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Real Estate Briefs September 6, 2002

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Masterbilt Homes Introduces Fresh Concept Every once in a while a homebuilder steps outside the box and starts a completely new trend. Jack Weipking, president of Masterbilt Homes, certainly gets credit for taking a very large step in introducing the Pikes Peak region to Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND), which has evolved around the country as… Continue Reading Real Estate Briefs September 6, 2002

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The front door opens at Woodmen Wine & Liquor Company, and owner Dee Jones sees three of her regular customers. “Hola!” she says, waving to the familiar Spanish-speaking tradesmen who are stopping by on their way home from a job. At the same time, one of Jones’ wine suppliers is packing up, orders in hand,… Continue Reading Woodmen Wine & Liquor happy with larger location

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Despite some of the lowest mortgage rates in decades, the single-family home market in Colorado Springs is slowing – but not as fast as was feared. Compared to 2001, year-to-date new single-family residential building permits are down almost 12 percent. That is a “markedly better performance than the 20 percent decline,” said Fred Crowley, economist… Continue Reading Colorado Springs housing market begins to slow down

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Real Estate Briefs August 23, 2002

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Recently Wells Fargo published findings indicating that in the past ten years, the average stockholder earned $23,000 in the stock market and the average homeowner earned $44,000 in home equity. An interesting observation… With mortgage rates at a 35-year low, the company says in 1998, rates were below 7 percent for a total of 17… Continue Reading Real Estate Briefs August 23, 2002

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Consortium helps businesses with office setup

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Everyone likes the concept of one-stop shopping: get your gas, groceries and garbage bags at one superstore. That is the concept a group of already successful business owners put to work when they formed Office Now. Office Now combines communications, office furniture, copiers and printers, and even office space in one stop. IT Communications, Facilitek,… Continue Reading Consortium helps businesses with office setup

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The number of construction companies that survived Colorado Springs’ boom-bust cycles over the years are few. After 18 years in the Pikes Peak region, however, Copestone General Contractors has earned a secure place in the history books for its staying power and its steady growth. Kurt Kaltenbacher, Copestone’s founder and president, arrived in Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Toughing it out allows contractor to build on hard times

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Real Estate Briefs August 16, 2002

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Hope I didn’t throw those of you looking for the Urban Land Institute update a curve last week. The information was held for this week’s column instead. As usual, commercial real estate seems to be attracting renewed attention in the face of the stock market’s contractions – it’s even starting to attract the attention of… Continue Reading Real Estate Briefs August 16, 2002

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Poet’s Lofts are ready for occupants

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Thought I’d be a poet, So I found me a loft Went inside for a look see, Found my pocketbook’s too soft – Unknown The trend may have started in Greenwich Village, when Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Burroughs were eking out a living, making do with coldwater flats at the wrong end of a long voyage… Continue Reading Poet’s Lofts are ready for occupants

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Real Estate Briefs August 9, 2002

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No flowery prose today – there’s too much real estate news to pass on. From the opening of the 2002 Parade of Homes to the Urban Land Institute’s mid-year projections and a plethora of new transactions to report, the dog days of August will be anything but dull. HBA’s Parade of Homes Runs August 9-25… Continue Reading Real Estate Briefs August 9, 2002

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Real Estate Briefs August 2, 2002

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Congratulations this week to the City of Fountain for its 2002 designations as one of the country’s top ten “All American Cities.” Mayor Ken Barela and City Manager, Greg Nyhoff, along with the Fountain City Council definitely get credit for raising the awareness, the commitment and the money (the national competition requires that a city… Continue Reading Real Estate Briefs August 2, 2002

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