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Man of the Cliff this weekend in Avon

Check out all the great Man of the Cliff festivities this weekend at Nottingham Park in Avon.


Man of The Cliff 2014 is the 6th annual non-profit event comprised of outdoor, rugged activities that are modified to fit all strength and ability levels.  And the best thing about MOTC is 100% of all funds raised benefit local charity, First Descents.


Events include axe throwing, keg toss and tug of war competitions.  It is certainly a spectacle and one of the events not to miss.  To view the full event line up, further information, or to donate click HERE


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House Hunters is doing an episode on Breckenridge, CO.  If you like what you see, please contact me at 970.389.6987 or anne@comtnrealty to find your dream home in Breckenridge or other surrounding areas!


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September 23, 2014
4:00 PM e/p
Mike and Sean, are commerical airline pilots, who live in Argyle, Texas. While they love their custom built home, they’ve decided to buy a vacation house in their favorite vacation spot – Breckenridge, Colo. With a budget of $800,000 – $1 million, Mike really wants a true log cabin house and is willing to look farther away from Breckenridge to get it. Sean, wants to be in a ski-in/ski-out home and is willing to consider condos in the heart of downtown. Click HERE for more information!

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Lake Front Bargain Hunters is doing an episode on Summit County, CO specifically Lake Dillon


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  • September 21, 2014

    8:30 PM e/p

  • September 21, 2014

    3:30 AM e/p

A job opportunity for Mike has moved the DeBell family from the California coast to Colorado, but without a nearby ocean they are feeling very disconnected to the drink. They’ve decided in order to get closer to the water; a vacation home in nearby Summit County is a must. But with Mike’s busy work schedule, Lisa is searching solo with her son, Andrew, for a lakefront retreat to bring the family back together and back to nature. Wanting to spend less than $299,000, mother and son enlist the help of real estate agent, Sara Austin, to help them choose a home in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, without breaking the bank.

Open House TODAY!

Friday 9/19 from 2pm-5pm


Come see this beautiful townhome in Frisco’s Water Dance neighborhood.   Many updates have already been done including new flooring, cabinets, counter tops and expanded deck.  Views like this are few and far between.  Click HERE for additional information about this property


Water Danco Pic

Breckenridge Film Festival 9/18/14 to 9/21/14

The Breckenridge Film Festival begins Thursday 9/18 and runs through Sunday 9/21.  Since its opening event in 1981, the Breckenridge Film Festival has celebrated the art of filmmaking. Each year a unique and varied array of independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs and retrospectives honouring featured guests takes place high in the Colorado Rockies.


One of the oldest film festivals in the country, the Breckenridge Film Festival is private, non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Funding for the Festival comes from local public and private grants, sponsorships, fundraising events, individual contributions, in-kind assistance, and revenue from tickets and merchandise. More than 150 individual volunteers, local theatres and other venues are involved in this annual event. Educational outreach programs, children’s films, celebrity guests, independent filmmaker forums and other events celebrating the art of film, contribute to the Festival’s diverse program.


This year the film festival will open with “It’s not you, it’s me” directed by Nathan Ives.  It will feature a wide variety of films such as “Bffs,” “Dragon Day,” “Roralma,” “The Frontier,” “Ten Cent Pistol,” “Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives- The
Environmental Footprint of War”  culminating with the Rocky Mountain Premier of “Higher” featuring Jeremy Jones.  Films will be shown throughout town at locations including Town Hall, The Backstage Theater, Village Ten Mile Room, Colorado Mountain College, Fuqua and the Riverwalk Center. For a complete line up and tickets, visit

Winterize your home

The leaves are changing and we have started to see snow on the peaks up here in the Mountains.  The ski season is on its way and now is the best time to buy the ski home or mountain retreat that you have been dreaming of.  It is still possible to buy property for under $200K so what are you waiting for?  Avoid the I-70 traffic this winter and be able to walk right out your door and onto the ski slopes!


If you are already lucky enough to own your dream home here, make sure it is ready for winter.  Check out these great tips from MSN Real Estate.


