Having grown up in the Vail Valley Malia moved to the area as a young girl in 1979 where she attended elementary through high school. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing, continuing on to obtain her law degree (JD) from the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law. Malia finished 6th out of 254 students in her class at DU, was a member of the DU law review, and was inducted into the Order of St. Ives.
After an initial career in commercial litigation, and although she still maintains her law license, Malia chose to no longer actively practice law, changing her career from law practice to real estate when she moved back to the Vail Valley to start a family with her husband Jay Nobrega. She and her husband purchased Malia’s family real estate brokerage firm and property management company, Crossroads Realty, which has operated in Vail since the 1970´s. Malia and Jay sold Crossroads Realty’s Property Management Company in 2014 allowing Malia to fully focus on luxury real estate sales and join LIV Sotheby’s International Realty in the Vail Valley. She is a Regent for LuxuryRealEstate.com and the exclusive broker for the Haute Residence Luxury Real Estate Network for the Vail Valley. This arms her with an array of additional powerful, exclusive marketing tools and solutions to showcase her listings to targeted elite buyers worldwide.
Malia and her husband own Vail Construction Group, a luxury residential general contracting company that produces some of the most impressive residential construction in the Vail Valley at a remarkable value to their clients. She and her husband also own a local millwork shop, Vail Millworks, which produces luxury millwork and also produces some of the most unique local luxury custom furniture for general contractors, interior designers, and local furniture retailers such as Worth Interiors.
In her first year, Malia was the 9th producer in Vail based upon sales volume and is known as one of the most “tech savvy” Realtors providing cutting edge marketing and online presence. She was named “Outstanding Rookie” by Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate in 2015. Her genuine enjoyment of technology helps keep her on top of an ever evolving industry. Malia’s wide array of experiences with marketing, law, property management, and construction and development help her embody “all things real estate” and make her an invaluable resource to her clients. As a true professional and lifelong Vail local, Malia helps her clients find the best possible situation for their unique real estate needs so they can may enjoy all the Vail Valley lifestyle has to offer.
Malia is also quickly branching out and leveraging the vast network of luxury agents throughout the United States and internationally through Sotheby’s International Realty and Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate where she is a Regent for the Vail Valley. Malia prides herself in connecting friends, family and clients with other like-minded and passionate agents in whatever market they are buying or selling residential real estate. Malia sees her diverse background as being ideal to serve her clients well as their residential real estate advisor and takes this role very seriously dedicating herself to locating the real estate professional that is the best fit for each particular client.
Malia and her husband have two children, Dylan (14) and Logan (8). They have been members of the Cordillera Golf Club since 2006 and are also members of the Vail Gondola Club in Vail Village and is a Future Founders Member of the Vail Valley Foundation. Malia has served or currently serves on various Vail Board of Realtors committees including the Syndication Task Force and Technology Committee.
Malia Cox Nobrega, LIV Sotheby's International Realty — Mar 22Vail Valley Market Report January 2016 | Malia's Analysis
Malia Cox Nobrega, LIV Sotheby's International Realty — Mar 22Vail Valley Market Report 2015 Year End
Malia Cox Nobrega, LIV Sotheby's International Realty — Feb 23
We recently hired Malia to list and sell our home in Vail, Colorado. We honestly were not initially planning on listing with her as we have friends and know various Realtors in the area, but we decided meet with her before we made our final decision. We were shocked when she presented her marketing plan and gave us examples of what she would be doing to market and sell our home. The amount of ingenuity and work that she puts into her advanced marketing efforts was obviously exceptional. Her passion is infectious and just hearing about some of the details encouraged us to make a swift decision to list with her. We felt that it was best to keep friendship out of selling one of our largest personal assets and potentially straining a relationship. Malia did everything she promised and more. It was pretty humorous because we even emailed some of the marketing materials to a good friend of ours (the websites, email brochures, and video) because we knew he doesn’t think much of real estate brokers and we were interested to see his reaction. He replied back something to the effect of “congratulations you found the one great Realtor out there.” Not only does Malia use high tech methods to market her listings but she also uses the old school approach by having various print ads to promote our home in the local paper and real estate magazines etcetera. She had several ads promoting our home in print at all times. It is important to note that Malia effectuated all of this on her own arranging access to the neighbor's home for showings even though it was not on the market for sale. She used her great relationship the other homeowner and also explained to them that access to their home would likely result in a higher price for our home which, in turn, would promote stronger values overall in the complex. The bottom line is where can you find someone that grew up in the area, has a background as an attorney, an incredible ability with marketing and technology, and combines that with a work ethic that drives her to go the proverbial “extra mile” then I don’t know why you would hire anyone else. Malia truly raises the bar. We cannot recommend her enough and have already done so and will continue to do so.
