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The local offices of the Land Title Guarantee Company are hosting a breakfast seminar on the ins and outs of closing a real estate deal with new legislation.

On Aug. 1, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau passed a new law governing real estate transactions. The new law refers to integrated mortgage disclosures, and the breakfast seminar will include a breakdown of the new law, an introduction to the disclosure form and more basics for brokers.

The free seminar on May 6 runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a presentation and Q&A session led by Land Title broker Les Martin. A light breakfast will be provided. The seminar takes place in the Buffalo Mountain Room of the Frisco Community Commons, found next door to the library at 0037 County Road 1005 in Frisco.

To register, see


Small business owners, here’s a news flash: It’s not about you. At all.

In fact, it doesn’t matter what you think. Or want. If your customers aren’t responding or paying, you don’t have a business. Congrats — you’ve just launched a really expensive hobby.

What’s the solution? It’s called customer validation. And you need it. But where do you start?

Join fellow business owners Thursday, May 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a workshop on customer journey mapping. Reid Benes, an Elevate CoSpace tenant from the Front Range, leads the workshop. The evening is free and held at Elevate in Frisco (across the parking lot from Backcountry Brewery).

According to the folks at Elevate, Benes is a professional customer journey mapper. That’s his job. He’s an interaction design and user experience guru for the Front Range tech company Travelport, where he gets to focus on the customer journey all day long.

The customer-journey mapping workshop is for anyone who cares about how to design a new product, a new service or enhance an experience.

To register, click on the “Events” tab at


The town of Breckenridge invites residents to join town manager Tim Gagen and Mayor John Warner at Cuppa Joe on May 15 for an informal opportunity to speak one on one with town officials.

Held every month, the popular coffee talk sessions are an opportunity to discuss town issues, offer input on happenings in the community and clarify information on contested issues, including the Breckenridge Recreation Center expansions and the upcoming USA Pro Challenge.

As per usual, town council members have been invited to attend the meeting. There may be three or more council members in attendance.

The May coffee talk is held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Cuppa Joe, found on the second level at 118 S. Ridge St. in Breckenridge.


The town of Breckenridge and High Country Conservation Center, known as HC3, recently recognized 10 local businesses that have achieved the SustainableBreck business certification.

Breckenridge Mayor John Warner thanked the group for their contributions at a special recognition ceremony on April 29.

“This initially started as a discussion about how to keep business doors closed to avoid energy and heat loss but quickly evolved into an incentive program that provides a variety of options for businesses to improve their efficiencies, save money and help the environment,” Warner said. “Businesses can take these actions in small steps, as resources allow, and see cost savings and energy efficiencies as a result of their efforts.”

SustainableBreck is a 3-year-old town program that provides free technical assistance, including energy and sustainability audits, to help business owners save money on energy and other resources while reducing environmental impacts.

A total of 10 businesses received certification for achieving significant energy and sustainability upgrades in their facilities and operations, including The North Face store, Bella Event Design and Planning, Ambika Healing Massage, Petal and Bean, Alpine Bank, Interiors by Design, Press, Breckenridge Grand Vacations for both the Grand Timber Lodge and The Breck Inn, Briar Rose Chophouse, and Breckenridge Market and Liquor.

These 10 join 21 previously certified SustainableBreck businesses, along with an additional 16 that are currently working towards certification.

The town has additional funds allocated for 2015 to provide participation in this program and businesses are encouraged to enroll today.

More information on the program can be found at or http://www.highcountry


On April 1, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates launched a newly redesigned website,, built to showcase network listings in a new and visually appealing way.

“The new was created to tell the story of a home in a more editorial way, not the commoditized approach that can often be found in our industry,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer for Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates. “We believe the art of marketing a home is based on showcasing its soul, so every aspect of the new site works toward this goal.”

The design changes include an increased focus on full-screen, high-definition video throughout the site, from the homepage to property detail pages, to allow for a more immersive consumer experience.

High-resolution photography also plays a more prominent role. Property pages now include: slideshows that tell a home’s story via the captions, custom video, location overviews that provide insight into the local area via video and text, and a seller or expert quote for a personal view of the property.

Last year, the site saw the most traffic in its history with 11 million visits and 75 million page views.

Similar to the recent SIR Web launch, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty — a branch of the company overseeing properties in resort communities like Breckenridge and the Vail Valley — also launched a new site and name in January.

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