Thanksgiving 2022 – In Spite of Everything, Much to Be Thankful for

First of all let me thank The Denver Post for making it possible for me to reach its many readers for well over a decade in this YourHub ad. I estimate that we get 90% of our real estate business from people who read this column and are inspired to contact us when they have a real estate need. Although we pay for this ad and for its placement on page 3 — the best ad location in any newspaper — they don’t need to sell it to us, and I thank them for letting me advertise here.

The feedback I get from many readers is that this is the first place they turn to when they receive this newspaper. What a great compliment that is, so my second “thanksgiving” is to you, my readers for following this column each week and thinking to call us when you have a real estate need. You can count on me to continue writing this column week after week and year after year so long as The Denver Post keeps it affordable!

By the way, should you move or stop subscribing to this newspaper, remember that I send it by email to over 1,400 subscribers (free, of course), and I would be happy to add you to that list.

Next, I am thankful to Golden Real Estate’s broker associates who continue to excel in serving our clients year-round. They share their commission earnings with the brokerage, of course, but are compensated for that    in various ways, including having their listings featured in this ad and being themselves promoted at the bottom of each week’s ad. They are all excellent Realtors who share our company’s values, an example of which is that the majority of them drive Tesla cars! I am blessed that they choose to be associated with Golden Real Estate and am happy to share with them many of the leads which come to me from readers of this column.

(By the way, we welcome applications from other licensed agents, as long as they share our values and are Realtor members.)

One of the unexpected secrets to Golden Real Estate’s success has been my personal outspokenness politically, which has meant disparaging former President Trump and his MAGA allies in my Talking Turkey column. There was initially some concern that we would lose business, but the opposite has been true. Readers who have appreciated my political stand have chosen Golden Real Estate as their brokerage because of my writings. The gained business has far outweighed the lost business, which I hope inspires other Realtors and brokerages to be less shy about sharing their patriotic beliefs, whether left or right. As citizens, let’s put country before self, however that looks.

In that regard, I am especially thankful for the results of the midterm elections.  And I’m guessing that next year I’ll be thankful that Donald Trump has entered the 2024 presidential race. May he do even more damage to the MAGA cause that he has already done!  More importantly, however, may his candidacy contribute to the revival of the mainstream Republican Party,  re-earning its designation as the “Grand Old Party.” That was the party of my father, and I miss it!

As always, I continue to be thankful for the contribution made by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to protecting and promoting home ownership and the real estate industry. Only half of licensed real estate agents pay dues to NAR through their local Realtor association, but NAR continues to serve the entire industry as well as the general public by lobbying against negative legislation and government regulation on both the national and state level. Thank you, NAR!

I am grateful, too, to the Golden Chamber of Commerce and all metro area chambers of commerce for all they do to serve the business community, and I’m proud that Golden Real Estate pays dues to our own Chamber, regardless of the direct benefit we may gain from membership. It’s our way of giving back to the community by providing sustenance to an organization that serves the community.

We are also grateful to have made the move to downtown Golden, now occupying a storefront next to Ace Hi Tavern. Come by and say hello, perhaps during December 2nd’s candlelight walk!

I also thank Wendy Renee of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation for choosing to office inside Golden Real Estate’s storefront. She adds important expertise to our office and helps us to serve the many walk-ins we are welcoming in our new location.

Last but not least, Rita and I are thankful for our relationship with each other and our extended family. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

96.9 The Cloud Honored by Golden Chamber of Commerce for ‘Community Impact’

The Golden Chamber of Commerce recently honored 96.9 The Cloud (KKCL-FM) for its contribution to Golden and the greater Golden/Jefferson County area. Golden Real Estate is proud to have been advertising on The Cloud since its first year in business six years ago. I don’t recall the Chamber having such an award before, and its title is so appropriate: “2021 Community Impact of the Year Award.” The subtext reads as follows: “Awarded for creatively and effectively bringing together community members, resources, and organizations to encourage an environment of support, respect, and thoughtfulness within the Golden community.”

Rita and I have come to know Chuck Lontine, the owner of this radio station and a 7th generation native Coloradan. He is a remarkable man with quite a background, including as National Sales Manager for KOSI 101.  Although KKCL’s signal only reaches Jefferson County from its transmitter on Lookout Mountain, you can stream it on www.TheCloud.FM.

In addition to our regular advertising spots on The Cloud, I also record a weekly 5- to 10-minute report on the real estate market that the station carries.

Come to Golden Real Estate’s Ribbon-Cutting This Thursday in Golden  

   Golden Real Estate’s new office at 1214 Washington Ave. in downtown Golden is ready to welcome visitors, so the Golden Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon-cutting at our office  on Jan. 13th from 5 to 7 p.m.

   Readers of this blog are welcome, and we hope to see many of you there. Meet all our agents as well as our in-house lender, Wendy Renee of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.

Refreshments will be served.

We and Our Truck Go the Extra Mile for Our Clients!

    Our clients have put a lot of miles on this box truck, saving them thousands of dollars on moving costs. They also get free moving boxes, packing paper and bubble wrap.  They only pay for the gas used.  The truck is also used twice a week by BGoldN to pick up food from Food Bank of the Rockies and by other non-profits, including Family Promise of Greater Denver and the Golden Chamber of Commerce.

We also use it ourselves every couple weeks to take truckloads of polystyrene (aka “Styrofoam,” a brand name) to a reprocessing center in Aurora, keeping over 200 cubic yards of the material out of landfills every year. People from all over Jefferson County (and beyond) bring their block white polystyrene to the Styrofoam Corral behind our office.