Do-it-all Steamboat real estate company eyes growth
January 31, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Niffy McNiff Bube and her husband, Chris, have been building their own type of do-it-all real estate business in Routt County for the past couple of years.
Steamboat Ski Town Real Estate has operated largely off word of mouth as it has built up the three segments of its business: real estate brokerage services, home care and property management.
Now, Bube said, the goal is to expand each of those segments.
Bube, who is the licensed broker of the duo, had been in real estate for more than a decade in Steamboat before forming the idea for this business.
Clients that she'd developed a relationship with through her brokerage work would ask her about handyman services or to find someone trustworthy to manage their property as a long-term rental, and Bube saw an opportunity.
"When we finally decided to start our own company, I instantly got calls from an old friend of mine I hadn’t seen in years," Bube said about her first client.
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The phones just started ringing, she said, adding that the timing seemed to be right.
"I had clients who I had been helping that had lived out of state or out of town for years," Bube said. "When I reached out and said 'Hey, we're starting a management side' they were great and jumped at opportunity. We're very luck to still be working with them."
Bube said they have local and part-time resident customers, some of whom they'll take care of tasks such as home care, airport pickups or drop-offs, stocking their fridge or making sure the home is clean and ready for them to come into town.
While Steamboat Ski Town Real Estate can accommodate clients from a new purchase through finding a tenant and follow-up care, Bube said they also work with people who didn't purchase through them or only need one service of the three.
"Every property we look at is kind of like a fingerprint," she said about their approach. "Every property is different."
They built an initial client base deliberately through past contacts and referrals to maintain a high level of service, Bube said.
"My goal is to grow," she said. "I feel we're at the point where we can."
Bube, who has a ranching background from Wyoming, said their business can handle all types of properties, and the different segments of the company work well with one another.
"We really love what we do," she said. "We have fun with what we do."