Where did you grow up?
I’m an Air Force brat. My brother, two sisters and I traveled across the United States and from Asia to Europe with my Dad and Mom while living on many Air Force bases during my school years. We always considered Colorado to be “home” and when it was time for me to go to college I chose Colorado State University.
I met my husband, Rick (principal in Chadwick, Steinkirchner, Davis and Co., CPAs) while at CSU. He was born and raised in Grand Junction and after my graduation in 1973, we were married and Grand Junction become my real home. We raised our sons, Marcus and Alan, and enjoyed many adventures with them through the years. Grand Junction is a wonderful place to have a family. It is a little city with a small town feeling filled with citizens who really care about the community we live in. Someone said that having sons is a blessing because they bring wonderful daughters-in-law and that is certainly true for us. After our sons graduated from college (Marcus from West Point and Alan from Univ. of Colorado/Denver), we welcomed Kelly and Alyce into our family. Almost three years ago our grandson, Alexander, was born and he is a joy!
Life Before Real Estate
I was a teacher at GJHS and FMHS right after college, teaching Distributive Education/Business and coordinating with my students and their after-school employment which I obtained for them. When my sons were little, I served as a volunteer on many of Grand Junction’s projects that were just starting in the 1980s; Mesa County Economic Development Council, Colorado Riverfront Trail, and DooZoo Children’s Museum. During those years, I started playing golf and was on the board of the Colorado Women’s Golf Association, also serving as tournament chairman for numerous tournaments around the state. Locally, I organized and was the chairman of the Elam/BLT (Bookcliff, Lincoln Park, Tiara Rado) golf tournament for nine years. The top women amateur golfers from Colorado and Utah met in Grand Junction to compete for three days of fun (and golf) every August.
Real Estate Career:
I became a Realtor in 1991 and worked at Bray and Company for 18 years, specializing in residential real estate. I worked with a business partner, Betsy Jameson, at Bray. After her retirement in 2010, I moved to RE/MAX 4000. I have been involved with the lot development and new construction phase of many new subdivisions as they evolved during the real estate boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s: Independence Valley, MoonRidge Falls, Country Lane, High Pointe and The Casitas at Summerhill were some of the subdivisions that I sold.
I value real estate continuing education a great deal. Since every transaction is different than the last one, the more knowledge a Realtor has will benefit everyone involved. I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Certified Negotiations Expert (CNE), Graduate of Realtor Institute (GRI), and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE). I was honored to be chosen as Grand Junction Realtor of the Year in 2006.
Real Estate Activities:
Early in my career, I became involved with our local Association of Realtors (GJARA) and served on the board of directors for three terms. Since 2002, I have been a director on the board of the Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR). The professional standards aspect of our industry is my passion. Realtors take an oath to follow the Realtor Code of Ethics when they join the National Assoc. of Realtors. NAR governs its members to ensure that those ethics are upheld. I have been the chairman of the Ethics and Professional Standards Committee for Colorado for two years and currently serve on the State Professional Standards Committee. We are all independent contractors and any buyer or seller who has worked with more than one Realtor knows that we all work differently from each other. By following our Code of Ethics, Realtors set themselves apart from people who are “just licensed” to write contracts.
What is one of the most challenging parts of being a Realtor:
In today’s market, I must say that the misinformation on the internet is quite challenging to overcome. Sellers trust websites like Zillow and Trulia to have accurate information about their properties. This is a mistake in many instances. Since for most people the sale or purchase of their residence is the largest money transaction that they will ever be involved with, they should have a trusted advisor who will have a positive impact and not just a website “guesstimate”.
What is one of your most memorable transactions:
It is awesome to see all Real Estate transactions, with all their moving parts, come together at closings. It was very memorable to see a 54 year old single mom who had never owned any property close on her new home. We have some true professionals that Realtors coordinate to become part of the transaction team; mortgage lenders, title companies, appraisers, contractors, inspectors, roofers, painters, and handymen. There were a lot of hoops to jump through for everyone involved in that purchase, but seeing her family move from being renters to homeowners was very gratifying.
Any tips on hiring a Realtor:
Buyers and sellers should hire a local full time Realtor, who treats their business as a business, to professionally assist in the transaction. Ask lots of questions when you are interviewing an agent.What is their experience in the local real estate market and how successful are they in selling real estate. When it is time to negotiate your sale or purchase it will be important for you to be represented by a Realtor who is very organized, respected in their profession, and has a history of working well with other Realtors.
I love being a Realtor. I value my clients and appreciate their referrals and would love to use my expertise and experience to assist new clients to meet their real estate goals. Call me, lets talk about Real Estate!