Lorian DuCharme's Blog Posts

JUST LISTED 6765 Bear Tooth Dr

Just listed ....I'm calling it the "Secret Garden" house.  Located in Northern Colorado Springs, with no HOA, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath house is situated on a cul-de-sac with a .25 acre lot. 

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Where Are the Fireworks in Colorado Springs? Check it out!

Are fireworks a part of today's plan, but you don't want to miss them by watching from your front porch?Here's a list of where you can go:The BroadmoorCherokee Ridge Golf CourseThe Club at Flying

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First Time Homebuyer Checklist - What do you need to know?

FIRST TIME BUYER CHECKLIST1.  SAVE FOR THE FOLLOWING                       Down payment (Typically 3%-5%)Closing Costs (Ask your

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Listing Alert! Bridger Drive Colorado Springs

Check out this listing in the heart of Colorado Springs!3 bedroom 2 bathroom 2 car oversized garage (fits a long bed truck).Check it out!https://www.forevercharmedhomes.com/property/30-6121411-627

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Why Buying a Home Is Still Affordable

Buying a Home Is Still AffordableThe last year has put emphasis on the importance of one’s home. As a result, some renters are making the jump into homeownership while some homeowners are re

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Is Your House the Oasis in an Inventory Desert?

Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory DesertHomebuyers are flooding the housing market right now to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Many have a sense of urgency to find a

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Budgeting to Buy - Don’t Forget Closing Costs

Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing CostsWhen buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment

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Say WHAT?? Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or Gold!

Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or GoldLast month, in a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that

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According to Experts -Home Prices WILL Continue to Appreciate

Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to AppreciateIt’s clear that consumers are concerned about how quickly home values are rising. Many people fear the speed of appreciation may lead to a

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Home Price Appreciation - Accelerating Again?

Is Home Price Appreciation Accelerating Again?At the beginning of the year, industry forecasts called for home price appreciation to slow to about half of the double-digit increase we saw last year.

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Should I buy now?

Should I Buy Now or Wait? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking that waiting a year or two to purchase a home might mean you’ll save some money, think again.Mortgage interest

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Curious About Your Home Value?

Oh my gosh!! There are so many great buyer and seller programs! https://linktr.ee/ForeverCharmedGet all the info you need! And let’s buy or sell a home???

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Planning to Move? You can still secure a low mortgage rate on your next home!

Planning to Move? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next HomeThis year, mortgage rates have started to slowly climb above recent record-breaking lows. Many homeowners planning to 

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7 GREAT ideas for Backyard Fun!

The weather's heating up and many of us want our backyards to be a fun oasis.  Here's a few ideas to get you started.1. Brighton up with an Outdoor Rug I know this pic shows indoor, but it

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Why For Sale By Owner Will NOT Get You the MOST Money

Don’t Sell on Your Own Just Because It’s a Sellers’ MarketIn a sellers’ market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known

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Keep OR Sell Your Vacation Home

Why This Is a Great Year to Sell Your Vacation HomeAs vaccines are administered and travel resumes, many of us are beginning to plan for those long-awaited vacations we missed out on over the past

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93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks

93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than StocksA recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners&

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Bigger OR Smaller - What Size Home is Best for YOU?!

Some Buyers Prefer Smaller HomesOver the past year, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to reflect on what we consider most important in our lives. The place we call home is one of the

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Housing Prices in Today's Market

According to Realtor Magazine, housing prices have dropped slightly across the US, but still maintain higher than pre-covid. Check out the full article here:https://magazine.realtor/daily-news

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2021 Real Estate Myth Buster

2021 Real Estate Myth Buster [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsThere are a lot of misconceptions about buying or selling a home today, making it challenging to know exactly how to navigate the current

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Should You Renovate Before You Sell

To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You SellWhen thinking about selling, homeowners often feel they need to get their house ready with some remodeling to make it more appealing to buyers. However,

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Americans See Major Home Equity Gains

Americans See Major Home Equity Gains Some HighlightsToday’s home price appreciation is driving equity higher throughout the country.If your needs are changing and you’re

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The Truth About Credit Scores for a Mortgage

What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage?According to data from the most recent Origination Insight Report by Ellie Mae, the average FICO® score on closed loans

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PERKS In Today's Housing Market For Both Buyers and Sellers

Buyer & Seller Perks in Today’s Housing MarketRight now, the housing market is full of outstanding opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of

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Closed - Hillsport Way

Recently Closed this home on Hillsport in Colorado Springs.We put in 4 offers and searched for less than a month.  When the timing is right and the home is meant to be yours, it will happen!

