Colorado Springs Real Estate and Community News

July 18, 2019

What Happens After I Accept an Offer?

If you've never sold a home before or if it's just been a while, the process may seem a little bit cloudy. You know that you can review the offers and eventually accept one, but what happens next? Here's what happens after a seller accepts an offer.

Chances are, you've accepted the offer as it is otherwise you have counter-offered with the buyer until you both agree on the terms and price stated therein. So what happens after you've said yes to the offer and signed all the documents?

The next step is the home inspection.What Happens After I Accept an Offer?

The buyer will schedule the home inspection and typically the buyer's agent, buyer, and the inspector will all be present. It is not typical for the seller to be present during the home inspection but it's not on allowed either. Most of the time sellers take 2 to 3 hours away from the home while the buyer, buyers agent, and inspector can discuss the property. This can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and will happen within seven business days after an accepted offer.

After the inspection is completed the buyer will receive a report and will typically have between 2 to 3 days to respond to the inspection back to the seller. If we are your listing agent we will keep you informed about the inspection, times, scheduling, and when we will receive the report back. If the home is in good condition and doesn't need any repairs then the transaction will move on to pending but there are other options that a buyer can take.

Here are the options a buyer has after the home inspection report is completed:

  • The buyer may ask for certain repairs
  • The buyer may ask to decrease the selling price in order to pay for repairs or replacements
  • The buyer has a choice to withdraw or terminate the transaction no questions asked and no explanation.
  • The seller may want to withdraw the offer but there are limitations and restrictions to this option
  • Both parties negotiate and agree upon a sale price/repairs/replacements that are needed.

More: 6 Maintenance Tasks To Do Before Selling

Once all documents and negotiations are completed and signed off on then the next step is the home appraisal.

The home appraisal will take about 7 to 14 days and if there are no issues the transaction will continue on down the line. If for some reason the appraisal comes in lower than the offer price the seller has several options. The seller can either lower the price to meet the appraisal, the buyer can make up the difference with cash, or the transaction can be terminated by either buyer or seller and start over.

After the appraisal and inspection are cleared there's about a 95% chance the deal will close. But, there is that 5% chance that something could go wrong. The buyers financing could fall through, contingencies could be unsatisfied, or something even more tragic could happen, God forbid. This is usually the time that buyers and sellers start packing, utilities are finalized and/or moved into the new owner's name, and there will be a final walk-through right before closing.

Buyers will typically make a walk-through regardless of the inspection report. They want to verify that the home is as it should be when they first saw it. Sellers cannot trash the home or leave behind large items and any inspection items must be cleared and inspected again by the buyer and/or their agent for verification. If anything is not completed, this will need to be done and another walk-through may be requested.

More: The 5 Best Home Staging Tips

Escrow will call for final signing.

Once everything is completed, all the documents are lined up, all the contingencies and addendum are satisfied the escrow, title company, or listing agent will call you for final signing. Everyone on the deed/title of the property will need to sign the final closing documents. After the seller has left the escrow or title company the buyer will come in and sign the documents as well. Once everything is verified, signed, and monies are dispersed only then can the buyer receive the keys to the property.

Sellers may have three days to vacate the property but this must be in writing and signed off on by both buyer and seller in the purchase and sale contract. Closing can happen upon signing or three days after closing depending on the agreements in the purchase and sale contract.

If you have more questions simply fill out the form below and will be happy to get back with you or add more tips and information to this article.

Posted in Selling Your Home
July 10, 2019

Why Should I Use a Real Estate Agent?

Wondering how to choose a realtor? Purchasing a new home takes some serious prep work—from cleaning up your credit score to amassing a down payment. But, hey, we're just getting started! You also need a comrade in arms: a close ally to help steer you toward homes you'll love more than life itself, find the best realtor and all in all help you through this emotionally and financially taxing process. That's where a good real estate agent can make a world of difference.

The first thing you might notice while trying to find home-buying help is all the different titles: agent, broker, realtor, etc. Are they all the same thing? Not exactly.

An agent is anyone who's earned a license to sell property, which typically entails taking 100+ hours of course work and then passing a state exam. A real estate broker is someone who's continued his studies and can hire agents to work under him. 

According to the NAR, 52% of first-time buyers found their Realtor through a friend—and two-thirds contacted only one agent before moving forward. That's kind of like having your friends set you up on a blind date, then marrying that person by Date No. 2. (Hello, ugly future divorce!) After all, how can you be sure you made the right choice without looking around? Simple: You can't.

