A formal grand opening was held Thursday at the 1,700-square-foot office at 1320 Pearl St. The office in the Cartwright Building looks out directly on the Boulder County Courthouse and the colorful scene of buskers, shoppers and others who gather there. Co-owners Tom Kalinski and his son, Jay Kalinski, expect the new office to take advantage of the heavy foot traffic on the mall.
The new Pearl Street office has numerous work spaces and meeting rooms but no assigned desks, Jay Kalinski said. Realtors at the existing 2425 Canyon Blvd. office also can use the new office to meet clients downtown, he said.
“What we’re doing is the ‘new us’,” Jay Kalinski said.
Re/Max of Boulder’s office on Canyon Boulevard has been the Re/Max franchise with the highest volume of sales in the nation for the past six years, Jay Kalinski said. The firm reported $695 million in sales in 2012, he said.
The two Re/Max of Boulder offices will operate together as one office, although technically the new office will be a separate franchise, Jay Kalinski said. The firm expects to lose its highest volume ranking with the new office, he said. In all, the company has 105 Realtors.
“On a per-agent volume, we will still be very impressive,” Jay Kalinski said.
Realtors are excited about the change, said Todd Ulrich, a real-estate agent who focuses on property management within the Re/Max of Boulder market area. Ulrich believes there is pent-up demand from both buyers and sellers in the region, which has made the market heat up in recent months.
Re/Max of Boulder also is focusing more on community nonprofit groups, sponsoring a “featured friend” on its website every month, Jay Kalinski said. The YMCA of Boulder Valley is this month’s “featured friend.”