real estate colorado springs: Got Wood? You will when you see these gorgeous floors! - 10/02/12 07:49 AM
Remodeled - Perfect For First Time Home Buyer Click Here To See A List of Colorado Springs Bank Owned Homes … (0 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Should I Rent My House If I Can't Sell It? - 08/08/12 11:37 PM
There has been a lot written about how buying a home is less expensive than renting one in many parts of the country. Rents are skyrocketing and homes are at bargain prices. These two situations are also causing some sellers to consider renting their home instead of selling it. After all, they can get great rental income now and perhaps wait until house values increase in the future before selling. This logic makes sense in some cases. We at KCM believe strongly that residential real estate is a great investment right now.
 

However, there is a huge difference between … (2 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Homeownership: The American Dream (Part 2) Courtesy of KCM - 07/30/12 04:01 AM
A major benefit to homeownership is community. There is a greater sense of community among homeowners than there is with renters. Studies have shown that homeowners have a higher participation in local volunteer activities; participate more in local political activities and organizations; have higher voting rates; and are more involved in self-help activities (like the PTA and neighborhood crime watches) than those who rent. Homeowners do not move as frequently as renters, therefore providing more neighborhood stability. This helps reduce crime and support neighborhood upkeep and value.

Let’s look at homeownership as an investment. In 1998 the average Homeowner’s net … (1 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Selling Your Home and Maintaining Your Privacy - 06/20/12 01:22 AM
Even if you never hold an Open House to sell your home you have to realize that you are opening your home to complete strangers to walk through.
Generally, the agent is with the buyers but some agents also like to give the buyers’ a little privacy and simply stay within hearings reach.
                                                 
Either way, even if you your agent stays with the buyer from room to room or if you have an Open House and your agent can’t be with everyone who walks through at all times you need to realize that your privacy is at stake.
It’s … (3 comments)

real estate colorado springs: The Process of Making an Offer on a Home - 06/18/12 05:49 AM
Once you’ve found the home you think you want to buy there are many options as to how you let the seller know that you’re interested in their home. In some states, especially on the east coast, it is not uncommon to write something called An Intent To Purchase. Other states have standard contracts that then contain the ability to cancel the contact if certain provisions are met.
While there are even other areas that have standardized contracts with contingencies that even allow the buyer to cancel the contract and still get back 100% of their earnest money deposit. Needless to … (0 comments)

real estate colorado springs: REOs- Are They a Good Option for Buying a Home? - 06/13/12 12:01 AM
REO stands for Real Estate Owned. These are homes in which the lender ends up actually owning the property because the house did not sell for the price required by the bank at a public auction.
 
Generally the lender will set the minimum bid at the amount owed on the property, which may be more than the house is truly valued at.
 
Therefore it will probably not be bid on during the public auction because technically it’s overpriced. Once that happens then the lender sells the home as an REO.
 
                                     
   
What is an REO … (0 comments)

real estate colorado springs: The Pros and Cons of Buying a Newer Home - 06/12/12 02:38 AM
As with the purchase of any home there are people who simply prefer the personality of an older house with all its intricacies while others prefer the crisp, modern styles of a new construction home.
It is a matter of preference in most cases, however, you may be surprised that some of the newer homes have many of the classic little extras that make them appealing to those who prefer an older home. And conversely, some of older homes have been updated to bring in the modern era desires of a newer dwelling.
So which should you choose; a newer or … (0 comments)

real estate colorado springs: New Rules Will Speed Up Short Sales - 06/08/12 04:15 AM
By Les Christie @CNNMoney April 19, 2012: 7:02 AM ET
 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency laid out new rules aimed at speeding up the short sale process, a move that could keep many homes from falling into foreclosure.

In a short sale, the bank that holds the mortgage must agree to accept a price for the home that is less than what is owed. Even though short sales are considered a better alternative to foreclosure, banks often take so long to review and approve short sales that the deal falls apart and homes get repossessed.

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real estate colorado springs: Top 5 Tips for Selling Your Home Fast - 06/04/12 01:57 AM
If you’re in the market to sell your home you probably want to sell it as quickly as possible.
There are some tried and true ways to help you sell your home faster and, if you have a good realtor they’re going to probably know and utilize these tips.
 

