Hi! Thanks for dropping by my site. Your first questions would probably be who am I, and why am I selling real estate in Estes Park, Colorado? Let me see if I can answer your questions, while still keeping your interest.
I moved from North Salem N.Y. to Estes Park in the fall of 1980, which makes me about as close to a native as you will find in Estes Park. When I first arrived I was in the firewood business, then I spent most of my early years in town working in the restaurant/bar industry.
After almost 15 years of keeping locals and tourists alike from getting too thirsty, I decided to start up a new business. Thus, Mike’s Tree Service came into existence. I ran the Tree Service for just shy of ten years, working mostly in the Estes Valley, but also traveling as far as Denver and Grand Lake to serve the needs of customers. Needless to say, I am not only very familiar with Estes Park and surrounding areas, but also the Front Range as a whole.
By 2006, I was ready for one final career change – to being a real estate broker. With much encouragement from family and friends, I attended Jones Real Estate College in Denver where I graduated summa cum laude (okay, just kidding) and earned a Real Estate Brokers License from the State of Colorado. I began my career at First Colorado Realty, and after 11 years moved onto Mountain Paradise Real Estate, a smaller more intimate company which is more my style. All of this leading up to me starting my own company, Richardson Team Realty.
Since beginning my career in Estes Park real estate, I have been honored as the Estes Park Board of Realtor’s Rookie of the Year in 2007 and Realtor of the Year in 2010 and again in 2016. I have received the Quality Service Certified Platinum award, in recognition of 100% customer satisfaction in 2007, 2008, and 2011. I was also awarded the GMAC Premier Service Diamond Award for outstanding customer service. In 2011, I earned my Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation, spending over 90 hours learning how to better meet your real estate needs.
I enjoy all sports and love to coach basketball, baseball and soccer. I currently serve on the Estes Valley Volunteer Fire Department as President of the Board of DIrectors and Public Information Officer.
Previously served on Tree Board-Town of Estes Park, Past President of Estes Valley Board of REALTORS, the Fire Department Board in Glen Haven, the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District Board, and the Rodeo Committee of Estes Park.
Please take a good look at my testimonials, and feel free to give me a call at (970) 215-2722 with any concerns or questions. I would be glad to help you become part of this vibrant, beautiful community, or perhaps help sell a home you already possess. I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.
Thank you for your time,
Mike Richardson, GRI, ABR, CNE, NAR Green Designation
Richardson Team Realty
Great at his profession
Mike is great at his profession, and understands that real estate is less about the transaction and more about the people – the buyer and seller and finding common ground. His network of personal and professional relationships in Estes Park is invaluable. He knows everybody in town, and is highly respected for his integrity, professionalism and responsiveness. Whether you are a buyer or seller, Mike is a great choice for a real estate partner in Estes Park!
Mike is an outstanding realtor
He was professional and kept in contact with us every step through the process of selling our home. He listened to our needs and was sensitive to the fact that this was a much loved home to us with lots of family memories! We sold in ONE day! I would recommend Mike to anyone that is buying or selling. Thank you, Mike! We appreciate all you did for us!
Sterling people to know and work with
We truly owe our thanks
Having made the decision to move to Estes Park one of the greatest challenges was locating housing in a town so far away with so little time to thoroughly explore the area. A preliminary visit for a job interview allowed only a few hours of time with Mike, who graciously escorted us around the town and areas surrounding. This search did not find just what we were looking for but Mike’s knowledge of the area and detailed description of several areas we were interested in helped us narrow the exploration for the perfect property.
After returning 900 miles to Arizona, Mike maintained regular contact as he and we both searched for property both online and (by Mike’s determination) locally. In short time THE place became apparent, high above town in a setting we had dreamed about finding. Mike acted immediately upon our request to facilitate the necessary steps to make our interest known to the seller’s agent and to get the purchase process underway.
Every question we had was expertly answered by either Mike or Mindy. Their combined attention to logistical concerns of buying a house from significant distance took all of the apprehension about this venture completely out of the equation. I was able to attend to the details of wrapping up personal matters in Arizona, knowing that these two had everything under control in Colorado on our behalf. Mike and Mindy were always one step ahead, anticipating what we would question or need in advance of us asking. Their attention the the finest points of ensuring the purchase in Estes Park would transpire without our need to worry made this a very simple, smooth and enjoyable experience.
