Realtor news - GJARA installs new officers

Newly elected leaders installed at GJARA
The Grand Junction Area Realtor® Association has a new group of leaders. On Friday, Sept. 20, the new leaders were installed during the annual installation dinner at the Taste of Heaven Ballroom.

“We are thrilled with our new team and are looking forward to the wealth of knowledge they bring to the table and their enthusiasm,” says Pat Teck, GJARA CEO.

It was a night filled with purposeful ceremony, good company, delicious food, and dancing. The ceremony was led by past GJARA chairman Michael Burkhard and the newly elected leaders were installed by past Colorado Association of Realtor® Presidents, Ron Myles and Ted Bryant. Below is a list of the 2013-2014 leadership team:

Chairman – Linda Romer Todd
Chairman Elect – Lynn Gillespie
Past Chairman – Michael Burkhard
Treasurer – Ann Hayes

Directors: Connie Tremblay, Lori Wood, Andrea Haitz, Sheri Griego, Liza Boetticher, Amanda Hill, Jeff Hanson, Bill Wagner

CAR Directors:
Linda Kramer, Tina Harbin, Marjorie Genova

“I’m ready to get started. Serving as the Chairman of GJARA is a real honor. I’m proud to be a part of this wonderful team and member group. I’m looking forward to all that lies ahead,” says Linda Romer Todd, GJARA Chairman.
GJARA installs new officers

The Grand Junction Area Realtor® Association announced their Realtor® of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Affiliate of the Year. Tony Perry was honored as Realtor® of the Year, Davienne Jacobson was honored as Rookie of the Year, and Kelly Romatzke was honored as Affiliate of the Year.

“All three of these people are valuable assets to the Grand Junction Realtor® community. They were selected not only for their success in business, but also for going beyond the call of duty for our community,” says Linda Romer Todd, GJARA Chairman.

Tony Perry, the 2013 Realtor® of the Year, has been in the real estate business for more than 25 years and contributes to many local organizations. He has served as the chairman of the GJARA Professional Standards committee for more than 20 years. Davienne Jacobson, the 2013 Rookie of the Year, is a residential Realtor® with Bray Real Estate. She fell in love with Grand Junction when she and her husband visited the area in 2009. They relocated to Grand Junction in 2010 and Jacobson received her Colorado Real Estate license shortly thereafter. Kelly Romatzke, the 2013 Affiliate of the Year, works for Major Mortgage and is a senior mortgage loan originator. She’s lived in the Grand Junction area since 1997 and has more than 16 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Romatzke is passionate about serving others while helping them meet their home ownership goals.

Bray Real Esate
Robert Bray, Britta Essman and Rick Harper with Bray Real Estate attended the annual PEMCO Summit in Denver Oct. 3 - 4, 2013.

Pemco is one of the asset managers for HUD and the summit included details of the upcoming changes to the buying process for HUD homes. “I think the upcoming changes will make the process of buying a HUD home more streamlined and easier for buyers. We plan to educate our other area Realtors so that everyone can participate in these improvements,” said Essman.

“It’s important for us to go to these annual meetings because it’s a great opportunity to share strategies of what is working in other markets,” Harper said. If you have any questions on the process of buying a HUD home, call Britta or Rick at 242-3647 or visit them at their offices at 1015 N. Seventh St. in Grand Junction.

Freedom Financial Services
Freedom Financial Services recently made changes at their Grand Junction branch office, located at 2412 Patterson Road, Suite 1 and hosted an open house and ribbon cutting with the Grand Junction area Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 17.

Freedom Financial Services recently hired Mickie Fisher-Rogers as Branch Manager for their new Grand Junction office, which openedearlier this month. She brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience,
as well as almost ten years in the Real Estate and mortgage businesses to the FFS team.

Grand Junction residents have known Fisher-Rogers for years. She grew up there, on the Fisher family farm, which was located on the same property where her new Freedom Financial office is now located. Her grandfather, father and uncle all farmed that land until they sold to Mesa Mall in the mid-1980s. Her dad kept part of the land (where the old milk barn was) to open a retail liquor business, which is located just a few doors down from Fisher-Rogers’s new office.

