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The latest county-wide real estate appraisal found the total market value of Eagle County real estate jumped 12.9 percent, with residential value jumping 11.4 percent compared to the last appraisal numbers from 2015.  According to Eagle County Assessor Mark Chapin, our real estate values are back to where we were pre-recession.  Our market has recovered.

Residential property values are around $1 billion more than the pre-recession peak, with residential property valued at $31.24 billion in 2009 and $32.39 billion in 2017.  The biggest increases are in Gypsum and Eagle where the affordable housing is supposed to be.  If you can find something between $250,000 and $500,000, that is the area where you will find it.  Properties tend to be closer to the half million mark than the lower price.

As property values go up, so do property taxes.  The property valuation notices will come out later this week.  In Eagle County, 45 percent of residential property value is second homes.  Those properties tend to be worth over $2 million each.  Around 60 percent of Eagle County’s property tax burden will be paid by second-home owners.  High end homes did not see the increases that the local markets did but they did not see their values plummet as hard when the recession hit.  A significant part of the overall property value increase was due to the number of local hotels that sold in Vail, which has not happened in many years.  The Park Hyatt sold for $145 million, the Four Seasons sold for $121 million, the Cascade sold for $90 million and the Vail Holiday Inn sold for $22.4 million.

In Colorado, properties are re-appraised every two years in odd numbered year.  This year’s  appraisal is based on market sales that occurred between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.  Under Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment, residential property taxes are limited to 45 percent of all property taxes in Colorado.  Commercial and every other kind of property cover the other 55 percent.  Eagle County voters have seen a property tax hit from the four tax increases approved last year: Eagle County school district, Eagle County ambulance district, Eagle River Fire protection district and Gypsum Fire protection district.

For more information on real estate in the Vail Valley, please visit our website:  www.gatewaytovail.com.

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Property Tax notices will be going out this month and will reflect an increase after Eagle County voters approved four separate taxes increases in 2016.  The four property tax increases this year include:  Eagle County School District, Eagle County Ambulance District, Eagle River Fire Protection District and Gypsum Fire Protection District.

Your property tax increase will depend on where your property is located.  Everyone in the Eagle River Valley from East Vail to Dotsero pay the tax increase for the schools and the ambulance district.  The tax increase for the Eagle River Fire Protection District will be paid by property owners from Tennessee Pass to Wolcott and areas north and south inside that district.  They will also pay the increased school taxes and ambulance district taxes.  The Gypsum property owners will pay the increased school taxes and ambulance district taxes along with the Gypsum Fire District taxes.

Under Colorado’s tax structure, residential property is taxed at 7.9 percent and Commercial property is taxed at 29 percent.  The commercial property owners will pay considerably more in property taxes.

Property values continue to rise but your residential property tax rates will not go up more than the 2017 increase.  According to Mark Chapin, Eagle County assessor, your residential property tax rates may decrease and here is why:  Under Colorado Gallagher Amendment, residential property taxes are limited to 45 percent of all property taxes in Colorado.  Every other kind of property covers the other 55 percent.  To keep that equation balanced, residential property tax rates will likely decline in 2018, according to Mark Chapin.

For more information on real estate in the Vail Valley, please feel free to call:  Betsy Randall at (970) 401-3011 or visit our website:  www.gatewaytovail.com

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The Four Seasons Resort and Residences sold for a record $121 million.  The sales price of $902,985 per room for the 134-room luxury hotel sets a new price standard, according to CBRE Hotels, the company that put the deal together. The average price in the luxury hotel market was $851,000 per room in 2015.  The record price reflects both the market’s stature and the product’s premium.  New York-based Extell Development Company and Chinese firm Parkland Holdings partnered to buy the Four Seasons.  Barclays had owned the resort since 2009, when it took control of the project when it was still under construction.

The Four Seasons is known for their world-class service, luxury finishes and robust amenity package.  The AAA Four Diamond hotel features 121 hotel guestrooms and 13 two-to-four bedroom condominiums that are currently operating as hotel inventory.  Amenities include a 14,935 square foot space, 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space, Flame restaurant and The Remedy Bar.  The resort also has ski valet facilities near the base of Vail’s Gondola One.

For Vail, the Four Seasons deal marks the second major resort transaction in the past 12 months.  Last December, Los Angeles-based Laurus Corporation purchased the 292-room Vail Cascade Resort and Spa for approximately $90 million and almost immediately announced plans for a $35 million renovation during the off-season. Holiday Inn Vail also traded hands in January for $22.4 million.  A private East Coast group purchased the hotel is renovating and re-positioning the hotel as a Double Tree, according to CBRE.

For more information on real estate in the Vail Valley, please feel free to contact:  Betsy Randall at (970) 401-3011 or email:  betsy@gatewayland.com.  Please visit our website:  www.gatewaytovail.com

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This infographic is about home buyers and sellers in the Silent Generation, born between 1925 and 1945. The information it contains comes from the 2016 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trends report.

For information about buying or selling, please call Greg Peterson at 970-331-1333.

This is a fun chart to see how different age groups approach the home buying process.

