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Old 06-15-2010, 09:22 PM
 
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Housing may be "cheaper" but it doesn't mean it's always better. In the case of Denver, it's a big city with higher cost of living as is Boulder. With Colorado Springs, tract housing has become a huge trend in this town, I think for the worst. So many people were sold on zero down mortgage loans directly from the builders that many got in too deep and couldn't recover. There's a rash of foreclosures right now, especially in the newer developments.

I disagree about housing being cheaper. If you want a safe place to live that's not an apartment you gotta pay for it. Many landlords are trying to pay off their overpriced homes by resorting to jacking up the rents around here, especially the newer homes, and tenants are often the victims of misrepresentation of the true reality of what their rent is paying.

Don't buy the hype about cheaper housing. I'm a military spouse with pets and I've met a lot of people who hate pets and aren't as kind to military people (especially the property management companies).

So, I guess the housing in C Springs is cheap given that there's a lot of tract housing with very small homes, cheap wiring/contracting by illegals, and overdevelopment.
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Don't buy the hype about cheaper housing. I'm a military spouse with pets and I've met a lot of people who hate pets and aren't as kind to military people (especially the property management companies).

After 24 years in the military, I never once ment a landlord or management company that treated me with nothing but respect, even overseas. I've read your post and you think because your military and an officers wife, you deserve some sort of special treatment; NOT SO.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Evergreen, CO
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I'm originally from Indianapolis, which is a medium sized city. When I first arrived in COS, I was shocked by the housing costs. Rentals didn't seem too outrageous. In terms of salary versus housing, I'm not sure what people are doing to afford these homes! For instance, an average salary in Indy is around 40k. A moderate 4 bedroom home with 1.5 baths and a .5 acre are around $100-$200k depending on the area. I actually own a 1300 square foot home on a .5 acre, all brick ranch and paid $100k. Here, a friend of mine owns a home very similar and she bought it for $250k (with very little land). Yet, finding a 40k job here is much more difficult than a bigger city.
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: SC
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And here I am in VA and forking out 1600 a month for a 3 bedroom townhome with 0 yard. For 1600 a month in COS I could rent a large house! In fact, my 5 bedroom house just sold for 153k in September.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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for better or worse. colorado springs is the definition of suburbia. if you like suburbia you will like springs, as it's suburban living with a nice view and nice weather. if you want the classic american dream of house, dog, kids, lawn, and going to church then everything is decently affordable and accessible in springs.

if you're young and hipster, this is not an ideal place. if you like citylife, you're looking at the wrong place. if you like citylife once in awhile, then you may be okay as denver is somewhat close. if you're a young professional you will find most young people in this town are military affiliated. nothing wrong with that, just a fyi. if you're a liberal, you might feel out of place and be occasionally upset. if you like growing fruit, this is not the right place.
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Old 12-25-2010, 04:13 AM
 
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I am a military wife from Texas. I have found, living in the Springs, that the housing rentals and apt. rentals are beyond overpriced for the quality of the rentals. For a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath here , ranges from 1000-1500 and when you go to see the homes to evaluate the area. They are old houses built in the late 70's or 80's the inside looks like the inside of a trailor home. For that much money I was living in a suburban subdivision area of San Antonio, all new appliances, wood flooring, quality materials and fixtures, big backyard, and nice landscaping. I too am shocked as to how some home owners feel their ugly old houses are worth as much as they are asking for. Whats sad is , just to live as my family was back home , is well beyond our means here. Colorado Springs, home of overpriced houses and rentals. I can't wait to move!
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Bentonville, AR
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I am a military wife from Texas. I have found, living in the Springs, that the housing rentals and apt. rentals are beyond overpriced for the quality of the rentals. For a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath here , ranges from 1000-1500 and when you go to see the homes to evaluate the area. They are old houses built in the late 70's or 80's the inside looks like the inside of a trailor home. For that much money I was living in a suburban subdivision area of San Antonio, all new appliances, wood flooring, quality materials and fixtures, big backyard, and nice landscaping. I too am shocked as to how some home owners feel their ugly old houses are worth as much as they are asking for. Whats sad is , just to live as my family was back home , is well beyond our means here. Colorado Springs, home of overpriced houses and rentals. I can't wait to move!
I think you'll be disappointed with a lot of areas home prices if you are comparing them to San Antonio.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:00 AM
 
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Jes, I suspect you're not looking at the area as a whole.

I see a 4/4 with 3-car in a top school district (20) that was built in 2000 and is offered for rent at $1325.00/month, in the Briargate area. Google the address to see a realtor site: 7953 Ultra DR, 80920 (our rules don't allow linking to websites of specific realty firms).

To find another half dozen SFH's in Briargate, go to the local realtor assoc website, then click on the FOR RENT icon, then click on Briargate, then follow the step to draw a search block, then fill in the number of BRs and Baths, set the MAX price at $1500/month, then hit search and you should get about six hits.

Tell us where it is in/around town that you are finding all the undesirable homes.
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