Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Thinking of Selling Your Colorado Springs CO Home? Get Ready to Negotiate! 719-651-2199

Now that the market has showed signs of recovery, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their home on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional.
Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation. In most cases, the seller is not. The seller must realize their ability to negotiate will determine whether they can get the best deal for themselves and their family.
Here is a list of some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to FSBO:
  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house.
  • The termite company if there are challenges
  • The buyer’s lender if the structure of the mortgage requires the sellers’ participation
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value
  • The title company if there are challenges with certificates of occupancy (CO) or other permits
  • The town or municipality if you need to get the COs permits mentioned above
  • The buyer’s buyer in case there are challenges on the house your buyer is selling
  • Your bank in the case of a short sale

Bottom Line...

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Colorado Springs Home Buyers - It's Smart To Purchase Homes During Holidays 80920


Spring is the start of the hot real estate season for a few obvious reasons, nice weather and the desire to move during the summer when kids are out of school at the top of the list. But embarking on a home search during the holidays can be advantageous to buyers. Thinking about taking the plunge? Here are a few reasons you should be looking for a new home now.
The potential for a great deal
There's an assumption that anyone selling over the holidays, and thereby taking time away from family get-togethers and Christmas shopping and is selling because they have to, not because they want to. That assumption tends to be true. And it can payoff for buyers.

"Sellers tend to avoid the end of the year due to the short days, wintry weather and conventional wisdom that says buyers are otherwise occupied, says Tim Deihl, associate broker at Gibson Sotheby's International Realty in Boston," said Bankrate. "But those who do choose to sell at year-end are often under pressure and highly motivated to cut a deal. And that's why the year-end might be a smart time to buy: Determined house-hunters can take advantage of sellers' urgency."
Lower prices
Experts say that homes listed over the holidays may have a lower sales price.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Colorado Springs Home Owners Selling Can Now Find Out What Buyers Are Willing To Pay

The Sales Price

Of course, most sellers want to maximize the value they get for the house. However, the price they set might not be reflective of the other comparable homes in the neighborhood. As the article stated:
“People tend to view their homes emotionally, and that can become quickly apparent when they decide to sell.”
That doesn’t mean that the home won’t necessarily sell for that price.
A seller can set an asking price and actually have a buyer agree to that price. However, that value may not be necessarily in agreement with what most buyers are willing to pay. For example, one person can view a property, determine it is exactly what they are looking for and well worth the asking price, whereas another person could look at the same property and feel the asking price is too high.
Call Carrie Lukins, Sellstate Alliance Realty, Your Running Realtor, today at 719-651-2199.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Colorado Springs Veterans Looking To Buy Your Next Home And Use Your VA Benefits - Read This

Veterans - Active Military

Looking to buy your next home?

What can your service do for you?
Get a loan for $0 DOWN using the VA Benefit earned through your military service. Our team can help you Find & Fund your new home! www.RunningRealtor.net

Call 719-651-2199

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Veterans Day 2015 Home For Heroes Colorado Springs Celebration

Happy Veterans Day

To all the active military, veterans, wounded, and families..Thank you for your service!
We're celebrating you! All week long if you list or buy your next home with us, receive $500 off closing costs at closing! Limited offer so contact us and get registered! Call for details 719-651-2199 ask for Carrie, (realtor, military spouse)  www.CarrieSellsColorado.com

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Buy Your Colorado Springs Home - Avoid Ridiculous Rents (719) 651-2199


If the fact that mortgage rates are still insanely low - dropping again last week - and new loans can make down payments as low as three percent for first-time home buyers still aren't enough to get you into the real estate market, here's perhaps the most compelling reason of all to buy a house: rents are ridiculous and only getting more so everyday.

A recent article from Yahoo shows that "American renters spend an average of about 30% of their monthly incomes on rent... but throughout the country, many people spend much more than that. That's a decent indication of a rent affordability problem in the U.S., given that housing experts consider consumers to be ‘rent-burdened' if they pay more than 30% of their income for housing."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Few things in life are more exciting than buying your first home. The feeling of turning the key for the first time (or clicking the garage door opener) is thrilling. You'll likely feel a sense of pride like never before. But getting to that point may be a challenge. And the challenges won't end once you move in.

