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THINKING OUTSIDE THE (CONDO) BOX

Luxury Single Family Homes Realize up to $300k Annual Income

Owning a piece of the Steamboat lifestyle quickly becomes a dream for many who descend into the beautiful Yampa Valley.

The default turn-key solution for most out of town buyers has traditionally been a mountainside condo. With close proximity to the slopes, minimum maintenance, and no hassle amenities, condos check many of the boxes for second homeowners looking for their slice of paradise. The commoditized nature of Steamboat condos provides a secure investment option with finite bookends.

For some second home owners though, the aspirational dream of owning a single-family home is a lingering curiosity. The appeal of additional privacy, freedom, and ownership of an asset rooted in scarcity is often hindered by a barrage of questions. Can I afford it? What about property maintenance? Who will take care of my home when I am gone? These are all common questions and concerns that get in the way of many considering a transition from a condo to a single family home.  Continue Reading

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STEAMBOAT SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY LISTS THE RABBIT EARS LODGE ON LAKE AGNES

“It’s not that often that you find a private lake-front home in the High Rockies that is located this close to a world-class ski resort.”

LOCATION & LIFESTYLE

Located within a one square mile private development, Rabbit Ears Lodge boasts 700 feet of lakefront on the private and exclusive 110 acre Lake Agnes. Listed by the DeJong Team at Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, this extremely rare offering borders BLM land and Lily Lake, offering the ultimate in privacy and outdoor recreation.

The road that leads to the Lodge is nothing short of spectacular.  In the spring and summer, the forest is carpeted with wildflowers.  In the spring and summer the forest is carpeted with blanket flower, golden banner, Indian paintbrush, fireweed, mountain lupines, purple fringe, horsemint, columbines and wild daisies only to pale to the glorious colors of the aspen leaves as they turn in to fall.  Every season is a new picture-postcard of impressive landscape and unspoiled countryside. Continue Reading

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR PROPERTY TAX NOTICE OF VALUATION

Over the past couple of years, most property owners in Routt County have watched their property values slowly and steadily increase. The Routt County Assessor has also noticed that property values have been increasing, and those increases in value are likely reflected on the Notices of Valuation that recently went out from the Assessor’s Office, which will translate into your property tax bill for 2017 and 2018.

Below is some basic information about how the Assessor determines a property’s valuation, what the valuation translates to in terms of the amount of property tax due, what were the overall stats for our area, and what to do if you believe that your valuation is incorrect. Continue Reading

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1ST QUARTER 2017 REAL ESTATE MARKET SNAPSHOT

Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty recently compiled data provided by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors for the 1st Quarter 2017, and the statistics confirm what many have been saying – Routt County is experiencing a strong real estate market, especially when compared with the same time period in 2016.

For residential sales in Routt County, units sold in the 1st Quarter 2017 was at 182, up from 115 in the 1st Quarter 2016, marking a 58% increase year-over-year. Median sales price jumped from $353,500 in 2016 to $432,500 in 2017 – a 22% increase. Total sales volume of residential properties was at $118 Million through March 31, 2017, compared with $61 Million through the same time period in 2016, representing a whopping 94% increase. Total sales volume, including land and commercial properties, was at $130M through 1st Quarter 2017, up 65% from the $79M total posted in 2016.

Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to provide million dollar service to our clients at all price points. SSIR captured over 52% of the market share for non-commercial property sales in Routt County through the end of the first quarter, representing buyers and sellers across all price points and all types of properties.

Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty participated in 59% of the sales under $500,000, 61% of the closings from $500K – $1M, 81% of the sales from $1M – $2M and 100% of the transactions over $2M.

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FOR HOUSTONIANS, GETTING TO STEAMBOAT IS EASIER THAN EVER

There is nothing like Steamboat Springs in the Summertime. And for the fourth consecutive summer, from July 1 – August 15, those traveling to Steamboat from the Houston, Texas area will enjoy daily nonstop service from Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on United Airlines. Houston Intercontinental Airport offers significant worldwide connections. In addition to the United Express service from Denver to Steamboat, with one daily flight from April 4 to June 30, and increasing to two flights daily from July 1 to November 21, getting to Steamboat is easier than ever.

With a continued focus on a robust air program, Steamboat aims to increase visitors to the Yampa Valley, making it so convenient to get here that visitors can focus more on filling their time with flyfishing the Yampa River, hiking, biking, attending a Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series show, or soaking in our famous hot springs than traveling. There is no shortage of events and activities during the summer in Steamboat. The challenge isn’t finding something to do, but rather choosing between all of the myriad of options. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association provides a comprehensive Events Calendar, to help you plan your trip.

