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Jeff Tomlan | Featured Agent

Jeff Tomlan

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Hometown:

Wilmington, DE

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

The fall colors on the East Coast.

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

4 Years

Hobbies:

Playing upright bass, watching college football, playing with my kids

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Passionate, Creative, Free-Spirited, Problem Solver, and Always Improving

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

My favorite time of year in Colorado is Autumn, despite how short lived it is. I love to visit a different mountain town each early October and see the leaves change color and smell the crisp, fall air.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I’m a professional jazz musician.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I try to stay involved in my children’s schools- by volunteering for classroom aide or volunteering to teach the music class. This way I not only give back to the children in the community, but gain a little extra time with my children. In addition, I love to support the local arts, especially the symphony.

Who Inspires You?

My wife. She is a rock star who conquers so much each day and keeps me balanced. She gave us two beautiful children, and she has raised them, so well, to be empathetic and intelligent individuals

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

My family, because I get to relive my own childhood, teach them what I know, and they help me grow.

How Do You Define Success?

I define success in many ways, but all of them are tied to being happy and fulfilled. If you have a lot of financial success, or any other conventionally successful thing, but you are not happy, or fulfilled, then I do not feel that you are truly successful. It doesn’t do anyone any good to attain certain levels of success if they are miserable. Life is short, and it should be enjoyed as much as possible.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

I would have become a jazz musician. I have been playing upright bass for the past 11 years, and it is definitely my first passion. It is difficult to make a living as a jazz musician though (I think I’ve seen a few memes about it). I love to incorporate my two passions though, by holding broker and client open houses with live jazz music, provided by me.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I wish I could learn a foreign language. I can speak conversational Spanish, but I wish I were fluent in another language.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is start a family. There are so many responsibilities, and the anxiety is never-ending, but the rewards and joys of parenthood make me very glad that I did it.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Frank Lloyd Wright, because he was an innovator. He understood the balance between art and nature.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

My mom handmade an advent calendar for me when I was a teenager. It has little felted Christmas items for each day of December. My favorite family tradition is watching my wife and kids excitedly take the new item out of the pouch each day and place it on the tree on top. Since my mother passed away a few years ago, it’s nice to have a tradition that includes her in our lives.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

How could a musician pick just one?

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

I would want to live in Wonderland. I went to a charter school in high school that emphasized math, and the concept of a world of nonsense, created by a mathematician, appeals to me. I am drawn to fantasies, and there isn’t one more enticing to me than one based on pure creativity and the absence of logic.

Contact Jeff Tomlan

Cell: 303-828-8747

Email: jeff@kentwoodcity.com

Website: Jeff Tomlan

Facebook.com/tomlanjeff

Instagram.com/jefftomlan.kcp

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Brigette Modglin | Featured Agent

Brigette Modglin

Brigette Modglin | Featured Agent

Hometown:

Northglenn, CO

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

The North area is where I still live today as I currently live in Brighton. Northern Colorado is the the home of Water World, America’s Largest Water Park!

What Was You First Job?

My first real job was Water World as grounds then I moved up to a lifeguard.  Prior to that I helped my dad during the summers at a Bowling Alley that he owned.  I worked behind the counter getting shoes for customers and setting them up on their lanes, cooking at the snack bar and helping in the nursery.

Hobbies:

Yoga, Snowboarding, Traveling and Blogging

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Faithful, Honest, Motivated, Driven and Compassionate.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Hiking in the mountains and finding fun treasures with my family.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

My home or a friend’s home.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I am a pretty good bowler.  That’s because my dad owned a bowling alley when I was a kid.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I am the Chair for the yearbook committee for Flatirons Academy where my daughter goes to school, I sit on the Market Trends Committee for Denver Metro Association Of Realtors and I volunteer at my church.

Who Inspires You?

My church and the people I surround myself with every day.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Becoming a mother. It has taught me patience, strength, and courage.

How Do You Define Success?

Never giving up, becoming an expert in what you do, and always continuing to learn new things.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

An interior designer or fashion designer.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

Computer Coding. Computers are the way the world operates and if I could write code I could develop a lot of the tools I use every day.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Getting married at 21 years old and growing up together with my Love, Jay Modglin.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Jesus Christ, he was the greatest religious leader who ever lived. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and raised from the dead. And he was the greatest entrepreneur ever!

