October 2019 Local Real Estate Stats Colorado Springs

October 2019 Local Real Estate Stats Colorado Springs

October 2019 Local Real Estate Stats Colorado Springs: The PPAR Colorado Springs real estate market has moved into a seller’s market this October. That means that people who are selling a home have the advantage over those that are trying to buy.

What does that tell us about rental homes? People who are having a hard time trying to buy need a rental home, so it’s a great time to have a Colorado Springs investment home, and a great time to rent a home in Colorado Springs! If you have investment property you’d like to rent, call us today at (719) 445-7172

Here are some of the numbers in the PPAR region for October. You can read more by clicking here: https://ppar.com/MarketTrends.aspx

Total Residential Sales: 1,448

This number is down 9.7% from last year, quite a jump.

Total Active Listings: 1,940

This is down a whopping 18.3% from October of 2018.

Median Price of Home: $335,500

Still rising, up 10% from last year at this time.

Average Days on Market: 29

Down 6.5% from last year. One of the statistics you want to be down!

Summary

October 2019 Local Real Estate Stats Colorado Springs: The PPAR Colorado Springs real estate market has moved into a seller’s market this October. That means that people who are selling a home have the advantage over those that are trying to buy.

What does that tell us about rental homes? People who are having a hard time trying to buy need a rental home, so it’s a great time to have a Colorado Springs investment home, and a great time to rent a home in Colorado Springs!

If you need to rent a home in Colorado Springs, check out our available rentals at: http://allcountycs.com/available-rentals.

Call us today at: (719) 445-7172 for more information about renting out your home in Colorado Springs.

All County® is here for you!

Can you trust your property manager?

Can you Trust your Property Manager?

If you trust your property manager, you’re set. You know that he will take care of your property, so it retains it’s value. You know you’ll have tenants paying you, and those tenants are good people. You know you can access your account at any time to check on your investment. But how do you know if you can trust your property manager?

Choose a member of NARPM®

The answer is easy. Choose someone who is a member of NARPM® (the National Association of Residential Property Managers). 

A NARPM® member stands apart from other property managers and landlords, because to earn a NARPM® designation, a property manager has to pass rigorous requirements. They have all the things you want: training, experience, recommendations, community responsibility, and continuing education. They must continue to accrue requirements in order to move up the NARPM® ladder to become fully certified.

Some of the things NARPM® property managers have are:

  • Access to numerous educational opportunities.
  • Knowledge of pending legislation that could affect your investment.
  • Knowledge of rent values and vacancy factors for your area.
  • Expertise in creating rental applications, with consistent tenant screening policies to meet legal obligations.
  • Expertise in performing thorough move-in and move-out property evaluations.
  • Relationships with reputable painters, electricians, roofers, chimney cleaners, carpenters, landscapers, furnace and appliance repairmen, and other maintenance professionals. (We call them vendors.)
  • Effective negotiation techniques with tenants, so they can handle difficult issues and enforce rental agreements.
  • The ability to recover NSF checks, evict tenants, and collect bad debts.

All County® Colorado Springs is a member of NARPM®

All County® Colorado Springs has 20 years serving the Pikes Peak region. Our president has the highest designation a property manager can reach, the MPM®. (Master Property Manager), which takes years and experience to earn. Here is a list of our employees with NARPM® designations.

All County® Colorado Springs NARPM® Designations
All County® Colorado Springs NARPM® Designations

Links to find out more about NARPM®

Why use a property manager who is a member of NARPM®
The Colorado Springs chapter of NARPM®
Search for a property manager who is a member of NARPM®

 

10 Steps to Prepare your Rental Property for Cold Weather

10 Steps to Prepare your Rental Property for Cold Weather

It’s fall, and we can look forward to turning leaves, trick-or-treating, and football weather. But a long with the good comes the work, especially if you own a rental property.  If you don’t have a good property manager working for you, it’s important to inspect your rental property before cold weather comes. If things are not prepared, damage and safety issues can cause you and your tenant problems. Safety issues can endanger your tenant’s health, as well. Make sure you take at least the following 10 Steps to prepare your rental property for cold weather before the 1st freeze hits your neighborhood.

