Christmas is in the air!

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Durango Christmas weasel seen in the window at Sorrel Sky

Just a quick walk down Main Street says that the Holidays are certainly on their way!

The merchants are in full celebration mode! Some have already put up festive colorful decor. Some are marking sale items brightly and boldly.

The creativity abounds!

The bead shop has colorful glass baubles hanging on various lengths of bright ribbons. Many shops have added twinkly lights and fake snow. Soon each and every shop will have some semblance of cheer.

Our favorite of the day featured this holiday weasel. He absolutely screamed greetings as we walked briskly toward lunch opportunities. You can visit him too! He is at “Sorrell Sky Gallery”

Durango is always fun and festive, so the approach of holidays is just one more reason to celebrate being here!

Transportation??? OK

Ride to Work in Durango

Bicycles in Durango

There is a large banner across Main Street. It is advertising “ride your bike to work day.

Sure! That would be lovely if you lived close to work… Like next door.
It might be more realistic if you had ridden a bike in the past twenty years, and if you owned a bike.

It is amazing how even the thought of a lengthy bicycle ride makes the muscles in my legs tighten up! This is right up there with “to dream the impossible dream!”

To be honest, my bicycle riding days ended with the acquisition of a drivers license.

I rode one for years and then traded the discomforts of wind sweat and weather for the comforts of enclosed transportation .

No doubt I was healthier before my advance in comfort, but those days are so far past, it does not seem practical to try to return to my youth.

So, while I take my hat off to the idea and to those who can embrace the concept, but, at least this year, the bike day will not see me participating! For the rest of you… Ride on!

Durango Mountain Resort aka Purgatory

Durango Mountain Resort

Grand Entrance to Durango Mountain Resort

 

One of the most spectacularly gorgeous places around Durango is Durango Mountain Resort.

It was known for years as Purgatory. The resort consortium decided that “Purgatory” had a negative connotation and spent millions of dollars to build a new image and the new name.

As far as we can tell, the area is still known as Purgatory, but it does have lots of new attractions attracting tourists. Now if we can just have some snow this year!!

This area whatever you know it as, is full of investment opportunities from cozy condos to magnificent mansions. Everything has stunning views!

If owning a full year round home or a vacation condo or townhome is your dream, call the Durango Home Team at Keller Williams Realty @ 970-759-1007 and share your desires with us. We, Ralph and Jeanne Janisch are the Durango Home Team, combining 60 years of Real Estate experience so we can lead you down the home path with caring and expertise. We will put together a Durango Dream tour for you and watch for any pitfalls along the way.

Feel free to browse at will on this site and then if you have questions or concerns, give us; “The Durango Home Team” a call! We also work evenings and weekends to make the journey to home ownership quick and easy for you!

After all, no one wants to experience a slippery slope or icy surprises even when it comes to Durango Mountain or Purgatory… however you know it!

You Missed this today in Durango CO

DSCN0161While at the Farmers Market today in downtown Durango, we were told by one of the vendors that we should go by the coffee event that the City had cordoned off eighth street for.

Events are always fun! This one featured different coffee offerings from all our local purveyors down to an ice cream covered with coffee syrup.

Unexpected but totally appreciated was the band in the featured video. Anyone who was not moving something anatomical during that performance, was either deaf, or dead!

There is so much talent in Durango, you never know who or what you may see! We even saw Ralphs dentist playing the trombone in that rockin band! Wow! The music was simply awesome. The video is good but being there was unbelievable.

Stand out

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Jeanne and Ralph dressed to stand out.

For the past sixteen years, off and on, we have used our wardrobe to stand out in the crowded field. With 300 plus agents in a small town, it is easy to just blend into the woodwork, that technique will not generate any potential business or contacts.

 

As the “Durango Home Team”. We have steadily acquired a collection of matching shirts . Some of them are an exact match, and others are simply similar. It is obvious that we got dressed in the same house.

During the Labor Day motorcycle rally we wore our most colorful Patriotic shirts. As we walked down Main Street to and from lunch, we received many compliments, and a couple of people actually stopped us to converse. We think that is a positive sign. We knew that we are friendly and approachable. Now we need to incorporate being sure we distribute cards when we are approached. Why not?

In a competitive market, all of us need to find a way to stand out. The shirts have always worked to different degrees. They seem to be working better than ever now.

It is our hope that even if people do not remember our names, they can walk in our office and ask for the old folks who dress alike. We will accept that all day long. It also means that if one of us gets lost for some reason, all we have to do is tell people to look for the person wearing a shirt just like the one they see on us. Branding and marketing can be so much fun! It is practical in this business to “Stand out”!

