President ~ Whitman Fine Properties
Wendalin moved to Aspen in 1989 and after obtaining her real estate license in 1990, she trained and spent two years working for Coldwell Banker in Aspen. In 1993, she was part of the opening team and worked for three years at Joshua and Company with Joshua Saslove. In 1996, she started Whitman Fine Properties of Aspen. Whitman Fine Properties has maintained a consistent sales record between 50 to 100 million each year since the opening. She exceeded $130 million in sales for 2015/ 2016 and surpassed $117 million in sales for 2017. Wendalin obtained both the GRI and CRS degrees in Real Estate.
Wendalin established Whitman Fine Properties with a strong understanding of customer service from her background in Europe, living and working for Club Mediterranee’[i] from 1985 to 1989 as an Aide Gestionnaire (Finance Manager) establishing a broad knowledge of hotel operations including management, personnel and customer service. Her last assignment was in St. Moritz where she fell in love with the Alpine/ Skiing lifestyle in a luxury resort. After spending a season at the Club Mediterranee’ St. Moritz Hotel Victoria she then decided to stake out a new life in Aspen in the customer service industry.
Her beginning foray into Aspen real estate started by working with rental clientele interested in an Aspen vacation. She found that there is a real demand for professional rental assistance in the luxury market. Wendalin has developed a strong rental division of Whitman Fine Properties that connects clients with the best rental property per their needs and enables the Aspen Home Buyer to tap into lucrative income streams when they are not using their properties. Wendalin has developed loyal relationships with her owners that experience very little wear and tear of their properties. She also has a loyal following of rental clients booking rental properties through Whitman Fine Properties year after year.
In the sales department, Wendalin Whitman is a certified expert on the Aspen Real Estate market from home ownership to investment opportunities. She is personally invested in all areas of the Aspen market from residential to commercial, is well versed in the pro and cons of each opportunity, and she knows the details of all the buildings and subdivisions in the area.
“I am a big believer that buyers in the Aspen market are extremely savvy and I am not going to try to sell them, but rather provide a fair and honest presentation of the market with an intensive and extensive look at all the options. Buyers want to know who are the motivated sellers and the best timing on making a deal. Then, they decide what the next move is. It can take a week or it can take ten years. It’s about the relationship and my reputation of integrity and honesty. This is the priority”. –Wendalin Whitman
Whitman Fine Properties offers the highest level of customer service and personal attention to assist in the renting, buying, or selling process. Whitman Fine Properties keeps a select inventory of listings so each property has a strong presence in the Aspen market. Wendalin has a close, personal relationship with her sellers and helps to coach them on the timing of the market, therefore attaining the highest sales price and attracting the right buyer.
“All of the properties that we list for sale are staged and accompanied on every showing. We take pride in this aspect as we know how to make sure a buyer gets the correct property information and sees the property in its best light.” –Wendalin Whitman
Wendalin loves living in Aspen for its beauty and athletic lifestyle. Her main hobbies are skiing, skate skiing, yoga, mountain biking and tennis. In the off-season, she strives to travel to other locations for windsurfing and diving. Wendalin is a University of Virginia graduate with a double major in Economics and Languages with a focus on Spanish. She is fluent in both French and Spanish and makes an effort to keep up her language skills from her Spanish Abroad Program through the University of Virginia, living in Madrid and her former life in Europe with Club Mediterranee’. She is involved with the Aspen Institute and other charitable organizations. In September of 2006, Wendalin took on her most important role yet as mom to daughter Leilah.
[i] Club Méditerranée, commonly known as Club Med, is a French corporation of vacation resorts found in many parts of the world, usually in exotic locations. It is considered the original all-inclusive resort.