Featured Agent || Heather Hankins

Heather Hankins has lived in Colorado most of her life, growing up in a small town in northern Colorado. She has been involved in the real estate industry for over 16 years. Heather was honored with the Affiliate of the Year award from the South Metro Denver Realtor Association in 2005 for her contributions while working in the title industry. Her over 16 years of experience and knowledge of the title insurance side of real estate helps both buyers and sellers through the real estate closing process. 

What has changed since you got into real estate?
The market is much different.  We were just coming off of the market crash in 2008, so there were a ton of foreclosures and short sales happening.  I think it was a great time to learn and has helped with dealing with all the challenges in our current market.

Why did you get into real estate?
I had a great opportunity to come work with Todd, but I had been thinking about it for about 4 or 5 years prior.  I truly love homes and looking at homes and being able to help someone get into the home they want is really heartwarming.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
I think the biggest is to not take things personally, which for me is really hard because I’m a pretty emotional person.  But, I have learned that when your clients are really mad or upset about something, they are typically not mad at you, but simply mad at the situation.

What is your proudest moment at Madison?
Many proud moments, but being a Golden Key Winner is among the top.

What are 3 words you would use to describe Madison?
Collaborative, Family-oriented, Friendly

What separates Madison from the competition?
Their ability to stay on top of trends in real estate and grow with those changes.

What are your hopes for the real estate industry?
That we can stay relevant to buyers and sellers and that technology won’t take over the “human” factor of our business.

What is your favorite neighborhood in Denver and why?
I have a lot of favorites, but like many people, I like Wash Park and I also love all the old, historic homes along 6th Ave east of Colorado Blvd. (Hilltop & Crestmoor).

What is the most satisfying moment in your workday?
When I know I have done something special (like win them the deal) for my clients and they are super excited, or super happy.

What’s one tool you can’t do without?
My phone. You can pretty much do anything from your cell phone, including writing a contract if you have to.

If you had to prepare one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Any kind of Mexican food.

Before working at Madison what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I worked for a large bank right out of college and I worked in the loan department. One of the things I had to do was pull up the flood maps and look to see if a property was in a floodplain or not.  This was before everything was online, so I literally had to find the property on this huge maps.  Not super interesting, but I learned a lot about flood plains!

What do you do on your days off?
Spend time with my husband and sons either just hanging out and going for a walk with our dogs, going skiing (when there is snow) or playing golf.  I am a “homebody” so on a cold day I love to just hang out and read a good book.

What organizations are you involved in outside of work?
I am heavily involved with the South Metro Denver Realtor Association.  I am on the Board of Directors and also serve this year as Vice Chair.

What are your three most overused words/phrases?
“It’s all good”,  seriously I say it all the time.

What is the one thing, you can’t live without?
My family

Your Guide to Farmer’s Markets in Colorado [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here’s your 2018 Guide to Farmer’s Markets in Colorado this summer! Download and print the infographic below.

Saturdays

Denver
Cherry Creek Fresh Market (Map)
1st & University (Cherry Creek Mall)
May 5 – Oct 27 | 8am – 1pm

Golden
Golden Farmers Market (Map)
1019 10th Street
Jun 2 – Oct 6 | 8am – 1pm

Greeley 
Greeley Farmers’ Market (Map)
902 7th Street
May 19 – Oct 27 | 8am – 12pm

Lakewood
Colorado Local Farmers’ Market (Map)
9077 W Alameda Avenue
Jun 16 – Sep 29 | 10am – 2pm

Littleton
Denver Farmers’ Market (Map)
8501 W Bowles
Jun 16 – Sep 29 | 10am – 2pm

Louisville
Louisville Farmers Market (Map)
824 Front Street
May 19 – Oct 13 | 9am – 1pm

Westminster
Westminster Market (Map)
5255 W 98th Avenue
June 4 – September 24 | 9:30am – 1:30pm

Sundays

ARVADA
57th & Olde Wadsworth (Map)
June – Sept | 9am – 1:30pm

COLORADO SPRINGS
Cordera (Map)
11894 Grand Lawn Circle
Jun 3 – Sep 9 | 10am – 3pm

DENVER (HIGHLANDS)
The Farmers’ Market at Highlands Square (Map)
32nd Avenue, Near Lowell & Newton
Jun 3 – Sep 30 | 8am – 12pm

