Vona Murphy Milusnic
Where did you grow up?
Right here in Grand Junction, Colo. We have several generations of natives in our family and we love our valley and our home.
I am the last child of seven in my family, born and raised right here on the Western Slope. My husband is Ron Milusnic and we enjoy my two daughters and their families. Mindy (Jack) Baldwin, Michelle Jensen and five wonderful grand children: Paige, Brianna and Alexis Baldwin; Logan and Megan Jensen.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
It’s wonderful here. The mountains and lakes are minutes from home. The valley is beautiful with an abundance of activities throughout the seasons as well as nice shopping and dining opportunities. The climate is generally mild and the people are considerate.
How long have you worked in real estate?
I was licensed in 1978. My sister, Roxie McDonald encouraged me to become a Realtor after her success and enjoyment of the business. She was right…. I love it. I have owned and operated my own real estate brokerage for many years, served on the Board of Realtors numerous times, enjoying national and local training opportunities.
What would you consider your specialty?
Mostly residential, some commercial and investment properties. I have been a part of the building process as a partner in a building company and assisted in developing commercial properties. I have been an employing broker, training and mentoring many associates over the years.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
I am a Realtor, Graduate Real Estate Institute and hold an Employing Broker Real Estate License and training designations.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
The details of each transaction vary and you must pay close attention to them to insure a smooth and successful closing. Helping first time buyers achieve their dream of home ownership, perhaps planning investments for retirement, and finding properties for home buyers as their family and/or needs change throughout time.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold?
It was a remodeled train car on a small acreage here in the valley. Yes, a train car, and it was awesome.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
It’s a great time to buy a home. The interest rates are still low, and there is plenty of inventory. Be sure that your agent is a Realtor and that they have access to all listings that may be what you are looking for.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
Again, chose a Realtor that is actively aware of the market and can advise and guide you through the pricing, marketing and closing process. Ask about their marketing plan and why you should hire them to be your Realtor above other real estate professionals.
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices?
We are seeing a slight upward trend in pricing and sales here in the valley. As the national economy is somewhat volatile, it affects our local economy in some way as well. Other areas of the United States are seeing more aggressive recovery and some are seeing no recovery at all. The cultivation of new and existing business and industry on the Western Slope is critical to our economic future.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
Because I care about you and your needs, not just the transaction. If it’s good for the buyer, good for the seller, good for all parties involved, and everyone is happy, then we proceed with closing and the move that everyone involved is hoping for.