1. Clean those gutters  
Once the leaves fall, remove them and other debris from your home’s gutters — by hand, by scraper or spatula, and finally by a good hose rinse — so that winter’s rain and melting snow can drain. Clogged drains can form ice dams, in which water backs up, freezes and causes water to seep into the house, the Insurance Information Institute says. As you’re hosing out your gutters, look for leaks and misaligned pipes. Also, make sure the downspouts are carrying water away from the house’s foundation, where it could cause flooding or other water damage.


2. Block those leaks
One of the best ways to winterize your home is to simply block obvious leaks around your house, both inside and out, experts say.  First, find the leaks: On a breezy day, walk around inside holding a lit incense stick to the most common drafty areas (recessed lighting, window and door frames, electrical outlets) and see where the worst drafts are occurring.  Then, buy door sweeps to close spaces under exterior doors, and caulk or apply tacky rope caulk to those drafty spots.  Outlet gaskets can easily be installed in electrical outlets that share a home’s outer walls, where cold air often enters. Outside, seal leaks with weather-resistant caulk. For brick areas, use masonry sealer, which will better stand up to freezing and thawing. Even if it’s a small crack, it’s worth sealing up.


3. Insulate yourself
“Another thing that does cost a little money — but boy, you do get the money back quick — is adding insulation to the existing insulation in the attic,” says Lipford. “Regardless of the climate conditions you live in, in the (U.S.) you need a minimum of 12 inches of insulation in your attic.  If you go into the attic and you can see the ceiling joists you know you don’t have enough, because a ceiling joist is at most 10 or 11 inches.”


4. Check the furnace
First, turn your furnace on now, to make sure it’s even working, before the coldest weather descends. A strong, odd, short-lasting smell is natural when firing up the furnace in the autumn; simply open windows to dissipate it. But if the smell lasts a long time, shut down the furnace and call a professional.  It’s a good idea to have furnaces cleaned and tuned annually. Costs will often run about $100-$125. Throughout the winter you should change the furnace filters regularly (check them monthly). A dirty filter impedes air flow, reduces efficiency and could even cause a fire in an extreme case. Toss out the dirty fiberglass filters; reusable electrostatic or electronic filters can be washed.


5. Get your ducts in a row
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a home with central heating can lose up to 60% of its heated air before that air reaches the vents if ductwork is not well-connected and insulated, or if it must travel through unheated spaces. That’s a huge amount of wasted money, not to mention a chilly house. Ducts aren’t always easy to see, but you can often find them exposed in the attic, the basement and crawlspaces. Repair places where pipes are pinched, which impedes flow of heated air to the house, and fix gaps with a metal-backed tape (duct tape actually doesn’t stand up to the job over time).  Ducts also should be vacuumed once every few years, to clean out the abundant dust, animal hair and other gunk that can gather in them and cause respiratory problems.


6. Face your windows
Now, of course, is the time to take down the window screens and put up storm windows, which provide an extra layer of protection and warmth for the home. Storm windows are particularly helpful if you have old, single-pane glass windows. But if you don’t have storm windows, and your windows are leaky or drafty, you may need to update them.  Of course, windows are pricey. Budget to replace them a few at a time, and in the meantime, buy a window insulator kit.  Basically, the kit is plastic sheeting that’s affixed to a window’s interior with double-stick tape. A hair dryer is then used to shrink-wrap the sheeting onto the window. (It can be removed in the spring.) “It’s temporary and it’s not pretty, but it’s inexpensive (about $4 a window) and it’s extremely effective,” says Lipford.


7. Don’t forget the chimney
Ideally, spring is the time to think about your chimney, because “chimney sweeps are going crazy right now, as you might have guessed,” says Ashley Eldridge, director of education for the Chimney Safety Institute of America. That said, don’t put off your chimney needs before using your fireplace, Eldridge advises. “A common myth is that a chimney needs to be swept every year,” says Eldridge. Not true. But a chimney should at least be inspected before use each year.  Ask for a Level 1 inspection, in which the professional examines the readily accessible portions of the chimney.

