Erika Doyle, CRS, ABR, ePRO
Doyle & Associates Real Estate Services, LLC
Where did you grow up?
Although I was born in upstate New York, I was blessed to grow up right here in the Grand Valley from the age of three! I attended Broadway Elementary, Fruita Middle School, Life Academy, and Mesa State College.
Family: I am so lucky to be surrounded by such an incredible family! My husband Greg and 12-year-old daughter Piper are true joys in my life. In addition, much of our extended family also lives here in the Grand Valley including our parents, several siblings, niece and nephews. Our families are volleyball enthusiasts, but we also enjoy racquetball, skiing, camping, and love to travel when the opportunity arises.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area? It is hard to pick just one aspect to focus on! However, having grown up in the area, I have to say that the Grand Valley and western Colorado in general have such a wonderful array of activities no matter your age or interests. The opportunities for our family to fully enjoy these activities all year-round are endless and we certainly take advantage!
How long have you worked in real estate?
This year I celebrated my 10th anniversary as a full-time Realtor and am so thankful for all those who helped me get where I am. Being a Realtor is much different today than when I started. Regardless of the dramatic changes in technology, new lending regulations and the overall complexities of each transaction, I feel fortunate to continue to learn and grow despite the last several years of market volatility.
What would you consider your specialty? Along with growing up in a family-owned and operated music store (Mesa Music), my family focused heavily on commercial investing and leasing. This gave me a wonderful introduction and skill set in the commercial arena. However, I’ve also found an enormous amount of satisfaction selling residential real estate… there’s nothing like helping a family attain home ownership! I am lucky to have a background that allows me to assist my clients with not only their residential needs, but with their commercial and real estate investments as well.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications? I have two professional designations of which I am proud because they truly benefit my clients. I am an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) as well as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). These designations have given me an extensive professional foundation, additional training, and a nationwide referral network to assist my clients wherever they may be moving. Only about 3 percent of Realtors have earned the CRS designation and 4 percent hold the ABR designation.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do? In a perfect world, real estate transactions would be easy… a piece of cake! However, acquiring or selling a property has become an incredibly complex process. The way one can structure a transaction is never cookie cutter. Transactions vary dramatically depending on if a property is a HUD, bank-owned, short sale, or even non-distressed/traditional. Because of the transaction diversity, my work is consistently challenging. Clients don’t necessarily observe everything we contend with behind the scenes on their behalf. So, when a client says that I made it look easy… my gratification is monumental!
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold?
One of the things I love about real estate is that every transaction is unique in one way or another. That aspect definitely helps keep things interesting. I am currently working on one of the most fascinating transactions in my career, but cannot discuss the details at this time. I can tell you that it has been a multi-year process and it all started with a dog bite!
Describe your most memorable real estate transaction.
I once sold a property whereby my client was the trustee for her niece. Money had been allocated, by her deceased grandmother, to purchase a home for this young lady… but it was to be a surprise! Over several months, I visited an undeterminable amount of properties on the trustee’s behalf as she lived out of state. I would email photos/videos back to the trustee, coordinated inspectors and subcontractors, etc. What an incredible gift it was for this young lady…a truly heart-touching and lovely memory for all involved!
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today? Sellers hire Realtors to guide and advocate for them by “listing” their home. As a buyer, contemplate utilizing an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) to advocate on your behalf throughout one of the largest transactions in which you will ever participate.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today? Make sure you take the time to interview several Realtors to find the right one for your transaction. You want someone you not only trust, but who has a verifiable track record, and written testimonials. Ask several friends who they utilized, if they were happy with how the transaction concluded, and who they recommend. Selling your home is a partnership between you and your Realtor and it can be a breeze when you select the right professional for the job!
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices? Although Grand Valley real estate has taken a true beating the past few years, there are several signs that show improvement. The available inventory is down dramatically; we are seeing multiple offers and above asking price sales on certain properties; and interest rates remain at an all-time low. I believe we will start to see small gains in the near future, although it will be quite some time before we will see a full recovery.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent? I truly love my job. By utilizing me, you get one of the most dedicated Realtors in town with lifelong knowledge of the area.You and your family will be treated with respect and will receive the expertise and experience you are seeking and deserve!