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Ed V.

“I'm a real estate developer and builder focused primarily in Vail. I've worked with Malia for 7 years and she has handled 14 different transactions for me. She is hands down the best broker I've worked with and the the next best is a distant 2nd. She is extremely detailed and adept at both negotiations and insuring that the transaction is handled smoothly. I can't say enough good things about her and look forward to many more deals in the future!”


Angie S.

“We hit the jackpot when we found Malia. She is smart, hardworking, and knows the Vail market inside-and-out. She is professional and extremely well-connected giving access to properties early in the game. She genuinely cares about her clients, their satisfaction, and will go above and beyond to help before, during and after close. Even a month after my transaction closed she is helping us make connections on a number of fronts. I think she is rated as the best in town, based on sales volume, because few to no real estate agents have as much passion for what they do as she does. No one takes the job as seriously as she does, putting all of her heart into every transaction. That is just who she is.”

Keith P

“I have worked in international real estate for over 20 years. During that time I have partnered, worked and interacted with hundreds of agents all over the world. I can say, unequivocally, that working with Malia has been the most rewarding and fulfilling experience I have had. Her dedication, professionalism, and her diligent work ethic are unrivaled and one that I can only admire.”

Malia put in no less than a heroic effort on our behalf.

“I did my homework when choosing Malia as our listing agent. We foreclosed on an investment property that was the source of structural issues among other problems with the property. It was a very high-end piece of property so I needed someone with the right reputation and that could help us get the property ready for sale without overdoing it. I also needed someone that would have a good reputation for development/redevelopment and that could handle helping the nightmare left behind by the previous owner. Understand that the house ended up with over a 500k in estimated structural repairs so this was not a minor situation. I’m also a real estate agent myself - but in the Denver Metro area - so I am very skeptical in general as most agents down here are very unimpressive professionals. Given that I saw that Malia represents many very expensive homes, an initial concern was whether she would care enough about my 3 million dollar deal to garner the attention it was going to require to have the best outcome. Would she have her assistants take care of me or would she roll up her sleeves as needed? The first good sign was when I called the number listed on Sotheby’s page, she answered immediately. We talked for probably 30 minutes right then and there. She also went to see the property just a few hours later…as in the same day. Talk about getting right on it. The adage “if you want a task done right, give a busy person the job” was true with Malia. She gets things done and will not leave you no matter how challenging the circumstance. She is an absolute workhorse. Her team is also wonderful so when they help in areas that make sense you are grateful to have them. Malia put in no less than a heroic effort on our behalf. If you are reading reviews and wondering if your property is right for Malia or not, I would tell you to ask her. She is very direct and honest. If she is not right or cannot take you on, she will connect you to the best that she knows and her standards are extremely high. I am looking forward to taking Malia out for a celebratory dinner to thank her for removing this challenge from my plate. I will refer anyone I know to her in the Vail Valley regardless of property location or price point as I know she can be trusted to treat them the way that they deserve. I will also contact her if I don’t know the best agent for any property I need to buy or sell in any location as I know she will find me the best for my situation and that they will care more about me due to her involvement. When I recently found out that Malia was in the top 100 real estate agents in the world for Sotheby’s International Realty, I wasn’t surprised at all. In a world that service often falls below expectations, Malia was an absolute star.”

She was everything that the other reviewers had promised and more.

“We discovered Malia on Zillow. She was everything that the other reviewers had promised and more. Malia helped us submit a competitive offer in a very difficult market. Malia's knowledge of the area and the current market conditions were very helpful when negotiating our offer. After closing on the property, she assisted us in completing necessary repairs with her trusted vendors. She and her assistants, Alex and Ilse, followed through on all of their promises. We would not hesitate to recommend Malia to our friends and family for a real estate transaction in the Vail Valley.”

Malia knows how to navigate to a successful close.

“Malia’s professional website and national reputation sold our home. We were most impressed with her proactive approach to marketing and networking. Our out-of-state buyers wrote an offer, sight unseen, based on her excellent website. They were not disappointed when they first saw the property two weeks later. Malia and her team, Alex and Ilse, were tireless in communicating with all parties. Malia knows how to navigate to a successful close.”

Her reputation speaks for itself and she is universally known for being highly knowledgeable, scrupulously honest and working very professionally and efficiently with sellers and buyers.

