I’m Hillary! I’m passionate about making the Catskills a place where everyone can live, work and play. I’m especially interested in housing equity: helping underrepresented groups and people who traditionally have not been able to buy property find ways to undo generational inequities through home and land ownership.
I have a relationship-first approach to real estate. I want to get to know my clients, and listen and care deeply that they understand the whole process and know I'm there for them every step of the way. My innovative thinking, offer and listing strategy, and knowledge of different areas of the Catskills ensures that I can help you find your perfect place or quickly sell your home. I’m adept at getting past sticking points as we move toward closing, knowing how to win offers in a competitive situation, and finding clients the people and resources they need in the area.
I've been visiting the Hudson Valley and Catskills areas from NYC for 20 years, both as a vacationer, and as a wedding DJ (!) at gorgeous venues all over the region. And now, I call it home — living with my partner and our poodle, Party Girl, in Schoharie County, NY (the Catskills’ best-kept secret!). I love the mountains, creeks, my garden, and the rich creative community. And, being able to access fresh foods, local farms, and farm-to-table restaurants is amazing.
Before I jumped into real estate, I spent 20 years working at the intersection of tech, art and education. I developed innovative spaces and programs for young people in and around the Bronx, NYC, and country. I went to film school and worked on documentaries for PBS, then went on to MIT for my Master's, where I studied how to make video gaming culture more inclusive.
When I’m not helping my clients find their dream home or sell their home, you’ll find me singing karaoke, reading, cooking, roller skating, knitting or crocheting. Fun fact: I’m quite tall — 6 feet!
Are you ready to call the Hudson Valley home? Are you patient, but ready to move when it’s “the one?” Then let’s work together, and have fun while we navigate this big decision together. I can’t wait to help get you to the finish line!
We had a wonderful experience with Hillary Kolos and the Upstate Curious team! She is incredible at what she does and made the whole process fun and easy. Hillary guided us through every step. She was super responsive, patient and knowledgeable, and great at explaining things. She immediately understood what we were looking for, and literally went the extra mile, driving to remote spots and tromping through the woods with us in her stylish and practical boots. She had fantastic recommendations for everything from fun hikes & places to eat to crafting our offer and connecting with home inspectors & attorneys. We felt really well looked after and luc...— Jodi E.
We had an amazing experience working with Upstate Curious! Hillary, our realtor was absolutely incredible. We are first time homebuyers and had a lot of questions and Hillary was incredibly informative, patient, and kind. I really couldn't recommend her and the team more highly. If you're looking for a more personal, hands-on experience Hillary should definitely be your go-to. Also, if you're ever looking for a good donut, she seems to know a good spot in every Catskills town 😋. We're both really looking forward to our new home in the Catskills and Upstate Curious made the experience feel extremely comfortable and easy.— Patrick S.
What a wonderful experience we had while closing on our vacation home! Hillary was extremely responsive from start to finish, while also being personable with us. Thank you for everything and look forward to hanging out in Windham! :)— Michael S.
We had a wonderful experience working with Upstate Curious - specifically with Hillary Kolos. Hillary was incredibly responsive and quick to act when we came across places that we wanted to see. She helped us work through offers (even when we were travelling abroad and in odd time zones) and when we finally found "the one" - she helped us negotiate an offer that was competitive without having us overpay. Throughout the period we were in contract, she was great at helping us line up multiple inspections, get answers during our due diligence period, and went above and beyond in dealing with atypical negotiations regarding furniture, etc. We couldn't b...— Julia L.
We can’t speak highly enough of Upstate Curious and in particular, Hillary Kolos. Hillary helped us find a beautiful home in Sullivan County and she was incredibly patient, supportive and helpful throughout the entire process.— Maria S.
We can’t speak highly enough of Upstate Curious and in particular, Hillary Kolos. Hillary helped us find a beautiful home in Sullivan County and she was incredibly patient, supportive and helpful throughout the entire process. We strongly recommend UC and Hillary to any prospective buyers!— Andrew T.
We worked with Hillary Kolos of the Upstate Curious team at Compass. She did an outstanding job listing our property. They have a huge social media influence…that combined with a great photoshoot including drone footage and Hillary’s video/audio captured our property/home at its best. This lead to 9 offers in record time with an accepted offer within a few days above asking price. Hillary is very knowledgeable of the area. That combined with her terrific personality and teamwork got us the best deal! Highly recommend…— Debra A
I first worked with Jessica Maloney, and then worked with Hillary Kolos from the Upstate Curious team when Jessica started working in a different area. The majority of the time was with Hillary (we looked at a LOT of homes), and she was great to work with! She was very easy to get along with, was very patient in answering all the questions that my wife and I always had, and was great with the kids. She was also very quick to respond to my calls, text messages and emails, and always pointed out things that were of concern in the homes we saw. She was very knowledgeable of the areas in the Hudson Valley (we searched for homes from Kingston in the East...— GT
The Upstate Curious Team was wonderful to work with! In particular our agent Hillary Kolos was the absolute best. She took the time to get to know our needs and talked to us about our goals and expectations along with the type of property we wanted to purchase (which shifted a bit during our search). We were unfamiliar with the greater Catskills area, so she helped us navigate what towns and villages would work best for our vision. Ultimately it was her recommendation to look at a village that wasn't on our radar and we found an absolute gem. We had a few hiccups during the closing process but she was right there with us providing her thoughts, sugg...— Matt B