Bray Real Estate
1015 N 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Where did you grow up?
At a very young age my parents moved from Glenwood Springs where I was born, to Grand Junction. After graduating from Grand Junction High School, I was drafted into the Army and was deployed to Vietnam. After the service I returned to Grand Junction and attended Mesa College when it was a two-year school, and moved to Ft. Collins, and graduated from Colorado State University. I lived and worked in Denver, and then returned to Grand Junction. Grand Junction is my home and I can’t ask for a better place to live.
My children are the most wonderful part of my life. They make me very proud parent in more ways than one, but they all are and will be college graduates. I have three wonderful children and two granddaughters. Kelly, my daughter, lives in Leadville, Colo., and works for the St. Vincent Hospital. She has one daughter. Andrew, my oldest son, is married and works at Teltech, and is a senior at CMU, and is a veteran of Iraq Freedom War. He and his wife Bre have a beautiful 19-month-old daughter. My youngest son, Casey, graduated from Colorado State University, lives in Ft. Collins and works for T-Mobile.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
Grand Junction has everything I need with all of the outdoor activities, recreation, four seasons, and culture activities. I can hunt, fish, ski, golf, and ride my ATV or my motorcycle. The mountains, the landscape are perfect for all of my recreational activities. Grand Junction has all the arts and culture activities that fill my needs.
How long have you worked in real estate?
I obtained my license in 1989, while I was working for a bank in Denver. After banking became a job and not what I expected, I obtained my broker’s license. At the time I owned a home in Denver, and one in Grand Junction. It was an easy decision, once the home sold in Denver; I was moving back to Grand Junction and selling real estate. The background in banking prepared me for my real estate career. For 23 years I have been helping families to find the right home for them.
What would you consider your specialty?
My main focus is residential, income properties, investments properties, vacant land, and mountain properties. I am qualified to handle any type of real estate property.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
I was one of the first Realtors® in Mesa County to have the prestigious e-Pro Certification, and I have CRS Certification (Certified Residential Specialists). The CRS takes in to the account of the number of years of experience, volume of transactions per year, and a several two day classes to earn that certification. There are approximately 35,000 CRS real estate agents in the United States.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
Real estate is a people business, and when you work with people you are finding them a home and not a house. Personalities vary so you have to make those adjustments within yourself. It is very gratifying to see buyers and sellers excited about their moves, whether it is their first home or one of many. It is always an exciting time.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold?
Each property has its uniqueness. The one that stands outs the most is a vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This was a 20-acre vineyard with micro drip system on East Orchard mesa.
Describe you most memorable real estate transaction?
I remember just about every transaction and people that I have worked with as they have become friends as well. The one that had the most emotional reaction was a transaction on Gunnison Avenue where the elderly lady and her husband had built their home in the early 50s, and she had to move to assisted living. She had lived in the same home for over 50 years.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
Build your cash up, pay all your credit cards on time, know your financial status and get a pre-approval letter. Having a pre-approval letter will increase your chances of your original offer being accepted.
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices?
Having lived in Grand Junction since the 1950s, the prices go up and down. In the 50s the early 80s, prices were high and then went down. Today, I see our prices at a stable price, not too high and not too low. People will always be buying and selling homes. Prices in the future will eventually creep up as the consumer price index increases as well.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
My goal is to treat people the same way that I like to be treated. I try to explain the process and details that go into making an offer and what to expect down the road. Communication, organization, and plenty of detail goes into acquiring a property. I have those skills and I am constantly trying to improve them. The Buyers and Sellers hopefully will become friends of mine, and then in some cases their children could be a future homebuyer. Referrals are very important, I know the market and I know real estate.