Breckenridge Local Updates, Real Estate News & Market Trends

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Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2019

Feb. 1, 2020

Breckenridge Discounted Lift Tickets

Thanks to early snow that keeps on falling, the 2019-2020 winter season promises to bring many skiers to Summit County. But cost can be a stumbling block, so your Breckenridge Associates Realtors thought you might like a little ‘how-to’ guide for finding the best discounts for skiing or riding this winter at Summit County’s top-rated ski resorts.

Call the ticket office:

You won’t find this option advertised online, but if you’re willing to wait until noon or 2 p.m. to hit the slopes there are ‘day-of’ discounts to be had. This is the perfect alternative for those who want to sleep in, have a leisurely brunch and get in lift line when many skiers who got out early are thinking about lunch on the mountain. Pricing is available over the phone or at the window. Breckenridge’s ticket office number is (970) 423-7097.

Plan ahead:

Buy tickets online, in advance:
Online prices are 25 to 48 percent lower than when purchased at the ticket window. The biggest discounts apply to purchases made seven days in advance, but discounts apply even on day-of purchases, as long as tickets are bought online. 

The EPIC passes are by far and away the best value ski passes for skiing at Breckenridge ski resort. Normally these heavily discounted lift tickets are on sale from the end of the ski season through about Thanksgiving. Offering the full EPIC pass that allows access to all the ski resorts owned or managed by Vail Resorts, to many other season pass options and multi-day lift ticket options - Be sure to check in with the Breckenridge ski resort website in the spring for these options - breckenridge.com

Military discount:
Our Summit County ski resorts honor the service of our valued military personnel. That means both active duty and retired military receive great discounts at Breckenridge. Tickets are $113/adult, $73/child (12 and under). Immediate family with dependent ID may also receive the discount. Tickets must be purchased at the ticket window and you will be asked to show your military ID. Keystone also offers these steep discounts; inquire with their ticket office for pricing: call (970) 423-7118.

Love Summit County skiing so much that you find yourself wishing to spend more time here? Maybe this is the year you consider taking advantage of great market conditions and favorable mortgage rates that make purchasing property more attractive than ever. There are opportunities for good investment properties as you think about the future, as well as a home or condo that will allow you and your family to spend more time enjoying everything the winter—and every other season—offers in the mountains. Is this the year you make Breckenridge your happy place?

Dec. 10, 2019

Carbon Monoxide: A deadly danger

With winter coming on to cool much of North America, it’s worthwhile to address a potential hazard that arises with increased use of fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces and water heaters: carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by the combustion of fuels such as natural gas, oil, and propane in devices including furnaces, water heaters, and stoves. These items are designed to vent the CO to the outside, but harmful interior levels of CO can result from incomplete combustion of fuel, improper installation, or blockages, leaks or cracks in the venting systems. Very high levels of CO can lead to incapacitation or death, with victims sometimes never having been aware they were being poisoned.
Homeowners can take action against potential carbon monoxide poisoning by taking the following steps:
  • Never use a gas stove or oven to heat the home, even temporarily.
  • Have all fuel-burning appliances professionally inspected annually, preferably before the start of the cold weather season when heaters and furnaces are first used.
  • These appliances include gas stoves and ovens, furnaces and heaters, water heaters and gas clothes dryers.
  • All such devices should be properly installed and vented to the outside.
  • If repairs are necessary, have them performed by a qualified technician.
  • Always use the proper fuel specified for the device.
  • Have flues and chimneys for gas fireplaces inspected regularly for cracks, leaks, and blockages that may allow a buildup of CO to occur.
  • Do not start a vehicle in a closed garage or idle the engine in the garage even when the garage door is open.
  • Gasoline-powered generators and charcoal grills must never be used indoors.
  • Purchase a CO detector (either battery operated, hard wired or plug-in) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper location and installation.
  • Installation of working CO detectors in residential properties is now required by law in most states.
  • Learn what to do if the CO alarm activates. If anyone in the home experiences symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, or confusion, everyone should leave immediately and seek medical attention. If no symptoms are felt, open doors and windows immediately and shut off all fuel-burning devices that may be potential sources of CO.
Enjoy the comfort and safety of home this winter and all year long.
Posted in Home Safety
Dec. 5, 2019

Ullr Fest | December 11-15, 2019

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Dec. 5, 2019

Mortgage Rates Looking Forward

Mortgage Rates Looking Forward

Current U.S. Mortgage rates are favorable and top economists predict that rates for the end of 2019 will average between 3.8 percent and 4 percent for 30-year fixed rates. According to Freddie Mac, only one year ago in 2018, a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 4.81 percent, thus showing a sharp decline in today’s rates. It’s interesting to note that in a year-over-year comparison for the week ending November 21, 2019, 30-year rates stood at 3.66 percent. In addition, mortgages have shown a steady decline throughout 2019, with the historic low for 30-year rates at 3.31 percent in November 2012.

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Dec. 5, 2019

Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas

It’s almost a sure thing that you will never have seen so many Santas in one place as you will when hundreds of Santa look-alikes race down Main Street. Kids of all ages can join in the Snowman Building Competition, and the younger revelers have their own fun run--the Moose March fun--on Main Street. Even your favorite furry four-legged pals won’t miss out as they parade through town in the Holiday Dog Parade. And everyone—locals and visitors alike—will want to be part of our wonderful traditions of the Lighting of Breckenridge, meeting Santa and a free Holiday Concert. 

