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Explore These Charming Western Colorado Towns

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Are you dreaming of a quieter, more peaceful lifestyle surrounded by stunning natural beauty? Look no further than the small towns of Western Colorado. From the “Gateway to the Grand Mesa” to the “City of Murals,” these Western Colorado towns offer a unique blend of outdoor recreation, friendly communities, and a slower pace of life. Let’s explore some of the best small towns in Colorado’s Western Slope region. Living in Cedaredge, Colorado True to its name, Cedaredge sits on the “edge of the cedars” and serves as the gateway to the Grand Mesa. With a population of around 2,000, Cedaredge offers a variety of activities and lifestyles. Stroll down Main Street to discover charming shops and restaurants, hit the links at Cedaredge Golf Club, or explore the Grand Mesa for fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, camping, and hunting. Living in Crawford, Colorado Crawford is a quintessential small town in Colorado with ample land and tranquility. Home to fewer than 500 residents, Crawford is known as the entry to the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, offering year-round recreation and breathtaking views. Imagine owning acres of land surrounded by the Colorado Western Slope’s natural wonders. Living in Delta, Colorado As the largest town and county seat of Delta County, Delta offers a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Known locally as the “City of Murals,” Delta’s downtown buildings showcase beautiful paintings by local artists. With a population of around 9,000, Delta perfectly balances amenities and small-town charm. Living in Orchard City, Colorado Comprised of the communities of Austin, Cory, and Eckert, Orchard City, is a top fruit distributor in the region. Situated between Cedaredge for recreation and Delta for entertainment, Orchard City boasts scenic landscapes, wineries, excellent river fishing, and unique attractions. Discover the beauty and bounty of this aptly named small town in Colorado. Living in the North Fork Valley: Hotchkiss, Colorado, and Paonia, Colorado Approximately 30 miles east of Delta lies Hotchkiss, Colorado, nicknamed “the friendliest town around.” With a population of about 1,300, Hotchkiss is renowned for its easy access to outdoor recreation in every direction, including Paonia State Park, Crawford State Park, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Experience the warmth of a tight-knit community while enjoying endless adventures. Paonia is a gem among Western Colorado towns, known for its expansive land, thriving agriculture, and prosperous orchards and wineries. Downtown Paonia exudes charm with its historic buildings along Grand Avenue. Situated along the North Fork Gunnison River, Paonia offers seasonal fishing and year-round scenic views. Which Western Colorado Town is Right for You? From mountains to winding rivers, the small towns in Colorado’s Western Slope region offer a lifestyle that combines natural beauty, friendly communities, and endless outdoor adventures. If you’re ready to embrace a slower pace of life and immerse yourself in the charm of Western Colorado towns, our team at Western Land & Lifestyle Properties is here to help you find your dream property. Contact us today to start your journey to calling one of these best towns in Colorado home.

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Why Real Estate Digital Marketing Matters in Western Colorado

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As the Broker and Owner of Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, I’ve seen firsthand how real estate digital marketing has transformed how properties are bought and sold in Western Colorado. In today’s digital age, a property’s online presence is just as critical as its curb appeal. The Power of Online Search in Real Estate According to the National Association of Realtors, 97% of homebuyers use the Internet in their search process. Consequently, whether you’re selling a cozy cabin or a sprawling Colorado horse property for sale, your listing needs to be optimized for online visibility. When potential buyers search for “log homes for sale in Colorado” or “Western Colorado realty,” you want your property to appear at the top of the results. That’s where real estate digital marketing comes in. By incorporating key phrases into your listing’s title and description, you can improve its search engine rankings and attract more qualified buyers. Crafting a Compelling Property Presentation Once buyers find your listing online, we strive to capture their attention with a stunning property presentation. Moreover, property presentation goes beyond snapping a few photos with your smartphone. Therefore, we invest in professional real estate photography and videography to truly showcase your property’s unique features and selling points. High-quality images and virtual tours allow buyers to visualize themselves in the space, even miles away. As an FAA-certified drone operator, I use aerial footage to give potential buyers a bird’s eye view of expansive properties, such as ranch land or horse farms. These immersive visuals can be the difference between a buyer scrolling past your listing or scheduling an in-person showing. The Importance of Digital Marketing in a Seller’s Market Some sellers might question the need for extensive property presentation, especially in a competitive seller’s market like Western Colorado. However, even when demand is high, effective real estate digital marketing can help you maximize your property’s value and attract the right buyer. Let’s say you’re selling a luxury log home in Colorado. While fewer buyers occupy this niche market, the interested ones are often willing to pay top dollar for the perfect property. Investing in a comprehensive real estate digital marketing strategy ensures that your listing stands out from the competition and reaches discerning buyers. Partner with a Real Estate Expert Who Understands Digital Marketing At Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, we understand the power of real estate digital marketing. That’s why we go above and beyond to showcase our listings online, from SEO-optimized descriptions to stunning visual content. Our dedication to excellence in marketing and branding has earned us national and local recognition, which means more eyes on your Western Colorado properties for sale. If you’re considering selling your Western Colorado property, let’s discuss how we can leverage digital marketing to help you achieve your goals. Contact me, Robert Gash, at 970-986-2955 or rob@wesellthewest.com to get started.

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Mastering Social Media as a Colorado Real Estate Agent

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As a Colorado real estate agent, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of social media in our industry. In a world where 90% to 99% of people begin their home search online, leveraging social media has become a non-negotiable for real estate professionals. But how do you navigate this ever-evolving landscape and harness its potential to grow your business? Allow me to share some insights I’ve gained along the way. Building an Engaged Community The key to success on social media lies in forming an authentic, engaged community. As a real estate agent, your goal should be to connect with your in-real-life network online. Consider your target audience and the message you want to convey. For me, that means showcasing the allure of the Western Colorado lifestyle and providing valuable content for buyers and sellers in the area. To build a thriving community, focus on creating organic, helpful, and locally relevant posts. Share community events, highlight local attractions, and offer tips and tricks specific to your market. By doing so, you’ll establish yourself as a go-to resource, and when you do share listings, your audience will be more receptive. Prioritizing Quality Over Quantity In the realm of social media, quality trumps quantity every time. Having a smaller group of engaged followers who consistently provide leads is better than having a massive following with little interaction. This statement is especially true in niche markets like Western Colorado, where targeted marketing is essential. Rather than aiming for viral content, focus on educating potential buyers about your area and demonstrating to sellers that you go the extra mile to achieve the best results. Remember, a dedicated and loyal community is far more valuable than a sea of passive followers. Providing Value, Not Just Advertisements One common pitfall real estate agents often encounter on social media is turning their page into a constant stream of advertisements. While advertising every move and touting your achievements is tempting, resist the urge. People are averse to being bombarded with ads and unlikely to follow a page that feels like one giant promotion. Instead, use social media as an indirect advertising tool. Share informative, educational, and entertaining content that establishes you as a trustworthy industry authority. By providing value consistently, you’ll earn the trust and respect of your followers, making them more receptive to the occasional promotional post. Crafting Compelling Content Now that you know what not to post, let’s explore the types of content that engage and inspire your audience. Visual content reigns supreme on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, so prioritize eye-catching property photos and videos. Share client testimonials and success stories to build credibility and showcase your marketing prowess. To attract potential buyers, highlight your area’s lifestyle opportunities through captivating images and local insights. Keep your followers informed about industry trends and market news, empowering them to make smart decisions about when to buy or sell. Finally, provide valuable tips on home renovations and improvements to help sellers maximize their return on investment and assist buyers beyond closing day. Embracing the Power of Social Media in Real Estate As a Colorado real estate agent, I’m committed to staying at the forefront of social media marketing to better serve my clients. By forming genuine connections, prioritizing quality engagement, providing valuable content, and leveraging the power of visual storytelling, I’ve seen firsthand how social media can transform a real estate business. If you’re a fellow real estate professional looking to elevate your social media game, or a buyer or seller seeking an agent who understands the digital landscape, I invite you to connect with me. Together, we can navigate the exciting world of Colorado real estate and make your dreams a reality.

