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Where were you born? How long have you lived in the Mesa County area? What do you like most about it?
I was born in Steamboat Springs. Home from the hospital was a 35-mile horseback ride to Range Creek, a ranch in Utah, west of Desolation Canyon. After a year of roughing it, I was sent to live with family at our ranch in Arizona. I returned to Mesa County with my dad in 1960. After a couple of years in Alaska, I have been here ever since. I love the vistas, the seasons, being able to hike most of the year and enjoy the outdoors.
Sam Susuras and I have been married 9 years. Between us we have four daughters and one special grandson – Sam.
How long have you worked in real estate?
It has been my lifelong career. I started working in my grandfather’s real estate office in high school. I have operated my own office since 1976. The great thing about real estate is the variety. Areas of interest for me have been vacant land, working with investors and exchanges. I have rehab-ed over 80 properties. A background in accounting has helped with financing.
What is your specialty and what does that mean for the people you work with?
Problem-solving is important in every area. It is interesting to understand what buyers or sellers wish to accomplish and find the best solution.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home?
Interview Realtors until you find someone you are comfortable working with and who will tell you truthfully how realistic your price and goals are. Next step is find a lender to work with. Lenders will help you prepare for homeownership in consolidating debt, improving credit scores — whatever steps you might need to find the best loan at the best rate. The right Realtor will help you in determining just the right home for you and your family.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home?
Your Realtor will help you in pricing your home correctly for the market. It is not fun keeping a house “show ready” any longer than necessary. Be open-minded when your Realtor suggests tips that will help your home sell more quickly. The clean, uncluttered home with street appeal will usually sell quickly.
Why should someone choose you as their real estate agent?
My investments are in real estate, including self directed IRAs. I treat each transaction with the same care I would for myself.
What do you most enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Anything outside — hiking, horseback riding, travel in Colorado and away. Time with family and friends is the best. My five-year term on the Grand Junction Area Chamber board ends this year. I believe regulation and political affairs are important to us all. Currently I am chairman of governmental affairs for the Grand Junction Area Realtor Assocation and federal political coordinator for Congressman Scott Tipton. We monitor all legislation affecting private property rights.
Any final thoughts?
My grandfather had a saying on his letterhead “There is no substitute for land or gold.” Home is the most important investment to most of us. Investment in real estate is always sound if we can afford it and take care of it.