Shane Dawson, Realtor®, ABR, ALC, C2EX, CRS, PSA, RENE, RSPS, SRS

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - John F. Kennedy

Change
All About Durango
January 3, 2014

Biking in Durango

Folks in Durango have been riding bikes since the 1880s. Yes, it’s a very old love affair. On any given day you’ll see the locals pedaling around town on cruiser bikes, road bikes and mountain bikes.
Buying Right
July 17, 2012

Negotiating Your Best Deal

Negotiations in real estate can often times encompass a complex mixture of emotions, personalities, temperaments, psychologies, intentions and goals. Some negotiations can be quite simple; with each parties expectations being in balance. Other times they can prove to be quite challenging, become bottlenecked and can even turn downright nasty.
Buying Right
March 14, 2012

Elizabeth Webb Earns ABR Designation

"Elizabeth Webb, Broker Associate with Elevation Real Estate Company has recently completed the Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) designation. The designation focuses the Realtor on representing the Buyer’s needs in a real estate transaction. It is earned by completing 32 hours of class room education, passing the exams, along with completion of 5 Buyer represented transactions.
Buying Right
February 28, 2012

10 Reasons To Hire An Agent Sooner Rather Than Later

With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes ask me, "Why should we hire a real estate agent?" They wonder, and rightfully so, if they couldn't buy or sell a home through the Internet or through regular marketing and advertising channels without representation, without a a real estate agent. Some do OK, many don't. So if you've wondered the…
Selling Success
February 7, 2012

Reduce Your Tax Exposure

I just finished reading an excellent article by David Fisher in the current edition of Open Fences Magazine on reducing your tax exposure when selling real estate. David talks about the smart use of Deferred Sales Trusts in conjunction with the four main ways to receive the proceeds from a real estate sale. Those being: cash out, 1031 exchange, owner…
Buying Right
February 2, 2012

Buying Homeowner’s Insurance

In order to guard yourself from risk and certain liability, it is essential to invest in a homeowner’s insurance policy that will give you appropriate protection. Although such policies are not a requirement by law, any mortgage company will require this as a stipulation to receiving your next home loan.
All About Durango
February 1, 2012

Raising a Family in Durango, Colorado

With its small town charm coupled with a wide variety of educational and recreational opportunities, Durango, CO, is the perfect place to raise a family. The city is home to the Durango School District 9-R, giving you multiple school options for your children. Whether you live in-town or in rural La Plata County, the school district has several elementary and…
All About Durango
January 16, 2012

Fulfilling Employment Opportunities in Durango

Whether you are a young single person just starting your career, an established professional, or parent relocating with your family, the Durango, CO, area provides a variety of exciting employment opportunities. In July 2011, La Plata County had an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent, well below the Colorado state rate of 8.5 percent and the national rate of 9.1 percent.