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Coldwell Banker Sun Valley Brokers Honored

April 15th, 2014

Coldwell Banker Sun Valley Brokers Honored

Awards with Sun Valley Brokers

Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties recognized several individuals for outstanding for work in 2013.

Cindy Kay  was honored with the “Most Improved Award” in recognition for utilizing the many systems and tools offered by Coldwell Banker and achieving the greatest success as a result.  Cindy showed a clear commitment to the business.

Jim Kuehn was honored as the “Rookie of the Year”, an award given to the Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties agent that produced the highest gross commission in their first year with the office.

Badell – Melin, was honored as the “Team of the Year”, recognizing the Team that produced the highest gross commission in the office.

The prestigious, “Sales Person of the Year” award went to Stephanie Reed, for her incredible success in the Sun Valley office.  In addition, Stephanie was honored with “The Distinctive Angel” award in recognition to the Agent that gives of themselves the most and/or has the greatest impact on the community.

“The awards season is always an exciting time for me as I am given the opportunity to recognize some very special performances from last year,” said Todd Conklin, CEO.  “I am also reminded during this time that it takes each and every one of our Managers, Brokers and Staff to help those honored achieve that success.  It’s a testament to the entire company.”

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Coldwell Banker Steamboat Brokers Honored

April 10th, 2014

Coldwell Banker Steamboat Brokers Honored

Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties recognized several individuals in Steamboat for outstanding for work in 2013 within their office.Recipients of Coldwell Banker Steamboats 2013 Award

Steve Novack earned the “Legacy of the Year” award, which is awarded to the agent that contributed the most to the growth of the Steamboat office. In addition, Steve was honored with the “Most Improved Award” in recognition for utilizing the many systems and tools offered by Coldwell Banker and see the greatest success as a result.

Dave Moloney was honored as the “Rookie of the Year”, an awarded given to the Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties agent that produced the highest gross commission in their first year with the office.
The Previews Team of Mike Shuttleworth and Vicki Jackson, was honored as the “Team of the Year”, recognizing the Team that produced the highest gross commission in the office.

The prestigious, “Sales Person of the Year” award went to Dutch Elting, for his incredible success in the Steamboat office.

The Agent that gives of themselves the most and/or has the greatest impact on the community is honored with “The Distinctive Angel” award. This year’s honoree was Lorraine Morrison.

“The awards season is always an exciting time for me as I am given the opportunity to recognize some very special performances from last year,” said Todd Conklin, CEO. “I am also reminded during this time that it takes each and every one of our Managers, Brokers and Staff to help those honored achieve that success. It’s a testament to the entire company.”

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Exposure and Orientation

These are features not often considered when buying a home, but are more likely noticed after a home is purchased. This is especially true in Steamboat or any other mountain town for that matter. When you have snow on your yard for the better part of six months, it’s essential to understand how that snow […]
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Coldwell Banker Distinctive Angels Serve at The Soup Kitchen

March 25th, 2013

Coldwell Banker Distinctive Angels Serve at The Soup Kitchen

The agents in Sun Valley don’t take a break and were out helping The Soup Kitchen in Hailey, Idaho on March 13th. Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties program, Distinctive Angels, has been volunteering for The Soup Kitchen for the past four years. The agents at Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties in Sun Valley participate in a different volunteering event every month. For this event the Sun Valley Distinctive Angels all prepared a hot meal and a dessert. They all ended up serving the people at The Soup Kitchen and cleaned up afterwards.

The Soup Kitchen is held at the Catholic Church in Hailey, Idaho two times per week. This allows people to serve those less fortunate hot meals. During the dinner on march 13th over 50 meals were served. The Soup Kitchen gets help from Coldwell Banker Distinctive AngelsColdwell Banker Distinctive Angels were able to provide a hot meal that night to those that aren’t able to head home to a hot meal or make a hot meal for themselves. The preparation, work during and after allow for the agents to give back as much as they can at a time that is full of need and help.

 

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Steamboat Springs Best Small Town to Visit in 2014

