As I was doing my annual business review of 2013 and making my new business plan for 2014 one conclusion that kept surfacing was how much I thoroughly enjoy my career as a Mountain Real Estate Agent. Helping my clients move on to their next phase in life and being actively involved in community events is immensely rewarding. It’s not all about the money it’s about the people I meet and spending my dollars locally.
When I list a home or sell a home, I love to tell the story of our mountain town community. In fact on the first visit showing homes, I drive my clients from I-70 to Hwy 285 explaining the history of our area, quickly pointing out what makes us so special. We enjoy a simple unspoiled quality of life with four seasons. Our community has a proud heritage with historic buildings. Plus we boast drop dead gorgeous views without a zillion people standing shoulder to shoulder, packed like sardines.
Yes you might say we are a bedroom community, where most of the workforce commutes to down the hill. This term does suggest that residents sleep in their neighborhoods and normally work elsewhere, with little industrial or commercial activity. Yet Evergreen has a small amount of retail stores oriented toward serving the residents. Our local merchants take great pride in giving great service with a hometown touch.
I always get very excited explaining we are a community that does not sleep. We care for each other and are tightly connected. No heads down. We are approachable, wearing a smile, making eye contact and opening doors for those we haven’t even met yet. Everyone is happy to lend a hand and get involved. No we don’t waste time in traffic; we wait patiently for the elk to cross and snap photos.
Within the last year we endured the government shutdown, fires, and floods. Yet our community stepped up volunteering to rebuild, contributing money to their neighbors and offering shelter and food. We are a small bedroom community standing proud. This year combined Keller Williams Agents contributed $350,000 to flood relief, $150,000 to ECHO and many service hours.
Our market continues to become more balanced and moving in a positive direction, trending with move up buyers. Our home prices in Denver Metro have risen 6% since 2007. Inventory is still tight, and mortgage rates are still low yet climbing.
My forecast for 2014 is we will continue to be blessed, living in Evergreen, filled with such community spirit. In real estate location, location, location is key. I am thankful to be a realtor that calls Evergreen home. It takes a local to tell our story and sell our community.
Cheers to prosperous 2014!
Linda Banks McConnell , Realtor, ABR,SRES, IMSD
Keller Williams Foothills Realty