DENVER (CENTRAL)
Sullivan Fountain, across from the Tattered Cover (Map)

E Colfax Avenue & Columbine Street
Jun 3 – Oct 28 | 9am – 1pm

DENVER (STAPLETON)
Stapleton Founder’s Green (Map)

East 29th Avenue & Roslyn Street
Jun 17 – Oct 14 | 8:30am – 12:30pm

DENVER (OLD SOUTH PEARL)
South Pearl Street Farmers Market (Map)

1500 Block of South Pearl Street
May 20 – Nov 18 | 9am – 1pm

HIGHLANDS RANCH
Highlands Ranch Town Center Square (Map)

9288 Dorchester Street
May 6 – Oct 28 | 10am – 12pm

WESTMINSTER
14458 Delaware Street (Map)
Jun 3 – Oct 30 | 9am – 2pm

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Denver’s Best Craft Beers for National Beer Day

April 7th is National Beer Day! Denver is home to over 100 brewpubs, taprooms, and craft breweries so it choosing a beer can be overwhelming! Here are 7 of Denver’s best brews you can taste test today!

1. Roswell 

Where to find it: Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
1290 S. Broadway A51, Denver, CO 80210

Roswell is a lambic-style sour beer that was spontaneously fermented and barrel-aged over the course of about nine months; it was then re-fermented in five batches with five different kinds of fruit: apricot, blackberry, cranberry, guava and raspberry. And each one was like a burst of that fruit times ten, with aromas to match and magical simplicity that belied the complexity with which they were concocted

2. Public Red Ale 

Where to find it: Blackshirt Brewing Co
3719 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205

Our flagship beer – hoppy, dry, and complex with aromas of juniper, lemon and fresh cut wildflowers.

3. Rosemary Sourdough Saison

Where to find it: Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
393 N. Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80403

An ale inspired by the perfect loaf of bread. This loose interpretation of the Saison style is brewed with fresh organic Rosemary and features a subtle tartness from the contribution of acidulated malt. The result is a dry, refreshing ale with a delicate yet distinct aroma of fresh Rosemary.

4. Legal Wheat

Comrade Brewing Co.
7667 E Iliff Avenue Ste. F, Denver, CO 80231

Legal Wheat is an unfiltered American wheat ale featuring a citrusy flavor from Lemondrop and Citra hops with a distinct cloudy golden color. Smooth, refreshing and light bodied

 

6. Coffee Coconut Stout

WeldWerks Brewing Company
508 8th Ave., Greeley

A creamy and unique beer that is worth the drive to Greeley. This is what you want when you are looking for a coffee stout with a tropical kick. It is a toasted coconut and coffee explosion that will leave you wanting more.

7. Rare Trait

Cerebral Brewing
1477 Monroe St., Denver
An explosion of mango, pineapple and something a bit sweeter in tangerine. Hazy IPAs such as this are often filled with hops, but this one doesn’t overpower with its bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and easy. It is the perfect beer for someone interested in trying this style for the first time.

Madison Monthly Market Stats: April 2018

“It’s that time of the year again: March Madness. warmer weather and the spring selling season. Sea­sonally, March signals the start of the spring selling season bringing increased buyer and seller activity. Buyers will see more properties available for sale, while sellers will see increased competition from other sellers. This is evident as we added 6,335 new listings in March, an increase of 36.44 percent from last month. That increase was slightly ottset by 5,674 listings being placed under contract. demonstrating strong buyer activity. As predicted, the number of homes sold so far this year is slightly off-pace from the first quarter of last year by 6.03 percent. The anticipated cooling effect of unafford­ability has yet to materialize in the figures. All in all, good numbers across the board with the same story line of low inventory and prices moving higher.”

– Steve Danyliw, Chairman of the DMAR Market Trends Committee

2018_April_Market Update

Featured Staff Member || Allison Sliwinski

Allison has been at Madison & Company since 2012. She is our compliance manager and a member of our concierge program. We asked Allison to answer a few questions about herself and her time at Madison. Read her answers below! 

