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For most people here in the Vail Valley, your home is your largest investment.? As you?re getting ready to sell that large investment, make the most of it by staging your home in ways that show off its best features, attract buyers and urge them to put in an offer.? From entry level up to multi-million dollar homes,?attracting and retaining buyers comes down to the same decorating concepts. ?Here?s a list of the first 5 things you should do to get your home sparkling.

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In today?s market sellers have more competition.? Make your home stand out, and make yourself more money, by following a these simple rules.? For more information on home decorating and staging for a sale or Vail Valley real estate contact?Karen Gilbert at 970-331-1482 or karen@gatewayland.com, or visit my website www.karensellsvail.com.

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Six Stall Barn

Six Stall Barn

Your horses will be warm and cozy in this beautiful six stall barn.? You will love the beautiful custom home, and incredible sweeping mountain views from every window.? Ride the nearby trails, snowshoe, cross country ski, make snowmen, snowballs, snow angels, and just enjoy the beauty of winter from this gorgeous Ranch.?With indoor and outdoor arenas, irrigated and fenced pastures, this property will be enjoyed year round.? Private and secluded, yet minutes from World Class, skiing, shopping, dining and the Vail Valley Jet Center.? Please click the link below for a virtual tour.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFyY7JmEFWw

Soon to be listed in Eagle-Vail!? This 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom end condo lives like a townhome.? Separated from the rest of the complex by a walkway, this 2 story home really feels private.

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A wood burning fireplace highlights the open, bright and well lit living and?dining rooms.? A cozy?office rounds out the main level.? Upstairs, 3 generously sized bedrooms allow space for guests, kids, or a workout or reading room.?

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As Vail valley locals know, having a garage is a huge perk; this condo?boasts a 2 car garage with extra storage.? And?the complex is?dog friendly!

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To be priced around $450,000, this Eagle-Vail home is the perfect price for a 2nd homeowner, single local looking to rent a room or two, or a couple or family needing space at a great price.? Located halfway between Vail and Beaver Creek, Eagle-Vail is prime location for accessibility.?

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For more information on 376 Eagle Rd or other Vail Valley real estate contact?Karen Gilbert at 970-331-1482 or karen@gatewayland.com, or visit my website www.karensellsvail.com.

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The Real Estate market has recently presented opportunities for buyers throughout the country and the high-end, intangible Vail market is no exception. Three of the most exquisite estates in the Vail Valley have had significant price reductions, a combined $6.6 million dollars since last season!

2195 CRESTA ROAD

Reduced by $2,350,000!13,000sqft – 7 exquisite bedroom suites – private ski bridge & apres ski room

$11,900,000

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833 STRAWBERRY PARK

Reduced by $2,050,000!

2.46 acres – 6 bedroom suites – ski in/ski out to Beaver Creek

$11,900,000

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9638 DAYBREAK RIDGE

Reduced $2,205,000!

6 bedroom suites – ski in/ski out access to both Bachelor Gulch & Beaver Creek

$8,695,000

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For more information on these properties or to browse the Vail Valley’s MLS, please visit our websites at www.VailPropertySearch.com and www.GatewayLand.com

In a sea of bad news since last year for housing, there have been some recent signs of recovery. The National Association of Realtors, which this company belongs to, reported that existing home sales, including single family,townhomes, condos and coops,?in December of 2008, jumped 6.5% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.74 million units from an a pace of 4.45 million units in November. However, take into account that this still below the pace of December a year ago which was 4.91 million units. Also another bit of good news is that the national housing inventory fell 11.7% in December to 3.68 million homes available for sale. This number represents a 9.3 month supply of existing homes, which is down from an 11.2 month supply in November. The final bit of good news for Buyers is that home prices continue to fall significantly, and this has also contributed to the increase in existing home sales.

The President of the NAR, Charles McMillan has stated that it is an excellent time for first time buyers. Homes are now selling for less than replacement costs, mortgage rates are better than they have ever been, inventory is still high, and sellers are more flexible than we have seen in a long time. Freddie Mac has announced that the national average commitment rate for a 30 year conventional fixed rate mortgage fell to 5.29 % in December from 6.09 % in November.