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Christmas. Christmas is always a special time in our family. We love to give to other families in need, remember Jesus’s Birthday and spend time with our families.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Beastie Boys.  This is where I knew I was going to marry my love, Jay Modglin. Long story short…I ended up getting a concussion from someone crowd surfing and had to go to the hospital and Jay took me back to my parent’s house and stayed with me the entire night to make sure I didn’t sleep too long. He ended up being “the one”.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

The Bible, specifically during the the Roman Empire.  The Roman Empire was the human political entity that God used to prepare the world for the birth of the Messiah and for the spread of the gospel.

Brigette Modglin | Featured Agent

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Amanda Fein | Featured Agent

Amanda Fein

Amanda Fein | Featured Agent

Hometown:

Born in Indiana, however Colorado is my hometown!

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

I moved back and forth from Colorado to Indiana when I was younger. In Indiana, I loved playing with lightning bugs. It was simple and fun. Regardless if I was in Colorado or Indiana, we were always outside playing in the dirt!

What Was You First Job?

Stacking firewood for my dad at his home in Conifer. I am pretty sure I worked all day for $1. However, I never complained and loved every bit of the earning power I had! My first W-2 position was when I was 14 and I worked the coffee counter at Mister Donut. Been working and in service ever since!

Hobbies:

Hiking, skiing, eating and drinking with friends and family, snuggling with big dogs, weekend getaways to the mountains, volunteering, collecting vintage champagne.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Excitable, Happy, Witty, Passionate, Kind.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Attending Colorado Avalanche games.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Anywhere! Not a copout, but I love anything from dive bars, to swanky rooftops and casual patios – but I’m not a fan of any national chain. It’s about the company and conversation for me. I am a sucker for champagne and always appreciate a well-made French 75.

One Unusual Thing About You:

Monday is my favorite day of the week. I am sure the list is more exhaustive than this, but I love Mondays! I like the renewal and energy every new week brings. I would pick a Monday over a Friday any day of the week!

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I am a serial volunteer. I am currently on the finance committee of both Community Shares of Colorado and Invest in Kids. I can also be seen getting my hands dirty and improving our very own Denver neighborhoods while volunteering for Extreme Community Makeover. Last, but not least, I spend time going door-to-door with the local chapter of the American Red Cross and install fire alarms in homes that may not have them, or they need repair. In addition, I am always doing my best to attend events, participate in silent auctions, and act as an ambassador to spread the word of many of our wonderful 501c3 organizations.

Who Inspires You?

So sappy – sorry not sorry. But, it is my husband. He is incredibly smart, witty, can manage a team better than I’ve ever seen anyone do, never backs away from a challenge, is always trying to self-improve, always says yes to an adventure, and has been graciously willing to put up with me for the last 18 years.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Choosing to change my career after being in the same profession for 20 years. It was bold, daring, and I chose my own destiny. I am thrilled to be in real estate!

How Do You Define Success?

I don’t want to sound too cliché. Success to me mirrors happiness. If I am happy, I am successful. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, I moved a lot, and did not have a large circle of friends. However, my dad always told me that we have a lot of love and that is more than what a lot of people may have. I have always held onto that message and have been a fairly upbeat and positive person, which has immensely impacted my success and therefore defined it for me. Although, if you ask my inner circle, they say I have 2% days. I can be a bit over-the-top, boisterous, and peppy 98% of the time, but they say I have those 2% days that they want to steer clear from me!

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

A national news personality based out of New York City. I love wearing suits, being in the know, always being on, working long hours, attending all the big events in town, reporting, discovering, sharing…the list goes on!

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I aspire to do anything athletic. I’ve never been athletic and I think it would be really neat to pole vault, do fencing, or parkour. Anything really extreme would be fun if I am dreaming big! However, I am not currently pursuing any of the above.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

The list is getting longer, as I love adventures! I slept in a tree house in the Amazon for 4 days with my husband. I was fairly certain after the first night I was going to have to charter a plane to get out of there. I stuck it out and it ended up being one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Coco Chanel. She could rock a brand, build a legacy, overcome adversity and do it all in a little black dress with class. And, it’s just dinner!

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

I have a really crazy, convoluted, and unconventional family. We have a lot of love and laughs, however we are so disjointed, our only tradition is that we don’t have one single tradition! I wouldn’t have it any other way. However, I look forward to the little traditions my husband and I create with our dogs!

