Voted CO Springs Best Realtor 5 times, working with Buyers and Sellers in the Pikes Peak Region, decades of experience, cutting edge technology, extensive professional resources, Bestselling Author
Get to know Mimi Foster
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Mimi Foster has received the honor of being voted Best Realtor in Colorado Springs in one of the top three positions for five years in a row. With over two decades of experience, she is committed to making the home buying/selling process as painless and fulfilling as possible. Totally committed to her Clients and Managing Broker of her office of over forty long-time agents, Mimi continues her education at every opportunity to provide cutting-edge technology and services on all transactions. While selling throughout the Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and Old Colorado City areas, she has a passion and expertise with Victorian, Edwardian, and Arts and Craft homes. For over a decade, she and her husband restored many Victorians in the Colorado College area Downtown, so she has a keen knowledge of building structure, remodeling, and real estate in Colorado Springs.
After blogging successfully on ActiveRain, Mimi was encouraged by fellow Rainers to write a book. Not wanting to work real estate by day and write about it at night, she opted for a more mundane fare - that of novels. Becoming a Bestselling Author with her first book, much of her free time is now devoted to intrigue, plot twists, mystery, suspense, and steamy romance. For more in-depth access, check her out at MimiFoster.com.
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CRS - Certified Residential Specialist is the highest Designation awarded to real estate professionals who meet its stringent requirements in the residential real estate sales field. Less than 4% of all licensed Realtors® are Certified Residential Specialists. The prestigious CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education. To receive this award, each Realtor® must have significant experience and demonstrate a certain volume of real estate transactions, as well as complete rigorous educational requirements. It is considered the Ph.D. of real estate. Every CRS designee is required to maintain membership in the National Association of Realtors® and to abide by its strict Code of Ethics. The training available to CRS designees includes a strong focus on technology and its applications in the real estate business. The typical CRS designee earns an average income nearly three times that of a non-designated Realtor®.
GRI - Graduate REALTOR® Institute is the mark of a highly trained real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation to better serve and protect their Clients. It is nationally recognized and is considered the nation's number one professional real estate designation. This designation may only be earned after successfully completing a rigorous educational program that requires 92 hours of live course instruction on topics ranging from marketing and servicing listed properties to real estate law. It is one of the most comprehensive training programs available to Realtors® today. GRI is recognized nationwide as the standard for real estate professionalism. A GRI has superior knowledge of real estate marketing, and has acquired skills that will set them apart from other REALTORS®.
ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative Designation is the benchmark of excellence in Buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria. The ABR® designation is designed for real estate Buyer Agents who focus on working directly with Buyer-clients. By attaining the ABR®, you receive valuable real estate education that elevates your skills and knowledge in the eyes of home Buyers. There is also ongoing specialized information, programs, and updates that help you stay on top of the issues and trends in successfully representing Buyers.
ALHS - The prestigious Accredited Luxury Home Specialist Certification. This intensive course explores national luxury housing trends, specialized luxury Buyer and Seller needs, development and delivery of unique high level services, representation issues, liability and risk management, builder services, personal marketing, and much more. Inclusion into the Luxury Home Council requires all members to meet or exceed minimum standards of achievement demonstrating their expertise in the Luxury Home segment of the real estate industry.
AHS - Accredited Home-Staging Specialist. Before a Seller puts their house up for sale, it is imperative in this market that the home be the best it can be. There are too many houses listed in any particular price range to not put the best face forward on a property - to make it a "Shiny Penny." Because how you live in a home and how you market a home are completely different, the process of getting a home ready for sale is called 'Staging.' It is important that you have a Realtor® with a keen eye to know what will help sell a home, what will appeal, and where a Seller would be best served in various areas of pre-sale home preparation. Home Staging is the process of glamorizing the look of a home by presenting it in an optimal light to maximize the selling price. It is about turning the house into a marketable home; it is the vehicle that transforms a lived-in house into a home that is ready to sell. These are two completely different things, and the subtle differences translate directly into higher sales prices. You are going to be moving, so start packing now. Not only do staged homes sell in almost half the time of non-staged houses, but Sellers get substantially more money for a staged home. We are not necessarily talking about home improvements that you have put off for the ten years that you have owned the home. We are talking about de-cluttering, rearranging, doing a polish and shine, and packing up non-essential items prior to showing the property so that it may be presented in its best light.
