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El Paso County Assessor Mark Lowderman leaned back in his chair and chuckled. “We get a lot of people coming in here to complain that their assessment is too high,” he said. “I don’t think that we’ve ever had anyone complain that it was too low.” Lowderman and his chief appraiser, Mark Blucher, were addressing… Continue Reading Here’s how a property’s value can fluctuate wildly

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There are no steps leading into the house that Saddletree Homes is featuring at Flying Horse for the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association’s Parade of Homes from Aug. 3 to 19. “That’s by design,” said Saddletree president and CEO Lee Bolin. “That’s how we pour the foundation. It has to be planned that way.”… Continue Reading Many new parade homes being prepped for a boom

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Market changes spur apartment construction

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While lower apartment vacancy and rising rents don’t sound good to tenants, they’re welcome news for the apartment real estate market. Sustained vacancy rates around 6 percent, combined with continually rising rents, have cleared the way for new construction and high-dollar real estate transactions. The Colorado Division of Housing released its quarterly vacancy and rent… Continue Reading Market changes spur apartment construction

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People on the Move – August 3, 2012

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Garden of the Gods Club named Erik Pedersen food and beverage director. Pedersen has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as assistant general manager at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, Colo., where he was responsible for all aspects of club operations. Pedersen has a bachelor’s degree in… Continue Reading People on the Move – August 3, 2012

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Colorado Springs is no Silicon Valley, Austin or even Boulder. There is no venture capital coming this way. It would be a waste of time to pine for mega-million investments in hopes of becoming the next Google or Living Social. Yes, that sounds harsh. But it’s reality, said Chris Blees, one of three chairmen for… Continue Reading News Analysis: Angels in the wings for strong middle-market firms

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Tech Talk: Don’t neglect site updates

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This column is written specifically for the smaller, family-style businesses. It’s about maintaining your website’s technology (not the content), and why it’s time to start paying attention. Companies that don’t regularly access and update their Web technology tend to operate under the natural assumption that once a website is completed and launched it can sit… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Don’t neglect site updates

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Kudos! – August 3, 2012

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First Business Brokers expanding services, forms FBB Group Ron Chernak, principal and founder of First Business Brokers, Ltd., recently passed the FINRA Series 79 Investment Banking exam, enabling him to provide a comprehensive suite of investment banking services to clients. He formed The FBB Group, Ltd., which consists of two firms; First Business Brokers, Ltd., which… Continue Reading Kudos! – August 3, 2012

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On the Horizon – August 3, 2012

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Aug. 3 Brown Bag Lunch: How to Network The Small Business Development Center and Attention Getters hosts “Springing Up Businesses Through Networking” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1260 Valley Street. To register, call 255-3844. Aug. 4 Minding Your Business Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job… Continue Reading On the Horizon – August 3, 2012

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Bankers are often first to notice when an older adult is being bilked out of savings or retirement money by scammers and swindlers … Continue Reading Quandary: Bankers look for best way to end elder abuse

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Somebody made a smart decision this week regarding the itinerary of a special tour for media and public officials regarding the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority’s renewal on the November ballot. Everyone knew the basic plan, understandably, was to visit a handful of locations for capital projects that would be funded in the 2014-2024 time… Continue Reading PPRTA II: Not as sexy but still vital

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