Sunday, June 12, 2016

Each year the Women's Resource Center of Durango puts on Men Who Grill. The cook-off is their major fund raiser. This year 12 teams competed for the title. RE/MAX Pinnacle took 1st Place for "Best Cuizine" and "King of the Grill" We prepared and served 120 lbs. of brisket and 110 lbs. of pork ribs. An estimated 500 hungry people came through our serving line. A big thanks to Karti Anast, Linda Buzzalini, Jeff Brown and Andy Langefels for helping Mary & I support this worthy cause.

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Monday, May 02, 2016


Sunday, May 1 Parade's cover story was "All American Adventure Drives" and the lead article was the Durango Million Dollar Highway.

Here's the complete article:

THE DRIVE The San Juan Skyway

STATE Colorado


TIME six to seven hours of driving, best done in two to three days

PARK Mesa Verde National Park, (970) 529-4465

Start this loop drive in the Wild West town of Durango, Colo. Heading west you’ll pass Mesa Verde National Park, famous for its ancient Native American cliff dwellings. Then traveling north through the San Juan National Forest, you’ll follow the Dolores River before hitting Lizard Head Pass, with views of several 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks, and entering the Uncompahgre National Forest. Explore the historic silver mining town of Telluride (where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in 1889) before looping up to Ridgway and then south to the Victorian town of Ouray. Here the route follows a stretch of road called the “Million Dollar Highway” (so named for the gold dust supposedly in the fill dirt used to build the road in the late 1800s) to Silverton. Then it parallels the tracks of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, eventually bringing you back to Durango.

The rugged mountain scenery alone is worth making this drive, but the colorful human history you’ll witness along the way adds quite a bit of mystique. “All kinds of people shaped this area,” says Cristy Brown, public information officer at Mesa Verde National Park, starting with the Ancestral Puebloans (formerly called the Anasazi) who built the cliff dwellings in the park. Long after the community was abandoned, the Utes made it their home. In 1776, Spanish explorers came through, and in the late 1800s this became mining country.

“You can learn a lot about all these diverse groups—especially the miners—at the Telluride Historical Museum,” Brown says. “In Silverton, you can take a tour that actually goes into the gold mining tunnels.”

SELFIE SPOT Stop at any pullout in the 70-mile stretch between Ouray and Durango, where you’re likely to get mountains, waterfalls and historic mining buildings in the background—and maybe even a few big-horned sheep.

You can live here! For information about this wonderful country visit

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Durango has been good to us. We wouldn't sell real estate anywhere else. We believe in giving back to the community we love. Mary and Bailey, our Cavalier King Charles Certified Therapy Dog, are active members of the Durango therapy dog group. These highly trained pups bring joy and comfort wherever and whenever needed. From weekly visits to the Cottonwood Rehab Center and Pediatric Partners to special visits to the Park Elementary class rooms when tragedy struck, these dogs and their handlers are on the scene.

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The funny thing about getting older is that more and more people are younger than you. It's the same with real estate agents. The vast majority are young folks. Mary and I recognized the importance of understanding and addressing the special issues seniors face when buying or selling real estate. After additional study and training we have now added the designation of "SRES", Seniors Real Estate Specialist to our realty toolbox.

We see more and more cases of "downsizing." The kids are grown, married, and creating their own space and that over sized house just isn't needed any more. Where do you start? What area suits you now? What property style fits you now? We can help.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016


On her first birthday Bailey received her AKC Certified Therapy Dog status. After months of careful training and love she is now prepared to reach out and help others. Those living in Senior Housing, Assisted Living and even hospital patients will have their days brightened by this terrific little girl.

The Durango Real Estate business is more than about houses and land. It's about people, their lives and needs that matter. At the end of the day if we have been able to make a contribution to someone's well being, we're satisfied.

If we can be of assistance to you or if you know somewhere Bailey could make a difference, please contact us.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016


Durango, CO has been named one of the top 10 cities in the U.S. with perfect weather. We came in 5th.

1. Los Angeles, CA

2. Honolulu, HI

3. Galveston, TX

4. Kill Devil Hills, NC


6. Key West, FL

7. Wilmington, DE

8. Athens, GA

9. San Francisco, CA

10. Baton Rouge, LA

If you would like to own a piece of paradise, we can help.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016


According to Knight Kiplinger we've got easier financing coming on condominiums. Most condo buyers cannot obtain FHA financing because the FHA cannot extend a loan to a buyer for a unit in a condo complex unless at least half of the units are owner occupied. Kiplinger says Congress seems inclined to lower that threshold, making more buildings eligible. This would be a boon for first time buyers and condo sellers.

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Friday, February 05, 2016


For the 5th time in 6 years RE/MAX Pinnacle's Chili Team lead by Charles and Mary Rigby captured 1st place in the Snowdown Chili Cook-off. RE/MAX brokers Linda Buzzalini, Bonnie and Glen Unis and Craig Kamps all pitched in and served red and green chili to several thousand hungry event visitors.

Durango Herald Food writer and chili judge Karen Anesi noted in her published coverage of the cook-off that: "If I wanted to take home the top prize for chile verde,...First, I'd have to tie, gag and disable frequent winner Charles Rigby so he's MIA Saturday morning. I've studied his green chili and even managed to snarf his recipe, but as he says,"you can cook my recipe but you can't cook my chili."

If you've never been to the Snowdown cook-off - go next year. It is a truly unique event that underscores why Durango is such an incredible place to live.

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