On top of that, it will also help you know whether your selling agent is worthy according to whether they are or are not using at least most of these tips to help sell your home.
Price To Sell – One of the most effective ways to sell a home … (0 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Free Donuts, No Shoes and Running....Oh My! June 1, 2012 Is a Busy Day - 05/31/12 06:24 AM
June is full of holidays that most of us are oblivious to, so I am here to enlighten you about how important June 1, 2012 will be.
 June 1, 2012 is in fact a day when we celebrate no less than FIVE different holidays. In a world where we are often overwhelmed and life seems to fly by, I wanted to give you a moment to stop and enjoy some fabulous perks for tomorrow. I hope they help put a smile on your face. So enjoy your free donut with a $.99 Ice Tea while you kick off your shoes and … (2 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Is A Single Family Home Really Best For You? - 05/30/12 12:35 AM
  People don’t often consider the number of different types of homes that are available to them and it’s often something that should be considered before you begin looking at homes to buy.
While many just assume “buying a home” means buying a single family dwelling there is a lot more available out there and, depending upon your needs & wants, you may end up finding out that a single family dwelling isn’t really the best choice for you.
Various types of homes are available for sale and everything from single family dwellings to investor type units and condominiums are offered. … (0 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Celebrate National Sunscreen Day Today - 05/27/12 12:55 AM
As we celebrate Memorial Day, there is another Holiday that we need to recognize and celebrate as well. Today is National Sunscreen Awareness Day, or "Don't Fry Day". This campaign was created to educate people about the dangers of ultrviolet rays and what they can do to your skin.

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is one of the two most common cancers afflicting young Americans, and It's estimated that one American dies every hour from it. Approximately 76,000 new cases of melanoma will occur this year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
New and easier to understand labeling … (0 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Is It Time To Sell? - 05/21/12 01:01 AM
 
The market has definitely been a “Buyers Market” and not a “Sellers Market” but things are also definitely changing.
The best news is that the changes are happening at a good solid pace and not shooting up or down suddenly, making it a much more sound market as a whole. So should you put your home up for sale now or wait?
Positive Signs That The Market Is Changing To Benefit The Seller Interest Rates Rising – Interest rates are slowly rising and buyers are thinking they better buy now before rates go up too high. Record Low Number of … (3 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Helpful Tips to Keep in Mind When Selling a Property - 05/11/12 05:57 AM
Selling real estate is a multi-layered process with a number of factors affecting the amount you will get for the property. Here are some real estate selling tips to help you make a better sale.
 
Make detailed cost/profit calculations before selling the house. You should create what is known as a “Seller’s Net Sheet.”
 
A lot of people don’t do this important calculation; they just calculate the amount of money they owe and the amount of money they want and then subtract the former from the latter.
 
This is not the best way to go about things, as … (1 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Why You Should Choose to Work with a Real Estate Agent - 05/07/12 02:42 AM
One of the best things you can do for yourself when you’re either looking to sell or buy a house is to enlist the professional help of a real estate agent.
Even those who insist that they will be able to do it themselves eventually find themselves feeling overwhelmed.
House selling is a lot of work, and it’s all about who you know, so who better to trust than a real estate agent?
Plus, with the power of the internet, finding the help you need when it comes to enlisting a trusted real estate professional is incredibly simple.
Searching for Real … (1 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Best Value in the Area! Don't Miss Nationwide Open House Weekend! - 04/28/12 03:22 AM
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real estate colorado springs: Nationwide Open House Weekend Apr 28&29 - 04/27/12 05:08 AM
The Colorado Springs real estate market is alive and well! Incrediby low interest rates have helped spark a surge in transactions. Home sales in 2011 increased every month over the previous month! The overall market health in 2012 is far better than what is portrayed on most national news outlets! The economic outlook for Colorado Springs as well as all of El Paso and Teller counties is positive with continued job growth and an anticipated influx of thousands of military personnel to Fort Carson. This continued military growth has already led to an expansion of jobs in the service sectors near … (0 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Best Strategies For Pricing your Home For Sale - 04/25/12 06:18 AM
 
One of the most difficult tasks that a home seller has to deal with is the pricing of their home.
While it is so easy to just add a little mark up to the value that you originally paid for your home, the housing climate has changed and such action is not appropriate.
There are several factors to consider when pricing your home. Ultimately, the value of your house will be determined by a licensed appraiser. Here are some resourceful tips that can help you evaluate the price of your home.
Look At Your Property Like Any Other Type Of … (0 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Selling Your Home In a Market Filled With Short Sales & Bank Owned Homes - 03/03/12 04:20 AM
 
In many areas the housing market is inundated with homes in foreclosure and short sales. How can your home stand out and be noticed when buyers look everywhere and see homes selling for much less than their value, simply because of the situation the home owner is in?
Should you even bother putting your home on the market or better yet, what if you have to sell your home due to a particular reason, like relocating?
Think Like A Buyer Begin by answering a question about the market itself. Are most of the short sales and foreclosures occurring in one … (2 comments)

real estate colorado springs: Selling Your Home In a Market Filled With Short Sales & Foreclosures - 03/03/12 04:19 AM
 
In many areas the housing market is inundated with homes in foreclosure and short sales. How can your home stand out and be noticed when buyers look everywhere and see homes selling for much less than their value, simply because of the situation the home owner is in?
Should you even bother putting your home on the market or better yet, what if you have to sell your home due to a particular reason, like relocating?
Think Like A Buyer Begin by answering a question about the market itself. Are most of the short sales and foreclosures occurring in one … (0 comments)

 
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