Ask all of these questions. This is no time for being shy:

  • How long have you been in real estate? You're looking for a seasoned agent—and while she doesn't need decades of experience under her belt, less than a year or two of experience can be concerning.
  • Do you have a team, or do you work alone? Many standalone agents are excellent, but don't ignore the value of a team. “Working with a team is important," says Angelo Puma, a real estate agent in Keller, TX. “It increases response time and availability. Often, solo-run agents are double-booked when you need their attention, and you may lose that perfect property."  
  • What is your schedule? If they're not a full-time agent, you need to know when they'll be available. “If the only time you can see houses is in direct conflict with times they have to be working their other jobs, you could miss out on a lot of properties," says Jensen.
  • Do you have any vacations planned? If they're heading out of the city anytime soon, make sure they have a back-up in case you find the perfect home while they're out of the country. “Murphy's Law rules Realtor vacations," says Jensen.

It's time to start looking for a great realtor! Contact us today if you would like to learn more about what we can do for you. 

Posted in Buying a Home
July 9, 2019

5 Maintenance Task You Must Do When Selling Your Home

5 Maintenance tasks when selling

We all know that we need to set up our home such a way that attracts buyers when selling but there are some home maintenance tasks you don't want to miss. If you're planning on selling your Colorado Springs property, condominium, house, or townhouse, don't neglect the six home maintenance tasks.

#1. Clean the gutters and check the roof.

Obviously, if you are in a townhouse or a condominium complex or building you won't need to worry about this but, even then, it's important to check with the homeowner or condo association to make sure that these items are covered and there's enough reserve fund should they need replacing. If you have a single-family house, overflowing gutters can damage the foundation and cause drainage issues. You want to make sure that the roof is in good standing and if necessary, get a roof certification so that the guarantees the home for at least five years.

#2. Service all heating and HVAC systems.

You want to make sure that your furnace and air conditioning system if you have one is in good working order. If you address the furnace beforehand you probably won't have that smell of burning dust once it cranks up during a showing. Have the ductwork and filters cleaned as well as baseboard heaters, and any air-conditioning units. If you have a chimney, have it inspected and cleaned.

#3. Wash the windows.

This might seem obvious but it is one of those things that tends to get overlooked. People love sparkling windows and naturally tend to associate it with a clean home.

#4. Don't neglect the landscaping.

You want to keep up the yard maintenance, clear walkways, and make sure that overgrown branches, bushes and trees don't overtake buyers getting to your front door. Keep the lawn edged, mode, and give it a good dose of nitrogen to green up the grass creating beautiful curb appeal.

#5. Be cautious of pets and critters.

Inspect the inside and outside of the home for any areas that need to be plugged up. Any holes, damaged siding, or fashion under the roofline could cause bugs, pests, or birds to make a nest. Squirrels may also look for holes in the siding or foundation. Even wanted animals like cats and dogs to should be well cared for, litter boxes should be cleaned and removed during a showing, and all evidence of pets eliminated if possible during open houses and showings.

If you'd like more information on how to keep your home show-ready give us a call.

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Posted in Selling Your Home
July 4, 2019

What Military Families Look for in a Rental

What Military Families Look for in a Rental

 

We have military families relocating to Colorado Springs all the time and if you are a real estate investor looking at buying a property in order to rent it to a military family here's what military families look foremost in a rental home.

#1. Location.

And this is a tricky one because some military families want to be close to the base while others want to be as far away from the base as possible. You would naturally assume that living close to the base is a priority but not for every military family. Most families want to be close to grocery stores, and markets, but that doesn't necessarily mean close to the base. If commuting is a big deal, the location might be a priority, especially in high traffic areas. However, some areas close to the base may not be as desirable, so families, especially those with small children, may want to live further away.

#2. Crime and safety.

Military families typically have children and they have small children so safety and a low crime rate for the neighborhood is important. When looking for a property to invest in, check out the crime rates for certain areas and try to go with the lowest crime rate neighborhood possible.

#3. Good schools.

Because military families have small children, schools are often a priority. These renters may only stay for 2 to 3 years so finding a school district and even getting a home within a certain school zone is ideal. Check out the schools in your area and get a map of the school zone so you know which schools are zoned for certain neighborhoods. You can pick higher ranking schools and then choose a home within that neighborhood.

#4. Entertainment and local events.

Many military families, especially those that of been doing a long time, tend to get involved quickly. They want their kids to be involved in community events and sports and the parents want to feel a sense of community as well. Finding a home close to restaurants, community centers, recreational centers, parks or nature preserves is a great feature to look for in an investment property from military families.

