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Metro Brokers Realtor of the Week: LINDY FRANKLIN

December 10, 2019

As a full-time real estate agent, Lindy Franklin values her client’s trust and strives to surpass their expectations.  She is passionate about helping her clients move forward with their real estate goals, from first time home buyers, to couples upgrading or downsizing, a bachelor purchasing his ultimate bachelor pad or a family purchasing their vacation home.   

Lindy attributes her success as an agent not only to her passion for real estate, but to her listening, analytical and negotiation skills. She earns her client’s respect by working diligently on their behalf, earning their trust, referrals, and repeat business. Contact Lindy at 970-210-2429 or 

Featured Grand Junction Realtor of the Week: Mindy Timian-Winger

May 1, 2018
Congratulations to Mindy Timian-Winger, Broker/Owner of Western Slope Realty, our Realtor of the Week! Mindy started selling real estate in 1997 and excels in both Residential and Commercial sales. She offers the experience buyers and sellers are looking for.
"Real estate is my passion. I put my clients first, and that makes the difference between buying – or selling – a house and buying a home!" said Mindy, who believes there is a need for caring people in the real estate profession. Mindy knows that the stresses encountered in buying and selling a home can be intense. She approaches such needs in an individualized manner, doing her best to anticipate and address the needs of her clients. She excels in negotiations, advising her clients to "let me do the asking."
If you are thinking about buying or selling real estate in the Grand Junction area, reach out to Mindy: call : 970.209.0880, email:, facebook: Mindy Timian-Winger, Realtor Grand Junction, Colorado or Quick read more or view full article Tweet @MindySellsGJ.  Mindy wants to be YOUR Grand Junction real estate expert! Read Less

Justin Roles inducted into GJARA

April 24, 2018
Congratulations to Justin Roles who was inducted into the Grand Junction Area Realtors Association (GJARA) on Friday, April 20, 2018. Justin is a newly licensed Broker Associate with High Desert Realty/Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc. He continues the Roles family legacy in our group as his late father, Greg Roles, was a member and partner/owner of Metro Brokers GJ from 1996 until August 2017.

Welcome to Dan Zeigler as a Broker Associate with High Desert Realty!

March 21, 2018
Please join us in welcoming Dan Zeigler to our Grand Junction real estate team here at High Desert Realty and Metro Brokers Grand Junction! Dan was born and raised in Western Colorado. His father first introduced Dan to real estate while he was still a child. Early on, Dan sold computers and soon realized he had a passion for helping people get exactly what they were looking for. Since then, Dan has been in the real estate business for years, in areas ranging from California to Colorado before coming back to be a Realtor in Grand Junction. He always brings an abundance of enthusiasm, personal knowledge, and a calming nature to his work.  Dan has a large family with 7 children and a loving wife, from whom he has learned patience and caring. He enjoys spending time playing golf, hiking, fishing, and enjoying activities with his family. Dan has plenty of energy and is always ready to help people find their dream homes Quick read more or view full article or assist them in selling an existing home. Contact Dan today, with your real estate questions. He is ready to help you make your move! 970-691-4096
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Featured Real Estate Agent of the Week: Jan Garber

March 13, 2018
Congratulations to Jan Garber of Jan Garber & Associates, our Realtor of the Week! Staying in step with the rhythm of life in Grand Junction is Jan’s specialty. She knows this area inside and out, and has been helping others make the most of their Real Estate opportunities in the Grand Valley  since 1977.

Jan was born in Mack and lived for a few years in California. Her family moved back to Grand Junction in 1954 and she’s been here ever since. Though she loves traveling and seeing the diversity of the world, Jan values being able to come home to a truly special place like Grand Junction. The diverse natural surroundings appeal to the avid outdoorswoman in her and the spirit of the city inspires her to make a difference in the community.

“There’s an old Ute Indian curse,” Jan says. “It says that ‘Once you move away, someday you will inevitably come back.’ In my case it’s true, though Quick read more or view full article I don’t know why anyone would call it a curse. Coming back to Grand Junction was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s a true blessing for me to call this area home.”

Jan’s approach to real estate is based on creating personal relationships with her clients and getting to know what matters most to them. She brings a network of professional resources to the table for every client and is backed by a team of top professionals that provide you with a distinct advantage throughout your move.

If you’re looking for Grand Junction real estate or planning to make a move in the Grand Junction area, give Jan a call today at 970.261.0690.
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Why rent if you can own?

