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For more than 20 years, Cheryl Foote has lived and worked in Steamboat Springs as a full time Realtor.
 

From the Mountain Area at the Steamboat base, to Downtown SteamboatFish Creek Falls, West Steamboat and North Routt; South Valley to Stagecoach Reservoir, Cheryl and her team make the needs of Buyers and Sellers across Routt County the top priority every day of the year.
 

Why Cheryl:

After 20 years living in Steamboat and working as a full-time licensed Realtor for over 21 years, my statistics speak for themselves.

With over 58 closings in 2015, I ranked 2nd in properties sold among over 300 Steamboat Realtors.

2015 #2 in units sold • #5 in sales volume • Top Listing Agent • Top Producing Agent
2014 #5 in units sold • #11 in sales volume • 2014 Global Summit Sales Award
2013 #7 in units sold • #17 in sales volume • President’s Circle
2012 #4 in units sold • #6 in sales volume (2012 Top Producing Agent)

Steamboat Sotheby’s Highest Sales Volume 2015 Q2 • Steamboat Sotheby’s Top Listing Agent 2014 & 2015
Top Producing Agent May 2015 • 2nd Highest Sales Volume in CO
Chairman’s Circle GOLD • 2014 Best of Trulia —Top 1% of Agents

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What People Are Saying About Cheryl