Mike and Mindy went well beyond our expectations, not only through the inspections, utility conversions, and all steps with the mortgage and title companies but also as we arrived in Estes Park after a 3 day drive from Arizona. Mike had plowed our driveway prior to our arrival. Mindy greeted us in town to escort us to the property. Mike returned a couple days later to follow up on our progress getting unloaded, our ability to enter and exit the property safely, and just to sit and visit a while, much as a friend would do.
Without reservation, the course of purchasing our property in Colorado could not have, in any way, been made any more pleasant and enjoyable, than through the way that Mike and Mindy guided our quest. Their patient and kind assistance at every turn allowed us to keep the excitement about moving to our dream location at the highest level throughout the entire time, never interrupted by the anxiety or dread that seems to creep into a purchase and move such as ours. We truly owe our thanks to Mike and Mindy for the daily smiles and hugs we share in the disbelief of arriving at our incredible home.
They took care of everything
Mike and Mindy were GREAT to work with. They took care of everything from beginning to end. I would love to work with them again in the future!
Everything went smooth
A business associate recommended Mike when we were looking for a house in Estes Park while living in Arizona. We lucked out! He made moving to Estes Park such a positive experience. Many times, he went out of his way to make sure everything went smooth and addressed all our concerns. He went beyond what most realtors would have to make sure our move and house purchase was stress free and seamless, like plowing our new driveway before we got there! Even the dogs got welcome presents! I would 100% recommend him and will definitely use him again in the future when considering purchasing or selling property.
Thank you Mike and Mindy!
Responsive, patient, knowledgeable
Mike and Mindy were great to work with and helped me navigate buying my first house in a tough market! They were responsive, patient, knowledgeable and very helpful throughout the whole process. They’re a pleasure to work with and a great team!
So appreciative of all their hard work
There may be 74 realtors in Estes Park but there is only one Mike and Mindy. As with most moves & selling & buying a home, there are snafus. Mike and Mindy are there for the whole process and jump right in to help with everything and anything. We are so appreciative of all their hard work and all the assistance that they provided. Their professionalism, knowledge and work ethic is superior to all others. If you are considering buying or selling a home, this is the team to contact.
We would like to recommend Mr. Mike Richardson as an outstanding Realtor to anyone buying or selling a home in the Estes Park area. Mike worked with us in our search for a home in Estes Park for the better part of six months. In that search we looked at many properties in a wide range of pricing and in every instance Mike had learned as much as he could about the property and could answer any questions we had concerning the property. Having lived in the Estes Park area for 20+ years, Mike has a vast knowledge of the area and we found this to be invaluable during the course of our search.
Mike is professional, honest and hardworking. He is willing to go the extra distance for his clients. In our case, that involved Mike driving to meet us one Saturday afternoon to finalize an offer. Another time he and his family drove 115 miles one way to our home when we could not get away. We feel very lucky to have had Mike as our Realtor.
Buying or selling a home is an important decision and you want someone you can trust to help you through the process. Mike is that type of Realtor. We are now part-time residents of Estes Park and consider Mike to be a trusted friend.
Great Working Relationship
Mike Richardson acted as our real estate agent in the purchase of our condo. We contacted him with several locations we wanted to view with the stipulation that we could only come to town during the weekend. Fortunately, Mike was very willing to work with us and even arranged 10 showings on a single Sunday so we wouldn’t have to make multiple trips from Denver.
We found Mike to be completely familiar with the majority of the properties we requested for viewing. He provided us with a great deal of insight regarding what we might expect from the neighborhood and what our lifestyle might be like.
Mike’s warm, genuine personality and ability to relate well to others created a great working relationship. Since making our purchase, we have found that our relationship with Mike has continued. He is regularly willing to make suggestions with regard to where to shop, eat and spend quality outdoor time. Our experience with Mike really solidified our decision to purchase property in Estes Park. We consider ourselves fortunate to have had him act on our behalf and would recommend him to any prospective client.
