Elaine and Richard Swomley Sponsor ‘Jerusalem’ Screening on IMAX

30Sep 2014

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A holy city to more than half the world, Jerusalem is shrouded with mystery. To shed some light on the revered city, home to Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, a screening of the IMAX film Jerusalem, will take place October 1st at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science at 8pm. The highlight of the evening will be a live audience discussion with Writer and Director of the film, Daniel Ferguson, on the challenges of producing such a film in the current environment in the Middle East.

image001The 45 minute Natural Geographic IMAX documentary captures the essence of the 5000 year old city through the eyes of three young women from long established Jerusalem families, a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew, none of whom met before or during the film’s production.

This is the second time Richard Swomley, broker for Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty and his wife, Elaine Swomley, a broker with FSIR for eight years, will introduce Ferguson and his contemporary film to the Denver community.

“Having worked with Daniel on his earlier highly challenging film, Journey To Mecca, said Swomley, “Elaine and I are sponsoring this event for the second time to share one of the most diverse and internationally oriented cities in the country with the community we love.”

Years of hard work and determination went into getting Jerusalem on the big screen, including five years of working with government officials to get permission to film in the city as well as special permits to capture areal footage above the Old City’s no-fly zone. Ferguson traveled to Jerusalem more than a dozen times to capture his footage, even moving his family for a short time.

“Whether we realize this or not,” said Ferguson “this tiny place has shaped our culture.”

The Swomley’s sponsored 100 guests and the event is open to the public. For more information on Jerusalem at the Denver museum of Science and Nature visit the ticket booth or to schedule an appointment with Richard or Elaine Swomley, call 303.916.8204


Fred Wolfe Walks from Denver to Vail to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness

29Sep 2014

This year marks Fred Wolfe’s tenth year walking from Denver to Vail in honor of his father who died two years after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2005. Wolfe, 67, has lived in the Denver area for 43 years. He began his journey Sept. 17th at 6a.m. at the offices of the Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado chapter, and walked over the course of four days until he reached the covered bridge in Vail on Sept. 20th.

Fred WolfeWolfe, a Denver-based broker at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty divided his route into four sections. The first day he walked from Denver to the El Rancho Evergreen exit.  On day two, he walked from Evergreen to Georgetown. On day three, he walked from Georgetown over Loveland Pass to Dillon, and on his final fourth day, he walked from Dillon, through Copper Mountain, to Vail.  In order to avoid afternoon lightning storms, he began his last two segments at 1:30a.m.  Wolfe makes very few stops on his journey, eating while he walks and only stopping to add or subtract clothing layers or for three short periods of sleep.

Large print on his backpack clearly states his cause to all passersby, along with his father’s initials and number of years he has walked this journey.  His backpack weighs exactly 21 pounds, including six and a half pounds of water.  In it he carries flyers about Alzheimer’s and donation envelopes that he distributes to everyone he meets throughout his four-day walk.

This walk is personal for Wolfe, who pledged to make these annual pilgrimages to Vail as he sat by his father’s bedside feeling helpless and unable to help his dying father who was an avid mountain climber and outdoorsman.

“I knew I had to do something, and if my dad were alive today, he would be walking with me to spread awareness and raise funds to help put an end to this devastating disease,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe has garnered national attention during his walks. One year Governor Hickenlooper walked with him for part of his journey and other years Linda Mitchell, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter, accompanied him.

To date, Wolfe has raised $362,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association and hopes to reach a ten year total of $400,000 raised.

“Wolfe’s commemorative walk is timed with our Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Denver, sponsored by E Light Electric and Jackson National Life Insurance, which was held on Saturday, September 20 in Denver City Park,” said Linda Mitchell, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter.

“We’re proud of Fred and his determination to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s,” Mitchell continued. “We know his father would be proud of him as well.”


