado Springs based on October's Real Estate data.


If you'd like a more comprehensive market analysis of your home, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Today, and every day, we we are grateful for our military service personnel, past and present, and the families who support them!


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Home prices are still up, which means it's also a great time to invest in your house with strategic upgrades, whether you're considering selling or not. However, be aware that many home improvement projects don't necessarily add to the value of your home. 


In fact, some can even detract from the price when you do choose to sell, while other projects can add value to your home. Considering the cost of a project versus the impact, or ROI, (Return on Investment), it will have on the resale value of your home is critical. The biggest returns may often come from Kitchens and Master Bath remodels, a close second might be Basement Remodels.


Some helpful tips on home improvement projects that may help to increase the value of your home in addition to your family’s quality of life include:


1. Garage Door Replacement - In terms of return on investment, garage door replacement is at the top of the list because curb appeal projects perpetually add to overall value to a home. According to Remodeling magazine’s latest Cost vs. Value Report, homeowners can recoup 97 percent of the cost for a new garage door. Homeowners looking for the best impact should select their new garage door by choosing a design that fits the architectural style and price point of their home.


2. Minor Kitchen Updates - In almost every family, the kitchen is the hub of the home, therefore updates in this room may pay off. A complete overhaul may not make sense, but minor improvements like refacing cabinets or updating finishes can have a big effect. A minor kitchen remodel will recoup 80 percent of its cost, according to Remodeling Magazine. Consider replacing old appliances with Energy Star-rated appliances which are not only better for the environment, they help save money by using less energy.


3. Deck Addition/Improvement - Outdoor living has progressively become more of a lure to homeowners, as well as prospective buyers. Therefore, decks are a project that can add major value to your home. According to Remodeling Magazine’s report, a deck addition can recoup 76 percent of its cost. A deck addition is a win-win for homeowners, allowing for plenty of enjoyment for the homeowners while also enhancing property value at the same time.


4. Window Replacement - Window replacement projects still account for one of the highest ROIs. In fact, their return is three-fold – increasing curb appeal, value and efficiency simultaneously. Both heating and cooling costs can be significantly lowered with insulated windows that regulate heat exchange. Homes with energy efficiency in mind can save you a substantial sum each year and Remodeling Magazine’s report suggest that new windows recoup 71 percent of their cost.


5. Siding Replacement - Again, exterior replacement – or curb appeal projects, like siding, is at the top of the ROI lists. Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report indicates homeowners will recoup 76 percent of their cost on new siding. More than just a cosmetic upgrade, good siding will protect your home from the things Mother Nature dishes out, like winter storms and heavy spring hail.


On the other hand, some of the things you should not invest your money in, if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, include:


1. Gourmet Kitchens with High-End Accessories - While you think that $10,000 commercial stove and top-of-the-line cabinetry is the ultimate kitchen renovation, these costly additions may not pay off when you decide to sell your home. Going too high end, or with too much personalization, will turn buyers away. It’s essential to stay on par with your neighbors – expensive, gourmet kitchens won’t help attract the perfect buyer, unless you’re already in that type of neighborhood.


2. Whirlpool Baths - Potential buyers may not want to pay for a newly installed whirlpool bath, and the costs for installing a whirlpool tub can be excessive. Some homeowners decide to install luxury bathtubs and later discover they need to invest in a larger hot water tank for the tub to work properly.


3. Expensive Landscaping - While curb appeal is critical and can transform the overall look of your home, going over the top may not add to your asking price. Rather than investing in expensive landscaping, it’s better to make smaller changes to add curb appeal. A well-kept lawn and some well-placed hedging or small trees can make a big impression.


There are a large variety of options for home improvement projects that can add value to your home, but concentrating on smaller, more purposeful improvements may pay off in the end. Whether you plan to stay in your house a while longer or just a couple more years, it’s wise to consider which renovations will add the most value to your place. And if you're thinking of selling your home in the Colorado Springs and surrounding areas, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


"Not intended to solicit you or your business if you are currently being represented or are a party to a real estate transaction. The views expressed here in are my personal views and do not reflect the views of The Platinum Group, Realtors®."




IT'S TIME TO FALL BACK!


Just a friendly reminder to turn your clocks back one hour this Sunday, November 3rd.


It's also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors as you FALL back.


