January 2017 Newsletter
In early December 2016 we were worried about the snow which hadn’t fallen. Now, just a month and a half later, we are buried in snow, thanks to the California rains (and flooding) that keep moving east, where it comes down as a LOT of snow in Colorado. So much for our December worries!
In November the nation was, and still is, divided on the political front. Recently we’ve seen the transfer of power in Washington, DC….and it’s way too early to see what that change will bring to our nation. In Colorado we hope for protecting our snow and the environment, aiding the people and communities, the women and men, that keep our resorts humming, and ensuring that we have a health care system that works for our youthful and healthy state. We have to work hard for those things that matter to us.
For me the New Year is a time to refocus my energies, work on the things the matter most, and let go of the things I cannot change. It’s about trusting good friends, making the most of opportunities, and being humble throughout. My focus in real estate is to stay in close touch with past and present clients so that they can make the very best, educated decisions going forward. Like a fishing guide, my work as a Realtor means casting in the right spot for each client and customer with whom I work. Using the shotgun approach doesn’t work for me….and I like the personal touch of getting to know clients more intimately. That way I can “zero in on” the choices that are best for them.
Aspen Market Update
You already know that the overall sales in Aspen and Snowmass last year did not come close to the records set in 2015. The Aspen Times has an interesting article:
Homes over $10 Million totaled 12 sales in 2016, whereas in 2015 the number was 28! The same can be said of the condominium markets, although Snowmass Village is more steadily working its way out from the recession. To look deeper into the market statistics, please refer to one of my colleagues, Andrew Ernemann, for his current market report:
What I can report is that every single transaction I negotiated last year far exceeded the values my Sellers anticipated…. and for my Buyers they are absolutely thrilled with their smart purchases. I pride myself on working diligently for my Buyers and Sellers, so that they come out winners. Too much in real estate is all about making the deal, making the sale…. but in my book it’s about making the best deal for my clients.
And speaking of a great property, I recently listed a very special home, high atop the Five Trees subdivision, which has ski in/out access to Aspen Highlands, just five minutes to downtown Aspen. The home at 112 Falcon Road is exquisite in every detail and in every hand-picked piece of furniture. It was designed by local architect Michael Gassman and was completed in 2007 by David Lambert Construction. I recently had a broker open house at the property, and the comments were excellent. Listed at $17.9 Million, it is a one-of-a-kind, hi-tech home that everyone wants here in Aspen: privacy, mountain views, adjacent to private open space, and elegantly finished and furnished. Please take a look at this video:
And for a photography expose of this property:
So, if you’re thinking of selling your special property here in Aspen/Snowmass, please call me for a consultation. The tremendous penetration and #1 rank of our Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty brokerage cannot be overlooked. If you’re looking to buy that special place for you and your family, work with a dedicated professional that keeps you appraised 24/7, 365 days a year.
Have a prosperous New Year!