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Fourth quarter metro area home prices show strongest performance in seven years A growing number of metropolitan areas had higher median home prices in the fourth quarter, with the national price showing the strongest year-overyear increase in seven years, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. A companion report shows record high housing affordability conditions for metro areas in 2012. The median existing single-family home price rose in 133 out of 152 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) based on closings in the fourth quarter compared with same quarter in 2011, while 19 areas had price declines. In the third quarter 120 areas showed increases from a year earlier, while in the fourth quarter of 2011 only 29 metros were up. Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said all the conditions for strong price growth are at play. "Home sales are on a sustained uptrend, mortgage interest rates are hovering near record lows and unsold inventory is at the lowest level in 12 years," he said. "Home sales are being fueled by a pent-up de-

mand and job creation, along with still favorable affordability conditions and rents rising at faster rates. Our population has been growing faster than overall housing stock, so supply and demand dynamics are Yun very much at play." Yun added that more housing construction is needed to relieve some of the pressure in the market and keep home prices from overheating. The national median existing singlefamily home price was $178,900 in the fourth quarter, up 10.0 percent from $162,600 in the fourth quarter of 2011, which is the strongest year-over-year price increase since the fourth quarter of 2005 when the median price jumped 13.6 percent. In the third quarter the price rose 8.8 percent from a year earlier. The median price is where half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less; medians are more typical than

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New development coming to Falcon Waterbury will join Meridian Ranch, Falcon Hills, Woodmen Hills in unincorporated Falcon, CO. Placed just east of Meridian Ranch, Waterbury will be home to over 1,000 single-family homes at price points starting in the low $200,000s. There will be five “villages,” with varying lot square footage and home designs. Community amenities include a pair of community centers with pools, tennis courts, parks, walking trails and open space according to Bill Guman of William Guman & Associates Ltd. in Colorado Springs, the project’s lead planner. Several existing ponds and streams would remain on the lot and serve as

year-round water features. Partners American Land Fund, a Philadelphia-based investment group, and Peter Martz, of Springs-based Land Resource Group, purchased the land in 2010 and received approval from the El Paso County Commission last month. Martz hopes the community gives homebuyers and affordable alternatives to buyers heading south to the Fountain-Widefield area. According to Martz, home construction could start as early as spring 2014.

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CSHBA recognizes outstanding members of the association at Annual Awards Reception in Colorado Springs Mark Bussone with Vantage Homes the “Builder Member of the Year”, and Jerry Novak with Classic Homes the “Industry Person of the Year”. David Jenkins and Kent Petre with Nor’wood Limited received the prestigious

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Builder confidence virtually unchanged in February Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes was virtually unchanged in February with a one-point decline to 46 on the National Association of Home Builders/ Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. “Following solid gains over the past year, builder confidence has essentially leveled out and held in the same three-point range over the last four months,” noted NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “This is partly due to ongoing uncertainties about job growth and consumer access to mortgage credit, but it’s also a reflection of the fact that build-

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NAHB study reveals what home buyers really want The housing downturn of the last few years affected not only the number of new homes that are built each year, but also the characteristics, features and size of the ones that do get built. Builders and other industry professionals now have an opportunity to find out what home buyers really want and will not give up in today’s market, as well as which features they are ready to leave behind in light of current economic realities with a new publication from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB’s publishing arm, BuilderBooks, recently released What Home Buyers Really Want, a study which outlines home buyers’ preferences for home type and size, room layout and design, kitchen and baths, windows and doors, accessibility and outdoor features, electronics and technology in the home, energy efficiency and choosing a community.

The study was conducted by NAHB’s Economics and Housing Policy Group in 2012, based on a survey of home buyers nationwide. Results from the study are available by age, income, race and Census division, among other demographic characteristics. “This survey is a great resource for building professionals, as it provides an inside look at the things home buyers really want or don’t want in their homes,” said Rose Quint, NAHB’s Assistant Vice President for Survey Research, and one of the study’s authors. “With the housing market beginning to recover, and more consumers in the position to purchase a home, it is more important than ever for builders to be armed with this information.”

