Featured Agent || Vanessa McClanahan

Vanessa is a proud Denver native and as a reflection of that, she is passionate about cooking, biking, yoga, gardening and social gatherings. Her passions include the art of calligraphy, make-up artistry and most importantly, family.

What is your birth order and how do you think it affects you?

I’m the oldest of 5 siblings. I think being the oldest has made me more independent and driven to succeed.

If you could hire someone from any profession to come into your home and do their job at no cost to you, what would this person be doing?

I would absolutely have someone come in and organize everything in my closets, my office, and even my garage!

Tell about three hobbies you have enjoyed over your lifetime. Are they still a part of your life today?

Gardening, biking, and yoga. Gardening has taken the wayside due to less free time in my life and in order to nurture a healthy, thriving garden requires more attention than I can give right now. I do love it though and plan on doing it on a smaller scale. I bike- I LOVE the freedom of being outside on 2 wheels getting fresh air around town or in the mountains. Yoga will always be a part of me.

Describe your first car. How long did you keep it?

My first car was a white, hardtop ’91 Jeep Wrangler. I loved it! Too bad I never took it 4 wheeling lol! I had it for 3 years.

What organizations are you involved in outside of work?

Previously I was involved with Denver Urban Gardens. I’ve also been involved with Impact- Sack lunches for the homeless.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

I think Angelina Jolie. She can portray the strong female lead that would represent my life. Through perseverance, and trials & tribulations of being a female, single parent, who struggled to do what’s best for her family while discovering herself through love, mistakes, tears, laughs, and success!

 

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

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.

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.

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Featured Agent: Gina Saab

Gina Saab knows Denver inside and out. That’s just what happens when you’ve lived in a city your entire life, as Gina has. Denver has her heart and she loves helping people reach their goals in this great city.

Saab_FeaturedAgentPhoto2 Transparent copyTaking a five-year hiatus from Denver, Gina attended school in Boulder, moving back to the city she loves after graduation. One of Madison’s first agents, she has been with the company for over six years. Gina loves the people who live in Denver almost as much as she loves the city itself; and being able to help clients buy, sell, and achieve their goals drives her work as a top Denver REALTOR®.

Denver allows Gina to pursue her other interests – snowboarding, hiking, camping, downtime in the city, and delicious brunches in this foodie city obsessed with mid-morning cuisine. She lives in Platt Park with her two sons – Emory, a 15-year-old sophomore in high school and Jude, a 12-year-old in 7th grade. The newest member of their happy family is Marco Esquandolas, a sweet little puppy who loves going on adventures, especially in the mountains where the whole family loves spending time. Gina also enjoys live music, tennis, yoga, and traveling as much as possible.

After all her years with Madison & Company, Gina believes it is the best brokerage out there. Her experience is one of support and community, where everyone is focused on their personal growth and learning while also sharing knowledge and experience with one another.

“It’s a group of solid, successful, consummate professionals that I’m proud to be associated with,” she said.

Gina is more than a veteran at Madison & Company, after six years with the firm, she is highly respected both by her peers at Madison, and throughout the industry. She is enthusiastic, and her forward-thinking mindset has earned numerous awards at Madison, including the Top Producer Award year after year.

Gina loves that Madison offers the best of real estate worlds with the small and personal feeling provided by the boutique firm, paired with excellent support, marketing, and team environment. It allows for true professional growth and development while being on a first-name basis, and truly friends, with the people running the company. A uniquely special and wonderful environment indeed!

“I am so proud to have Gina be part of the Madison team. She started with Madison right after we opened our doors and to see how she conducts her business year in and year out absolutely amazes me! She is truly an integral part of our Madison family.” – Todd Narlinger, Broker Owner

 

 

Featured Agent: Heather Hankins

Heather Hankins Transparent BackgroundHeather Hankins is passionate about helping people realize their dreams of owning a home. Her career is driven by the joy and fulfillment it brings her to play such a vital role in her clients’ happiness.

Heather is about as Colorado Native as you can get without actually being born in Colorado. Her family moved from Oregon when Heather was four years old, so Colorado is truly all she’s ever known. After growing up in the small northern Colorado town of Berthoud, she attended University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and moved to Denver after graduation.

Her career began with a job at Wells Fargo, then known as United Banks. She transitioned into the title business, working at First American Heritage Title. It was there that she met Jim.

Heather and Jim got married, and have now been married for twenty years. They’ve lived in Highlands Ranch almost their entire marriage, and love to ski and golf. Their two sons are in those glorious teenage years. Her older son, Griffen, is a freshman in college; the younger, Zach, is a sophomore in high school. Their youngest “child” is Molly, a sweet yellow lab.

While working in the title business, Heather first met Madison’s founder and broker owner, Todd Narlinger. After Todd’s father retired, Todd approached Heather with the opportunity to work on his team as a Realtor® at Madison & Company.

“I knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Heather said.

Heather’s experience from working as a title sales rep had allowed her to interact with numerous real estate companies, but she found the culture of Madison & Company to be “like no other.”

Heather Hankins FamilySeven years later and Heather is a vital asset to the Narlinger Team and Madison & Company as a whole. She works primarily in the south Denver area, but has sold homes as far west as Winter Park, as far south as Monument, and as far north as Longmont. Her primary focus is to help her clients realize their dreams, wherever in Colorado that takes her.

Heather believes in the American dream of owing a home, and her greatest joy and privilege is helping clients realize that dream.