I have had a number of experiences buying and selling real estate in California and have other income producing properties in Hawaii and Aspen so I have worked with a number of brokers and know what to look for in a real estate broker. To me, the depth of a broker’s knowledge and experience in the area I want to invest in is critical but just as important is their availability to me.
My goal was to find a great income producing property in Aspen, but also one my family could enjoy on vacations. Over the course of a few months the broker at Engel & Völkers went to great lengths to organize showings of both on and off market properties that met my criteria. I came to Aspen several times to view properties and my broker was always there to greet me and make sure my trip was going well. He would have everything set up and organized so that the showings went smoothly. More important than any of this however is that through the search process, my broker got to know me and what I liked and eventually got me to look at properties outside of my original geographic criteria because he knew of better investment opportunities for me. Because of his market knowledge about the seller being a spec developer ready to throw in the towel, he negotiated the best price on a brand new 5 bedroom home in the Cemetery Lane neighborhood of Aspen. I have since seen this investment nearly double and could not be more thrilled about this amazing investment opportunity.
What is so great about Engel & Völkers is that they also offer full service rental marketing so after I closed on my purchase, they quickly got to work to get rental bookings. They use a multi-faceted marketing approach to ensure quality renters for the best price. I have seen my profits go up each year for several years and have many renters that come back year after year because of the great service Engel & Völkers provides to make sure their stay is the best. The staff at E&V also work very well with my property managers so the check-ins and check-outs, cleaning and maintenance is all carefully coordinated and smooth. Plus you have the peace of mind knowing that the brokers are backed by in house legal counsel that is a great real estate attorney. I highly recommend Engel & Völkers.
Initially, I had an incredibly difficult time navigating luxury real estate rentals in Aspen during the Fall of 2016. Then I found Tracy Lofgren at Engel & Volkers, Aspen. She was a complete contrast with other “Tier One” luxury real estate brokers in Aspen. The other realtors were perfunctory at best; others were simply incompetent. Tracy started with my very specific criteria and before she made recommendations, she literally went door to door to ensure the homes met my needs. She was not only able to find me the perfect luxury rental home, she went far above and beyond to make it happen. Tracy was extremely responsive, creative and professional every step of the way—before, during and after. I have worked with dozens of real estate agents in my life, but Tracy is a true professional. I could not have asked for a better overall experience and I hope we’ll work together again. I simply couldn’t recommend anyone higher.
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