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Giving the Denver Real Estate Market report on the national business channel, CNBC, twice this year has taken me back to my roots.
I just knew I would use my college major for something eventually! I could have studied Real Estate at Denver University, but no I didn’t. I studied Radio, TV Film and worked my way through college as a DJ and radio newscaster. I almost took an internship with NBC but that didn’t work out at the last minute.
So, I have not worked in media and I was little nervous in my first interview with Tyler Mathison on CNBC’s Power Lunch in February. But, it seemed much easier the second time around. I appeared again on July 11 to present what is happening to home sales in the Denver metro area.
This time I felt more relaxed. Tyler opened the interview with an overview of just busy our market using the statistics I provided from The Kentwood Company and Metrolist, our local MLS, that tracks home sales and inventories.
“I’m exhausted”, I confessed with my opening words. It’s true. I do not remember a time in my 35 years in this business when we were so busy. Elizabeth and I had hired Jason Cummings in December and that turned out to be right move. Otherwise, we just could not have sold as much as we did in the first six months of 2013. That was a record $28 million.
People now are asking me if I had to go New York for this interview. No, I just went down to a small studio at 10th and Cherokee in the Golden Triangle neighborhood Downtown. There was only one guy, a camera, a headset and lighted chair with live video of Denver traffic behind me.
The hardest part in both appearances is that there is not a monitor showing the photos I presented. So, I had to guess which photo was being shown as I described 3 of our listings. My timing could have been better. But, it was still fun and a challenge.
Most of all, it was a throwback to my old college days at Denver University and New Trier High School where I worked as a DJ. My rock and roll show in high school was called “The Hotz Spot”. Some of my friends still tease me about that to this day.