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ERA HERMAN GROUP REAL ESTATE EXPANDS

by Elizabeth Alexander

ERA Herman Group Real Estate recently announced the expansion of ERA Herman Group in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The new office will continue serving consumers in South Florida and will be located at 9000 Burma Road, Suite 111, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403.

ERA Herman Group has been serving home buyers and sellers in Florida for nearly 7 years and is excited to expand its office to better serve the local community. This expansion is a reflection of the national growth The Herman Group Companies has experienced in recent years. ERA Herman Group Florida has over 100 real estate professionals and growing. “By expanding our company’s reach and resources, we are able to provide consumers in Florida with more convenient access to our signature products and services” said Roger Herman, President/CEO for ERA Herman Group. “Our new location allows residents in this community the opportunity to experience firsthand ERA Herman Group’s commitment to innovation, collaboration and superior service.”

In 2013 ERA Herman Group Florida was recognized nationally for their superior service relocating families to and from the Florida area. Florida offices recently collected new, unwrapped toys as an official drop-off site for the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, a charity ERA Herman Group supports annually. Over 100 toys were donated.

With approximately 1000 real estate professionals nationwide, The Herman Group (THG) companies operate offices in California, Colorado, Florida and Nevada. THG owns multiple brands including ERA Herman Group, Shorewood REALTORS®, Asset Management Real Estate (AMRE) and multiple title companies nationwide. They specialize in residential real estate and world-wide relocation. Each individual office tailors to their local community needs and continually strives to better the quality of life through community partnerships and volunteering.

For more information on joining The Herman Group’s growing team of professionals or if you know someone who is moving to Florida and is looking for a real estate agent in the area please contact Elizabeth Alexander at (719) 337-7611.

January Contest Winner!

by Elizabeth Alexander

THANKS.  We are so grateful to have awesome customers!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our January Fun Day Quiz contest!

A lot of people participated and the lucky winner for the $25 Amazon Gift Card is Laurie Black, who answered correctly that the New Year's Ball tradition in Times Square began in 1907!

Thank you to everyone who entered!  You can be a winner too!  Join us for the February contest, where you can win a $25 Amazon Gift card! 

Need help with real estate? Call our team today at 719.337.7611 or visit us online to see what is going on in the real estate industry.

 

Holiday Season and Colorado Springs Homes for Sale!

by Elizabeth Alexander

Having a Colorado Springs, Fountain or Monument home for sale as autumn swings into full bloom has more than one advantage. Number one, this is not a looky-loo season—many home shoppers at this time of year tend to be serious-minded because many are hoping to be moved in by the holidays. During the holiday season many other owners will wait until spring to put up their own Colorado Springs home for sale, if you are listing now, you can usually count on a narrower amount of competition.

  • Holiday Decor

It’s the Holiday Advantage: a time of year loaded with eye-catching decorating ideas. When the leaves start to change, it’s time to take advantage of the autumn decorations that can make any Colorado Springs home for sale extra inviting.

  • Scents of Autumn

Using scents can be central to fall decorating. These seasonal aromas can trigger positive memories for the visitors to your home. Scented candles add ambiance to your house. You can tie cinnamon sticks around your candles, or add a few drops of cinnamon oil to your potpourri or fall arrangements (just don’t overdo it)!

  • Fall: a Season for Comfort

If you’re thinking warm fires and plush throws to emphasize the coziness of the season, you’ll make it happen. A comfortable home highlighted with holiday colors sets a scene that boosts the beauty of a home for sale unlike any other time of the year.  

Whether you have already listed your Colorado Springs home for sale, or are just now setting the stage, give me a call to put together a marketing blitz that will use the season to make that sale happen!

Discover the Strength in You

by Elizabeth Alexander

COLORADO SPRINGS - Ready to put your life on a healthy track, overcome hurdles and meet your fitness goals?  Learn  training and nutrition tips, see work out demonstrations in Pilates, Yoga, Kettlebell and stretching at the Gold Hill Mesa Health Fair!.  Loosen tense muscles with chair massages, relax with microderm hand treatments and hear from world class athletes who will motivate you to go for the gold with your personal health.

Date:  March 15, 2014
Time:  10 am - 4pm
Location:  Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S Raven Mine Drive #200

ERA Herman Group Opens New Office in Southern California

by Elizabeth Alexander

ERA Herman Group is excited to welcome Shorewood Realtors of Southern California into the Herman Group Family of Companies.  s faithful clients have returned to Shorewood for their outstanding service.  Shorewood has over 280 highly trained real estate agents who cover areas such as Palos Verdes Estates, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and other areas within LA. 

Shorewood Realtors has an average sales price of  $1,000,000 and is the number one company in the South Bay market of LA County.  They have proven to be one of the top luxury real estate companies in the nation.  Just like our Herman Group Companies, Shorewood Realtors commitment has been to offer “one stop” satisfaction for every real estate need. 

