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Renovations That Pay

For sellers considering a presale renovation, these projects typically provide the best value, according to the National Association of REALTORS 2019 Remodeling Impact Report.


  • Average cost: $4700
  • Estimated cost recovery: $5000
  • Value recovered from project: 106%


  • Average cost: $2600
  • Estimated cost recovery: $2600
  • Value recovered from project: 100%


  • Average cost: $7500
  • Estimated cost recovery: $8000
  • Value recovered from project: 107%


  • Average cost: $2100
  • Estimated cost recovery: $2000
  • Value recovered from project: 95%


  • Average cost: $8200
  • Estimated cost recovery: $7000
  • Value recovered from project: 85%

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4 Projects to Knock out This Fall

I know that we’ve all been at home​ quite a bit this year and that you’ve probably had plenty of time to work on a few house projects. I wanted to share a few more projects that you can take care of this fall so that you have a more efficient winter.

Replace Your Windows and Front Door

With the relatively warm weather going away, replacing windows and your front door is the perfect fall project. New windows are an excellent investment for multiple reasons. They will drastically improve your curb appeal, and new windows are more likely to make your home more efficient. 

Give Your Home a New Coat Before Winter

If you’ve been holding out on painting your home, fall temperatures are perfect for exterior painting. Plus, it will look beautiful for any holiday guests. 

Check Your Roof

​Fixing your roof is not the most glorious project, but maybe one of the most important ones. Before winter, have your roof inspected and fix any necessary repairs. If you have a small issue, you won’t want it to turn into something much more significant in the middle of winter. 

Add Insulation

Fall is also an excellent time to make sure that your home is well insulated. Upgrading your insulation will keep the heat where it needs to be – in your home! Also, it can make your home more efficient and save you some money on heating costs. 

As you’re planning for your next round of home projects, think about adding these to your list. Fall temperatures are great for last-minute projects. If there’s anything that I can help you with, give me a call or email me.

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Virtual School Is Changing Homebuyer Needs

Some Highlights

  • With remote learning sweeping the nation this academic year, organized spaces with enough room for kids to learn effectively are high on buyer wish lists.
  • If you’re trying to make room for your family’s growing needs, multi-purpose rooms and dedicated workspaces may be features to consider in your next home.
  • Let’s connect today so you can find a home where your kids feel confident and comfortable too.
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2020 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off Citywide Celebration

This Labor Day weekend will be like no other. For the first time Colorado Springs will be celebrating it’s traditional balloon lift off with multiple lift off/launch locations throughout the city.

The idea is that you will be able to see the balloon launch from your front porch, avoiding crowds and other large gatherings.

Saturday, September 5

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Hot Air Balloon Launch

7:00 PM

Pop-Up Balloon Glows

Sunday, September 6

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Hot Air Balloon Launch

Step outside with a cup of coffee Saturday or Sunday to enjoy the balloon launch from the comfort of your home! No need to wake up super early or even change out of your pajamas!

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A Note from the Brandon Smith Team

Dear Valued Clients,  

Our thoughts are with those affected by COVID-19, as well as heath care professionals, government officials and organizations who are working tirelessly on containment and caring for those in need. At The Platinum Group, Realtors the health and safety of our clients, agents and staff is our top priority.  We remain fully operational and hard at work and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we provide the best customer experience possible during this time of uncertainty. 

We recognize that this is a challenging and unprecedented time in our society and will diligently follow all guidelines set forth by the government and industry associations. We are humbled by your loyalty and trust in us and we take our responsibility seriously.  We look forward to serving all your real estate needs as we stay focused on how to serve you best!  

Some COVID-19 measures we already have in place for:


  • High resolution photos for listings- showcase your home to buyers online in putting your home a notch above the rest.
  • Dynamic web presence allowing virtual showings through photos and slideshow tours.
  • eContracts- allows for electronic signing of contracts and disclosures.


  • All properties searches are web based.
  • Video emails & text capability- allows virtual showings of house through your smart device.
  • eContracts- allows for electronic signing of contracts and disclosures.
  • Private tours through homes allowing little to no additional contact with anyone.

If you are considering buying or selling in the coming months, this is an excellent time to start working towards that goal. Listed below are some ideas you can do while you are at home.


  • Finish up maintenance projects you have been putting off: painting rooms, fixing leaky faucets, chalking around tubs and showers etc.
  • Clean and declutter to prepare for staging: best tip for identifying clutter is take a picture of your room. Things you frequently overlook become more obvious once you take a picture. (You are always welcome to send me the pics as well!)
  • If you are interested in a consult we can video call and I can give you some tips on what to prioritize as you walk through the home.


  • Get your financial information together to get ready to apply for your loan: paystubs, debt payments etc.
  • Finish up filing your taxes. You will need to have the information handy to provide to your lender.
  • Talk to your lender about the best steps regarding your credit and debt to income.
  • Use our online tools on like our website to look at different neighborhoods and help refine what you are looking for.

The market is ever changing and if you are curious about stepping into the market soon or would like to hear how this is impacting our local economy, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am keeping a close eye on interest rate, home values, supply & demand and other market factors constantly to make sure I have the capacity to keep you all well informed as we move through this issue. I hope you and your family are keeping safe, healthy and your careers are not being impacted in any negative manner.

The Brandon Smith Team

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The Difference an Hour Makes

Some Highlights:

  • Don’t forget to set your clocks forward this Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 AM EST in observance of Daylight Saving Time, unless you’re a resident of Arizona or Hawaii!
  • Every hour in the United States, 568 homes are sold and median home values rise by $1.92.
  • As we “spring forward” this year, let’s get together to see how you can take advantage of every hour in the housing market.
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Powers Blvd Expansion to I25

Phase one of construction is underway for the Powers Blvd expansion. The new exit off of I25 is south of exit 155 and will be just south of the current Bass Pro Shop. This phase will build the interchange and will connect to Voyager and is expected to be completed in 2021 and cost between $55-65 million.

Phase two will connect the next exit to Powers Blvd at Interquest Parkway/Highway 83. Plans for phase two are still being discussed with no firm budget or timeline in place.

Planning officials believe that connecting Powers to I25 will alleviate congestion along Interquest as well as speed up travel while connecting the north south sections of the city. Travel to the airport will be easy as well as east west travel.

Click here to see a video of flyover of the project.