Meeting Real Estate Agent Mary Douglas from the Colorado Mountains

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

elizabeth weintraub and mary douglas

How is it that people you meet in person after chatting online are always exactly like you imagined them to be? Oh, I remember back in the day, like in 1995 -- which doesn't seem all that long ago to me but 17 years have passed since I met my husband online -- everybody talked about how dangerous it was to meet a stranger from the Internet. Because they might not be what they seem. Yet, every person I have ever met has never been different than I suspected.

Well, perhaps more charming, more beautiful and more delightful in person, but not the other way around. I had the extreme pleasure yesterday of meeting Mary Douglas from United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. She lives in the mountains near Fort Collins. Since I was on vacation in Nederland, Colorado, Mary drove all the way down I-25 and back up Boulder Canyon on Highway 119, which is now called the Peak to Peak Highway. When she hit Boulder, she said her heart fell when she saw the winding canyon road and a sign that said 17 miles to Nederland. She wanted to be there already, yet it was another half hour of driving. Tell me about it. I used to drive the Canyon 5 days a week to go to work at First American Title in Boulder. Snow, ice, blizzards, stuck in second gear in The Narrows.

We headed out from the Best Western, across a wooden pedestrian bridge, and up the hill to the New Moon Bakery. Sunday traffic in Nederland was atrocious. Tourists swarmed the streets. Guys dressed as comic book heroes turned out to actually be bicyclists and not aliens from another planet. Families with little kids in tow jammed the shops. The rains poured for 10 minutes just as we ducked inside the bakery to talk.

There simply isn't enough time in the day to talk anymore. But it was enough to cement my belief that the way Mary expresses herself online is the way she is in real life. She's honest, funny, warm, intelligent and sensitive -- all the traits you would want to find in a friend or in a real estate agent. I've always liked Mary, especially after reading her blog. Blogs let personalities shine through. Don't ever discount the power of blogs.

Mary says Red Feather Lakes is about 40 minutes from Fort Collins. If you're looking to buy real estate in the mountains, give Mary Douglas a call. Don't just wander into some real estate company in the mountains and grab the first guy you see, ask for Mary, for crying out loud.

After stuffing our faces with fattening bakery treats, we grabbed a booth at the Pioneer Inn. Just to prove that we can take photos without stealing anybody's spirit. Didn't see that drunk guy this time around. But we were ready for him if we did.

Thanks for coming to visit, Mary. It was an experience I will always remember and treasure. And, to whomever is reading this particular blog, if you've ever wanted to meet somebody you've talked to online, give them a ring and ask to meet. You won't be sorry.

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Photos: Adam Weintraub, Nederland, Colorado

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments (10)

Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand


I sounds like you are enjoying your vacation.  Just remember, the crazies are awaiting you in Sacto.

Jul 22, 2012 11:55 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Ah, it was truly a pleasure meeting with you--funny we were writing about our day at the same time...I'm just a little slower getting it posted. I can't tell you how much fun it was to finally meet you in person.  Safe travels Elizabeth & Adam!

Jul 23, 2012 12:09 AM

Dear Eizabeth~


You are ONE person I'd love to happy you connected with Mary...and thanks for the inspiration. Actually... one person I met at AR turned out to be a COUSIN!!!! Our great-great-grandparents were brother and sister! so I totally know what you mean.

Jul 23, 2012 12:45 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Elizabeth, the cautionary tales of meeting from the online community have always been interesting to me.  I believe:

1.  The genuinely miserable or dangerous stories are few and far between and get blown out of proportion, and

2.  The conveyor of routinely miserable stories speaks tends to not be about the folks they meet; it's more about them.  People who routinely have great experiences tend to be highly intuitive and exercise sound judgment.  


3. Life goes so fast!   ;-)    I Brian


Jul 23, 2012 01:42 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Well, somehow, I think I have missed Mary on AR up until this post.  And with your ringing endorsement, I'm going to subscribe and check her out.

Jul 23, 2012 02:33 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Elizabeth - as a classic hermit, I am cautious about meet-ups. Not that I am against them, but I am not really a traveler

Looks like this REO Institute has some basic problem. Well, with REO guys nothing should surprise :)

Jul 23, 2012 09:42 AM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
I have long been reading Mary's blogs and she seems to be the real deal. The photo of the two of you is lovely.
Jul 23, 2012 12:24 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Elizabeth~ As I told Mary, wish I knew you 2 were getting together in Nederland yesterday, my hubby and I were in Blackhawk celebrating our wedding anniversary.  Would have loved to have joined you!  :-)

Jul 23, 2012 12:50 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Ah, thanks for reminding me, Pam.

Hi Mary: We made it back safely. We stayed the night at a Denver airport hotel. Let me tell you, that place was like being stuck on a way-station out in the middle of outer space somewhere. Sterile. Awful. If I ever get stuck in Denver again, I'm going into town where human life exists and not staying at the airport.

Hey Asheville: if my grandparents were brother and sister, I don't think I'd be advertising that fact. If you don't want to meet me now, I understand.

Hi Brian: Life does go by fast. I recall the days walking along the cliff overlooking the ocean and bay in Newport Beach on my usual morning walk and thinking someday I could regret not appreciating more my life at that period in time.

Hi Chris Ann: Yes, please go to Mary's blog. You'll connect. Kindred spirits.

Hi Jon: I promise I will never ever ask you to drive from Florida to Sacramento. But if I came to Daytona Beach, I'd expect coffee. Just sayin'.

Hi Melissa: Mary is the real deal. Just like you.

Hi Donna: I mentioned it in Mary's blog a while back but you must have missed it. Sorry!!

Jul 24, 2012 12:36 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Yup, my experience with meeting people I've met on line has been the same as yours.  Didn't start quite as early, but also met my hubby on line. 

Jul 24, 2012 11:47 AM