Coldwell Banker Commercial, Prime Properties, LLC
Where were you born? How long have you lived in the Mesa County area? What do you like most about it?
I was actually born in St. Mary’s Hospital and was raised on a farm about seven miles northwest of Fruita. We grew alfalfa hay, feed corn and sugar beets. We also fed up to 2,000 head of cattle. It was a fantastic place to grow up. My brother, Ross and I are only 15 months apart so we always had a companion to do things with. We grew up on the working end of a shovel. I have always loved the recreational activities available here. At a young age it was dirt bike riding, skiing and water skiing. Now that I’m “old” it is mountain bike riding, hiking, golf and doing any activity with family and friends.
My wife, Susan, and I have been married for more than 31 years. We have a son Brian who manages real estate for a Fortune 500 company based in Denver. His territory is everything they own east of the Mississippi River. Fortunately he and his wife Lauren and their five-month old son live in Centennial and not in the midwest. Our daughter Sarah is a Pharm D (doctor of pharmacy) and works at the VA Hospital here in Grand Junction. She is married to Sean who is a pharmacy student. They are able to live here in Grand Junction which excites Susan and I.
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
2012 is my 29th year in the real estate business. I began working for a development company in 1983 and then went into general real estate in 1984. What did you do before that? Prior to that I managed a family practice dental clinic for one year and prior to that I began my post-college work in the construction business.
What is your specialty and what does that mean for the people you work with?
I am strictly a commercial and land broker. That means I sell and lease commercial and industrial properties of all types, including retail properties. I am a member of ICSC, the International Council of Shopping Centers, which is the largest retail association in the world and I’m a CCIM, a Certified Commercial Investment Member, analyzing and selling investment properties. I’m also a Realtor’s Land Institute member and I’ve been fortunate to sell some large ranching operations over the years. My number one goal is to work with property owners, buyers and sellers to create wealth-building investments. I get great satisfaction seeing my customers succeed in their real estate investments.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy an investment?
Get information. Know more about the property and property issues than the seller does. And then, buy it right. You seldom profit when overpaying for a property.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a property?
Look at proper leasing as a method to increase the value of your asset. An income stream may be easier to sell than a vacant property.
Why should someone choose you as their real estate agent?
Loyalty, creativity and experience. My goal is your success.
What do you most enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love to spend time with my family and to recreate with them. I also enjoy flying airplanes as well as doing some sedate things like analyzing companies listed in the stock exchange and collecting wines.
Any final thoughts?
We live in one of the most exciting areas of the world. I am proud to be a western Coloradoan and I take equal pride in the successes of my family and friends.