Archive for November, 2012

Lack of Snow Affecting Early Season Bookings

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Lack of Snow Affecting Early Season Bookings

Good morning and happy Friday to all of my fellow Steamboaters (and the rest of you too)!  In coming to the end of yet another week, as well as another November, this unseasonably warm weather has me scratching my head.  We’re stepping on the heels of December and instead of the snow covered landscape that’s typical for this time of year,  there’s still plenty of grass, some of it even still green, to be seen all over town.  What’s the deal, Mother Nature?  Well, whatever the reason for the bee in her bonnet, Mother Nature’s sour attitude hasn’t gone unnoticed by those who live outside the ‘Boat either.

According to a recent article in the Steamboat Today, Lack of natural snow hurts lodging reservations in Steamboat Springs,  the lodging barometer, published every Wednesday by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association to guide its members in staffing levels, anticipates 2,600 visitors will spend the night here Saturday compared to the forecast for Dec. 3, 2011, that projected 3,700 people in town. The actual visitation numbers for the second week of ski season last year climbed to 4,400 with late arrivals.

Steamboat’s Trailhead Lodge to Auction Remaining Condos Dec.15th.

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Steamboat’s Trailhead Lodge to Auction Remaining Condos December, 15th.

Over the last 3 months, the average 2-3 bedroom condo for sale at the Steamboat ski area was $356 per square foot.  That makes the Trailhead Lodge Auction average price of $331 per square foot look like a great deal.  Well, not only does it look like a great deal, but it actually is a great deal.

The remaining Wildhorse Meadows and Trailhead Lodge condos will go up for auction next month in Steamboat.  A second and hopefully last auction for the remaining Luxury Condos at Trailhead Lodge in Wild Horse Meadows will take place December 15, 2012.  It will be held in Steamboat Springs.  The last auction, which was held back in May, was well received and now they are looking to sell the remaining units in the auction currently scheduled for next month.

Steamboat Springs October Market Report 2012

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Steamboat Springs Market Report October 2012

After a slower September, I’m pleased to report that the October Market Report brings news of a much better month for real estate here in the Routt county – we can’t have too many months of gains.  You can take a look at the September Market Report for a good comparison.  The numbers from Case Shiller show more more growth (20% increase is prices in Phoenix)  and a report from Bloomberg Businessweek shows that consumer confidence levels recently reached a 4 year high.  Take at look at the graph to see what I’m talking about.

Consumer Confidence 2012

Consumer Confidence 2012

Market Report October 2012. October saw $43 million in gross volume sales with 119 transactions. with 119 transactions.  Those numbers put October up 37% in gross volume over last year and up 20% in number of sales.  The year to date numbers reflect that we are up 4% in gross volume and down 16% in transactions.  The number of bank sales were also up this October to 15.  See the chart below for the national trends.  Things are looking good across the board.

A Lender’s Perspective on Buying Foreclosures and Short-Sales

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

As a realtor, I rely on lenders a lot. One that I use is Steamboat is Kathryn Pedersen. And here’s some sage advice about buying foreclosures and short-sale from Kathryn.

“I am amazed everyday with the deals that buyers are getting on real estate in the Steamboat Springs market. The rates are at or below historic lows again, so not only are the prices right, but the resulting payments are also budget friendly. Today’s hot commodities are bank owned or short sale properties. Buying one of these properties presents a different set of challenges; here are a few tips and observations from my experience with lending on Steamboat foreclosures and short-sales.

Cheap Skiing at Howelsen Hill

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Ski for almost free in Steamboat Springs. You typically “get what you pay for.”   But a seasons pass at Steamboats Howelsen Hill, you get more than what you pay for. It’s a deal.

One of Steamboat Springs best deals in town is a ski pass at Howelsen Hill. It’s a small area but if you’re just looking to take a few runs during a work break, or after work, head to Howelsen Hill in Downtown Steamboat Springs.

See information on Howelsen Hill here.

Season passes to Howelsen Hill Ski Area will be on sale from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 27 to 30 at the Howelsen Hill Concession Stand and during normal operating hours throughout the season. The ski area is scheduled to open with limited terrain Dec. 1.

Preseason prices:

$35 for children 6 and younger

$75 for youths ages 7 to 18

$95 for full-time college students

The Importance of the Internet and Accurate Information in Homebuyer Searches

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Looking for Something?

Looking for Something?