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If You Could Live Anywhere, Where Would It Be?

This?Or That?I love Colorado. I love the Mountains.  BUT I also really love the beach!I would love a lake house in the mountains, with a beach bungalow for winter vacations. If you could

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Inspection VS Appraisal - What buyers and Sellers NEED to know

What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?If you’re planning to buy a home, an appraisal is an important step in the process. It’s a

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SOLD! Canon City ....and we bought from a FSBO

WELCOME HOME! And back to Colorado!Yesterday I have the pleasure of closing with a wonderful lady in Cañon City.  She wanted to move back to Colorado to be near her children. 

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When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans...

What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans?According to the latest report from Black Knight, Inc., a well-respected provider of data and analytics for mortgage

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YOU CHOOSE AN Expert for the BEST Advice, NOT Perfect Advice

Turn to an Expert for the Best Advice, Not Perfect AdviceAs we approach the anniversary of the hardships we’ve faced through this pandemic and the subsequent recession, it’s normal to

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What Does Record Low Inventory Mean to YOU?

What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for YouThe real estate market is expected to do very well in 2021, with mortgage rates that are hovering at historic lows and forecasted by 

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What's Your Wealth Plan?

Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and

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Do I Really Need 20% Down to Buy a Home?

Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now?You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low

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Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision

Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial DecisionIn today’s housing market, there are many financial benefits to owning a home such as: increasing equity, the chance to build your 

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Thinking About a New Build?

Thinking about a New Build? Your Agent Is Your Best Bet! Reasons Why....A real estate professional is an expert who will advocate for you throughout the process when building a home.Agents help

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Is Selling Your Home the BEST Decision Right Now?

Is Right Now the Right Time to Sell? Some HighlightsIf you’re on the fence about selling your house, now is a great time to take advantage of sky-high demand, low supply, and fierce buyer

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Top 15 Colorado Springs Agents on Social Media

Just writing this post to "humble brag".  I made the list at #11 of the top Colorado Springs Agents on Social Media.I truly hope it give me a boost!  If you are looking to buy or sell in

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Why You Shouldn't Try to Sell Your House on Your Own in 2021

Why Selling Your House on Your Own in 2021 Is a MistakeThere are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today,

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Who is Lorian DuCharme?

Hi, my name is Lorian DuCharme. I live and work in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado Springs has experienced tremendous growth and is rated  one of the Most Desirable Cities to live in!;

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Path to Homeownership - Knowledge is Power

Knowledge Is Power on the Path to HomeownershipHomeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the

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Gorgeous new listing in Monument

Check out this gorgeous new listing in Monument, Colorado.https://www.cozyincoloradosprings.com/details.php?mls=30&mlsid=2295405#rsltGive me a call if you are interested in purchasing this one!

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More Generations Living Under One Roof

More Generations Are Living Under One Roof This YearThis year challenged us to reprioritize everything - from the way we use our time to where we work, how we socialize and gather together, and our

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Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers Market

Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsBuying a home in today’s sellers’ market doesn’t have to feel like an uphill battle.Here are four ways to

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Current Listings in Colorado Springs - BY Price!

The housing market in Colorado Springs is HOT!!The Current Median Home Price in Colorado Springs, Colorado is $325,000.  Here are all of the Current Active Homes for Sale:The Median Home Price

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Rent Vs. Buy - What's Better for you?

The Cost of Renting Vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsThe percentage of income needed to afford a median-priced home today is declining, while that for renting is on the rise

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What a Difference a Year Makes in Home Owning

The Difference a Year Makes for HomeownershipOver the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point, hitting a new historic low 15 times. This is a great driver

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Things To Consider When Buying A Home This Winter

Buying a home is a BIG decision, but now more than ever people want homeownership.  Think about all the time you've spent inside, working, exercising, homeschooling, and relaxing.  Are you

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More Reasons to be Optimistic About Real Estate in 2021

3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021This year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re

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Do's and Don'ts After Applying for a Mortgage

The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a MortgageOnce you’ve found the right home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. You're

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2021 Housing Forecast - Looks as Optimistic as Ever!

2021 Housing Forecast [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsExperts project an optimistic year for the 2021 housing market.With mortgage rates forecasted to remain low, high buyer demand is expected to fuel

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Did you Outgrow Your Home in 2020?

