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February 19, 2020

Tips to choose an experienced professional

In today’s world, there are so many options at your fingertips with modern technology. It can be daunting to ensure the person you’re hiring to sell or buy a home is a savvy, trustworthy professional. These tips will help guide you through finding the right person for the job.

“It is integral to choose a REALTOR® who not only makes your best interests their No. 1 priority, but also someone who has a strong moral compass, and a personality that is compatible with yours,” says Alex Griffin, chair of the Vail Multi-List Service (VMLS). “Buying and selling real estate is rated as one of the most stressful things in your life — a good REALTOR® will ease your stress and help successfully navigate the intricacies of a real estate transaction.”

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February 28, 2020

The nominees have been announced for the Vail Valley Partnership’s 2020 Success Awards. The awards recognize businesses and individuals for their hard work, collaboration and leadership in the previous year.

The 17th annual Success Awards celebration is set for Friday, May 8 at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Vail.

Vail Board of Realtors nominated for best places to work.


VAIL — The Vail Board of Realtors installed new board members and honored past leadership at its annual Installation Celebration, hosted Oct. 24 at The Sebastian Vail.

The group launched its new Honorary Life Member program to recognize members who have been active for a minimum of 30 years and have served in leadership positions on the board of directors.

Honored at the event were Realtors Larry Agneberg, David Cole, Bob Finlay, Jim Flaum, Joan Harned, Tom Harned, Frank McKibben, Jim McVey, Rick Pirog, Sue Rychel, Bev Trout, Ken Wilson, and Bill Wilto.

“This is the highest recognition of service our association can bestow on a Realtor,” said Vail Board of Realtors Chair Betsy Laughlin. “This achievement is in tribute to their professionalism, expertise, and dedicated willingness to serve their peers and industry.”   

The evening included revealing the Realtor of the Year, Corey Lamothe of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, and Affiliate of the Year, Cris Nelson of Guaranteed Rate. Both were unaware of the awards until being announced at the event.

“Over the years real estate has taught me so much about relationships, my clients, our community, and much more,” Lamothe said. “But to be recognized at this level is so incredibly humbling. I didn’t truly know the depths of the impact I have had on my colleagues and our community. Thank you to all who helped me to earn the Realtor of the Year award.”

The 2020 Vail Board of Realtors Directors are Chair of the Board Laura Sellards, Chair-Elect Kevin Kuebert and Past Chair Betsy Laughlin. Breanna Barry, Kevin Denton, Dan Fitchett, Doug Landin, Scott Marino, Tiffany McCracken and Dawn Mullin will serve as directors and Laurie Blickenstaff will serve as Affiliate Liaison.

Vail Multi-List Service Board of Directors for 2020 will be Chair Alex Griffin, Chair-Elect Chad Cremonese, and directors Brad Cohn, Gina Dizon and Jay Peterson. The VBR Foundation Board will be lead by Chair Cynthia Thrall, and the directors are Ann Foster, and Kaeli Gemmell, Andrew Keiser, Corey Lamothe and Bev Trout.

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Donation will bolster Eagle County Loan Fund for down payments

Since the 1998, home buyers in Eagle County have used the down payment assistance program called the Eagle County Loan Fund. This revolving loan fund has provided more than $6.6 million in loans to more than 535 home buyers.

In 2018, there was a demonstrated need for down payment assistance in Eagle County, with 50 loans made to county home buyers in. The average year is 20 to 26 loan applicants. In 2019 to date, the fund has already seen 18 home buyers applying for the assistance.

In a show of support for housing initiatives in Eagle County, the Vail Board of Realtors recently granted $30,000 to support down payment assistance programs.

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Vail, Colo. – September 28, 2018

Vail Board of Realtors Foundation donates playhouse to Betty Ford Alpine Garden

The last remaining playhouse from this summer’s Playhouse Project in Avon’s Nottingham Park has found its permanent home. The custom-built playhouse has been relocated to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, where it will help teach children the origin of food.

The playhouse was one of eight homes auctioned off for charity for the Playhouse Project fundraiser. Built by a volunteer team to benefit Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley, the playhouse was purchased at auction by the Vail Board of Realtors Foundation.

“Our organization knew we wanted to purchase the playhouse to support Habitat for Humanity,” said Vail Board of Realtors Association Executive Erica Kirk. “The challenge was finding a location for the playhouse, and we needed to find one quickly. Habitat got us in touch with the Alpine Gardens.”

“The VBR and its members are such great supporters of the local nonprofit community,” said Elyse Howard, Development Director for Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley. “We were thrilled when we learned that they would be purchasing our playhouse and gifting it to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.”

Botanic gardens like Betty Ford Alpine Gardens use children’s farmers markets as play tools to reveal the origin of food to kids. The playhouse will be a “market,” opening in spring 2019.

“The opening will coordinate with the Gardens’ annual theme Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots,” said Nanette Kuich, education director. “The US Botanic Garden’s spectacular 2015 exhibit will be re-created -including the real roots of perennial plants - to illustrate the value roots play in feeding the planet. The children’s farmers market is an ideal tie-in to planned programs and activities.”

The Town of Vail granted permission for the playhouse to be moved to the gardens, and a crew of volunteers and staff retrofitted the playhouse to match the colors and trim of the existing Schoolhouse Gift Shop.

“Thanks to everyone at the Vail Board of Realtors, Habitat for Humanity and its volunteers Phil Paolilli, Patty Young and Jim Wiley, plus our own Alpine Gardens staff and the Town of Vail for making our children’s farmers market a reality,” added Kuich.