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Agent Spotlight - Claudia Williams

Agent Spotlight – Claudia Williams

Here’s an article on Claudia Williams that ran in the Real Estate Section of the Durango Herald a few years back. They did Agent Spotlight interviews featuring a different Durango Real Estate Agent every week, the previous agent had to propose an agent for the next weeK. We think that’s a fabulous idea to showcase agents so here’s a reprint for you:


1) Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Berlin, Germany. I went to a German American High School in Berlin and ended up going to college in the US. I met my husband David at Cornell University. We moved back to Germany for 8 years then moved to Durango after a short stint in the Bay Area. Durango is a wonderful place to raise a family.

2) What do you like most about living in this area?

I love the lifestyle, the great outdoors, the mountains, the lakes and the rivers. But the best thing about Durango is the weather, it’s always sunny!

3) What do you enjoy doing when you're not working?

I enjoy camping, hiking, rafting and playing outdoors with my family and friends. We are also big winter sport enthusiast. I grew up skiing in the Alps and have been an avid snowboarder since college.


4) How long have you worked in Real Estate?

I’ve worked in Real Estate in Durango since 2001 and am the owner of my own boutique real estate firm, Blue Ribbon Properties.


5) What did you do before that?

I have a degree in hotel management and worked for a hotel consulting company in Europe. After that I worked for a venture capital firm overseeing their investments in hospitality and a variety of service companies.

6) What is your specialty?

I am Durango’s first certified Eco Broker and pride myself on my knowledge of green and sustainable homes.  Secondly, I am in awe of the internet, social media and ever changing new technology, I specialize in providing up to date information on our website and blog.

7) What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?

The best aspect of my job is that I get to help people make their dreams come true. I’ve been challenged over the past couple of years by the tough market and economy,  just like everyone else. I’ve never been afraid of a good challenge and truly feel that it has made me and my company stronger.

8) What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in Real Estate?

Well, possibly not the most unusual thing, but certainly unusual, I’ve shown properties to buyer by bicycle. We toured Durango intown homes riding our bikes from home to home. It’s really a great way to experience the neighborhoods and give you a slower and different view of the place. Imagine riding up to your new home on a bicycle. We have Blue Ribbon cruiser bike for our clients to use for free (whether to look at homes or just kick around town). Don’t worry, I won’t make you ride if you don’t want to.

9) What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?

I few years back I listed and sold a beautiful sustainable, off the grid, custom energy efficient solar home, with a waterfall inside, beautiful Southern views. This home was unique in every way, a small home on large acreage, high quality and high price. All you need is one buyer!

10) What are the top 3 things that separate you from your competition?

  1. I’m the owner and broker of a local, professional, small and independent brokerage, meaning personal service and no politics.

  2. I’ve got strong negotiating skills and local knowledge coupled with a background in hospitality management and financial consulting.

  3. I’m tech savvy and personable, which helps me get the best deal for my clients in the least stressful matter.

11) What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?

Find an agent that you feel comfortable with and that you can trust, don’t be afraid to interview several different people, even if that means you’ll have to disappoint the ones you don’t pick. Buying a house may very well be the biggest investment you ever make. You want to be sure to have professional, competent and personal representation.

12) What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?

Good question. I wish I had an easy answer for that one. I like to think that we are back on the upswing of things but realistically, for our little corner of the world, my best guess is that we will see an increase in volume this year and next but the prices won’t start going up for another year or two. Watch our blog for more insight, this may change from week to week!

13) Why should someone choose you as their real estate agent?

Choosing a real estate agent is a big decision. I would be sure to interview several agents and find a good match, see who feels right for the job. I’ve got over 15 years of experience in the Durango real estate market, I’m easy going, a good listener, yet a tough negotiator, I get great reviews and have a good work ethic to make your house hunting or selling experience as easy and fun as possible.

Durango Net Zero Home for Sale -

Imagine having a perfectly tempered home, cool in the summer and nice and toasty in the winter, with no utility costs. Check out Tim DiBerardino's net zero home at 4214 CR 240 just minutes from town in Durango, Colorado. Set on a little over one acre this 1800 sf home boast no power bills.

More information on this cool Net Zero Home listing at 4214 CR 240, Durango, CO - call me for a showing, Claudia 970 749 3555

For more detailed information on the building process read on:

"The future is here with new residential building techniques.  Building a home that provides all the modern day amenities and no power bills has never been easier or more affordable.  This home on Florida Road just a few minutes from the town of Durango shows just how easy and affordable that is!  Please keep in mind two things when reading all the technical information below.  One, that you can still use as much power as you want at any time of the day or night.  Second, that the systems used are actually more simple and easier to maintain than just about any conventional home.  Also, the new construction cost per sq. ft. is equal to any other comparable new built home in the area.  All the information and building products are on the market now for us to use.  We just have to implement them in a strategic way!


