Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, a gritty mill town in the Midwest. I left for college and never returned. I worked for 25 years as a consulting engineer and my family and I followed my career all over the country. Before moving to Grand Junction in 2001, we had never lived in one town more than five years.
I have an amazing family, my wife Joann (the better half of 1st Choice Real Estate) and three grown children. Our oldest daughter, Netana, is in medical school in Parker, Colo. Chad, our son, is a senior at CU studying aerospace engineering. Avivah, our youngest daughter, is at the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
I love everything Grand Junction has to offer. We moved here so we could enjoy the outdoors 365 days a year. As a family, we ride, hike and ski every chance we get. What we didn’t realize was how incredible the people are that make up this community. The friendships we have gained and the business relationships we have developed are priceless.
How long have you worked in real estate?
I have been working in Real Estate since 2003. In 2005, Joann and I started 1st Choice Real Estate CO, Inc.
What would you consider your specialty?
My specialty is buying and selling unique properties. I typically buy and sell properties that are one-of-a kind, from fix and flips to million-plus properties.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
The most challenging aspect of my job is to ensure that each and every transaction completes. Once an offer is in place, it is imperative that every detail from inspection to appraisal to closing is addressed in a timely manner.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
The one tip I have for anyone looking to buy a home today is to not settle for OK. Make sure you purchase a home you will be happy with for many years to come.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
I always tell sellers to look at their home through the eyes of the buyer, minimize clutter and pack away items you do not use on a daily basis. You need to make your house stand out from the competition.
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices?
I study the price of real estate in the valley religiously and publish reports to my clients. Overall, sales under $500K have been steadily climbing for the last few years, while homes in the higher price range are still languishing on the market. As consumer confidence grows, I see growth in sales across all markets.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
The reason my clients choose me is they know that I will work relentlessly on their behalf. I always make sure that I understand what my client is trying to achieve and help them accomplish that goal.