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HOME HEATING 101

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Home Heating 101

Home heating is likely the largest energy expense in your home, accounting for about 45% of the average American family’s energy bills. Especially in a place like the Colorado mountains where snowfall can happen at any time and snow is our faithful friend. Making smart decisions on your heating can help you significantly cut your heating costs, and the Energy Saver infographic below from energy.gov is a great place to start:

 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO REAL ESTATE REPORT & Building Boom

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report for October, 2017

Click below for the latest Market Report brought to you by SteamboatsMyHome!

Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 3.25.50 PMThe real estate market in Steamboat Springs continues to be strong. Primary residences are the area where were seeing the most activity. Low inventory and a strong demand has fueled prices to raise. As we head into ski season, we’ll see a transition from primary homes and town homes to more activity around second homes and ski area properties.

Thank you to the following companies for providing some of the statistics discussed:

Land Title Guarantee Company (click for full August report)

S&P Core Logic Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices (click for latest figures)

Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors (click for August roundup)

Tune in next month for another fun discussion. And if you have any real estate questions you’d like answered send me a text or email - 970-846-6435 or charlie@steamboatsmyhome.com

See you next time!

GOLD RUSH – FALL FOLIAGE, THROUGH THE LENS OF A PRO

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Gold Rush – Capturing the Beauty of Steamboat’s Fall Foliage

Fall in Steamboat is as beautiful as it is fleeting, which is why we want so desperately to be able to capture the moment with a photograph. How many times have you tried with your smart phone camera and felt like the image didn’t do it justice? We turned to Corey Kopischke, a professional photographer who has spent most of his life chasing light and seizing the moment one frame at a time for some tips.

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A former freestyle skier, he learned a lot about photography from working as an athlete in numerous photoshoots over the years. Kopischke was never formally trained in photography, but learned firsthand how it was done in the field. “I would bring my camera and shoot over the photographer’s shoulder,” he says. After living in Steamboat for 28 years and working for Steamboat magazine as a senior staff photographer and part time photo editor, he has logged in a lot of days shooting fall colors.

A SMARTER RADON DETECTOR

Friday, October 6th, 2017

A Smarter Radon Detector

If you regularly read my blogs or have purchased real estate in Routt County, you probably know that radon levels are high in more than half of all homes here. Higher than the EPA recommends and higher than is safe for you and your families long term health (radon is considered to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US today!).

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*Image courtesy of www.airthings.com

If you don’t, then lets catch you up on the nitty gritty of radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown uranium in the ground. Trace amounts of uranium are located all around us, and therefore so is radon. Which just happens to be highly toxic. Outside in nature this gas is dispersed enough that our body can react accordingly. However when radon seeps into your well insulated, well sealed home, it essentially becomes trapped and concentrated in the air you breathe. Click here for more information on radon in your home.

GETTING YOUR SKI LEGS BACK

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Getting Your Ski Legs Back – The Importance of Ski Conditioning and When to Begin… Right Now

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Skiing and snowboarding are not only fun, exhilarating ways to get some fresh air, and to spend some time with friends and family in our beautiful Rocky Mountains. They are also physically demanding activities. That’s why it’s so important to be proactive, not reactive, and to prepare for the upcoming season with a good ski conditioning regimen, says Emily Harris, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Steamboat Spine & Sports Physical Therapy. No one knows how much strain skiing and snowboarding can put on our bodies like physical therapists. They’re the ones who deal with all the injuries that can result from imbalances and weaknesses in the body.

“Even if you’re already in great shape from trail running or mountain biking, skiing and riding on the mountain is going to test your body in different ways. If you’re not ready, you are more likely to sustain an injury. So, preparing your body for it is crucial,” Harris says. “It’s important to start training a couple months out.” With the recent snowfall in the Yampa Valley, that time is now.

Steamboat Restaurant Week – Fall 2017

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Steamboat Restaurant Week – Fall 2017

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Join us in for the 2nd Annual Steamboat Restaurant week. For 10 days this fall in Steamboat Springs, Colorado restaurants all over town will be offering select seasonal menus and special pricing.

From September 29th – October 8th join in this culinary celebration and take the opportunity to revisit old favorites or try something completely new to you.

Organized by Mainstream Steamboat, new menus and new venues are being added daily ranging from farm to table extravaganzas to home style comfort foods. Currently 33 restaurants are participating, click here for the list but be sure to check back regularly as more establishment and information gets added.

Enjoy.

Charlie

 

Steamboat Springs Community Recycling Day – Sept 23, 2017

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Steamboat Springs Community Recycling Day

It’s time to clean out the garage, that space under the stairs, and the piles under the deck!

This Saturday, September 23 from 9am – noon at the Meadows Parking Lot the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) will be hosting their annual Community Recycling Drop-Off Day. Numerous materials will be accepted for free recycling while some of those hard-to-recycle items, like electronics, paint, and appliances, have a nominal fee.

 

You know you are in a ski town when even those get recycled! (Photo: Matt Stensland)

Please note that this is for residential recycling only, YVSC asks for only one vehicle load per household.

In an effort to capture more hard-to-recycle materials from our community, YVSC is also offering a Commercial Recycling Drop-Off from 1 to 4 p.m. This is for businesses and by appointment only. To schedule an appointment contact cameron@yvsc.org.

Know before you go: Click here for your guide to recycling day.

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate Report

Market Report Video Blog 2! Check it out here:

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Thank you to the following companies for providing some of the statistics discussed:

Land Title Guarantee Company (click for full July report)

S&P Core Logic Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices (click for latest figures)

To find out more on the Outlaw Mountain Coaster go to www.Steamboat.com or find Steamboat Resort on Facebook!

Tune in next month for another fun discussion. And if you have any real estate questions you’d like answered send me a text or email - 970-846-6435 or charlie@steamboatsmyhome.com

See you next time!

 

Taking “Farm to Table” Behind the Bar

Friday, September 8th, 2017

TAKING “FARM TO TABLE” BEHIND THE BAR

Bolstered by the farm-to-table movement, craft cocktails give mixed drinks a major upgrade.

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Bourbon and duck fat? Egg whites and edible flowers?

Believe it or not, these are the ingredients featured in some of Steamboat’s finest craft cocktails, as bar menus around town are seeing the same farm-to-table concept that has been influencing chef’s menus, only applied behind the bar.

“It’s almost like you’re a chef, but for drinks,’ says Rena Day, Cocktail Curator at Low Country Kitchen in downtown Steamboat. “Each drink should hit on bitter, sweet, salty, and sour, just like a well-balanced dish.”

Less is More: Simplify Your Life

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Less is More: Simplify Your Life

CLEAR THE CLUTTER and CLEAR YOUR MIND

Why do we have so much stuff? There are many factors that contribute to our lives, our minds and our spaces becoming cluttered, but did you know that hanging onto superfluous stuff can actually affect your well-being? It’s true. Studies have shown that in an organized space, people are more productive and they feel more accomplished, more in control of their life and more relaxed.  Check out this interesting infographic on The OKA Blog with stats about how clutter affects you, your work, your personal life, and even how others perceive you.

So, you want to simplify and get more organized. Where do you start? Whether you’re moving or just want to make the most of your home or your work space, the best place to start is by getting rid of clutter. “Clutter can cause chaos and stress in your life. We spend too much time looking for things, cleaning up, and rearranging our stuff,” says Jamie Wells, owner/founder of Simplify. “It gets to the point where your stuff starts to own you. The more time you spend trying to manage it, the less time you have to enjoy the things that are important to you.”