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Rent Vs. Buy in Gunnison County

What Makes Buying a Home Better than Renting?

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Is buying a home the right choice for you? Do you really feel that buying is better for you than renting in Gunnison Valley, CO? In fact, that’s often the case as long, as you are at a point in your life where you can afford to buy and will have a large enough down payment. Let’s look at some of the great reasons to buy a property now.

Naturally, when you are paying your mortgage, you are paying toward something that you will actually own. When you are paying rent, you are paying your landlord’s mortgage instead. Buying a home allows you to build equity in the property, which you can then use later if needed. Another benefit of buying is that you can deduct your mortgage interest and property taxes, which is something that renters are unable to do. This is another way to save some money. 

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of buying a home is that you will have more control over what you are able to do with it. If you want to paint the walls or change out the flooring, you can do it. You can make changes far more easily. Granted, you might need permission to do some things if you have an HOA, and if you want to make additions, you will need to go through the proper channels. You have more options with maintenance as well, although it does mean you will be the one who has to choose, call, and pay for the maintenance and repairs.

Owning a property is a great option, and it could be far better for you than renting is right now. If you feel you are ready, get in touch with a real estate agent and start looking for properties in your price range right now.


Why Should Your Realtor Do An Open House?

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Why Should Your Realtor Do An Open House?

Some realtors don’t want to do open houses. They may consider it a waste of time, or they may have heard the horror stories, or maybe they don’t think they produce results. 

If your realtor doesn’t want to do an open house, you may have to push a little, because an open house is definitely to your benefit.

You might share your realtor’s concern about the safety issues surrounding open houses. Perhaps you’re uncomfortable having total strangers wander about your house. Or maybe you’d just rather not have curious neighbors wandering over trying to find out how you live.

However, there are times when open houses do make sense. If your little piece of Gunnison County real estate really is too amazing to describe in an online listing, an open house is the way to get potential buyers to see what’s special about what you’re offering. You’ll want to make sure, though, that your house is well-staged – meaning that you’ve removed everything that is personal and left an essentially blank canvas on which a potential buyer can project their hopes and dreams.

Additionally, if your home is listed in an area where the market is suppressed, a good look around could make all the difference in the world to someone who is looking to buy a home. As a seller in a buyer’s market, you’ll need to take advantage of every possible way in which you can convey the advantages of your particular home – in other words, you’ll have to insist that your real estate agent arranges an open house, whether they like it or not.

Sometimes, too, a photo just doesn’t do a home justice. You want to attract a home buyer who will fall in love with what you have to offer. If safety and security are a concern, bring along your 400-pound cousin Bubba. Tell him to bring his friend Louis. Short for Louisville Slugger. But get that open house in the works.


Crested Butte Mountain Resort Purchased by Vail

Vail Resorts Buys Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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When the news broke that Vail Resorts purchased Crested Butte Mountain Resort, we must say the excitement and shock all came at once.  This is a great move for business and will certainly bring additional eyes on our little town.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Purchased by VailAs a leading Real Estate firm in Crested Butte, we immediately started having the conversations with our clients about what this will mean to the market and how to best use this to their advantage.  For our sellers, hold the price and being firm is important as the value of our little piece of heaven is going to go up.  When talking with buyers, we try to impress on them the importance of making an offer right away.  What you see today will not be here tomorrow, don’t get stuck out in the cold!  This article has a lot of information about the purchase and what to expect going forward.

As always stay tuned to our blog and social media outlets for all the latest Crested Butte, Gunnison, Almont and Colorado news.  Our realtors are working hard to keep up with market conditions, emerging information and of course what’s going on around our beautiful valley.

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Mt. Crested Butte Concert Series 2018

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Sponsored by the Mt. Crested Butte Town Center Community Association, the Live! From Mt. CB Summer Concert Series returns for the summer of 2018 with an exciting lineup of amazing musicians. Join the fun every Wednesday evening between June 27 and August 15 for an evening of free music at the base of Mt. Crested Butte.

All shows will take place at the Stage in Mt. Crested Butte from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

June 27 – New Orleans Suspects (Swamp/Mardi Gras)
New Orleans Suspects began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans. Comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in NOLA, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full-time, renaming the band New Orleans Suspects. They quickly began attracting large crowds from San Francisco to New York. In five short years they’ve released four CDs and established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups.