Enjoy the rest of this beautiful season! If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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SEPTEMBER 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


I hope you're enjoying Fall! Here are the selling trends in Colorado Springs based on September's Real Estate data. If you'd like a more comprehensive market analysis of your home, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!

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THE TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT


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As Halloween gets closer, you’re sure to see plenty of orange pumpkins on many of your neighbor's porches. But what about teal pumpkins? These non-traditional pumpkins are much more than decor and serve an important purpose!


The Teal Pumpkin Project is an effort by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters during the Halloween season. This project originated in 2014 and has since become a worldwide event. 8% of U.S. children, or 1 in 13, have a food allergy or other condition, such as diabetes or gluten-intolerance.


If you'd like to participate, place a teal-colored pumpkin or sign outside your door on Halloween and offer trick-or-treaters non-food treats. Recommended non-food treats include glow sticks, spider rings, bracelets and necklaces, pencils, stickers, bouncy balls, whistles, kazoos, bubbles, bookmarks, and playing cards. You can also place your home on the Teal Pumpkin Project Map in your neighborhood.


For more information, please visit https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project/map.


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Here is what one of my recent clients had to say about their experience with me:


"I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs. She listens carefully to your needs and is very thorough in all aspects of the process."


Paul T. & Annette A., Peyton, CO


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BEST OF THE SPRINGS 2020 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN


It's that time of year to visit www.thebestofthesprings.com  to cast your nomination for your favorite places, services and people throughout the Pikes Peak region as part of The Gazette’s 2020 Best of the Springs contest.


The voting period runs through November 17th. The 26th anniversary campaign features over 200 categories under six main themes: Arts & Entertainment, City Life & Recreation, Family & Health, Food & Drink, Services & Professionals, and Shopping. Each category includes the top nominations, chosen by you. All you need to do is visit the site, click on the voting button, and enter a valid email address to get started.


Please don't forget to vote for your favorite Realtor in the Real Estate category!


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2019 FALL FESTIVALS IN THE PIKES PEAK REGION


Whether you're planning a long weekend or looking for fun family activities, Autumn is full of some wonderful fall festivals in Colorado. And if you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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AUGUST 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Happy Fall! Take a look at the selling trends in Colorado Springs based on August's Real Estate data. If you'd like a more comprehensive market analysis of your home, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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FALL FOLIAGE ROAD TRIP DESTINATIONS


The climate in Colorado boasts beauty and majesty year-round. When it comes to a palette of captivating colors, Autumn steals the show! Here are a few of the destinations in the Pikes Peak Region to appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty. If you're thinking of buying or selling a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help! 


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TROUBLE FREE MOVING TIPS


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An efficient, well-managed move not only saves you time and money, but it also can make the transition to your new home easier and more pleasant for your family. Here are 10 proven tips to help make your move a trouble-free experience from start to finish:



  • Set a Budget and stick to it.



  • Hire reliable movers and be clear about your expectations and their company policies.



  • Take care of the details, such as utilities to be shut off or transferred, and contact your bank, credit card issuers and any other company that regularly sends you mail. Be sure to change your address with the post office.



  • Make a packing list. Go room to room and make an inventory list. Organize it first by room, then by type of item (i.e. furniture, linens, packable items, fragile items and valuables). Once you have a comprehensive list, use highlighters to color-code all items into three categories: keep, sell or give away.



  • Get rid of everything you don't want or need.



  • Get a head start by first boxing things you use less often, such as off-season clothing, extra linens, tchotchkes or electronics. Clearly label the outside of each box with its contents and the room where it will go in the new house.



  • Plan to transport valuables yourself.



  • Prep your new home. If at all possible, go to your new home before moving day to clean and make sure the necessary utilities have been turned on.



  • Show the movers which items you want loaded last (and therefore unloaded first). Have as many items as possible ready to go - this should be close to everything in your home. Also, have a cash tip ready for each mover.



  • Donate canned goods and food items so you don't have to move them. Organizations like Move For Hunger (moveforhunger.org) can help you clean out your pantry while also helping those in need. Move For Hunger works with a network of about 650 moving companies to deliver unwanted canned goods to local food pantries.


Moving is a big event for many people. I hope these tips help your next move seem more manageable. If you're looking to buy or sell your home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Here is what one of my recent clients had to say about their experience with me:


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"Shelley was instrumental in helping me find my forever home. She was generous with her time and made sure I understood all steps in the process."


