Gretchen Wicker's Blog Posts

Navigating A Competitive Colorado Housing Market: Tips for Buyers and Sellers

The Colorado housing market has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride in recent years. For both buyers and sellers. The market's relentless competitiveness, bidding wars, and skyrocketing

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Affordable Living in Colorado: A Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Dream Home

Colorado is a beautiful state with stunning landscapes, thriving cities, and a high quality of life. However, the cost of living can be a barrier for many. If you're looking for ways to achieve

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Maximizing Curb Appeal: Selling Your Home In Colorado Faster

In the competitive Colorado real estate market, selling your home quickly and at the desired price requires a strategic approach. One of the key elements that can make a significant difference is

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Downtown Colorado Springs and the Old North End Neighborhood: A Vibrant Urban Oasis

Image By ERoss99 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21520561Nestled in the heart of Colorado lies the charming city of Colorado Springs, a place where the

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10 Essential Real Estate Terms You Should Know in the Current Market

The real estate market is constantly changing, so it's important to stay up-to-date on the latest terms and concepts. Here are 10 essential real estate terms you should know if you are considering

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Buying a House vs Building: Making an Informed Choice for Your First Home

When faced with the exciting prospect of acquiring your first home, the decision between buying an existing house and embarking on the journey of building from scratch can be both exhilarating and

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5 Selling House Costs You Might Not Know About

Selling a home involves various costs that you’ll need to consider during the process. From realtor fees to tax implications and closing costs, understanding these expenses is crucial for

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How to Stage Your Home to Sell Fast

When it comes to selling a house, staging can be a valuable tool to attract potential buyers and make a lasting impression. Staging a house for sale involves creating an appealing and inviting

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Is an Open House a Good Way to Sell Your Home?

Open houses are a longstanding tradition in the world of real estate. They offer prospective buyers the opportunity to see a home up close and personal, without the pressure of scheduling a private

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Should You Buy a House Before Marriage?

Buying a house with your boyfriend, girlfriend, or longtime partner can be an exciting and life-changing decision with financial benefits for both of you. However, it is important to consider all

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Do You Get a Tax Break for Buying a House?

Is it true that you get a tax break for buying a house?  The answer is both yes and no. The bad news for new homeowners is that property means property taxes. The good news is that buying a

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Best Neighborhoods in Colorado Springs: Old Colorado City Edition

  This month we are continuing with one of my favorite series. I am once again taking an in depth look at the best neighborhoods in Colorado Springs to live. This will be my third article in my

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7 Top Fall Home Selling Tips

Selling a home in fall has unique challenges: there is less natural light and fewer daylight hours, most yards require more maintenance, and many people’s schedules are busier. But fall can be

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How safe is Colorado Springs?

Location, location, location is a cliche in real estate for a reason. When buying a home it is important to understand the neighborhood where you are purchasing the property. Most people are

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How to Win a Bidding War on a House

Winning Bid: 5 Tips for Closing on a House in a Seller’s Market In a seller’s market, prospective homeowners can find themselves offering above asking price on a house and still

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Best Neighborhoods in Colorado Springs: Northgate Edition

Best Neighborhoods in Colorado Springs: Northgate Edition To continue on with this series I will be exploring more neighborhoods in the Colorado Springs Area. As you may already know, Colorado

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Best Neighborhoods in Colorado Springs: Briargate Edition

Best Neighborhoods in Colorado Springs: Briargate Edition For this series I will be exploring the best neighborhoods to live in, in the Colorado Springs Area. Colorado Springs is a beautiful

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6 Things You Can Only Do In Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is home to many attractions that you can’t experience anywhere else. From one-of-a-kind outdoor landmarks like the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, to a theme park where it

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5 Best Colorado Springs Hiking Trails

Colorado Springs is a beautiful place with a large variety of things to do and to see. But my favorite part of living here is hiking. Hiking in Colorado Springs is fantastic because there are so

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Why Community is so Important: Exit Realty Donation Match

We all are members of our own communities (families, work, neighborhoods, etc.) As human beings we need to feel a sense of being connected and belonging. In my opinion, relationships are what life

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The Ultimate Guide to Foreclosures

As a homeowner, foreclosure is a scary subject that most of us hope we will never have to be involved with in our lives. As an investor, foreclosure might sound like a great way to get a property at

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5 Questions You Probably Have About Realtor Fees

  If this is your first time buying a home you might be a little hesitant at the thought of all the costs that are involved. Afterall, a home is expensive enough, add in closing costs,,

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Leasing an Office Space

Recently, the way we think about work and work spaces has transformed. While pandemic lockdowns have made working from home a standard, a lot of jobs function better with dedicated professional

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What Are The Steps for Buying a Home?

Check your credit and set a price rangeSave enough cash to closeChoose a lender and get preapproved for a mortgageFind a real estate agentStart hunting for the right house for youMake an offerGet

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BIG News Has Arrived! Top Quality Investment Opportunity Now Available!

In my last blog post I promised you that big news was on it’s way and now it’s finally here! My big announcement is that the auto repair shop located at 1027 E Highway 24 in Woodland,

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BIG News Coming Soon!

Hey Everybody!*Edited 8/19/2021 Go here for the BIG news!Be on the lookout for some big news coming out soon. I have a great investment opportunity about to hit the market. The only thing I can tell

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Mortgages: A Beginner’s Guide

Mortgages: A Beginner’s Guide The world of home buying can be confusing enough for a first time buyer. Just trying to find the right place for you can be a difficult process. Add trying to

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Best Tips for Selling Your Home

Best Tips for Selling Your HomeSo you’ve decided to take on the project of selling your home. Now it’s time to put in the effort to get it sold. Right now you might be asking yourself,

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10 Reasons You Need a Realtor When Buying a Home

10 Reasons You Need a Realtor When Buying a HomeWhether you are a first time home buyer or have bought countless homes, the process of finding a home can be a daunting task. If you are feeling

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3 Things to Consider Before Buying Property as an Investment

3 Things to Consider Before Buying Property as an Investment Investing in property can be a huge step toward financial security and freedom. Most people will tell you that investing in property is a

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Commercial Real Estate Agent Vs Residential Real Estate Agent

The differences between a commercial real estate agent and a residential real estate agent are exactly as you would expect. The main difference is the agent’s client base. Commercial real

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Sold in 1 Day! - A True Seller's Market

You may be hearing stories about the current housing market and how right now is a "seller's market"...This week I've gotten first hand experience of what it's like out there in the market today,

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