Betts Lake at Colorado Golf Club Trending Up

26Sep 2014


Betts Lake, with luxury low-maintenance ranch-style homes in Colorado Golf Club, shows great views and a spectacular course chosen for the Solheim Cup last year — but Fuller Sotheby’s agent Mimi Sturtevant says one of the main factors that lured four buyers to purchase homes there last month alone was seeing how new, open ranch architecture looks in comparison to the dated, compartmented ranches buyers see in resale areas.

Fuller Sotheby’s invites you behind the gate at Colorado Golf Club today and this weekend to see a walkout ranch – one with Mediterranean stone and timber trim, a tile roof, troweled interior walls, and a lavishly appointed kitchen with premium appliances, alder cabinets, and solid-state granite tops.

You’ll get to sample some culinary creations by Colorado Golf Club’s Executive Chef Bob Burden; and Sturtevant can arrange a tour of the 44,000-square-foot clubhouse and the location of the swimming pool complex that’s coming soon.

1414084_Kitchen_highFloor plans designed by Colorado’s award-winning TKP Architects, along with the 24/7 security at Colorado Golf Club, combine for a lock-n-leave lifestyle, ideal for somebody with a winter place in California or Arizona. Betts Lake is five minutes from a King Soopers; 20 minutes from DTC along southeast I-25 – but has a sense of seclusion that many buyers, particularly ones arriving from out-of-state, want now.

The model home open this weekend includes a 4-car garage and finish possibilities in the walkout basement – options many buyers are going for.

“These plans offer great flexibility for matching spaces to your lifestyle – loads of options for configuring guest suites, home offices and outdoor living spaces,” Sturtevant adds. “These are amenity-rich homes, so there are very few upgrades that you’d likely want to make.”

Sturtevant can also show you custom homesites from one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half acres in Colorado Golf Club starting, in the $300s. Finished homes on custom lots range from $2 to $6 million, including lot price. Meanwhile, “new” at Betts Lake goes beyond the homes. Recent buyers also say they specifically like the new clubhouse at Colorado Golf Club, set against the 7,604-yard course by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. Memberships are available.

A $10,000 club incentive is available to both Betts Lake home and custom lot buyers through Oct. 31 only. Take E-470 to Parker Road, head south five miles to Stroh Road, then east to the entry drive, and south to the club entrance and gate for a map.

WHERE: Betts Lake at Colorado Golf Club, luxury-sized walkout ranch-style homes set against mountain views across 9-acre lake in one of Colorado’s most coveted golf clubs; 44,000-foot clubhouse; $10,000 incentive toward club membership. 8749 Eagle Moon Way, Parker; take E470 to Parker Rd., south 5 mi. to Stroh Rd., east 1 blk to entry drive; south to entry gate for map

PRICE: From $895,000

PHONE: 303-840-0090

WEB: ColoradoGolfClub.com



26Sep 2014

09_GNE_FSIRBrokerFuller Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate firm with 10 office locations in the Denver Metro and surrounding areas, recently participated in the 2014 Sotheby’s International Realty® Global Networking Event, which brought together approximately 1,500 network members from 31 countries and territories worldwide.

This dynamic, three-day event, which was held Sept. 8 to 10 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Florida, provided a unique opportunity for Sotheby’s International Realty professionals to network and share best practices with their colleagues from all over the world.

“The Global Networking Event provides a great value to our firm,” said Kristen Muller, director of marketing of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is an invaluable experience to learn more about the innovations in marketing and technological advances that are shaping the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s vision for the future. The opportunity to network with some of the world’s most talented real estate professionals and generate valuable referral business is unparalleled.”

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. In addition, the firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, which promotes real estate referral opportunities with auction house clientele.

As a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, the firm also has the unique ability to refer its real estate clientele to the auction house for jewelry, art, unique furniture and collectible appraisal services. Property listings from Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty also are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website, as well as on the firm’s local website, www.fullersothebysrealty.com.

“Our annual Global Networking Event brings together our network members from all over the world with the common goal of sharing their unique experiences and market insights,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “This year’s conference provided our record number of attendees with an overview of the brand’s strategic vision for next year and beyond, from our marketing efforts to our global expansion and record-breaking sales.”