When I first talked to Cheryl my family wasn't entirely sure that we were going to move to Steamboat and out of curiosity I called about a house that I had seen for sale on Zillow's website. When Cheryl called me we spoke for awhile and eventually arranged to meet. Cheryl spent an entire day with me showing me numerous houses in several neighborhoods around the Steamboat area all while knowing that we hadn't made a firm decision to move. I really enjoyed exploring the area with Cheryl. She happily answered all of my questions and she also shared a lot of helpful information about relocating to Steamboat. After seeing numerous houses we decided to put an offer on the house that I had originally called about. The transaction was somewhat complicated and there were many pieces that needed to come together to make it work for us. Cheryl helped us navigate through the process and we are happy to say we'll be moving to Steamboat soon. We would recommend Cheryl to anyone wanting to purchase property in Steamboat. Quincee & Buz
With the sale of my vacation property, I found Cheryl and her backup team to be the kind of "remote" professionals I needed. Executing a vacation condo sale from two time zones away can be challenging, especially when it comes to pricing strategy, market timing, and the need for decisive action. I felt comfortable with Cheryl's local expertise, her marketing efforts, and her counsel along the way. Most important - when it came to an offer and the sometimes frenetic pace of closing - I was extremely happy with her extended team of local resources and virtual tools. I executed a virtual closing on time with all necessary paperwork provided by my support team. A rare and welcome example of expertise and quality customer service! Jim Deveau, Former owner at the Steamboat Grand
We are writing to thank you for selling what was our Condo, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. For our first time selling property in the USA we wanted somebody knowledgeable, honest, and professional to guide us through the process. You were all that and more! Not only did you sell our Condo very quickly, you kept in touch with us about our search for our new Condo we purchased in Park City at the same time, even putting us in contact with your colleagues in the Park City. Our Condo was marketed well and thanks to you having been in this area for a long time and having an existing list of potential buyers, resulted in plenty of visitors. We appreciated being kept informed of discussions with interested buyers and especially grateful to you communicating to us on many odd out of work time hours due to me living in Australia. We have no hesitation in recommending you to our friends and family and anyone in need of your professional services. You were amazing. Justin Melvey
When considering buying or selling property, one often confronts the looming questions of what Realtor to use or if they will benefit you. There are probably many questions you have and some you don’t know you should have. Who do you trust to get you through a stressful time? If you want an advocate, a professional company that will highlight the best things about your property, and an assistant who is organized and responsive, look no further that Cheryl Foote and her assistant Chris at Steamboat Sotheby’s. Cheryl Foote has accomplished several recent transactions that are life changing in dramatically positive ways. We knew she was dedicated to our interests when she had a survey completed because she knew we desired a fence. Again, when the radon results came back high, she requested a mitigation system be installed without any direction from us. It is such a great feeling to have an advocate working for you during a stressful time. I find Cheryl to be a person who is ethical, easy to connect with, thoroughly knowledgeable, responsive and creative. We successfully sold our home and bought another, and many times we thought how lucky we were to have Cheryl working for us. I plan on more transactions with her and her team in the future. Ann Collings & Brian Bradbury
Working with Cheryl on the purchase of our home in Steamboat has been an absolute pleasure. I am a Real Estate Broker in the Denver area and when my husband and I decided to buy a home in Steamboat I decided to find an Agent who has local knowledge of the area to partner up with. Working with Cheryl is one of the best things my husband and I could have done. Cheryl replied quickly to all our questions and helped make the process incredibly smooth. Cheryl is very knowledgeable of all things “Steamboat”, very professional and so easy to work with. Her colleague Chris was also so helpful and it was great to have access to both Cheryl and Chris’s expertise. I will definitely recommend Cheryl to anyone I know that is thinking of buying property in the Steamboat Springs area. April and Andrew Kempen
I have bought over fourteen properties and Cheryl was by far the best Realtor I have ever worked with. Having never purchased a condo in Colorado, it was important for me to work with someone that could explain the details that I was custom to knowing. She and her staff continually went beyond my expectations. Property management everywhere we went showed her respect, and for good reason....She is The Realtor in Steamboat. Thanks Cheryl and Chris (Cheryl's right hand man) for all that you did! Joyce Thompson
Cheryl and her team were very accessible and kept right on top of everything through to the closing. We appreciated it. Thanks!! Mike Watson
I have worked with Cheryl on three different properties over the past 5 years, she has always been honest and fair in all of my dealings with her. She and her staff have responded quickly and responsibly to my offers and to the clients interested in my properties. I will continue to use her skills and abilities to get things done. I would (and have) recommend her to my friends, family and acquaintances. Cheryl can make it happen! Trudy W.
We have never met Cheryl or Chris. We contacted them to sell our condo at Timber Run because Cheryl has kept us up to date with Steamboat Springs and the market conditions for the last few years. No other realtor contacted us or offered their services. They are very professional and we agreed to all the conditions of sale immediately. There was no pressure and during negotiations we reached a favorable agreement. We can easily recommend Cheryl to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate in Steamboat Springs. Don and Sherry
Hmmm, where to start. I must admit that when we decided to buy a condo in Steamboat (this Dec 2015) , I contacted Cheryl without reading any of the testimonials about her and wow, what a dumb luck thing. From the first initial email requesting her to contact us, we got a quick call back from Chery and after a brief conversation about what we were looking for, within minutes (literally) she sent us prospective properties in the price range we were looking. Since we have been to Steamboat many times over the years and were pretty familiar with the mountain and town, it did not take long to decide on a condo in the Timber Run condo complex and Chery did a fantastic job of negotiating an equitable sale price and we had a contract on it in just a couple of days or so (so it seems). It was just what we were looking for. Over the course of the next few days from the contract stage, Cheryl got us all the Information we needed to proceed with the purchase inclusive of the bank loan originator contact (Melanie who was also fantastic to work with), property inspection contacts, utility company contacts, condo rental information for the past year, and the Timber Run property manager Becky who was also great in answering our questions about the complex as well as blocking off the unit for our stay during the week we were there for closing. Also a special thank you to Chris from Cheryl’s office who went over to the Condo and took many many pictures of the unit that were not posted in the condo listing as well as getting us other requested information associated with the closing process. Not only is Cheryl a delightful person to work with, as others have also stated, she knows the Steamboat market and went what I consider above and beyond to make our condo buying experience a pleasant stress free experience. I swear at times when I would email or call Cheryl, I got the feeling she was just sitting there in her office tapping her fingers on her desk waiting for me to contact her. She is just that fast in responding and to this day, If we have a question as to who to contact about something it is not long before she sends it (she knows everyone in town). If you are thinking about buying or selling in Steamboat, call Cheryl, you will not be disappointed!!!! Jim and Vicky from Montgomery Texas
Working with Cheryl on the purchase of our townhome on Delta Queen was a wonderful experience from the very beginning when we first met virtually to pull together a list of homes to see, to the very end at closing. Cheryl was very intuitive about what we were looking for. Everything was organized and all mapped out for us and because of this and the homework she did to prepare, our visit to look at homes was extremely productive and efficient. Cheryl and her Assistant Chris have warm and inviting personalities that make it easy to work with them. Making an offer on a house always creates a lot of anxiety, but the professionalism and knowledge Cheryl provided greatly reduced that anxiety. Joe and I totally appreciated the prompt, knowledgeable and thorough reply to our emails and phone calls. We also appreciated the comradery that Cheryl and Chris had in working with the listing agent. All of this made us feel very comfortable with the sellers, and it wasn’t a buyer vs. seller “put on the boxing gloves” type of deal; Quite the contrary. We have nothing but positive feelings from our experience in working with Cheryl to purchase our home in “the boat”, and we would highly recommend Cheryl Foote to anyone. Karen DeFeo
Cheryl and her assistant Chris Babcock helped us sell our condo in Steamboat Springs, CO. They were both very knowledgeable, professional and helpful far and beyond what is normally expected from a real estate agent. Selling of the condo was a perfectly smooth and enjoyable process, without any stress. Should a new need to buy or sell a home arise, we will hire Cheryl and Chris again and we would recommend them to a friend. Dusanka Zupanski
Working with Cheryl was a pleasure. My circumstances are “unique” which required some unique negotiations – none of which I expected to come to fruition – but based on Cheryl’s efforts, a deal was in fact negotiated, amended during the process, and taken all the way through the closing - and my family is now living in the wonderful home. I was very impressed with how she handled the negotiations and the process overall. She was very attentive, diligent, and extremely effective in negotiating my interests. She has earned my respect and thanks – as my family loves the home and could not be happier with all that has transpired to get us there! Peter Smith
I absolutely loved working with Cheryl, she knows the market, works efficiently, and was quick and responsive! Very professional and easy to work with, got the deal done with no problems. Dena Platis
Cheryl was an exceptional realtor. She and her team helped my wife and me in our search for a lot in Steamboat to build our dream house. While my wife and I have been to Steamboat several times, she was able to show us some lots in new and up and coming neighborhoods that we didn't know about. Within 24 hours we had our dream lot that overlooks the ski resort under contract. I would highly recommend Cheryl and her team if you're looking for a property in the Steamboat Springs area! J.D. Greene
When the time came to sell our Stagecoach home, Cheryl was our choice. Having seen her name on several properties in the area, we gave her a call and were not let down. Her professionalism was impeccable. From the pictures of the house, to the advertisements, to the communication, both she and Chris impressed us. All went very smoothly and Cheryl's knowledge base of the area, diligence, and attention to detail made all transactions worry free.Thank you both for leading us through this step in our lives and making it seamless. Cathy and Diego Girard
Working with Cheryl was such a blessing. If we had not found her to represent us, we never would be in our new home. Cheryl knew that we wanted to upgrade from our condo to one particular small neighborhood in Steamboat. Over the last couple years, every time a property would come on the market in that neighborhood, she would keep us informed. Finally, the perfect house went up for sale at the perfect time, and Cheryl helped us get our condo under contract in just two weeks. Because of her close relationships with everyone in the real estate business in Steamboat, she was able to get the sellers of the home that we wanted to buy to accept our contingency offer. In the end, our condo sold on a Friday and we bought the new house on a Monday. We’ve upgraded in size and location and couldn’t be happier with our purchase. Cheryl is a top professional who is always on the ball, answering our questions immediately, all the time. Should we ever upgrade again in the future, we’ll work with Cheryl again without question. Timeri Tolnay
Cheryl Foote is an energetic agent that always exceeded my high expectations. Cheryl and her teammate Chris always kept me informed of showings and feedback from those showings. Their use of all forms of social and electronic media kept my property in front of an enormous amount of buyers. Cheryl’s knowledge of the market and her awesome attitude makes her the best choice for an expert agent in Steamboat Springs. Thanks for all you did. Mark Samuelson
As a first time home buyer in Steamboat Springs, working with Cheryl Foote and her team was a very a pleasant experience. Her expertise in the real estate market helped to guide me in the correct direction for selecting a property that met my objectives. In considering a property that would satisfy my living needs, investment needs, and long term goals, Cheryl most definitely met every expectation I had. The priority and urgency Cheryl and her team place on locating potential properties for the client are well noted, and I plan to have the Cheryl Foot Team at Sotheby's represent me in the future. Nathan
