“The Five Star Real Estate Agent Program is designed to identify and showcase real estate agents in a local market who score highest in overall satisfaction. Look for the results in the September edition of 5280 Magazine.
As part of an in-depth research process real estate agents are evaluated by consumers based on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, helping you find the right home, marketing the home being sold, and overall satisfaction.
10,000 to 50,000 recent homebuyers (all area residents who purchased a home over $100,000 – $200,000 within a 12-36 month period depending on the market size) are asked to name and evaluate real estate agents with whom they have had direct, personal experience with. Recent homebuyers can evaluate up to two agents. Both positive and negative responses regarding each agent are accepted. In addition to the survey results, other criteria such as acceptable disciplinary action is incorporated into the overall evaluation process.
The final list of Five Star Real Estate Agents includes the real estate agents, of those evaluated, in the local market that scored highest in overall satisfaction. This list represents less than 7% of the real estate agents in the local market.”
1. Do you require a potential listing broker who has the networking reach and technological expertise to best market your home? Yes, you should absolutely expect your broker to have great networking reach. Locally it is important that the broker’s phone rings often and with calls from other brokers to inquire about upcoming listings or inquiries asking “what’s new on the market?”. This happens with time in the industry, and importantly, generous actions and kindness given towards other industry professionals. We work often and well with brokers from outside of our firm, it just so happens that most top producers are in our firm. We are well respected within the industry for market and area knowledge demonstrated by our reports, news articles, inventory, pool of business and expertise that other brokers don’t have in their day to day real estate activities. Construction knowledge, horse property and marketing expertise are some of our stand outs. Negotiating contracts is another major reason our phone rings. Regionally networking may be even more important. 70 % of Front Range buyers come from out of town; they often switch areas of focus once looking in Colorado and have already built a relationship with other brokers. We are the go to for many in the industry being quick to answer our phones for them and appraisers as well. The results are sales leads that come from unexpected avenues on a regular basis. We also socialize, attend and present at companywide meetings and events within FSIR to ensure we constantly stay in front of the 200 + Realtors Fuller Sotheby’s has to offer. Nationally our brand and its management successfully cultivate an in-house referral and networking culture. This includes the tried and effective E-Gallery. All of this has been very useful and inspiring to us. We are very excited to be attending the 2013 Sotheby’s International Global Networking event this June. Technology,
This is one of today’s nonstarters if your broker’s not embracing it. If you’re reading this you’re probably reading a blog directed from a search engine or by print media. When Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty interviewed us we were honored but we also interviewed them. We needed a brokerage that could keep up with our technological acumen and needs and they exclusively have it in spades and continue to evolve. Web site syndication is probably our best example of technology working to market your home.
Heather Baird Graham and Sean Endsley have their own web site at www.PerformanceBrokerCO.com and have the ability to create a site exclusive to your property. In addition we push out to more than 200 sites including
Zillow.com, Trulia.com, James list,NYTimes.com & WSJ.com to name a few.
Sothebys.com averaging 630,000 visitors per month,
FullerSothebys.com averaging 15,000 visitors per month
Realtor.com is the highest real-estate website in the country. As showcase members we post additional photos, verbiage and virtual tours bringing your property to the top of search results pages guaranteeing an overall higher visibility when compared to other competing properties on the site.
2. Is your potential broker backed by a brokerage with the weight and credibility to offer the resources and accountability you deserve? Yes, our brokerage is arguably the most respected, well run and iconic brokerages in the land and you deserve this level of credibility. our brokerage is arguably the most respected, well run and iconic brokerages in the land and you deserve this level of credibility. The leadership at Sotheby’s International Realty and Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty are committed to providing the best possible exposure, representation and customer service our real-estate industry has to offer. Sotheby’s International Realty or SIR maintains over 611 offices around the world with FSIR or Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty being the fourth largest franchise. Our hands on and dedicated leader of the FSIR brand also owns additional offices in Utah and California. The requirements of the brand and the conviction of our local leadership, support staff and management ensure our customers and clients a brokerage available to aid us in supporting our clients. In a diverse and complicated industry we can say that we (Our team and our clients) can always reach deeper and then deeper still to take full advantage of the resources and people made available to us.
