We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Ray and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I thought to myself… If I’m working this hard for my employer, how hard would I work for myself? I was a very loyal and hardworking employee but after getting married and having children, I realized that I needed my own business. A business that would fulfill me and make me excited to go to “work” every day. A business that would afford me flexibility so I didn’t have to miss the important events for my girls and also a business that would excite me. Very quickly after starting my real estate career, I realized this was my calling. I knew that I was doing what I was meant to do. My clients mean the world to me and still to this day I get goosebumps seeing my sign in the yard of a house that I’m selling or getting the call that my clients offer was the winning offer.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I started my career in real estate I knew my passion would be the people I serve. I knew I would take a client-first mentality, and in taking that mentality, I have always had a very clear vision of what my role is and what sets me apart from others. Real estate can attract some big egos, and while I love to compete with the best of them, ultimately my success is based wholly on whether I was able to maximize my client’s investments and minimize their stress. If I have been able to do that, and turn a working relationship into a true real life, long term friendship, I consider that my true success! While being successful in real estate isn’t easy (it has an 80% failure rate in the first 2 years), I am confident that the reason for my quick and continued success is that I stay 110% focused on the client experience and ensuring that I exceed client expectations every step of the way!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this question! The first stop would be Union Station for some drinks to celebrate my friend’s arrival. While she is in town I would make sure we did a trip to Breckenridge for shopping and relaxing. We’d spend one day in Denver- visiting the aquarium and 16th Street Mall. We’d also have a few dinners in my favorite city, downtown Erie. My favorites are Piripi, Birdhouse, and The Old Mine! We would do an overnight stay at The Gaylord and enjoy the lazy river. We would do dinner in Boulder at The Rio and enjoy margaritas on their rooftop patio. A spa day at St Julien in Boulder would be ideal! On a warm evening, we would enjoy Top Golf in Thornton. So many fun things to do and see in Denver- a week is tough to fit it all in but I think this would be a pretty awesome trip!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to my family, specifically my husband, my mom, and my girls. My mom and my husband are my rocks! They are there for me no matter what and they are my biggest cheerleaders! My girls are the reason I do everything I do. I want them to be proud of their mom and for them to see that hard work and running a successful business while keeping your family and faith at the center is achievable.
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