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Friday, December 30, 2011

December 2011- Positive Perspective

Highlighting the Upside of the Market in a Challenging Market 
Comprehensive highlights from Land Title Guarantee Company regarding the Colorado economy and the impact on Real Estate.  Many positive signs for an improving economy in this report, but my most favorite is the announcement of Minor League baseball coming to Grand Junction .  The Grand Junction Rockies is a rookie-level affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.  If you have never been to a Minor League Baseball Game, then you are in for a real treat.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Benefits of selling your home in the winter months

According to the Daily Real Estate News, More real estate pros reportedly recommend to their sellers to host open houses during the cooler months because they’ll face less competition. More serious buyers often come out during the winter months, such as corporate clients who are needing to relocate within the first quarter of the year. As a professional Realtor, I agree with this strategy.  In today's market, being ahead of the competition  is of utmost importance. 
 Contact me to discuss an Open House strategy to get your home sold this winter if your property is located in the Denver Metro area or in the Dillon, Colorado area. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Use of Realtors at 10-Year High

As with any large investment, it is critical to use a professional. I have been doing this for 30+ years and have seen the good years, the bad years, and the ugly years and I think the worst is behind us. With Interest rates this low and with the economy making strides towards recovery, now might be the time to get back into the market.  I am here to guide you through today's real estate market.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Aurora, Colorado - New Congressional District

Aurora Shines in the shadow of Denver
Aurora, Colorado hopes the new congressional district will help propel it from being under Denver's shadow.
 Aurora is the third-largest urban area in Colorado, with 325,000 people, and the 55th biggest city in the nation, according to the last census.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Living Healthy in Colorado

Colorado Ranked 9th healthiest state - according to  the United Health Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving health and health care.
The "America's Health Rankings" report cites Colorado's low rates of obesity and diabetes and its low levels of air pollution as among the factors in its high ranking.
That's why we choose to Work, Live, and Play in Colorado!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Interesting Trivia About Tracking Santa

NORAD’s Santa tracking began in 1955 with an incorrect phone number - Aurora Sentinel: Hp Metro:
NORAD Tracks Santa has truly become a global experience, delighting generations of families everywhere. It is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous contributors.
It all started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed kids to call Santa direct - only the number was misprinted.
Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the crew commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.
Thus began the tradition which NORAD has carried on since it was created in 1958.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thoughts on Being the Family Realtor

Over the past several years it has been my pleasure to have helped several members of my family with their real estate needs.  My son and his family have bought two and sold one home with my assistance.  They are sophisticated enough to have found their second home without me, but still needed Dad to complete the transactions.  My daughter has owned three homes, all purchased with my help.  Even though she was using her corporate relocation privileges I am glad she chose me to be the one to help.  Our niece has bought and sold two homes with my help.  In each case, besides the quality real estate service all my clients and customers receive, as family, they also received “special” closing cost assistance.  I was glad to help. 
A few weeks ago, one of my nephews called to say he had found a home and wanted to buy it.        He had already been prequalified for the loan.  Some good advice resulted in an inspection that disclosed some costly defects that the seller refused to repair.  The nephew also went to the county offices and discovered some potential governmental and tax problems that could have resulted from some work that had been done on the house without proper building permits.  I gave him the appropriate advice and when the seller absolutely refused to make things right, he correctly walked away from the deal.  He is committed to continuing to save his money and find a home without issues.  I am also proud to have gotten a similar call from his brother, another nephew, a couple of years earlier and that purchase worked out.  We had a family reunion dinner in that home not to long ago.  He and his wife are now the proud parents of two daughters, who, of course, are adorable.

Family Reunion at my Nephew's home
We have long time dear friends with three sons.  I am glad I was able to have helped our friends and each of their sons in five real estate transactions.  We are close enough that the relationship is very much like family.
I enjoy receiving calls with questions about real estate.  One I received recently was placed on behalf of a friend who had experienced some personal tragedies and needed some direction on how to go about dealing with his mortgage holder in light of the resultant financial difficulties.  I was glad to assist and hope that I can provide future assistance if needed.
I am not the only professional that helps their family, but I am the “go to” Realtor© for my family and glad to be so.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

ReaL Estate Trends for November, 2011

Housing markets across the country remain fragile, but key indicators continue to point in the right direction.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mortgage Rates Continue to Drop

With rates this low, this could be your opportunity to jump into Real Estate.

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.94 percent — a new record low — with an average 0.8 point, dropping from last week’s 3.99 percent average. A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 4.83 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.21 percent — also a new record low — with an average 0.8 points, a drop from last week’s 3.27 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 4.17 percent. 
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.86 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, dropping from last week’s 2.93 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.77 percent. 
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.81 percent with an average 0.6 point, inching up slightly from last week’s 2.80 percent average. Last year at this time, 1-year ARMs averaged 3.35 percent. 

