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The High Country

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Our Goal is to help you achieve yours …

It has been said that a home should be our refuge. A place we go to rejuvenate. Our sanctuary. A shelter from the storm. Where we can truly be ourselves … free to let our hair down, with no fear of judgment or criticism. Our happy place. Where we are free to laugh, cry, dream, and find our inner soul – the person we were meant to be.  A place we spend precious time embracing those we love.

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights .. that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  Thomas Jefferson 

The pursuit of happiness. For me, the real estate business has never been about a brick house and four walls. It’s about people. It’s helping someone in their pursuit of a fulfilling life. To help realize a dream. To find that piece of heaven, they will eventually call home.

In this pursuit, I want to know your desires – what you like and dislike. Your dreams. Where you see yourself. Is it a cabin in the Roaring Fork Valley … or a high rise loft in Boulder? I would never want to waste a single second of a buyer or sellers time. I also never recommend buying a property that I wouldn’t purchase myself. Time and finances are something I never take for granted. They are valuable commodities that are too easily spent.

My goal is to help you achieve yours.  My promise is to go above and beyond to make sure the home of your dreams is a solid investment.  So, when the time comes you find yourself pursuing a lake front property on Lake Como – or a villa in Tuscany – or a farm in Norway – you can be assured of realizing a profit. I keep extensive lists of homes and their history – and have an intimate knowledge of the areas, and homes I sell.  As well as getting you the best financing possible – with the assurance that the deal you make will close on time.  If Colorado is part of realizing your dream – we will guide you every step of the way to make sure it becomes a reality!

The High Country …. 

This is Colorado. Where we enjoy one of the best climates in the world!  There’s a saying among die hard skiers … “we come to ski champagne powder, but stay for the incredible summers!” 

Come summer you can find us hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing on the Frying Pan, or rafting the Colorado River – just being in the high country.  It’s a passion. One of my favorite hiking trails is the Rio Grande in Aspen. It’s great biking! The trail follows the Roaring Fork river for 42 miles from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.  It traverses the river, winding through wildflower meadows, aspen stands, and thick pine forests.  Along the path, there is a boulder which has been carved with the saying … “Look deep into nature ~ and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein.  I couldn’t agree more.

Fall is an amazing time of year in the high country. Aspen stands turn to gold among thick evergreens making a spectacular sight.  One of the most beautiful drives in Colorado – if not the world, is Highway 82 over Independence Pass – from Twin Lakes to Aspen. Not to be missed. It’s simply breathtaking.

Ski season has been incredible this year! Deep powder in the back bowls – but what we love about Spring skiing is being able to ski and golf in the same day. It’s pretty special. 

Some of the resorts will stay open until June ..

It’s a magical time. Champagne powder, après skiing, racing gates, s’mores by the fire at the Ritz, Beano’s Cabin, the Little Nell … and so much more.  

I was lucky enough to learn to ski on Warner Mountain in Steamboat Springs ~ affectionately known as “The Boat”. Dating a ski racer on the U.S. Ski Team, I had no choice. It was do or die. The experience was frustrating and challenging. But, I wouldn’t change a minute of it!  So, come ski season ~ head to the high country for champagne powder and all the small town charmed life we’ve come to know and love as Colorado.  Simply heaven! We must never forget why we’re here – to play! 

 

 

Squatters Rights – 

There was a case in Boulder, CO in 2006 that involved a retired district court judge and their neighbors – owners of a vacant lot next door. The judge and his wife had been using the neighbors property for a garden and to entertain friends – for 20 years! When the owners of the vacant property put up a fence and proceeded to build their dream home – the judge sued. Claiming squatters rights. Several years later – and well over $200,000 spent by the owners to defend what was rightfully theirs … the court ruled in favor of the squatter judge and his wife. Even though the vacant land owners had been paying taxes on the property for several decades – they lost. Not only did the judge and his wife get 2/3 of the land – worth a million dollars! The portion of the lot left to the vacant land owners was denied a building permit by the city – as it was too small to build on! The case made national news.

Many of of us assume that Squatters rights is an antiquated law – but as we know it still exists. We would hope that intentional squatters are rare. So .. how do property owners protect themselves? Have a property survey done before you close escrow. If you are already in possession – get a licensed surveyor. The sooner, the better. Know where your property lines are – and make sure no one is encroaching – especially with the intent to cash in on your land through adverse possession.

In Colorado, Adverse Possession by a trespasser that is exclusive, continuous, hostile, actual, and open— is sufficient to support a claim to another owners land. The adverse possession/ squatters rights must be for a non-interrupted period of 18 years, or having paid the property taxes for 7 years.  The intentions of the trespasser has no bearing on the claim to title.

 

 

 

 

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