RE/MAX Two Rivers Realty
Where were you born?
I am actually a true Colorado native! I was born and raised on a farm and ranch near the small town of Fowler in southeastern Colorado.
How long have you lived in the Mesa County area?
My wife June and I moved from Fowler to Grand Junction in the fall of 1981 and I started selling real estate for Monument Realty just prior to the oil shale bust in the spring of 1982. We fell in love with Western Colorado and the people here. We decided to stay despite the tough economic conditions and we are glad we did! “Tribulation brings about perseverance, proven character and hope” and hope doesn’t disappoint!
What do you like most about Grand Junction, Colorado?
We love it all, particularly the true change of seasons. From spring runoff and summer camping, fishing and golf, to fall harvest and winter snowmobiling and skiing. Grand Junction is a great place to live, raise a family and have community among real people with true character and honest values.
How long have you worked in real estate?
Thirty-one years — the first 11 as an associate at Monument Realty and the past 20 as co-owner of RE/MAX Two Rivers Realty, Inc.
What did you do before that?
Being raised on that farm near Fowler instilled in me a love of land and private property rights. Real estate has been my career since leaving the farm in 1981.
What is your specialty and what does that mean for the people you work with?
We are a general brokerage firm, listing and selling any type of property with a deed. I personally have sold everything from large farms and ranches to commercial buildings, from some of the most expensive luxury homes to starter homes. I have helped develop, build and market homes and vacant lots in many of the Grand Valley’s premier residential communities. I’ve sold recreational land and second homes all over the Western Slope, a water ski lake on the Colorado River and have completed a 9-way property exchange. That’s just the experience 31 years in this business gives you and that experience and creative thinking is a huge benefit to my customers. I thrive on selling challenging properties and am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with some of the best and most unique properties in our area.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home?
Here’s my tip: Don’t listen to just “one tip.” When you are about to undertake one of the most complex and important transactions of your life, get all the information you can from all the sources you can. Analyze it all with a competent and experienced broker before you make a deal. Contrary to popular opinion, buying and selling real estate is not a simple task. Owning your own home or retreat or investment property can be the most rewarding and satisfying experience of your life, but the potential pitfalls and liabilities when buying and selling can be deep and wide if not handled properly. Call an expert, get some legal and/or tax advice if you need it, and let an experienced Realtor help you coordinate the transaction.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home?
Refer to tip No. 1 above!
Why should someone choose you as their real estate agent?
My experience, knowledge, creative thinking, energy and ability to make myself available.
What do you most enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Real estate is not the only love of my life. I’ve been happily married to my high school sweetheart and amazing wife June for 32 years and we have 4 daughters, 3 sons-in-law and 9 grand children (all under the age of 6). We enjoy family time outdoors golfing, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling or working on our small mountain ranch on the Grand Mesa.
Any final thoughts?
We live in very interesting times right now and there are a lot of opportunities in our community, not just in real estate. More importantly, we have the opportunity to invest time and resources into other people’s lives. June and I enjoy giving back to our community through various youth and church organizations including Mesa County 4-H, Wake Up Ministries, and the Children’s Miracle Network. I encourage everyone to look beyond their own back yard, reach out and speak into someone else’s life. I’ve been the recipient of this in the past and it has helped me fulfill the calling on my life.
Thank you, to all those that have spoken positive things into my life.