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Tommy Kenney’s message to First Time home buyers: be encouraged

Tommy KenneyTommy Kenney says, "Be Encouraged, First Time Home buyers, here's how to get started..." If you're looking to get out from renting, you might be concerned: Do I have a high enough credit score?  Do I have 20% down? Be Encouraged! Getting started is easier than you think and it doesn't cost you anything to ask.  In fact, it doesn't hurt you to look at what you need to do and to create a game plan.  You can do this!  Here's how: First and foremost: talk to me and we'll talk to a reputable lender. That lender will help you read more...

Moving Tips for People With Disabilities

Moving tips for people with disabilitiesMaking moving Easier if you have a Disability by Patrick Young    Ableusa.info | patrick@ableusa.info Hunting for a new home is often easier said than done, but especially for people with disabilities. From packing your items to make sure they arrive safely to ensuring your new home can accommodate your special needs, moving can enhance anxieties. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for the process.   Before you even begin researching homes, you should learn about your legal rights—your disability may qualify for protection under federal law through the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Once you know your rights, it’s important to read more...

Essential Steps: Doing a Walk Through Before Closing

essential steps doing a walk through before closingQ. Why is it important to do a walk-through before closing on a home?   A. You need to do a walk-through with your REALTOR® typically within 24 hours of your closing to make sure the home is in the condition specified in the contract. You'll want to look at each room (which now should be empty and clean), examine the hardwood floors, check the ceilings for leaks (in case there has been a recent storm), test the windows, turn on the appliances etc. to ensure there aren't any surprises. You also want to check on the completion of any negotiated read more...

Simple Relationship Boosters. . .

relationship booster to make a happier homeSimple Relationship Boosters that make home a happy place to be A happy, healthy relationship with your significant other doesn't ride on fancy flowers, heart-shaped chocolates, and an annual celebration on Valentine's Day. In fact, sometimes it's the small things that mean the most in a relationship with your loved one. Start small with these ideas. 1. Set the smartphone down. Offer your undivided attention with time set aside for the two of you – no phones allowed! Perhaps this is over dinner in the evenings, in the bedroom, or on a once-a-we   ek date night out (or in). 2. read more...

Keeping Your New Kitchen In Order

keeping your new kitchen in orderA New Home is a Fresh Start to Put Your Kitchen in Order From that first bowl of cereal to the final midnight snack, kitchens are among the most used rooms in the house. Organize it now to make it easy to get around and find what you need later. • Separate dedicated areas. Keeping your kitchen in order is about more than just cleaning it consistently.  Keep areas for prepping, cooking, and storing food, and then keep similar items – such as baking equipment – together within each of these places. • Store items in clear containers. Small items like tea bags and read more...

Help Kids Build Healthy Habits in these 4 Areas

Helps Kids build Healthy HabitsHealthy Habits aren't just about Eating Vegetables From choosing healthy meals to creating positive relationships, there are lots of little things adults can do every day to instill healthy habits in kids. Physical • Exercise regularly as a family, and make it fun! Go for evening walks in the park, take advantage of open swim days at the gym, and ride bikes together. • Eat a healthy diet. Start early with introducing a rainbow of produce and minimizing sugary snacks. Mental • Maintain – and reflect – a positive outlook. Kids mirror what they hear and see, so use positive read more...

Getting Control Of Medical Debt

Getting Control of Medical DebtMedical Debt Doesn't have to Destroy Your Hopes for Homeownership First it starts with a doctor's appointment, and then there's the follow-up appointment, medication, and therapy. One medical expense can quickly turn into several, and one co-pay or bottle of pills can add up to thousands of dollars before you realize what has even happened.Be proactive and start digging yourself out of that medical debt with these tips: • Communicate with your provider: Upon receiving a medical bill, take action even if you can't pay right away. Try to set up a payment plan allowing you to pay small increments of the read more...

Selling Your Home by Diana Stone

Diana Stone, Realtor, Kenney and COmpanySelling Your Home, Overcoming Fear by Diana Stone The thought of selling your home is a pretty scary thought, first question is where to go, packing, searching for the "new" place, packing, how will your property be received by Buyers, packing, feedback, packing ... yes, high stress for sure.  One of the first major decisions should be who to use as your agent.  Let's face it, we all have the same tools ... MLS, Internet Marketing, Open Houses, etc  ... in my opinion even more important than any of these things is your relationship with the Agent you are putting read more...

Aaron Moore Answers Your Home Buying Questions

Aaron Moore, RealtorAaron Moore Gives us a Video Interview about Home Buying in the Current Market We asked Aaron Moore, Realtor, to dig in to today's real estate market in Colorado Springs and break down what buyers need to know to find a great home. Don't be in a hurry Take your time and gather information In fact, Aaron likes to encourage practice shopping, where you see 8-10 homes that meet different portions of your criteria in order to be prepared when you find the house you really want Be confident in your choice by seeing your choices in real life, after read more...

Today’s real estate market explained by Diana Stone, Realtor

Diana Stone, Realtor, Kenney and COmpanyDiana Stone explains, “If Home Prices are Right, they fly off the Market in Colorado Springs”. I have been an active full-time Real Estate Professional for over 30 years and I have weathered many a storm: foreclosures, up markets, down markets, peaks and valleys and I can honestly say I have never experienced a market as we have today.  If homes are priced right, they fly off the shelf - usually with multiple offers. I personally had one property that my Buyers were trying to purchase and there were 38 offers - 6 cash for a minimum of $40K over read more...