I would strongly recommend Mike Richardson as a real estate agent for transactions in Estes Park, Colorado.
My wife and I had the great fortune to work with Mike in October/November 2006 as we purchased our first house in Estes Park. We had been homeowners twice before, but not in this mountain community. So we were familiar with the complexity and challenges of purchasing and owning a home.
Mike made the process as simple as could be, and was an excellent listener to our needs and desires. He was always friendly and upbeat, and he would quickly find out information about the property when we had questions. He was exceedingly helpful in resolving any small issues associated with the house and property, and went above and beyond the duties of a real estate agent, making the moving process much easier.
One of the great advantages in using Mike is the local experience and knowledge that he has, and the connections to which he has access. Having owned a private business in Estes Park, he knows everyone in town and makes it easy to assemble the resources required to accomplish the purchase and make the move.
But when it really comes down to it, it’s his positive attitude and sense of humor that makes him a rarity among Realtors. The home-buying process, which can be stressful, never became a hassle during this transaction. The process was enjoyable as well as efficient, and resulted in accomplishing our goal of owning in this wonderful valley. If we move in the future, we’ll call Mike first.
Again, I heartily recommend Mike Richardson for future real estate transactions.
He’s a Keeper!
I would like to take this opportunity to let you folks know how much we appreciated all the hard work and effort Mike put into the recent transaction we completed with GMAC. We purchased a condo with Mike as our Realtor and everything, absolutely everything, went smoothly. This was all largely due to Mike’s attention to detail, his diligence, and his excellent public relations abilities.
My husband and I both feel you folks are very lucky to have Mike on your team. Even after the sale of the condo, Mike has continued to keep in touch and help out with little details of settling in. At no time have we ever felt that we were being too much trouble, even though I know at times, we definitely were.
In the future, we will definitely turn to Mike, and GMAC, to handle all our real estate needs. We’ve lived in Estes Park for over 20 years, and I can say without hesitation, Mike Richardson is a keeper!
In October of 2006, I listed my condominium for sale with Mike Richardson of GMAC First Colorado Realty. I chose to list my property with Mr. Richardson because of his professionalism, commitment to detail, and knowledge base of the Estes Park real estate market and community.
I found Mr. Richardson to be very competent and interested in ensuring a smooth real estate transaction. My property was listed, and was put under contract and sold in a mere seventeen days. The service I received from Mr. Richardson and GMAC was impeccable.
If, in the future, I consider selling my current property, I shall list it with Mike Richardson.
Great Character and Professionalism
I am pleased to write a letter of recommendation for our Realtor Michael Richardson. Mike is of great character, professionalism, and always available when we need assistance. He has been the most helpful person to us in the process of purchasing our new home. Mike went out of his way many times to assist us in any way he could. I will recommend many other local home buyers and sellers to Mike.
He Will Work Hard for You
We personally know an excellent agent in Estes Park. He was our “tree guy” for years. Seems like every summer we had dead trees somewhere on our property that needed to be removed. Mike always responded quickly, gave us a fair price and did a great job. We were very disappointed to learn that he sold the business and went into real estate. We tracked him down to his new office just to visit with him — that’s how much we think of him!
Mike Richardson is the person we will have handle the sale of our property if we ever decide to do so. I know he will work hard for you and we have no reservations recommending him.
To prospective clients of Mike Richardson:
We are very impressed with the energy that Mike put into helping us find our dream lot here in Estes Park. He gave us his cellular phone number and whenever we had a question we could call him. He usually answered live but if we had to leave a message he was always prompt at returning the call. He got answers to questions he did not know. He even helped us find a local attorney and said he will help us find a builder when we are ready to build.
He was also very helpful after the sale as well. He made the process of buying much easier with the service he provided, especially important to us since we were transacting from out-of-state.
It was a pleasure doing business with Mike Richardson. We would highly recommend him.
Knowledgeable and Capable
To Whom It May Concern:
Mike Richardson is a very knowledgeable and capable real estate broker. We recently had the opportunity to purchase a parcel of property; the transaction was complicated by boundary and deed complications. Mike was instrumental in working with the proper agencies to resolve the complications. He kept us well informed during the entire transaction.
