Woodland Park, CO Real Estate News

By Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land
(ERA Herman Group Real Estate)
COLORADO REAL ESTATE IN THE FALL IS STILL A GREAT TIME!! ENJOY THE  VIEWS AND  THE ASPEN COLORS!                       Indian summer is a period of time that is sunny and warmer than usual autumns. It occurs not long before winter but it is always welcomed and relished as it seems like Spring time. An Indian summer can last a few days or more than a week. I have to bring up the subject because I have been enjoying these warm days here in Park and Teller county Colorado. It is usually the case that the first snow has me out mending the fences and picking up the gardening tools and rolling up the hoses while my hands are encased in gloves and my face is covered with a scarf. But, this year has been different. It has been perfect weather for Colorado horse back riding and the local rancher...
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By Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land
(ERA Herman Group Real Estate)
  A Daimond in the Rough     I do have to admit that when it comes to dining out in Woodland Park the really good choices are few. But, if you are headed West on Hwy. 24 take a look to your left as you pass Sonic. The restaurant sits down in a hollow right off of Hwy. 24 East. The welcoming log cabin building is home to some of the best steaks in the state. The menu doesn't stop with steaks. Giant salads, pasta, chicken and seafood are also available. The chef only uses Ranch Foods Direct beef which is a hormone and antibiotic free beef produced in Colorado Springs by Mike Callicrate.   Fred and Gail Brocklesby own and operate the establishment. They also owned and operated the previous business which was a 50's style drive-in restaurant called "Cruisers". Fred and Gail decided to slow ...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
  When our forefathers drafted the United States Constitution, they intended to do all they could to protect the rights of the citizens of the United States. The reasons for leaving England in the previous century were still fresh and clear in their minds. Their desire for religous freedom, to be free of undue taxation, freedom of speech and press, and to provide a better life for their children (unemployment was very high in 17th century England), prompted many to take that very dangerous journey into the unknowns of America. The fathers of the constitution endeavored to create a government "for the people, and by the people". I feel a little bit left out, don't you? There were some remarkable minds at work in those times. I would highly recommend the book, "John Adams" by David McCul...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
                                                                                      Not What You Were Expecting?                                                                     LOL! Shame on You!                                                                                        A Woodland Park Realtor's Backyard Photos - Part 1   Living in Woodland Park Colorado gives me the 'fix' I need for a multitude of photo opportunities, many of them from right here in my own backyard, (literally!). I love photography and enjoy sharing the fun and beauty I discover all around me. I hope you enjoy that I share them with you. Armed only with my Nikon, (OK, and maybe a margarita), and more patience than I never knew I had, I spent an entire afternoon one day this past summer on the deck 'sh...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
  And You Think You Have It Bad? We're closer to the end of the year than many of us realize. It's right around the corner. So we'll soon usher out 2008, and bring in 2009. It's been an interesting year, and a difficult one for many, so when I came across these statistics from 100 years ago, I thought it might put things a little bit in perspective. I share them with you here... THE YEAR 1908 The year is 1908. One hundred years ago. The average life expectancy was 47 years.  Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. (Good Grief!  What was it like to be stuck in a crowd?... DB) Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.  The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel To...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
                                                                                                                                      Bear Sightings In Woodland Park We're expecting a big storm today, so I went out this morning to take more photos of the fall color in Woodland Park and around Teller County. Didn't even get out of the neighborhood before I saw this visitor!                                  It's not uncommon to see bear in and around Woodland Park, especially in the fall when the bear are out seeking as much food as possible before hibernation begins. All the bears we see in Colorado are 'black bear', even though many are brown, cinnamon, or even blonde in color. It is said that bears have the best sense of smell of any animal on earth. A blood hounds sense of smell is 30...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
                                                                                                                            Colorado Aspen   I took these photographs on a "AAA" - Altitude Attitude Adjustment" trip through Colorado's high country. We traveled from Woodland Park to Estes Park, Colorado, then through the Rocky Mountain National Forest, up over the Continental Divide, and down into Grand Lake. A visit to Cottonwood Lake the following day was gorgeous, as well.                                                                                  Rocky Mountain National Park                                          Continental Divide                         Grand Lake - Sadly, the forest aroung Grand lake is about 80% Beetle Kill           Berthoud Pass                            ...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