#5. The basics that every family wants.

Obviously, families will need the right size home, so those with children may want a 3 to 5 bedroom house rather than a one or two-bedroom home. Large layouts, fenced backyards, and quieter neighborhoods are often high on the priority list.

If you'd like more information on the perfect investment home for military families and rentals, contact our office. We would love to chat with you about your needs and send you a list of qualified properties throughout Colorado Springs.

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Posted in Buying a Home
July 1, 2019

Colorado Springs Art & Music Festival

It's that time again for the annual Colorado Springs Art & Music Festival 2019. Located in America the Beautiful Park at 126 Cimino Dr. this year's festival will be held on July 6 and The event will be held on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.Colorado Springs Art & Music Festival

This is the 15th annual premier art festival featuring thousands of tourists and artisans from all over the world. Attendees will enjoy a live music stage, kids art, specialty food and beverage vendors and booths, national and local fine arts, Flute Daddy, and many more. Click here for the onstage music schedule

The event will feature a creative station delighting kids of all ages with our project that they can take home and amazing aerialist, acrobatics high above the ground on a tight rope or trapeze devices. From face painting and art projects, to take home art pieces and vendor booths selling all of their wares, this is an art event that can't be missed. There's something for all ages.

There will be free e-books for artists in business as well as a few signings if you're lucky enough to catch the artist on-site. There are several art categories including an artist and crafter, ceramics, digital art, drawings, fiber and glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, mixed media, paintings, paper artwork, photography, wearable art, wood, and sculpture.

American the Beautiful Park is located just off of Interstate 25 at the corner of West Cimarron Street. There's plenty of parking nearby and the event will be all throughout the park itself with music stages set up in various locations.

For more information visit the website or stay tuned to our blog for local news, events, festivals, real estate information, and of course buying and selling real estate in Colorado Springs.

Posted in Community News
June 28, 2019

Moving to CO Springs? Here's What You Should Know

Moving to CO Springs?  Here's What You Should Know

View of Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods & Pikes Peak

Moving to CO Springs?  Here's What You Should Know

Understandably, moving to another city can be a very stressful and complicated decision, particularly if you're moving because of your - or your spouse's - job.  Research and local knowledge are key in making this transition easier on you and your family.  That's why we've made this easy guide on the key aspects to take into consideration before moving to Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs Basics

At an elevation of more than 6,000 ft (16.6% oxygen compared to sea level 20.9%), the city had a total population of 464,474 in 2017.  At the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs city lies near Pikes Peak, a state landmark full of hiking trails that represents the best of Colorado: the outdoors.  While it's not always sunny in the state, Colorado Springs has fairly temperate weather year-round.  

Winters in the state are tolerable but sometimes chilly, as they tend to reach low temperatures of 354 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months of December to March.  The good news is the state is mountainous and the snow gives way for a wide array of winter sports opportunities: skiing and snowboarding are unparalleled in the state.  During the summer months- June through August - the weather typically brings warm days and cool nights.  Residents take advantage of this weather to head into the mountains for hiking and biking.

The temperate weather also makes for easy home maintenance during the fall and spring.  After a winter of snow and cold, it's necessary to wash your exterior windows and occasionally, spray down the whole house.  During the fall, many residents take the time to clear out their gutters and remove excess junk, like leaves that have fallen, tree/shrub pruning remnants, and other debris from maintaining a yard before winter comes.

Real Estate Market

Although the cost of living in Colorado Springs is above the national average, the city tends to be more affordable than other parts of the state.  The median home price in Colorado Springs is just a little over $300,000 and home appreciation went up 9.6 % in the last year.  Colorado's property tax rates are some of the nation's lowest, at just 0.63%

Commuting

Mountain Metro Bus Service Colorado Springs

The average commute within Colorado Springs is around 22 minutes, just below the national average.  The most common form of transportation is driving a car, but there's also public transportation:  the Mountain Metropolitan Transfer, also know as the "metro".

Many people who live in the city also work in Denver, benefiting from its close proximity.  However, commuting to Denver can be a big time commitment, as the main freeway is usually full of traffic during rush hour.  That said, there are plenty of job opportunities in Colorado Springs.  One of the largest employers in the area is the U.S. military.

Military Life

Air Force Academy Graduation Hats in AirFort Carson Colorado Main Entry Gate

Colorado Springs has a strong military presence as it has five military installation is the area:  Fort Carson, the United States Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, and Cheyenne Mountain Air force Station.  This means there's a large military community that can offer a warm welcome to the city.

