November 2009

There are 8 blog entries for November 2009.

Steamboat Springs - The Steamboat Springs real estate market received a qualified boost when the first 13 condominium sales closed at One Steamboat Place for a combined $15.25 million.

This week's closings included 10 residence club sales totaling $4.45 million and three whole ownership sales that combined for $10.8 million.  The most expensive was a penthouse condominium that sold for $4.2 million, according to the records at the Routt County Assessor's Office.  One Steamboat Place is expected to close 100 transactions within 30 days. 

Towers and cables spanning Mount Werner Circle for the new gondola linking Resort Ventures West - developed Trailhead Lodge with One Steamboat Place were in place last week and await cabins and testing before the

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Washington, DC - U.S. house prices rose modestly in the third quarter of 2009 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) seasonally adjusted purchase-only house price index (HPI).  The HPI, calculated using home sales price from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-acquired mortgages, was 0.2 percent higher on a seasonally adjusted basis in the third quarter than in the second quarter of 2009.  The quarterly report analyzing housing price appreciation trends was released by FHFA's Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco.  "This data provides some evidence of short-term stabilization in housing prices, a likely result of many ongoing efforts to stabilize markets," said DeMarco. 

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In addition to all of the unique items now at the Tread of Pioneers Musuem store in Steamboat Springs, two new local books are sure to be a top hot on any holiday shopping list.   


Then & Now: A History of Steamboat Springs, CO is the perfect keepsake as it is full of historical images, including rare finds from the Tread of Pioneers Museum collection.  The book presents a series of images that immense the reader in the currents of the 20th century history.  Ken Proper’s (local photographer) architectural photographs delineate the physical essence of a small Western town’s birth and development.  Harriet Freiberger’s (local writer) words complete a larger picture, connecting people and events in Steamboat Springs with America’s progress toward

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People who have never seen snow or built a snowman are getting a chance to do it in Colorado, in a big way. The Colorado Tourism Office launched a contest Monday to give three "snow virgins" an expenses-paid, three-month trip to Colorado, January through March. With help from local instructors and guides, contest winners will sample winter activities like snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding, the all-important apres ski cocktail hour, maybe even ice climbing — and then they'll describe their experiences on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Winners also will visit Colorado restaurants, hot springs and spas. Applicants are asked to submit videos to explaining why they should win. People can visit the Web site to vote,…
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Thinking about a remodel project?  Remodeling Magazine recently evaluated the top remodeling projects, how the cost-to-value has changed and which projects are still worth the investment.  Using the magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report for 2008-2009”, look at some of the best projects you can undertake and recoup the majority of your cost.


Upscale Projects

Siding Replacement

Window Replacement

Bathroom Remodel

Major Kitchen Remodel

Deck Addition


Mid Range Projects

Deck Addition

Siding Replacement

Minor Kitchen Remodel

Attic Bathroom

Basement Remodel



If you have savings or access to reasonably-priced credit, it’s worth considering home improvement projects that produce the best return for your time and money.  Make sure you work

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Steamboat Springs — The new owner of Slopeside Grill said last week that he intends to maintain the feel, menu and operation of the popular restaurant at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat Springs resident Bill Banks, 56, closed on the purchase of the Slopeside real estate and business last week. The price of the business was not disclosed. Jim Cook, of Colorado Group Realty, said the real estate was split into two halves, one owned by the family of former Slopeside owner Chris Corna and the other owned by the Levy family. The Corna portion of the real estate sold for $675,000 and the Levy portion for $750,000, Cook said.

The restaurant passed into Chris Corna’s parents’ hands when he died May 18 in Port Chester, N.Y.

Cook said he had about

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Steamboat Springs — The key to selling residential properties in Steamboat Springs through the first three quarters of 2009 has been an ability to come within 10 percent of hitting the bull’s-eye.

Broker/owner Lori Thom­pson told a gathering of nearly 200 people at the Colorado Group Realty Real Estate Roundup and Expo on Thursday night that sales of single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes closed through the Multiple Listing Service this year have been for an amount within 10 percent of list price.

“Homes need to be properly priced to sell in this market,” Thompson said.

She is the outgoing president of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors and the 2009 Realtor of the year.

In the case of single-family homes, Thompson said, sales prices

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DENVER — has come up with a list of what it calls the '10 most affordable ski resorts', including Whistler-Blackcomb, B.C., site of the Winter Olympics.

Steamboat, described as having a "great selection of moderate ski-in, ski-out condos" and a ski-in, ski-out Best Western; for each adult five-day or more lift ticket, one child 12 and under skis free; and 50 per cent off rack rate with offers, including discounts during the holidays. You don't need a car, thanks to a town shuttle and private shuttles run by most properties. The ski-in, ski-out lodging even means you can make your lunch at home and eat it there.

Others making the list: Keystone, Crested Butte, Winter Park, Jackson Hole, Whistler Blackcomb, Banff, Alta and Lake Tahoe.

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