Colorado Springs Real Estate and Community News

July 6, 2018

Home Selling Tips This Summer

Most people know that real estate is hot in the summer months. But so is the weather. This can affect the sales of homes. That simply means that you should take these hot summer months into consideration. Keep reading to find out great home selling tips this summer!

Rush Hour

So many families head out of town or to the lake when the weekends hit. This means that your open house could end up being empty. Choose an alternative time frame that more people may stop by. In fact, we recommend you embracing rush hour!

Keep the lawn mowed

Have you noticed the grass grows faster in the summer? Make sure to keep it moved more often to ensure you have excellent curb appeal. First impressions are crutial when it comes to real estate!

Keep it seasonal

Let’s be honest…heading to a BBQ or pool party sounds like WAY more fun than going to an open house. That means you might as well embrace it! Try adding words into your open house making it feel like a celebration, talk about lemonade trays and how you are excited to be grilling outside. This will make it sound less sales and more enticing!

Decorate for summer

Bold and bright colors add a summer flare to the mix. Make sure to decorate the house a little in the season. You can even add an air freshener that smells more like the meadow and flowers. This helps create an inviting feel.

Show off the outdoors

So many people love to entertain. What a better way to entertain in the summer than having an outdoor gathering. Highlight the outdoor space and show potential buyers how they are utilizing it during summer months.

Keep it cool

There’s nothing worse than entering a home and it is feeling stuffy. Make sure you keep the temperature cool. Keep the air circulating by placing floor fans about the house. Also, turn the air conditioning to a level just below your comfort on days that are very hot. This will even keep potential buyers from leaving early.

Advertise ASAP

Spread the word that the house is going on the market soon. You can do this online and offline by word of mouth. It’s important to get people excited.

If you are looking to put your home on the market this summer, give us a call today!

Posted in Selling Your Home
June 21, 2018

Tips for House Hunting

When you think about buying a new home you think about moving in, making it your own, and enjoying the house for many years with your family. For some reason, the house hunting process escapes many of us and it’s so important. It’s no small task so that you ensure you get the house you really want. Make sure that you do some preparation before going into your house hunting journey. Don’t know what preparation we are talking about? Keep reading to find out!

Get pre-approved

Make sure that you know exactly how much money you are going to be able to purchase a home for. This is so important because the last thing you want is to be looking for homes that are outside of your price range. It will also let potential sellers know that you are a serious buyer.

Understand your needs

Make a list about what is most important to you. Do you NEED at least 4 bedrooms? Make sure that is at the top of your list. Your WANT list may be a mile long, simply make sure that you have items that you want in order from most important onward too.

Find a real estate agent

Finding a real estate agent is more important than you may think. Although many may have similar qualifications, some may click with you a little more than others. It’s important to ask potential agents questions like how many other families are you working with? How many homes have you sold recently? These are vital to having a successful outcome.

Take notes

As you start to look at homes, take notes of things you love about the homes. Also, take notes about things you hate. This will help you in deciding later. This will also help you know what kind of things you should be looking for. This is especially a good idea if you are new to home buying.

Revisit your favorites

It’s always a great idea once you have seen quite a few to go back through and revisit the homes you liked the most. This will help you better decide between a few when you look at them back-to-back.

We hope this list helps you with your own home buying process. If you have any questions, we would love to help! Give us a call today to start your home buying journey.

Posted in Buying a Home
June 9, 2018

Save Your First Home FAST By Using These Tips

We first want to congratulate you on starting the process of purchasing your first home. That is SO exciting and such a big step in your life. It can feel overwhelming when trying to save up for a down payment. Luckily, we have you covered. Keep reading to find out our favorite tips for saving for your first home.

Budget

Preparing a budget and sticking to it is crucial. Look at exactly how much money your household is bringing in. Then look at the essential costs you have every single month. Have a goal at the beginning of every month. You can ensure you are staying on track by checking your bank account every few days.

Renting

Let’s face it, renting can be such a huge chunk of your paycheck. One easy way to save your money is to rent out a room in your home. Whether it is to a friend or family member, this could mean $500 extra dollars every single month. That means that you are saving $6000 per year. This is one of the quickest ways. Although you may not like the sound of it, if you can do it for a year or two you will have your first home in no time.

Deals

Hey, there’s no shame in coupon cutting. So. grab your scissors and check out this week’s deals. You can also find some online. If you have something like a phone bill and a cable bill with different companies, try and bundle your plan. This can also save you lots.

