Bray Real Estate
Where did you grow up?
I had a “Leave it To Beaver” like childhood growing in suburban Long Island, New York in a town called Mineola. There was always a lot of kids around and we had the run of the neighborhood playing baseball, whiffle ball, racing soap box cars, sledding on the corner hill or just making up games. If you had a Spalding rubber ball you could play just about anything. My best friend when I learned to walk is still my best friend today.
I grew up with four brothers and four sisters. I now enjoy life here in Grand Junction with my beautiful wife Janie, my two sons Sean, 27, Danny, 8, and my daughter Bonnie, 10. Sean’s mom passed when he was a baby. He’s now an electrician in Basalt where we lived before moving to Grand Junction. Danny loves sports of all kinds, especially baseball and downhill skiing and Bonnie is our little actress who has been acting in area plays since she was 4, she had her first lead role in a performance this week.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
I find Grand Junction to be a big small town. It has the best of both worlds — small town friendliness and sense of community with big town attractions and activities. My kids have so many wonderful opportunities here, from great little league and sports programs, children’s theater programs, museums, arts and a symphony to boot. As a family, we enjoy the great outdoors that surrounds us. Hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, camping, fishing — you name it, it’s right out our back door or within a short drive.
How long have you worked in real estate?
This is my eighth year as a real estate agent in Grand Junction. In the late 1990s I spent two years building homes in Basalt.
What would you consider your specialty?
Working with buyers to help them find the right home at the right price and helping homeowners bring their homes to market ready to sell.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
Certified New Home Residential Specialist and Accredited Buyers Representative
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
Everyday is a new challenge. That’s part of what makes this a great job and so interesting. The most gratifying? That’s easy — knowing you helped someone get into a house that they will make their home.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold?
I listed and sold a property that was once known as the Pabst Estate, as in Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. It is a 6,000-plus-square-foot home on 14 acres just on the edge of town. You would never expect to find such a large home with so much property so close to town. It’s a private retreat just off G Road, hidden between the Estates and Wilson Ranch.
Describe your most memorable real estate transaction.
I worked with a home buyer in 2011 that fell in love with a home in the Redlands. As it happened, the house was part of a bankruptcy. For months I worked with the owners of the house, who were wonderful people, the bankruptcy court, and a bank that had a second lien on the home. It took a great deal of persistence, patience and cooperation from everyone involved, but in the end the sellers were happy that someone who loved their home was moving into it (as opposed to the bank), the buyers got a beautiful home and the bank recovered equity rather than losing it all through bankruptcy court. It took a lot of finagling, but the effort was rewarding and everyone won in the end.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
Don’t wait, take advantage of today’s market. With historically low interest rates and home prices way down, we’re not likely to see opportunities like this any time again soon.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
Make sure your home is ready for market when you first put it up for sale. Don’t make a half-hearted effort. Price it right and present it right — there are no second chances at a first impression.
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices?
Prices seem to be at or near bottom right now, along with rock bottom interest rates. I don’t see prices jumping up quickly, they’ll stay flat and they slowly appreciate. The number of sales will escalate with new home buyers taking advantage of interest rates and move-up buyers ready to sell and also take advantage of today’s market.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
Two words — Integrity, and persistence. You can rest assured that I will be honest with you and everyone I deal with, and you can be confident that I will continually and consistently work for your benefit. You won’t get a half hearted effort from me.