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Month of November sees 32 home sales

Five home sales priced between $900,000 and $1 million, a price point that has not been active this fall, helped the Routt County real estate market attain $26 million in home sales in November.

Those sales accounted for $4.8 million in dollar volume. In addition, there were six sales between $1 million and $2 million, representing $9 million in sales.

According to statistics researched by Bruce Carta of Land Title Guarantee Co., there were 11 transactions for homes priced between $200,000 and $500,000, totaling $3.9 million, about 15 percent of total dollar volume for home sales in November.

Drahota staffers gain green certifications

Drahota's Derek Cohen, a project manager; Ed Hurtubis, an assistant project manager, and Brad McDanald, an assistant superintendent, have earned LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is recognized as the standard in the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

With this accreditation, Cohen, Hurtubis, McDanald and their LEED-accredited counterparts at Drahota can guide clients who desire to construct buildings that will earn LEED certification.

"We want to continue to keep an upper edge on our competition," President and CEO Terry Drahota said. "Our team feels strongly about doing their share for the environment and by educating our team members about LEED, we can provide a better building experience for our clients."

Call Drahota at 204-0100.

Mortgage rates drop: Time to refinance?

McClatchy-Tribune

Nationally, mortgage rates fell to an average of 5.19 percent, the lowest level in 37 years, according to a weekly survey released Dec. 18 by Freddie Mac.

It's too soon to say what effect the rates will have on the moribund real estate market. The most immediate beneficiaries appear to be homeowners hoping to swap their adjustable-rate mortgages for fixed payments.

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