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Our most Majestic & Most Dangerous Animal

Everyone LOVES to see the moose!  We are fortunate to see them quite often, as we live in a neighborhood surrounded by willows which are some of the moose’s favorite retreats.  A few years ago, my youngest son and our dog were charged by a bull moose right in our front yard.  As soon as Jordan and our dog were out of his line of site, the moose stopped in his tracks, acted as if nothing had happened, and started munching on our Aspen tree.

We moved to Summit County when our kids were 5 and 2.  With 2 little boys who loved to explore, it became imperative that we teach them how to be safe even within the boundaries of our own yard, since we lived right next door to the wilderness.  While many people seem to be so concerned about bear and mountain lions, our biggest concern for our boys was always the moose.  “Don’t approach them”, “hide behind a tree”, “do not let the dog approach the moose…”, became constant reminders as the boys headed out to “explore”.

I think the key to understanding wildlife is that you don’t have to be afraid to venture outside and into the wilderness – just be smart, be alert, and most of all, don’t be stupid and try to approach the animal.

This article just appeared in Facebook on Tiny Doors Frisco timeline (if you haven’t “liked” that page, I encourage you to do so…they have some great history & other good tidbits of info about the town).  This post (courtesy of the Colorado Department of Wildlife) is an excellent reminder of the dangers of moose and what is the best thing to do when confronted by a moose.

 

WHEN MOOSE MEET PEOPLE – Moose have very few natural enemies in the wild and, as a result, do not fear humans as much as most other big game species. Moose tolerate humans longer and at closer distances. They are extremely curious and often will approach humans or houses, and even will look into windows. For these reasons, it is extremely important to understand moose behavior when living in or visiting the areas they inhabit.

Female moose (cows) are very protective of their young (calves), so they can be dangerous if approached or caught off guard. Bulls can also be aggressive and territorial, especially during the breeding season (rut) in the fall. Some bulls have taken over pastures and injured or killed livestock while defending their territories. Moose have also taken over feed yards and haystacks and will defend them from any and all intruders, whether they’re livestock or human.

IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD SEE MOOSE IN THE VICINITY OF A SCHOOL, KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE AND PLEASE REPORT YOUR SIGHTING TO THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OR STAFF MEMBER IMMEDIATELY.

These formidable beasts need their space and must be given command and respect when observed in the wild.

Signs of moose aggression include laid back ears, raised hairs on the neck, and licking of the snout

Avoid animals that are behaving belligerently or abnormally.

Keep pets away, as moose can get quite aggressive around them.

Be especially cautious when walking dogs.

Moose may think a dog is a wolf or predator, keep dogs away.

If threatened by a moose, stay calm; do not run away. Talk, make your presence known and slowly back off in direction you came.

If a moose does begin to charge, run as fast as you can and try to put a large object between you such as a boulder, car or tree.

While moose encounters with people are quite common, moose cause few problems. However, moose have “treed” people who have approached them too closely, have killed or injured pets or livestock, and have chased people away from territories they are defending. Caution and common sense go a long way in preventing potential problems with moose.

This information is from the Colorado Department of Parks & Wildlife (DOW) Website and was distributed by Summit School District. Please contact DOW directly for more information at: DOW MOOSE SAFETY, Glenwood Office 970-947-2920, or 911 for emergencies.

Mud Season Restaurant Deals in Summit County

It is Mud Season in Summit County.  In addition to schizophrenic weather, it also means 2 for 1’s or other amazing restaurant deals throughout the county.

This is the time of the year that my husband and I like to try out the higher-end restaurants.  Well, in fact, this is the time of year that my husband and I actually go out to eat, period.

No crowds and amazing deals!  Who can beat that?!

Heading out for dinner?  Then check out the Summit Daily for the specials around the county.

In fact, here is a great article with some specific deals you can get throughout Mud Season: Summit Daily Mud Season Article

 

End of Season beginning to Wrap Up

The 2013/2014 ski season is coming to a close this month at 3 of Summit County’s ski resorts.

Keystone Resort wrapped up their season this weekend and Copper Mountain & Breckenridge closing this next weekend on April 27th (although they are already closed during the week and will re-open for the weekend only).

