Advice For Home Buyers

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There were 614,000 homes sold in 2017. 

Whether or not those homes were the right homes for buyers, however, is an entirely different matter. Finding the right kind of home that suits our needs and wants is possible when we know exactly what we're looking for and where. 

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High competition and limited housing choices sometimes skew a buyer's mindset when selecting a home. Other times a lack of patience can also cause a buyer to make the wrong housing choice. Regardless of the reason why some buyers make these decisions, some end up selling after discovering the house just wasn't right for them. 

We all want to find our dream homes within our price range. We see our homes as symbolic to time with family, a sense of security, and as a reflection

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It isn’t any wonder that people flock to Colorado Springs for their next home. According to the U.S. News and World Report “Best Places to Live”, Colorado Springs ranked second! And data from the U.S. Census shows that Colorado is currently the seventh fastest growing state in the country. With that in mind, you might be surprised to know that there are also numerous local, state, and national down payment programs available to Colorado home buyers.

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Many people don’t believe they can afford to buy a home, so they continue to throw away thousands of dollars in rent year after year. Sadly, these rental payments could be used to build equity on a home instead. One big reason for this is because many people are simply not aware of the first time home

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The most recent numbers show another strong quarter for the Colorado Springs housing market.

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Compared to Q3 of 2017, the total number of listings and days on the market remained virtually identical. Homes priced between $300k-$500k along with the $1million+ market gained momentum, but the number of units sold under $300k declined by 26% due to the extreme lack of inventory.

One interesting indicator during this quarterly cycle is the median sales price. Although our local market values have increased another 11% over the same period last year, the current median sales price is down 2% compared to Q2 of 2018.

Keep An Eye On Interest Rates

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Mortgage interest rates also continue to rise. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate for a 30-year

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From the low unemployment rate to the great air quality, there are lots of reasons to consider moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

But, before you start packing up the moving truck, you need to consider where in Colorado Springs you want to live.

Read on for a detailed list of all the best Colorado Springs neighborhoods. Whether you're looking to buy or build, any of these neighborhoods will be a great fit for you!

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The Broadmoor

If safety matters to you, then the beautiful Broadmoor neighborhood in southwest Colorado Springs might be the perfect place to look for your new home.

The Broadmoor is one of Colorado Springs' wealthiest neighborhoods. It's known for its mansions, both modern and historic, and is home to a variety of

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Looking for a place to live with a little bit of everything?

Perhaps a place that's consistently ranked highly as a desirable place to live?

Look no further than Colorado Springs, Colorado. The city has grown more than 12 percent in recent years, and it doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

Thinking about moving to Colorado Springs? Read on to find out more about why it might be the perfect place for you.

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1. Active Real Estate Market

Colorado Springs has a bustling real estate market. Although it's tilted slightly in favor of sellers, the fact that housing prices continue to rise means that buying a home is a solid investment. Now is definitely the time to move, as the market is expected to slow down a bit by 2020.

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Housing prices are at an all-time high and competition for affordable homes is fierce. Home buyers need an experienced Colorado Springs real estate agent to advocate for them during contract negotiation and throughout the real estate process.

However, many people enlist the help of a family member or friend who work in real estate. Hiring a friend or family member can backfire in many ways. You should hire an agent based on how well they do their job and what former clients say about them. It’s best to hire a real estate agent not as a favor, but because they’re good at their job.

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Many times, people moving to Colorado Springs simply don’t want to go through the hassle of interviewing several real estate agents for the job. According to Redfin

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Buying your first home is exciting and nervewracking all at once. In fact, most people say that buying a home is more stressful than bankruptcy, divorce, and even death of a loved one.

Getting stressed and overwhelmed during the homebuying process can lead to you making some very bad decisions. And when it's your first home buying experience, you'll also be prone to making mistakes simply because it's your first time navigating the homebuying-arena.

There are certain mistakes many first-time homebuyers make. Let's look at 7 of the most common home buying mistakes people make so that you can avoid them when you're in the market for a home.

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1. Overborrowing and/or Overspending Money

When you look for a mortgage or are looking for a certain

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Military members face insurmountable challenges in their career, but buying a home doesn’t have to be one of them if you’re an active service member or veteran. In fact, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created the VA loan benefit to assist military service members and their families with buying homes throughout the country and Colorado Springs military families can take advantage of the VA loan benefit to help finance the purchase of their next home.

So many people miss out on this valuable benefit and savings because they are uninformed about the VA home loan. It’s one of the best military benefits available! Below is information about VA loans and some interesting things you may not have known about this military entitlement.

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The strong sellers' market continues in Colorado Springs but home buyers are starting to see more relief compared to the first quarter of 2018. Mortgage rates are a key factor to the slight cool off, having gained 60 basis points (.6%) since the start of 2018 but they have also remained relatively flat for the past 5 weeks.

Colorado Springs Real Estate Market Update

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Overall listings in Q2 were still nearly 6% lower than the total count from a year ago, but compared to the 14% deficit we saw in the first quarter of 2018, the "white hot" market could now be described as a "red hot" market.

Appreciation continues to be good to home sellers. The median sales price for residential property in El Paso County is now $303,000, up nearly $20,000 since Q1

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So, you've bought a house! This is an exciting time in your life that you're undoubtedly very happy for. But you still have questions, right? You've looked at house after house and finally put in an offer, and even better, the owners accepted it!

But what comes next?

There's a lot that goes on after you make the decision to purchase a house. Today, we're going to take a minute to talk about what to expect on closing day.

If you're looking forward to the day you get to walk away from the table with your new keys in your hand, keep reading to learn more!

On The Path to Closing

Before we can get into talking about what to expect on the closing day, let's talk about what leads up to that.

Your loan is still in underwriting and you are

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