“My dad and I left farming behind, but apparently itís in our genes,” Fisher-Rogers said. Her son, Kyler Frye, participated in 4-H and Future Farmers of America throughout his high school career and, after graduating, has already begun working his own farm on rented property nearby, proving that the Fisher family isnít yet finished with farming.

Prior to joining the Freedom team, Fisher-Rogers was the regional area manager of mortgage banking for Cendera Funding. She spent two years before that as senior mortgage banker and broker for Freedom Financial Services, Inc. and five years prior to that as managing mortgage broker for United Credit Services, Inc. Her early career included stints at Frye & Associates as sales and marketing director and at Pier 1 Imports as store manager.

“Mickie’s experience with everything from Real Estate brokering to mortgage origination to employee management and motivation, as well as her strong customer service orientation and connection to the Grand Junction community made her the best choice to manage our new office there,” said CEO Alan Kalell. “We’re excited about the new office and the products and services we’ll be able to offer future customers in the Grand Junction market.”

Mortgage Solutions of Colorado, LLC., dba Freedom Financial Services and Mortgage Solutions Financial, was established in 1996. It is a full service direct and wholesale mortgage lender with headquarters in Colorado Springs.

Mortgage Solutions Financial offers a comprehensive range of services that help families across the country purchase new homes, refinance existing mortgages, consolidate debts and reduce monthly payments by offering loan products that are right for them.

Freedom Financial Services NMLS #61602 Regulated by the division of real estate.

Burkhard earns CIS designation
Michael Burkhard of RE/MAX 4000 has earned the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, placing him among 2,000 elite real estate professionals worldwide. The designation is awarded by the National Association of Realtor® for completing rigorous coursework devoted to learning international real estate practices and demonstrating proficiency in international business.

“I’m truly honored to receive this designation. I’m grateful that my work is my passion and I enjoy increasing my knowledge base so I can better serve every client demographic,” said Burkhard.

The CIPS designation is synonymous with advanced expertise, a global perspective, and distinct understanding of a global buyer. As a designee, Burkhard can efficiently work with all international buyers, including U.S. residents looking to invest overseas, foreign buyers purchasing in the United States, as well as recent immigrants who might be unfamiliar with real estate transaction practices in the United States.

“I’ve worked with international clients in the past and wanted to learn more about the rules and regulations. We are so interconnected and we need to look at the big picture, we are global,” said Burkhard.

Burkhard has been licensed to sell real estate since 1982 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Grand Junction Area Realtor® Association and is a tactical scout for the Grand Junction Economic Partnership. He will be formally recognized at the organization’s Realtor’s® Conference & Expo in November.

For more information on the CIPS designation go to Contact Michael Burkhard at (970) 640-4655.

Cendera Funding
Cendera Funding proudly announces the Grand Opening of it’s 18th branch location in Grand Junction, Colorado. The branch is located at 607 25 Road, Suite 200.

“Cendera Funding is proud to bring our 15-year tradition of offering responsible, precise and on-time mortgage funding to the people and businesses of Grand Junction,” said Brian Collins, President and CEO of Cendera Funding. “We also look forward to becoming an engaged community partner in Grand Junction through community involvement and volunteer efforts.”

Leading Cendera Funding’s branch office is Mark Towner. Towner has 13 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Towner leads an experienced team of nine loan officers and staff who specialize in helping clients with a full range of mortgage services including competitively priced conventional and non-conventional loans, FHA and VA loans, mortgage refinancing, reverse loans and other federal government programs.

“As a Grand Junction native, I am excited for what Cendera will bring to my fellow Western Slope residents, like great rates and no origination or lender fees! It is exciting to work for a company that truly values relationships and not just the bottom line. I believe Cendera will change the stigma of the mortgage industry in Grand Junction as they are advocates for ethical and honest business practices.”

The new Grand Junction mortgage team can be reached at 970-812-0808 or online at

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