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About The MacGuire Team

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As 2016 comes to a close and we prepare for all that 2017 will bring, we want to take a moment to introduce ourselves more. The MacGuire Team is based out of Colorado Springs, and lead by Mike MacGuire. We have been celebrating our 25th year in the industry and we love to help you find the home of your dreams, sell your home, or even relocate through our Military Cashback services. We also love where we live - Colorado Springs is an amazing place to settle down. Here are a few reasons we're the best in the industry, and why you'll love working with us.

Your Colorado Springs Real Estate & Relocation Expert, Mike MacGuire
When it comes to real estate, Mike MacGuire’s dedication and love for his work is evident. His business expertise and experience have been the cornerstone to his success, but it’s his enthusiasm to help his clients reach their goals that have made him a respected and sought-after real estate agent in Colorado Springs. With a staff of experts at his side, you …

Beautiful Home for Sale in Colorado Springs

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Stunning home for sale in Colorado Springs offering the best of both worlds on 7.0 acres with sweeping views of the Front Range, yet minutes to schools, dining & shopping. Click HERE to tour this home for sale in Colorado Springs. This property is truly unique as it is the perfect balance of meadows, ponderosa pines and scrub oak overlooking Flying Horse and Pikes Peak. With 6 BR, 5 BA, 3CA and over 4800 SF, this bright and open floor plan is the right blend of formal and casual living space – great for entertaining with comfortable livability.  You are greeted by the two-story foyer that draws you to the great room with vaulted ceilings, wall of windows that capture the views, a dual sided fireplace and built-in speakers. The kitchen is beautifully appointed with granite counters, cherry cabinets, large center island, gas stove & planning desk. The adjoining bayed nook has gas fireplace and walks out to the deck. The formal dining room features coffered ceilings and hickory …

For Sale By Owner - Can I Do it Alone?

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The short answer is yes - you can sell your home on your own. You can list it on a few sites, take photos on your own, and try to show it, but there is certainly more to FSBO than you may have thought. As the best real estate agent in Colorado Springs, I have been selling homes for over 25 years, and I am proud to say that through dedication and experience I can offer you something that can be nearly impossible to achieve on your own. If you're still considering "For Sale By Owner," here are a few things to keep in mind before embarking on the journey.

PRICE
Did you know that when you hire a real estate agent, statistics show that you get more money from a sale than going at it alone? Correctly pricing your property is critical. Price your home too low and you lose money; price it too high and buyers shy away. 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 - because selling…

Creating An Environmentally Friendly Home

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In an age where we try to be more aware of our environment, did you know that your home could be part of the solution? Your home accounts for energy use, water waste, carbon dioxide emissions and more. Making environmentally friendly upgrades to your home is not only good for the earth but can be a great way to boost the value of your home as well. Here are a few cost-efficient ways you can make your home an environmentally friendly place.

Lighting
Did you know that compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) will save 66% more energy in your home? It also trades 400 pounds of greenhouse gas for every ONE CFL bulb you trade. You don't even have to make the trade all at once, you can replace the bulbs in your home with CFL as they burn out and before you know it your whole house will be DFL lit.

Your Appliances
It's pretty common knowledge that Energy Star-Qualified appliances use 10%-50% less energy, but did you know that there are ways to improve the energy usage even without one of th…

Move In Ready Home for Sale in Colorado Springs

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Immaculate 2-story home for sale in Colorado Springs in Struthers Ranch featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 car garage and over 3,100 square feet. Click HERE to tour this home for sale in Colorado Springs. This open floor plan offers comfortable livability. The main level boasts extensive hardwood floors and welcoming 2-story foyer.  The kitchen provides abundant cabinet space, large center island with breakfast bar, all kitchen appliances & adjoining dining nook. The family room features a stone fireplace and walks out to the sprawling stamped concrete patio overlooking the large back yard. Take in the Front Range, Pikes Peak and USAFA views from the upper level windows.  Unwind in the master retreat with walk-in closet & 5-piece bathroom. Three spacious secondary bedrooms and full bathroom complete the upper level. The unfinished basement provides endless opportunities for expansion.  This home is in move-in condition offering new paint and carpet.  Conveniently located to…

FAQs About Home Insurance

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Unlike car insurance, home owner's insurance isn't required (unless you have a mortgage, it can be required in that case.) Like car insurance, though, there can be many details to your insurance policy that can affect what's covered. The Mike MacGuire team knows how important it can be to protect your investment, especially after spending so much time to find the perfect Colorado Springs real estate. Here are a few frequently asked questions about homeowners insurance so you know what to expect from your policy.

