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Mary Bengford named to Top 40 under 40 list

RE/MAX Alliance managing broker in Greeley, Mary Bengford, was recently named to the BizWest Top 40 under 40 list for 2015. 

BizWest's website says that the honorees are selected for "recognizing the young people who are shaping, and will continue to shape the future of Northern Colorado."

Bengford has been an associate with RE/MAX Alliance since 2008, and became managing broker of the Greeley office in 2013. She has also served numerous roles in the local Greeley Area Realtor Association over the years: being named Rookie of the Year in 2005-2006, serving as the CAR director from 2010-2013 and now,  is currently the president of the association. 

She also has served on the Women's Council of Realtors, and helped her office achieve the "Miracle Office" designation, where each agent in her office donates a portion of his or her commission to Children's Miracle Network, which helps fund Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver. 

Bengford said that she was, "honored and humbled to be one of 40 chosen out of 88 young professionals nominated and selected," for the Top 40 list.  


Denver Business Journal names top real estate brokerages

RE/MAX Alliance is pleased to make the Denver Business Journal's list of top real estate brokerages, ranking as the No. 1 company for the second year in a row.

Each year, the DBJ requests sales statistics from local brokerages for the Denver Metro area counties, and based upon total sales volume, publishes this annual list.

RE/MAX Alliance Broker/Owner, Chad Ochsner, said he was thrilled for RE/MAX Alliance to again, be ranked as the top brokerage for the Denver area.

"On behalf of the Broker/Owners, managers, administrators and staff of RE/MAX Alliance, a big congratulations to all of our talented and amazing Realtors who helped us achieve the No. 1 ranking," he said. "We are so proud of your tremendous accomplishments as you all truly positively enhance the lives of others everyday."

RE/MAX Alliance, one of the largest RE/MAX franchises world-wide, has 20 office locations across Colorado's front range, and approximately 800 licensed REALTORS®, helping thousands of people buy & sell real estate each year.  

RE/MAX Alliance Agent Kim Pitaniello Appears on ABC’s Nightline Prime

Kim Pitaniello, a RE/MAX Alliance agent in Greenwood Village recently appeared on ABC’s Nightline Prime “I Want That House.” The feature is centered around the current upswing in the residential real estate market, which as a result, has created situations where buyers are finding themselves in bidding wars.

“I was excited to be a part of a feature that really sheds light on where we are currently at within the residential real estate market and how in many cases buyers are going head to head with other buyers in bidding wars,” said Kim Pitaniello.

It has been the hottest real estate market in years with home prices going up so quickly. Also featured in the video is real estate guru and Shark Tank Investor Barbara Corcoran who says “there is so much demand, not enough inventory, the  builders can’t catch up fast enough … we just don’t have enough houses to go around.”

In the video, Pitaniello is shown working with buyers in the Highlands Ranch area who are new parents looking for their first home to raise a family. As they explore multiple listings and attempt to make numerous offers, they are realizing how fast homes are going under contract and becoming unavailable. Of the five homes visited by Kim’s buyers, four of them had offers within 48 hours and went under contract.

“In some cases, homes aren’t even on the market for less than 24 hours before receiving offers that exceed the asking price,” said Kim. “With so little inventory and an abundance of buyers, the ball rests in the seller’s court and as a result, requires buyers to act fast and with strong offers.

As shown on ABC’s Nightline Prime feature, there are many cases where buyers are attaching personal notes, videos and pictures to their offer letters in hopes of persuading the sellers to choose their offer.

Kim has been in the Denver and surrounding areas over the last 10 years, she has been one of the top RE/MAX agents in the world. Kim specializes in the Denver metro area, focusing mostly in the southern part including Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Parker and Castle Rock.

“We were very pleased to see Kim be a apart of ABC’s feature,” said Chad Ochsner, RE/MAX Alliance president. “Kim has really focused and worked hard on adapting from the buyer’s market to a seller’s market, while still servicing her clients with speed and results.”

RE/MAX Alliance Ranks In the Top 25 of Largest Residential Brokerage Firms in the Nation

According to a recent research report produced by REAL Trends, the 500 largest residential real estate brokerage firms in the nation controlled just over 2 million residential sales transactions in 2013.  The transactions represent close to 32.6 percent of all new and resale transactions completed by brokers during the year, yet the REAL Trends 500 represented less than three-fifths of one percent of all brokerage firms. The 500 ranked brokers closed 2,577,483 home transactions with a value of over $767 billion during 2013 up from $624 billion in calendar year 2012.

