Google Power: Colorado Springs School District map

We are all about providing tools and information for the community. Check out this Google Map w/overlays.

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My future homestead: a 1 acre self sustaining piece of land

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I really, really like this idea. SurvivalGrit has the rundown on the basics of what such a mini farm (is that accurate) would look like and function.

Thank you to my friend and Las Vegas area agent Leah Soares Rodriquez who shared this on Facebook!

From the inbox: how much should I budget for home maintenance?

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Ooh. This is a good one. The general rule of thumb is one percent of the purchase price of your home, annually. Jeff Brown, from Main St, has quite a good breakdown on what this means for you as a homeowner.

For a home price of $200,000, that’s $2,000 annually it’s recommended you plan for. You may not always spend that much but I do recommend you save it…because there will be times you do.

Last year, I had to replace my roof ($1K deductible) and repair some damage from a washer that failed ($15 part, $1K deductible).

Knock on wood and I really shouldn’t say this but this year we have been fortunate (so far) and not had any major home maintenance issues.


Gazette: When did Santa tracking start at NORAD?

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Interested in a little history on the tracking of Santa via NORAD? Also, check out Google’s Santa Tracker!


Gazette: Colorado Springs’ housing market expected to be red-hot

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I don’t disagree with this assessment, including the piece about the tight rental market. There is an interesting data point to keep an eye on as well, with this discussion: we are a town with a lot of VA loans. The military BAH has a lot to do with pricing here. If BAH doesn’t increase, what will that do to our prices?

Looking to buy or sell in Colorado Springs? I’d be honored to help!

Boulder area hits average of $1M for a four bed…

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Wow. Boulder is now one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation, according to the Denver Post.

By contrast there are 414 four bedroom homes on the market at the time of this post for $300,000 or under in Colorado Springs.

In the market? I’d be honored to help!

Everything you always wanted to know about the Palmer Lake Star…

…but didn’t know to ask! Also, come check out the star lighting and palmer lake star infochili dinner this Saturday @ 4:30 PM.

Photo from the Rock House’s Facebook page (best ice cream around!)!

CS Gazette: 7 alternatives to cooking at home this Thanksgiving

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Filed under “local eats”, here are 7 alternative locations to eating at home this Thanksgiving…(our fridge is dead so we may have to go to one of these places!).

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