Business & Real Estate briefs: North Routt home sells for $5.9 million

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A 16,646-square-foot home on the Elk River north of Steamboat Springs sold for $5.9 million Friday. It sold for $6 million in 2007. The home on Routt County Road 64 has seven bedrooms, 8.5 baths and six fireplaces.

Real estate sales up in February by 37 percent

The dollar volume of real estate sales in Routt County in February was up nearly 37 percent compared with the same month in 2012, according to Stan Urban, of Land Title Guarantee Co.

Total dollar volume was $30.7 million.

It was the best February for the local market since 2010 and reversed a mini-slump in January that saw same-month sales dip 19.2 percent. Still, January 2013, which benefits from contracts written before the December holidays, was a bigger month than February at $34.4 million.

Transaction volume was up by a commensurate percentage in February, with 94 transactions.

Low end of real estate market remains active

Routt County homebuyers have continued to find properties they can purchase for less than $200,000 in the first two months of 2013.

Statistics prepared by Land Title Guarantee Co. show 15 transactions for prices below $200,000 bringing the year-to-date total to 25 homes at that price point.

In all of 2012, 179 homes sold for less than $200,000, representing 26 percent of all residential transactions. Only the price range from $300,000 to $500,000 was more active with 197 sales accounting for 29 percent of volume.

Former Steamboat resident launches crowd funding site

Former Steamboat Springs resident Tess Hottenroth is the founder of crowd funding startup ClickStartMe.

The site seeks to differentiate itself from other crowd funding sites by focusing on submissions from individuals and small businesses and providing them with an e-commerce storefront, social media tools and guidance, according to a news release.

Hottenroth, 29, was inspired to start the website while working at a Florida media firm during the Great Recession. The economic crisis had hampered the ability of her small business clients to find funding for projects.

After a fundraising goal has been reached, Hottenroth encourages participants to remain on the site to network, stay in touch with supporters and contribute to other projects, according to the release. 

Learn more at www.clickstartme.com.

Bald Beauté greeting card and jewelry line launched

Bald and Lovely Divas announced in a news release the debut of its Bald Beauté greeting card and jewelry lines.

The Steamboat Springs business that was launched in January is focused on providing hope and encouragement to women with cancer. The greeting card and jewelry lines were designed to symbolize the inner beauty of women going through treatment, according to the release.

The watercolor greeting cards are designed by Christy Woodland and are available at The Artisan’s Market, Yampa Valley Medical Center and at www.baldbeaute.com.

For more information, visit www.baldbeaute.com or call 970-846-6907.

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