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Fireworks, Parade, Rodeo, Watermelon...What More for the Fourth?
Just this morning the Steamboat Pilot reported
that that the 4th of July fireworks are on as scheduled this coming Thursday. Although the Yampa Valley has experienced unusually dry weather for the past month, Public Safety Director Joel Rae said the show was approved Thursday by Fire Chief Mel Stewart after he and other city officials weighed the fire danger and deemed the show safely can go on.
"Obviously, this didn't go without a lot of thought and consideration," Rae said. "The bottom line is even though conditions are dry, Howelsen and Emerald are green. I support Chief Stewart on the decision and am looking forward to a good, safe show."
The fireworks show is only one of many exciting events that are scheduled. For a detailed list of the week-long activities, click here. It is exciting to see how the 4th of July week has grown to become such a fun and popular time in Steamboat.
In addition to the fireworks, there is the 4th of July Parade at 10:00 am. Lincoln Avenue will again be packed with onlookers being entertained with passing floats, bands, clowns, community organizations and who knows what surprises we'll have this year?
Along with the parade & activities, we'll have our shade tent set up in front of our downtown office at 56 9th Street and serving refreshing and FREE LEMONADE and WATERMELON. Please stop by for a little refreshment and say hi. I believe this will be our 10th year doing this!
Meeting of the Minds
This past week, Exclusive Buyer Agents (EBA's) throughout Colorado as well as a guest EBA from Canada, convened in Boulder to attend the annual conference of the Colorado Exclusive Buyer Agents Association (CEBAA). Educational sessions included the dangers of household contaminants, examining title commitments and how to negotiate inspection issues. Although many educational classes in the real estate world are general in nature, these classes were specifically geared toward our group and how we can best serve buyers.
The most gratifying part of the conference was the release of legal clauses drafted specifically to protect buyers. I had the pleasure of serving on the "Clause Committee", and with the assistance of our legal council, these clauses took us two years to complete. I am very excited about having them "in our holster" when drafting contracts for our buying clients.
We also shared some of the happenings in our local markets; from the Denver Metro area to Summit County, it appears all Colorado markets are on the upswing.
In the article above Joel Rae mentioned how green Howelsen Hill is. That's also true for other parts of the state, and on the way to the CEBAA conference we passed Green Mountain Reservoir on Highway 9, and I just had to take this shot of how green the landscape is in northern Summit County. The Gore Mountain Range was spectacular!
Is it Time to Buy Land?
There's nothing more exciting than picking out your own personal land parcel and planning a future home.
The Steamboat Springs land market is very dynamic and sensitive to many market factors, so a land buyer needs to pay close attention to overall market conditions and proper timing. In the improving market that Steamboat Springs is experiencing, it is imperative for land buyers to lay their ears on the tracks and know when to act. This month's newsletter reveals if this is the right time to buy. To hear if that train has arrived, is coming, or if it has already passed, click here.
Best Buys on the Market
Today there are 1,737 properties listed for sale in the Steamboat Springs MLS. The following are my personal picks, and 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 their merits and how these properties deserve to be included in this elite group. Together, 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.
Bank Owned Beauty with Forever Views!
Just listed and located only a few minutes from Steamboat on the way to Rabbit Ears Pass, this 17+ acre land parcel has amazing views above Lake Catamount to the Flattop Mountains and over the entire Yampa River Valley. This lot borders Routt National Forest and has a mature mix of pine, aspen and oak. There is a shared well and two springs with the neighboring property. The driveway is roughed in and electric and phone is available. Rarely does a land parcel offer views and privacy and trees and direct USFS access and a quick commute to town. The bank will finance with as little as a 30% down payment! Priced at $375,000.
Very Affordable 70 Acres - Build Two Homes!
Well located and priced right. Only twenty minutes south of US 40, just off RCR 27, this property boasts unbelievable views and offers hiking, horeseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and hunting. There are no covenants, so play to your hearts content! Only a few minutes from Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Two 35 acre parcels being sold together, and priced at a very affordable $175,000.
New to the Market but it Won't Last!
This lot won't last because of direct ski area views, wonderful trees and privacy, a level, 3.51 acre building site, power and phone to the lot line, only 10 minutes to town and it's priced at only $249,000!
Best Condo Deal on the Mountain!
Reduced another $10,000, this 2BR / 2 BA Storm Meadows East condo is right on the slopes! Ski out your door in the morning and back in the afternoon, and meet the family for a quick lunch in between. Well maintained and nice views of the slopes. Originally priced at $298,00, this seller wants it sold and with the price reduction it won't take long to get his wish. Now priced at only $228,900.
Best Townhome Deal on the Mountain!
Rarely does a property like this come on the market...let alone at a reasonable market rate price. Located right next to the Christie Peak Express lift, this slopeside 4br/3ba, 2,750 sf townhome has all the room a large family of skiers needs. Priced at only $318/sf, neighboring condominiums are being purchased at $862/sf. Just reduced AGAIN, now $875k.
for residential properties are down substantially from last year! If you would like to see a list of what is currently available before they are snapped up, click here
and let me know if you find one of interest.
These are just 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.
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I'm proud to announce that the third edition of
The Official Steamboat Springs Buyer's Guide
is now available!
Over 25 articles and 75 pages, it is full of buying tips that will save you time and money
, provide valuable market insight
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Doug Labor, GRI, RRP, ABR, ABRM, CEBA, e-PRO
Broker / Owner
Buyer's Resource Real Estate of Steamboat
Exclusively Representing Buyers
Offering 30 years of experience to help you locate the best property that meets your needs. I will assist in negotiating the lowest price and best terms, while looking out for your best interests...at no cost to you!