As life happens, my family did end up moving to Steamboat. One of the most seamless parts of the transition was having Cheryl as our agent. Her knowledge and experience in the area were both a huge asset in locating, offering and negotiating the purchase of our home. We depended on her to oversee every part of the purchase since we were buying from out of state. She managed inspections, appointments, counters, and loans without issue. Not only did she execute the sale flawlessly, but she was available for follow up afterwards. Cheryl went above and beyond the role of agent with her time and efforts to ensure a smooth transition for our family. Both her and Chris helped us with enrolling in schools, hooking up utilities and even inviting us into the community through social events. This is not your average agent, but someone truly dedicated to her work and committed to her clients. Tiprin Mandalay Follett
Thank you for representing us throughout the sale process of our West condo. We especially appreciate the sound strategies you employed to establish the listing price, the extensive web advertising presence used to market our unit locally, nationally, and internationally, and the timely showing feedback we received. You and your assistant, Chris, were always available and responsive to answer our questions and to offer professional advice. We will highly recommend you to anyone seeking an energetic, highly competent, professional realtor in the Steamboat area. Gary and Diane Kurek
Working with Cheryl to find our family's condo was a great experience. Her knowledge of locations all around Steamboat helped us pinpoint the perfect condo for our family. Cheryl helped make our long time dream of owning a place in the mountains a reality. We will pass her name on to all of our friends and family who might be looking for places in Steamboat. Brent and Janel Neuenschwander
It was an absolute pleasure working with Cheryl Foote. Being new to the area, We were unfamiliar with all the areas of Steamboat and didn't know where to start. Cheryl is incredibly knowledgeable and was a fantastic resource for us in our search. We were all over the map this summer. We looked at condos, townhomes, duplexes and single family homes. Not once, did we ever feel rushed or pressured to buy. Cheryl was incredibly patient with us but was always there when we needed her. Moreover, her easy-going and relaxed personality made house shopping fun. If you're in the market for a entry-level condo, a multi-million dollar Steamboat home, or anything in between, I could not recommend Cheryl Foote more highly. Brandon Sirstins
A big thank you to the best realtor and advisor in Steamboat Springs, Cheryl Foote. A job well done! As a first time home-owner I was a little nervous during the process, but Cheryl made it exciting and it was a great experience. She walked me through the process every step of the way, never leaving out any detail. Am very thankful for her support and understanding and I am very happy with my new home. Marcia
It was great working with Cheryl Foote and her assistant Chris Babcock during the sale of our condo in Steamboat Springs, CO. Cheryl made the transaction happen and everything went smoothly. I recommend Cheryl for all your Real Estate needs in and around Steamboat Springs, CO. Bill and Velva Strand
After several visits to Steamboat Springs and extensive review of properties with Cheryl, we found the perfect property for me! Her desire and ability to understand my needs, her knowledge in all facets of the real estate market, her availability and the level of concern and attention to all the details every step of the way, made this the smoothest and most satisfying real estate transaction in which I have ever been involved! She and her assistant, Chris Babcock, are truly a great team! Christie Hughes
My husband and I have lived in the Yampa Valley for 12 years and over this time we have become friends with many real-estate agents here in the valley. However, when we first met Cheryl there was an energy and drive about her that we both instantly connected with. We knew our situation would be tricky and only the best of the best could actually make it happen. That is exactly what Cheryl and her team did! We needed to sell our condo in order to buy a home in Steamboat, which has been a dream of ours for years. Within 45 days our condo was under contract. A week after our condo was under contract we were under contract on a single family home in Steamboat’s highly sought after Fairview neighborhood. We truly believe that had it not been for Cheryl we would not be living our dream! A big thank you to Cheryl and Chris you are in ours eyes the best Steamboat has to offer and would recommend your services to anyone. Meghan & Joe Schuetz
Cheryl Foote is an all around Real Estate professional, who listed and sold our condominium this year, She started with a very thorough market analysis, created a detailed marketing plan and worked until the property was sold. She and her marketing team are professional, personable, and detail oriented. She took care of all the minor details from start to finish, (and especially all the little things that can crop up at, and near the closing). We will definitely use her again when the time comes and highly recommend her as your trusted real estate professional. Thank you Cheryl! Mike & Joan K.
Cheryl was the perfect person to help us with our first home purchase. She was very patient and never laughed at our silly first time home buyer questions. She was very responsive, diligent and timely throughout the whole process. Seeing as I was out of state throughout most of the time we were under contract, she put my mind at ease that everything was being taken care of. I would recommend Cheryl to friends and family! Michelle
We enjoyed working with Cheryl Foote of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty on the sale of our Condo in Steamboat Springs. She is very knowledgeable about the market. Phone calls and emails were responded to promptly with concise answers to our questions. I would recommend Cheryl to anybody who is looking to buy or sell in Steamboat Springs. Also, Chris Babcock, who works with Cheryl, also was very helpful whenever called upon. George & Kathy Turner
We have known Cheryl for over 7 years. She has seen us through 2 purchases and a sale. To say that my husband and I were all over the board on what we wanted for the second purchase would be an understatement. Cheryl has incredible knowledge of the area’s markets, tons of patience, and a straightforward no nonsense approach to sales and purchases. She thinks of everything and make the process seem less scary. We loved working with her and would highly recommend her to anyone we know! Carla & Joe
I give Cheryl Foote 5 stars across the board! My husband and I owned property in Steamboat. He passed away and the property became a hardship. I had listed locally with realtors for 3 years and nothing minimal communication no effort toward selling my property for me 1 phone call in 6 months. I shared my story with Cheryl and she did it ! She communicates , she is professional, understands her clients needs and provides every detail in the process to the closing! If you want it sold-let the professionals do it. Cheryl Foote is Awesome!! feel free to contact me for my story! Ede Schwendl
Cheryl listened to what my priorities were in the home buying process and help me narrow down properties that fit my needs long before we started looking. Her knowledge of the market and they way HOA's work was extremely valuable. She helped me find financing and was always available to discuss my concerns. Cheryl is organized, prompt and advocated for me as a buyer. I will definitely work with her in the future and highly recommend her to my friends. Brande OHare
Cheryl is the best! I have used Cheryl to both buy and sell 5 different properties over the past 12 years and she has done an Amazing job every single time. She knows everything about this market which really helps with valuation as well as handling every detail of the transaction process. She also has great relationships with the other realtors in town which is a huge advantage when selling because she spreads the word right away and also has those contacts when searching for a new place to buy. She is very driven and focused and you can be confident she is always working for you. If you are looking for a realtor in Steamboat Springs, Cheryl is one of the best out there. Aaron Bailey
While considering a job opportunity in Steamboat, we had the good fortune of working with Chris and Cheryl. Our family had considerable challenges in making the decision to move from California since we had never been to Steamboat, but Chris and Cheryl were available night and day to help us through. Their knowledge, personal attention, quick response and detailed information provided us with the guidance we needed to decide whether or not we could relocate three kids and a horse to a whole new community. Cheryl was thoroughly engaged in all aspects of our house hunt, from taxes to schools. Her expertise as a realtor made us confident we would be well-represented in buying property in an area unfamiliar to us. Although we weren't first time home buyers, we had never dealt with either the climate considerations or the state-specific laws of Colorado. Cheryl's patient explanations of everything we needed to know helped to put us at ease. Her ability to objectively describe life in Steamboat made her invaluable to us. Chris followed through quickly on all of our many requests. Together, the two of them provided us with a real sense of accuracy, reliability and professional courtesy that is hard to find and a pleasure to work with. Tiprin
Cheryl Foote was our agent on our recent purchase of a vacation home in Steamboat Springs. What we were looking for wasn't easy to find, but Cheryl was tireless, upbeat, energetic, practical and full of great local knowledge and insights to help us narrow down our search. She is so efficient and on top of things -- if we had a question she either knew the answer, or immediately texted her amazing assistant, Chris, and in no time we had subdivision plats, tax and ownership records, whatever would help. We felt so confident that we were getting all the information we needed to make the right decision. Once under contract, her extensive contacts made easy work of all our financing, inspection and remediation issues. If you are looking to sell or buy in the greater Steamboat area, we enthusiastically recommend her. Marc Sheridan & Melissa King
I want to thank Cheryl again for all her help and expertise. She kept us informed and updated during and prior to the sale of our property. We had a few hurdles that she handled professionally and could explain the processes to us. We appreciated her patience and candor. Lillian Ryer
I recently sold my home in Steamboat Springs. My realtor was Cheryl Foote, and I can't thank her enough for helping me with the sale. To fully appreciate Cheryl's success in getting the house sold, I need to first explain that my home had many challenges. It was a side by side duplex with one unfinished unit. I knew from the start that it would take a special buyer to appreciate my house and the wonderful opportunities it presented for the right person. Cheryl was able to guide me through the process, including giving me suggestions on what needed to be done before the first open house and she pointing me in the right direction to get answers to zoning questions. Also, I especially appreciated her encouragement along the way. Additionally, I would like to thank Cheryl's assistant Chris Babcock for his help with the sale. I definitely recommend Cheryl to anyone that is looking to sell or buy property in Steamboat Springs or Routt County. Sigrid Lucas
After years of unsuccessful attempts at selling my Steamboat Springs condo, finding Cheryl proved to be the missing link. Working with her was a great experience and I cannot say enough good things about her. She helped me through the challenging and laborious short sale process with knowledge and professionalism, and was always on top of every twist and turn, especially when things did not go as expected. But most importantly, Cheryl’s professional and comprehensive knowledge of the real estate industry, combined with her straight forward and trustworthy personality made me feel at ease even during the most difficult times in the process. Her hard work and dedication to getting the condo sold never wavered. She was a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend Cheryl Foote, without hesitation, for her expertise, experience, and integrity. Erin Murphy
I have found working with Cheryl Foote and her assistant Chris Babcock to sell our rental property was a seemless and easy process. Initially, Chris took professional photographs of our rental unit and was able to show the property in the best light possible. I believe that the photos were solely responsible for the large amount of internet traffic that our listing enjoyed. When there were a few hick-ups with the transaction, Cheryl readily found a solution and immediately resolved the problem. Cheryl was always available to take our phone calls and responded quickly to texts and emails. In short, she was a wonderful broker to work with and my husband and i would highly recommend Cheryl and Chris for your next transaction! Yuri & Leslie Goldstein
Cheryl was especially professional and helpful. She was quick to help out when the unit was not cleared out as it should have been and came up with a solution in short order. Appreciated all her help. Maury Handler
I recently listed and sold two properties in Steamboat Springs. I was very fortunate to have Cheryl Foote as my agent for both transactions. Her professionalism and attention to detail are unsurpassed. She made me feel like I was top priority and always had time for my questions and concerns, despite the demands of her busy schedule. Cheryl exudes enthusiasm and energy in everything she does and the results are proof. Her attitude towards life, people and the Yampa Valley is positively beautiful and genuine. What else can I say? If I was looking to buy or sell another property in Steamboat Springs, I would seek out Cheryl Foote. Dave
