Stories written by Theresa Englbrecht

Theresa Englbrecht is a commercial real estate broker with Bray Commercial in Grand Junction. In addition to her experience in real estate, she worked for 18 years in manufacturing, design, construction, management and sales engineering. For more information about Bray Commercial, call 241-2909 or log on to

New efforts bring new business to area

When roundabouts were first installed in Grand Junction, drivers seemed apprehensive to navigate through them. Roundabouts since have grown in popularity and made our intersections safer. Is it time, though, for something completely different in the Grand Valley? This change involves investments and growing pains — and I don’t mean another roundabout. It’s time to […]

Metrics available to evaluate commercial real estate purchases

A new year offers a new time to review some of the fundamentals of commercial real estate, starting with the realization commercial transactions differ greatly from residential deals. Many of us have experienced the emotional roller coaster that comes with the purchase or sale of a home. Buying or selling commercial property involves analysis, not […]

Commercial real estate affords success story

Nine years ago I made a life-changing decision. I wasn’t fulfilled working in the engineering profession and was afforded an opportunity to begin another career in commercial real estate. I was invited to join what at that time was the newly formed Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties in Grand Junction and a team comprised of […]

New year offers new chance to weigh options

The start of a new year offers a great time to re-energize your business by setting professional and personal goals. I organized and tidied my office, boxing up my 2014 completed files. I relabeled my current files with 2015 tabs, which made me feel accomplished. I also wrote out my 2015 business plan, which made […]

New year off to good start for commercial real estate

It’s a new year full of new opportunities. With the annual Energy Forum & Expo set for Feb. 28 in Grand Junction, it was an especially timely announcement from WPX Energy the company will add more drilling rigs to its operations in Western Colorado. A huge network of contractors relies on WPX and its decisions […]

Real estate offers good careers for women

Why should women choose a career in commercial real estate or a related field?  This is a traditionally male-dominated industry where the existence of women can too easily be seen as unique. However, commission careers for professional women are growing quickly where few or none were expected before. And there are indications the commercial real […]

Technology makes real estate deals easier

We bought our first piece of real estate, a house, in 1988.  I remember finding the house advertised in the Denver newspaper pullout as a HUD property.  At the time, it was the best way to find a property.  Sunday real estate advertisements were a primary method of marketing real estate. In today’s market there […]

Making the Right Career Choice, a few times in Life

       As my daughter Hannah nears the halfway mark in her high school senior year, she often asks me for advice on what she should study in college. Her interests are in architecture, math, physics, and the sciences. She asks, “Where should I go to college?” and “How do I choose a career?” […]

With vacancy rates down, timing good to buy rental properties

The Grand Junction rental housing market is doing better than expected, way better. The first quarter vacancy rate for Grand Junction was 6.3 percent, down from 11.6 percent for the same quarter last year. This information is based on the Gordon Von Stroh Denver University survey for apartment rentals statewide. Apartment managers in this market […]

Commercial real estate investments make sense — and dollars

The crash of the markets in 2007 and subsequent economic recession left many investors with money on the sidelines. But the smart money says it finally could be time to get back in the game. Market conditions have become quite attractive compared to recent years, and the commercial real estate market is no exception. For […]


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