Julie Retzlaff


Julie's story reads like so many of the residents of the Vail Valley. She came to Vail for 2 weeks and stayed for 6 years. That was the first time! She returned to Vail in 2003 and doesn't have any plans to leave.  How can you not fall in love with this beautiful valley and the lifestyle that it offers? Born and raised on a North Dakota farm, the love of the country has never left her. After graduating from North Dakota State University, Julie moved to Denver. She owned a business in the Health Care Industry for 11 years before moving back to the Vail Valley. 


With continuing education an important priority, Julie holds some of the most important Real Estate designations and certifications this industry offers:

CRS - Certified Residential Specialist

CNE – Certified Negotiation Expert

RSPS – Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist

CLHMS – Member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

GRI – Graduate, Real Estate Institute

CDPE – Certified Distressed Property Expert


2016 – Board of Directors, Colorado Association of REALTORS Business Services

2016 – 2017 – Incoming Chair, Board Services, Colorado Association of REALTORS

2013 – Chair, Board of Directors, Vail Board of REALTORS

2013, 2014, 2015 – VP Member Services, Colorado Association of REALTORS

2013, 2014, 2016 – Presidential Advisory Groups, Colorado Association of REALTORS


2014 – REALTOR of the Year, Vail Board of REALTORS

2014 – Distinguished Service Award, Colorado Association of REALTORS


Julie has volunteered for numerous organizations around Eagle County and supported them both financially and by donating her time. You will always find her at the Empty Bowls fund raiser in August for the Salvation Army.

Julie also serves as a Director for the Vail Board of REALTORS Foundation which is the non-profit part of the VBR that operates exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. 


Julie’s love of the outdoors keeps her busy skiing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing and playing golf. Her yellow lab, Harley, makes sure that she spends lots of time in the back country. She accomplished one of her “life goals” by summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. 

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Julie sold us our first home and was great! Knowledgeable, quick to respond, and had our best interests in mind! Even after closing she has been there to help us with some follow up items!

— Natalie Simmins

We have both bought and sold a home with Julie. In both cases, Julie has gone above and beyond to make the process easy and efficient. She was always available to answer questions and make sure we knew exactly what was going on every step of the way. Julie's hard work paid off when our recent home was under contract within 2 days of listing. We would recommend Julie to anyone looking to buy or sell a home and cannot thank her enough for her help!!

— Eric Saetre

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