In search of the hog, huge rainbow trout lurk at Storm Mountain Ranch

Monday, October 18, 2010

3 hours of fishing and you’ll be ready to retire, until you land rainbow trout after trout on an old school fly rod and reel from the shores of a restored fish habitat at Storm Mountain Ranch, you haven’t lived the fisherman’s dream. Tommy Herzog shows us how its done. This isn’t a hobby you can easily add to your bucket list however, only 14 privileged owners are lucky enough to enjoy the amenities commonly shared at this working ranch and intimate luxury home development at the base or Rabbit Ears Pass south of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Colorado offers some of the best fresh water trout fishing in the world, check out our local fly fishing shops for more information. Bucking Rainbow Outfitters Steamboat Flyfisher Steamboat Lake Outfitters, Inc. Call Dean Laird 877-678-0884 Colorado Group Realty for real estate near a good fishing hole.

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Summer of sales for Steamboat Springs luxury real estate

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Exclusive neighborhoods such as Storm Mountain Ranch, Stonebridge Park, The Sanctuary and Catamount Ranch had a summer of sales resulting from foreclosures, short sales and attractive pricing from motivated sellers. Lower prices may be the draw, but elegance, sophistication, and luxury intermixed with downhome western influences add to the value of these exclusive Steamboat neighborhoods.
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Stonebridge Park is a private gated community only steps from the Rolling Stone Ranch and Golf Club. Original list price $6.34 million - foreclosed and REO (bank owned) closed for $3.2 million.

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Granite canyons, towering water falls and world class flyfishing in a national park-like setting describes Storm Mountain Ranch. List price $9.9 million, short sale opportunity is now under contract awaiting bank approval for the sale.

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With Fish Creekp trail frontage or homes bordering a fairway on the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club with cross country ski in/ski out, The Sanctuary had 2 luxury home sales this summer. This home original list price at $1,350,000 closed for $1,200,000.
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Catamount Ranch and Club just 5 minutes south of Steamboat ski resort foreclosed log home listed $3,199,000 closed for $2,999,000.

For more information on homes that define fine living for you, please visit my luxury real estate website at http://SteamboatFineHomes.com or call

Dean Laird
Broker/Owner
Colorado Group Realty
direct toll free: 877-678-0884
cell: 970-846-8284.

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20% off now 30% off on downtown Steamboat Springs luxury condominiums

Thursday, September 23, 2010

steamboat-springs-olympian-condos1.jpg A summer sales incentive of 20% off drew new interest to the Olympian in Steamboat Springs, Colorado this summer. A three bedroom condo closed July 9th for $1,052,800 or $497sq/ft.  A two bedroom residence closed for $818,520 or $570/ft late May.  The Olympian is located at 5th and Yampa, a riverfront location. This luxury condominium complex has 23 residential units and 5,700 square feet of commercial space below. Interior features are mountain contemporary with exposed timber and floorplans averaging more than 1,600 square feet. The common amenities include a fully landscaped private inner courtyard, underground heated parking space and an elevator for easy access. Walk to the rodeo grounds, fly fish on the Yampa River just across the road and watch the ski jumpers from your deck. The natural hot springs, shopping and riverfront restaurants are all within the immediate vicinity of this convenient downtown location. Unit 403 has one of the nicest deck views I’ve seen in Steamboat as can be seen in this video. Contact Dean Laird at 877-678-0884 to take advantage of a limited 30% off fall 2010 sale. See other luxury condos in downtown Steamboat Springs at SkiCondos4Sale.com

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Silver Linings in the Steamboat Real Estate Market

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Looking for a silver lining before deciding to move forward with your home purchase? Last week, the real estate market news reporters across the country were once again hyping on that black cloud over our head, and taking a very broad brush to paint their picture of our struggle to recover from the housing crisis.

Home Buying Hangover

Prices set to plummet

And the National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) announced that homes sales across our country dropped 27% in July compared to the same measures from July 2009. Bad news makes news, as expected.

So where is that silver lining? As John Soule said (or did he? See this interesting discussion of the quote here) in 1851 “Go West, young man”. Real estate markets vary widely across the country, and the buyer cannot simply read the headlines to determine the healh of the local markets out West.

The median price in the West was $224,800, an increase from $221,800 the month before and up 3.3 percent from the same time in 2009 according to NAR. If you have been watching prices drop for a few years now, an increase in home prices out West should raise one eyebrow. Combine that with interest rates at the lowest they have been since about 1971, and both eyebrows should be raised!

