Updates + Love Notes

Zach Hansen has (as we said in his bio) a strong presence and a soft touch. This delightful whirlwind of a human started as a happy cityhomeCOLLECTIVE client before making the decision to get his license and join the fold as an agent--it would seem to us that this is a good route to take.

Zach is about as joyful a person as I've ever encountered, in all honesty. He bounded into our COLLECTIVE doors shouting compliments in every direction and offering a hearty "yes, honey!" to any willing eye contact participants, and it was precisely the shot of enthusiasm we needed. He's certainly not shy, but professionalism runs in this boy's blood, and his client interaction is--in a word--polished. Zach lives in the Capitol Hill area with his handsome hubby, Chad, where they proudly parent two adorably vocal schnauzers, Ranger and Rover. For my part, I know this fella to be a great listener, an avid participant of anything our company does, and a willing helper around the office (*love*). I also know that he and Chad are regular gym attendees (see: "muscles"), he loves travel (and beachwear), and the two have done their fair share of stunning home renovations for fun (working on their 4th now, actually). Zach's personality has been a fantastic addition to our good mix of great people, and we're more than happy to have him on board. And I'll readily say that anyone on the hunt for home will find an enthusiastic guide with a keen eye in Zach. Read on to get to know him a bit more...

Describe your perfect home or space. What does it look/feel like? My perfect space is a place where I can entertain all my family and friends. I love mixing company and forcing people out of their comfort zones. So it looks something like this: a kitchen with a huge island that will allow for a smorgasbord of comfort foods so all can eat until their hearts are content. The kitchen will lead to a living room with two massive, worn-brown leather couches that face one another...they are so comfy you’ll have to ask me to refill your wine glass. The fire crackles, the room is loud with laughter, and my heart is full. That’s my perfect space.

One thing you absolutely cannot stand: I hate when my feet are dirty! Don’t get me wrong, I love digging my feet in the sand, but there had better be a place to wash and dry them before I put my shoes back on.

One thing you absolutely, unequivocally LOVE: Wine! If I’m opening a nice, robust Cabernet, then it’s highly likely that I’m sitting with a dear friend and we are about to get lost in deep conversation and laughing to point of tears. 

You're a real estate agent here. Tell me why. What lead you to this work? Real estate found me. I was bitten by the bug and have bought 3 places in the past eighteen months. I love working with people and finding out what makes a house their perfect home. CHC mirrors my personal perspective on how business is done. That is, above all else, the relationship is most important. I want my clients to enjoy the process and look back with fond memories of working with me. I think that is the COLLECTIVE way.   

Give me your take on our little COLLECTIVE. To call this group "eclectic" is a gross understatement. The beauty of working with such diversity is that it gives a voice to the entire community we serve. I think we’re different from the rest because we focus on what makes us similar rather than what sets us apart. That mentality is disarming and inviting which has allowed for real organic growth.

Describe your perfect day. What, exactly, does that look like for you? I’d wake up early and workout. I love the endorphin rush of a good lift (I hope that doesn’t make me sound like a huge jerk!). Then I’d make PB&J toast...and on my perfect day I’d have a mimosa, too. By that time my puppies will be ready for a walk and we’ll stroll through City Creek Canyon. After that, I'd get ready and take my husband out to lunch and then he’d take me shopping. We’d part ways so we could do a little work. That evening I would host a cocktail party with close family and friends where I would inevitably break out in dance(I love a captive audience), and we’d all laugh the night away. 

Favorite read/watch: I love all things BRAVO (don’t you dare judge me!). I have the attention span to read magazines...I love GQ and Architectural Digest.

I'm legitimately and actually afraid of the dark. Like, I will RUN up a set of dark stairs, as I'm convinced that someone is behind me. Also, on my first day of college, I walked through the crowded part of campus without knowing that my backpack had slowly pulled my skirt up over my ass. It shaped me as a person, I think, in that it ruined my life. Tell me something embarrassing or ridiculous about you. In the summer before 7th grade, I begged my mom to get me Silvertab jeans to wear for school. It was the brand that all the cool and rich kids wore and I wanted to fit in, god damnit! (I’m still a sucker for a good pair of jeans). I don’t recall the work that had to be done to get them...I’m sure my mom got the better end of the deal, but I do remember how good they made my butt look. I held off from wearing the lightweight denim until the first day of school so I would kill all the fashion looks. The big day finally came, I slid into my jeans, laced up my Docs, threw on my favorite tee, and I was off! The cool kids all congregated right by the front doors--the year prior I hated walking into school, but not this year! I felt 7 feet tall and bulletproof. I swung open the double doors and the first person I saw was a girl named Morgan. She eyed me up and down, turned to the group and whispered something. I did an imaginary hair flip and waited for her to tell me how good I looked…but instead, she screamed across the lobby, “Hey Zach! When’s the flood?!” My mom hadn't accounted for all my age-12 growth, and my beloved jeans were about a foot too short! The really amazing part is I didn’t even know what she meant, and I strutted those halls like a Victoria Secret Angel all damn day!

You could be living anywhere, really. Why SLC? My favorite thing is to travel! And part of the reason for traveling is that point in your trip when you're ready to be home, sleeping in your own bed. I love that no matter where I am in the world, I yearn for my bed at home in SLC. utah is home because I was born here and it allows me to be close to my family. I love to live in the city because the quality of life is better here than anywhere else. It's an affordable city with a vibrant community. 

How do you think we can improve this fantastic little slice of our nation? Where are we lacking? Heavier pours and better air!

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