Basics

We know, you do have so many mandatory costs every single month. Which are not mandatory though? Could you skip going to the movies and instead rent a movie and make popcorn yourself? Little expenses add up.

We love helping people find their first home. If you are ready to get started, we are here to assist you!

Posted in Buying a Home
May 4, 2018

5 Things You Don’t Realize Can Ruin Your Credit

Have you ever checked your credit and it was lower than you thought it was? Even if you are on top of payments, your credit score can be low for other reasons than just lack of paying your bills. But what are the other ways? Keep reading to find out!

Don’t check too often

Although you may think that checking your credit multiple times in a short period of time is a good idea, maybe one place will show it as higher. Don’t do this! Checking your credit will lower it if you check it multiple times within a few weeks. If you want to ensure it is going up, follow the rules of increasing your credit and then only check occasionally.

Little fees add up

Any unpaid bills that you have out in the world really add up and can plummet your credit score. Do you have an unpaid medical bill? Even if it’s small. Do you have an unpaid parking ticket? Pay it as soon as possible! Little bills will add up and affect your credit score. To check these issues, pull a full credit report and ensure that you are all paid up.

Personal Information

One of the simplest and most frustrating reason why your credit score is lower than it should be is because of incorrect information. Errors occur everywhere, even on credit scores.  If your credit score has incorrect information, this could drag your score down. If your report does have an error, make sure that you call your credit bureau right away and file a claim. Although they won’t be fixed right away, it will be worth it.

Don’t try every trick

If you are trying to increase your credit score, don’t print off a list and try every trick in the book. Using your credit a little too much can also hurt it. Even if you are paying off your cards regularly, maxing out your card will hurt your credit. Try and keep your balance low and don’t try every trick at once.

Using your credit card

Make sure to still use your credit card! With no credit, there’s no way to show that you are a responsible user. This can ding your credit score. Although it seems crazy, make sure that you use your card from time to time as well. For example, put all your groceries or your gas on your credit card. This way your bill isn’t too big, but it is something you would always have to pay for anyways.

Here you have our best ways to keep your credit score as high as possible. Without doing these things, you will be on your way to owning a new home or simply having a high credit score in no time. Do you have any more tricks? Share them with us in the comments below!

Posted in Buying a Home
April 19, 2018

Will I Love My Future Neighborhood?

When you are searching for a new home, location is one of the most important parts of your search. Whether you are looking for a great community for your family or you are looking for complete privacy, enjoying where you live in essential if you want to love your home.

So how can you tell if you will love your neighborhood when you are looking at homes to buy? Keep reading and we will show you!

What’s close by?

Think about what you do on a day-to-day basis. Do you go to the gym? What area of town will you be working in? Is there a food store you love living near? If these are places you go to on a very regular basis, it’s a good idea to keep their location in mind when searching for your dream home. Living close by will make your life easier. You may not realize how much you love living by them until you no longer do. By that point, you may end up becoming resentful of your home. Make a list of places you go to nearly daily.

Do you like quiet or lively?

Do you enjoy a nice quiet night in most nights or do you enjoy being close to downtown and the bars? You may love hanging out with your friends every weekend, but that does not mean you want to live nearby. With that said, if you love being able to walk to restaurants and coffee shops daily, living close to the city may be very important in the location you chose to purchase your home in.

Do you need friends nearby?

Some people love their friends to live close by, while others need space between them and their friends. Even if they don’t need their friends to be in a walking distance, some people need to be close enough so that their friends will still come and visit them. If this is a necessity to you, make sure that you communicate that to your realtor and let them know the exact areas your friends live. It’s also a great idea to ask your friends what they like and don’t like about their neighborhoods. This will help you know what kinds of things to look for and perhaps stay away from.

Make sure that you visit a few different neighborhoods and see which one’s check many of your boxes. Some people just have a feeling about a neighbor and know instantly that it’s “the one”. Make sure that you make these lists before you start home searching, it will save you a lot of time and perhaps will help you from choosing the wrong home.

If you are ready to find the perfect neighborhood for your family, we would love to help! Contact us today to get started!

