I really don't know if Don knew that big
cat was keeping an eye on him or not! Taken at the Bighorn Mountaintop
Lodge at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
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Willamsburg Colorado is a mostly quiet, little known part of Fremont County Colorado. A short trip South of Canon City and even shorter distance West of Florence Colorado. So unfamiliar is this part of Colorado that it is often mistaken for Florence, if it is noticed at all.
For those who know the general area Williamsburg is just South of State highway 115 up McCumber hill. The area is primarily dry and rocky. Many of the area residence have views of the South side of Pikes Peak and of the Upper Arkansas River Valley.
Part of the “Tri City Area” Williamsburg is often confused with neighboring towns, Coal Creek and Rockvale. Each town has between 400 and 500 residence. Local children attend Fremont County Schools primarily in Florence.
If you are looking for a new home in Fremont County look in the Williamsburg, Coal Creek and Rockvale area. The home prices
are normally less on average than the homes in Canon City. And most
(not all) properties are sustainably larger than those in Canon City.
The areas of Rockvale, Williamsburg and Coal Creek are lovingly
referred to as the “Tri City” area of Fremont County. Each has apporx
400 people. Just South of Canon City and slightly South Wast of Florence
this area has a long and varied history that includes : John D. Rockefeller, mining, professional baseball teams, historic fires, oil wells, wild life and generations of families that still live in the area. Nestled against Chandler Mesa
it’s easy to get to the area off of Hwy #115 up McCumber hill or out of
Florence on County Rd 13A. If you know the area well enough you can go
‘around Chandler’ from the Oak Creek area.
What is a lien waiver and why do I need one?
Posted on December 24, 2011 by Dena Stevens (719) 369.9087
What is a lien waiver and why do I need one?
Maria Puttre and AlMighty Exteriors, Pueblo Colorado
What is a lien waiver and why do I need one?
A lien waiver is a type of legal document that relinquishes a person’s or business’ right to place a lien on another party’s assets. In many cases, lien waivers are used by mechanics as well as by contractors. They are signed and provided to customers who have paid their mechanic or contracting bills in full and release the customer from all claims on his property because of work done and supplies that were purchased. Without a waiver, a contractor or mechanic may have a right to take his supplies back or place a lien on the customer’s property if the customer fails to pay as agreed.
Contractors and mechanics often take a risk when they agree to provide services for their customers. They may do extensive work for a customer and then have to deal with a customer who pays late or not at all. In many jurisdictions, liens are protections contractors, mechanics, and suppliers have against non-payment. If customers know these people can place liens on their property, they may be less likely to withhold payment.
A lien waiver typically states that the party has paid in full and releases the customer from all property liens and claims by the supplier, contractor, or mechanic. If, for example, a contractor is replacing a person’s cabinets, he may take periodic payments or receive all of his payments once the entire job is done. If the customer refuses to pay him, he may suffer a substantial loss because of the supplies he’s purchased as well as the labor he has completed. If the customer does not pay, one recourse the contractor has is to place a lien on the property.
Once a customer has paid all of the money he owes to a supplier, contractor, or mechanic, he’ll usually receive a signed lien waiver. This waiver essentially waives the right of the supplier, contractor, or mechanic to place a lien against the customer’s property because of non-payment. If a customer does not receive a signed lien waver, he may be at risk of having a lien placed on the property, even if he has paid the hired party or supplier in full.
Whether or not a person needs a lien waiver from a supplier may depend on how the project is handled. If, for example, the supplies are delivered to the project site, regardless of who signs for them, the customer may need a signed lien waiver from the supplier. This is due to the fact that the supplier knows where the supplies were used and could demand his supplies back or money from the customer if the contractor fails to pay him. If the contractor received the supplies at his own location, however, and the supplier does not know where the supplies are being used, a separate lien waiver may not be necessary.
Different types of lien waivers
Conditional waiver on progress payment – The safest waiver for claimants, this waiver generally specifies that if they have indeed been paid to date (and that includes no return or stopped payment checks) the waiver is an effective proof against any lien claim on the property.
Unconditional waiver on progress payment – This waiver releases all claimant rights through a specific date unconditionally (and that includes no return or stopped payment checks).
Conditional waiver on final payment – This waiver releases all claimant rights to file a mechanics lien if they have indeed been paid to date (and that includes no return or stopped payment checks).
Unconditional final waiver final payment - The safest waiver for owners, this waiver generally releases all rights of the claimant to place a mechanics lien on the owners property unconditionally. It is immaterial if the payment check has been returned or stopped payment. Claimants should issue this type of release only when they are positive their work is done and the payment has cleared their bank. Owners should demand this release when they are paid in full. Some states allow an Unconditional Release upon final payment that is used to induce the final payment.
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Why would anybody want to become a real estate agent now? Let’s face it 2011 really isn’t going to end much better than 2010 did as far as sales go. But like anything else if you look for the silver lining you can find one.
Below is a list of reasons you should think about getting your real estate license.
1) Seasoned agents are retiring and leaving the business. They are leaving behind buyers and sellers who will still need asssitance with their real estate needs. Would these agents leave these people in your care? Here’s a business opportunity.
