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50 and 100!

Those are the anniversaries that will be celebrated this winter with the Steamboat Ski Area (50 years old) and Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival (now in its 100th year).

Throughout this ski season will be numerous special events and activities to commemorate these milestones, including:

January 11 - 21 - The Steamboat Ski area goes all out for its 50th Anniversary with fireworks, torchlight parade, free concerts and special events culminating the anniversary period with the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill on Jan. 21st.  For more information, click here

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February 6 - 10 - The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, one of the largest and oldest winter sports clubs in the U.S., hosts the
100th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival in collaboration with the Steamboat Springs Chamber. The Steamboat Winter Carnival is the oldest, continuous winter carnival west of the Mississippi.  For several days, the entire town is given over to racing, ski jumping, a parade featuring Steamboat's skiing high school band (the only one in the United States), the famous ski jöring events down Lincoln Avenue, and the spectacular night show featuring the legendary Lighted Man & fireworks display.  For more details, click here.

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All we now need is snow.  The ski area did open as planned on Thanksgiving Day, mostly due to snowmaking.  Storm tracks seem to have been going north, but according to ski area personnel the weather pattern is supposed to change in a week or two.  Nonetheless, you may recall the 2007/08 ski season when the ski area had to postpone opening day 10 days, only to record a record breaking winter with over 480 inches of snow by closing day.  We can only hope!

Opportunity Knocks at Trailhead Lodge Auction!  
Rarely do you get a second chance in anything, but I'm very excited to announce that the owners of Trailhead Lodge, located in the Wildhorse Meadows development just below the ski base (but with direct gondola access), is having a second auction for their 30 remaining, fully furnished condominiums.

Starting bids for studio/one bedroom
condominiums, previously priced at $440,000 are $95,000.
Starting bids for one bedroom/one bath
condominiums, previously priced at $595,000 are $150,000.
Starting bids for two bedroom/two bath
condominiums, previously priced at $950,000 are $250,000.

The auction is scheduled for December 15.

Please let me know if you would like any additional information, including pictures, my cash flow/rental and value analysis.
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Trailhead Lodge is located within Wildhorse Meadows - a 47 acre master planned community in the heart of Steamboat Springs.  Trailhead Lodge houses 86 luxury residences where amenities abound. Their community gondola, next to Trailhead Lodge, brings homeowners to the base of the ski area for convenient skiing, boarding, biking, hiking, shopping and dining. 


Email me today for more information! 


  Best Buys on the Market 


There are currently 1,900 properties listed for sale in the Steamboat Springs MLS.  The following are my personal picks.  Please remember I do not list properties for sale. I am an exclusive buyer's broker.  These properties have to earn their place on my Best Buy list.  Please give me a call and I'd be happy to further discuss the merits on how these properties deserve to be included in this elite group, and how we can develop an offer strategy to make one of them your Steamboat home.


Virtual tours are available for many of these properties,

so email me and I'd be happy to send you the link.


Moonshadow Ranch
Reduced Since Last Month's Best Buy Newsletter by Another $1,000,000!!! 
Moonshadow Ranch is one of the South Valley's momoonshadow ranchst prestigious private gated horse properties.  Consisting of a magnificent 4+br / 4+ba custom residence 2 br caretaker residence, 6 stall barn, huge garage and workshop, 3 sided hay barn, 5 pastures with loafing sheds, arena and round pen.  If the finest quality construction is what you are seeking, this is the best you will find, and it is located only minutes to town. $5.9m (NOW OFFERED AT $4.9M)

Great Deal at The Grand

grand eighthshare 2 br / 2 ba, 1,089 sf one-eighth share with direct ski area views and a plethora of amenities, including pool, saunas, health club, slopeside owners club, excellent rentals and worldwide exchanges for 6.5 weeks per year.  The last 2 br sold two weeks ago for $67,000.  This is listed at $49,900! 

Live Under the Gondolaski inn 2l
Just reduced today by $15,000, this 2 br + loft / 2 ba Ski Inn condo is in very good condition and is one of the best financial performers for any condo on the mountain!  Ski in / ski out access, nice views and furniture package.  Now listed at only $280,000.

Bank Owned Elk River Valley Ranch
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Just reduced by $100,000 today, Woodstone Ranch is the ultimate family retreat.  The 7,600 sq ft home offers spacious rooms for family gatherings and separate bedroom wings for added privacy. The six stable barn includes workshop, tack room, storage and a 2 bedroom, 2 bath caretaker apartment. Located on 13 acres, less than five minutes from town in the Elk River Valley, and priced at only $195/sf.  Originally listed in 2007 for $5.6m, now available for $1.5m!

Cute In-Town Foreclosure
fryer foreclosure Great downtown home across from the elementary school.  Families can enjoy the convenience of walking to and from school.  Enjoy school amenities during the summer months and during off hours.  Well cared for with room to grow.  An additional unfinished 568 sq ft can easily be converted to an additional family room.  Priced at only $367,500.

These are a few of the wonderful opportunities that currently exist in Steamboat Springs.  I would be happy to conduct a personal search for you.  Please send me an email and you'll have properties to look over within 24 hours.
With the 2012 year coming to its end, we can begin to get an idea how the market fared compared to last year, and perhaps a glimpse at where the market is heading.

Year-to-date, from 2011 to 2012:

Transactions Increased - 641 to 725 +++ Up 13%!
Listings Decreased - 2,026 to 1,861 --- Down 8%! 
Median Purchase Price Increased - $280,000 to $310,000 +++ Up 11%! 

Hummm...activity is increasing, supply is decreasing resulting in median prices increasing.  And the number of foreclosures are continuing to drop.  The Buyer's Market we've enjoyed over the past few years is turning.

Please feel free to give me a call (877.970.8885) or email to discuss any thoughts you may have on fulfilling your dreams of owning a Steamboat Springs property. 


And don't forget to let me know if you would like additional information on the Trailhead Lodge Auction!


Warmest regards, 


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Doug Labor, GRI, RRP, ABR, ABRM, CEBA, e-PRO
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