June 2011

There are 4 blog entries for June 2011.

Home buyers have high expectations for their purchases this year, the most critical of which may be a really great deal. In addition to more bang for the buck — and the bragging rights that go along with a superior bargain — today's house hunters also are looking for incentives, such as gift cards that they can use to decorate their new home or financial assistance at the settlement table.

Modern buyers also favor open kitchens; open floor plans; and outdoor living components, such as screened porches, exterior kitchens, and two-way fireplaces. Additionally, the environment is increasingly important, with today's prospects seeking out elements such as triple-glazed windows and energy-efficient appliances.

Repurposed materials matter, too. Buyers in 2011…
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The ride brings 2,000 cyclists to Steamboat for a pair of days. Steamboat is the only stop with two overnight stays. According to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer, 41 percent of available lodging pillows in town were expected to be full Wednesday, compared with just 21 percent on the same day last year. Ride the Rockies also serves as a benefit for many charities, including locally. In each host town, the ride gives away a $5,000 grant. Steamboat’s recipient was Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports. Wednesday: Cyclists may elect to participate in a 50-mile loop ride that will have them travel River Road and Colo. 131 to Oak Creek. Riders will return on Twentymile Road and Routt County Road 33. Thursday: Cyclists will…
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Back in June 2006, when the housing market peaked, the prospect of a five-year national housing bust seemed unimaginable to most people. And yet here we are, with the latest Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller index showing that prices hit new bear-market lows, falling back to 2002 levels nationally and to 1990s levels in some battered regions. Despite all the gloom, however, there are growing indications that it is a good time to buy. Mortgage rates, which fell to 4.55% for the week ending June 2, according to Freddie Mac, are near 50-year lows. Homes have become more affordable than they have been in years: According to Moody's Analytics, the ratio of home prices to income is now 20.9% lower than the 15-year average through 2010, and 12.5% lower than the…
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Gretchen Sehler wouldn’t call herself a trail surgeon. But the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series race director and trails coordinator for Routt County Riders did her best knife job this past week in preparation for the opening of the 2011 series. Sehler spent most of last week finding ridable trails on Howelsen. The 2011 Town Challenge Series will open today with the Howelsen Cross-Country. “We’ve never done this much last minute,” said Sehler, after the series was delayed a couple of weeks because trails were still wet. “But it’s what I love to do.” Children’s races begin at 5:30 p.m., with the women’s novice division set to go at 5:45 p.m. The pro/open races begin at 6:05 p.m., with other divisions going off in one- or two-minute…
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