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Hey, Spike! interviews an English-Scottish ‘estate agent’

Cornerstone Real Estate’s Nell Campbell.
Special to the Daily |

Nell Campbell’s accent — a proper English combination of British and Scottish — will have you wanting to know more about her.

She is very interesting, but a columnist has to pursue the story.

And Spike! did.

Living here now for 21 years, down in Silverthorne, following an earlier stint that started in Heeney, Nell is a successful veteran Keystone-based broker with Cornerstone Real Estate.

Spike! met Nell while she was working on a Frisco listing with photographer Karin Osterloh Mattern of Foto Mattern.

Accompanying them was Nell’s daughter, Suzie Brady, a Summit High senior. Later, Spike! ran into Nell and Suzie out for dinner at Luis Flores’ Hacienda Real.

You can see Nells and Karin’s combined efforts on this listing link:


Nell was born in Surrey, to the west of London, England. She’s half English and half Scottish, and has lived in both countries. Her mother still lives in London.

“My father’s family were farmers in Aberdeenshire,” she says of her Scotish side.

Before completing her studies at Scotland’s Stirling University, located where many of the Mel Gibson movie “Braveheart” scenes were shot, also the historical site of many battles centuries before, Nell took a break as part of a work exchange program.

During that “intermission,” Nell came here and lived down near Green Mountain Reservoir.

“I lived the first six years in Heeney — literally, a cabin in the woods with a well and a woodstove,” says Nell. “I even helped run the Heeney Tick Festival, back in the day.”

“I was looking for adventure before my final year of university, and ended up bartending at the Green Mountain Inn in Heeney for a summer, where I met my ex-husband, whom I came back and married after finishing my studies,” Nell explains.

Nell later earned her bachelor’s degree in business.

“I gave up philosophy, which was my first love, as I did not believe it would earn me a living when I graduated,” she notes.

“I started out in real estate in 1979 in London, but have done other things in between,” she adds. “I have been in a partnership running a tearoom, sold logistics software systems in the warehouse/distribution industry, acted, temp-ed, and generally jumped into a medley of activities.”

“I was an ‘estate agent’ in England for years before I even came to the United States,” says Nell. “I did real estate administration while my kids were small, and then got back to residential sales in the last few years.”

She sells real estate all over Summit County, and is active with the Summit Combined Housing Authority, helping first-time buyers become homeowners in the affordable deed-restricted program. She often teaches the required class for potential owners.

Her most recent class had 10 persons enrolled.

“It has been anything from half a dozen to 25,” says Nell, who admits this: “Keeping real estate contracts interesting is a challenge, so I try to keep classes upbeat.”

Currently, there are about 30 deed-restricted listings on the market, mostly new construction; seven are re-sales, according to Nell.

The affordable housing program is headed by Jennifer Kermode and Joy Klein.

For more info see this SCHA link: http://www.summithousing.us/

Whether your buying your first home or a dreamhouse mansion, Nell offers these tips:

• Get qualified for a loan with a local lender (call or email Nell for recommendations) so you truly understand your budget.

• Get house-hunting with a Realtor who knows their stuff.

• Don’t be frightened by the process — the real estate professionals you are working with do this all day, every day.

• Be aware the purchase process could take up to two months before you close.

While real sales and education are important in Nell’s busy life, she has her family and other interests, like cooking, gardening, hiking, entertaining, parenting, loving history and taking road trips.

“My husband, Geoff, moved to Denver from Canada around age 4,” says Nell. “We were married in 2008 on the steps of the old courthouse in Breckenridge.”

“I raised two kids in Summit County — one was born in Denver and the other one in Vail; so on both sides of the Continental Divide,” says Nell, “My son, Patrick Brady, recently moved to Denver.”

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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