4,500 soldiers are on their way to make a home in Colorado Springs. Many will be our friends and neighbors. The figures are, on average, the Army presence in Southern Colorado adds more than $1.5 billion to the community coffers.
Some in the civilian sector surrounding Ft. Carson are already seeing some of the benefit.
Step one for soldiers new to Ft. Carson is to, check in, orders in hand, many questions will be answered.
"Single soldiers are [asking], where are they going to live?" said Ft. Carson's In-Processing Chief Lynthia Washington.
Some will live on post, others in the community, where recently, selling a house is not exactly easy.
"We've had a lot of showings, but no offers yet," said Patrick Smiley. His neighborhood has a small collection of properties up for grabs to incoming residents, or prospective buyers in uniform.
“You'd like to think with that many buyers in the area it'll shift the supply/demand curve into the sellers favor," said Smiley.
As the waves of soldiers continue to arrive, the housing market is looking up, and neighborhoods are filling up.
"They love it here. It's just finding a property for them here is the trick," said Mike Rusinak.
Interested clients are arriving at Colorado Springs based Rusinak Real Estate, Inc.
Rusinak, the company’s property manager, is steering renters north of the Mountain Post, where he knows there is still plenty of availability.
"It's a great problem to have for us and a great problem to have for owners that are trying to rent out property," Rusinak said.
Soldiers and dollars are moving in and residents like Patrick Smiley wouldn't mind the business.
"Whether they're buying, renting or selling, we're going to want them in our town," he said.
Most of the new arrivals are coming in from Ft. Hood, Texas as the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters and its 1st Brigade Combat Team move to Colorado.
The surge of army personnel to Southern Colorado will continue over the next few years. The Mountain Post expects to have a population of 25,000 soldiers by 2013.