Woodland Park, CO Real Estate News

By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
               Kenmuir Quarry - Red Rock Canyon - Colorado Springs From "The Friends of Red Rock Canyon" - "On the Quarry Pass Trail in Red Rock Canyon Open Space, you can walk through the Kenmuir Quarry which was operated by the Greenlee family of Denver. This was the largest quarry in Red Rock Canyon. Kenmuir stone was an expensive building stone because of its color and because it was easily carved. And, since Denver had many more wealthy residents than Colorado Springs during during the years 1888 to 1893 when much of the stone was quarried, there was more Red Rock Canyon stone used in Denver buildings than in Colorado Springs buildings. Some of Denver’s most striking buildings built from 1888 to 1893 incorporate stone from Red Rock Canyon." I had the opportunity to hike in Red Rock...
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By Keli Konczak
(Real Living - Select Properties)
Woodland Park, Colorado is known as the "City Above the Clouds." At an elevation of 8,465 feet above sea level, Woodland Park is truly a high-mountain paradise. Boasting an average of 330 days of sunshine annually, Woodland Park is a short 17 miles from the city of Colorado Springs. For that matter, Woodland Park is a short 35 minutes from Cripple Creek (an old mining town that now features limited stakes gaming), about 1 ½ hours from Breckenridge Ski Area, 25 minutes from Mueller State Park, 35 minutes from the Colorado Springs Airport (which has direct flights to all major cities), 35 minutes from The Air Force Academy and Fort Carson, and 10 minutes away from the Pikes Peak Toll Road. While Woodland Park isn´t the county seat of Teller County, it is the most populated town with abou...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
                       Position Yourself Above Your Competition Use a Real Estate Showcase Slideshow to Market Your Listings!       Looking for a professional presentation to WOW your Sellers, and grab Buyers? This could be the answer! It's an attention grabbing, affordable, and smart way to gain the edge over your competitors in the business. Terrific for Realtors' listings, custom home builders, inspectors, anyone who wants a great visual to present to potential clients. Also useful for self promotion!        (This show was created for Mountain Aire Homes - Woodland Park, Colorado - approx. 2 1/2 minutes)       Nature and Wildlife Photography Notecards   Position yourself above your competition - Utilize a "Real Estate Showcase" Slideshow as a listing tool. Gift a DVD copy to the buye...
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By Kathy Torline, Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog 719-287-1049
(ERA Herman Group Real Estate)
The following information is the first in a series of Buyer Tips to provide tips for both the first-time homebuyer and the most experienced homebuyer.   The goal is to help the consumer to become better educated about purchasing real estate in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. For a FREE  Buyer's Guide, Email KTorline@msn.com Tip #1  Who's working for you? A Buyer's Agent represents the buyer in a real estate transaction.   The Colorado Springs real estate agent becomes the Buyer's Agent by entering into an agreement to represent the buyer, usually through a written buyer representation agreement.    Under this agreement, the Buyer's Agent owes his fiduciary responsibilities to the buyer.    According to the Colorado Buyer's agency agreement, a Buyer's Agent has the following a...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
Hello All! Many of you know, (and some of you don't ! ), that aside from my "Realtor Showcase" Slideshows, I have started making notecards from my ever growing photo collection. My work is inspired by my love of nature, and my desire to capture a beautiful moment in time, that once gone, is gone forever. Here are a  few examples of available notecard photographs, and I have many more flower, landscape and animal photos in my archives. This is my own all rights reserved, and copyrighted work. This is what I'm  doing: 12 cards w/ envelopes, 53lb premium gloss photo quality notecard stock, (4.25 X 5.5), blank inside for personalization, 4 different photos, with 3 of each per set. Please Specify:  Flowers, Landscapes, Animals, or Mix Em Up! $20 per set. Standard Shipping $3.50 These beauti...
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By Kathy Torline, Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog 719-287-1049
(ERA Herman Group Real Estate)
 Woodland Park Market breakdown for Active Homes as of 5-6-09 For a FREE list of Foreclosure Homes, Email KTorline@msn.com -- Active homes for sale:  192   Short sales: 11 (4.9%) Bank-owned:  5 (2.2%) Regular:  176 (92.8%) Active Homes for Sale as of  5-6-09:  192 Single Family Homes:  167 (87%) Condos/Townhomes/Patio Homes:  25 (13%) Partial list of Foreclosed homes currently on the market Address PT Br/Ba/G FLR YB Fin SQ Tot SQ LP CDOM 715 W Gunnison AV   SIF  3,3,2  RAN  1955  1,668  2,316  $119,900  103  1913 County 782 RD   SIF  3,2,0  1.5  1970  1,696  1,696  $154,900  56  1270 Loop DR   SIF  4,3,2  BIL  2007  2,144  3,424  $199,900  1237  225 Sunnywood LN   SIF  3,3,2  1.5  1986  2,391  2,868  $254,900  118  390 Hopi Trail TR   SIF  3,2,2  RAN  1993  1,801  3,602  $325,900  84  T...
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By Realtor Ben Townsend, www.benhomes.com
(Townsend Group and Associates, Ltd.)
What is so attractive about Colorado? Maybe the question should be what isn't? We've always known that Colorado is the greatest place in the world. It looks like the world is starting to get it.