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Bringing Properties to Life with an Interactive Map

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When you’re looking to buy land in Western Colorado, pictures and descriptions only tell part of the story. You need to envision how that property fits into the bigger picture – the lay of the land, proximity to amenities, and unique geographic features. As an Accredited Land Consultant in Colorado, I understand this need for deeper context. That’s why I utilize cutting-edge interactive map technology to give buyers a true sense of place for every listing. See the Whole Landscape A basic map gives you boundaries and roads, but an interactive map allows you to virtually explore an entire area. With intuitive zoom and navigation, you can scope out surrounding towns, travel routes, public lands, water sources, and more. This bird’s eye view provides crucial insights into how a property integrates with its surroundings, giving buyers a better view and supporting our real estate marketing strategy.  For example, a hunter evaluating a ranch listing can overlay game management units to assess access to prime habitats. A rancher can analyze topography and drainage to plan optimal grazing zones. Whether you’re scouting residential, agricultural, or recreational land, interactive maps unveil details that bring a property’s full potential into focus. Every Acre at Your Fingertips Beyond a basic neighborhood view, an interactive map lets you dive deep into individual land parcels. Detailed aerial imagery highlights terrain features like trees, structures, fencing, and roads. With 3D viewing, you can virtually tour sizeable acreages as if you were on the ground. I also overlay geographic data like water sources, easements, and zoning boundaries so you understand exactly what you’re getting. For larger properties, there’s even a mobile GPS-tracking mode to navigate safely during in-person visits. No more guessing about access points, boundaries, or that faraway corner – the full lay of the land is right at your fingertips. The Western Colorado Land Advantage As a land specialist in Western Colorado, I know details matter when purchasing acreage for any purpose. Thus, I go the extra mile to include robust interactive mapping in my real estate marketing strategy for every listing. This powerful visual tool provides the complete physical context to make an informed and confident land investment decision. Whether you’re searching for a new ranch headquarters, a private mountain retreat, or a prime development opportunity, interactive mapping allows you to truly understand a property’s place in the world. Leverage this innovative technology and put yourself fully in the scene of your future land purchase. Reach out anytime to explore my current interactive listings and see how this resourceful modern technology enriches the land-buying experience. With the full story on the landscape, we can align you with that ideal Western Colorado property you’ve been visualizing. Click here to explore Western Land & Lifestyle Properties’ current listings.

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How We Sell Specialty Real Estate in Western Colorado

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Specialty real estate appeals to a unique subset of buyers. Whether you’re selling a luxury or historic home, an off-grid property, a massive equestrian ranch, or another type of property that falls outside the home-in-town criteria, buyers exist who are looking for exactly what you’re offering. Even in a seller’s market, watching your specialty property sit on the market while other homes fly off in mere days is frustrating. However, rest assured that we’re working hard behind the scenes to match your specialty property with the perfect buyer. As the Marketing Director at Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, I develop real estate marketing strategies to ensure that all our property listings, from standard in-town homes to luxury estates on hundreds of acres, are visible to interested buyers. Here are a few marketing tactics we implement to support specialty real estate. Reaching Niche Property Buyers Specialty real estate buyers might not be local, so a “For Sale” sign in the yard isn’t going to capture their attention. Instead, these buyers rely on the internet, email, social media, and other remote mediums to shop remotely. We can reach these buyers with organic and paid marketing campaigns. Search Engine Optimization We reach niche property buyers through websites optimized to show up when these buyers search specific terms that apply to the property type. This ensures our website shows up for the buyers who know WHAT they want to buy. For example, say I’m listing a Colorado historic home for sale. My marketing strategy begins with thorough keyword research to determine what historic home buyers are searching for online. Once I develop a list of search terms, I create content that satisfies those queries, utilizing those search terms in my listing description, blog posts, and social media posts. Targeted Campaigns for Specialty Real Estate Buyers Additionally, we run targeted campaigns and ads in places where we know potential buyers exist. To effectively target potential buyers, we leverage contact databases with information about people who have indicated interest in specific property types. Whenever someone submits a query via a page on our website about a specific property type, we capture their information for targeted re-marketing campaigns. Since these inquirers are already vetted, they’re more likely to engage with an email or a postcard about a similar listing. Marketing the Western Colorado Lifestyle Marketing specialty real estate listings means telling someone about a property on the market is not enough; I have to show the opportunities it provides. As much as potential buyers care about the specs of a given property, they care more about what they can achieve by owning it. Every property has a story to tell, and we use video, photography, and writing to capture it. Furthermore, our brokers constantly showcase the Western Colorado lifestyle to amass a following of potential buyers who may be interested in our current and future listings. We share information and resources that nurture people throughout every stage of the real estate buying process. We Specialize in Western Colorado Real Estate Western Land & Lifestyle Properties has a real estate marketing strategy for every Western Colorado property type. We specialize in matching properties with target buyers, whether a historic home, a luxury mountain retreat, a restaurant, or a ranch. If you’re selling specialty real estate in Western Colorado, I’d love to work as your broker and drive results through proven marketing strategies. You can reach me via email at kayla@wesellthewest.com or by phone at 720-840-8717.

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Positioning Our Brokerage as a Real Estate Marketing Company

