Showing posts from January, 2016

Questions to Ask Before Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home can be a huge step in your life, and the Mike MacGuire team is here to help you every step of the way. From getting approved for your mortgage to learning how to negotiate with a seller, there are many tricks of the trade that an experienced real estate agent in Colorado Springs can help you with. Before you start the home buying process, you may want to ask yourself a few questions to see if you're ready for this next step in life.

Have You Saved a Down Payment?

Your down payment can be substantial, and in many cases, you can't borrow your down payment. You can, however, come up with the money in many other creative ways. If you are newly engaged, instead of asking for wedding gifts, you can use websites like Hatch My House, and suggest that friends and family help you with your down payment or mortgage in lieu of gifts.

How Much Can I Afford?
This is a very important detail to figure out before choosing a specific home. We suggest that you go through a pre…

6 Reasons to Buy A Home in 2016

Since the 1950's only 58% of Coloradans owned their own home. Since then, 70% now own their own Colorado home. While owning your own home can be considered the American dream, it could have been challenging in the past for people to buy their first home. In 2016, we believe that it's going to be easier than ever to purchase a Colorado home. Here are six reasons to keep your eyes open and consider purchasing a home this year.

Interest Rates Are Still Low
While it may be hard to imagine, in 1981, interest rates hit a high of 18.45% for a 30 year fixed mortgage. Today, many rates hover around 4% depending on your lender and your current income and credit score. The interest rates could change at any point in time, meaning that this is a great time to take advantage of them.

Rent is Through the Roof
While homeowners are lucky and don't have to worry about rent cost - renters aren't so fortunate. In the last twelve months, rent prices have gone up, and it's predicted that t…

Move In Ready Home for Sale in Colorado Springs

Immaculate 2-story home for sale in Colorado Springs with walk-out basement backing to Cottonwood Creek.  Click HERE to tour this home for sale in Colorado Springs. This remodeled home boasts 4 BR, 3 BA, 2 car garage and over 2100 square feet. Bamboo floors lead you through the main level with vaulted dining room, cozy living room with fireplace and kitchen.  The remodeled kitchen features tile counters, custom cabinets with pull-out drawers and upgraded appliances.  A bedroom with walk-in closet and updated full bathroom complete the main level.  Unwind in the spacious master suite featuring an adjoining bathroom, huge closets and sitting area. The newly remodeled walkout basement provides a family room with gaming/craft area, 2 bedrooms and bathroom. Take in the Front Range views from the large Trex deck with wrought iron railings. The large backyard offers mature trees, 45x30 concrete patio with fire pit and gate access to Cottonwood Walking Trail. Great central location with easy…

There's No Better Place than Colorado Springs to Enjoy Winter!

Winter in Colorado Springs is a spectacular and fun time. If you are relocating to Colorado Springs, don't be afraid of the winter temperatures and snow. There are many fun activities for you and your whole family to enjoy - and they'll help make winter your favorite time of the year. From dog sledding to ice skating, check out these exciting ways to enjoy living in Colorado Springs!
Ice Climbing
An adventurous way to enjoy the Colorado winter is to go ice climbing. Climbing up the Colorado mountains is an exhilarating experience, and it offers a whole new world compared to climbing in the summer. If you and your family are looking for fun ways to enjoy the winter weather, consider grabbing some gear and learning all about this exciting sport.

Not only can you experience the thrill of racing down the mountainside at high speeds, but you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery. Snowmobiling is popular in Colorado, and there are miles and miles of trails in nearly every re…

7 Staging Tips That Can Help Sell Your Home FAST

Staging your home can make all the difference in selling your home quickly. Staging is when you set your home up for success by arranging the furniture, cleaning, and creating a space for people to easily imagine themselves living in. This step can be extremely valuable when you want to sell your home quickly. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your home staging in Colorado Springs can be successful.
Deep Clean One of the best things you can do to improve your staging is to clean everything. The idea to make everything look like new, from your kitchen appliances to your bathroom fixtures. When people come to tour your home, they don't want to see last night's spaghetti sauce on the backsplash, or kids sticky finger prints on the windows. If you only have time to hit the important areas, make sure the kitchen and the bathrooms are first on the list. Making these areas spotless will help create good first impressions.
Declutter Clutter will make your home look like it doesn'…