Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – a non-denominational opportunity to reflect on the past year and our current situation.
I subscribe to the teaching that what we dwell on affects what we
draw unto ourselves. For example, if we think we might fail at a task, we
are more likely to fail, but if we think we’ll succeed, we’re more
likely to succeed. Some people refer to this as the “law of attraction.”
That’s why I like Thanksgiving, because it causes me to dwell on what
I’m thankful for – not my regrets, not my failures, not what went
wrong, but what went right and the good people in my life.
Well, I have a lot to be thankful for!
First of all, I’m thankful to be married to Rita, who always thinks
positively and now shares her positive energy with me and the broker
associates at Golden Real Estate as our office manager. Her positive
orientation is evident in our house, where she has such phrases as “How
Does It Get Any Better Than This?” and “What Else is Possible?” printed
on our family room wall. How did I get so lucky as to attract this
woman into my life? I’m forever grateful for that!
Rita and I have no children together, but we have three “adopted
daughters” — three women who consider us “Mama Ri” and “Papa Jim.”
Thank you, Kristin in Kansas City, Ashley in Centennial, and Benedikte
in Seattle, for honoring us with your love.
Secondly, I’m thankful for our great broker associates at Golden Real Estate. In order of seniority, they are:
who worked beside me at Coldwell Banker and RE/Max Alliance before
joining Golden Real Estate when Rita and I founded it in 2007. He’s our
native Goldenite, living ½ mile from our office.
lived in Golden when she joined us as Carrie Ackley soon after our
founding. She married a high school sweetheart, Brady, and lives with
him and his sons in Evergreen now – she’s our foothills anchor.
is from Wisconsin but met her soul mate, Kenny, on the ski slopes of
Colorado, marrying into that legendary “old Golden” family. Kristi and I
met through Leadership Golden, and I was honored that she wanted to
begin her real estate career with us. As an owner, along with Kenny and
her father-in-law, of numerous rentals, she’s a resource to me and her
clients as an expert in buying investment properties.
Leo Swoyer came to us as a new Realtor after a long career as a licensed appraiser
specializing in mountain properties. His expertise in valuing
properties and his knowledge of mountain properties has benefited us on
Chuck Brown was
an independent broker with Metro Brokers in Denver, but he lives on
Lookout Mountain, so he was attracted to joining Golden Real Estate as a
broker associate. He is our Denver specialist and continues to list
many Denver homes and serve Denver buyers as well as here in Jeffco.
David Dlugasch was
broker/owner of his own real estate company in Crested Butte, but chose
to join Golden Real Estate when he moved to Arvada to be closer to his
daughter’s family in the Village of Five Parks. He says that reading my
newspaper columns was a factor is deciding to join us. Thanks for the
I met Susan Dixon at
the Colorado Environment Film Festival. Her commitment to
sustainability drew her to leave her previous brokerage and join Golden
Real Estate. She lives in Arvada.
Andrew Lesko transferred
to Golden Real Estate so he could specialize in Golden area condos and
townhomes. We were so impressed by his research on this topic and his
creation of www.GoldenTownhomes.com that it was a no-brainer to welcome him into our fold!
Norm Kowitz serves
with Kristi Brunel on the board of directors of the Christian Action
Guild, and I met him when he represented a buyer for one of my listings.
He, too, was attracted by this newspaper column and before long he
became a great copy editor for me. Thanks, Norm, for joining us!
These broker associates provide a depth and breadth of expertise, but
they all share a commitment to our values of integrity, service and
sustainability, and I couldn’t be prouder to be associated with them.
Next, I am thankful for you, our readers, who turn to us every
week for advice, which we are happy to provide, whether or not you hire
us for the sale and/or purchase of real estate. Thank you for your
confidence in us.
Next, I’m thankful for the National Association of Realtors and our local association, the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. Not
all licensed agents choose to join NAR and DMAR, but they all benefit
from these organizations’ work to protect home ownership and our
industry. I’m proud to say that Golden Real Estate is a Realtor
brokerage, and all our agents are Realtors.
I’m also thankful for our local MLS and its CEO, Kirby Slunaker, who
has shepherded the organization to a level of service and effectiveness
which I couldn’t have imagined just five years ago. Our MLS has a great
website, and now we are about to merge with the northern Colorado MLS,
called IRES, to create an even stronger and better MLS. I’m proud to
serve on the Rules & Regulations Committee of REcolorado.
Regular readers know of my commitment not just to sustainability but
also to the adoption of electric vehicles. I am so thankful that EVs
are going mainstream and that multiple countries (France, China, Norway
and the UK, among others) are speeding the end of internal
combustion-powered automobiles. I predicted this revolution a couple
years ago, but this year’s developments in that regard surprised even
Lastly, on a personal note, Rita and I are eternally thankful to have connected with Body in Balance Wellness Center, where our health and fitness benefited from their “8 Weeks to Wellness” program — a real life changer!