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culate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. Holding above the critical mid-point of 50 for a third consecutive month, the HMI component gauging current sales conditions fell by a single point to 51 in February. Meanwhile, the component gauging sales expectations in the next six months rose by one point, to 50, and the component gauging traffic of prospective buyers slipped four points, to 32. Three-month moving averages for each region’s HMI score were mixed in February, with the Northeast up

of 2006, and we expect home building to continue on a modest rising trajectory this year.” Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 25 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores from each component are then used to cal-

What do home buyers really want? • First and foremost, energy efficiency. Some of the most wanted features involve saving energy, i.e. energystar rated appliances and windows, and an energy-star rating for the whole home. Nine out of ten buyers would rather buy a home with energy-efficient features and

permanently lower utility bills than one without those features that costs 2 percent to 3 percent less. • Home buyers also want help with organization and storage. Large majorities want a laundry room, a linen closet in the bath, garage storage and a walk-in pantry. What do most buyers not want? • An elevator – 70 percent would be unlikely to buy a home with this feature. • High density communities or golf courses. • Only a shower stall (no tub) in the master bath. On Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 pm EST, NAHB will host a webinar to discuss the findings of the survey. What Home Buyers Really Want is available only as an e-Book at for $149.99 Retail or $49.99 for NAHB Members. The above article has been provided to you compliments of the National Association of Home Builders.

three points to 39 and the West up four points to 55 and the Midwest and South each down two points, to 48 and 47, respectively. Editor’s Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at More information on housing statistics is also available at The above article has been provided to you compliments of the National Association of Home Builders.

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National News Fourth Quarter from 1 average prices, which are skewed higher by a relatively small share of upper-end transactions. A shrinking market share of lower priced homes continues to account for some of the price growth. Distressed homes - foreclosures and short sales generally sold at deep discounts - accounted for 23 percent of fourth quarter sales, down from 30 percent a year ago. Total existing-home sales, including single-family and condo, rose 5.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.90 million in the fourth quarter from 4.66 mil-

lion in the third quarter, and were 12.1 percent above the 4.37 million pace during the fourth quarter of 2011. Sales in the last quarter were at the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2009 when they reached 4.95 million. At the end of the fourth quarter there were 1.82 million existing homes available for sale, which is 21.6 percent below the close of the fourth quarter of 2011 when 2.32 million homes were on the market. Unsold inventory is at the lowest level since January 2001 when there were 1.78 million homes for sale. According to Freddie Mac, the national commitment rate on a 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgage av-

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The Founders Award is presented to members of out industry who have shown a lifetime of leadership and community achievement. This is the most prestigious award given by our industry to recognize excellence in building our community. David Jenkins and Kent Petre with Nor’wood Limited have provided homes, schools and neighborhoods for thousands of families in the Colorado Springs community. They developed the 2,000 acre Nor’wood community in northeast Colorado Springs. This includes residential, school and parks; the Powers Auto Park

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HBA Home and Garden Show celebrates 55th year Before you know it Spring will be here,'s time to plan that special project you've been thinking about. Gather ideas to renovate, redecorate and landscape your home. The HBA Home & Garden Show will feature the areas most innovative manufacturers and sellers of home and garden products. Come visit the biggest Home & Garden show of the year presented by the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA). The Show will be held Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3 at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center in Colorado Springs. The great event is celebrating its 55th year. “Each year we try to make the Show

a little better – giving the public something new and exciting to experience. This year’s show will feature more than 6,500 square feet of amazing landscape displays that allow the public to see first-hand how they can transpire their home” said Shirley Rouse, Director of Member Services. For decades, HBA has hosted the most well known show in Colorado Springs which features everything from A - Z for homeowners – with displays showcasing spas, kitchens, windows, home accessories, siding, decks, carpet and remodeling, just to name a few. But the biggest attraction is the over six thousand square feet of spectacular garden displays seen throughout the show!

