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“I am writing a testimonial for Trudi Watkins. I have known Trudi for 3 years and have nothing but positive things to say. She was the agent who helped me purchase a house in Grand Junction, CO. I had not bought a home for many years and she spent many hours explaining in detail the contract and transaction. I absolutely endorse her qualifications and knowledge. I always knew I could rely on her if I had any questions.  

Optomistic and easy to get along with, Trudi was a joy to work with. I am highly confident in my recommendation and believe Trudi would be a great fit for your real estate needs.”

— Judy Campbell, Grand Junction, CO - Feb 2019

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“Trudi Watkins-Johnson is a dynamo when it comes to real estate. She develops a detailed market analysis for the property. Her energy and enthusiasm carry thru to the end on all deals. Trudi pursues the details relentlessly from start to finish. When we sold my mother’s house there was a deal in place the same day the house was listed. You can’t go wrong using Trudi for your real estate needs.”

— John Filippone, Carbondale, CO - Feb 2019

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“We thoroughly enjoyed working with Trudi and highly recommend her to anyone who may be considering a home sale or purchase. Her knowledge of the Roaring Fork Valley — and particularly our neighborhood — was invaluable and helped ensure that we were competitive in our pricing and listing strategy. 

Our working relationship with Trudi began several years ago, when we moved out of the Valley and decided to rent out our home. She became our property manager and very successfully kept the home maintained and rented with no interruptions for nearly five years. When the time came to sell our home, Trudi very expertly navigated the market, helping us determine what improvements were needed to attract buyers and marketing the property to her extensive network of contacts. This network includes dozens of local vendors, who gave us favorable rates and excellent work because of Trudi. 

Trudi paid very personal, careful attention to our property, and her husband was an expert handyman for a number of repairs over the years. We felt very comfortable in her hands and knew she was capable of handling any emergency or issue that could arise. In short, Trudi is a gem. We owe her a debt of gratitude and consider her a great asset to the Roaring Fork community.”

— Matthew and Kristen Loden, Philadelphia, PA - Jan 2019

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“I am pleased to be writing this letter of recommendation for Trudi Watkins-Johnson.  As a successful real estate agent in the Roaring Fork Valley area for many many years, Trudi understands the local real estate market.  She has amassed a vast network of contacts including other real estate agents and brokers, potential buyers and sellers, other players in the real estate industry such as, appraisers, home inspectors, mortgage and bank loan officers, building contractors, etc. 

If I had questions or concerns, Trudi was only a phone call away.  If she was working with another client, she would always get back to me the same day.  Trudi made sure I understood the legalize in the documents by putting it into layman’s terms for me.  Working with Trudi as my agent, the entire home purchasing process was painless.  There were several items that I, as the buyer, wanted included in the closing documents that needed negotiating.  Trudi was successful in getting everything I required into the final contract.  I am sure she would work just as hard for all her clients. 

In closing, if you are looking for a great real estate agent, please consider Trudi Watkins-Johnson.  I am confident that you will be as pleased with her services as I was.”

— Elaine K. Blair, Carbondale, CO - Jan 2019

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“Trudi was diligent, timely and honest through every moment of my real estate purchase experience. The purchase of a house, especially in the current market, can be fragile. I found when all the other brokers were trying to sell me something, Trudi was simply there to inform me of what I asked to be given to me. Never more, never less.  Trudi also worked tirelessly to answer my requests. She would provide market studies within hours of me asking. Additionally, she never would withhold information from me choosing instead to educate me as much as possible about the different pieces of transaction. While other brokers holds their cards close, Trudi is honest and forthright with information. Such a breath of fresh air!”

– Kendall C., Snowmass, CO – Oct 2018

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“We are writing to highly recommend Trudi Watkins-Johnson as a real estate broker in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Trudi was incredibly responsive, motivated, helpful and supportive during the sale of our property in Basalt, CO.  She represented our interests first and foremost and was a tough negotiator, which enabled us to hold firm and get a great price for our property.  Trudi worked diligently to prepare, promote and show the property, which generated solid interest and helped us sell quickly, at a great price in a difficult market; a great relief for an out–of-state owner.  Thus, we highly recommend Trudi and gladly give her our vote as one of the best in the Roaring Fork Valley!”

– Jim & Cynthia Clarke, Park City, UT – Oct 2018

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“Ours was a very hard property to sell but Trudi held our hand every step of the way.  I relied on her and called for advice frequently. Trudi was always there for us. The result was a successful sale.  Who could ask for more?

I will seek out Trudi if our next property is in her area, if not, I will once again ask for her expertise in helping me find someone of her quality.  