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Over the past decade, digital transformation has created a closer relationship between marketing and sales, especially in real estate. Whereas it was once a real estate broker’s primary responsibility to run local ads in the paper and show people properties, we now can reach millions of people online with a single property video. A modern real estate broker in Western Colorado needs a solid marketing plan to brand themselves and promote their listings. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, more than 30% of Realtors close at least one transaction per year as a direct result of social media. We know it’s not enough to be a real estate brokerage; that’s why we call ourselves a real estate marketing company. How Do You Create an Effective Real Estate Marketing Strategy? Even though most real estate professionals know they need to adopt digital marketing practices, developing an effective strategy is much easier said than done. The NAR reports that 45% of brokers say “keeping up with technology” is the biggest challenge for their agents. As the marketing director at our Western Colorado real estate office, Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, I love finding new strategies to keep our listings and brokers relevant. We must delicately balance promoting our listings to reach potential buyers and promoting ourselves to reach potential sellers. What Does a Real Estate Marketing Strategy Involve? Promoting the Western Colorado lifestyle is at the core of our real estate marketing approach. It’s the common thread that ties all our listings and brokers together – because listings are fleeting, but the Western Colorado lifestyle our listings offer always draws the right people to our content. This approach is advantageous to our buyers and sellers because it helps buyers discover this location and available properties, resulting in a wider potential buyer pool and, sometimes, faster sales. Driven by such a mindset, we cannot simply call ourselves your local Cedaredge real estate office. We’re truly a real estate marketing company, going above and beyond for our sellers, buyers, and brokers with a proven omnichannel strategy to continuously boost sales and GCI year over year. Some elements of our real estate marketing strategy include: Adding high-volume keywords to our website, blog posts, and listing descriptions to help place our relevant content on the first page of search results for buyers and sellers. Writing weekly blog posts to educate our audience, support our SEO strategy, and establish credibility. Taking professional listing photos and videos, including drone videography, to enhance buyers’ digital experiences. Prioritizing stellar listing presentation: optimized copy, interactive mapping, 3D property tours, and more. Maintaining an active presence on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, YouTube, and Google My Business. Running print advertisements (selectively) in the nation’s leading real estate magazines. Running digital advertisements (selectively) on the nation’s top targeted real estate search platforms. Maintaining a CRM to continually build our database of potential buyers. Establishing relationships with local publications to share relevant news with the community. Using Our Real Estate Marketing Company To Sell Your Property When you hire a real estate broker to sell your property, you expect them to market it to the right buyers. So, why not turn those expectations into reality and hire our real estate marketing company instead? At Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, we don’t just sell properties; we market lifestyles. Experience the difference that mindset makes. Did I Mention What We Offer Our Brokers? Since marketing plays a pivotal role in what we do at Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, we empower our brokers with cutting-edge marketing support to promote themselves and their listings. We’re always looking for passionate people to join our team, whether or not they have real estate experience. Some benefits of working for Western Land & Lifestyle Properties include: No desk fees. Generous commission splits. Free training. In-house marketing director. Established social media platforms for advertising. In-house print and digital advertising opportunities. For more information about working with us, contact our managing broker, Robert Gash, at 970-986-2955 or rob@wesellthewest.com.

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Western Colorado Fence Laws Explained

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Western Colorado is a place with vast landscapes and an open-hearted way of living. However, even in such wide spaces, there are rules we follow to live together peacefully, especially when it comes to managing our land and animals. That’s where understanding fences and livestock comes into play. This blog post will explore Western Colorado fence laws and what you should know to be a respectful landowner. Open Range and Fence Laws In this part of Colorado, there’s a unique approach to handling livestock: you don’t need to fence your animals in, but if you don’t want others’ animals wandering onto your property, you have to fence them out. This idea might seem strange, but it’s all about making good use of the land and respecting each other’s property. Colorado has a fence law that defines what happens if animals go where they’re not supposed to. If you have a “lawful fence” – which means a strong fence made of three strands of barbed wire, posts about twenty feet apart, and gates that are just as strong – and someone else’s livestock comes onto your land, you could receive money for any damage they cause. This law covers many animals, like horses, cows, goats, and even buffalo. Dealing with Animals on Your Property If you ever find animals that aren’t yours on your property, the first step is to try and contact their owner if you know who they are. If you can’t figure out who the owner is, you should call a brand inspector for help. You’re allowed to take care of the animals temporarily, but you have to make sure they’re well taken care of, and you need to inform a brand inspector within five days so they can help find the owner. The Importance of Good Fences There’s a famous saying: “Good fences make good neighbors.” This is very true in Western Colorado. Keeping your fences in good condition and ensuring your animals stay where they’re supposed to be is key to living in harmony with your neighbors. Here are some tips for a smooth life in this region: Ensure your animals have enough water and food. If any of your animals wander off, bring them back as soon as possible. Regularly check your fences to make sure they’re sturdy and secure. Work together with neighbors on shared fences to keep them well-maintained. Do Your Part To Enjoy Western Colorado Living here is about enjoying freedom, showing respect, and caring for our land and animals. By understanding fence laws and following these simple guidelines, we can all appreciate the beauty and community of Western Colorado.

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What is an Accredited Land Consultant in Colorado?

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When listing your land for sale in Western Colorado, you want to ensure that you’re working with the industry’s most knowledgeable and experienced professionals. That’s where an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) comes in. ALCs are not just land sales professionals but the most accomplished, experienced, and high-performing experts in land real estate transactions. As of May 2023, I am proud to have earned my ALC designation, enabling me to provide exceptional real estate services for all types of land in Western Colorado. Understanding the Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) ALC is a prestigious designation for the most accomplished, knowledgeable land real estate professionals. It requires completing a rigorous education program and establishing a proven track record of successful land transactions. Additionally, it necessitates a commitment to professional growth and conducting business with the utmost integrity. The ALC designation provides real estate brokers the knowledge and expertise to close deals effectively and confidently speak with clients about land for sale. Furthermore, clients can have confidence in their ALC broker as the most qualified expert to guide them through their land transaction. The ALC designation is the only land-specific designation endorsed by the National Association of REALTORS®, solidifying its prestige and credibility. Selling Land vs. Selling Homes: Unique Considerations Selling land requires a specialized understanding of the diverse types of land and their specific purposes. Whether agricultural land, timberland, ranch, recreational properties, or vacant land for development, each type appeals to a distinct buyer persona. An ALC possesses in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of land for sale in their area, including factors like water rights, regulations, and zoning. Moreover, an ALC knows how to effectively reach potential buyers specifically looking for your type of land for sale, ensuring maximum exposure and optimal results. Benefits of Listing Your Land for Sale with an Accredited Land Consultant By listing your land for sale with an ALC, you gain access to a wide range of benefits. One of the key advantages is the ALC’s extensive knowledge of the local Colorado land market. I understand the unique characteristics and features that make your land valuable and desirable to potential buyers. Additionally, I know the various buyer personas for different types of land, enabling me to tailor my marketing strategy to reach the right audience effectively and sell your land faster. ALC in Western Colorado – Robert Gash As an Accredited Land Consultant in Western Colorado, I take great pride in my designation. I have dedicated considerable time and effort to earn this designation because I am committed to providing you with the most comprehensive land real estate services.  Moreover, at Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, we have been recognized with national and local marketing awards, solidifying our ability to reach buyers nationwide. Combining the ALC designation with our exceptional marketing platforms, our brokerage is the perfect place to list your Colorado land for sale. If you’re considering selling your land in Western Colorado, choose the expertise and professionalism of an Accredited Land Consultant. Contact me, Robert Gash, and let’s discuss how I can assist you in maximizing the value of your land and achieving a successful transaction.