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and Main Town Center. In addition, under David’s leadership, Nor’wood has developed the Barnes Marketplace at Barnes and Powers; Interquest Marketplace at Interquest and I-25. Another passion of David’s has been Downtown, including the Plaza of the Rockies, Alamo Corporate Center and Southwest Downtown Redevelopment David’s involvement is not limited to business interests. He is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees for First Presbyterian Church; Led effort to change our form of government for a Strong Mayor; Past President of the East Colorado Springs Rotary Club; Raised more than $1 million for cystic fibrosis; Past President – and recipient of the Silver Spur Award of

the Pikes Peak Range Riders; Member of the Urban Land Institute; Past President of the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors; was instrumental in founding the Economic Development Corporation and has remained a strong supporter over the years The masterplanned community called Nor’wood is the Founders Award: centerpiece of Kent Petre’s real Kent Petre, estate career. But Nor’wood Limited (Accepted by wife, Chris) he also brought

with more to come. David and Kent also acquired the 2,000 acre master planned community of Wolf Ranch. Together they also acquired and are developing the 500 acre master planned community Mesa Ridge Project in Fountain. David reshaped the Powers corridor with Founders Award: the iconic retail development David Jenkins, known as First Nor’wood Limited

$5 Adults * $4 Seniors & Military * Kids 16 and under FREE. Everyone is free on Friday! FREE FRIDAY - Free admission for all on Friday from 4-7pm FREE Seminars throughout the weekend. Learn what you need to do to keep your yard and plants thriving during the pending water restrictions.

The Freedom Financial Services Expo Center is located at 3650 N Nevada Avenue. Conveniently located between Austin Bluffs and Fillmore, just off I-25. The Show is sponsored by C & C Sand and Stone Co., Champion of Colorado Springs, Hanson HotSpring Spas, Harding Nursery and Mike Shaw Buick GMC.

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his energy and talents to the Mesa Ridge Master-planned Community in Fountain. Kent is past recipient of the Industry Person of the Year by the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs in 2000. He was also recognized as Colorado Exchanger of the Year by the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors. Kent was a strong supporter of School District 11, a strong supporter of Partners in Housing and an effective supporter and advocate for parks. We lost Kent last year, but we will never forget him. Together, David Jenkins and Kent Petre were a formidable team who provide first rate communities and home, schools, parks and recreational opportunities. Photos by Amy Cox, Perceptive Image Creations.


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VA Mortgage Center of Colorado Springs, the nation’s leading dedicated provider of VA home loans to active duty service members and veterans, announced today that they have joined their corporate partner in changing names to Veterans United Home Loans. The name change will not have any impact on the company’s organizational structure or day-to-day operations, and is effective immediately. “When we considered changing our name, it all came down to who we are as a company and where we think we are going,” said Veterans United Home Loans CEO Nathan Long. “VA Mortgage Center has served us tremendously. But as we move forward, our company is more than just a website; we strive to be a true resource for our nation’s heroes.” The company chose the name Veterans United Home Loans after evaluating its vision for the future. The company believes through its new name additional opportunities will be available to better serve its customers. “We’re really excited about the relationships we are going to be able to build with our customers,” Schneider said. “Our main focus and strength will always be VA loans, but our customers are looking for more. We’re more than just your mortgage center. We offer educational tools to help you get the most

out of your benefit, as well as giving back to the military community through Veterans United Foundation. Veterans United is a market leader that has helped over five hundred thousand families into homes over the past ten years, and we’re looking forward to continuing to serve the Colorado Springs area.“ Customers and partners of VA Mortgage Center will not be affected by this change. Those seeking information on a VA home loan can visit or find on Facebook at Veterans United Home Loans of Colorado Springs. Veterans United will remain the leading provider of VA home loans—a distinction we will never abandon. We will continue to offer trusted advice and exemplary service to our customers. We will be passionate, deliver results with integrity, and enhance lives every day. “We are excited to move forward as Veterans United Home Loans and believe that though are name may change, it won’t change who we are.”

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Solid Rock Custom Homes of Colorado Springs receives ‘Best Of Houzz’ Solid Rock Custom Homes of Colorado Springs, CO has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” 2013 for Design by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The awardwinning general custom home builder and remodeler was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award

for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

Solid Rock owner Lain Chappell says he likes being able to help others envision their dream home by showcasing Solid Rock’s work on “Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said

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Harris Group Realty turns 10 Harris Group Realty, Inc. is celebrating their 10th Anniversary as an Independent Real Estate Brokerage. Broker Owner, Barbara Harris has been in the business since 1979 and has experienced many different markets over the years. Among her designations are SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert) to name a few. “Every designation I’ve obtained has helped me service our clients better in an ever changing market. Our slogan is ‘Simply Superior Service’ and we pride ourselves in the service we offer.” Harris Group Realty also includes as Brokers Waynette Rand, Gay Chartier, Rachelle Ashworth and Cylinda Walker. This year they have added a Property Management department which adds to the list of real estate services offered by the company.

