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  • Visiting the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs

    Posted Under: General Area in Colorado Springs, Parks & Recreation in Colorado Springs  |  November 14, 2012 11:16 AM  |  220 views  |  No comments

    Whether you are a United States military buff or not, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is a “do not miss” attraction that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world on a yearly basis.

     The Air Force Academy is a highly guarded and protected facility. There are several areas on the Academy’s grounds that are off limits to the public such as The Terrazzo, the airfield and housing areas. However, the following are accessible by unescorted civilians:

    Scenic Overlooks

    ·        Cadet Chapel

    ·        Honor Court

    ·        Arnold Hall

    ·        Cadet Field House

    ·        Falcon Athletic Center

    ·        Falcon Stadium

    ·        Association of Graduates Building

    ·        Visitors Center


    Because of strict security regulations, unescorted visitors are required to enter the Academy’s grounds through the facility’s North Gate which is located off I-25 at exit 156B.

     Visitors are not granted access to the Air Force Academy’s grounds without a valid driver’s license or another type of official identification. The guards at the North Gate may or may not choose to inspect any and/or all vehicles attempting to enter the Academy’s property. If identification is not available or if visitors refuse to allow a guard to inspect their car, they will be turned away and not allowed on the property. If you have any questions about this prior to your visit, you should call the Air Force Academy’s Visitor’s Center at (719) 333-2025. In order to maintain the security of the United States Air Force Academy, officials reserve the right to search any person or vehicle on the Academy’s property at any time.

     Visitor’s Center

    Open since 1986, the Air Force Academy’s Visitor’s Center is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day except major legal holidays. The Academy’s grounds have slightly longer hours and are open to the public from 8 am to 6 pm. Besides providing visitors with exhibits, a snack bar and a gift shop, the Visitor’s Center provides information on all of the abovementioned Academy attractions. If you plan on partaking in a self-guided tour or if you want to hike on the Academy’s property, the Visitor Center’s workers can provide guidance on where and how to get started. Additionally, the Visitors Center offers a short movie to guests. The film features details of the Academy’s history and significance, and facts about the cadet training program.

     As Long as You’re In the Area…

    If you’re going make the trek to the Air Force Academy, you might as well see at least one other nearby attraction while you’re in the area. Located close to the Academy’s grounds are the following destinations. All are part of what makes Colorado Springs famous!

    Cheyenne Mountain State Park

    ·        Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    ·        Garden of the Gods

    ·        North Cheyenne Canyon Park

    ·        Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

    ·        Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

    ·        Royal Gorge Bridge

    ·        Seven Falls

    Have you visited the United States Air Force Academy? If so, let us know your thoughts and recommendations. If you’d like more information about destinations and/or attractions in the Colorado Springs area, give the Wise Listing Team a call at
    (303) 814-3684.

  • Douglas County Home Values Under 1 Million Dollars are Plentiful

    Posted Under: General Area in Douglas County, Market Conditions in Douglas County, Home Buying in Douglas County  |  April 19, 2012 8:01 AM  |  564 views  |  No comments
    Douglas County Home Values Under 1 Million Dollars are Plentiful

    Anyone looking for a Douglas County home value under $1 million has many options and opportunities. Douglas County is one of Colorado’s most popular places to live. The area is often the chosen site for families that want to be located between the two largest cities in the state – Denver and Colorado Springs. In fact, some Douglas County households have one worker that commutes to Denver and one that commutes to Colorado Springs on a daily basis.

    Douglas County covers almost 850 square miles. Many parts of the county have been developed into residential, retail, and business areas but there is a large percentage that is open or forested land. The number of people that live in Douglas County is approximately 285,000. There are incorporated and unincorporated areas in the county. Some of the unincorporated include Castle Rock, Larkspur, Lone Tree and Parker.

    Douglas County offers a unique mix of older neighborhoods, master-planned communities, shopping areas, business parks, and public venues. Despite the building and development that has taken place in Douglas County, the area offers residents unparalleled views of the Colorado mountains, open space, and beautiful scenes of the eastern plains.

    Because of the many levels of real estate opportunities, Douglas County home value under $1 million is just as realistic as homes that are valued over $1 million. This is an area that provides an excellent mix of homes and real estate that can be found in every price range.

    Another of Douglas County’s draws is that it is home to many of the largest employers in the State of Colorado. For example, Dish Network, CH2M Hill and Liberty Media all have major office locations in the county. Most of the individuals that work for these companies live in one of Douglas County’s many neighborhoods. It is possible to find very nice condominiums and townhomes in Douglas County starting at approximately $125,000. But, there is a possibility to find property for less than $150,000 if a suitable foreclosure or short sale can be located.

    The same is true for single family homes. Prices generally run from $150,000 for the smallest homes to $1 million (or more) for the largest homes. Again, there are always opportunities to find excellent deals on Douglas County homes valued under $1 million because the foreclosure and short sale situation in the area is still providing excellent purchase opportunities for buyers.

    The real estate market is slowly recovering in Douglas County. If you are a buyer and have been waiting for it to “hit bottom”, in my professional opinion we are there. Now is the time to start looking at homes and get your financing in order.  Sales under the $200,000 market is red hot and we are seeing multiple offers on these properties. To still get into a priced-below-the-market home, you’ll need a professional Realtor to know about these homes before they hit the market. Call us today at 303-814-3684 to ask how you can still take advantage of this down market and find the home of your dreams for the least amount of money!

