Category: Cherise Selley (123)

Apr
22

The Rock

The Rock

Spending time alone hiking during this quarantine has been one of the most beautiful times I have experienced in the presence of God in a long time. Deep within the trail, the white rocks give way to a darker boulder. This rock beckons me to sit awhile and take in the view. Exhale. I feel safe on this rock, even though it is suspended high above … closer to birds of flight than to the ground. The Lord is our rock, and this rock becomes a visual representation. Standing on a place that cannot be moved, I rest on the boulder beneath my feet that provides unshakable safety, a refuge that does not end. It brings a line of sight beyond the trees to the mountains, where color bursts off of the mountain tops like angels singing. Rays of sunlight join in the dance of the sky as the wind softly caresses me like a blanket. Thank you, Lord, that I can experience this right now. It never occurs to me at this moment that a pandemic is trying to kill. Beauty brings me to You, & this rock is a foretaste of being safely steadied in You.  

—Cherise Selley

Apr
17

The Sunset

The Sunset

An angelic glow shines like a backdrop highlighting the mountain range. Light is singing with golden tones of the sun, each ray saluting the day and beckoning stillness from the heavens … if for just a moment. Oh, what a display of glory to counteract the colorless day!  In an instant, my weariness washes away as the soft light surrounds my sorrows like a canopy of grace. Nothing hurries as the light fades, everything comes to fuller intention. Every illumination beckons serenity into my soul. All of my earthly strivings give way to a broader vision … eternity is waiting on the other side of the sunset. The treasures that I seek are on the other side. There is no higher vantage point than the mountain, and even the mountain gives way in humility, becoming a dark backdrop against a sky that shows its glorious splendor. The golden tones softly give way to colors of red, deep blue, and gray that take the night skies into a state of eternal bliss … if for just a second. I have waited all of my life for this one moment; instead of fearing what is ahead, I realize that life’s most glorious moments are short and fleeting like the sunset … a foretaste to the majestical glory that awaits me in the kingdom.  

—Cherise Selley

The Dead Branch

Is the tree dead because the branch is dead? Once thriving with its other brother and sister branches, perhaps the dead branch was hit by lightning and instantly disconnected from the life essence of the tree. Yet, the tree itself remains brilliant and growing despite the death that seemingly entangles it. The struggle is real. The tree cannot hide the dead place. Rather, it illustrates to spectators how something so ugly can amplify the glory of the living branches around it.  

The tree is suffering, yet remains with hope. Nourished by the sunlight and the soil, the tree is adorned with a bird who has chosen to nest among the living branches waiting to hatch another generation along. What a display that death and life are next to each other! You cannot have one without the other. If the tree had to bear the full weight of the dead branch, it would already be dead.  

Life brings a series of many sufferings and even deaths where nothing can grow in the place of losses experienced. Yet, know you are part a great mystery displaying heaven’s majesty wrapped up in this juxtaposed position. No power of death can stop you from growing into fullness. One day in eternity, every part of you will be fully restored and will be radiant with life, reunited with the ultimate Gardener of your soul.  

— Cherise Selley

Apr
13

The Path

The Path

There is an unexpected decision to be made along the trail of life. Which way do you go? Two paths appear at the trailhead. There does not seem to be a risk with either decision. Both have dusty footprints from those who have gone before.  Both trails demonstrate the beating down from years of use. Yet, there is only one path that leads to the safety of home. The other way leads to a place of eventual abandonment from all that life holds dear. Wisdom is also there at the edge of the trail; she can be heard slightly over the wind that rustles the pine trees in the distance. She is beckoning for you to ask for advice … appealing to you not to lean on your understanding because you might deceive yourself.

In true human fashion, you want to dismiss the whisper of wisdom because you hear another voice, the loudness of self-sufficiency demanding, “I can do this myself, I’ll figure it out.” A Great Wrestling occurs inside of your soul … a cosmic battle unseen by the passer-by who just blazed ahead of you.  You have entered the moment of Great Decision that must be determined before the sun sets over the mountains. Who wins? Choose at this moment which path you will take, for there will never be a moment like this again. All of heaven is rooting for you in a soft angelic whisper to take the only path that leads home. 

