Archive for July, 2010

Jul 29 2010

Staples show at SPACe

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Steve Perkins has kindly reminded us to not forget the Clayton Staples Retrospective this weekend. SPACe is holding this unique event to educate the public about this early Cuchara Valley artist. Saturday and Sunday. Parkside Gallery. Evening Reception on Saturday 5-7. Must GO!  Thanks Steve.

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Jul 27 2010

Upcoming Events

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Mark your calendar for the following great events:

July 27  County Comprehensive Plan Hearings

July 30-31  Gardner Hippie Days

August 7  La Veta Consignment Auction

August 7  Annual Gardner Chuck Wagon Supper

August 11-15  Huerfano County 4-H Fair

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Jul 27 2010

Appraisal Changes, Finally

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Finally, some relief and corrections are in place to help us with appraisers.  SEL-2010-09, “Selling Guide Updates and Additional Guidance on Appraisal-Related Policies.”

The new requirements and clarifications resulted from “Fannie Mae’s post-purchase reviews of mortgage loan files [that] have identified issues with appraisals.”  A number of the items addressed in this announcement have also been subjects of concern to Realtors® during the past couple of years.

The following instances are to now be curbed or prohibited entirely. Changes to prevent these occurances are welcomed. 

Lenders changing the value that had been determined by the appraiser.

The selection of appraisers who were not familiar with the marketplace in which the subject property was located and/or who did not have access to all the data bases containing information relevant to the local marketplace. 

The use of short sales and foreclosures as comparable sales without giving sufficient consideration to the condition of those properties. 

The inability of either Realtors® or the lender’s representatives to communicate with the appraiser.

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Jul 21 2010

Francisco Fort Day

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A great day to be in La Veta this Saturday, for the 140 th annual Francisco Fort Day.  Pancake breakfast begins at 8:00.  Parade at 10:00.  And museum tours, arts and entertainment throughout the entire day.  See you at the Fort.

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Jul 21 2010

Tom Munch Live

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Tom Munch entertains live this Friday in the courtyard Patio of Franciscos at the La Veta Inn.  Great music, great food, don’t miss it.

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Jul 21 2010

Hermosa Club Luncheon

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All are invited to the Cuchara Hermosa Club Luncheon on Thursday, July 22, at the Cuchara Community Center for members, prospective members, and guests.  The speaker will be Ann Gethan; her topic is, Wildflowers.  The lunch catered by Sandy Houghton, features various quiches, salad, and strawberry-rhubarb pie.  Cost is $15.

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Jul 19 2010

Cuchara Ski Resort Trades

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The Cuchara Mountain Ski Resort has now officially changed hands.  As I reported some months ago, the owners were feeling pressure from the major lien holder and a foreclosure or Deed in Lieu was in the works.  Well this past week, the deed was officially recorded to effect that transfer.  Mr. John Bryant  transferred his ownership to Mr. Mike Balloun (for about $700,000 debt)

Mr. Balloun has not yet released information of his intentions, but hopefully he will begin plans to either move forward toward mountain ski and recreational plans or to sell to someone who will.  The tax revenues and jobs created could be a real boom to the Cuchara Valley area.

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Jul 19 2010

Hot, hot, hot

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Forecast calls for temps. possibly reaching 90 in Cuchara and 95 in La Veta.  97 in Colorado Springs and 105 in Pueblo.  This will be hottest day so far of the summer.  But it’s a dry heat ?  Yes, but still uncomfortably warm for us mountain folks.  Luckily the prediction is back down into the 70’s and 80’s by Wednesday.  So come see us.

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Jul 19 2010

Hermosa Art Show

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Local  artists as well as many other Colorado artists exhibited this past weekend at the 45th annual Cuchara Hermosa Art Show.  Included among the local artists were Ann Gethen, Kathy Hill, LaClaire Skaggs, Robin Richards, Elena Copola, and Polly Harris.  Other featured Colorado artists were Nathan Solano, Dave Throndson, and Lyle Clift.   Liz was visiting Mom in Santa Fe and I was busy with client showings so we missed out on the show.  Reports were full of praise for the artwork and the attendance.

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Jul 09 2010

Open Mic and More

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This evening wll be the “Best of Open Mic Night”  in the park.  This should be a really great outdoor concert.  Bring your picnic and chairs.  And mark your calendar to come for the Annual Cuchara Art Show July 16-18 and the Francisco Fort Day on July 24 for music, parade and museum tours celebrating the Fort.  Watch for more details.

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