1. Gutters

Clean out rain gutters before fall leaves are frozen in place. Consider adding a gutter guard to make future cleanings easier. While up there cleaning, check for leaks and cracks, and repair them.

2. Roof

Ice can form in branches and leaves, so make sure to clear them all from your roof. Check for missing shingles or any damage that could cause leaks. You might want to schedule a professional inspection.

Eyeball any trees overhanging your roof, and cut them back. One good ice storm can bring a tree down on your roof.

3. Landscaping

Clear walkways, driveways, and porches of leaves and debris. Trim trees and branches. Cover or store outside furniture. Clean up after pets to eliminate under-snow surprises!

4. Windows and Doors

Remove all window air conditioning units and make sure all windows are closed and locked with a tight seal. Visually inspect all windows and door frames – if there are any air leaks, caulking, weather-stripping or replacement may be required.

5. Heater

Have the heater properly inspected and cleaned. Change the filter.

6. Perimeter

Ensure siding is stable and secure. Animal-proof your rental property by checking for cracks or holes and covering entry points.

Take some time to inspect any concrete on your property like driveways and walkways. Fill cracks before water seeps in, freezes, and widens them.

7. Exterior Piping

Turn off outdoor faucets and drain pipes. Detach garden hoses. Insulate any faucets that may freeze.

8. Chimney

Inspect fireplaces, chimneys, flues and vents. Have a professional come clean and inspect the chimney for signs of obstruction or hazard prior to the season’s first use.

9. Safety Inspection

Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

10. Property Manager

If you find fall preparation a bit overwhelming, consider hiring a property manager. A good property manager will make sure your rental is ready for fall. Call All County® today to see how we can help you with the 10 Steps to Prepare your Rental Property for Cold Weather.

July 2019 Local Market Real Estate Statistics

July 2019 Local Market Statistics

July 2019 Colorado Springs Real Estate Statistics

July 2019 Local Market Statistics: What does the real estate market in July tell us about rental homes? With home prices skyrocketing in the Colorado Springs metro area, more people are having trouble affording to buy a new home. The PPAR market needs an influx of homes to rent. If you have investment property you’d like to rent, call us today at (719) 445-7172 Here are some of the numbers in the PPAR region for July. You can read more by clicking here: https://ppar.com/MarketTrends.aspx

Total Residential Sales: 1,661

This number is up 4.4% from last year, and is actually a new record for homes sold in July!

Total Active Listings: 2,199

This is down 7.1% from July of 2018.

Median Price of Home: $332,000

Still rising, up 7.8% from last year at this time, when it was $310,000. As home prices rise, the market needs more rental homes.

Average Days on Market: 23

Essentially the same as last year when it was 22 days, showing a stable market.

Summary

What do the July 2019 Local Market Statistics tell us about rental homes? Home prices are rising fast. There are just not enough homes in the price range most people want in the PPAR region.

It’s a great time to have a Colorado Springs investment home, and a great time to rent a home in Colorado Springs! Check out our available rentals at: http://allcountycs.com/available-rentals

Call us today at: (719) 445-7172 for more information about renting out your home in Colorado Springs.

All County® is here for you!

2 Organic Ways to Control Ants

2 Organic Ways to Control Ants

Ants.  No matter where we live, we all combat these unwanted invaders.  Here at All County® Colorado Springs Property Management, we keep our properties safe from ants organically whenever we can, using home remedies. This not only keeps the environment safe, but protects our tenants’ children and pets. Here are 2 organic ways to control ants.

Vinegar Repellant

The strong smell of vinegar blocks ant pheromones, an ant’s main form of communication. This confuses the ants, keeping them out of your house. Mix 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup water in a spray bottle. If you see a trail of ants, follow it to the opening or crack they’re climbing through, and spray well.  This will mask the scent trail.