—Cherise Selley

Inspired by Proverbs 8 & Proverbs 14:12

Apr
10

The Shoreline

The Shoreline

There is a sacred place where the infinite horizon of God touches the sandy shores of our humanity. The shoreline is the point where it feels like the kingdom touches the dust of man. Living water baptizes the shoreline over and over again, all the while playing a melodic rhythm that rewires the brain bringing one to a place of ultimate surrender. Looking at the horizon, the water eventually meets the sky … with the kiss of a seagull stealing attention for a moment. Diamonds glisten on display adorning the top of turquoise green waters in what seems to be the riches of a thousand generations. Gazing back at the sand, I come to remember that the Lord loves us more than every grain of sand on this expansive beach. He covers our humanity and washes it over and over again with his loving delight. Sometimes, the waves crash mightily on the shore like a warrior claiming its territory. 


Sometimes, the water settles on the land so gently it is as if a mother is rocking her precious child to sleep. We don’t get to demand the way that the water washes up; we only get to observe it with our eyes and watch the glorious display of nature unfold. We are the finite shoreline next to the infinity of the water. The sandcastles adorning the shoreline last for a short while and then collapse again back to its most simple form, back to a grain of sand that becomes molded again. Nothing will last forever on the beach except for the sand itself … perfected over and over again by the eternal water that purifies it so. 

—Cherise Selley

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Apr
07

The Lone Tree

The Lone Tree

There is a particular tree that undoes me every time I see it. For years now, it seems to get my attention every time I drive down the mountain pass. This pine tree grows out of the rocky side of a mountain. In complete isolation from other trees & impossible conditions, it seems to thrive. It stands brave & tall against all the odds and elements. It perseveres under all of our extreme weather conditions. It has had to find a way to burrow into the rocks with its roots to survive. Sadly, it will never get the taste of rich and fertile soil that other trees of its kind must take for granted. Yet, in these conditions, it is fully alive. If this tree were a part of a cluster of pines in the forest, it would go unnoticed. It is the sheer fact that the tree stands alone despite impossible conditions that it is even noticed. Every. Single. Time.  

Are your conditions seemingly impossible, and do you feel isolated, left on the side of a mountainous rocky place? Are you trying to burrow your roots into rocky places that hurt every time there is a bit of growth that occurs in your life? Do you feel exposed to all of the elements? Well, my friend, you are on display for all of God’s glory to be revealed in your present circumstances. You are being showcased in the heavenly places for His handiwork to be revealed in your impossible circumstances.

The amazing thing is this … unlike the tree … you have one holding you up in the rocky places. An invisible hand is the very source of your life in this very hard place. When nobody else is around, and you are fully alone in your pain, know that He is with you. And like the tree, you will stand.  

—Cherise Selley

Coronavirus and the Colorado Springs Real Estate Market

The live stream press regarding the coronavirus is causing us to pause, then to act, then to pause again, then to wonder (and fear) over and over again about one of these perplexing questions, when does social distancing actually start and finish? As of this blog, we should already be on Day #10 of self-containment, yet it seems as if the clock on this process is being rewound over and over again. In effect, we haven’t even started the strict phase of self-quarantine and all of the toilet paper, and paper towels, and meats and vegetables are very difficult to acquire. 

The facts remain. We all have to try to reduce the amount of fear in our lives and take each day at a time. By the time you watch this video, there are probably going to be some unexpected changes with the progress of the coronavirus, and how we’re supposed to respond to its devastating spread on our public health, as well as to our overall economy.

What is still happening is this? I am getting several phone calls and texts from clients about the Colorado Springs Real Estate Market. Questions, such as, what is the market doing? Is this 2008 all over again? Can we expect to spiral downward into a recession? All legitimate questions that are very complex, yet I will try to answer only those questions for which I presently have some professional insight.

Presently, I am seeing both ends of the spectrum when it comes to Colorado Springs Real Estate sales. Shockingly, there still remains a positive trend with sales transactions for those listings that are already listed on the market. And on the other hand, I have clients who are “pumping the brakes” on getting their homes listed during the uncertainty of the coronavirus and our plummeting stock market. Furthermore, my sets of buyers are exercising great caution about trying to currently buy a Colorado Springs Home right at this moment. 