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Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Solid Rock Custom Homes among our “Best Of ” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.” With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

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When another door closes… or so you hope We’ve all done it. And even though it may have been spontaneous or even something we’d not openly admit to in casual conversation, we’ve all certainly done it. That’s right…we’ve all left work or circled back through the neighborhood to check if we remembered to put the garage door down or, if it’s acting up, to check if it effectively secured your home. At American Overhead Door, it’s not only acceptable to admit to it…it’s actually encouraged. And with the help of new, impressive technology called MyQ, by Liftmaster, you can check your garage door from anywhere in the world – just you and your phone app and no one is the wiser (until of course, you boast about it in casual conversation). In partnering with Liftmaster garage door openers, MyQ technology enables you to monitor and activate your garage door, gate and even your house lights from anywhere in the world through your internet connection at home and your cell phone or laptop. Gone are the trips back home from the office or the frantic calls from the airport terminal in hopes of connecting with a neighbor who might be able to secure your home while you’re away. But you have teenagers at home and even though you won’t be home until after that late business dinner with corporate, you‘re 75% certain they will remember to secure themselves inside your home? Don’t leave your families’ safety to a percentage. Police reports are CSREJ Half Page 5:Layout 1


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filled with percentages and statistics just as the thought process of teens and babysitters aren’t always filled with thoughts of your garage door. With MyQ and a few touches of a button on your cell phone, you are guaranteed peace of mind and the ability to secure your family without leaving the table or the boss. Let’s not neglect that leaking pipe you shut off just as you were running through the door this morning. How easy would it be to call Bob, your favorite plumber and with the help of MyQ, give him access throughout the day so that the only thing you return home to is fixed home repair (and of course, Bob’s invoice which even MyQ cannot remedy)? MyQ was designed to provide not only safety, security and peace of mind but also convenience to those constantly on the go. MyQ offers the ability to set a timer which will automatically close your door during your preset time of 1 to 99 minutes (of course, assuming the unthinkable occurs and you, let’s say…forget to close your door). Or why not let MyQ do the work and activate the lights in your home from your cell phone or check your door with the help of a monitor from the comfort of your cozy bed? MyQ does it all. No more remotes? Absolutely. With vehicle and home invasions at the highest levels on record, you no longer need to worry about replacing a stolen remote or the remote in the possession of someone who can access your home at any time. With MyQ, you can toss out your remotes and once again, it’s just you and your phone. Regardless if you’re seeking additional security and peace of mind

with MyQ or you’re finally ready to replace that outdated, heavy, wooden or uninsulated door or perhaps you’re tired of the squeaks and squawks of your door in need of maintenance, the team at American Overhead Door is standing by to help. With 28 years of outstanding local service to Colorado Springs and Southern Colorado, just remember when it comes to your safety, security and overhead door needs, it’s simple: We’re American. For additional information about your garage door needs and service, visit our showroom at 2812 N. Prospect St, 80907, or contact Gary DeJong, President, American Overhead Door at 719-5389900; or at American Overhead Door has achieved Authorized Dealer Status with Clopay Building Products and partners with other high quality manufacturers such as Wayne Dalton, Ankmar, Amarr, Liftmaster and Genie and is proud to employ Certified Rolling Steel Door Fire Technicians through the International Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA) program.



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On the Move Doug Pace Nextage Pikes Peak Properties Doug Pace, CDPE and Certified Negotion Expert, has made the entire Nextage Pikes Peak Properties family proud by joining us at our new location (under new management) at 1880 Office Club Pointe just off Briargate Parkway and Explorer road. Doug Pace has lived in Colorado Springs since 1989 and has been a full time realtor since 2004 (Keeping Pace with your Real Estate Needs!). A past career included insurance claims where gaining people's trust was imperative. It was during this time, he developed his skills to negotiate win/win solutions. As a realtor, Doug has assisted families in both El Paso and Teller counties to buy and sell homes and properties. Friend and family relationships are important to Doug. He has been married for 40 years and enjoys being with his family which includes three grandchildren.

