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Business briefs: Downtown Steamboat condos see spate of activity

Melanie Kropinak

— The Olympian in downtown Steamboat Springs has seen three sales within the past 30 days, with an average price of more than $1 million.

Another sale in the building is pending, according to its website and Chris Paoli, of Colorado Group Realty.

When the pending sales close, that would leave only one unit available on each floor of the building on the corner of Fifth and Yampa streets.

"It has been a great start to the year in the high-end downtown condo market," Paoli wrote in an email. "Half the buyers downtown have been looking for a number of years and finally pulled the trigger."

RE/MAX Partners real estate agents receive sales awards

Agents with RE/MAX Partners in Steamboat Springs qualified for sales awards for their performance in 2013, according to a news release.

Suellyn Godino and Peggy Wolfe each received the Executive Club Award. Stephan Baden and Wayne Ranieri each received the 100% Club Award. And Kim Kreissig received the Platinum Club Award.

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"I am very pleased that our new office had great sales results in 2013," broker/owner Kim Kreissig said in the release. "We have a strong team, we are energized by the upswing in the market, and we look forward to helping more happy clients. Having the support of the most recognized name in real estate definitely gives us an advantage."

Bill Wheeler joins Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty

Bill Wheeler has joined Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, according to a news release.

Wheeler has more than 30 years experience owning, developing, selling and managing high-end recreational and commercial real estate in Colorado and Kansas, the release states.

Wheeler first came to Northwest Colorado in 1988, drawn by his passion for hunting and fishing and a desire to develop hunting and fishing destinations. He is the owner, developer and operator of Elk Creek Ranch in White River Valley in Meeker.

"Bill has a long track record of success with high-end properties throughout Colorado," Pam Vanatta, co-owner of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, said in the release. "His strong work ethic and worldwide network of clients make him an exciting addition to our team."

Wheeler can be reached at or 970-819-0750.

Colorado Group Realty brokers attend Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT

alty brokers attended the Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas in February, according to a news release.

Attendees from Colorado Group Realty included Marci Valicenti, Chris Paoli, Eliese Pivarnik, Nancy Westphale, Amy Brown and Marne Roberts.

The release states that more than 700 top brokers, sales associates and luxury marketing specialists attended the event.

The event focuses on the state of the global luxury real estate market and other affluent sectors, the release states.

"One of the additional benefits of this convention is that it provides Colorado Group Realty brokers the opportunity to network with our affiliates whom are the leading brokers and brokerages across the world," broker/owner Marci Valicenti said in the release. "We often find that our friends and clients look to us to help them find a qualified broker elsewhere for buying or selling — whether it's the Front Range, Texas, Chicago or elsewhere, because they realize the value of a good real estate broker, and they don't want to leave that to chance."

Melanie Kropinak given Citizen of the Year by Craig Chamber

At Moffat County's State of the County event in February, Melanie Kropinak was named the Citizen of the Year during the Craig Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year awards.

Kropinak serves on several community boards, according to a news release, such as the Craig Parks and Rec Advisory Board, Grand Futures Board and Grand Olde West Days Committee.

The release states that Kropinak was credited with rallying businesses to support the Grand Olde West Days and organizing activities such as the concert.

Kropinak is a mortgage loan officer with Summit Bank & Trust.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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