Additionaly, pending home sales also indicate momentum moving forward:

Also from NAR

Following a sharp drop in the months immediately after expiration of the home buyer tax credit, pending home sales have modestly risen

Low interest rates, higher prices, sales picking up? Hmmm…

Indeed, there does seem to be some good news hidden amongst all the dark clouds breathlessly reported each day by the media. If you are a buyer and reading this now, you may want to consider emulating our early settlers over a century ago and start a new life in beautiful Steamboat Springs!

Prices are down 30-40% for the most part in Steamboat Springs, interest rates are at record lows and inventories in select developments are decreasing.

If you have been here, fell in love, and would really like to start a new life in Steamboat Springs, get your Steamboat market report today.

Dean Laird, Broker/Owner
Colorado Group Realty
877-678-0884

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Stagecoach foreclosure inventory is moving quickly

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

There is a crowd in the Fort Collins, Denver and other Front Range Communities who have been waiting for these opportunities and have begun to act. Buy now to take advantage of prices that in most situations, are well below the cost of building. Stagecoach Reservoir is just 5 minutes from most of these homes and only 20-25 minutes south of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. All homes have gone under contract since August 1st, 2010.

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List $264,900 Pending
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List $286,900 Pending
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List $324,900 Pending
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List $359,900 Pending
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List $375,000 Pending
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List $449,900 Pending

To see other Stagecoach homes owned by banks or in foreclosure, see my Steamboat REO and foreclosed homes page at DeanLaird.com or call me at 877-678-0884 to get on email notification.

Skiing Steamboat Springs to 10 million socks. How living in Steamboat Springs can lead to success.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

If your family or friends are giving you grief for considering the idea of becoming a ski bum, you may want to point them to this story - who says being a Steamboat ski bum can’t pay off?

In 1994, two ski instructors opened the Smart Wool Company.

Smart Wool had another record-breaking year with revenues nearing the $100 million mark and sold more than 10 million pairs of socks in addition to its growing apparel line.

Steamboat Today

The original owners, Patty and Peter Duke no longer own Smart Wool, but they are positioning themselves to continue the success story with their newest Steamboat Springs-based sock company - Point 6

If that is not enough convincing that doing what you want to do in life can lead to success, see these other successful companies that have spun out of this small Colorado town while Biking, Hiking, and Kayaking. kayaking-steamboat-springs.jpg

Erikson Cycles

Boa lacing system for shoes and more

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or if you play really hard, you may just end up like this guy.

Johnny Spillane - 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist.

For information on more about the lifestyle in Steamboat Springs, contact a Realtor that has spent his life living in resort towns.

Dean Laird, Broker/Owner
Colorado Group Realty
877-678-0884

Lack of quick service is good indicator Steamboat’s economy is just fine

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A fresh reminder this isn’t the big city! And there is plenty of work in Steamboat.

The moving van arrives on Friday and I need 3-4 strong people to help shuffle furniture and fixtures up 3 flight flights of stairs in a luxury condo. Cleaning by tomorrow, paint touch ups by today, locate a couple of new fixtures for the living area and bath, check out the boiler, adjust the garage door and a few other items are all on order before my Buyers arrive for closing on their real estate purchase this Friday.

Earlier this summer I heard often from my contractor and service industry friends that business was slow, so I didn’t worry about booking home maintenance services early. Come to find out, that there apparently is no shortage of jobs in Steamboat. The moving company was booked until 2 weeks out, 3 cleaning ladies called to say they were all booked, the painter out a week, carpet cleaner and plumber/mechanical contractor for the boiler radiant heat system can’t fit me in and suggested another company, and I’m still trying to find someone to adjust the garage door. All day was spent trying to find services in Steamboat. My predicament reminds me the busy days of 2007; to get something done quick, I have to throw on the tool belt and get to work.

Its good to see that Steamboat is buzzing along again for the service industry. Contractors who are good at what they do are staying plenty busy. When real estate is selling again, demand for reliable services is high. I’m fortunate to have a reliable source of friends who can squeeze me in between jobs in a pinch.

Steamboat’s strengthening economy should be a sign of what’s around the corner in the real estate market.

Dean Laird
Broker/Owner Colorado Group Realty
877-678-0884

Steamboat Lake and State Park

Monday, September 6, 2010

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steamboat-lake1.jpg Its hard to beat this lifestyle just 30 minutes north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Real estate for sale near the shores of Steamboat Lake are found at Captain’s Cove or Contact Dean Laird, Colorado Group Realty - Broker/Owner with over 14 years in land sales experience. 877-678-0884.

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