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Issue: 4.12 December, 2009
Season's Greetings!
I would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday season and joyous New Year.  I hope Steamboat is in your plans during this time.  The ski area has received over FIVE FEET of snow so far this winter, and is opening up new terrain almost daily.  Both the Elkhead and Sun Down Express lifts just opened today, and the weather forecast has snow in it for seven of the next ten days!
jibjabIn celebration of the holiday, myself along with the other Buyer's Resource elves have created a special holiday production for you.  While producing this piece, I also thought it would be a good opportunity to introduce and include the newest and most famous member of our staff.  So please click the following link and I hope you enjoy the song and dance...

HUD Recommends Exclusive Buyer Brokers!

hud pubThe US Department of Housing and Urban Development, in their most recent publication entitled "Shopping for Your Home Loan" recommends that buyers seek an exclusive buyer broker when buying property.  Their recommendation is even in bold type!  It can be found in Chapter IV, which discusses the Role of the Real Estate agent or Broker:
"It is your responsibility to search for an agent who will represent your interests in the real estate transaction.  If you want someone to represent only your interests, consider hiring an "exclusive buyer's agent", who will be working for you."
This is not the first time the exclusive buyer agency concept has been recommended by HUD!
If you would like to see the entire, free publication, click here.
Talk to any broker in town and the feeling is things are beginning to pick up in the local real estate market...and here's some proof:
  • The total volume purchased for November was 237.1% of the previous November 2008.
  • The total units purchased for november was 267.35% of the previous November 2008.
  • 131 units purchased for November surpassed the 125 units purchased last month.

Steamboat Best Buys! 

124043I would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to a new feature I've just added to my web site.  You can now search for properties by lifestyle type (ski, golf, hunting, fishing, etc.) as well as by level of seller motivation (foreclosure, short sale, distressed).  After using this tool, please let me know what you think!  To get started on your search, click here.
If you will be in town during the holidays and find yourself downtown, please stop by my office at 118 8th Street and say Hi!  It would be great seeing you again.
Also, if you have some extra time we could even take a few minutes to look at some of the beautiful properties that are now available at great prices.
Happy Holidays!
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Doug Labor, GRI, RRP, ABR, ABRM, CEBA, e-PRO
Buyer's Resource Real Estate of Steamboat
Broker / Owner