See Summit Daily’s article on Keystone’s Season Wrap-up here:

http://www.summitdaily.com/news/11112550-113/season-keystone-resort-mountain

Arapahoe Basin has yet to determine a closing date.

So – what does that mean for mountain enthusiasts?  It means that hiking is just around the corner!!  Follow me to get the latest on my Summit County hikes this summer!

How will Homeowner Associations handle Pot?

 

 

We knew it would happen sooner or later.  The legalization of marijuana had to have an effect on real estate.  And, already, it has Homeowner Associations wondering if they can ban the use of pot in their complexes.

The Denver Post provided an interesting article on the topic which you can read here:  http://www.thecannabist.co/2014/01/14/hoas-pot-use-cultivation-likely-volatile-mix/2533/

It will be interesting to see what the courts will have to say with this matter – and only time will tell.

 

Pot Laws in Colorado

Have you heard?  Recreational pot can now legally be purchased in Colorado.  If you haven’t heard – then you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past month.  It is the one topic you will find in the paper each day.

I thought I would address the laws surrounding Amendment 64.   I’m not here to argue for or against this new law nor do I care to pass judgment on your opinions about the subject.  This is definitely a topic where feelings are very passionate regardless of which side of the fence you are on.

The Denver Post published an article answering many questions (64 to be exact) about Colorado’s marijuana laws.  You can read that article in its entirety at:  A Colorado Marijuana Guide 

I will highlight a few key points here:

  • January 1, 2014 was the first day that marijuana could be sold to anyone over 21 at specially licensed stores.  Though marijuana use, possession and sales remain illegal under federal law, nowhere else in the world has pot sales this legal.  More than 2 dozen shops opened on January 1 for recreational sales.  You can simply walk into a store, show your ID and make your purchase….very similar to a liquor store.  Some cities have banned stores and other cities are waiting to allow them until they have a better understanding of rules, etc.
  • People with a Colorado ID can buy up to an ounce of marijuana at a time.  People with an out-of-state ID can buy up to a quarter of an ounce.  No one who is not a medical-marijuana patient can possess more than an ounce of marijuana at a time, but there is nothing in the law that requires these new stores to track purchases – so yes, you can make multiple purchases in 1 day….going from store-to-store and no, these stores are not required to give their list of customers to the government.
  • You cannot smoke in the marijuana shops.  Pot smoking is not allowed anywhere that cigarette smoking is also banned.
  • Public consumption is banned.
  • You cannot smoke on the ski slopes.  Keep in mind that most of the actual ski slopes are on federal land, where marijuana use and possession is still against the law.
  • Possession in National parks, national forests, and national monuments is illegal and punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
  • Taking marijuana out-of-state is totally illegal, even if you are traveling to another legal marijuana state.  And, marijuana is banned at DIA.
  • It is OK to drive with marijuana in your car as long as you are transporting it and not consuming it.  Driving stoned is absolutely against the law.
  • Employers still have the right to fire an employee for off-the-clock marijuana use, even if there is no allegation that the employee was impaired on the job.
  • Most people purchase around an eighth of an ounce which sells for between $25-$45 (at least for medical marijuana).  We are still waiting to see how the market drives prices for recreational marijuana.  However, taxes is where a purchaser will get the real sticker shock….nearly 29% in the city of Denver.
  • Colorado law allows people 21 and older to grow up to six plants of their own, provided it is done in an “enclosed, locked space.”  But be sure to check with your city’s limit.

 Both the Denver Post and the Summit Daily have had numerous articles about this topic these past few weeks.  From credit card payments, to effects on minors, from law enforcement to monitoring of the pot shops and grow facilities.  Good or bad, it is definitely having an impact on our state.  Personally, I’m looking forward to reading about other things in the news. 

Local Young Man makes Freeride World Tour

Summit County’s Four World-Class Ski Resorts are often home to World-class skiers.  ESPN’s X-games recently featured a story about one such skier.

http://xgames.espn.go.com/skiing/article/9967423/freeride-world-tour-rookie-ian-borgeson-talks-life-dad

Ian Borgeson is a rookie on the Freeride World Tour this year.  He grew up skiing at Arapahoe Basin (more commonly known as A-Basin) which is just past the Keystone Resort.

