Agent Spotlight: Tom Malmgren
Ryan Summerlin September 1, 2012
Tom Malmgren has 39 years experience in real estate in Summit County. He is a broker with Carbonate Real Estate Company at Copper Mountain. You can reach him at (970) 968-6854 or online at www.skicopper.net. Q: Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Leadville. I named Carbonate Real Estate Company after the mining related history of the region.Q: What do you love about Summit County?The mountains, beauty of the environment and the surrounding areas. Diversity, the people and world class skiing!Q: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?Ski, golf, hike, photography … but I work a lot, seven days a week.Q: How long have you worked in real estate?41 yearsQ: What is your specialty? I specialize in properties only at Copper Mountain.Q: What designations do you have and what does that mean for people with whom you work?I graduated from the University of Denver with a BSBA degree from the business school and with a major in building industry & real estate. Having focused on real estate throughout my 41-year career, people with me profit from my knowledge and experience. I also have a GRI, attained through continuing education courses.Q: What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?Every transaction involves different personalities. Adapting to the requirements of each is a balancing act.Q: What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?During my 39 years of selling real estate at Copper Mountain, I have sold the entire top floor of the Mountain Plaza building twice to single buyers. Today, for the first time in over 20 years, the Mountain Plaza penthouses are individually owned, as they were originally.Q: What are the top three things that separate you from your competitors?My experience, my knowledge and, as I have been told, my low key personality.Q: What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?Work with a real estate broker who has the most knowledge and experience in the area where your property Is located or where you are interested in owning. Summit County is rich with resort properties but each community is unique; choose a real estate broker who can lend insight to the area where you wish to buy or sell.Q: What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?Based on past experience, I believe we will continue with the recovery we are currently experiencing. Real estate in Summit County is a finite item and the supply/demand relationship will result in long-term growth of real estate values.Q: Why should someone chose you as their real estate broker?Having been in the same Copper Mountain location since 1974, I have worked with thousands of sellers and buyers of Copper Mountain properties. I am honored to have a reputation worthy of the numerous personal referrals that I receive every year.Q: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?I am an avid skier which is why I have made my home in Copper Mountain. I started skiing at 3 years old and ski racing at 4. Growing up in Leadville, I skied the Climax Ski Area when there was a ski area there. I was the 1966 Junior National Combined Ski Champion in the US. Skiing earned me a full scholarship to the University of Denver, three of the four years I was at DU we won three NCAA Ski Championships. During college breaks I worked summers at the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels during their construction. I opened Carbonate Real Estate Company at Copper Mountain in 1974 and became a member of the Summit Association of Realtors that same year. I was the 1981 president of the Summit Association of Realtors and in 2010 I was named the SAR Realtor of the Year. I served 12 years on the Ten Mile Planning Commission, including as chairman. I have been a publicly elected board member of the Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District for over 30 years and I am the current chairman. Carbonate Real Estate Company has grown into Carbonate Real Estate and Property Management. We are the managing agent for seven homeowner associations in Copper Mountain and we manage short-term rental properties. My son, Eric Malmgren, grew up at Copper Mountain and now works in our property management department. Eric offers guests great advice on the best places in Copper Mountain for their favorite activities. Ski racing is still my passion and I ski in the Copper Mountain Business League Ski Race Series held every winter. Throughout my career I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with several ski industry pioneers – Peter Seibert in Vail, Dave McCoy in Mammoth, Ernie Blake in Taos Ski Valley and Chuck Lewis in Copper Mountain.
Tom Malmgren was selected as this week’s Agent Spotlight in Summit Homes & Properties. Malmgren was asked to provide information to a standard set of questions designed to help the reader learn more about him.