Summit to outline home-sale methods

BOULDER – Succeeding in today’s residential real-estate market requires persistence, time management, research, marketing, networking and negotiating skills. Boulder Valley’s top residential brokers will talk about strategies they use to get the job done during a panel discussion planned for Thursday, Nov. 15, as part of the Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference & Forecast.

The conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Millennium Harvest House Boulder, 1345 28th St., Boulder. Presented by the Boulder County Business Report, the conference also will feature sessions on the art of development, pricing strategies, national developers and forecasts for 2013.

Panelists discussing strategies for residential-sales success are to include Barb Bashor, a broker/Realtor with Wright Kingdom Real Estate; Karen Libin, broker and owner of KL Realty; Risé Staufer, broker and owner of Staufer Team Real Estate in Louisville; and Jo Kearney, a top agent with Metro Brokers Boulder.

Another session will focus on how brokers can devise the best strategy for pricing homes. Experts include Steve Altermatt, broker associate at Re/Max of Boulder; Stephanie Iannone, president of Housing Helpers; Joel Ripmaster, founder and president of Colorado Landmark Realtors of Boulder; and Sonia Chritton with, Fuller Sotheby¹s International Realty.

The conference will include forecasts on the residential market by D.B. Wilson with Re/Max of Boulder, as well as a commercial market forecast by Lynda Gibbons of Gibbons-White Inc.

Economists Mark Snead and Tucker Hart Adams will deliver keynote addresses during lunch at the conference. Snead’s talk, “Economic Climate for Commercial Real Estate,” will draw from his company’s research that focuses on economic modeling and forecasting and local area economic development.

Adams has monitored and analyzed the Colorado economy for 30 years and brings an entertaining, dry wit to her presentations. Adams joined Summit Economics LLC in 2010 as a senior partner when she merged her company, The Adams Group, with Summit.

Specific areas in which Boulder Valley communities are planning to actively promote infill for new building or commercial redevelopment will be the topic of another panel discussion.
Participants delivering insights will be Aaron DeJong, economic development director, city of Louisville; David Driskell, executive director of community planning and sustainability, city of Boulder; Brad Power, director of economic development, city of Longmont;  Dave Shinneman, acting community development director, city and county of Broomfield; and Phillip Patterson, community development director, city of Lafayette.

The conference will open with a session on the “art” of creating economic and financial conditions that make the climate right for construction. The panel will open the conference by examining lease rates, vacancy rates, inventory and other factors. Jeff Wingert, chief executive of W.W. Reynolds Cos., will moderate the panel consisting of Jim Loftus of Loftus Development; Christina Presley, Colorado division president for Meritage Homes Inc.; and Chuck Bellock, president of the Community Development Group.

Sessions on National Developers and Residential Success Strategies will run concurrently beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Many national development companies have entered the Boulder Valley market. This session will focus on what attracted these companies to the Boulder region, and what their plans are going forward. Panelists include Steve Eaton, vice president of Goff Capital Partners, which in the past year has made major purchases of office and industrial space in Boulder and Longmont; Allen Ginsborg, managing director and principal of NewMark Merrill, which is redeveloping Twin Peaks Mall in Longmont; and Gordon “Gordy” Stofer III, director for Houston-based Hines, which has erected Class A office space in the Interlocken business park in Broomfield.

Sponsors of the conference include ReMax of Boulder as the title sponsor and Gibbons-White Inc. as the gold sponsor. Supporting sponsors include Photo Craft Imaging, Land Title Guarantee Co., KUNC-FM 91.5, Elevations Credit Union, Fidelity National Title, Colorado Lending Source, Boulder Creek- Life and Home, Wells Fargo Bank, Colt Print Services and the Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder.

If you are interested in sponsorships, contact Kevin Loewen, 303-630-1945 or

A ticket costs $49 and includes lunch and refreshments. Register online at and click on Events at the top of the home page.

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