Friday, April 21, 2017

Move in Ready Home for Sale in Colorado Springs!


Stunning ranch style home for sale in Colorado Springs offers true main level living with 3BR, 2BA, 3 Car garage and over 2500 square feet.  Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs! Be greeted with soaring vaulted ceilings over the living, dining kitchen & family rooms.  The kitchen features generous cabinet & counter space, counter top bar, hardwood flooring, pantry and adjoining nook. The spacious family room walks out to the patio overlooking the low maintenance Xeriscaped yard with beautiful perennial gardens and Pikes Peak views.  The main level master retreat boasts an adjoining bathroom and walk-in closet.  There are two secondary bedrooms, full bathroom and laundry on the main. The unfinished lower level offers endless opportunities for expansion. This impeccable one owner home has been beautifully maintained and features new paint, carpet, washer, dryer, roof, gutters; central AC & finished garage with built-in storage. This must-see home is minutes from schools, parks, dining and shopping with convenient access to Powers Blvd.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Love Where You Live - Part Two

In 2016, Colorado Springs was named the fifth-best place to live by U.S. News and World Report. The high quality of life, low cost of living, low unemployment, and our beautiful natural wonders and proximity to the mountains are just a few of the amazing factors of living here. Last week, we covered a few of the local communities that help us to Love Where We Live in Part One of our series. This week, we're going to give you some insight into a few more communities that make up our beautiful town.

Northgate
The Northgate area is located at the northern edge of Colorado Springs, near the Northgate of the United States Air Force Academy. This is a fast growing area with newer developments offering proximity to “The Club at Flying Horse”, Pikes Peak Community College, movie theaters, restaurants, and shopping. 
Schools: District 20

Northwest
This area starts just north of the Garden of The Gods Park and extends to the southern boundary of the United States Air Force Academy. Offering a unique setting, filled with pine trees, scrub oak, aspen trees, natural rock formations, and wildlife these neighborhoods provide the feel of mountain living along with the amenities of city life. 
Schools: District 11 & 20

Powers
The Powers area, located on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs, is known for its convenience and affordability. The area hosts a wide range of home options and a large selection of amenities. There are a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Its location is convenient to military installations. The area's rapid growth has given way to bustling retail and commercial growth.

Southwest
Located at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain, this area is home to the prestigious five star, five diamond Broadmoor Hotel. Southwest Colorado Springs area continues to flourish, with Fort Carson still being a major employer in the area. Featuring a diverse mix of housing opportunities, from the opulent Old Broadmoor and Broadmoor Resort Community to the eclectic character and charm of Cheyenne Canon and affordability of Ivywild and Cheyenne Meadows. 
Schools: District 12 & 2.

Tri-Lakes & Monument
The Tri-Lakes & Monument areas provide a perfect balance of mountain living with its towering Ponderosa Pines and easy access to both Colorado Springs and Denver. Homes for sale in Monument tend to be single family homes on larger lots built in the 1960’s to 2010. The residents of Monument enjoy fantastic Pikes Peak and the Front Range views. Schools: District 38.

West Colorado Springs & Manitou
Home to the world famous, Garden of the Gods, “The West Side” of Colorado Springs features many custom home neighborhoods with exquisite views of the mountains and Pikes Peak. The West Side is an established community that offers large lots with mature landscaping. This area features a diverse range of housing styles and options, dining and shopping. With close proximity to downtown and I-25, it's a convenient location for day-to-day living. 
Schools: District 11.


LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE
Do you love where you live? If not, maybe it's time to relocate to Colorado Springs and find what so many people who already live here have found - a home. If you're looking for the best real estate agent in Colorado Springs, we would love to offer our services as we help you find the home of your dreams. Colorado Springs is a wonderful place to call home, and we would like to invite you to come join us. Visit our website to learn more about the home buying process in Colorado Springs, and how The MacGuire Team can assist.

Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent

The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919


719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793

Mike@BuyWithMike.com



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Love Where You Live - Part One

The MacGuire Team knows how important it is to love where you live. That's actually what plays a huge role in our real estate business - we want you to love where you live, and we'll help you find that place! Colorado Springs is situated at the base of stunning Pikes Peak at the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. It's a haven for those who love to view spectacular outdoor scenery while still living in a sophisticated, lively, urban environment. There are SO many reasons that we love where we live. From the 300+ days of sunshine to the affordable, business and family friendly community, Colorado Springs is a great place to live, work, and play. Here is a brief overview of the communities that you'll find in the Colorado Springs area as you're looking to relocate to Colorado Springs.

