Meet Ralphie…

Meet Ralphie.

He’s a Keeshond… A fuzz-wuzzy, 30 pound, lovable ball of fur that slightly resembles an Ewok.


Ralphie and I began my real estate career together… He was just an 8 week old puppy when we brought him home – and because of my family’s schedule, I was the only one available to walk him in the mornings and most of the afternoons.

So, we walked. And we looked at houses.

We walked through well-established communities and we walked through land that was in the process of being developed. We walked on brand new sidewalks and through muddy open space. We walked so much that we quickly discovered which dogs in the neighborhood were excited to see us, and which ones believed we were up to no good – regardless of how many treats we offered them.

That’s when I decided to be the “dog treat lady”…

When Ralphie and I walk in all these different neighborhoods, you’ll often see us with a backpack of dog treats in tow. And when we can, we give them away to random people we meet with dogs of their own.  🙂

It’s a simple thing, really – but you’d be surprised how many people don’t know what to say when I give them a free bag of dog treats! Nearly everyone is grateful, but some are quite surprised… And even express a bit of guilt that they don’t have any way to return the favor!

I simply tell them to enjoy their day – and that I’m a real estate agent who understands how an extra bag of dog treats in the cupboard can make life a little easier. No problem – it’s on me.

And honestly, seeing someone’s reaction to a free bag of dog treats is very gratifying to me. It’s almost as if people remember that all the other crazy junk in the world doesn’t matter… When a random stranger with a cute dog can offer you a bag of treats expecting nothing in return, a lot of negative stuff seems to fade away.

And that’s the whole point of being the dog treat lady…


Carrie Lakey is a Realtor with Equity Colorado

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If I Had a Hammer…

New construction is INSANE right now…

Colorado is bustling with new builders – and there’s just as many new developers building custom homes, as there are traditional, home-building agencies building hundreds of homes where nothing but farm ground previously existed.

It can be overwhelming.

Or – It can be exactly what you’re looking for.

Depending on you or your family’s needs, going the custom route might be the perfect solution. You’ll get to design the layout, features and specific amenities you want in your dream home. In many cases, you’ll also get to choose the lot where your home will be built – and can work with the builder regarding any questions that come around.

Then again – buying into a newly constructed community has its advantages as well… Your home will likely be completed faster (since there’s an entire crew working to build hundreds of houses on a deadline), and you get to move into a brand new home that nobody’s lived in but you! And because the home is part of a larger community, there are usually parks and open space within the community itself.

Bottom line – Don’t be afraid of new construction.

I’ve known buyers who fell in love with a new-construction custom home, and still own that home decades later. It was the right choice for them. Had they started with a smaller “starter” home, they might never have found the home they always wanted.

Your dream home is out there… waiting for you… And who knows if it just might be being built as we speak…

With BTH-Love,

Carrie Lakey

Carrie Lakey is a Realtor with Equity Colorado