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Mountain Mortgage Guy: Alternative mortgage financing is returning, but it’s not for everyone (column)

May 23, 2018 — Back until about 2007 or so, most anybody could qualify for a mortgage loan. You did have to be age 21, have a bank account and be able to fog a mirror and sit upright at the closing table to sign your documents, but those

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Hand finished or sleek, sexy slabs: Fashion-forward tile trending for walls and floors

May 18, 2018 — One of the oldest materials in home design is now trending like a hot newcomer. Shelter magazines, design blogs and home renovation stores are featuring tile for surfacing floors and more: Designers are opting for a high-impact effect by cladding stair risers and entire rooms

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Mortgage Matters: Where are you in your adjustable-rate mortgage loan? Time to refinance? (column)

May 18, 2018 — If you are currently in an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM, for an acronym here), do you know where your ARM is? Silly-sounding question, I know, but it is a vitally important one right now. Personally, I have used ARMs to finance properties and have put countless

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Slifer Smith & Frampton names Cole VP of operations in Eagle, Summit counties

May 14, 2018 — VAIL — Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate recently announced the promotion of team member Jason Cole to vice president of operations for Eagle and Summit counties. Cole first joined Slifer Smith & Frampton in the spring of 2007. He began as an office coordinator,

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Slevin: Hiring a broker can be key to finding the right property at the right price (column)

May 11, 2018 — It is no secret that inventory levels remain a challenge here in the Vail Valley, mirroring trends from around the country. The confluence of rising prices and interest rates, coupled with the aforementioned low inventory, makes home shopping uniquely different from just a few years

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Window treatments with flair: Preserve privacy while letting in the spring sunlight

May 11, 2018 — Even the simplest window treatments have an important role to play in the look of a room. "They really soften and furnish a space much more than most people imagine," said interior designer Betsy Burnham, of Los Angeles. Yet she often has to reassure people

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties earns national honors

May 11, 2018 — VAIL — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties has earned top national honors for first-quarter sales performance both for office and sales teams. The awards, given out by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' national office, included: • First place: Offices with one to 20 sales professionals, total gross

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Mountain Mortgage Guy: Adjustable-rate mortgages about to take a rate jump; here’s what to do (column)

May 4, 2018 — If you have an adjustable-rate mortgage, then you might want to review the terms closely because the low-rate party for these loans is over. Many homeowners have grown complacent the last 10 years, enjoying adjustable rates that often dropped every year or were, at worst,

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Slifer Designs’ Georgopolis wins magazine award for Spraddle Creek home project

May 4, 2018 — EDWARDS — Slifer Designs has announced that it was honored by Luxe Magazine with a regional Residential Excellence in Design Award for its 2016 work at a Vail residence. The award honors company principal designer Andrea Georgopolis with the regional award for Best Bathroom, as

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Ask a Realtor: Is an attorney really necessary? And other questions that arise with a home purchase (column)

April 27, 2018 — Dear Joan: We are very excited that we finally have a home under contract in today's market. This is not our first purchase, but it has been a while, and it seems that everything has changed: All the forms, all the deadlines and all the

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‘Fixer Upper’ star debuts cookbook, talks post-show plans

April 27, 2018 — NEW YORK — Even though "Fixer Upper" has come to an end, Joanna Gaines is still going strong. The designing half of the just-wrapped HGTV show is showcasing her cooking skills with the release of her "Magnolia Table" cookbook. She showcased tasty food made from

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History and heritage: Modern folklore patterns adorn decor, inside and out

April 27, 2018 — Many young international designers are drawing on heritage, folklore and their imaginations to create contemporary textile, ceramic and wall-covering patterns. Some are finding larger audiences through decor retailers and online sites. Others are taking their imaginations outdoors, onto the sides of buildings. At Spoonflower, designer

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Fitchett: LIV Sotheby’s releases first-quarter reports, showing strength in Vail, Summit markets (column)

April 20, 2018 — On Sunday, April 22, LIV Sotheby's International Realty will release its first-quarter micro market reports, indicating that the Vail Valley and Summit County continued to demonstrate growth for the first quarter of 2018. The reports compare statistics from the first quarter of 2018 (January through

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Colleen Weiss-Hanen named president and CEO of East West Hospitality

April 20, 2018 — VAIL — Colorado's East West Hospitality is undergoing a change in leadership, with Colleen Weiss-Hanen taking over as president and CEO. Ross Bowker, current CEO and founding partner, will transition to the role of chairman. Weiss-Hanen has worked at East West Hospitality for more than

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Forewarn partners with Berkshire Hathaway to promote safety for agents

April 20, 2018 — BOCA RATON, Florida — Forewarn LLC, the leading provider of real-time information solutions for real estate agents, recently announced that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties has secured Forewarn for all 100-plus of its affiliated agents in an effort to promote proactive real estate agent safety.

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Making room: Homes with flexible floor plans adapt and change with us

April 19, 2018 — WASHINGTON, D.C. — Most housing is designed for nuclear families, but most U.S. households don't meet that description. That's why flexible floor plans — and innovations including moveable walls, smart technology, multifunctional furniture and space-saving features — are the future, according to a new exhibit,

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Mountain Mortgage Guy: Want to buy a home instead of renting? Help is out there (column)

April 18, 2018 — Springtime in the Rockies means a lot of locals are looking for a new place to live, and finding a place in Eagle County is always a challenge. Many have a dream of buying a home but think it's impossible. For some, it is, but

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Three ways parents can help their adult children own a home

April 13, 2018 — When responsible first-time homebuyers need help buying a home, the family bank sometimes can lend a hand. Younger homebuyers face a mountain of obstacles, including rising home prices and interest rates, too few homes for sale and unpaid college debt. Student debt is a major

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Ask a Realtor: Building a dream home versus buying a home: Am I getting in over my head? (column)

April 13, 2018 — Dear Joan: We have been totally enamored by the idea of building our dream home. We have discovered there are many great deals on land in this valley, and we think we should buy soon before land jumps up in price like homes have. Now

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Berkshire Hathaway: Luxury sales have remained strong through challenging ski season (column)

April 13, 2018 — Despite a slow start to ski season, lower-than-average snowfall overall and national market challenges, the Vail Valley continues to show strength in real estate sales, particularly in the luxury market. While residential units under contract are off 6.5 percent valleywide, dollar volume is up by

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