EPBORs Vision Statement
The vision of the Estes Park Board of REALTORS® is to be an Association responsive to changes in the real estate industry, focusing on delivering high value services and support to its membership.
EPBORs Mission Statement
The Estes Park Board of Realtors® is committed to supporting its members to be ethical, professional and successful by providing quality services and protecting the free enterprise system and real property rights.
Prior to that time, the Estes Park REALTORS® met twice monthly with the Loveland Board as a committee. In 1971, the Board had 25 charter members representing 10 real estate offices. Wendell Harding served as the first Board President, John Ramey as Vice President, and Michael Marden served as Secretary-Treasurer. The first Charter Party to celebrate the Board’s acceptance was held on February 3, 1972, at Nicky’s Restaurant in Estes Park.
The Estes Park Board of REALTORS® became the 24th Board of the Colorado Association, and is part of the Northeast District of Colorado Association of REALTORS® along with Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Longmont, Morgan County and Logan County.
In 1980, with membership needs and services increasing, the Board opened a Board office and hired an Executive Secretary 3 days per week to handle the necessary tasks. Presently, the board employs an Association Executive 3 days per week, Tuesday thru Thursdays. The Board office was created to serve as a central clearinghouse of information and Board activities, as well as provide a meeting place for committees and the Board of Directors.
The Estes Park Board of REALTORS® currently has approximately 58 primary members and 31 Affiliate members. The Board hosts, maintains and manages an MLS system. An electronic lock box system is also housed and managed at the Board office. A library of historical books, current information and 23 years of MLS books are available for members use.
The Estes Park Board of REALTORS® continues to support its members constantly changing needs in a constantly changing business environment. The board is committed to providing excellent service and supporting the professionalism of its members.
Mary Murphy - President
Julia Daley - President Elect
First Colorado Realty
Abbey Pontius - Treasurer
Anderson Realty & Management
Lori Smith - Secretary
First Colorado Realty
Mike Richardson - CAR Director
Mountain Paradise Real Estate
Julie Abel - Director
Alpine Legacy Real Estate
Jeremy Collinet - Director
First Colorado Realty
Javier Gomez - Director
RE/MAX Mountain Brokers
Mike Richardson - Past President
Mountain Paradise Real Estate
Nancy McLemore - Executive Assistant
Estes Park Board of Realtors
The Number One Reason to Use a Realtor ®
Realtors who are part of the Estes Park Board of Realtors pledge to abide by the Code of Ethics of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and are held accountable for their ethical behavior. It is a promise to the public that they can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters.
Some of the basic principles of the Code of Ethics include:
- Protect and promote your client’s interests, but be honest with all parties.
- Avoid exaggeration, misrepresentation, and concealment of pertinent facts. Do not reveal facts that are confidential under the scope of your agency relationship.
- Disclose present or contemplated interest in any property to all parties.
- Avoid side deals without your client’s informed consent.
- Keep the funds of clients and customers in escrow.
- Assure, whenever possible, that the details of the transaction are in writing.
- Provide equal service to all clients and customers.
- Be knowledgeable and competent in the fields of practice in which you ordinarily engage. Obtain assistance or disclose lack of experience if necessary.
- Do not engage in the unauthorized practice of law.
One Dozen Other Reasons to Use a Realtor ®
1. Buying Power
Your REALTOR ® can help you determine your buying power -- that is, your financial reserves plus your borrowing capacity. If you give a REALTOR® some basic information about your available savings, income and current debt, he or she can refer you to lenders best qualified to help you. Most lenders -- banks and mortgage companies -- offer limited choices.
Your REALTOR ® has many resources to assist you in your home search. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available properties.
3. Objective Information
Your REALTOR ® can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property. Agents who are REALTORS ® have access to a variety of informational resources. REALTORS ® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning. schools, etc. There are two things you'll want to know. First, will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?
4. Negotiation Power
Your REALTOR ® can help you negotiate. There are myriad negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings or equipment. The purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.
Your REALTOR ® provides due diligence during the evaluation of the property. Depending on the area and property, this could include inspections for termites, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well tests, just to name a few. Your REALTOR ® can assist you in finding qualified responsible professionals to do most of these investigations and provide you with written reports. You will also want to see a preliminary report on the title of the property. Title indicates ownership of property and can be mired in confusing status of past owners or rights of access. The title to most properties will have some limitations; for example, easements (access rights) for utilities. Your REALTOR ®, title company or attorney can help you resolve issues that might cause problems at a later date.
6. Financing Options
Your REALTOR ® can help you in understanding different financing options and in identifying qualified lenders.
Your REALTOR ® can guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together smoothly.
8. Market Information
When selling your home, your REALTOR® can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. These are key factors in getting your property sold at the best price, quickly and with minimum hassle.
Your REALTOR ® markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. Often, your REALTOR ® can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of your property. Your REALTOR ® markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. In many markets across the country, over 50% of real estate sales are cooperative sales; that is, a real estate agent other than yours brings in the buyer. Your REALTOR ® acts as the marketing coordinator, disbursing information about your property to other real estate agents through a Multiple Listing Service or other cooperative marketing networks, open houses for agents, etc. The REALTOR ® Code of Ethics requires REALTORS ® to utilize these cooperative relationships when they benefit their clients.
10. Advertising and Marketing
Your REALTOR ® will know when, where and how to advertise your property. There is a misconception that advertising sells real estate. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ® studies show that 82% of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, family and personal contacts. When a property is marketed with the help of your REALTOR ®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR ® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
11. Evaluate Buyer's Proposal
Your REALTOR ® can help you objectively evaluate every buyer's proposal without compromising your marketing position. This initial agreement is only the beginning of a process of appraisals, inspections and financing -- a lot of possible pitfalls. Your REALTOR ® can help you write a legally binding, win-win agreement that will be more likely to make it through the process.
12. Closing Details
Your REALTOR ® can help close the sale of your home. Between the initial sales agreement and closing (or settlement), questions may arise. For example, unexpected repairs are required to obtain financing or a cloud in the title is discovered. The required paperwork alone is overwhelming for most sellers. Your REALTOR ® is the best person to objectively help you resolve these issues and move the transaction to closing (or settlement).