Meet the Colorado Springs House Hunters Team
Jerry Sanden, Principal Broker/Owner
Jerry moved from Southern California to beautiful Colorado Springs with encouragement from family and friends to use his entrepreneurial spirit and get into real estate. He has since proven to be a Top Producer and recognized as one of the best New Construction real estate agents by many local home builders. “Starting House Hunters was a natural fit. It has allowed me to provide the best service without restraints from working for Big Box agencies. It has also fostered an unmatched Brand Standard that is shared with the entire team.”
When Jerry is not checking in with home builders, you can find him with his family. Knowing each other since high school in San Diego and after losing touch over many years, Jerry and his wife, Derra, reconnected and recently got married. They have a true love for travel, food, and music. Their daughter, an aspiring musician and artist, inspires Jerry to pursue his love of playing music. “I am amazed at how quickly she can pick up a song on guitar or create a story on canvas.”
An avid supporter of giving back, generosity reflects in Jerry’s relationships with friends, family, and community. “How you pay it forward is a huge part of what defines you as a person, it’s a culture I was raised with and love that the people I work with feel the same."
“I’ve been in Colorado for almost a decade now and love calling the Springs our home. If your plans include house hunting, let me know. I can promise you an honest experience that will be fun and exciting!"
Derra Meister, Associate Broker/Operations Manager
“Aloha, howz it?” Derra was born in Hawaii and raised in Southern California. In 1996 the Colorado Rockies were pulling her, she relocated and has loved living here ever since. “I came here once when I was 9 on a family road trip, I always knew I’d return and I’m glad I did." Between fishing, camping, hiking, and snowboarding, Colorado has become her new home for over 20 years. Derra has lived in the Cheyenne Mountain area for the past 12 years, raising her daughter and recently reconnecting from high school and marrying Jerry, the Principal Broker and Owner of House Hunters, LLC. “Social media is a crazy thing! We are now building our company and raising our daughter together. I couldn’t be happier.”
Derra, a self-proclaimed recovering Loan Officer, has almost 20 years in the mortgage lending industry and has spent the past 5 years within the real estate spectrum. “I’ve watched Colorado Springs grow over the past 20-something years and couldn’t be more proud of our city.” Being heavily imbedded in the Springs community and its surrounding areas, she has fine-tuned her business philosophy and has created a solid and honest work ethic. “Knowing that what I do in my career can change people’s lives, helping dreams come true is the most gratifying and genuinely honest gift to share with others.” From new construction to existing homes, from the Rocky Mountains to the Front Range, Derra is competent and very qualified to find the best fit for you and your family’s needs. “It’s not about selling or buying a home…it’s finding the right fit and creating an honest, enjoyable experience.”
"I am huge about spending time with my family and friends. Trying to take part in the community and appreciating our great city is something I do often.” Finding time to travel, working out, gardening, and cooking are some of the things that Derra enjoys on her down-time. “Cooking is therapy for me and, yes, I’m a foodie! We have some amazing eateries here in the Springs. I’d love to share my favorite spots with you sometime.”
"I’d be thrilled to share with you all that I’ve learned, seen, and visited here in Colorado. Mahalo - thank you, for having me find your home here in our big, little city we like to call The Springs."
Nicholas Taylor, Associate Broker
Nicholas Taylor was born in Alamosa, Colorado and raised in Colorado Springs. He has vast knowledge of the area through living and working in every part of the city. “I love my city and witnessing the amazing growth over the years!”
With a history of banking experience he has the tools and knowledge to walk you through the entire home buying process. “I appreciate what I have learned in my banking career. It has given me insight into the financial portion of the home buying process.”
Nicholas enjoys spending time with wife Tara and their two dogs. “I met the love of my life six years ago and I enjoy every moment we spend together!” People close to Nicholas describe him as overly generous and truly caring, some times to a fault. “I feel the largest part of my job is listening and asking questions to help meet your home buying goals. Thank you for letting me be a part of such a major life event.”
Melissa Caines, Associate Broker
Melissa Caines is a native to Colorado, born right here in our gorgeous city of Colorado Springs! She has always enjoyed waking up to beautiful views of the Front Range and Pikes Peak and takes advantage of the 300+ sunny days per year that this amazing state has to offer. Being from “The Springs,” she is a knowledgable and experienced resource for those who are relocating.
Melissa has a strong background in new home sales and extensive experience in customer service. “I’ve been here to watch our city grow since I was a little girl, which is really exciting. Working in new home sales and knowing that I’ve helped so many families build their dream home is one of the greatest joys of doing what I do.” Now Melissa is expanding her real estate knowledge to include residential and land sales, she’s looking forward to helping many more families live the Colorado dream. “There is no greater gift than to sit at a closing table and have your clients so genuinely happy. This is why I love my job - how could I not?!”
