Archive for March, 2013

Facebook is Influencing Commerce World Wide

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Facebook is Influencing Commerce World Wide

Here’s am amazing video. I’ve said over and over again how the business of real estate has changed dramatically over the last 6 years. The amount of information available on your computer is endless. But it’s not just Routt county real estate stats and foreclosure filings, these are just facts. But today, we have information contributed by each and every person on the Internet. Social media allows anyone to voice an opinion on products, service, and anything they see fit.  Facebook and social media is the new Better Business Bureau and companies are embracing this.

Real Estate is a 24/7 business.

Architectural Ideas for Natural Light

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Architectural Ideas for Natural Light.

As a Realtor in Steamboat Springs, I see a lot of houses. Thankfully, there’s enough creative architects in this world to make my job really fun. The architecture in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is very mixed. But I can usually find some inspiration in almost every home I tour.

Most buyers of real estate buy a home that comes the closest to their needs at that particular time. Price, location, size and architecture all fall by way of chance. So again, I’m thankful for architects that put their creative touches on homes for people to buy and sell. I listed this home last fall. It sold in 3 days with multiple offer. Cool home + good marketing = happy clients.

Here’s some great ideas for taking advantage of natural light . . .which we get a lot of in Steamboat.

Ideas for Steamboat home 1

Ideas for Steamboat home 1


Ideas for Steamboat home 2

Ideas for Steamboat home 2


Ideas for Steamboat home 3

Ideas for Steamboat home 3

Marabou Ranch in Steamboat Springs SOLD to Investors

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Marabou Ranch in Steamboat Springs SOLD to Investors

$11,100,000.  SF Marabou LLC, with possible ties to William Stolz and the Stolz Group out of Georgia, paid Elk River Partners the developers of Marabou Ranch in Steamboat Springs, over 11 million for their remaining lots in the  Marabou Ranch – a Premiere Fly Fishing Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Marabou Ranch is comprised of  1,717 acres of picturesque ranch land and open space.  Just 62 homesites will grace the Marabou Ranch property landscape. Marabou is primarily known for the prestigious trout fishing waters of the elk river. 18 remaining lot we sold for $11,100,000. That’s about $616,000 per lot. These lot were once price and sold for $1.2 to$ 2.5 million. I don’t expect the new prices to be under 1 million. But time will tell. These are amazing lot and the development is truly one of a kind.

A Rebounding Real Estate Market in Steamboat Springs

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

A Rebounding Real Estate Market in Steamboat Springs

The mountain area had the highest number of transactions at almost 32% and the mountain area had over 51% of the total dollar volume for January 2013. The columns titles appear to be switched but you get the idea.

24% of the sales in January were between $300,001 and $500,000 – see chart below:

Total numbers for 2011 and 2012 are below. Overall, gross dollar volume of residential homes in 2012 increased from $309,438,000 to $347,170,000

If you’re looking to sell or buy real estate in the near future, I’d love to chat.



Find your Inspiration at Ponderosa Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Find your inspiration at Ponderosa Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Ponderosa Ranch

Ponderosa Ranch

Calling all artists, writers, and overworked people! Looking for the ultimate retreat? Find your peace and inspiration at 33050 Ponderosa Ranch, near the ski town of  Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Ponderosa in Snow

Ponderosa in Snow

I’ve written other blogs on this ranch, and there are videos, and there is the MLS listing. So you can find out the technical information about this 35 acre ranch in numerous spots. But what I want to focus on today is the lifestyle it offers.

Homes have a personality and they offer a unique lifestyle. If you lived in downtown Denver, your home and daily life would be very different than on a Northwest Colorado Ranch. If you’ve always dreamed of living on a ranch, with wide open views and endless starry skies, and all you’ll hear throughout the day is the wind blowing the aspen leaves, then this home is for you.

