Rick Pirog has sold real estate in the Vail Valley for over forty-one years. Born in Denver, Rick has been a native of Colorado his entire life except for the 10 years he lived in Texas. A graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and a Master of Science in Business Administration, Rick started his career in land development and commercial real estate sales in Colorado Springs prior to moving to Vail in 1977. That move resulted from Rick’s longtime dream to live and work in a resort community. “I found my first stop – Vail – to be a great one,” he says.
Throughout his forty-one years as a Vail Valley broker, Rick has consistently been a top producer for Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate. Throughout this time, his pace has not slackened: The veteran Vail Valley broker consistently ranks as one of Slifer Smith and Frampton’s top producers.
Rick possesses a broad range of knowledge in virtually all of Vail’s communities. He has developed this expertise from working in five different office locations as the valley grew and expanded to the west: Lionshead for nine years, Vail Village for eleven years, Beaver Creek for eighteen years, and has now been back in Vail Village for the last four years. “I started out in East Vail in 1977 and became familiar with each successive Vail Valley community as they emerged,” he explains. “Today, by relying extensively on the cumulative knowledge of the company’s 100+ broker team, I continue to maintain an active awareness of trends in each community in order to offer my clients the widest perspective of market opportunities.”
Rick has also worked on numerous new construction ventures over the years to include co-listing and selling out East West Partners’ exclusive “Custom Homes on Village Walk” community in Beaver Creek, twenty-four high end homes valued over $120 million, and more recently, The Pointe, a gated 10-unit custom home community in Edwards. “I find that my knowledge of design and the cost issues of construction prove most helpful interpreting real estate value for my customers.” Rick continues to assist his clients in designing and marketing a wide range of residential properties varying from whole communities to individual custom homes.
Over the past forty-one years, Rick has been involved in over a thousand real estate transactions in the Vail Valley ranging from $100,000 home sites to a recent sale of a $14,250,000 single family home in Lionshead.
Rick’s involvement with real estate extends beyond his Slifer Smith and Frampton office located at 281 Bridge Street in the heart of Vail Village. He has served as past President of the Vail Board of Realtors. He also served as Director of the Cordillera Valley Club Property Owners Association for five years and as President of the Cordillera Valley Club Metro District for ten years.
In his leisure time, Rick enjoys golf, hiking, skiing and fly-fishing. Rick lives in Edwards between the Divide and Ranch communities of Cordillera and has been an active member of The Club at Cordillera for the past 20 years. Rick has a son Todd (39) and daughter Jackie (37).