3. Are you looking for relentless representation only available from a full time broker or team? Yes, Heather Baird Graham and Sean Endsley work as a team so that we may be at two places at once on a regular basis. Between us we provide 7 day week coverage with someone constantly available to pick up a phone or respond to “time is of the essence” matters. It is also our goal to be present for the showing of our listings. With this level of commitment we can sell your home rather than merely placing it on the MLS and hoping for a bite. Real time on site representation gives you peace of mind and reduces seller’s fatigue. With our experience and background we are particularly adept at handling real estate issues as they arise, counseling clients when advice is required. Heather Graham-Baird 720 201 4187
Sean Endsley 303 895 4663
Try us, We pick up the phone
4. Would you feel proud to display your marketing collateral to friends and family? Yes, , our marketing material at the minimum exceeds the high Sotheby’s standard for signage, images, resolution, cardstock and verbiage required by our in-house marketing department to meet the consistency level Sotheby’s is known for. But we go further. We work with you to understand your home. We are experts at marketing property and you are the hands down expert of your home. We work with you as a team to learn what attracted you to your home in the first place. By understanding where the best window is, what you love about your home, what you will miss about your home, etc. We can build a marketing theme to best showcase your home.
5. Does your broker manage property inquiries well and to their fullest extent?
Yes, , we manage our leads well and to exhaustive efforts. Before your property is shown we visit with the buyer’s broker, we get a sense of who the buyer is and enter the data into our database and the “Showing Desk” database. We then communicate what we know to you. If a lead calls the FSIR office we have a full time concierge who manages the in house call center and is personally responsible to ensure all leads are documented in a professional manner and alerts us within 15 minutes of the phone call. This 12 hour a day, 7 days a week full time manager manages online inquires as well and tends to these leads with the same immediacy and care as he does the phone Center. Give Todd Webber a try, he’s very good. After that we make regular phone calls and emails to keep apprised of where those buyers are at regarding timelines or changing needs.
Odds are that we may even have leads for your property before we ever meet
6. Do you believe a picture is worth at least a thousand words?
Yes, this is perhaps one of the most important components we utilize when bringing your home to market. To bring the true feel of your home to a buyer we need the best available representation that grabs prospects by the collar and standout as the only ad on the page whether that page be a postcard, publication or on the internet. Buyers will be glossing over an untold number of images and it’s up to us to be in the right place at the right time with a wow factor. We also want prospects to have a full visual understanding of your home before they ever come out. We want quality showings. We have a significant tool box to achieve these results. To start Heather and or Sean will be present with the photographer to make sure we capture what is required by our high standards. Our exclusive partnership with Spotlight Home Tours and relationship with other videographers and photographers allow us to create high resolution images and virtual tours offering twilight and elevated photography as well to be presented online for those out of town prospective buyers in the form of website and links to fold in with other real-estate sites and our E- Gallery. E – Galleries are located in all SIR offices and our exclusive presence at Cherry Creek Mall, the largest tourist destination for the State of Colorado.
7. Do you desire expertise and customer service that are available to you consistently?
Yes, you should. Time spent wondering equals stress. We don’t think stress is good for you and we don’t want it for our friends and clients. We answer our phones and there are two of us. Even if we are elbow deep with something else we will get a response about our next availability ASAP. Try us and see what happens.
Sean Endsley (C) 303 895 4663, Heather Graham (C) 720 201 4187 or ask a friend if they’ve ever had to wait.
8. Could specific real time market knowledge be useful if used to your benefit? Yes, trust us on this one it does. The knowledge of real time market conditions and what your neighbor’s home sold for yesterday directly affects your decision process of whether or not to list your home, and if you’re already on the market, what strategic choices you may want to consider. We make it our job to stay current with transactions accruing in our market but here are some tools we use and can bring to you automatically.
Altos Research Report you can call, email or sign up on our site for a weekly report for your zip code regarding days on market, average price per square foot, median prices and trends by our unbiased third party consultant with your contact data safe and secure from others.
MLS real time data is fast by just clicking your MLS area for data and trends relevant to you from our site.
Sotheby’s Micro Report is yet another tool made available to us by Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. This report is a great neighborhood by neighborhood shake down of what’s going on in your neighborhood or the one you may be considering.
CMA or Comparative Market Analysis is still the most customized and effective look at your home’s value when done by the right broker. Contact us to request one.
9. Is area expertise important to you? Yes, we have that for you. Community involvement and the daily showing of homes and land is a good start. Living here and studying market data helps a great deal also. But there is no substitute for growing up here, attending local schools and churches and cultivating relationships with land owners, developers and area governing authorities. Heather was born an Evergreen resident and we drink in our market with unparalleled thirst.