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
Always do what you say you’re going to do, take ownership of your mistakes, and don’t be afraid to ask for help

What is your proudest moment at Madison?
Not really one moment, but I always feel proud when brokers tell me that I’ve helped them and that they appreciate what I do

What are 3 words you would use to describe Madison?
Innovative, Creative, and Friendly

What separates Madison from the competition?
Madison is a collaborative environment- we all share ideas and goals, and there’s friendly competition. We’re not a “closed door” office. They also want their staff to be involved in what they are doing, and they take us seriously. Todd and Justin are always trying to be a couple steps ahead of everyone else because they want us to be the best, and I have always trusted their judgment

What is your favorite neighborhood in Denver and why?
South Broadway. There are so many great restaurants and bars, and cute little shops. They have a good live music scene too

What is the most satisfying moment in your workday?
I have a transaction calendar for the concierge program in my office, and anytime we fully close out a file, I add a little check mark next to it. Adding the little check mark always makes me feel like I’m doing my job and it sounds silly, but it makes me happy

What’s one tool you can’t do without?
BackAgent. I don’t know how I ever went without it!

If you had to prepare one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Salmon with brown rice and broccoli with sriracha

Before working at Madison what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Before I came to Madison, I was a bartender in Louisiana. A lot of fun, but I don’t miss the late nights!

What do you do on your days off?
I want to say traveling the World, but realistically I’m either hanging out with friends or watching true crime shows at home

What organizations are you involved in outside of work?
Nights and weekends, I teach yoga at “Corepower Yoga”. If I’m not at home, or at Madison, that’s probably where I am

What are your three most overused words/phrases?
“100%”, “Dude” and “oh my goodness”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without?
Coffee. I need it to live at this point!

What is your hidden talent?
I can hula-hoop really well- I can even turn in circles while doing it!

If you were on a sitcom, what would be your catchphrase?
“I can’t, I have yoga”

Featured Agent || Ryan Dillon

Ryan will have been at Madison & Company for seven years next month! Since 2012, he’s closed over $49 million worth of real estate transactions on both the buyer side and the seller side.

Ryan is a Denver native. His familiarity with the city, its neighborhoods, lifestyle, and people gives him in-depth understanding of the central Denver real estate market and surrounding communities

We asked Ryan to answer a few questions about himself and his time at Madison. Read his answers below!

What has changed since you got into real estate?
Wow, so many things. Mainly that we don’t use triple carbon copy contracts. It doesn’t seem like that was really based on the electronic agreements we use today.

Why did you get into real estate?
I was always interested in real estate and had seen my parents buy and sell a lot of properties over the years then I helped my family entitle a 70-acre farm in Frederick that really peaked my interest.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
1. Hard work always wins out
2. Honesty makes this job so much easier
3. Don’t take it personally

What is your proudest moment at Madison?
Earning the Golden Key award for 2016 and 2017 (For two consecutive years, Ryan was a receiver of the Madison & Company Golden Key Award closing over 10 million in sales each year)

What are 3 words you would use to describe Madison?
Family, consistency, and fun!

What separates Madison from the competition?
The collaboration between agents is amazing! I’ve learned and grown so much from agents willing to share their best practices/Success/failures

What are your hopes for the real estate industry?
I hope that we get back to building condos and more affordable housing solutions, Denver is a fantastic city, but we need homes at price points for all.

What is your favorite neighborhood in Denver and why?
Wash Park, it’s where I grew up, and I have so many great memories. My wife and I just bought the house I grew up in from my parents! We are so excited to make great new memories with our family.

What is the most satisfying moment in your workday?
Helping a client/friend work through a problem.

What’s one tool you can’t do without?
I hate to say it, but my iPhone. It’s the best and worst thing about real estate.

If you had to prepare one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tacos

Before working at Madison what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I drove used cars to the emission testing center in high school.

What do you do on your days off?
Spend time with my family, ski, wake surf, play soccer.

What organizations are you involved in outside of work?
Soles4Souls

What are your three most overused words/phrases?
Totally, safety third

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Breakfast burritos

If you were on a sitcom, what would be your catchphrase?
Drive fast, take chances.

Denver’s Best Desserts for National Caramel Day

April 5th is National Caramel Day, and we’ll help you celebrate! Here are the best caramel desserts in Denver and where to find them!

