May 18  |  Our Communities, Real Estate

Get to Know Our Groupies + The Neighborhoods They Love: May 2018

At The Group, Inc., our business is built on relationships. Whether it’s between us and our agents or our agents and you, we place the highest value on trust. Since we started, our agents have been our partners and, as NoCo locals, real estate experts and owners of the company, they’re the cornerstone of our brokerage.

To honor these outstanding Groupies, we’re introducing a handful here on NoCo Speaks — and they were also featured in our latest edition of The Source! Available on both newsstands and online, this unique publication covers all our local listings, upcoming events and developments as well as local, neighborhood highlights.

To learn more about your neighbors, your local agents and their favorite spots in NoCo, keep reading!


Cindy Kurtz

Cindy Kurtz is a Colorado native who has lived in Loveland since 1970. She grew up here, graduated from high school here and chose to raise her family in our awesome community because she’s passionate about her hometown and our entire Northern Colorado region. Since beginning her real estate career in 1990, she has been honored with the Realtor of the Year award through the Loveland Berthoud Association of Realtors and served as President of the Home Builders Association Sales and Marketing Council.

Through her experiences in Loveland, she’s come to love the Seven Lakes neighborhood for its miles of neighborhood trails, its neighborhood park, the two lakes for wakeless water sports, and its proximity to Loveland Coffee Company.


Andrea Schaefer

Both real estate and CSU pride run in this Colorado native’s blood. Since beginning her own real estate career in 2001, Andrea has gathered experience selling both new construction and resale homes and today, she is selling in some of the most successful subdivisions including Bucking Horse, Harmony Club, Heron Lakes, Thompson Crossing and Le Jardin.

When she’s not working, Andrea is often spending time with her family which includes an 80 lbs. English Bulldog and a 9 lbs. Dorkie. You’ll often find them in Bucking Horse — the neighborhood they call home. She said, “To get to play where you live is a great way of life!” And even more so, she loves selling homes in her neighborhood so she can introduce new neighbors to her favorite local businesses like Heyday Boutique and The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm.


Sara Horner

Sara Horner | The Group, Inc. Real Estate

Sara’s happy place has to include Northern Colorado where she loves spending time outside, attending Mill City Church and serving on the board RamStrength. But it also has to include her husband, their two kids, their dog Folly, and real estate which Sara says helped put their family on the path to financial security.

Sara said, “We are fortunate to live here. Northern Colorado is full of good, kind people who give back to their community and that’s part of what makes living here so special.” And of all the areas in Northern Colorado, her favorite is Old Town for its friendly atmosphere, walkability and local restaurants. Say hello next time you see her on the patio at Austin’s American Grill!


Tom Washburn

Tom Washburn | The Group, Inc. Real Estate

Originally from upstate New York, Tom came to Colorado to attend CSU and explore the Colorado mountains. After graduating, he decided to stay here and join the team at Hewlett Packard where he served in many different management roles over 24 years. Then, he took an early retirement to start his dream career in Northern Colorado real estate. One of his passions is helping other people succeed — especially first time home buyers! He even goes so far as to help clients update their homes and get them market ready, whether that means personally remodeling a bathroom, redoing counters and backsplashes or fixing damaged areas.

In his free time, you’ll find him exploring the great outdoors and the mountains which originally brought him to Colorado. His favorite places are any stream or mountaintop and valley in Glacier View, Red Feather Lakes and the areas beyond. “It’s just the best place to work in the world,” he said. “That is, if you want to call it work.”


Beth Phillips

Beth Phillips has lived in Northern Colorado since 1979. She grew up near Drake and Lemay and often heads that way for all the businesses and shopping opportunities which include Sprouts, Poudre Pet & Feed Supply, The Fox and the Crow, Rise! and countless others. Beth has also lived in Fossil Lake Ranch where she and her husband raised their kids, and they currently live in Highland Meadows Golf Course near Windsor. That puts her minutes from Denver, Centerra in Loveland and her favorite neighborhood in NoCo: Old Town Fort Collins!

As a Certified Tourism Ambassador through the Chamber of Commerce, she’s an expert in local history, business and insider tips!