Of the top 500 brokerage firms ranked, RE/MAX Alliance ranked 24th in residential sales transactions in 2013 with 12,570. RE/MAX Alliance also ranked 26th in total volume in 2013 with $3,676,333,185. 

The 2014 REAL Trends 500 is a compilation of a nationwide study of leading residential real estate companies conducted by REAL Trends, the trusted source for useful and timely information.  This year's survey represents the most comprehensive collection of data assembled on the leaders of the residential brokerage industry.  Numbers are documented by outside accounting firms.

“The recovery in housing sales was reflected in the results from the REAL Trends 500,” says REAL Trends editor Steve Murray.  “There were a record number of firms that closed more than $1 billion in sales and over 1,000 units.  Unit sales were up 13.0 percent overall and total sales volume was up 23.0 percent.  There were over 1,450 firms that qualified for either the REAL Trends 500 or the Up and Comer list.  Many of the firms that had increased unit sales accomplished this through organic growth while merger activity remained slower than in years past. We expect acquisition activity to pick up, however, in the years to come as the market consolidates.” 

“As an organization, we are very pleased to have ranked so high in the transactions and volume categories,” said Chad Ochsner, RE/MAX Alliance president. “These rankings are a testament to the hard work and perseverance of all our agents and the dedication of our staff throughout our organization. We are honored to be ranked in the top 500 year after year.”

REAL Trends, Inc. is a research, publishing and communication company located in Denver serving the information needs of the residential real estate industry.

RE/MAX Alliance has over 770 full-time sales associates averaging 15-plus years of experience and 20 strategically located offices across the Front Range from Ft. Collins to Douglas Elbert.

RE/MAX Alliance of Fort Collins, Proud to Be Apart of An Organization That is Dedicated to Giving Back

Founders of RE/MAX, Dave and Gail Liniger, recently donated $2 million to establish the Liniger Honor, Service, and Commitment Scholarship. This scholarship program is especially dear to Dave Liniger as he served in Vietnam. After his service in Vietnam, Dave and his wife revolutionized the real estate industry when they founded RE/MAX in Denver in 1973.

The scholarship program was established to assist university students currently enrolled in full-or part-time undergraduate and graduate programs who have participated in combat operations and have been awarded a campaign medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, a service combat medal, or Purple Heart.

“The Liniger Honor Service, and Commitment Scholarship will immediately and personally impact 200 of CSU’s courageous and outstanding student-veterans,” said Brett Anderson, vice president for University Advancement. “We could not be more grateful to Gail and Dave Liniger for their contribution to honoring this important segment of our campus community.”

“We are so fortunate to work within an organization that puts so much time and effort into recognizing and fulfilling the needs of individuals that serve our country,” said Gene Vaughan, Broker/Co-owner of RE/MAX Alliance in Fort Collins. “To see students at our local college be recognized for their service and support of our Country by the Linigers, it is truly an honor to be able to say we are apart of the RE/MAX family.”

The scholarship program at CSU has seen great success since it’s launch. Within a two-week period, over 150 applications were received. It is estimated that 200 of CSU’s student-veterans will be immediately and personally impacted by the program.

For more information on the scholarship program and how it directly effects student-veterans at Colorado State University, please visit

RE/MAX Alliance Helps Support Growing Home with a Community Food Donation Program

RE/MAX Alliance in Westminster recently developed and participated in a neighborhood food drive. 100% of the goods donated by the food drive went to the organization Growing Home, whose mission is to house the homeless, feed families and help children succeed.

“I have to give all of the credit for the idea to do the neighborhood food drive to our RE/MAX Alliance office staff and our office manager Heidi Greer,” said Merry Whyman, RE/MAX Alliance agent and the food drive organizer. “It was decided that as an office we would like to create an initiative that would help improve our community.”

Merry partnered with Melissa Canaday (troop leader) and Danelle Briske (co-leader) of Girl Scout Troop No. 61012. Along with 11 Girl Scouts comprised of 1st graders from Semper Elementary they focused on distributing empty grocery bags to the Cambridge Farm subdivision in Westminster. Attached to the bags was a note explaining the initiative and how the homeowners could get involved. Homeowners filled the bags and left them on their porches for a designated pick-up time.

