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Existing-home sales decline, strong price gains continue

Existing-home sales fell in November, although median prices continue to show strong year-over-year growth, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 4.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.90 million in November from 5.12 million in October, and are 1.2 percent below the 4.96 million-unit pace in November 2012. This is the first time in 29 months that sales were below year-ago levels. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the market is being squeezed. “Home sales are hurt by higher mortgage

interest rates, constrained inventory and continuing tight credit,” he said. “There is a pent-up demand for both rental and owner-occupied housing as household formation will inevitably burst out, but the bottleneck is in limited housing supply, due to the slow recovery Yun in new home construction. As such, rents are rising at the fastest pace in five years, while annual home prices are rising at the highest rate in eight years.” The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $196,300 in November, up 9.4 percent from November 2012. Distressed homes – foreclosures and short sales – accounted for 14 percent of November sales, unchanged from October; they were 22 percent in November 2012. A smaller share of distressed sales is contributing to price growth. Nine percent of November sales were foreclosures, and 5 percent were short sales. Foreclosures sold for an average

discount of 17 percent below market value in November, while short sales were discounted 13 percent. Total housing inventory at the end of November declined 0.9 percent to 2.09 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 5.1-month supply at the current sales pace, compared with 4.9 months in October. Unsold inventory is 5.0 percent above a year ago, when there was a 4.8-month supply. The median time on market for all homes was 56 days in November, up from 54 days in October, but well below the 70 days on market in November 2012. Short sales were on the market for a median of 120 days, while foreclosures typically sold in 59 days, and non-distressed homes took 55 days. Thirty-five percent of homes sold in November were on the market for less than a month. According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.26 percent in November from 4.19 per-

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Builder confidence rises four points in December been above 50 for the past seven months. This indicates that an increasing number of builders have a positive view on where the industry is going.” “The recent spike in mortgage interest rates has not deterred consumers as rates are still near historically low levels,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Following a two-month pause in the index, this uptick is due in part to release of the pent-up demand caused by the uncertainty generated by the October government shutdown. We continue to look for a gradual improvement in the housing recovery in the year ahead.” 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

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Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved four points to a 58 reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for December, released today. This gain reflected improvement in all three index components – current sales conditions, sales expectations and traffic of prospective buyers. “This is definitely an encouraging sign as we move into 2014,” said National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “The HMI is up 11 points since December of 2012 and has

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“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 for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. All three HMI components posted gains in December. The index gaug-

ing current sales conditions jumped six points to 64, while the index gauging expectations for future sales rose two points to 62. The index gauging traffic of prospective buyers gained three points to 44. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the South edged one point higher to 57 while the Northeast, Midwest and West each fell a single point to 38, 59 and 59, respectively.

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New-Home production tops 1 million in Nov. Led by a solid increase in both single-family and multifamily starts, nationwide housing production rose 22.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million in November, according to figures released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. “This report is in line with our latest survey, which shows that builders are increasingly confident that buyers who have sat on the sidelines are feeling more secure about their economic situation and are now moving to purchase new homes,” said Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “This upward trend could be even stronger if not for persistently tight lending conditions for buyers and builders facing rising costs for building materials, lots and labor.” “Single-family and multifamily starts are at five-year highs, providing additional evidence that the recovery is here to stay,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “We hit a soft spot this fall when interest rates jumped and the government closed down, but mortgage rates still remain very affordable and pent-up demand is helping to boost the housing market. We expect a continued steady, gradual growth in starts and home sales in 2014.” Single-family starts posted a 20.8 percent gain to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 727,000 units in November, which was their fastest rate since December of 2007. Multifamily production was up 26 percent to 364,000 units. Regionally, combined starts activity rose 41.7 percent in the Midwest, 38.5 percent in the South and 8.8 percent in the West, but fell 29.4 percent in the Northeast. Overall building permits, which are an indicator of future building activity, fell 3.1 percent to 1.007 million units in November. Despite the modest decline, this was the second month that new permit issuance topped the million mark. Regionally, total permit issuance increased 7.8 percent in the Northeast and fell 7 percent in the South, 0.4 percent in the West and 0.6 percent in the Midwest. The above article has been provided to you compliments of the National Association of Home Builders.