What to do in Durango Colorado 81301

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Breath taking view up the Animas Valley north of Durango as seen from a home on the “rim”.

Durango has a plentiful array of activities. Anything you do here just feels better because of the clean dry crisp air, the crystal clear blue sky and the bubbling clean looking rivers, lakes and streams.

There are many trails to hike or bike, rivers to raft, kayak, or otherwise navigate, horse drawn carriages to enjoy, mountain roads to drive on , shops to explore, restaurants to relish and calming flower laden patios to chill out on.

In addition there are fun festivals almost weekly, and theater performances to gain knowledge from.

There are daily train excursions from Durango to Silverton. The fall offers exquisite colors and brisk cool air. You have the option to ride the train one way and return by bus!

Mesa Verde is just a short trip to the West and includes the opportunity to visit Marvelous Mancos and adorable Dolores on the way. Mesa Verde in itself a wonderful destination. The cliff dwellings and the history that area is steeped in will make you feel that you are stepping back to a different time….

Arts of all kinds are available to enjoy all over Main Street. Slow paced shopping is always an extreme pleasure.

Leisurely gourmet offerings are also yours to enjoy from the 125 restaurant selections.

Look around the website to find other notable places you will want to visit again and again! Anything you do in Durango will create wonderful memories.

Get it SOLD!

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Clip Art courtesy of Bing free clip art

Just a couple of basics made themselves obvious when we were showing a couple of days ago.

When we arrived at one of the scheduled properties, we knocked on the door, rang the bell and waited. When there was no answer we exercised our lock box key and entered. We toured the kitchen, half bath and living area. Suddenly we heard our client talking to someone.

She said, ” there is someone here!” The someone asked me if our appointment had not been earlier. I told her that we had asked for 1-5 since the properties were spread out a good distance. She said that was not what she had been told. She then said that we had not knocked on the door. I explained that we had knocked, rung the bell and called out when we opened the door.

Our client asked me if she would rather we not be there. I asked the owner if she would prefer that we reschedule. In a hostile voice she said that since we were there, she would just leave us to look around.

We told her that we were sorry to have inconvenienced her and that we felt bad about the missed communication. She huffed around and left.

The experience should not have happened. The seller had been told a different time of day for the showing. When we did not appear when she thought we should she shut herself off in a back room. No doubt she did not hear our opening efforts.

The welcoming tainted the showing. To make things worse the write up on the listing failed to mention that the three bedrooms in the walkout basement were not finished. The house w as built in the late 1990s. The Sheetrock was not finished, the flooring was not finished and the bedroom windows were not up to code. Had we known those details, we probably would not have chosen to show that house.

In failing to mention the details we found upon showing, the agent did not set up a positive showing experience for any of us.

Getting properties sold require communication and truth. Nothing short of those two elements create less than positive results.

Easy access to all the information about Durango Colorado 81301

Welcome to Durango

Welcome to Durango Colorado

This website has been designed for you! Your convenience and your ease of finding answers that work for you!

Our goal here is to provide easy to access information about all the best values in the greater Durango area. That includes: Bayfield, Ignacio, Hesperus, Hermosa, Mancos and Dolores.

We love this area more with each passing day. We were not blessed with being born here. We had to wait and work hard to make our dream of living here a reality! Then we foolishly allowed it to be removed. It did not take long to discover there’s no place else that felt as much like home. No place else will ever work for us. Getting back was a struggle, but we are back to stay.

Along the way to living our dream, we accumulated 60 combined years of real estate experience. That included lots of marketing seminars in a big city setting. It has been said that you never learn anything that you do not need. All we know is that we learned lots in and out of classes. We would have preferred to spend all that time here!

Learning the area is an on going experience. We have now logged almost eight years and counting. Being where you love makes a huge difference. We understand that love factor inside and out!

Putting all our energy into our work is a daily drive!

If you will share your Durango Dream with us, be assured that we will consider it a sacred privilege to help you make it come true! It may be that the property you seek is not currently on the market. It may also be that we know of one that is coming on soon, or one that the sellers do not even know they want to sell…yet.

Durango was once a mining town. Today we prospect for properties that are like gems. Some are rough, but with a little polish and vision, they can sparkle and shine.

If you would prefer to do your own searching, the tools are right here on this site. We won’t bother you. Your privacy and individuality will always be respected! We understand that even prospecting for just the right gem of a home is fun!

Feel free to browse at will. Exercise your dreams and have fun! We will continue to fine tune the site and make it available for you. If you need answers to questions, directions, or to view anything… Let us hear from you. We truly want to be of help.