“What generous neighbors we have!” said Whyman. “The groceries filled my entire car, they were in the trunk, back seat, front seat … everywhere! And what great quality food! It was such a wonderful feeling to be able to deliver that much food to the folks at Growing Home. We are so proud of our neighborhood, Cambridge Farm,  along with a handful of agents at our office for pulling together to make this happen!”

Growing Home, based out of Westminster is dedicated to providing assistance for children and their families and guide them on the path to a brighter future. “We envision the community working together so that all children and their families have a place to call home, food on the table, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams.” You can learn more about Growing Home at

Merry Whyman has been involved in real estate for over 30 years; 20 years have been spent with RE/MAX Alliance. Merry specializes in residential realty sales and has spent many years serving in leadership roles with her local Board of Realtors and also as a Director for the Colorado Association of Realtors.

RE/MAX Alliance has over 770 full-time sales associates averaging 15-plus years of experience and 22 strategically located offices throughout metro Denver and in Northern Colorado.

RE/MAX Alliance Ranked #1 In Residential Real Estate By the Denver Business Journal

RE/MAX Alliance has recently been awarded the top honor as the #1 Denver-area residential real estate broker by the Denver Business Journal. RE/MAX Alliance was #1 in sales volume and transactions.

The Denver Business Journal recently re-published the list after conducting further research on the rankings. The Denver Business Journal comprised the list of offices and rankings based on individual office transactions in the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties. Based on transactions by RE/MAX Alliance agents within the 7 counties, REMAX Alliance tool the #1 spot with 7,884 real estate transactions. An increase of over 9% compared to transactions from the previous year.

Sales volume was also ranked in the survey done by the Denver Business Journal. RE/MAX Alliance was also #1 on the list of all local real estate offices within the counties mentioned above with a total sales volume of $2,245,128,353. The previous year’s sale volume total for RE/MAX Alliance was $1,850,641,242. 

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the Denver Business Journal and we are thrilled to have earned the #1 spot,” said Chad Ochsner, RE/MAX Alliance president. “These honors are the result of all of the hard work and dedication by our amazing agents and staff from each of our offices.”

RE/MAX Alliance is no new comer when it comes to high rankings by the Denver Business Journal. Last year RE/MAX Alliance was ranked #2 for transactions and sales volume in the same counties.

RE/MAX Alliance has over 770 full-time sales associates averaging 15-plus years of experience and 22 strategically located offices throughout metro Denver and in Northern Colorado.

RE/MAX Alliance of Westminster Welcomes New Agent Stacey Donaldson

RE/MAX Alliance is excited to announce the addition of Stacey Donaldson to their team. Stacey will be beginning her real estate career with RE/MAX Alliance in Westminster, CO.

The name Stacey Donaldson has already been a household name throughout Colorado, as she previously spent nearly a decade forecasting the morning and afternoon weather for FOX and CBS in Denver. She received Seals of Approval as a certified meteorologist from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.

“I am finally realizing my dream of being in real estate, Stacey said. “The fact I get to have this wonderful opportunity at home where my family and friends are, is truly amazing.”

Stacey’s familiarity with Colorado has her excited to take this next step and focus on helping families and individuals find the perfect home.

“For years, I have had my eye on RE/MAX, thinking someday I’ll be able to be involved with real estate transactions, said Stacey. “That day has come and I couldn’t be more excited about the new adventures and challenges. “Thus far working with RE/MAX Alliance, the training and technology they offer … I know will help me reach my goals and grow my business!”

We are proud to welcome Stacey to our RE/MAX Alliance team!

RE/MAX Alliance of Westminster is located at 9737 Wadsworth Pkwy, Westminster, CO 80021. The office was established in 1993 and has 300 associates.

RE/MAX Alliance Broker/Owner Chad Ochsner Recognized As One of the Most Influential People in Residential Real Estate recently released its first issue of the Swanepool200 (SP200), a definitive list of the top 200 real estate movers and shakers across the United States and Canada. Chad Ochsner, RE/MAX Alliance broker/owner, was named 128th on the list.

 The SP200 is the most comprehensive analysis ever published of the key decision makers, trailblazers, influencers, company chieftains, thought leaders, and innovators in the residential real estate industry. defines the residential real estate sector as a $55 billion dollar industry. It only looks at companies and/or individuals who generate the largest percentage of their income from residential sales

 “I was excited for myself and for the RE/MAX Alliance organization,” Ochsner said about being recognized. “We have a tremendous group of agents and support staff that has led to the on-going success of the company.”

