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• Last week, Snowmass Village had bragging rights in the local real estate arena by having more residential properties under contract than Aspen. Broker Andrew Ernemann reported the finding at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association's monthly board of directors meeting Feb. 27.

"Snowmass Village, for the first time I've seen, has more properties under contract than in Aspen," said Ernemann, referring to single-family homes, condos and land. Fractionals and commercial properties were not included in his analysis.

Ernemann attributed the uptick to the recent new ownership of Base Village by East West Partners, Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL Capital Partners, as well as the relisting of units at the Viceroy, the Limelight hotel project and the new Lumin Residences.

Snowmass had more properties under contract as of Feb. 27 — 34 to Aspen's 31. Even so, Ernemann later noted that the value of the Snowmass properties under contract was $69.9 million, well below the $149.1 million in real estate under contract in Aspen.

• Uncle Sam may be paying out and cashing in from Pitkin County residents this tax season. That's according to the financial technology company SmartAsset, which reported that Pitkin County residents will enjoy the biggest tax refund checks in Colorado, but will owe the most in personal income taxes in the state, as well.

Nearly 6,000 county residents are due for refunds that will average $6,535, SmartAsset reported. Second in Colorado is Douglas County, whose residents will receive an average refund check of $3,662. Three-thousand Pitkin County residents will end up paying taxes, SmartAsset reported, with $11,989 being the average amount owed. That's also tops in the state, with Jackson County taxpayers second in the state with an average payout of $8,723.

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• The Aspen Chamber Resort Association will hold a pubic discussion this week with city officials and business owners regarding the proposed parking changes on Hopkins Avenue.

The meeting is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Aspen Fire Station meeting room.

After a presentation of project details, business owners will have the opportunity to provide feedback.

To RSVP, email ACRA's Erik Klanderud at eklanderud@aspen

Alan Richman has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. The induction ceremony will take place in April at the American Planning Association National Conference in New Orleans. Richman has been a professional planner for over 40 years and worked in the city of Aspen/Pitkin County Planning Office from 1980 to 1989. His consulting practice, Alan Richman Planning Services, has been in business since 1990.

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate recently hosted an awards ceremony for its Roaring Fork agents and employees at its annual awards ceremony at The Temporary at The Arts Campus at Willits.

Earning the awards for top producers in each office were Carrie Wells (Aspen), Sarah Burggraf (Snowmass), The Rod & Sarah Woelfle Team along with The Leslie Newbury & Roshni Slali Team (Basalt at Willits), Nancy Emerson (Carbondale), as well as Erin Bassett and Ingrid Wussow (Glenwood Springs).

Earning the award for top listing broker in each office were Wells (Aspen), Burggraf (Snowmass), The Leslie Newbury & Roshni Slali Team (Basalt at Willits), Becky Ciani (Carbondale), and Bassett (Glenwood Springs).

Top rental broker awards went to Lisa Turchiarelli for vacation rentals, as well as Nick Hough and Anna Olson in long-term rentals.

Candace Whipple and Mike Eaton earned rookies of the year honors.

Earning the firm's peer-nominated core values awards were Jack Pretti (integrity), Bassett (success), Aldona Wisniewski (service), Blake Greiner (collaboration), and Jerome Sarge Whalen (stability).

The firm also acknowledged numerous agents in their top 10 percent recognition, including Bassett, Jeff Bier, Bill Blanton, Bob Bowden, Patty Brendlinger, Jim Cardamone, Becky Ciani, Christy Clettenberg, Nancy Emerson, Brian Hazen, Bruce Johnson, Chris Lawrence, Leslie Newbury, Sherry Rubin, Roshni Slali, Chris Souki, Minette Stapleton, Gella Sutro, Wells, Joy White and Ingrid Wussow.

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