Mary Barela-Cordova is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist who specializes in downsizing. She is the managing broker of Metro Brokers Bear Creek office and handles all types of residential real estate and is an expert working with banks and bank-owned properties, relocations and first time home buyers.
Interviewer: Hi, I am Kathy Soltero with Metro Brokers TV and today we have in the studio with us Mary Barela Cordova and she is with BC Realty. Thank you so much for coming in Mary.
Mary: Hi Kathy.
Interviewer: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your business.
Mary: Well I'm pretty excited because my husband Mike and I just opened up our own Metro Broker office. It's the most recent Metro Broker office opened in the state of Colorado, last July we opened it and we now have 23 agents.
Interviewer: Wow! That's awesome.
Mary: We are very excited, it's a fabulous location, we're in Lakewood and we are right next to Bear Creek, which is great because our name is Metro Brokers Bear Creek.
Interviewer: Very good.
Mary: And then my office is BC Realty because of my last name Barela Cordova but I grew up in the BC, in the Bear Creek area.
Interviewer: Okay, so a lot of identification there.
Mary: Yes, yes so we are very excited.
Interviewer: How long have you been in the business?
Mary: I have been in the business 10 years, and I've been with Metro Brokers for seven and at about year six, no I'm sorry at about year five, I started looking into opening my own office, so we took a little bit of time. And a lot of thought, and lot of planning and it was all set perfect last year.
Interviewer: What about your experience in real estate, what sort of designations do you have in the 10 years you have been in the business, I'm sure you have probably done a lot.
Mary: I have done a lot, I'm a certified residential specialist, I'm an REO certified, which means I work with banks and bank owned properties. And I'm also an SRES, which is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist working with people that are downsizing and that kind of thing. So I also have that designation and I'm a managing broker. So I have eight associates that I manage personally. And one of the big things when we were opening our office is we wanted to make sure that we had people that were positive, energetic, caring people come to our office and that's what I'm looking for with my new brokers and actually I'm looking for more brokers now. So I'm on my way.
Interviewer: That's excellent, you are involved in your community, tell me about some of the programs that you are involved with?
Mary: My husband and I have always been supporters of Colorado Cerebral Palsy. So that's an organization that's very dear to our heart because we have some personal experience there with Cerebral Palsy. And we've always supported them and then once a year, they have an annual car show at the Arapahoe Community College right there in campus. We have a booth there, and we get our name out there, and we get to meet a lot of nice people and it's just for great cause.
Interviewer: So for real estate how is anybody going to get a hold of you?
Mary: Oh wait! We missed one more thing, The Seniors' Resource Center, I am a big supporter there, as well, I'm so sorry.
Interviewer: We know with your designation that's important because you have that kind of connection there.
Mary: Absolutely and I am, have been very involved there, my mother was a social worker there for 20 years and worked with people that have Alzheimer's and stroke victims and I volunteer there and I also helped them, they're building a new building. So I helped to raise money and give money and that kind of thing as well.
Interviewer: How can clients get a hold of you?
Mary: You can always reach me on my cell phone at 303-931-5871. And of course if you Google me, because this is, you know I'm way up there, you are going to see all my information, but certainly you can e-mail me as well at email@example.com. Just like my name of my business.
Interviewer: Okay, well thank you very much for coming in and sharing all that with us.
Mary: Well you're welcome and thank you for asking me to be here and I look forward to helping Metro Brokers grow and now it's a great time to join, it's a fabulous corporation and we're always looking for excited, energetic realtors that want to work with us.
Interviewer: Good, Mary thank you very much for coming in today. We really appreciate, you sharing all that with us.
Mary: You're welcome.
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