Mary S., Colorado Springs, CO


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Looking for some local things to do for Labor Day in Colorado Springs? The Labor Day Weekend symbolically brings a close to summer, and a bittersweet start of the school year. The Labor Day holiday is a tribute to the American Labor Movement and in 1887 Oregon was the first state in the nation to recognize it as an official public holiday. In Virginia, the amusement park industry lobbied to have public schools begin after Labor Day in order to give families one last chance to visit the amusement parks.


This Labor Day Weekend, watch balloons soar above Colorado Springs, check out the arts and craft fairs, and so much more! 


 


COLORADO SPRINGS LABOR DAY LIFT OFF


Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the 2019 Labor Day Lift Off. Start your morning off with the mass balloon ascension, then stick around to see the Wings of skydiving demonstrations, wakeboarding exhibitions, paddle boarding, live entertainment, chainsaw carving, donut eating competitions and, of course,  the fabulous food vendors and concessionaires. Come back in the evening and enjoy live entertainment before the Balloon Glow.


When: August 31 - September 2, 2019


Where: Memorial Park in Colorado Springs


Cost: FREE admission


 


AMERICAN DISCOVERY TRAIL RACES


The annual Pikes Peak Road Runners American Discovery Trail races bring thousands of runners and fans to the Pikes Peak Region. This year, sign up for the marathon, half marathon, or 10K, plus bring the kids for the 1K Kids Fun Run! 


When: September 2, 2019


Where: Marathon - Palmer Lake, Half Marathon & 10K - America the Beautiful Park


Cost: Marathon - $80, Half Marathon - $55, 10K - $30


 


AIR FORCE FALCONS FOOTBALL


Cheer on the Air Force Academy Falcons Football team as they begin their 2019 season against Colgate University. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 719-472-1895 or check online at https://goairforcefalcons.com/schedule.


When: August 31, 2019


Where: Falcon Stadium; US Air Force Academy


Cost: Depends on seat


 


HEART ART THIS LABOR DAY


Indulge your inner art enthusiast at Commonwheel Artists Co-Op's45th annual Labor Day Art Show.


When: TBD


Where: Manitou Springs


Cost: Free


 


VINTAGE BASEBALL GAME


Get out to the ball game with this match between the Camp Creek Cloud Busters (your home team) and the 1882 Denver & Rio Grande Reds at Rock Ledge Ranch. This game is vintage rules: no one wears a mitt or glove (except the catcher) and “cranks” (that’s you, the spectators) can influence the umpire’s call in your team’s favor! 


When: September 2, 2019


Where: Colorado Springs


Cost: Included with admission


 


BISON ADVENTURE FEATURING THE FAMED BUFFALO SOLDIERS 


Join Bella Vista Bison for a one-of-a-kind farm event! Relive the excitement of the wild American west with the Colorado unit of Buffalo Soldiers reenactors. You'll be transported to the 1800s when buffalo were on the brink of extinction and settlers were pouring into areas west of the Mississippi. Spend an afternoon learning their story and be wowed by a gunfight and high-speed maneuvers on horseback. Enjoy live music during a meal featuring smoked brisket and turkey.


When: September 1, 2019


Where: Bella Vista Bison


Cost:  $40


 


MONUMENT INDIE FEST


On August 31 and September 1, Western Museum of Mining and Industry hosts Monument Indie Fest. Join them as they present 18 of the best Indie bands from across the US with Saturday headliners The Dollyrots and Sunday headliners The Unlikely Candidates! The festival will feature live music, vendors, a kids zone and food trucks. 


When: August 31 - September 1, 2019


Where: Western Museum of Mining & Industry


Cost:  $20, Weekend Pass - $30


 


LABOR DAY ON THE LAKE


This 2 hour SUP excursion with Dragonfly Paddle Yoga will be experienced among the beautiful backdrop of Spruce Mountain and the Rocky Mountain Front Range Class will be a blend of gentle flows and restorative postures followed by lunch on the lake. 


