Craig Harcek

"If you are looking for a trusted partner in the buying or selling process, I highly recommend Craig. He always had our best interests in mind and never pressured us to make decisions we were not comfortable with or felt we didn't understand. He is a very thorough and thoughtful agent. " - Dana N.

After travelling the world from Everest base camp to Chilean volcanoes, I decided that Colorado is the place to be. I’ve spent the last decade studying Denver’s residential housing market; tracking macro trends while popping into open houses out of pure interest. I am fascinated by how our neighborhoods are evolving and learning more about what makes different sections of our city special. 

As a Realtor, I focus on understanding what really matters to each of my clients and delivering home options that suit their lifestyle. I provide a personalized search experience for every client, from first-time home buyers to property investors. My goal is to always work in parallel with my clients’ pace, and provide exceptional attention to detail in the closing process.  My goal is to provide complete clarity to all of my clients so that they have full confidence at the closing table.  

Prior to real estate, I worked as a geophysicist for 12 years. If I can find oil five miles underground, I can surely help find the perfect home. Although I help clients buy and sell real estate throughout Metro Denver, my main area of focus is my own backyard - the Speer and Alamo Placita neighborhoods. 

When I’m not engaged with clients, I volunteer as the treasurer of both Dora Moore and Denver Council Parent Teacher Student Associations.  Working with the PTSA allows me to be involved with our educational system, help improve equitable access to resources for Denver kids, and be an advocate for children across our great city.

In my free time, I love to run with my mutt Charlie, renovate my 1892 brick bungalow, and spend time with my three (very blond, very rambunctious) kids.

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My Listing Portfolio

5 stars - Highly likely to recommend

To say the homebuying process is a journey is an understatement. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have had Craig guide me through my first home buying adventure.One of my closest friends had already used Craig to purchase his new build. (They met through mutual friends). What first drew me to Craig was his willingness to sit down and get to know me - my housing thoughts, wishes, and worries - which we did in May of 2021. Craig was patient with me when cold feet plus too many already-in-motion transitions caused me to stall. In the meantime, Craig helped my other friend successfully purchase his first home, gave me access to the MLS so I could continue my own search and education, and kept me up-to-date with monthly newsletters. (Craig brings the data! His guidance is always driven by the numbers.)When the time was right, January of 2022, we hit the ground running. Within a week we were looking at townhomes and even put in an offer after my first showing. (My bid wasn't high enough - still had cold feet - but the townhome went for exactly what Craig predicted.) Craig worked tirelessly for me, even writing an offer while on vacation (sorry, Craig!) and asking the right questions to hone-in my search. This steered us away from wasting valuable search time on premises that we knew did not meet the criteria I had identified.In the end, the incredible townhome I ended up purchasing was everything I imagined and more. This outcome wouldn't have been possible without Craig's detailed knowledge of this ever-morphing market and his willingness to truly learn his clients.

Review by: zuser20190822165041659

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5 stars - Highly likely to recommend

My husband and I were relatively new to Denver, and as first-time homebuyers, we were still navigating the process of determining our must-haves, locations, budget and all-around understanding of the real estate process. I met Craig by coincidence on a Trulia listing showing, and I was impressed right away by how thorough his explanations were in the tour, and how he pointed out things about the house that as a first-time buyer, I didn’t even know to look for or ask about. Until that point, I was very lukewarm on other agents, as they played too much to emotions and the aesthetics of the homes. Craig was straightforward and factual, which I needed to understand the Denver real estate market. We decided to move forward with Craig who was extremely patient in our home-buying search. We had a specific list of desires that were hard to come by in the tight pandemic real estate market. And as he got to know us better, he was able to shift through listings and provide feedback to our showing requests so we didn’t waste any time with homes that were not a fit. He was also knowledgeable about neighborhoods that were similar to our search criteria so we could open up our parameters to explore potential listings. After two offers that weren’t accepted, we finally found our dream home - and we almost had our showing cancelled! But Craig was able to convince the seller’s agent to show us the home, with a following deadline to put in our best and final offer by 10PM that night. We were able to deliberate with Craig on what a compelling offer would be immediately following the showing, considering comps in the neighborhood. And by 9AM the next morning we had our offer accepted! We had a 10-day close with our lender which meant a fast inspection process. Craig navigated the closing with extreme detail and task lists to make sure we met all of our deadlines. And when our inspections came back with questionable items, he negotiated repairs that saved us upwards of $15,000 (new roof and new electrical install). I am absolutely amazed by how smooth and fast our closing went and I am so ready for us to move into our dream home! Highly recommend Craig and the 8Z Real Estate team.

Review by: zuser20140704133431381

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