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty has 10 offices in Denver Metro and surrounding areas including Boulder, Castle Pines Village, Cherry Creek, Clayton Street, Denver Tech Center, Downtown Denver, Evergreen and the resort communities of Breckenridge and the Vail Valley. For additional information, please contact 303.893.3200. The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated


Top 3 “Must-Do’s” Before 2014-2015 Ski Season

25Sep 2014

57 More Day’s Until Opening Day at Vail Mountain

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1. Hike to Booth Falls. This local favorite is a 4.6 mile out and back trail located near Vail. The hike features a waterfall and stunning fall colors of changing Aspens and strawberry bushes.  The hike is rated as moderate. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be leashed.

COR_Mountain_Course2. Golf 18 at The Club at Cordillera. Experience the valleys most picturesque course while playing your choice of three greens nestled adjacent to the Eagle River with stunning holes carved into the mountainside. Beginner and scratch golfers alike will take pride in playing one of the Vail’s hidden golf gems.

la-tour3. Sip a signature cocktail at La Tour restaurant. Social Hour runs between 3 pm – 5 pm daily.

Our Pick: Denver New Fashion - stranahan’s colorado whiskey, leopold brother’s maraschino liquor, sweet vermouth, and lavender orange honey.


New Beaver Creek Winter-Summer Lift

25Sep 2014

ski-gondolaTransportation just got a little easier in Beaver Creek, Colo., with this summer’s addition of a new Chondola passenger lift with the capabilities to transfer up to 3,400 people per hour. The new lift features six-person chairs and 10-person gondola cabins, easing loading for beginner skiers and ski school participants and increasing the ability to transport guests up to Spruce Saddle for summer events such as weddings.

The addition of the new lift, one of the largest capacity lifts in North America, will shorten lines and increase ease of transportation for locals, tourists and second homeowners alike.

“The new Chondola in Beaver Creek gives property owners another reason to be glad to be a part of this prestigious community,” said Vanessa Schwartzel, broker, at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. “Having the latest cutting edge infrastructure only strengthens Beaver Creek’s position as the place to own a second home or to live year-round.”

The new lift is the longest vertical lift of its kind ever installed by the lift company Doppelmayr, and is slated to be operational by the opening day of ski season.


FSIR Launches Main Street Location in Breckenridge

24Sep 2014

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Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty announced the slated opening of a new office location at the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road. The new office is located in the heart of Breckenridge’s historic district which is comprised of 45 city blocks, each adorned with a small red plaque identifying each building within the National Register of Historic Places.

The historic district is one of the largest in Colorado, with 249 individual sites in the original application, which was submitted in 1980.

The new Fuller Sotheby’s International office is located in the Theobald building, built in 1880.

The Theobald family traces its history back six generations, to the days when Breckenridge was no more than a fledgling mining town. The Theobalds of today, Robin and his wife Patty, have been instrumental in preserving the historic Theobald building, where the new FSIR office stands.

Located at the 100% intersection, the new FSIR Breckenridge location will ensure Buyers and Sellers maximum exposure offering global reach with a local footprint. Stay tuned for the December 2014 grand opening.

To feature your property at the exclusive new Breckenridge location, call 970-453-0550 or visit


Summit County – Market Stability

24Sep 2014

The first two quarters of 2014 show strong signs of market velocity that was prevalent in years prior to 2009. If the remainder of the year continues at its current pace, Summit County’s market could approach one billion dollars in total sales for 2014.

As of September 1, 2014 there were 959 residential transactions, compared to 892, in September 2013, demonstrating a +7.5% overall increase.

Average Sold Price Jan-Aug 2013-2014The average sold price in Summit County improved +3.3% from $505,390 in 2013 to $522,148 in 2014, indicating that the Summit County real estate market continues to build momentum.

Average days on market have decreased -13.2%, incentivizing buyers to purchase in a timely fashion.

The average purchase price in Breckenridge has increased from $622,693 in 2013 to $689,048 in 2014, up +10.65%. Single family homes are showing the largest increase, +17.6%, over 2013. Breckenridge condo sales prices are moving at a slower pace with only a +2.8% increase.