Posted in Buying a Home
April 14, 2018

5 Bedroom Home for Sale Colorado Springs

5 Bedroom Home for Sale Colorado Springs

LISTING DETAILS - 5 Bedroom Home for Sale Colorado Springs

ADDRESS - 5670 Loyola Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80918

***Year Built - 2000 *** Total Square Feet - 4,109 *** Total Finished Square Feet - 4.095

5 Bedrooms (4 on Same Level / Upper Level) *** Stucco & Stone Exterior ***FULL Finished Basement with Family Room Plus Home Theater ***Least Expensive Listing In University Park

Stunning & Spacious Upscale University Park Home~stucco & stone Grand 2 Story with Amazing Living & Entertaining Space~5 Bed, 4 Bath, 3 Car, 2 Family Rooms with additional Main Level Office.

The full finished basement has bedroom with attached bath, huge family room 40 X 14 (Long enough for bowling alley), and separate movie / projection room~

The master suite is a complete 5 piece bath, with garden soaking tub, separate shower, double vanity, and walk in closet.  The great room and vaulted / volume ceilings are impressive

Fantastic Location in University Park ~ Convenient to United States Air Force Academy & University of Colorado Colorado Springs ~ Please note this community is where education is given the highest priority.  Enjoy the classic lifestyle ~ An ideal place to make new friends.

Almost every recreation activity is close at hand ~ Garden Ranch YMCA Recreational Complex has every activity, soccer teams, basketball teams, tennis courts, baseball teams, and swimming pools for your enjoyment.

This 5 Bedroom home for sale in Colorado Springs with easy access to I-25, Downtown Colorado Springs & Denver is a true gem at this below market price of $474,900.   If you are looking for a 5 Bedroom home for sale in Colorado Springs this home should be at the top of your list and not be missed.

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 This information is provided courtesy of Harmony Real Estate Group.  Contact Bob DeYoung of Harmoney R/E Group with questions or to schedule your private tour.

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Posted in Community News
April 3, 2018

Interior Trends Happening Right Now

Let’s face it, it’s hard to stay up on the latest trends. They do change quite frequently and sometimes do a complete 180. We are well into 2018 and that means we can see what home design trends are staying and which ones have gone. Keep reading to find out what simple interior trends are happening right now.

Dark wood

Furniture that has dark wood looks amazing in any room of the home. Pale woods are not as popular anymore. Become trendier by having bleached wood that add a retro glamour to it. This is also great for modern homes too.

Rich pigments

Colors that are bolder are IN. Neutral colors will never go out of style, but add a bright color to switch it up. Whether this is a rug, painting, or one of the walls, bolder is even better now.

Mix in the world

Traveling has always been popular. Globes and having various cultures in different rooms is trendy. Keep this going! Asian textures are beautiful and add flair to rooms, especially living rooms. The playful embellishment will appeal to many homeowners.

Metallic accents

Adding in a metallic accent means less copper and rose and more brass. Brass is perfect for any finish in a home. Colors that complement this accent are green and pink.

Tropical

Tropical trends have started becoming more and more popular over the years. This year they are at an all-time high. Palm leaves will make you feel like you are in a lush tropical vacation resort all year long.

Still confused with what’s hot and what’s not? Give us a call! We will be happy to give you some tips. If you are about to move, these key tips are great for setting in with a fresh new trendy home.

Posted in Real Estate News
March 23, 2018

The Home Buying Process

Have you decided to take the plunge into homeownership? Congratulations! Although most people know the basics of home buying, there may be a few things that appear as a surprise. We want to ensure nothing comes as a (negative) surprise to you and that is why we are here to share the key steps in the home buying process. Keep reading to find out what they are!

Don’t overlook

Some people will look at homes because they think that will be “fun” or then they will see what kinds of things they like in each home. This will just let you down when it comes to finding your dream home. Remember, you can always purchase a fixer-upper and put money and work into it if you are very specific in what you are looking for.

Qualify before shopping

One of the most important things in the home buying process is knowing exactly how much you qualify for before looking at homes. This will allow you to search in your exact target range from the very start. This is also important for your realtor to know.

Know specifics

Is there a neighborhood that you love? A feature about a home you can’t live without? Do you really want a large backyard? Try and figure these things out as soon as possible.

Keep your money where it is

Having a high credit score is crucial in getting a mortgage (or a better interest rate on your mortgage). We recommend that six months before you purchase, do not move your money around and no not open any new credit cards. Lenders need to see that you are reliable. If they see you are purchasing big-ticket items, or opening new credit cards, you may have a harder time getting a loan.