Woodstoves are a different beast, however, cautions Eldridge. They should be swept more than once a year. A general rule of thumb is that a cleaning should be performed for every ¼ inch of creosote, “anywhere that it’s found.” Why? “If it’s ash, then it’s primarily lye — the same stuff that was once used to make soap, and it’s very acidic.” It can cause mortar and the metal damper to rot, Eldridge says. Another tip: Buy a protective cap for your chimney, with a screen, advises Eldridge. “It’s probably the single easiest protection” because it keeps out foreign objects (birds, tennis balls) as well as rain that can mix with the ash and eat away at the fireplace’s walls. He advises buying based on durability, not appearance. One other reminder: To keep out cold air, fireplace owners should keep their chimney’s damper closed when the fireplace isn’t in use. And for the same reason, woodstove owners should have glass doors on their stoves, and keep them closed when the stove isn’t in use.


8. Reverse that fan
“Reversing your ceiling fan is a small tip that people don’t often think of,” says Lipford. By reversing its direction from the summer operation, the fan will push warm air downward and force it to recirculate, keeping you more comfortable. Here’s how you know the fan is ready for winter: As you look up, the blades should be turning clockwise.


9. Wrap those pipes
A burst pipe caused by a winter freeze is a nightmare. Prevent it before Jack Frost sets his grip: Before freezing nights hit, make certain that the water to your hose bibs is shut off inside your house (via a turnoff valve), and that the lines are drained, says Broili. Next, go looking for other pipes that aren’t insulated, or that pass through unheated spaces — pipes that run through crawlspaces, basements or garages. Wrap them with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation, available at hardware stores. If you’re really worried about a pipe freezing, you can first wrap it with heating tape, which is basically an electrical cord that emits heat.


10. Finally, check those alarms
This is a great time to check the operation — and change the batteries — on your home’s smoke detectors. Detectors should be replaced every 10 years, fire officials say. Test them — older ones in particular — with a small bit of actual smoke, and not just by pressing the “test” button. Check to see that your fire extinguisher is still where it should be, and still works. Also, invest in a carbon-monoxide detector; every home should have at least one.

Frisco’s Fall Fest this Weekend

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend now that the weather is starting to get a little cooler, check out Frisco’s Fall Fest.  Information curtsey of the Town of Frisco


Fall Fest kicks off on Saturday, September 6, 2014 with the Mt. Royal Hill Climb at 8:30 a.m. The celebration continues on Frisco’s Main Street and Historic Park  from 10 am to 6 pm. Come taste the Flavors of Frisco as restaurants showcase their signature dishes. Peruse local and regional art at the Meet the Artist art show (Saturday and Sunday). Saturday’s activities will also include a concert, a make and take art project for children and adults, face painting and other children’s activities. There will also be a beer garden featuring Backcountry Brewery benefiting the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, and Coyote  Gold will be on hand with their signature Airstream serving up Colorado’s own “Microbrew of Margaritas”.


Fall Fest Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 6
8:30 a.m. – Mt. Royal Hill Climb starting at the old community center at 3rd Avenue & Granite Street
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Meet the Artist art show and sale
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Flavors of Frisco and beer and margarita garden open
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Make and take art project for children and adults, face painting and children’s activities
2:30 p.m. – Free concert featuring Lez Zeppelin, a New York City-based all-girl band which has gained worldwide critical acclaim for the musicianship, passion and gender-bending audacity they bring to the music of Led Zeppelin.

Sunday, September 7 
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Meet the Artist art show and sale


Meet the Artist
On Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7 the Summit County Arts Council will present a local and regional Meet the Artists show and sale in the Frisco Historic Park. The show will feature jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography and other fine arts. On Saturday, there will also be furniture makers displaying and selling furniture made from signature blue-hewed beetle kill wood.


Flavors of Frisco
Flavors of Frisco highlights Frisco’s vibrant restaurant scene with small plate samples of signature dishes from 17 Frisco restaurants. Food and beverage sales will be available with Fall Fest bucks which will be sold at the event. Each ticket is one dollar and most items in the Flavors of Frisco tent will be between $2 and $6. Fall Fest bucks may be used at participating restaurants through Tuesday, September 9. This provides the opportunity for festival attendees to discover some new favorite restaurants during the Flavors of Frisco event and then visit them again later at their location in Frisco.


