May 2010

There are 5 blog entries for May 2010.

Steamboat Springs — A new exhibit at Steamboat Art Museum will put the colorful work of internationally renowned quilter David Taylor under one roof for the first time.

Taylor said museum president and curator Shirley Stocks approached him about three years ago with the idea of displaying his quilts at Steamboat Art Museum. Taylor’s all-cotton art has won several awards — including two best of shows — at international quilt festivals in recent years.

The 47-year-old Steamboat Springs resident puts extensive, painstaking work into hand-stitching and selecting fabric for his quilts, which often are inspired by photographs. He said an image captured by local photographer Jackie Owen inspired his quilt featuring a rooster. That quilt won best in show at

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  It looks like the housing market will get some more help from low interest rates. The Fed started to ease some of the measures that were keeping rates low this spring. Now before rates got a chace to rise much the issues in Europe are bringing back the US's status as a safe haven and cash is flowing back into 10 yr Treasury Bonds which in turn drives lower mortgage rates. The mortgage market is also improving as private investors return offering more different products and better pricing than Fannie Mae.  This is good news nationally as it will make sense for more people to buy homes easing the strain on troubled borrowers and their banks along with allowing more room in the budgets of those that refinance. 

  Needless to say this is good

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Lindsay Binegar was 14 the first time she spent any winnings from years of showing hogs. She bought a purse. The second time, at 18, she splurged. She bought a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house with a two-car garage. And she paid in cash.

"I've never heard of a teenager buying a house," said Nikki Gasbarro, spokeswoman for the Ohio Association of Realtors. "Smart girl."

The Greenfield teenager has been saving money since she was 4 years old and won $100 showing a hog.

"I didn't get the money; it went to the bank," said Binegar, now a 19-year-old freshman at Ohio University's Chillicothe branch.

And so the pattern began. She'd raise a few hogs every year on the family farm in Highland County, show them at competitions and add any winnings or sales

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Redevelopment work at the base of Steamboat Ski Area has a green light to occur this summer. Last month, the city awarded a contract of about $4.5 million to Duckels Construction for work to ultimately build part of a public promenade at the immediate ski base, daylight a segment of Burgess Creek and install other public amenities such as seating areas, fire features and stonework. The Urban Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee voted last week to support a $2.2 million construction plan that includes earthwork and utility work but few public amenities. That plan allows for easy transition into further construction as opposed to a $2.4 million plan that would create a more finished product but would require some backtracking and additional costs to…
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   We have been seeing the same thing here in Steamboat Springs.  Steamboat Real Estate sales volume started to turn late last summer and we have been up from about 200 to 270% vs. the prior year for 5 months now.  I have been seeing forward looking clients come back into the market since the Spring of 2009 and this has gotten stronger since late last fall.  

   Most say that they see this as a good chance to get one of the best places at a great price.  Everyone is interested in the value for their money but nearly all see this as a good chance to get the right sized home, town home or condo for their family to spend more time together in Steamboat for years to come.  Many plan to retire for at least half of the year here and see this as a

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