Where did you grow up?
I was born in California, raised in Minnesota, and moved to Colorado in 1976, when I was 10 years old.
My husband, Les, and I have been married 26 years. We moved back to the Grand Valley in 2002 after retiring from 20 years in the US Army. We have 3 beautiful children. Brandon is 23 and currently an E-5 in the Army, BreeAnna is 21, a student at CMU, and engaged to a Marine stationed in Japan, and Brittanie, who is 18, will graduate from high school this May.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
Like everyone, we love what the outdoors have to offer. We enjoy activities such as boating, jeeping, and top of our list would be shooting. In fact, my twin sister and I started a gun club called Females, Firearms, and Frappes. This is for women who have little or no knowledge of firearms but want to feel confident in using them. We enlisted the help of Daniel Lente, owner of Top Shot. We grab a coffee, head out to the desert, and put into practice what Daniel may have taught us that afternoon.
How long have you worked in real estate?
I started my real estate career in March of 2007 and have loved it ever since. Also, for the last five years, I’ve been involved with the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association PR Committee, currently holding the chair position, and for ten years have enjoyed being a part of the Western Area Management Team for Special Olympics.
What would you consider your specialty?
I enjoy the many aspects of residential real estate and especially love the excitement with first-time home buyers. They’re the best!
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
No certain accreditations…if testimonials counted, I’d have tons.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold?
I haven’t had the opportunity to sell a “unique” property however my favorite story is one where a buyer was waiting on the sidewalk to look at a home I had just showed. We viewed that house and other homes as well. From conversation he knew my family liked boating but sold the boat we had due to downsizing with the economy. Of course, during the same conversation, he mentioned the boat he owned. A few days later we scheduled a time to take a second look at the home where we first met. As I pulled around the corner I noticed he had his boat parked out front. Laughingly, he asked if I wanted to climb on up…that was the end. I bought a boat from him and he bought a house from me.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
If it seems right for someone to buy then they should move forward in purchasing. They know their situation the best. In saying that though, they need to gain as much knowledge and insight as they can from people they trust in order to make an informed decision. A great place to start is meeting with a reputable lender. My personal favorite is Sherri Brown at Guild. Simply put, she knows her stuff!
What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
Selling a home is an intensely personal experience for any seller. Their home is an expression of their entire life wrapped inside four walls. This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how the home looks, including the outside. The best thing is if a seller can remove as much as they can, pictures, clutter, etc, so a buyer can visualize their belongings in their home. This would be a great time to donate! And then clean, clean, clean.
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices?
Ahhh, if I only had a crystal ball…it’s the hope of sellers for prices to go up and for buyers that they stay low. For a healthy market we really want to see a slow and steady pace.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
For reasons like this: “Lisa is amazing! She seriously is a asset to the community and was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. She is super honest, doesn’t try to trick people and is very friendly. When I first met her she made me feel like I’d known her for years!” — Cortny T.