                                                                                                                        Seven Point "Royal" Elk in Estes Park - in back of our motel!                                                                                A Colorado AAA A friend of mine likes to take what she calls 'AAAs' - Altitude Attitude Adjustments - which is a trip through the high country of Colorado. This weekend, I grabbed my camera and we were off for fall color, and 'shooting' elk.  I don't think we've ever had an AAA as amazing as the one we took this weekend to the Rocky Mountain National Park. We left Woodland Park Friday morning, then spent the day photographing aspens and elk. We stayed in Estes Park Friday night, then Saturday morning, drove back through the park a...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
                                                     Trust Your Instincts!  Check 'Em Out I just read a post by Antoinette Scognaniglio, called "Read this now...Realtor Safety issues...Who are THEY Anyway?" Great post, Antoinette! Her story was similar to a very recent experience that I had, but while mine was not a safety issue, (at least I don't think so), what it has in common with her story is the "Google" factor. This is important not only to REALTORS, but to the FSBO folks out there trying to go it alone. Here's my story: I received a 'buyer' call in reference to a high end ranch - with all the expected 'goodies'- that I had listed. The prospective buyer he said he was putting together a "Vacation Club", whereby his clients could choose from a variety of exclusive properties all o...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
Woodland Park sits at the base of Pikes Peak, "America's Mountain", at an elevation of 8465 feet. It is known as "The City Above the Clouds" due to it's abundant sunshine, and boasts a cozy population of about 7,600. Woodland Park - The History The largest city in Teller County, Woodland Park is about 18 miles from Colorado Springs, traveling west on Highway 24 through the scenic Ute Pass. Once the home of the Southern Colorado Ute Indians, the area developed as a resort town to folks from Colorado Springs looking for a mountain get-away. Many log cabins were built in the area for this purpose, and remain here today as private residences. Others would come to enjoy the mountain setting staying at grand hotels, such as the Midland Hotel. Logging was the primary industry in Woodland Park...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
                                                                         Woodland Park - What's Bugging you? In an article dated September 21, 2008 by R. Scott Rappold, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports that the Colorado State Forest Service office in Woodland Park has received numerous calls from people worried that the dying pine needles they see on their trees are a result of pine beetle infestation. The Colorado Forest Service assures us that what we are seeing is the annual dying of pine needles, and not the result of the voracious appetite of pine beetles. "Many types of evergreens shed their needles in the fall, and especially so in dry years like this one", Rappold reports officials as saying. So, how do you recognize the pine beetle, and the affected trees? The Mountain Pine...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
FICO score - Foreclosure vs. Shortsale? We better know the answer to this one! When the  'short sale' activity began to gear up, the big question I heard over and over was  "What's the difference to my credit score with Foreclosure vs. Short Sale?" Most didn't have the answer, but for those who claimed to, what I heard most often was that short sales had less of an impact on credit score than foreclosure did. As REALTORS, I fear we have a liability to our sellers when answering this question, and we'd better have it right. Before you do anything else - suggest the seller discuss their situation with a real estate attorney an a trusted tax adviser. According to MyFICO.com, quoted here, "The common alternatives to foreclosure, such as short sales, and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure are all ...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
  Woodland Park REALTOR and resident, Debi Boucher Woodland Park, Colorado—The City Above The Clouds, is so named because it is said that for approximately 360 days a year, the sun shines (at least part of the day) on our little mountain community! The population within the city of Woodland Park is about 7,000. We’re an easy commute traveling west on Hwy. 24 from Colorado Springs, through the historical Ute Pass, and are nestled at the base of Pikes Peak, the mountain made famous by Katherine Lee Bates’ poem, “America The Beautiful”. I’ve been a resident in this area since late 1992, and fell in love with it instantly. The beauty surrounding us here cannot be equaled, and for me, much of the appeal is our rich and varied history. I am a director on the board of the Woodland Park Histori...
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By Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours
( Real Estate Showcase Photography)
By now, just about everyone agrees that staging a listed home will bring a faster sale and more money to the seller. Yet, I continue to see listing after listing that scream "Stage Me!"  It's true that not all Realtors are trained, or have the knack, for Home Staging. I have spoken with many Reators that tell me they are not comfortable with telling their sellers what needs to be done, (i.e. pet odors, general cleanliness, etc.), and they're afraid of compromising their relationship with their sellers by hurting their feelings. Our goal as agents for the seller, is to help them get their property sold as quickly as possible, and for the most money as possible, right? The answer to this dilemma is to bring in a third party. Consider a Staging Consultation with an ASP Realtor in your area...
