It’s hard to believe that more than two decades have passed since we moved from Los Angeles in the hope of creating a new life for ourselves here in the Vail Valley. City stresses, congestion, financial reversals, and lack of time to enjoy the things we loved were just some of the pressures that drove our decision. Changing one’s life is never easy, and even with all the prognostications you can never fully predict the adjustments and challenges that lie ahead when making such a radical divergence in lifestyle and environmental surroundings.
Professionally, the transition from commercial real estate to vacation homes was quite profound for us. Our initial focus on profitability and productivity gave way to family, quality of life, and recreational considerations. As the first real estate brokers ever hired by Vail Associates Real Estate from outside the local community, we began to shape our new careers around the principles that had served us well over the preceding seventeen years: absolute client loyalty, a commitment to doing the right thing, aggressive negotiating tactics, and sophisticated computer analytics.
When Slifer, Smith, Frampton took over Vail Associates Real Estate shortly after our arrival, we thought it best to move on and associate ourselves with a small, more independent “hands-off” styled company. We chose Brandess Cadmus Real Estate, a well-respected boutique firm that enjoyed a great location on Bridge Street. Our business prospered, and we had great fun meeting people who walked in looking for information about the ins and outs of vacation home ownership. Our knowledge and skills improved over the years and we came to understand a great deal about Vail’s core customer after hundreds of visitor encounters.
But what really changed the way we conducted our business was the internet. People began to discover the benefits of going online, so the need for a physical business location became less important. We quickly adapted to the requirements of cyberspace, and in conjunction with our evolving style decided that nothing short of owning our own company would do.
Vail Property Brokerage, Inc. was established in 1999 as the valley’s only real estate consulting and advisory service company. We must confess that this was a very risky and bold move on our part. It’s much more difficult running your own business, and not being affiliated with a major brand means you may not be easily found or recognized.
In closing, we understand you have existing relationships with other real estate professionals and we respect that. However, sophisticated and experienced service providers who lead the market are very difficult to find. Independent companies like ours must outperform prevailing market expertise if they are going to survive and prosper. We’re proud to use our market knowledge, wealth intelligence, and bulldogging efforts to contribute to your own wealth intelligence and help you find a home that makes financial sense and gives you the lifestyle you want so you can create everlasting memories, or sell your home because you’re ready for the next move.
If you have any questions about Vail Valley or Breckenridge (we’re also experts in that local market) please call for more information. We’d be delighted to give you the big picture — and tell you about our unique approach to managing the vacation home ownership process.
Greg and Connie
2217 Vermont Court | Vail, Colorado 81657
Office 970-476-8850 | Toll Free 1-866-FOR-VAIL | Fax 970-476-5421