Rick Thurtle

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Rick Thurtle
Broker Associate
REMAX Two Rivers Realty
125 Grand Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-985-9729
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Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Las Vegas, Nev. I graduated from Western High School and then attended the College of Southern Nevada and UNLV.

Family:
I am married to my lovely wife Vicki. My family is still in Las Vegas and her family lives where she grew up in Quincy, Ill. We share our home with a soon-to-be 10-year-old madman named Fletch. He is great when he sleeps he just doesn’t seem to sleep enough.

What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
We have lived in Grand Junction since 1998. We instantly fell in love with the beauty of Western Colorado and the awesome weather we all enjoy almost every month of the year. We love being outdoors skiing, biking and fishing. Those are all plusses but we live here because of the great people we have met here.

How long have you worked in real estate?
I have been a Broker Associate since 2006.

What would you consider your specialty?
A big part of my business is and always will be the sale and purchase of residential homes. I have also closed several commercial deals over the years. Whether it is first time homebuyers, senior citizens or high end property owners I am able to handle clients with a variety of needs.

Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
I am a Certified Negotiation Expert which I feel is the best accreditation to serve my clients. No matter how big or small the transaction having a Realtor who is in your corner each and every step is the key to making or saving you the most money.

What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
Owning real estate is the first step toward living the American dream and I enjoy being part of that process for my clients. I just closed a deal with a 65-year-old couple who were buying their first home ever for $56,000. The deal was very challenging but it is good to know that they are spending the holidays in a home of their own.

Describe your most memorable real estate transaction.
I helped a major Grand Junction non-profit purchase a new $750,000 headquarters. The building was more than 20,000 square feet and it took nine months to close the deal. The huge building gave the Center for Independence the opportunity to rent out space to other non-profits so that CFI could reach its goal of paying off its mortgage and serving its clients at a higher level.

What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
Talking to a Realtor and a licensed mortgage lender is the most important first step. Many people think there is no way they can purchase a home. Knowledge is power. A Realtor and a mortgage lender have many tools to help them do so. If you can’t qualify now they will tell you what you need to do to fix those problems and buy in the future.

What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
Work with a pro who will help you determine what the market dictates is an unbiased price. A qualified Realtor can tell you how buyers are acting in the current market. You can list your home at an unreasonable price to see what may happen. If you’re home is not getting shown in the first 30-45 days you should reconsider your options.

What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices?
The future looks bright. Interest rates are still extremely low. Prices are starting to come back. Don’t wake up in five years saying I wish I had gotten in in 2014. Deals are out there now and ripe for those who can use them to their advantage.

Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
I am honest, hard working and have put in the time to master this market. I will give you the best I’ve got.

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