Many buyers wonder if it is possible to get 10% or more off regarding list to sales price. Unfortunately for Buyers, the average list to sales price percentage in Breckenridge is nearing 95%, just shy of Summit County’s overall average of 96%.

To date in 2014, Frisco and Silverthorne are Summit County’s leaders in list to sales price percentage with an average of 97%. With 99 residential sales in Frisco, half have been condo purchases with single family homes making up 19.2%. More notable is the average sold price per square foot in Frisco jumping +10.24% from $293/SF in 2013 to $323/SF in 2014. Silverthorne’s sold price per square foot has not increased as drastically, up only +3.35%. However, the average time a property in Silverthorne is on the market is down -32.9% at 183 days, which is lower than the average for all of Summit County, at 237 days.

Keystone and Copper Mountain properties are moving off market slower at 277 days and 461 days respectively. More Buyers are coming into the Keystone market compared to last year with 147 sales this year compared to 121 sales making for an increase of +21.5%. The average sold price in Keystone is down -13.4% indicating an increased percentage of buyers purchasing lower priced properties.

Copper Mountain is stable with 40 sales in 2014 compared to 35 in 2013. While property sales in Dillon/Summit Cove are about even with 102 in 2014 and 99 in 2013 – the average purchase price has increased +14.6% from $328,952 up to $377,039.

Fall buyer season trends upward with buyers looking to purchase before the ski areas open which is less than 45 days away. Average offer to close time is 30-45 days incentivizing buyers to purchase in time for ski season and rental season.
Contact 970-453-0550 for more information or visit Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty Breckenridge Office.


What’s Your Luxury Lifestyle?

23Sep 2014

1309455_Master-Suite_highWhether you seek a sophisticated cosmopolitan lifestyle in a bustling metropolis, a small community with a distinctly rural flavor or a picturesque mountain town nestled in the foothills of the Rockies – quality of life is important and you are the master of that destiny.

Luxury and beauty are two very different things. Beauty is subjective and luxury, a choice. When searching for your dream residence it is important to consider the lifestyle that fits you best, yet not rule out one totally different from the norm. In this edition of Insider, we offer you a snapshot of Colorado’s best luxury lifestyles, and invite you to discover your own.
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Denver Business Journal Names FSIR Broker Jeff Hendley Power Book Finalist

22Sep 2014

Jeff HendleyExecutives in Denver’s highly competitive professional network know differentiating yourself among top power players can be the greatest challenge.

A top real estate broker in an ambitious luxury market, Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty (FSIR) broker, Jeff Hendley, has done just that with his nomination as Finalist to Denver Business Journals 2014, Power Book, which aims to identify Denver’s most influential business leaders. With categories ranging from finance to architecture to commercial real estate, Hendley is a top contender.

Known for creating markets, not working within them, Hendley is an innovator. He intently studies trends and pushes prices to new levels by controlling large portions of inventory in the areas he sells. “I focus on the basic theory of economics and push values higher using leading indicators instead of lagging indicators,” said Hendley. “I don’t focus on past sales as a way to price new homes, anyone can do that. I want to create a new market benchmark and set prices to a point that are higher than what the market may warrant at the time.”

Jeff was recognized as one of the top producers in the Denver area by the Denver Board of Realtors. He is an expert on neighborhood trends, specifically his aggressive approach to seeking homes for clients not yet listed on the general market.

Jeff specializes in and around golf communities such as Cherry Hills, Glenmoor, Colorado Golf Club, Denver Country Club, Pinery and Pradera. It doesn’t hurt he likes to golf. “When you work in the areas you love to be in anyway, it never feels like work. I always carry my clubs with me. There have been many times when I’m showing houses and my clients shift gears and want to go play golf instead. No problem,” said Hendley.

The Power Book is an exclusive look at business leaders in 14 industry categories who were prominent in the news over the last year or who warrant recognition for recent business accomplishments. Jeff Hendley was announced a finalist under the Residential Real Estate category.