Monthly Archives: August 2011

Luxury Real Estate Auction

Concierge Luxury and Ranch Property Auction

Getting luxury properties sold within a set timeframe up until now has been sometimes difficult. The traditional process of placing luxury homes in the Multiple Listing Service and then waiting for months, sometimes years, to locate a buyer has proven inefficient for most sellers. They watch as carrying costs fly out the window as future plans sit in a holding pattern.

Unacceptable!

What we do is sell your property – in 60 days for the highest, market-driven price – and concierge your move on to the next chapter of your life.  As a preferred auction provider to Sotheby’s International Realty®-Boulder, we have successfully represented properties from New York to Hawaii. Our principals know luxury properties and have been involved in the transfer of more than $2 billion in luxury real estate over the past few years.

Building on a centuries-old method for selling the finest art and antiquities, we have married this tried-and-tested strategy with the latest web-based technologies to ensure a truly transparent process for all parties.  Mix in our global marketing reach and we generate worldwide interest, enthusiasm, and results.

We are in direct contact with over 100,000 Luxury Real Estate Buyers and agents across 38 countries and territories. Bottom line is this places us in front of the right qualified buyers and helps establish true market value for the properties we represent.  It’s simple. It’s efficient. It’s sophisticated. And it works.

Michael grew up around Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding Auctioning your property or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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Labor Day Chill

When I need to get away to relax and forget about Boulder real estate for a few days and just be, I go to New Mexico and hang out at my house that sits on a cliff above thousands of virgin forested acres. I meditate, look at the stars, check out the view, walk, fish, read, hang out with my girlfriend,watch the Rufous Hummingbirds fight over food and basically give a big sigh of relief. Video of night sky around my place in Northern New Mexico where I am able to occasionally escape and collect my thoughts. This is a short term rental property 3 days to 1 month. It can be found at www.homeaway.com property #133630. If you need to get away this might be a good fit for you.

Michael grew up around Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this post or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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Bullet Proof Real Estate

Boulder Real Estate on Left

Forbes Magazine says. As the economy seems to unravel around us these cities are bucking the trend as the top 25 Recession-Proof Cities. Bullet proof as it were. These are the 25 metro areas in the U.S.  leading the bull market in real estate. Also Q2 stats are out about the Boulder area in the governmental websites that I track which substantiates what Forbes is saying. The bottom (in Boulder at least) is over, done, finished, adios. What does this mean? It means we will continue to see more and more multiple offers, higher prices and competitive bidding for Boulder real estate and Boulder luxury real estate.  The statistics for the increase in home prices for this story come from Zillow. While I vehemently dislike Zillow as a tool to figure out what your home is worth (they are extremely inaccurate 98% of the time-up or down) they do a good job of tracking price changes in the market. For this list, Zillow poured through home and real estate price data for 499 metro areas, reviewing values for homes both on and off the market using list prices, final sale prices, tax records, and property histories. Three markets in our great state of Colorado made it on to the Forbes 25 Recession Proof list; Boulder, Fort Collins and Pueblo. According to Zillow; Boulder real estate Second Quarter 2011 Price Increase: 1.6% First Quarter 2011 Price Increase: 0.5% Price Plunge Since Peak: 6.7% decline. According to the government website Second Quarter increase: .12% at least Zillow is going in the right direction.   Read the entire story in Forbes.

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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Jazz on 2nd Avenue-Niwot

NIWOT – Several years ago Howard Treppeda started offering live music and especially jazz at his well known restaurant “Treppedas Italian Restaurante.” Howard is bringing world class acts to Niwot, Colorado on August 20th . Jazz on 2nd Avenue is the first of such Jazz events featuring Henry Butler, Conjunto Colores, CU Jazz Ensemble, Don Grusin, Paul Warburton and Brad Good. The festival starts at 11 am and ends at 8:30 pm August 20th Saturday. 2nd Avenue downtown Niwot. The festival is free and being brought to you by Howard Treppeda and numerous sponsors. More information jazzon2ndave.com

Howard Treppeda grew up around jazz. He brought live Jazz to his restaurant and noticed it attracted aficionados from around the area. Coming from as far away as New Orleans Henry Butler will play in the evening, Grammy winning Don Grusin will play later in the afternoon.

A dream, some guts and a lot of chutzpah. The musicians will perform in downtown Niwot on 2nd Avenue on a stage near Treppedas Italian Restaurante. A Belgian beer garden, an Italian wine tent, an oyster bar, margaritas, face painting and of course a “bike valet” will be available. Parking is available at Niwot High School and a shuttle will take people fans to 2nd avenue.

Howard Treppedas’ goal is to make Niwot a Jazz mecca, it looks like Howards’ dream is coming true.

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and one of (FSIR’s)Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. If you have questions regarding this article, Louisville or Superior or  would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. 

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Boulder Real Estate-In Praise of Louisville

WINNER 2011 Top 100 rank: 1
Population: 18,400
Unemployment:6.3%Compare Louisville to Top 10 Best Places

The report highlights small towns across America with populations of 50,000 or less, high job opportunities, fiscal strength, excellent schools, safe streets, great health care, outdoor and cultural activities and 300 days of sunshine (great weather).

The writer says it is a “sunny lively mountain town”; it is not a mountain town. While the views are great of the front range, Louisville is mostly in a valley and is situated on the “plains.”  I agree with “crime rates are among the lowest in Colorado” and the town is “easy to navigate.”  Louisville boasts lots of good jobs in tech, telecom, aerospace, clean energy, alternative energy and health care and many companies are relocating to the area as happy workers are great workers. In addition there are  world-class mountain biking, hiking, and skiing nearby as well as in the close by Rockies. Housing prices are still lower than Boulder real estate and schools rank well and are in the top three academically. Not everyone wants to live in Louisville;  however given the Music Festival, the Farmers Market, Street Faire, the great little mom and pop restaurants that have been here some since the 50’s and Main St. Louisville, what’s not to like? Read Money Magazine article. Ps. Superior Colorado came in at 20/100!

Search the MLS for Louisville or surrounding area

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and one of (FSIR’s)Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. If you have questions regarding this article, Louisville or Superior or  would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. 

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Superior Heat

Posted by Michael Hughes

They’ll be turning up the heat at Community Park  in Superior Saturday September 10th from 3-7pm as the 11th Annual Chili Fest blows off the top of your palate for Green Chili, Red Chili, Salsa and Guacamole Competition. This is the perfect event to meet your neighbors and watch as the local Chili Chefs cook their secret recipes to concoct the best array of Chili’s ever. Their hopes; to win the coveted Top Choice Award in 4 different categories. The 11th Annual Chili Fest includes live music, Chili samples to taste (get there early as they go fast, fast, fast), inflatables for the kiddies, lots of booths and lots of great food. A great way to get to know your neighborhood. Something for the entire family. Viva Chili!

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and one of FSIR’s most successful Realtors with Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. If you have questions regarding this article Superior, Rock Creek or have any questions about the Chili Fest or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. 

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