Best Real Estate Agent: Matt Eidt, Colorado Group Realty
Before moving to Steamboat, Matt Eidt of Colorado Group Realty was a 10-year professional photographer who practiced photojournalism in South Africa, guided trips in Ecuador’s Amazon and skied in Chile. All that and more has helped him navigate the jungle of local real estate.
With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi, Eidt knew he wanted to call Steamboat home after a two-week visit in 2008. “I’ve seen a lot of fantastic communities and I just fell in love with Steamboat,” says Eidt, 32, who started with Colorado Group Reality in 2012. “I’ve never found a more beautiful, open and complete community.”
Prioritizing service, it’s his youthful energy that sets him apart in the real estate crowd. “I’m excited about what I do and I do things differently than many other brokers,” he says. “I have a tremendous amount of energy and new, fresh ideas. I don’t tell people I’m a Realtor, I say I move people to Steamboat.”
Eidt brings a multi-media marketing mix to listing homes, from using his own professional photography skills, which gives him more control, to hosting virtual property tours, social media campaigns and open houses. Using virtual tours, he’s even sold several homes sight-unseen, requiring a high level of trust between broker and client. “You can’t just list something on MLS and forget about it,” he says. “Every property is different, so I try to approach everything creatively, with no preconceptions.”
Specializing in services for first-time homebuyers, Eidt says the market is heating up, especially for properties under $1 million. This year, he adds, he’s closed on 20 transactions alone.
His success also stems from being involved in the community. He chairs the local Young Professionals Network chapter and co-founded Yampa Valley Gives, which raised more than $400,000 for local charities through Colorado Gives Day.
He does all this while thoroughly enjoying the Steamboat lifestyle, where you’re as apt to find him snowboarding Mt. Werner or mountain biking Emerald — sometimes even while working. “I love it here and it’s extremely gratifying helping people find a home here,” he says. “Where I grew up there was no long-boarding to a meeting or rendezvousing with a client snowboarding. It’s pretty unique to be able to do that all in such a great community.”
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