February 2010

There are 9 blog entries for February 2010.

1. Not checking your credit report and score

Review your credit score report a few months before you begin your house hunt, and you'll have time to ensure the facts are correct and dispute mistakes before a mortgage lender checks your credit.  You can access a free copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com once every 12 months.

2. Not getting approved

Getting preapproved can help you save time by looking for homes that you know you can afford instead of lusting after something out of your price range.  And it will put you in a better position over another bidder with no preapproval.

3. Not creating a long-term budget

A good rule of thumb is to devote no more than a third of your monthly household income to housing costs, which include

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A sampling of area residents ranked “increasing affordable housing” 11th on a list of concerns and values last month, contradicting widespread local debate about that issue and how it relates to the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.

Steamboat Springs native Gates Gooding, 27, released a preliminary report last week titled “The Impacts of Development: Assessing Growth in Steamboat Springs.” The report measures how four future, growth-related scenarios — no accommodation for new growth, approval of Steamboat 700, county re-zoning, and infill within city limits — would affect four community values ranked highly by about 140 area residents at an event last month at Olympian Hall in Howelsen Lodge. Gooding organized that event to collect data for the

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For some, the chance to see the Winter Olympic Games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but for Steamboat Springs resident Penny Fletcher, being there in 2010 is a necessity.

This week, Penny, who is the single mom of first-time Olympian Taylor Fletcher, has been able to enjoy watching her son compete with the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team at Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia. Just a few months ago, she wasn’t sure she would be able to make the trip without stressing her finances.

“This opportunity has meant the ability to enjoy the Olympics and to spend some quality time with my family,” Penny Fletcher said, after getting a grant from Procter & Gamble to help assist her with the trip.

Taylor Fle­tcher open­­ed the season with several strong

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We have compiled the statistics from the last two and one half years in six different geographic areas in the Yampa Valley area.  View the pdf file http://www.mybrokers.com/Steamboat-Springs-Statistics.php.
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Johnny Spillane, Steamboat Springs skier won the first US Nordic combined medal in Winter Olympic history, winning silver after a thrilling cross-country race in the Normal Hill Individual Gundersen event at the 2010 games in Whistler, British Columbia. 

Spillane finished the decisive, heart stopping cross-country race just four-tenths of a second behind Jason Lamay Chappuis, of France.

Steamboat's Todd Lodwick finished fourth at 25 minutes, 48.6 seconds.  he led a portion of the race before falling back at the end.

Spillane also led in the cross-country race, opening up a 20-yard lead on the final gap before Chappuis surged in the sprint to the finish and barely edged out Spillane for the gold.

Lodwick and Spillane did everything they could to put

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by Chris Paoli

This has been a question on my mind for a long time. Unfortunately I did not have a great resource for accessing this information until a very good friend of mine invited me to a special presentation by Randy Rowe , President of Green Courte Partners. Mr. Rowe’s presentation to a select group of the Steamboat Springs real estate community was focused on what current economic indicators were telling us vs. the opinions. During this presentation, the main question swirling in my mind was, “If the United States is about to enter an inflationary environment, leading to higher asset values, further leading to higher interest rates, what is the long term effect on residential real estate prices?” Fortunately, Mr. Rowe had access to this data and

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When Paul Ralston and Mariana Ishida host the first dinner party in their new home in Heritage Park this year, Ralston is sure to guide his guests to the utility room to show them his pride and joy: an exceptionally efficient boiler.

The married couple purchased a building site in Heritage Park that overlooked open ranch land more than two years ago.  However, they temporarily put the building on hold as the Steamboat Springs real estate market overheated and construction prices went up.  They didn't revisit the possibility of building a custom home until early in summer 2009.  When they did, they were pleasantly surprised.  What they got from the building contractor Jamie Letson, of Letson Enterprises, was an efficient home that was completed within six

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Colorado's newest gondola opened to the public yesterday morning.  The new Wildhorse lift is just down the hill from the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area.

The ride lasts 3 minutes and 30 seconds, and crosses traffic on Mount Werner Circle before descending steeply into the upper terminal at One Steamboat Place.

The new Leitner-Poma fixed-grip gondola, built in Grand Junction (western Colorado) is a first for Steamboat Springs.  Sometimes referred to as a people-mover lift, it doesn't deliver passengers to the top of a ski run, but instead to the bottom of the runs at Steamboat Ski Area.  From there, people who carried skis or snowboards onto the gondola likely will catch either the Steamboat Gondola or the Christie Peak Express.

The $3 million-plus

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Wednesday, Feb. 3

5:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. and Pepsi Cola. A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival queen and her court of attendants, little princesses and grand marshals.

Thursday, Feb. 4

4:30 p.m. Cross-Country Obstacle Race (Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by SportsMed. A fun and entertaining obstacle race for young cross-country skiers ages 5 to 12. Spectators welcome. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already on file with SSWSC in order to participate.

4:30 – 6 p.m. Telemark Challenge (Howelsen Hill) Sponsored by Backdoor Sports. All ages welcome to show their Telemark

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