SFR - Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource is a new Designation that is available through the National Association of Realtors®. Unfortunately, it is a sad fact of life that short sales and foreclosures comprise a large amount of today's standard real estate transactions. These deals are not at all like the traditional transaction with which we were so familiar. It is important that the Realtor® knows how to help Sellers understand the complexities and repercussions of a short sale. It also takes special knowledge to help a Buyer pursue these opportunities knowledgeably. These are not just good skills to have in this market, they are critical to making sure that you are representing your Client professionally. Short sales (where a home is sold to a Buyer for less than what the Seller owes to the Mortgage Company) are not for the Realtor® who is faint of heart. Agents who have received the SFR Designation will have much more confidence to see the transaction through to the end, and are much more likely to have the proper tools and training to navigate the rough waters of a short sale or foreclosure for their Client.
ePRO - is a Realtor® who has been Certified by completing training endorsed by the National Association of Realtors® in the specialized area of using the internet to better assist their Clients. If you use the internet, and you are looking to buy or sell a home, it is important that you work with an ePRO. You can trust doing business with them online, knowing that you will receive the information you need, but that you won't be spammed. They respond quickly to your questions, but know enough not to send you unwanted communications. Your personal information is protected, knowing that an ePRO will guard your privacy. You will receive the most up-to-date information available from a professional who knows the intricacies of online navigation. If you are relocating, an ePRO is an absolute must. With the tools to do your research electronically, the entire buying decision can be made online with a competent ePRO who can show you houses online, can share videos, electronic contracts and signatures, email, and any number of other resources that are at your disposal to make your transaction smooth and streamlined from showing to closing.
APPRAISER - While I do not work as an appraiser, I am licensed in the State of Colorado. It gives me an edge when working with Buyers and Sellers in giving them a clearer picture of Market Value by which to make their decisions.
Testimonials for Mimi Foster
Mimi - I am not writing for advice or help or a job. You have helped us several times purchase or sell a house, so I am not writing about that either! ;) I've just been meaning to tell you how much I adore and admire you and how you run your business. Through these "hard times" you have found a way (many ways, actually) to stay relevant and in people's lives, minds, and hearts. So many women who are entrepreneurs and strong business women can get a bad rap for being feisty or bitchy, but you have remained beautiful in your strength and loving in your wit. I admire you and am inspired by you. Thank you for your example.
Misty and Brandon Dunlap07/01/2014
I am writing you because I want you to know how truly grateful I am to have you in my life. Buying a house is the biggest adventure EVER, especially when you’re young and have absolutely no knowledge whatsoever of how to go about it lol. Thank God we have you though. I haven’t felt so comfortable with a stranger in my whole life! The first time I met you, I knew that you were my lady to get the job done! I remember looking at my husband and saying, “I love her already, she is THE ONE!” We went to see many houses, but then we found the house of our dreams. I looked at you and said, “Mimi, I want this house!!!!” and you said “OK!” Not one day has gone by that I have felt out of touch with you or in the dark. You always keep me updated and in the loop and you’re always willing to fight for me!!! “WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU??!!!” is just about my answer to everything you tell me! I want to thank you SO very much for everything you have done for me. I would recommend you to ANYONE and EVERYONE! We went through two other Realtors before you, and they always made me feel like it was just about the money. You have never ever made me feel that way, and I’m truly grateful that you are in this for me and my husband. Obviously this is your job and you need to get paid for what you do, but you have never once made it feel that way to either of us. I certainly can see and understand how you were voted Best Realtor in Colorado Springs for five years in a row. I don’t see ANYONE taking that from you anytime soon! Love ya!
Mimi is not only a terrific real estate agent, she is a great advisor and friend. We bought one house through her, listed our home with her to sell, and are now working with Mimi to buy another. Mimi knows the Colorado Springs market and neighborhoods inside and out, and she has an excellent idea of which houses and areas hold long-term investment promise. In fact, we simply trust Mimi to find the right house for us, since she knows our preferences and the local real estate so well. Every house she’s encouraged us to see has been an excellent fit — we just have to decide which to choose! When listing our property, Mimi worked tirelessly to advertise the house, show it, and find a buyer. She advises on how to manage market swings and trends, and she keeps you informed along the way. Mimi is our only real estate agent in Colorado Springs, and we whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone looking for quality, excellence, and care when listing or buying a home.