Additionally, thee is plenty of support for military families and if you're a service member many restaurants, coffee shops and movie theaters around the area offer great discounts for you and your family.  Some of the installations also help make military families' move easier by offering trips and other adventures throughout the city.

Places to Visit

Snowboard Skiiing

Colorado is the best destination for outdoor sports in the country.  During the winter, residents are out skiing and snowboarding and during the summer, it's hiking and mountain biking.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to get some fresh air and visit Pikes Peak, one of the top places for hiking in the state.  If you want to check out spectacular rock formations, visit Garden of the Gods, a place with 1,300 acres of beautiful sandstone formations.  Colorado Springs is also known for having a great selection of music festivals and other celebrations: there's an event call Territory Days, a festival that always happens during Memorial Day Weekend.  Residents can also enjoy a Renaissance Festival and many Farmer's Markets during the summer days.

Without a doubt, moving to another city can be a tough experience.  Colorado Springs is a friendly and welcoming place for strangers.  Be well informed by talking to a local real estate expert and you'll be ready for a move to "the springs.!

 

Abigail GolderAbigail Golder Community Correspondent and professional writer for Colorado Springs at "THANKAVET.com"  Abby is a recent college graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism with a strong passion for travel and outdoors adventures.  Abby is a Freelance Content Writer who loves to share a great story.  As a Colorado native Abigail grew up in a small town called Montrose and she spends much of her free time in the mountains hiking and skiing.

 

June 27, 2019

What to Know About HOA Rules

HOA or homeowners associations are often common in new home developments and master planned communities around Colorado Springs. When choosing a home in an association it's important to know the rules, regulations, and fees before finalizing documents. When you purchase a property in a homeowners association you automatically become a member and are obligated to financially support the Association. Here are some of the major things to know about a homeowners association.

Fees.What to Know About HOA Rules

Each month, quarter, or year you will pay fees directly to the Association or to the management. High-rise condominiums with more amenities such as swimming pools and parks will typically have higher fees than those with fewer common elements. It's important to check out how much you'll be paying each month or quarter and what the reserve fund it looks like. If for some reason a special assessment is required and there are not enough reserve funds to pay for it, each homeowner may be required to pay more to cover the special assessment. This could be for siding or roofing on a common area complex, clubhouse renovations, landscaping, or road repair. If you're considering buying a home that does not have a reserve fund or a healthy chunk of change in the bank, understand that you may be responsible in the future for any major purchases.

Delinquencies.

Associations, when managed well, can be a great service to other homeowners. It keeps things consistent in the neighborhood and manages neighbors and homeowners but not everybody pays their fair share. All must pay or all can suffer the consequences. For instance, a recent homeowners association wanted to change the rules but needed a 70% quorum in order to do so, however, only those current on their dues could vote and 35% of homeowners were delinquent, which means they can never get the 70% until at least another 5% become current on their dues. This could be an issue when it comes to buying a home in the area. It's important to understand that before finalizing your closing documents.

Rules.

When you consider buying a home in an association you should receive CC & R's, which stands for covenants, conditions, and restrictions. These are basically the bylaws of the Association that all homeowners must adhere to. This document is typically quite extensive so if there are specific questions you want to ask you can certainly talk to the Association directly rather than going page by page to the document. You can also have a real estate attorney go through the document highlighting anything of concern. For condominiums and townhouses, there could be pet restrictions, restrictions on what you can do to the outside of your property, satellite dishes, and noise ordinances.

Rental restrictions.

Many associations have rental restrictions meaning that no more than, let's say, 50% of the properties can be rented. This could be a problem if you're looking for a home that you might consider renting in the future. Limitations may be already in place or there could be a total restriction from renting.

Insurance.

It's important to investigate the specifics of the association's insurance. What do you need to cover versus what is covered by the Association? What happens if there is an act of God such as flood, earthquake, or tornado?

Business.

It's important to know how the Association operates. Is it controlled by its members or a board separate from community homeowners? Is there an outside management company and are they doing their job? It's important to get the big picture on how the board does business and how the Association is run. Talk to other homeowners in the community and see if they are satisfied with the way the Association handles things. If you get a lot of complaints from homeowners, chances are it's not a great situation.

Homeowner associations can be a great thing and you shouldn't be scared of them but it's important to ask questions and understand how the Association is handled before choosing a home in the community.

For more information on homeowner associations throughout Colorado Springs contact our office at any time.