When: September 2, 2019


Where: Monument


Cost:  $40


 


There are numerous ways to enjoy this 3-day weekend in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region! If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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JULY 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Take a look at the selling trends in Colorado Springs based on July's Real Estate data. If you'd like a more comprehensive market analysis of your home, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL


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Each year brings about new home design trends, and one of the most popular rooms to study is the kitchen. Looking at trend studies can provide inspiration for homeowners considering updating or remodeling their kitchen, so check out these findings from the last Houzz report:



  • Organizing and decluttering are top priorities. 75% of homeowners want clutter-free countertops, and 63% said adequate storage was the most important feature in the kitchen. Custom storage options have become popular, especially pull-out waste and recycling bins, utensil and dish organizers, and wine/bar cabinets.

  • Countertops are getting a new look. Countertops are the most commonly upgraded feature in the kitchen (94%), as well as the one homeowner's are most willing to splurge on. Engineered quartz has also gained popularity over granite.

  • Open layouts are in. Half of renovating homeowners open their kitchen to other interior spaces, with a completely open transition or double doors being the most common. One in 5 homeowners made their kitchen more open to the outdoors, usually by installing exterior doors.

  • Design is transitional. Iconic styles such as modern and traditional are falling out of favor as homeowners lean toward transitional, contemporary and farmhouse styles. And they are choosing shaker-style and flat-panel cabinets over raised-panel.

  • But what about color? White is a predominant color chosen for cabinets, countertops, walls and backsplashes, while wood is the top choice for floors. Natural wood continues to be the most popular, but it is on the decline as homeowners are choosing engineered wood or laminate flooring.


If you're thinking of buying or selling a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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JUNE 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT



Take a look at the selling trends in Colorado Springs based on June's Real Estate data. If you'd like a more comprehensive market analysis of your home, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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BACK TO SCHOOL 2019


I hope you are enjoying a great summer! If you're looking to buy a new home, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Here is what one of my recent clients had to say about their experience with me:


Content Image"Shelley was very professional throughout the entire process. She was always available to answer questions and pursue issues that needed to be addressed."


Dave & Karen I., Colorado Springs, CO


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5 DIY TIPS


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  • Change HVAC Filters - Replace quarterly to keep your system running smoothly and cut energy bills. 



  • Cutting The Water Supply - Find and tag the shut-off valve when you first move-in. When you need to turn it off, turn the handle 90 degrees. 



  • Unclogging Drains - Chemical drainers may work, but a drain snake is also an excellent option. 



  • Resetting The Circuit Breaker - Open the panel cover and find the breaker in the "off" position, then turn to "on".



  • Clean The Gutters - When gutters aren't cleared of debris, water can get trapped, seep into your house and cost thousands in damages. Clean then annually or every two years. 


With a preventative maintenance, you can keep repair costs down and your home in tip-top condition. If you're thinking of selling your home this summer, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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7 GARAGE STORAGE MISTAKES


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If you use your garage as storage space, you're not alone. Unfortunately, because the space sin't climate controlled, it's best to keep these items elsewhere:


Family Photos - Pollutants, moisture and heat can quickly destroy your photos. Digitizing all photos is the best practice, or keep printed copies in a dry area inside your home. 


Propane Tanks - These should never be kept indoors or close to your home because they can leak or ignite. Store them outside on a flat surface instead. 


Car Batteries - Batteries can be greatly affected by external moisture. Don't store them on the floor; rather, place them on a piece of wood or cardboard. 


Artwork or Collectibles - Dampness can cause tarnish and mold to grow. Insects can infest and rodents can feast on certain items. Dirt and dust can cause stains and buildup on almost anything. And car fumes can penetrate textiles and canvases. Keep prized possessions indoors. 


Food - Unless you have a refrigerator or freezer in your garage, fresh food can attract vermin even in a sealed container. Canned foods are best indoors, as sweltering heat can hasten their spoilage and freezing temps aren't great either. 


Paint - If not sealed correctly and exposed to extreme temperatures, pain can actually spoil. Find a space that's dark, dry and cool, like a utility closet, laundry room or mudroom. 


Carpet and Rugs - Fresh air is vital for rug fibers and garage spaces aren't usually well-ventilated, which can cause mold and mildew. Store in a place with low-humidity levels. or if the garage is your only option, block any direct sunlight and place a dehumidifier near it. 


When it comes to all things real estate, I'm here for you. I understand that a home is a big investment and that you want to make sure your investment is well taken care of. If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Here is what one of my recent clients had to say about their experience with me:


"Shelley was on top of everything we needed. I never felt we were alone, which as a first-time homebuyer was very comforting."


