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Trees or No Trees

Real Estate Agent with Paradise Realty

I live in the middle of an enormous pine forest that stretches from Canada to Mexico along the spine of the Rocky Mountains.  This forest is infested with the mountain pine beetle, which has been killing all (at least most) of the maturelodge pole pine trees.

Our mountain resort community is reliant on our beautiful mountain views, so a frequent question has been "will home prices drop when the trees have all died?" 

During the summer that the pine beetles attack new trees, the pine tree needles turn a rust color that is very distinctive.  Over the next couple of years, they drop their needles and only the skeleton remains.  At that point, sunlight can get down to the ground and the understory starts to thrive.

Now that we are about 5 years into this cycle of pine beetles, we can now see that where the dead trees have been removed, there are nice, open meadows.  In wide areas of dead pine trees, aspen trees are spreading out and small pine trees are growing vigorously.  From a distance, the forest is still beautiful and no, home prices have not dropped (at least due to the pine beetle :).  We are also seeing more wildlife, which need open space and small trees/bushes to thrive.

Just as our housing market is growing again, the pine trees will regain their place in the landscape, but are not as visually important as we feared.

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   --Dave Bittner--

RE/MAX Properties of the Summit

    Cell:  970-390-1604

Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

What a great analogy, I'm so glad I opened your post.

Jun 22, 2011 09:09 AM
Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

Almost bypassed this post as well but glad I opened it to read your take on the market - well done!

Jun 23, 2011 02:21 AM
Dave Bittner
Paradise Realty - Heeney, CO
Summit County, Colorado

Thank you Liz and Gina. 

I was out hiking with a group of seniors yesterday and we were amazed by all of the flowers blooming.  The breeze was filled with wonderful odors along the corridor of felled trees that the US Forest Service has cut to keep hikers safe.  We also enjoyed the view corridors opened up by the cutting.

Our market is up 18% in volume over 2010, which brings us from awful to poor.....  Now if we can just keep the major news networks so busy with other news that they don't have time to paint a gloomy picture of real estate, maybe we can get consumer confidence back.

Jun 24, 2011 04:47 AM