The more you know about the process, the more prepared you can be for the wrinkles that pop up, and the more you can relax and enjoy homeownership.
1. It may cost more than you expect.
When you're calculating your monthly payment, don't leave anything out. Add in principal, interest, taxes, and insurance, plus any HOA fee. Then estimate landscaping, pool maintenance if needed, and any other fees there may be. Don't forget to include your monthly home warranty cost if you have one.
Experts recommend putting aside a minimum of one percent of your home price for repairs and maintenance per year, so add that in. Think also about utilities. If you're coming from a small apartment, you might have a bump in that monthly cost. Only by taking a real look at the numbers can you get a true feeling for what you'll pay every month as a homeowner.
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Buy Your Next Home In Colorado Springs, CO - Low Down Payment - Get The Facts Here

  • 36% of Americans think they need a 20% down payment to buy a home. 44% of Millennials who purchased a home this year have put down less than 10%.
  • 71% of loan applications were approved last month
  • The average credit score of approved loans was 723 in September (the lowest recorded score since Ellie Mae began tracking in August 2011).

Monday, October 12, 2015

4 Reasons For Colorado Springs CO Home Buyers To Purchase Homes Before Winter

It's that time of year; the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don't have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 10.5% (most pessimistic) and 25.5% (most optimistic).
The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Although Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have softened recently, most experts predict that they will begin to rise later this year. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by the end of next year.
An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

3. Either Way You are Paying a Mortgage

As a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:
“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.
But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait?
Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.

Bottom Line

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.
Fo Immediate Real Estate Assistance Call Carrie Lukins at 719-651-2199. Visit www.RunningRealtor.net

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

For Sale - Just Reduced - 296 E Guffey Drive, Pueblo West, CO 81007

This Spacious 4 Bedroom 4 Bath Challenger Home Is Upgraded From Top To Bottom!
Located Next To A Park In A Desirable Maintenance-free Community As The Hoa Takes Care Of Lawn Care, Trash And Snow Removal. The Main Level Is Home To Gleaming Hardwood Floors, A Near Gourmet Kitchen With Granite Counters, Task Lights, Stainless Steel Gas Range And Tile. Master Bedroom Suite Has A Walk In Closet And Beautiful 5 Piece Bath. Upper Level Has 2 Well Sized Secondary Bedrooms, A Loft, Laundry And Open Staircase With Iron Balusters.,Builder Professionally Finished Basement Has Bonus Room, 4th Bedroom And Bath. Home Has Central Air For Those Hot Summer Days And A Gas Fireplace For Those Cozy Winter Nights. Close To Schools, Parks, Shopping And Easy Access To All Military Installations. 


Property Highlights

  • Challenger home
  • Updated
  • Next to park
  • Great location
  • Maintenance Free HOA
  • Large MBR
  • Hardwood floors
  • Gas fireplace
  • Close Military Bases
  • Finished basement

Call/text Carrie at Sellstate Alliance Realty 719-651-2199 for your showing! 
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Just Listed: 5 Bedroom Custom Stucco on 1.14 Acres For Sale. 296 E. Guffey Dr., Pueblo, CO 81007

This Custom Stucco Home Is Situated On 1.14 Acres, Is Zoned For Horses And Backs Horse Trails W/Mountain Views Complete With A 20'x30' Cleary Building And A Redwood Gazebo With Hot Tub.the Home Boasts A Covered Portico,Covered Decks Off The 800sf Mstr Bedroom & Off Living Room.enter Into The 2 Story Entry With Mosaic Tile Floors. Main Level Is Home To Spacious Kitchen With Granite Tile Counters, Dining Room,Walk Out Living Room With Wood Stove, Secondary Bedrooms And Bath. Marble Showers And Vanities Grace The Bathrooms.,800 Square Foot Master Bedroom Suite Is Secluded And Is Home To A Private Covered Balcony With Mountain And Meadow Views Alike. Full Professionally Finished Basement Is Garden Level Allowing Plenty Of Natural Light. Rest Or Entertain In The Family Room And Have Easy Access To 2 Additional Bedrooms And A Full Bath. The 4 Car Garage Is Spacious Enough For All Your Toys, Cars And Storage.
Call Carrie Lukins at Sellstate Alliance Realty at 719-651-2199 to schedule your showing. 
See all details here 


