34 years of experience...

Starting first as an appraiser in 1983 and then getting my Realtor license in 1987, I have extensive experience in the industry.  Together with being an actual Realtor, not just an agent or broker, my experience ensures you receive the highest level of expertise available from a real estate professional. And as I said on my home page, I really do invest in my clients to address the human, emotional component that always accompanies the technicalities of real estate.
I personally live in the Applewood neighborhood of Jefferson County. My wife and I additionally own and manage 7 rental homes as a cornerstone of our retirement security. 
My professional specialties include:
  • A focus on the Jefferson County real estate market, especially Applewood, Lakewood, Golden, Arvada
  • Meeting both Residential and Commercial property purchase/sales needs
  • Helping individuals reach financial goals via purchasing real estate investment property
  • Relocations from out of state and out of country
  • Understanding the human component of each client and real estate transaction

Nothing satisfies me more than seeing the smiles that come with a successful real estate transaction. Thanks again for considering me as your Realtor.

My history:
Grew up in family on the move.  8 homes, 4 states, 7 schools including 2 years in Glenwood Springs, CO in early 1960’s
·        1977 Moved to Grand Junction, CO to work in homebuilding industry.  Excited to be
         back in Colorado
·        1978 Purchase 1st home for $26,000.  Qualified FHA on an $8/hr carpenter pay
·        1979 sold 1st house for $48,000.  Learned about real estate booms
·        1982 oil boom went bust.  Lost construction job.  Studied to become and Appraiser
·        June 1983 moved to Denver and began career as a Real Estate Appraiser.  Kept 2 GJ   
         properties as rentals beginning career as property investor and manager.
·        1984-1985 Staff Appraiser World Savings & Loan
·        1985 Met future wife, Jennifer.  Married in 1986.
·        1985 Started Alpine Appraisal Service, Inc.  Appointed to FHA Fee Appraiser Panel. 
         Leader in applying technology upgrades to business.  One of 1st Denver appraisers to
         process reports on computer, deliver reports via fax, implement a cell phone, deliver
         reports via internet, incorporate digital photography, etc.
·        1986 purchased 1st home in Denver area.  A World Savings foreclosure in Applewood.
·        1987 Became a licensed Real Estate Broker in Colorado
·        1988 Daughter Melissa born
·        1989 Survived Savings & Loan Crisis by appraising defunct Silverado Savings assets
         for FDIC
·        1990 Son Matthew is born
·        1991 Denver’s recovery Real Estate market boom begins.  At peak AAS, Inc. employs
         5 appraisers, 1.5 full time support staff.
·        1993 Moved to our current home Applewood Mesa
·        1994 Downsized Alpine Appraisal Service, Inc. and moved office home to allow more
         time focus on family
·        1995 Purchased 1st Denver area investment property.  4-plex near 38th Ave / Federal
         Blvd. in NW Denver.  By 2000 I had owned and flipped over 20 units in Denver. 
·        2001 Tried to capture potential of an Emerging Market.  Purchased Steven Apartments
         in Mobile, AL.  Ate a large meal of humble pie.  Sold at a small loss several years later.
·        2003 Became a Tenant in Common investor in $20 million Market Centre retail plaza in
         Colorado Springs.  Sold at $25 million just 2 years later.  Reinvested profits.
·        2006 Celebrate 20th Anniversary with Jennifer and kids in Ireland and Scotland.
·        2006 begin 2 large luxury home remodel/addition projects in Applewood. 
·        2007 Join RE/MAX Professionals.  Great career decision
·        2007-2013 Love helping folks like you realize your financial and lifestyle dreams with
         real estate.

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RE/MAX Professionals
390 Union Blvd. #100 • Lakewood, CO 80228
Phone: (303)233-8285 • Email: phil@philbarru.com