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Reasons to Buy Your Home in the Winter

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Winter isn't the most popular time to purchase a home, but it can be a great time to get what you’re looking for without the competition or the high prices. Both buyers and sellers tend to be more serious during the winter as well, which can mean there is less “window shopping." Here are a few reasons that you should consider buying a home in the winter months.


There May Be Less Competition

Winter can be a great time to buy your home because there can be less competition. Many people will choose to buy a home during the warmer spring and summer months. The weather is nicer and easier to tour the homes, and the landscapes offer more curb appeal. While buying a home in the winter months may not be as convenient, you may be glad when there aren’t many other people putting offers on the best home in Colorado Springs!

You Can Learn More About the Home

You can potentially learn more about the flaws in a home during the winter. From leaks in the roof and gutters, or possible defects in …

Christmas Events in Colorado Springs

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The holiday season is upon us, and we don't want you to miss out on any of the fun Colorado Springs Christmas events! From theater productions to elegant dining experiences, there are so many reasons to get out and enjoy the Christmas season here in Colorado.



A Classic Broadmoor Christmas - Through December 27th
Visit www.Broadmoor.com for more information.

Sleigh Rides and Dinner at M Lazy C Ranch - through December 2015
Call 719-748-3398 for more information.

A Tuna Christmas at the Milibo Art Theatre - through December 27th.
For more information call 719-465-6321

Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Fine Arts Center - through January 3rd.
Call 719-272-7078 for more information about performances and matinees.

Christmas at Broadmoor Seven Falls - through February 28th, 2016
Call 855-923-7272 for more information.

Christmas Carol at the Simpich Showcase - through December 31st
Visit their website for more information: www.Simpich.com

2015 Kwanzaa Celebration at the Hillside Community Ce…

5 Holiday Safety Tips for Your Home

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The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be a dangerous time for fires and burglaries. The Mike MacGuire team can help you find your perfect Colorado home, but we also want to help you keep safe during this time of the year. Here are a few tips to remember as you decorate and celebrate during the Holiday season!

Inspect Your Holiday Lights
As you're decorating your home, be sure to check every strand of bulbs for fraying and splitting. When your lights start to show signs of age it's time to replace them to avoid any fire danger. Another way to decrease your chance of fire is by turning out all holiday lights when you go to sleep, or will not be home.
Meet Your Neighbors
Whether you're new to the neighborhood, or you've been there for a while, the holidays are a wonderful time to meet your neighbors. Introduce yourself to the people surrounding you on every side and down the street. The more you know about your neighbors, the better you ca…

7 Unexpected Purchases for a First Time Homebuyer

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Buying your first home is an exciting time, full of changes and new experiences. While you're learning about this detailed process, the Mike MacGuire team will help you navigate through all of the ins and outs of the home buying experience. When you purchase your first home, you will be excited to get settled in, but there are a few other purchases that you may need. Here are seven things that can go unnoticed in the home buying process that you'll want to budget for in advance.


Blinds

Blinds are not always the first thing you think of when you buy a home, but if your home in Colorado Springs doesn't come with blinds, you'll want to add this to the budget. You can purchase standard blinds at a local home improvement store, or you can hire a company to come and measure your windows and create a custom fit. Ask us for a referral to a reputable local company!

Fire Extinguisher

This is a MUST for every home. At the minimum you should keep one in the kitchen, but ideally you sh…

The Difference Between Pre-Qualified vs. Pre-Approved

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There are many details to buying a home, and as a homebuyer, you can't be expected to remember them all. Pre-qualification sounds like the last step in the mortgage, yet it's only just the beginning. In fact, if you were to rely solely on the results from your pre-qualification it could cause some bigger problems down the road.

Though pre-qualification is important, you want to make sure that you are pre-approved before buying a home in Colorado. Here are a few details that can help you understand the distinction between these two steps.

1st Step: Pre-Qualification
When you are pre-qualified, you have completed the initial step in the mortgage process. You will provide your financial information to the bank, including you debt, income, and assets. They will evaluate all of the information, and then the lender can give you an estimated mortgage amount that you could qualify for. Pre-qualification does not examine your credit report or take an extensive look at your ability to actu…