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Volume 6 - Fall / 4th Quarter 2011

Fall Movie Preview

Previews of some of the most anticipated movies of the fall season!

FALL LAWN CARE

4 Ways to Say G’Night For The Winter

Suzette Thomas 719.330.3555

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Question: What should I consider when looking into getting a mortgage ? Jose - Colorado Springs, CO

Answer:

The media constantly talks about how difficult and expensive it is to get a mortgage loan. We just don’t see this to be the case. Those with poor credit scores and/or lack documentation on their personal finances and/or lack a stable job will find this to be true. However, those with good credit and a good job will find they can get into a home with little or nothing down. At ERA Shields, we have seen about 75% of buyers this year put down 5% or less when buying a home.

Question: What is your opinion on current home prices? Dana - Pueblo, CO

erosion is occurring in the higher price ranges. When you look at the average list price/ average sales price in price ranges below $250,000 you will find the gap at just around 3%. As you climb into the higher price ranges, that gap is as much as 10% which has a real impact on the overall value of homes across the market. Inventory levels have dramatically improved, but the higher you go over $250,000, you will find the levels mushroom.

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The one statistic which continues to be poor is price. Prices continue to erode, but it is our opinion that most of this

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By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

lthough spring lawn care gets all the attention, fall lawn care is the make-it or break-it season for grass. “I’m already thinking about next year,” says John Dillon, who takes care of New York City’s Central Park, which features 200 acres of lawn in the middle of Manhattan. “The grass I grow this fall is what will be there next spring.”

Fall lawn care is no walk in the park. It’s hard work, and Dillon guides you through the four basic steps.

1. Aeration: Aeration gives your lawn a breather in autumn and provides room for new grass to spread without competition from spring weeds. Aeration tools pull up plugs of grass and soil, breaking up compacted turf. That allows water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach roots, and gives seeds room to sprout.

If kids frequently play on your lawn, plan to aerate twice a year — fall and spring. If your lawn is just for show, then aerate once a year — and maybe even once every other year. A hand-aerating tool ($20), which looks like a pitchfork with hollow tines, is labor-intensive and meant for unplugging small sections of grass. Gas-powered aerating machines (rental, $20/hour) are about the size of a big lawn mower, and are good for working entire lawns. Bring some muscle when you pick up your rental: Aerating machines are heavy and can be hard to lift into your truck or SUV. Depending on the size of your property, professional aeration costs about $150.

2. Seeding: Fall, when the soil temperature is about 55 degrees, is the best time to seed your lawn because turf roots grow vigorously in fall and winter. If you want a lush lawn, don’t cheap out on the seed.


Bags of inexpensive seed ($35 for 15 pounds) often contain hollow husks, weed seed, and annual rye grass seed, which grows until the first frost then drops dead. Splurge on the good stuff ($55 for 15 pounds of Kentucky Bluegrass seed), which resists drought, disease, and insects. Water your new seed every day for 10 to 20 days until it germinates.

3. Fertilizing: A late fall fertilization — before the first frost — helps your grass survive a harsh winter and encourages it to grow green and lush

in spring. Make your last fertilization of the year count by choosing a product high (10% to 15%) in phosphorous, which is critical for root growth, Dillon says. Note: Some states are banning phosphorous-rich fertilizers, which are harmful to the watershed. In those places, look for nitrogen-rich fertilizers, which promote shoot and root growth. Check with your local extension service to see what regulations apply in your area.

4. Mulching: Instead of raking leaves, run over them a couple of times with your mower to grind them into mulch. The shredded leaves protect grass from winter wind and desiccation. An added bonus — shredded leaves decompose into yummy organic matter to feed grass roots. A mulching blade ($10) that attaches to your mower will grind the leaves even finer. *To read more please visit House Logic (by following the link below). All credit for this article goes to author Lisa Kaplan Gordon and HouseLogic.com. Recommendations from this article are solely those of HouseLogic.com. Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/articles/fall-lawn-care-tips/#ixzz1ZHL2CMXX

Market Statistics

The Active Listings Graph shows you the past 10 years of Active Listings for the same month of each year. Having 10 years of data helps you gain a better understanding of the current market.

The Solds Graph illustrates the total number of homes sold for the same month for each of the past 10 years. Again, this is a great way to gauge how the current market is performing.