10. Do you expect a broker to have in-depth knowledge of negotiating variables and skills?
Yes, you most probably should. Over 95% of our accepted contracts move to fruition benefitting our sellers. This again comes from time and experience in the industry. The sheer number of successfully negotiated contracts for both buyers and sellers is invaluable. Heathers years of working in real-estate legal offices is another asset that there is no substitute for. The larger variable is we love this part of real-estate. We rush towards educational opportunities of this genre and read on the subject with enjoyment of every new piece of data or insight to be learned.
There was a time when I thought the answer was yes. I am now happy to report back to you as a more edified realtor that buyer’s demands, lenders new rates and desire for business and one of Evergreens great visionaries have finally come to a confluence that has me saying halleluiah. The latest research done by the Genesis Group, Altos research and our general exposure to Realtors and buyers are all sending us a very loud and focused message. You don’t want yester year’s product if your demands are different than the conventional buyer. The arbitrage between building and buying is almost nominal. At the same rate that resale values suffered from its peak in late 2006 so did construction cost. The biggest hurdles were lenders.
So much has changed in the last year and if there is a constant in real estate, that would be change. A year ago I interviewed a dozen lenders and the only two that were willing to lend on land much less construction but were cautious with less than enticing terms. Now I’m almost afraid to mention the latest quoted rates because at this pace they will probably be even lower by the time this editorial is published. The under writers concerns seem to be loosening on the ratios of land vs. Improvements as well so long as the community is established and supports the investment. We have our local economy to thank for this in part. Economist have Identified Colorado as the 5th strongest in the country with Jefferson county in particular having a rapidly decline in foreclosure rates. This is probably one of the major driving forces behind Denver s position as one of the five major metropolitan cities showing an increase and growing markets for new home starts.
Mountain communities in Evergreen take vision and have thankfully been very well done to date. We have Dave Graham to thank for much of this. With his latest offering being “Cub Creek Ranch” the best has been saved for last. This 350 acre development generously incorporates hundreds of acres of open space within this gated community with a small offering of 35 oppatunaties. The vision for this rare community that defies traditional developer’s math incoperates private building envelopes with integrated trail systems that lends access to the existing trail systems of the abducting Denver Mountain Park system. Building costs and eye sores are effectively mitigated by an already in place and active buried infrastructure of High Speed internet, natural gas, lan lines and of course terra firma protected power.
There are some incredible stand-alone options out there as well. Please know that I am speaking from opinion here but because of market forces, road noise and construction expenses one must consider grading, paving and utility costs and I would strongly consider options that give 285 accesses to those that require access to the Denver metropolitan area. Much of this expanded effort and available financing are the reasons why the vast majority of Evergreen land sales have been in the green community of Cub Creek Ranch. With full honesty I must disclosure that this community is exclusively marketed by my partner Heather Baird and I am probably and proudly influenced by the conversations that I have been privy to that exude pride and future plans but, yes…..I am a believer.
Soda Creek is
one of our most sought after communities here in Evergreen Colorado. Rich with
history mainly attributed to “THE” getaway destination for those retreating
towards our gentle climate and being an equestrian community is a fun plus (Please
see attached map below). Soda Creek is an especially great name for this
pristine area that comes from the actual creek that runs through it with
several ponds and water rights that exist within this community. A number of
Evergreens high end and most desirable homes exist in this development while
there are a few deals to be found most homes tend to be beauty contest
winners. Literally just off of Evergreen Parkway, the main vain to I-70 is seconds
away and feeds into Denver West with it’s incredible restaurants, retail,
business centers and medical facility’s just moments away. The parcels in Soda Creek
tend to range between 5 and 10 acres, offering a blend of privacy along with a
sense of community, giving just enough room for a private outdoor glass of wine and
a hot tub soak but enough neighborly access to barrow a cup of sugar when
in Soda Creek is quite impressive and is competitive with options in the Denver
metropolitan area or any other residences across the Front Range from Boulder
to Colorado Springs. Evergreen has always been a bedroom community to the
Denver metropolitan area while offering a mountain life style with Front Range
convenience. Soda Creek is known as the “Gate
way to the Rocky’s “ and is the tip of the spear as far as access to both West
Denver’s amenities’ and the recreational access to all the Front Range has to
offer to including skiing, rafting, hiking and an abundance of other activities
Evergreen is also quiet famous for being Jefferson county’s crowning jewel
boasting access to the most designated open spaces offered
by any other county in the United States. What Soda Creek offers besides convenience
in Colorado’s Front Range is as a lifestyle that draws residence and visitors
from local enthusiast to travelers from abroad.
We like Soda Creek
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