Not only is Mimi Foster an outstanding, passionate, and hard working Realtor with a lot of knowledge in her field, she is also a wonderful human being and friend. I was moving out of State and hired Mimi to sell my house in Colorado Springs. I was devastated when circumstances left me to pack my entire household by myself the day before my moving truck arrived. Mimi and I met to discuss more options to sell my house. When I mentioned my dilemma, she promptly volunteered to help. She and her husband, David, were there the next evening, after having worked all day, and loaded all of my furniture and boxes tirelessly until the job was finished. The worst blizzard in years hit while we were loading the truck. Even when I asked them to leave because roads were being closed all over town, they refused. Words can’t begin to describe my true appreciation for their great help that saved me that night. I would highly recommend Mimi Foster to anybody who is thinking about selling or purchasing real estate in this area. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. She is simply the best.
Ted and Susie Snyder11/20/2013
We first used Mimi to sell our house that had been on the market for over six months with another agent. Less than one month later Mimi had it sold. Therefore, it was without hesitation that we called her when we learned we were moving back to Colorado Springs. Mimi has made herself 100% available to us during our home search. Her experience with older homes has been an added bonus. With all of her help we were able to find just the right home for our family.
When my mother passed away, my siblings and I inherited a unique and historical piece of property. When we thought about a Realtor, we were at a loss as to who to call. I first called the Pioneer Museum to see if they could recommend one. They gave me Mimi’s name. Then several friends of my mother’s also knew the history and uniqueness of the property, and Mimi’s name kept coming up. I finally called her and when we got together to talk about listing the property I was very impressed. Her knowledge of the market, her unique ways of marketing the property, her fast delivery of feedback on showings were very impressive. My siblings and I felt very fortunate to have found Mimi to sell our property.
We cannot appropriately emphasize the extent to which Ms. Foster is the absolute epitome of perfection as a Realtor! Had her counterparts in the purchase of our new home and sale of our old home even remotely approached the level of professionalism mixed with friendship that Mimi showed, we might not be as impressed with her. However, especially compared with the agent of the person that bought our house, Mimi came across as not only a genius, but a saint! I can honestly say that had Mimi not put forth the incredible effort that she did, we would have walked away from both deals. By her attitude and work ethic, we are in the home of our dreams, and sold the house that we never thought it possible to sell.
From the late Sunday night writing of the Contract on our new home, through a bidding war on Monday to win that Contract, to the many demanding, near-harassing phone calls from the agent of the buyer of our home, Mimi maintained her cool, smiling through it all, calming my frazzled nerves, giving me direction and encouragement through it all.
I am completely befuddled by real estate documents. Mimi’s knowledge and expertise never ceased to amaze me. She really knows her business! Her contacts, too, were exemplary. The Lending Broker, Title Company, and Inspector whose names she shared with us were also professional, friendly, and thorough. Every person she sent our way to help in this difficult process was, it would seem, the best in the business.
We would never, ever sell a house with anyone representing us but Mimi Foster. We would never, ever buy a house without the assistance of Mimi Foster. I wonder why anyone else in town is in business!
Aneissa Van Metre08/05/2013
Everywhere I go I hear high praise for Mimi. Her roots are in the quaint, classic Downtown Colorado Springs area, and she brings that quality to everything she does. Yesterday, I ran into a couple who were the buyers for one of Mimi’s listings. They raved about how she helped them pick colors for the rehab, even though they weren’t her clients. She is amazing and caring with everyone whose life she touches.
Eric and Ali Larson05/20/2013
Twelve years ago, Mimi Foster’s name was recommended to my family in our first home search. Twelve years later, she is still an active, caring person in our family’s lives. Mimi is a wonderful listener and really meets the needs of the Client she is involved with. In addition to being very smart in her field, Mimi is very ethical and honest. I trust no one else when it comes to helping our family with our transactions for our homes.
I have worked with Mimi for over 16 years in many capacities. In her profession as a Realtor, she has closed many, many transactions for people across the country relocating to Colorado Springs, as well as assisting hundreds of people purchasing Real Estate for a variety of reasons. Because of her passion for her work and her love of people, she is one of the best Realtors in Colorado. She is intelligent, dynamic, honest, and has impeccable character. She truly is someone that I don’t hesitate to recommend to anyone buying or selling property.