 RE/MAX Alliance is the number one RE/MAX franchise in the world for agent count and for sales volume in 2010, 2011, and 2012. “Hopefully, we’ll be number one again in 2013,” Ochsner said, “but we’ll have to wait until it’s announced at the 2014 RE/MAX Convention in March.”

 When asked about real estate along the Front Range in 2014, Ochsner said: “2014 will be a healthy, strong market. We can expect to see a return to a more normalized buying and selling year, which our industry hasn’t seen in quite some time.”

 Ochsner noted that RE/MAX Alliance will continue to focus on smart strategic growth, forming partnerships with mortgage and insurance entities, as well as providing the best facilities, tools, brokerages, and services to the company’s 800 plus Realtors.

 The RE/MAX Alliance brand has consistently ranked in the upper 30 of Real Trends 500 top real estate organizations, and has become recognized for its many philanthropic works. Over the years, RE/MAX Alliance agents, staff and management have donated just shy of $1 million to the Children’s Miracle Network.

 On a professional level, Ochsner has served on a variety of local and state real estate boards. He’s been the RE/MAX Mountain States Broker/Owner of the Year twice. He’s been a keynote speaker at a number of RE/MAX Alliance and RE/MAX International functions and events.

RE/MAX Alliance Honored to Take Part in the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park Dedication!


On Saturday, October 5, 2013, over 600 people from the city of Westminster, neighboring cities, community members, volunteers, Jessica’s classmates and Jessica’s family were all in attendance for the Jessica Ridgeway Park dedication.

Located in Westminster, CO, the park was completely designed to honor the memory and life of a beautiful little girl that was taken too soon. Draped in the colors purple and green (Jessica’s favorite colors), the park is equipped with swings, a teeter-totter, slides, and a zip-line that runs through the center of the park. There is also an area that has a handful of Jessica’s favorite jokes etched into the concrete. “Knock Knock. Who’s there? Heart. Heart who? I love you!”

At Saturday’s ceremony Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk, Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally, and Jessica’s grandmother, Christine, addressed the crowd. There was also a presentation of a butterfly plaque that was donated to the Ridgeway family by the Butterfly Pavilion. Following the ceremony, 10 purple balloons to honor Jessica’s life were let go into the bright blue sky.

“It was so heart-warming to see so many children playing in the park.  Laughter filled the air while the purpose of the day was very tearful,” said Heidi Greer, Director of Business Development at RE/MAX Alliance. “I will always remember the 10 purple balloons that seemed to dance over the park when they were released, taking time to frolic around the park before rising into the sky toward heaven.”

“My kids were excited to go the park & celebrate the life of Jessica.  It made me realize how important every minute I spend with my children is and to not take it for granted,” said Amber Panck, RE/MAX Alliance agent. “We had so much fun at the park and my kids can’t wait to go back!”

"Marilyn and I are touched by the community's outpouring of love and support for Jessica," said Ed Getsch, RE/MAX Alliance agent. "Our healing as a Westminster resident has begun with the dedication of this "one of kind, park." Every part of the day was special."

RE/MAX Alliance agents and staff members especially from the Arvada and Westminster offices were dearly touched by this tragic event and have been dedicated to making the Jessica Ridgeway park and the overall dedication a great success. RE/MAX Alliance officers, agents, staff and affiliates raised $25,000 for the support and construction of the park.

"I am so proud of RE/MAX Alliance's involvement and contributions to make this beautiful memorial park a reality," said Chad Ochsner, Broker/Co-owner of RE/MAX Alliance. "The healing that will come to our community from this tribute to Jessica will last for generations."

RE/MAX Alliance is the leading real estate company on the Front Range with 19 offices and over 750 real estate professionals. They are a proud participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and committed to the Children’s Miracle Network benefiting The Children’s Hospital. 

For more information on specific offices, sales associates, or career opportunities with RE/MAX Alliance, contact Kim Hawkins at 303-759-6636 or via email at Additional information is available online at Follow RE/MAX Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.

RE/MAX Alliance Agents Earn Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Awards!

RE/MAX Alliance is proud to announce the achievements by many of their hard working agents. Four agents have recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors highly successful agents who have earned more than $3 million in commissions and have completed seven years of service with the company. In 2012, less than one percent of the RE/MAX network achieved this prestigious award.