February 22, 2018
Home ownership rates are the lowest they have been in the last 50 years. Yet a large portion of Americans are still renting properties, instead of enjoying a home of their own. Consumer reports believe this is an issue because of a buyer's lack of trust in their ability to purchase. It is still a long standing notion that a buyer needs 20% towards the cost of the home in order to move forward, but this isn't true. With countless down payment assistant programs, and closing cost roll-ins, a home owner could move in with as little as a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars. Which is a huge difference in the time it takes to save up to make the move.  
With interest rates at an all time low, home ownership in today's market is a great investment. The money saved over a mortgage's lifespan can result in tens of thousands of dollars, if not hundreds. That's more money in your pocket today. Don't Quick read more or view full article />wait to buy when interest rates soar again. With low interest rates, that means your monthly mortgage payments are at a significantly lower cost, as well. 
With such a heated housing marketing, rental prices are soaring, and statistics are constantly showing that home ownership can be equivalent to your rental rate each month, if not less. Why get stuck in a small 2 bedroom apartment if you can move into a home and pay a monthly rate that is the same, and get a 3 bedroom house with a great backyard? 
There is also a fear that a home can keep you "stuck" or "rooted" to one place, without an easy transition out if you decide to move. Although the future of the housing market isn't easily predictable from location to location, you can always discuss with your agent about buying a home in an area that has a strong turn-over rate when a home hits the market. The equity build up when it comes time to selling is going to be far more beneficial than if you put money into a rental and decided to move. The money from selling the property can be used to purchase a new home. With renting, there would be no additional funds to transition into a new place. 
Now imagine if you were renting a home for $2,000/month. If your landlord is renting to make a profit, think how much less you'd be paying on a monthly basis towards your mortgage if the home was yours. Then you wouldn't be paying a landlord to profit off of you, you'd be paying a reasonable rate, and get to call the property your own. Discuss with your agent and lender the steps you need to take towards home ownership, you might be happily surprised about the type of home you can afford to move into. 
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The Incredible Joy of Owning Your Home

February 14, 2018

If you haven't bought a home yet, you're missing out on a wonderful feeling! That moment when you walk through your doors, throw your purse or keys on the floor, plop down on your couch and breathe a sigh of relief while thinking, "Finally, it's ours (or mine)!" And the joy of looking at all of your boxes, getting to roll your eyes about why you buy so much stuff, then giving yourself a moment to take a nap because you worked hard to get here and earned it! Yes that's a real feeling!

We often hear, and read, about the cost effectiveness of home ownership. The equity build-up, the freedom it can give us from finances in our retirement years, and a plethora of other ways owning a home can be a positive impact on your bottom dollar. But we don't often hear about the emotional impact owning a home can have. Yes there will be days the fridge is Quick read more or view full article acting silly and you need to call your home warranty, or days you have to get outside to mow your own yard, but nothing beats the pride and joy of owning a home. 

There is a sense of security, and a sense of "this is mine and I worked my way up to this moment," that provides moments of bliss. The ability to do with your home as you please, not pay a pretty penny for every member of your fur family, and the privacy it provides can't be beat.

Home ownership also gives you the ability to put down some roots. And we mean that figuratively and literally. You get to build memories through the holidays and go through many milestones with your family, that leave a significant impact into the later years. You also get to build bonds with your neighbors, and grow in a community oriented neighborhood. With rentals, people come and go annually, but there are deeper roots planted with building relationships with those living next to you. Potlucks, 4th of July and New Year's Eve spent lighting fireworks, and just the excitement of getting to know each other and build new relationships. 

Buying a home isn't about the dollars and cents for everyone, sometimes it's just about the joy of owning your own place, and getting to build amazing memories in it. If you've been longing for this, get in touch with a real estate agent, and make it happen. You owe it to yourself to make your dreams come true!

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Featured Agent of the Week: Debbie Thomas

February 7, 2018
Congratulations to Debbie Thomas of DKT Realty, Inc., our featured real estate agent of the week! Debbie was raised on an 800 acre farm in Fruita and has been a resident of the Grand Valley her entire life. With more than 30 years of retail and sales experience, Debbie has been licensed in real estate since 1996 and was a $2 Million producer her first year in the business.

“I’d like to say ‘Thank You!’ to all my clients and friends. With your help, I am now in the top 2% in overall real estate sales in the Grand Junction area!" says Debbie. And with that acknowledgement, she's back to work focusing on her properties, offering up another excellent listing for your consideration:

225 Narrow Leaf Drive, Fruita
3BR / 2BA / 2 car / 1,154 sq ft / 0.16 acres

Nice rancher in Cottonwoods Subdivision. RV parking, new interior paint, open floor plan and split floor plan. Quick read more or view full article 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 4 fruit trees in back yard, sprinkler system with irrigation through the HOA.

To get in touch with Debbie about this property, or to get started on your real estate journey in selling your home or buying a new one, give her a call at 970-261-3309.
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Featured Agent of the Week: Hal Heath

January 16, 2018
Congratulations to Hal Heath of Heath & Company Realtors, our featured agent of the week! Since 1983, Hal has been practicing real estate in Grand Junction, earning the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation. Helping two generations of clients, Hal enjoys helping families and investors accomplish their goals. He is well versed in the new home construction industry and specializes in the move-up residential market, with an emphasis on families.

With a background in sales and marketing, years of community involvement, and as an investor himself, Hal has a true understanding of the real estate market and would love to put that expertise to work for you. He truly believes real estate in Western Colorado is enjoyable and fun, appreciating the excellent quality of life in the Grand Junction area while he raised three children here.

The Heath & Company Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients. "Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority," says Hal. Quick read more or view full article "We built our business around this priority and we are committed to saving you both time and money, whether you are a home buyer or a home seller."