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The Average & Median Sales Prices Graph compares the current monthly sales price to the same month in previous years.

When looking at the Foreclosure Starts Graph, keep in mind that not all of these end up being bought back by the banks. Many owners find ways to hold onto their home by negotiating new terms with their lender. The amount shown for 2011 is a forecast of where we expect the total number to be for the year.


Once you see the movies below email your ratings (A, B, C, D, or F) to ASKSHIELD@erashields.com

The Thing

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I

about the events leading up to the Release Date: October 14th: At an sword fighting cat’s meeting with Antarctica research site, the discovery Shrek and his friends. of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate Release Date: November 11th: student Kate Lloyd and scientist Greek warrior Theseus battles against Dr. Sander Halvorson. imprisoned titans.

Release Date: November 18th: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expectant parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.

Immortals

Paranormal Activity 3

Release Date: October 21st: A couple are pursued by an evil spirit in their own home. In an attempt to unveil the mystery, they install cameras throughout the house to capture the strange paranormal activity occurring.

Happy Feet Two

Release Date: November 18th: Mumble the penguin has a problem: his son Erik, who is reluctant to dance, encounters The Mighty Sven, a penguin who can fly! Things get worse for Mumble when the world is shaken by powerful forces, causing him to bring together the penguin nations and their Release Date: October 28th: A story allies to set things right.

Puss in Boots

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Release Date: December 16th: Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up on a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not deserted.

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Over 280 Hours Volunteered

3rd Quarter Update! ERA Shields has a long history of commitment to our local community. ERA Shields has established the Shields Community Leaders Volunteer Program, which provides a means for Shields Team members to become involved in numerous community activities and in turn receive recognition.

Habitat for Humanity House Building Project - September 9th, 2011

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Top Left & Above: Habitat Volunteers

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Left: Back2School Drive - Raised over in supplies to support local school districts.

Local Events Calendar

Proud Supporter of the World Arena & Pikes Peak Center Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music, and technology. If you’ve never seen Blue Man Group, it’s a must-see. If you’re already a fan, don’t miss it. Best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment.

October 25-27 - 3 Shows! @ Pikes Peak Center

2011-2012 CC TIGER HOCKEY SEASON

Lady Antebellum 11-20-11 11

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PIKES PEAK CENTER

12-01-11 World Arena World Arena


Did Did You You Know! Know!

Learn fun and interesting facts about Colorado you may not have known before! Do you know something we don’t know? Email us at AskShield@ERAShields.com and see if your fun fact is published in our next issue! Answer our question of the month below and be entered to win FREE movie tickets! Please email your responses to AskShield@ERAShields.com!

1. Did You Know...

The Penrose Room at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO is Colorado’s ONLY 5 diamond restaurant.

2. Did You Know...

Every year Denver hosts the worlds largest Rodeo, The Western Stock Show.

3. Did You Know...

Colorado has more micro-breweries per capita than any other state.

Did You Know Trivia

Near which Colorado city was the largest Silver nugget harvested? A. Denver C. Aspen E. Blackhawk

B. Leadville D. Cripple Creek F. Durango

Email your answer to AskShield@ERAShields.com by December 15, 2011 for your chance to WIN a FREE pair of movie tickets, courtesy of ERA Shields Real Estate!

Hidden Treasures

Fargo’s is the world’s largest family pizza restaurant, seating 500 guests in the two level structure, having a total of 14,000 square feet, and parking for 170 cars. Authentic detailing of the Victorian period was abstracted in a wooden, turn-of-the-century structure. One hundred and twenty original leaded and stained glass pieces of art as well as countless pieces of authentic artifacts purchased in the Denver and Central City area have been incorporated into the structure itself. The exhibition cooking area depicts original art portrayed in a two-wall, tile mural showing portraits of Fargo and his sweetheart, Sophia. Carried into the same area via tile murals is an array of the ingredients that go into the pizza making. This unique family-oriented restaurant opened in 1973. Tell them ERA Shields Real Estate sent you!

Phone: 719.473.5540

2910 EAST PLATTE AVENUE COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80909


KIDS CORNER

WORD of the QUARTER Economy:

The process of creating something, sharing it and using it.

Help the leaves find their way through the maze!

Fall Match-Up:

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The Right Tools To enhance your home buying or selling experience.

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Suzette Thomas

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ELEVATIONS Newsletter Fall 2011