Mission To instill confidence and clarity in your decision-making…To inform, educate, guide like no other with timely and accurate property and market information to sellers and buyers on Aspen Snowmass real estate with a forthright, professional and objective lens. 

Aspen Bonafides – Why Tim?

Finding a property in Aspen or Snowmass and the Roaring Fork Valley with record low inventory in today’s very competitive market is challenging. Working with a well-connected, well-respected broker is critical for gaining the inside edge whether selling or buying. My ‘Aspen bonafides’ are uniquely suited to help you sell it, find it, get it right… while learning a lot about Aspen. (See what others say.)

– Elite 1% Aspen real estate broker.
– Author of the widely followed Estin Report on the Aspen real estate market for the past 16 years. 
– Resort markets & economics associate with Sno-Engineering Inc, the leading winter resort planning and consulting firm in the country then based out of Aspen, CO and Lyme, NH (now segroup.com) .
– Architect’s apprentice for modern day Aspen’s celebrated architect/developer, Fritz Benedict, (The ‘soul of Aspen’ as represented by Aspen Music Festival’s Benedict Tent and other recognitions….Fritz was an irrepressible thinker, tinkerer and dreamer who master planned Aspen, Snowmass Village and Vail.)

– Founding director of the Tenth Mountain Division Huts, (huts.org) the 34 hut/350 mile ski/bike hut-to-hut trail system between Aspen and Vail.
– Attended Aspen’s Yellow Brick Elementary School in the historic West End. A life-long Aspenite.

Let’s Do This!

I have a deep local knowledge of Aspen, it’s history, it’s real estate, its players and context. I started out in a miner’s cabin in Aspen’s West End living with my single mother (see Peter Estin Hut), sisters and brother and attending Aspen’s Yellow Brick Elementary School via a snow tunnel network I built every winter from our house to school. I’m the one of the few who has actually lived it, worked it, known it. From me, you’ll get original stories of Aspen people, places and properties straight from the horse’s mouth.

My reputation is for telling it like it is – discrete, humble, direct, no baloney – with the facts you want and need to know.  The Estin Report is intended as an overview and narrative on the current state of Aspen real estate. Its purpose is to start a conversation. To get in touch: cell/txt 970.309.6163 or email.

Market Expert Defined

One of the town’s best brokers”, says local media. I’ve been cited for market guidance in the WSJ, Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Business Week, CBS, Denver Post, BBC,  Aspen Times, Aspen Daily News, Colorado Sun, 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. The knowledge I gain from putting together these reports and blog directly benefit my clients. More than just facts and data, this reporting tells 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 (2006-2022) on this website, my commentary and analysis is followed by sellers, buyers and the professional Aspen real estate community**. 

I’ve been an elite top 1% Aspen broker and won numerous ‘outstanding’ sales performance awards – important to you, I believe, as validation for hard work, proven high-rank sales results, client attention and peer respect. I am not one to pound my chest from the mountaintops though I do send out ‘Yodel from the Mountains‘ market updates. 

I care deeply about the Aspen community and its future. I presently serve or have served on:
> Present: 2022-2023 Pitkin County Growth Advisory Committee tasked with making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for managing growth and advancing climate action goals. 
> 2011-Present: Aspen Board of Realtors (ABOR) Standards & Ethics Committee.
> 2005-2009 ABOR liaison to the City of Aspen
> 2005 -2010 ABOR liaison Pitkin County. My responsibilities in both these liaison positions was to communicate land use code changes, government policies and political issues to Aspen’s real estate community.
> 2006 Pitkin County Land Use Code Re-write/Technical Advisory Committee, a 3-year process.
> 2006 – 2009 Big Buddy Program – Youth mentoring. “On a personal note, I am a retired Aspen Elementary second grade teacher. I remember you as a “Big Buddy” (something similar to a Big Brother) to one of my students many years ago). For three years, you were a very kind, reliable, and dedicated mentor to that student and certainly made a difference in his young life. Thank you.” Susan McKeller, Logistics Leader, Our Community Listens Colorado

I  earned my BA from Colorado College in political economy and an MBA from Boston University Graduate School of Management. I graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall as the 1st-ever student elected to serve as trustee on the Choate Board of Trustees.

*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.

**Includes attorneys, appraisers, valuation experts, brokers, bankers, investment managers, wives, business owners, real estate advisors, estate executors, entrepreneurs, family offices, families, husbands, private wealth advisors, property flippers, students, and planners, developers, builders, journalists and others.




Best Real Estate Agents in Colorado Recognition by RealTrends in 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011. RealTrends is the nation’s leading real estate trends and research organization.

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2016 Best Agent CO Estin w name 96res 115w  2015 Best Agent CO Estin w name 96res 115w  2013 Best Agent CO Estin w name 96res 115w  2012 Best Agent CO Estin w name 96res 115w  2011 Best Agent CO Estin w name 96res 115w

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.





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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.

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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.


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. (Certificate)

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 – Accredited 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. (Certificate)

CNE – Certified Negotiation Expert: This is considered a world-class Realtor® designation that facilitates superior results in all negotiation situations. 


ABOR – Aspen Board of REALTORS
CAR    – Colorado Association of REALTORS
NAR    – National Association of REALTORS


boston-university_seal_reducedMBA – Boston University Graduate School of Management (GSM)
colorado-college-seal_2_reducedBA – Colorado College, Political Economy, Honors Thesis
Choate Rosemary School – president senior class and 1st ever co-student trustee to serve on the Choate Board of Trustees.





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