Showing posts from March, 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 pr…

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.

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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…

Beautiful Home for Sale in Colorado Springs

Stunning Cordera home for sale in Colorado Springs featuring 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 car garage and sweeping views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. Click HERE to tour this home for sale in Colorado Springs. You are greeted by gleaming hardwood floors that extend through the foyer, kitchen & dining room. The kitchen is beautifully appointed with granite counters, center island, stainless steel appliances, pantry & dining nook.  The kitchen overlooks the great room making this home ideal for entertaining large or small gatherings. The spacious great room provides a cozy gas fireplace.  Step out to the composite deck and take in the mountain views.  French doors lead to the main level study. Unwind in the master retreat that boasts vaulted ceilings, luxurious master bath with granite counters & soaking tub, walk-in closet and, yes, VIEWS! The upper level features three additional bedrooms, full bath & conveniently located laundry room. The finished walk-out basement…

A Beginner's Guide to Home Buying

While there is much more to this topic than we could possibly cover in one blog, the MacGuire Team knows how intimidating buying your first home can be. We want to help take some of the fear out of your new decision with a few basic things you'll need to know as a beginner. Our team has been providing the best real estate in Colorado Springs for over 25 years, so we have a few things to offer when it comes to buying your first home. Here are 5 things to remember as you venture into the home buying process, and how our team can assist you.

Loan Pre-Qualification
It's important to establish how much you are comfortable with spending on your first home before hitting the streets. In fact, if you don't know how much you're willing to spend per month, it can make searching for your home more challenging. You could fall in love with the first home you see, but realize that it's WAY over budget. We recommend talking with a mortgage lender before you start the home search pr…
Stunning ranch style home for sale in Colorado Springs in Bison Ridge boasts an open floor plan, main level living and Pikes Peak views.  Click HERE to tour this Home for Sale in Colorado Springs. This meticulously maintained home offers 5 BR, 3 BA, 3 CA and over 3200 SF.  The main level features extensive hardwood flooring, spacious office, formal dining room and large living room with cozy fireplace. The perfectly appointed kitchen provides generous cabinet & counter space, granite counters, pantry and dining nook. Unwind in the main level master retreat with 5-piece bathroom and walk-in closet. A secondary bedroom, full bathroom and laundry room complete the main level.  The finished basement features a sprawling family room with fireplace, 3 spacious secondary bedrooms (2 with walk-in closets), a full bathroom, storage room and spotless crawl space with concrete floor. Walk out to the back patio to take in the Pikes Peak views. The low maintenance yard boasts maturing xerisca…

Tips for Moving Out of State

Moving from one state to another can be a very stressful process - in fact, moving is considered one of the most stressful experiences on many lists. The MacGuire Team realizes that moving and relocating to Colorado Springs can be a challenging event, but we want to help make it easier on you. Here are a few things to remember to help keep moving out of one state and into another a little bit easier.

Make Your Moving Calendar
Lists will be a great asset through your moving process to help you stay organized. Start by looking at your calendar and scheduling dates that certain tasks need to be accomplished by. From when you need to have certain rooms packed up, when you need to file certain documents to achieve your new residence, and when you need to contact other companies for certain services, like the moving truck, electric company, and real estate agent in Colorado Springs.

Create Your Moving Budget
Moving can be expensive, so that's why it's important to make a budget from the…