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Eight other agents were also recognized for receiving the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award. This award honors those agents who have reached a milestone of over $1M in sales commissions.

“It is great seeing the success and recognition these agents are receiving,” said Chad Ochsner, RE/MAX Alliance president. “These awards are certainly a reflection of the hard work and dedication that is put into client care and each transaction handled by these agents.”

Lifetime Achievement Award winners include: Amanda DiVito Parle, Arvada office, Amanda D. Dowell, Golden office, Lenny Maiocco, Boulder office, and Steven P. Robertson of the Westminster office. RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award winners include: Peter Sharp, Aurora office, Scotty Pfaff, Arvada office, Troy D. Paggen, Parker office, Theresa A. Holder, Westminster office, Alicia M. Sexton, Evergreen office, Bradley S. Eich, Evergreen office, Nichole V. Thompson, Arvada office, and Alan G. Detmer of the Greeley office.

“These agents have been an integral part of our team and are more than deserving of this very prestigious award,” said Kim Hawkins, RE/MAX Alliance president. “Winning this award is a tremendous accomplishment."

RE/MAX Alliance has over 770 full-time sales associates averaging 15-plus years of experience and 20 strategically located offices throughout metro Denver and in Northern Colorado.  RE/MAX Alliance is a proud participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and committed to the Children’s Miracle Network benefiting The Children’s Hospital. 

For more information on specific offices, sales associates, or career opportunities with RE/MAX Alliance, contact Kim Hawkins at 303-759-6636 or via email at Additional information is available online at Follow RE/MAX Alliance on Facebook and Twitter. 

RE/MAX Alliance Donates $25,000 to the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park!

On Monday, April 22, 2013, RE/MAX Alliance was honored to provide a check donated in the name of Jessica Ridgeway to the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. RE/MAX Alliance officers, agents, staff and affiliates raised $25,000 for the support and construction of the park located in Westminster, CO dedicated to the memory of Jessica Ridgeway. The donation was presented to the City of Westminster by Chad Ochsner, RE/MAX Alliance president.

Photo by Joe Reid.

The proceeding took place at the RE/MAX Alliance office in Westminster and was attended by Nancy McNally, City of Westminster Mayor; City Council members Bob Briggs, Herb Atchison, and Mary Lindsey; Legacy Foundation Board of Directors Bill Walenczak and Ed Getsch, along with Co-Executive Directors Laura Magnetti and Karen Layfield; Don Tripp, Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries for the City of Westminster; and Joe Reid, Public Information Officer. A number of RE/MAX Alliance agents were also in attendance.

“As an organization we are dedicated to positively enhancing people’s lives, not only did we help over 10,000 families buy and sell homes in 2012, but our caring agents continue to find ways to give back to our communities,” said Ochsner.

Two of the RE/MAX Alliance flagship offices are located in Arvada and Westminster, communities that were greatly impacted by this tragedy.

“Raising funds for this spectacular park has been an honor and something many of our agents have passionately contributed to as a part of their own personal healing,” said Ochsner. “Being so involved in our communities is a privilege and something dear to our hearts. It's who we are as a company and a true testament to the caring individuals that help so many families year after year.”

RE/MAX Alliance agents throughout the company felt the need to step up and give back. Many agents donated their own money directly to the Memorial Park and others joined together to put on their baking hats and have bake sales in the individual offices. “It was absolutely amazing seeing what our agents were capable of putting together,” Ochsner said. “I remember seeing a plate of brownies go for $200! It was heart warming to see our agents pour their time, energy, and finances into this cause.”

Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park, formerly Chelsea Park, is currently under renovation and is scheduled to be reopened to the public in late fall of 2013. Amenities at the park will include a swing-set made to look like a purple ribbon, raised garden beds adorned with knock-knock jokes engraved on large stones, and a zip line track ride. These are all things inspired by Jessica, her passions and exuberance for life.

Donations for the Memorial Park are still being accepted at

RE/MAX Alliance is the leading real estate company on the Front Range with 19 offices and over 750 real estate professionals. They are a proud participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and committed to the Children’s Miracle Network benefiting The Children’s Hospital. 

For more information on specific offices, sales associates, or career opportunities with RE/MAX Alliance, contact Kim Hawkins at 303-759-6636 or via email at Additional information is available online at Follow RE/MAX Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.                                                     

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