Amanda Welch Taiclet
Amanda Welch Taiclet
Keller Williams Colorado West Realty, LLC
2474 Patterson Road #100
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Where did you grow up?
Denver, Golden, and Lakewood, Colo.
My significant hubby, Kevin, and I just celebrated our 17th anniversary, and my amazing son, Chris, lives in Tempe, Ariz., with my even more amazing grandson, Riley. At home, our lab, Max, and Hanna, an Aussie/Border collie mix keep us covered in hair along with our cat, Cassiopeia Christmas, who I call CC for good reason. I am second from the youngest of six (three boys, three girls). My family heritage is Colombian and I was often referred to as the neighbor’s kid at parties when my parents couldn’t explain my blond hair and blue eyes.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
Quality of life! I’ve lived in four other states and I have never enjoyed better weather, nicer people, or more beautiful scenery. The grandeur that surrounds us makes the valley a destination for travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, and retirees. The activities, landmarks, proximity to every convenience, changing seasons, and star-filled night skies let Grand Junctionaires (as I like to refer to us) live every day the life others work their whole lives toward.
How long have you worked in real estate?
In 2000, I obtained my real estate license in Nevada where I had the opportunity to work with land and commercial developers. In 2005, I moved to Grand Junction and obtained my Colorado broker’s license. I found residential real estate much more enjoyable and haven’t looked back since.
What would you consider your specialty?
My specialty is in educating my clients on the residential market and protecting them from the pitfalls of contractual obligations. Because I’m willing to invest time in educating on the process, first-time homebuyers are gratifying to work with. In response to market demands and client needs, I adapted my focus to become a short-sale specialist. I also speak Spanish which enables me to better serve the Latino community.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
You mean all those little letters printed after my name that everyone wonders about? Yes! I am a strong advocate of continuing education. I want to represent my clients not just with experience and knowledge, but with humility in the never ending challenge of improving my value and service. My certifications include: Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI); e-PRO® Technology; Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR); and Certified Home Rescue Expert (CHRE). I am particularly proud of my Premier Service® Diamond Elite award for reaching a 100 percent customer satisfaction rating.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
Being the difference that made the difference! With so many variables involved in a real estate transaction, the only thing I can control is the EFFORT I make to achieve my Clients’ goals and protect their interests. My job puts me on the front lines of people’s lives and it’s a great feeling to know I was present at a turning point in someone’s life that helped them down their next path.
Describe your most memorable real estate transaction?
I could never just name one but the closings that were the most rewarding were always the ones that were the most challenging. Whether it was for credit issues, inspection hurdles, or the contortions required when dealing with the bank’s convoluted process in a short sale. It’s funny, whenever I think the last one was as hard as it gets, the Lord says, “Oh yeah?”
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
Get educated on market values and inventory levels, and select a Realtor willing to communicate the reality of real estate, which starts with your financing. Looking at properties outside your price range is fun but counter-productive and will ensure your disappointment when you’ve set your expectations well beyond your budget. Touring properties within your price range will contribute to your knowledge on market values and in making educated offers. Keep in mind on your home tours to look past the cleanable and fixable and get to the potential.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
Select your Realtor, don’t let them select you. Ask as many questions necessary to be comfortable and if you’re ever made to feel anything but, find someone else. There are no dumb questions and you can’t ask too many. Communication and market knowledge will minimize the anxiety and stress of this arduous process and your Realtor should be providing that service. Also, CLEAN! CLEAN! CLEAN! And not just the furniture and floor… look UP! Those cobwebs and wasp nests greeting potential buyers send a costly message questioning the lack of care and maintenance of your home. There is no detail too small, including lowering toilet seats for home showings or pictures ( a personal pet peeve)!
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices?
I’m not an economist but all indicators point to a recovering market. Statistics show homes are selling at 97 percent of list price and average days on market in certain price ranges are indicative of a sellers’ market. Although much of the increased values are a result of diminished inventory, I hope the increase continues at a healthy LOW rate which will prove long-term gains overall and avoid the volatile market experienced these past years. So my forecast is 365 days of partly sunny.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
I was raised with a strict work ethic and I don’t compromise my ethics or service. I turn off my cell when meeting with clients; I commit to selling your home, NOT listing it; and I never give up even when my labors have exceeded diminishing compensation. I’m armed with superior and technologically advanced marketing tools and I am bi-lingual in Spanish. I will put these values to work for you. Until then, warmest wishes for a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
“Excellence you expect. Service you deserve.”