Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Ray.
Christina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My career started in property management – leasing apartments in Broomfield, Colorado. I immediately fell in love with my job and quickly found that I could turn it into a true career. I loved the fast-paced market, it was a large community (500 apartment homes) so there was always things to do and people to help. While working for that company I was promoted to every role you could do on site- from leasing to leasing manager to assistant manager to community manager. After four years I was offered an opportunity to open a brand new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building in Denver and decided I could not pass up on that opportunity. I appreciated their goals and dedication to the environment and being the first multifamily building to be LEED-certified in Denver. I grew with that company and became the Director of Operations and Training. While I was very focused on my career, I was also realizing how important my personal life was.
Fast forward, I was recently married and we had a daughter and another daughter on the way. I decided it was now or never and I should get my real estate license- I had wanted to get my license for several years but was always dedicated and fully involved in the job I was doing. With my second daughters arrival just months away, I earned my license. When she was just three weeks old I was interviewing with brokerages to find out where I wanted to start my real estate career. One of the most important things I did was interview companies. I interviewed them just as much as they were interviewing me. I was very adamant that I wanted to find the right company and not brokerage hop. Since I was new, it was critical that I found an amazing mentor that could train me right and help me succeed.
Luckily the interviewing process worked and I’ve been with the same brokerage since I got my license. I appreciate the level of support I receive, I love my fellow agents, and most importantly my ideals and goals align with my company. My business is run solely off of referrals and I’ve been thrilled with the amount of clients I’ve been able to serve. I was awarded “Rookie of the Year” from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors in 2018 and Five Star Professional in 2019. Ongoing education is extremely important to me and I’m proud to say I am a Certified Negotiation Expert and most recently a Certified Military Residential Specialist which is near and dear to my heart since I come from a military background.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not always been a smooth road. In the beginning, I struggled with figuring out how I wanted to run my business. I would see what other successful people were doing and I would try to replicate it. I quickly figured out that wasn’t going to work. I had to be authentic and run my business how I wanted to. After all, one of the reasons I got my license was to work for myself- I always worked so hard for others and I knew I would work even harder for myself. Deciding to work by referral was one of the best decisions for my business, and I am confident it is the best decision for my clients.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
At Live.Laugh.Denver. Real Estate Group we specialize in helping people make their real estate goals a reality. We are a boutique brokerage with 13 agents. I believe what sets us apart from others is our values, our drive to educate clients before, after and during their real estate transaction, and the level of service we provide. Though I’m a part of the brokerage with aligned values, I am also empowered to build and manage my own business. I focus on putting people first in real estate, being a resource before, during, and long after the sale, staying actively involved in my community, serving active and veteran military families, and helping buyers and sellers maximize their investments.
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