Did You Outgrow Your Home in 2020?It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the

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Forbearance Relief Programs

2020 has been up/down and very uncertain for many people.  If you are worried about paying your mortgage, there are options.  Check out the video below for more info. Video

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Outdoor Dining Colorado Springs

I know we still want to enjoy dining with our families.Checkout @visitcos on instagram for more.Here's a list of outdoor dining:

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Vocab terms for the 1st Time Homebuyer

Buying a home for the first time can be really confusing!  Have no fear!  I'm here to help.Here are a few First Time Homebuyer Terms every buyer needs to know:Appraisal - Professional

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10 Social Distancing Ideas for the Holidays

I know we are all really tired of hearing about social distancing.  And for most of us, social distancing for the holidays sounds awful. But here's the thing, the sooner we can "flatten the

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Luxury Properties in Colorado Springs

Maybe you are in the market for a luxury property or maybe you just like to browse.Put these on your manifest list!Luxury Listings Colorado SpringsDrop a comment for which one you would LOVE to live

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First Time Home Buyer - Check List Graphic

You May have Read My Blog Post about First Time Home Buying HereHere's a quick graphic to make it:

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2020 Election Day is coming!!

2020 has Been a roller coaster of a ride! We all need to get out and vote!There are multiple voting options, everyone should be able to vote safely and comfortably this year. I do not care

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Quick and Healthy Fall Meals

I'm compiling a list of delicious and easy comfort foods. This is a continuous list of healthy, quick, easy meals for fall and winter. mom only putting meals we've tried. Feel free to leave me

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FALL PUMPKIN PATCHES

There's still time to visit Pumpkin Patches! Check these out:Canyon City BOO at the Bridge - October 24 https://royalgorgebridge.com/Colorado SpringsBoo at the Zoo - October

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Voter Registration Day

I'm sure you're being bombarded on social media with voter registration alerts!But as an extra reminder register to vote here:https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/verifyNewVoter

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Flea Markets of Colorado Springs

Have you ever gone "Flea Marketing"?  I used to LOVE watching Flea Market Flip.  I dreamed of being a "flipper" and maybe one day I still will be!  But for now, I'll just go browse

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Local Farmers Markets in Colorado Springs - Fresh Fall Veggies

The summer is coming to an end, but now is really THE BEST time to visit the local Farmers Markets (In my personal opinion).Here's a list of Colorado Springs Farmers Markets:  (I plan to visit

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FEATURED PROPERTY - Windbrook Ct - Banning Lewis

Check out this beautiful home at Banning Lewis Ranch.  Just 3 blocks from the middle school!Complete with 5 bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Fully Finished Basement with Kitchenette, gorgeous outside

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Colorado Springs Hiking Trails

Almost every month is a good month for hiking in Colorado, with over 300 sunny days a year!Some places are more difficult to do during the snowy months, and you might need "spikes" to get through

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Real Estate Transactions Colorado Springs

**Bookmark this page for all of the latest information on homes for sale in Colorado Springs**Bonus Links:Current Listings in Colorado SpringsFind out what your home is worthFree Market Report for

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Home School Essentials

Hi There!It's "Back To School" time and I know we are ALL STRESSED!! Questions like - What's going to happen? How are they going to open?  Will it be in person or online? Is there a?

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Quick links to help you find a GREAT deal in Colorado Springs!

Below are some quick links to help you find a a specific list of potential properties in Colorado Springs, CO.If you are looking for a great deal on a home or an investment property in Colorado

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Book Review - Go For NO!

Have you read the book "Go For NO" by Ray Higdon?It's a very good reminder that NO doesn't have to be a bad thing.  I have done just about every MLM out there and always found myself afraid of

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Home Inspection...what to look for and why

Have you ever hear the expression - Don't judge a book by its cover?This is especially true when purchasing real estate.  It all goes very quickly in the beginning, you go in, you like it, the,

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Benefits of an Open House and How They Work During Covid

On the fence about having an open house?  Here are some reasons why having one is a good idea.Reasons to have an OPEN HOUSE:Open houses benefit sellers.Holding an open house is a great

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5 things you can do during the current Pandemic

I know that everywhere you turn, tap, click, look all you hear about is the current Covid-19 pandemic.  And while these are scary times and causing many of us anxiey about the future, here are

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What to do with your kids while they are home from school indefinitely

Done with online learning?  Still need things to do to keep the kiddos busy?Try these:Disney put out an Imagineering Course (how cool is that?)https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass

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