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LIV Sotheby’s: Annual Resort Report offers insights to buyers in unique markets (column)

Kelli Williams
Real Estate
1788 Alpine Drive in Vail, CO is listed by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty brokers Jeff Morgan and David McHugh for $2,849,000.
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Living in a resort community offers a unique and attractive lifestyle, abundant with scenic views, recreational opportunities, and like-minded people. Buying and selling real estate in resort communities is unlike most transactions, which is why LIV Sotheby’s International Realty compiles an Annual Resort Report focused on these one-of-a-kind communities.

The Annual Resort Report is aimed to inform consumers about 12 prominent resort markets and specify what makes them unique. The report analyzes the performance of 12 different resort markets spanning Colorado, California, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Idaho.

On that list: Vail Valley (Vail, Beaver Creek, etc.), Summit County (Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, etc.), Crested Butte, Telluride, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Lake Tahoe, Park City, Big Sky, Jackson Hole, Santa Fe and Sun Valley.

There are many factors that can impact real estate in these resort communities — for example, the changing seasons, available amenities, transportation offerings, and shifts in employment due to the seasonality of job needs. In order for consumers to make sound financial decisions regarding real estate, it’s important to be knowledgeable of the metrics especially focusing on any shifts in average price and average days on market. Monitoring the real estate performance will set a potential buyer or seller up for success when entering the typically complicated process.

Reporting good news, most of the communities showed a notable increase in demand for 2018, with an increase in average sold price and average sold price per square foot, in combination with a decrease in average days on market. The Vail Valley specifically reported notable increases in the market, including an impressive 11.08 percent increase in average sold price from $1,129,622 in 2017 to $1,254,810 in 2018. In addition, average days on market dropped almost 7 percent to 116 days in 2018, an extremely quick transaction time for a resort location.

“The vast recreational opportunities available in the Vail Valley continue to position this area as a highly sought-after destination for buyers in the Denver Metro area, and around the world,” said Dan Fitchett Jr., vice president and managing broker of LIV SIR’s Vail Valley offices.

Understanding the market and local economy is a critical piece to real estate success for both buyers and sellers. This report provides detailed information to help interested buyers have a pulse on the community, and for potential sellers to keep current with local real estate trends.

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to provide various reports as resources for consumers. Visit to access the firm’s reports today. Call 970-476-7944 for more information or to service any of your real estate needs.

Kelli Williams is the director of public relations for LIV Sotheby’s International Realty. LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, the exclusive Board of Regent for the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, has 17 office locations in the resort communities of the Vail Valley and Breckenridge, also including Denver Metro and the surrounding areas. For more information, call 970.476.7944. To service all of your real estate needs visit

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