Regarding the condition of the market, this differs greatly from 2008. We do not have faulty mortgage-backed securities, as well as a high inventory of properties that are going into short sale default and/or foreclosure. This Colorado Springs Real Estate market is dealing with the adverse effects of the virus, plus low housing inventory. I venture to say that I do not believe the market is going to nosedive with actual home pricing. This part of the equation will likely remain fairly stable. What I do believe is that there is a constipation in the market that will probably take three to six months to regain economic momentum.

No matter what, Colorado Springs is a hotbed for new industry, and droves of people are continually moving into our area. The future remains bright, in terms of the economic indicators for Colorado Springs.

Of great concern, I highly advise that you do not make any real estate decisions from the position of fear and panic. It is better to make a sound decision from strength and from the advice of a few wise counselors. This crisis should not manipulate you into poor decision-making. Not all of the problems during this course of the virus pandemic can actually be solved right now. Better to wait and to re-evaluate your strategy for real estate, as well as resetting your lifestyle priorities.

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Stick with it. Persevere. And let this be a beginning.

Do you remember seeing anything like this – the COVID-19 – ever happening during your lifetime? Perhaps the destruction of the World Trade Centers on 9/11/2001 might compete with the coronavirus in terms of abruptly changing the historical path of America. But this coronavirus pandemic not only adversely affects the United States, but it is literally inflicting heart-pounding fear and destroying nearly all of the economies throughout every country on a global scale.

Needless to say, it was very difficult for Cherise Selley, Broker/Owner of Selley Group Real Estate, LLC, to find the right words to express her position about this very unexpected viral invasion into every crevice of our American culture. Please understand that Cherise Selley does not profess to have the medical expertise about infectious diseases nor does she have the highly-acclaimed experience on either macro or microeconomics. Nonetheless, what Cherise Selley does have is skilled leadership, experience with long-term suffering (husband who was a doctor and has lived with chronic neuropathic pain for 26 years), as well as the ability to overcome tremendous adversity.

In this particular series about the coronavirus, there are two videos about the subject matter. During this first video, Cherise Selley openly speaks from the heart regarding some of the emotional aspects about this pandemic. The second video contains real estate-related information about the response of clients within the market dynamics during the containment phase of social-distancing.

Obviously, Cherise Selley expresses her heartfelt pain about the seemingly unmanageable fallout from this horribly-created virus. Until there are effective treatments and vaccines created to quell the effects of physical maladies, many of us are tightly gripped by the impending fear among the nation.

Related specifically to the business of Colorado Springs Real Estate, it is no secret that having healthy connections with other local businesses is part of the success for all parties concerned. And what’s happening now is simply unspeakable. While the quarantine phase is required throughout the construct of social distancing, there are some painful realities to this approach to minimize the damage of COVID-19. Frankly, it involves social distancing, which is a full shut-down of most businesses. Cherise speaks about the empathetic pain that she feels towards business owners, families and friends within the Colorado Springs community who have shared part of our explosive economy.

Right now, Cherise explains, “it feels like the earth has a gigantic band aid on it.” Economic fragility and human vulnerability are amplified, as well as our resources for abundant living (health and finances) are simultaneously compromised. 

When you’re hit unexpectedly from something like the coronavirus pandemic, it is easy to feel completely defeated by emotional and physical pain and the dramatic economic losses that will likely follow. Cherise encouraged everyone to minimize fear, breathe deeply, and to collect your thoughts against the tsunami of uncertainty and chaotic thinking. 

Cherise Selley also intuitively spoke about the reality of owning a home. She stated that this is part of our basic human needs – food, clothing and shelter. With immense gratitude, Cherise states that living in a home is a fundamental need for each one of us. When thinking about our homeless community, Cherise realizes that there is a higher exposure to the virus, as well as trying to deal with the super-sized difficulties of living on the streets. Because she is sensitive to others, regardless of socio-economic circumstances, who are experiencing a bump in the road of life, Cherise encourages these individuals to take the trek of transformation, no matter the size of the steps on this journey.

Back to the topic of living in a home. Although we can’t control everything in the world, Cherise states that we can take authority over our own environment. As she explains, “your home can be a place of solitude and restoration.” Over 23 years as a top Colorado Springs Realtor, Cherise understands what it takes to really know what it means to a build a home. It’s not entirely about floorplans, designs and finances. According to her, you have to understand what it takes to fill the rooms of your home with treasured memories. And as this relates to social distancing and remaining in your home, this is an opportune time to decompress and to embrace your brokenness, regardless of how painful this might be. Eventually, healing will come your way.