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Housing markets continue slow climb back to normal Markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today. The index’s nationwide score of .86 indicates that, based on current permits, prices and employment data, the nationwide market is running at 86 percent of normal economic and housing activity. The LMI figures for November showed that 55 housing markets were operating at or above their last normal levels and the nationwide market was operating at 85 percent of normal growth. LMI data for the two months were released simultaneously because of the delay in collecting data during

the partial government shutdown in October. “This index shows that most housing markets across the nation are continuing a slow, gradual climb back to normal levels,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “Policymakers must guard against actions that could impede or even reverse the modest gains of the past year.” Noting that smaller metros accounted for most of the 54 markets on the current LMI that are at or above normal levels, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said that “smaller markets are leading the way, particularly where energy is the primary economic driver. Nearly half of the markets in the top 54 are in the energy states

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were 30 percent in November 2012. All-cash sales comprised 32 percent of transactions in November, up from 31 percent in October and 30 percent in November 2012. Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, purchased 19 percent of homes in November, unchanged from October and from November 2012. Last month, seven out of 10 investors paid cash. Single-family home sales fell 3.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.32 million in November from 4.49 million in October, and are 0.9 percent below the 4.36 million-unit level in November 2012. The median existing single-family home price was $196,200 in November, which is 9.4 percent above a year ago. Existing condominium and co-op sales dropped 7.9 percent to an annual rate of 580,000 units in November from 630,000 units in October, and are 3.3 percent lower than the 600,000-unit pace a year ago. The median existing condo price was $197,400 in November, up 10.0 percent from November 2012. Regionally, existing-home sales in the Northeast de-

cent in October; the rate was 3.35 percent in November 2012. NAR President Steve Brown, co-owner of Irongate, Inc., Realtors® in Dayton, Ohio, noted that new rules defining the Qualified Mortgage will be going into effect soon. “New underwriting rules to protect borrowers, effective in January, will prohibit many loan features, set tighter limits on the amount of debt a borrower can have and still get a mortgage, and require that lenders accurately measure a borrower’s ability to repay,” he said. “This means that qualified borrowers are getting a loan that they are very likely to be able to repay, but some borrowers may wind up paying much more for their mortgage, or not get a loan at all due to the tougher standards,” Brown said. “The new rules may tighten credit too much, but we’re hopeful regulators will make adjustments if this proves to be true.” First-time buyers accounted for 28 percent of purchases in November, unchanged from October; they

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clined 3.0 percent to an annual rate of 650,000 in November, but are 6.6 percent above November 2012. The median price in the Northeast was $242,900, up 5.7 percent from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the Midwest fell 4.1 percent in November to a pace of 1.17 million, but are unchanged from a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $151,100, which is 6.7 percent higher than November 2012. In the South, existing-home sales declined 2.4 percent to an annual level of 2.01 million in November, but are 1.0 percent above November 2012. The median price in the South was $168,700, up 7.7 percent from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the West dropped 8.5 percent to a pace of 1.07 million in November, and are 10.1 percent below a year ago, in part from constrained inventory conditions. The median price in the West was $284,400, up 16.5 percent from November 2012. © Copyright National Association of Realtors. Reprinted with permission.

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of Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.” “The fact that more than 125 markets on this month’s LMI are showing activity levels of at least 90 percent of previous norms bodes well for a continuing housing recovery in 2014,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co., which co-sponsors the LMI report. Baton Rouge, La., tops the list of major metros on the LMI, with a score of 1.42 – or 42 percent better than its last normal market level. Other major metros at the top of the list include Honolulu, Oklahoma City, Austin and Houston, Texas, as well as Pittsburgh – all of whose LMI scores indicate that their market activity now exceeds previous norms. Looking at smaller metros, both Odessa and Midland, Texas, boast LMI scores of 2.0 or better, meaning that their markets are now at double their strength prior to the recession. Also at the top of the list of smaller metros are Casper, Wyo.; Bismarck, N.D.; and Grand Forks, N.D., respectively. The LMI shifts the focus from identifying markets that have recently begun to recover, which was the aim of a previous gauge known as the Improving Markets Index, to identifying those areas that are now approaching and exceeding their previous normal levels of economic and housing activity. More than 350 metro areas are scored by taking their average permit, price and employment levels for the past 12 months and dividing each by their annual average over the last period of normal growth. For singlefamily permits and home prices, 2000-2003 is used as the last normal period, and for employment, 2007 is the base comparison. The three components are then averaged to provide an overall score for each market; a national score is calculated based on national measures of the three metrics. An index value above one indicates that a market has advanced beyond its previous normal level of economic activity. The above article has been provided to you compliments of the National Association of Home Builders.

