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Life and Work with Chelsea Blankenship

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Blankenship.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Chelsea. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Ever since I was a kid, I loved visiting other peoples homes and seeing how they were set up. I loved learning about architectural styles and design styles. I loved helping my dad do improvements on the house. Whether it was learning how to fix something in a home or decorate it, I was ready to learn! I was house obsessed whether it was a family member home or just my Barbie Playhouse. You could say, I was meant to be a Realtor from the beginning. Everyone always told me it would be a great job for me but I wasn’t so sure. I went to college for Business in South Carolina and then finished up at Metro State University here in Denver. I had a few jobs but nothing really stuck. My husband brought up trying real estate again so I went for it. I jumped in head first! Turns out he was right, but don’t tell him that! I have been practicing real estate here in Denver now for three years and I absolutely love it!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely was not a smooth road. It was a lot of hard work building my real estate business. It took a long time to build the business. I think with any business, that first initial year is the hardest. There is a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifice. Lots of tears and doubt for sure. My advice is to remember your “why” when things get tough. Remind yourself of that. Otherwise, no matter how hard it is, get up every day and get dressed and be consistent and intentional with everything you are doing. Making a routine for yourself helps you stay focused but make sure you are being productive and not busy. It will be hard and there will be failures but just wake up every day and give it all you have!

Please tell us about Golba Group Real Estate.
I am a Realtor here in Colorado. I work throughout the entire front range from Colorado Springs all the way to Fort Collins. I mostly work with First Time Home Buyers. I have found many Realtors don’t want to work with anyone in a lower price range which is reasonable. It’s not an easy thing in our market but it’s important to me to help fellow Millenials start building equity with their own home. I work with all sorts of price ranges and I work with a lot of my clients a year or two out to help them build a game plan to help them get ready to buy their first home. I have found lots of people are working towards this goal but they don’t have the direction or correct information. I help empower them to reach their goal by giving the knowledge and support they need.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
If you are looking for a mentor in your field, I recommend simply reaching out to someone who inspires you and you find successful. Chances are they would love to be your mentor. If you are having trouble finding a mentor, take that time to read and learn everything you can about your field. As far as networking, there are so many amazing network groups throughout the Front Range, but if you don’t want to do a traditional networking setup, then make an effort to meet someone doing something you like. Make a friend at your cycle class or the dog park. Making new friends is the easiest way to network.

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