LS: Coffee with Brandon Siefried
Siefried is a avid hunter, a loving father and a busy Realtor
Brandon Siegfried knew he liked the outdoors so he set his sights on an environmental degree.
When that didn’t lead anywhere, the 34-year-old found a career that allowed him the opportunity to get outside.
Siegfried is now a real estate agent, and when he’s not selling houses, he spends much of his free time with his wife and two boys or hunting.
While sipping coffee, black, no sugar, at Donut Shop Plus, Siegfried talked about the real estate business, his boys and hunting.
Gemaehlich: How did you get into real estate?
Siegfried: I graduated from Mesa (State College) with an environmental degree. I left here after school because there was no work. After being gone for two years, I realized there may never be a convenient time to get an environmental job and move back to Grand Junction. I packed up my truck and moved back here from South Dakota. I knew I wanted to live here and I had to figure out how to make a living. It was a giant blessing that real estate worked out.
Gemaehlich: How did you originally get from your home state of South Dakota to Grand Junction?
Siegfried: I walked away from a scholarship at the University of South Dakota and showed up here at the time when (Mesa State) couldn’t give me (a scholarship) because it was about three weeks before football started. Coach (Jay) Hood said I could earn a scholarship, and I got into a field I was very interested in at the time.
Gemaehlich: What has your experience been like being a Realtor?
Siegfried: What you put into it is what you get out of it, as far as making a living. ... Sales is a tough business. Most people have a game plan as far as how to succeed in sales, but very few people follow through with it and stick with it. It’s an under appreciated business. In the end, you believe in the service you’re providing. You have a general appreciation for your efforts. Those are the days it’s worth it.
There are times in sales, you shake your head and wonder, “why do I do this.”
Gemaehlich: What do you like about being a Realtor?
Siegfried: I do enjoy the flexibility as far as controlling my own schedule. That doesn’t mean I work less.
I can tell you this, I never do take a nap in my office. It’s not that it gives you the license to slack off.
If you slack off, you’re not going to produce. We’re in a totally different market than we were eight years ago when I got in the business, and it’s changing daily. It’s definitely a slow market.
We’re at 1,600 active listings right now, which is actually down from four months ago. We hear about inventory backing up, but the fact of the matter is, the inventory has been going down the last few months.
It’s a combination of people not extending their listings, waiting for the market to come back, keeping it off the market or withdrawing.
It was a sellers’ market the first seven years I’ve been in the business.
Gemaehlich: What’s the advantages of being a Realtor?
Siegfried: I’ve been able to pick up a handful of rental houses. Being in the market every day, it helps you identify better deals, no doubt about it. My favorite buyers are first- time buyers and home investors.
Most want the best deal they can and the most for their money. Lots of times, I call it hunting for real estate.
Gemaehlich: Do you have some horror stories being in real estate?
Siegfried: There’s always different challenges in the business. There have been times I’ve had a house under contract four or five times before it closed.
I’ve had two deals where the buyer actually defaulted and called me and told me they are not moving to Grand Junction.
I’ve had probably eight clients in eight years I’ve actually had to fire based on personality. It was not a good fit.
Gemaehlich: What do you do outside of work with your flexible schedule?
Siegfried: One of the nice things about having a flexible schedule is with two young boys, Logan and Jake, and they are 2 and 4, it allows me to take a couple hours out of the day and go hang out with them.
It allows me to do some fun things like fundraising for Ducks Unlimited. I’ve been the area chairman the last two years. It allows me to fall back on the environmental part of my college days with my degree and do something on a conservation level.
They’re all about wetland conservation. DU conserved over 12 million acres of wetland property since 1937.
We’re getting ready for our annual banquet on March 14 at Two Rivers (Convention Center). We got the top flight award for being one of the top growing and producing Ducks Unlimited chapters in the country. We had more than 125 people at our banquet last year.
Our goal is to have 400 there this year.
It allows me to go out and use my salesmanship for wetland conservation.
Gemaehlich: How did you get into Ducks Unlimited?
Siegfried: I heard through some friends at the (Mesa County) Sheriff’s Department that these guys needed some help.
Even though I’m more into big game hunting than waterfowl hunting, it has become a passion. They needed the help and that’s why I signed on to help them out.
Gemaehlich: When did you get into big game hunting?
Siegfried: I’ve been archery hunting since I was 12 in Minnesota and South Dakota. I didn’t get to do much hunting at Mesa (State), but archery elk hunting season is definitely a time when I take a couple weeks off.
Gemaehlich: You’ve got two boys. Is that something you want to teach them?
Siegfried: Absolutely. In fact, I’ve already taken the 4-year-old out with me rabbit hunting a time or two to give him a taste of that.
I plan on taking him out spring turkey hunting.