Realtor News for March 16, 2014


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Stellar Realty
Stellar Realty, which originally opened in the summer of 2013, finished the year strong and is looking forward to a very robust 2014. Mark Shaw, a Grand Junction native with over 30 years of real estate experience reported that Stellar has seen consistent growth in listings and sales and contributes the success to the focus he and his team place on their clients and providing real service and real results.

With the real estate business growing and new construction on the rise, it presented the opportunity to be part of the growing real estate market. Stellar Realty has two divisions of specialties: resale of existing residential properties and new home construction.

“With our new home division we offer five new home subdivisions located in the Redlands, north, Orchard Mesa and northeast Grand Junction. We also work with private landowners and existing residential lots in building new homes. With over 120 floor plans in our inventory we can design a customized home around anyone’s needs and budget. Our residential resale division offers listing and sales of existing homes located throughout Mesa County,” said Shaw.

Stellar Realty team consists of owner/broker Mark Shaw, Realtor Michele Vargo, and Jennifer Nelson and Stephen Fullerton. For more information call 970-245-7542.

Fidelity National Title Company
Fidelity National Title Company, recognized as a leader in the title insurance industry, announced the promotion of Aubrey Haas to its sales team. Aubrey has years of customer service experience and has worked in many aspects of the business over the last two years. Aubrey brings her expertise in closing transactions with a focus on customer service and retention. Aubrey’s organizational skills, experience level and problem-solving techniques, along with her leadership and positive team building, gives her the ability to help you with any transaction in an efficient, timely and professional manner.

Fidelity National Title Company is excited to bring Aubrey on board and support her continued leadership in the marketplace. A well-balanced team together with service, strength and stability, Fidelity National Title Company clients will continue to be provided with peace of mind.

Heiden Homes
Heiden Homes recognizes top agents for February. Mary Kruse recorded the most closed transactions and the highest dollar volume in February for Heiden Homes Realty and Associates.  Cynthia Castaneda posted the most new listings for the month.

MarKruse is a Colorado native who returned to the state after selling a business which she and her husband owned in Arizona. She enjoys traveling and photographing wildlife. In addition to serving as a Realtor, she helps with management duties at Heiden Homes.

Kruse has achieved the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation. She earned the designation by attending classroom instruction, covering subjects including: contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, finance and risk education.  She learned the fundamentals of brokerage and other areas of real estate specialization. You can reach Mary at 210-5026 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Castaneda loves helping first-time home buyers and the excitement that comes with purchasing a new home. She also enjoys keeping herself busy with multiple jobs, but says her true love is her faith in God and understanding He is the reason.

Cynthia Castaneda’s family is very important to her, and she says they keep her going and grounded.  Like most families, they love gathering together, helping each other and trying to encourage one another.  There are many needs, which leads her to work even harder, trying to give instead of receive.

Castaneda has been married to Nick Castaneda for more than 30 years and the couple has two children—Domonique and Brandon, who are graduates of Central High School in Grand Junction. Cynthia is involved in her church as a Sunday school teacher.

You can reach Cynthia at 970-234-7744   or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Heiden Homes Realty is a three-time winner of the U.S. Commerce Association’s Best of Grand Junction Award in the Real Estate Agents and Managers category.  Heiden Homes was cited for community involvement and marketing efforts. Owner/managing broker Toni Heiden is an active member of Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction, the Grand Junction Symphony, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Heiden Homes is located at 735 Rood Avenue in the refurbished section of downtown Grand Junction. The company features 15 Realtors and offers property management and a retired Realtor referral program.

Heiden Homes Realty offers virtual tours of properties and information about listings and rentals at

Century 21 Homestead
Century 21 Homestead Realty would like to congratulate the top seller, Katie Meyering, and the top lister, Mike Miller, for the month of February 2014. If you would like to speak to an agent call 970-243-5100 or come by 737 Horizon Drive.

RE/MAX 4000
RE/MAX 4000 held their annual awards breakfast at Bookcliff Country Club and honored the best of the best.  This is the one time a year when achievements in selling marketing and sales goals are recognized.  “It is always an honor to be around such talent,” said Joe Tripoli, Managing Broker RE/MAX 4000. “We think it is important to recognize the amazing achievements our agents made last year.”

