On the Market for Oct. 5

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Tom Ross

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When Barkely Robinson's client Mary Salabounis insisted on looking only at Steamboat properties that are bicycle-friendly, Robinson, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, knew just the right mode of transportation.

Armbruster joins Village Brokers real estate firm

Steamboat Village Brokers has announced that Chuck Armbruster has joined its real estate firm.

Armbruster sold his own agency, Century 21 Ski Town Associates, to Coldwell Banker Silver Oak in late August.

A native of the South, Armbruster graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1989. An internship during his senior year brought him to Steamboat. After three years in property management, Armbruster obtained his real estate license in 1992 and has been a top-producing broker in the Steamboat market for more than 15 years. He has earned the Graduate Realtor Institute and Certified Residential Specialist designations - two of the highest credentials in the real estate industry.

"Chuck has long been regarded as one of the most well-respected brokers in Steamboat. His extensive experience in the local market, total professionalism and strong commitment to customer service make him a perfect fit for the Steamboat Village Brokers team. We are privileged and proud that he has joined our firm," said David Baldinger Jr., managing broker and owner of Steamboat Village Brokers.

Armbruster can be reached at 879-7800, ext. 117, or by e-mail at realestate@chuckarmbruster.com.

4 property contracts written Sept. 22 to 28

Four residential properties listed in the Steamboat Springs Multiple Listing Service went under contract during the week of Sept. 22 to 28.

Eliese Pivarnik of Colorado Group Realty reported in her blog at www.steamboathomesales.com that a property along the Yampa River on Routt County Road 14, which is listed at $1.6 million, went under contract. Additionally, a three-bedroom home listed at $885,000 on Stoneridge Drive in the Fish Creek Falls neighborhood went under contract. Two other properties with pending sales include at Hayden townhome listed at $310,000 and a fractional ownership at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel listed at $89,000.

Actual sales during the same week include an Old Town home on Deerfoot Avenue that sold for $2.6 million, a Silverview Estates home that was listed at $949,900 and sold for $860,000, a Silverview home that was listed at $649,000 and sold for $629,000, and a Steamboat Grand fractional that was listed at $129,900 and sold for $120,000.

Realtor shows clients properties from bicycles

Luxury SUVs have become normal transportation for Steamboat Realtors escorting prospective buyers to see multi-million dollar homes. The appearance of prosperity matters.

However, Barkley Robinson of Prudential Steamboat Realty is connecting with buyers on a two-wheeled vehicle.

When his client Mary Salabounis told Robinson that her highest priority was ensuring her new home was in close proximity to everything Old Town Steamboat has to offer, he naturally gravitated toward bicycles.

It's not a coincidence that Robinson is a highly regarded competitive cyclist. But he knows better than to shift into high gear when showing property to clients.

"As opposed to driving around in a car, bikes really let clients appreciate what a neighborhood is like," Robinson said.

Salabounis is a surgical nurse at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She said she lived very close to the center of her small town growing up - the Chicago suburb of Libertyville. And the situation didn't change when she went to college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

When she accepted her position in Steamboat, she was determined not to give up that lifestyle.

"I'm not going to make that mistake in Steamboat," she said. "Barkley took me to see one house, and a big group of my friends met us on their bikes."

At this writing, Salabounis is watching the market closely and waiting to make a move.

Robinson is tuning his hard-tail mountain bike and scouting for more like-minded clients.

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