June 2010

There are 5 blog entries for June 2010.

Steamboat Springs’ population increased more than 2,300 residents, or 24 percent, from 2000 to 2009, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The census figures indicated that Steamboat had 12,180 residents as of July 1, 2009. The increase from 2008, 215 residents, or 1.8 percent, follows a trend of consistent modest growth in Steamboat since the 2000 census that showed 9,815 residents.

Jonathan Spence, Steam­boat’s interim planning director, said the city conducts its own population study annually that it compares with state demographers so each can verify numbers. For example, he said the state revised its population figures for Steamboat in 2008.

Spence said the city uses its population study in conjunction with the census

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In May 2010, Liberty Mutual launched Bring Back the 4th™, an online contest encouraging people across America to rally together and earn $10,000 grants to help continue their cities' and towns' official Fourth of July celebrations. The response was overwhelming; tens of thousands of Americans took our Responsible Moments in U.S. History quiz at www.BringBackThe4th.com to earn credits for their local Independence Day traditions.  Each completed quiz counted as one credit towards a website visitor's town, and the 10 municipalities with the most completed quizzes were awarded grants. Bring Back the 4th grants are awarded to cities and towns in three size-based categories: small (four grants), medium (three grants), and large (three grants).

Towns and cities

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Dean Laird and Eliese Pivarnik are the newest broker/owners at Colorado Group Realty, Steamboat Springs’ largest independent real estate company. Gabriele Seide and Kelly Becker have joined as new associates.

Dean has worked in the real estate industry since 1996, in the resort markets of Columbia River Gorge, OR, Dillion, CO and now Steamboat Springs since 2001.


A Colorado native, Dean obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology with an engineering certification from Colorado State University.  His work history ranges from computer-aided design (CAD) and the boating industry to construction management. 


“The owners and associates at Colorado Group work well together sharing their knowledge and expertise as a group. We combine

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The developers of Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club brought in reinforcements and rallied the troops here Tuesday, using historical data to make the case that when the mountain resort real estate economy turns around, it will be “Steamboat’s turn.”

Co-developer Bill Butler told an audience of more than 200 Realtors, bankers, architects and builders gathered in the Strings Pavilion that if the economic recovery that he thinks already is under way follows historic trends in the ski town markets, Steamboat could be poised to build on the momentum it had in 2006 and 2007, before sales plummeted.
Among the speakers was David Belin, of Boulder-based RRC Associates, a research company with a strong focus on the ski and snowboard industries and vacation travel.
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   Challenges clearly remain but the Wall Street Journal is seeing some strong signs of recovery in the luxury home market.  Among those challenges we often find opportunity.  In Steamboat we have seen a strong uptick in the sale of properties over $1m with large numbers of sales in the $1-$5m range. According to Land Title YTD sales volumes are up 215% through the end of April compared to 2009 numbers.   We are seeing people take this chance to pick up some of the best properties at good to great prices.  Some want a place to bring thier family and friends together, others are location neutral and think why not live in Steamboat and many are planning for retirement down the road.  Nearly all see a turn coming and want to buy at the bottom of

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