Less is More with Aspen Real Estate Firms
Let’s be honest: you can’t throw a rock without hitting a real estate broker in Aspen.
That’s not surprising, since the Aspen real estate market continues to boom with a recent year end record-breaking sale for a penthouse in the downtown core that sold for $16 million, or $5,427 per square foot.
There’s no doubt Aspen has always been a hot market. The question is, with so many real estate companies out there, how do you choose a broker?
The answer is simple—you want a brokerage that’s different and stands out from the rest. Have you ever noticed how you can’t open a magazine or newspaper without seeing a bunch of real estate ads, and they all look exactly the same?
In a world filled with corporate conglomerates, boutique firms can provide a more personalized experience with attention to service and a real dedication to the Aspen community. Here are five reasons why independent brokerage firms like Palladium Properties are better than the rest.
Think Globally, Shop Locally
Have you noticed how all the independent boutiques in downtown Aspen have gradually disappeared? And each time another locally owned and operated store closes, Aspen loses a little piece of its character. It’s the same thing with real estate. One by one, locally owned firms have disappeared. That’s why Krista Klees, former VP and employing broker of one of the most successful boutique firms is Aspen, founded Palladium Properties, an independent brokerage. Based on proven local knowledge, experience and love for the Aspen community, Palladium houses a team built on the values and principles we’ve always had. “We’re thrilled to be working with—and for—people who love this town and all it has to offer and who want to be a part of the community.”
“For all the buzz that surrounds Aspen real estate, this is our hometown,” says Klees.
Bigger is Always Better
Palladium is a boutique firm with global reach through selective luxury networks such as Luxury Portfolio International and Mayfair International Realty. Luxury Portfolio International is invite-only and has a reach of more than 60 countries through 200 affiliates. Mayfair International Realty is a UK-based brokerage that was established in 1750 and is known all over Europe. The bottom line is with Palladium you get the personalized service and local expertise of a small boutique firm but with the same global reach of a big company.
Small Company, Big Conscience
One of the nice things about working with a boutique firm like Palladium is you can feel good about investing with a company that cares and gives back to its community. We’re not just talking about your average annual fundraising gala, but really creative, community-minded events to bring people together and figure out new and interesting ways to network and support local causes. Klees recently connected a group of influential women in the community for the first annual “Palladium Promises” luncheon, bringing them together to celebrate the season by anonymously making a promise to contribute to a charity of their choice, describing why they were moved to support that cause and noting the amount of their donation. Palladium broker Ann Abernethy also started a “Women and Wine” series for local professional women to get together for conversation, wine, networking and inspiration.
Palladium is intent on keeping its outlook independent and locally focused. “Aspen real estate is undeniably strong right now,” Klees notes, “but we’ve seen overheated markets, stagnation, bubbles, and bursts in the last quarter century. We think that this group of dedicated and involved locals we’ve pulled together is the best team to find opportunities to buy and sell in this market.”
For more information on Palladium properties, visit their web site.