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Local News Confused about Healthcare Reform? Fortunately for you, the Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR) offers you a “one-stop” online marketplace to shop for health insurance plans which will include the options offered on the state health insurance marketplaces, and, if you qualify, obtain the subsidy from the federal government. Remember, if you do not have that qualified health plan (QHP) coverage by January 1, 2014, you could pay a federal penalty (in 2014 will be $95 per adult or 1 percent of adjusted family income, whichever is higher, and will increase to $695 or 2.5 percent of income in 2016). Here are a few things to keep in mind as you work with your agent in determining what plan to buy: There are 4 categories of QHP Marketplace insurance plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The categories help you choose a plan that’s right for you. 4 categories of Marketplace insurance plans When you compare Marketplace insurance plans, they’re put into 4 categories based on how you and the plan can expect to share the costs of care: • Bronze • Silver • Gold • Platinum All Marketplace insurance plan categories offer the same set of essential health benefits. Essential health benefits must include items and services within at least the following 10 categories: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care. Insurance policies must cover these benefits in order to be certified and offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace, and all Medicaid state plans must cover these services by 2014. The categories do not reflect the quality of care the plans provide. The category you choose affects how much your premium costs each month and what portion of the bill you pay for things like hospital visits or prescription medications. It may also affect your total out-of-pocket costs—the total amount you’ll spend for the year if you need lots of care. Note: The Marketplace also offers “catastrophic” plans to people under 30 years old and to some people with very low incomes.

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Local News JOHN R. MOHER March 9, 1948 – November 27, 2013 Longtime PPAR member. Served on the Professional Standards Committee for many years. John R. Moher, 65, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Pikes Peak Hospice, Colorado Springs. He was born March 9, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. John joined Boy Scouts in 1959

and was certified as an Eagle Scout in December 1961, becoming the youngest scout to have ever received the Eagle. He was chosen to represent his Borough in many Jamborees throughout scouting, including National Jamboree in 1960, held in Colorado Springs, and International Jamboree at Athens, Greece in 1963. John graduated from Eastern District High in 1965. Throughout high school and into college, he enjoyed playing quarterback with various football teams, including semi-pro. John graduated from Miami University in 1972 with a Masters in Education and taught in

Miami for a few years before moving to Colorado Springs in the mid-70′s. John’s real estate career began in 1976 with residential real estate sales at Columbia Realty and VanSchaak & Company, and Coldwell Banker, leading into management positions in the Springs and then Denver area. He was then appointed regional training director for Denver, Salt Lake City, California and the Pacific Northwest. In the early 80′s, John began participating in Triathlons, including being a finisher in Ironman Canada in 1987 and Ironman Hawaii in 1997!

John moved back to Colorado Springs in April 1989, meeting Susan Underwood Massa, and marrying on December 9, 1989. John was then employed at McGinnis Better Homes and Gardens, now Real Living Select Properties, where he was currently Vice President and Director of Sales. John is survived by his wife of 24 years, Susan Moher, and their two children,John Michael Massa of Colorado Springs, and Caryn Massa of Steamboat Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. Moher and Pat Moher and his sister, Patricia-Anne Moher.

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namics of the homes in our area, and I'm excited that I have the opportunity to help people find a home they can fall in love with.” Mike has joined our South office located at 2630 Tenderfoot Hill St. ZANE WHITFIELD is excited to announce that he has joined the Wheaton Team at our North office located at 1740 Chapel Hills Dr. He has over 12 years’ experience in real estate and is dedicated to providing our Sellers and Buyers with valuable information needed to make their own informed home selling and buying decisions. He specializes in expert buyer representation through all phases of new and resale purchases and helps sellers though the process of getting their homes on the market, selling their homes in the shortest amount of time for the highest possible price. Knowledge of the market and excellent customer service make the home buying and selling experience a memorable one for our customers. Zane strives to provide the best customer service possible with quality that exceeds the policies and ethics of our local, state, and national governing boards. Zane and his wife Kristen enjoy family time, traveling, coaching Little League Baseball, and lots of activities with their three children. RACHEL MOORE has joined The Mark McWilliams Team at our Moment office located at 1761 Lake Woodmoor Dr. “Serving people, exceeding client expectations, and innovative problem-solving have been the driving passions in my life. For numerous years I have renovated, bought, sold, and staged a diversified array of homes. I have enthusiastically served in this capacity throughout Colorado as well as internationally. Therefore, it is my delight to be part of the Gold Medal Team and to continue the pursuit of excellence in customer service and client care through my exciting new career as a real estate broker.”