Cheryl was the best. She was very professional, very friendly, always happy and so easy to talk to. She took my husband and I to see lots of homes in just two days. My husband and I did not make a decisions at that time and had to return to Houston. Cheryl kept us informed of any houses for sale that she thought would be suitable for us and even took our daughter, Lisa, and her friends to look at some of these houses. Our daughter had just started college in Steamboat and Cheryl was very willing to help Lisa settle in and to help if she had any problems. Cheryl was very well informed about each house and the areas we looked at and she always had an answer to any of our questions. When we decided on our home to buy she did all the necessary work in a very timely manner and when we closed on our house it was easy. I would definitely recommend Cheryl to anyone who is looking for a Realtor in Steamboat and I think we have made a new friend. Cant wait to catch up next time we are in Steamboat. Audrey
It was great working with someone who has such a vast knowledge of our community and local real estate. She was always available for those little questions and gems of advice. Her passion and drive for slingin local real estate is up there with the best! You guys rock. Eric Schankerman
Cheryl is one of the brightest , kindest realtors I know and we were proud to have her represent us. We always felt taken care of and her guidance was extremely appreciated during the listing time but mostly during the contract period. She was always available and went above and beyond to help us through. We would highly recommend Cheryl! Richard and Kathy Arce
Working with Cheryl Foote and her team at Sotheby's in Steamboat Springs was probably the best experience I have ever had in selling real estate. From listing to closing, every detail was handled quickly, professionally, and always with a lot of communication. She is experienced, very energetic, and has a great team to handle details. She helped us time the market well, so that when we decided to finally list, the property was under contract in a couple of weeks at a satisfactory price to us! I would not hesitate to work with Cheryl Foote again, she is a real pro .. Sue Kimball
Working with Cheryl Foote was an absolute pleasure. Cheryl sold my condo in seven days. She is a women true to her word. She took professional photos of my condo, made suggestions to enhance the look of the condo, advertised and priced the condo on target. Cheryl answered all my questions graciously and professionally right through my closing and sale. Doing business with Cheryl was a delight. Florence Lipsman
My wife and I have bought, sold, and rented many homes over the years and have dealt with every kind of realtor imaginable - - - literally, the good, the bad, and the really ugly! We can tell you with absolute certitude that Cheryl is the finest real estate professional we have ever dealt with. And here’s why: - Cheryl really knows the Steamboat and Routt County real estate market. She is a professional, full-time agent working 200% for her client. - She does her homework. The first time we met her, we were so impressed with her knowledge of our neighborhood, the long and short-term sales trends, the history and benefits of living in our neighborhood, etc. Not just the normal realtor stuff; Cheryl really knew what she was talking about. The consummate professional. - We had done some independent analysis to estimate what our home ‘should’ sell for and Cheryl’s numbers were spot on and actually, a bit better. - Cheryl was totally enthusiastic about the sales potential of our home and was always there when we had questions. - She was realistic about what buyers would love about the house and also (and most importantly) what would turn them off, as well as providing recommendations to mitigate any potential issues/concerns. - She is very aggressive/proactive and took the lead on everything to make our lives easier during this very stressful time. Her communication really helped us relax during the entire sales process. - Cheryl had loads of (serious!) potential buyers coming through the home as soon as we put it on the market. She also made sure that all the real estate agents in town were invited to walk through. - The photographs of the home were done by a skilled photographer who is an expert in architectural and real estate photography. No blurry iPhone images taken by some amateur. Therefore, the sales brochures, web presence, newspaper and magazine ads, etc. were incredibly professional and stunning. - Cheryl leads a superb team who are equally dedicated to selling your home. Of special note is Chris Babcock who was extremely professional and polite, always followed up, offered valuable advice and encouragement, and was a genuine pleasure to work with. - How did we hear about Cheryl? Our neighbor had Cheryl sell her home and had nothing but praise for her. BTW, Cheryl sold my neighbor’s home in 3 days! Finally, we cannot say enough about the professionalism and dedication of Cheryl and her team. They were a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend them. Oh, and did we mention that she sold our home in 4 days; with multiple competing offers; for full price!! Not bad! Nice work, Cheryl. Thank you for everything. Bob and Mary
Cheryl is such a pleasure to work with we enjoyed the whole experience tremendously. She made the home buying experience fun and we actually spent most of our vacation meeting with her. We plan to visit her every time we come to steamboat to check on her and her family. She responded immediately with great advice and decorator tips as well anytime we called or text. Thanks Cheryl! Bill & Mary Parker
Cheryl was great to work with. She spent two days driving us around the mountain area to check out units similar to the one we wanted and eventually bought. Even though she represented the seller we felt we could trust her opinion regarding the different units we viewed. If we are ever in the market to buy or sell again in Steamboat we will be calling Cheryl. Jim Hellman
Cheryl did a great job in getting our home sold. She is knowledgeable in the local market, professional, energetic and worked hard at making sure our needs were met. I would definitely refer her to others looking for a top notch Realtor. Steve & Ann Moore
We recently purchased a house in Steamboat Springs with the help of my Realtor, Cheryl Foote, and her Assistant, Chris Babcock. It had always been a dream of mine to own a house in Steamboat Springs. I took a leap of faith on my last trip in April, 2014 and contacted Chris. He immediately put me in touch with Cheryl. Within 24 hours Cheryl was able to identify what I actually wanted, even when I didn't know myself. She quickly could see that I was more interested in a townhome than a condominium. She narrowed down the market efficiently and was able to show me some quality properties in a very short time. Her knowledge of the steamboat market and availability was extremely helpful. She then repeated the process with my husband over the next two days because he had been unable to attend some of our first showings. This meant that she was essentially repeating what she had already done with me. I'm sure that is a frustrating process for a Realtor, but she was patient with our needs. The rest of our business transaction was done long distance. Over the next two months we reevaluated the properties and reevaluated the market for any new offerings. By the time we made an offer on a listing we were quite comfortable that it was the house we wanted. Cheryl was able to guide us through the negotiations with sage advice as to what I should offer in order to achieve the acquisition of the home. She had to go the extra distance as I was out of town through some of the process. She continued to visit the property and send me video updates so that I could adequately evaluate the inspection report and the inspection objections. It turned out to be a complicated transaction but Cheryl was extremely patient and also very encouraging. There were times when I truly wondered if we were headed in the right direction,but Cheryl was able to focus our energy and objectives. We finally closed on the house and I'm very excited about what the future brings. None of this would have been possible if it had not been for Cheryl's help, expertise, and encouragement. Nancy Newman & George Boatwright
It was a pleasure working with Cheryl. She was professional and prompt, handling everything beyond my expectations. I dealt with her long-distance and never met her face to face until closing. It was easy and convenient. She understood the issues regarding second residence and rental properties, knew the market in Steamboat well, dealt with property managers and others for me, saving me tremendous time and effort. She also provided weekly updates, market information, direction and insider knowledge that was invaluable. I was very pleased with Cheryl and her staff. The entire process was effortless for me. I highly recommend her. Margie Albert
It was a pleasure working with Cheryl. She is thorough, prompt, goes out of her way to be helpful, and is obviously a very knowledgeable, professional real estate agent. It's nice to have someone that answers e-mails, phone messages, and lots of questions immediately. She is good about explaining things, providing names and resources for getting information needed to make the close as painless as possible. I enjoyed working with her and highly recommend her. Dave Wiese
Cheryl can be described in one word....."Awesome"! She listened to what we were looking for and instinctively knew the best properties to show us. She is tenacious (in a good way!) and made my wife and family totally at ease in the process. Cheryl truly cares about you and about doing the best job for you. We highly recommend her. Joe & Janet Miller
We were very fortunate to have had Cheryl Foote as our realtor. She was very professional and did a fantastic job of marketing our home. She kept us informed weekly as to comments and action with our home and gave us good advice when needed. Cheryl was a knowledgeable and delightful realtor, and I hope many with have the pleasure of working with her as their realtor. Nancy McConnell
Cheryl is the most professional Realtor I have ever worked with. She is so caring and honest. I was moving from Florida to Steamboat Springs after loosing my husband to cancer; Cheryl was extremely thoughtful and always went out of her way to make the transition as easy as possible for me. I not only gained an incredible realtor... But also a friend. Gretchen Herrero
Cheryl was a true professional to work with. She went above and beyond our detailed research and found us a perfect home in an area that wasn’t even on our radar. Even while on vacation with her family she fielded our phone calls, and most importantly, her intimate knowledge of the Steamboat market helped get us a great deal. Samantha & Glenn
There are at least three things I like about Cheryl Foote, based on our recent closing of our town home: I like her ‘impatient’ get-it-done personality. I like her keeping us informed via text, email and phone. Realtors buy and sell property every day; and I do it once in 15-years; I really appreciated her ‘hand-holding’ and guidance, especially since I am detail oriented. I like her understanding of our desires and only showing us properties that were real candidates. I like her working almost 24-hours a day to keep this on track with everyone’s crazy schedules. I liked her taking the time to show the property again to our son, Danny. Well maybe there are more than 3 things. Paul & Mary Randolph
If you’re considering buying or selling property in Steamboat, you owe it to yourself to call Cheryl Foote. Her knowledge of the Steamboat market and obvious passion for helping others find their special place combine to make the experience both productive and enjoyable. We had the pleasure of working with Cheryl when looking to fulfill a long standing dream of owning a condo in Steamboat. She has a local’s knowledge of Steamboat and quickly helped us focus our search on the properties that met our criteria. She seemed to know everyone in town and was able to schedule showings and obtain information at a moment’s notice. Her energy level and work ethic are amazing. Cheryl is a true professional and her enthusiasm for what she does made our experience truly enjoyable. We would definitely work with her again and highly recommend that you do too. Dave & Gail
We were seeking an aggressive agent to get our house sold when the economy had turned. not only did Cheryl counsel us through dealing with our bank, she got our house sold and we were able to move on. We look forward to the recovery and getting back into the market. Deb and Keith
We recently completed a real estate purchase in Steamboat Springs facilitated most professionally by Cheryl Foote. She was very accommodating from the moment we unexpectedly interrupted her weekend day at the office and took time to listen to our interests, and provided us with many leads and directions to explore our options. She was attentive, readily available even after normal office hours, and responsive to all of our questions. i would not hesitate to recommend her to others. Plus, she was just a fun person with whom to work and talk. Jim and Deb
I recently found myself needing a real estate agent to help me make a purchase. I called Cheryl Foote and soon I was in a new condo. Cheryl was so reliable, returned my calls promptly and set up many showings. She is a great listener and showed me places that met my requirements. She is very educated about the market, enthusiastic about her job and was always cheerful. Finding a new home was much more than a business transaction with Cheryl Foote, it was fun! Lynn Donaldson
Cheryl is so professional and caring. She really connects with her customers. I would most certainly recommend Cheryl! Kathy Arce
It was a pleasure working with you Cheryl. You are the best. And, we will for sure tell our friends about you- that's a no brainer! Matt & Jessica
Cheryl was very professional to work with and got great results! Our property sold with just one showing!! I was actually a little disappointed that we were not able to see her full capabilities. Kim Proia
Cheryl is a diligent and knowledgeable realtor who worked hard to help us sell a Stagecoach lot. We appreciate her time and efforts and would recommend her to anyone residing in or relocating in the Steamboat area. Joan Romanic & Jay Hearing
Working with Cheryl on the sale of my house was a delight. More importantly, she handled a difficult situation and got the property to settlement when many other agents would have failed. I have a second property that I will be listing with Cheryl in the near future, which is the best recommendation anyone can give. Fred Kelly
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LOCAL’S ONLY

