Carling Bennett

Eagle County | Top 20 Happiest Counties in the US

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EAGLE COUNTY SCORES:

  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.4%

  • POVERTY RATE: 8.1%

  • MARRIAGE RATE: 50.2%

  • BANKRUPTCY RATE: 0.07%

  • LIFE EXPECTANCY: 85.9

  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RATE: 89.3%

A company called Smart Asset recently ranked the top 25 "Happiest Counties in America" and Eagle County hit the list at #20. In order to rank the happiest places they compared counties across eight factors: unemployment rate, poverty rate, affordability ratio, marriage rate, divorce rate, bankruptcy rate, live expectancy, and physical activity rate. 

First they ranked each county in each metric. Then they found the average ranking for each county to create the final score. Eagle County finished out with a 92.34...not too shabby! 


Check out the top 25 below and CLICK HERE for the full story!

SOURCE: Smart Assets | www.smartasset.com 

SOURCE: Smart Assets | www.smartasset.com 

EPIC PASS 2018/2019 | 65 Resorts. One Pass.

Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts

I feel like every year I write a post encouraging people to lock in the best price for next seasons EPIC PASS and every year I find myself blown away with the new resorts added to the "Family." As much as people can complain about Vail Resorts quest for total domination, as a pass holder and someone who loves to explore other destinations, I fully encourage it. 

For a limited time you can still purchase an EPIC PASS for the 2018/2019 season for $899 and you then get access to 65 Resorts across the world. CLICK HERE to lock it down. 


NEW THIS YEAR

UNITED STATES

COLORADO: Telluride & Crested Butte *two of my favorite ski towns EVER.

NORTHEAST: Okemo & Mount Sunapee *Old stomping grounds back in VT & NH

WASHINGTON: Stevens Pass 


CANADA, Eh?

Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Nakiska Ski Area, Stoneham, Mont-Sainte Anne, and Kimberley Alpine Resort


JAPOWW (Japan)

Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort, Habuka Goryu Snow Resort, Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort, Jiigtake Snow Resort, Kashimayari Ski Resort, Tsugaike Kogen Snow resort. 


EUROPE

You also have access to 30 European Resorts across France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria including Tinges-Val D'Isere, Skirama Dolomiti, Paradiski, Les 3 Vallees, Arlberg, Adamelle Brenta, 4 Vallees


Like I said, pretty EPIC and totally worth $899! I hate to admit it, but writing this post got me excited to SKI!!!! CLICK HERE to join the fun. 

-Carling

 

 

 

How will the new tax bill affect homeowners?

On December 20, 2017 Congress passed H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has now received the President's signature and took effect on January 1, 2018. There are many intricacies to the new bill to explore, but there are a few major takeaways on how it will affect homeowners over the next seven years. 

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Impact on home sales, the real estate market, and mortgage financing:

  • The bill keeps the option to exclude up to $500K of gain on the sale of a primary residence.
  • The bill keeps business interest deductions for real estate, plus Section 1031 like-kind exchanges for real property, which will ensure that the costs of home financing remains affordable and real estate activity remains a vibrant part of the economy.
  • The bill keeps the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and the tax-exempt status for private activity bonds (PABs), tow rules that will help preserve options for affordable multi-family housing and consumer access to affordable mortgage credit. 

I found a great article from the National Law Review with a comprehensive and user-friendly breakdown of other highlights from this new bill -> check it out HERE.