Where did you grow up?
I was born at St. Mary’s hospital right here in Grand Junction and have lived here all my life. I’ve never wanted to leave, but I do love to travel.
I’m blessed to have my husband, Dan, two sons, Garrett and Grant, three dogs, three horses, and a cat that make up our busy household.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
I think what I love most about living in the valley is all the outdoor recreation and the season changes. Golf, hiking, tennis, fishing, and snowmobiling are some of our favorite ways to take advantage of this beautiful area and weather we have.
How long have you worked in real estate?
I have been a full-time Realtor for almost seven years and have enjoyed every minute of it. Before that, I owned and operated my own business for 20 years. Being in the service industry is definitely my forte. I’ve always lived by “Do what you love, and love what you do!”
What would you consider your specialty?
My specialty would have to be residential property, though I try to be educated and in tune to what’s available and going on in the market with any kind of property.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
I put a lot of time and effort into continuing education and technology. My current Designations are SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), CNE (Certified Negotiations Expert), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) and will finish with my CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) in January. I’m also fortunate to be president-elect for the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
For me, the biggest challenge in real estate right now is sitting down with a homeowner and telling them they have lost value in their home. None of us wants to lose money on an investment. On the other hand, it’s so gratifying to help someone get their property sold or find just the right property to purchase when they are making a change in their life.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
If you are looking to buy, get pre qualified with a good lender first, avoid gimmicks, and use a Realtor who can help you negotiate effectively and give you statistics that will help defend any offer you make. It’s a great time to buy.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
On the selling side, get clued in to what else is on the market that compares to your property. This will help you price it correctly. And always be show-ready. The easier your property is to show, the more activity you will get.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
I’m positive, energetic, and responsive. I’ll be up front and honest with you and will run my legs off to make your transaction the easiest it can be. I believe having an agent who loves their job and has a strong network will help make your buying or selling experience totally enjoyable.