So, the next time your looking to buy a home, give me a call. I will represent you as a Buyer’s Agent to ensure your best interest is protected. Remember that a Transaction Broker is looking out for the best interest of the transaction and not a specific party to the transaction. 

For more information call Greg Peterson at. 970-331-1333.

This blog post was written by Managing Director of Housing Research, Danielle Hale, and Data Analyst, Hua Zhong.

You probably know that home listings go up most often on Thursdays and Fridays. Here is the data to back up your intuition:

  • As we start the New Year, this is a good time to take a look and recap the year behind us to see what insights 2014 holds for 2015. While December 2015 is still preliminary, we can get a good sense of the year by looking at the data we currently have for the past 12 months[1]. In our first posts, we looked at popular and least common closing dates. Here, we’ll take a look at listings.
  • Below, we see the most popular listing days of 2015. Note the strong preponderance of spring dates and obvious lack of weekends.
  • The biggest months for new listings are April, May, and June, followed by March and July. These months alone accounted for roughly half of all new listings in this analysis.
  • While not devoid of new listings, the weekends are obviously not popular days to list. Among weekdays, Fridays and Thursdays are the most common days for new listings to go up, with Mondays and Wednesdays trailing a bit and Tuesdays not too far behind. Tuesdays and weekends are the only days of the week absent in the top 25 days for listings.
  • While home closings exhibit a strong tendency to get done at the end of the month, listings are much steadier throughout the course of the month with a slight tendency to be posted earlier rather than later.
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[1] This analysis considers data from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

Don’t miss out on this prime listing times!! Get your home listed with Greg Peterson early! Call me at 970-331-1333 to get your home listed. 

Is it really 2016 already?  For those of you who happen to be planning on buying a home in the new year—or even just trying to—there’s a whole lot to celebrate. Why? A variety of financial vectors have dovetailed to make this the perfect storm for home buyers to get out there and make an (winning) offer. Here are six home-buying reasons to be thankful while ringing in the new year:

Reason No. 1: Interest rates are still at record lows

Even though they may creep up at any moment, it’s nonetheless a fact that interest rates on home loans are at historic lows, with a 30-year fixed-rate home loan still hovering around 4%.

“Remember 18.5% in the ’80s?” asks Tom Postilio, a real estate broker with Douglas Elliman Real Estate and a star of HGTV’s “Selling New York.”“It is likely that we’ll never see interest rates this low again. So while prices are high in some markets, the savings in interest payments could easily amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the mortgage.”

Reason No. 2: Rents have skyrocketed

Another reason home buyers are lucky is that rents are going up, up, up! (This, on the other hand, is a reason not to be thankful if you’re a renter.) In fact, rents outpaced home values in 20 of the 35 biggest housing markets in 2015. What’s more, according to the2015 Rent.com Rental Market Report, 88% of property managers raised their rent in the past 12 months, and an 8% hike is predicted for 2016.

“In most metropolitan cities, monthly rent is comparable to that of a monthly mortgage payment, sometimes more,” says Heather Garriock, mortgage agent for The Mortgage Group. “Doesn’t it make more sense to put those monthly chunks of money into your own appreciating asset rather than handing it over to your landlord and saying goodbye to it forever?”

Reason No. 3: Home prices are stabilizing

For the first time in years, prices that have been climbing steadily upward are stabilizing, restoring a level playing field that helps buyers drive a harder bargain with sellers, even in heated markets.

“Local markets vary, but generally we are experiencing a cooling period,” says Postilio. “At this moment, buyers have the opportunity to capitalize on this.”

Reason No. 4: Down payments don’t need to break the bank

Probably the biggest obstacle that prevents renters from becoming homeowners is pulling together a down payment. But today, that chunk of change can be smaller, thanks to a variety of programs to help home buyers. For instance, the new Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Home Possible Advantage Program allows for a 3% down payment for credit scores as low as 620.

Reason No. 5: Mortgage insurance is a deal, too

If you do decide to put less than 20% down on a home, you are then required to have mortgage insurance (basically in case you default). A workaround to handle this, however, is to take out a loan from the Federal Housing Administration—a government mortgage insurer that backs loans with down payments as low as 3.5% and credit scores as low as 580. The fees are way down from 1.35% to 0.85% of the mortgage balance, meaning your monthly mortgage total will be significantly lower if you fund it this way. In fact, the FHA predicts this 37% annual premium cut will bring 250,000 first-time buyers into the market. Why not be one of them?

Reason No. 6: You’ll reap major tax breaks

Tax laws continue to favor homeowners, so you’re not just buying a place to live—you’re getting a tax break! The biggest one is that unless your home loan is more than $1 million, you can deduct all the monthly interest you are paying on that loan. Homeowners may also deduct certain home-related expenses and home property taxes.