Vegan caramel carrot cake ice cream

This flavor features vegan vanilla ice cream with chunks of the world’s best carrot cake and swirled with caramel

Where to find it:  Sweet Action Ice Cream
52 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203

Creme Brulee

D Bar is known for its desserts, including its creme brulee. A vanilla custard is accentuated with almond orange caramel biscotti. Served with fresh berries, this dish is rich and sweet

Where to find it: D Bar Denver
494 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO

Caramel Turtle Cupcakes

Where to find it: Milk & Cake Yogurt & Cupcakes
6345 East Hampden Avenue
Suite 103, Denver, Colorado 80222

Mexican Fried Ice Cream with Frozen Caramel Powder

Where to find it: The Inventing Room Dessert Shop
4433 W. 29th Avenue, Unit 101
Denver, CO 80212

Hope your celebration is sweet!

Featured Agent || Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson has been a licensed Realtor since 2005 and has been with Madison & Company Properties for eight years.

Chris is in the top 8% of Denver area Realtors. In addition to his role as a Realtor, Chris is also a managing broker at Madison & Company, responsible for supervising and leading Madison’s associate brokers. 

We asked Chris to answer a few questions about himself and his time at Madison. Read his answers below! 

What has changed since you got into real estate? Less face to face interaction with clients and other agents.

Why did you get into real estate? I have always loved real estate.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?  Be on time for appointments, Do what you say you are going to do, don’t over-automate your business.

What is your proudest moment at Madison? Selling just under $6,000,000 in January.

What are 3 words you would use to describe Madison? Fun, collaborative and professional.

What separates Madison from the competition? Marketing and overall knowledge of our agents.

If you had to prepare one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Buffalo Wings

What do you do on your days off? Hike with my family.

What organizations are you involved in outside of work? Parker Chamber of Commerce and Crossfit.

What are your three most overused words/phrases? Awesome, Awesome and Awesome

What is the one thing you can’t live without? Air.

What is your hidden talent? I can play the drums.

If you were on a sitcom, what would be your catchphrase? Awesome.

Find Chris and The Jackson Group on Facebook

4 Unique Ways To Give Back During National Volunteer Month 2018

April is National Volunteer Month! Whether you venture out on your own or get together with your friends, family, or coworkers, Madison & Company encourages you to spend some time giving back to your community at one of these Denver area organizations—this month and on an ongoing basis!

If you love gardening and the outdoors… 

Get outdoors and help restore a natural place! 

Restoration volunteers with the Bluff Lake Nature Center work throughout the year to plant trees, restore trails, and remove invasive species throughout Bluff Lake’s 123 acres.  Activities include restoring and preserving habitat, planting native plants, maintaining the short-grass prairie gardens, removing noxious plant species, trail construction and trash pick-up. To become a restoration volunteer, or to schedule a time slot, you can contact Chris Story at cstory@blufflake.org or 303-945-6717.

For other outdoor volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, check out Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

If you like talking as much as you love books…

Use your radio voice and help record audiobooks for the Colorado Talking Book Library! 

For people who can’t read standard print, the Colorado Talking Book Library provides audio, Braille, and large print books. You can join the studio team to help review, record, or narrate audiobooks for those who are hearing impaired. To learn more about the requirements, time commitment, and skills needed, you can visit their website.

If you have a knack for organizing and sorting…

As a creative reuse store, Recreative Denver gets an average of 100 lbs of donated materials daily. Become a volunteer inventory coordinator and help sort through new donations, price things, and place them in the storefront. It can be a fascinating treasure hunt but it is also overwhelming for their (very) small staff and they can use all the assistance they can get. To volunteer, you can fill out the form on their website!

If you want to help knock out hunger

Metro Caring is Denver’s leading hunger relief organization. Become a warehouse or market volunteer and help end hunger at its root!

Warehouse volunteers help inspect, clean, sort, and organize food donation deliverers. This is great for those seeking a volunteer community or those who want to volunteer with friends.

Market volunteers help to restock shelves and keep the produce cooler full, help participants shop our market and find foods that work for their family, and help participants out to their cars. These roles involve participant interaction and working in pairs to accomplish volunteer tasks.

There are plenty of other ways to offer help….

These are only a few ways you can help! To explore more opportunities, head to volunteermatch.org and find exciting volunteer opportunities near you. You can filter the results to find opportunities that fit your schedule and your talents so that you can support causes you are passionate about in your community. Get to work!