In these challenging times of national economic downturn and uncertain resort market trends, it is particularly prudent for both buyers and sellers to work with an experienced, knowledgeable broker. T.D. Smith and Chris Sommers know and understand the unique aspects of the Telluride real estate market. With over 50 years of Telluride real estate experience, they realize what it takes to match investors with opportunities that involve a certain degree of complexity. TD and Chris know that if a property is postured and packaged appropriately, it is ultimately saleable during these opportune times.
Embarking on his Telluride Real Estate career in 1971, TD Smith has passionately participated, first in the re-birth and development of Historic Telluride, then subsequently in 1981as a co-founder of Telluride Real Estate Corp. with the Telluride Ski and Golf Company. As a co-owner of the marketing arm of the Telluride Mountain Village’s master developer, TD had a vital and inceptive influence behind the Village’s beginnings, as well many other regional developments in which he was involved as broker or principal. TD’s excellent reputation in the industry was recently recognized by his peers when the “Lifetime Achievement Award” was bestowed upon him. Further, that reputation is exemplified in the distinguished, upscale properties and astute clientele he represents. His longstanding business philosophy is to build lasting relationships with his clients by identifying and sharing their desire to be intimately involved in a mountain community, whether for leisure, investment, or both.
TD and his wife Page have been married for over 30 years. Their son Alex, raised in the San Juan Mountains, recently graduated from Pitzer College of the Claremont Consortium of Colleges in Los Angeles. TD and Page reside in the Historic Town of Telluride and over the years have maintained active involvement in numerous facets of the community. TD has held directorships on the boards of the Telluride Alpine Race Team, Mountain Village Metropolitan District, Affordable Housing Task Force, Board of Realtors (First Elected President), Sheridan Arts Foundation, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Pinhead Institute and Fair Housing Committee. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS in Business.
As President and Managing Broker for Telluride Real Estate Corp. (TREC), one of the region’s largest and most diverse agencies, TREC and T.D. Smith can offer clients the expertise and professionalism needed in today’s marketplace. T.D. has brokered over $3 billion in transactions during his career. He is recognized as a leader in the community as well as in the real estate industry.
Chris Sommers, a licensed real estate broker with Telluride Real Estate Corporation since 2001. His philosophy is simple: the key to success involves providing unparalleled market knowledge with excellent customer service. Building lasting relationships is the background of Chris’s approach. Chris enjoys introducing prospective clients to the Telluride community whether they are seeking the most upscale and opulent homes, condominiums, ranches or the first time resort investor. Success is achieved only through constant communication with his clients through the latest technology of developing market trends, studying Google Analytics of his numerous luxury websites and identifying target markets for his clients. Prior to embarking on a career in real estate, Chris was active in the travel industry. He is a former member of the International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATA) and consequently, is able to provide invaluable assistance with all facets of a client’s travel needs. A Kansas native, Chris attended the University of Kansas and Emporia State University. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration and is an alumnus member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Currently, Chris, his wife Cynthia, 7 year old daughter Lillian and 5 year old son, Beck, live in Historic Telluride and have called Telluride home since 1999.
Alex Smith was born and raised in Telluride. Attending Telluride High School, Alex was an avid ski racer, hockey and soccer player. After high school Alex attended Pitzer College, of the Claremont Consortium of Colleges in Claremont, California. Graduating in 2007 with a degree in Media Studies, Alex pursued a career in the field of television production in Los Angeles. After working for four years for Warner Brothers Television, Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, a move back to the mountains was inevitable. Upon receiving his real estate license, Alex joined TD Smith (his father) and Chris Sommers as an associate broker. Having grown up in Telluride, Alex has built many life-long relationships with business owners and prominent individuals within this close knit community and has an intimate knowledge of the workings of the Telluride regional resort.
TD and Chris have personal sales figures consistently placing them at the top of all local Telluride brokers. During the past eight years, TD and Chris personally closed over $459,000,000 in transactions, a figure that exemplifies their proficiency at handling the finest and most elite properties in the market. Of that $459,000,000, 116 of those transactions exceeded $1,000,000, more than 44 exceeded $3,000,000 and 30 of those sales were between $4,200,000 – $25,000,000.
Profile Telluride Real Estate Corp. was founded in 1981 by T.D. Smith and Ronald D. Allred, Chairman of the Board of the Telluride Ski and Golf Company, the developer of The Telluride Mountain Village. Initially, its primary focus was to market the master developer’s land product in the new 2,500 unit mid-mountain development. From 1984 to 1993, Telluride Real Estate Corp. marketed in excess of $300,000,000 in land sales. Its primary focus over the years has been representation of significant landholders, developers and owners of high-end residential and commercial properties. Its staff consists of over 45 real estate brokers and administrative staff members. The key characteristic of its staff is longevity in the trade with half the staff having at least 20 years of experience.
TREC has been the undeniable leader in real estate sales in San Miguel County for the past 30 years. Within this brokerage, there are many relationships with individuals who have spheres of influence with Fortune 500 companies, investment banking firms, hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and the entertainment industry. TREC maintains three prime, high traffic office locations. We are located in our new, prime building on Colorado Avenue (Main Street) in Historic Telluride, on the Heritage Plaza, adjacent to the gondola in the Telluride Mountain Village, and in the lobby of the Mountain Lodge Telluride. Our main street location at 232 West Colorado Avenue is a renovation of the Historic Examiner Building.