Don’t be such a stick in the mud! Off-season is actually a great time to be in Steamboat.

In case you haven’t already figured it out, “springtime in the Rockies” doesn’t exist. It snows every year in April and at least once in May. And every year people complain about how they already put away all their winter clothes and then it snowed. But it always snows in the spring. Every. Single. Year. The return of winter is pretty much a threat until early June. So if you can’t get out of town, keep one puffy jacket and wool beanie on the coat rack until the mud dries out. In the meantime, it’s not all bad. There are plenty of awesome off-season specials and other deals to be had.

With the tourists gone, it’s also a time to reconnect with the local community and be reminded of small town life and what makes Steamboat so special.

SHOP
Sidewalk Sale: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Ave
Fri. May. 27, 2016 – Mon. May. 30, 2016
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Enjoy one last hurrah before the onslaught of summer tourists come and get your shopping on at the Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Steamboat along Lincoln Avenue. If it rains (which let’s face it, it might), sales will be inside.

Recycled Books Sale: Off the Beaten Path, 68 9th Street
Fri. May. 27, 2016 – Mon. May. 30, 2016
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Not only does Off the Beaten Path still sell beautiful books, they also recycle used books. From Friday through Monday, used books will be 50% off the sticker price. With over 1,700 recycled books to choose from, you’re certain to find your next favorite book on our shelves, for only a few dollars.

CLEAN
If you can get out between the snow and rainstorms, it’s time for garden clean up and prep. Prune those fruit trees and get ready for summer fruit harvest. For more info on how to prepare your garden for the spring call the experts:
Windemere: 879-2403
Gecko Landscaping: 870-3299
Little shop of Growers: 879-8577
Garden Om: 819-1300
High Country Harvest – edible landscapes: 819-3677
Routt County Extension Office Master Gardeners: 879-5383

Shred Day at Yampa Valley Bank, 600 S. Lincoln Avenue
Tue. May. 10, 2016
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Just because it has the word “shred” doesn’t mean it’s a snowboarding event. We mean literally shred, as in tearing up documents, not tearing up the terrain park. Yampa Valley Bank hosts their annual 2016 Shred Day. Suggested donation is $10, to shred documents (with a limit of three banker’s boxes per family) benefiting Partners Mentoring Youth in Routt County.

Yampa Valley Clean Up Day
Saturday, May 16, 8:00am – 11:30am, BBQ 11:30am – 1p
It’s time to clean up our act, and there’s no better time to do it then during mud season. The City of Steamboat Springs teams up with Routt County Environmental Health, YVSC, Yampatika, and the Litter Solutions Committee to clean up the roads throughout the county. So get your garbage bags ready and register in advance with Routt County Environmental Health:  970.870.5588  hsavalox@co.routt.co.us

CONGRATULATE
When the tourists are gone and the lifts stop running, it’s time to bring the community back together again. What better way to do that then to come out to support our town’s future at The Steamboat Springs High School Graduation Ceremony on June 4, 2016 at 10am in the Kelly Meek Gym—tassel and gown not included.

GIVE BACK
Day of Caring
Wed. May. 20, 2015  – 8:00 AM
Various Locations in Routt County
If you need some serious karma points, volunteer for Routt County United Way in the annual Day of Caring to take part in projects that help individuals and non-profit agencies in need. Projects will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and will continue until completion. There might be no such thing as free lunch, but you’ll get a celebratory meal for all your efforts at noon at Olympian Hall provided by Ski Town Lions Club. Visit the website at www.routtcountyunitedway.com to download the volunteer form.

BE ENTERTAINED
Old Town Hotsprings
Good news for parents on so many levels: Now your kids will have something to do on the weekends between ski and biking season because they just cleaned the Old Town Hot Springs pool and it reopened April 23.

Cabaret, Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave
Daily, Thu. May. 12, 2016 – Sat. May. 14, 2016 , 8:00 PM
Believe it or not, people in Steamboat have more than just athletic talent. Join the Chief Theater as they host this annual mud season tradition. Cabaret is a live, comedic, never politically correct performance with the main goal to make people laugh, along with sharing our town’s local talent with sketch skit comedy. This event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, providing funds to continue their artistic, educational and community programs in the Yampa Valley. The local’s favorite show of the year is back again and as funny as ever. Laugh at the foibles and follies of our small town. There will be six shows at the Chief Theater, 6pm and 8pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Additional details and ticket release dates to be announced soon.

TRAIN
Hayden Cog Run
Sat. May. 7, 2016
10:00 AM
Hayden Town Park, 229 S 3rd St, Hayden
Steamboat Springs Running Series
This is one of the longest consecutively run races of the series and the state of Colorado. A Routt County Classic held in the small town of Hayden Colorado 25 minutes west of Steamboat. 8.4M and 5k runs begin at Hayden Town Park on S. 3rd Street. For more information on this event or to register online visit Running Series Hayden Cog Run.

Steamboat Marathon
Sun. Jun. 5, 2016
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave
35th Annual Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
Run alongside the roaring Elk River through the emerald green pastures on Country Road 129 with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains of Colorado all around and find out why the Steamboat Marathon was ranked as one of the “Top 10 Destination Marathons in North America.”

Town Challenge
Wed. Jun. 1, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Marabou Ranch
The Steamboat Town Challenge is a seven-race mountain bike series held every summer. Both hill-climb and cross-country events are included and single race or season passes are available. Races are every other Wednesday.
Town Challenge Schedule 2016
June 1:  Marabou XC (Marabou Ranch) June 15:  Bike Town Classic (Emerald Mountain) June 29:  Churn and Burn XC (Mt. Werner) July 13:  Emerald Envy XC (Emerald Mountain) July 27:  Storm Peak Hill Climb (Mt. Werner) August 17:  Howelsen Hammer XC (Emerald Mountain) August 31:  Sunshine Loop XC (Mt. Werner) September 10:  Coda Classic XC (Emerald Mountain) – The Mt. Werner races are based out of Gondola Square. The Emerald Mountain races are based out of Howelsen Hill. Visit the website for more information or to register – http://www.townchallenge.com/

MAN OF STEEL

Artifact/Deadfab co-owner Kevin “Cactus” Nemec fuses function and art with timeless handmade pieces made from wood and steel.

Over the last 15 years, local Steamboat artist and furniture maker Kevin “Cactus” Nemec has carved out a niche for himself—quite literally—from steel. But for the metal fabricator/furniture maker, his trajectory has been anything but traditional.

Nemec’s foray into welding was more like a slide, as in a rail slide. The former Steamboat Winter Sports Club snowboard coach wanted a portable rail for his team to be able to practice on, so he figured out how to make one. One thing led to another and soon Cactofab, his metal fabrication company, was born and he was building everything from skate parks to custom home finishes. But the real magic happened when he met his friend and business partner, woodworking artist and illustrator Brian Leach. Cactus describes their collaboration, Artifact/Deadfab as “a marriage between wood and steel.”

In a commitment to support local artisans, Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to have a custom steel reception desk by Cactofab in our newly renovated mountain office. We caught up with Cactus to talk snowboarding, metal, and marriage.

 

Let’s start with your background. How did you end up in Steamboat? In 2002 I took an opportunity to work as head snowboard coach at Steamboat Winter Sports Club, so that got me up here. I wanted to make practice rails for my snowboard team that were portable, and that’s what got me interested in welding. It was kind out of necessity. I bought my first welder in 2002 and I’m all self taught. Soon I went from making snowboard rails and boxes to steel skate ramps and other park features.

How did you go from snowboarding and skateboarding to creating custom high end finishes for luxury homes? I taught myself how to do different kinds of patinas and acid finishes and transitioned into making custom artistic and decorative pieces for custom homes and fabricating architectural hardware, doing remodel work and doing pretty much everything but structural steel.

How did you segue into furniture design and how does metalworking fit into that vision? I met Brian Leach who’s an amazing wood relief artist and illustrator. He had the idea to build some steel furniture and I said, “That sounds like a great idea. Let’s do it!” It’s a great collaboration. He’s now my closest buddy.

What inspires you? Our goal is to figure out how to join the wood and steel intelligently rather than drilling a hole and sticking a bolt in it. Marry the wood and steel; that’s the basis for the design.

How would you describe your style? We don’t use any tubing. Everything is made from flats, bars and sheet steel. We figure out how to use hidden fasteners and old-world techniques so you don’t see a screw or a bolt. Brian will find all old reclaimed wood or old timbers that have a ton of character. Brian does different inlays with different species of wood. Or he’ll use colored fiberglass resin fillers, or wood burning or painting. So we’re trying to make pieces that are art first and then it has to work as furniture. A table or bench has to do its job, but it’s meant to be art. It should be proudly displayed as well used for something practical.

How are you able to work so closely with another artist? We have good creative friction. We’re on the same page but we are also brutally honest with each other. The honeymoon is long gone, but we butt heads in the best possible way. It forces us to come up with design concepts that both of us are willing to try. Our skills really compliment each other. It’s a great collaboration. We’re two artists who just can’t stop making stuff. We recently started making custom knives and now we’re thinking about building motorcycles.

What is your process? A big part of our design process is “anti”— trying to not do things that we’ve seen before. A lot of what we do is driven by trying to come up with something new and innovative, something we’ve never seen before. But it all begins with that marriage between steel and wood. The design process is really 50-50. One of us will start with a sketch and then convince the other person it’s a good idea. Then he’ll do woodwork and I’ll do steel work and then we’ll bring the two pieces together. We try to base our design on how they connect, both aesthetically and mechanically.

Tell us about the piece you did for Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty. We did a custom steel reception desk in the front lobby. There’s a feeling of permanence and a certain industrial appeal. Steel has a timeless design rather than something that’s going to fall out of favor down the road. Designers, contractors and homeowners somehow understand that 20 years from now steel is not going to be out of fashion. Steel has real staying power.

