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As United States taxpayers receive their tax refunds, travel agent network Travel Leaders’ latest survey reveals that over 57 percent of those polled who are receiving a refund will use at least part of that money for leisure travel this year. This is the third consecutive year in which Travel Leaders has conducted an online consumer survey detailing travel trends. This year’s survey was conducted March 10 – April 10, 2011, and includes responses from 953 consumers throughout the U.S. In the survey, 83 percent of respondents indicated they will spend the same amount or more on leisure trips in 2011 as compared to last year. “It is clear that when Americans dream about travel, they dream big. Australia continues to be the ‘ultimate dream’ international destination,” said Roger E. Block, president of Travel Leaders Franchise Group. “Perhaps the majority who indicated they will use tax refund money for travel could make that dream a reality this year.”Other top travel destinations, after Austrailia, include: Italy, Ireland, New Zealand and a Mediterranean cruise. In the United States, the top states respondents have or will visit in 2011 are Florida, California and New York.

Next Friday, Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center will host a continuing education class highlighting water issues and how they affect Colorado real estate. Students will learn about unique conditions relating to supply, sources and use, and how they have an impact on transactions. The sources of water; how water rights and use are goverened by state law and county regulations; and rules governing the transport and diversion of water for domestic and agricultural purposes will be discussed. Also included: the steps to take and forms used to ensure parties are protected when water rights are are transferred. The class takes place Friday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Run, and costs $80.Specific questions can be answered within class, and must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the instructor, Kirk Goble, at kirk@bell5.com.

The Summit Association of Realtors is exchanging all existing Supra lockboxes next month. Currently, boxes out in the field are now over 7-years-old. These lockboxes had a designed usage life of seven years (based on the internal battery life) and as of consequence, the failure rate of these boxes is starting to increase dramatically. Failure of these lockboxes most commonly appears in the form of the box not being able to be opened and the shackle not releasing from the door it is attached to. The only way to remove the lockbox if this happens is using special equipment or a locksmith removing the door hardware. The association has negotiated with Supra for the complete replacement of all existing lockboxes to the new Supra lockbox – which is an improved version of existing lockboxes – and can be opened by many Bluetooth smart phones directly. It also has a larger key tray that allows the easier fitting of keys and keycards. After a certain date the old lockboxes will no longer work, so it is important to prepare for the Supra lockbox Exchange. Please pay attention to the advance notices that will be sent to you indicating the procedure, location, dates and times for the Supra Lockbox Exchange that will occur in May. A team from Supra will be flying out to facilitate the lockbox exchange program.


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