We would highly recommend Mike Richardson and GMAC to anyone requiring a real estate expert. Mike made the entire process enjoyable.
We have been in our new home almost two weeks and continue to love it more and more.
You are a very good Realtor and we are so pleased we chose to have you be involved in our purchase. You were professional and efficient every step of the way. We thank you very much for a smooth and successful transaction.
You can be assured we will recommend you at every opportunity.
We would like to thank you for all the work that you did in helping us buy our condo. It is a challenge to buy a property sight unseen from a thousand miles away and we couldn’t have done it without your help. The pictures you took and the advice you gave us helped us find just the right location. We watched a family of deer grazing outside the living room window as we had our coffee this morning.
Also, your help in the purchase negotiations allowed things to flow without a hitch.
Your positive attitude and willingness to help us in any way are qualities that set you apart and we will recommend you to others without reservation. Thank you again for making this such a smooth transaction.
One in a Million!
Mike Richardson is one person you can absolutely rely on to do everything he can to help you sell your home! He will guide and advise you every step of the way, steering the whole process, and he is not too shy to give you his honest (experienced) opinion.
Dirk and I put our home on the market on July 4, 2010–attempting to sell it on our own. During our failed attempt to sell our home, a colleague reminded me of Mike, and told me of more than one successful sale she and her husband had experienced, thanks to Mike. And so we called. Mike was not just our Realtor. He became our friend.
We took a short trip overseas in November, and Mike assumed the role of “caretaker” too. He came into our home, took care of our cat, and took care of our plants. Who does that? It’s usually a family member, or neighbor who offers–not your Realtor! We even got an occasional email to let us know our cat was doing fine. This is what friends do.
On occasion a prospective buyer would call to see the house giving us but a few minutes to clean up and look good–Mike would arrive, sleeves pushed up, and run around the house alongside us. Again, who does that? We had a fair bit of snow during this past winter, and more than once woke up to a plowed driveway! Really? Our house eventually sold, thanks to Mike.
When I got home from work one evening, after we’d been in Texas a few weeks, Dirk told me he’d just realized we’d left a special mirror on the wall of our home in Estes. This mirror is precious to me. Dirk called Mike to tell him our woes. Not a problem. He went over to our old home and retrieved it, then kept it in his garage until we had a new home. This week, my precious mirror arrived–in one piece, in Texas. What a friend.
Thank you Mike. You are one in a MILLION!
Getting the Job Done
The purpose of this Reference is to let potential Sellers/Buyers know these things about Mike. This is a partial list:
Getting the Job Done – When my wife and I decided to list our home for sale in Estes Park, it was a very difficult decision. Selling our home in Estes Park was an extremely emotional situation. We selected Mike to represent us because he understood the financial as well as the emotional factors. He told us that if our financial situation changed and we decided not to sell, he would understand. With these understandings, Mike told us he would ‘get the job done.’ He was aware of our financial situation and promised he would work hard for us. He did!”
Professionalism and Knowledge – Mike guides us through every step of the process from the Initial Market Survey to Final Closing. He was professional through each phase. His long-time residency in Estes Park gave him a thorough awareness of the market so he could help us with all the decisions involved in Selling. When you work with Mike, you will have someone who keeps his word. He was available whenever we needed him through phone calls and emails. He was prompt in responding to any questions we had. If he did not have the answer immediately, he would get it.
Ethics – It is unfortunate that it is not always the case in business situations, but be assured that our experience with mike was ‘squeaky clean.’ He represented us and his firm with the highest ethical standards. It was refreshing to be able to trust someone with such a big decision–especially when we were forced to deal with this sale from Dallas.
Our experience was tough emotionally, but Mike’s work on our behalf helped ease our pain. We are pleased to offer these comments in support of Mike. He is a great guy and will do whatever it takes to ‘get the job done’!
Honest and Down to Earth
To Whom it May Concern:
I recently went back to school and needed to move from Estes Park to Ft. Collins. Not knowing any Realtors in Ft Collins, I asked Mike if he could help, even though Ft. Collins is a good hour from Estes Park.
