8z broker Kelly Brink: from a farm to farming

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  • Kelly Brink is an 8z broker.
  • She “farms” a SE area called the “Creek.”
  • Kelly Brink grew up on a dairy farm in Iowa. 
Kelly Brink

Kelly Brink

Kelly Brink may know a bit more about “farming” than most Realtors

After all, Brink, a broker who “farms” the south metro neighborhoods of Southcreek and Creekview, neighborhoods, grew up on a dairy farm in Iowa.

“I milked the cows early in the morning and as soon as I got home from school,” said Brink, an 8z broker.

“I really learned the value of hard work,” she said.

These days, she works hard to help buyers and sellers in the neighborhoods, which are separated by Bronco Parkway and roughly bordered by Jordan Street on the west, Parker Road on the east and is south of Arapahoe Road.

“What sets these neighborhoods apart is that we are located very closer to Parker, but not quite Parker,” said Brink, 36, and the mother of a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old.

The prices in the neighborhoods, “which we call the ‘Creek,’ are more affordable than in Parker, she said.

Yet, Creek homes are in the Cherry Creek School Districts.

Prices range from about $170,000 for a townhome with a single-space garage to the $300,000s for a single-family detached home, she said.

“Our housing stock is very diverse,” she said.

What sets the Creek apart from many suburban neighborhoods is that the great outdoors is just out your door.

“We are surrounded by trails, which is pretty cool,” Brink said.

“You can jump on the Cherry Creek Trail and ride your bike all the way to Denver,” she said

Shopping abounds, she said.

The Creek is about 15 minutes from the Denver Tech Center and 30 minutes from downtown Denver, “on a good day, when there is no traffic,” she said.

She noted there is a Target next to Creekview and the area includes a Ross Dress for Less, Kohl’s and Sprouts Farmers Market.

“We are very close to a King Soopers and a brand new King Soopers is going in,” she said.

The Creek, however, is suffering from the same problem plaguing the entire metro area – a lack of supply of active listings.

While the metro area has a record low inventory of unsold homes for prospective buyers, the shortage at the Creek is as pronounced as everywhere.

The demand, outstrips the supply, in every price category, she said.

“There really is no ‘sweet spot.’ Every price range is just crazy,” she said.

Competition for homes is so fierce that it is typical for an open house to have 50 or more showings the first weekend, she said.

“If the home is priced well and shows really nice, you can count on getting 10 or more offers, many of the above the asking price,” Brink said.

“If it shows just average, you still might end up with three or four offers,” she said.

Brink chose to farm the Creek because she lived there for nine years and really enjoyed it. Now, she lives just outside of the area.

Brink moved to Colorado 13 years, after earning a psychology degree at Iowa State University.

When she first arrived here, she worked as a receptionist for a real estate firm.

“I was at the front desk and started thinking that maybe this is something I could do,” Brink recalled.

“One of the things I liked about selling real estate, is that my major in college was about helping people. I think you really provide an important service to people when you help them make what is often the biggest financial investment of their life.”

Helping people is still one of the reasons that she loves going to work every day.

“I like the diverse people I meet,” she said “I meet a lot of people who are buying their first home. Or, they are about to start a family and are looking to move into a bigger home.”

When she is not helping people buy a home, she loves to do anything outside, such as hike or snowboard.

“But when you have two little kids, you don’t get out that much,” she said.

For more on the Creek and to contact Kelly Brink:

http://kellybrink.8z.com/

kelly.brink@8z.com

303.829.4668

http://thecreekpulse.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheCreekPulse

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John Rebchook

John Rebchook has more than 30 years of experience in writing and communications. As the Real Estate Editor for the Rocky Mountain News, he wrote about residential and commercial real estate for 26 years. He has won numerous awards for business stories and columns that he wrote, both as an individual and part of teams. In addition to real estate, he also covered economic development, banking and financing, the airlines, and cable TV for the Rocky. In addition, he was one of the original freelance writers for GlobeSt.com, covering commercial real estate for the Internet publication.

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