ourcolorado CLASSIFIEDS TO ADVERTISE, CALL 303-566-4100 INSIDE .com REAL ESTATE CAREERS MARKETPLACE SERVICE DIRECTORY REAL ESTATE AGENT SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK What is your specialty and what does that mean for the but don’t get the opportunity very often. Serena Billmayer people you work with? Seniors Real Estate Specialist Certified Real Estate IRA Specialist I specialize in two areas: working with Real Estate IRAs, and working with seniors. I have experience and knowledge of the specific procedures to follow when utilizing an IRA for real estate purchases. I have a Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation, as well as personal experience working with seniors from moving my parents from their home in Kansas to a retirement community here in Denver. I believe it is important to not underestimate the sentimental value of a home nor the equity in it. Your Castle Real Estate, Inc. Phone: 303-956-7940 Office: 303-962-4272 ext. 786 Serena @YourCastle.org Where were you born? A small town in Western Kansas: Collyer, KS, population about 150. How long have you lived in the area? 24 years (I moved to Colorado in 1988) What do you like most about it? The weather, the mountains, the people! (Not necessarily in that order!) What is the most challenging part of what you do? Educating my clients is both challenging and rewarding. For instance, most people don’t know that you can purchase real estate with your IRA, and there are distinct advantages to diversifying your portfolio. Additionally, many people still do not realize it’s a seller’s market. However, the lending side is tough and getting tougher, so you have to have patience when it comes to getting a transaction closed. How long have you worked in Real Estate? 10 years What do you most enjoy doing when you are not working? I’m actually a bit of a workaholic, but I do take time out to play softball, go to my husband’s hockey games, and take my dogs for walks. I also love to read, dance, and travel, What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a house? Do not hesitate; we are short of inventory in the Metro area, and if your home is priced right and staged well, it will sell quickly. What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a house? Get preapproved; not just prequalified, but preapproved so you can put in a stronger offer. What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in Real Estate? When showing properties, I always ring the doorbell, and if no one responds, I unlock the door and walk in. I always shout out first to make sure no one is home. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work. My clients and I have found people in bed, a man passed out on a couch, and one time a man who had just gotten out of the shower. You never know what you may find! Photos left to right: My parents’ 70th Wedding Anniversary; Serena; My dogs, Sparky & Spot; Mike & me in Steamboat Springs WE BELIEVE ENERGY STAR IS JUST A STARTING POINT. WE ARE NEW TOWN BUILDERS. R MODEL NOW OPEN! We’re inspired by classic Colorado architecture and passionate about craŌsmanship. Yet we geek out on the latest technology and building techniques. The thicker walls in our high performance homes allow for 60% more money-saving insulaƟon than in a convenƟonal home, and our roof is 6 inches higher than a typical home, so we get 2½ Ɵmes MORE insulaƟon in the aƫc. This reduces heat loss, and more importantly, reduces your energy bill! BRAND NEW HOMES IN CASTLEWOOD RANCH! Margaret Sandel - 303.500.3255 Margaret.Sandel@newtownbuilders.com 7001 Weaver Circle, Castle Rock newtownbuilders.com Walking Distance to Schools! Semi-Custom Homes on One Acre Up to 4-Car Garages 3 to 7 Bedrooms, 2-1/2 to 4-3/4 Baths 2,887 to 3,576 s.f. Homes 2-Story Plans Main Floor Master Plans From the $400’s Price, features, specifications, availability and other terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.