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Hobergs purchase Craig appraisal business

Jerry and Sharon Hoberg are taking on a project they've always dreamed of.

"Both of us always wanted to own our own business," Jerry said. "I think we can make a pretty good go of it."

The Hobergs purchased Valley Appraisal, 80 E. Fourth St., from previous owner Seema Garoutte on Dec. 1.

After Jerry lost the bid for Moffat County sheriff in the August primary election, he said he saw an opportunity for a change of lifestyle.

Hoberg, who is currently the undersheriff, will stay with the Sheriff's Office until Jan. 8, the day before new elected officials are sworn into office.

He will then officially take over as the Moffat County planner, a job that calls him to evaluate the county's growth with oil and gas exploration and make sure structures meet building codes.

Sharon will keep her job as a pharmacy technician at The Memorial Hospital.

In the meantime, the Hobergs are taking an online appraisal class. Then they need to pass a state test to become registered, complete 2,000 hours of training under Garoutte and pass another test to become licensed appraisers.

"Our lives are going to be a little bit busy," Jerry said.

Garoutte will be in Craig until July or August, after her son Brice Boling graduates from Moffat County High School. Then she will move to Cañon City, where her husband, Jim, works, they own a house, her son Boe Boling lives and Jim has family.

Garoutte had owned Valley Appraisal since 2002, after working for an appraisal company in Steamboat Springs for 10 years.

She said she is happy that the Hobergs are taking over.

"When you're looking at selling a business, you're hoping they'll treat it the way you did," Garoutte said. "I just know I'm leaving it in good hands."

Real estate world

sees new faces

There are some new faces, and a familiar one at a new office, in the real estate world.

Mike Anthony joined American Northwest Realty about a month ago. He currently is working part-time at the office, but owner Roy McAnally said he hopes Anthony will work full-time in the future.

McAnally's son, Jamie, joined the office as a co-owner at the beginning of September, and Roy said there are others who are waiting to pass the real estate test to join him as well.

Roy said having new people in the office is exciting.

"It's wonderful," Roy said. "It's nice to have new faces, new energy, new vitality."

Steve Herman joined RE/MAX About You about a month ago. This is his first time in the real estate business.

"I enjoy working with people," Herman said. "Through my involvement in the service industry, I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of folks ... so I thought real estate would be a good match."

So far, Herman said he has been happy with the experience.

Larona McPherson moved from Brass Key Realty to the newly opened Cornerstone Realty about a week and a half ago.

"I was just ready for change. It was time for a change," said McPherson, who has been at Brass Key for nearly 12 years. "The girls wanted me, so I went."

She joins Sari Cobb, Stacey Mathers and Kim Cox at Cornerstone.

"I've always had a really good relationship with them," McPherson said. "The fact that it was a new office is also very exciting."

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