Mike drove all the way to Ft. Collins on multiple occasions to help me scout homes, and he was there throughout the buying process. On a student budget, it’s not as though I was looking at multi-million dollar properties, but Mike still made me feel like a valued customer.
Even though Mike’s main working area is Estes Park, he was incredibly knowledgeable about the Ft. Collins real estate market, and provided invaluable advice on lenders.
After the purchase, Mike even helped me move a couch from Greeley all the way to the second floor of my new home! How many Realtors do you know who would go above and beyond like that? Heck, I don’t have many good friends who would do that!
If you’re looking for an honest, down-to-earth Realtor who will treat you like his top priority no matter what your price range, look no further than Mike Richardson. I cannot say enough good things about my buying experience.
Helpful and Amazing
Let me tell you about the most helpful, amazing realtor that I have ever met. He is Mike Richardson [formerly] of First Colorado Realty in Estes Park, Colorado. I had the good fortune to buy a condo in July of 2011 that was one of his listings. An appointment was scheduled the day after I expressed interest with the condo seller and Mike. Mike arrived with his son (and donuts) and all the necessary paper work. I was impressed with his knowledge and attention to detail. Naturally I wanted an inspection of the property, so Mike scheduled it an even paid for the radon inspection himself.
Closing was set for early September, so I went home to negotiate my financing. Mike handled all the closing details expertly across the miles from Estes Park, so I did not have to return to Colorado until ready to move in. All went well, so I was back in Estes Park in late September for the move from the smaller condo that I have owned in Estes Park since 1996 to the new larger one. A friend and I moved everything that we could carry and then Mike came with his truck to move several of the larger heavier objects for me.
However my amazing Realtor, and now friend Mike, was called upon again and went way beyond what any Realtor might do. Since my new living room did not have any furniture, I went to Ft. Collins and purchased a couch, loveseat, and large area rug. The store’s delivery date to Estes Park was later than my time in Estes Park allowed, since my job in Topeka was calling and I needed to be there. The option offered by the furniture store was to drive to their warehouse in Thorton and pick up the items myself. What to do??? How could I do this???
Enter amazing Mike into the picture again. He borrowed a trailer from a friend, hitched it to his own vehicle, and with his family drove to the warehouse with my friends and me following behind in our car. He would not accept any payment for giving up his entire evening and driving all those miles to move my new furniture back to Estes Park.
My previous condo is currently rented, but when these folks get their new house built and it is time for me to sell my smaller one, you can be assured that Mike Richardson will be my realtor to sell the place. I can highly recommend him as a wonderful Realtor for anyone looking to buy property in Estes Park.
Best Guy in Town
I want to thank you again for the terrific job you did in selling my property.
It is an elderly structure in a wonderful location, complicated by obsolete sewer and water (requiring a septic-to-sewer conversion and the installation of winter water), made more difficult by infighting among the ownership group and the need to reconfigure the existing easements to fit the new utility installation and the needs of a couple of adjacent owners.
Through it all, you kept your composure, and employed your diplomatic skills to good advantage.
You have a good team around you; particularly a broker that you were able to consult with on questions that needed a quick and accurate response.
I know that you were the best guy in town for this engagement, and I certainly am grateful to you for helping to make the sale and keep the contract together through closing.
Perfect Home for Us
As you know, I have always wanted a cabin in Colorado with a view of the mountains. After visiting our friends, Bettie and Tom, we decided that Estes Park would be a great place to find that cabin. Our first realtor handed us a list of addresses and a map and told us to let him know if we found anything we wanted to see. I think he then went to play golf!
The next summer Bettie suggested we meet you. That was the best thing that ever happened to us. Looking back I am amazed at your patience, it took us five years to find our home and in that time we would come up for a week in July and you would not only take us to look at houses but during the year keep in contact about anything that might be of interest. I think Tom actually apologized for us one time because we took so long but you told him we were just “money in the bank” because you knew we were serious but we wanted to find the right house.