Remember, anytime the economy is primed for buyers, it is also a great time to list your home for sale. So, whether your thinking of buying or selling, please give Greg Peterson a call at 970-331-1333,

 

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2015) — Real estate like-kind exchanges are an important vehicle for disposing of and acquiring properties and support the nation’s financial growth, job creation and economy, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®. The Like-Kind Exchanges: Real Estate Market Perspectives 2015 survey of NAR’s commercial and residential members found that real estate investors and commercial property owners place a very high priority on current like-kind exchange tax rules; 40 percent indicated that transactions would not have occurred in the absence of the tax provision, and 56 percent said even if the project would have occurred it likely would have been smaller in scale. Realtors® are active participants in like-kind exchanges; 63 percent of Realtors® participated in a like-kind exchange transaction between 2011 and 2015.

The survey found that like-kind exchanges in which Realtors® participated created between 10 and 35 new jobs, mostly resulting from spending on building improvements following acquisition. “Like-kind exchanges that allow investors and businesses to defer capital gains taxes on the exchange of similar properties bring great advantages to investors, real estate markets and the economy,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Realtors® and their clients often look for better economic use of existing properties that are underutilized, which helps promote local economic development and increase the nation’s gross domestic product.” Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, a provision that has been in the tax code since 1924, provides individuals and businesses with critically needed tax deferment on gains after the disposition of a property as long as the proceeds are reinvested in a similar property through a like-kind exchange. Replacement properties must be identified in 45 days and the transaction completed within 180 days.

Survey respondents said the primary reason that they or their clients participated in a like-kind property exchange, aside from the deferral of capital gains taxes, was for equity to acquire additional properties. Other reasons were for estate planning, portfolio diversification and completion of a development project. The tax savings resulting from like-kind exchanges are also helping bring more capital into local markets. Eighty-six percent of respondents said the savings from tax deferment allowed them or their clients to invest additional capital and make improvement in their acquired properties; these investments are generally responsible for the creation of new jobs, such as in construction and property management.

According to the survey, in 68 percent of like-kind transactions, Realtors® acted as a broker or agent, and 24 percent participated as an owner or investor in the transaction. A larger percentage of commercial members (76 percent) reported engaging in a like-kind exchange transaction compared to residential members (45 percent). Of the total, 40 percent participated in between 1 and 3 transactions, and 23 percent participated in 4 or more transactions. Residential properties comprised the largest portion of recent deals, accounting for 27 percent of disposed properties and 24 percent of acquired properties, followed by apartments (17 percent of dispositions and 22 percent of acquisitions). Land assets accounted for 19 percent of dispositions and 17 percent of acquisitions; retail properties accounted for 8 percent of dispositions and 13 percent of acquisitions; and office buildings comprised 11 percent of dispositions and 10 percent of acquisitions. Investors tend to hold on to their properties for several years; 47 percent of respondents reported their holding period was between 5 and 9 years, and 27 percent indicated a holding period of 10 to 14 years.

NAR believes like-kind exchange transactions are fundamental to the real estate investment sector, and repealing the tax provision would have negative effects across real estate markets and the industry. “Like-kind exchanges help investors more efficiently allocate capital and resources with less borrowed money into new investments that drive economic activity in communities across the nation,” said NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. “Any tax reform plan repealing like-kind exchanges would hurt investors and small businesses, increase financial leverage, weaken growth and the economy, and result in the loss of jobs.” Survey respondents indicated that repealing like-kind exchange tax provisions would reduce equity in real estate; 67 percent indicated repeal would lead to a large increase in financial leverage. Realtors® said the negative result would be reduced purchase money and new construction loans, and increased property holding periods. Ninety-six percent of Realtors® also said real estate values would decrease if like-kind exchange provisions were repealed.

The National Association of Realtors® Like-Kind Exchanges: Real Estate Market Perspectives 2015 report is based on a survey of 49,593 commercial practitioners and 55,160 residential practitioners (total sample size of 104,753) in January 2015, which generated 3,450 responses from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey had a response rate of 3.3 percent. The report is available at www.realtor.org/reports/like-kind-exchange-survey. The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

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Grab a leash and be part of Canine Companions DogFest Walk ‘n Roll! It’s a community dog walk that supports the mission of Canine Companions for Independence. Put together a team of friends, family members and coworkers. Then fundraise to earn a cool DogFest prize. If you raise $100, you’ll get a DogFest bandana to sport at DogFest. Then come to DogFest for a tail-waggin’ good time!

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If you are interested in being a part of DogFest in any way please email Greg Peterson at greg@gatewayland.com or visit his website.

 

 

The GoPro Mountain Games are the nation’s largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world.  The environmentally-friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 3,500 outdoor athletes, along with an estimated 53,000 spectators.
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Athletes converge on Vail’s mountains and rivers to compete in 26 sports for over $110,000 in prize money.  Events include kayaking, rafting, stand up paddling, mountain biking, road cycling,World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, fly-fishing, trail running, the slackline world championships, mud runs, dog runs, and a half marathon.
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Additional events at the GoPro Mountain Games include: a film series, Outdoor Reels; aphotography competition, Mountain Click; an interactive expo area, Gear Town; DockDog canine competitions and free concerts at Mountains of Music.
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To register for events, or for more information, please visit www.gopromountaingames.com.

 For more information on living the mountain lifestyle, call Greg Peterson at 970-331-1333.