2) If you’ve already been in business you have a bunch of contacts. Do you run your own business now? Those people are going to be your first contacts and potientially your first sales. Most people understand and even work 2 jobs themselves – they get it. Don’t be embarrassed that you don’t have years experience in the busines or that you are working more than one job.
3) Nationally there are fewer agents. There is still a need to protect property owners rights and to transfer property.
4) There is more and less competition in some areas of the country. Many agents are gone in some areas and these people still need to sell or buy property. Are there agents in your area? How many more or likely less than there were 5 or 10 years ago? If there are less,not is your opportunity. If there are more agents how many are really going after the business? Do you see a nich where you can fill in?
5) 80% of homeowners in this country are up to date on their payments. These people are not going into forclosure. There are stable neighborhoods, the real estate business is about the same as it was a few years ago. In the unstable neighborhoods look for opportunities and think ourside the box.
6) Do you have special skills that make you different than the other agents in your area? Maybe you are an out of work constructionworker, general contractor or tradesman – you have a unique perspective on real estate. Do you speak more than one language – go for it! There is a major need for agents who speek more than one language. And if you are trained to work with people with special needs there is a nich for you as well.
Century 21 Canon Land & Investment is looking for a few good agents, or wanta be agents. If you can help fill the need for agents in Cotopaxi/ Howard/ Texas Creek or Pueblo/ Pueblo West or Wetmore/Westcliff/Silvercliff give Century 21 Canon Land & Investment a call.
High Meadows Florence CO Dena Stevens Realtor (719) 369-9087
Nearing the end of the year 2011 High Meadows in Florence Colorado has had surprisingly good real estate activity for 2011. The information below is furnished by The Royal Gorge Association of Realtors. Neighbors living in High Meadows should be thrilled at the activity this area has seen.
For those who don’t know much about High Meadows it’s a small newer community on the edge of town. WhileFlorence is known as the “Antiques Capital of Colorado” it’s also know for it’s beautiful historical houses. The High Meadows neighborhood is for those who want to embrace a home with some newer features, a community park and RV parking for it’s residence.
Where is High Meadows Florence Colorado :
As a tax payer and a citizen of the United States of America I want the Veterans that have protected this country and put their lives on the line to have decent affordable housing. Many of my family members have served in the U.S. Military. In fact my great grandfather was an Admiral in the Navy around the time of WWI.
Today during the housing crisis so many are suffering. The people who have served and protected this country should not be suffering.
If you are a Military Veteran and meet the qualifications below talk to your bank about getting aVA Loan. If your bank can’t help you please feel free to call Dena Stevens, I have several local lenders who will help you every step of the way. If you qualify for a VA loan we can start looking for houses that not only qualify and fit the VA loan requirements but your needs and wants as well.
90 days or more active duty service during wartime
181 days or more of active duty during peacetime
You were not dishonorably discharged
You are active duty and meet the above requirements
You are the surviving spouse of a veteran who died during service or because of service-related injuries and you have not remarried
Thank you to all our U.S. Veterans who have served including my great grandfather, uncles, dad and brother-in-law.
Dena Stevens serving Fremont County, Canon City, Florence, Penrose and the surrounding areas.
If you are in the market for a “fixer upper” parts of Canon City, Florence, Penrose, Fremont CountyColorado might be a great place to start your search. Many of the towns best turn of the century, mid century and post war homes are in need of some good basic updating.
Updating might include:
Installing energy efficient appliances,windows,water heaters and furnaces
Cosmetic updates like cabinets and carpet
Removing over grown or older dieing landscaping
Canon City, Florence, Penrose and Fremont County currently (November 2011) has many good houses that are being offered at exceptional prices because they are in need of repairs and updating.
Contact Dena Stevens (719) 369-9087 to sell or buy your Southern Colorado Property! Or fill in the form above “Email me listings” and I’ll email you properties that might fit your wants and needs.
How about buying a Victorian Home and turning it back into a show place!
In Fremont County Colorado there are just over 46,000 people living here. The beautiful Upper Arkansas Valley brings lots of tourists to the area toraft, hike, bike and sight see. If you live in the area you know you see lots of people you know and lots of tourists. Canon City is one of those towns that you will see people you know everyday. We run into neighbors and others on a regular basis in the grocery, on the street, standing in line at the movies.
Recently, I’ve been assigned a bank owned property to list and hopefully sell quickly. The homeowner had great pride in this property. Clearly, this person took pride in this house. First I had to do a few occupancy checks, see if they were still in the house. Eventually, I got access to the house. The last owner left out keys carefully labeled for each door. Somebody vacuumed the carpets, the kitchen was washed down, the window coverings were pulled down. What’s this got to do with an “odd set of circumstance”
Yesterday I summoned the courage to go door knocking. This is when agents go out and meet the neighbors and pass out their business cards. sometimes we’re asking for business, sometimes we’re just letting the neighbors know what’s going on with a house in their area. I was letting the neighbors know what was happening to a house that I have under contract.
