Real News: Oct. 18, 2008

Keller Williams Grand Junction Realty

Dick Buchholz and Ron Fleenor were September’s top listing agents at Keller Williams Realty Grand Junction.  Andrea Haitz was the month’s top sales agent and Kevin Everson had the most closings.  Congratulations to these Realtors.

Keller Williams Grand Junction Realty Realtors raised $1,155 for the American Cancer Society during their 2009 Relay for Life Fundraiser.

Bridgett Rentie, was instrumental in organizing the agents, their friends, and several events necessary to raise funds aside from the Walk, which included a Pizza Party Luncheon, a Palisade Peach Auction (peaches donated by Julia Calhoon — a Keller Williams Realtor and local grower), and selling Domino’s Pizza fundraising cards.

Keller Williams wishes to thank all those who participated by contributing either their time, money or both to this worthwhile cause and organization. Agents with Keller Williams and can be reached at (970) 256-9100 & are located at 715 Horizon Drive.

RE/MAX 4000

ANDREW KRAMER of RE/MAX 4000, Inc., in Grand Junction, Colo., has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. This is invaluable expertise to offer at a time when the area is ravaged by “distressed” homes in the foreclosure process.

Short sales allow the cash-strapped seller to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even though it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.

“This CDPE designation will be invaluable as I work with sellers and lenders on complicated short sales,” Kramer said. “It is so rewarding to be able to help sellers save their homes from foreclosure.”

Alex Charfen, founder of the Distressed Property Institute in Boca Raton, Fla., said that Realtors with the CDPE designation have valuable training in short sales that can offer the homeowner much better alternatives to foreclosure, which virtually destroys the credit rating. These experts also may better understand market conditions and can help sellers through the emotional experience, he said.

The CDPE is the premier designation for Realtors helping homeowners in distress and handling short sales.

“Our goal is to educate as many people as possible so we can help as many homeowners as possible,” Charfen said.

Andrew Kramer can be reached at 970-241-4000.

Monument Real Estate

Monument Real Estate would like to congratulate two of their broker associates for exceptional performance during September 2009.

Deb Braffett has been recognized as the top listing team for the past month.  Deb specializes in residential properties.  Debi Caldwell was recognized as the top sales agent for September. Debi also specializes in residential real estate. These exceptional real estate agents work out of the Monument Real Estate office located at 607 28 ¼ Road at the corner of Patterson in Grand Junction.

Founded in 1973, Monument Real Estate is a full-service brokerage offering a wide spectrum of services, committed to providing exceptional service whether you are looking to sell or buy your home or investment.  Contact Deb or Debi at 243-4890, or on the web at

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