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."
Alex Ochoa, Associate Broker
Alex is a true Colorado native. Born in Pueblo and raised in Colorado Springs, she has family throughout the region and is a proud Southern Ute Indian. Living an athlete lifestyle since getting involved in sports at an early age, you might catch her picking up a game of hoops, starting up a friendly game of volleyball, or kickboxing at the gym. “Staying active and fit is something that is very important to me. Colorado has so many opportunities to do the sports I love and even try new ones.”
A trained plumber with many years working in residential, commercial and new constructions homes, Alex’s knowledge base is quite extensive which is what inspired her to become a Realtor. “Being in real estate has allowed me to give back to the community. I feel as if I’m part of something much bigger than I thought possible, I’m helping build a dream.”
Alex’s motivation is driven by the adage, “The way you do one thing is the way you do everything”. Focus on relationships, stay on point, and keep learning. Between love of her two furry dogs and staying active outdoors, Alex keeps herself up to date on new construction and real estate trends. “Confidence in my specialty is important to best represent the families I work with.”
“I’d love to show you what makes Colorado Springs so amazing and help you build or buy your dream home.”
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.
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