Your Guide to Denver’s July 4th Celebrations

JULY 2ND

Four Mile Historic Park’s Old Fashioned July 4 Celebration – 5PM – 10PM
715 S. Forest St., Denver
Delight in old-fashioned games, historic demonstrations, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase from food trucks and a beer garden. Bring a blanket and stay to watch the Glendale fireworks show. FREE entry. No pets, outside food or beverages, smoking or flammables.

Glendale Fireworks Show – Starts at Dusk
One of the largest and oldest in Denver. Prime viewing spots at 600 and 650 Cherry Street, along Exposition Dr. (between S. Cherry & Four Mile House), north of Virginia Avenue, south of Cherry Creek Drive and west of Colorado Blvd. Many people gather in and around the parking lots at Whole Foods Colo. Blvd. and CitySet to watch.

JULY 3RD

Colorado Rockies Post-Game Fireworks – 6:10PM
Coors Field
The Rockies play the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field at 6:10 p.m., followed by a huge fireworks display. Tickets start at $21.

Littleton Red, White and You Celebration – 5PM – 10PM
Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave.
Food, beer & wine garden, exhibits, bounces houses, FREE concert at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

JULY 4TH

Arvada Fireworks Display – Opens at 7PM, Fireworks Start at 9PM
The park is at 58th and Oak St.
Arvada’s Independence Day Celebration returns to its roots, focusing on the core of the holiday–fireworks! Gates at the Stengler Sports Complex open to vehicles at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. No personal fireworks, alcohol or pets allowed. You can bring propane grills for cooking.

Aurora 4th of July Spectacular – 6PM – 10PM
Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.
FREE activities go from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live music, delicious food and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parking permitted at Town Center at Aurora, Community College of Aurora and Aurora City Place. Or take the RTD R-Line to Aurora Metro Station.

Boulder: 4th on Pearl – Special Edition of Bands on the Bricks from Noon – 8PM
Music starts at 1 p.m. ending just in time to catch Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast at Folsom Field. Activities and an extended beer garden on the 1300 Block of Pearl Street and the Boulder County Courthouse Lawn. Parking on the holiday is FREE in City of Boulder Parking Garages.

Boulder: Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast – Gates Open At 8PM
Twenty-Ninth Street and downtown Boulder.
Gates to the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field open at 8 p.m. for entertainment followed by fireworks. Ride FREE HOP shuttles from downtown and Twenty Ninth Street Mall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 8 p.m. The program starts at 8:30 p.m. with The Mad Hops jump rope team, Boy Scout Color Guard and everyone’s favorite, Ralphie. Fireworks cap off the event at about 9:40 p.m. FREE Hop shuttles to/from.

Broomfield Great American Picnic – Begins at 5PM
Broomfield County Commons Park
Children’s carnival ($8 unlimited play on inflatables, and $3 pony rides), concessions; 5:45 p.m. bike parade (open to all ages); 6 p.m. 17th Avenue All Stars perform; 7:15 p.m. FREE concert by the That Eighties Band, and 9:30 p.m. fireworks. Limited parking available at the Broomfield County Commons. Additional parking will be located at Legacy High School with shuttles provided from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., 303-464-5530.

Castle Rock’s Fireworks – Fireworks Show at 9:30PM
No formal event this year, lasting about 15 minutes, shot off from the top of the Santa Fe Quarry butte above Red Hawk Golf Course, (just south of The Meadows on the west side of town). This high-flying show can be seen from almost anywhere in Castle Rock.

Colorado Rockies Post-Game Fireworks – 6:10PM
The Rockies play the San Francisco Giants at 6:10 p.m. at Coors Field, followed by a huge fireworks display. Tickets start at $21.

Commerce City 4thFest – 5PM
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Includes obstacle courses, trampoline, ropes course, human foosball, laser tag arena, mechanical bull, live music and more. Largest public fireworks show in Colorado at 9:30 p.m. Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Parking lots open at 4 p.m. Limited parking so RTD bus and rail system is encouraged. Route 62 bus stop is at the stadium’s front door.

