Chris von Trapp Team

The Chris von Trapp Team, recognized year after year by Coldwell Banker for excellence in sales, serves buyers and sellers in Chittenden, Addison, and Franklin counties. The team, led by Chris von Trapp, brings tremendous sales experience and skill to every transaction. Realtors Sheila Jacobs, Laine Margolin, Irene Poole, and Closing Coordinator Claire Smith offer expert service with the utmost professionalism…and a dash of humor!

Chris von Trapp

Phone: (802)846-9525


Chris von Trapp has been a top-producing real estate agent in northwestern Vermont for nearly 30 years and has achieved Coldwell Banker’s highest honors.  Working with both in-state and out-of-state buyers, as well as sellers of every type of property from starter homes to unique historical properties to million-dollar luxury homes, Chris has guided hundreds of clients through many challenging real estate markets. He is rated as a Premier Agent on Zillow and is highly respected among his peers in the local real estate market. With a background in landscaping and plant and soil science, Chris is also uniquely experienced with all types of land transactions, from large subdivisions to homebuyers looking for that perfect building site.  Testimonials from his past clients illustrate how Chris’s experience, likeable personality, and keen eye for valuing a property have provided them the professional guidance needed to find their perfect home.

Chris is also a proud member of the internationally recognized von Trapp family, depicted in the classic movie, “The Sound of Music.”  Like his grandparents, who settled their family in Vermont decades ago, Chris has raised his 3 children here and enjoys the outdoor life with his wife, Kelly.


Claire Smith


Claire is a licensed real estate agent and oversees the marketing and closing coordination for Team von Trapp. She has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and owned her own advertising agency for 12 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. In her role on the Chris von Trapp Team, her goal is to provide clients with exceptional customer service and attention to detail whether marketing their homes or helping buyers through the closing process. She has two daughters and lives in Colchester.

Sheila Jacobs


Sheila began her real estate career in 1994 at the Northwestern Vermont Board of REALTORS® and enjoyed serving its members in many capacities for over ten years. In 2005, Sheila became a licensed Realtor which allowed her to work directly with buyers and sellers. Sheila's proficiency with technology, coupled with her experience and enthusiasm, have proven to be an award-winning combination. In 2017, Sheila made another advancement in her career by partnering with Chris von Trapp. As a member of the successful von Trapp Team, Sheila's valuable experience is an asset in serving both listing clients and buyers.

Laine Margolin


From the first time Laine Margolin visited Vermont the incredible landscape, superior lifestyle and abundant recreation captivated her. Laine, her wife, and two rescue dogs finally made their dream a reality by purchasing a home in Shelburne! Diving head first into the community, they are so excited to officially call Vermont home. “We were sold on Burlington from the moment we saw it and we are forever selling its virtues to others,” Laine stated.

Real Estate has always been a huge part of Laine’s life. Her family owns a real estate company in Massachusetts and growing up she always admired their devotion and fulfillment in the field. She spent 6+ years as a Leasing Consultant for a busy Real Estate firm, balancing a high speed, high demand region while keeping focus on customer care, attention to detail and exceeding all company sales records. Throughout her life she has found joy in helping others, “Knowing I can help someone with the biggest decision and investment of their life is what I most enjoy.” She is ready, willing and capable to help you through every step of your real estate needs; whether it’s selling your home, buying your dream home or simply moving across town. Laine is here to help.

Irene Poole


After living in many parts of the country, Irene settled in Vermont in the 1990s, attracted by the green, wild, and mountainous landscape. Even before becoming a real estate agent, Irene had a fascination with property, especially houses that needed work.

Irene decided to combine her passion for helping people with her interest in real estate and joined the Chris von Trapp Team. Chris, a fellow Addison County resident and REALTOR®, brings nearly 30 years of experience in residential homes, luxury estates, investment property, land, and new construction.

Because of Irene's diverse work history (massage therapist, assistant judge, mediator, non-profit director) she is comfortable working with a wide range of buyers and sellers. When not working, Irene volunteers as an EMT with Bristol Rescue and takes long walks on the roads and trails near her home in Ripton.