With all these changes in the housing market it is understandable that single family home sales alone rose?7.0 % in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.26 million compared to 3.98 million in November. For all of 2008, single family sales fell 11.9 %. There was also good news for condos and coops as their sales increased 2.1 % in December at an annually adjusted rate of 480,000 units from 470,000 units in November.

The final bit of good news is that most of the growth in sales took place in the West as existing home sales here jumped 13.5 % to an annual rate of 1.25 million in December, which is 31.6 % higher than a year ago.

Take note that this bit of good news was copied from a report of the National Associate of Realtors dated January 26, 2009.

The snow gods have been smiling lately and have dumped more great snow here in the Vail Valley!? Beaver Creek is reporting a total of 230″ thus far this year, with 26″ arriving in the past week.? That makes for fantastic skiing, as all the smiling locals and vacationers can attest.? Those that I talked to said they had knee deep powder and very few folks on the hill.? Sounds about ideal.

Vail is reporting a total snowfall year-to-date of 247″, with 29″ falling from the sky within the past 7 days.? And a recent article in the Daily Mountaineer reports that the water content of the snowpack is significantly above average, coming in at 128% of the statistical average.? That’s good news for the upcoming summer, as long as we continue to be blessed with the white gold we crave.? So let’s be thankful for how great the skiing is today, and hope the “snow-powers-that-be” keep sharing their wealth.

And lest we get cocky, please continue to do your snow dances!!

The Arrabelle Club, Vail’s newest Signature Club is offering a finance plan for the Full Membership. A member can pay $50,000 up front for the Full Membership and follow up with annual payments of $25,000 for the next five years totaling $175,000.

The Arrabelle Club is a private, year-round alpine ski and mountain club that provides convenience, amenities and friendships to enrich your mountain adventures. There are two categories of memberships being offered:

Full Membership: features all Club amenities plus valet parking in Arrabelle’s private, heated garage, which is open year round.

Social Membership: features all of the Club’s amenities with the exception of valet parking.

The Arrabelle Club offers some wonderful amenities with the memberships.

Valet-Parking: Full members will enjoy year-round, 24-hour valet service, in the heated underground garage at the Arrabelle at Vail Square.

  • Private Locker: Each Full and Social Membership includes one private locker in the Club’s locker area. Lockers are equipped with boot dryers, shelving, and hooks to accomodate your ski clothes. There are men’s and women’s showers for your convenience.
  • Ski Valet: The staff will have your skis or snowboards ready for you to hit the slopes, located directly adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Each membership can store up to four pairs of skis or snowboards with the ski valet.
  • Spa: Club members will receive discounts on the services at The Arrabelle’s luxurious, 10,000 square foot RockResorts Spa. The Spa features rejuvenating treatments, full service nail salon, and 11 treatment rooms.
  • Fitness: Members will enjoy unlimited access to the state-of-the-art fitness center at The Arrabelle at Vail Square. Personalized fitness trainers are available for consultation.
  • The Great Room: Daily in the Great Room, Continental breakfast is served from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Members can enjoy fresh coffee and breakfast items while overlooking Vail Mountain.

If you are interested in checking out the Arrabelle Club, they are offering a Member for the Day program. If you are interested you can email: signatureclubs@vailresorts.com for a reservation. The Full Memberships are being offered at: $150,000 and the Social Memberships are being offered at: $50,000. For an additional fee, membership may be attached to your Eagle County property and transferred upon sale. The Arrabelle Club provides an exceptional membership opportunity to enhance your Vail experience. Please feel free to call Betsy Randall at (970) 401-3011 for more information or visit our website: www.gatewayland.com

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The Vail Jazz Foundation brings it?s free Jazz Goes to School program to 4th and 5th graders throughout the county this week.? Almost 1,000 students will participate in this innovative and fully integrated approach to teaching music and social studies.? Tony Gulizia and several other professional musicians/educators, will visit 14 elementary schools and present interactive Jazz and American History lessons.?