I am honored to serve on El Paso County Farm Bureau’s board of directors and make a positive difference in agricultural issues. My background of small business and farming has taught me the value of hard work and value of a strong team. I have a strong understanding of social media and internet marketing, as well as networking skills and resources.

Philip Chavez Ent Ent Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the promotion of Philip Chavez to manager of mortgage production support. Chavez has been with Ent for six years and most recently served as a supervisor in Ent’s consumer lending department. He has been in the financial services industry for more than 13 years.

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Jason Wilson Cherry Creek Properties I have been blessed to live in Colorado nearly all of my life. I grew up around agriculture and small business. I managed a national chain furniture store in Montana before I caught my father’s entrepreneur bug and began a career in real estate.

My name is Kristi S. Wagner, I was born in Nashville, TN. I lived in the south until the time that I joined the US Navy in 1987. Most of my time after the military was spent in customer service and financial services. I have a wonderful husband, Nick Wagner, who is still active in the military in the US Army. I have four wonderful children ranging from 22 to 29 and twins, a boy and a girl,

who are almost three. I have four grandchildren. My husband and I love to hunt and fish. We love Colorado and have purchased our retirement home in the mountains.

Dixie Snyder Griffis/Blessing Griffis/Blessing, Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Dixie Snyder as a Management Assistant to its Commercial Property Services group. Ms. Snyder will be assisting in the day to day operations of a portfolio of properties consisting of medical office buildings located in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park and Castle Rock, Colorado. "Ms. Snyder’s prior experience in management has helped develop her customer service, communication and marketing skills," says Senior Vice President Rick Davidson, CPM®. "In addition, while in the Marines, Dixie learned the value of attention to detail and the importance of following through with a task." She joins a staff of 26 property managers, assistants, operations coordinators, building engineers, service technicians and day porters that handle over 100 different properties.



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Our Woodland Park Office has moved!   

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We’d like you to feel moved too, by what we have to offer you! 

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ecently a joint study was conducted by the National Association of Realtors and Google. No, it had nothing to do with the passage of Amendment 64 legalizing marijuana in Colorado. Over 8,500 consumers who purchased a home between July 2011 and June 2012 were surveyed about the methods they used to search for their home. The results reveal trends that continue to gain momentum and must be taken seriously by real By Michael Podoyak Empire Title estate agents that want to remain relevant … and in business. — It is now 90% of home buyers that utilize the internet as one of their primary sources for real estate research, with 52% of them relying on it as their first step. Currently one-fifth of the searches done on real estate occur on mobile devices; so, while real estate searches on have grown 22% in the last year, those done specifically on mobile devices grew 120% last year and 253% over the past four years. Consumers are on the go – probably why the busiest Starbuck’s are those with a drive-thru. Depending on how you as a real estate professional approach computer technology will dictate whether the internet is a colleague or a competitor of yours. Agents should look at their website as if it were another salesperson on their team – and a commission-free one at that. If you haven’t reviewed the effectiveness of your website lately, now is actually past the time to put on a pot of coffee and give that site a performance evaluation. While you’re at it, make certain it is mobile-user friendly; the number of searches on mobile devices will surely continue to increase. There’s lots of competition out there on the world-wide-web. Google the term Cyber Real Estate and you’ll find 61.3 Million results, literally. The NAR/Google study found that 78% of home shoppers visit at least three websites before finally taking action on a real estate site, with 11 searches the average before committing to a site. To get noticed and gain activity, your website needs to be attractive, interactive and fresh – like a really successful blind date. It’s those qualities that will garner return visits, and additional dates. Interestingly - and for real estate agents, as comforting as a Grande White Mocha on a chilly day Interestingly - and real estateusing agents, comforting a Grande White Mocha on to - the study showed thatforconsumers the as internet for realasestate searches were more likely consult forthat additional information. doubtful aalso chilly day - multiple the studysources showed consumers using theIt’s internet for that real sales estaterepresentatives searches for television andto outdoor advertising feel sources the samefor level of comfort, however. It’s doubtwere more likely also consult multiple additional information. ful that sales representatives for television and outdoor advertising feel the same level of comfort, however. Additional offline sources of research by online home shoppers 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10%

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Colorado Springs Real Estate Journal