Daren & Molly L., Colorado Springs, CO


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Whether you're hosting a 4th of July barbeque in your own backyard or spending it at at the home of friends or family, I hope your Independence Day is full of great food, stunning fireworks, and a hefty dose of stars and stripes.


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MAY 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Every month I share an updated local real estate market analysis to help you make the best decision for your family. 


If you're still unsure whether or not you should buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help! When it comes to local real estate, you've got a Platinum Option. 


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It's officially summer! Whether you travel to the beach, enjoy camping, or love hosting barbecues in your backyard, I hope you have a wonderful summer filled with great weather and even better memories. 


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Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation's founders and heroes!


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Here is what one of my recent clients had to say about their experience with me:


"Shelley made the entire home purchase process easy, understandable, and stress-free. Her superb knowledge and easy-going nature are greatly appreciated."


Scott W., Peyton, CO


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SUMMER EVENTS IN COLORADO SPRINGS 2019


June marks the start to Colorado's summer festival season. With mild temperatures and gorgeous blue-sky days, summer celebrations don't get better than this. Here are a few of the events in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region to keep your family busy! 


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If you're looking to buy a new home this summer, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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TIPS FOR REVIVING YOUR LAWN AFTER WINTER


Waking up your lawn can be challenging, and there is added pressure if you want to put a home on the market. Spring may just be one of the best times of the year to make your home look great. This busy season coincides with an uptick in activity in the real estate market, making it that much more critical for you to get your lawn back in great shape.


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Here are a few helpful tips for reviving your lawn after the beating it likely took this winter; but, of course, consult your lawn care professional first:


Feed It Well


Spring is the most critical time to give your lawn a boost. Winter drags on in many areas of the country, which can deplete a yard come spring. If you find yourself in this situation, try applying a quick-release fertilizer to prepare your lawn for spring. This fertilizer will get to the roots and green up your yard in a few days. However, be cautious when applying a quick-release fertilizer, as putting too much in one spot can kill your grass.Other fertilizer options include slow-release fertilizers that'll feed your lawn over time. This kind of fertilizer usually comes in granules or pellets that sit on top of your soil. They dissolve over time and provide the best long-lasting energy option for lawns.


Water in the Morning


Fertilizer applications need moisture to work best. Watering your lawn in the spring may seem counter-intuitive given the rainfall that some climates receive, but watering your lawn regularly is essential to help the grass grow strong. Consider watering your yard in the morning before 10 a.m., as this will allow the lawn time to soak up the water and dry out under the afternoon sun. Watering in the evening or at night may seem smart, but it can actually cause lawn care problems such as disease and fungi.


Ease Into Mowing


While your lawn may have grown a little throughout the winter depending on your location, lawns need some time to ease into the spring. Refrain from mowing your lawn on a low setting as temperatures go up. Short lawns expose the root system, which can create a stressful situation for the grass. Consider doing a light mow early on in the season to take off the tips of the blades. Doing so will ease your lawn back into the growing season and will help keep it looking great.


Start Fighting Weeds


Homeowners looking to put their home on the market should combat any weeds in their lawn. There are many weed and feed chemicals to help prevent weeds. These mixes often include different fertilizers, so be sure to read the directions so that you don't give your lawn too much. Locate any problem areas in your yard and consider applying weed control to those areas, as well.


Seed Thin Spots


It's common for bare spots to appear after a long winter. Immediately care for areas of the lawn that have thinned or are completely bare. These spots can cause problems, not only with weed growth, but also in presenting a beautiful lawn to a prospective buyer. Rake out these spots in your yard and apply a good amount of seed. Give these spots extra water a few weeks after you seed them to encourage new grass roots to take hold.


There are many ways to help your lawn come back after a long winter. Follow all the tips listed above, be sure to consult your lawn care professional, and your lawn will be back to its former glory in no time. And if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs this spring, please give me a call. I’m happy to help!


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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A MODEST MESS HALL


While some people who are selling their home think a small kitchen is a negative, there are several ways that you can make it stand out and appeal to potential buyers:


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Light It Up - Darkness can often make smaller rooms feel even more cramped. To open the room up to more light, consider removing all curtains from windows and instead install recessed blinds. You still get the privacy factor, while also allowing your kitchen to have a brighter feel. 