Here is how it works and some of the amazing custom details that come with it.   All of the rooms face south and the house is oriented for optimal passive solar design.  State of the art technology and a 7kW PV solar system help to create a home that produces more power than it uses.  The extra power produced can be sold back to the power company once a year or used to power other items.  The home is super insulated with double-wall construction, foam under slab and roof, and triple pane windows produced by Alpen in Boulder, CO.  Other Green contributors include LED lighting, energy star appliances, heat pump hot water, Mitsubishi mini-splits and insulated blinds.  All of these elements help produce a home with superior comfort that is quiet, cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.4215 CR 240, Durango, Net Zero Home

The 3-bedroom, 3-bath home boasts a large open living/dining/kitchen on the main level, a detached 2-car garage, and a grid tied solar system that provides 100% of the homes energy and heating needs.  It rests on one acre in a peaceful valley with stunning views, privacy, less than 2 miles to Durango city limits and only 3 minutes to Bread! The interior is light and bright with custom craftsman details throughout, including a bamboo/slate staircase, acid-stained concrete floors, wall sconces, custom bath vanities and much more.  The master suite features a private balcony and travertine/glass shower.  The kitchen features bamboo cabinets, recycled PaperStone countertops, walnut bar top, repurposed pine shelves and stainless steel GE Profile appliances with an induction top range.  Water and Sewer are part of the Ute Pass Water Association provided through the City of Durango.

The exterior of the home features low maintenance stucco, Trex decking, and a ground level concrete patio.  A portion of the backyard is fenced and the property has several maturing trees.  There is no HOA and plenty of room for your kids to play and to house all the boats, bikes, toys, gardens and up to four horses.  Walk through the backyard to explore a trail up Raider Ridge extended or a short stroll to the swimming pond in Ute Pass Subdivision.  The garage has a lot of space for extra storage.  Average monthly utility costs are $83 including water and sewer, with the opportunity to be paid some back by LPEA.

There are several green features to the house, including:

* Mitsubishi Split-System Heat Pump – Mr Slim Hyper Heat- these are some of the most efficient units in the industry, and provide heating or cooling as needed.

* Triple Pane Windows - Made in the USA in Boulder Colorado by Alpen High Performance Products - These windows are about twice as efficient as the average double pane window

* 7 kW PV solar system has panels Q cell panels designed in Germany and Sunnyboy inverter built in the USA

* Currently 3000 kWh banked or ahead on net-metering for the year through August 2016 Bill

* House is currently living as a Net-Zero Home

* Optimal Passive Solar design with 4"-5" concrete slab.  This helps to utilize the sun in the winter for heating and keep it out in the summer months

* PaperStone countertops in the kitchen are a made out of recycled paper.  

* Walnut butcher block bar top is made from scrap wood

* Pine shelving in kitchen and closets was repurposed from Go Lite retail store

* Bamboo cabinetry and staircase created from a sustainable material

* Water pressure regulator and low flow heads help to reduce water consumption

* Interior Paints have low or no Volatile Organic Compounds

* Insulation values that are roughly double of average new construction.  This is achieved through a 10 1/2" exterior wall, closed cell foam in the roof and hard to reach places, as well as insulated slab floor and foundation.  This provides superior comfort and sound control

*  All LED light bulbs and energy star appliances

*  Venmar ECM Heat Recovery Ventilation system

*  Induction electric heat stove top

*  Xeriscape landscape for minimal yard care"


More information on this cool Net Zero Home listing at 4214 CR 240, Durango, CO - call Claudia for a showing!

Fun Fact: Did you know that Claudia Williams is Durango's first EcoBroker? Trained in helping people buy and sell green and energy efficient homes.

How to get new real estate listings in my email

As you're looking for your next home to purchase or maybe just out of curiosity, many have asked: How do I get free listings for homes for sale, listing notification for new homes for sale as they hit the market and for sale by owner and foreclosure homes?

The easiest way to do it it sign in on this site, then search for homes, save your search criteria and sign up for notifications. As the Durango real estate market is heating up we are seeing a number of homes selling as soon as they hit the market, some with multiple offers. Never miss another home for sale!

Sign in to take advantage of all this site has to offer. Save your favorite listings and searches – also receive email updates when listings you like come on the market for free!
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If you prefer, please just call or email me, Claudia - 970 749 3555, claudia@blueribbondurango.com and we can chat about your want and needs and I'll get you set up to receive new listings and price changes so you'll never miss a house again.

Another great tool is the Market Snapshot bi weekly email, it's a good way to keep tabs on the market and figure out what you home value is doing. Sign up here: www.durangohousevalues.com. This is also good for buyers, not just homeowner and sellers.

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