July 4 – Fourth of July on the mountain, sponsored by the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Mt. Crested Butte

Live music all evening from 5:30 until 9:00 PM featuring the Kitchen Dwellers (Psychedelic Bluegrass)
Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass quartet Kitchen Dwellers are riding the wave of their sophomore release, Ghost in the Bottle, an album produced by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. The album also features Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis​, who joined the band in the studio to record the album’s first single “Vision of More.” The band continues to relentlessly tour the country, captivating audiences with their own unique style, dubbed “Galaxy Grass.”

Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has begun to tour nationally, hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering.

Fireworks Display at 9:15 PM

July 11 – Billy Strings (Bluegrass)
Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. His new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, taps into a deep vein of psychedelia in Americana, referencing everything from the Dead to Sturgill Simpson, but all underlaid by Billy’s undeniable virtuosity and his knowledge of the roots of American music. He’s one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch in East Nashville is constantly filled up with Nashville’s best roots musicians just picking up a storm.

July 18 – Matthew Curry (Blues)
Matthew Curry delivers electrifying blues and blues rock along with amped-up shows. Matthew, already a veteran performer at 17, is astonishing audiences with his blazing guitar playing, original songs, and soulful voice. Matthew has played with blues greats Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, and recently with Ronnie Baker Brooks, Bernard Allison, and Bryan Lee. Often referred to as a cross between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, Matthew Curry is a triple-charged musician in his own right and firing up the scene.

July 25 – Lowdown Brass Band (Brass/Street Funk)
Lowdown Brass Band (LDB), hailing from Chicago, is a horn-driven ensemble with strong roots in the New Orleans Second Line Tradition. A fierce sousaphone sets the foundation for trumpets, trombones and saxophones that intertwine in a cacophony of tight lead lines, spontaneous call-and-response and bombastic brass attacks. While taking a page from the jazz and blues giants of the past, LDB melds modern funk, hip-hop, reggae and pop into a unique style. Always a party, Lowdown forges new ground with original compositions that create a high-energy deluge of danceability!

August 1 – Dave Jordan & the NIA (NOLA/Roots Rock)
Dave Jordan is a New Orleans based singer/songwriter/bassist and guitar player. Over the course of nearly 20 years and 3 bands, he has produced or co-produced 6 albums, played nearly 2000 shows nationwide and performed or recorded with some of the most esteemed musicians in New Orleans and across the country; including recording with Art Neville, Anders Osborne, Joe Krown, Bill Summers and more; and performances with such bands as the Meters, Little Feat, Widespread Panic, Bob Weir’s RatDog, Los Lobos and many more. His work as founder and frontman of the long running funk/roots band, Juice, landed the band a Best of the Beat award for “Best Emerging Funk/Soul/R&B Band” and nominations for “Best Roots Rock Band” and “Best Roots Rock Album” for 2000’s Anders Osborne produced,

August 8 – Con Brio (R&B/Soul/Funk)

The night before Con Brio headed into the studio to record their first full-length album, 23-year-old Ziek McCarter had a dream. In it, the singer received a visit from his father, an Army veteran who died at the hands of East Texas police in 2011. His father delivered an invitation: Come with me to paradise.

McCarter woke up with a song in his bones. “It was one of the most spiritual moments of my life,” he recalls. It was up to him, he knew, to rise above injustice, and to perform in a way that lifted up those around him as well. To make Con Brio’s music a place of serenity, compassion — even euphoria — right here on earth.

Paradise, which saw the San Francisco band teaming with legendary producer Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Beck, Seu Jorge), is the result: a declaration of independence you can dance to; an assertion of what can happen when the human spirit is truly free.

Formed in 2013, Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone.

August 15 – The Dustbowl Revival (American Roots Orchestra)
A sort of new-wave jug-band or “little big band”, The Dustbowl Revival’s tunes range anywhere from Bob Wills style western swing to Dylan inspired folk romps to Sister Rosetta Tharpe gospel stomps to Howlin’ Wolf Chicago Blues. Big band ballads, western swing hoe-downs, bebop breakdowns, vaudevillian theatrics even mariachi-flavored marches – the whole kitchen sink is thrown at you during their raucous live shows.