Colorado Springs Real Estate Is Still A Favorite For Buyers

What’s Your Favorite City? It is not only one of the constant questions asked by writers, it’s also one we often ask each other. This is often true with Colorado Springs, which was voted as the No. 1 Best Big City in “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine in 2006, the No. 1 in Outside’s 2009 list of America’s Best Cities, No. 19 of 2010 Best Cities Overall Rank by Parenting.com and finally No. 3 as one of the Best Cities for Relocating Families by relocateamerica.com. These positive rankings make Colorado homes for sale attractive for home buyers.

The reason for Colorado Springs to be a preferred relocation option is due to its traditional factors such as tax rates, average home cost, and home appreciation, along with other aspects that affect quality of life and cost of living after a move. These aspects contain the city’s readiness of improving the quality of life which include in-state tuition, service levels of local utilities, volunteerism, and auto taxes.

Affordable Housing. The City provides technical assistance and capitalizes to implement affordable housing programs. Sources of funding entail grants (in limited cases) and low-interest loans for projects, direct rental assistance (through the local Housing Authority and ESM) and technical assistance. Forms of technical assistance embody assistance to other organizations in structuring projects, management assistance, program review, etc.

Housing Rehabilitation. Loans with low or no interest are provided to citizens who are qualified for Colorado Springs real estate and home rehabilitation. Such loans are funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant funds sent to the Housing Development Division of Colorado Springs.

Business-friendly. The Economic Development division encourages new and existing businesses to transfer, stay and expand in Colorado Springs. City officials will help in the requirements: City Clerk’s Office for business license, the Development Review Enterprise for contractor’s licenses and the Revenue and Collections Division can further assist in identifying city sales and use taxes.

Metro Rides. Public transportation and fixed route service access to the city’s communities are provided by the Mountain Metropolitan Transit through several routes and fare options. Alternative commuting assistance such as carpool matching, school pools and van pools are also available. Servicing along Hwy 24 to and from Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Cascade, Green Mountain Falls and Woodland Park is the daily commuter bus Ute Pass Express.

Jobs. Several highly educated and technically brilliant outsiders are attracted to the number of manufacturers, high-tech and software companies, non-profit organizations, and other businesses found in the area. This is also the reason why the residents are also looking for the quality of life and outdoor activity opportunities for work-life balance. The workforce includes former military personnel, military dependents, retirees, college students, and commuters from other Colorado cities.

Culture and Arts. Colorado Springs is having some sort of cultural rebirth ever since the Colorado College’s ten-month-old, $33 million performing-arts center has begun inviting national classical music and dance groups. The city has also launched Meadowgrass, its very own roots-and-blues festival. But you don’t come to the Front Range for the music. You also come for the 14,117-foot Pikes Peak (directly above town); the Arkansas’s Class IV rapids (two hours west); world-class athletic facilities (Carmichael Training Systems is based here); and 260miles of multi-sport trails available within a ten-mile radius.