On the Market: Joanne Erickson joins Colorado Group Realty

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Joanne Erickson

— Joanne Erickson, a member of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors and National Association of Realtors since 2007, has joined Colorado Group Realty as a broker associate.

Erickson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA with a focus in finance and accounting. She has an international business background including working as an international banker covering Mexico; working for an oil service company with worldwide operations; running an adventure travel company in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet; and volunteering as a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan and Uganda.

Erickson is a certified international property specialist and a member of the International Real Estate Federation.

Erickson moved to Steamboat Springs in 2004. She can be found in the downtown office at 509 Lincoln Ave. or by calling 970-819-0755.

Foreclosure seminar planned for Monday

Real estate professionals from Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties in Steamboat Springs will host a seminar Monday intended to help local homeowners with strategies for distressed properties.

“Our intent is to share valuable information with our community so people can stay in their homes and get their financial footing back,” said presenter Jim Funk, of Steamboat Home Management and Coldwell Banker.

Other presenters include short sale expert Mike Shuttleworth, a broker with Coldwell Banker, and local attorney Anne Zoltani, of Romney Law Office. They will discuss Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies, pursuing loan workouts, loan modifications and short sales.

The workshop is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in Room 121 at Bristol Hall on the Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. The cost is $35 per family. For more information or to register, call 970-870-4444. Registration is required and seating is limited.

Funk said he thinks most people are unaware of the option of moving out of their home and renting it to realize tax savings that could allow them to keep their real estate.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there,” Funk said. “We’ve chosen seminar speakers who are experienced and well-versed in the latest issues regarding foreclosure, short sales and bankruptcies.”

Networking event planned Monday for young Realtors

Martin Dragnev, of Colorado Group Realty, is organizing a kickoff party to create momentum for a Young Professionals Network exclusively for real estate professionals.

Food, beverages, prizes and networking will be offered during the gathering at 6 p.m. Monday in a large duplex townhome at 2605 Ski Trail Lane.

Motivated young Realtors have the chance to gather again Tuesday morning for a ski day by meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Billy Kidd statue.

Young Professionals Networks was a grass-roots effort that took rise out of Realtor Magazine’s 30 Under 30 publication.

Steamboat already has a separate Young Professionals Network organized by the Chamber Resort Association. Dragnev said he was motivated to create the new group so that young Realtors could share common experiences in their careers.

“I believe there are many ways this network can benefit the younger part of our board considering that we all face similar challenges in our efforts to launch our early careers,” Dragnev said. “YPN’s mission is to enhance leadership opportunities at the local, state and national levels and to take an active role in policy and advocacy issues in order to be informed about the industry.”

He added that he hopes the group will become a resource to the community through volunteering and giving.

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