Borax Ant Killer

When ants eat borax, it interferes with their digestive system and eventually kills them. But the ants last long enough to take it back to their nest and share it with other ants. It works for any type of ant. The important thing to keep in mind is that you need a variety of liquid and solid baits for it to work best.

Although it seems like ants will eat anything in sight, adult ants only consume liquids. But larvae can eat solid foods, and turn them into a liquid that the queen eats. By using a combination of solid and liquid bait, you’ll make sure to eliminate the entire colony.

Solid Borax Bait

Use solid bait to kill the colony. To create the bait, mix 1 part borax with 3 parts sugar. The borax will kill the ants, and the sugar will attract them to the borax.  Shake the mixture well and spread it where you’ve spotted ants.  It takes a week or so to kill the colony.

Liquid Borax Bait

Use the liquid bait to kill the adult ants. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons borax
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • A jar
  • Cotton balls
  • Shallow dishes

Shake borax and sugar in the jar until well mixed. Pour in water and stir until dissolved. Place cotton balls in the shallow dish and soak with borax solution, then place them anywhere you’ve seen ants. Use as many cotton balls as you need to address your ant infestation. Store extra solution in a cool, dry place.

That’s it!

Using a combination of vinegar and borax treatments, you should have your ant problem under control in no time. All this with the added benefit of little or no danger to the environment, your kids, or your pets. Make sure to repeat these steps at the first sign of ants returning.

We hope this All County® information about 2 Organic Ways to Control Ants was helpful. Call us at: (719) 445-7172 with any questions you may have about this article, or to talk to us about your property management needs.  Let’s Rent Your Home Today!

Are you hot? Time to cool down.

Are you hot? Time to cool down.

Are you hot? The 1st day of summer is June 21st, so it’s time to start summerizing your home. (Is that a word?) There’s a lot you can do to keep your family cool without spending too much money.

Close the blinds

Simple, right?

I don’t want to bore you with statistics, but I’m going to give you some anyway. Family Handyman says that 30% of unwanted heat comes from windows. Blocking that sunlight can save you up to 7% on your utility bill, and lower the indoor temp by as much as 20 degrees!

Are you hot? Try these window things:

Keep blinds and curtains closed

Before you go to work, close all the blinds. Pull the curtains closed.

Add press-on window tinting

Here, you can get as creative as you want. There is decorative tinting that looks like stained glass. You can get 1-way tinting that lets you see out, but not in. One way window film can block out up to 85% of infrared rays and 97% of UV rays, really reducing heat and glare.

Invest in blackout curtains

Blackout curtains do what they say: block sunlight. Consumer Reports recommends neutral-colored curtains with light block backing to reduce heat up to 33%. You don’t have to spend a bundle. You can buy the fabric and make the curtains yourself, or pick them up at do-it-yourself stores anywhere.

Solar screens

Many companies are now offering sun blocking screens. These can filter up to 90% of the light coming int the room, while letting you have the window open for ventilation. Great idea!

Are you still hot?

Make sure your ceiling fans rotate counter-clockwise

You knew this, right? Ceiling fans run two different directions, to help with hot or cold weather. Set to run counter-clockwise in the summer at a higher speed, the fan will create a wind-chill breeze effect that will make you and your guests feel cooler.

Are you still hot?

Put on your apron and get grilling

Who needs an excuse to get outside and show off your master grilling talents? If you’re using the oven, it’ll heat up your house quickly. So go outside to cook!

But run your kitchen exhaust fan anyway. It’ll draw hot air out of the kitchen whether you’re cooking inside or not.

Still hot?

If you’re looking for a place to rent with air conditioning, call us, or go to: available-rentals on our website to look at what’s available in Colorado Springs. Or call us at: (719) 445-7172 for more info. It’s never been easier to rent a home! Or be cool.