March 25th, 2014

Steamboat Springs has done it again, ranking ranked 4th out of 20 different locations as the “Best Small Towns To Visit in 2014″. Every year the Smithsonian magazine releases a list of 20 different small towns they feel are worthy of the the weary traveler. Steamboat Springs, CO coming in fourth was no surprise to the locals that love this town, but the reasoning for why Steamboat Springs is the place to be this summer was the most interesting.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, not only is Steamboat worthy of visiting for their trademarked “champagne powder” but also their music scene is impeccable. The 300 days of sunshine, the ability to host a concert at the base of the ski resort, and a pavilion dedicated to hosting chamber orchestras allows for Steamboat to be a popular place to visit. Steamboat is a town that shocks many by this wide array of music. People from far and wide will venture over the hill into the Yampa Valley to hear the sweet melodies that arrive. Travelers can find a summer concert series at the String Music Pavilion, which is built of exposed timber with a bowstring-like truss ceiling and stunning Rocky Mountain Steamboat Gondolaviews, opened in the summer of 2008. Since then, the festival has embraced country, jazz and bluegrass, added winter offerings at the pavilion and free summer concerts at the Yampa River Botanic Park. The ski area stages MusicFest, a wildly popular weeklong winter event with 40 bands, including American Aquarium, Midnight River Choir and the Turnpike Troubadours. A recent restoration of the 1926 Chief Theater downtown provides another place for music, as well as film, dance and drama.How is it that Steamboat is becoming such a sought out destination in the Summer Months? This music! People are planning their travel around who is playing in town that weekend.

The most obvious reason one may wander into Steamboat Springs, well that’s easy, the snow. The dry snow creates a light fluff that is explained as “champagne powder” which creates for a lot of interest in winter sports. Earlier this year Steamboat sent 15 athletes to the Olympics and since 1932 Steamboat has sent 79 athletes to the Olympics. Winter sports are a large part of the town’s history, though skis were called Norwegian snowshoes 150 years ago, and tended back then to be worn when feeding cattle, delivering mail and going to school as the drifts piled up along wire ranch fences. But in 1913 Capt. Carl Howelsen came to town to demonstrate the derring-do that had made him a renowned Barnum & Bailey Circus performer. The “Flying Norseman” got a warm welcome, found a good hill just west of town and proceeded to build a wooden ski jump where he taught local kids how to fly. Howelsen Hill, now run by the city of Steamboat Springs, is the oldest continuously operating ski area in Colorado. It is also a summer concert venue.

Unlike some tony resort towns in the West, Steamboat holds onto its cowboy past as if its life depended on it: The rodeo arrives in summer. The town’s homesteading, ranching and hot springs resort history is told at the Tread of Pioneers Museum in the historic center not far from the Yampa River, which runs from its source in the Flat Tops Wilderness. F.M. Light & Sons, a western outfitter, recommends western movies on its website. Steamboat is a town within it’s own

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Steamboat Real Estate; Tips for Sellers

March 18th, 2014

Steamboat Real Estate Tips for Sellers

The traditionally busy spring home buying season is rapidly approaching in Steamboat Springs, CO. Over the past year, we’ve enjoyed a strong housing market – one that featured more buyers than sellers in this community. In fact, there just aren’t enough good listings to go around and this could be an excellent time to consider selling your property.

But even in a “seller’s market” like this, some properties sell faster than others. Have you ever wondered why one home sells almost immediately and another one down the road sits on the market for months?For Sale Sign Coldwell Banker

There are several key reasons why some homes languish on the market, including price, condition, and other variables. At Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties in Steamboat Springs, we hope that this list will help you put your best foot forward when it comes time to sell your home:

  • The price is too high. Setting the appropriate price for a home is always more difficult for a homeowner, who has personal feelings for the property, than for an experienced, objective agent. REALTORS® do a thorough market comparison of comparable homes and a careful evaluation of the home they’re listing in setting a competitive price that will attract buyers. If a home has been sitting on the market too long, the market may be sending a message that the price is too high for the area or the condition of the property.
  • There’s too much clutter. Even if a seller chooses not to use a professional stager, they need to do what all stagers do – get rid of the clutter! We all accumulate knick-knacks and mementos over the years and have a house full of family photos. But when it comes to selling a home, less is more. Sellers should put much of their personal items in storage so that buyers will be able to see the home more clearly – and see themselves living there, not the current homeowner.
  • The home isn’t marketed extensively enough. The days of sticking a sign in the front lawn and taking out a newspaper ad to sell a house are over. Today nine out of 10 buyers turn to the Internet to start their home search, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. If one home shows up quickly in Internet searches the chances of selling are better than a home that doesn’t have that same online exposure. Also, more buyers are using mobile devices and social media in their search. So it’s important to work with a real estate professional and brokerage that has a strong digital marketing strategy, such as Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
  • A picture (and video) is worth a thousand words. If a home isn’t selling, the marketing may lack enough visual elements to attract potential buyers. Buyers want to see lots of photos to get a sense of what the property actually looks like inside and out. More agents are using virtual tours and YouTube videos in their marketing as well to give consumers an even greater feel for the home. Listings that lack photos or videos may leave potential buyers wondering what the seller is trying to hide, and they may be more likely to move onto the next listing in their search.
  • A seller isn’t objectively weighing offers. In a seller’s market, some homeowners have a tendency to reject early offers, thinking that they may get a higher price down the road. However, this tactic can easily backfire and result in a home being on the market for several months. And experience has shown that the longer a home sits on the market, the more challenging it can be to sell without reducing the price. If sellers are receiving bids that are close to their asking price, this may actually be a sign that their asking price is accurate for their local market.