Black Forest
Just minutes from the north end of Colorado Springs is the Black Forest. This area offers a combination of dense pine forest and wide open rolling grassland areas. Certain parts of Black Forest offer stunning views of “Pikes Peak” and the Front Range. Characterized by mostly 5 acre and larger lots housing styles run the gamut from log cabins to contemporary homes and sprawling mansions. The area abounds in wildlife. Many of the properties are zoned for horses. 
Schools: District 20, 38, 49

Briargate
Briargate is a master planned community located in the northern part of Colorado Springs, just east of the Air Force Academy. This popular area features great views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. Briargate is home to a wide range of amenities from shopping, dining & offices. It is a great place to work, play and live. When families outgrow a Briargate home, they often stay in Briargate. 
Schools: District 20

Central Colorado Springs
With the silhouette of Pikes Peak in the backdrop, Downtown Colorado Springs has a small-town feel but with big city amenities. Residents of the Downtown area enjoy a wide range of shopping, restaurants, entertainment and parks. This is a great area for those looking for convenience and amenities in a character-rich urban setting. Homes for sale in downtown Colorado Springs Co include modest bungalows, historic turn of the century homes and modern lofts. 
Schools: District 11

East
This area offers gently rolling terrain, mature trees and a wide range of housing options. Developed in the 1970’s, this area offers convenience to parks, schools, shopping, military bases & Downtown. 
Schools: District 11

Falcon
The Falcon area offers both acreage properties and affordable newer homes in a neighborhood setting featuring a wide range of amenities. This is one of the few areas close to Colorado Springs that offers equestrian communities, equestrian facilities, and riding easements. Falcon is a rapidly growing area, with new dining and shopping options every day. 
Schools: District 49

Northeast
The Northeast communities offer a good combination of affordability and convenience. The wide range of amenities found in this area makes it a favorite for busy individuals and families. This is a popular area with a wide range of housing types, businesses, schools, and shopping. 
Schools: District 11 & 20



Buying a Home In Colorado Springs
When relocating to Colorado Springs, it's important to know where you want to live within the community. This decision can be made for you in some cases based off of your career or your child's school district. Other times, you get to choose your community based on local interest, surrounding areas, and more. The MacGuire Team would be honored to help you find your home and a place to Love Where You Live. Visit our website to learn more about our real estate services in Colorado Springs to get started.

Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent

The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919


719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793

Mike@BuyWithMike.com




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Incredible Home for Sale in Colorado Springs!


Stunning stucco and stone ranch style home for sale in Colorado Springs featuring 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 car finished garage and 3,598 SF. Spectacular views of Pikes Peak and true main level living! Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs. The welcoming foyer with gleaming hardwood floors draw you into the great room featuring stone fireplace and wall of windows overlooking the private, treed back yard. The gourmet kitchen boasts birch cabinets with soft-close drawers and roll-outs, granite slab counters and center island, top of the line appliances - gas stove with hood, convection microwave/double oven, under cabinet lighting, & large pantry. The adjacent dining nook features bay window and walks out to 16 x 12 covered composite deck. Unwind in the main level master retreat with luxurious 5-piece bathroom and walk-in custom closet. The main level secondary bedroom is perfect for office or bedroom & is just steps from full bathroom. Laundry room leads to finished/insulated 3 car garage. The finished basement offers a large family room with gas fireplace. Three spacious secondary bedrooms, one with on suite full bathroom, offer large walk-in closets. Enjoy summer evenings on the deck or paver patio overlooking the beautifully landscaped yard and backing to rural acreage property with mature trees and scrub oak. The elegance of this home is enhanced by hand troweled walls, bullnose corners, crown molding, 2-Panel arched doors, porcelain tile floors in all bathrooms. Bonus 39x8 Storage Room provides second laundry room. Excellent location, just minutes from I-25 with easy access to downtown Co Springs or Denver, USAFA, award winning District 20 Schools, shopping & dining. Looking for main level living and tons of upgrades? This home has it. Come experience the views, privacy and amazing amenities. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Your Mortgage Questions - ANSWERED!