Denver Outlaws Post-Game Fireworks – 7PM
The Outlaws vs. the Boston Cannons at 7 p.m. One of the coolest close-proximity extravaganzas you’ll ever see. Fireworks within the bowl at Mile High Stadium feature pyrotechnics paired with a show on the 220-foot wide Thundervision screen. Tickets start at $20 (including fees).

Englewood 4th of July Festival – From 3PM to 10PM
Belleview & Cornerstone Parks
FREE event (small fee for some activities and attractions) includes face painting, bungee trampoline, bounce castle and live entertainment. Dragondeer performs at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.Also Pirates Cove, Miniature Train and Petting Farm open at 10 a.m. in Belleview Park. Both parks: Belleview and Cornerstone are located near the intersection of W. Belleview and S. Windermere).

Estes Park Go 4th Festival – Fireworks over Lake Estes at 9:30PM
Includes more than 100 vehicles on display in the “Steam-to-Electric” Coolest Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Estes Park Events Complex. (Admission $5, $2.50 for kids.) Estes Village Band gives a FREE concert at 7 p.m. at Performance Park Amphitheater.

Evergreen Music Festival – 10AM to 7:30PM
1520 Evergreen Pkwy., Evergreen
Musical performances throughout the day. Bounce house and kids activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food & drink available for purchase. British Car Shine & Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Burroughs headline from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission: adults $10, teens 13 to 18 $5, kids under 12, active military and veterans are FREE. Parking is $5 at Buchanan Park and Rec Center and FREE at nearby lots.

Fort Collins July 4 Celebration – Begins at 7:30AM
Morning FireKracker 5K and fun run for kids (entry fees apply), 7:30 a.m. Parade at 10 a.m. along Mountain Ave. Starting at 4:15 p.m. enjoy an evening of music, food vendors and more at City Park. Fort Collins Symphony plays at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks show at 9:35 p.m. FREETransfort shuttle service to and from the park starting at 5:30 p.m. from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and the CSU Towers parking lot.

Georgetown 4th of July – Begins at 11AM
One of the best small town parades around followed by the annual BBQ at City Park. After lunch, stroll through the many independently-owned shops in the historic commercial district located along and near 6th Street. Then, before dusk, head over to Georgetown Lake for a spectacular fireworks display at about 9 p.m.

Golden 4th of July Festival – 11AM to 9:30PM
1300 10th St.
FREE rides and face painting. Union Gray plays from noon to 3 p.m., followed by Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Something Underground takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Food and beer concessions. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Green Valley Ranch Concert & Fireworks – 6:15PM
4900 Himalaya Rd., Denver.
New Sensations plays FREE concert at 6:15 p.m.; then headliners The Wash Park Band at 7:40 p.m. at Green Valley Golf Club followed by a fireworks display choreographed to popular music. Food and drink available for purchase. Free shuttle service from 10 locations from 6:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Check here for schedule and details.

Highlands Ranch July 4th Celebration – Starts at 4PM
Highland Heritage Regional Park
Balloon twisters, face painters, games, inflatables, live music and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $1 each. Tickets are needed for rides and games, which cost between 1 – 7 tickets each. No refunds. Tickets may be exchanged for merchandise such as beer, pop, water,  kiddie rides, etc. Tickets are not accepted by food vendors. Shuttles run from Highlands Ranch High School and Rock Canyon High School to and from the park.

Lafayette 4th of July at Waneka Lake – 4PM – 10PM
1600 Caria Dr.
Lafayette parties at the lake from 4 to 10 p.m. with food, beer and wine concessions, face painting, balloon sculpting, bounce house and other kids’ activities (some for a fee). Chris Daniels & The Kings perform. Fireworks at dusk. No shuttle service provided.