We are thrilled to kick off 2014 with such outstanding growth opportunity and momentum!  If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Alexander at ERA Herman Group Real Estate.

Colorado Springs Tree Recycling Program

by Elizabeth Alexander

The City of Colorado Springs is starting their annual Tree Recycling program on January 4, 2014. Trees will be ground into mulch at all locations and giving away free - bring your own tools. Equipment-loaded mulch available at Rocky Top Resources only. 2 Weekends: Saturday & Sunday, 9a.m. - 5 p.m. January 4 & 5 and January 11 & 12 $5.00 - 100% of the suggested minimum free supports community youth sports program

7 locations in Colorado Springs & El Paso County

  •  Baptist Road Trailhead - Baptist Road & Old Denver Highway
  • Cottonwood Creek Park - Dublin Blvd. & Montarbor Dr.
  • Sky Sox Stadium - Barnes Road & Tutt Blvd. 
  • Rock Ledge Ranch - Gateway Road (to Garden of the Gods) & 30th Street 
  • Memorial Park - Pikes Peak Ave. & Union Blvd.

Colorado Springs Tree Recycling Starts: 9:00 AM Ends: 5:00 PM

Contact: Krithika Prashant.

What You Should Know About Your Home and Your 2013 Taxes

by Dona DeZube

These days few things start a fight on Capitol Hill faster than taxes. Despite the fact that three important tax benefits used by millions of American homeowners are days from expiring, Congress is unlikely to do anything to re-up them any time soon.


So if you’re eligible, tax year 2013 is possibly the last time to claim the private mortgage insurance (PMI) deduction, the energy tax credit, and debt forgiveness benefit, all of which all expire on Dec. 31, 2013.

At least there’s one piece of good news for homeowners: If you have a home office, there’s a new, simpler option for calculating the home office deduction for which you may qualify on your 2013 taxes.

Meanwhile, here’s what you need to know about those expiring benefits as you ready your taxes:

PMI Deduction

This tax rule lets you deduct the cost of private mortgage insurance, which is what you pay your lender each month if you put down less than 20% on a home. PMI protects the lender if you default on the home loan. Your deduction could amount to a couple hundred dollars depending on your tax bracket and other factors.

Find out if you qualify for and how to take the PMI deduction.

Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

This sweet little tax credit lets you offset what you owe the IRS dollar-for-dollar for up to 10% of the amount you spent on certain home energy-efficiency upgrades, from insulation to water heaters. On the downside, the credit is capped at $500 (less in some cases). But on the bright side, the right improvement could lower your utility bills indefinitely.

Related: Take back your energy bills with these high-ROI energy-efficiency practices.

Debt Forgiveness

When you go through a short sale, foreclosure, or deed-in-lieu, your lender typically lets you off the hook for some or all of what you owe on your mortgage.

That forgiven mortgage debt is income, on which you’d typically have to pay income tax.

Suppose you’re in financial distress and your lender agrees to let you short-sell your home, say for $50,000 less than you owe on the mortgage, and forgive you for the balance. Without the protection of the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act, you’ll owe income tax on that $50,000.

It’s likely if you had the money to pay income tax on $50,000, you’d have used it to pay your mortgage in the first place.

New Simplified Option for the Home Office Deduction

This may be the last year for the benefits above, but a new one kicks in for the 2013 tax year. If you work from home, you may qualify to use a new, simplified option for claiming the home office deduction when you file your 2013 taxes.

How much simpler is it? It lets you claim $5 per sq. ft. for up to 300 sq. ft. instead of having to compute the actual expenses of your home office using a 43-line form. To calculate the square footage of your office, just multiply the length of two walls. For example, an 8-by-10-foot room is 80 sq. ft. And at $5 per, that’s $400.

Although using the simplified option is obviously easier, the basic requirements for claiming the home office deduction haven’t changed. Your home office still must be used for business purposes:

  • Exclusively, and
  • On a regular basis.

Related: Which Home Office Set-Ups Qualify for a Deduction?

Why Might the Tax Benefits Not Be Renewed?

Although the expiring tax benefits were renewed retroactively in past years, that may not happen in 2014 because many in Congress would like to see comprehensive tax reform rather than scattershot renewals of individual provisions. This could delay a decision on the homeownership tax benefits until the big picture budget and tax issues are resolved.

So if you can, enjoy them now!

SOLD! Elizabeth sells Cheyenne Meadows Home

by Elizabeth Alexander

Sold Cheyenne Meadows home on 1366 Canoe Creek Drive!

We get lots of buyers looking for homes in the Cheyenne Meadows neighborhood.  This was a great home, and we found the right buyer who purchased it.

At ERA Real  Estate, we are here to help you with any type of property you may be considering selling or even buying.

FREE!  Call me for a complementary evaluation of your home today at 719-337-7611.
Sold!  1366 Canoe Creek Drive

Elizabeth Alexander has sold another home in the Cheyenne Meadows community.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Elizabeth Alexander

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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