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!


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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!


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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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TESTIMONIAL


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!


"All events subject to change, so please verify all information with the venue prior to making plans. 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®."




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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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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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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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. 


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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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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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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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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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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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