Vaughn Team at Coldwell Banker Home Owners Realty
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Galveston, Texas, however, Grand Junction has been my home since I was 6 years old.
My family and my faith are truly my greatest blessings. My husband Larry and I have three children, Kerri, Katie, and Todd . Kerri and husband Brian, and Todd and wife Alexi, live in Grand Junction while Katie and her husband, Jim, a major in the Army, are stationed in Fairbanks Alaska. We have eight beautiful grandchildren. My mother, Catherine also lives in Grand Junction. Every Sunday evening you will find us all together for dinner at our house.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
I absolutely love Grand Junction, this will always be my home. The surrounding mountains, the color of the sunsets on the Bookcliffs, the Monument views, the hiking and biking trails, Kiwanis Pancake Day, The GJ Rockies, high school and college sports events are all things we truly enjoy. There is not a better place in the world to live than Grand Junction.
How long have you worked in real estate?
In my 32 years of real estate experience, I have seen the ups and downs of the market in Grand Junction. During this time I have experienced Black Sunday and the fall of the market to rock bottom around 1985, and then a steady improvement to the real estate peak in 2007.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
I love the challenge of putting a transaction together and finding a home that is just the perfect fit for a family. In this day with the economy as it is, the most challenging thing I do is deal with banks and sellers that are under water in their home so that they can avoid foreclosure. Negotiating short sales to a successful closing is most rewarding.
Describe your most memorable real estate transaction.
Many years ago, I sold a home to a couple who gave me one week to find a home and close on It, they said they would pay cash. I found it and hurried to get it closed in just one week. At the closing the buyer came in with a brown paper bag filled with cash (small bills) wrapped in paper towels. After counting the money for one hour, he was $5,000 short, so, he excused himself and went to his car and brought in another $5,000, Also in small bills. Always wondered where that money came from?
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
Be ready to buy it when you find it. So often people lose the home of their dreams because they think about it too long and someone else beats them out.
What is the one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
Get it in show condition, paint, carpet, it must smell good, and curb appeal is important as well. Buyers buy on emotion.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
My goal has always been to be the “Nordstrom’s’’ of real estate. Many years ago, my husband Larry and I created the Vaughn Team to ensure the best service possible. The Vaughn Team consists of me, my husband Larry, (the behind-the-scenes guy), Rhonda Solawetz, and Mason Alpert. Our marketing of properties for our sellers is extensive and we work together as a team to ensure that our clients needs are always met. One of us is on duty 24/7 to show our listings and show our buyers properties according to their schedule. not ours. We would love to help you with your real estate needs.