While most real estate agents focus on updated kitchens or finished basements, there are some Colorado brokers who belong to the land.
Art Girten, broker and owner of Girten Land Co. in Breckenridge, was recognized as the Colorado Land Realtor of the Year at the 2013 Colorado Association of Realtors annual state convention Oct. 15 in Denver.
The Colorado chapter of Realtors Land Institute (RLI) presents the award annually to an individual who demonstrates excellence in the area of land brokerage.
“I get to keep the big trophy for the year,” Girten said. “It’s a nice ‘attaboy’ from the people who are as passionate about selling land as I am.”
Girten has lived in Breckenridge for more than 30 years and specializes in large parcels of ranch and recreational properties across the state.
Bart Miller, president of the Colorado RLI chapter, presented the award and said RLI members nominate their peers and the board of directors selects the winner.
“It’s given to those real estate members who exhibit outstanding professionalism, knowledge and experience in regard to land sales,” he said. “It’s not just a volume award, it’s an all-around award that takes many factors into account.”
Girten said he enjoys selling niche properties, and that his line of work takes a different breed of real estate agent.
“You try not to brag about yourself,” he said. “But part of my job is promoting myself in sales. This lets me acknowledge I’ve been recognized by my peers for being good at what I do.”
More than 30 awards were presented at the Colorado convention to real estate agents in different lines of work. Girten has been a RLI member for 15 years.
“He’s somebody who really maintains a standard of excellence in the land business and beyond,” Miller said. “His personality and energy are definitely part of the award.”
Girten works in central Colorado — from Guffey to Kremmling — and in Park, Grand and Summit counties. The Colorado Association of Realtors is the state’s largest real estate trade association, representing 20,000 members.
“He’s very committed to the Summit County area,” Miller said. “He’s fair in his business practices and is an integral part of the land institute.”
Girten said he is always available to assist his peers, who recognized him with this award.
“I want to be an expert who works with other realtors and lets them tap into (my) expertise,” Girten said. “I hope other Summit County realtors know they can depend on (me) for help with land sales or rural properties.”