Littleton Fourth of July Festival – Starts at 3PM
5150 S. Windermere St.
FREE fun, entertainment and games in Belleview and Cornerstone Parks starting at 3 p.m. Food concessions available. Dragondeer band performs at 7 p.m. Fireworks show launches from the baseball fields at Cornerstone Park at about 9:30 p.m. No alcohol or personal fireworks (including sparklers) allowed. Please leave pets at home.

Longmont TinkerMill 4th of July Carnival – From 4PM – 10PM
1840 Delaware Place
Fun activities, live entertainment, and the best view of the Longmont fireworks display. Carnival includes “Water Wars” water balloon launchers, trebuchet, dunk tank, food trucks, beer, TinkerMill MakeSale, games and more. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. (launched from the Boulder County Fairgrounds.) Bring your own chair. Entry is free, with a suggested donation of $5.

Louisville Fourth of July Celebration – 6PM to 10PM
FREE family-friendly event at the Coal Creek Golf Course from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Face painting, jumpy castles, games, live music by the Boulder Concert Band and food trucks on site. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. No parking at the golf course so use the free shuttles from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Louisville Recreation Center or Home Depot.

Loveland July 4th Celebration at North Lake Park – Starting at 10AM
FREE activities and displays all day starting at 10 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony. Plus enjoy games, train rides and tons of food booths. Loveland Concert Band takes to the Hammond Amphitheater stage at 8 p.m. A 30-minute fireworks show begins at 9:17 p.m. over Lake Loveland.

Niwot’s July 4th Celebration – Begins at 7:30AM
Pancake breakfast, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Niwot Market ($5 for adults and $3 for kids) for pancakes, sausages, eggs, green chiles, orange juice and coffee. At 9 a.m. concert by Niwot Semi-Marching Free Grange Band. Bicycle decorating starts at 8:30 a.m. and parade beginning at 11 a.m. with vintage cars, color guard, pets, decorated bikes, line dancers and citizens young and old. Parade runs from Cottonwood Square, across Niwot Road, along 2nd Avenue to Murray Street. Firehouse Museum open for tours before and after the parade.

Northglenn 4th of July Family Festival – 7AM to 10PM (All Day Event)
11801 Community Center Dr.
All day event including Pancake Breakfast, Pedals and Paws Patriot Parade, 4-mile run, car show, bounce houses, pedal boats, Duck Derby, bake sale, Beer Garden and concert by Last Men On Earth. Food & community booths open at noon. Fireworks display set to music at 9:30 p.m. over Webster Lake. E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park across from City Hall.

Observatory Park 4th of July Parade – Parade Starts at 10AM
Observatory Park
University Park neighborhood celebrates the 4th of July at Observatory Park. Handmade non-motorized floats parade along Warren Street between Milwaukee and Fillmore starting promptly at 10 a.m. Festivities run until noon. Music by the VFW Band and a fire truck is on hand. Refreshments for sale.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade – Begins at 1:30PM
23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St.
The northeast Denver tradition includes floats, bicycles, costumed characters, classic cars, a marching band and more. The parade ends about 3 p.m. at the Kearney Street Fair on the 2200 block of Kearney with food, live music, kids’ activities and more.

Parker Stars and Stripes Celebration – 6PM to 10PM
Salisbury Park, 12010 Motsenbocker Rd.
FREE bounce houses, slides, games, inflatables and climbing wall. (Small fee for face painting and tot train.) Mobile zip line is $5 per ride. Food and live music. Six Million Dollar Band performs at 6 p.m. Then fireworks at 9:30 p.m. set to patriotic music. Parking for 2,500 cars available at the park for $10, cash only. No alcohol, tents or canopies. Coolers and picnic items are okay. ATMs on site.

Stapleton Pancake Breakfast & Parade – Start with a Pancake Breakfast at 9AM
Fountain Pavilion in Central Park
Pancake breakfast ($5/adults, $3/children or family 4-pack for $12) at the Fountain Pavilion in Central Park, followed by an old-fashioned parade with bikes, trikes, wagons and scooters beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Fountain Pavilion.

