We had the good fortune of connecting with Hope Stafford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hope, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
When I was switching from personal training to real estate, I had a dilemma. As a personal trainer I felt that I was really making a difference in people’s lives with in their health, both physically and mentally. Real estate had always appealed to me because I love helping people and I love houses, but need to find that same feeling of doing something to make a difference. What I have realized in my 5+ years is that, not only is financial health important too, but that I can also use my position to benefit the communities in other ways. Owning a home provides people with a huge sense of accomplishment, as well as more stability in their lives. I have used my brand, Hope Helps Group, to run events feeding the homeless, to helping clean and paint youth community centers, to bring coffee to teachers in my neighborhood, and many other charitable events. Real estate give me the freedom of schedule and the means to service my community in ways I could not do before.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a very passionate person. I absolutely love what I do! My clients can tell that this is not just a paycheck to me. My goal is to serve my clients needs. I am honest and ethical always, even when it will not benefit me. I go above and beyond to help them find the right house, and I attempt to help them in other aspects of their lives. I connected one client to her now boyfriend, and another client found a job through me. The majority of my clients have actually turned into friends after our transaction is over, and many were friends prior to our business interaction. I value each and every relationship I have. I love feeling that I have made a difference in someone’s life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As a Denver native, this is my time to shine! My favorite spots to take people are sometimes well known, and sometimes less well known. Some of my favorite restaurants to go to are: D’Corazon for the chicken mole, The Monterrey House for their green chile, Doug’s Day Diner for the biscuits and homemade jam, Wide Open Saloon and Emerald Isle for their views and patios, Linger for the rooftop and vibe, Rheinlander bakery for everything sweet, and Piccolo, because where else can you order a taco with a side of spaghetti? We would go visit Red Rocks Amphitheater for a workout, Cherry Creek State Park Dog Park because dogs are the best, Take a 1.5 hour drive to Echo lake, walk around the lake and eat the best pie at the Echo Lake Lodge. We would go shopping on Broadway for antiques and at boutiques. A visit would be in order to RINO which has the best breweries. We would go to the Denver Zoo and take a tour from my docent dad at the Botanic gardens. Because I am in real estate, I also love driving people around old Cherry Hills to see my favorite mansions. I went to Kent Denver, and love taking walks with friends on the horse trails too, to see beautiful backyards and friendly horses. Of course we would spend a night in the mountains, with Buena Vista and Glenwood Springs being my two favorites. I was a college diver, and Glenwood Hot Springs was where I first went off a board at age 3. My wedding was at the gorgeous Loft Orpheum theater in Buena Vista. Hot springs are a must in Colorado and BV has two excellent ones. Cottonwood and Mt. Princeton. I could list about a thousand others, but now I am hungry, and exhausted just thinking about all this fun!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents deserve a huge amount of credit for where I am now. I changed direction in where my career went several times throughout my 20’s and into my 30’s. Real estate never seem to be an option for me because I thought that it was too expensive. My parents financially supported my decision to get into real estate not only by helping me get my license but also by letting me live with them until I became established. They have always provided me with love and support, no matter what direction I wanted to go in life. My husband Daniel also deserves a ton of credit as this industry is very inconsistent and commission based and there are times when it is feast and times when it is famine and he is by my side no matter what. Real Estate is also very tough emotionally, and he is my biggest cheerleader!