Steamboat Springs and National Real Estate Market Update – March 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Steamboat Springs and National Market Update – March 2013

National Home Prices:

National home prices are improving.  Fiserv Case-Shiller projected March 4, 2013 that home prices across the nation will grow by 3.3 percent every year for the next 5 years. As we reported to you last month, 2012 was the first positive year for both home prices and home sales volume increases since the market crash. According to Case-Shiller,  2012 was as close to normal as we’ve seen since 1997!

Fiserv Case-Shiller Home Price Index measures the health of the housing market across the country.  It tracks data from repeat-sales of residential homes from 20 metropolitan regions and nationally.

This chart from Standard & Poor/Case-Shiller shows the national home price trend. Overall, there was a 7.3% gain in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same time 2011.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado is a Nice Place to Play for the Elderly

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Steamboat Springs is a Nice Place to Play for the Elderly


Steamboat Springs, Colorado does have nice activities for the elderly. My friend was wondering what her 84 year old mother would do if she spent part of the year with her here in Steamboat Springs. I mean, it can be really scary. You love your parents but they can’t exactly play with you anymore….and they don’t like mountain biking as much as you….and they don’t like jumping off that boulder on their new fat boards on a 10-inch powder day….and, well, they just don’t have the energy they used to have. Funny how that works.

So I suggested a little internet research. Because, let’s face it, the big plan, I mean the BIG PLAN is your parents are always older than you. That’s just how it works. So after a brief look on the internet, here is what I found:

Steamboat Springs, CO Largest Aspen Tree Challenge!

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The Largest Aspen Tree Challenge!

Do you know where the largest Aspen tree is? .  

Here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, we just about worship Aspen trees. Which is a good thing because we have a lot of them. 

Aspen trees in Steamboat Springs

Fall Aspen Grove on Steamboat Springs Ski Area – Mt. Werner

I want to know if you’ve ever seen one larger than this:

Large aspen tree in Steamboat Springs

The Largest Aspen! I bet you haven’t seen one larger.

If you have, do you have proof? This one is somewhere close to the Flat Tops outside of Steamboat Springs. But, like my favorite fishing hole, I will have to kill you if I told you where this was exactly.

Let me know – the challenge has been made….I just don’t think you’ve seen one larger….

 Aspens dominate the Steamboat Springs mountainsides.  In addition, they are the highlight of many majestic homes and small condominium landscaping. They provide a grace and beauty year-round to our Yampa Valley and Colorado.

Cross-Country Skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Cross-Country Skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado


Another Magical Day Skiing on Rabbit Ears Pass

It’s hard to believe but Alpine Skiing is not the only winter sport in Steamboat Springs!

The way I view back-country skiing is  it is basically getting my exercise while taking a hike in the woods with a few moments of exhilaration (or fear) as I turn in the undisturbed powder. The beauty and peace of the Colorado Mountains just can’t be beat.

Rabbit Ears Pass is one of my favorite haunts. It’s a 20 minute drive from Steamboat Springs to most of the trails which are frequented by skiers and folks on snow shoes. The National Geographic Trails Illustrated map #118 for Steamboat Springs Rabbit Ears has the cross-country trails clearly marked. You can find these maps at numerous shops in town including the Ski Haus.

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Market Report Jan 2013

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Market Report January 2013

Charlie in Spain headed to Telemark World Championships

Charlie in Spain headed to Telemark World Championships

The Steamboat Springs Real Estate Market data for January 2013 is finally here. Let’s start with March first: in the Steamboat Springs MLS, there are 113 pending properties. A 10% increase over last month and the real estate market continues to improve.  In the past 10 days, 16 properties sold in the Steamboat Springs area for a total of $11,439 million. The highest price was a $5,600,000 million single family home in Priest Creek.

As we head into springtime in Steamboat Springs, inventories remain low with 1,589 active listings, 18  short sale and 14 bank owned. A huge decrease over one year ago (1,754 listing, 32 short sales, 42 bank owned)

With strong sales and a continuing of pending sales and the decrease in inventory, prices are likely to go up for single family home and townhomes within Steamboat.