Real Estate Information Archive


Displaying blog entries 1-5 of 5

What your money can buy - One of a kind opportunity in Keystone!

by Allison Simson

One of a kind opportunity in Keystone!

Walk to the slopes from your three bedroom, three bath condo that overlooks the mountain, wet lands and Snake River!

This condo has not been rented, but it has been remodeled and loved!  Hard wood floors, granite slab counters, plush carpet, and high end furnishings make this condo feel like home ~ and you won’t want to leave! The large entryway invites you in, and the spacious great room is perfect for entertaining all your friends and family. From the great room you can watch the skiers racing down the mountain in the winter and during the summer you’ll be mesmerized by the flowing water of the Snake River right outside your door.  There are three large bedrooms and three full baths, and for those extra guests there are two comfy day beds.  You don’t even have to leave your home to find enjoyment sipping hot chocolate in your hot tub that overlooks the slopes,  or relax in your steam shower!

It’s so convenient with an elevator, and it’s super quiet with no shared walls. There is a place for all your ski gear in your private, locked storage on the first floor.  Truly you couldn’t ask for anything more.

This condo has 1635 amazing square feet right at the base of Keystone Mountain!  Have your own place to call home in Summit for $670,000.00. Call for additional information, pictures or to set up time to see this exquisite condo in Keystone.


 View and meet Lynn Sustad, Kelie Gray and Anna Willis, the Buyer Specialist Team at Summit Real Estate – The Simson/Nenninger Team. A member of the team can be reached at (800)-262-8442 or (970)-468-4600.


Summit County Statistics

by Allison Simson

The snow has been falling - I felt like I was in a snow globe yesterday - and it's looking like winter! The chair lifts are turning and it's the perfect time to assess your situation for ski season.  Are you looking to buy your first condo?  Upgrade the place you have? Or, maybe, sadly, you realize you're not using your current place like you used to and it's time to sell. 

Please check out our market reports for current, up to the minute information about the market, specific to your area:

1) Dillon Market update

2) Wildernest/Silverthorne Market Update

3) Frisco
Market Update

4) Breckenridge
Market Update

5) Keystone Market Update


See you on the slopes!

4 must-knows about hiring a home stager

by Allison Simson

Who fits the bill (and foots it) depends on location

Question:  Allison, we want to list our home in Silverthorne, CO for sale and our Realtor says we need to hire a professional stager first.  We think the home looks just fine.  What should we do?

Answer:  Like it or not, when you stick that for-sale sign in the front yard, your home becomes ... well, merchandise -- something for someone to buy.

And just as a successful retailer works to display his merchandise in a way that makes you want to buy it, a good real estate stager tries to figure out how to make someone want to buy your home. He or she may rearrange or add furnishings -- or subtract them -- and suggest changes to the house that are intended to play up its best features.

A field that was in its infancy a decade ago, staging these days is a routine part of the real estate transaction in many communities. But in this relatively unregulated profession, just about anybody can claim to be a stager, and members of the profession can come from widely varied backgrounds and professional training. What you get for your money can vary, too.

Five things you ought to know about hiring a real estate stager:

1. There's no clear-cut career path to becoming a stager, according to Shell Brodnax, president and CEO of the Real Estate Staging Association in Valley Springs, Calif., which claims to have about 1,000 members.

It's a field unto itself, she says.

"They are professional home stagers, which doesn't preclude them from also being designers, decorators, real estate agents, etc.," she said. "They have a wide variety of backgrounds. The ones who seem to do exceptionally well have backgrounds in merchandising," or the visual display of products for sale.

Brodnax said the services they provide will vary, based on what a given house needs to make it show best to prospective buyers. Sometimes, that's as basic as rearranging the furnishings for better "flow" or to emphasize a house's best points. But usually their efforts are more extensive, and they may, with the owner's permission, remove excess furnishings or bring in rental furniture or work with building tradesmen on changes to paint, finishes, etc.

"They're going to counsel you on everything you need to do to properly prepare that property for sale," Brodnax said. "If the house is super-dated, they're going to check whatever else is on the market to see what the competition is. If every other home has updated kitchens, baths, carpet or whatever it may be, they're going to tell you, 'This is what you're up against -- so you would want to change those avocado green countertops or that dark-blue wall.'

"They're going to make all these recommendations, and it's up to the client to choose what to invest in that the stager has recommended," she said.

2. Most, but not all, stagers have had some kind of professional training specific to staging, Brodnax said.

"There are two basic types of courses you can take: online and in-person," she said. "There are a few five-day programs, but most (classroom) programs are three days." The online courses, she said, are paced at the student's discretion.

Having the visual skills, she said, is something of a given for those who take the stagers' courses. "The majority of people who are going to take a class have already been doing this -- they're constantly rearranging the furniture at home," Brodnax said.  