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DOLLARS AND SENSE

Five simple rules that will help you make a smart investment in real estate.

You don’t have to be rich to make money in real estate, but you do have to be smart. We caught up with Associate Broker Darrin Fryer to find out which cards to play before it comes time to sit down at the closing table.

#1) It’s all about the numbers. The most important equation in any real estate transaction is to look at the numbers and determine what your costs are versus how much income the property will bring in. There are several variables in that equation: the interest rate of your loan, your monthly payments and expenses, plus allowance for maintenance issues and vacancy versus how much income the property will bring in. At minimum, if your income can equal your payments, then over a long period you’ll be making more and more money as you’re amortizing your loan. That’s a good long-term investment. But if you’re cash flow positive, then you’ve made a good investment in the short term. You always want to look at the cash flow part of the equation. The numbers won’t lie.

#2) Remember that market value can change. Always consider that appreciation is not guaranteed. There are always going to be market swings. Sure, I’ve had clients who made more than 15 times their money in equity in just a few years because they bought at the right time, and leverage can be a beautiful thing. But on the flip side, if you buy at top of market, like so many people did back in 2007, your property can depreciate to where you end up in the negative. So it’s really important to always be conservative in your approach. I always recommend getting a long-term fixed interest rate mortgage just in case things go south. The bottom line is the cash flow equation: how much the property costs you each month versus how much income it brings in.

#3) Assess potential for maintenance assessments and repairs. If you want to be strategic you should look at properties that don’t have a lot of deferred maintenance: the newer the property, the better. If you’re in a condo complex that was built in 1978 and they haven’t replaced their roof since 1990, you can bet that in the next five years you’re going to receive a nasty notice for a new roof and you could be out $10-30,000. If it’s an older building, make sure the windows and roofs were recently replaced as those are some of the most expensive repairs.

#4) Take a good hard look at your Homeowner’s Association. It’s important to look at how many people are sharing into the Homeowner’s Association fund and how much money they have in reserves for future repairs. Be careful with a small HOA unless it’s a brand new complex and you know you have a good 10 years before any major maintenance will need to be done. During your title period, you should do your homework. Review the HOA Profit and Loss bank statements. Interview the President of the HOA and ask to look at the most recent meeting minutes to see if there is discussion about any major work that might need to be done. You can make a judgment about the health of that HOA by how much money they have in the bank. It should be a very serious process. I always say newer is better. Even if the purchase price is more, you’re going to make more money on your investment. To think you’re saving on the purchase price by buying a less expensive property is small minded. You have to look at the cash flow part of the equation. The newer property is probably always going to yield more money in the long run.

#5) In a ski town, the rental market is just as important as the real estate value. If you look for the lowest price point with highest rental yield there are affordable investment opportunities, even in a ski resort like Steamboat Springs. The rental market at the moment is just so strong; it’s gone up 30% in the last 2-3 years. For single-family homes, you’re always going to benefit from an accessory unit (mother-in-law apartment) that you can rent out to offset your cost. Also keep in mind that short-term vacation rentals can also be very lucrative. Some people will rent their house out Christmas week. Say you get $8,000 for a week and your mortgage is $32,000 for the year. If you rent it over Christmas and one other week that’s going to offset your cost significantly. Or with online services like Airbnb you can rent out a room in your house and bring in extra income that way. Being in a resort you have a lot of opportunity if you’re willing to be flexible.

The last word … Interest rates have been so low recently, now is a really good time to buy!

For the best search of Steamboat homes for sale visit www.FindHomesInSteamboat.com.

COLORADO’S 6 TOP RESORTS: A COMPARATIVE LOOK

Resort communities throughout Colorado, the western United States and around the world are prone to unique, heavily saturated luxury markets. Often found in desirable, slightly less accessible locations than national mainstream markets, resort markets tend to have a greater density of luxury offerings as higher net worth individuals are often drawn to them based on their exclusivity and proximity to world class activities year round. Let us take a closer look at Colorado’s top resort towns and see how they compare in this rising real estate market.

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

Deep in history and long in legend, the mountain community of Steamboat Springs is a true-grit, family oriented, western town. Its friendly faces, picturesque setting, world-class amenities and healthy climate provide a rewarding environment for all to enjoy. From working cattle and horse ranches to quaint downtown bungalows, or elegant slope side condominiums, residents enjoy the Steamboat Springs unique lifestyle in a variety of different ways all four seasons of the year.

 

BRECKENRIDGE

Breckenridge has long been celebrated, not only for its world-class skiing, but also for its friendly laid-back character. From quaint Victorian bungalows to incredible shopping, dining, concerts and outdoor activities, the town offers an approachable, vibrant charm in every season. Breckenridge embodies the stunning beauty and laid back atmosphere of living in a Colorado ski town. Neighboring ski towns such as Keystone, Copper and Frisco offer year-round recreation with close proximity to Denver.

 

ASPEN

Aspen encompasses 3.66 square miles on a relatively flat valley floor, and is surrounded on three sides by Aspen Mountain, Smuggler Mountain and Red Mountain. Located along the upper Roaring Fork River and White River National Forest, Aspen enjoys the very best of the Rocky Mountains. An internationally renowned resort, Aspen offers the ultimate in dining, shopping, cultural activities and year-round recreation of every sort.

 

TELLURIDE

Telluride is located in the Southwest corner of Colorado in the San Juan Mountains. Born as a mining town, Telluride eventually became notorious in the early 70’s for its white gold- the construction of its first ski lifts.

This quiet resort area is famous for its world class skiing, golf, festivals, luxurious hotels and residences. Known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities Telluride has seen increased growth over the last decade, while keeping the character of its boisterous mining era nature.

 

CRESTED BUTTE

Crested Butte is a true mountain town with an easy-going attitude and a lifestyle that you simply don’t find every day. Crested Butte is a must see with plenty of festivals, events and outdoor activities year round. Crested Butte’s steep skiing terrain and endless miles of mountain biking trails just scratch the surface of what there is to do. Hiking, world class fishing, camping, outdoor festivals, music events, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and so much more await. Visit Crested Butte to see why this place is a true Colorado gem at a reasonable value.

 

VAIL VALLEY

Vail Valley is an iconic example of luxurious alpine villages among the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Vail Mountain boasts one of the largest and most popular ski destination resorts. Just West of Vail is the ski resort of Beaver Creek which hosts the annual “Birds of Prey” World Cup, and recently the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Its intimate village core has world-class dining, shopping, and fine art galleries. Vail Valley residents and visitors can also spend their time on the greens. Cordillera has it all with over 7,000 acres of mountain top splendor, four golf courses, and private Eagle River fishing.

IT’S A NEW DAY

Award-winning Boulder-based abstract artist returns his “Heart” to Steamboat.

The night before the Super Bowl, Boulder-based artist Will Day found himself at a party in San Francisco hosted by Maxim magazine where he had been sponsored by Isplack to create a large-scale interactive painting—live.

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It was a fundraiser, a celebrity-studded affair, a big pre-game blowout hosted by a magazine known for covering trend setting, A-listers, and supermodels. For Will Day, an award-winning abstract painter who is known for creating large-scale abstract paintings in live settings, it was just another day at the office. “It’s about not being hidden in a corner but playing off the vibe and the energy of the people around me. It’s that human involvement and emotion and letting people into the world of creativity. That’s what the art is all about,” Day says.

The result was “Clash50” a six-foot by six-foot oil-on-canvas painting with a kinetic, graffiti inspired menagerie of bold color and movement that achieves Day’s goal to “tell a story.” Because of that approach, each one of his paintings is unique, dictated by a moment in time rather than an overarching style or technique that defines most artists. “Every painting has a story that’s already been created. It’s up to me to direct it, and find those moments of inspiration,” he says.

Day uses everything from acrylic and oils to spray paint, harnessing tools he acquired though his architectural training. “I love painting on the floor and moving my canvas so I can come at it from all angles,” he says.

It’s not surprising that Day’s paintings are somewhat unconventional. He did not arrive into the art world on a straightforward trajectory. After college he entered the Peace Corps. Then he worked on Wall Street in finance. Then he got his masters degree in architecture. Then he moved his wife and two kids to Los Angles to work for a top architecture firm only to throw in the towel and then randomly move to Boulder where he’d finally answer a calling to paint.

“I was ready to find my place in the world,” he says of that turbulent time in 2008 when the economy went bad and his job wasn’t panning out the way he’d thought. “I realized art was my thing. I had an epiphany. I realized I’m going to be creative for the rest of my life, and I’m going to listen. I’m going to let this happen,” he says. “Moving to Colorado woke my soul up.”

He got his first big break with a show at the K.Saari Gallery in Steamboat Springs and things took off from there. Day put his business savvy, his live-wire personality and his ambition to good use. He wrote a business plan. He asked his wife for two years to prove he could make it as an artist. He leased his art to big businesses in Boulder who needed to furnish empty office buildings. He networked. He found a niche doing commission based and live-performance work.