February 25, 2013

Around the Corner Tuesday, February 26

Tuesday, March 19

Friday, March 22

Successfully Selling HUD Properties 9am – 12pm @ Empire Title 719-884-5300

Enforcement of Code of Ethics 8:30am – 3:30pm @ PPAR Register at

GRI Real Estate Technology 8:30am – 3:30pm @ PPAR Register at

Friday, March 1 GRI Finance in Real Estate 8:30am – 3:30pm @ PPAR Register at

Friday, March 1-3 HBA Home & Garden Show Fri: 4pm – 7pm, Sat: 10a – 6pm, Sun: 11am – 4pm @ Freedom Expo Center

Wednesday, March 6 Mandatory Commission Update 9am – 1pm @ Empire Title W. Park 719-686-9888

2013 Revised Real Estate Contract 9am – 12pm @ Ent (Campus Dr) 719.578.5900 NARPM Meeting 11am – 1pm @ Clarion Hotel (314 W. Bijou) Alex Yoder, 719-213-9100

Wednesday, March 27 Successfully Selling HUD Homes 9am – 11am @ Empire Title 719-884-5300

Keep checking for more details on the dynamic PPAR plan to bring exposure to your listings!

* Events subject to change. Due to space, please check with event/class holders early for more detailed information on cost, CE credits, sponsors and registration dates.

Dazzling new MoDels, gorgeous neighborhooDs,

attractive new Pricing.

Thursday, March 7 Masterminds Networking Group 7:30am – 9am @ Canon National Bank RSVP to David Alley, 719-632-3526 B.L.E.E.P. (Black Forest & Eastern Marketing Group) 8:30am – 10am @ The Grill at Latigo Trail Equestrian Center. Roxene, 495-6213 Empire Title Open House for New Location! 3pm – 6pm @ Empire Title W. Park 719-686-9888

Friday, March 8 Pikes Peak Exchangors 8am – 9:30am @ Valley High Country Club GRI Taxation & Investments in Real Estate 8:30am – 3:30pm @ PPAR Register at

Thursday, March 14 Farm and Land 8:30am @ The Peak Grille Greg Wolff: 719-590-1711 Women's Council of Realtors 11am – 1pm @ Clarion Hotel (I-25 & Bijou) Michele: 719-633-7718 New 2013 Real Estate Contract 1pm – 5pm @ Empire Title W. Park 719-686-9888 Advanced eContracts Class 2pm – 4pm @ Empire Title 719-884-5300

Friday, March 15 Pikes Peak Exchangors 8am – 9:30am @ Valley High Country Club

Luxury living has come a long way in the past few years. But you don’t have to look hard (or far) to discover how much more home your money can buy in today’s competitive marketplace. Just come to Flying Horse. With five new, fully-furnished models, (and three new neighborhood village areas), we’ll show you the best and newest that contemporary Colorado living has to offer. Finished homes, ready for immediate move-in? Newly released homesites? Golf course views? You’ll find them right here—along with custom floorplans from award-winning builders, and a dizzying choice of lots in any of our eight neighborhood villages. And, all new homes come with Membership in The Club at Flying Horse—the crowning jewel in our much-celebrated community, and one of its most compelling features. So don’t wait. If you’re looking for a new direction in life, follow your impulses.

Come to Flying Horse today. for more information on newly released lots – call flying Horse realty (719) 886-4800 or visit the flying Horse Welcome center: 2409 flying Horse club drive, colorado springs, co 80921

AVAilABle Homes classic Homes - (719) 495-7297

13135 Cake Bread Heights - The Village of Siena Paired-patio Ranch Plan, 4 bed / 3 bath / 3 car garage $361,867 - Available Now - MLS #746108 classic Homes - (719) 495-7297

2445 Veneto Way - The Village of Encore 3 bed / Study / 2.5 bath / 3 car garage $399,900 - Available Now - MLS #745221 saint Aubyn Homes - (719) 264-8888

1538 Yellow Tail - The Village of Messina 5 bed / 3 bath / 3 car garage $397,400 - Available May - MLS #738859 classic Homes - (719) 495-7297

1168 Old North Gate Road - The Village of Messina 4 bed / 4 bath / 3 car garage $411,665 - Available May saint Aubyn Homes - (719) 264-8888

13258 Dominus Way - The Village of Messina 5 bed / 4 bath / 3 car garage $499,500 - Available May - MLS #753760 Vanguard Homes - (719) 487-8957

preferred community Builders: Bella Vita Custom Homes, *Classic Homes, Copperleaf Homes, *Goetzmann Custom Homes, *Hammer Homes, Majestic Custom Homes, *Saddletree Homes, Saint Aubyn Homes, Symphony Homes, Vanguard Homes *Builders listed in italics showcase fully decorated model homes in Flying Horse. **Pricing and availability subect to change.