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Common Irrigation Methods in Western Colorado

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Last week, I wrote about water rights in Western Colorado, so this week, I wanted to talk about irrigation water and irrigation methods in Western Colorado that enable you to make the most of your land. This blog post will cover ditch easements, popular irrigation methods, and how to handle tailwater to keep your land property irrigated.  What are the Most Popular Irrigation Methods? Understanding different irrigation methods will help you implement one that will work best for you, given your water rights and what you need from your land. There are several different methods to distribute water across the irrigated ground, but the two main types of irrigation fall under two categories: flood or sprinkler irrigation.  Flood Irrigation Flood irrigation is a simple and primitive method of irrigation. It is typically less expensive to install than sprinkler irrigation but much more labor-intensive. The following irrigation methods are all different types of flood irrigation.  Tarp and Dam Despite being one of the most primitive flood irrigation methods, the tarp and dam method remains effective and popular. As the name suggests, you stretch a piece of plastic or fabric tarp across a ditch, creating a dam to trap water. Open ditches are the most common way of transporting water. Many of these open ditches run along property lines. Therefore, as the tarp creates a dam, the dammed water backs up and flows over the top of the ditch and onto the land.  Secondary ditches allow the overflowing water to stretch across a section of land. Marks (lines) are scratched in the ground, allowing the flooding water to follow the marked lines across the land and distribute the water.  When the water reaches the end of the pasture, the property owner will release the dam and create a new one farther down the ditch.  Gated Pipe A gated pipe is another flood irrigation method. Here, you line a plastic pipe along a property line, and water from a ditch enters the plastic pipe through a headgate or valve.  Plastic gates are installed along the pipe every 18 inches or so. A series of gates are opened, allowing water to spill out of the pipe and into the marks or lines in the ground. This allows the water to flow evenly.  As the water reaches the end of the pasture, the open gates are closed, and the next series of gates are opened. Siphon Tubes Siphon tubes can also distribute water from a ditch across the land. Typically, these ditches are concrete ditches that run along a property line. Aluminum tubes are placed every 18 inches or so along the ditch. A siphon is created that allows water to flow through the tubes and into the field marks.  When the water has saturated the ground, the tubes are reset and moved farther down the ditch.  Sprinkler Irrigation Sprinklers require water pressure through gravity or a pump but offer a more efficient way to deliver water to the land than the flood irrigation methods mentioned above. While the upfront cost can be high, a sprinkled pasture is typically more productive and requires less labor. Sprinklers also eliminate the need for placing marks in the ground, as is required for most flood irrigation methods. The following are different types of sprinkler systems used for sprinkler irrigation.  Big Gun Sprinklers Big gun sprinklers are mobile sprinklers with wheels that help them move to places that need water. A hose connects these sprinklers to a valve. The valves are strategically placed to shoot the water and saturate an area of the property before moving on to the next.  Side Rolls Side roll sprinklers consist of an elevated water pipe supported by large wheels with sprinklers mounted along it. Side roll sprinklers must be moved manually along a path. They typically have a small gasoline engine and gears that move the giant side roll to and fro along a path.  A hose connects the side roll to a pressurized water pipe with valves, and the hose must be disconnected and reconnected every time the side roll is moved to a new location along its path. Center Pivots Center pivots are a type of sprinkler in which the water comes up through a pipe in the center and runs out to various sprinklers along a giant arm. The center pivot moves in a circular pattern, and wheels allow the arm to move around the center pivot until the full or half-circle is completed. Drip Irrigation Many orchards and vineyards utilize drip irrigation to water rows of fruit trees or grapevines. This eliminates the unnecessary waste of water. Drip irrigation puts water at the base of each tree or vine, eliminating unnecessary water waste. What Happens When the Water Reaches the End of My Pasture?  Tailwater is the water that has reached the end of the pasture. In addition to having ditches on the uphill side to deliver water, it is also necessary to have ditches on the downhill side to catch the water as it reaches the end of the pasture. Water users are responsible for their tailwater, and it must be collected and transported back to the main ditch or strategically distributed to neighboring properties. However, you should always maintain your ditches and ensure your water is not creating a problem for neighboring properties. What is a Ditch Easement?  Another aspect of water rights that property owners need to know is about the ditch easement on their property.  In Western Colorado, ditch companies and water users have a right to access private property to check water, clean ditches, check on headgates, and otherwise maintain the waterway.  Even though you own your property, you must be aware of these rights, and you cannot prevent these water users from accessing your property to check their water. This means you cannot construct a fence or install landscaping that might block the water users from bringing in equipment to clean the irrigation ditches. Water users have the right to remove fences

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Navigating Water Rights in Western Colorado

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They say whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. While I can’t attest to any fatalities over water rights, it’s undeniable that they’ve sparked numerous disputes. Understanding water rights in Western Colorado is intricate and indispensable for effective property management. Here’s a concise breakdown to shed light on this complex topic. Types of Water Rights in Colorado Colorado boasts diverse water rights, encompassing well rights, spring rights, and irrigation water rights. These are further categorized into “decreed” and “reservoir” water rights. This discussion will delve into the specifics of decreed and reservoir water rights. The Start of the System The journey of irrigation water in Western Colorado commences with snow. Blanketing the Colorado mountains in winter, this snow transforms into a vital water source as it melts during spring, coursing down into the valleys. Understanding Decreed Water Rights In the late 1800s, as the Western land saw settlement, reservoirs, and ditches were constructed to manage water distribution. Colorado established water rights through the “first in use, first in right” principle. Simply put, the first person diverting water to their land gained priority rights, with subsequent users securing rights based on the order of establishment. These rights, commonly known as decreed or adjudicated water rights, are often tied to a specific piece of land, documented in the property deed, and transferred from one owner to the next. What is a Share of Decreed Water? Water is typically measured in Cubic Feet Per Second (CFS). A water right for decreed water might be expressed in a fraction of a share, such as: “An undivided one-half interest in and to the 1.0 CFS decreed to the Carbon Ditch as Priority H-25.” This means that the user has a right to 0.5 CFS in the Carbon Ditch, and Priority H-25 is the level of priority to use that water. To further explain, as the snow melts in early spring (usually April 1 of each year), water is placed in the ditch. This is referred to as free water or early water. It is typically available to all property owners along a ditch, regardless of whether they have water rights. As the people with water rights begin to use their water, if there is not enough to go around, the free water ends, and only users with water rights can utilize the amount of water they have a right to. If water is plentiful and everyone can get their rightful share nothing is done, and everyone is happy. However, as the water begins to deplete, water begins to get shut off to certain users, starting with the lowest priority water right. This ensures that the highest priority water rights owner can access their rightful amount of water for the longest period. All water must be measured before it can be diverted. The device for this measurement is called a Parshall Flume. A Parshall Flume is a fixed hydraulic structure set in a ditch and used to measure water flow. It allows an accurate reading of the water volume by accelerating the flow rate to match the depth of the flume. Water must be measured to ensure the appropriate amount of water is delivered. Decreed water is allowed to flow until it gets shut off due to higher-priority users placing calls for their water. Depending on the seasonal water supply, this process could mean water flows for a month or two or the entire year. Understanding Reservoir Water Rights Reservoir water is stored in a reservoir or a series of reservoirs and owned by shareholders. These shareholders can buy and sell their water shares separately from any land purchase. As long as the water can be delivered from the reservoir to a particular piece of land, these shares can be delivered to multiple parcels. What is a Share of Reservoir Water?  A share of reservoir water means nothing outside of your water system. One share of water from one reservoir may be equal to 1,000 shares of water in another. Each reservoir company has an established amount of water that equates to each share. For example, in Company A, 1 share of water may equate to 1 CFS Alternatively, in Company B, 1 share might equate to 5 CFS  The amount of water for each share can vary drastically depending on the water stored in the reservoir. Every spring, the reservoir company’s board of directors meets with shareholders to establish the water available for each shareholder.  Reservoir water is ordered for days, and the amount delivered is deducted from the total amount available. For instance, you may own 10 shares of water, which equates to 10 CFS of water. Say you order 0.5 CFS for 4 days. After 4 days, your water is shut off, and you have used 2 CFS of your 10 CFS allotment. You still have 8 CFS of water to be ordered throughout the season. 1 CFS = 1.983 acre-feet per day = 646,320 gallons = 2,447 cubic meters of water Optimizing Reservoir Water Shares for Irrigation To irrigate effectively, you must portion your water shares across many months of the growing season. How much water do you need for irrigation? That is dependent on several factors. How dry is the land? What is the condition of your soil? How healthy are your crops? Can you harvest or graze your crops at the ideal time? Is Mother Nature providing additional help in the form of rainfall? Efficient irrigation involves strategic allocation of water shares across the growing season, contingent on factors like soil conditions, crop health, and the intervention of Mother Nature. Understanding Water Rights Ownership in Colorado In Colorado, all water belongs to the state. Water rights confer the legal right to use the water, subject to adjudication. Abandoning these rights through non-use for a specified period can lead to the state claiming abandonment. For queries on how water rights impact your Western Colorado real estate transactions, contact me at rob@wesellthewest.com.