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This session is the third in a four part series that combines performances with discussions about the American history, geography and diversity that created jazz music.? Blending these subjects, the musicians/educators link social studies from the books and classrooms to music in a stimulating lesson.? The program also features popular children?s songs performed in jazz styles, demonstrating different instruments and allowing students to play them.?

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After this lesson, which will focus on the 12 bar blues, students will work in groups to compose a 12 bar composition using the blues scale, lyrics and a rhyme scheme.? Putting together a medley of these compositions, The Jazz Goes to School Quintet will perform the students? work during the fourth and final session at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on April 13th.?

For more information, visit www.vailjazz.org or contact Karen Gilbert at 970-331-1482 or karen@gatewayland.com or visit my website at www.karensellsvail.com.

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Living and working in Edwards Colorado has allowed me many opportunities to sample the area’s restaurants.? As the largest bed base in Eagle County, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Edwards boasts dozens of local eateries.? Here are a few of my favorites.

Everyday Dining:

Etown Colorado
Click Here For Etown’s Website? (970)926-4080
Edwards newest (and best) bar and restaurant is located in the Ruby building of Riverwalk, the eastern-most building along Highway 6.? Come by to see why locals flock to the great outdoor patio and make it a “standing room only kind of place” on Friday and Saturday nights.? Great for families and/or for drinks after work, the wide ranging menu does not disappoint.? Be sure to try the lobster tacos or the etown signature tuna entree.? The fun, comfortable feel is complimented by the 15 flat screens?to catch?all of the games.?

Smiling Moose Deli
Click Here for the Smiling Moose’s Website? (970) 926-2400
Started by local entrepeneurs, the Smiling Moose has expanded and is now opening stores around the state (and the country)? Their well made hot and cold sandwiches are not only tasty, but filling.? If you’re looking for a quick bite and don’t want to wait for sit down?service, stop by the Moose and order from their deli counter.? Try the Minturn Mile; its got something for everyone on it.

Fine Dining/Upscale Options:

Juniper Restaurant?
Click Here for Juniper’s Website?? (970) 926-7001
The owners and staff of Juniper continue to do an excellent job providing a comfortable, upscale environment that serves excellent food.? Located in Riverwalk, Juniper is great for a special night out or for the “you want to impress on your first date” dinner.? Try sitting at the bar for great apps and good conversation.

DISH Restaurant
Click Here For Dish’s Website? (970) 926-3433
You always know the food will be fresh at dish!? The head chef Jenna prides herself on serving only the freshest ingredients on dish’s ever changing menu.? Choose from several small plates, or if you see something you really want, get it in a full size portion.? The truffle popcorn at the bar will require significant willpower to resist; but why resist, this place is all about good food and drinks.? Located in the Edwards Corner Bldg.

SATO Sushi?
(970)926-7684
Sato is an Edwards icon.? Almost always busy, this sushi and japanese restaurant does an outstanding job, especially considering we live in a landlocked state.? My wife’s favorite, we have never had a bad meal here and love to bring our out of town guests.? The?casually hip atmosphere seems natural in this smaller, intimate setting.? Located in the Edwards Village Center.

These are just a few.? Please call or email me anytime to discuss what it’s like to live and work in Edwards, CO.? Or for where to go for your next meal!

Related Article:? Great Townhome for Sale in Edwards, CO!

Winter Park, Colorado is home to a multitude of outdoor adventures, sports, and events and yet one of the most celebrated events, Mary Jane’s Birthday, is here this weekend!

Enjoy a Parade, Fireworks, a Chef’s Cup Dinner Dance, Snow Sculpture Contest, Snowshoe Trek, Live Music, Snow Golf, and More!?

Activities start Friday and for more detailed information, visit?http://www.winterpark-info.com/index.aspx?sectionDirectory=events&eventID=1898