The following restaurants will be participating in the Flavors of Frisco:
Backcountry Brewery
The Blue Spruce
Foote’s Rest
Frisco Wine Merchant
Himalayan Cuisine
Log Cabin Cafe
The Lost Cajun Restaurant
Moose Jaw
Ollie’s Pub and Grub
Pete’s Good Eats
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant (opening September 2014 in Frisco)
Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters
Silverheels Bar and Grill
Whole Foods

Upgrades at Colorado Mountain Resorts for the 2014-2015 Ski Season

Check out this great synopsis from the Summit Daily of the updates that many local ski resorts have made for the 2013-2014 ski season and view the full article here



  • Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will reveal a new Kids Center in the spring. The three-story, 7,100-square-foot, $2.3 million center will be a place for kids in lessons and programs to rent gear, grab meals and warm up.
  • The building will house kids’ ski and snowboard rentals, lesson check-ins, a kitchen and dining space for snow sports students, a new first aid room, an employee locker room and expanded office spaces for the ski patrol.
  • In keeping with A-Basin’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the center will be outfitted with solar energy panels, low-flow toilets and a low-energy lighting system and will be decorated with ecology education displays.


  • This winter will be the first full season for Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 6 terrain expansion, which opened last year on Dec. 25.
  • The biggest change at the resort from last season will be an upgraded Colorado Super Chair. The quad express lift will become a six-passenger express, increasing capacity on Peak 8’s most-used lift by 30 percent, helping to diffuse skiers to the surrounding peaks and providing a faster route from Peaks 6 and 7 to Peak 9.
  • The resort will reopen Peak 9 Restaurant, for 40 years under private ownership, with an entirely remodeled interior.


  • Last winter, Copper Mountain introduced its Sherpa smartphone app, which provides hands-free, real-time insider intelligence across the entire mountain and was voted the 2013/2014 Best Use of Mobile Technology by the National Ski Areas Association. New this season, Copper will hand over Sherpa’s controls to everyone, and guests can create and share their own mountain tips and favorite trails.
  • Anyone will be able to leave geo-located audibles for others to hear when they ski or ride through them, and Copper will reward the best contributors with swag, tickets, passes and a prized spot on the next season’s winter trail map.


  • Loveland Ski Area is adding a second Magic Carpet surface lift at Loveland Valley, the resort’s beginner learning area, as well as Ginny Lee Cabin, a new warming hut off Chair 8 with views, restrooms and vending machines.
  • At Loveland Basin, a newly remodeled cafeteria will be unveiled this season with more food and beverage options and a more convenient dining experience.
  • The resort also has invested in snowmaking upgrades at both Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley to improve efficiencies and productivity.


  • Keystone Resort’s ski and ride school facility for kids will introduce a new slide that provides access to the snow from inside the building.
  • This year the Family Ski Trail, the School Yard, which was launched last season, will feature skiing and riding with Keystone’s mascot, Riperoo. The resort’s avy dogs and patrol teams will make regular photo appearances. The resort will also introduce a new “mine” in Riperoo’s Forest, a family adventure zone adjacent to the School Yard.
  • At the Bighorn Bistro, parents who want some alone time can take advantage of a new family brunch with separate perks for kids. Regular drinkers at the base area can take advantage of a new “mug club” at the Last Lift Bar at the Mountain House.



  • Ski Cooper will offer an on-mountain mobile food service with the new “Cat Trax” snow-cat. Like a food truck, Cat Trax will serve hot food at different locations on the mountain.
  • The rental shop will improve on last season’s remodel with more advances in efficiency that will enhance the flow of guests renting skis and snowboards.
  • In the base lodge, guests will experience the newly enhanced Pub. With an even more laid back vibe and atmosphere, the Pub will feature an Irish theme with Irish music and quality Irish beer.