Now, not only do we have a home in Estes Park, thanks to you, we found the perfect home for us. In the year and a half we have owned our home you have continued to help us find people for repairs, check on our home when we are not there and even shovel our sidewalks when we were there! I love our home but what I treasure even more is finding lifelong friends in you and your family.
Thank you so much.
Professionalism and Diligence
I wanted to thank you for your professionalism and diligence in driving the sale of our cabin. Since last year, you remained committed to bringing us a buyer. You showed our house numerous times, and I felt that it was going to be you who would bring us the sale. I was right.
When our previous agent left the area, I requested that you take over our account. I was not disappointed. You worked with me on preparations, and restaging. Upon re-listing, we had our offer within days. As you warned me, the financing presented some additional hurdles, but you had the resources and patience to get me through those. I was happy with the end result and having the deal closed at last.
In summation, both my husband and I are very happy with the service you provided and wish you all the very best in your future endeavors.
Attentive and Responsive
To whom it may concern:
My wife and I choose Mike Richardson as our realtor because he came highly recommended by friends. We were not disappointed in our choice. Mike was very attentive and responsive to our needs and always easy to reach and talk to. His suggestions regarding staging and small repairs were very helpful and we can say that we have been able, over the period of our sale, to regard Mike as a friend.
We would not hesitate to recommend Mike to anyone who would like to sell their home in Estes Park or the surrounding area. He did a great job and is all around a very easy person to have a great rapport with.
More than just a Realtor!
We want you to know how much we appreciate all you did, as our Realtor, to sell our home in Estes Park! You certainly went way out of your way to help us in the process from beginning to end… even though there were unavoidable bumps in the road.
Not only did you make sure that all the paperwork was done correctly, the deadlines were met, and closing was accomplished, but you, Christian, and the realty office staff provided wonderful support services as needs arose.
We now know the real meaning of the phrase used in your advertising, “More than just a Realtor!”
This statement is certainly true!
With our many and very sincere thanks.
Honest, Hard-Working, and Ethical
My family contracted with Mike Richardson to sell my parents’ home in Estes Park, Colorado. My parents are very elderly and have moved to a nursing facility for care. Selling my parents’ home of 39 years was a very difficult and emotional undertaking for my entire family. Mike showed a great deal of compassion and understanding for our feelings and helped make the process easier on myself and my siblings. Mike provided sound advice and guidance in pricing the home, and coordinated a number of needed repairs. Mike handled everything from locating competent contractors to scheduling and completion. Mike was frequently in touch with us as to strategies and suggestions for staging and showing the home. Mike provided assistance with donating and selling numerous items and used his personal vehicle to take loads to the landfill. He even arranged labor and haul-off for many large items.
Myself and my siblings were not terribly optimistic about the timing for selling the home, it was during the winter and during a time where one of the highways leading to Estes Park was entirely closed, severely limiting access. Mike Richardson did an extraordinary job in marketing the home, we listed the home in December, had an offer we accepted in January, and closed in February, a much faster timeline than we had expected.
We would certainly use Mike’s assistance again if selling or purchasing a home, he is honest, hard-working and ethical in his dealings. I would like to offer our sincere thanks on behalf of myself and my siblings.
Outstanding and Friendly
Greg and I would like to thank you for all your help finding, buying and moving into a new home in Estes Park. We appreciate the time you took to drive us around different neighborhoods and research housing options that would meet our needs and budget. You were a friendly resource before, during and after we got to Estes Park.
Once we found the perfect house, your last minute availability and promptness during the offer process, I’m sure is why we got the house. You were also a great help to us when communicating with the sellers prior to closing. With your guidance, every step of buying our new house went very smoothly.
We especially appreciated your offer to help us move furniture into our temporary housing in Estes Park and then again when we moved into the house we purchased.
Again, thanks for the outstanding and friendly services and we hope to see you around town.
A Personal Touch
Very professional in all aspects of home sales with a personal touch you don’t see with many realtors. Mike gave me updates on my home when I really needed them. I have already recommend to my friends that are looking for a home that Mike Richardson is your man!
Timely & Professional
We have worked with Mike and Mindy on various purchases. From personal to business transactions everything was handled in a timely manner.
We enjoy their company as well as their professionalism.