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13 Colorado Springs-area Easter events
Published March 28.2018

A look at some of the top 2018 Easter-related events around Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Easter will be celebrated April 1 this year.

Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS® aims to pass Senate Bill 15 to protect home owners from threat of illegal tenants
Published March 28.2018

The Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS® is working for the passage of Senate Bill 15 to help address the issue of squatters in the southern Colorado. A squatter is defined as a person who unlawfully occupies an uninhabited building or land, which can place an undue financial and physical burden on either the homeowner or property manager; and, in turn, the community at large. 

Colorado family supports child’s fight with brain cancer, emphasizes impact of funds raised from local St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway
Published March 28.2018

St. Jude Children’s Hospital patient Kaylee was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, or a cancerous tumor on the cerebellum portion of her brain. Kaylee described how doctors explained her diagnosis using Play-Doh. “I didn’t really understand what cancer meant… but I know I was devastated.”

Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Thursday, March 29
Published March 28.2018

Here's a look at what's going on Thursday in the Colorado Springs area:

EASTER EVENTS

Through Saturday: Easter Bunny Photos — 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Chapel Hills Mall, lower level center court, 1710 Briargate Blvd.; chapelhillsmall.com.
Through Saturday: Visit the Easter Bunny — 10 a.m.-7 p.m. with carrot break 2-3 p.m., The Citadel, 750 Citadel Drive East; shopthecitadel.com.
Through Sunday: Visit the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt — Photos, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, 2-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; egg hunt, for ages 2-10, registration at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Bass Pro Shop, 13012 Bass Pro Drive; basspro.com.

La-Z-Boy details the crucial role of architecture in a new video series, the Seven Layers of Design
Published March 28.2018

La-Z-Boy of Colorado Springs' award-winning interior design team has spent decades turning their customers' dreams into realities. Expert interior designer Jessica Brown wants to share the secrets of their success in a brand-new video series, the Seven Layers of Design.

Record low home supply helps drive up Colorado Springs prices
Published March 06.2018

Finding a single-family home to purchase continues to be a challenge in Colorado Springs, especially for buyers looking in lower price ranges.

The supply of Colorado Springs-area homes for sale tumbled to 1,229 in February, another record monthly low, according to the latest Pikes Peak Association of Realtors report. Listings in the report have dropped every month since August 2014 on a year-over-year basis.

"It's very low," said Debbie Howes, a real estate agent with Re/Max Performance in Woodland Park and the association's board chairwoman.

Among other factors, the exceptionally tight supply is the product of not enough homes being built, while some owners are holding on to their properties instead of selling for fear they



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Denver's average home price surpasses $500,000
Published March 06.2018

If you think Colorado Springs' housing market is getting pricey, look at Denver.

In February, the average sales price of a single-family home hit $502,986 in the 11-county Denver metro area - the first time it's cracked the half-million dollar mark, according to a Denver Metro Association of Realtors report Monday. February's average price was up nearly 12 percent on a year-over-year basis.

"Our housing market is showing few signs of slowing down as prices continue to surge upward," said Steve Danyliw, a real estate agent and chairman of the market trends committee for the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

Denver's median single-family home price rose to $435,000 in February, a 10.1 percent increase over the same



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Colorado Springs' foreclosure rate continues downward trend
Published March 05.2018

Fewer properties fell into foreclosure last month, continuing a downward trend over the past several months, reports the El Paso County Public Trustee's Office.

Foreclosure notices in the county totaled just 68 in February, the lowest total for any month in nearly 1½ years, according to the report.

Owners of residential and commercial properties receive foreclosure notices when they fall behind on their mortgages and loans; if they don't resolve the issue with their lenders, owners risk losing their properties at a Public Trustee's auction.

It's too early in the year to know whether February's total portends another down year for foreclosures, Public Trustee Tom Mowle said in his monthly report.

"One



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Colorado Springs homebuilding shows no signs of a slowdown in February
Published March 01.2018

Colorado Springs-area home construction continued its furious pace last month.

The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department issued 299 permits in February for the construction of single-family homes in the Springs and the rest of El Paso County, according to a report Thursday by the city-county agency. February's permit total was up 22.5 percent over the same month last year.

For the first two months of 2018, single-family permits totaled 594 or almost one-third more than during the same stretch last year, Regional Building Department reports show. It's the best two-month start to any year since 2006

The strong pace for Springs homebuilding mirrors what's happening in many areas of the country.



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Denver mega-skyscraper project could be in jeopardy
Published February 26.2018

The Manahattan-based developer angling to erect an 81-story skyscraper in the heart of downtown Denver is no longer under contract to buy land where that building is supposed to go, the property’s owner said Monday.

The Six Fifty 17 project would be the tallest building in Denver as proposed, reaching a height of 1,000 feet. It would bring a combined 705,045 square feet of hotel, condo, parking and amenities space to the corner of 17th and California streets, according to documents that representatives of developer Greenwich Realty Capital submitted to city planners earlier this month.

But Greenwich will have to make some land purchases before it can break ground on the $371 million project.



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Colorado Springs office park heading in a new direction, housing may be added
Published February 22.2018

Patriot Park, a Colorado Springs office park that's home to defense contractors, accounting firms and other businesses, is heading in a new direction.

Owners of vacant land that makes up the lion's share of Patriot Park plan a 260-unit apartment complex and 125 homes on their property northwest of Powers Boulevard and Platte Avenue on the city's east side.

The introduction of housing would mark a major shift for Patriot Park, yet one that's in keeping with the times, said Kevin Butcher, vice president of CameronButcher Commercial Real Estate in Colorado Springs, who represents the project's owners.



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HBA's second affordable housing conference set for Friday in Colorado Springs
Published February 19.2018

The challenges of providing affordable housing for local workers will be discussed Friday during a meeting sponsored by the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs.

The event takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. in downtown Colorado Springs. It's the second affordable housing conference sponsored by the HBA, and the group plans possibly two more this year, said government affairs director Marla Novak.

Friday's discussion will include opening remarks by Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.

He'll be followed by economist Elliot Eisenberg, a national speaker and a former senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C..



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