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How We Developed a Killer Real Estate Marketing Strategy

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If you list your property for sale with local real estate agents and expect them to rely on local marketing avenues, you’re setting sub-par expectations. No matter the size, price, or property type, at Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, every listing benefits from our red-carpet-worthy real estate marketing strategy. And let’s just say that real estate marketing strategy goes far beyond advertising in the local newspaper. As the marketing director at Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, I have the unique challenge of marketing our brokerage and helping our brokers promote themselves. To do this effectively, we differentiate the type of content we share as a business versus individuals to optimize our audience reach. Let’s take a closer look. How Real Estate Marketing Works An effective real estate marketing strategy equally promotes property for sale and our services as local real estate agents. All the local real estate agents in Western Colorado are competing to stand out amongst hundreds of thousands of others in the crowded Colorado real estate market. On an individual and brokerage level, we must remain visible and provide value to our community. That way, when someone is in the market for a real estate agent, they think of us.  At Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, our brokers are resources for the community regarding real estate, property type, and area information. We publish weekly blog posts on our website, hold membership in several local organizations, and do many other things to stay top of mind and involved in my community. As individual brokers, we’ve built audiences of Western Colorado lifestyle enthusiasts to whom we can promote our listings. Our brokerage is prepared to deliver more advertorial listing promotions whenever those lifestyle enthusiasts are ready to pull the trigger on a real estate transaction. What is a Real Estate Marketing Strategy for Listing Promotion? Each property for sale gets its very own campaign complete with photos, videos, SEO, local and national advertising, and unique real estate marketing campaign ideas. It starts with the listing presentation. Your online listing post should be searchable, visually appealing, and detailed. At Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, every listing gets: Next, we syndicate our listing posts to as many relevant property websites as possible for maximum exposure. More than 90% of real estate buyers begin their search online. We syndicate our listing posts to as many relevant property websites as possible for maximum exposure. These include: By sharing our listings with these nationally and locally ranking websites, we maximize the opportunity to show up online when a buyer searches for it. Then, it’s time to promote and drive direct traffic to those websites. We use a variety of owned, earned, and paid media channels to promote our listings and Western Colorado real estate services to the masses. These include: Why Should Our Real Estate Marketing Strategy Matter To You? The most challenging aspect of real estate marketing is that not everyone is ready to sell when they see our marketing. Nobody sees a post from @wesellthewest on Instagram and suddenly lists their horse property for sale. It might take years of consistent posts about selling horse properties in Colorado before that person is finally ready to sell. However, when that time comes, who do you think they’ll call? Probably the real estate broker who’s at the forefront of every digital outlet they’ve opened for the past three years. Even if you’re not ready to list your property for sale in Colorado, you should know that Western Land & Lifestyle Properties is still taking steps NOW to set your property up for maximum visibility whenever you are ready. Our real estate marketing strategy is constantly evolving, and every piece of content is making our listings more visible now and in the future. We’re thinking about you and how to sell your property for the highest possible price, even if we don’t meet for another year. To learn more about our real estate marketing strategy or talk about listing your Western Colorado property for sale, contact me, Kayla Klein, or any of our other talented real estate brokers. You’re in capable hands with Western Land & Lifestyle Properties!

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Should I Invest in a Luxury Ranch in Colorado?

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Many years ago, people flocked to cities for jobs and comfort, relying on ranchers in rural areas to provide food. Today, most people live in cities, and many want to escape the crowded city life, so once-functional ranches have become a coveted rarity. A luxury ranch in Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and similar states symbolizes riches and grandeur, appealing to ranchers, investors, and recreation seekers alike. In Wild Western Colorado, it’s your ranch, your rules. While the price tag on luxury ranches is high, the rewards are too. Here are four compelling reasons to invest. 1. Endless Opportunities Whether you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life or fully immerse yourself in the Western Colorado lifestyle, a luxury ranch is a place to do it. You’ll have hundreds of acres to enjoy the views, recreate, train horses, raise cattle, grow crops, hunt, fish, and take in everything your land provides. A luxury ranch in Colorado can serve as an extra income source too. Many people want to experience the benefits of a luxury ranch but don’t have the means or need to purchase one. As a landowner, you can rent out areas of your ranch for others to use for recreation or even stay overnight. 2. Breathtaking Views and Natural Beauty Luxury real estate in Colorado guarantees views and enjoyment of open spaces, natural beauty, and changing landscapes throughout the year. You’re not just investing in the land but everything that surrounds it. Luxury and legacy ranches help preserve Colorado’s unique benefits and the lifestyle they afford. With a fruitful growing season, plenty of water, and varying climates, ranchers and farmers have leveraged Colorado’s beauty and agricultural opportunities for decades. We want to keep them alive for decades to come. 3. Stunning Luxury Homes and Architecture On a luxury ranch sits a luxury home. This home is your paradise, a place to sit back and soak in everything your luxury ranch offers.  Western luxury architecture strikes a delicate balance between opulence and nature, offering you the best of both worlds. You will usually find spacious interiors, high ceilings, and massive windows with picturesque views of the surrounding area. 4. Adventures Around Every Corner When you’re ready to leave the comfort of your luxury home for an adventure, you’re in luck because Colorado is the pinnacle of year-round recreation. In the summertime, you can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and camping, to name a few. You can ski, snowshoe, ice-fish, and more in the wintertime. Fall and spring bring changing seasons and incredible views.  Are You Buying a Luxury Ranch in Colorado? A luxury ranch could be your calling if you’re craving a long-term escape from the city without sacrificing luxuries and amenities. As the broker/owner of Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, I’ve listed hundreds of Colorado properties for sale, including luxury ranches and recreational land. I know what sells luxury real estate, and I can help you find it too. You can browse my farm and ranch listings here. To set up a showing or learn more about buying or selling a luxury ranch in Colorado, contact me, Robert Gash, at 970-986-2955.