While Summit County boasts tourism, skiing, and other winter recreational activities, we are also a very tight-knit community and are thrilled when one of our own make it to the big time.

Congratulations Ian!  And best of luck on the tour!!

 

 

Summit County Property Values Using Price per Square Foot

The Summit Daily had an interesting article in last Saturday’s newspaper.  It discussed the pitfalls of looking only at the price per square foot when evaluating the price of a piece of real estate.  You can read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

I like the first paragraph of the article where is states that too many people look only at the price per square foot to determine if the property is a good value.  It is quick, it is easy.  But it isn’t always the whole story.  While this article discusses the differences in how square footage is obtained, I caution you to be wary of using price per square foot for other reasons.

As I tell my clients, the price per square foot is only one factor in determining value.  It is often a good starting point – but you must be careful to make sure you are comparing apples to apples.  For example, a single family home in Keystone Ranch is going to have a much different price per square foot than a 2 bedroom condo at the top of Wildernest above Silverthorne, Colorado.  Keep in mind, that the larger the property, the higher the price per square foot.

As it was explained to me when I first got in the business, when people are looking for a home, they need a kitchen, a living area, a bedroom, and a bath.  When you compare two 2-bedroom single family homes where one has much more square footage, the large home will have a lower price per square foot.  They both have the kitchen, the living area, the bedrooms and the bathrooms….the larger home is just giving you extra space in each of those rooms – therefore, the price per square foot goes down – but the total value of the home might still be higher, because there is more square footage.

Location can have a major factor on PPSF.  A 2-bedroom condo at the base of the mountain in Keystone is going to have a higher PPSF than a 2-bedroom condo in the town of Dillon.

The quality of the finishes can affect the PPSF.  Two identical sized condos in the same complex will vary in price simply because of the quality of the finishes.

However, with all of the determination of PPSF, you cannot use this as the only tool in determining value.  As I said, it is a great tool to use to get started, but by using a real estate professional, they can help you determine other factors that are affecting the total value of the property.

Location, supply and demand, number of days on market, condition of the home, furnished or unfurnished and quality of that furniture, proximity to features such as a river, lake, mountainside, etc., all have an effect on the total value of a home.

My point here is to caution yourself from getting hung up on price per square foot.  Look at the total picture.  Look at comparable properties and work closely with your real estate professional.

If you would like help in determining your Summit County property’s value, please do not hesitate to call or email me.  I would be happy to provide you with a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis).  You can reach me at 970-389-3562 or at [email protected]

Summit Real Estate Market Strengthening?

The Summit Daily News ran an interesting article in this week’s paper about the Summit Real Estate Market.  You can see it at:  Summit real estate market strengthing, slowly

Good article with the opinions of two well-respected realtors in the area.  That seems to be the big question from most buyers – “Have you reached the bottom of the market yet?” 

You never know the answer to that question.  Because once you KNOW you have reached the bottom of the market, prices are on their way back up again.

So keep this in mind as you think about purchasing Summit County real estate.  Prices are at their lowest levels since 2005 and 2006.  Interest rates are below 4%.  You would not be making a mistake if you invested in Summit County real estate today. 

Call me today and we can see what properties best fit your needs.

Buying Bank-owned Properties in Summit County, Colorado

I am often asked by buyers about finding a deal in a bank-owned property.  And – deals can be found and are definitely worth the time to research such properties.  We are also seeing a few more Bank-owned properties that many would classify as a “second home”.  It is important to research the property thoroughly.  Banks typically sell the property “as-is” – so while you can rarely get them to corret items found in an inspection, it is still imperative that you have the home inspected so you are aware of any issues you may be faced with.  It is not much of a deal if you saved yourself $50,000 on the purchase but will have to put that much into replacing a furnace, deteriorating roof, etc.  There can also be legal consequences.  Noah Klug has a great article in today’s Summit Daily about the legal risks you can run into when you purchase a Bank-owned property.  You can find this article at:  Risks with buying Bank Owned Real Estate

If you are interested in learning more about Summit County’s Bank-Owned market, please call me today at 970-389-3562.