Know your style

Understanding your style will help you know what type of home best suits you. Do you have a large family? Are you looking to rent part of it out and want a multi-unit home? Are you open to a fixer-upper? Know what kind of home you are looking for and what will work best for your family.

Now you know what to start thinking about at the very beginning of home searching. Remember, the process doesn’t happen overnight. You may not know your exact style right away, but that’s why it’s a great idea to think about it, talk to you realtor and then start looking at different options. For more tips on purchasing your dream home, contact us today!

Posted in Buying a Home
March 6, 2018

5 Things You Don’t Realize Can Ruin Your Credit

Have you ever checked your credit and it was lower than you thought it was? Even if you are on top of payments, your credit score can be low for other reasons than just lack of paying your bills. But what are the other ways? Keep reading to find out!

Don’t check too often

Although you may think that checking your credit multiple times in a short period of time is a good idea, maybe one place will show it as higher. Don’t do this! Checking your credit will lower it if you check it multiple times within a few weeks. If you want to ensure it is going up, follow the rules of increasing your credit and then only check occasionally.

Little fees add up

Any unpaid bills that you have out in the world really add up and can plummet your credit score. Do you have an unpaid medical bill? Even if it’s small. Do you have an unpaid parking ticket? Pay it as soon as possible! Little bills will add up and affect your credit score. To check these issues, pull a full credit report and ensure that you are all paid up.

Personal Information

One of the simplest and most frustrating reason why your credit score is lower than it should be is because of incorrect information. Errors occur everywhere, even on credit scores.  If your credit score has incorrect information, this could drag your score down. If your report does have an error, make sure that you call your credit bureau right away and file a claim. Although they won’t be fixed right away, it will be worth it.

Don’t try every trick

If you are trying to increase your credit score, don’t print off a list and try every trick in the book. Using your credit a little too much can also hurt it. Even if you are paying off your cards regularly, maxing out your card will hurt your credit. Try and keep your balance low and don’t try every trick at once.

Using your credit card

Make sure to still use your credit card! With no credit, there’s no way to show that you are a responsible user. This can ding your credit score. Although it seems crazy, make sure that you use your card from time to time as well. For example, put all your groceries or your gas on your credit card. This way your bill isn’t too big, but it is something you would always have to pay for anyways.

Here you have our best ways to keep your credit score as high as possible. Without doing these things, you will be on your way to owning a new home or simply having a high credit score in no time. Do you have any more tricks? Share them with us in the comments below!

Posted in Buying a Home
Feb. 22, 2018

How can I tell If I’ll Love A Neighborhood?

When you are searching for a new home, location is one of the most important parts of your search. Whether you are looking for a great community for your family or you are looking for complete privacy, enjoying where you live in essential if you want to love your home. So how can you tell if you will love your neighborhood when you are looking at homes to buy? Keep reading and we will show you!

What’s close by?

Think about what you do on a day-to-day basis. Do you go to the gym? What area of town will you be working in? Is there a food store you love living near? If these are places you go to on a very regular basis, it’s a good idea to keep their location in mind when searching for your dream home. Living close by will make your life easier. You may not realize how much you love living by them until you no longer do. By that point, you may end up becoming resentful of your home. Make a list of places you go to nearly daily.

Do you like quiet or lively?

Do you enjoy a nice quiet night in most nights or do you enjoy being close to downtown and the bars? You may love hanging out with your friends every weekend, but that does not mean you want to live nearby. With that said, if you love being able to walk to restaurants and coffee shops daily, living close to the city may be very important in the location you chose to purchase your home in.

Do you need friends nearby?

Some people love their friends to live close by, while others need space between them and their friends. Even if they don’t need their friends to be in a walking distance, some people need to be close enough so that their friends will still come and visit them. If this is a necessity to you, make sure that you communicate that to your realtor and let them know the exact areas your friends live. It’s also a great idea to ask your friends what they like and don’t like about their neighborhoods. This will help you know what kinds of things to look for and perhaps stay away from. Make sure that you visit a few different neighborhoods and see which one’s check many of your boxes. Some people just have a feeling about a neighbor and know instantly that it’s “the one”. Make sure that you make these lists before you start home searching, it will save you a lot of time and perhaps will help you from choosing the wrong home.

If you are ready to find the perfect neighborhood for your family, we would love to help! Contact us today to get started!

Posted in Buying a Home