Ray Rickard

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Ray Rickard ccim

RE/MAX 4000 Commercial
120 W. Park Drive Ste. 200
Grand Junction, CO 81505
970-250-1128
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Where did you grow up?
I was born in Upstate New York, my father was in the Air Force and we lived in different locations before retiring in Colorado Springs. My wife, Janette and I moved to Grand Junction in 1975 where I became involved in the home building industry. We left Grand Junction for a couple of years in the 80s and returned with our son, Scott and our daughter, Lisa.

What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
Enjoying western Colorado with vast amounts and diversities of public open space and opportunity, I participate in fly fishing, falconry, climbing the occasional 14er, and generally exploring this beautiful country. This area is full of people with commitment to their interest and passions, biking, hiking hunting, even mushroom hunting, vineyards, etc. It’s all good!

How long have you worked in real estate?
I acquired a real estate license in 1986 and then joined at RE/MAX 4000 Inc., in 2002 to the present.

What would you consider your specialty?
I have always been involved in some form of real estate, home building, development and buying and selling. As a RE/MAX Commercial Practitioner, I find that the best tool I have is to be surrounded by the best in the industry; the agents, the office support, the ever-expanding technology, lenders, title companies, legal and environmental professionals. Listening to and learning from the sellers and buyers helps keep me focused.

Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
In 2011 I was awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. The CCIM designation is awarded to commercial real estate professionals upon successful completion of a graduate-level education curriculum and presentation of a portfolio of qualifying industry experience.

I am also an Accredited Commercial Professional (ACP) — an exclusive RE/MAX designation for qualified Commercial Brokers. RE/MAX Hall of Fame, Platinum Club and Chairman Club.

What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
Effectively selling commercial real estate in today’s market environment can pose significant challenges, as well as determining and using the best online and offline resources for the benefit of client. Helping someone achieve their goal is the gratifying part of this business.

Describe your most memorable real estate transaction.
The most memorable real estate transaction that comes to mind was not mine. An agent in the office had been working with and had just finished assisting a buyer with the acquisition of a new home and a new 30-year loan. The buyer was 91 — the ultimate optimist. 

What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home today?
Understand your market place, I was given a couple of tips that I always think about:  The stone age did not end because they ran out of stones.  When everyone wants to sell – buy. When everyone wants to buy – sell.

Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
As a CCIM and a REMAX Commercial Practitioner I will assist with every stage of your commercial requirements and goals. Working together to achieve your goal and backed by local and global networks we have access to the skills, knowledge and resources to handle deal structure, due diligence, financial and transactional processing, which are all critical elements of the transaction.

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