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5 Things To Look For in a Colorado Horse Property

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When in the market for a Colorado horse property, it’s essential to consider several factors that can impact your equine companions’ well-being and your enjoyment of the land. Whether you’re an experienced equestrian or just beginning your horse-owning journey, these five aspects should be on your checklist as you seek the perfect horse property in Colorado. Land – The Foundation of Your Equine Haven The land itself is the fundamental building block of your horse property. Consider the terrain and the condition of the fences. Ideally, you’ll want a balance of open land and areas with natural shade provided by trees. Moreover, evaluate the lay of the land; a slight slope can be beneficial as it facilitates drainage, preventing erosion and muddy conditions, which can be particularly crucial for your horses’ well-being. Water – The Lifeblood of Your Horse Ranch Water is the lifeblood of any horse property for sale. Assess the water supply available on the property and research the water rights associated with it. Ensuring a sufficient and reliable water source is vital for meeting your horses’ hydration needs and maintaining your land. Structures – Shelter and Support for Your Horses The structures on the horse property are vital for your horses’ care. Focus on whether the property includes a barn. Examine the number and size of stalls within the barn and inquire if it has essential amenities like a tack room, feed storage, and a wash stall. Additionally, consider whether there is a secondary structure for storing hay or whether the barn would accommodate the need. Riding Space – Room to Roam Your horses require ample space to roam and graze. Explore the property’s riding space. Is there enough land for your horses to exercise and thrive? Furthermore, assess the property’s proximity to BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land or public riding trails, which can offer extended riding opportunities and scenic variety. Building Restrictions – Room for Growth The horse ranching world is diverse, and your property should be adaptable to accommodate your current and future equestrian goals. Consider the potential for future expansions like additional agricultural support buildings, corrals, or even a residence if the property doesn’t already have these features. Assess any building restrictions or zoning regulations that might impact your ability to make these additions. Find Your Dream Horse Property For Sale If you’re eager to embark on the quest for your dream horse property in Colorado, don’t hesitate to contact me, Robert Gash, at Western Land & Lifestyle Properties. As a devoted equestrian enthusiast and a seasoned Western Colorado real estate broker, I’m passionate about horses and well-equipped to help you discover the ideal horse property that suits your unique needs.  Call me, and let’s take the reins in finding your perfect horse property in the breathtaking landscapes of Colorado: 970-986-2955.

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Our Cedaredge Real Estate Office Overcomes Market Downturns

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Amidst the whispers of rising interest rates and the ever-looming winter season, many are apprehensive about venturing into the Colorado real estate market. However, I firmly believe that hesitation is unwarranted, and our Cedaredge real estate office has the data to back it up. Here’s why. When’s The Best Time to Sell Real Estate? The concept of the “best” time to sell real estate often hinges on the state of the Colorado real estate market. In a seller’s market, demand outpaces supply, driving up property prices. Factors such as low inventory, a strong economy, and increased buyer competition contribute to this situation. Knowing how to navigate and leverage a seller’s market can significantly influence your real estate endeavors. When’s The Best Time to Buy Real Estate? Conversely, the “best” time to buy real estate typically aligns with a buyer’s market. In this scenario, there’s excess inventory, giving buyers the upper hand. Factors such as higher interest rates, an abundance of available properties, and a less competitive buyer pool create favorable conditions for buyers. Recognizing the characteristics of a buyer’s market can empower you to make strategic property investments. But… The Right Buyers and Properties Are ALWAYS Out There Regardless of whether the Western Colorado real estate market conditions favor sellers or buyers, there’s a perpetual truth in real estate: the right buyers and properties are always in existence. For sellers, there’s invariably a buyer out there who’s seeking precisely what your property offers. On the flip side, buyers can perpetually find properties that align with their needs and preferences. Home prices and interest rates may fluctuate over time, but when you view the real estate market through a long-term lens, these fluctuations become part of the natural ebb and flow of the market. For those investing in a primary residence or a property intended for long-term ownership, these fluctuations tend to balance out over time. Finding a Solid Real Estate Market Especially if your plans involve holding onto a property for several years, selecting a real estate market with a promising outlook can significantly boost your investment. The Western Colorado real estate market serves as a prime example. With a burgeoning population, evolving job markets, and an influx of individuals migrating from urban areas, the demand for properties in this region is on a steady incline. We’re Still Selling Western Colorado Real Estate Despite rumblings of a market slowdown, Western Land & Lifestyle Properties continues to thrive. Our success can be attributed, in part, to our proactive marketing approach. While the local market may exhibit signs of deceleration, we cast a wider net by promoting our listings both locally and nationally. This strategy allows us to reach every potential buyer, whether they reside just around the corner from our Cedaredge real estate office or across the country. If You Need to Buy or Sell… Buy or Sell! In the world of real estate, the best time to buy or sell is precisely when you need to buy or sell. As long as you perform your due diligence, you can make informed decisions that align with the current market conditions. If you’re contemplating a real estate move, whether as a buyer or a seller, I encourage you to reach out to me, Kayla Klein, at Western Land & Lifestyle Properties. Your ideal real estate opportunity might be closer than you think.

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What Makes the Western Colorado Real Estate Market Special?

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Maybe it’s a product of the area’s desirability or an increasing population creating demand while inventory tries to keep up. Whatever the reason, the Western Colorado real estate market is stable, and I’m here for it. Let’s look at some things that are helping our market shine. Prices Remain Stable While Inventory Decreases Despite predictions of a housing market crash over the past few years, the Western Colorado real estate market remains stable. In Mesa County, average home prices have increased by $10,000 year-over-year. In Delta and Montrose counties, home prices have only dropped by about 1%. While real estate prices have remained roughly the same, inventory has drastically decreased. In Colorado, the number of homes for sale is down 12.2% year-over-year. Low inventory and high interest rates typically cause buyers to turn the other way. In response, to recapture buyer attention, home prices would drop. But, the Western Colorado real estate market doesn’t seem to be abiding by this general rule. What’s This Mean For Sellers and Buyers? We saw an insane seller’s market in late 2020 and 2021, and, while we’re nowhere near that level, I’d argue that the Western Colorado real estate market is still somewhat catering to sellers. It’s a good time to sell because people are moving here, and demand is high. Plus, lower inventory means more eyes on your property. However, prospective buyers Western Colorado real estate buyers shouldn’t read that and get discouraged. Unless you’re buying a fix-and-flip property, you’re investing in a long-term game. Home prices may fluctuate a percentage point or two over the next couple of years, but you’re probably going to own your property for longer than that, and prices could increase hundreds of percentage points by the time you’re ready to sell. The Best Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate in Colorado… …is whenever you need to buy or sell. I know that’s probably not the answer you’re looking for – you want a month and a year backed by hard data. But, data isn’t giving us a month and a year. What data says, however, is that we’re lucky to live where we do because the Western Colorado real estate market is thriving. You can either sell and profit or buy and put your money into a market that, historically, has grown much faster than the rate of inflation. Western Colorado real estate is kind of a win-win. If you’re trying to buy or sell real estate in Western Colorado, I would love to discuss your situation and provide a more tailored market analysis. Contact me, Kayla Klein, at Western Land & Lifestyle Properties for more information.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Agriculture in Western Colorado

