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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 

Metro Brokers GJ Realtor of the Week: KARIE O'CONNOR

December 2, 2019

Congratulations to our Realtor of the Week, Karie O'Connor of Karie Hill-O'Connor & Company.  Karie has over 21 years experience as a Realtor and holds a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the Association of Realtors.  She has also been awarded a top designation for Certified Negotiating Experts (CNE), having completed an extensive training course giving her the skills for confident, successful negotiations that bring her clients win-win outcomes.  Home buyers and sellers can be assured that Karie subscribes to the strict Realtors code of ethics in all her dealings.  She has access to the latest technology in marketing her clients’ properties, and is a specialist in helping them maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home.

Bottom Line? Karie O’Connor has the training, the experience, and the know-how to help YOU with your Real Estate needs, whatever they may be.  She was born and raised in the Grand Valley, and is Quick read more or view full article proud to help all her friends and neighbors here!  Give Karie a call the next time You want a friendly, professional Realtor who gets the job done!” Call Karie today with any of your real estate needs! 970-216-2233!

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Welcome to Jennifer Howard of Gear & Associates Realty!

January 15, 2018
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Jennifer Howard as Broker Associate with Gear & Associates Realty! Jennifer was born and raised in Grand Junction and generations of her family have called Western Colorado home. 

Having bought and sold many of her own homes, Jennifer understands the stress and emotion that can come along with the biggest sale or purchase in your life. "Through honesty, communication and understanding your wants and needs, my goal is to make this exciting step in your life as painless and, dare I say fun, as possible," says Jennifer. "I am passionate about real estate and would love to help you sell your current home and/or purchase your next one. Whether you are looking to upsize, downsize or just move to a new part of town, let me help you navigate the process."

When she's not working, you can find her at home with her husband and son. "We enjoy traveling, remodeling our fixer upper house, and spending time Quick read more or view full article with friends and family," says Jennifer.
To get started on the next step in buying or selling your house, give Jennifer a call at 970-201-8740 or email her at
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New Mentor-ship Program Announced

January 15, 2016
Metro Brokers Grand Junction Inc. starts program to invest in the future of local real estate.
Metro Brokers Grand Junction Inc. is excited to announce a new mentorship program designed for Broker Associates who want the resources available with large corporate Real Estate Companies but also want the freedom of owning their own company in the future. This new program is ideal for partnering with Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc., an industry leader who offers just such an opportunity.
The program is a unique opportunity that partners Broker Associates who have less than two years of active real estate license experience with one of the Broker/Owners at Metro Brokers Grand Junction Inc. Our Broker/Owners have a wide array of experience and the new Broker Associate can choose the best partner for them based on common career interests and goals. Once the yearlong mentorship is finished, the Broker Associate will be in the position to open their own company and be a part of the Metro Broker Grand Junction Inc. family.
“It’s a Quick read more or view full article way for us to invest in the future of entrepreneurial Real Estate professionals who will be serving our community for years to come” says Mike McGinnis, VP of Metro Brokers Grand Junction Inc. “We are looking to help new people in the industry with lower operating fees (contact Metro Brokers Grand Junction Inc for specifics) and the opportunity to work side by side with veteran Brokers. After the year program is complete, they will know if stepping into their own business is right for them. We want to give them an opportunity to see the Metro Brokers Inc. way of being in business for themselves but not by themselves”.

Our office is conveniently located at 605 25 Road, Suite 100, Grand Junction, CO 81505.  Call us for details regarding the Mentorship Program at 970-243-3376. Read Less

Broker Spotlight Introduces Jen Pedersen with Mesa West Real Estate

May 9, 2015
Meet Jen Pedersen with Mesa West Real Estate.

A native of Southern Minnesota (go ahead, ask me to say "Boat" or "You Bet!") I attended South Dakota State University where I obtained my BS in Sociology with a minor in Economics and I continued on at SDSU while working fulltime to obtain my MS in Industrial Management.  I met my husband, Jim, after college when we both happened to be on campus one day.  We moved to Grand Junction to pursue careers in 2001 and are ever-so-grateful for our move!


We waited a bit to start our family, focusing on careers - for Jim, in Banking, and for me, in the Title Industry, the construction industry, then real estate.  One of those little-known-facts . . . we owned a few Subway Restaurants located outside of GJ Quick read more or view full article in the early 00s as well.  Yes, I am a corporate-trained "Sandwich Artist" and am certified to make TCBY ice cream cakes!

We were so excited to welcome our first two daughters in 2008 - twins (not identical) born on Leap Year!  #3 Daughter followed in 2010 and #4 in 2013 on April Fools Day.  We love having a group of little individuals running about!  While our days and nights are often very crazy with the schedules of little people, we wouldn't have it any other way.

I am a huge advocate for early detection and research about breast cancer - with no familial history of breast cancer, in December 2013 at the age of 38 I was diagnosed with stage 1A breast cancer - last year was spent adjusting to life following a double mastectomy, chemo and radiation - my ever-supportive husband, my family and friends, and my work in real estate helped us stay focused on the future (I never stopped working throughout my diagnosis, treatment and recovery).  I'm proud to now be half-way through reconstruction.  While my hair isn't quite what it used to be . . . hey, I have hair!

The entire 10 years I've been a realtor has been spent associated with this Metro Brokers Grand Junction group.  Such an approachable and willing group I have never found in any business or career.  I appreciate those with whom I am affiliated at Metro Brokers, and am proud to be a Realtor in the Grand Valley.

