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.


Turkey with a side of POWDER

If I had to dream up the perfect weather scenario in Vail, Colorado I would have 75 degree blue bird sunny days from May 1st – October 31st and then winter would roll in with force and dump light, fluffy, champagne powder over our beautiful valley. We might be a few weeks late on my dream but our good friend Ullr is finally making his appearance just in time for the season opener!

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According to our pal Joel Gatz from, snow will begin falling on Thanksgiving night and will continue to pick up over the next 48 hours. It sounds like the most intense segment of the storm will be on Friday between 1PM and 8PM with snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour! Joel is predicting we will wake up to 6-12 inches of powder on Saturday morning. Just remember, it is still VERY early in the season so don’t roam too far to find those powder stashes, it is going to be boney out there.

For the most accurate and up-to-date mountain forecast and powder finder visit

FORBES Top 10 Ski Resorts In North America 2017

Forbes just announced their Top 10 North American Ski Resorts for 2017 and Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain's made the list once again! Obviously we are a bit biased but Forbes has come up with a comprehensive way to examine the candidates to ensure the results are evenhanded. “We consult diverse data points, updated statistics, and our own constantly renewed expert reviews of individual resorts to make the job of skiers, as least when it comes to narrowing where to take their ski trip, easier.” Forbes then went on to state that their study is the most comprehensive and in-depth ski resort list of its kind.  

Forbes created their own “metric system” to rank these resorts called the Pure Awesomeness Factor (PAF) and it is their unique guide for judging all things ski. Their team skied in Alaska, California, Wyoming, Utah, British Columbia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado – (where do I sign up?) updating their data in-person for more than 20 major ski resorts across North America.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America per Forbes…


1. JACKSON HOLE | PAF: 99.00

Jackson Hole's Corbet's Couloir, from the bottom-up. Credit: Shutterstock

Jackson Hole's Corbet's Couloir, from the bottom-up. Credit: Shutterstock

The Place To Stay: Hotel Terra revels in it what may be the best perch on the mountain, about a 30-second walk to the tram, and across the way from The Mangy Moose, the best après bar in the United States.

The Place To Eat: Spur Restaurant & Bar - This is great food right on the mountain. The burger is a winner. For lunchers, the Bloody Mary is legendary.

2. SNOWBIRD | PAF: 96.76

Snowbird dominates the PAF. Credit: Shutterstock

Snowbird dominates the PAF. Credit: Shutterstock

The Place To Stay: The Cliff Lodge, of course.

The Place To Eat: Not the plethora of options that a traditional ski town would provide, but we love the breakfast at The Forklift so much that we have to send you there.

3. ALTA | PAF: 92.05

Alta: Always epic, always strong with the PAF. Credit: Shutterstock

Alta: Always epic, always strong with the PAF. Credit: Shutterstock

Place To Eat: Eat a deliciously dense Tram Bar on the lift and keep lapping!

Place To Stay: Alta's Rustler Lodge is a classic. Mad powder karma here.

4. TELLURIDE | PAF: 91.92

Lots of ways to go big at Telluride, sultan of PAF. Credit: Getty

Lots of ways to go big at Telluride, sultan of PAF. Credit: Getty

Place to stay: The Peaks. Now owned by the resort itself, The Peaks has undergone considerable renovations. Its location and amenities make it tough to beat.

Place to eat: La Marmotte - charming, tasty, and all inside of a 19th-century cabin.

5. WHISTLER | PAF: 91.78

Whistler Village has a gravity unto itself.  Credit: Shutterstock

Whistler Village has a gravity unto itself.  Credit: Shutterstock

Place to stay: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Place to eat: We've mentioned this place before, but Peaked Pies must be tried.

6. VAIL | PAF: 91.58

Vail, at more than 5,000 acres goes far beyond the view from the front side. Credit: Bloomberg

Vail, at more than 5,000 acres goes far beyond the view from the front side. Credit: Bloomberg

Place to stay: The Sebastian is exemplary.

Place to eat: Mountain Standard. This place is a bonafide high-end city eatery in the middle of ski village.

7. ASPEN | PAF: 91.00


Place to eat: Remains the White House Tavern. Chicken Sandwich, people. Chow down.

Place to stay: The Gant gives skiers easy walking access to town, plus great condo-like rooms with easy access to the base of Aspen Mountain.

8. REVELSTOKE | PAF: 87.50

Boom! Get buried in BC pow at Revelstoke. Credit: Shutterstock.

Boom! Get buried in BC pow at Revelstoke. Credit: Shutterstock.