Today he was commissioned for a project with Absolut Elix vodka to create a piece with the Denver-based non-profit Water for People that will be blown up to 50-feet and projected onto the side of a building in downtown Denver. He’s also been commissioned to create a 28-foot canvas as the centerpiece for Blackbelly Market, Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg’s new restaurant in Boulder.

And he’s also coming full circle to Steamboat Spring where he first got his start at the K.Saari Gallery by exhibiting his work, “Heart” (4’ x 4’ oil on wood panel) at Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty’s main office (where, incidentally, Kimberly Saari, the former owner of K.Saari art gallery now works as an associate broker). “It was a very important piece for me,” Day says. It was his first horizon landscape piece, the first time he used different architectural tools like edges and squeegees and different materials like varnish. “It was a new discovery.” Some might even say it was a work where he discovered his heart, and now it’s coming back home.

For the best search of Steamboat homes for sale visit www.FindHomesInSteamboat.com.

YOU KNOW YOU’RE FROM STEAMBOAT IF…

The Yampa Valley, with its wide-open plains, big sky, ranching history and ski town flair is unlike any other part of Colorado. Here are 10 things that make Steamboat unique.

#1) You live by the “Six Inch Rule.”  “If there’s three to six inches on top of my grill, I know there’s double that on top of the mountain,” said Steamboat local Byron Carney in a recent interview for our blog on Location Neutral Workers in town. Like most Steamboat locals, Carney knows six inches qualifies as a powder day, and a powder day means no one is actually expected to show up for work. The best part? Chances are good you’ll run into your boss in the gondola line.

#2) You’ve skied behind a horse.  Only in a town with a rich history in skiing and ranching would someone come up with the bright idea to drag a skier down Lincoln Avenue behind a galloping horse, especially one under the age of 10. But every year for 103 years, that’s exactly what happens at the Steamboat Winter Carnival during the street events when kids of all ages test their skills and their will as they hold on for dear life as this massive animal kicks up snow behind its hooves making for quite the bumpy ride. And no one—not the spectators or the parents or the kids themselves bothers to stop and ask, “Is this a good idea?” Because for over a century, to celebrate both skiing and ranching, even simultaneously isn’t just a good idea—it’s a Steamboat idea.

#3) You know Sleeping Giant isn’t a fairly tale.  You can see it from almost anywhere in town: the mountain known as Sleeping Giant, which (it just so happens) really does look like a sleeping giant. The 8,744-peak, officially known as Elk Mountain, stands alone, a blanket draped along his flanks, his profile broad and strong like an Indian chief’s. So it’s no surprise that there are many legends surrounding this iconic mountain, dominating the skyline on the north side of the valley. Some say the Giant is responsible for the “Yampa Valley Curse,” which makes people yearn to return to the valley. Long before that, it was a sacred mountain for the Ute Indians who lived here long before fur trappers settled in the valley. Either way, its presence lends a feeling of protection to anyone who is lucky enough to call Steamboat home.

#4) You bask in the glow.  Sunsets and sunrises are overrated compared to the alpenglow that descends upon the Yampa valley every evening at dusk like a spectacular curtain of color slowly making its descent and bathing the surrounding mountains in an unmistakable pastel glow. Unlike sunset or sunrise, the light that causes alpenglow is reflected off airborne snow, water or ice particles low in the atmosphere. After the sun drops below the mountains, shades of pink, purple, and even a rose gold intensify until night falls like a velvet curtain at the end of another spectacular show. Since the sun is below the horizon, there is no direct path for the light to reach the mountain. These conditions differentiate between a normal sunrise or sunset and alpenglow. Whatever you want to call it, it never gets old.

#5) Wildlife is out your front door … like literally.  Close encounters of the moose kind are becoming more and more common in Steamboat because of the increased snow depth that resulted from big, early season storms. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife the moose are choosing the path of least resistance and using Nordic trails, ski runs and bike paths to move more easily between areas where they have forage and cover. There’s also been an increase in bears, elk, and mountain lions sightings around town. As reported in the Steamboat Today, “It’s apparent that moose, mountain lions, elk and bears find Steamboat Springs as appealing as tourists looking for a ski vacation getaway, so it’s imperative people use common sense when they encounter wildlife outside their homes or while they’re exploring the great outdoors.”

#6) Your snowplow bill is more expensive than your mortgage, at least in January.  According to onthesnow.com, Steamboat reported 28 days of snowfall in January and February this year, with over 130 inches of accumulation in two months. That can get expensive when it comes to having your driveway plowed day after day after day.

#7) You speak the language of snow.  Like the Eskimos who have 50 different words for snow, Steamboat locals have many ways to describe the champagne powder that earned the town the title of “Ski Town USA.” From champagne powder and windblown cream cheese to crud every skier and snowboarder knows it’s never the same two days in a row—which is why, when you live here, it’s important to log as many days on the mountain as you can.

#8) You know at least one Olympian.  Steamboat is known for producing more Olympians than any other town in North America, with a record 88 and counting. Steamboat’s Olympians have represented twelve different countries, and made 151 Olympic appearances during 19 Winter Games.

#9) Your mountain bike costs more than your car.  The average Steamboat cyclist will spend between five and ten thousand dollars on their bike,” says Brock Webster, owner of Orange Peel Bicycle Service. “Double that if they mountain bike and road bike.”

#10) Your life is better than my vacation.  Enough said …

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5 Reasons To Visit Steamboat Springs In 2016

Located in northwest Colorado and approximately 160 miles from Denver, Steamboat Springs is an easy three-hour drive from Denver’s International Airport. Nested into a dramatic Rockies backdrop, the resort town is a popular year-round destination. However, it is during the winter season that Steamboat really comes to life and blossoms into one of Colorado’s most visited locations and the go-to spot for winter sports enthusiasts, their family and friends. And if you need more reasons, here is why we think you should visit Steamboat this winter season…

#5 Champagne Powder Snow

Steamboat is famous for its world-class legendary Champagne Powder® and receives, on average, 349 inches of snow every winter season. With 2,965 acres (1200 hectares) of permitted terrain and a diversity of trails for all levels of ability, there is a favorite spot for everyone, weather you are visiting or staying long-term. The areas of Pioneer Ridge, Sunshine and Storm Peak are Steamboat's particular claim to fame, with Champagne Powder® snow flowing abundantly on the trees for the most avid of powder hounds to enjoy. And while you are on the slopes stop for a quick break in between runs and enjoy a bite at Hazies or Ragnars, among the many dining options available to visitors on the mountain.

#4 Unexplored Wilderness

From spectacular hot air balloon rides and sleigh runs, to some of the best untouched backcountry skiing in the world, Steamboat Springs offers equal opportunities for getting into the mix of things, or getting totally away from it all. The area attracts a plethora of experience hunters coming here for its diverse and rich wildlife, as well as, outdoors aficionados hiking the various trails and exploring the pure terrain while getting in touch with nature and its vastness. An unexpected encounter with wild elk, deer or even mountain lion is not out of the question, and at times, weather driving or hiking around the area, caution is highly advised. We are after all in wilderness territory.

#3 Strawberry Hot Springs

If you are visiting from anywhere east of Colorado it is unlikely you have seen a natural hot spring, let alone eased into one on a winter day while surrounded by freshly fallen snow. Steamboat Springs offers a couple of options; Old Town Hot Springs and Strawberry Hot Springs, with the later considered to be one of the most spectacular mineral springs in the country. Imagine relaxing in a naturally hot mineral water while being surrounded by trees gently collecting snow. The establishment also offers massage options in its secluded huts and watsu therapy sessions in their private pool area.

#2 The Local Culture & Dinning

Steamboat Springs’ Old Town area is a curious amalgam of the traditional and modern with its rich rancher, skier and artisan culture all coming together to add unique elements unlike any other resort in Colorado. With Steamboat's variety of dining options, you can find everything from peanut-shells-on-the-floor down-home barbecue to refined American cuisine with a casual flair. Try old faithful classics such as Mazzola’s and Aurum or brand-new hot spots such as Salt&Lime and Scratch. If a shopping therapy is more what you had in mind head down Lincoln Avenue to discover eclectic boutique stores full of local flavor and variety.

#1 The Breathtaking Mountains & Vistas

If skiing or snowboarding on the slopes is not a big priority, snowshoeing or hiking may be a better alternative offering staggering views of the great outdoors at a more leisurely pace. Steamboat Springs has more than few options accommodating all experience levels. Fish Creek Falls, with its close proximity to town, is just a quarter mile hike down a snow-packed trail where you can enjoy the stunning view of a 280 ft. frozen waterfall, or you could try out ice climbing instead and call it an unconventional afternoon. Or if perhaps snowshoeing is more your cup of tea and getting out town sounds more of fun challenge, Rabbit Ears Pass is hard to beat for its natural beauty and breathtaking views of the Valley and the world-famous Flattop Mountains

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2015 Steamboat Sotheby's Market Report

 

Since 2009, when the Steamboat Springs MLS reported its lowest # of transactions in over 20 years at 467, and subsequent reduction in property values, where in 2012 the average purchase price dropped to $440K, the market has steadily and systematically climbed out of the doldrums. In 2015, the market posted the fifth best year ever in total dollar volume at $530M, and # of transactions with 1,074, for an avg price of $493,033.

