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Photo Tour of Spruce Mountain Open Space Trail

 

Looking for things to do in the Colorado Springs area? Try hiking the Spruce Mountain Trail in Larkspur, CO. The Spruce Mountain Open Space Trail is a captivating experience which offers breathtaking views, ever changing terrain, and a solid hiking experience that will captivate anyone interested in Colorado's beautiful landscapes.

What To Expect

The main hiking loop around the top of Spruce Mountain is about 2.5 miles. The hike up to the mountain top and back down is roughly 2.5 miles round trip. On average, hikers can expect to travel around 5 to 6 miles total on the Spruce Mountain Open Space Trail. The terrain is family friendly. My family has hiked this trail, even my 3 year old can

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3 Reasons Why Local Real Estate Websites are Better Than National Ones

A few days ago, I received a text message from one of the home buyers with whom I am currently working. She wanted to see a house that she found on the internet, so I looked up the address in our MLS and could not find any data on it. I put the address into Google and the first search result was a listing on Zillow.com. I clicked the link and started to do my research in order to find out wether or not this home was still available for showing. There was no contact info on the page for the individual who listed the property for sale. Eventually I found a link at the bottom of the page that showed the location of the website where the data was being pulled from. When I clicked on it, I was taken to a clunky old website from a real estate wholesaler was

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Looking for things to do in Colorado Springs?

Check out Helen Hunt Falls in North Cheyenne Canyon Park, located off of N Cheyenne Canyon Rd at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain. This beautiful waterfall is surrounded by hiking trails and scenic mountain views that overlook Colorado Springs. Here is a video that we made to help you get a good idea of the scenery, terrain, and overall beauty of Helen Falls. Check it out.

 

Details About Helen Hunt Falls

There is not a fee to enter Helen Hunt Falls. It is free and open to the public. For this reason, we recommend that you visit the park on a weekday if possible. The weekends can get quite busy. Even when the park is busy, it is very accessible though. The staff at the visitors center are

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Start A Real Estate BlogOne of the topics that I hear seasoned real estate agents talk about is how a blog can be great for business. Anyone who blogs understands that there are lots of consumers who will turn to the internet to find what they are looking for. The real estate industry is no different as thousands of people search daily looking for some kind of advice.

I wanted to learn from some of the most successful real estate agents who are also heavily into blogging so I asked Bill Gassett, a top Milford MA real estate agent to give us his take on how his blog has helped his real estate career. I also reached out to Lynn Pineda, a top Coral Springs Florida real estate agent who has a great story to tell on how her real estate blog has influenced her business. I asked

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The Colorado Springs Suburban Homebuyers Dilema: More House Versus More yard Infograph

Most suburban homebuyers are constrained to a certain real estate search criteria based on their budget. Homes are priced by square footage, upgrades, and amenities, so the approved loan amount on a mortgage pre-approval will determine home much home, upgrades, and amenities a homebuyer can purchase. When working with suburban homebuyers, one of the most common requests I get is, “I want a large yard and maybe some acreage, if possible.” The problem is, that homes with acreage and land are becoming more difficult to find as most new neighborhoods are built with small yards and little privacy.

The trend for most new neighborhood developments is to squeeze as many homes in as possible to increase profit margins. The supply of homes on large lots is

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Hiring a Relative as you RealtorFor most of us, buying and selling real estate is the largest monetary transaction that we personally experience.

Dealing with a six figure sales prices can be intimidating when it has to do with our own personal finances. Good real estate tips are very important when looking for your next home. A bad experience in a real estate transaction can have life altering consequences and severely affect your long-term goals. Because I know the weight of it, I am writing this post to warn those who might be tempted to hire the first REALTOR they know.

Friends, family members, church buddies, neighbors, and community groups are all the life blood of a bad Real Estate Agent.

Mediocre real estate agents depend on these relationships to find new clients. 

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Whether you’re planning to sell your home or just feel it’s time to renovate, home improvement projects can add a lot to your home’s value. However, more often than not, these projects can end up costing a pretty penny. Therefore, we scoured the internet for inexpensive home improvement project ideas. Below are our findings, all ringing in at under $5000.  

5 Inexpensive Home Improvment Projects

Organize It

5 Inexpensive Home Improvement Projects - OrganizeOkay, so you may not see this as a “home improvement project,” but if you’ve ever tried to neatly organize an entire home, you know it’s quite an undertaking. This will cost you little to no money, improve your home’s appearance and save your sanity. There are some great organization ideas on Pinterest, from using a towel rack as a pot and pan lid rack in the kitchen to using a

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Looking at Homes Online Versus In Person Real Estate Infographic

In an effort to help online home shoppers avoid the emotional let down of falling in love with homes before they visit them, I wrote this article to point out some of the main differences between online listings and real life homes.

I often get contacted by homebuyers in Colorado Springs who have found their dream home online and want to see it immediately. They haven't communicated with a real estate professional yet, and they haven't looked at a home in person for many years, but somehow they know that the home they just found online is the right one. Usually, they have been looking online for a few months and the excitement has been building. This is very common for first time home buyers. After personally showing homes for so many years, I’m

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Infographic Basic Steps to Buying A House in Colorado Springs

The steps to buying a house can seem exhaustive, even if you have already been through the process. For first-time home buyers, these steps can get confusing very easily. It's hard to remember each step of the process when you're in the emotional roller coaster of buying a home. I created this article as a reference to help you through the process as you go through each step.

STEP 1: GET PRE-APPROVED FOR A MORTGAGE

This is everyone's lease favorite step of the home buying process, but it is the foundation that the whole process relies on. How can you know what price range to focus your home search efforts if you do not yet know how much

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Which Local Real Estate IDX Websites Actually Rank On Google in 2019?
Click the link to see see the results from our latest study.

IDX Broker Platinum ReviewI'm in the very last stages of flipping a house, but today rather than finishing up, I decided to stop everything to write this post because of the phone call I just had with IDX Broker. I wish someone would have written a post like this when I first started building my real estate website 4 months ago.

I have personally invested hundreds of  hours into my site, GreatColoradoHomes.com. It has only been live for a few months now, but is currently receiving over 60,000 page views each month. That may not seem like a lot compared to some veteran sites, but for just a few months of SEO, I'm very pleased with it. As I

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