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The Steamboat Report - 2015 is a Market of Opportunity

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 4:00pm. 109 Views, 0 Comments.

 Great News!  The Steamboat Real Estate Market hit an inflection point in the fall of 2014 after 6 years of tough times. 6 straight months of strong growth in 2H '14 restored the health of our market to the best it has been since the Great Recession hit.  Did you know that Single Family Homes have appreciated 10-20% in the past year? So far in 2015 growth has moderated some but the oulook is good.  Some parts of the market are stronger than others but the overall trend is favorable. Is this the time for you to make your next move in Steamboat?

Click here for: The Steamboat Report - Insights into what is really happening in the Steamboat Real Estate Market

Key Points:
  • Single Family Homes sales under $1M grew 10% in 2014, we are back to a normal

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Sometimes it’s the Little Places that Shine

Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 12:43pm. 221 Views, 0 Comments.



  In Curve Plaza on the west end of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, sits a quaint little breakfast joint tucked between a liquor store and a gas station. Hidden in the shadows of it’s bigger brother, Big House Burgers, you will find Lil’ House Country Biscuits and Coffee. They serve up some of the best biscuit sandwiches outside the state of North Carolina.

While out early this morning running some quick errands and before the day kicked into high gear, I decided to stop in for a quick bite. The sweet smell of freshly cooked biscuits greeted me at the door and I immediately knew what I wanted.  Lil’ House serves a vast array of breakfast goodies, but it was the biscuit sandwich with egg, cheese and bacon that was calling my name. Not a biscuit

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Chasing Winter Rainbows

Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 3:25pm. 242 Views, 0 Comments.

 My fly line goes tight as my strike indicator disappears under the surface, “Fish on” I yell. The large rainbow trout breaches the icy waters of the Yampa River and starts a frantic run upstream. Scrambling to keep him close, I make a mad dash after him, stumbling over the ice covered rocks and trying to keep myself upright. The snow covered slopes of the Steamboat Ski Resort are my backdrop and the beautiful waters of the Yampa take center stage on this beautiful blue bird sunny day.

 Today, I take a welcome break from skiing the mountain to survey the local waters throughout downtown Steamboat Springs. Fly fishing the winter season can be some of the most rewarding times of the year. The quiet banks of the river see very few anglers during these

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Life in Steamboat: Are you Due for a Lifestyle Upgrade?

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 10:47am. 514 Views, 1 Comments.

  I'm not sure why this struck a chord but I got some great comments on this picture over the weekend from friends. Taking a couple of hours to skin up Buff Pass is a fairly normal part of life in Steamboat so I was a bit surprised.  One comment was from a friend in San Francisco who said "Why is it again that I don't live there Jon?"

 This made me think that we can all use a lifestyle upgrade from time to time.  I'm in the middle of one myself this week and make an effort to bring things up a notch every spring and fall. The holidays and beginning of the year were a bit crazy so I got off my game some and decided to do something fun everyday starting Saturday to get back to where I want to be fun and fitness wise.  I started with Fat Biking up Emerald

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Our Life in Steamboat - The Wade's 2014 Holiday Video Card

Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 3:43pm. 763 Views, 0 Comments.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours.  We feel lucky to live here everyday and are thankful for all of the great people that make Steamboat Special. We wish you the best and hope you have a fantastic year in 2015. Click through to the post then on the photo above or the next link to get a glimspe into our Life in Steamboat Springs.  We appreciate you coming to our website and for the kindness so many of you have shown us.  If you would like to learn more about Steamboat or what living here is like we are happy to talk.

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The Steamboat Real Estate Market is now up 4 months in a row - October 2014 Market Report

Monday, November 24th, 2014 at 3:31pm. 891 Views, 0 Comments.

Is the Steamboat Real Estate Market Ready to move forward?


  The official October 2014 Stats are out from Melissa Gibson at Land Title and the numbers are starting to show a trend.  We had been up and down during the first part of 2014 following five years of bouncing around between $440 to 500M.  Now we have seen 4 months of solid gains in a row and are positioned to be up over 10% for the year even if November and December are basically flat. That means we are likely to fall somewhere north of $560M for 2014 and could reach $600M. That would compare favorably to $504M in 2013 and get us close to matching 2004 Volume of $637M.

See more in the Steamboat Pilot's article I was quoted in

  That doesn't sound great but the key is that we are

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Talk like a Steamboat Local

Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 12:02pm. 606 Views, 0 Comments.

Champagne Powder®- Think sparkling champagne but in the form of snow that is smooth, dry and makes you feel like you are flying. One of the things that Steamboat is famous for.

First Tracks- Un-touched fresh powder.  Use a special ticket to load the gondola at 8:00am or better yet the local knowledge to know where untracked lines will be later in the day.

Inversion- When it is very cold in town but surprisingly warm on top of the mountain.  It can be -10 degrees at the base of the mountain and a balmy 20-30 degrees at the top! If you walk outside and it is really cold check the temperature on top of the mountain because there is a very good chance it is nice on top.

Locals Secrets - The things you only learn by getting outside and finding

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Steamboat Real Estate Market Update - Nov. 19th 2014

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 3:02pm. 456 Views, 0 Comments.

   Overall it is encouraging to see 3 strong months in a row bring us into positive territory for the year.  The market has felt better for most of the year to those of us in the business and now the numbers are starting to reflect it. Pending sales, which represent properties under contract, were very strong in August, September, and October with a little but not much of a pull back in November to reflect the off season.  The number of pending sales has varied between 160 to about 194 properties which makes me believe November and December will be strong months for closed sales too.

  Inventory levels are coming down in more parts of the market. Once they get to healthy levels in each part of the market, prices begin to increase.  This transition

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The Homesteads at Wildhorse Meadows

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 11:41am. 653 Views, 0 Comments.

  The Homesteads at Wildhorse Meadows

  The Steamboat Real Estate Market is recovering and as a result we are now seeing some new development break ground. In the mountain area there are a few ski in ski out sites that will be very expensive projects at some point then basically 3 sites close to the mountain.Two small sites on Eagle Glen Drive and the remaining land in Wildhorse Meadows around Trailhead Lodge where the Homestead is located.