Thornton 4th of July – 4PM to 10PM
Carpenter Park Fields, 11000 Colorado Blvd.
Beer garden & food vendors, FREE Thornton Community Band performance at 5:15 p.m., presentation of colors, Kory Brunson Band at 7:30 p.m. Skydivers jump at 9:30 p.m. As soon as parachutists land, the fireworks start. Parking details here.

Westminster 4th of July Celebration – Opens at 4PM
Westminster City Park, 10475 Sheridan Blvd.
Kids Activity Zone and food vendors open at 4 p.m. A FREE concert by FACE starts at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Have fun in the Activity Zone playing on jumping castles, slides and more. Parking is VERY limited. Use the FREE shuttle bus from many locations in Westminster and Hyland Hills. Grills, personal fireworks and glass containers are not allowed at the event.

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!

 

June is National Homeownership Month!

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June is National Homeownership Month, and the industry is recognizing the importance of homeownership as a milestone of the American Dream.

This year’s theme, set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is “Find Your Place.” HUD is one of many agencies that provide resources to help consumers obtain and sustain homeownership. Through its network of housing agencies, consumers can seek out counselors for homeowner education, foreclosure prevention and budgeting assistance. With mortgage options through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), consumers with low credit or low-down payment funds can reach their homeownership goals faster—a significant method of aid for millennials and upcoming buyer generations flooded with student loans, making it difficult to amass the funds needed for conventional financing. According to HUD, over 47 million homeowners since 1934 purchased a home with a mortgage insured by FHA, and around 40 percent of all borrowers purchase their first home using an FHA loan.

“Homeownership serves as an enduring symbol of security and prosperity, and it provides many Americans with a legacy they can pass down to their children and grandchildren,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a statement. “During National Homeownership Month, we recognize the abiding value of owning a home, and we rededicate ourselves toward helping hard-working families to find their place in the American dream.”

Although homeownership rates are currently stalled at 64.2 percent, experts say the lack of dramatic increase is a reflection of a market that is withstanding challenges such as low inventory and rising interest rates. While the number has not moved much since the first quarter of 2017, there have been gradual increases since 2016, following a significant drop after the housing crisis.

While the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) celebrates its commitment to homeownership year-round through resources provided on its Homeownership Mattersand HouseLogic sites, NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall recognized June as a pivotal time to reaffirm the association’s mission to promote homeownership.

“National Homeownership Month is a time to celebrate and promote the modern American Dream of owning a home,” said Mendenhall in a statement. “Homeownership changes lives and enhances futures, and many Americans see it as one of their greatest hopes. These individuals are counting on the nation’s 1.3 million REALTORS® to champion and protect homeownership and help make it more affordable, attainable and sustainable. REALTORS® pledge to continue to lead efforts to ensure that the dream of homeownership is not only possible, but very real, for any and all who want to achieve it, so they can have a place of their own to make memories, start growing their financial futures, and build strong communities.”

In addition, Freddie Mac’s website for National Homeownership Month provides valuable resources for homeowners, such as educational articles, homeownership program statistics and opportunities consumers can take advantage of in order to make their homeownership dream a reality.

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), primary residences are ahead of all other financial assets, business interests and retirement accounts, accounting for nearly one-quarter of all assets held by households in 2016, as reported in the latest edition of the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances.

“Homeownership is a primary source of net worth for many Americans, and is an important step in accumulating personal financial assets over the long term,” said Randy Noel, chairman of the NAHB, in an interview on NAHBNow.

In recognition of National Homeownership Month, NAHB is making a toolkit available for its members; the toolkit includes a video on the value of homeownership, sample social media posts, radio scripts and other talking points, relevant articles, and even print ads showcasing the benefits of homeownership.

Citing the passing of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Actand this past year’s tax reform bill as recent progress, President Donald Trump released a statement pledging the administration’s commitment toward increasing homeownership incentives across the country:

“During National Homeownership Month, we affirm the joy and benefits of homeownership. For millions of Americans, owning a home is an important step toward financial security and achieving the American Dream. My Administration is committed to fostering an economic environment in which every family has the opportunity to enjoy the sense of pride and stability that can come with owning a home.”

