Experienced, Energetic & Effective

Shirley Watson is an award-winning REALTOR® with more than 30 years’ experience of real estate excellence in Northern Colorado. Integrity, respect and creative problem solving are the cornerstones of her successful career, and these trademarks have helped her to be consistently named among the top REALTORS® in Colorado and the region. Among her accolades, Shirley has been named as one of the 25 most powerful salespeople in the state of Colorado by Colorado Biz Magazine. She has also been named a top relocation specialist as well as a local expert in the areas of residential and new construction home sales.

Her rich background and decades of experience brings a unique and invaluable skillset to her clients.  Although she calls Colorado home, Shirley is a native of the South. The combination of western grit and southern diplomacy serves her clients well. It is her drive to go that extra mile that keeps her clients coming back.


Shirley and her team are the best hands down! Her wisdom and advice throughout the entire process proved invaluable! I would not hesitate to recommend Shirley Watson as your realtor!Thank you thank you thank you! - JR Smart --- Shirley is the realtor you want representing you. If you want to sell or buy you want her on your team because she closes the deal either way. You pay the same price for the best realtor or the worst. Why not have the best like Shirley. - Bob and Linda M. --- Shirley Watson is the best realtor in town! She listens to what you need and finds a way to make it happen. We love her. - Wendy C. --- Shirley was spectacular at being our advocates every step of the way to make sure we got everything we needed in our first home! She relieved all stresses and made the process enjoyable! - Veronica L. --- She was very professional and a pleasure to work with. She first explained her background and experience. She sent a wonderful stager who did a great job of making my home look its best. She stayed in touch with us on every move she made and was watchful while we were out of our home. She is a very caring person.--- Shirley and those who she worked with were a pleasure. She cared for the home while I was out of it too. I definitely would do business with her again. - Bernard and Ingred O. --- Shirley has handled other real estate transactions for us in the past and we have always been very pleased with her professionalism representation and willingness to always act in our best interest.We have and will always highly recommend her. - Terry and Isabel B. --- Shirley is without a doubt the most helpful and attentive realtor I've ever worked with. She was knowledgeable friendly attentive and sympathetic to my needs. The transaction could not have been smoother. When looking for a realtor look no further than Shirley Watson. - Clarence E


  • Strategic Communications
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • Contract Specialist
  •  Effective Networking
  • Adaptive Marketing

Key Experience

  • Over 30 years of Real Estate experience and practice.
  • Served on the Board of Directors for two Northern Colorado banks over 2 decades advising in construction and real estate sales.
  • Commissioner on the Colorado State Land Board for 8 years appointed by the Governor to manage 3 million acres owned by Colorado and the C.S.U. trusts.
  • Named as one of the top Relocation Specialists in the United States.
  • Rated in the top 1/2 percent of Realtors in the United States.


Shirley Watson specializes in residential real estate sales, promoting and management. Her rich background and nearly four decades of experience brings a unique and invaluable skillset to her clients.

 Although she calls Colorado home, Shirley is a native of the South - as evidenced by her taste in music,food,and the occasional "y'all." The combination of western grit and southern diplomacy serves her clients well. Shirley can uncover the beauty in hidden gems, find a path to victory when others walk away, and spot a small detail  that may make or break a strategy. She never shies away from a challenge, and she is not afraid to give her clients sage advice.

Shirley and her Family left their Southern roots in Louisiana and arrived in Fort Collins in 1977. The move proved to be a great decision on the part of the Watson Family. Good schools, a strong sense of community and a beautiful setting combined to provide one of the highest and most unique qualities of life available anywhere in  the world. Although both children are grown, they visit Fort Collins frequently as family remains a priority in the Watson household. When spare time permits Shirley and her husband Chester enjoy fishing, traveling and just  hanging out. When the stress of life reaches a tipping point, you can find Shirley enjoying one of her greatest joys which is creating memories with one of her three amazing granddaughters and her hard-charging grandson.

Shirley attributes her work ethic and her business sense to her father."I started working for his contracting business when I was twelve, "she explains." He taught me to believe in myself and be confident in everything that I do.The greatest thing he taught me was to always have a positive attitude and to treat others as I would want  to be treated in their same situation." These are the fundamental elements to any successful business and ones that have sustained her through the years and maintained her through the ups and downs of the market. With  30 plus years of experience in the Northern Colorado real estate market, few can match Shirley's knowledge of the area. It is her drive to go that extra mile that keeps her clients coming back." My goal is not just to find a house for my clients, but to help them discover a new home."


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