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Meet Amanda Vagnino Bartczak

Amanda, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I am a proud fourth-generation Denver native with a strong admiration and knowledge of Denver’s quickly changing neighborhoods. I grew up in Southeast Denver and attended Denver Public Schools in the days of the bussing system. Understandably there are a lot of mixed feelings about the bussing system, but in retrospect, it was an excellent opportunity to experience different neighborhoods and gave me a strong understanding of Denverite culture from a young age. In the city’s fast-changing landscape, I always honor the history and people in each area.

I attended film school in British Columbia and have a culinary arts degree from Cambridge, MA. This has led me to jobs with local photographers/filmmakers and within the food industry. I grew tired of that hustle and that eventually led me to public relations and social media marketing for companies within the film, food, and event industries. I am a lifelong yogi and had taught yoga and barre throughout most of my adulthood.

Once both my children were in school full time I had a colleague that kindly suggested I get my real estate license, considering my combined skills, knowledge, and love of Denver. I am so grateful for that nudge. The longer I am in real estate, the more I love it. I could not imagine doing anything else for the past five years. Helping my clients buy and sell properties in this city is an amazing experience.

In my free time, I am with my two lively children, ages 9 and 13, supporting local arts and music, gardening, tending to one of my many indoor plants (Over 50 of them and counting… #plantproblems), going on long walks with my labradoodle, and reading with my cat on my lap. I love exploring Denver and the state of Colorado on big and small adventures.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Starting in real estate takes work, clients do not come knocking at your door. When I started I was with a brokerage that had an amazing mentor, but aside from that, the company wasn’t compatible with what I wanted my business to be. I tend to be on the introverted side, which was making it difficult for me to recognize how I fit in and find business. Once I realized I don’t have to be an extroverted realtor that constantly goes to events and happy hours, I started doing what worked for me – connecting through my resources, knowing I’d rather have the right clients for me than many clients that are not the right fit. After working through what I wanted my business to represent, I was fortunate enough for an introduction to a brokerage that understood what direction I wanted to go and allowed me to continue working with my mentor.

Real estate is a competitive industry and it can be easy to get lost in “crushing deals”. I try to remember that each of my clients has different motivations for buying or a selling home, often life-changing events: marriage, a growing family, a breakup, a first home, an empty nest, an investment property, a loss, etc… It is my job to elevate my clients to reach their own unique goals, not crank out another transaction.

Like all businesses you have to know what works for you and build a strong support team. That may take trying a few ways, but once you find what works for you, the genuine business will come.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
One of my favorite adages is that we are the company we keep. I am so fortunate to have a managing broker that is always cheering me on. Kelli Martin of KM Luxury Homes is a true Boss Lady that sets the perfect example of having a graceful work/family/life balance. My officemate, whom I lovingly call my “work wife”, Jessica Hansmann is continuously talking with me, strategizing, and there to bounce ideas around. I am constantly thankful for her connection and support. My mentor, Kathy McKay walked me through the first few months and is still there where I need her. I cannot imagine being a successful realtor without these ladies in my corner.

My family constantly keeps me grounded, and is always up for adventure and spontaneity. They always remind me where my priorities are.

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Melissa Rich Photography and Hillary Moore Photography

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