On the Inman News website this morning was a very interesting article about the way that potential homebuyers search for properties.  The article, MLS most used Internet resource for homebuyers, stated that multiple listing service (MLS) websites were used by more homebuyers when searching for their home than any other source of online information, including third-party listing sites and mobile apps, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2012 survey of 8,501 homebuyers and sellers.

According to the article, fifty-four percent of the homebuyers who used the Internet (90 percent of respondents) to help them find a home used their local MLS site, according to the survey, conducted in June 2012 and representing the 12 months spanning July 2011 to the end of June. All respondents had purchased a home in that time period. An important point to add, however, is that some communities’ MLS sites don’t allow the public to access their information.  That’s the case in Steamboat Springs.  In a situation like this, both individual real estate agents’ websites and real estate company websites become really important in helping potential homebuyers find the home they’re looking for.

Steamboat Springs Snowfall Forecast Remains Unpredictable

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Snowmaking at Steamboat-Photograph by John F. Russell

Snowmaking at Steamboat-Photograph by John F. Russell

With a little bit of snow on the ground and Scholarship Day at the Steamboat Ski Area less than two weeks away, thoughts of the upcoming ski season and, after a winter like last year, snow levels have begun to consume the brains of many of us who have chosen to make our homes here in Steamboat Springs.  I even got excited and wrote a blog about our first expected snow of the season back in early October.    An article published this morning in the Steamboat Today titled Uncertainty in short-term, long-term forecasts for Steamboat Springs attempts to bring some answers.


Steamboat Ski Area’s 2012-13 Steamboat Free Concert Series

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Steamboat Ski Area’s 2012-13 Steamboat Free Concert Series

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square:

  • Nov. 24 – Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Jan. 12  -  Robert Randolph & the Family Band
  • Jan. 21 – Blackberry Smoke
  • April 14 - Leftover Salmon

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a New Orleans, Louisiana, brass band. The ensemble was established in 1977 by Benny Jones together with members of the Tornado Brass Band.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band is an American funk and soul band led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph.

Blackberry Smoke is an American Country and southern rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. The lineup consists of Charlie Starr, Richard Turner, Brit Turner, Paul Jackson, and Brandon Still.

Leftover Salmon is a jam band from Boulder, Colorado, formed in 1989. Their unique blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/Zydeco, which the band calls “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass”, has found favor with the jam band scene.

Steamboat’s Best Ski Vacation Condo is For Sale

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Steamboat’s Best Ski Vacation Condo is For Sale

Emerald Lodge at Trappeurs Crossing is arguably one of the more sought after destination condos in the Steamboat Springs. Now consider the best location within Emerald Lodge and you have unit 5107. This ground floor unit with an expansive private patio features a 7-person hot tub, an outdoor stone gas fireplace, ski area views, gas grill and adjacent to the outdoor pool, that alone is pretty special.

Patio @ Emerald Lodge in Steamboat

Patio @ Emerald Lodge in Steamboat

Inside you’ll find a well appointed, fully furnished condo featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 of which are master suites. The living area has a gas fireplace and large built-in entertainment wall and yes, ski area views. The kitchen is roomy with granite counters and stainless appliances. This expansive unit is all on one level with easy elevator access to the garage. Plenty of room for the family and friends to enjoy all that Steamboat Springs has to offer.
And the amenities within Trappeurs Crossing are the best in Steamboat with 4 outdoor heated pools, 9 hot tubs, tennis courts, conference facilities, computer lounge, concierge service, private on-call shuttle service, and a 24 hour front desk. Excellent Rental Income coupled with this fabulous location makes this a great investment and a wonderful place for vacations.  This is the perfect ski condo in Steamboat. Make it the perfect ski vacation with this Emerald lodge condo.


Strawberry Park Horse Lover’s Dream For Sale in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Sunday, November 4th, 2012
Watch The Video

Watch The Video

Strawberry Park Horse Lover’s Dream For Sale in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Located in the heart of Strawberry Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, this spacious 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath home is truly a site to behold.  This home combines the convenience of being just minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado while still remaining tucked away in its own blissfully content little pocket of privacy, peace and tranquility.  This home is also just around the corner from Steamboat Springs Middle School, part of the Steamboat Springs RE-2 School District, which recently received the highest level of accreditation from the state.  You can read more about that here.

Main Living Area

Main Living Area