Source: Freddie Mac

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Snowboarding's has grown in popularity since the 90's

Breckenride in the '90s: Heyday of snowboarding | SummitDaily.com

I began skiing in the mid-70's in Summit County, Colorado.  My favorite ski area was Copper Mountain.   I recall thinking snowboarding was a temporary fad.  Boy was I wrong!  In fact, one Christmas in the mid-80's,  my son and a friend of his got a wooden  Burton board.   They may have been the only snowboarders on the hill back then.  He still has the early Burton Board, but  remained true to skiing.

In retrospect, I wish I had learned the sport when I had the chance.  Many a time, I have watched boarders "shredding" down the mountain from my lift chair and was just a little envious.  I read an interesting statistic that 80% of new riders to winter sports choose snowboarding.

Snowboarding continues to grow in popularity among all ability levels and all ages.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Moving to a smaller home?

Great tips for downsizing

My wife and I just made this transition 4 months ago and it is  definitely a work in progress.  We love the fact that our new place is smaller and more efficient for us, but getting rid of our "things" has been the most challenging.  These are excellent tips if you find you are preparing for this phase of your life.  I will let you all know when we complete the process!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011 Economic Forecast for Metro Denver

2011 Economic Forecast for Metro Denver - Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
The economic outlook for Metro Denver seems to be improving.  The Metro Denver EDC’s Chief Economist Patty Silverstein stated,  
"While Metro Denver’s reputation for economic performance suffered somewhat during the recession, it continues to rank as one of the metros with the best prospects for growth and recovery."
Economic growth is not rapid but it appears to be steady.  For those investing in Denver's future this is good news.   The housing market seems to have survived the recession and the population is trending upward.  Additionally the Denver Metro area seems to be a desirable place to live and work.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Population of Summit County is changing

The Summit County population age is changing, and the 50+ crowd is dominating.  It really is true when they say the best is yet to come!  Active boomers have come of age, and are enjoying it.  Winter activities are boundless, and  after "mud" season (spring)  Summer activities are endless.  So whether you enjoy winter or summer, you will be in good company living in Summit County.

With the expected population boom in the area, it is a great time to invest in mountain home living.  Right now, prices are low, so it's a buyer's market.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Best Homebuying Deals

New homes for sale hit the market daily in Colorado. By Using a  Realtor©, you will get up to date information about properties right away. I feature a  "Buying Buddy" option on my website, Mountain Home living  to ensure a more efficient property search.  You can save your searches and receive property alerts.

As your Realtor I can compare the best deals, and I can provide neighborhood information and much more.  If your are ready to buy, now is the time.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thoughts on my new surroundings.

Denver skyline at sunset

After 36 years living in the small town of Dillon Colorado. I have relocated to the Denver area.  Wow, there are some significant differences, most for the better. Mountain  living was great, but now I really enjoy having the many opportunities presented nearby.  A great day was had earlier last summer when I met some old friends for a Rockies game.  The excitement of my first ride on the light rail made it that much better.  I have to admit that I did feel a little like a “country bumpkin” but it was clearly a “passage”.  Monthly dinners with long time dear friends at different restaurants, all close to our respective homes,  warm weather, late evening walks in shorts and a tee shirt harken back to younger days in non-mountainous climes.  Not having to bring a parka to watch the fireworks on the fourth of July is certainly a treat.  Traffic, congestion, and aircraft noises all serve to balance the equation.

View from Sapphire Point  overlooking Lake Dillon
at the top of Swan Mountain

My profession, real estate, will continue in both locations.  Resort properties including Keystone real estate have been the backbone of my practice and now will be supplemented by bread and butter transactions in the city.  No change in the way clients and customers are treated but some
adjustment to the different motivations is in order.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

When wearing neon was "cool".

The 1980s: Breckenridge comes of age
By Geoff Mintz summit daily news

“People wanted long, straight skis,” said Rick Ascher of Pup's Glide Shop on Ski Hill Road in Breck. “207s seemed to be the norm, and rear-entry boots were coming out. I thought they were great. I loved the way you could get in and out of them with just one buckle, and they skied fine, I thought.”
We should have just said no to "day glo, but we always remembered our bota bag. It was a fabulous time and I was lucky to be part of it and yes, I too had rear entry ski boots.

Winter Recreation at Breckenridge is different these days, but in many ways, it is still the same.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Copper Mountains OHG

Copper Mountain's OHG began in 1977 when three older ski instructors banded together to support each other’s skiing at a time when friends and family were leaving the sport because of age.  They believed skiing was a lifelong sport and Copper’s members live by that "golden rule".   Check the deals now for OHG at Copper Mountain

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Georgetown, Colorado turns into a Holiday Christmas Card
 Fun for kids of all ages
* FREE ADMISSION * Outdoor European Marketplace * FREE Holiday Entertainment * Hot Roasted Chestnuts * Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides * Appearances by St. Nicholas * Santa Lucia Children’s Procession * Christmas Historic Museum Tours * High Tea at Grace Hall * Wassail Walk*