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Welcome home wishes you all had a happy Valentine's Day and hopes that you are enjoying this Presidents (Washington) Day Weekend. Let it snow!So what did you get for Valentine's Day? If it was a new home, then you probably are not the only one. Thousands of Americans are taking advantage of some of the great home-buying opportunities available today. Sales volume is and has been up for some time, with prices stabilizing and historic low interest rates ... well you know the story.So, how does one go about choosing that perfect mountain retreat? Some say it has to be that cozy one-bedroom located at the base of the ski area. Ski in/ski out is the dream. Well if that is your dream prices range between $168,000 at the base of Copper Mountain to $975,000 on the gondola, base of Breckenridge's Peak 8.Let's say you are looking for that perfect home tucked away in the trees, along a mountain stream or lake, with views to die for - can that really happen. Yes, sometimes, however two out of three is not bad.Cash outlay for these properties? Blue River south of Breckenridge has many quaint cabins, some as low as $260,000 if you fall in love with the one in up in Breck Park Estates. Call and ask your Realtor for details. In addition, Summit County boasts some of the most incredible custom homes in the state at prices half of their sister resorts like Aspen, Telluride and Vail. Whether its along the golf course in Breckenridge, Three Peaks in Silverthorne or on the links of the Copper Valley, there seems to be a perfect property for everyone.If not, then maybe you want to start looking for that special lot to build on. Prices on new construction are better than they have been for a while now and can have all the details exactly the way you want them designed.If you are looking for the home on the lake, have your Realtor keep a watchful eye for one of Frisco's lake-front homes, townhomes or condos. Same applies to the Dillon waterfront. Sailing and boating enthusiasts of all types can't get enough of that "on the water with mountains towering around you" kind of feel. Sure, you can get on the internet and look until your eyes are burning, but with the help of a knowledgeable Realtor, that perfect property will surface much sooner with less chance of it being missed.Recent studies show that 90 percent of buyers spend most of their time on the Internet looking for property before engaging their agent. However, they come to the table overloaded with information and seeking the wisdom to know details that make up their dream property.Whatever your choice - cabin, condo, luxury home - you may not find a better time to act on your dreams. I believe you will look back and be happy you made the investment in real estate, but most, importantly your happiness.By Butch ElichSpecial to Summit Homes & PropertiesWelcome home wishes you all had a happy Valentine's Day and hopes that you are enjoying this Presidents (Washington) Day Weekend. Let it snow!So what did you get for Valentine's Day? If it was a new home, then you probably are not the only one. Thousands of Americans are taking advantage of some of the great home-buying opportunities available today. Sales volume is and has been up for some time, with prices stabilizing and historic low interest rates ... well you know the story.So, how does one go about choosing that perfect mountain retreat? Some say it has to be that cozy one-bedroom located at the base of the ski area. Ski in/ski out is the dream. Well if that is your dream prices range between $168,000 at the base of Copper Mountain to $975,000 on the gondola, base of Breckenridge's Peak 8.Let's say you are looking for that perfect home tucked away in the trees, along a mountain stream or lake, with views to die for - can that really happen. Yes, sometimes, however two out of three is not bad.Cash outlay for these properties? Blue River south of Breckenridge has many quaint cabins, some as low as $260,000 if you fall in love with the one in up in Breck Park Estates. Call and ask your Realtor for details. In addition, Summit County boasts some of the most incredible custom homes in the state at prices half of their sister resorts like Aspen, Telluride and Vail. Whether its along the golf course in Breckenridge, Three Peaks in Silverthorne or on the links of the Copper Valley, there seems to be a perfect property for everyone.If not, then maybe you want to start looking for that special lot to build on. Prices on new construction are better than they have been for a while now and can have all the details exactly the way you want them designed.If you are looking for the home on the lake, have your Realtor keep a watchful eye for one of Frisco's lake-front homes, townhomes or condos. Same applies to the Dillon waterfront. Sailing and boating enthusiasts of all types can't get enough of that "on the water with mountains towering around you" kind of feel. Sure, you can get on the internet and look until your eyes are burning, but with the help of a knowledgeable Realtor, that perfect property will surface much sooner with less chance of it being missed.Recent studies show that 90 percent of buyers spend most of their time on the Internet looking for property before engaging their agent. However, they come to the table overloaded with information and seeking the wisdom to know details that make up their dream property.Whatever your choice - cabin, condo, luxury home - you may not find a better time to act on your dreams. I believe you will look back and be happy you made the investment in real estate, but most, importantly your happiness.Butch Elich a Realtor with RE/MAX Properties of the Summit with over 20 years of experience to share with buyers and sellers from around world. Visit him at www.Elich.com or call (800) 806-9518 with any real estate or mountain community questions.


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