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Thinking of listing your mountain home? Take the time beforehand to view your property through a potential buyer’s eyes. We’ve compiled 10 tips to improve your home’s appearance and help get it ready to sell.

1. Curb Appeal: You never get a second chance to make the first impression. Buyers will have an opinion about your home before they even walk in the door. Keep sidewalks and driveways cleared, lawns mowed and create a welcoming entry.

2. Less is More: Extra furniture, overflowing bookshelves, cluttered counters and bulging closets are easy to remedy. Consider renting a storage unit for extra stuff and maximize your home’s use of space.

3. Remove the Home From Your House: Remember, you want potential buyers to picture themselves in your home, so keep…
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New home sales jumped nationally last month - up 14.8% in April over March 2010. National sales rose 47.8% compared to the same time period last year and in the West sales increased 21.7%. April was the last month first time home buyers could take advantage of the government tax credit that has helped the housing market. Buyers needed to enter into a contract by April 30 in order qualify for the credits.

Read the full article in the Washington Post
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Each spring, after the snow melts, our communities join together for each town's Clean Up day - to pick up trash and clean up the area so we're looking our best going into the summer. This year's clean up day is May 22 for Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon. Thank you for keeping Summit County and our communities beautiful for everyone to enjoy!

Details for each clean up follow:

Breckenridge - Meet at 9am at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. Volunteers can pick up coffee, gloves and trash bags at this location all morning. Celebrate your hard work following the clean up back at the Riverwalk Center with a Volunteer Picnic from Noon-3pm.

Frisco - Meet at 9am at Walter Byron Park. Volunteers can also pick up a lunch ticket at this time for the…
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According to the National Association of REALTORS, pending home sales for March 2010 were up nationally. This is good news going in to the spring buying season. Signed contracts went up 5.3% from February 2010 and is up more than 20% over March of 2009. Affordability, government incentives (such as the tax credit) and low mortgage rates contributed to the upswing.

Read the full article here.
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Mortgage rates have crept up slightly to now above the 5 point mark from their record low of 4.71 in December. They were pushed down in the fall due to the campaign led by the Federal Reserve to help reduce consumer spending. The program ended in March. Current rates for a 30 year fixed loan is currently 5.06, down a tick from last week's 5.07.

Read more on the MSNBC Mortgage Rates Article.
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Most homebuyers in search of a home automatically assume buying a foreclosed property means they’re getting the best deal out there. However, this often isn’t the case. Purchasing a foreclosed property truly can be a great investment, but it could also be an eye-opening experience for those not aware of the process and problems that can occur along the way.

Fortunately, from a property-value standpoint, we have not seen significant growth in the number of foreclosures locally as many other markets have experienced. Out of 26,765 properties in Summit County only 47 sold as foreclosures in 2009*. Unlike many areas, Breckenridge has a high number of cash transactions. This coupled with a healthy rental pool and a stable tourism-based economy, has surely helped…
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After successfully closing two record-breaking sales in the past few months as well as achieving leading brokerage status in Summit & Park County sales volume for 2009, we are pleased to report a stable continued stretch of accomplishments among the Breckenridge Associates Real Estate team in what has otherwise been a challenging time for many local brokerages.

The two record-breaking transactions consist of the highest-ever single-family home sale of nearly $8.3 million at the end of 2009 and the most expensive residential lot sale of $3.3 million in January of this year. Each property is ski-in, ski-out and located in the luxury Timber Trail Subdivision near Peak 8 Village of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Breckenridge Associates Real Estate represented the…
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As a locally owned and operated real estate company, we are truly invested in making certain our community is growing, thriving and enjoyable for many generations to come. To help give back and show support locally, we've chosen to focus charitable efforts in the local areas of the performing arts as well as through the endorsement of successful, longstanding events. Both bring entertainment and value to our community as well as help cultivate Breckenridge’s success as a world-class, year-round vacation destination. We are proud supporters The Summit Foundation, National Repertory Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival and International Snow Sculpting Championships, just to name a few.

Thanks to our loyal clients, our…
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As the winter ski and snowboarding season winds down and comes to a close in Breckenridge and Summit County, homeowners wanting to sell their mountain property will most likely list this spring. It's typical in our market cycle for new listings to become available in the next couple of months to allow for them to be properly marketed and exposed for the high buying season of the summer.

From a buyer’s perspective, higher inventory levels typical of the spring mean a wider range of properties to view and choose from. Also, since many wait until the summer months to begin the search for their mountain property, those starting before the busy season will have less competition among buyers interested in the same type of property. Savvy buyers will be able to…
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Summit MLS data indicates an increase in Summit and Park County sold residential properties and vacant land from December 1, 2009 to March 25, 2010 over the same time period the year prior. This nearly four-month time frame shows there were 343 sales transactions in 2009-2010 versus 251 sales transactions in 2008-2009, a year-over-year increase of 37%.

The table below shows Breckenridge Associates Real Estate listings sold during the December 1, 2009 through March 25, 2010 time period. Breckenridge Associates Real Estate listings sold during this time over the same period the previous year have increased by more than 50%, a healthy improvement and strong indicator of first quarter sales for 2010.
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