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When you think of Western Colorado, stunning landscapes and outdoor adventures may come to mind. However, beneath the picturesque scenes lies a thriving agricultural tapestry contributing significantly to the region’s unique character. Here are five intriguing insights that shed light on the lesser-known aspects of agriculture in Western Colorado. 1. Orchard and Vineyard Properties: A Fruitful Abundance Hidden among the rolling hills and verdant valleys of Western Colorado are sprawling orchard and vineyard properties that yield a bountiful harvest. These properties are not only a source of delectable fruits and premium wines but also a way of life. Orchards laden with apples, pears, cherries, and more, along with vineyards producing world-class wines, grace the landscape. The magic of owning an orchard or vineyard property extends beyond just land; it’s an opportunity to embrace a lifestyle that marries the richness of the land with the satisfaction of cultivation. 2. Water Rights: The Lifeline of Agriculture In arid Western Colorado, water is a precious commodity that plays an indispensable role in agriculture. The intricate system of water rights ensures equitable distribution and sustainable use of this valuable resource. For those exploring Colorado farm land for sale or Colorado acreage for sale, understanding water rights is essential. These rights, often tied to historical claims and agreements, determine the availability of water for irrigation, a factor critical to successful agricultural endeavors in this region. 3. The Varied Altitudes: A Palette of Possibilities The diverse altitudes in Western Colorado offer a unique canvas for agricultural ventures. From the high mesas to the fertile valleys, each elevation provides an array of possibilities for cultivation. This variability allows farmers to explore the cultivation of different crops at distinct altitudes, creating a symphony of flavors and colors across the region’s agricultural landscape. 4. Sustainable Practices: A Growing Trend Agriculture in Western Colorado isn’t just about producing exceptional crops; it’s also about practicing sustainable farming methods. The region has witnessed a surge in eco-friendly practices that prioritize soil health, water conservation, and biodiversity. These initiatives not only support the environment but also contribute to the superior quality of the agricultural products that emerge from this Colorado land. 5. The Community Connection: Farmers Markets and Beyond Agriculture in Western Colorado isn’t confined to fields and orchards; it thrives within the vibrant community. Farmers’ markets, local co-ops, and farm-to-table initiatives have gained immense popularity. The connection between farmers and consumers is strong, fostering a sense of shared responsibility and appreciation for the land’s bounty. Ready to Explore the Agricultural Landscape of Western Colorado? If these insights have piqued your interest and ignited your curiosity about the diverse world of agriculture in Western Colorado, don’t hesitate to dive deeper. Whether you’re in search of Colorado farm land for sale, Colorado acreage for sale, or want to uncover the allure of orchard and vineyard properties, I’m here to guide you. As an Accredited Land Consultant at Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, I can help you navigate the exciting opportunities that await. Contact me, Robert Gash, at rob@wesellthewest.com or 970-986-2955 to discover more about the land for sale options in Western Colorado. Let’s embark on a journey that celebrates the heart and soul of this remarkable region.

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What a Real Estate Commission Rate Really Covers

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“What commission rate do you charge?” It’s one of the first questions a potential seller asks their realtor when listing Colorado real estate for sale. However, the answer isn’t always straightforward because commission rates come with whats and whys. Knowing the percentage is one thing, but understanding the services rendered within that percentage is vastly different. The array of real estate marketing and advertising services offered from brokerage to brokerage varies drastically. While the commission rate charged may be very similar, the ability to market properties and reach buyers is not. While a lower commission rate might make a real estate transaction seem more profitable on paper, a higher commission rate might include more marketing services to sell your property faster and for more money. Western Land & Lifestyle Properties is a perfect example of a brokerage that offers more marketing and value for a similar commission rate. Let’s explore. Websites With National Reach For Multiple Property Types At our Cedaredge real estate office, our award-winning marketing strategy begins long before we sit down with a potential seller to discuss listing their Colorado property for sale. We have established top-ranking websites optimized to help potential buyers nationwide find whatever property type they’re searching for. Our websites capture the attention of buyers across the country. If you’re listing a rural home for sale in town, local buyers can find your property via search. Likewise, if you’re listing a luxury ranch, buyers on the other side of the country can find your property via search.  Digital Marketing Shows Your Listing to More People As a brokerage and individual brokers, we consistently produce content for social media, email newsletters, and web advertisements. This content has helped us expand our digital reach and establish a database of potential buyers that we can target with your property’s unique features. We also invest in advertising select listings in national magazines and catalogs, not just local papers. The more we get our names out there and position ourselves as the go-to resource for Western Colorado real estate, the more likely potential buyers will stick around and find your property whenever it hits the market. Commission Rates Cover Resources Everything we do is designed to present your property in the best light, find qualified buyers, and help you sell faster and for more money. That mission means we invest our money into marketing, advertising, professional photos, videos, custom mapping, virtual tours, panoramic photos, and more. We’re excited about that investment because it helps our sellers get better results.  We expect sellers who want to achieve better results to invest in those resources too, which is how we determine our commission rates. Commissions don’t just cover your Colorado realtor’s time and expertise, but they reimburse us for the expenses we incur on the seller’s behalf to provide strong marketing and advertising platforms for their property.  What if a higher commission rate could help you sell your property faster and for more money? Furthermore, what if better marketing platforms could help you reach more buyers… buyers who want to pay market value? That enhanced reach pays for the commission and then some. As a seller, it’s important to do your due diligence to ensure your broker is delivering the best marketing platforms to help you sell your property. Just as you would with any other purchase, you should make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. Getting More Real Estate Exposure For Your Money Western Land & Lifestyle Properties invests our resources in marketing. Our real estate marketing strategy sets us apart from the competition and provides the best possible outcomes for our clients. If you want to market your Colorado property to a bigger database of potential buyers, contact me, Robert Gash, at 970-986-2955.

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3 Things To Do With Land For Sale in Colorado

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Western Colorado is a beautiful region with abundant natural resources and stunning landscapes. Plus, with so much diverse Colorado real estate, the possibilities for what you can do with it are endless. If you’re looking at land for sale in Colorado, here are three ideas to help turn your land into a lifestyle. Look For a Colorado Horse Property Colorado is a great place to own a horse property and operate a ranch. You should look for land with open meadows and gentle slopes, perfect for horses to graze and roam. With your real estate broker’s help, you may even be able to find land with existing stables, riding arenas, corrals, and other outbuildings to make your equestrian ranch dreams a reality. Given Western Colorado’s affinity for the ranching lifestyle, the possibilities for growth and expansion are endless. Find Hunting Land For Sale With tons of wildlife and natural beauty, Colorado is a prime location for hunting. Owning land in Colorado can give you access to great hunting opportunities, especially the allure of hunting on your land. You can enjoy the outdoors for yourself or create a sanctuary for fellow hunters, building hunting cabins and renting them out during the season. If you’re an avid hunter, you should take advantage of the numerous recreational and income-producing opportunities Western Colorado provides. Build One or Several Colorado Mountain Cabins Western Colorado is a popular destination for seasonal tourists, so investing in a vacation home or cabin is a great way to enjoy recreational activities and cover your expenses. To find Colorado land for sale that suits your vacation home aspirations, think about where you’d like to travel for a weekend escape – a secluded cabin in the mountains, a home on a lake or river, or even a luxurious vacation property near a city. If the property suits you, it will likely suit vacationers. Find Western Colorado Properties For Sale With so much availability and so many diverse opportunities, Western Colorado is a great place to own land. Whether you want to run an equestrian ranch, hunt on your property, or create a mountain retreat, the possibilities are endless.  If any of these Western Colorado lifestyles sound appealing to you, see whether Western Land & Lifestyle Properties has land for sale in Colorado that meets your needs. Browse featured properties for sale here or contact me, Robert Gash, at 970-986-2955 or rob@wesellthewest.com.

