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On November 30, 2012, Griffis/Blessing completed the purchase of Aspen Point Apartment Homes, a 120-unit apartment community in Arvada, Colorado, in the Denver Metro Area.  The property is situated in a very desirable location near employment centers, shopping and dining in the nearby Olde Town Arvada area, and is adjacent to numerous outdoor activities, such as parks, trails and open spaces.
 
Gary Winegar, Chief Investment Officer for Griffis/Blessing, says that demographics and low interest rates favor the multifamily investment sector.  "We continue to seek strong current yields for our investors, and with state-wide occupancy rates at high levels, we believe the multifamily segment is very attractive and will be for a number of years ahead," says Winegar.  "This is our third multifamily purchase in the past 12 months—our first in Arvada—and we are under contract to purchase another property in the Denver Metro Area before the end of the year."
 
"We are very excited about this property for a number of reasons," says BJ Hybl, President and Chief Operating Office for Griffis/Blessing's Property Services Group.  "We feel there are a number of opportunities to add value to the property, such as upgrading select unit interiors and enhancing the drive-up image and signage of the property, and with the extension of the Gold Line Light Rail system, we believe the Arvada submarket will continue to be a very desirable place to live, work and play.  We are pleased to be getting in the market now."
 
Financing for the acquisition was arranged by Steve Koeneke and Brock Yaffe of Northmarq Capital through Northmarq's Fannie Mae-DUS subsidiary, Amerisphere Financial.  "This was a highly sought after loan, particularly between the two agencies, Freddie and Fannie," says Koeneke.  "Both have familiarity with Griffis/Blessing and view them as top-notch sponsors.  In the end, Fannie was able to provide better loan proceeds and a more favorable rate."
 
The broker for the transaction, Pat Stucker, CCIM, of Cushman & Wakefield, believes that the property's location and capital improvement opportunities make this a strong purchase.  "Aspen Point is ideally located close to Olde Town Arvada and has received substantial renovations over the previous five years," says Stucker.  "With an opportunity to add value through unit interior upgrades, coupled with limited opportunities for new multifamily development in the immediate area, Aspen Point is an excellent buy in the Denver market for Griffis/Blessing."
 
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with an additional office in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 4,000 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services throughout Colorado since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.
 

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Ten years ago, writer D.K. Maylor found himself wondering what a modern-day interview with Jesus might sound like. Strictly to humor himself, Maylor sat down one afternoon and typed a few lines of dialogue. Little did he realize that his initial musings would evolve into a serious, heavily researched, nine-year labor of love. The result: a 465-page spiritual bombshell entitled Wrestling with Jesus.

Maylor's book has him sitting with Jesus for an all-day conversation by a river in a secluded forest in the southern U.S. -- and the fact-filled, hard-hitting but humorous discourse is apparently striking a chord with readers around the world. At this writing, the 21 readers who have taken time to post reviews at amazon.com have given the book a perfect 5-star average rating. Not bad for an unknown first-time author.

"I had no idea the book would be so well-received so quickly -- especially among Christians. The book, after all, is not kind to various aspects of religion in general or to certain parts of Christianity in particular.” Some of the topics tackled in “Wrestling” include questions such as:

_ Why does the Bible God require the spilling of innocent blood before He can allow Himself to forgive?
_ Why didn't God create everyone perfect, as He supposedly did with Jesus?
_ How can God be loving if He tortures non-believers forever in a place called "hell"?
_ Was Jesus really born of a virgin? Why didn't he (or most of the New Testament writers) ever mention it?
_ Does the Old Testament really predict the birth of a godman? Does it truly foretell of a bodily "resurrection"?
_ Why didn't God place everyone in heaven the moment He created them? Why risk their damnation by first sending them to earth?
_ Why did God create hell long before Jesus' birth? Did He have doubts that Jesus' mission would succeed?

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By Ed Duffy

Kevin Kennedy was working on raising the online profile and reputation of his insurance business when he discovered that he enjoyed developing online branding and marketing strategy more than he enjoyed his current career. That and continual requests from associates to help them with their own online presentations led him to launch Net5 Marketing.

Kevin was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up here in Colorado Springs. After graduating Mitchell High School, he was off to San Diego, where he majored in business at Point Loma. He worked as a sales representative for a Japanese manufacturer there until his dad called and asked him to come help him with his Colorado Springs based business. Together they grew Micro Glide, Inc. from a 5 employee business to over 150 employees with facilities across the country and around the world. They sold the company in 1999.

Kevin then went to work for Sanwa as head of North American marketing and sales. When the company pared back its U.S. operations, Kevin decided he'd had enough globe-trotting for a while. He started a Farmers Insurance Agency in 2003. Over the course of his 6 years or so with Farmers, he got more and more involved with Internet marketing. He developed strategies for getting good search rankings, customer reviews, online reputation management and social network marketing. Vendors and associates asked him to give them a hand with their own online marketing as well. By 2006 he had founded Net5 Internet Marketing and by 2009 he got out of the insurance business to focus exclusively on his marketing company.

Net5 Marketing offers search engine optimization (SEO) and mobile marketing  and specializes in "reputation marketing". You may have heard of reputation management. Kevin explains that what he does is more accurately referred to as reputation marketing because it's much more than just monitoring.

Getting your company logo and name out there is one thing, and it's important. But when a potential customer becomes interested enough to do a search of your company on the web or even go to your website, what are they going to find? The worst case scenario isn't a bad review here or there. You're almost always going to get those from time to time. No, what's worse from a marketing perspective is that they find next to nothing as far as reviews, testimonials and referrals. Your competitor has 1,142 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5. You've got 1 or 2 reviews, which makes your average rating just about meaningless. Where do you think the customer's going to go? Where would you go?

Net5 Marketing helps encourage reviews from customers, then makes sure those reviews are accessible across the web. They help develop your reputation, then integrate into your marketing with review sites and testimonials available on your website, your social media and in your other marketing materials. They can produce videos, custom branded review pages, alert you when reviews are posted and ensure that 5 star reviews appear on your website in real time.

Of course, creating a positive experience for the customer is up to you. If you have happy customers, Net5 Marketing will help you help them share their satisfaction with more potential customers. The cost for Net5 Marketing's services starts from around $299/month up, depending on the various options and levels of service you opt for. You can find them on the web at www.Net5InternetMarketing.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 719-505-9020 for more information.

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U-Save Appliances recently opened their second location at 5698 US Hwy 85, Unit 108 in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center (next to Smith Chiropractic).

U-Save offers pre-owned appliances as well as repair service. They have a rent to own program and do service calls as well. U-Save is an authorized UHaul dealer too.

They're open from 9am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and from 9am to 1pm on Sunday. Reach them during business hours at 719-391-8813, after hours at 719-201-7336.

U-Save also has a location at 2803 E. Bijou Street in Colorado Springs, you can reach that store at 719-630-7566, or visit the website at usaveappliancescs.com.

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Munoz Family Child Care is a licensed family child care that provides family style care in a small group setting. MFCC offers a creative curriculum and a schedule that involves different activities for all ages.

Munoz Family Child Care is located at 5987 San Mateo Dr (Painted Sky at Waterview neighborhood in 80911), you can reach them at 787-219-8744

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