Douglas N Labor, GRI, RRP, ABR, ABRM, CEBA, e-PRO
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The BIG News...
It's Snowing in Steamboat!

This past weekend was the third time this fall Mt Werner has been blasted by a fall snowstorm, and even lower elevations on the valley floor have had a dusting here and there. However, Haymaker Golf Course is still open and weather permitting, scheduled to stay so until November 16...only 10 days before skiing begins!  With nighttime temps dipping below freezing, the ski area's snowmaking machines have been working for over a week now to guarantee a November 26 Opening Day.
The BIGGER News...
Best of the Boat and ROTY!

I would like to thank all of you who voted in the Steamboat Pilot's Best of the Boat contest.  I'm very appreciative and happy to report that because of your efforts I was awarded First Place as Best Real Estate Agent!  Click here to read the announcement.

Also in October I was elected REALTOR of the Year by the Steamboat Springs Board of REALTORS.  I feel very fortunate to earn such respect in our industry.

It's not the result, but the journey.
The BIGGEST News...
We've Merged!
On October 1, 2014, Buyer's Resource and Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty merged.  We took the Sotheby's name and will be keeping our downtown office.  Both offices are very excited about our future together.  If you would like to read the story the Steamboat Pilot published on our merger, click here.

There were many reasons this was a smart move for us.  We have been in business for 15 years and have had clients (friends) who wanted us to list their property but could not.  (Shoot, because of our exclusive business model I didn't even list my own properties when I wanted to sell them!) 

Further, since the consumer advocacy movement began in the 1980's (which started with exclusive buyer brokers), the Colorado Real Estate Commission has taken major strides toward protecting buyer interests.  The way real estate is now practiced has changed considerably, allowing traditional brokers to represent buyers in a fiduciary capacity (provided they do not have a listing their client wants to buy).

Although there will be a Sotheby's sign above our door, I'm still going to be running the show in our beautiful downtown office and you'll see the same friendly faces and receive the same professional service, reliability and care, whether you are wanting to buy or sell.

I would be very happy to talk to you further about our decision.  Feel free to give me a call, toll free, at 877.970.8885 x101 or email me
I Love Referrals!
Client referrals are one of the best compliments I receive.  It tells me I offer a service that a client is happy with, and one that they recommend to someone important in their lives.

If you have a friend, family member or business associate interested in learning more about Steamboat Springs, or more specifically the real estate market and benefits of my services, please email me with their contact information, or forward this email by simply clicking the icon below:
As you know I will provide the best client services with care, respect and diligence!
  Best Buys on the Market 


Today there are 1,556 properties listed for sale in the Steamboat Springs MLS.  The following are my personal picks.  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.


Excellent Slopeside Rental!  

Income most rental condominiums generate is less than 5% of their list price.  This 2 br / 2 ba, slopeside, Ski Trails condo generated $21,791 last year, and being that it is only listed at $235,000, is over a 9% return and nearly cash flows with a mere 30% down payment.  If you have been looking for a solid investment property, this bright, beautifully furnished condo is it!

Slopeside Value
Originally listed at $449,000, this 3 br / 3 ba, 1,214 square foot Storm Meadows condo has been recently remodeled with new appliances and granite countertops and enjoys a sunny corner location.  Easy access to all of the base area amenities and ski in / out location.  Priced at only $234/sf, a real value at $284,000. 


High Living at The Highmark! 
Stunning 2 br+den / 3 bath luxury condo only a block from the slopes, this residence is over 1,500 square feet and has been beautifully decorated.  Top floor location with cathedral ceilings, gourmet kitchen, full size washer & dryer, and full working study.  Concierge, ski valet, shuttle services, pool, hot tubs, athletic facilities and more to pamper.  $649,000.

Very Reasonably Priced Country Home

Spectacular views of the Flattop Mountains, an aspen filled lot and a pond are some of the exterior features for this 2+ br / 2.5 ba home located just a few miles from town in one of my favorite neighborhoods in the south valley - Whitewood.  The home is comprised of over 1,800 sf, is well cared for and situated on nearly 8 acres that could easily accommodate horses.  An excellent value for a family wanting to enjoy country living just outside of Steamboat. $459,000 


Two Homes in One!

The sellers are anxious to sell this home and just reduced the price by $70,000.  A real jewel in the highly desirable Strawberry Park area.  Totally remodeled 3 br / 2.5 ba main home with separate 2 br / 2.5 ba guest home centered an aspen and pine filled 1.7 acre lot with a year-round creek and pond.  Heated 3 car garage, huge workshop and extra storage area plus 3 bay equipment shed.  Prefect for extended family living and now priced at $1.575m.  


Just Reduced $50,000 for a Quick Sale

Big Valley Ranch home on 35 acres with 4 br / 3.5 ba and 3,872 sf with vast mountain views and only 10 minutes to world class skiing!  Sellers want this sold before winter and are now offering a one year home warranty.  Priced at under $250 / sf at $899,000.



Foreclosures 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 gone, click here.

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.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please let me know how I can be of service.

Happy Trails,

Doug Labor, GRI, RRP, ABR, ABRM, CEBA, e-PRO 
General Manager 
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty
2014, 2005 Steamboat Springs REALTOR of the Year