The Best of Real Estate
Commercial, residential, design and architecture, and so much more – read on to discover the 2018 Best of Colorado Real Estate
BEST ARCHITECTURE FIRM
Founded in 1964, OZ is now one of the last locally owned architecture firms around.
"We focus on how we can really shape what's happening in our own state," says Tracy Tafoya, OZ principal. "We have a big impact on the character of the buildings and how they are changing the communities."
OZ has worked on everything from college campuses to health and human service buildings to corporate headquarters. Also, through its OZ Gives community stewardship program, the firm's 170 employees contributed 500 hours of work for service projects for 12 nonprofits last year.
BEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Atlas Real Estate Group's property management services are driven by the company's experience as owners. The team has earned its market authority through years of testing its strategy on its own properties. Property management services include advertising its clients' rentals; handling tenant inquiries; application processing and lease signing; conducting criminal and civil background checks and credit investigations; rent collection; accounting and coordination of evictions; and full-service repairs. The company's track record speaks for itself. A tenant in a single-family home managed by Atlas stays an average of five years; the average lease renewal rate is 82 percent; and there is an average of 10 days between the time one resident moves out and another moves in.
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BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY – COMMERCIAL
Your Castle Real Estate's commercial team helps investors build wealth by buying Denver rental properties. The organization takes a consultative approach to buying investment properties. Clients start on the company's DenverInvestmentRealEstate.com website to educate themselves on trends and then meet with Charles Roberts and Chris Lopez who will help them put together an investing strategy. Roberts has helped clients close on more than 400 investment properties in metro Denver and owns 15 properties himself.
BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY – RESIDENTIAL
YOUR CASTLE REAL ESTATE
With a network of more than 750 agents in nine offices, Your Castle Real Estate is the largest independent and sixth overall largest real estate company on the Front Range. The company leverages its wide insight and local knowledge to help clients buy and sell homes. Your Castle offers clients real estate data that points to trends in the market and helps buyers and sellers make decisions that best suit their needs.
BEST HOMEBUILDER (tie)
This year, Denver Design Build combined its residential remodel and custom home groups into a single residential team.
"We share a lot of the same resources, so this gives us greater flexibility and makes us more agile," says Ches Arms, general manager and marketing director.
Flexibility and agility are especially important in today's real estate market, where inventory is low and the hot neighborhoods change.
"Part of our special sauce here is we're a younger, forward thinking team."
Founded in 1991, Oakwood Homes positions itself as a luxury builder for every budget. Its newest role is as master developer of Reunion in Commerce City.
"We are breathing a new life into the community with the introduction of multiple product lines offering attainable homes and luxury at every level," says Jennifer Cooper, vice president of marketing. "Additionally, we are opening a brand new coffee house in the center of the community and wrapping the entire development with a refreshed brand to truly show the residents how much this community means to us."
BEST COMMERCIAL BUILDER
ROCHE CONSTRUCTORS INC.
Patrick T. Roche founded Roche Constructors in Greeley in 1971, adding regional offices in Las Vegas in 1986 and Westminster in 2001. Recent awards include the 2016 Excellence in Construction Eagle Award for the Emily Griffith Technical College Shops Relocation in Denver, and the 2017 Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award for Albertsons store in Las Vegas. One current project is a new 76,337-square-foot King Soopers in Aurora, scheduled for completion in June 2019.
BEST ENGINEERING FIRM
Arvada-based BCER provides engineering design services for architects, contractors and owners. The firm helps create safe, comfortable places for people to work, learn, grow and heal. Past projects span the spectrum from fire sprinklers in the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel, to classrooms in Denver Public Schools, to surgical suites in multiple health-care facilities.
'BCER exists for the happiness and success of our clients and employees, and their families," says Keith D. Jones, associate principal, business development manager. "The family culture at BCER is noteworthy. it is an inherent product of proceeding with and treating each other with respect, care and love."
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