The following agents were awarded and thanked for their efforts throughout the year:

Executive Club Award
Shellly Christensen
Rochelle Basinger
Nancy Black
Geri Lindholm
Connie Tremblay
Dan Watson
Holly Alm
Dee Ann Dardis
Ahna Brock
Ric Gaines
Paula Zimmerman
Michael Burkhard
Jim Brunswick
Corrina Shirley

100% Club Award
Sandy Dulchavsky
Jalyn VanConett
Cyrie Wortmann
Michelle Ritter
Leta Wilburn
Judy Hoffschneider
Marjorie Genova
Rowena Boroughs
Carol Francil
Amy Swain
Julie Butherus
Betsy Smith
Vicki Chandler
Joanna Little
Patti Poschman
Ray Rickard
Grace Varley
Danny Kuta
Tom Fee
Anne Connolly
Lori Maser-Jones
Joe Reed
Diana Mathis

Platinum Club Award
Linda Kramer
Cindy Day
Mandy Harter
Janice Burtis
Jan Kimbrough-Miller

Chairmans Club Award
Dave Kimbrough

Hall of Fame
Joe Reed
Mandy Harter
Jan Kimbrough/Miller

Lifetime Achievement:
Julie Butherus

Community Service Award
Joe Reed

Web Design
Lori Maser/Jones

Client Service Award
Grace Varley
Exceptional Service Award
Joanna Little

Commercial Statistics – VOLUME
Listing Volume – Ray Rickard
Selling Volume – Jalyn VanConnet
Total Volume – Ray Rickard

Individual Residential Statistics – VOLUME
Selling Volume – Mandy Harter
Listing Volume – Cindy Day
Total Volume – Mandy Harter

Individual Residential – number of transactions
Selling Sides –  Janice Burtis
Listing Sides – Cindy Day
Total Sides – Janice Burtis

Top Team - VOLUME
Kimbrough Team

Top Team – number of TRANSACTIons
Kimbrough Team

Exceptional Quantum Leap Award Brad Higginbotham
Dan Watson
Janice Burtis
Grace Varley

Most Significant Quantum Leap Award Corrina Shirley

Newcomer of the year
Danny Kuta

Attitude is Everything
Anne Connolly

Employee of the Year  
Brenda Fraser

Top Commercial AgeNT
Ray Rickard

Top Residential Agent
Janice Burtis

RE/MAX 4000 Agent of the Year Commissions Earned.
Dave Kimbrough

Keller Williams
Keller Williams would like to welcome its two newest agents, Angela Paul and Kathy Wise.
Angela grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colo. as a child and moved to the East Coast, living there until joining the U.S. Navy. After her enlistment, she returned to Colorado in 1998 to start a family in Grand Junction and received a geology degree from Colorado Mesa University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and four dogs doing activities such as rock hounding, hiking, fishing, skiing, camping, boating, and jeeping. She finds real estate an exciting career and enjoys meeting new people everyday. Her goal is to make purchasing a home an enjoyable experience for all her clients.
With over 15 years of experience in the building and interior design Industry, Kathy Wise is a true native, raising two sons and one daughter in the Grand Valley, which has given her the opportunity to explore all the great things that the Grand Valley has to offer. Wise attended Palisade High School and Mesa State College, receiving her legal secretary degree at ITT. She enjoys gardening, boating, NASCAR and football and especially spending time with her grandson Brady and granddaughter Emmy.
Kathy can help you find the property you’re looking for or assist in selling yours. Give her a call at (970) 234-7967.

Keller Williams Colorado West Realty LLC is pleased to announce their top associates for the month of February. Amanda Welch was the top listing agent and Kevin Everson was the top sales agent. The Grand Junction Real Estate Team, consisting of Rhonda Bever, Dianne Dinnel, Regina Stout, Peter Dinnel, Ashley Gardineer and Pam McKeehen was the top sales team. Congratulations to these outstanding Realtors.

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