Where to stay: The Sutton Place Hotel - the only ski-in, ski-out hotel on the mountain

Where to eat: Woolsey Creek Bistro

9. PARK CITY | PAF: 86.70

Park City offers a unique combination of town and mountain. Credit: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Park City offers a unique combination of town and mountain. Credit: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Place to eat: We'd be remiss if we didn't send you to Fireside Dining at Deer Valley's Empire Canyon Lodge. The experience features changing stations of cuisine that may include seafood stews, giant lamb shanks, raclette softened in front of the fire, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Don't eat lunch.

Place to stay: Treasure Mountain Inn, on Park City's Main Street, gives skiers an elite location, walkable to the town lift, at reasonable prices for downtown. Skiers who stay here will have zero need for a car.

10. BEAVER CREEK | PAF: 85.9

The top of the mountain at Beaver Creek is mellow enough for beginners and kids. Credit: Bloomberg

The top of the mountain at Beaver Creek is mellow enough for beginners and kids. Credit: Bloomberg

Place to eat: Fill your tummy with cookies.

Place to stay: St. James Place Condos in the main village, good combination of price and location.

What do you think of their choices? For the full story and all of the details that went into each resorts PAF score click here!

The Coloradan


East West Resorts, a partner company of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate has broken ground on the only new construction private residences project in the Union Station neighborhood. Set to be completed in September of 2018, this $200 million, 334-condominium project is said to be "the final piece of the Union Station puzzle - the last building to go vertical in the area surrounding the train platform and canopy and the only opportunity to own a piece of this newly iconic neighborhood. -Chris Frampton, managing partner of East West Partners. 


× 334 total residences

× 33 Inclusionary Housing Ordinace (IHO) residences with pricing set by the affordability requirements estimated to be in the mid to high $200Ks

× 294 Studios, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom residences ranging from the high $200s to $1.3M

× 7-19th Floor Penthouse residences ranging from $1.6M to $3.0M



× 19,000+/- sq.ft. of ground floor retail featuring experience driven high quality restaurants and shopping

× Rooftop pool deck and club room

× State-of-the-art fitness room

× Sprawling residents' garden

× 447-space underground parking garage

This exciting new product is being sold by our Slifer Smith & Frampton sales team in Denver! Interested? Give me a call for more information on THE COLORADAN or reach out to your designated real estate broker. 

Wild fires in the western U.S.

Over the past few days the air quality in Eagle County and throughout much of Colorado has been poor, as there are several active and large wild fires across the western U.S.

Fox News in Denver reported this AM that there are 140 fires covering 1.9 million acres. More than 26,000 people are working the fires with more than 200 helicopters and nearly 2,000 engines. 

Below is a map showing how widespread the wild fires are across the entire west coast. 


The closest active fires to Eagle County are burning in Routt County, our neighbors to the noth. The Deep Creek Fire is roughly 8 miles northeast of Hayden and 13 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs. This fire has already consumed 2,086 acres with 0% containment as of Tuesday night. Luckily no major injuries have been reported. 

Stay safe out there! 

New Eatery in Edwards

For those still reeling from the closing of Edwards’ Tex Mex fave Tacorico (may it rest in peace): there’s finally good news, and it comes by way of sandwich. Craftsman opened its doors to patrons on July 28 within the space formerly occupied by the street taco joint, and while the menu boasts sandwiches as opposed to tacos, Craftsman’s website really does the most justice for the reincarnated eatery’s concept, “Led Zeppelin and Misfits on the hi-fi. Burgers and Bahn Mis on the menu. These may be your dad’s classic jams, but they sure as hell aren’t his sandwiches.” Amen.

The brainchild of Chris Schmidt — the former chef at Sweet Basil and Mountain Standard — his wife Janelle, and managing partner of Sweet Basil and Mountain Standard Matt Morgan, Craftsman’s casual (and counter-serviced) approach offers the same quality and innovation you might find at one of the valley’s white-tablecloth establishments, but between two buns, paired with craft beers and cocktails. The best part? Prices range from $10 to $14 for a slider, with sides hovering around the same. Customers can linger at the bar while munching on parmesan fries with smoked aioli, or place an order for pick up if they’re in a rush. “I’ve been in fine dining my whole life, and I love fine dining,” says Schmidt. “But, the biggest thing for me is that a few years ago I realized I wanted to offer fine dining food — at least all that love and detail that goes into it — at an every day price point, and an every day approachability.” After biting into one of Schmidt’s newest creations, we’re already smitten.