Donna J. Merten, a leading broker associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Southwest Metro office in Highlands Ranch, has been named a Five Star Real Estate Agent by 5280 Magazine for the second consecutive year.  The list of metro Denver’s premier real estate agents is featured in a special section of the September 2011 issue of 5280 Magazine. 

In partnership with Crescendo Business Services, 5280 Magazine surveyed all Denver area residents who purchased a home valued at more than $100,000 along with more than 10,000 subscribers to 5280 Magazine.  An additional 870 surveys were sent to mortgage and title companies who are often best at judging a real estate agent’s technical skills and knowledge. 

The subsequent list of Five Star Real Estate Agents is an elite group, representing less than seven percent of the licensed agents in the Denver area.  Out of 13,700 metro Denver residents holding a real estate license, only 927 of the top-scoring real estate agents made this year’s list. 

Merten earned her real estate license in 1976 and holds several special designations recognizing the successful completion of stringent continuing education courses in real estate.  She is a member of the South Suburban Board of Realtors, the Senior Advantage Real Estate Council, the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, the Colorado Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.  Merten is a Coldwell Banker Previews Property Specialist and a member of the Council of Residential Specialists. 

The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Highlands Ranch is located at 9088 Ridgeline Boulevard, Suite 200, and can be reached at 303.779-9501.  Merten may be reached directly at 303.829.1228 or via e-mail at