Where did you grow up?
I grew up on a farm in Southeast Nebraska near Beatrice and Lincoln so I do have some Husker blood in me. However I left there at 18 to attend college in McPherson Kan., and then on to graduate from Colorado State. I became a Coloradoan at an early age.
My husband Craig and I have a son, Jake, and daughter, Shea, both of whom live in Denver. I am fortunate that both of my parents who are around 85 years of age are still alive. The farm life has treated them well!
What do you enjoy most
about living in the Grand Junction area?
We moved here in 1983 from Oak Ridge, Tenn., and my immediate impression was how much sunshine there is here. I still enjoy the sunshine, but Grand Junction is such an easy, relaxed place to call home. Having spent seven years in Fort Collins, we weren’t sure about Grand Junction but always thought that we could live anywhere that had an institution of higher education and CMU certainly fills that bill. I have chuckled that the the biggest “cultural event” in GJ is a baseball tournament, but we are a baseball family so we have enjoyed it.
How long have you worked in real estate?
24 years, 23 of those with RE/MAX 4000. Before I began selling real estate I was a teacher and counselor.
What would you consider your specialty?
I am a Certified Residential Specialist and residential real estate is my main focus. I particularly enjoy helping first-time home buyers and seniors. I encouraged my son to buy his first house when he was 20, so I obviously believe in the power of getting into the market early.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
I heard this phrase from a colleague once: “Your need does not constitute value.” In other words, your home is worth what a buyer is willing and able to purchase. Pricing it at higher than the market will bear will be very frustrating to you. Buyers are motivated to buy right now by low interest rates and urgency because of price increases, so if you are wanting to sell, now would be a good time. Inventory is low.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
Don’t settle. As I said earlier, your home is such an important part of your life. If you aren’t excited about it and don’t want to come home to it every day, don’t buy it. Also, look at as many homes as you can before you make the purchase — it makes you a more informed buyer.
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices?
Without a doubt, prices are going to start going up and in fact they already have. Data from our latest RE/MAX 4000 Market Watch shows a 7.9 percent increase in the average sales price from February of 2012 to February 2013.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
I have great respect for the big decision and major investment that buying or selling a home is. I work hard to understand what my buyers and sellers need and try to encourage them to do what is right for them throughout the entire process. Oh, and I believe in having fun along the way!