Kouri Wolf has been a Summit County resident for the past 26 years and has been active in the real estate world since 1978. Wolf started her real estate career at Keystone Resort Real Estate. As the administrative assistant to the vice president of real estate, she immediately realized that she had a real talent and love for the industry.Where did you grow up?Wichita, Kan. What do you love most about Summit County?So many things, but most of all, summer! I love the free outdoor concerts, the great theatrical talents at our local performing arts theaters, the community of so many giving people and overall, the magical beauty this great place gives us every day. What do you enjoy when you are not working?Kayaking, hiking, skiing, biking, travel and wonderful time with family and friends. How long have you worked in real estate?I started my career in Keystone in 1978, but went very part-time for a few years to raise two sons and develop my own retail/Christmas stores in Keystone, Vail and Denver. What is your specialty?While most of my business is second-home sales, I particularly love the gratification of helping locals and first-time home buyers realize the dream of home ownership. What designations do you have and what does that mean for the people you work with?MRE, (masters of real estate) a Colorado Association of Realtors designation which focuses on all areas of advanced course work from listing, selling, finance, real estate law and a variety of other classes. This designation gives me a the confidence and general knowledge to assist my clients with the best possible guidance when considering selling or purchasing a property. I am also on the Colorado Association of Realtors roster for real estate ethics and arbitration hearings which requires ongoing education in that area. What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?Probably the most challenging aspect to me is finding the right property for the buyer. Everyone has that dream wish list when starting the process and quickly realizes that something will have to be eliminated along the way. Of course the most gratifying is actually finding something they love and assisting in the final negotiations that leads them to the closing. What is the most unique property you've listed or closed?One of the very first properties I sold in the early 1980s was the Silverheels Lodge in Wildernest. At the time it was a true dinner lodge and buyers were purchasing it for an executive retreat. The sellers were so excited as this gave them the opportunity to take off on retirement on their sailboat to travel the world. That was a great experience. Probably what really gave me the drive to always be looking for the new challenge and creative opportunity in this business. What are the top three things that separate you from your competition?Hard work, dedication to my clients' needs and 30 years of experience here in Summit County. What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?Work with an experienced broker that won't rush you through the process - and it is a process. Knowing exactly what will meet your needs can take some time, make sure your broker is patient. When the timing is right and the right property is available, that broker will be there for you through the process. Even if it takes years, and sometimes it does.What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?This is always hard to predict. It's likely that prices will continue to level out and of course we all hope an uptick in pricing is on the horizon. With the lower inventory this year than last year, it might happen sooner than later. Why should someone choose you as their real estate broker?Because I love working with people and helping them realize their dream to own a home here in Summit County. My experience and hard work will prove beneficial when trying to make this very important decision.
Kouri Wolf was selected as this week's Agent Spotlight in Summit Homes & Properties. Wolf was asked to provide information to a standard set of questions designed to help the reader learn more about her.