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Jill Limberg

Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty
Chair

Diane Emert

RE/MAX Partners
Director

I am a Real Estate Professional who provides superior real estate experiences for buyers and sellers locally, out of state, and for those making lifestyle transitions. My clients’ satisfaction is my highest priority, and I am not afraid to step it up when it comes to my client’s best interest. 

My team is efficient and works seamlessly to create a productive and stress-free experience for all. We will work closely with you and masterfully guide you through every step of the process, extending our service long after the sale. 

Being a Steamboat resident for over 25 years and raising my daughter here has offered me firsthand experience about the Steamboat lifestyle. I know Steamboat and the surrounding area better than most including specific neighborhoods, local businesses, and affiliates which makes me your target area real estate specialist. 

Service and giving back to my community are imperative to me; from serving on non-profit boards and committees to participating in community events to improve our town and assist those in need. I have an honest, straight forward approach and my insight regarding people and negotiations as well as having an in-depth knowledge of Routt County allows me to connect my expertise with my clients. 

I hope to see you around town and look forward to speaking with you about your real estate goals.

Meg Firestone

Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty
Immediate Past Chair

Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Meg attended Miami University and received a B.S in Finance. She moved to Chicago and worked on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for ten years. Starting as a runner and eventually becoming a broker in the Eurodollar Option pit, Meg was a partner with Telluride Group. After ten years of the rat race, Meg and husband Steve, decided to move to Steamboat Springs, CO to start a family. They have lived in the Yampa Valley for 27 years, and now have two sons. Originally, Meg was a stay at home mom with tremendous volunteer participation in a variety of facets in the Steamboat community. Currently, she is Past Chair of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors. Her past community involvement includes being a board member of Yampa Valley Medical Center, Healthcare Foundation of Yampa Valley, treasurer and board member of the Steamboat Springs Hockey Association. She has also coached 8th grade volleyball for nine years. In her 'free time', you can find Meg enjoying the incredible outdoor activities in Steamboat: skiing, jogging, hiking, biking and after 10 years playing recreational ice hockey and one broken ankle, she has taken up pickleball. Meg's enthusiasm and passion to assist her clients in all facets, makes her a tremendous choice for your Steamboat Springs real estate needs. Let her bring your Steamboat real estate dreams to fruition.

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Cindy MacGray

Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty
Honorary Past Chair

Louis Nijsten

Choice Realty & Management
Treasurer

Michelle Parilla

The Group Real Estate, LLC
Director

MEET MICHELLE
Michelle was born and raised just outside of Chicago in Oak Park, Illinois. Upon returning home from a vacation in Colorado, she knew she was destined to live in the mountains. In 2006 Michelle made that dream a reality, relocating to Denver where she spent the next 10 years working as a Revenue Accountant as well as the National Events Manager for clients such as the MS Society, Association for Suicide Prevention, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and Cycle for Survival. Fast forward to 2016 where the opportunity to relocate to Steamboat Springs presented itself. Michelle didn't hesitate before the words blurted out of her mouth, "of course I will move to Steamboat", and the rest is history. She has loved setting down roots in Steamboat over the past 5 years, and looks forward to many more years in this great community. 
 
WHAT DO I LOVE MOST ABOUT REAL ESTATE? 
While there is a lot to love about real estate, Michelle's attraction to become a Real Estate Agent stemmed from her desire to help people. Being a transplant to Steamboat, Michelle understands why those who were born here stay here as well as the allure for those who want to relocate. Creating relationships, which is the backbone of Michelle's real estate practice, has helped her stand apart and create a lane for herself in the Real Estate market of Steamboat in which her goal is to always exceed her Clients' expectations. 
 
IN MY FREE TIME
You will most often find Michelle in town floating down the Yampa River, hiking up Emerald Mountain, or strolling around downtown, always with her big black lab Duke. Michelle, while not a chef herself, loves to go out for a great meal. You will most likely run into her at Mahogany Ridge, the patio at Yampa Valley Kitchen, enjoying happy hour at The Laundry, or enjoying sushi at Tahk Omakase. 
 
Whether you are looking to buy or sell in Steamboat, Michelle hopes that you will allow her to work for you. 
 
ACCOLADES 
2018 Rising Star Award!               2019,2020, 2021 Mile High Club Sales Award
2019 & 2020 Best of Zillow.        2020 & 2021 Steamboat Board of Realtors - Elected Director
2020 and 2021 Best of the Boat, Voted #1 Real Estate Agent in Steamboat 
2021 Colorado Group Realty Broker of the Year
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Loui Antonucci

Steamboat Mountain Real Estate
Director

Niffy Bube

Steamboat Ski Town Real Estate
Chair Elect

Niffy is a Wyoming native who, thirty years ago, fell in love with Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley. Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she grew up as part of the fourth generation to carry on her family's cattle ranching heritage. Niffy has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming and is an alumnus of Up With People, Cast D 1992. Niffy and her husband, Chris, met in Steamboat and raised their son, Jack, in Steamboat and have enjoyed all facets of life that the Yampa Valley has provided. Before her real estate calling almost 20 years ago, Niffy enjoyed teaching at Soda Creek Elementary school here in Steamboat Springs. However, her ranching background sparked her affection for the historic homes and land that are the backbone of the Yampa Valley and Steamboat Springs area. Her appreciation for this history and the joy of helping people sell or buy a place they can call home is why she became a Realtor®. 

Whether you're looking for a residential, ranch, investment, or commercial property, Niffy will strive to make your real estate adventure a gratifying, fun, and successful experience.

Member of Board of Directors for:

  • The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors
  • Chair for Old Town Hot Springs Flip, Flop, Fete event 
  • The Routt County Conservation District (past)
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James Howser

Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty
Director

Sharon Pace Ward

Steamboat Mountain Real Estate
Director
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Derek Hodson

The Steamboat Group
Director

Derek decided to become a real estate broker because of his innate desire to interact with and help people. Having been in sales since he was a kid, Derek has honed his skills over decades, becoming a casual, low-pressure teammate to buyers and sellers who want to enjoy the experience as they buy or sell their home. Derek moved from Virginia to Steamboat Springs in 2004 to take a teaching position at Colorado Mountain College. Since then Derek has worked for CMC, Steamboat Resort, and spent 10 years as general manager of Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare. As a resident and a participant in the Steamboat community, Derek has fostered many relationships across the broad spectrum of local residents.

Derek moved to Steamboat so he could make an impact in a mountain community. He earned a degree in Urban Planning from Radford University in 1995, which contributed to his desire to improve the community he lives in. Living in Steamboat, where there are already interested residents, has made it even easier for Derek to find ways to give back.

Derek understands, relates, and empathizes with people who are overwhelmed by the home buying experience. He is a strategic problem solver who understands what the end result needs to be and can maneuver around the obstacles to get there. Derek enjoys the art of negotiating and works comfortably with the other side to help close the sale.

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