 

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Sarah Clark | Featured Agent

Sarah Clark

Sarah Clark | Featured Agent

Hometown:

Indianapolis, Indiana

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

I know it sounds funny living in a state that has so much sun, but one of the many things I ACTUALLY miss about the Midwest is the thunderstorms. There is nothing like the sound and smell of a torrential downpour in the summer. I used to love to lay and watch the rain and lightning and hear the loud bursts of thunder that often times, shook the house. There was something very calming about it.

Number of Years in Real Estate:

4 years

Hobbies:

Hiking, recently trying on mountain biking, camping, traveling the world, trying new restaurants/food, skiing, listening to a good podcast, antiquing, walking around new places I haven’t yet discovered, riding my bike around town. More recently, river rafting!

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Outgoing, Driven, Sarcastic, Happy, Authentic

Favorite Colorado Past Time:

Honestly, probably hiking. I like it because you can do it alone, and sometimes I just need that.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

This is hard because it is so weather dependent for me. If I can be on a patio, I will be. Among a few, Postino, Family Jones, El Five, Los Chingones.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I like to dip my popcorn in Sriracha.

What Is One Item on Your Bucket List:

I’d really like to learn to speak Spanish and sail around the world.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Honestly, I am so happy I gave myself the opportunity to travel to so many different countries in my twenties. Understanding and observing other cultures is so important to me, and so vital to our understanding of the world. I’m grateful for all that I have, but more grateful for what I have been lucky enough to experience in my lifetime.

How Do You Define Success?

For myself, I define success by my ability to enjoy my life. And candidly, sometimes lately I forget to stop and do that. My dad says, “You’re always under construction” and I believe that. Work is work, but what is it if you can’t stop and enjoy your life?

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

That is hard to say. Honestly, nothing has felt more right. I’ve had several different jobs and finally decided on this one.  I think I may try to be an Interior Designer if I had chosen something else.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I wish I felt comfortable sailing alone and understood how that all worked. I’ve always wanted to sail around the world.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

This is a hard one. I’ve been sky diving and bungee jumping and I’m currently getting scuba certified. That said, I think I felt one of my bigger accomplishments was going to Thailand and Vietnam alone last year. Solo travel is so invigorating!

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Honestly, it may be Tanya Aebi. She sailed around the world alone when she was 18 – that was in the mid-80s. I read about her when I was younger and it always intrigued me.

What Is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?

I come from a big family. We have a lot of traditions, but the older I get, the more those are starting to shift, especially being away from home. Everyone is getting married and having kids. We always have a dinner with each side of the family, as I am fortunate that most of them live back in Indiana, so it’s easy to get together.

That all said, I think that one of our best family traditions is the Thanksgiving Reunion on my dad’s side. I don’t know that it is always my favorite, but the history of it is so neat. The reunion has been going on since 1865, the year the Civil War ended. There are three families under my (however many greats-) grandfather, William Jackson, from 1865, so we call it the Jackson – Mock – Clark Reunion. Our families live across the country and every year I’d say the turnout is between 60-80 people that have carried this tradition on since then! We meet in different cities across the country where we all are from and usually learn some piece of history about the family.

Some of my relatives have spent a bunch of time creating the family tree, which takes up a very large wall and is ever-changing with babies and marriages continually being added. I have 16 cousins on my Dad’s side and many of them have kids. Getting everyone together can be difficult sometimes, but when we are all there it is really great! It’s getting to a point where my generation has to start carrying on the tradition, and I am expecting to host it here in Denver in the next couple of years, which will be exciting.

The reunion usually lasts for 3 days. The first night the host family has a big chili cook-off and then the following day we meet at some hotel or restaurant and have a large catered meal. The last day is usually spent exploring the history of our family and ancestors in the city we are in. I always really appreciate it.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To?

May have been Portugal the Man at the Bluebird circa 2011.

What Made It So Special?

The lights and setting, but also likely my interest in them at the time!

If You Could Have Any Superpower What Would It Be and Why?

I’ve always wanted to be able to fly. Planes make me stuffy, and what a view you’d have!