What is Covered On My Policy?
Every policy is as unique as your home - and can sometimes be affected by the details of your home. Do you live in a flood zone? This may be something you want to be covered on your policy. If you live in an area that is affected by hail, rather than risk the damage that hail can cause without coverage, you may want to make sure that it is an inclusion in your policy.

Did you know that some policies will cover the food in your freezer? If…

12 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

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Winter is no joke for your home - especially when you take into account all of the aspects that can affect it. Your home was built to stand the test of time, but with freezing temperatures and large snowfalls - it needs a little help from you! The Mike MacGuire team takes great pride in helping you find the best real estate in Colorado Springs, but now we want to help you maintain it as well. Here are 12 things you should remember to do before we get too deep into winter.


Check the Chimney
Did you know that before you light up your fireplace, you should have it cleaned and inspected? This is a relatively simple task with great rewards. A fireplace that is malfunctioning or dirty can cause big problems for your home. Sometimes it's as simple as it just not heating up, but other times it can be disastrous.

Lower the Temps
While you may be tempted to adjust your thermostat to the highest temperature to keep warm - you may be surprised when you get your electric bill. Save utility costs o…

Beautiful Home for Sale in Colorado Springs

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Stunning ranch style home for sale in Colorado Springs situated on 2.6 acres in exclusive High Forest Ranch provides perfect balance of formal and casual living spaces. Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs! Gleaming hardwood floors lead you to the great room featuring a stone fireplace and wall of windows to take in the Forest views. The gourmet kitchen with center island, abundant cabinets and walk-in pantry adjoins the sunny dining nook. The formal dining room is perfect for entertaining. Built-in shelving and large windows beautifully appoint the main level study. Unwind in the sprawling master suite featuring adjoining 5-pc bath, huge walk-in closet and walk-out to deck. Step out to the expansive deck and experience the privacy & serenity that reminds you why you love to live in Colorado. The four-car garage with elevated ceilings can accommodate a car lift. The light & bright walk-out lower level boasts a family room, 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. Th…

Custom Home for Sale in Colorado Springs

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Extraordinary custom home for sale in Colorado Springs atop Pine Cliff offering staggering 360 degree Pikes Peak & City views. Click HERE to tour this home for sale in Colorado Springs.  This home offers the perfect balance of elegant amenities and livability – perfect for entertaining large gatherings yet intimate enough to call HOME. Situated on nearly an acre and backing to open space, this home provides 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, oversized 4 car garage and over 5,700 square feet. Upon entering, you are drawn into the living room with panoramic views featuring soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows & stone hearth. The adjacent dining room is elegantly appointed with crown molding.   A Gourmet’s delight, the kitchen offers granite counters, top of the line appliances, pantry, planning desk and sunny dining nook. Enjoy entertaining on the expansive deck offering nearly 1400 SF of private outdoor living space overlooking Pikes Peak & twinkling city lights with the tranq…

5 Tips for Home Safety During Holiday Travel

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Unless you would like to reenact a scene from Home Alone, we can imagine that you would like to know your home is safe while you're away. With Thanksgiving only a few days away, many people will be traveling to visit family and friends. This leaves your home unattended, and possibly at risk for intruders if you don't take a few necessary precautions. The Mike MacGuire team not only wants to help you find your dream home, but keep it safe for the remainder of the time you'll be living in it.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind before locking up your house and heading out for the weekend.


Hire a House Sitter
When you have someone coming and going from your home, it will make it look a lot less appealing to intruders. Whether you find a house sitter, dog sitter, or even someone to check in and mow the grass, this will help make your home look like you're still around. You can even talk with your neighbors to see if they can keep an eye on your home while you're…

House Hunting for the Holidays

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If you're hoping to deck some new halls for the holidays, there's no time like the present to get started if you haven't already. If you thought that the holidays were a bad time to find your dream home - think again. There are several great reasons to buy a Colorado Springs home during the holidays, and when you have the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs on your side there's no time like the present - so you can give presents! Here are a few reasons house hunting for the holidays can be a great way to find your home.


There Can Be Less Competition
Many families are too busy with the holiday planning, preparation, and events to spend their spare time looking for homes. This means you won't, most likely, have as many people competing for the same homes. Another reason you can hope for fewer potential buyers is that the weather in Colorado Springs tends to be cold and snowy, and there are not as many people who will want to trek through the snow to look at hom…