For the past 17 years, Realtor David Scott has been helping people buy and sell homes throughout Boulder. While he says some would describe him as a workaholic, he doesn’t see himself that way.
“I might work a lot but I like what I do. People say, ‘You need to relax.’ I say, ‘I’m relaxing when I work.’”
We caught up with David to find out why he’s so passionate about Boulder, what he loves about the Boulder lifestyle and more.
At Home: How did you get into real estate?
David Scott: I’d been working in the ski industry for years, and there was one business trip where I was flying from London to Boise. From there I had to fly out to San Francisco before I could come back home to Boulder. As I was flying over Boise, I thought, maybe it’s time to stop all this travel.
At the time my daughter was working as a real estate agent with Colorado Landmark so I gave her office a call. The broker said I was welcome to come aboard once I got my license and the rest is history.
AH: What do you love about helping people buy and sell homes?
DS: For me, it’s not about houses. It’s about helping people negotiate their way through the maze of questions and issues that can arise when you’re buying or selling a property.
For most people, a home is the most expensive and important purchase they’ll ever make. They need someone to listen to them and spend time with them to guide them through the process. I joke that I’m a psychologist and a psychiatrist as well as a Realtor. I see my job as being there to absorb all the stress for my clients.
People are saying the internet will replace Realtors, but I just don’t see that happening. Sure, a computer might be able to tell you how many dollars per square foot a property costs or how close it is to amenities but there’s no way an algorithm can see the look on a buyer’s face when they walk into a home that feels right. An algorithm can’t account for the way the layout of a property, the views, or a south-facing bay window, for example, can make a client feel right at home.
AH: What are some of your favorite things to do in and around Boulder?
DS: As I mentioned, I really do love to work. Many of my clients end up becoming my friends. But in my spare time, you’ll find me skiing or enjoying the vibrant local dining scene. When the weather warms up, I enjoy biking on the paths north of my home in Gunbarrel.
AH: What are some of your favorite restaurants?
DS: For fine dining in downtown Boulder, I like Stella’s or Corrida. Of course, Boulder Cork is a standby if you’re looking for a nice steak dinner. For more casual dining, Carelli’s is great. And if I’m venturing beyond Boulder, there’s an excellent spot in Erie called Piripi’s, or I like Sugarbeet in Longmont.
AH: What trends do you see impacting the real estate market right now?
DS: I hear a lot of people saying, “Business is down.” I’d say business is marginally down in Boulder. If you compare the Boulder market today with where it was in 2018 and 2019, it’s very comparable. We recently had a wild couple of years. But over the past 50 years the Boulder market has been very stable. Sure, there might have been times when homes decreased a few percentage points, but the market never lost significant value.
To be clear, I’m talking about the city of Boulder, not Boulder County. That nuance makes a difference when you’re looking at numbers and statistics, and your Realtor should be able to understand those numbers and statistics and how they apply to your specific situation.
By Pam Moore, AH Luxury