Boulder Luxury Real Estate-Ranches

Boulder Luxury Real Estate-Ranches

Sotheby’s International Realty-Boulder, represents clients in the rarified air of Boulder Luxury Real Estate. Prime opportunities. We pride ourselves in our global reach to clientele with the capability to procure high end properties. While several of our ranches and view properties in the Boulder area are actively listed, certain properties are available yet not actively listed. Quiet listings as it were. Call me today

Stapp Lakes Ranch located 25 miles from downtown Boulder, is a truly one of a kind opportunity.Infinite views and quiet. Known as Colorado’s first Guest Ranch. Sited on eight crystal blue lakes, stocked with rainbows and cutthroat. First homesteaded in 1893. An historic assemblage of Lodges, Cabins and Outbuildings and meticulously restored in the midst of 328 Rocky Mountain acres. Offered at $22.5 M.

Dollaghan Ranch on Rozena Road. A classic Victorian residence on over 114 acres with two reservoirs, pond with waterfall, panoramic Rocky Mountain Views, World class fishing. Boulder Luxury Real Estate at its finest. Well maintained and ready for a family, entertaining or just gracious living. A wildlife sanctuary visited by fox, coyote, deer, elk and eagles. The site contains 7 residential building sites and 2 more sites for caretakers quarters. Valuable water and mineral rights. Call me today. Offered at $12 M.

Steele Ranch in Niwot. A gentlemen’s ranch on over 5 acres. An English Country Equestrian property in the Niwot area. Sweeping open lawns, pond and mountain views. The flawless design and the meticulous attention to detail beckon even the most discerning home buyer. Main house, carriage house and 6 car garage await the collector of horses or horsepower. Call me today. Offered at $2.1 M.

If you are interested in buying or selling Boulder Luxury Real Estate discretely, call me today at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty-Boulder.

Michael grew up near 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 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.  Michael is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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Sell Your Boulder Home-11 Tips

1. Hire a Professional Realtor. This is no time to be navigating the rough waters of the Boulder real estate market on your own. You want someone who can help you truly price your home, bring in potential buyers, handle contracts, and market your home to the global masses. You can check to see if there have been any infractions with a Realtor by checking DORA (Department of Regulatory Agencies-Colorado/Search Licensees ).

2. Fully Disclose. Are you selling your Boulder home because it needs more work than you can handle? Are there infestation problems you’d rather not talk about? Whatever you disclose, the Realtor will have knowledge of and must disclose to a potential buyer.

3. Price it Right. Your Boulder home may sell the first week if priced properly and if you have to drop the price the result may be lower in the long run. The longer it’s on the market, the lower the price will be in the long run.

4 . Detach Emotions. This is a business transaction. Keep emotions in check.

5. Be Involved. Hire a local Boulder agent who will communicate with you at least one time per week and gives you regular feedback. Utilize that feedback to make changes or adjustments. Talk it over with your Realtor.

6. Stage your Home. Staging is a perfect way to help buyers see the true potential of each room. Buyers have to understand the purpose of each room and staging can help clarify that. Tone down your own style and pack away any clutter or extraneous decor.

7. Don’t Hang out. During showings or an open house. Resist the urge. This will make it very uncomfortable for buyers. Leave the premises.

8. The Next Step. Get ready because here comes the offer. Renting or buying what is your best option at this point? Start early!

9. Be Flexible. It’s no secret that today’s Boulder luxury and Boulder real estate market can be challenging for many sellers. Don’t compromise on your bottom line, but understand that you must be willing to negotiate.

10. Understand your Marketing Plan. Understand what you are getting for your money. What kind of internet exposure, media coverage and global presence will you get? A marketing plan should be clean, clear and will drive the buyers to your property’s website.

11. Positivity. Don’t get discouraged. A buyer will come.

Michael grew up near 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 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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New Years Day Trek

Kitchen Mesa rising 600' from the valley

Jocelyn coming up through the narrows on the rope

Every New Year on the 1st of January we do something awesome. Last year it was a Crossfit (OMG) class in the morning. I am very grateful to have a wonderful home on the north end of  Heron Lake in Northern New Mexico so this year it was Hiking Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico with my girlfriend, my daughters and boyfriends. I have two daughters and love them to pieces however it was the best having guys around (the boyfriends).

Michael, Jessica, Jocelyn and Dan-Shock and Awe at the beautiful panoramic view

Everyone was ready to get out and hike a bit after stuffing ourselves for the past ten days and the noteworthy muffin tops arising from the indulgence. Not really. All of the family is in extreme shape enough so to run marathons, salsa dance for hours, hold yoga positions forever, pursue and receive black belts in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Snowshoe for miles at high altitude and keep horses under control, you get the picture here.

Jessica and Dan

We started out at Vista de Brazos  in the pines of Lake Heron and as we drove south and dropped in elevation down to the desert, we started getting into the reds, oranges, yellows, blues and blacks of the massive sandstone cliffs and mesas carved out by millions of years of water, wind and weather. This was the stomping grounds of one Georgia O’Keefe and I could feel her presence as we viewed Pedernal Mesa as it grew bigger and bigger.

Callie coming up through the narrows

We started out on a very slippery slope of ice shaded by the juniper and pinon trees. We broke in to red mud that added about 10 pounds per shoe. Slogged up the canyon and then at the end of a box canyon there was a rope. Hmm? So we pulled ourselves up the rope about 150 feet to the most spectacular views. I could see in every direction. Some views were up to a hundred miles away. Wow. The whole hiking group made it to the top, my girlfriend Jocelyn had minor trepidation about the narrow and very steep passage with the rope but was a trooper to the top.