The home mortgage. It's a confusing and intimidating topic to many - but it doesn't have to be. A large majority of American homeowners have a mortgage on their home, and with a trusted lender and a great real estate agent helping you on the homefront (literally), your mortgage can be a huge asset. Here are a few popular questions about mortgages, and whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned property owner, we hope that these can help you out.

What documentation do I need to provide?
Every loan is going to be a little bit different, and the documentation required can differ from one loan program to another. Several programs require your income, employment, and asset verification, while others require no documentation at all. It's important to work with your mortgage lender to learn what exactly will need to be provided.

Do all loan programs require a down-payment?
There are, in fact, programs that don't require you to pay a down payment. Depending on the loan program, you may need to meet certain credit, employment history, or location factors in order to qualify. A zero-downpayment loan can be an incredible option if you can find the right program and the right property to match.

What is mortgage insurance? Is it required?
Mortgage insurance is what protects your lender against taking a financial loss. It is required for mortgage programs that require little or no down payment, though. 

Are there benefits of  Government loans?
Loans that are backed by the government have become a very attractive option for borrowers. The easy qualification and enticing low interest have made them appealing to many borrowers - creating affordable mortgages. If you're looking for help with your military relocation to Colorado Springs, the MacGuire team offers a CASH BACK service to help. Visit our website at www.MilitaryCashBack.com to learn how you can take advantage of this great service.

How is my monthly mortgage payment applied to my mortgage loan?
Your monthly mortgage payment will include a payment to the principal balance, interest, and escrow. This is also known as P.I.T.I. - principle, interest, taxes, and insurance.

What is the difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval?
When you're pre-qualified, the lender with judge your ability to make payments on your mortgage based on your verbal assessment of your income, assets and employment history. Pre-approval is the underwriting decision that you are conditionally qualified and is subject to the lender reviewing your completed application, verification of your income, assets, employment history, credit check, appraisal, and other factors.

Buying a Home in Colorado Springs
When you break it down, the mortgage process doesn't have to be as complicated as it may seem. In fact, you can get your mortgage process completed relatively quickly once you get all of your information in to your mortgage lender. After you've talked with a lender and become prequalified, we can use the information you've gotten to help you find your Colorado Springs real estate! Visit our website at www.BuyWithMike.com to learn more about our buying process. We're ready to help you love where you live.


Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent

The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919


719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793



Mike@BuyWithMike.com


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Friday, March 31, 2017

Beautiful Home for Sale in Colorado Springs!


Carefree living in Paradise Villas Gated Community. This beautifully appointed home for sale in Colorado Springs has designer touches throughout.  Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs. Offering true main level living, the bright and open floorplan boasts soaring ceilings, large windows & extensive hardwood flooring. The gourmet kitchen features a wrap around breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, custom backsplash, gas cooktop & generous pantry. Ideal for entertaining, the kitchen overlooks the dining area & great room. Unwind in the cozy great room offering a wall of windows & gas fireplace. Enjoy summer evenings on the private covered patio. The luxurious master retreat provides a 5pc bathroom and walk-in closet. French doors lead to a secondary bedroom/office.  A second full bath and laundry room complete the main level.  The unfinished basement provides endless possibilities for expansion. Situated on a quiet lot in the private, gated community that offers a large system of walking paths, pond & views of Pikes Peak & the Front Range, you are conveniently located to I-25, minutes from USAFA, shopping, dining & District 20 schools.  

How Long Should Your Systems & Appliances Last - Part 2

As you probably realize, there is a lifespan on everything you purchase. While you can lengthen the life of your appliances through care and maintenance, at some point they will finally need to be replaced. Here is a basic guideline for the average lifespan of your appliances, as well as the average cost to replace these items. Remember, it's important to get a quote from your local appliance store, not only for the cost of the appliance but the installation of it as well.

Trash Compactor
If you have a trash compactor in your home, it's important to make sure that it's in good condition. They will generally last for about 6 years, and only cost about $554 to replace.

Oven
Your oven will last around 13-15 years, and you will want to budget about $1,000 to replace this appliance if you need to.

Microwave
With many microwaves being installed into a home instead of a free-standing appliance, you'll want to make sure that this appliance works, and is also clean when your home is being shown. You can expect this appliance to last, on average, 9 years, and cost around $300 to replace.

