Realtor News for April 6, 2014


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Bray Real Estate
Peggy Cutter has joined Bray Real Estate as a broker associate and will be working with buyers and sellers in Mesa County. She has been a personal assistant for her sister, Barb Hecht, for the past three years and has decided that now was the perfect time to start her own business. Peggy and her husband, David, have been long time residents of the Grand Valley and they enjoy experiencing the western Colorado lifestyle with their two Jack Russell terriers.

“I believe that Bray has all the right tools and training to help me get my new business off to a great start,” said Peggy.

“Peggy is very hard working and a great people person — she will be a great addition to our Bray team,” said Robert Bray.

Stop by and see Peggy at office at 1015 N. Seventh St. or call her at 985-9230.

Martha Newman has returned to real estate and has re-joined the Bray Real Estate team! After four years of a sabbatical, Martha is reenergized and looking forward to reconnecting with her past clients and helping new buyers and sellers in Mesa County.

“I have lived in Grand Junction for over 18 years and enjoy the generous and friendly community we live in. There is so much to do here! My favorite part of real estate is working hard to find the perfect home for someone — I just don’t give up until we find it together!”

Robert Bray, CEO of Bray Real Estate is thrilled to welcome Martha back and adds, “Martha is a genuine and caring person and a true advocate for her clients.” Stop by and see Martha at 1015 N. 7th St. or call her at 260-8747.

Heiden Homes Realty and Associates
Grand Junction native Chris Pinson has joined Heiden Homes Realty and Associates after returning to the Grand Valley and earning his Colorado real estate license. Pinson served in the military and worked in government in San Diego for 15 years. He brings experience in home improvement and insight of property potential to Heiden Homes.

Pinson enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999 and was trained in military aircraft maintenance. Five years later, he began work for the Navy as a civilian servant performing overhaul maintenance on military aircraft.

After renovating his own condo in Southern California, Chris became intrigued by the real estate business and changed his career path. Returning to his home town to being his new career was an easy decision.

“I have always loved western Colorado and was excited at the opportunity to return home,” said Pinson. “The Grand Valley is a great community filled with incredible people. Helping people in the valley find the right home to fit their family and needs is an exciting and rewarding challenge that I look forward to every day.”

Chris enjoys spending time in the outdoors skiing, hiking, biking and golfing.

Cynthia Castaneda recorded the highest sales dollar volume and posted the most new listings for Heiden Homes Realty and Associates in the month of March. Castaneda and Kathy Tomkins tied for the most transactions in the month.

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.

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)

Tomkins brings a wealth of construction and mobile home experience to Heiden Homes Realty and plans to add to her business expertise while serving clients as a Realtor.

She owns Manufactured Home Parts, a mobile home supply business established in 2000, and has been an unlimited general contractor for 13 years. She specializes in manufactured home sales and construction at Royal T’s Construction, LLC and she’s a licensed mobile home dealer. Tomkins previously owned a heavy equipment construction company for eight years and started a gravel pit in 1998.

Tomkins was born in her grandparents’ home in Craig and moved to Grand Junction as a child, in 1956. She has also lived in Wyoming, North Dakota and California.

As is the case with many western Colorado residents, Tomkins enjoys the outdoors.

Tomkins has three children — Joe Tomkins II, DeDee Case (who owns a trucking company with husband Boone Case) and A.K. Weaver, who graduated from Fruita Monument High School. Tomkins has three grandchildren — Shandie Case, Shannia Case and Kendra Tomkins.

Shandie Case also works as a Realtor at Heiden Homes.

You can reach Kathy at 970-270-1906 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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

Keller Williams Colorado West Realty LLC
Keller Williams Colorado West Realty LLC is excited to announce that Lori Powell has reached the sales volume requirement to receive 100 percent commission for the rest of her anniversary year!!! Congratulations to this outstanding Realtor. If you would like to learn more about how to receive 100 percent of your commission, please call Keith Everitt at 970-244-9216.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties LLC
Mike Foster, CCIM has achieved the distinguished honor of earning the 2013 CBC Number One Broker for the state of Colorado.

Dale Beede, Theresa Englbrecht, Mike Park, and Mike Foster have each been awarded the CBC Bronze Circle of Distinction Award for 2013.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties LLC (CBCPP) has been awarded the prestigious Coldwell Banker Commercial Number One Office for the state of Colorado for 2013. CBCPP offices opened here on the Western Slope of Colorado in 2007. CBCPP has earned this award each year since 2008.

A subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, the world’s leading real estate franchisor, the Coldwell Banker Commercial® (CBC) organization is a worldwide leader in the commercial real estate industry. CBC is part of the oldest and most respected national real estate brand in the country, which was founded after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 by Colbert Coldwell, who was later joined by Benjamin Banker.

Through its independently owned and operated offices, the CBC network of brokers serves the needs of owners and occupiers in the leasing, acquisition, disposition, structured finance and management of all property types. The CBC network of commercial brokers can be found in 41 countries around the world.

Transfinem Language and Cultural Services
Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce board member Anna Stout recently passed the national American Translators Association translator certification exam and joins just seven other ATA Certified Translators in the state of Colorado who are certified to translate from Spanish into English. Stout is the only certified translator in the western region of Colorado and eastern Utah. According to the ATA website (, ATA certification is one of the industry’s most respected and recognized credentials. To become certified, a translator must pass a challenging three-hour proctored exam without the use of any form of technology. The exam assesses the language skills of a professional translator: comprehension of the source-language text, translation techniques, and writing in the target language.

The current overall pass rate for the ATA certification exam is below 20 percent. It is also rare for candidates to pass the exam on the first attempt, as Stout did. Stout traveled to San Antonio, Texas, along with 60 pounds of books and written materials in her luggage, to take the exam at the ATA Annual Conference last November.

“I decided to take the test at the last minute,” Stout said. “I was motivated by my students [at CMU]. I wanted to show them that this is an attainable goal and set an example for them to follow.”

Stout is also a Certified Spanish Court Interpreter in the state of Colorado and founder of Transfinem Language and Cultural services, a regional company that offers Spanish translation (written) and interpreting (oral), audio transcription and translation, copywriting, editing and proofreading, bilingual website development, and cultural consulting services to clients in Colorado and around the western United States. She teaches Spanish Translation and Interpreting courses at Colorado Mesa University.

More information about the services provided by Stout’s company can be found at

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