Thank you for visiting my web site and considering my specialized services to assist in your Steamboat area property search. Following please find information about my background and the type of person who can help you in your real estate quest:
How I began my real estate career… When living in the Denver suburb of Arvada in 1983, I had a job offer with the US Department of Energy as a Chemical Operator (I was an oilfield engineer out of college). However, before punching the timeclock I had to go through a high security “Q Clearance”. At the time, clearances were taking a year to complete, so I saw this as a good opportunity to do something I always wanted to do…get my real estate license. At that time I had a second home in Breckenridge, where there just happened to be a real estate school. The plan was to get my license and work the Summit County real estate market, then once the clearance was completed, move back to the Denver area, work for the DOE and do real estate part time.
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I held three jobs in Summit County to make ends meet. Then six months into the clearance I receive notice that it had been suspended because they were closing the plant where I was supposed to be working. I was only slightly disappointed, for I was enjoying living and working in the Rocky Mountains…and was also seeing some early success in real estate.
My real estate experience… My love and desire to succeed in this field and live in the mountains have led me to holding executive-level positions for some of the largest resort operators in North America, including positions as Director of Real Estate for Copper Mountain (CO) and Hidden Valley (PA), Vice President for The Big Mountain Resort (MT) and Director of Real Estate for American Skiing Company's Steamboat operations. With these positions I gained a great deal of knowledge in many aspects of the industry by managing nearly $500,000,000 in real estate transactions and developing a multitude of single family, town home, condominium, timeshare and land developments.
My professional designations and industry service… I am continuously building my knowledge of the industry. I earned my Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) designation in 1989 and the American Resort Development Association's prestigious Registered Resort Professional (RRP) designation in 1996. To further enhance my service to buyers, I earned the respected Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Accredited Buyer Representative Manager (ABRM) designations in 2006 and the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents Association's (NAEBA) Certified Exclusive Buyer Agent (CEBA) designation in 2007 and Electronic Professional (e-PRO) designation in 2008. I am a founding member of the Colorado Exclusive Buyer Agents Association and served as its President in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2013, served as Mountain Director for NAEBA from 2001 to 2003, was the 2005 President of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, its 2014 Chairman and served for two years as a Director of the Colorado Association of Realtors. In 2005 and 2014 I was honored as the Steamboat Springs Realtor of the Year, and was named "Best REALTOR" in 2014 in the Steamboat Pilot & Today's "Best of the Boat" contest.
A bit of my personal background… Originally from Grove City, PA, I graduated from Slippery Rock University (PA) earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Rural and Urban Planning. While attending SRU I was elected captain of my college football team and also lettered in track and field. I was a nationally ranked javelin thrower.
My wife, Mary, also works with me at Buyer's Resource. We have three children; Kelly (1987), Nick (1989) and Madeline (1997). Mary and I truly believe there is no better community to raise a family than Steamboat Springs, CO. Our ‘kids’ still keep us very busy, but in my free time I enjoy playing ice hockey, skiing and golfing (but not all at the same time). In 1979 I took an introductory course in piloting airplanes and vowed some day to continue my dream and becoming a private pilot. The wait was longer than I had intended, but the passion remained and I was able to fulfill that dream in 2008.
I would enjoy helping you fulfill your dream of owning a Steamboat Springs property. Please let me know how I can help.
Douglas N. Labor, GRI, RRP, ABR, ABRM, CEBA, e-PRO General Manager / Associate Broker
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, Downtown