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In honor of the last few days of snow…

West Fork Road (Co Rd 648) is a trail groomed by the Pagosa Nordic Club. Check their WEB site for updates on grooming.

This is a popular Pagosa area Nordic trail because of its ease of access off Hwy 160 (see Google map at right) and the fact that it is fairly flat and scenic.

If you ski to the end of the road, you will cover about 5.5 miles in and out. The road is visible on the Google map and is attached (below) as a TOPO! map. READ MORE


Full Moon ski in Pagosa Springs

Here is a video compilation of the February Full Moon Ski and fun races at The Ranch Community this past weekend. I did not make it, but I am going to be sure and sign up for the next one! If you want to be informed of future events like this give me your email and I will put you on the Pagosa Springs Facebook Page so that you can get community updates. (The video gets good at min 2.5)


Four Mile Road

My Friend D.West Davies posted this pic on his Facebook accout this morning. I thought it was too beautiful not to share. This scene is found just a few miles north of town on the way to the Four Mile Falls trail head. Just another reason that I live where I live! Thanks West!

old barracks up Four Mile Road

old barracks up Four Mile Road

You can see more of West’s photography work at this link

I heart coffee…ode to River Pointe Cafe

Riverpointe Coffee shop in downtown Pagosa Springs

There are not many things in life that I relish as much as coffee. I can take all kinds… as long as it is good. By that I mean I am a coffee snob of sorts.

Coffee shops are an amazing mystery to me. Maybe its because they have a vibe all there own. I think mostly it is the ever present, oxymoronical element that almost always accompanies a coffee shop experience.

I go to relax, and get an over-dose of stimulant in a cup?  When I crammed for my fixed wing pilots license I paid my dues at a busy Starbucks in the middle of San Antonio…to get a way from the noise?  When I studied for my Real Estate license I emerged myself in several PeaBerrys so that I could concentrate?

I write this post after visiting one of our local legal liquid drug offerers known as River Pointe Coffee Cafe. Maybe I feel obliged to give them a little on-line boost since my 4 year old just gave their coffee table a new coat of “Vanilla Steamed Milk Varnish”. They jumped on it like johnny-on-the-spot and insisted that she have another cup.

I love River Pointe the most of all of our shops. Not necessarily for their coffee. I think they have a little work to do there. (reference the above mentioned coffee snobbery problem that I have) The location is hard to beat being just a few steps from the San Juan River and looking across to the Pagosa Hot Springs. I can sit and get the small amount of down-town vibe that is found there without being over run with crowds.

They have done a great job of cozyfying the place with plenty of lounging and table service too. The new owners are establishing an adjoing conference room of sorts that I think will be a great addition. I am planning on booking it for a few meetings later this year when it is complete.

From River Pointe Coffee it is a short walk to several restaurants, the Hot Springs, the River Walk and all of the activities that are found there.

Next time you are in the downtown area, give me a shout, maybe we can meet up for a little Java. I can tell you about how coffee introduced me to my wife!

 Until then, support your local java provider, you may want to get job there before this economy crunch is over…you know, write a blog post about them or something.

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LOWEST Mortgage rates since 2005

Mortgage rates continue to fall to levels last seen in July of 2005. At wek end of January 17 the average 30 year fixed passed the low level of %5.69, and accordiong to many sources %5.5 is a pretty doable number. Reference more information @ Mortgage Daily news.

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Pagosa Mountain Hospital Grand Opening

The much anticipated Pagosa Mountain Hospital Critical Access facility is having it’s Grand Opening on Saturday, January 5th 2008. The ribbon cutting at 2:00 PM will kick start the opening of the new facility to Pagosa are residents.

The hospital has been completed earlier than scheduled, on budget and with no increase in mill levy thanks to generous private and community donations and fund-raising efforts. 

  Beggining Monday January 7th  there will be 24/7 Emergency Room services, 11 private inpatient hospital rooms for routine nursing care, a full-time laboratory, CT digitized scanning, radiology, EKG and EEG services, and much more.  Future services will be added in an effort to continue to enhance and grow the features and services that the hospital will provide.

This is a wonderful thing for Pagosa residents in their personal lives as well as a crucial piece of the puzzle in supporting our economic growth.The  Pagosa Real estate market stability is just one of the benefactors. Many families and seniors are more willing to live full time in Pagosa with a solid medical support structure that  adds to an already experienced Dr. and specialist base that we have in place. Up until now the closest ER or critical access facility is in Durango, a one hour drive from Pagosa Springs.

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Real Estate Year End Comparison-2007

As the end of another wonderful year in Pagosa Springs comes to an end, my thoughts begin turning toward a little reflection. I tend to do this in all parts of my life. Reflection of my faith and what I have been taught this year, a review of relationships good and bad and business practices with an eye toward improvement.

   For my on-line readership I thought I would give a snapshot of our Real Estate market, a year end comparison of sorts. I have compiled the SOLD  data from our local MLS system in order to see a general trend for the past 5 years.

 I have broken down the numbers into two major categories, Residential and Vacant Land. Residential is comprised of all stick-framed homes and sub-categorized by acerage  or partial acreage size. The Vacant Land can simply be understood as differing sizes. All data is county wide.






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Best land purchase in Pagosa?

