Where did you grow up?
I was born in California. Soon after my father retired from a career in the Air Force, we moved to Grand Junction – 1973. I have called Grand Junction home since then, excluding several years away in college and working in Colorado Springs and Denver.
I have been married to my saint of a wife, Wendy for 27-plus years. We have two terrific daughters, Allyson – 23, a graduate of CMU and currently interning in Denver; and, Madeleine – 20 @CMU. And, 5-month-old Gunner – an English Springer Spaniel pup.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
The small town feel with it’s friendly people. Our generally mild climate. And the natural beauty of the area. What a great place to call home.
How long have you worked in real estate?
I started full-time with Bray Real Estate here in Grand Junction in 1989. 24-plus years in and still enjoying it.
What would you consider your specialty?
I have considerable experience in most aspects of real estate from vacant land parcels to investment income property sales. Residential home sales makes up the majority of my business.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
My degree from Colorado State University is a BS in business administration with a concentration in finance and real estate. I have also attained the GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute). I am a strong believer in continuing education beyond what is required by national and state Realtor associations.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
I find it to be very rewarding to be an integral link in the chain of what can be such a big and important decision and process for people. I strive to make the whole process fun and as stress free as possible.
What is the most unique property you ever listed/sold?
One unusual home was actually two old single-wide mobile homes. The two homes had, at one point in time, been placed side-by-side and attached together. Doorways were cut between the two units, one kitchen was removed, a full roof was constructed over both units and basic home siding was used to wrap the two homes. Voila – an early version of a double-wide.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
Start your buying process with an appointment with a local mortgage lender. With a pre-approval in hand, you will be viewed by sellers as to being more like a cash buyer – ready and able. And, the entire process will then go much more smoothly. Then, call me to help with your home search. OK, that’s two tips.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
Dress up your home exterior and entry – “street appeal.” Giving a good first impression is critical. Many buyers don’t want to know what’s on the inside if they don’t like what they see on the outside and most buyers make a preliminary buying decision in the first 15 seconds when viewing a home. De-clutter your home! If you are committed to selling, you are going to have to box up all your treasures eventually anyway. You don’t want to distract the buyer with all your things. Lastly, call me to work with you on the sale. OK, I know that’s three tips now!
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/pricing?
Sales numbers and prices are slowly inching back upward now after these past five years of declining sales numbers and prices. I think that the gradual upward trend will continue as long as the economy continues to recover as well.