On the Market: Colorado Group Realty affiliates with worldwide network

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— Colorado Group Realty recently was awarded affiliate status in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury network, Luxury Portfolio International.¬†Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is a global network composed of 550 local and regional real estate firms with 4,600 offices and 140,000 sales associates in the U.S. and more than 30 other countries.¬†

Luxury Portfolio is the fastest-growing luxury property network, with more than 200 affiliate companies across the world and more listings for more than $1 million than any other luxury real estate organization.

Fannie, Freddie listings return to local brokers

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reported last week that a single Front Range broker controls most of the listings of distressed properties owned in Routt County by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government sponsored institutions that purchase mortgages and in some cases bundle them for the investment market.

However, Realtor Doug Labor confirmed this week that the situation has changed in 2012. While that Front Range broker had the listing side of 30 transactions here in 2011, the number of listings he controls this year has shrunk to two, and several local Realtors have listings with Fannie and Freddie.

Paragon Technology adds employees in Steamboat

Paragon Technology Group has announced changes at the Steamboat Springs office. Founded in 1996, Paragon designs and installs integrated audio and video systems, architectural lighting and shades, climate control, security, closed circuit camera systems and remote home control with online system diagnostic capabilities.

Paragon has grown into a new building at 2667 Copper Frontage Road.

After six years with Paragon, Thomas McKenzie recently was promoted and leads the Steamboat staff by providing team management and project oversight from initial review to design and installation. McKenzie started with Paragon in the warehouse learning equipment and business systems.

Mike Bobela, formerly of Ponderosa Audio Video, has joined the Paragon staff to manage all Steamboat projects. He will be responsible for ensuring projects are completed on schedule and on budget. He has 12 years of industry experience.

In addition, Paragon has hired installer Dustin Brown, a Steamboat Springs native. Brown has extensive experience in residential construction, including Energy Management/Solar Green home building and five years of electrician experience.

Finally, Karen Lewer joined Paragon to assist with office administration and coordination. She provides more than 20 years of industry experience, including surround-sound production coordination for the home theater markets, contract and project management, service scheduling, office administration and customer service.

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