Sarah Clark

Colorado Real Estate News

Michel Brossmer | Featured Agent

Michel Brossmer

Michel Brossmer | Featured Agent

Michel Brossmer prides herself on being a Denver native, attending Wash Park Elementary, Hamilton Middle School, East High School, and graduating from Metropolitan State College of Denver with an Accounting degree.

Michel loves to volunteer. Previously, she was active at her son’s school, Steele Elementary, where she was the room parent. She’s worked on the Stallion Fund and was the volunteer coordinator for the very popular Washington Park Home Tour. Now that her son attends DSST Byers Middle School, Michel currently serves as Yearbook Club Advisor.

Michel, her husband Dave, and son Will live in Northwest Denver. They love traveling and getting outdoors whenever they can.

Hometown 

Denver

Number of Years in Real Estate

25

Hobbies 

Skiing, biking, hiking, watching sports (Broncos, Rockies) camping, reading

Favorite Thing to Do in Colorado

Spending time outdoors!

Favorite Restaurant

Mas Kaos on Tennyson

What Is Your Perfect Pizza?

No red sauce! Olive oil, garlic, pesto, artichoke hearts, goat cheese, arugula and sausage

If You Could Be Any Age for a Week, What Age Would That Be? Why?

39 with tons of energy, still looking young still, with enough knowledge and life experience to have some wisdom. But not old enough to have a ton of baggage

What Is One Item On Your Bucket List?

Skiing the Andes

What’s Your Perfect Pastime?

Reading or skiing

What Junk Food Couldn’t You Live Without?

B is for Brownie ice cream from Sweet Cow

Are You An Early Bird Or Night Owl?

Night owl, but force myself to be an early bird

If You Had a Warning Label, What Would Yours Say?

“She’ll act first and beg for forgiveness later”

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Berenice Bejarano | Featured Agent

Berenice Bejarano

 

Berenice Bejarano, a leading real estate professional, has joined the top-producing team at Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek as a broker associate.  At her previous real estate company, Berenice garnered numerous awards for her sales production, including the number one producer distinction in a five-state region.  She is now serving the diverse real estate needs of clients throughout Cherry Creek and surrounding neighborhoods.

Berenice Bejarano | Featured Agent

Hometown

Estados Unidos Mexicanos

Number Of Years In Real Estate

17 years

Hobbies

Reading and Working out

Favorite Thing To Do Colorado

Hiking

Favorite Restaurant

Quality Italian – the best meal is the one you get to enjoy with the people you love.

If You Could Be Any Age For a Week, What Age Would You Be? Why?

The present, I am 46 and would not change it for anything.  I tried to enjoy every second of my life with the people I love.

Who Has Been The Greatest Influence Your Life?

My parents, they have always been there to guide and support me in every way throughout my life.

What Is One Item On Your Bucket List?

Meet the Dalai Lama

If You Could Travel In Time, Would You Travel To The Past or To The Future ? Why?

I would like to travel in the past and get a chance to spend more time with my loving grandfather.  He was an amazing charitable soul, self-made man, visionary, and creative.

If You Could Live In A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be And Why?

“Don’t Know Much About History” By Kenneth C. Davis

Have You Ever Had A Nickname? What Was It?

BB or Bere

What Three Things Do You Think Of Most Each Day?

1- How Blessed I am and thank God every day 2- How I can be a better mom 3- How I can be a better person

Berenice Bejarano | Featured Agent

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Featured Agent of the Month | Mor Zucker

Mor ZuckerFeatured Agent | Mor Zucker

Hometown:

Giv’atayim, Israel

Number of Years in Real Estate:

2.5

Hobbies:

Blogging, Playing Poker, Reading

Describe Yourself in 5 words

Energetic, Passionate, Considerate, Loving, and Happy

Favorite Thing to Do in Colorado:

Going to Washington Park and City Park with my children, pumpkin patch picking or visiting a hot spring.

Favorite Restaurant:

So many! What a difficult question because I love trying new restaurants all the time. But the ones that have been consistently my favorites for many years are Osteria Marco, Root Down, and Cherry Cricket.

One Unusual Thing About Me:

I am fluent in Hebrew and I often play in World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour (WPT).

What is one item on your Bucket List?

I would like to travel to Italy. Visit the Coliseum in Rome, take a gondola ride in Venice while eating pizzas and drinking cappuccinos and wine all day.

If you could live in a book, movie, or TV show what would it be and why?