3. Although some stagers will work on a per-hour basis, most charge by the job, and the costs tend to vary by region, Brodnax said.

"Most will offer a free look-see, where they'll come out and give you a bid," she said. "They will say they will stage it for X dollars, and it will cost X (additionally) for rental furniture, and those numbers are going to vary widely.

"It can be as low as $500 (for the staging services), depending on where you're located. It's not unheard of for big mansions to pay $20,000 to $40,000 for staging.

"The average, though, probably comes in between $1,500 and $3,000."

Brodnax said that occasionally real estate agents will foot the costs of staging for clients, though it's not the norm. At the height of the housing boom, though, it wasn't unusual to have agents pick up the costs in order to get a listing, because their commissions would offset those costs.

"An agent may now pay for a consultation with a stager, maybe $75-150," but these days it's the norm for the homeowner to pay for the staging, she said.

4. Homeowners seeking to hire a stager might get referrals from their real estate agents, Brodnax said; she suggests, however, that consumers interview at least two stagers to get a broader picture of which kind of merchandising is appropriate for their homes.

She said stagers should be able to provide photography of their work in a variety of styles, in order to demonstrate that they can stage a house appropriately for its architectural style, not just according to the stager's own tastes. Stagers should be able to show they're insured, she said. As with any other professional, the stager should be able to provide references, she said.

Brodnax's group has a downloadable "Consumers Guide to Real Estate Staging" at its site, Inman News 2010.


For answers to your real estate questions, call Allison at 970-468-6800. Email - [email protected]. Want to know the value of your Summit County property? Visit   

Are you ready for Ski Season?

by Allison Simson

The chairlifts are starting to turn and the snowmaking guns are blowing full force!  Are you ready for ski season? 

Here's an interesting article on some very new and exciting radio frequency technology at some of the resorts:  new technology on the slopes!

And, here are your Ski Season Warm-Up Exercises:

1) Visit your local butcher and pay $30 to sit in the walk-in freeze for a half an hour. Afterwards, burn two $50 dollar bills to warm up.

2) Soak your gloves and store them in the freezer after every use.

3) Fasten a small, wide rubber band around the top half of your head before you go to bed each night.

4) If you wear glasses, begin wearing them with glue smeared on the lenses.

5) Throw away a hundred-dollar bill now.

6) Find the nearest ice rink and walk across the ice 20 times in your ski boots carrying two pairs of skis, accessory bag and poles. Pretend you are looking for your car. Sporadically drop things.

7) Place a small but angular pebble in your shoes, line them with crushed ice, and then tighten a C-clamp around your toes.

8) Buy a new pair of gloves and immediately throw one away.

9) Secure one of your ankles to a bedpost and ask a friend to run into you at high speed.

10) Go to McDonald’s and insist on paying $13.50 for a hamburger. Be sure you are in the longest line.

11) Clip a lift ticket to the zipper of your jacket and ride a motorcycle fast enough to make the ticket lacerate your face.

12) Drive slowly for five hours- anywhere- as long as it’s in a snowstorm and you’re following an 18-wheeler.

13) Fill a blender with ice, hit the pulse button and let the spray blast your face. Leave the ice on your face until it melts. Let it drip into your clothes.

14) Dress up in as many clothes as you can and then proceed to take them off because you have to go to the bathroom.

15) Slam your thumb in a car door. Don’t go see a doctor.

16) Repeat all of the above every Saturday and Sunday until it’s time for the real thing!

See you on the slopes!

This lovely sun-drenched duplex style home with a single family home feel in the Major Anderson subdivision in Georgetown near the lake is a must see.  Nestled up against National Forest on a quiet cul-de-sac 2300 Major Anderson Drive is a multi-leveled four-bedroom home with one full bath, two-three quarter baths and one-half bath.

The basement is fully finished with the family room, half bath and entry to the two car attached garage on this level in addition to lots of storage.  On the main level is the spacious great room which includes the living room with gas fireplace, dining room, kitchen, office with French doors (which could be used as a bedroom) and three quarter bath.  On the third level are an oversized master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace and master bath with jetted tub and sky lights.  There is another bedroom and three quarter bath on this level as well.

With 3,058 square feet of well laid out space, this is a great value you don’t want to miss at $324,900.  Call today to set up a showing!


To meet Lynn Sustad, Kelie Gray and Anna Willis, the Buyer Specialist Team at Summit Real Estate – The Simson/Nenninger Team visit   A member of the team can be reached by calling 800.262.8442 or 970.468.6800 or email us at [email protected].
Not ready to speak to a broker yet, visit

Displaying blog entries 1-5 of 5




Share This Page

Contact Information

Photo of Summit Real Estate Real Estate
Summit Real Estate
The Bright Choice
330 Dillon Ridge Way, Suite 10
Dillon CO 80435
Fax: 970-468-2195

Allison Simson, Owner/Broker, is a licensed Colorado Real Estate Broker