Summit County July Market Analysis by Land Title Guarantee Company

Provided by Land Title Gaurantee Co

July 2014 Highlights:

  • Market Analysis by Area for July: July was another positive real estate month in the high country! There were 195 transactions with $90,735,125 in gross monetary volume. The average transaction price for all 18 reported areas at $465,308, average residential price was $501,084 and the median residential price was $394,000. The average residential PPSF was $310.
  • YTD Transaction Summary: There have been a total of 938 transactions with $457,191,881 monetary volume, the average transaction price for all 18 reported areas is $487,319. The average residential price is $508,448. The median residential price is $404,000. The average PPSF is $315.
  • Market Snapshot for YTD 2014 vs. 2013: Values are as follows: Average Indicators for $: Single Family +6%, Multi- Family +5% and Vacant Land +15%.Median indicators for $: Single Family +7%, Multi- Family +7% and Vacant Land +51%. These indicators translate that the prices are still fairly stable to last year, increasing slightly.
  • Market Analysis % Change showing years 2004-2014 YTD: July monetary volume ($90,735,125) is up 32% from July 2013, transaction volume (195) is up 26% from July 2013. 2014 YTD (7 months) monetary volume is up 10% from YTD 2013. YTD 2014 transaction volume is finally up by 4% from YTD 2013. Inventory continues to be low in Summit County compared to years past.
  • Residential Market Sales by Price Point : Residential volume in July had 158 transactions with $79,171,325 gross volume. There were 12 properties that sold for $1M and above in July. The most active price point in July was higher than our previous few months at $300K to $400K. The price point of $500K to $600K was high again with 22 transactions in that price range. There were 55 Single family, 103 Multi-family and 14 Vacant land transactions in July.
  • 2014 Average Price History: Average residential pricing continues to be highly consistent as of July – Single family is $799,222, Multi- family is at $362,783 and Vacant land is $372,880. This graph on page 7 is a great piece to show your clients that our market has held it’s value over all these years.
  • Historical Cost Breakdown YTD 2014 : There have been 782 residential transactions YTD 2014 and $397,606,681 gross volume with 65 properties $1M – Compared to 2013 YTD, there were 722 transactions and $364,440,500 gross volume, 60 properties at $1M and over and in 2012 YTD, there were 589 transactions with $304,658,925 gross volume, 45 properties at $1M and over.
  • Top Lender Graph: There were 567 loans in July, with 58% of the purchasers obtaining financing at the time of sale. 42% of the real estate closings were cash transactions. There were 107 Refinances.
  • Market Highlights: Please see page 10 of the Market Analysis-View the higher priced purchases in July with again no bank sales.
  • Foreclosures: Bank sales and Foreclosure actions are increasingly down again. It’s a good trend to see in Summit County! There were only 13 actions in July compared to 27 in July 2013. There have only been 102 actions YTD 2014.
  • Land Title Purchaser Highlights ( Page 15):There were 12 higher end sales in July to note- you can see the details on this report. In July, the majority of our buyers for real estate transactions continue to be the Front Range demographic at 38% of our market, only 28% are local and 32% are out of state buyers.

To view the full analysis including grafts and charts, please click on this link Land Title Guarantee Company July 2013 Market Analysis

Summit Foundation Great Rubber Duck Race

Hi Everyone, I wanted to let you know about a really great event that will be taking place On Saturday August 30 in Breckenridge, CO.  The Summit Foundation will be hosting the 27th Annual Breckenridge Grand Vacations Great Rubber Duck Race!  Activites start at 11am including a lively Blue River Plaza with kids activities and a BBQ on the Riverwalk Lawn.  The Hudson Auto Source Kids Duck Dash begins at 1pm as Red, White, and Blue Fire drop 750 kids ducks into the Blue River for a chance to win great prizes.  At 2pm is the First Bank Business Battle Race, where businesses compete for an amazing snowcat trip for 12 people! At 3pm is the 27th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race sponsored by Breckenridge Grand Vacations where nearly 10,000 little Rubber Ducks race to the finish line with the first 50 ducks winning prizes.   If you have never seen this event, it is a site worth seeing!


The Summit Foundation awards  grants to nonprofit organizations in Summit County and neighboring communities.  Additionally, local high school graduates are eligible for scholarship funds awarded by The Foundation.  In the past year, the Summit Foundation has distributed more than $2 million back into our local community in grants and scholarships


Ducks adoptions will be held all around town prior to the event, including at the Dillon Farmers Market on Friday 8/29 where I will be volunteering so stop by and adopt your duck.  You can also adopt your duck online by clicking HERE.