Electrical
Electrical aspects of your home are generally good for about 10 years, and they will cost $1,343 to replace. If you don't know anyone locally who can perform maintenance on your home - we can recommend some amazing professionals in the area who can help get your home ready to sell.

Garage Door Opener
You may not think about this system - until it breaks down and you can't pull your vehicle into the garage. You can expect for this to last around 10 -15 years, and cost about $319 to replace.

Refridgerator
When you buy a new fridge, you can expect for it to last around 13 years, and when you need to replace it, it's a good idea to have $1,500 set aside for this upgrade. While you'll most likely be bringing your fridge to your next home with you, it's nice to know when you'll need to save for a new one.

Washer & Dryer
Your washer and dryer will generally last between 10 and 13 years, with a replacement cost of about $1,000. Like the refrigerator, you'll probably take these appliances with you when you move, though some sellers decide to leave them with the home. If you'll be doing this, don't forget to let your Colorado Springs real estate agent know about this.

Roof
Finally, the most intimidating repair of them all - the roof. You can expect your roof to last around 20-30 years, and the replacement cost is an average of $6,624 depending on where you're located, the materials that you use, and the size of your roof. Don't let a bad roof keep you from selling your home. We can recommend many great roofers in the area who can help you get this investment fixed.

Buying a Home in Colorado Springs
Whether you're buying a home, and want to know what to look for and what questions to ask about appliances - or you're a seller and need to know what you should repair before selling, we can help. The MacGuire Team has been selling real estate in Colorado Springs for over 25 years, and our vast knowledge can be a huge asset to you through the process of buying or selling. Visit our website to learn more about our buying process and selling strategies - we're here to help!


Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent

The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919


719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793



Mike@BuyWithMike.com




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Stunning Home for Sale in Colorado Springs

Beautiful custom 6BR, 4BA, 3CA home for sale in Colorado Springs, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac at the base of Blodgett Peak offers stunning city and mountain views. Click HERE to tour this home for sale in Colorado Springs. The open foyer leads you to the inviting great room featuring a gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling & wall of windows. The gourmet kitchen boasts induction cooktop, double ovens, granite counters, center island, walk-in pantry, planning desk and dining nook. A butler’s pantry leads to the elegantly appointed dining room with coffered ceilings overlooking the living/grand piano room. The luxurious master retreat walks out to patio with hot tub and offers a sitting area with 3-sided fireplace, adjoining bath with jetted tub, shower, double vanity and custom His & Her walk-in closets. Two spacious secondary bedrooms, full bath and laundry room complete the upper level. The bright, open walk-out lower level features a sprawling family room with wet bar, ideal for billiards and gaming area. The cozy media area (pre-wired for surround sound) with gas fireplace is the perfect place to unwind. The welcoming guest suite boasts an adjoining bathroom and large closet.  There are two additional secondary bedrooms providing flexibility for home office/exercise room.  Another full bathroom features a built-in sauna. Be captivated by the city and mountain views from nearly every window or enjoy the privacy of the ponderosa pines and scrub oak that surround the patios on this nearly .5 acre professionally landscaped lot. With miles of hiking trails on Blodgett Peak & Pike National Forest out your back door, you are reminded why you love to live in Colorado. Conveniently located to award winning District 20 schools, shopping and dining with easy access to I-25. This stunning home offers extensive hardwood flooring, radiant heating of lower level, gas forced/central air on upper level, 50 year tile roof (2013), energy efficient outdoor LED lights and much more. Buyer has option to assume the lease of solar panels in the Sunshare Venetucci Farms Solar Garden for which solar power is credited to CS utility bill monthly.    

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How Long Should Your Systems & Appliances Last - Part 1

When you're buying or selling your home, the appliances that are included are often a big concern. As a buyer, you want the appliances to be functional at the very least - if not new and in good working order. As a seller, you want your appliances to be in good condition because the buyer will be concerned about this aspect of your home. The MacGuire team realizes how important it is to make sure your home is ready to hit the market, so we have a quick and easy set of guidelines to assist you through your home appliances.

Furnace
This is a large appliance in your home, and buyers will be concerned with. The average lifespan of your furnace is between 15-20 years, and the average cost to replace it is about $3,880.

Air Conditioner
If you want to watch your potential buyers get scared and leave - show them a very old air conditioner. Your air conditioner only needs to be replaced every 10-15 years, but the average cost to replace it is $5,210. If your unit is getting older, you may want to consider replacing it when you are ready to sell your home.