Keep The Counters Tidy - Many people have things strewn about their kitchen counters and cabinets. Think about keeping your countertops clear of all items, including photos, papers, and even appliances, to make it seem like the room is larger than it truly is. 


Brighten The Walls - Sellers should consider making the tone of the wall color in the kitchen brighter. Lighter colors tend to open up a room. They are also much more inviting, enticing potential buyers. 


Mounted Appliances - Sellers may want to consider mounting appliances on the wall or under cabinets to create more counter space, giving the kitchen the appearance of being more spacious. The distinctive and interesting design look could attracts more interest during a walk-through or tour. 


Getting your home ready to sell can be a stressful time. Hopefully, with these tips, it can go smoothly. If you're thinking about selling your home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Here is what one of my recent clients had to say about their experience with me:


"I can't thank you enough for your help and professionalism."


Kelly W., Chandler, AZ


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Here is what one of my recent clients had to say about their experience with me:


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"Shelley made sure we both always thoroughly knew what was going on in the entire process. She also made sure to ask the hard questions we never would have thought of. Couldn't have done this process without her!"


Edward & Rachel M., Peyton, CO


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APRIL 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Our spring market is in full swing. Now is a great time to buy or sell a home! If you have questions about the current market conditions or are considering buying or selling a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Here is what one of my recent clients had to say about their experience with me:


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"Shelley is excellent in finding exactly what you are looking to purchase. Her responses to questions are very prompt. Shelley's customer service is excellent!"


Nancy M., Colorado Springs, CO


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SPRING THINGS


Spring is a great time to do a quick tune up of your home! Before things get busy for the summer, take a moment to make sure your home is humming along. Here's a quick checklist of fixes to help you save time now and money later:


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EXTERIOR



  • Inspect the roof

  • Clean the gutters

  • Wash window exteriors and check screens for repairs

  • Inspect deck and patio for warped, molded or splintered boards

  • Remove leaves and other debris from the lawn

  • Patch up your home's paint job

  • Look for cracks or weak spots along the lowers section of the exterior


INTERIOR



  • Check seals around windows, doors and bathtubs

  • Drain your water heater

  • Check and fix leaky faucets

  • Replace your HVAC filters

  • Clean out your dryer vent

  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors

  • Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher

  • Check basement walls for moisture or mold

  • Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils


Hiring an experienced Realtor who understands the changing dynamics of the Colorado Springs market can help you get top dollar for your home, with fewer difficulties. If you're looking to buy or sell a home this spring, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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HOME CARE MYTHS


Here are a few home care myths that may be a waste of time and money as you prepare for spring cleaning season:


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1. Stone countertops are indestructible.  In fact, stone countertops are easy to stain and scratch. Plus, regular household cleaners and mildly acidic substances, like soda, coffee, and wine, can dull stone surfaces over time.


2. Your smoke detector's test button is foolproof. The test button tells you the sound is working, not if the sensor that detects smoke is working. Use real smoke to check it. Light a match, blow it out, and hold it near the detector. If the alarm goes off, that's a good sign. 


3. Gutter guards are maintenance-free. Gutter guards may keep out leaves, but small debris can still get through. It's best to clean them every two years - or once a year if your home is surrounded by trees - to prevent damage to your gutters. 


4. A lemon is a great way to clean a disposal. A lemon's acidic juice will corrode the metal parts of your disposal, and coffee grounds will accumulate in pipes and clog them. The best natural cleaner may just be baking soda, which cleans the blades but will be a little more gentle on the metal. 


5. Mow your lawn short and you mow less often. It's important to leave 1 to 3 inches of grass above the roots to keep your lawn lush. Removing more may leave your grass too weak to withstand weeds and pests. It also may expose the roots to sun, causing the lawn to dry out.


6. CFL's cost too much, and are dangerous. Compact fluorescent lights aren't as expensive as you may thing and may not contain enough mercury to cause harm. Plus, CFL's last an average of five years. Check it out for yourself!


7. Trendy kitchen re-do will increase my home's value. Home trends come and go quickly. Instead of remodeling in the latest look, try repainting with trendy colors. If you do opt for a full remodel, choose elements with timeless style, like wood floors and subway tile. 


8. A contractor recommendation from a friend is good enough. Look for a contractor as if it were a job interview. Before hiring, talk to a couple of sources, check the contractor's online reviews, and ask a local building inspector which contractors meet code on the properties they inspect. 


