Redlands Realty LLP
2518 Monument Road
Grand Junction, CO 81507
Where did you grow up?
I grew up 10 miles west of Chicago and had an idyllic childhood. At 19, I worked in downtown Chicago in the advertising/typesetting business for 11 years. I loved big city life.
In 1986 I was living in the Chicago suburbs when I met my husband. We had three daughters together. I moved to Grand Junction in 1991. I was working as an IT telecommunications engineer before I became a Realtor. I live in a Redlands condo with two dogs, Loki and Jax. My oldest daughter Brittany, 26, lives in Denver and works in the restaurant industry. My daughter Lauren (25) lives in Denver and is a full-time mom to two boys, Jaden, 4, and Landen, 1. Marissa, 21, is a senior at Colorado Mesa University. Family is extremely important!
What do you enjoy most about living in Grand Junction?
After living the “big city life” in Chicago, I am ecstatic about living in Grand Junction! Sunshine, weather, skiing, biking, hiking, boating, golfing, parks and camping. Community support, churches, hospitals. The Mesa, the Monument, wineries, peaches, festivals, concerts, farmer’s markets. Several disc golf parks and a new one on its way down on the River Trail. All this without traffic and no catastrophic weather. What’s not to love?
How long have you worked in real estate?
I worked in real estate for six years. Most of my practice was with Century 21, but as of Feb. 1, 2013, Mary Rose Keil and I opened up our own business, Redlands Realty LLP. Things are going extremely well. We are located in the Metro Broker building near Dos Hombres in the Redlands, 2518 Monument Road in Grand Junction. We always welcome new clients, and invite our current clients to stop in anytime! We focus on working very close with our clients and their families making sure they receive top quality service! After all, making the most important/expensive purchase of your life requires a lot of attention, detail and care!
What do you consider your specialty?
Residential is my specialty, but I will take on any type of real estate transaction. I thrive on challenges.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
I have a binder in my office filled with several accreditations, certificates and awards. As in technology, the the real estate industry changes constantly. Education is very important to me, plus keeps my mind young. I serve on the MLS committee of the local real estate board.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
The most challenging part of my job is that I’m never “done working for the day.” This job does not turn off….ever. It’s kind of like being a mom. The most gratifying is having the ability to help others! And people respect you. And on that note: Happy Mother’s Day to all moms…
What’s the most unique property you’ve ever listed?
The Stucco Mediterranean condos. I had to work extremely hard to obtain the listing on this project. It was like applying for a government job. I was really excited to represent the seller. They are a “new look” in Grand Junction. They are located next to Tiara Rado golf course in the Redlands. Their unique architecture attracts much attention.
What’s the most most memorable property you’ve listed and sold?
It was run-down manufacturerd home on four acres of dry desert land in Whitewater. I had to get power of attorney signed by 13 brothers and sisters, none of whom lived in Grand Junction. What a fiasco that was trying to round up everyone, get them to the notary, send back paperwork and then had to do the same to disperse funds. Final payout: $1 each, or something like that. I have to plug Land Title for helping me through that one. The funny thing is I received a ton of interest in the property. I took a giant piece of plywood and scrawled in big black crooked paint strokes “$60,000 for 4 acres.” More people called me from that sign than any professional sign I’ve ever had posted. Challenge: Yes. Conquered: Yes
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
Your home is what you make it, if there is love in a house, it will be a home. Look for a Realtor who listens and truly cares about your values, lifestyle and budget. We are here to help you! It’s our specialty!
What is the one tip you have someone looking to sell a home today?
Show your home with pride. The pride-of-ownership home sells quickly!
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices?
Real estate prices have increased some this year, and will rise very slowly. It’s still a good time to buy; because interest rates are still at all time lows and prices are stable.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
I have very much compassion toward all my buyers’ and sellers’ decisions. I will go the distance to get them information they need. I do not ignore or deduct any of my clients’ needs. I truly care and I want my clients satisfied! My experience and knowledge are my guiding tools!