I ran part of the mesa. It was energizing, recharging and fantastic to have the family along to enjoy this epic hike on New Years Day. The quiet was, positive, all that is and all that will be good, astounding, inspiring. Now I start the New Year rested, energized, focused and with that Never, ever, ever give up attitude that keeps me going in Boulder luxury real estate. Thanks for the great memories family!

Michael grew up near 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 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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Flip it! Flip it Good!

What does it mean when someone says flip a house? Why has this house flipping trend become so popular in Boulder real estate?

When people decide to flip a house, they are in effect buying real estate and selling it shortly thereafter for a profit. This sounds like an attractive and lucrative idea to the entrepreneurial self as we consider new  ways to increase our incomes—but, one wrong turn in the house flipping process and things can get very convoluted and expensive

Location, finances, and types of flips will give you a clearer sense of what you might be getting into. When you think about location, there are a couple ideal scenarios where flipping a house will be rewarding and profitable. If you decide to purchase a house in a neighborhood that is working on cleaning itself up, you have a chance at making the neighborhood an attractive feature for potential buyers. Another option would be to purchase in a new developing area where high-end homes attract a special type of buyer that wants luxury features in their home. Also consider that, with these two options, there are some risks that will surface if the neighborhood experiences a high in crime rates or your budget is unrealistic or there could also be a price ceiling for a micro-neighborhood.

There is one major financial goal that house flipping centers around: buy low and sell high. What you need to look for is simple yet not so easy to find in certain areas: property worth more than the asking price or property that is not in good shape but can be repaired with minimal cost or sweat equity. The first thing to do is make a budget. Look at your finances and how much money you need. When you are able to make a bigger initial down payment, the interest rate is lowered. And, don’t forget, it always costs money to do those lengthy repairs and to cover up unwanted surprises.

Now that you know what your budget will be and what you are willing to invest, decide on what type of flip you would like to pursue. If you plan on purchasing a house to fix up, the time and money must be present to invest in the home improvements necessary to push this house to market quickly. Another type of flip that is gaining in popularity due to our current state in the real estate market is buying a foreclosed house at an auction or from the bank. These foreclosed houses are extremely underpriced and are a great opportunity for flippers. The only catch about foreclosed homes is that many may need repairs that the previous owners could not afford to fix. Banks usually sell properties only “as is.” Make sure you know what you need to do before purchasing the home. There are fewer bank owned and short sales in Boulder County than anywhere else in the state however a few do exist.

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 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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Gratitude

It will change your life

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have, into enough, & more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie. I have found it also brings peace of mind, abundance, joy, freedom, unconditional love, acceptance and forgiveness of ourselves and others. Have a blessed day.

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 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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Year of the Dragon-Chinese New Year 2012

Dragons are the free spirits of the Chinese Zodiac. Perfect for Boulder and Boulder real estate. Non conforming, freedom sparks the flame of creativity into the Dragon. Dragons must be free and uninhibited. The Dragon is a beautiful creature, colorful and flamboyant. A Dragon must live in a space that says “I am extremely successful.” An extroverted bundle of power, gifted and utterly irrepressible, everything Dragons do is on a grand scale – big ideas, ornate gestures, big entrances, over-sized hallways, extreme ambitions. However, this behavior is natural and isn’t meant for show. Because they are confident, fearless in the face of challenge, they are almost inevitably successful. Dragons usually make it to the top. However, Dragon people must be aware of their natures. Even though they are willing to aid when necessary, their pride can often impede them from accepting the same kind of help from others. Dragons’ generous personalities give them the ability to attract friends, but they can be rather solitary people at heart. A Dragon’s self-sufficiency can mean that he or she has no need for close bonds with other people. People born in the Year of the Dragon share certain characteristics:  Innovative, enterprising, self-assured, brave, passionate, conceited, and quick-tempered. The Dragons are the free spirits of the Chinese Zodiac. Everything Dragons do is on a grand scale – big ideas and extreme ambitions.   Because they are confident, fearless in the face of challenge, they are always successful.

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 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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Castle for a Curmudgeon?

Clyfford Still by some was thought to be somewhat of a curmudgeon. This November, four rare works by Clyfford Still come to Auction at Sothebys in support of the long awaited museum in Denver devoted to the elusive master of abstract expressionism. The challenge is that the museum will be devoted to one artist.

With an agreement with Denver and Still’s widow, Patricia. The Still will be opened. Still who died in 1980 at the age of 75, had bequeathed his collection to an American city that would keep it intact and display it in isolation from the work of other artists. Denver competed with 19 other cities to acquire the collection. Sothebys Auction  on 9 November will be selling 4 masterworks  by Still to further support the museum’s endowment. The primary mission is to move this artist’s reputation back into the top echelon.

Clyfford Still was an early and  groundbreaking Abstract Expressionist who found much in common with like-thinking peers in Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and others connected with the New York School.

Still reserved 94 percent of his oeuvre for himself making the works some of the most intact in history.

The new director of the museum Dean Sobel formerly of the Aspen Art Museum, which operates on a European Kunsthalle model and thus does not have a permanent collection. We hope this single artist museum in Denver lives up to the likes of the Van Gogh in Amsterdam, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern and the Warhol.

Opening week of the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver will be Mid-November 2011.

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 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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