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Top 5 Homebuyer Mistakes

Posted in Buying a Home
June 25, 2019

University Park Colorado Springs Hot Properties for Sale

University Park Colorado Springs  Hot Property for Sale.

Entry to University Park Colorado Springs

PRICE IMPROVEMENT / REDUCED $25,000.00

A luxury listing is now available in University Park.  University Park, Colorado Springs, in El Paso County, Colorado has a solid reputation known to many as a luxurious place to live in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak area.  Many home owners work at the United States Air Force Academy, Penrose & Memorial Hospitals or UCCS (University of Colorado Colorado Springs.)  University Park has an excellent central location on he North East section of Colorado Springs.  The University Park Home Owners Association is active which ensures the safety and security of your home investment. 

AUSTIN BLUFFS OPEN SPACE:  With 584 acres of trails with entry points to the Austin Bluffs Open Space  What a pleasant surprise! This is a wonderful park with unexpectedly great views! The bluffs are beautiful and easily accessible. What is most surprising is that the park feels like it would be on the west side of town, near the mountains..This hidden outdoor area is city owned and stretches from Pulpit Rock to Union Blvd. It is made up of three areas: Pulpit Rock, University Park, and Austin Bluffs. There is parking at Pulpit Rock Park. There is one wide sidewalk trail that follows Rockhurst Blvd in University Park to the top of the hill where is there a small unmarked parking lot that may be a future trailhead. There are social trails running throughout the University Park area. There are no public restrooms. The park is centrally located in Colorado Springs yet has a mountain feel to it. If you are on the east side of town, no need to go any further west than this park for a really great walk with a mountain feel.  

GARDEN RANCH YMCA for recreational & sports activities.  The Garden Ranch Y has been serving the University Park community for over 30 years.  Very friendly staff members are helpful in finding the right program that is a perfect fit for your individual needs.  Indoor swimming, basketball courts, outdoor soccer, baseball and ulimited programs for youth, adults, and seniors.  Great place to improve mind, body, spirit toward excellent health.  This is the link to Garden Ranch Y  

University Park's HOA (Home Owners Assn)  The University Park HOA is professionally managed by Z&R Property Management.  The Master Association dues "assessments" for 2019 are $375 annually. University Park is a master planned community that encompasses 450 Individually owned homes, 1 private park and 1 city park.

Dr Frank M Houck Park at the corner of Rockhurst Blvd & Collegiate Drive.  Dr Houck park is known for playground, climbing rock, and .2 mile paved walking loop.  After graduating with a medical degree from John Hopkins University, Dr Houck arrived in Colorado Springs in 1915 for treatment of his ailment of tuberculosis.  He built 3.5 miles of trails from Cragmor through Austin Bluffs that was called the "Happy Walk."  In 1936 the Cragmor Sanaotium complex became UCCS (University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  Two the the former medical buildings and are known today as Cragmor and Main Halls

Family enjoying rock climbing at Dr Frank Houck Park in the University Park Subdivision of Colorado Springs 

 

MLS# 9720396

5670 Loyola Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Price Reduced $25,000.00 New Price $499,999.00

 

 

University Park Front View Home for Sale 5670 loyola Dr

This amazing 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath, 3 Car Garage single family home offers over 4,102 square feet of living space and sits on a 0.1958 acre professionally landscaped lot.  This gorgeous home was built by Keller Homes in 2000.  

 

June 25, 2019

How to Avoid the Top 5 Home Buyer Mistakes

Nobody likes to make a mistake yet by learning from others we can avoid these mistakes, especially when it comes to buying a house. If this is your first time buying a house or it's just been a while, you might be doing a little bit of research on the best way to buy a house and how to avoid some mistakes. This is that type of article. Here are the top five homebuyer mistakes and how to avoid them

#1. Trying to do it by yourself.How to Avoid the Top 5 Home Buyer Mistakes

Of course, I'm going to say this I'm a real estate agent, but hear me out. Did you know it's absolutely free to use a buyers agent when purchasing a property? The agent gets paid from the commission on the sale, not from the buyer directly, so why wouldn't you use an agent to help you facilitate a transaction? The agent can answer questions, help you decipher are some of the confusing legal jargon on the purchase and sale contracts, and help you make an informed decision throughout the process.

#2. Not getting pre-approved before looking at homes.

There's nothing more discouraging than finding a home you love only to discover you can't afford it because you didn't do your financial homework ahead of time. Talking finances can get tricky but it's something that your agent and your lender must do to find you the right house and one you can afford. It's important to sit down with a lender and give them all of your financial information first including income, assets, liabilities, and debts. The mortgage officer or lender will tell you exactly how much home you can afford and then you can keep your search within that dollar amount.