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Featured Agent of the Week: Tracy Jackson

January 10, 2018
Congratulations to Tracy Jackson of Gear & Associates Realty, our featured agent of the week! As a long time resident of Western Colorado, Tracy brings a strong sales and business background to her real estate career. These skills offer her clients the benefits of excellent negotiation skills and good old common sense approaches to the real estate transaction. Tracy is very involved with Mesa County youth, a past 4H leader, and still very involved with the Mesa County Fair. She specializes in horse properties and ranches in Grand Junction and surrounding communities. She also spends family time with her husband and son at team ropings, barrel races and rodeos. Tracy is excited to assist you and your family find the perfect Western Colorado property. To get in touch with Tracy for a down-to-earth approach to finding your next horse property or ranch on the Western Slope, or selling your current one, give her a call at 970-210-7707.

Featured Agent of the Week: Teri Styers

December 20, 2017
Congratulations to Teri Styers of Ford Realty, our featured realtor of the week! Teri is an experienced house “flipper” with a strong background in property management, HOA management and business management. She adopted the Grand Valley as her home 35 years ago. Teri and her husband, Doug, raised our four children on farms in East Orchard Mesa and Collbran. 

"My preferred hobby is world travel and I have a well-used passport," says Teri. "Locally, I enjoy interesting restaurants, good books, cooking and small scale gardening. I also have a fascination with Tiny Houses and intend to build one or more someday." 

Teri firmly believes that real estate is the very best investment. "I love to help others find what they are looking for – whether it is a project property, rental property or dream home," she says, adding that she is also "available to help you strategize on how to find the ideal buyer for your existing real estate." 

To Quick read more or view full article get in touch with Teri for your next home, send her an e-mail at or call her at 970-270-0805.
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Featured Agent of the Week: Janell Gear

December 6, 2017
Our Realtor of the week this week is Janell Gear, Broker/Owner of Gear & Associates Realty.  She manages 4 realtors along with an assistant, and her team continues to grow with a new agent starting in January!  
Janell has been a Realtor for over 10 years and serves as the Treasurer ?of? the local Grand Junction Area Realtors Association. Currently, the inventory of homes for sale is low, with fewer than 900 homes available for sale. Our average days on market in the Grand Valley is 90 days and the average sold price is $249,000.  
One thing you may not know about Janell is this: As a child she grew up in her grandparents’ real estate office every day after school, hanging out and working on homework. I guess you can say real estate was in her blood from a young age! If you are thinking of buying or selling, let Janell put her knowledge and expertise to work for you. She will be happy to guide you Quick read more or view full article through one of the largest investments of your life!  
Go to to search for homes for sale or to request a market analysis.
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Gear & Associates Realty
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Featured Agent of the Week: Janine Bailey

September 27, 2017
Congratulations to Janine Bailey of Gear & Associates, our featured realtor of the week! Janine has been in the valley since 1994, now living in Collbran with their two dogs where Janine owns the dog grooming shop and her husband owns the taxidermy shop on Main Street and does construction remodeling. She's passionate about Western Colorado living and loves to help people discover the charm and beauty our area has to offer.  She would love to help you find your next dream property!

Speaking of which, Janine would rather focus on one of her listings than on herself this week:

54318 Highway 330, Molina
3BR / 3BA / 2 car + barn / 3,522 sq ft / 110 acres
** horse & hunting property **
This beautiful one of a kind horse ranch and hunting property is located on the Grand Mesa. It's in close proximity to Powderhorn Ski Resort with year round outdoor activities Quick read more or view full article like skiing, hiking and mountain bike riding. It's also close to Vega Reservoir and numerous other lakes in the National Forest. It has 1/2 mile of Plateau Creek frontage running through the property, with a nice beach area. It's fenced and cross fenced with 5 separate pasture areas, 16' x 12' horse barn with hay area, lighted arena, paddocks, frost-free faucets outside, large beautiful trees, underground 1000 gallon propane tank. Spring-fed pressurized water, pumped to house, water softener, 25 x 18 tool shed, other outbuildings. House has lots of updates and pride of ownership. View the flyer.

To get in touch with Janine about this house, any of her other listings, or help finding your next home, please give her a call at 970-589-4123.
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Featured Agent of the Week: Debbie Thomas

February 7, 2017
Congratulations to Debbie Thomas, Broker/Owner of DKT Realty, our Agent of the Week! Debbie was raised on an 800 acre farm in Fruita and has been a resident of the Grand Valley her entire life. Her husband of 30 years is a "hands-on builder" and they have two beautiful daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie. Debbie has more than 30 years of retail and sales experience. Licensed in real estate in Colorado since 1996, she was a 2 Million Dollar producer her first year in the business. She specializes in residential real estate, new homes, farm and ranch real estate, and relocation.

"My number one priority in real estate is to take care of the needs of my clients," says Debbie. "Giving that extra effort to meet your real estate needs is not only my business philosophy, but a life-long commitment to providing you with exemplary personalized service beyond your expectations. It is my desire to listen, hear and truly understand your needs."

To have Quick read more or view full article Debbie help you find the real estate you need, give her a call at 970.261.3309
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