Discounts and Incentives Offer Real Estate Deals for Buyers in Steamboat Springs, CO

Sunday, February 19, 2012

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Buyers looking for high-end, luxury condominiums in Steamboat Springs are in a great position to find some deals. A recent surge of price reductions and developer incentives has increased interest in some of the best properties on the market. Demand is still lagging supply, however there have been 16 sales over $800,000 for condos and townhomes in the downtown and mountain areas since November 2011, and our busiest selling season is just beginning. The relative abundance of luxury real estate has sellers competing for buyers to keep this recent condo buying trend in motion. For example, the developers of the ski-in/ski-out luxury condos at Edgemont are offering to pay three years of HOA dues on the next sale of any of the 13 remaining condos. They are also offering two years of paid HOA dues estimated at $22,000 annually for the next phase of to-be-built four and five bedroom townhomes. And while the townhomes are being built, they will provide use of Edgemont Ridge condos for up to two weeks in both the winter and summer seasons! Two other properties, Cimmaron Townhomes across the street from the Steamboat Ski Area, and Norwegian Log, an older ski-in/ski-out are also offering a price reduction. Bear Lodge at Trappeur’s Crossing is offering 25% off the next sale of their remaining new 3 or 4 bedroom luxury condominiums located one block from the base of the Steamboat Ski Resort. The offer also includes paid HOA dues for 3 years. Recently discounted pricing makes these high-end condos an attractive deal for anyone looking for resort properties. Listing prices are less than $500 per square foot. Newly constructed Trailhead Lodge at Wildhorse Meadows slashed prices of its fully-furnished condos up to 50% off the original listings with prices now in the mid-$400 per square foot range. Deals don’t stop at the ski area. In downtown Steamboat Springs condos in the newly constructed Howelsen Place and Alpenglow Lofts have incentives also. Up to 25% off at Howelsen Place and 35% at Alpenglow on the next two sales at each property.

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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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