May 23rd

Net Neutrality May Already Be Gone

By Kelly Curtis
Net Neutrality May Already Be Gone
The concept of net neutrality has been in the news a lot over the last few months, though many Americans don't even know what the term means or how neutrality issues might affect them.  Nonetheless, the Federal Communications Commission's recent proposal to allow Internet service providers to create a fast lane for content providers drew the ire of those who do understand what's at stake.  A report issued Friday, however, shows that the types of deals between ISPs and content companies already exist, and have for some time.
May 15th

Web Search Industry Lose on Key Privacy Ruling

By Mike Goldman
Web Search Industry Lose on Key Privacy Ruling
The highest court in the European Union suggested this week that search engines like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft's Bing begin honoring requests to have their personal information removed from Internet search results.  The advisory judgment effectively backs individual privacy rights rights over freedom of information, and is expected to impact how the entire Internet search industry moves forward.  The ruling contends that an internet search on someone's name brings up a results page that is essentially a type of profile.  In compliance with European privacy regulations, private individuals should be permitted to ask to have personal information removed from that “profile”. 
May 6th

Comprehensive Colorado Springs Market Reports

By Kelly Curtis
Click Here for comprehensive, up-to-date housing statistics for the Colorado Springs area and the Pikes Peak MLS region.
May 1st

Google, Apple Settle Charges of Conspiring to Blacklist Workers

By Mike Goldman
Google, Apple Settle Charges of Conspiring to Blacklist Workers
Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe agreed to a settlement this week of charges they conspired to limit employment opportunities of their workers.  The combined settlement of $324 million will be divided up among 64,000 plaintiffs, meaning each will receive a  little over $5,000.  After paying legal fees and other expenses, the amount each plaintiff ends up with will be next to nothing.  The settlement came as a surprise to some observers because the plaintiff group initially asked for $9 billion an amount that would have worked out to just over $140,000 per claimant.  The amount agreed upon in the settlement amounts to less than 4 percent of the reward originally sought.
Apr 23rd

Rising Home Prices Reflect Changing Construction Trends

By Frank Galvano
Rising Home Prices Reflect Changing Construction Trends
The recent upward trend in home prices is somewhat misleading, industry experts suggest, as it not only reflects shortages in supply in many areas but also a change in the type and size of the homes being built.  Since 2010, the average size of a newly constructed home has surged from 2,392 square feet to just under 3,000, an increase of about 9 percent.  At the same time, developers are paying more attention to features such as fireplaces, bathrooms and appliances and are simply building better and bigger homes.  That means, though homebuyers are paying more on average, they are also getting more home for the money in many cases.
 
Apr 15th

Triptykon, feat. Tom G Warrior, Drops New Album

By Kelly Curtis
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A new album from Triptykon hit stores today, continuing a metal legacy that started with Hellhammer more than 30 years ago.  Frontman Tom G Warrior, also of Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun, rewards his loyal fans with Melana Chasmata, a beautifully written and engineered neo-gothic slab of extreme metal.  Early reviews of the set have been positive, with many reviewers claiming Melana Chasmata as Warrior's best work since the 2006 Celtic Frost finale, Monotheist.  

Want to learn more about Tom G Warrior?  Click Here for an awesome bio and discography on a true metal pioneer.
Apr 11th

Tricks to Finding Foreclosed Properties for Investment

By Steve C.
Tricks to Finding Foreclosed Properties for Investment

We've all heard the stories. A neighbor finds this unbelievable deal on a foreclosed home and ends up nearly doubling his money. But how do you find those deals? Get some help, most experts say. A good starting point is to try and find a local real estate agent who specializes in foreclosures. These agents have developed relationships with the banks by bringing them buyers quickly, and should be the first to know when a new foreclosure is about to hit the market. It's also a good idea to pay a local information company to supply you with regular updates. Some of these companies cover multiple counties and will send you regular email updates for about $40 to $50 a month. There are a handful of national companies that provide the same information, though the updates typically roll in a little slower, meaning the information you get from them may be dated.
Apr 8th

Earth Day Celebration at Garden of the Gods

By Kelly Curtis
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Earth Day Celebration at Garden of the Gods


In honor of Earth Day, the Friends of Garden of the Gods are sponsoring several event on Saturday, April 19th at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.  There will be exhibitions put on by the Air Force Academy Falconers, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the American Indian Dancers group.  There will also be a chemical magic show and educational exhibits from the Wolf & Wildlife Center and Nature's Educators organizations.  Visitors will also be treated to free admission that day to the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.  Festivities will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N 30th St in Colorado Springs.
Apr 3rd

Home Affordability Keeping Buyers Out

By Frank Galvano
The latest stats are showing a slightly different trend.  It's not the low inventory that's news to us, but rather the lack of potential home buyers who can afford to purchase the homes.  

In 2013, we saw the average price for a home sold rise almost 14%.  The trend is expected to continue through 2014, however, analysts suggest those numbers will remain in the single digits.  But cities with solid job growth could see those numbers trend higher. 

The good news is lenders seem to be easing their standards, which will allow more 'qualified' buyers to enter the market. 

Mar 20th

NAR Joins Move, Inc. Lawsuit Against Zillow

By Kelly Curtis

NAR Joins Move, Inc. Lawsuit Against Zillow

The National Association of Realtors this week joined in a lawsuit filed by Move, Inc. against Zillow and its new Chief Strategy Officer, Errol Samuelson. Filed in the Superior Court of King County, WA, the suit accuses Zillow and Samuelson of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and other actions. NAR subsidiary Realtors Information Network, Inc. and Move divisions RealSelect and Top Producer Systems are also listed as plaintiffs in official court documents. Samuelson previously spent years working for Move, and the company believes he is sharing sensitive industry secrets with his new employer since he was hired less than two weeks ago. Samuelson and Zillow have so far declined to comment on the lawsuit, while spokesmen for Move and the NAR expressed confidence that the judicial system will back their claims.

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