LEIGHANNE POTTS is very excited to join the Treasure Davis Team at our North office location, 1740 Chapel Hills Dr. “I am a South Caroline native. I enjoy spending time at the lake or beach. I relocated to Colorado Springs a year and a half ago with my husband, Brad and our Siberian Husky, Aspen.” LUCAS JENSEN is a Colorado native with a passion for all that Colorado living has to offer. Lucas has been in Real Estate for seven years. You can find him at our NEW Downtown office located at 102 S. Tejon St.

Nesmith, Bristow, Fisk, Rolley, Licciardi RE/MAX Properties ERIN NESMITH has a background is in public relations, advertising, and journalism. “Military moves have kept me going back and forth across the country for decades, so it's been bliss to stay put. I love renovating houses, gardening, cooking, artisan baking, quilting, knitting, and sewing.” Erin has joined our South office located at 2630 Tenderfoot Hill St.

KEVIN BRISTOW has recently joined our NEW Downtown office located at 102 S. Tejon St. LISA FISK was born and raised in a military family. Lisa understands the dynamics and challenges of moving, whether it is across the city or across the country. Lisa moved to Colorado in 1996, after living on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska to attend the University of Colorado and graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English. Lisa entered the real estate industry in 2003 as an Administrative Assistant and then earned her real estate license in January 2004. She has seen the economy go from strong to a declining market, and back up again. Throughout her real estate career, she has worked with some of the top agents in the state, allowing her to advance quickly into a successful negotiator for buyers and sellers. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Lisa enjoys running, skiing and hiking. In 2004, Lisa ran and placed first in the Pikes Peak Ascent! She has climbed over 28 of Colorado’s 14,000+ foot mountains, and has several more that she intends to hike! Lisa can be found at our North office located at 1740 Chapel Hills Dr. ROB ROLLEY has joined us at our NEW Downtown office located at 102 S. Tejon St. DICK LICCIARDI has joined us at our NEW Downtown office located at 102 S. Tejon St.

SARAH STOWELL has joined our South office located at 2630 Tenderfoot Hill St.


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Reflecting on this past year while anticipating the year ahead

Empire Title of Colorado Springs

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Empire Title of Woodland Park

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We know you are waiting on pins and needles for part three, better known as QRM. Anticipation will make the article even greater next month. Part 3 in the series on Qualified Residential Mortgages will follow as soon as the final rulings are issued. It is hard to believe that these rules are supposed to be implemented on January 10th, 2014, and as of December 18, 2013 the rule is still not final. However, I cannot let my loyal fan base down; thus, I will talk about the real estate market thought the first 11 months of this year instead. Do not be disheartened: the QRM article will come as soon as the final ruling is issued. Similarly, we are waiting for the end of 2013 with 11 months in the books. 2013 is shaping up to be an excellent year in real estate. Average and median prices are both up significantly. Inventory levels are down. Number of listings is slightly up, and interest rates - still good by historic measures - are edging up. Upward is the trend that both average and median prices have taken over the last 11 months. In fact, average and median price are up YTD 5.4% and 4.6% respectively. Three things have driven the prices this year: 1) Interest rates; 2) Low inventory levels; and, 3) Lack of listings. These have all contributed to the robust increase in the sales prices of homes. Inventory levels take into account two factors: 1) Demand over the previous 12 months; and, 2) the number of listings available at a specific time. Inventory levels in all price ranges under $300,000 are very low by historic standards. This translates into current demand outpacing current supply. Under normal conditions, this is a great environment and tends to increase the price of homes at a rapid pace. The last couple months have

shown a decrease in the number of homes sold as consumer confidence seems to be dwindling. Consumer confidence is someBy Bill McAfee Empire Title thing that can— not be explained logically and can improve or deteriorate quickly as emotions can change unexplainably in either direction. We are in the holiday season which typically has consumers buying other goods and services instead of home buying. We will see what the first quarter of 2014 holds for us. We may not know what the future will bring, but we do know that the number of listings available from the PPMLS increased a minimal 1.6% through the first 11 months of this year. During this same time frame the number of units sold increased by 31.3%. These two numbers give further credence to the assumption that demand is still outpacing supply, creating a healthy real estate market. In conclusion, prices will likely continue in an upward direction, but they could go at a slower pace as interest rates trend up and new lender regulations take effect in early 2014. This year has been a very good year indeed for real estate. The first nine months were above average and trended in a good direction. The last quarter is tailing due to uncertainty in consumer confidence. We still have one month left to close out 2013 and get ready for the changes that are about to take place in 2014. Empire Title hopes that you and yours had a great 2013 and wish you the best in 2014. For better or worse, stay tuned for QRM coming soon…