At each house I pulled out my business card prior to ringing the bell. My business card felt like a “pass” and would assure the person opening the door I wasn’t there to eat their children like the big bad wolf. Tentatively I approached several houses. not knowing who might answer the door. Several occupants called from behind the door first, a few houses had happy tails greeting me and in one case a tentative occupant.
The woman who opened the door listened to my introduction, she looked at my name tag and she took my business card. Then she introduced herself … she was the last homeowner of the bank owned property that was so lovingly taken care of, vacuumed and keys left out.
What could have been an awkward moment passed quickly. But I wonder if this happens in bigger counties? This is “Fremont County Colorado” Information Herein Deemed Reliable but Not Guaranteed
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Let’s start with a little disclaimer, I haven’t lived everywhere there is to live in Canon City. And “The Best Places to Live in Canon City” would be subject to your interests, price point, your wants, your needs and other factors. So with that in mind lets do a quick overview of Canon City and it’s various areas from one real estate agents view point. The list below is for areas in town, not all of Canon City.
Best Places to live in Canon City
Downtown, like any other place is where the activity is going to be. Canon City has a great art scene especially on “First Fridays” where several business host artists and the public. North Side of town, just North of highway #50 is full of Victorian to Mid Century houses. An established area full of history.
The far North side, around the state streets, has houses on bigger lots even acreage. People in the area will tell you they have the best views. Houses might be turn of the century to newer build homes and Manufactured homes. Dakota Hideout and 4 Mile are on the East Side of town. Mostly new construction, not far from 4 Mile golf course. Easy access to town or out of town. Lincoln Park isn’t in Canon City but just South of Canon City and the Arkansas River. Known for it’s farm houses and fertile soil. House can range from the late 1800′s to some newer build homes. And if you’re lucky the property will have fruit trees or grapes already established. Dawson Ranch is a newer community. The homes are on larger lots, 1/2 acre more or less, that climb the hill on the South West side of town. many of the houses have walk out basements and views down the valley. At night you can see the lights of Dawson Ranch climbing the hill.
The Duck Park area is also close to downtown and close to the Arkansas River. Hundred year old homes will great access to the river and the activity of town. And a great place to be if you enjoy concerts in the park and 4th of July fireworks.
“Home is where you hang your hat” The best place to live in Canon City Colorado is up to your wants and needs. Nobody can tell you where you are going to be happy. But you’ll know the place when you find it. What is your #1 reason to move to Canon City : Climate Capital of Colorado ?
Those of us who live in the Fremont County Canon City area know what the area has to offer. Yes, we live in “The Climate Capital of Colorado” but there is so much more. As a Realtor I get to see and experience much of what Southern Colorado has to offer. I can’t imagine living any where else. This video is a great example of the #1 reasons to live where you play!
Sellers are always sure that the tiniest detail in their house is going to help sell the property. Sellers are proudly showing off drawer pulls, ceiling fans, a blooming bush or other details of special attention. Think about it, have you ever purchased a house because of the decorative shelf in a bedroom? Probably not.
Details help impress potential buyers, not always in a good way. What if the buyer doesn’t want to do yard work? That blooming rose bush isn’t going to impress them at all. And all you are telling your potential buyers is that you are overly attached to the property. And your agent isn’t impressed either.
The bottom line is the bottom line. Door knobs, ceiling fans, drawer pulls and fancy shelves might help attach attention to the property but they aren’t going to make it sell any faster and guest what? These details aren’t going to make the house appraise higher.
Advice to sellers: Keep the house clean down to the corners of every room and up to the top of the vaulted ceilings. Change out the furnace filters, clean the gutters and maintain the property.
One of my first employing brokers use to tell me that there is a buyer for every house. But let’s face it patience is required. Buyers have A LOT more to choice from right now and money is tight.
Please contact Dena Stevens (719) 369-9087 to buy or sell property in Fremont County, Canon City, Florence or Penrose.
Finding property in Canon CityColorado with live water is rare. This property is along Highway 9 just West of town. In this case the seller has the water rights and is willing to sell them along with the property. Contact Dena Stevens for details and more information.
There seems to be all sorts of interpretations of what a Colorado “cabin” is, what it looks like. I have a client who asked me to list their cabin for sale. In my mind this Canon City cabin is really a log house. But as I look around the MLS and search for the term “cabin” I find all sorts of properties listed.
One definition : a small house or cottage, usually of simple design and construction: He was born in a cabin built of rough logs.
Contact Dena Stevens to buy or sell your Fremont County, CanonCity, Penrose or Florence property.
Canon City Colorado Dena Stevens Realtor (719) 369-9087
This property is 35+ acre property is approx 7 miles from Downtown Canon City. Open space with the convenience of being close to town. To be listed in 2012. Contact Dena Stevens for more details.
Royal Gorge Association of Realtors Dena Stevens (719) 369-9087 Century 21 Canon Land Investment
I love this little sign! It says it all – Realtors have a heart! We get attached to our clients, some times we can take it personal. I’m happy to be apart of the Royal Gorge Association of Realtors. Contact Dena Stevens to help you buy or sell your Fremont County, Canon City, Florence or Penrose property.