Schedule of Events follows: 

December 7, 2019 

3-6 p.m. | Snowman Building Competition 

  •        FREE to kids of all ages
  •        Judged by the BreckCreate staff
  •        Located on the Arts District Lawn in the middle of Ridge Street. 

3:45 p.m. | Holiday Dog Parade 

  •        FREE for all doggies on Santa’s nice list (Aren’t they all good doggies?) 
  •        Gather at 3 p.m. at Main Street Station. 
  •        Parade located on Main Street.

4:20 p.m. | Moose March 

  •        $10 for kids 12 and under. 
  •        Register at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub at 2 p.m. and pick up your Reindeer antlers for the race. 
  •        March located on Main Street.

4:30 p.m. | Race of the Santas 

  •        $15 for participants13 and up. 
  •        Santas can register at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub at 2 p.m. 
  •        Race is less than a mile and will be located on Main Street. 
  •        Don’t forget to wear your Santa Suit.

5 p.m. | Lighting of Breckenridge

  •        Tree lighting in Blue River Plaza.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. |  Meet Santa

  •        FREE photos with Santa. 
  •        Located at the Barney Ford Museum.

6 p.m. |  FREE Holiday Concert, featuring Hazel Miller 

  •        Don’t miss a favorite band as Hazel performs top hits, original music, Jazz, Blues and R&B. 
  •        Located at the Riverwalk Center.

For more information on the Lighting of Breckenridge and the Race of the Santas, visit GoBreck.com.

Oct. 30, 2019

Breckenridge Real Estate - Fall Market update

As the official ski season kicks off, Breckenridge becomes the choice destination for many snow lovers visiting Summit County. And it’s not unusual to see—after visitors fall in love with our wonderful town and vibrant community, our world-class ski area and myriad other winter activities—that they may spend a day or two exploring real estate opportunities. Sometimes the itch is for a ski condo, sometimes a welcoming home where family and friends can gather all year to enjoy our mountain paradise. And often these ‘maybe I really do want a place in Breck’ clients—no matter how often they’ve considered buying—hesitate. There are lots of reasons why, but often we hear, “Maybe prices will go down,” or “Maybe sellers will be more willing to negotiate next year,” along with other market-related musings. Our goal is to help clients make the right decision at the right time. Believe us, we keep careful track of trends, and thought you might be interested in seeing just a very small piece of the statistics regarding sales in Breckenridge.

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Oct. 30, 2019

Breckenridge Associates Real Estate Is The Market Leader

Breckenridge Associates Real Estate Is The Market Leader*

 

It’s been a very busy and exciting summer and fall for everyone at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate. We’ve been working tirelessly as we engage with our clients, helping them achieve their real estate goals in Breckenridge and throughout greater Summit County. With the spectacular variety of activities, adventures and conveniences available in our local community—things that make living here so rewarding —we’re proud our clients want to call Breckenridge home, too.

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Oct. 30, 2019

Welcome Back Winter 2019

Welcome back, Winter!

There has been skiing in Summit County since mid-October—boding well for a great 2019-2020 season! Each fall our local resorts engage in a friendly competition for “Opening Day Bragging Rights”. This year, Arapahoe (A-Basin) Basin and Keystone, reveling in an early-season snowstorm with ideal cold temperatures, were the places to watch as early-opening rumors flew with the snow. Only 90 days after closing the longest ski season in Colorado (on the Fourth of July!), A-Basin began snowmaking operations. Around here most people expect A-Basin or Loveland to earn the title of “First ski resort to open in North America,” because for seven of the past eight years A-Basin has opened first in the Front Range, tying once with Loveland back in 2015. This year, the snow-tides officially turned. Keystone was neck-and-neck with A-Basin while Loveland fell out of the running entirely. This was a huge shift, as Keystone has not attempted an October opening in many years.

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Oct. 30, 2019

Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day

Opening Day is November 8, so Wake Up Breckenridge!

Opening Day Free Coffee & Mug

 


 

“Wake Up Breckenridge” is a much-anticipated tradition and the official community kick-off to Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Opening Day, inviting everyone to enjoy free coffee! Head to one of several local Breckenridge coffee shops at 7a.m. on Opening Day, November 8, enjoy free coffee and snag a commemorative mug! Breckenridge Ski Resort asks that everyone participating bring canned food donations to their chosen coffee shop in a sweet and worthy exchange for your coffee mug. The canned food collected that morning will be donated to our local Family Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) food bank. There are plenty of places to get your java on, including Starbucks, Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House, Cool River Coffee House, Daylight Donuts, The Coffee Depot at Main Street Station, Cuppa Joe’s, Kava Café, The Crown and Cabin Coffee of Breckenridge. Mugs are available while supplies last, so bring your donation of canned food and get your free coffee before you hit the mountain!

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Oct. 10, 2019

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival - October 18-20

Be part of the excitement of the craft spirits movement during a fun-filled fall weekend in Breckenridge. The annual Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival features small-batch distillers, artisan spirit seminars and more—with plenty of sampling! YOU MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO ATTEND THE CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL. Check out the schedule of events:

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