Selling your home is one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll ever make in your life. So it’s important to work with an experienced, full-service professional REALTOR® that can get the job done right. 

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Sun Valley Launches Parade of Homes

March 14th, 2014

Sun Valley Launches Parade of Homes

Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties in Sun Valley, Idaho is hosting a Parade of Homes on Saturday March 15th from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. Coldwell Banker agents are experts in the resort real estate market and want to take you on a tour of some of the many homes they have listed. Enjoy homes ranging in price and location on a beautiful Sun Valley Saturday.

The Parade of Homes brings potential clients, current clients and other realtors through a journey of what Coldwell Banker agents would like to present to the public. While touring the Parade of Homes in Sun Valley you will come across all types of homes, allowing the clients and realtors  to see the variety of listings that Coldwell Banker has. These listings are featured in three different areas including; Ketchum, Sun Valley and Elkhorn. These three areas offer a different thing to ever person and at Coldwell Banker, they want to show you that they have options. Gaze at Bald mountain, find comfort at River Run Ski Area or practice your swing at Elkhorn Golf Course.

At Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties the Parade of Homes showcases the ability to see all types of homes, and lifestyles one can obtain in Sun Valley. Stop by to see what all seven of these properties have to offer.

 

Sun Valley Parade of Homes

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Bitcoin: The Future for Real Estate?

Bitcoin. If you have been following the news for the past couple of months, you have probably come across at least one article referencing Bitcoin, be it the shutdown of Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange in the world or Newsweek’s “outing” of mysterious Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto. But what exactly is Bitcoin and how […]
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The Yampa Valley Curse

Someone once said regarding show business “Never work with kids and animals.” Apparently, they have never worked with our daughter Makena and the brains behind the James Team at Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties. If you have never heard of the Yampa Valley Curse, it says that if you ever come to Steamboat, you are cursed […]
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Coldwell Banker Sun Valley Skiing With Angels

Coldwell Banker Sun Valley Skiing With Angels

March 6th, 2014

Coldwell Banker Sun Valley has been participating in a program called “Distinctive Angels”  for the past four years  implying that the angels are the agents and clients who participate in organized volunteer events by the Sun Valley office.  Each month a different non-profit organization is chosen, and the Sun Valley Coldwell Banker office goes out and performs a variety of tasks.  Some of the tasks include putting up the shade cloths over outdoor pens at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley in the spring; setting up and tearing down at fundraising events; working at the soup kitchen; getting involved with the Sun Valley Wellness Festival; and helping with Higher Ground programs.  One of the core values of Coldwell Banker Sun Valley is community service, and clearly this office emulates that mission clearly.

Coldwell Banker Sun Valley Agents at Ski with AngelsThis is the first year that Coldwell Banker Sun Valley has hosted a “ski day” event, purchasing day lift passes for agents and clients alike.  The Coldwell Banker Sun Valley team decided to invite a representatives of each of the non-profit organizations they volunteer for, and allow them to “man” a tent, while giving them an opportunity to promote their specific organizations and programs.  It was a bit overcast and chilly in the morning at the base of River Run, but by afternoon the clouds had parted and a few rays of sunshine lit up the event.  To name a few, Heidi Cook from The Advocates, Brittany Farrel from the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, and Erin Rheinschild, director of philanthropy for Higher Ground Sun Valley, all brought out information and were there mingling with the public and each other.

With this year being the first year for the “Ski with Angels” event, numbers were anticipated to be slightly lower.  However, Todd Conklin was shocked when over 200 people RSVP’d or entered the drawing for a spot in “Ski with Angels.”  It was a great turnout, with lots of people not just inquiring about the drawing, but learning about how they can give back to the community. Todd Conklin, Broker at Coldwell Banker Sun Valley, said, “The Coldwell  Distinctive Angels’ goal for this year is to have the client, non-agents, volunteer time to eclipse the agents’ volunteer hours.”  It appears that they are on a great start to meeting that goal!

Coldwell Banker Sun Valley agents are not just giving volunteer man-hours, but they are recruiting more volunteers and creating a bridge between people who want to volunteer, who might not know how or who to contact, to the local non-profit organizations.  Jamie Briscoe, Managing Director,  noted that: “‘Distinctive Angels recognize who they are reaching out to, who the real beneficiaries are.” 

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