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 more fully focus on luxury real estate sales and join Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in the Vail Valley. After Malia began full-time real estate sales in March of this year she quickly put under contract (and eventually closed) 17 million dollars in listings within the first month. Malia is a Regent for LuxuryRealEstate.com arming her with an array of 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.
Malia is known as one of the most “tech savvy” Realtors in the Vail Valley providing cutting edge marketing and online presence. 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 Whos 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 (12) and Logan Nobrega (7). They have been members of the Cordillera Golf Club since 2006 and are also members of the Vail Gondola Club in Vail Village. Malia is on the Vail Board of Realtors technology committee, the syndication task force, and the finance committee.