“This was our first experience selling a property in Vail, Colorado and everyone we had contact with recommended Malia. Her reputation speaks for itself and she is universally known for being highly knowledgeable, scrupulously honest and working very professionally and efficiently with sellers and buyers. Malia and her engaging and helpful team worked alongside the home stagers to present our home very positively beyond our expectations. We were thrilled with the marketing photographs, videography and matterport footage. Her suggestions about establishing a correct asking price, setting up previews, and marketing the property resulted in multiple full price offers in less than 24 hours after listing. Despite being under contract, she and her team continued to show our property and secure a non-contingent backup offer which enabled us to feel secure during the pre-closing phase of our contract. Overall we recommend Malia and her team without reservation for their psychological understanding of buyers and sellers and their encyclopedic knowledge of Vail Valley real estate.”

Malia not only functioned as a superb real estate professional but held our hands from start to finish.

“In purchasing our home in Cordillera, Malia not only functioned as a superb real estate professional but held our hands from start to finish. She listened carefully to our description of what we wanted to purchase and steered us to appropriate properties that met our criteria. From the very beginning, Malia worked tirelessly and made us feel as if her entire focus was on securing us our dream home. When she finally showed us an ideal property, she spent a good deal of time helping us understand the dynamics of a very hot real estate market and how to go about bidding in this climate. Her experience really came to the fore when we found out that multiple potential purchasers were bidding on the same listing. Her expertise enabled us to secure the property and not find ourselves in a bidding war. We are forever grateful to her and her team for helping us secure our wonderful home at the best price. We wholeheartedly recommend Malia to anyone looking for their fantasy residence.”

She is a consummate professional and I was so happy with the outcome.

“I am so happy to have sold my home in less than 45 days start to finish! Malia facilitated a premarket review of the home and made recommendations for staging and listing strategy to maximize outcome and minimize the time on market. Her Assistants, Alex and Ilse, prepared and toured properties with me to better understand the current market, and what the competing properties had to offer at different price points. Malia helped me with both the HOA and the Property Manager to ensure a smooth closing. Her team created great digital content (photography, videography and matterport) that I think helped sell the house fast! Malia or her assistants, Alex or Ilse, personally attended all showings to buyers, previews and vendors. She wisely, made sure to continue to show the property, even though under contract, in order to make sure to have backup buyers in the event they were necessary. She is a consummate professional and I was so happy with the outcome.”

Malia was nothing less than a Godsend at a time I really needed her

“Malia was nothing less than a Godsend at a time I really needed her. I had to sell my property for reasons I don't want to get into. Long story short, I left Colorado before the house was properly prepared to go to market. When I met with Malia, she came in and gave me candid advice which was a bit tough to hear because I didn’t have the time or money to do what she was recommending. She was persistent yet polite in her efforts to convince me that the preparation would be an enormous benefit to me. As I listened to her, she actually changed my beliefs as to how to sell a home in this valley. Ultimately, I realized Malia knows the market here and she knows what it takes to get a property sold. While I was reluctant to spend the money that Malia told me to spend to make this transaction happen, the amount I invested was far worth it in the end. I'm forever grateful that she was persistent in her advice. Malia is very authentic and unlike so many realtors I've dealt with in the past, I knew I was actually aligned with someone exceptionally skilled in this field. Malia persuaded me to let her hire a stager and she personally saw this staging process through from start to finish. This was something I'd never done before and it actually made a huge difference! The overall feel of the home was undeniably transformed for the better. After the home was prepared, Malia and her team were marketing mavens, bringing tons of showings. At each one, either Malia or one of her two personal assistants were always present. In one instance, Malia negotiated masterfully with a buyer that initially came in with a true low ball offer. Contrary to my own thought process, Malia was positive about the offer and coaxed me to respond strategically, without getting me discouraged or upset. Yes, she actually changed my thinking as she explained her philosophy. If you're fortunate enough to become her client, please be open minded to Malia's advice as it's only to your benefit! In sum, we eventually got that terrible starting offer to a full price contract with that buyer! And all this came after having a full price offer pending, which didn't materialize. Over the course of the seven months that we worked together, what I found most amazing about Malia is that she always strived to have a backup offer waiting in the wings. Amazing! Malia knew things were challenging for me to handle from afar and so she and her team met tons of vendors and obtained various bids for the inspection process; this included overseeing various repair work deemed needed in order to keep the buyer committed. I am forever grateful that she was here to help me at a very challenging time in my life. I cannot imagine anyone doing more to have sold my home. It's not hard to believe that Malia has sold over 100 million dollars in real estate this year but even being a small fish in her big pond, she was relentless in getting my home (a two million dollar listing) sold! I can't thank you enough Malia, Alex and Ilse! - Steven 2020 sale in Cordillera”