Just some poignant thoughts to consider…

It is our desire to keep you informed about what’s happening within the Colorado Springs Real Estate market and its relationship with our societal dynamics. The purpose of this video format is to better connect with those who are watching. Also, this allows you to gain more information, as well as to connect more deeply with our top Colorado Springs Realtors, such as Shawna Uehling, Judy Steenland and Cherise Selley, of Selley Group Real Estate, LLC.

Please enjoy our Selley TV series, which is presented weekly for your engagement.

$550,000

4 Beds, 3 Baths

3,611 Sq Ft

7,432 Sq Ft Lot

13833 Lazy Creek Rd — Showings start Friday 3/13!!!

This beautiful ranch style home in Flying Horse has numerous upgrades & it lives bright & open! Fabulous views of Pikes Peak greet you at the front door & continue into the private office w/ French Doors. Hickory wood floors adorn the main level rooms at 13833 Lazy Creek Rd. The formal dining room features a double-sided fireplace & built-in storage cabinets. The large eat-in kitchen has high-end granite countertops, new glass subway tile backsplash, stainless appliances, & an eat-in breakfast bar. A bright living room opens to the kitchen. A wall of window accent the living room where you will enjoy the second side of the double-sided fireplace. Enjoy outdoor living just off of the breakfast nook which opens to the large composite deck that leads to the fenced & landscaped back yard. Your summer entertaining is waiting in this space!

Back inside, the master bedroom features hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, a double-sided fireplace that leads into the private 5-piece bathroom with a walk-in closet. There is also updated flooring in the bathroom. Enjoy a full bathroom & second bedroom on the main level as well as back-saving main level laundry. Downstairs, brand new carpet accents the beautiful stairway that features iron spindles. The family room is completely open and allows multiple areas for entertaining, gym, play, and it also has a stub out for a future wet bar. There are two additional bedrooms in the basement that are generous in size, and a full bathroom with a double vanity sink separates the two rooms. The three car garage provides additional parking and storage options and you will love the brand new interior paint that is soft and life-giving. If you are looking for the best of locations and a home that allows for ease of main level living, this is it!

Don’t hesitate to contact me, Cherise Selley, Broker/Owner of Selley Group Real Estate, LLC for more information about 13833 Lazy Creek Rd (in an exceptional Northern Colorado Springs location) or to schedule your private showing!

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Hint: 7 + 5 = 12

$400,000

3 Beds, 3 Baths

2,516 Sq Ft

3,336 Sq Ft Lot

11483 Rill Point — Yes, you can have it all here!

This paired patio home in the Reserve at Northgate, located at 11483 Rill Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 provides ease of maintenance-free living while having an open, ranch style floorplan w/ a finished basement ~ it’s adorned w/ numerous upgrades & Pikes Peak views from the front office. Step inside and the engineered wood floors extend throughout the main living areas. The open living room has a vaulted ceiling, a stone-accented surround at the gas fireplace, plus walkout access to a private, fenced patio & yard. The eat-in kitchen features granite countertops, stainless appliances, upgraded cabinets, eat-in space at the counter, & it opens to the dining area & living space. Around the corner, the master bedroom is privately tucked at the back of the home & features a 5-piece bathroom w/ tile flooring, granite countertops, & a walk-in closet. Down the hallway, you’ll discover a front office w/ mountain views, a 1/2 bath, & laundry space. The staircase is accented with iron spindles and leads into a finished basement w/ a large family room, a spacious bedroom, full bathroom w/ granite countertops, and a 3rd bedroom adjacent to the bathroom. There is also a large storage room that could double as a great space for exercise equipment. Enjoy having someone else shovel the driveway and mow the front lawn. The two car garage features a convenient water spigot and it is drywalled. There is also A/C for those hot summer days. You can concentrate on the freedom of this type of lifestyle while enjoying a highly desirable & upgraded floorplan in a location that is easy access to the new shopping, movies, & other amenities at Interquest. Also, there is ease of access to 1-25, and you are close to the USAFA. Yes, you can have it all here!

Don’t hesitate to contact me, Cherise Selley, Broker/Owner of Selley Group Real Estate, LLC for more information about 11483 Rill Point or to schedule your private showing!

+1-719-598-5101

info@selleygroup.com

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Hint: 7 + 5 = 12