We had the good fortune of connecting with Lange and Jamie Patrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lange and Jamie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Synergy occurs when 2 or more things cooperate to make a greater contribution together than they would on their own. In some ways that’s always been part our story over nearly 30 years of life and marriage and 5 kids and in and out of seasons. But when the opportunity came to join forces vocationally we knew that the risk was worth the potential reward to fully leverage our gifts, dreams and lives together.
Jamie had already been a successful realtor in the Denver Metro area for a few years but Lange decided to leave a 30 year career post to join Jamie in real estate.
But it wasn’t just about schedule alignment or financial opportunity (or burden, depending on how you see having 2 commission based jobs:) or even the real estate job itself. Our “why” came down to prioritizing the things in our life that really mattered and finding a way to let our jobs enhance those not work against them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We chose real estate in part for it’s flexibility, but any realtor will tell you it can be anything but that if you let it. So we set out to do life and work in particular ways that are both best for us and for our clients. For us, we chose to work together so we could prioritize wholisitic life rhythms that include faith, intentional family time, health and work.
Merging our work lives has been both incredibly challenging and rewarding. As much as we love each other, some days our differences tend to drive each crazy. Most times though, we see the tangible benefit of dividing and conquering based around our individual strengths. We still have much to learn but a key takeaway for us so far is the importance of taking time to not only work at the business but on the business. Dreams without calendaring, planning and executing don’t go far.
On the client side, everything we want our business to be comes out of 4 values: See | Connect } Advocate | Win.
See means “‘your story matters”, which is to say, we don’t just love real estate; we love people! We build trust and relationships with every client and love to help them take their next steps while building friendships that last a lifetime.
Connect is all about leveraging our expertise and network on behalf of our buyers and sellers. Whether it’s sharing’ Compass’ industry leading tech platforms and marketing to our knowledge of neighborhood level market trends or our list of proven service providers, we make the search and sell experience seamless.
Advocate is a buzz word in real estate but for us it means, expect to be treated as if you are our only client. We anticipate needs before we are asked and provide an attention to detail and work ethic through the ups and downs of contracts, negotiations, home prep and deadlines that values our clients just like we’d expect to be valued ourselves.
Win means “whatever it takes”. People that know us well, know they can count on us to do whatever it takes to see our clients succeed.
On the personal side, we teamed up in business to also leverage our lives towards in generosity to others. One of the things our clients love about working with us is that we give 7% of the income from our closings to one of 7 local non-profits that our family is passionate about. Our clients choose one of them and we give the money in their and our names. This has been an incredible way not only to help organizations we are passionate about but to introduce our clients and others to people that are doing generous and valuable work in our city. This work plus our family story of foster care/adoption, parenting a child with Down syndrome has led us to see people that we might have previously missed in earlier seasons of our lives. For 2023 we have plans to launch our own non-profit called Eyes to See – an educational non-profit that inspires others to see, connect with and advocate for the marginalized in our world, bringing transformation to the receivers and the givers.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of our family values is Adventure. This plays out in so many ways from exploring great food and the outdoors to the lifetime bucket list that comes with living in Colorado. At one point we had so many friends ask us for our foodie and adventure lists that we created a shareable Google doc! Our favorite adventures include not just a destination but local eats and drinks. Finding off the path gathering spots often mean meeting new friends, hearing great stories, learning more about the local culture and supporting small businesses. A good example of an oft repeated day trip that our family loves is hiking Mt. Sanitas (Boulder). On the way, we grab Ozo or Boxcar (coffee) and a to-go lunch sandwich from historic Lolita’s Grocery for our mountain top picnic. Post hike, we head to Boulder Public Library to get new books and play at the playground or creek. Another fav is Frisco. Start with breakfast at Butterhorn’s, bike rentals and shuttle to the top of Vail Pass (Frisco bike shops offer this), cruising back down the pass and stopping at some gorgeous spots along the way (all downhill), slow riding back through Frisco and on to Breckenridge (another 10 easy miles on a paved bike path), more coffee and shopping and eating (the crepes at Crepes a La Cart are the best), then catch a bus (bike racks included) back to Frisco and finish with sunset at Sapphire Point on the back side of Dillon Lake. Family adventure pro tip – don’t make the day about checking off all the things (plans usually have to adjust). Make the point of the day being with the people you love. Adventure is great on it’s own but exponentially better when it’s the vehicle for relationships.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, Jesus is the bedrock of our lives, marriage and business. Beyond that we can’t imagine life without each other as a couple. We are still learning to see our differences as gifts, to believe the best and that we are truly better together. We are parents to 5 wonderful children, including one extra special kid with Down syndrome.