As I pulled up to the broker open house my phone rang again. The 505 pre-fix told me it was my New Mexico prospect calling to play another round of 20 questions. He is looking for land to purchase in our area between 250 and 300 thousand dollars. This particular conversation pivoted on his question “Chris, if you were buying land for this amount right now, what would you buy if it was purely investment?” As I quickly collated all of the recent conversations, facts, figures and opinions that had been floating in my head I gave him my best shot ending with the familiar phrase, “I would really like to spend some time with you looking at all of the options, there  is an awful  lot of personal preference involved.” This statement may sound like a vague cop-out, but only 10 minutes later these words were supported…

    I walked inside and participated in the usual broker open house routine. A walk through accompanied by the listing agent, a few questions and comments about location and quality of finishes, some constructive feed back about pricing and appearance and then… to the kitchen for some munchies.

When the dust settled on our initial conversation I found myself in the midst of a handful of Pagosa Springs real estate agents that I have a good amount of trust and admiration for. Jerry Driesens, Jon Jonson, Lee Vorhies and Christine Vorhies.  So I popped the theoretical question. “If you were spending this amount on land, what is the BEST investment?”

Honestly I expected a pretty similar answer but the response was as varied as the crowd to whom it was asked.

“The meadows will stay very strong” one said. “There you have elbow room, with space for horses, but you can still ride a bike to City Market.”

“Timber Ridge has all of the amenities and the right location”. “Very nice homes to support appreciation. After all , we are heading in to the prime baby boomer years, and they have the money to afford it.”

And then another, “Timber ridge is to new to have proven itself. Navajo River Ranch without a doubt. Thirty five acre tracts with all the amenities, and not to far down 84.”

I was cracking up inside. Only because I find myself having similar conversations in my head when I am striving to weigh all of the options for a particular customer or client.

  The reality is the area in and around Pagosa Springs offers a wide variety of flavors when it comes to preference. And we all have a little different take on life, so as time marches, on there will always be buyers and sellers of each type of property. Location, amenities, privacy, views or whatever the case. Individual preference carries much of the value of any property. I think dealing with the individuality of any land or home is  a large part of the appeal to me about this business.

 There’s a hat for every head, and the challenge and joy is to put those two together as succesfully as possible.

I love my land in Pagosa…can you tell me how to get there?

Truth is stranger than fiction (and funnier too).

Last week I encountered a situation that is too funny not to share with my readers. The story begins about a year and a half ago in the spring of 2006 when I helped a young couple find a parcel of land that they would soon prepare for construction. They took every precaution to get the perfect piece of real estate, one that they could build a home on that they were proud of. After about 6 weeks of looking we finally found it. I spoke to them two times after closing, and as things go, we all got busy with our lives.

  Fast forward to July of 2007. The gentlemen of the former mentioned couple walks into my office at about 6:30 one evening. We’ll call him Jody. After exchanging pleasantries and catching up a bit he tells me that he would like to try and purchase the property adjacent to his. I can help him with that. “It’s what I do” came my feeble attempt at weary comedy. As he was leaving my office I assured him that I would do my homework and have  a direction for him to make an offer in the next few days.

   After dialing the phone number that I came up with for the neighbors acreage I got a series of beeps which lead me to believe that she, we’ll call her Ms. Spacey, was using her phone for a tandem fax set up. Ok, I’ll try a call again tomorrow…same story. I then checked every reference I could find to come up with an alternate number to reach her. No good. Plan “B” I’ll draft a note and fax it to her. I did this by hand so that it would not appear to be a sales scam. Two faxes later I have nothing. Plan “C” send her a letter. Sent the letter and waited with nothing in return. I decided to keep trying these three methods until something turned up. Days turned into weeks and then  a couple of months until this project slid off my radar.

   Then last week I get a phone call from the feminine counterpart of my young couple clients ( we’ll call her Jackie) priming me again to get this land for them. I did not want to let them down. I rolled up my sleeves and with great determination went back to the fax machine with a barrage of hand written notes. Then …the call. It was Ms. Spacey herself. She seemed very surprised that her phone was rolling over to the fax. When I told her it had been for months she laughed and said “I’m not really in the twentieth century yet”. ( which I found hysterical in and of itself)  As she started reminiscing about the piece of property I flipped open my laptop to discover she had owned it since 1979. She told me of weeks of camping, motorcycle riding, soaking in the springs (the old school version with cross ties) bonfires, birdwatching and on and on about the good old days and her “Pagosa paradise”. Ms. Spacey and her family it seems have spent countless weeks enjoying their little piece of heavenly vacation property. After all of this, to my surprise, she still said that she would sell it! Not wanting to pressure her on the spot for a purchase price I discreetly dismissed our conversation with a promise of a return call.

   Two days later I have two faxes from our Ms. Spacey in my in-box. This is strange to me because I left her with all of my contact phone numbers, and I have not received any calls. The first one tells me that she thinks “I must have the wrong property owner”. Even though I used her first and last name several times in our initial conversation. I dismissed this to being confused about street address vs legal lot and block number, a pretty common occurrence. It was the second fax that still has me a little worried about what I have gotten myself into. You see, in order to make a successful transaction occur between two parties who are approaching one another in this manner, there has to be certain elements in place. Trust, understanding, intent, solid communication…and maybe sanity? After all of the fond memories of Ms. Spacey’s past with her little piece of land and the countless summer trips, the second fax says: “Mr. Chris Liverett I so much appreciate our conversation about my land in Pagosa. I want to visit it soon. Can you tell me how to get there?” 

   I’m not sure where this leaves us in our pursuit of a real estate transaction, but I know that some things in life are too funny to make up.