Liz Dominguez is RISMedia’s associate content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at ldominguez@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

Where to get a Free Donut Friday on National Donut Day

This article was first published by MileHighontheCheap.com.

Celebrate one of the “holiest” days of the year on Friday, June 1 with a sweet freebie. That’s when donut lovers rejoice because it’s National Donut Day. To honor the day, stop at one of the following shops for a delicious treat. No “dough” necessary at three places. Limit one per person at participating locations, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Enjoy a free Classic Donut with the purchase of any beverage. The chain has more than a dozen locations in Colorado.

Fractured Prune

Get a free OC Sand Doughnut — no purchase necessary. There is only one location in Colorado — 9696 E. Arapahoe Rd. in Greenwood Village.

Glazed and Confuzed

Aurora’s Glazed and Confused (2501 Dallas St.) does not have a donut deal, but says to arrive early for National Donut Day as they will sell out of donuts Friday. There will be free cold brew and Soham Kombucha will be selling and sampling their kombucha.

Krispy Kreme

Bite into a free donut of your choice — no purchase necessary. The shop has three locations in Colorado – Denver (303 16th St.), Lone Tree (7514 E. Parkway Dr.) and Thornton (1051 E. 120th Ave.)

LaMar’s Donuts

Get a free donut (any variety with a hole in it) — no purchase necessary. The Denver-based chain has nine locations in Colorado. Print or show this coupon.

Papa John’s

Get free order of its new donut holes (10-ct.) with any online pizza purchase on June 1. (Starting June 2, use promo code DONUT for a free order with any purchase of two pizzas.)

Safeway

Get a free glazed donut from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The grocery store has multiple locations throughout the state.

Walmart

Get a free glazed donut — give away should be near bakery department. The giant chain expects to hand out 1.2 million donuts on a sweet day.

For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighontheCheap.com.

Top Midsize Workplace 2018: Quality trumps quantity at Madison & Company Properties

DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: (front row from left) Coral Rivera, Kristen Narlinger, her husband Owner Todd Narlinger, April Ivey, Carlee Henderson, and Kathryn Ford, (second row) Danya Granado, President Justin Knoll, Justin Phillips, Colin Dart, Alexandra Osten all of Madison & Company Properties that are finalist in the Top Workplaces for the mid-size category. . February 12, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

(via The Denver Post)

When it comes to real estate brokers, boutique real estate firm Madison & Company Properties believes quality trumps quantity, said April Ivey, the Denver-based firm’s operations manager.

A broker who wants to work at Madison has to have a proven track record and demonstrated belief that collaboration and a focus on details is the key to success. “We don’t typically bring on new brokers,” Ivey said.

The firm, which has 156 employees in six offices in the metro area and was founded in 2008, ranked No. 1 among midsized employers in The Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 survey. It’s Madison’s fifth consecutive year named to the Top Workplaces ranking.

To qualify for a job at Madison a broker must have produced at least $2.5 million in sales, or completed eight transactions in the previous 12 months.

Those who hold managing partner status are in charge of their individual offices and must remain accessible and attentive to the needs of fellow brokers and other staff.

“The leadership in each office is phenomenal, the people who run them want to help their offices,” Ivey said.

The company garnered special recognition for its managers, based on how employees answered the question: How does your manager help you learn and grow? “They reach out and check in with us and if we have any concerns they are responsive immediately to any situation, no matter how small,” one responded.

General comments from employees suggest a high degree of cooperation within the offices.

“It’s what makes me get up each day so I can experience something new and fun,” one commented. “The support we have for one another is amazing and that makes it easy to be around everyone and thrive in what we do for our careers.”

“My ideas are supported and new ideas are fostered and provided to me by others I work with,” said another. “We all share information, experiences and new things to try to keep our businesses strong.”

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 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.

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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