I love Trudi!  Trudi is so personable and willing to give 200%.  I have never been more satisfied with a realtor and I have worked with MANY realtors in multiple sales & multiple states over the years.”

– Diane Nichols, Jackson, WY - Sept 2018

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“Trudi puts 100% effort for her clients. She has been a broker for many years and has an in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market, residential housing areas, communities, and real estate procedures & legal documents. Trudi is patient while demonstrating professionalism in dealing with clients and other brokers and title company employees. She returns phone calls and email inquiries in a timely manner. Trudi explains legal documents in a way that a novice can understand. Trudi is extremely organized and displays much attention to detail. I would recommend Trudi Watkins to anyone I know who might be planning to buy or sell real estate in the Roaring Fork Valley.”

— E. Blair, Carbondale, CO - July 2018

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“Trudi made purchasing a property from out of state a comfortable process. We really appreciate the time that she took to make sure that we knew as much as there was to know about the properties. We appreciate her tireless effort to make sure that all the details were covered!”

- Lindsay, Seattle, WA – Jan 2018

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“Trudi was personal, professional & informative. She helped me through the process in a timely manner with no surprises. Outstanding!”

— Mike Kimbel, Basalt, CO - Oct 2017

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"We recently purchased our first home and we were delighted to have Trudi Watkins-Johnson as our real estate agent. She showed us countless properties, all the while dialing in exactly what we wanted, allowing her to find us the perfect property. She then made sure we felt comfortable and understood every step of the process, she offered advice when it was needed and had our best interests at heart during all negotiations. We truly do not think we would have found such a perfect home without Trudi's great insight and knowledge of the Roaring Fork Valley as well as her expertise in the real estate business. Trudi really went above and beyond throughout the entire process. We would recommend Trudi to anyone looking to purchase a home here in the Valley. Not only was she a pleasure to work with, we have also made a great new friend of her from this experience!"

Hannah Milloy & Jacob Baer, Carbondale, CO - July 2017

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"It’s my absolute pleasure to recommend Trudi Watkins-Johnson at Engel & Volkers Real Estate as a Property Manager/Realtor. Trudi managed a condominium rental for me for a number of years.  She carefully vetted tenants and ensured that the property was well taken care of.  She is honest, dependable, and incredibly hard-working. Beyond that, she is an extremely thorough and detail oriented. When it came time for me to sell the condominium, I hired Trudi as the realtor.  Her knowledge of the real estate industry and the market was a huge advantage. She put this skillset to work in order to facilitate a smooth sale and closing.  We encountered some challenges dealing with the Homeowners’ Association and demands from the buyer’s realtor, however, Trudi was able to guide me and worked very hard to obtain the information we needed to satisfy the buyer.  Without a doubt, I confidently recommend Trudi as a Realtor."

- Karen Porter, Dallas, TX – July 2017

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“I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Trudi Watkins to anyone looking for a qualified real estate agent.  In 2013, Trudi helped me buy my first house in Carbondale, Colorado.  At the time, the real estate market in the Roaring Fork Valley was very competitive in prices and availability of homes.  Trudi was relentless in her search for the right home, and we were successful after only a few weeks.  She was organized and knowledgeable about the closing process, and I was thankful to have her experience jumping into my first large real estate transaction. 

 Due to a new job opportunity outside of the Roaring Fork Valley I needed to sell my house, as well as purchase another in the Denver area.  Without hesitation I contacted Trudi and within hours she had gathered information on my current house, as well as housing opportunities in the neighborhoods I was interested in in Denver.  Not only was Trudi dedicated to selling my house in Carbondale, she also took time out of her busy schedule to drive with me to Denver on several weekends.  We must have toured nearly three-dozen houses in Denver, and with her help we settled on a beautiful duplex in the Washington Park area.  My house in Carbondale was only on the market for five days before we received and accepted an offer at nearly full-price.  I was continually impressed at Trudi’s ability to juggle both contracts and communicate concerns and issues promptly and effectively.  The closing in Denver was a continuous stressful back and forth with the seller, and I was impressed how Trudi was able to keep her emotions out of the situation, clearly communicate with the seller’s realtor, and focus on next steps.  After a few months, we had successfully closed on the property in Denver and had sold the house in Carbondale, within about two weeks of each other.

Trudi has become a trusted realtor for my family and me, and we so appreciate all of the time and effort she put into our home purchases and sales.  I will continue to trust her for real estate advice and services for many years to come."

