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Prudential's Hibbard earns CRS rating

— Prudential Steamboat Realtor Molly Hibbard has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists. It is the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Fewer than 38,000 Realtors in the nation have earned the credential. CRS designees ascribe to the strict Realtor code of ethics and have access to the latest technology.

"We could not be more proud of Molly's accomplishment. The CRS designation is an absolute honor," Prudential Steamboat broker/owner Cam Boyd said.

Hibbard is active with Habitat for Humanity and Support the Troops.

Routt, Pitkin counties hit hardest in sales

Routt and Pitkin counties have absorbed some of the biggest percentage hits among Colorado mountain markets in real estate transaction gross dollar volume. However, Routt's numbers at the end of June still managed to surpass those of 2006, which wound up as a record year.

According to statistics compiled by the Rocky Mountain Resort Alliance, Routt had seen $430 million in sales at the end of the second quarter, a little more than half of the $828 million recorded for the same period in 2007. The $430 million compares favorably to $422.4 million for the first six months of 2006.

It was a different story in Summit County, where the six-month total of $527.8 million compares to $698 million in '07 and a healthy $681 million in '06.

Pitkin/Aspen has fallen hard when compared to the preceding two years. Pitkin recorded $716.8 million in transactions this year. It saw $1.42 billion in the first six months of '07 and $1.25 billion in '06.

Eagle/Vail is relatively immune to the national economy, with $1.04 billion compared to $1.56 billion during last year's first two quarters.

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