We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Weiss and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, how does your business help the community?
I consider myself a steward of my clients’ biggest assets: their homes. It is my job to help you obtain and leverage the financial security of your personal real estate. I run a data-based marketing business, am a top negotiator in my field, and I can guarantee my clients that no matter which side of the transaction we are on, there will not be a dollar left on the table that should have gone to them. But a home is so much more than that. It is the place where you return to your family each night. It is the table you gather around for holiday meals. It is board games and barbeques, new babies, college graduations, swings in the backyard, or the perfect pot of daffodils. I do whatever it takes to provide my clients with their version of happiness, while helping them to increase their personal wealth. In this way, I have been able to help my community in small ways: one family at a time.
The other piece of the puzzle lies in giving back. I have always been a big believer that if you have more than what you need, you build a longer table, not a bigger fence. I have several charitable causes that I support, both large and small. Most are directly related to education and food security, two causes I care deeply about. In addition, I have begun this year to plan and carry out charitable events with another broker in my office. Real estate opened doors for me, and I believe it is my duty to use it to open doors for others.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When I decided to go into real estate, my goal was to utilize my background in negotiations, education, and business management to help people in my community, and I am blessed to be able to continue to do so. The first year was hard — no doubt about it. But the difficulties of that first year gave me a lot of lessons that I still draw on every day in my business. I’ve also had to learn how to manage this business as a single parent, which is both my biggest challenge, and my greatest inspiration to keep going and model success and goodwill for my kids. I don’t view myself as a salesperson. I view myself as an advisor, problem-solver, and advocate, and my clients are always my top priority. I can honestly say I’m one of the hardest working brokers I know, and it has paid off: last year, I was in the top 20% of sales volume. Every transaction is different, and that’s what I love about this business. It gives me an opportunity to find creative, effective solutions that benefit my clients every day. If you are looking for a professional who is the top of their field, and will work their tail off for you, it’s me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This list is so long! My best friend and I love gardening and antiques, so trips to the botanic garden and brass armadillo would be a must. We’d also have to hit Tattered Cover Bookstore, the shops on south Broadway, grab a drink at my favorite rooftop bar in Morrison, and catch a concert at Red Rocks. There would be lots of hiking — one of my favorite past times: I’m often on trails all over the front range, and am always super excited when I find one that doesn’t have much traffic. I’m also a huge nerd, and so is she, so Denver Museum of Nature and Science would be on our to do list; especially their evening programs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
No one succeeds alone. Those of us who are really lucky, have a village behind us to offer advice, cheer us on, and help us out when we struggle (and we all struggle sometimes). My business would never be where it is without my tireless transaction coordinator, contractors, inspectors, photographer, stagers, videographer, title closers, and lenders, whom I am fortunate enough to also call friends. I would never have gotten to where I am without the guidance, encouragement, and accountability from the family that is Keller Williams Foothills Realty. I am most grateful for my wonderful clients, my inspiring family, and my dear friends.
headshot images by Sandy Puc photography