Catherine Jones Coburn
Cathy Jones Coburn never planned on a real estate career, yet today she is the quintessential Vail Valley real estate professional. During her 36 years selling luxury mountain resort properties, she has consistently remained one of the nation’s top producers.
She was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as the 5th top producing realtor in the nation for 2007 with $201,041,550 in sales. She was also inducted in the fall of 2008 to the exclusive and prestigious Luxury Real Estate ‘Billionaires’ Club’, of which there are only a few other select real estate agents in the country with this affiliation. One of her favorite accolades is being named ‘One of Colorado’s 25 Most Powerful Sales People’ by Colorado Biz Magazine in their January 2009 issue. Cathy was featured in the article but also appeared on the Cover. She continues to thrive, in the most challenging of real estate markets. Cathy’s sales in 2015 were at $109 million making her the #1 Top Producer for all of Slifer Smith & Frampton for the sixth year in a row. This is an amazing accomplishment given the challenging market that has faced the real estate community in the last few years. Slifer Smith & Frampton is the largest and most successful real estate brokerage in Eagle County.
Cathy started her life in the mountains in 1974, where she headed to Copper Mountain Resort, and soon secured a marketing position working alongside such future Vail Resorts’ execs as Andy Daly and Kent Myers. Marketing and sales agreed with her. By the late 1970’s, she was managing Colorado’s Front Range marketing office for Keystone Resort, with responsibilities ranging from advertising for all Front Range television and radio to the overall marketing of the resort.
In 1980, Cathy joined Keystone Real Estate in Keystone Resort and quickly became the company’s top producer. In 1986, she moved to Beaver Creek Resort and began selling with Vail Associates Real Estate, then with Slifer Smith & Frampton, and stayed on after the 1994 merger of the two. Following the merger, Cathy was appointed Branch Broker of SSF’s Hyatt Office. During her four years in that position, she was one of SSF’s top producers and the listing broker for major Beaver Creek developments.
In 1998, Cathy relocated to SSF’s Bachelor Gulch Office, where she became the listing broker for Bear Paw, Settler’s Lodge, Firelight and the Horizon Pass Townhomes. These properties represent a major portion of Bachelor Gulch’s multi-family developments, a total of ninety residences. Since moving to the Bachelor Gulch Sales Office (located in The Ritz-Carlton® Hotel), Cathy has the distinction of being the Bachelor Gulch office’s top producer for 15 years. She is also the Branch Broker of the Bachelor Gulch Office. Her sales record of a cumulative total of $1,383,000,000 (over $1 billion in just the past 11 years), without her previous 24 years of sales noted, certainly makes Cathy the #1 agent in the entire Vail Valley as well as one of the top agents in the entire country.
Cathy is known for high-end residential listings and sales and was the listing and selling agent for many of the highest priced homes ever sold in the history of Beaver Creek Resort and Bachelor Gulch Village (as well as in Vail). In 2015, Cathy dominated the market with $45 million in sales in Bachelor Gulch alone; almost double that of any entire real estate company in the Vail Valley. Her sales continue, which Cathy attributes to working harder and smarter in a tough market and being very knowledgeable about the current market and inventory. She has the current listings of many luxury homes throughout the Vail Valley. Cathy specializes in not only the high-end luxury market but is equally as proficient in condominium sales having been the original listing agent for East West Partners and many of their projects. She now handles the listing and sales of many of these re-sale properties.