Seth and Mary Barsky — Apr 06, 2016
In a word...Sensational! Malia's level of expertise is top drawer. She is a true professional and is supported by a staff equal to her expectations, and most certainly ours. She is a thinking woman who is clearly in touch with the market as well as her clients needs and expectations. Her marketing skills reflect a practiced eye for showing a property in it's very best light.
Morris and Helen Ginsburg — Mar 26, 2016
Malia was fantastic throughout the process. As a native of the area she was extremely helpful in all aspects from our first phone call to closing. She took the time to understand my needs and help me focus on the right properties and maximize my visits to the area. She played my interests to ultimately help me find a great home in Vail, but also aid in all the issues that come with any process doing anything needed locally as I was remote. I highly recommend Malia without hesitation. You would be in great hands.
Joe Mrak -CEO of FolioDynamix — Oct 28, 2015
We are currently working with Malia Nobrega to buy our next home. Malia had come highly recommended to us by a friend who had worked with her in the past. Malia has an extensive and intimate knowledge of the HOAs in the Vail Valley because she has her own property management company. This was particularly helpful because as we reviewed each potential home, Malia already knew how we could potentially change the exterior of the home to better suit our needs. For example; adding fences and tree removal at one home we liked and leveling out a slight slope to create better play space at another. She also has a legal background which was really helpful as she was able to help us put together an offer (on a home we liked) within the unique buying/selling contingencies we are currently facing. We didn't know if Malia would even work with us as potential clients as she typically works with clients buying and selling higher end/luxury homes. We need not have worried; Malia was as responsive to us as any of her other clients buying and selling bigger and more expensive homes. On several occasions we called her after driving by potential homes and liking their curb appeal she was quick to offer us tours of them.... right then and there. "I'll meet you there in 15 minutes" was always her response. We also found that Malia really listened to what it was we were looking for and was quick to find us a number of potential homes that we could really envisage living in for the next 30 years. She has an excellent creative eye and always had excellent suggestions as to how to enhance certain features within homes to 1. better suit our needs and 2. easily add value to the home. We have put our search for a new home on hold for the winter and will revisit this in the spring and will continue to work with Malia at that time. Even after we had told her we had decided to put our search on hold until the spring Malia was happy to show us further homes we liked the look of to help us explore/research/better understand the market. We never felt like we were wasting Malia's time. She definitely encouraged us to 'get a feel for what is out there.
Rachael Stroker - Edwards, Colorado — Oct 28, 2015
Malia took on a very complicated real estate transaction and was able to pull off a small miracle! Some deals require someone that works at a higher dedicated level which Malia provides. I highly recommend Malia for real estate business requirements. She is intelligent, personable, and has a high level of integrity.
Mitchell Karlin — Sep 15, 2015
I could not believe I stumbled upon a Realtor with this combination of connections and expertise.
Jayme Ferrnandez — Sep 15, 2015
Malia was fantastic throughout the process. As a native of the area she was extremely helpful in all aspects from our first phone call to closing. She took the time to understand my needs and help me focus on the right properties and maximize my visits to the area. She played my interests to ultimately help me find a great home in Vail, but also aid in all the issues that come with any process doing anything needed locally as I was remote. I highly recommend Malia without hesitation. You would be in great hands. End testimonial regarding Malia Cox Nobrega, luxury real estate broker in the Vail Valley, Colorado.
Joe Mrak CEO of FolioDynamix — Sep 15, 2015
Malia is very professional, she is knowledgeable in every aspect of the sale. No details were overlooked thru the entire process. She made many honest recommendations throughout the sales process to keep us informed on market value. The most important detail is she worked for us thru every step of the process thru closing no rocks unturned.
Marcy Perry -Mountain Star — Sep 15, 2015