MISSION: To inform and educate like no other – to provide timely and accurate property and market information for buyers and sellers on Aspen real estate with a forthright, objective and professional lens.
My goal is to help clients get the most value and reward for their property decisions and to overcome challenges that undoubtedly arise during a transaction…all while making the process as seamless, enjoyable, fun and stress-free as possible.
I’m a life-long Aspenite, bottom-line oriented and a straight-shooter. My Aspen bona-fides: I went to elementary school at the Yellow Brick in the West End; I apprenticed for Aspen’s pre-eminent and famed architect; I was a resort consultant for the leading winter resort planning/consulting in the country based out of Aspen; I’ve written the widely followed Estin Report on the Aspen real estate market for the past 14 years. My reputation has always been for telling it like it is. Direct, no baloney. And my role to you is as advisor and/or advocate with a deep local knowledge and history of this place and its context which uniquely comes straight from this horse’s mouth before it’s second-hand and recycled by others.
If you’re a buyer or seller of Aspen real estate, the Estin Report is intended as an introduction. If the information is useful, my hope is that you’ll start a conversation with about your real estate situation. See what clients and experts say. Call 970.309.6163 or email . Download bio.
“One of the town’s best brokers”, says local media. Cited frequently for market guidance in WSJ, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Business Week, CBS, Denver Post, BBC, Colorado Sun, Aspen Times, Aspen Daily News, NPR/KAJX Aspen, Colorado Public Radio and many others.
Since 2006, I’ve written the Estin Report* and blog at EstinAspen.com, the original sales and market research platform for Aspen Snowmass real estate. More than just facts and data, the reports tell the story – the narrative and context – of what’s happening now in Aspen real estate. With over 14K pages of current and archival Aspen real estate market information (2006-2020) on this website, my analysis is followed by sellers and buyers and the professional Aspen real estate community: attorneys, appraisers, valuation experts, brokers, bankers, investment managers, real estate advisors, estate executors, property flippers, land planners, developers, builders, journalists and others.
I’ve been an elite top 1% Aspen broker and won numerous ‘outstanding’ sales performance awards…important – to me at least – as validation for hard work, proven high-rank sales results, singular client attention and peer respect.
From 2005-2009, I served as the Aspen Board of Realtors’ (ABOR) liaison to the City of Aspen and then, separately as the ABOR liaison to Pitkin County communicating land use code changes, government policies and political issues to Aspen’s professional real estate community.
I currently serve on the ABOR Standards & Ethics Committee.
I have longtime family roots and experience in Aspen with insider connections:
> Attended Aspen’s Yellow Brick Elementary School in the West End
> Apprenticed for locally famous Aspen architect Fritz Benedict (Benedict Music Tent, etc.)
> Founding director of the 10th Mountain Division Hut Assoc. (huts.org), the 34 hut/350 mile ski/bike hut-to-hut trail system between Aspen and Vail.
> Market Associate for the pre-eminent international ski resort planning & consulting firm Sno-Engineering, Inc then based in Aspen and Lyme, NH. (Now SEgroup.com.)
I graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall as the 1st-ever student trustee on the Choate Board of Trustees, earned my BA from Colorado College in political economy and an MBA from Boston University Graduate School of Management.
*The 32-pg Estin Report is available online and as a print edition in outside brochure racks in front of my Sotheby’s office at 300 S Spring St (across from the Aspen Art Museum), Sotheby’s on Hyman Mal – 415 E Hyman, the Aspen Chamber Info kiosk opposite Paradise Bakery, elsewhere around town and at the Pitkin County (ASE) airport.
AWARDS, AFFILIATIONS, REALTOR DESIGNATIONS AND EDUCATION
Best Real Estate Agents in Colorado Recognition by RealTrends in 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011. RealTrends is the nation’s leading real estate trends and research organization.
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Coldwell Banker International President’s Premier Award: This is Coldwell Banker’s highest distinction, the International President’s Premier Award honoring broker associates who are in their top sales rank. Less than half of 1 percent of the more than 116,800 agents in 3,100 offices worldwide in the Coldwell Banker network qualify for this elite award.
Coldwell Banker’s International President’s Premier Award: Top 1% Broker Sales* in the Aspen Market
(*Tim Estin: top 1% sales of 949 total Aspen/Glenwood MLS members.)
Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate Top 5%* Broker Performance in the Aspen Snowmass Market
Mason Morse Real Estate Top 10% Broker Performance in the Aspen Snowmass Market
o Previews International Property Specialist | Coldwell Banker – Less than 8% of Coldwell Banker’s 116,800 brokers earn this elite agent designation by exceeding specific unit and dollar volume sales criteria and selling a minimum number of properties priced within the top 10% of one’s market.
Regent Associate | Board of Regents, LuxuryRealEstate.com: Tim was one of the select few Regent representatives for Luxury Real Estate in the Aspen and Snowmass market. The Board of Regents, Regents.com, is the governing body of Luxury Real Estate.com and provides guidance to the broader Luxury Real Estate network. Luxury Real Estate.com is the #1 luxury real estate website in the world according to Dupont Registry. Between 2008 – 2012, Tim was the regular contributor to the LuxuryRealEstate.com blog on Aspen and Snowmass real estate activity.
REALTOR® DESIGNATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS: GRI, RSPS, ABR, CNE
GRI – Graduate Realtor Institute: This designation is earned by state REALTORS® who complete 90 hours of course load of specialized training in order to provide the highest level of client services. The course requires a substantial commitment requiring students to travel throughout the state of Colorado for course attendance and 1-2 years to complete.
RSPS – Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist – This certification is for REALTORS® specializing in buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in resort, recreational, & vacation destinations. (Certificate.)
ABR – Acredited Buyer’s Representative – The Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation is designed for REALTOR® buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process. It demonstrates to peers and consumers the broker’s commitment to providing outstanding service for real estate buyers.
CNE – Certified Negotiation Expert: This is considered a world-class Realtor® negotiation designation that facilitates superior results in all negotiation situations.
MBA – Boston University Graduate School of Management (GSM)
BA – Colorado College, Political Economy, Honors Thesis
Other – Choate Rosemary School – president senior class and 1st ever co-student trustee to serve on the Choate Board of Trustees.
LICENSE – STATE OF COLORADO
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