Please pass this information along to your family and friends so they can use these tips too! If you're thinking of selling your home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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It's that season! There is a farmers market available every day of the week all across the city and region to enjoy fresh produce. Inventory is at an all-time low and homes are in high demand this spring. If you're looking to buy or sell a home, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!  


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If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Happy Earth Day!


When it comes to finding your perfect place on the planet, you've got a #PlatinumOption. 


If you're looking to buy a new home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Wishing You A Wonderful Easter!


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As the #1 independent Real Estate firm in Colorado Springs our agents are dedicated to this community. As a team we gladly invest in over 70 charitable organizations with the giving of our time and finances. We don't just work here. We invest here. We live here. When it comes to local real estate, you've got a Platinum option. If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call at (719) 482-4443. I'm happy to help!



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Happy Spring! I have been blessed with the opportunity to help many clients buy and sell their home in Colorado Springs and wold appreciate the opportunity to serve you as well. Here is what a recent client had to say about their experience with me:


"Can't recommend Shelley enough. She has been a fantastic agent!"


Lindsey S. & Don C., McKinney, TX


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MARCH 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Every month I give you a snapshot of what's happening in our local real estate market. Low inventory right now means it's a great time to sell! If you are considering selling a home this spring, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Happy Spring! If you're looking to sell your home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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SNEEZING GREETINGS


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For many Americans, spring equals allergies. Itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, congestion - it's enough to make you want to skip the season altogether! But with these five tips, you can help reduce allergens in your home and find a brief respite.


1. Remove clutter: Less stuff means fewer places for allergens to linger. 


2. Clean the air: A well-ventilated house is your first line of defense. Use HEPA filters in your air conditioning system, maintain the humidity at about 50% and keep your windows closed when pollen counts are highest in the early morning between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. 


3. Clean the bathroom: Mold tends to gather there. 


4. Reduce dust generators: Fabrics and carpet create dust by breaking down fibers. Swap carpets out for washable throw rugs. 


5. Make smart landscaping decisions: Avoid planting trees such as maple, birch and ash, which have allergenic particles that can trigger discomfort. 


Spring is one of the busiest times of the year in the real estate market and can provide great opportunities if you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs. Please give me a call, I'm happy to help! 


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FEBRUARY 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Every month I bring you a local market snapshot informing you of what's happening with real estate prices, supply vs. demand, and much more. Average sales prices are up nearly 6%. If you're looking to buy or sell a home this Spring, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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I feel LUCKY to have clients like you! Please give me a call...I'd love to catch up!


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SPRING FORWARD DAYLIGHT SAVINGS 2019


This weekend is a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors!


Just like our clocks this weekend, the housing market will soon "spring forward". Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates are near historic lows. If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help! 


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LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT


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Maximizing the value of your home before putting it on the market is important, and your budget shouldn’t hold you back. Here are a few, simple tips to improve the look and feel of your home fast—all for under $400:


Low-maintenance lawn care: Overgrown lawns and bushes will cause your home to stand out—in a bad way. For a few hundred dollars, hire a landscaping service to tidy up. Adding plants and trees native to your region will also help boost the home’s curb appeal.


Deep house cleaning: Make sure your home says “clean” to potential buyers when they walk in the door. Even if you clean your home regularly, consider hiring a cleaning service for a thorough top-to-bottom scrubbing.


Make your home feel bigger: You can’t change the square-footage of your home, but you can make each room in your house feel larger. A sunny room feels more open. Also, clear the clutter. Add shelving or storage space to help organize.


Replace and update: Dated wallpaper, old lighting fixtures, popcorn ceilings and broken features, such as ceiling fans, could turn many buyers away. Making these changes will add dollar signs to the value of your home instantly.


Add money-saving efficiencies: Updates to make your home more energy-efficient are a big bonus for buyers because it will save them money in the long term. Many utility companies provide free energy audits so they can show you how to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. Installing a water filtration system is an inexpensive addition that may also lower the buyer’s grocery bills—no more bottled water.


Buying or selling a home can seem like an overwhelming task. But the right Realtor can make the process easier — and more profitable! If you're looking to sell a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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5 Things Buyers Should Never Compromise On


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When buying a home, there are some things you should never compromise on:


1. The floor plan. It’s difficult and expensive to reconfigure a home’s floor plan. If a home doesn’t have the minimum number of rooms or the flow of the main living areas you want, you should cross it off your list.