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Colorado Springs Real Estate Journal

December 30, 2013

Around the Corner Monday, December 30 2014 Real Estate Contract 1pm – 5pm @ Empire Title 719-884-5300

Thursday, January 2 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

Thursday, January 9 Farm and Land 8:30am @ Rudy's on 8th Street Greg Wolff: 719-590-1711

Bomb Bomb Video Marketing 11am – 1pm @ Legacy Title

Monthly Rookie Roundtable 9am – 10:30am @ Legacy Title

Wednesday, January 15

Tuesday, January 21

2014 Real Estate Contract 8:30am – 12:30pm @ Empire Title 719-884-5300

NARPM Meeting 11am – 1pm @ Clarion Hotel (314 W. Bijou) Alex Yoder, 719-213-9100

Thursday, January 16

Wednesday, January 22

2014 Commission Update 8:30am – 12:30pm @ Empire Title 719-884-5300

2014 Commission Update 8:30am – 12:30pm @ Empire Title 719-884-5300

CTM eContracts - Beginners 1:30pm – 3:30pm @ Legacy Title

Thursday, January 23

Friday, January 17

Women's Council of Realtors 11am – 1pm @ Ivywild School Michele: 719-633-7718 2014 Commission Update 1pm – 5pm @ Empire Title Woodland Park 719-686-9888

VA Homebuyers Class 9am – 1pm @ Legacy Title

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

2014 Real Estate Contract 1pm – 5pm @ Empire Title Woodland Park 719-686-9888

Annual Commission Update 8:30am – 12pm @ PPAR

Wednesday, January 29 2014 Real Estate Contract 8:30am – 12:30pm @ Empire Title 719-884-5300

• New Homes available now for immediate move-in

• Antler Creek Golf Course

• Homes from the $200s to the $500s

• Neighborhood Parks & Paved Trails

• Innovative Neighborhood Schools • 30,000 Sq. Ft. Recreation Center & Outdoor Pool • Indoor Pool Coming Soon

Use your smartphone and a QR Reader application to see an exclusive tour of Meridian Ranch.

December 30, 2013

• CreekView Grill

* 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. Email your event info to


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• Open Spaces & Views • Minutes to Peterson & Schriever Air Force Bases • Easy Access to I-25, Hwy. 24 & Colorado Springs Airport

Working out at the 30,000 sq. ft. recreation center

Discover Why People Love Living Here.


Colorado Springs Real Estate Journal


This Holiday Season, Explore All The Avenues November 29th - December 15th Promontory Pointe 719-481-9828 15530 Short Line Court (80132) Monument

The Village of Verona at Flying Horse 719-495-7297 1986 Bent Creek Drive (80921)

The Village of Messina at Flying Horse

Get ready for the most festive REALTOR Holiday Tour of the year! Join us for food, fun, holiday gifts, and

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fabulous prizes. Including the chance to win a dynamic KMC 3 Wireless Music System from HomeRun Electronics when you visit all eight participating model home locations!

719-282-1650 5906 Brave Eagle Drive (80924)

Here's How The Holiday Tour Works

719-694-8840 1155 Old North Gate Road (80921)

Meridian Ranch 719-494-1101 10274 Mount Lincoln (80831) Falcon

Banning Lewis Ranch 719-886-4995 7163 Cottonwood Tree Drive (80927)

Carriages at Indigo Ranch 719-573-2009 Closed Tue/Wed 6411 Wind River Point (80923)

Indigo Ranch at Stetson Ridge 719-574-6610 7104 Mustang Rim Drive (80923)

Visit for a map of Classic Communities to plan your tour.

Tour Cards will be available onsite at each model home and will also be mailed to all active licensed Realtors registered with PPAR.

Get Your Tour Card stamped at each of the eight Classic Model Homes listed on this tour card anytime between 11/29/13-12/15/13. Earn one stamp per model home. Enjoy a special assortment of holiday treats including

festive food, drinks, and complimentary Christmas ornaments (while supplies last).

Upon your final visit, please leave your stamped card with the onsite sales counselor for your chance to win the KMC 3 Wireless Music System Grand Prize! Be sure to complete the registration card. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 18th by email, with actual winners being notified by telephone and email. Sponsored by

Prize rules: You must be an active licensed Realtor in the state of Colorado to qualify. Realtors must visit all eight (8) participating model home locations to qualify for the Grand Prize. You must have your invitation/card stamped at each model home you visit. Employees of Classic Homes and Flying Horse Realty are not eligible.

CSREJ - December  

December 30, 2013

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