Now, if you are a seller, you also can access information to help you assess the value of your present property. If you want help, we will happily provide you with a personal market evaluation and market plan. We do these at NO Charge…. As in free! Really!

No two properties are the same so we believe that each one merits its very own market plan. We think you will be pleased that you gave us an opportunity to audition for the sales job you need to have done. Yep! That gives you ultimate control.

Since we have done 300 to 400 broker price opinions yearly for banks and savings and loan entities, and have done them since 1982, we have a pretty good handle on the market. We will honestly show you what you can expect to walk away from the closing table with.

Should you decide that you wish to position your property for sale, we offer special services and two agents for the price of one. Since our affiliation with Keller Williams we find that as The Durango Home Team we can offer even better marketing services than ever. Know that we will handle every phases of your listing or property search if you desire. We never hand things off to assistants. We assist each other in achieving your goals. Your total satisfaction is our goal from day one for as long as it takes to get there.

You have nothing to lose by granting us a chance to visit with you. Our goal in everything we do is to make everyone we work with feel like they are truly a winner. 95 percent of our closest friends have been our clients in buying , selling, or both. Read the testimonials elsewhere on the website. Then, let us know when and how we can help you.

We can and will help your property be an outstanding value in the Durango market! Imagine having it available for people to look at and study twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty five days of the year.

Wait til you see how we position it on the website! Love it, or we will change it for you! Remember! This website was designed for YOU! How will you make use of it?

It starts with a call to 970-759-1007 to set up a Durango Home Team dream evaluation and grows from there! If you prefer to email us, those addresses are: ralph@durangohometeam.com or jeanne@animas.net.

Plans grow from dreams, and plans help move us all to real good times. After all, any move in Durango is a dream destination.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best of Durango Colorado ~ Elegant Living

Rim view

Breathtaking view in Durango CO

Imagine the most sensational view you can imagine. Then have a house designed around that view. Have it done by a famous local architect (who took inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright)to make the most of all the best construction mediums. Incorporate style, beauty, comfort and efficiency all into one 4000 foot three bedroom home.

Add to that house exquisite outdoor features and storage galore. Make it truly fit for royalty. Before you know it you will have created an entertaining paradise.

Homes such as this exist mostly in dreams. This one exists in an incredibly delightful area close to everything important in Dynamic Durango Colorado.

The price is commensurate with the value involved. It is around $1,500,000, which admittedly is more than the average house. This one is by no means the average. It truly is a dream come true. It exists, and is actively on the market. Is it waiting for you?

Wait no longer! Let us show it to you today! Dreams, after all, sometimes come true!

Why Durango?

Rainbow over Durango

Rainbow over Durango

My first exposure to Durango Colorado, resulted in it having an unmistakable hold on my heart. Perhaps it was a form of “Rocky Mountain” highs.

I dreamed of living here for many years, and in May of 2000 Ralph came with me to see what I had talked about so often.

The why about my love for this place spilled out on Ralph and he began to love it too.

His reasons are similar but probably are centered around the beauty and photographic opportunities.

There are also things like clean air and water. Uncrowded roads, ceaseless natural beauty, friendly genuine residents and a creative spirit that renews itself daily.

There are daily celebrations of life here. Weekly festivals and themes allow for endless possibilities to grow and to learn. We celebrate rain, snow, art, holidays, ethnicity, river ups and downs, plants, food, in addition to accomplishments and goal setting. Life is really for living to its fullest.

Whether your passions involve nature, hiking, biking, canoeing, or any other outdoor pursuits, the climate here allows for enjoying the great outdoors. Yes, it gets cold, but the dry air feels much better than humid climates. There is abundant sunshine in the high desert and there are few days when indoors feels better than out.

History is rich throughout the area. The fact that the pioneers accomplished what they did with the adversities they had, shows the can do spirit which permeates the thought processes of all who live and work here.

The real estate market, which is how we have chosen to make a living since 1978, is challenging. There are many agents, many of whom have lived here all their lives. We were not blessed to be born here, but we worked hard to get here as soon as we could. We learned a lot of big city marketing skills along the way. It makes for No dull moments!

Now we know the area, and keep up with all the trends. Ralph studies all the latest technology all the time!

Fortunately we have been led to affiliate with a major firm which we feel will provide us with the environment we need to learn more, and to give our clients and customers the service they deserve.

We wake up daily grateful for the opportunity to live in an area that makes our hearts sing. Giving back is a priority for us here. Our desire is to help others realize their dreams. It is a one step at a time program to which we happily subscribe.

The whys are many, but the most evident one is we love it more than any other place we have been. It would be our joy to show anyone who is interested in knowing more, how and why spending time in Durango is a happy decision.