Steamboat/Hayden (HDN) Airport is located just 22 miles from downtown Steamboat. Travel into and out of this regional airport is a breeze, especially when comparing it to traveling through major metropolitan airports. Upon arriving in Steamboat and stepping out of the plane, you are greeted by a breath of fresh Rocky Mountain air – there is nothing else like it! Baggage claim, rental cars and transportation are all within a small reception area in the terminal, making it quick and easy to get out of the airport and into your vacation.

Visit the Steamboat/Hayden airport website for more information and travel tips.

Click Here to view a complete Summer 2017 flight schedule.

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2017 WINTER CARNIVAL POSTER PROGRAM A SUCCESS

At the end of April, 2017, after the ski lifts closed for the season and before the locals made their mass exodus out of town for tropical vacations, Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty had one piece of unfinished business from the winter that needed to be tied up. With excitement, SSIR headed to historic Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat, home of the offices for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, to meet with Jim Boyne, Executive Director, and Lane Malone, Director of Development of SSWSC, to present them with a check for $10,622.11 – the proceeds from the 2017 Winter Carnival Commemorative Poster program. Continue Reading

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A RIVER (LITERALLY) RUNS THROUGH IT

The Yampa River is at the heart of Steamboat in more ways than one.

Steamboat Springs might be best known for its powder and tree skiing. But what a lot of people don’t realize is come summer, the Yampa River becomes the center of life for river enthusiasts of all walks, from hardcore whitewater kayakers and rafters to fly fishermen, stand up paddle boarders and nature conservationists. From its headwaters in the Flat Tops to its junction with the Green River 250 miles later, it’s billed as the last major free-flowing tributary to the Colorado River.

The Yampa River may look tame, especially during the late summer months when you can watch tourists floating lazily through town on inflatable pool toys they get at Wal Mart. But go up river a bit, or hit the rapids during spring runoff and you’ve got a totally different animal. The Yampa can go from a gentle stream in the fall to a raging river in the spring, with everything in between.  Continue Reading

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DOWN TO THE WIRE

Millions of dollars have been reported from losses due to wire fraud. What you need to know and how to protect yourself.

The real estate industry has become highly digitized in recent years and most of the business is conducted online, from negotiations and contracts to wire transfers to send earnest money, down payments or even the full purchase price of a home.

With such large sums of money involved in real estate transactions, both buyers and sellers are often victims of wire fraud. “What we’ve seen happen a lot in the industry is a buyer will receive an email that alters wiring instructions that might look like it’s from the title company, but it’s not,” says Melissa Gibson, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at Land Title Guarantee Company in Steamboat. “The email might have the same company logo and look official, but if you look at it carefully, you might notice something is amiss, like a misspelling, a grammatical error, a capital letter where there shouldn’t be one, or the email address itself might be one or two letters off.” Continue Reading

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HORSE PLAY

People with a wide variety of disabilities receive some serious therapy in a really fun setting thanks to Steamboat Recreational Sports’ (STARS) horse therapy program.

Ranching is an integral part of Steamboat’s culture and heritage, so it’s fitting that it will soon be home to a new adaptive horseback riding facility. STARS recently acquired a 9-acre parcel and plans to build a state-of-the-art facility that will become a permanent home for its adaptive sports programs, including the horse therapy and adaptive riding programs. “This will be a very unique facility,” says Julie Taulman, Executive Director at STARS. “As far as I know, there will be nothing else like it anywhere in the state of Colorado. It will attract people from all over the country.”

While facilitating a huge project such as funding and building a new facility can seem like a daunting task, Taulman says the reward of helping people of all ages to find independence through sports is more than worth it. And sometimes, there’s no better teacher for her clients than a horse. Continue Reading

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MISSION POSSIBLE: MOUNTAIN GARDENS

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to grow an abundant and plentiful harvest from your very own high-mountain garden.

A lot of people think it’s hard to grow a garden in the Rockies, but it’s not. It’s just different.

It’s true that that Steamboat’s mountain climate is drier; that our soil has few nutrients and is mostly made up of rock and clay; that our high altitude sun is strong; that our abundant wildlife is not the most favorable for a backyard garden; and that our summer season is shorter and our springtime almost non-existent.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a thriving garden here, says Karen Vail, who knows a thing or two about gardening. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture and a Masters in Environmental Education, has published three books, (For the Joy of Wildflowers: Colorado Creations; Yampa Valley Visions: Photography and Writing of a Yampa Valley Naturalist; and Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies), and co-published a video/DVD, A Season of Wildflowers: The Rocky Mountains. She runs her own landscaping business, and continues to be active in education through a local environmental education organization, Yampatika, and a variety of local venues. Continue Reading