Dawn H. S. Mullin


Dawn H. S. Mullin

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Vail - 230 Bridge Street
230 Bridge Street
Vail, CO 81657

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Born and raised in the Windy City of Chicago, Dawn grew up in a real estate family - her father was a commercial broker specializing in retail leasing & her mother focused on residential transactions. The irony is it never crossed her mind that she would one day make use of this "education" and have a very successful real estate career.  Instead, she was an avid athlete. As a highly accomplished figure skater and ice dancer, Dawn was able to transfer many of those skills and became a fully certified ski instructor at the age of 19: something that, later, would have a profound effect on her life.

Her first visit to Vail was in 1980 when she was taken by the magnificent mountain community and found the people to be “genuine, kind & friendly”.  A fact that remains true today and played a big part on a decision made two years later.

After graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration: majoring in Marketing, Management and Pre-Law, Dawn pursued another love - retail sales. Having worked at Marshall Field's and Ann Taylor during high school and college, she accepted a management position with The Limited and subsequently assisted in opening the first Express store. At the time, the owner of the corporation owned a home in Vail that was part of an incentive program for the top managers. Dawn still loved skiing, and knowing she could return to a successful retail sales career at any time, she accepted a position as Co-Director of a ski school in a small Wisconsin resort - Wilmot Mountain - which is now owned by Vail Resorts. She maintained her involvement in sales by actively marketing the ski school and working for a ski industry representative responsible for 22 lines. That year, she was selected to become an Examiner for the Professional Ski Instructors of America. As luck would have it, she was also offered a position in a place she had grown very fond of, Vail, with the Vail/Beaver Creek Ski School.

Arriving in Vail in 1982, Dawn immediately started teaching private lessons and developed, as she says, "an incredible clientele - people who, to this day, are some of our very dearest friends." Wanting to keep a balance in her life, she accepted a position, with what was then Vail Associates, as a Marketing and Sales Representative during the non-winter months covering an eight state territory. Her ski clients often wanted her to join them while they were looking at real estate. With a wedding planned for 1988, the Marketing Department program changing and realizing the value and trust her clients placed on her opinion, Dawn decided it was time for her to make a change, too. She earned her real estate license in 1988, the coveted GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) Designation in 1992 and her Employing Broker's license in 1993.

After working for a competitor for seven years, Dawn joined Slifer Smith & Frampton's anchor office on Bridge Street in Vail Village in 1995 where she can often be found working well after 6:00 PM.  Truly committed to her clients and her profession, she has also completed six additional designations and certifications that clearly set her apart from others with her depth of experience, skills and knowledge: CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) Designation, CRS (Certified Residentail Specialist) Designation, CNE and MCNE (Certified and Master Certified Negotiation Expert) Designation, RSPS (Resort and Second Home Property Specialist) Certification and TRC (Transnational Referral Certification). You will not find a more professional, caring and detail oriented Broker!

When asked what she does in her free time, she laughs: "What free time? With my wonderful husband, Larry, and two incredible young men: Keaghen (19 - Miami University) & Tristen (14) to love and nurture plus working full-time, volunteering at the boys' schools, there isn't any free time!" She still loves to ski, take hikes with their rescued pooch, Lexsi, and be outside as much as possible in the summer - often working in the garden. She loves to entertain, too, which allows her to share her passion for cooking with friends throughout the year.

She also believes in giving back to this compassionate community by actively volunteering for local organizations and charity fundraisers. She has donated more than 2,500 hours over the years to the Eagle County Charter Academy, Vail Christian High School, Children's Garden of Learning, Vail Valley Medical Center Auxiliary, Vail Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Group, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail Board of Realtors and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Vail Snow Angels.  Most recently, she was selected as a Director of the Vail Board of Realtors Foundation in 2015 and has been the VBRF Board Chair for the past two years.

"The true value in life is about the journey and the relationships you build along the way.  Helping people make their dreams come true and then watching them enjoy that dream - making heartwarming lifelong memories with their loved ones and friends - that has been my greatest reward for more than 28 years of being a devoted Vail Valley Real Estate expert.  It's the friendships that I cherish most!"