2. The school district. You should carefully consider your neighborhood’s school district, and even get a map of its exact boundaries to make sure your home is within the correct district.


3. The neighbors. You should pay attention to the condition of neighboring homes. Not only do you have to live with your neighbors on a daily basis, but they can affect your home’s future resale value, too.


4. The budget. Consider all the expenses—monthly mortgage payments, homeowner association dues, utility costs and real estate taxes—beyond the list price to make sure you’ll be financially comfortable.


5. The commute. Test-drive the route between your home and office to be certain you’re willing to make the commute every day.


If you're looking to buy a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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JANUARY 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Here's your local monthly Market Snapshot.  If you would like more detailed information, please give me a call.  I'm happy to help!


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My clients are the heart of my business! If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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TIPS FOR HIDING MESSES WHILE SELLING A HOME


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An important part of the home-selling process is showing it to prospective buyers. Unfortunately, that means tidying up even more frequently than you normally would, so buyers can focus on the house’s features rather than your household items. While it may not be possible to keep your home completely mess-free when you have children, below are some tips for keeping the chaos to a minimum:


Under-bed storage. If there’s enough space under their beds, encourage kids to keep their rooms tidy with rolling plastic or rattan storage bins. Then, use an oversized comforter or quilt—or strategically placed blankets—to hide the bins from sight.


Built-in storage. It may be impossible to keep things from leaving kids’ rooms and entering the living room. Utilize furniture with built-in storage, such as ottomans, or clear a drawer in the entertainment center specifically to tuck away any roaming toys, games and other items.


Baskets and trunks. If you don’t have much built-in storage or discreet space to take advantage of, consider buying decorative trunks or baskets with lids that you can place around your home.


Suitcases. If you need to store toys in the back of a closet, put them in suitcases that you can easily roll and move rather than bulky plastic bins. Suitcases are also a more discreet storage option than bins when buyers glance inside the closet to gauge how much space is available.


Donation. While your kids may feel attached to every toy, stuffed animal or plaything they own, it might be time to downsize the collection. Suggest that they start a donation pile, so that their unused items can bring joy to other kids instead.


Storing belongings in your home while selling can be a challenge, but using these helpful tips will help you get your home ready to sell. If you are looking to sell your home here in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Baby, It's Cold Outside!


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Did you know that homes sell in all seasons including winter? Buyers during the cold weather months are often serious and want to move in as quickly as possible, so it can still be a good time to sell. Here are five tips for getting your home in shape and making it as appealing as possible during the winter season:



  1. Light it up. If it’s gray and dreary outside, make your home as bright as you can by opening blinds, shutters and drapes to let in as much natural light as possible. Turn on every light in the house as well, including closet lights and desktop lamps.

  2. Stay warm. Keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and try to warm it up before buyers walk through, so the HVAC doesn’t kick on and create excess noise. If you have a fireplace, light it—just be sure to place a screen in front of it and tend to it regularly.

  3. Create ambiance. A warm and cozy atmosphere is more than just temperature. Make buyers feel welcome by playing soft music, such as classical, light jazz or non-religious holiday music if it’s that time of the year. Offer cups of hot apple cider or cocoa as refreshments. Give the impression that every room is move-in ready by staging them with a specific mood in mind—set the dining room table for a romantic dinner or set up a spa-like experience in the master bathroom.

  4. Keep a clear path. Shovel snow off of the walkway and sidewalk—even while snow is falling—to make sure there’s always a clear path to your home for potential buyers. Also, consider shoveling a path from the street to the sidewalk to ensure they don’t have to dig their way through snowdrifts. Scrape and salt the paths for maximum safety.

  5. Be prepared. If you know you’ll be listing your home during winter, take photos of your home beforehand, so buyers know what the light and landscaping look like in summertime.


 


Hiring an experienced Realtor who understands the changing dynamics of selling during cold weather can help you get top dollar for your home, with fewer difficulties. If you're looking to sell your home this winter, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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DECEMBER 2018 MARKET SNAPSHOT


2019 is off to a great start! If you would like a specific analysis for your home in your neighborhood, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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Wishing you a very happy 2019!



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