To contact Jen Pedersen at Mesa West Real Estate call
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New Owners of Metro Brokers Grand Junction Inc Announced!

April 22, 2015
It’s an exciting time at Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc.!

We are a privately owned business comprised of 15 Independent Real Estate Companies working together. Since opening its doors in Grand Junction in 1995, Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc. has been under the leadership of 6 shareholder owners. These are the people who, in addition to running their own real estate companies, also make the decisions for Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc. Today, three of our existing broker members have stepped up into new leadership roles as owners of Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc., bringing the number of company owners to nine. Congratulations, to Karie O’Connor, Janell Gear and Cindy Dickey, the newly added owners of Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc. They are welcomed by our three founding owners, Doug Ford, Mike McGinnis, Hal Heath, and our three long-time owners, Jan Garber, Dee Dee Hansen, and Greg Roles.

In the words of Mike McGinnis, VP of Metro Brokers Grand Junction, “Our business is a little different than others. With the strength and Quick read more or view full article support of an industry leader, Metro Brokers Inc., we have every resource available to us but are not limited by the traditional corporate real estate environment. We are our own business owners, we make our own decisions and each have our areas of expertise.”

From our agents who say, “Whatever your interest in real estate, including rental properties, investment properties, subdivision development, building or buying your dream home, we, the realtors at Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc. are here and we’re ready to help you! Come on by, have a cup of coffee, and let’s talk real estate, because at Metro Brokers, We Sell Houses – LOTS of Them!”
Our office is conveniently located at 605 25 Road, Suite 100, Grand Junction, CO 81505. Call us anytime at 970-243-3376 and visit our website to start your property search, at 

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Broker Spotlight Introduces Debbie Thomas with DKT Realty, Inc.

April 9, 2015

Meet Debbie Thomas with DKT Realty, Inc.
I’m 19 years in the business, and have been a managing broker for 7 years
here at Metro-DKT Realty Inc. I specialize in residential, income properties,
farms & land sales. Also I specialize in mountain cabin sales at
Arrowhead subdivision in Cimarron Colorado and belong to the
Montrose board of realtors. 

I have been married 35 years this year to my high  school sweetheart-Guy Thomas. And have to beautiful daughters Stephanie & Jennifer, along with 1 special son in-law Brandon.
I love to go to our cabin at Arrowhead and ATV in the summer and snowmobile in Quick read more or view full article the winter. Along with our summer trips to lake Powell on our house boat are family fun for all of us. I love to travel to Hawaii when I can and the family comes along making it a special trip. :)
I’m a fulltime Broker and very experienced and always go the extra mile to get the job  done!! I love my job! If you are looking to buy or sell a home I would love to help, call me at 970-261-3309. For more information about Debbie Thomas, DKT Realty Inc. and to see her listings, visit her webpage.
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Welcome Beth Colter with Jan Garber & Associates

March 1, 2015
Metro Brokers Grand Junction is pleased to announce the newest member to our team, Beth Cotlar.  Beth will be working as a Broker Associate with Jan Garber & Associates.

Beth brings 10 years of knowledge in advertising sales with an innate understanding of interior design, to her real estate career. These skills offer her clients added benefits when marketing their homes to sell or when purchasing new properties.  Beth understands how best to showcase a home’s assets when selling, and, if buying, Beth is uniquely skilled at identifying the details that a client defines for their dream home!

Beth is eager to assist you with any of your real estate needs whether it is buying or selling a home, or looking for investment opportunities through real estate.  You can contact her, or call 970-243-3376 or 713-208-5103.

Metro Brokers Grand Junction Inc Receive Prestigious Awards

February 4, 2015
Metro Brokers Grand Junction Inc Receive Prestigious Awards at Annual Meeting.  
At the Annual Meeting of Metro Brokers Inc. held this year at the Sports Authority Field at Mile Hi in Denver, two local members of Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc. office received prestigious awards. 
Janell Gear, Broker/Owner of Gear and Associates Realty LLC received the Community Service Award for the Western Slope.  Janell has been a member of the local Metro Brokers Grand Junction office since 2007.  She is an active member of the Mesa County Women’s Network Group and served as President for 2013-14, as well as Programs Director.  Janell was recently elected to the Board of Directors at the Grand Junction Association of Realtors.  With energy to spare, Janell has given her time during the past few Christmas holiday seasons to helping The Latimer House, a local women and children shelter, collect toys and donations for the children there. 
Hal Heath, Broker/Owner of Heath & Co Realtors, received Quick read more or view full article the Top Producer in Residential Sales Award for 2014 for the Western Slope.  One of the original founders of Metro Brokers Grand Junction, Inc. in 1995, Hal has been a licensed realtor and broker in Grand Junction since 1983. A former Board of Directors member of the Grand Junction Board of Realtors, Hal continues his passionate pursuit of his real estate career. He helps all his clients with the same enthusiasm, whether it’s a family buying their first home, an investor wanting to build a real estate portfolio, or a contractor with a large land development project.  From Hal, “Real estate is fun again. This last few years has been transitional for our friends.  Now we are in a more solid market.”
Congratulations to both Hal and Janell for their accomplishments!  They both say, “Now is a great time to buy in Grand Junction!”  Call Hal at 970-250-9515 or Janell at 970-589-0002. Read Less