2015 Turnbull Drive - The Village of Verona 4 bed / 2.5 bath / 3 car garage $579,988 - Available Now - MLS #781871 Vanguard Homes - (719) 487-8957

2028 Bent Creek Drive - The Village of Verona 4 bed / 2.5 bath / 3 car garage $599,988 - Model Available for Leaseback - MLS #739709 Bella Vita custom Homes - (719) 499-2122

13494 Drytown Grove - The Village of Calistoga 4 bed / 4 bath / 3 car garage $679,900 - Under Construction!

Independent Brokers Forum 9am – 10:30am @ PPAR


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February 25, 2013

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Colorado Springs Real Estate Journal


You’ve Heard about Making a

Quick Buck? Well, Here’s Your Chance to

Make $4,000 of Them Before April 30th.



s nuse o B 4,000 $ o ce to n a Tw h C reat ick Buck G e On n a Qu Ear

Snappy won’t do It. Neither will brisk. Swift might get you a little closer, but if you’re really really really serious about pocketing a whopping $4,000 cash bonus—along with your regular 4% commission plus your usual Hooked on Classic bonus—our best advice would be to, well, haul hiney. Here’s what you need to know… Classic has two homes in the Flying Horse community. The Realtor(s) who sells and closes on them by 4/30/13 will be awarded the aforementioned bonus money ($4,000 per home), plus a 4% commission on the base price, plus a hefty Realtor incentive from the Hooked on Classic Program. Ready to make a run at it? Then read on—and good luck! The two homes around which this special is centered are “The Rhapsody” in The Village of Encore, and “The Rockaway” in The Village of Siena. Each is ready for immediate move-in, and each comes with a coveted Social Fitness Membership at the Club at Flying Horse. Sell one, or both, by April 30th, and you’ll be rolling in dough.

The Rockaway in The Village of Siena 13135 Cake Bread Heights (80921) Offered at $361,867 - MLS #746108 • 3,226 sq. ft. Ranch style patio home • Low-maintenance living: fully maintained landscaped with sprinkler system • Stucco, stone and tile roof exterior • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3 car garage, site-finished hickory flooring, stainless steel appliances • Granite kitchen countertops with tile backsplash, granite bath countertops, upgraded carpet, 2 fireplaces, and finished basement with wet bar

The Rhapsody in The Village of Encore 2445 Veneto Way (80921) Offered at $399,900 - MLS #745221

• 3,242 sq. ft. Ranch style home with finished basement • Low-maintenance living: Fully landscaped and maintained yards • Stucco, stone, and tile roof exterior • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3 car garage, stainless steel appliances (dishwasher, range/oven, and over-the-stove microwave) • Granite slab kitchen and master countertops, site finished woodfloors in entry, kitchen, dining room, and great room

Classic Homes at Flying Horse (719) 495-7297 2098 Bent Creek Dr. (80921) *Limited-time offer valid on select inventory homes subject to change without notice. Hooked on Classic Program Terms and Conditions: 1) Hooked on Classic 2013 Bonus Incentives will be paid on all contracts originated between 1/1/2013 and 12/31/2013. Contracts must close to receive bonus. 2) You must be an active Colorado licensed real estate agent and must have actively participated in the sale, to include being present at the initial client meeting, contract signing, and other relevant homebuyer/builder meetings. 3) All bonus commissions will be paid at closing. 4) Employees of Classic Companies and Flying Horse Realty are not eligible for this program. 5) Bonus commissions are earned on an individual REALTOR basis, team sales are not cumulative. 6) Bonus incentives will be awarded to the individual agent listed on the contract. 7) Program subject to change without notice.

February 25, 2013  

Our February issue.

February 25, 2013  

Our February issue.