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Featured Real Estate Agent of the Week: Felecia Bishop

February 28, 2018
Congratulations to our featured agent of the week, Felecia Bishop of Gear & Associates Realty! Born and raised in Western Colorado, Felecia has a strong appreciation for the variety and beauty that Colorado has to offer and can't imagine life anywhere else. She started out in Gunnison, Colorado before moving to the Grand Valley to attend Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) to study marketing and finance.

The values embodied by Metro Brokers parallel her own high ethical standards. Felecia believes that teamed with Metro Brokers Grand Junction's uncompromising integrity, and her honest, hardworking nature, there is nothing that can’t be accomplished!

Felecia and her husband Ray have three beautiful daughters. "My family is my life! They are what make my world complete!" said Felecia. Together, they enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, sports, and boating in Lake Powell. "We also travel as often as we can, including to Hong Kong where my mother is from and where many family Quick read more or view full article members currently live!" she explains.

Please feel free to call Felecia anytime, without obligation, at 970-260-8258, to help with any of your real estate needs. Read Less

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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Featured Real Estate Agent of the Week: Doug Ford

February 20, 2018
Congratulations to Doug Ford of Ford Realty, our featured real estate agent of the week! Doug is a native to the area and has been selling Grand Valley real estate since 1981. Growing up on a fruit ranch gave Doug an excellent knowledge of the land and a feel for the agricultural flavor of the valley. Years spent working as a building subcontractor gave him a well-rounded foundation on which to build a successful real estate career. He puts all that experience to work for you whether you're looking for advice or to buy or sell a property like this one:

2894 Orchard Ave, Grand Junction
3BR / 1BA / 1 car / 1,230 sq ft / 0.21 acres

Cute house on a corner lot. Lots of natural wood, freshly painted interior, and cleaned up. A wood stove makes the living room cozy! Large eat-in kitchen, 3 bedrooms, separate laundry room. Fenced yard with lots of RV parking. Yard Quick read more or view full article has sprinklers front and back. Must see!

To get in touch with Doug about this property, or any other property you'd like to buy or sell, give him a call at 970-250-1028. Read Less

Rehab, Flipping & Investing Real Estate in Grand Junction

February 15, 2018
Our featured agent this week is Teri Styers of Ford Realty. Teri is an experienced house “flipper” with a strong background in property management, HOA management and business management. 

Case in point: she bought this house for $80,000 in June 2017, had local companies rehab it, and sold it for $185,500 in December 2017 while still turning a profit on it.
"If you want a Realtor who speaks 'rehab, flipping, & investing,' then call me!" says Teri. To get in touch with Teri about buying or selling your home in Mesa County, give her a call at 970-270-0805.


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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Debbie Thomas Earns Top Producer Award!

February 1, 2018
Congratulations to Debbie Thomas, broker, owner of DKT Realty, Inc./Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc. for being Top Producer in the Silver category ($12 million - $17.9 million) of the total production of Metro Brokers Inc. throughout Colorado in 2017. Debbie was #1 of 13 agents honored in the Silver category and the only Western Slope agent honored in any category. Metro Brokers Inc. is the Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc. corporate office located in Englewood, CO. Debbie, your team at Metro Brokers GJ is proud of your accomplishment!