10 Best Denver Real Estate Agents

Davina van Buren
Last Updated on May 23, 2024
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People are moving to Denver in droves, drawn by the outdoors, mountains, a thriving startup scene, and, let’s be honest–legalized marijuana. The city is filled with cultural opportunities, lush parks, and new restaurants and breweries popping up almost daily. This is great if you’re in the market to sell a home, but if you’re looking to buy in this market, get ready for some heavy competition. You’ll be in good hands with these top realtors around town.

sambarnesSam Barnes, Sam Barnes Realty

In a real estate market as competitive as Denver’s, it’s important to have someone with experience and connections on your side. Sam has been in business for more than 13 years and has 1,000+ transactions under his belt, so he has developed great relationships inside the real estate community. This helps to get deals done easily and quickly for his clients.  

Sam’s business philosophy is simple: treat everyone with respect, honesty and integrity. This is the foundation of his business and, Sam says, the reason for Sam Barnes Realty’s success. He has vast experience with first time buyers, estate sales, foreclosures, golf course properties and luxury homes. He is also a Certified Negotiation Expert and Certified Distress Property Expert.

LanceHooksLance Hooks, Keller Williams Realty Success

Lance Hooks has lived in Colorado since 1987 and has firsthand experience with Denver’s ever-changing real estate market. He understands that buying or selling a home is one, if not the most important and significant transactions you will ever make.

Known for his friendly, down to earth, and professional demeanor, Lance considers himself a residential real estate expert specializing in the southwest Denver metro area, where in lives and works. He works diligently and closely with his clients from start to finish and enjoys assisting first-time homebuyers with every detail. When he’s not selling real estate, you can find him fishing for walleye and enjoying Colorado’s outdoor bounty with his family.

joephillipsJoe Phillips, Synergy Real Estate Team, Inc.

Joe Phillips is a Denver-based real estate broker with Synergy Real Estate Team. He has a strong focus on the Stapleton neighborhood, a new urbanism redevelopment of the former Stapleton airport.  His approach to real estate is unique: instead of being in constant sales mode, he focuses on adding value to the community by consistently posting fresh content on the neighborhood via his blog, the Stapleton Scoop

Stapleton is a great fit for all types of buyers, but it is heavily focused on families with kids. The location can’t be beat–jump on the light rail and within 20 minutes you’re at Denver International Airport or Union Station. Joe specializes in helping buyers navigate the area and understand their options, including building new homes or buying resale.

victoriamacaskillVictoria Macaskill, Denver Homes

Helping homebuyers and sellers with their biggest purchase is a responsibility Victoria Macaskill takes very seriously. With 14 years of experience as a realtor, her goal is to protect her client’s investment using her in-depth knowledge of Denver’s real estate market.  Prior to becoming a realtor, she renovated homes in the Denver area, which has proven to be a great asset to her clients at Denver Homes. From roofing to plumbing, electrical to structural issues, Victoria knows her stuff.

Victoria graduated from the University of Texas with dual degrees in Business and Psychology. She uses her knowledge in both of these backgrounds to help clients meet their homeownership goals and strives to build relationships that last long after the ink on the mortgage paper dries.

aaronhartAaron Hart, 1858 Real Estate

Aaron moved to Denver a year after college to join his uncle’s real estate company. Back then, almost half of the homes were for sale, and traffic was light. He spent his first couple of years in the Mile High City co-managing a $4 million rental portfolio and some fix and flips. Now, the secret is out about Colorado, and Aaron is the broker/owner of his own venture, 1858 Real Estate. With so many people and so much money coming to town, there are new construction sites all over, as well as plenty of historic renovations. Aaron’s advice to Denver transplants: know that inventory is low and demand is very high. Buying can test your patience, but it will be well worth it.

Aaron grew up playing piano and guitar, and now fronts the original rock and roll band Big Rock Radio. His dream is to play a show at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre, one of the most beautiful spots in all of Colorado.

robert-and-janiRobert & Jani Bielenberg, Bielenberg & Associates

The husband-and-wife team at Bielenberg & Associates has served Denver and its southern suburbs for more than 30 years. They are an experienced, full time, full service real estate team. Robert and Jani are committed to helping clients make a move than not only fits immediate needs, but long-term goals as well.

For the past seven years, they have each been recognized as Five Star Real Estate Professionals by 5280 magazine, an award which goes to the Denver real estate agents rated highest in overall satisfaction by clients, peers and industry experts. Clients appreciate their patience, proactive thinking, responsiveness and communication skills. They have a way of making even the most nervous first time buyer or seller feel comfortable at and ease.

erb:steelmanThe Erb/Steelman team, RE/MAX of Cherry Creek: Jennifer Steelman & Laurie Erb

Over the past ten years, the Erb/Steelman team has helped more than 900 families buy or sell a home in the Denver metro area. Their team approach frees up their clients’ time to pursue their own responsibilities and hobbies, while realizing their real estate dreams with the least amount of stress. To these RE/MAX of Cherry Creek agents who specialize in working in central Denver and with a focus on Washington park, the client’s needs always come first.

Laurie Erb has been helping area families buy and sell homes since 1979 when she moved to Denver from Steamboat Springs. She was named one of Denver’s Top 5 “Heavy Hitters” in residential real estate by the Denver Business Journal.

Jennifer Steelman grew up in Michigan and settled in Denver in 2006. She began as Buyer Specialist for the Erb Team in 2009 and is now a Team Leader. She lives in Washington Park with her husband, twin girls and her dog, Buster.

micortegaMic Ortega, Urban Niche Group

As a full time agent with Urban Niche Group, Mic views hundreds of homes every month, and he passes on his extensive knowledge of the Denver real estate market to his buyers and sellers. The real estate market in Denver is currently very strong for sellers, and staying on top of market trends is imperative. Mic does this on a daily basis, so he knows what parts of the city are particularly “hot” or “cold.” His goal is not only to find the perfect home for his client, but to ensure that the home is a terrific investment as well.  After all, writing that monthly mortgage check is a lot easier for those who know and understand they are making a smart investment in their future! Mic specializes in central Denver neighborhoods, specifically Highlands, LoHi, Berkeley, Sloan’s Lake, Sunnyside, Wheat Ridge, LoDo and Downtown.

oliviakuneviciusOlivia Kunevicius, Starbuck Realty Group

Olivia splits her time working with both buyers and sellers at Starbuck Realty Group, so she uses one experience to inform the other in the hyper-competitive Denver real estate market. When listing homes for her seller clients, she gets to see firsthand all the tactics that buyers’ agents are using to get offers accepted. Therefore, she knows exactly what to do in order to win a bidding war when she represents buyers. On the flip side, she knows what buyers are looking for and how they think, which is vastly helpful when working with sellers to determine list price and help them realize maximum value. Excellent customer service, prompt response times and going above and beyond her clients’ expectations are the pillars on which she’s built her successful business.

toddnarlingerTodd Narlinger, Madison & Company Properties

Todd Narlinger is founder and owner of Madison & Company Properties, and has some impressive stats under his belt: since 1998, he’s sold more than $25 million dollars worth of real estate every year.

In 2008, Narlinger created his own boutique firm, which now has more than 90 agents and four Denver metro area offices. He started his company with a vision for a collaborative, team atmosphere that provides clients with honest, knowledgeable associates and first-class services. Todd’s goal is to be the best in the business, for both his agents and his clients. Under his leadership, Madison & Company Properties has earned the prestigious Denver Post Top Work Places award for the past three years.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on July 25, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Davina van Buren

Davina van Buren is a freelance journalist and digital nomad who has moved too many times to count.
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