The warm velvety feeling of spring is in the air. The best part of all, my telephone is ringing. It's ringing off the hook. Well actually not really, as it doesn't have a hook, it's a cell phone...but I don't know better analogy, you get the picture, right?
Conversations about relocation are a common part of my day. Strangers find a part of my long tail on the Internet, pick up the phone to chat.
Some folks know they are coming for sure, they have jobs to start, homes to sell or have sold and they are on their way. They call me to talk about the Denver metro area, real estate, neighborhoods and all the other things that make life fun living in Colorado.
These are great calls, the heart of my business. Most of the time I can help solve people's problems on the spot. Other times its a slower process, but eventually we find an answer or a solution that meets the customer's needs.
I also talk to people who are just in the beginning stages of a relocation. They want to move to Denver but really don't know for sure. These calls are fun too.
Sometimes I ask so many questions, I feel like a detective. The reality is, I need to know certain information if I am going to be able to help in the decision making process. The more I know, the more effective I can be.
Occasionally I have to bust a bubble of a dream. Sometimes people think they are going to come to Denver and it will be just like home. Denver will have a big swift river to row crew boats in, lots of trees and a swimming pool in every yard. hahaha
No, we don't do a lot of water. Yes, we do have water, but it's for drinking. We put a few boats in the reservoirs, but even then you won't go far. As for trees? Why would you want a tree, all it does is block your view!
In Colorado we like to look up at the mountains and the sky. We do mountains and sky better than most other places. Obscuring them certainly would have no benefit!
Swimming pools we have, but we keep them at the community center. Having a pool in your yard is a major drawback when you go to sell your home. Why? Because our swimming season is short and the nights get chilly. Pools don't have a good return on investment. I know this sounds odd to people who live where you have to have a pool or die, but those rules don't apply here in Colorado.
We have our own rules. When you move here, you might want to check with me (or you can call another Realtor) we can bring you up to speed on the ins and outs of living in Colorado. Each state in the Union has it's own laws, never, ever assume things are the same as where you came from. Maybe it is, but most likely it will be just enough different to confuse you. We don't mean to be different, we just are.
My phone callers confide in me the type of home they are looking to buy. They want to know "how far is it to DIA, work or school." I get to answer questions like these frequently, I take pride in knowing as much as I can, if I don't know something, I usually know someone who does, so I will get the answer.
As a Relocation Realtor, I get to work with people from all over the globe. The diversity of my job is very appealing. Everyday I get to work on a new project with new requirements. It can be challenging sometimes, but it's never dull. Helping people put the pieces of their move together, or not is what I do.
So folks keep those telephone calls coming, keep it ringing off the .... oh well you know what I mean.
Kristal Kraft, Denver Metro Realtor (telephone operator) is standing by...800-319-7738
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