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill





From the time we first started looking with Dawn, she has been great! She has an incredible depth of knowledge about real estate in the Vail area as well as the process of buying a vacation home. She knew the history and background of every area and more importantly to us, the pricing as well pros and cons of each. She is honest, very professional, direct and her opinions were based on fact. I would highly recommend Dawn Mullin. Cindy and Bob Moore, Chicago

— Cindy & Bob Moore, Chicago, IL

One of our life's dreams was to own property in the Vail Valley. Because of Dawn's tireless efforts in showing us potential homes here, we found the perfect place and we now live here full-time. Thanks, Dawn, for helping us find the perfect house for our life style.

— Nancy & Paul Bigsby, Vail, CO

"We couldn't be happier with our 3-bedroom condo at the Austria Haus. It's everything we wanted--and more--without the hassles of maintaining our own residence from afar! Dawn's "soft sell" approach as a realtor helped us to make our choice, knowing she had our best interests at heart. She was delightful to work with, and her knowledge of Vail and its surroundings enabled us to make the best decision to meet our family's needs. Thanks, Dawn!"

— Adele and Roy Igersheim, Rockville, MD

For the first time ever in selling a home, I was happy to pay the commission; well earned!!!

— William Roberts, Attorney at Law



Dawn has excellent people skills and market knowledge. She is enthusiastic, very prompt in following-up and hard working. You would find comfort in trusting her with such an important matter during these difficult market conditions. I did!

— David Juran - Real Estate developer

You really went the extra mile to prepare the condo. I was able to rely on you completely! I can't thank you enough!! You really did a superior job!!! Thank you:)

— Kath Gold - Seattle, WA

Dawn was a pleasure to work with. She is knowledgeable, attentive and a good listener. She understands her customer and never becomes frustrated with ever-changing needs.

— Mindy and Mark Field, Harrision, NY

What a pleasure working with an organized, professional that researches her information, is a fountain of knowledge and responds quickly! I felt assured that Dawn had MY best interests at heart. She spent time getting to know me, discovering what best suited me and offered alternatives. Even dealing with a difficult seller, Dawn persevered when others would have been rattled or given up. She turned a very difficult negotiation into a smooth transaction. Not only did I find exactly what I wanted in Vail, but I found a new friend. What could be better!

— Gloria McMahon, Director, Citigroup Global Markets

Thank you again for your prompt response to my request. It was nice to talk with you and I hope things are going well for you. I don’t believe I ever slowed down to tell you how much I appreciated your help in moving the three properties in Beaver Creek for me. Your professional attitude and the promptness in getting those properties sold was the best I have ever seen in Beaver Creek. As you know the previous agent I had was awful. He simply listed the property and waited for someone else to sell it. You on the other hand were very proactive and used your contacts and ability to find a buyer in order to get excellent prices and very prompt sales of all three properties. I just want to say a belated Thank You! I would always be happy to be a reference for you and you may feel free to give my name, phone number and share my absolute recommendation of you with any client you have. Any friend I have buying or selling in Beaver Creek or Vail will know from me that you are in my opinion the very Best there.

— John Porter, Palm Beach, FL

Dawn Mullin was professional, helped us focus on properties that fit our priorities and price range. She was especially helpful in the process of presenting an offer and following up on information about closed properties in the Vail Valley that helped us determine our offer. She was flexible with her schedule and a delight to work with. We have referred our friends and recommend Dawn to you.

— Katie & Jim Kellen, Denver, CO

I dreamt of owning a place in Vail for 20 years. My wife and I decided to pull the trigger while my oldest son is still at home. We also felt an investment in Vail was a good alternative to the stock market in 2002. If the value of our Vail condo goes down (which I doubt), at least we'll have something to show for it. To assure ourselves that owning a place in Vail did not cause a financial burden, we decided to look for a place we could rent when we were not using it. Dawn Mullin provided a significant amount of information about the pluses and minuses of various locations in Vail in addition to specific information about the rental history of every property we looked at. Her efforts required quite a bit more time than most RE Brokers are willing to spend. Dawn did so gladly. Like anyone who has placed their RE business with Dawn, we now consider her a friend.

— Mike and Sherre Flavin, Chesterfield, MO

Your work is exceptional!!!

— Alan Gay, Aurora, CO

Dawn has been fantastic.

— Jim, Vail CO

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