My name is Barbara Rankin and I am a Realtor and Broker Owner of Cornerstone Real Estate Rocky Mountains. I have been in real estate in Summit County since December of 2005, and have personally assisted over 200 clients with the successful purchase or sale of their home in Summit County. I am also one of the few USAFA graduate Realtors in the area, and I am a Certified Negotiation Expert, and a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.
My husband, Todd, and I decided to live in Summit County because we can't imagine a better place to be. Between us we've lived in over ten states and visited all fifty, lived in three countries and visited over 25, and Summit County is where we want to call home.
I grew up with a father enlisted in the Air Force, so I lived in many places and got the travel and outdoor bug early. I, too, joined the military when I left home, and graduated with a B.S. in Legal Studies from the Air Force Academy in 1996. I spent the next 6 years as a Financial Officer stationed in Dayton, Ohio (where I earned my Masters degree in Business Administration at Ohio State University) and Tokyo, Japan (where I mastered chopsticks).
We moved from Tokyo to Seattle, where I spent two and a half years selling medical equipment during the day and traveling, climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking at every opportunity. After having planned and saved for over four years, we left Seattle at the end of 2004 to travel the world. We spent 9 months traveling and biking, and 2 months working at wineries in Walla Walla, Washington for the grape harvest. Our travels gave us amazing experiences, and resulted in a lot of soul searching about what we want out of life. After spending years commuting to the mountains in our free time we decided to move to the mountains permanently. We spent quite a bit of time trying to decide on the perfect place to settle down, and we couldn't be happier since we chose to put roots down here in Summit County. We love everything that this area has to offer, and are excited to share our mountain playground with others.
In the military I learned honesty, integrity, leadership, and attention to detail. In medical sales I learned how much I love taking care of the needs of my customers. In all my outdoor and travel experience I learned that I enjoy sharing and teaching just as much as doing things on my own. I chose to do real estate because it combines all my education, experience, skills, and passion into a job where I can truly use them to the benefit of others. My goal is to help my clients achieve their real estate goals, while enabling them to relax, enjoy the mountains, and let me take care of the details. By being responsive, attentive, and knowledgeable, I hope that each of my customers will feel like they are my only one. We choose to own our own real estate company in order to be able to provide the highest level of customer service possible.
Barb was great to work with. Really appreciated her attitude throughout. She allowed us to make the decision & did not push us toward certain decisions. It was very apparent that her motive was to help us find a place we would be happy with, and not to make money off us. Once we made the decision, she made the purchase part simple! Thanks for everything Barb! - Garret & Jacy, Golden, CO
A quick note with lots of gratitude. We found our association with you to be professional and pleasurable. Thank you for all of your advice, expertise, tenacity and patience. After 27+ years of income real estate and the associated gang of realtors, I can truly say you were the only one who almost made it a “fun” experience. High praise indeed!...You are the very best! - Ann & Larry, Denver, CO
We again would like to express our sincere appreciation for all your assistance, and your efforts beyond the call of duty during the purchase and remodeling of our condo. We will, without hesitation, refer all our friends to you should they need real estate expertise in the mountains. - Larry & Dawn, Greenwood Village, CO
We think you are the best agent we have ever worked with and we have worked with some good ones over the years...We feel like your support has been outstanding.—Rick, FL
Barbara, thank you for all your due diligence, unfortunately with the economy we are not in a position to buy right now. When we do, we will buy through you. You are the best realtor I have encountered. I also felt you gave us the true scoop, not just a sales pitch. Many thanks. - Robin, FL
We really enjoyed working with Barbara. She was professional, reliable, and patient with us throughout the process. Thanks! - David & Allison, Aurora, CO
Outstanding performance in every way. Thanks so much.—Bill, Fort Collins, CO
Barb was great! From helping with on-site logistics that could have ballooned into problems to continual handling of my partner & I in our high maintenance/long distance situation...For my needs I would use Barb repeatedly. My partner and I DO plan to do further business up there & with her. Great energy, great enthusiasm, truly related/connected with my wife & I. - Jeff, Albuquerque, NM
Barb was superb! None better. She was very timely, patient when she needed to be, and helped close the deal effectively. - Jay, Longmont, CO
Barb is an incredibly nice person as well as being super smart and professional! We had a great experience. - Adam & Marcia, Denver, CO
Amazingly easy despite being 4000 miles away. Excellent at keeping us updated throughout the whole process. We still seek Barb's advice about the Keystone market today. She is always right on with her advice and recommendations. A pleasure to work with! - Ligaya & Patrick, Kaneohe, HI