Where did you grow up?
Chandler, Ariz. Grand Junction reminds me of how Chandler was before its huge population boom.
My husband and I have been together for over 30 years. We have two sons. Matthew, a captain in the Marines, is married to Kim with new baby Mason Chandler. And our youngest, Alexander, is studying aerospace engineering at CU-Boulder. Stepdaughter, Crystal, lives in Denver with her family.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
The comfortable weather and stunning views everywhere I look. I love the small town feel with a few big city options thrown in. Being able to step out my front door and enjoy a safe walk is a plus.
How long have you worked in real estate?
I’ve been a Realtor since 1993. Additionally, I worked for appraisers while in college.
What would you consider your specialty?
Though I work in both the residential and commercial fields, making my clients feel #1, is my priority. Client satisfaction and completing a job that I can be proud of is more important to me than company quotas or production levels.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
I have earned the Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), as well as a BA from Colorado Mesa University.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
Seeing a happy client at a closing table is the most satisfying. Lately, I’ve had several clients say I don’t get paid enough to do what I do. Real estate always has been a tough business, but the current economics make it especially difficult. Keeping on top of things and staying well-informed is the key to a successful transaction.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold?
My very first contract — it was a grazing lease! What a crazy transaction to do for my first one. The long term results have been great. I’ve worked with those families for the last 20 years.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home today?
There are way too many important tips to choose from, but here is one to keep in mind: Work with a Realtor. There is a difference between a Realtor and someone who just has a state license. Realtors abide by the Realtor Code of Ethics as well as state and federal laws whereas a licensee is only bound by those laws.
How do you choose a Realtor?
Work with someone you feel comfortable with and enjoy being with. You’re going to spend quite some time with them. Find a Realtor who has the experience or training to deal with how complex some transactions can get.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
Expertise is needed to work through the never ending list of new issues that are caused by changes in laws, lending regulations, economics, etc. Education provides the knowledge to handle these situations. I believe lifelong education is key to both my professional and personal life.