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CJ Rugaard

131 N 6th Street #200
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 243-0456
(970) 201-6658
(970) 243-2896
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131 N 6th Street #200, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Grand Junction is Colorado’s
best kept secret!

My real estate career began in 1994 in Fort Collins, Colorado as a personal real estate assistant to the broker/owner of a major brand real estate company. I did that for 4-1/2 years learning contracts, property searches, MLS input, developing and marketing.  In 1998, we moved to Grand Junction and it was then that I started working for a title company climbing my way up from my starting position as a receptionist to becoming a closer in just a matter of months.

In 2004, I was ready to get my real estate license! I worked very hard and was very successful for several years, increasing my volume steadily each year.  Then the market crashed in 2008. The Grand Junction housing market came to a screeching halt and I, along with many other agents, struggled with sales in a declining market.  I limped along for a couple more years before finally putting my Colorado license on ice.

I ventured out to Michigan for a while and sold real estate along Lake Michigan, which was pretty awesome! Manistee, Michigan is known for its Woods and Water.  It has beautiful beaches, meandering rivers, gorgeous lakeside homes and dense wooded areas.  However, the market wasn’t much better there and, eventually, I ended up about as far north as I could get. I found myself working back in the title industry doing closings in Williston, North Dakota, and stayed there for a couple years.  The oil boom brought with it a busy economy that was great at that time to get me back up and running!  I loved the long summer days and seeing the Northern Lights but, I missed Colorado -- I wanted to come home. When I considered my move back, I chose Colorado Springs because it had a thriving housing market and I found a great job with an awesome title company as a closer. The minute I crossed the state line driving a U-Haul and towing my car, it was the most glorious feeling!  I can’t tell you how good it was to finally be back in Colorado!

After doing closings in the Springs for almost two years, the day finally came that I wanted to reactivate my Colorado real estate license. Colorado Springs had a vibrant real estate market and I really wanted to get back to doing what I love -- selling real estate! I activated my license and started selling.  It was great to be back in the saddle, but something was still missing for me. I realized that I needed to be back in Grand Junction where I knew the people, the businesses and the neighborhoods. It made so much sense and I felt like it is where I belonged. And, you know what? I was right! It’s so good to be home!

I have four handsome grown sons who have each chosen sweet, kind and adorable wives.  They have blessed me with six precious grandchildren, and I think there may be more coming in the future!  My “child” now is a cat named Meeko who is a rambunctious and entertaining man cat who plays fetch and is leash trained.  He is just so much fun!

What I like most about selling real estate is helping people to reach their goals and dreams. I get a thrill from seeing happy clients and knowing that I gave them my very best.  If you, or someone you know, needs the services of an honest, experienced and hard-working real estate agent in Grand Junction, Colorado, you can call my cell phone: (970) 201-6658 or email me: I'd love to hear from you!

Active Listings (1)

2423 S Crystal Court, Grand Junction, CO 81507 - Grand Junction, CO real estate listing
4 Bed(s) | 2 Total Bath(s) | 2,250 SqFt

Recent Buyer Sales (2)

Property Address Details
3137 Devin Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81504
4 Bed(s) | 2 Total Bath(s) | 2,643 SqFt
3195 F Road 30
Grand Junction, CO 81504
3 Bed(s) | 2 Total Bath(s) | 1,593 SqFt

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