With a 5% increase in transactions from 2014 to 2015, one would expect that an increase in dollar volume would follow, but it actually remained relatively flat. This is largely due to more pronounced activity in properties under $500K, and the fact that land sales, with a median price of only $179K, represented a more significant number of the transactions. 

On the residential side, there were 103 single family home sales within Steamboat city limits (-13% from 2014), but median price increased $108K to $775K (+16%). Single family home sales increased 15% outside of Steamboat, possibly because of more affordable options in neighboring communities.

Condo sales were the strongest since 2007 with 284 sales (+13%) at a median price of $298,500 (+9%). Listings in 2015 dropped to 1573; the lowest level the market has seen since 2007, and this lack of supply will likely increase pricing pressure. Further, with the excitement of the revitalization efforts at the mountain and downtown, it is reasonable to expect the real estate market in Ski Town, USA, to continue on its upward path.

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LOCATION NEUTRAL

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Byron Carney has his own six-inch rule: he checks the grill on his deck to see how much snow accumulated overnight. “During the work week, I hate to play hooky. But if there are three-to-six inches of snow on my grill, I figure there’s double that on top of the mountain,” he says. “I need to work. We all need to work—but you also need to pursue your passion.”

Carney is Co-Founder and CEO of Trekz, an outdoor adventure app that will provide an interface for outdoor enthusiasts to explore, document and share adventures. Founding his own tech start up company is a path that has finally allowed Carney to fulfill his dream of living in the mountains after living in the Denver suburbs and working in technology for over 15 years.

“I realized, why the hell are we living in Denver and dealing with I-70 every weekend so we can go to the mountains when I’m already working remotely?” Carney says. “I was haunted by a quote from a Warren Miller film that said, ‘If you don’t move to a ski town this year it will be one more year before you do.’”

Over a bottle of wine one night, Carney convinced his wife to make the move to Steamboat so he could create a business that would fuse his career with his passion and live in a place where he could celebrate his love for the outdoors.

He had his “ah-ha” moment after a fishing excursion to Fish Creek Falls. “On the way home, I was sharing photos with family and friends who wanted to know where I was. I came home and said to my wife, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if there was an easier way to do this?’ And that’s how I came up with what is now Trekz.”

Carney is part of a growing demographic of telecommuters who are settling down in Steamboat and working remotely from their homes. According to Jane Blackstone, economic development director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce, Steamboat Springs now actively markets itself as a destination for location-neutral businesses. “We are getting the word out that it’s possible to live where you want to live in a community like Steamboat Springs and do your business,” she told the Sky-Hi Daily News last July. The number of people working in home-based businesses has doubled from 5 percent in 2000 to 10 percent in 2009. “These folks want to live in beautiful locations.”

Carney has raised over $450,000 to date and his mobile app is scheduled to launch in the end of October. He says despite investor’s advice that he needs to be in Boulder or Denver, he’s made more connections in Steamboat than he would have anywhere else. “I’ve raised more money out of Steamboat than both Denver and Boulder combined. Some of the most influential people I’ve met were on the chairlift,” he says. “The ten minute ride is the perfect amount of time for me to make my pitch. I’ve learned to bring business cards skiing with me.”

Between negotiating with angel investors, buying a new house, and raising his two kids, life is pretty hectic, but by living in the mountains he’s able to strike a balance that wouldn’t be possible anywhere else.

“I’ll race home from the mountain and won’t even have time to change, so I’ll be sitting there at my desk in my ski pants with this big grin on my face because I skied waist deep powder all morning,” he says. “That’s how I clear my mind from the start up world and all the stress that comes with it. You come back from an epic morning and people can hear it in your voice.”

WATER: IT DOESN’T GROW ON TREES

Water rights a major issue for ranchland buyers in the Yampa Valley

“Nine times out of ten buyers do not understand the significance of Colorado water law and deeded water rights,” says Ren Martyn, Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty Broker Associate. Martyn specializes in ranch brokerage, water rights and land conservation and has an in depth knowledge of western water law. He not only talks the talk, but lives on a ranch south of Steamboat Springs with his wife, Heather and three boys, Andrew, Ryan and Lander. So he knows a thing or two about ranch living in the Yampa Valley.

Martyn will tell you that a lot of his clients—especially the ones that are new to the West—think of water as something that flows out of the tap whenever you turn on the faucet. But the fact is, as the demand on Colorado’s water supply continues to grow, water has become an increasingly finite—and precious—resource. Factors like Front Range population growth, agriculture, energy development, climate change, recreation and environmental conservation are all competing for Colorado’s water supply.

In the Yampa Valley, water is crucial to the continuity of local agriculture and the preservation of our ranchlands. Water rights and the allocation of water usage in Colorado is a highly complex and controversial issue. But it’s also critical for potential buyers to understand (at least on a fundamental level) how these issues might impact a real estate transaction and stewardship of the land.

To help us clear the air—and the water—we sat down with Ren Martyn to get the 411 on the H20.

Where do we even begin? Water rights and usage are such a complicated and controversial issue. Anytime I work on a property that has water rights issues, most buyers have no idea about the significance of water. Many of these ranches are being sold to folks who are not from this area. Everyone has heard that water is important, but they don’t really know what that means.

Let’s start with the basics. When we look at water rights, first we have to look at how much water is there, seniority of the water right and what the appropriate uses are for that water. Is it for irrigation? Livestock? Domestic use? Then you have to look at what year that water was appropriated and what water rights may be adjudicated with the particular acreage.

Appropriation of water rights in Colorado is pretty complicated, right? Give us the basics. The Colorado Water Compact is an agreement that was made in 1922 among seven states in the Colorado River Basin that govern the allocation of water rights from the Colorado River. Any water rights that were obtained before the compact in 1922 guarantees senior water rights.

Yikes. That seems like a long time ago. Do a lot of properties that have senior water rights? We do have a fair amount of pre-compact water, but overall the Yampa watershed is a junior right to many other deeded waters in the overall Colorado watershed. I have to educate my clients to the significance of this. There are a lot of landowners now that don’t realize you have to submit records to the Colorado Division of Water each year. It’s really important to keep your water rights active. I’ll cross-reference what I’ll receive from real estate deeds to what’s in the division records. Nine times out of ten, the records don’t line up. A lot of my work is updating real estate and division records.

What about actual water use? Are some of these ranchlands restricted in how much water they can use in a year? What people don’t realize is the amount of water they were allotted was appropriated in the best of times. The amount of water the original rancher filed on may translate to half of what it was because of how much total water is in the system in a given year. During a drought, and we’ve been in a drought cycle for many years, there may only be 75% of that original amount available.

What are some of the threats to our watershed? Agricultural water rights are the majority of deeded water rights and in essence the low hanging fruit because they can be easily acquired. In the past, oil and gas companies have acquired agriculture water rights for their needs. Another threat to our watershed is the potential for a Transmountain Water Diversion, a network of tunnels on the West Slope that deliver water to the Front Range. In Routt County, there are no Transmountain Diversions but as the Front Range population continues to grow, the Yampa River water may be targeted for the development of a Transmountain Diversion pipeline.

Has that ever happened? It would be very costly, but our water supply could be heavily allocated if there were ever a [state mandated] compact call. It could potentially limit future development for this region. As western populations increase and drought continues, the potential for a compact call increases.. In addition, the Front Range has a much bigger population base, and therefore, more voting power. It’s all up to the state legislature and fortunately there are processes to make our recommendations to the state.

What about locally? Is there competition for water within the Yampa Valley itself? Steamboat Springs filed a recreational in-stream diversion in 2002 for their kayaking water features so they can make a water call for more water if there is a low flow in the Yampa River. The Colorado Water Conservation Board also has in-stream flow rights to protect the fish habitat. For specific reaches, maintaining the health of the river may trump all water rights. So if the Yampa River gets below a certain flow level, diversions out of the river are shut down until we get a rainstorm and the flow is restored.

Then there are rivers that are over-appropriated, like the Elk River, where there are more water rights than there is water. Last few years, water rights are being strictly mandated and it’s been a wake up call for everyone. I’ll often use the Elk River as example to explain to land owners what’s coming.

What about climate change? On top of everything else, you have to look at what’s happening in California and the threat that has to Colorado’s water. We are still part of the Colorado River Watershed, which means we share our water supply with six other states, some of which are in a serious drought. That could definitely pose a huge threat to our water supply.

What can we do to protect our water? We all need to work together to keep this water here. You would think there would be a lot of competition for water here in the Yampa Valley between agriculture, recreational and municipal users. But one thing we are all in agreement on is to keep our water here in our watershed and to join forces to make sure that happens.

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