Bringing Art to the Streets of Denver

 

Denver has always been a city vibrant with a colorful art scene. From the many music shows that grace such stages at Red Rocks to Larimer Lounge, the fashion, the first-Friday art walks, the incredible restaurants, Denver is a city that continues to grow in all areas of art.

 

Back in 2009, a group of people got together, in collaboration with the River North Art District, and decided to throw an art event that would come to be one of the most loved events in Denver. Colorado Crush is Denver’s largest independent street art festival that takes over the alleyways and storefronts of the RiNo neighborhood. RiNo has been an up-and-coming neighborhood for a several years now, with more stores and restoration of homes and buildings happening, this neighborhood continues to become a place people venture to life, eat and play. The alley that now holds most of the street art is lovingly referred to as “Art Alley”. Last year, there were over 70 street artists who ventured to Denver for the week along event to share their incredible talents with the city.

 

If you are around Denver, head down to RiNo to see some of the artists work. Get some amazing pictures of the incredible art that is brightening up the alleyways and RiNo itself. Support your local art scenes like Colorado Crush that help bring new artists to the city and bring together the community. 

Photo by @coloradocrush16  

Photo by @coloradocrush16  

THE START- UP REALTOR: SOME ADVICE FOR NEW AGENTS

The Denver real estate market is hotter than ever these days and more and more people are joining the industry as real estate agents. I have been an agent since 2006 but investing in real estate since 2003. I continue to learn and grow as the market continues to expand and develop throughout the city and the state. It has been a rewarding job where I have met many amazing individuals who have become life-long friends. Selling houses and buying houses is a job that I find great satisfaction in and why wouldn’t I? I get to help families find their life-long home, I get to help newly married couples find their first home, and I help older couples sell their house they’ve had for 30+ years to find a smaller house to spend their retirement in.  I also get to help those investors, like myself who are building their investment Portfolios.

Many people out there are getting their real estate licenses and getting into this hot market of ours. Getting started in real estate is an exciting prospect with many positive outcomes and endless opportunities and a fantastic potential for income. Now there are all the television shows on HGTV and ‘Million Dollar Listing’ that make new real estate agents have a bit of a skewed view of what real estate really is on an every day basis. Real estate consists of problem solving, troubleshooting, constant learning, trial and error, and so much more.

A lot of being a good real estate agent also comes from your own personality and if it fits in with what the job demands of you. If you are an outgoing, personable, and hard worker who is not afraid to put in time and effort then this is a good job to consider. This is a learn as you go kind of career, you will make mistakes and that’s ok. You can read text books and continue to take classes after you pass your test but the real learning comes from out in the field. This is a hands on job where you need to be able to make good connections and have people you can count on. I would recommend finding a brokerage that meets your needs, one with a training program and a lead generation platform. Finding a broker you can trust to support and guide you will help you become the top agent you want to be.

One thing to be weary of in this field which many new agents deal with is ‘paralysis by analysis’ which basically means trying to gather all the information about everything and being overwhelmed by all of that which leads to you not being able to perform as a top agent. There is so much information to know and you will not know all of it and that is ok! Like I said earlier, this is a hands on job where you learn the most out in the field and you will make mistakes from time to time. Correct those mistakes and work on developing yourself as a agent who knows their stuff.

Being a Realtor is such an amazing opportunity so don’t be too scared if you are thinking of giving it a shot! The Denver market is the perfect place to get your feet wet and the potential for growth is happening everyday. If you have any questions about being an agent or any houses you have been looking at recently, give me a call and let’s grab coffee and chat. 

Photo by: @Noahbergphotography

Photo by: @Noahbergphotography

Why I Admire the Broncos

Dear Denver Broncos –

First off I have to say, congratulations for the amazing Super Bowl win this year. The whole team showed up this game ready for any challenges that showed themselves and you proved time and again that game why you are the best in the NFL right now. As a dedicated fan, I would like to thank you also for what you have done for this city. Wherever I go, people are wearing their orange and blue colors with such pride, flying flags of the Bronco from balconies and cars and strangers are becoming united as friends because they have such an amazing team to look up to and admire. It is amazing how a whole city can come together for the admiration of such an outstanding group of individuals who worked their tails off this year to achieve their dream of bringing the Lombardi trophy home to the Mile High city.

If there is something else the Broncos have taught our city this year, and have taught me personally, it is what it looks like to be a put-together team. Teams are not just made overnight, they take hard work and dedication, sacrifice and changes, and many times risks and hopefully reward. As a business owner, I look at the people I work with on a daily basis as my team. Each day, I try to make sure we are working together to get to our end goals whatever they might be. I take a note from the legend Peyton Manning who it is said is one of the most influential leaders on and off the field. Peyton is born leader, one who works hard at his own skills but works just as hard if not harder at advancing the whole team around him. He understands that for the Broncos to work as a whole team everyone needs to be on the same playing level and so he takes a personal interest in every one of the players. I respect that and find myself trying to do the same with my co-workers, employees and partners. Surrounding yourself with people who have the same work ethic and mentality is the only way you will be able to continuously reach your goals. As one person, you can do a lot, but if you have a whole team who is working just as hard as you to reach that end point, you can achieve so much more. Watching the offense, the defense, the kicker and of course Peyton come together on the field to form one team with one purpose truly inspired my own working methods.

So my dear Denver Broncos, I hope you keep inspiring people on a daily basis, from children to business owners and everyone in-between. This city will continue to wear blue and orange long after another team takes the title because we will always remember the team who showed up on Feb. 7th, 2016 and took to the field to show us what it looks like to be the best team in the league.