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VAIL — Mike Budd of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services is the recipient of the Vail Board of Realtors’ Realtor of the Year award.

Budd has been a Realtor in the Vail Valley since 2000. He is a past chairman of the Vail Board of Realtors and currently serves as the chair of the group’s government affairs committee. He also volunteers as a member of the Colorado Association of Realtors Legislative Policy Committee.

“Being selected Realtor of the Year by my peers was a truly humbling experience,” Budd said.


VAIL, Colorado- June 24, 2016 - Eagle County and the Vail Board of REALTORS® have co-launched REALFire®—a new voluntary wildfire mitigation program. REALFire® offers in-depth, property assessments conducted by experienced local fire professionals. The program helps property owners identify specific actions they can take to measurably reduce wildfire hazards on their property.

Property owners that successfully complete the program are eligible to receive a REALFire® recognition certificate. This unique component of the program may help some owners address rising insurance premiums and maintain affordable coverage. REALFire® was modeled on the successful Boulder County Wildfire Partners program, where many residents have been able to obtain or retain home insurance based on their certificate.

“This program is an important step in the evolution of community-based wildfire mitigation. As more residents face challenges with insurance, we’re hoping to offer an incentive that may motivate owners to take action, and better prepare our community for wildfires,” says Eric Lovgren, REALFire® Program Coordinator and Wildfire Mitigation Specialist for Eagle County.