Colorado Springs and Aurora offer many different types neighborhoods that fit the needs of any individual or family relocating here. Research and planning are the key to finding a house and neighborhood that suits your needs. You can do many things ahead of time that can help you during your House Hunting Trip (HHT).
Whether you're HHT is being done in-person or virtually, here are a few tips to make sure that you find the right fit for you and your family!
1. Get Informed
Familiarize yourself with the HHT Sections of your Welcome Book. Haven't recieved yours? Contact your Orderly Room to request a copy.
HHT Sections: CANELEMNORAD - Chapter 3; CDLS(W) - Pages 16 to 28
2. Find a Realtor
Work with an experienced realtor that will be willing to do the extra work for you. Check out some of the community's recommendations in our Realtor Recommendations document.
3. Ask Questions
Some pictures and videos may not show you the real deal.
4. Reach Out
Ask questions in the CAF Colorado Facebook group. Some military members may be moving back to Canada this summer, and their houses may be up for rent. They will share their experiences with the property owners and probably give you a better idea of the house's condition.
5. Consider Location
There are many options to choose from. Some like being closer to the mountains, while others prefer a quiet neighborhood with all the amenities nearby. You have neighborhoods with community centers and others without any extra add-ons. If you have children, have you thought about schools? If you want to enroll your children in specific programs, try to locate the school first and try to narrow your research to nearby neighborhoods. Check out the Education page under Life in Colorado.
Colorado Springs - Community Crime Map
Arapahoe County (Aurora) - Crime Map
6. Join the Family Sponsor Program
Family Sponsors are members of the community who help newcomers settle in their new location. They are a friendly point of contact and can help you find information to ease your transition into your new community. This peer-to-peer support program has helped many families feel supported throughout their transition. Email MFS Colorado for more information or to sign up.
7. Begin your Search
Begin your house hunting search with the help of these websites
Zillow Home Search
Military by Owner
Colorado Housing Search
Automated Housing Referral Network
Travelling with a pet? Check out these resources -
Bring Fido - Hotels, restaurants, activities, and services that are pet friendly
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