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Market Report for Woodland Park, Colorado Woodland Park is located 18 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Woodland Park borders the Pike National Forest and offers a ton of Outdoor activities. There is plenty of hiking, biking, fishing, and National Forest to roam around on. Woodland Park is located in Teller County that also includes Cripple Creek, Florrisant, Victor, and Divide. School District: Woodland Park School District RE-2 .       Homes on Market : 58(Average List Price : $307,921) Under Contract: 8 (Average Price: $245,625) *Pending:10 (Average Price: $323,150) Sold Homes: 19 (Average Sold Price: $273,438) Sold Price vs. List Price: (99.17%) Average Days on Market for sold properties: 113     Contact Dan Follett at dannyfollett@msn.com for all of your real estate needs o...
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Market Report for Woodland Park, Colorado Woodland Park is located 18 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Woodland Park borders the Pike National Forest and offers a ton of Outdoor activities. There is plenty of hiking, biking, fishing, and National Forest to roam around on. Woodland Park is located in Teller County that also includes Cripple Creek, Florrisant, Victor, and Divide. School District: Woodland Park School District RE-2 .       New Homes : 49 (Average List Price : $344,855) Under Contract:10 (Average Price: $359,000) *Pending:6 (Average Price: $286,283) Sold Homes: 29 (Average Sold Price: $247,567) Sold Price vs. List Price: (97.83%) Average Days on Market for sold properties: 154     Contact Dan Follett at dannyfollett@msn.com for all of your real estate needs or visi...
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By Derek and Mariana Wagner, The Artisan Group - Colorado Springs REALTORS®
(The Artisan Group- Keller Williams Premier Realty )
"An Elegant Mountain Community Offering the Best of Contemporary Colorado Living" Sawgrass is a new patio home community "located long the 8th fairway of beautiful Shinnig Mountain Golf Course in Woodland Park [and is] nestled among towering Ponderosa pines with spectacular views of the golf course and majestic Pikes Peak." (www.sawgrasswp.com) Sawgrass at Shining Mountain is a gated community of low-maintenence, main-level living homes with a fully finished walk-out basement and covered rear Trex deck overlooking the golf course. Homes are 2,686 finished s.f. with an additional 405 sf left unfinished (for storage) and an attached 2-car garage. The main level boasts a great room, dining room and open kitchen, a secondary bedroom and full hall bath and a master suite with 5-piece master ...
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Market Report for Woodland Park, Colorado Woodland Park is located 18 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Woodland Park borders the Pike National Forest and offers a ton of Outdoor activities. There is plenty of hiking, biking, fishing, and National Forest to roam around on. Woodland Park is located in Teller County that also includes Cripple Creek, Florrisant, Victor, and Divide. School District: Woodland Park School District RE-2 .       New Homes : 26 (Average List Price : $270,238) Under Contract:7 (Average Price: $235,057) Sold Homes: 4 (Average Sold Price: $348,587) Sold Price vs. List Price: (98.25%) Average Days on Market for sold properties: 172     Contact Dan Follett at dannyfollett@msn.com for all of your real estate needs or visit my website COLORADO SPRINGS REAL ESTA...
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By Brian Lloyd, Pikes Peak Colorado Areanulls Expert
(Woodland Park Colorado Real Estate - Wegwood Properties)
Wow things are getting good here in Woodland Park. By good i mean if you are in the market to buy a home or even vacant land in and around the Pikes Peak Area of Colorado now is the time. There are so many good deals out here on homes in Woodland Park. I am seeing homes that would have and have sold for 200k last year now selling for around 120k. Why? Well i am sure you have heard all over the news about the high rate of forclosures nation wide and yes we have them here in this area to. It is not as bad as many other areas of the contry but we still do have some homes in forclosure. Waht does this mean for you if you are a buyer in this kind of market? Well it means you will be getting the best deal in over 5 years in this area but only if you get the right property. There are many home...
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Market Report for Woodland Park, ColoradoWoodland Park is located 18 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Woodland Park borders the Pike National Forest and offers a ton of Outdoor activities. There is plenty of hiking, biking, fishing, and National Forest to roam around on. Woodland Park is located in Teller County that also includes Cripple Creek, Florrisant, Victor, and Divide. School District: Woodland Park School District RE-2 .   New Homes : 30 (Average List Price : $376,878)Under Contract:1 (Average Price: $329,900) Sold Homes: 5 (Average Sold Price: $213,080)Sold Price vs. List Price: (96.47%) Average Days on Market for sold properties: 221   Contact Dan Follett at dannyfollett@msn.com for all of your real estate needs or visit my website COLORADO SPRINGS REAL ESTATE This r...
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