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from the Realtors® at Real Living Select Properties

Real Living-Select Properties Real Estate Agents share tips, news and information related to home ownership, real estate investing financing and anything that effects home values or quality of life in the Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, El Paso or Teller County, Colorado real estate markets.

 

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Nice D20, Cul-de-sac Home!  3 Bedrooms, 2 baths and 2 car garage!    Click here for more details and photos Previous Blog Articles



Housing Articles - Jan 2013



Housing Articles - Feb 2013

Preparing Your Home to Sell!



After years of living, decorating, upgrading, and maintaining a home, it can be very difficult to look at it objectively when the time comes sell it.  So, how can you reach a broader buyer market when it’s time to put that sign in the yard?  Our next few blogs will feature some tips to help you evaluate priorities when it comes to preparing and staging your home.



Home Staging Tip #1:  Curb appeal is so important in the whole process—you want people to look at the outside and say, “I must go in!”  Selling a home can be overwhelming, so get organized.  Go outside, stand on the sidewalk, and take a good look.  Ask yourself, “If I were a buyer coming to look at this home, what would I like about its curb appeal (if anything)”?  Ok, be honest now!  Then, sit down and make a list of everything that you think should be addressed to improve the curb appeal. Don’t forget to take a look from the backyard as well.  Consider landscaping, the exterior of your home, the light fixtures and other hardware, deferred maintenance items, and cleanliness. Also, consider those items that could be a red be a red flag for potential buyers and home inspectors.  Don’t be afraid to hire a professional to come and assist you with this.  It will be a good investment in the long run if it will get more potential buyers in the door.



Be sure to come back in a couple of days to read Home Staging Tip #2.



Keywords:  Colorado Springs Real Estate, Staging your home, Curb appeal



Curious About Xeriscaping Your Yard in Colorado Springs?

In these drought times here in Colorado, it’s definitely a consideration. With the cost of water and restrictions on the rise, it could be an option. First things first, you must check with your Homeowners’ Association (HOA) and any other city or county covenant authorities to see what the restrictions may be. For instance, in some HOAs you must maintain grass in your front yard. Keep in mind, that xeriscaping doesn’t mean tearing up all of your grass and spreading a dump truck load of rock or mulch. It can be costly to make the initial changes correctly. Xeriscaping can be beautiful if done right. If not, you can easily become the eyesore of the neighborhood. Be sure to do your research and get several landscaping estimates done. If you are going to do it yourself, do your homework so you know what you are getting into—the amount of manual labor, the cost of materials, and the maintenance thereafter. If you haven’t already visited our Xeriscape Demonstration Garden here in Colorado Springs, go and tap into all of the knowledge of the staff and the beauty of the garden. Visit their website for their location and more information: http://www.gardenvisit.com/garden/xeriscape_demonstration_garden_in_colorado_springs



Keywords:  Colorado Springs Gardening, Xeriscape Gardens, Xeriscape Demonstration Garden

Colorado Springs Proposed Rate Increases and Water Restrictions for 2013

Due to less than average snow pack yield, warmer than normal temperatures, and an overall reduction in precipitation by approximately 51%, Colorado Springs Utilities may be implementing outdoor watering restrictions beginning in April of this year.  In addition, they are proposing an adjustment to their tiered water pricing structure. For those customers who use less water and follow the restrictions, there should not be a huge change in their water bill. On the other hand, those who use the most water may see their charges doubling. Here is a review of their tiered block system:

Current Tiered Blocks

Proposed Blocks

Block 1

Up to 999cf

No Change

Block 2

1,000 to 2,499 Cubic Feet (cf)

1,000 to 1,999 cf

Block 3

More than 2,500 cf

More than 2,000 cf

Also, Block 3 water use would cost double the current price.



In the meantime, here are a few tips to help you reduce your water consumption and your utility bill:

1. Always fix water drips and broken plumbing, no matter how small they seem.

2. Think about installing more efficient fixtures, appliances, and toilets.

3. Take a shorter shower. You could save up to 600 gallons per month by reducing your shower time from 8 minutes to 5 minutes.



4. Consider running your dishwasher and clothes washer with only full loads.



5. Adjust your sprinkler/irrigations systems outside to make sure that the water is directed away from your home and other structures.



6. Use mulch around bushes and plants to help retain the moisture and require less watering.

7. Use a commercial car wash instead of hosing your car off in your driveway. These businesses recycle their water.



Keep an on eye out for your next utility statement. It should contain more information on these rate increase and restrictions proposals.



           

Keywords:  Colorado Springs Utilities, Proposed Water Rate Increase, Proposed Watering Restrictions



           

Colorado Springs April 2nd Municipal Election

           




The April 2nd Municipal election is upon us soon. This is a mail-in ballot only election and all ballots must be received by the City Clerk’s office or dropped off at a designated location by 7pm on election night—April 2nd.



If you haven’t received your mail-in ballot in the mail by Friday, March 15th, be sure to call the City Clerk’s office at 385-5901. Happy voting!



Keywords:  Colorado Springs Election, Colorado Springs City Clerk's Office, Municipal Election



           

Happy Anniversary!

This March we are happy to thank Evelyn Marshall for 28 years, John Moher for 23 years, Connie Sasso for 12 years, and Cheri Fischer for 10 years.  Congratulations and thank you all for being part of our Real Living-Select Properties family!

Keywords:  Colorado Springs Real Estate Agents, Real Living-Select Properties, Agent Anniversaries







Apartment Rents At A Record High – It’s A Great Time To Buyer Your Home Here In Colorado Springs!

According to the most recent Colorado Division of Housing report, the average monthly rent for Colorado Springs area apartments increased to $790.95 during 2012’s fourth quarter. This amount represents the highest average rent recorded by the Housing Division, along with 12th consecutive quarterly increase.



With the favorable interest rates and current home prices, it’s time to get your calculators out to see how home ownership could be a great opportunity for you now.



Keywords:  Colorado Springs Average Rent, Colorado Division of Housing, Colorado Springs Apartments