- Ashleigh Quillen, Denver, CO - Jan 2017

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“I just want to personally thank you for the excellent support and guidance given to our daughter and son-in-law in purchasing their first house.  It was very difficult for me to give them much guidance from 1300 miles away.  We relied heavily on you and you did a marvelous job protecting the kids' best interest, finding an awesome house and guiding them (and Lisa and I) on the many steps required for due diligence, making an offer, negotiating and closing.  Frankly I can't imagine what you could have done much better.  We have 2 more kids that seem to be hooked on Colorado and Lisa and I hope to have the opportunity to get a place out here some day as well.  Bottom line, as long as you're still available we won't be looking anywhere else for assistance.”

- Randy & Lisa Eldred, Holland, MI – Jan 2016

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“Our experience using Trudi as a transactional broker acquiring a residence in the Roaring Fork Valley could not have been better. She commands a firm grasp of the various aspects of brokerage, is a detailed and effective communicator dedicated to the deal, and was balanced in her approach representing both seller and buyer.”

- Mike & Susan Lewis, Edina, MN - July 2015

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"We’ve been using Trudi as our property manager for several years now and we have been so impressed with her responsiveness to any issues that arise with the property as well as her ability to find responsible tenants for both short-term and long-term leases. The best part of her service, though, is truly her hands-on approach to managing the property, which includes excellent communication. I like knowing what’s going on and Trudi is fantastic about communicating and providing timely follow through. We wholeheartedly recommend Trudi and her outstanding professional services."

Jim and Cynthia Clarke, Boulder, CO - Feb 2015

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“Long time local, Trudi Watkins Johnson, possesses integrity, determination, a deep understanding of current market nuances, and a willingness to go the extra miles and miles and miles to serve her clients. Masterful business intelligence and graceful negotiation skills unique in the Valley. I am grateful I found Trudi & Happy Real Estate.”

— Julie Ross, Carbondale, CO - January 2015

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“As a Buyer's & Seller's Agent, Trudi helped me purchase a home for my non-profit in March 2014.  By October 2014, we realized the home was not going to be big enough for our needs and within three days of one another, Trudi listed and found a buyer for the home purchased in March and she found us another property to purchase before it was officially listed. Trudi works tirelessly to serve her clients, and her honesty and integrity with each transaction was reassuring at the very least.  I would highly recommend Trudi for any real estate need you may have."  

- Kristin Nelson, Valley of Hope LLC, Aspen, CO – Jan 2015

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“For some time now, I have felt compelled to write this letter of reference for Ms. Trudi Watkins-Johnson and her firm Happy Real Estate. Trudi handled the listing on our ranch property near Basalt over the months of 2013 and 2014. I have personally been a real estate attorney and broker for over 35 years in Durango, Co, and that said, can say I do not recall any broker I’ve known or worked with who put as much effort into a listing as Trudi did for our owner group. Ours was a very difficult sale property, laden with neighborhood and association conflicts, difficult access and utility easement issues and management of occasionally unruly tenants and repair problems, which Trudi handled for us through her property management division. Most impressive to me was the way Trudi anticipated problems and took the initiative to solve them for our group. This was enormously helpful to me as “supervisor” of the owners’ group. I live some 5 hours from this property and have had some surgical issues this year so Trudi’s help was a true “Godsend”. I’ve also appreciated Trudi’s sensitive, yet straight forward and very honest approach with me and with all involved. She did an excellent job negotiating with county officials and our ultimate buyers to help us resolve access issues. I cannot recommend Trudi more highly. Feel free to contact me with any other questions you might have about her or her company.”

- Charles Shafer, Durango, CO - Oct 2014

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"This is a ringing endorsement for our outstanding realtor Trudi Watkins-Johnson. Trudi was extremely helpful in the sale of our home in Missouri heights in 2009. She gave us consistently excellent and professional advice whenever we needed it and asked for it. She was instrumental in helping us set the right asking price to maximize our showings in a very down market. She was very insightful about what tasks to complete on the home before going on the market. When we got the overly detailed Inspectors report on our 15 year old home, she interceded for us to get the list condensed to what really needed to be addressed.

Because of her, and her company’s guidance, we were able to get 96% of our asking price in this very difficult market on our first showing. This occurred at a time when there were nearly 60 homes in or near our price range on the market at the same time.

After her excellent steering of the negotiations with the buyer, she helped us find the right property for us to buy to build our new home. She helped us look for properties in our price range and negotiated an excellent purchase price on the property we selected. She guided us in our contract offer language to achieve the lot swap we needed to obtain the prime building spot on the neighboring property. This had the effect of preserving views and privacy for our two neighbors as well as our selves. She managed this effort very well.

In addition she even helped us find a rental property in a location near our building site. Without reservation, we would use her again for our real estate needs."

Lance and Pam Allee, Marble, CO – March 2010

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