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
                                                                               The Garden of the Gods   The Garden of the Gods was dedicated as a city park in 1909 by the children of Charles Elliot Perkins. Perkins was a friend of General Palmer, who founded Colorado Springs, and encouraged Perkins to purchase the land that is The Garden of the Gods.  After his death, his family honored his request and gave the land to the City of Colorado Springs to be used as a park, on the condition that it would remain free forever to all visitors.      Many of these rock formations are over 300 million years old and have been sculpted throughout the years by erosion.    It is generally assumed that  the Native Americans named the Garden of the Gods. However, not so!  In August, 1859, two surveyors ...
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By Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land
(ERA Herman Group Real Estate)
The Woodland Park Saddle Club is moving to Divide Colorado.  The Divide Chamber of Commerce will hold a public meeting Wed. April 8th at 6p.m. at Killday's Deli which is behind Venture foods in Divide. The Woodland Park Saddle club has recently acquired 35 acres in Divide. Current plans envision a facility including a massive indoor arena, an outdoor arena with lights and a speaker system, a clubhouse that may eventually serve alcohol, holding pens, hay storage areas, parking areas and an eventual residence for a caretaker. The move is prompted by the desire of the saddle club to build an event center which will bring hundreds of people to local livestock, horse and rodeo events. I image some music will also eventually filter into the all season venue. Previously, the saddle club was lo...
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By Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land
(ERA Herman Group Real Estate)
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By Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land
(ERA Herman Group Real Estate)
  Recently, NAR rolled out its' Green Designation. I have not had the pleasure to attend either of these designations training. But, 15 years of living green and off the grid does give me some stomping rights. I am looking at both websites right now and I am trying to discern which of the designations is more intensive and educational.  It looks like the NAR's Green Designation is more about raising the awareness of green issues in the Real Estate industry. Students will be taught about the basics of today's green generation. The class covers how sustainability impacts smart growth, new urbanism, and community development. Attendees are also instructed as to how NAR's Green Designation can attract green clients. Students are required to complete a 12 hr. core course and a six hour elect...
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By Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land
(ERA Herman Group Real Estate)
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By Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land
(ERA Herman Group Real Estate)
  BLOG GREEN FOR ECO BROKERS   Green is so Red Hot that it has been written into the hottest topic in Real Estate and that is the Stimulus Package. Green living is an investment in the future of America. The American Recovery and reinvestment Act of 2009 gives green efforts about 80 billion dollars. The money is to be used to fund projects to include mass transit, energy efficiency, and renewable sources of energy. The money is also supposed to go towards updating another failing infrastructure issue which is our electrical grid. Money that is contributed to green solutions can allow America to be more self reliant while providing jobs and establishing new business models. Green dollars going into the economy can also offer new opportunities for entrepreneurial expansion.   Tax incentiv...
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By Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land
(ERA Herman Group Real Estate)
  I have gone and done it. I have created a Twitter account. I have been wavering back and forth. I read a post not so long ago on Active Rain which told me how to set up my blog on Active Rain to post to Twitter automatically. That one perk, not to mention the many others I am sure I have to discover, promoted me to sign up at long last. I began my internet social networking agenda some time ago. It was overwhelming at first. But, everyone encouraged me to go day by day. I am now more adept and far more networked with my associates and the public. Now I am off to boglog and discover more about Twitter. And post my twitter icon as a widget. No time to dawdle. I bet Woodland Park Colorado must have a Twitter channel. You can find me as greencolorado on Twitter.                           ...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
                                   118 Year Old Case of Mistaken Identity   A while back, I posted a photo I took of a statue in Manitou Springs. I named her "Lady of Light". That's not really her name, and although she has been known as Hygeia, Goddess of Health, in Manitou Springs for the past 118 years, that's not really her name either! It was recently discovered by Manitou Springs historian, Deborah Harrison, that the statue, given to the town in 1890 by mineral water bottling magnate, Jerome Wheeler, was misnamed by him, and everyone else over the years.     Marble Statue in Copenhagen Harrison, visiting a museum in Copenhagen, discovered the truth when she spotted a marble statue of Hebe, Goddess of Eternal Youth, the spitting image of Manitou's Hygeia. With one exception. The He...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
We're a different breed here...With a variation of breeds even within the state (note: Boulder!) And yes, sometimes we're even a bit snobby about it... (My mountains are BIGGER THAN YOUR mountains!) We are blessed with an incredible beauty that surrounds us everyday, in every season, all year long. From the majestic mountain ranges of the Western Slope, to the wide open plains of the East, the entire state is candy for the eye. And if you own a camera, well, Colorado is a dream come true. That's not to say we can't poke a little fun at ourselves from time to time.... 98% OF AMERICANS SCREAM BEFORE GOING INTO THE DITCH ON A SLIPPERY ROAD. THE OTHER 2% ARE FROM COLORADO AND THEY SAY, HOLD MY SODA AND WATCH THIS   NOW:   You're from Colorado if: ·        You'll eat ice cream in the winter...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
        Drought, the Pine Beetle, Wildfires, and Reduced Snow Pack   Researchers have released the findings of a 50 year old study that claims trees throughout Western North America, from Canada down, are dying at a rate of two times the rate of 30 years ago. The reason? A ONE DEGREE rise of the average temerature in the West. ONE DEGREE! I've heard lots of talk about global warming over the past several years, and the talk is sometimes something like this: (in the midst of a sub zero Colorado day) "Global warming? You can't tell it by me!" Who feels  the difference of one degree? Not me, and probably not you. But according to these reports, the forest does. But now, we're hearing that a mere one degree increase in overall temperature is what is causing the ice melt in the artic, reduce...
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