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LIV Sotheby’s: How to land the right buyer for your ski property (column)

December 13, 2018 — VAIL — Owning a ski property is a luxury that buyers both near and far travel to entertain. The draw to living in the esteemed Vail Valley isn't necessarily about finding the dream home, it's about living the dream lifestyle. According to a 2017 Sotheby's

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Neuswanger: How the Russia Investigation might impact mortgage rates (column)

December 12, 2018 — As Robert Mueller releases more and more tantalizing clues as to what his final report might contain there is going to be rampant speculation on whether President Donald Trump can survive the coming firestorm, and if he departs the Oval Office, what it will mean

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Mountain Mortgage Guy: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac release new mortgage loan limits (column)

November 28, 2018 — In mortgage land, a key number we operate by is the lending limit on federally backed loans from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which ultimately fund about 95 percent of mortgage loans and act as a benchmark for other private lenders. Currently, the loan limits

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A Thanksgiving countdown: Here are some tips to make holiday planning easier

November 16, 2018 — Thanksgiving is just around the bend, and if you are hosting you might already be thinking about how you might plan things better this year, how to make it all a bit less stressful. First, striving for perfection is overrated. The messiness and imperfectness of

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Vail Valley’s Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices welcomes broker Linda Miner

November 16, 2018 — VAIL — Linda Miner recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties as a broker associate in its Eagle Ranch office. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Miner was introduced to the real estate world at an early age from her mother, who was also a

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Coldwell Banker Vail office welcomes Cynthia Ebert to the brokerage team

November 15, 2018 — VAIL — Cynthia Ebert has joined Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties as a full-time independent sales associate working out of its Vail office. Born and raised in Alaska, Ebert moved to Colorado in 1991. Coming to live in the mountains and near ski areas was a

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Beware the headlines: Real estate trends in other markets may not be applicable here (column)

November 9, 2018 — Markets, whether the stock market or the real estate market, are constantly changing. By their nature, markets are generally up or down, but they can also move sideways for a period and then shift again. The media's reports of changes are often amplified by headlines

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Take it inside: Dish gardens allow your green thumb to flourish throughout winter

November 9, 2018 — There's no need for gardeners to go dormant along with their landscape when cold weather arrives. Arranging plants in small dishes and pots can be an enjoyable indoor alternative at the end of the summer growing season. "By creating a dish garden, you are in

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Vail Valley’s Slifer Designs names Kim Toms its managing principal of design

November 9, 2018 — EDWARDS — Kim Toms has been named Slifer Designs' managing principal of design. Toms, a 17-year veteran of the company, will oversee the interior design department of 11. Her responsibilities will include supervising design operations, long-range planning, reviewing financials, assistance with marketing, and serving as

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Mountain Mortgage Guy: New credit scoring model may help homebuyers (column)

November 7, 2018 — Besides death and taxes, the one thing we all share is having a three-digit credit score. This little number is a guesstimate of the probability that you will pay your bills on time and plays a huge roll in your ability to get credit and

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties takes top honors for third-quarter performance

November 2, 2018 — VAIL — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties' Vail office, as well as two of its broker teams, The Denton Advisory Group and The Messmer Team, were named among the state's top performers for the third quarter 2018, based on total gross commission income. This is

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Mortgage Matters: Understanding prepaid interest with your mortgage loan (column)

November 2, 2018 — When closing on the financing of either a refinance or a purchase transaction, interest on the loan will be collected from the borrower and prepaid to the lender upon funding of the loan. Easy enough, right? Think of prepaid interest as the mortgage payment to

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Garden cleanup shouldn’t be too thorough to help plants survive winter

November 2, 2018 — Dead leaves on the ground, dead stems on trees and shrubs, dead plants where flowers and vegetables once strutted their stuff — how forlorn the yard can look this time of year. The urge is to tidy things up by blowing or raking leaves out

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Home away from home: Preparing a swoon-worthy vacation rental is worth your time and effort

October 26, 2018 — If you're thinking of listing your home as a vacation rental, first check your local municipality for regulations regarding short-term rentals, and then have a listen to what travelers say makes a space inviting and welcoming and what's a turnoff. For starters, amenities and cleanliness

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Ask a Realtor: Can overpricing a home hurt your chances to sell? (column)

October 26, 2018 — Dear Joan: I am in an argument with the agent we have picked to list our higher-end home. After making a list and showing him all of the "features and benefits" of our wonderful home, he has come up with a listing price that is

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LIV Sotheby’s International Realty report shows increased prices, demand for local real estate

October 19, 2018 — Attracting buyers from around the world, the benefits of living in the Vail Valley are endless, including year-round activities, a tight-knit community feel, high-end shopping and dining and spectacular mountain views. LIV Sotheby's International Realty's just-released Micro Market Reports deliver positive results for the Vail

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Heavy metal: Cast iron is making a comeback in kitchens

October 19, 2018 — Cast iron, once a common material for pots and pans, has tended in recent years to be used most visibly by either professional chefs or campers. Now it's trending again in this fall's kitchenware product previews. Options range from basic skillets to grill pans to

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Mountain Mortgage Guy: Loans for home rehab are becoming easier to get (column)

October 12, 2018 — As part of the ever-expanding array of mortgage products out there, homebuyers now have options that include being able to borrow funds to fix up that fixer-upper and finance most of the cost into their first mortgage. It's not for all, and it won't work

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Ask a Realtor: Working up to your dream home is a step-by-step journey (column)

October 12, 2018 — Dear Joan: We have found ourselves in the age-old dilemma of "rent or commute." My husband and I both work in Vail, and we have been renting our whole lives. We very much want to own our own home, but find it difficult in the

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Kitchen oasis: The perfect island provides a social hub for your home

October 12, 2018 — Interior designer Abbe Fenimore knew that adding a kitchen island was one of the most important decisions she'd make in remodeling her 1940s-era home in Dallas. A well-designed kitchen island can offer storage space, a work surface, comfortable seating — even a cooktop or spare

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