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RE/MAX of Boulder, and its sister office, RE/MAX Elevate, were together named Outstanding RE/MAX Brokerage of the Year by global real estate company RE/MAX International.
The award is based on RE/MAX of Boulder and RE/MAX Elevate’s combined record-setting $1.8 billion in sales and ongoing leadership performance in 2021. But the acclaim is not based on sales volume alone
— key intangibles factor in, such as leadership, integrity, brand ambassadorship, and community involvement.
Both firms stood out among almost 9,000 offices and more than 140,000 agents across 110-plus countries and territories that make up RE/MAX International, with more closed transaction sides per U.S. agent than all other national, full-service real estate companies.
The prestigious award is a testament to RE/MAX of Boulder’s long history, dating back to 1977 when Broker/Owner Tom Kalinski acted on a pioneering vision and opened its doors — the third RE/MAX office in the entire franchise. For the past 45 years, Tom Kalinski, his son and Co-Owner Jay Kalinski, and their team of community-focused Realtors have helped more than 50,000 families and multiple Boulder County generations in buying or selling their homes — the biggest, most significant investment of their lives for most families.
“We are so proud and fortunate to be a part of this community,” says RE/MAX of Boulder Managing Broker Todd Gullette. “Back then, virtually no one had heard of the RE/MAX brand. We were a mom-and-pop shop with big roots in the area. We continue to carry that small brokerage family culture to our agents and community.”
RE/MAX of Boulder has grown to include more than 100 award-winning Realtors averaging over 15 years of experience. Their success has been recognized through numerous people’s choice awards, such as this year’s Best Real Estate Group in the Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder County and in the Colorado Daily’s CU & Boulder’s Best. It has also been named a Top 10 Best Residential Real Estate Brokerage by Denver Business Journal and the No. 1 RE/MAX office in the U.S. eight times.
Tom Kalinski himself is considered to be a pillar of the Boulder Valley real estate community, honored in 2015 with induction into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame. Through his career, he has helped clients buy and sell thousands of homes, built hundreds of homes and founded this thriving, award-winning company.
“Our success and strength are the result of the family of people who make our company what we are and who we will be in the future,” says Tom Kalinski.
Additionally, Kalinski built a family legacy and management team to support more than 100 Realtors.
His son, Jay Kalinski, is RE/MAX of Boulder’s co-owner and the broker/owner of RE/MAX of Boulder’s sister company –
RE/MAX Elevate – founded in 2019 in downtown Louisville. Boulder-born and raised, Kalinski is a University of Colorado-Boulder alumnus, a lawyer and military veteran and past president of the Boulder Area Realtor Association.
Jay shares his father’s belief in people and community. He says, “The Realtors at
RE/MAX Elevate are handpicked. They are award-winning, highly experienced, and top Realtors in East Boulder County who offer superlative client service. RE/MAX Elevate has been awarded Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder East County since it opened.”
“Our success relies on our exemplary Realtors who offer unparalleled client service. Individually and collectively, the team is recognized as shining stars dedicated to their clients, deeply engaged with the community, and valuing strong team spirit as a company,” Jay Kalinski says. “Community truly lies at the heart of RE/MAX Elevate.”
All-star management team for both offices
Boulder native, Managing Broker Todd Gullette, earned a finance degree from the University of Colorado and brings experience to every aspect of real estate – as a broker, accountant, property manager and land developer.
Realtor Lisa Wade serves as a company mentor, teacher, volunteer and is a two-time winner of the Boulder Area Realtor of the Year and past president of the Boulder Area Realtor Association.
Realtor Duane Duggan has facilitated over 3,000 transactions, most from repeat and referred clients. One of the firm’s original Realtors, he has been awarded two of the highest honors of RE/MAX International: the Lifetime Achievement and the Circle of Legends Awards. “The power of this company is its people – the best of the best – who are inspired and passionate about their work,” says Duggan.
The team is supported by a knowledgeable full-time administrative staff helping agents with listings, contracts, closings, technology, and marketing.
A culture of synergy, collaboration, technology and education
“RE/MAX of Boulder and RE/MAX Elevate are packed with leaders in the Boulder Valley real estate industry and many past Chairs of Boulder-Longmont Realtors Association. In weekly all-company meetings and frequent social gatherings, these top-level professionals go the extra mile to help each other succeed. Their work is supported by a network of cutting edge, state of the art technology and tools for marketing and sales. In-house classes, regular housing statistics and market discussions, and industry trainings, certifications, and courses help agents hone their success in this competitive industry,” says Todd Gullette.
“What separates our offices is our tradition of excellence and culture of care. This can’t be bought or replaced by an app, and our clients really appreciate that,” Gullette says.
Community and giving back are at the heart
Realtors at RE/MAX of Boulder and RE/MAX Elevate have a long legacy of serving on nonprofit boards, working on charitable causes and donating personally.
“We are a community organization,” Jay Kalinski says. “Our vision is to make Boulder Valley the best home possible. We have a caring commitment to our clients and deep connections in the communities we serve.”
RE/MAX of Boulder was named a “Miracle Office” by Children’s Miracle Network for supporting Children’s Hospital Colorado through donations from the closing of each home sale. Over the past 5 years from 2017-2021, RE/MAX of Boulder and
RE/MAX Elevate Realtors have donated nearly $100,000 to Children’s Hospital Colorado. Donations help support the care of sick and injured children and their families and are vital for best-in-class care, funding treatments and programs, research, equipment and charitable care.
Like many Realtors at RE/MAX of Boulder and RE/MAX Elevate, Lisa Wade believes in the value of community and helping others. She has volunteered and served on boards at more than 20 nonprofits during the past two decades.
“Like so many of our Realtors, I have always believed in giving back to the community where you live and raise your kids. We are so grateful to live here. If everybody does a little, the impact is huge,” says Wade.
President and CEO of RE/MAX, LLC Nick Bailey noted the passion of RE/MAX agents. “It comes as no surprise that RE/MAX, year after year, continues to outperform competitor brands in the most important ways,” he said.
“In our hearts, we are still that same small business that started 45 years ago. We have a great deal of appreciation for everyone who lives in Boulder County and has helped us serve the community well,” adds Gullette.
To contact a RE/MAX of Boulder Realtor, call 303.449.7000, visit boulderco.com or visit one of their two conveniently located offices at 2425 Canyon Blvd. or 1320 Pearl St. in Boulder. To contact a RE/MAX Elevate Realtor, call 303.974.5005, visit elevatedrealestate.com or visit the office at 724 Main St. in Louisville.