Melissa’s motto, “To handle all clients with care and kindness.” She works extremely hard as a Realtor and as a dedicated Mom and loving wife. If she isn’t out showing homes, she’s supporting her kids at a school event, attending sporting activities, playing family board games, or cooking with her husband. “If Jon and I have a chance to get away, hubby and I love to head up to the mountains and check out a local brewery. Maybe even catch some live music or riding our bikes. Colorado is such a great place to enjoy all of those things with your friends and family, there is always something to go do and see!”
There is no doubt Melissa will work hard to find the perfect home while providing exceptional service.
Angela Cummings, Associate Broker
15 years ago, Angela moved from a small town in Michigan to beautiful Colorado and has lived in Alamosa, Denver, Durango, and Trinidad before finding her home in Colorado Springs. As long as Angela can remember, she grew up wanting to help people and serve her community. As a result, she pursued a rewarding and successful career in Law Enforcement which found her working in the Rio Grande Sheriff’s Office, the Division of Adult Parole, and finally the Colorado State Patrol.
With a background in public service, Angela brings a unique skill-set to the team. Don’t let her small stature fool you, she is as tough as they come! “I have always wanted to help people, ever since I was a little girl. When we built our home here in the Springs, I saw how amazingly our Realtor educated us and managed the process and I thought, WOW! I’m missing MY calling! I want to help people and deliver the same life-long memories I had when we bought our home!”
When Angela isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Although she loves spending time outdoors, snowboarding, hiking, and fishing, her true passion is to travel with her husband, daughter, and two step-daughters. “Spending time with my family is the most important thing in my life. I want my daughters to experience as much in this world as they possibly can, creating memories that will last their entire life is so important! Even if we only do a small weekend getaway to the mountains, those are best memories that can never be taken away!”
Angela understands the importance of communication, helping others, and recognizing what is truly important to others. These core philosophies resonate in all that she does. Looking for your forever family home? Give Angela a call and experience your own life-long memories.
Denáe Howell, Associate Broker
Denáe experienced over a dozen national moves prior to laying her roots down in beautiful Colorado Springs 20 years ago. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the Pikes Peak Region, being widely connected in many circles through her extensive experience in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. Denáe’s leadership in the hotel industry allowed her to work closely with the military, non-profit groups, and national corporations. Recognizing Denáe’s penchant for cultivating unparalleled client relations, she is one of Colorado Springs’ leading young professionals.
Denáe balances her life through her down time. Having an eye for design, she soaks up inspiration from her love of travel to recharge her energy. Her leisure pursuits are quite eclectic, from home improvement projects to fitness & bodybuilding and exploring the newest niche restaurants and wine bars. Add to this the adventure of being a new mom, Denáe is consistently on the move - just the way she likes it!
One of Denáe’s favorite motivating mantras is “Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.” In the professional world, she is known for being a passionate champion for the people, advocating for and tirelessly giving herself to the goals of the team. She finds the best reward for her tenacious work ethic is found in those long, sought-after celebration moments where everyone can finally say, “We Did It!”
“I’m looking forward to being your partner and advocate throughout your house hunting adventure in this breathtaking city we affectionately call Home! Let’s build something beautiful, together!”
Krystal Handa, Associate Broker
“Joie de vivre!”, as they say in Louisiana! Krystal is from a small town in the Creole State and yes, she has been known to say “y’all”. Naturally, she loves seafood and bold seasoning as most do from the South. Krystal left her provincial some years ago and has traveled the world while serving in the US Navy. She was originally stationed in San Diego and found herself PCS’d to Italy where she met her husband. After serving her country, a career in nuclear medicine soon followed.
With many years of personal PCS experience, Krystal brings the essential knowledge, unwavering dedication, and understanding of how crucial the details are during relocation. All the while, bringing that Southern hospitality and charm to your house hunting experience in Colorado.
When she’s not working to find your dream home, Krystal is spending time with her hubby, two adorable boys, and their fur babies.
As Krystal says, “you always need to treat others as you would like to be treated,” making her the perfect person to ensure your expectations for a home buying experience are met...nay exceeded!
Yoko Handa, Associate Broker
“Hola, como están?” Yoko was born in Peru, has lived in Japan, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. When an opportunity presented itself to relocate to Colorado with her brother and his family, she found herself heading to the Rockies and has since made “The Springs” her home.
With a background in Sociology and Community-Based (non-profits) Organizations, Yoko naturally has a passion for helping others. She truly enjoys meeting new people and connecting with them, believing that people’s experiences make a person unique and one of kind, and would love their experience with buying a home be just the same.
Yoko enjoys spending time with family and her fur baby, Mochi. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, exploring new places and just having fun. Yoko’s favorite saying is, “Everything happens for a reason.” This positive spin that she shares in her daily undertakings allows Yoko to extend this energy to her clients and the exciting possibilities of homeownership. “I’m thrilled to help you find not just a house, but a home. Let’s make some memories.” Se habla español.
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