Toilet
You can expect your toilet to last at least 10 years, but you shouldn't need to replace this feature of your bathroom unless it's cracked or malfunctioning - or VERY outdated.

Water Heater
It's important to make sure that this appliance is not only in good working order, but also upgraded when you sell a Colorado Springs home. You can expect that a water heater will last 10-15 years, and only costs $886 on average to replace.

Pipes
The good news is that your pipes should last, on average, 75-100 years. The better news is that the replacement is only $1,193 on average.

Shower
Your shower should last around 20 years, and the only reason you should need to replace it is if it's broken, or very outdated. Unfortunately, buyers will judge the space by an outdated shower, fortunately, they only cost about $857 to replace.

Dishwasher
Your dishwasher can last up to 9 years, and is, on average, $568 to replace. If your unit doesn't need to be replaced when you sell your home, at least make sure that it has been cleaned thoroughly

Garbage Disposal
While buyers will probably not walk through your home and turn on the garbage disposal, they could. If yours makes unusual sounds when it starts up, the average cost to replace it is $400, and it will generally last about twelve years.

Selling a Colorado Springs Home
From buying, selling, or continuing to live in your home - this information can be vital. As a buyer, you'll want to know when items should have been replaced so you can know when you'll need to replace them in the future. As a seller, you'll want to replace these items before you sell if they are beginning to show wear and tear. If you're a homeowner who has no plans to buy or sell - you can use this information to help you plan your home upgrade budget. The MacGuire Team knows how valuable it can be to get insight into the home buying and selling process, and that's why we're here to provide it. Visit our website to learn more about our selling strageties and buying process today!



Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent

The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919


719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793



Mike@BuyWithMike.com



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

5 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent

With millions of buyers and sellers in the market - it's not just important to have someone to represent you - it's vital. The MacGuire Team realizes that when you're buying a home in Colorado Springs, you may not know who to turn to, or even how a real estate agent can help you. To answer your questions, we've put together a list of five reasons you'll want to hire a real estate agent in Colorado Springs, and how we can help you buy or sell a home. 


1. Paperwork
Real estate is a heavily regulated environment. Because of this, you'll find that there aren't just a few pieces of paper in the process of your buying or selling, but a LOT of paperwork. Just in the time, you place an offer on a home, you'll leave our office with a large stack of paper with the details of the agreement, what is involved in the process and more. This doesn't even include the amount of paperwork that is handled on our end. Real estate agents can help you navigate the paperwork, and even manage most of it for you.

2. Experience
I have over 25 years of experience in the real estate market in Colorado Springs. When you work with me to buy or sell your home, you are counting on me to use my experience to get the job done. With a staff of experts at my side, you can rest assured your needs will be met and ultimately exceeded. It’s this unified approach that ensures you will receive the personal attention and professional service you expect and deserve

3. Negotiations
Through the real estate process, there are many negotiations that need to be made, and it can be helpful to have someone on your side. Not only someone to give suggestions but even have someone who can make the negotiations for you.

4. Pricing
Whether you're buying or selling, wouldn't it be nice to have someone who understands the current pricing home real estate and be able to get advice from them? Overpricing your home can have drastic effects on the potential sale of your home while underpricing it can keep you from getting the true value of your home. We use The MacGuire Team will give you a Competitive Market Analysis and discuss it in detail. Together we will decide on the best price for your property.

5. Understanding the Current Market
Finally, having a real estate agent assist you through your process, can help you understand the market. There are many facts and figures that make up the real estate market, from statistics about the market, where is the best place to buy, what the best value is, and more. Hire the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs to assist you in your home buying or selling process.

Whether you're buying or selling, you need to work with a team of real estate agents who can help you accomplish your goals. If you're selling, our goal is to sell your home at the highest price possible in the shortest amount of time. If you're buying we will listen to your desires and needs and we will hear what you have to say. Real Estate is always local – down to the neighborhood. As lifelong Colorado Springs residents, we know the neighborhoods. We understand the economic trends that impact our communities and influence the local real estate market. Let our 25 years of experience and knowledge of the Colorado Springs area guide you to the right home in the right neighborhood.



Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent

The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919


719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793



Mike@BuyWithMike.com