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Open House Sunday 7/19/15 (12-4pm) 10637 Mt Emerald Dr, Peyton, CO 80831

Open House! Today Sunday 7/19 (12-4pm) 

10637 Mt Emerald Dr, Peyton, CO 80831
Like New 2794 sqft Gorgeous 3BD+ Rancher built in 2014 (under warranty) So many upgrades, full basement, oversized decking, location is premium! COME SEE! Hurry! Terrific Price!  

Get all here at: 

Call for more information! Carrie Lukins, Sellstate Alliance Realty at 719-651-2199

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Open House! Sunday 7/19/15 (12-4pm) 10337 Mt Lincoln Drive, Peyton, CO 80831 For Sale

*OPEN HOUSE* -This Sunday July 19, 2015 (12-4pm) in Peyton.CO
Fabulous '14 Model-like 2 Story 5 bedroom 3526 sf Home For Sale! Full basement, landscape, decking, fireplace, a MBR to die for, and MANY upgrades. Come See! (Home Sold To Best Offer This Sunday!)

Property Highlights

Call Carry Lukins at 719-651-2199 or email carriesellscolorado.com

Monday, July 13, 2015

Colorado Springs Home Owners: Two Graphs That Scream List Your House Today

The spring and summer months have always been known as a very popular time for homebuyers to start the search for their dream home. This year is no different!
We all learned in school that when selling anything, you will get the most money if the demand for that item is high and the inventory of that item is low. It is the well-knownTheory of Supply & Demand.

If you are thinking of selling your home, here are two graphs that strongly suggest that the time is now. Here is why…


According to research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer activity this year has far outpaced the same months in 2014. Purchasers who are ready, willing and able to buy are in the market at great numbers.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NEW LISTING - Completely Remodeled - 4Bedroom 168 Mcshane Place Monument CO 80132 For Sale

$250000 / 4br - 1836ft2 - NEW LISTING - 2 Level Cul De Sac Home*COMPLETELY REMODELED!* (Monument, CO)

This home sits on a cul-de-sac. It is a large lot that backs up to a 12 acre park. Walking distance to Monument Lake and a mile from Historic downtown Monument. Completely redone inside - new carpet, new paint, new furnace, new water heater, new tile, newer appliances, new electric, new pipes and a new roof. 2 bedrooms on main level, 2 bedrooms and a large rec room in basement. Basement also has a mud room/laundry room combo that walks out. Original hardwoods underneath new carpet. Come see this now!
See All Details Here: 
Call Carrie Lukins, Sellstate Alliance Realty Today to Schedule Your Personal Tour!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NEW LISTING FOR SALE: 10337 Mt Lincoln Drive, Peyton, CO 80831

NEW Peyton CO 80831 Listing!

Beautiful Home Is In Pristine Condition! Shows Like A Model! Inviting Covered Front 
Porch,3 Car Garage,Fully Landscaped/Fenced With Extended Deck And Additional Patio.2 Story Tiled Entry Leads To Great Room And Open Kitchen With Raised Bkfst Bar.dining Room Has Custom Cabinetry And Granite Counters.kitchen Has Slab Granite, 42" Cabinets,Wood Floors And Pantry.main Level Office Or Play Room.upstairs Has Gorgeous Master Suite With Sitting Area,Double Sided Fireplace & 5pc Bath With Walk In Closet. Full Finished Basement! Call/text Carrie Lukins, Sellstate Alliance Realty at 719-651-2199 For Your Tour, More Details, Or To See Other Area homes!