Condo buying season in Steamboat Springs is here! Ski-in convenience with walk-to-ski value; rent your real estate to defray costs

Friday, October 14, 2011

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I often am asked which condos rent the best in the Steamboat Springs real estate market. This is usually answered simply and overwhelmingly with ski-in ski-out. However, rental income for a ski-in condo will vary depending on the condition of the residence. A newer or recently renovated condo within walking distance to Steamboat skiing will cost much less and see higher rental revenues than a fixer-upper ski-in condo. I’ve had a couple of owners of slope-side condos recently state they barely covered their home owner association (HOA) and resort management fees last two seasons. This is due in part to the slow economy and increased inventory from a building boom in 2007, but is also due to the price point and the condo rating. Price conscious travelers in many instances are opting for a Trappeurs condo, such as Emerald or Bear Lodge, because they can get higher quality and another bedroom for the same price. Bear Lodge is about 2 blocks East of Gondola Square. At times, a 3 bedroom will rival the rental price of a 2 bed ski-in. Patio units with private hot tubs are popular as well. The quality finishes and convenient amenities like pools, hot tubs and fitness rooms add value. Many travelers will choose to walk a block to skiing for a 4 star or A-rated experience. A trend we are seeing near the slopes is older buildings taking on a new look. The West and The Phoenix, both within walking distance to the slopes, have beautiful new exteriors. The assessments were steep, but the payoff of the HOA special assessment (if not paid by seller already) can always be negotiated in a contract to purchase. For example, many condominiums at the West could use kitchen upgrades to boost rental demand; regardless, a studio condo netted an income after HOA fees, management fees and taxes. Depending on your personal use, its typical to see rental incomes offset those carrying costs before your debt service. Prices are around 20 to 40% off our high sales in 2007. Several condominium developments within walking distance to Steamboat’s Gondola Square and ski slopes are worth investigating before the winter sales season because they may be new, newly renovated or show consistent rental revenue from good management and marketing. Under $500,000 look to are The West, Phoenix and The Lodge at Steamboat. Over $500,000 but under $1,000,000, and for more bedrooms, look to Emerald or Bear Lodge at Trappeurs. If you don’t mind a short walk to the slopes and rental income is important to you, look past the slopes and you will certainly find more bang for your buck without sacrificing convenience. Contact me for more information today.

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Free Furniture for Next Edgemont Sale!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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THE NEXT 2 BEDROOM RESIDENCE AT EDGEMONT TO GO UNDER CONTRACT, BEFORE NOVEMBER 15th, WILL COME FULLY FURNISHED! At your choice, the developer will either deliver the real estate fully furnished or give a $50,000 allowance towards a furniture package at closing. Your ski-in / ski-out Steamboat Springs residence will be prepared in time for the New Year so all you need to worry about is what your are going to do during your trip to Steamboat.

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Another Olympian in downtown Steamboat Springs under contract

Thursday, September 15, 2011

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olympian_203.jpg Unit #203 at the Olympian has recently gone under contract as buyers continue to find this location and project an excellent real estate choice for downtown Steamboat Springs living. The project offers extremely low HOA dues (which include heat) and worry free living and is only 1 unit away from the halfway point in sales. This is a prime downtown location with restaurants, shopping, hiking, biking, fishing and more only steps from your front door. Contact me for more information.

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One Steamboat Place enjoys record real estate closings

Monday, September 12, 2011

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In the last few weeks new pricing and financing have resulted in closed sales totaling $9 million. Another $8.9 million in sales are under contract and pending closing, and a large number more are in active negotiations!

Located slopeside at the gondola, One Steamboat Place’s convenient setting enables Owners to step out of their slippers and into their ski boots for a fun-filled day on the mountain. one_steamboat_place_ideus_art.jpg. Uniquely residential yet rich with five-star services and amenities, there is a sensational spa; wine cellar; a fitness and wellness center; valets for cars, bikes and skis; and fabulous mountain view dining at the Truffle Pig. Best of all, with ownership comes worldwide access to the incredible Timbers Resorts portfolio of properties.

Here is a snapshot of the offerings at One Steamboat Place:

  • Summit Club Memberships, $70,000
  • Three-Bedroom Interests, $220,000
  • Four-Bedroom Interests, $330,000
  • Whole Ownership, $1,395,000 to $3,495,000

Contact me for more information on these exciting opportunities to own Steamboat real estate

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End of Summer Close-out Sale (Now studio’s & 1 bdrm’s almost sold-out)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Summer is fleeting, and so are the opportunities at First Tracks. After 35 successful sales in the past two years, only 12 residences remain. Now’s the perfect time to purchase at First Tracks with great financing options and some of the best residences still available.

Just Released: New Close-out pricing starting from:
MLS# 132314 Studio - $119 (only 3 remain)
MLS# 132312 1 Bedroom - $199K (ONE left!)
MLS# 132315 2 Bedroom - $299K

One Steamboat Place restructures debt

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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The Steamboat Pilot reports that the cloud of a foreclosure filing by a consortium of seven lending banks has been removed and that Timbers Resorts can begin closing some pending contracts and pursuing new sales at reduced prices. This bodes well for steamboat real estate property.

Timbers Resorts CEO David Burden said

We and our investor group have made significant multimillion-dollar capital contributions to continue our forward momentum, as well as arranged financing for prospective owners at One Steamboat Place. With this loan restructure completed, the banks are now fully behind One Steamboat Place. The terms of the modified loan, along with additional capital invested from our partners, have provided a very solid footing for the continued sellout of the remaining units in the project. The original motion for foreclosure that had been made by the banks was not the result of poor performance at One Steamboat Place.

One Steamboat Place broke ground in late summer 2007 and continued construction through a record snow winter. It posted $15.25 million in sales during its first round of closings in November 2009. The project includes 80 large condominiums with 38 whole-ownership vacation homes among them.

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Catamount memberships on sale

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

There are currently great membership deals at Catamount and current dues are about 50% of last years dues!

The membership deposit for a full Premier Membership (golf & lake privileges) is $42,500. Lake membership deposits are $15,000. Dues for both memberships will be prorated to the date you join.

Annual dues for the Premier membership are $8,260 and are $4,130 for Lake Membership. This is a significant savings over previous years pricing! About half.

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Foreclosure sale of One Steamboat Place delayed for 6th time

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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The Steamboat Pilot reports that the scheduled foreclosure sale of the remaining unsold luxury condominium units at One Steamboat Place has been postponed for the sixth time, this time until June 29.

One Steamboat Place has continued to operate as a resort lodging property for both owners and guests, and was busy throughout the 2010-11 ski season. The managers of the property say it has a strong homeowners association.

David Burden of Timbers Resorts, which led the construction and continues to manage the property, said last year

I’m positive we’re working this out. My partners are willing to invest many (additional) millions, but only on certain terms. … We’re very confident we’ll get this loan restructured

Routt County Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon said Wednesday that in theory, the series of postponed sale dates could stretch into next year. The deadline for the lenders to either withdraw their notice of election demand, which constitutes a foreclosure filing, or take the property through to a foreclosure sale is March 16, 2012.

Sales since November have reduced the outstanding balance on the construction loan to less than $100 million. The last developer’s sale at One Steamboat Place was recorded on April 8.

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