Steamboat Real Estate Blog

Ryan Heckman said he faced two problems when he drove in 1990 to Steamboat Springs in a white pickup. The 16-year-old aspiring Olympic Nordic skier had no place to live and no money to afford his education at The Lowell Whiteman School. But that all changed when he met Ed and Jayne Hill, who allowed Heckman to live in their country home rent free for six years while he strived to become the youngest member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Ski Team.

“Having my own family, I know now what a big deal it was for them to take me in,” Heckman said last month. “They were role models for me, and they had a profound impact on my life. It nearly brings tears to my eyes to think about the situation. My life and the Steamboat community wouldn’t be the same without them.”

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Opening a commercial kitchen is no small challenge, but now that Fixins Kitchen is open at 135 11th St., local cooking instructors, caterers and food wholesalers don’t have to go through the brain damage.

Sandi Nelson’s and Heather Philmon’s bright and roomy kitchen in a historic building across Soda Creek from Creekside Cafe is available to rent for $15 an hour.

Fixins Kitchen is home to the wholesale cider mulling spices business Nelson and Philmon brought with them to Steamboat from Katy, Texas.

“We operated our business in Katy (outside Houston) for 20 years, and we have accounts with 700 stores nationwide,” Philmon said. “We came to Steamboat to ski, hang out and read books. But we sold more than 5,000 (units) last winter just at Artisans

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(MIAMI, FL) -- "Don't bet against real estate" was one of the themes at a recent Realtors Commercial Alliance (RCA) conference this past week at the Biltmore Resort in Miami, a day-long event sponsored by the Miami Association of Realtors that focused on the current conditions of the U.S. commercial real estate investment and development marketplace.

According to the keynote speaker, Dr. Randy Anderson, the Howard Phillips Eminent Scholar Chair and Professor of Real Estate at the University of Central Florida, "many real estate market segments have started to strengthen; meaning that someone has already caught the 'Falling Knife' and investors should now be taking a hard look at making real estate allocations."

Anderson showed long-term relative strength of

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The Steamboat Ski Touring Center’s Nordic trails based at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course are open for the season with 4 kilometers (about 2 1/4 miles) of terrain.  They opened on Wednesday, November 16th.

Available trails include the teaching area and the hilly out-and-back route on the Fish Creek Trail all the way to the tunnel beneath Steamboat Boulevard. For the time being, daily trail passes are a discounted $5. The trail has been groomed for both skate and classic style skiing.

“We had about 75 people out here (Tuesday) afternoon, and skiing was pretty good,” Birgitta Lindgren said. “There are some weeds showing through. We’ll begin teaching lessons on Saturday, and we’re looking forward to having the University of Wyoming (cross-country ski team)

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Standing on a top story deck of Bristol Hall on Wednesday afternoon, it was easy for Brian Hoza to point to the concrete outline of the stairways, elevator shafts, hallways and auditorium that will be part of the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus’ new 60,000-square-foot academic building.

Hoza, dean of student affairs for the Alpine Campus, also was able to point to a line of vertical steel beams that will reach up to the roof of the three-story building being constructed below him.

Construction crews on Tuesday started to erect the steel frame of what will be the front of the $18 million facility and are expected to finish pouring its foundation this week. Hoza, who attends weekly meetings about the building’s construction, said that after

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Three of Colorado’s most historic and celebrated ski towns have joined forces to unveil the new Colorado Triple Play featuring an unprecedented two days of skiing and riding at Aspen/Snowmass, Steamboat and Winter Park Resort during the 2011/2012 winter season.

The new Colorado Triple Play, which features two days at Aspen/Snowmass, two days at Steamboat and two days at Winter Park Resort, purchase online at; and, at participating Colorado Front Range Christy Sports stores. The Colorado Triple Play will available for $299 for adults (13 & over) and $249 for children (12 & under) while supplies last.

Colorado Triple Play pass holders will discover majestic peaks, fresh powder and uncrowded terrain across nearly 10,000 acres, more…
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The committee that succeeded in persuading 61 percent of Steamboat Springs voters to impose a 0.25 percent sales tax on themselves to bolster the community’s ski season jet program got it done with a mix of old-school campaigning, savvy use of social media and a good dose of unabashed shtick.

The tax will generate up to $1.3 million annually to regain air service into Yampa Valley Airport. 

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The number of single-family home building permits issued in 2011 has reversed a five-year trend of fewer such permits being issued each successive year in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.
From January through the first week of October, the Routt County Regional Building Department had issued 33 single-family home building permits. That number equals the total of single-family home permits issued in all of 2010.
“People are pulling the trigger on projects,” said Ted Allen, Routt County’s assistant building official.
A spike in permits this fall led to the trend reversal. Eight single-family home permits were issued in September, and three more were issued the first week of October. Of those 11 permits, 10 were for homes in Routt County, and just one was

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U.S. house prices have plunged by nearly a third since 2006, and homeownership rates are falling at the fastest pace since the Great Depression.

The good news? Two key measures now suggest it's an excellent time to buy a house, either to live in for the long term or for investment income (but not for a quick flip). First, the nation's ratio of house prices to yearly rents is nearly restored to its prebubble average. Second, when mortgage rates are taken into consideration, houses are the most affordable they have been in decades.

Two of the silliest mantras during the real-estate bubble were that a house is the best investment you will ever make and that a renter "throws money down the drain." Whether buying is a better deal than renting isn't a

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A group of Steamboat Springs Realtors are using words like “remarkable” and “extraordinary” to describe a recent string of sales and purchases here. It’s especially noteworthy given today’s real estate market and lending climate.

With one deal dependent on the other, four homes involving five homeowners were bought and sold in a three-day period at the end of September.

“When we first started this thing, I was like, ‘Yeah right,’” Colorado Group Realty broker/owner Ronald Wendler said. “I gave it a 50/50 chance of happening.”

Wendler was involved in the string of purchases along with Jon Wade, also a broker/owner at Colorado Group Realty.

“Today, it’s really difficult to get one thing to happen,” Wade said. “It’s pretty extraordinary.”

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