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At LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, our people make the difference! Learn more about one of our remarkable brokers, Jill Masters, in her personal Q&A.

How long have you been in the real estate industry for? After serving the Telluride community as a paramedic for more than two decades, I made my way back into the business of buying and selling homes in 2005.

What initially drew you to the real estate industry? I worked part-time in a real estate office back in 1990. I was volunteering at the time as an EMT with the Telluride Fire Protection District and putting myself through Paramedic school. I became a full-time Paramedic shortly thereafter. Around that time, we sold our home and purchased another one in town. It was so helpful having some knowledge of the industry and I knew one day I would pursue a career in real estate.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in your career? I was elected to be a part of the Telluride Town Council the same year I got my broker associate license and returned to the real estate profession. I learned so much during my time on the Telluride Town Council about the building and planning process, working on affordable housing projects, and as liaison to our Historic Architectural Review Committee. I also served eight years on the Telluride Association of Realtors Board of Directors and was President in 2012. I was later elected in 2014 to serve as the Colorado Association of Realtors Mountain District Chair and represented all of our mountain resort associations. I am proud of my leadership role in my community and our industry but I am even more proud of the fact that all four of my adult children now own their own homes!

What makes LIV Sotheby’s International Realty unique? LIV Sotheby’s International Realty has an incredible global reputation and yet has a very local, high-touch presence in our resort markets. The level and number of professional support staff and marketing services are very impressive. I love that LIV SIR is about living and lifestyle and that the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Kristen Muller, grew up here in Telluride and was my daughter’s classmate. It makes LIV SIR feel like a family.

What is a trend that you are keeping your eye on right now in the industry? The trend of more people moving to resort mountain towns and our small community of Telluride has provided challenges in the affordable housing market. The limited inventory may give cause for more public-private partnerships for creative development. On a more global level, international laws have changed under the current administration restricting the flow of foreign cash which, could impact foreign buyers and the luxury housing market.

Personally, what drives you in this industry? I enjoy helping people realize their dream of a place here. I am so lucky to live in a resort town and share my lifestyle with my clientele – many who have become good friends.

What are you passionate about? I am very passionate about the Telluride community and have served on many fronts. I was voted Community Realtor of the Year in 2009 and 2011 by the Telluride Association of Realtors.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of the office? Most days I can be found hiking with my Goldendoodles, Lake and Park, who love living in the mountains as much as I do! I like to mountain bike in the summer and cross-country ski in the winter. I also enjoy downhill skiing with family and friends and showing clients around the mountain. I also enjoy Crossfit, not really a hobby but more of a good habit. My husband and I like to travel in the shoulder seasons, either to visit family or to travel internationally to a new destination. This coming winter, my son Bailey who is on the Telluride Ski Patrol, will be doing a ski patrol exchange in Tignes, France. We plan to visit and ski in a new resort with family members and friends who share the love of being in the mountains and the outdoor lifestyle.

What’s your favorite part about living and working in Colorado? It is incredibly beautiful here and I never get tired of that! Living in a small resort town and being a part of the community, you see people you know from all walks of life as you walk down the street, in the restaurants, and on the slopes.

What community do you live in? What do you like about it? I have called Telluride my home for over 40 years. My favorite part about living and working in Telluride is waking up every morning to see the surrounding mountains and feeling grateful. We live in a very pedestrian-oriented community and I can walk my dogs, walk to the slopes, and to concerts and festivals. We usually ride our bikes to restaurants and to the gondola which, connects Telluride and Mountain Village.

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