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Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Homes and Realty | 0 comments

5 Keys to Transition from Renting to Owning

5 Keys to Transition from Renting to Owning

Well look at you.  Ready to plunk down your investment and move from paying somebody else’s mortgage to covering your own? Buying a home and getting out of the rental game is a significant step in one’s life. But now that you’ve decided to live in one place for longer than a 12-month lease, there are some fundamental things you should know about the differences between being a tenant and being the home owner. Here are some key considerations and suggestions, from Steamboat Springs Realtor Cheryl Foote, to factor in when transitioning to home ownership.   Upfront Costs: Prepare Yourself You’ll recall how hard it may have seemed to scrape together a few nickels to throw down first month’s, last month’s and security deposit, right?  Well, get good and ready to write an even bigger check when you finally close on your own place.   Before you sign on the dotted line and grab those front door keys, most lenders will require a down payment on your mortgage. Lenders...

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Homes and Realty | 0 comments

The Hearth Makes A Home Warm -Stoves & Fireplaces

The Hearth Makes A Home Warm -Stoves & Fireplaces

Staying warm is key during our long mountain town winters. Keeping your house warm, especially if it is older can be challenging. Fireplaces and Stoves can help add warmth and ambiance as well as assist in beating those high heating bills. Choosing what is right for your home is subject to many variables including town and county codes, access to gas, construction costs and more. Here is a little more information on Wood Stoves, Pellet Stoves and Gas Stoves for your consideration. Wood Burning Fireplaces A wood-burning fireplace is a staple in many homes. As one of the oldest methods for heating a home, wood burning fireplaces have advanced dramatically over the years. Masonry fireplaces are built brick by brick or block by block by a mason at the time a home is constructed. These fireplaces are expensive to build and maintain but are meant to last.  Today, wood-burning fireplaces can take on any look you desire. While the traditional fireplace “look” is still available, modern see-through and peninsula varieties...

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Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Homes and Realty | 0 comments

Home Buying Tips to call your favorite mountain town “Home”

Home Buying Tips to call your favorite mountain town “Home”

“Home”, It can refer to the structure where you live, the feeling of settling in after a long day’s work or play, or the sense of community you feel in the town where you reside. It can mean all these things and more. As a REALTORⓇ, I sell homes.  But what am I really selling?  A foundation, ‘x’ beds/baths, maybe some land, space to cook meals, a place to sleep at night? Sure, but that is not the most important thing that we as REALTORS do. Much more than selling someone a piece of property, we connect people with the right property that evokes for them their true feeling of what “Home” means to them. How do I define my home? My home is the mountains that surround me in every direction. They orient me, provide me with terrain in winter that holds snow I can ski and snowshoe on, and trails in summer that I can hike and bike on. Mountains provide me with a sense of protection,...

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Homes and Realty, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fish Creek Townhouse with Views, Steamboat Springs

Fish Creek Townhouse with Views, Steamboat Springs

The MTN Town Magazine Home of the Week is located in Steamboat Springs. 1261 Harwig Circle  | $799,000 Steamboat Springs, Colorado By: Charlie Dresen, SteamboatsMyHome.com The Fish Creek Townhouse with Views property is perched on a hill in the convenient Fish Creek neighborhood between downtown and the ski area, this luxurious townhome is perfectly situated to take in Steamboat ski mountain and Sleeping Giant views. An open concept living, dining and kitchen area are filled with natural light. The kitchen yields granite countertops, cherry wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, pantry and a breakfast bar. Southeast facing living room windows open up to views of the Steamboat ski area. A gas fireplace with river rock surround is equipped with a log mantle. Solid log posts, banisters, accents and wide-planked oak wood floors give the feel of a mountain lodge, as does tasteful furnishings in outdoorsman décor. Located off the living room is a generous deck overlooking the yard and views of the ski area. An integrated hot tub on the deck...

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Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Homes and Realty, MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

Inspiring Architect: Suzanne Marie Allen

Inspiring Architect: Suzanne Marie Allen

The idea of designing your own home, it seems so romantic. A house to most of us is more than a structure. It is a place to shelter our loved ones, a place to retreat to when we’re tired and worn, to entertain or relax. The idea of creating the space you will live in has a lot of appeal and in order to really make it a functional living space that meets today’s building codes the average person usually needs assistance as they lack the skills necessary to design and create specific plans. In steps the architect. We spoke with Suzanne Marie Allen of Allen Guerra Architecture one of the few women architects in Colorado, let alone in our mountain town communities.  Suzanne is a woman who knows the design-build world. From time she was thirteen she began working for her dad’s general construction company. From construction cleanup, to welding, pouring concrete, soldering copper, banging nails, painting and more, you name it and she did it.  Suzanne learned...

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Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Homes and Realty | 0 comments

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a House in the Winter

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a House in the Winter

  Charlie Dresen of Steamboat Sotheby’s and Steamboatsmyhome.com says “buying Real Estate in the cold Winter months is a Good Thing and one of the best times to buy.” Some people are reluctant to buy a home during the winter months but cold weather and snow tells you so much about a home. You might not be able to see the yard but this great video points out what to look for including: Heating Costs Yard and Driveway Snow Removal Sidewalks and Entry locations Comfort of Heating Condition of Doors and Window Roofs and More! Winter lasts a lot longer then at lower elevations so this might help you change your tune about looking for your new home in the warmer months. Video and Photo Credits: Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Sotheby’s and Steamboatsmyhome.com ~ MTN Town Magazine– We are Colorado’s Mountain Town Magazine                 MTN Town Magazine Copyright © 2016 MTN Town Magazine all rights reserved.  ...

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