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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Reflections on the Past Year

[Published Jan. 2, 2014, in the Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section]

2013 was quite a year for the real estate industry in Denver and for our brokerage, Golden Real Estate, Inc. Highlights of the year include:

¨   The successful conversion of our MLS, Metrolist, from a sadly inferior home-grown platform to a best-of-breed platform hosted by CoreLogic, the nation’s leader provider of MLS platforms.

¨   At Golden Real Estate, we doubled the number of broker associates from four to eight.  The new agents are April Westbrook, Mark Spencer, Suzi Nicholson, and Tom Warriner. With their help, we represented 101 clients in $35 million worth of closed transactions, compared to 80 clients in $24 million of transactions in 2012, a 46% increase in volume and earnings.

¨  Because of this growth, we also added a terrific administrative assistant, Kim Taylor, who is helping to streamline our operation in many ways.

¨  We purchased a drone equipped with a GoPro camera to take aerial photos/videos of our listings.

¨  We’re changing our own website platform and MLS/IDX search providers, which will roll out in January. Among other improvements, the website will now display better on mobile devices.

¨  We doubled the size of our YourHub ad to a full page.

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