How You Know When To Trust Your Realtor?

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1.)  Do your Research- A great way to find a realtor is through word-of-mouth. Even so, be sure to run a background check on all potential realtors, even those referred by a reliable friend, as you may find a few things in your own research about their business practices that do not suite your needs.

2.)  They work for you- Occasionally, realtors play hardball, focusing only on the sale and disregarding their client’s interests. If your realtor exhibits this poor practice, drop them immediately.

3.)  They stay within your budget- Realtors are paid on commission, so they may try to show you more expensive properties hoping that you’ll bite. If your realtor attempts this a few times, consider working with someone else.


These points in mind, there are, in fact, realtors out there you can trust. If you are in the Crested Butte area of Colorado, check out They have multiple homes to choose from, and a name you can trust.

3 Reasons to Buy a Condominium

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  1. Amenities: Condominium living usually comes with fabulous amenities like a pool, clubhouse, gym, and more, which oftentimes, are not included in an equally priced home.
  2. Socialize: Living in a condominium, not only do you have a built in community, but you also have the opportunity to bond with your neighbors at board meetings or while using communal spaces.
  3. No Upkeep: Home owning is time consuming. Between keeping your house clean and maintaining your outdoor space, the responsibility can be stressful. When you live in a condominium, the association generally maintains your landscaping, freeing you of that added hassle.


Are you looking for a condominium? Benson Sotheby’s International Realty offers quality real estate agents, with access to top listings, to help you find your dream home.

Summer Life in Crested Butte

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Crested Butte can get pretty popular during summer. Book your experience early or visit in the fall to avoid the crowds. The current warm weather offers residents and visitors alike a chance to get outside and experience all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.

Arts Festival

Celebrate Crested Butte’s 42nd annual Arts Festival on August 1-3 with a landscape photography workshop, culinary demos, children’s activities, live music and more.


Crested Butte is home to many quiet and beautiful campgrounds. There are a number of developed campgrounds as well as thousands of acres of National Forest with undeveloped spots to stay on. First come, first served!3


Whether you want to go on a camping hiking trip or just hike for a little while, you’re never far from some of the best National Forest land in the country. Just remember to tell someone when and where you’re going in the event something goes wrong.

Once you visit and fall in love with Crested Butte, Benson Sotheby’s International Realty realtors and brokers are ready to provide superior knowledge and service to our clients seeking to buy or sell in the area. Contact us today!

COLLECTION by Benson Sotheby’s International Realty

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Collection – Summer 2014

Our newest version of Collection is now on stands throughout Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte.  In this summer’s version we updated to a completely new, more photo centric design. We focused more on great photography and art and cut down on description text.

We still include our Market Report, which can be read below, our broker contact info, featured events in the valley and all of our exclusive listings.  Make sure to stop by our office at 401 Elk Avenue and pick up your own copy or view the electronic version.

Market Report

Looking over the past year from May 2013 to May 2014, the real estate market was stronger than the prior year over the same time span. The following categories were all up: volume, price and number of properties sold and the average days on market are down: see chart below. Most of this can be attributed to the very strong summer the Crested Butte real estate market had in 2013.

The buying and selling furry during the 2013 summer did taper off as we approached the holiday season. A cold snowy winter kept buyers inside and rumors of the ski area selling to new owners kept sellers in a holding pattern. All of that broke loose during spring skiing. As temperatures rose and all rumors were put to bed, buyers and sellers began to trade properties to create one of the busier springs in recent Crested Butte history.

Our 2014 summer season is scheduled to become one of the busiest we have seen in the last 7 to 8 years. As of June 15th, we already have $35 million worth of real estate under contract. What we already know about Crested Butte is being discovered by more visitors, that is Crested Butte is a diamond in the rough. Values are increasing and time of sale is decreasing. Contact one of our knowledgeable brokers on the next page to learn more about real estate values and trends in the Crested Butte and Gunnison areas.
Click here to view The Collection>>


Reasons to Move to Crested Butte

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  1. Skiing: Crested Butte actually boasts the most advanced and extreme skiing mountains throughout all of Colorado. For an avid skier, living in Crested Butte thus provides topnotch access to quality skiing, incomparable with any other area statewide.
  2. Biking: Are you an avid biker? Crested Butte offers some of the most rigorous biking trails around, for exciting and adventurous rides every time.
  3. Low Profile: Unlike Vail or Aspen, Crested Butte offers a lower profile out door community. This provides residents access to quieter, homier neighborhoods, for private living.

Are you interested in relocating to Crested Butte? Benson Sotheby’s International Realty offers quality listings, with a wide selection of houses to choose from, perfect for finding your dream Colorado home.