#3. Ruining your credit before you finalize.

Once you are pre-approved for a home loan don't make any major financial changes such as job changes, applying for credit or credit cards, or making any large purchases. Any major change your finances could affect your interest rate or even your chances of getting a home loan. Put everything on hold until after you close.

#4. Not looking past the house.

I'm not talking about necessarily the backyard but look beyond the house itself to the neighborhood, the commute, school district, close proximity to some of your favorite shops and restaurants and even the traffic on the road in front. Will this fit your lifestyle for several years?

#5. Getting emotional.

It can be very easy to get emotional when buying a home. You get excited about the property and if anything happens it can be a huge letdown but it's important to consider this a business transaction. If the home has people living in it it can be difficult to look past the livable environment to the house itself. Try to see yourself in the home, in the yard, and in the neighborhood and if the price fits your budget. Is the home staged beautifully? The homeowners could be hiding something serious about the house. Never neglect to the home inspection so that you understand everything about your home and if there are any major problems or hazards.

By keeping these five things in mind you can seek out the right home for your needs and your budget. Start your online search here for free or contact our office to schedule a showing.

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Things homeowners waste money on

What successful buyers have in common

Posted in Buying a Home
June 13, 2019

What to Expect When Moving to Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is  Americans hidden gem. You don't hear a lot about Colorado Springs but a lot of people are moving here and they're doing so for a wide range of reasons. If you're looking to relocate to Colorado Springs here are some things to expect.

#1. Housing is very affordable.What to expect when moving to Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs tends to be more affordable than other parts of Colorado and we just an hour away from Denver, so even people that work in Denver and live in Colorado Springs save themselves quite a bit on their mortgage.

#2. Business casual.

You will find a lot of people in business suits wandering the streets because our residents tend to look like we've just come off of a hike or gone fishing. Of course, for job interviews and formal events, it's a good idea to dress up, but many people in Colorado Springs simply keep it relaxed and casual most of the time.

#3. Don't forget your jacket.

We have big temperature swings all year long so while it might be 30° in the morning by midafternoon it could be 75°. Leave the house with extra layers or throw sunglasses or shorts in the back of your car just in case. Our swings can be as much is 50° in one day. 

#4. Recreational marijuana is banned in Colorado Springs.

Colorado has made marijuana legal within the state and it's important to be responsible but pot for recreational use is actually banned in Colorado Springs. Manitou Springs is the closest place that sells recreational marijuana but there are private clubs where you can legally use the drug but public consumption is not permitted anywhere in Colorado.

#5. It is a fitness paradise.

It's the home of the US Olympic Committee and the US Olympic Training Center as well as the Olympic Museum, so you'll see a lot of runners and Olympians around and if you are an athlete yourself, there are runs, fitness marathons, exercises and lots of gyms, so you can definitely get your workout on in Colorado Springs.

#6. We are a military community.

You, yourself, might be relocating to Colorado Springs because you are in the military but if not, it's important to know that there are many service members and veterans in and around Colorado Springs. We have several bases including Air Force, aerospace commands, Fort Carson, and the Peterson Air Force Base.

What to expect when moving to colorado springs#7. Learn to love the snow.

Even though our temperatures are all over the board, winters in Colorado Springs can be fairly harsh. We always make the most of it with our ski season, snowboarding, ice hockey, snowshoeing, and sledding activities all winter long. And we are big on our fondue so there's always good melt the cheese to get you through.

#8. We have an active food scene and nightlife.

Colorado Springs has no shortage of bars, cafés, restaurants, and bistros. We also have several vegan and vegetarian options so there's something for everyone. You could probably eat at a different restaurant every night of the week and have something different from a different restaurant for several weeks if not several months.

#9. Excellent schools.

Colorado Springs has an excellent school system and our students generally score high on tests and our schools are known for preparing students for college. There are also several universities in and around Colorado Springs.

#10. Very pet-friendly.

If you love your four-legged family member then you'll fit right in in Colorado Springs. Residents love their pets just as much as their own kids and there are several dog parks around town as well as countless pet-friendly trails and recreational areas. Colorado Springs has been voted as one of the top 10 cities with the highest pet spending so we truly love our pets like family.

If you're planning on moving to Colorado Springs within the next few months please give us a call or start your online search on our website for free. We have all of the current and latest listings for sale and can help you locate your Colorado Springs dream home.

Posted in Relocation