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The Cornerstones of Real Estate Marketing

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You wouldn’t post a picture on your social media with inadequate lighting and at an unflattering angle, so why would you do it for a property you’re trying to sell? Professional photography and videography are the cornerstones of real estate marketing because those mediums are the first opportunity a buyer gets to interact with the property.  According to data from VHT Studios, homes with professional photos receive an average of 118% more online views versus listings without professional photos.  The Benefits of Professional Photography in Real Estate Marketing When potential buyers are browsing properties online, they are more likely to click on a listing with a nice thumbnail photo than one that doesn’t do the property justice. Quality real estate photos consider elements like lighting, composition, and editing. As a real estate broker who frequently lists luxury properties, I rely on professional photography to highlight those properties’ best features and do them the same justice online that they have in person.  The Benefits of Professional Videography in Real Estate Marketing Videos of a property for sale instantly captivate potential buyers and make them feel more at home. Real estate videography can incorporate drone footage, 360-degree virtual walkthroughs, and even short-form videos for social media. According to WireBuzz, properties with video receive 403% more inquiries than those without. Property videos give buyers similar gratification to touring the property in person, but watching a video requires significantly less effort. On the flip side, real estate videography can help weed out potential buyers for whom the property isn’t fit, which saves sellers and brokers time and money. Data from a Matterport study revealed that Virtual tours reduce the number of in-person showings by up to 50%. Choosing the Right Real Estate Broker All this said, when it’s time to start shopping for a real estate broker to list your property for sale in Colorado, find someone with a strong grasp on real estate marketing. The National Association of Realtors reports that 73% of homeowners say they are more likely to list with a real estate agent who uses video to market their property.  At Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, we pride ourselves on exquisite property presentations tailored to potential buyers who live online. We produce professional photos, drone videos, virtual tours, social media content, and interactive maps for every property we list, giving potential buyers the most comprehensive views and information.  Are you part of that 73% of homeowners? If you’re considering buying or selling property in Western Colorado, see how Western Land & Lifestyle Properties can help. Contact me, Robert Gash, to learn more about my strategic approach to property presentation and real estate marketing programs.

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4 Things That Make Colorado Ranches For Sale More Valuable

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When you start browsing Colorado ranches for sale, it can be challenging to pinpoint what makes one more valuable than another. Naturally, you want to make a wise investment, but how do you choose between priority water rights or new corrals? To save you the trouble of wondering, here are some valuable features in Colorado ranches that you should look for. Water and Mineral Rights Whether you’re ranching or farming your land, water is a necessity. That said, even if you have a creek or stream on your property, you may not be allowed to use the water in it, depending on your water rights. Water rights explain how water from a source is diverted and used by all property owners along that source. Typically, you can only use a certain number of shares, so ask your real estate broker about a property’s water rights. Like water rights, mineral rights can be owned separately from the land. For instance, Colorado is known for crude oil, natural gas, gold, silver, and coal. Private entities may own the mineral rights to huge amounts of land to obtain these resources. Depending on your land, owning the mineral rights can make it much more valuable.  Proximity to Public Land Proximity to public land and recreational amenities gives you more opportunities to enjoy a location. Future buyers or renters see this as a value-add. Land that borders a National Forest, National Park, Bureau of Land Management land, state land, and local wilderness areas is valuable. In our region, we sell a lot of Colorado ranches near recreational amenities, such as ski resorts, golf courses, or hiking trails. Income Production Opportunities If you’re purchasing a ranch, you most likely want to make income from agricultural production or by leasing these functions to other local ranchers. Keep an eye out for Colorado ranches that already have resources in place, like working corrals, perimeter fencing, and irrigated pastures. Conservation Value Some land has built-in conservation value to protect natural amenities, ecosystems, and wildlife. If your land meets specific qualifications, you can apply for a conservation easement to restrict the land’s use to protect it and receive tax credits in return. Optional credits and benefits include: Find a Broker Who Specializes in Colorado Ranches For Sale Water rights, proximity to recreational opportunities, and conservation value are three of the most critical components of Colorado ranches for sale. These features add value for buyers, sellers, and even renters or users of the land. Equally as important is finding the right broker who can help you prioritize the features that nicely align with your goals. If you’re looking to buy or sell a ranch property in Colorado, I’d love to help.  To learn more about touring or listing Colorado ranches with Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, contact me, Robert Gash.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Western Colorado

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Finding my home in Western Colorado wasn’t a linear journey. I grew up on a small ranch in Golden, Colorado before it became the populated suburbia you recognize today. My family raised goats and Arabian horses, and we had seemingly endless land when I was younger. For me, it represented freedom, tranquility, and opportunity. Then, I grew up, moved out, and started my career as a real estate developer and master electrician in Denver. I never forgot what it felt like to own land and have my personal slice of freedom in my backyard.  In 2007, I finally decided that I wanted it back. I relocated my family from the Denver area to my family’s land in Cedaredge, on the Western Slope of Colorado. I spent the following years refurbishing the property, digging ditches, building barns, corrals, and equipment sheds, and eventually getting my start in Western Colorado realty. Now, as a broker and the owner of Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, I have the privilege of helping people list Western Colorado properties for sale so other people can experience the joys of Western Colorado. If you’re considering moving to Western Colorado, here are five things I wish I had known when I was in your shoes. 1. You Get the Benefits of Colorado without the People Colorado is known for its mountains, nature, wildlife, rivers, and year-round recreational activities. Unfortunately, Colorado is also mostly known for these things near the Denver metro area.  Western Colorado has all of these advantages in excess, and the best benefit is that you can enjoy them without traffic, lines, crowds, and people. While Western Colorado accounts for 33% of the state’s land area, it only accounts for 10% of the population.  2. Western Colorado Winter Doesn’t Slow You Down The Grand Mesa, one of the world’s largest flattop mountains, is also one of the best spots in Western Colorado for winter recreational activities. With an average annual snowfall of 350 inches, the Grand Mesa is home to 30 miles of Nordic skiing trails, downhill skiing at Powderhorn Ski Resort, dozens of snowmobiling trails, the annual Summit Challenge Sled Dog Race, and more. Here, you never have to sit inside and mope about the weather! 3. Property Taxes are Low While real estate prices in Colorado are climbing, residents still enjoy low property taxes, and the same goes for Western Colorado. Property taxes in Delta County are roughly 0.35% compared to a state average of 0.49% 4. You Hate Driving in Denver More and More Each Time You Visit When you live in rural Colorado, you get used to traveling on nearly empty streets, commuting from city to recreation without traffic, and never driving for longer than 15 minutes to get to and from work. In the city, you could sit in an hour of highway traffic on your way to and from the office. Every time I’ve driven in Denver since I moved to Western Colorado, I’ve wondered more and more about how I used to do it every day. 5. You Get to Live Where You Play Perhaps my favorite thing about living on the Western Slope is that I never have to leave my house to experience its beauty. The mountains and open sky are in my backyard, the Grand Mesa is only a few minutes away, and the area is rife with other mountain ranges, open spaces, and things to do. Bonus – You Should Have Moved Sooner The final thing I wish I had known before moving to Western Colorado was how much I love it. It’s the best of everything Colorado offers at your fingertips – national forests, monuments, parks, opportunities, and a thriving Western Colorado realty landscape.  If you’re looking to capitalize on Western Colorado’s real estate industry while it’s still a bit of a hidden gem, let me know how I can help you buy and sell everything from luxury cabins to in-town homes to trophy ranches. At Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, we don’t just sell real estate; we sell lifestyle.

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