The Hunger Games. Just kidding, that would be an awful book to live in! I would love to live in the Harry Potter series and be best friends with Harry, Ron & Hermione. Why? I think the reason is obvious!

If you could master any skill that you don’t currently have, what would it be and why?

I would love to have a singing voice. Since I was very young, I would carry a marker, hairbrush, or any makeshift microphone around the house and pretend to be Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with the ability to sing, but I’m always happy to belt out at a karaoke bar for laughs!Featured Agent | Mor Zucker

If you could have dinner with any person living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would have dinner with my older brother, Nimrod Sinai. My older brother passed away in May 2014. My brother was one of the kindest souls anyone could ever and would ever meet. He always cared about doing good, spoke about how humanity is all connected with all living things and beings, and how we should treat one another with kindness and respect. My brother has made me, and everyone who was fortunate to have known him, a better person and I miss him every day.

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?

The best concert I’ve ever been to was Adele during the spring of 2011. Adele performed at the Ogden Theatre and did a small US tour immediately after the release of her album. My sister-in law purchased the tickets for us as a present due to us knowing who she was from our years living in the UK. It was such a magical performance. It was a small and intimate crowd and tickets were only $35 a piece! I don’t think anyone would ever be able to experience such a performance now by Adele, especially not for that price.

Be sure to check out Mor’s blog The Denver Ear to find out what’s not to miss around Denver!

 

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6 Tips for Choosing the Right Realtor

ThinkstockPhotos-479241449There is a lot at stake when you make the decision to buy or sell a home and you will likely end up paying good money for an agent’s services. Therefore, choosing the right agent is an essential part of the process, and not one that should be taken lightly. There are a few things that you can do to assess an agent’s past performances and their potential to successfully handle your transaction. Here are six tips to help you pick the agent that is right for you.

1.) Collect Referrals

Ask the agent to provide a list of properties they either listed or sold in the past year, including contact information. Before contacting these names, ask if any of the clients listed were particularly pleased or disappointed with their services. When speaking with these clients, get as much information as possible. Were they happy with their experience? Would they use them again? What was the asking price vs. what it sold for? Friends, neighbors and co-workers are also good resources for referrals.

 2.) Look at Their Current Listings

Check out an agent’s listings online. Two places you can do this are the agency’s own website or at Realtor.com. A well-established web presence is crucial. Most buyers begin their search on the internet, so you want to make sure your agent utilizes this tool efficiently and effectively. Looking at their listings will also give you a better idea of how closely related they are to the house you want to buy or sell. Are they in the same location? How about price range? Does this agent have enough listings to boast a healthy business, but not so many that you wouldn’t get the personal touch you need?

3.) Interview Multiple Agents

Once you’ve done some digging into their background, set up interviews with three or four agents you are considering. Maybe stop by an open house to get a glimpse of them in action. Did they handle themselves a professional manner? Were they enthusiastic and easy to communicate with? You want to find someone who demonstrates expertise in the buying/selling process, knowledge of the area you are buying/selling in, and familiarity of the technicalities such as titles, appraisals, negotiation, and inspections. Most importantly, make sure you choose someone you trust and feel comfortable with.

4.) Experience Matters

Whether you are looking for an agent to buy or sell your home, you want someone with experience, rather than being part of someone’s learning curve. Ultimately, you are looking for someone who is actively engaged in a specific area and price range. Do they have a solid market presence? Find out how long an agent has been selling real estate. You can do this simply by asking them, or from the state licensing authority. On average, if they haven’t been in business for five years they are still learning.

5.) Select an Agent with the Right Credentials

Just as doctors specialize in certain fields, so do real estate agents. The letters you see that follow their names mean they have taken additional classes in a certain specialty of real estate. For example: CRS means Certified Residential Specialist, ABR is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, CNE is a Certified Negotiation Expert, and ALC is an Accredited Land Consultant, just to name a few. You want to be sure to hire an agent who can most effectively meet your needs and interests.

6.) Set Expectations

Make sure that you and your agent are on the same page from the get go. If you are selling a house, ask your agent to put together a market plan detailing the steps they will take to sell your home. If you are purchasing a house, ask how often your agent will provide you with listings and how many homes you can expect to see in a week. Discuss how they will keep you informed. Do you prefer email to a phone call? How quickly can you expect a response? Communication is key.