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  • What to do in Castle Rock, Co

    Posted Under: General Area in Castle Rock, Market Conditions in Castle Rock, In My Neighborhood in Castle Rock  |  March 6, 2012 6:03 AM  |  407 views  |  No comments
    Town of Castle Rock Points of Interest Are Plentiful

    Castle Rock has always been considered a little bedroom community. “Main street” was the only street that had businesses for years. Kids would ‘drag main’ and say hello to their friends, and park in front of the old courthouse to see who was out that evening! It was a scene from Mayberry, and although some has changed, it does still hold the quaintness of a small town community. The old timers can be found having breakfast at the B&B Café, one of Castle Rock’s most historic dining places, or possibly having dinner at The Old Stone Church. Pedestrians still have the right of way and a Saturday farmers market is always a welcome event for the local farmers.

    Below are the Top 5 Points of Interest in the Town of Castle Rock:

    Castle Rock Parks – Castle Rock has 19 parks that are open and available to residents of the Town of Castle Rock as well as visitors from nearby cities and towns. People driving through the area via I-25 often stop at one of Castle Rock’s many parks because of everything they have to offer. Many of the parks in the Town of Castle Rock contain hiking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, and sports fields.

    Outlets at Castle Rock – The outlet mall in Castle Rock is one of the town’s most popular draws. Not only do locals shop here, but people often stop at the mall as they drive up or down I-25 on a cross-country road trip. The mall is located at 5050 Factory Shops Blvd, Castle Rock, CO 80108 – off I-25 at exit 184.

    Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum – The Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum is housed in an old train depot built in 1875. The Society’s goals are to preserve historical buildings in Castle Rock, provide house tours, bus tours, and arrange for public speakers. The Society strives to preserve the heritage and history of Castle Rock.

    Douglas County Fairgrounds – The Douglas County Fairgrounds and Events center is a venue that hosts trade shows, sporting events, fairs, festivals, banquets, concerts, business meetings and corporate events. The center is located at 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, CO 80104. A calendar of events is located on the Fairground’s website as well as information on the Douglas County Fair which will take place this year from August 9th through August 12th.

    The Barn – The Barn is a unique antique and specialty shop located in Downtown Castle Rock at 400 Third Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104. The shop exists in an old barn that was originally built in 1905. The Barn draws shoppers and visitors from near and far because of its unique venue and because of the creative items they sell.

    The Town of Castle Rock points of interest are broad. There is something for everyone in this growing area. From excellent restaurants to a wide range of shopping areas, there is much to do and see! As residents of Castle Rock ourselves we are intimately familiar with not only events of the town, but exceptional real estate deals as well. Call us today to discuss how you can be the first to know about short sales, fixer uppers, and instant equity homes for sale at 303-814-3684.

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  • Learn How to Short Sale Your Home in Douglas County

    Posted Under: General Area in Douglas County, Home Selling in Douglas County, Foreclosure in Douglas County  |  January 5, 2012 10:37 AM  |  264 views  |  No comments

    If you want to short sale your home in Douglas County, the best place to start is with a real estate agent who is knowledgeable about the process. A short sale can help homeowners sell property that has been on the market for month after month with no purchase offers. A short sale allows the homeowner to sell their home for less than the amount due on their mortgage. This process has many positive benefits for the seller, the buyer and the mortgage company. But, a short sale is not necessarily simple.


    While a short sale might seem like the best answer to all of the problems you’ve been having getting your home sold, it’s extremely important to understand the steps involved. To begin, you should spend some time with your realtor discussing the pros and cons of selling your home via a short sale, and then make the decision on whether or not it is the best option. Next, let your realtor help you evaluate your circumstances and your home’s market value. Sometimes, a lender will not even consider a short sale option if the home has not been listed for sale at a fair market price for less than 90 days.


    Learning the steps of how to short sale your home in Douglas County starts with understanding the basic steps of the process.


    1.   The first step involves signing a listing agreement with a real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of the short sale process.

    2.   If the mortgage company requires that the home be listed for sale prior to applying for a short sale, your realtor must get the home listed as quickly as possible.

    3.   If /when it becomes apparent that the home will not sell for its listed price, or if your mortgage company will allow the home to be listed as  a short sale immediately, your realtor will help you fill out the necessary paperwork and submit the required documentation to your mortgage company. This may involve writing a detailed hardship letter that explains your circumstances and your need to get the home sold as quickly as possible.

    4.   Next, your realtor will work to find a buyer for your property.

    5.   Once an off has been made, your realtor will collaborate with your mortgage company to get the offer approved and processed.

    6.   Finally, after all of the paperwork and contracts are signed, the sale will close and the new buyers will be the official owners of the property.



    Selling a short sale home can take a considerable amount of time. Therefore, the process should be started as soon as possible. In addition to getting as short sale approved, it also takes a significant amount of time for the purchase to be finalized. Therefore, the buyers of the property must not be in an extreme hurry to get into the home. Learning how to short sale a home in Douglas County is time consuming, but Doug James of The Wise Listing Team is well versed with the process, and can answer all of your questions. Call us today to discuss how to navigate the ins and outs of a short sale at 303-814-3684.

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