Chris McElroy

Over the past 42 years in real estate, Chris has taught investment and federal tax classes to other REALTORS®, served as Colorado Real Estate Commissioner for 6 years, managed transactions using diamonds as collateral and chaired Think Tanks about the new cryptocurrency. He’s done it all and has loved every minute!

When Chris and his wife moved to Fort Collins in 1974, it was a sleepy little college town and through their time here, they’ve watched it grow and develop — all while raising their three daughters. “We first lived across from City Park before it was called Old Town, then moved to the suburbs which is now known as Midtown, then we moved to the south county line of FoCo, which is now in the middle of the population growth,” said Chris. “We love walking from our home to coffee shops and restaurants with our dog. Fort Collins is such dog-friendly town and by strolling, you gain extra appreciation for how special our community is.”


Diana Luthi

Diana grew up about two hours east in Sterling, Colorado and became a Habitat Homeowner recipient in 1995. Since then, she has become a Charter member of both WomenGive through United Way of Larimer County and Loveland Mountain View Rotary Club where she gets to assist other locals and show off her love for our Northern Colorado community.

The neighborhoods she loves the most boast old school charm and character which means she has plenty of options here in NoCo! Her favorites are Parkwood in Fort Collins and Country Club in Loveland.


Tiffany Luthi

Tiffany grew up in Loveland and graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Because she’s lived in the region for more than 25 years and been a Groupie since the age of 16, Tiffany is already a veteran in the Northern Colorado real estate market. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys exploring Northern Colorado with her puppy Charlie, hiking and walking local trails with friends.

If she had to recommend just one neighborhood in Fort Collins, it would be Parkwood due to its proximity to The Shops at Foothills, to Old Town and the easy commute to I-25.


Karen Rowan

Karen was born and raised in Denver with a father in real estate, then she went to CU Boulder, and moved to Fort Collins in 1994. Today, she’s married with two college-aged children, loves to travel, and can often be found biking down NoCo roads.

Because she lives on Hill Pond at Spring Creek, it’s become her favorite neighborhood in Fort Collins. Located right on the Spring Creek Trail, she’s just a bike ride or walk from the Gardens on Spring Creek, Rolland Moore and Old Town. On her favorite thing about the neighborhood, she said, “We have great neighbors! We all care about each other, we are all friends, we help each other out, and spend time together.”


Susan Herlihy

Susan grew up in the Chicago suburbs and went to college at the University of Iowa. After moving to Colorado 16 years ago, she landed a job in programming and public relations for the Lincoln Center which allowed her to bring top music, comedy and Broadway acts to Northern Colorado. Now in her free time, she and her three boys still enjoy live music and local arts!

Her favorite neighborhood is the Windsor Lake area in Downtown Windsor. You’ll often find Susan and her family walking around the water and you’ll definitely find them there watching fireworks on summer nights!  


John Hanrahan

For 23 years, John served as the Head Golf Professional for the Fort Collins Country Club. Combining that experience with the qualities and life lessons he learned on the golf course at a young age, John transitioned into the world of real estate where he still gets to serve people and help all clients achieve their final goals.

As a dedicated fan of CSU, an avid outdoorsman, and still a lover of golf, you’ll often find John and his family in Northern Colorado’s golf course neighborhoods sporting green and gold and meeting friends in the clubhouse. He said, “I love northern Colorado and consider myself very fortunate to live and work here.”


Heather Matz

Heather is the mother of two grown kids, Bryan and Makenzie, and the wife to Shawn. So far over the course of their 24-year marriage, she and Shawn have moved about every 3 years thanks to their love of remodeling and Shawn’s position as owner and president of Advanced Interiors.

Through their moves, Heather and her family have been fortunate enough to live in both the west and the east sides of Fort Collins, and she currently lives in Timnath. She said, “Every single area of town is amazing because Northern Colorado has the best people!” The Ptarmigan Country Club is one of her favorites because it’s where she gets to golf and play.


Barbara Imes

Barbara is an Ohio transplant and after moving to Northern Colorado in 1997, she missed her Ohio State football. So, she established an Ohio State Watch Site at The Island Grill in Fort Collins. Today, it draws fans from Cheyenne to Longmont and everywhere in between! When she’s not watching football or working, you may see her touring Colorado highways on her red motorcycle.

In town, she can’t get enough of the Quail Hollow neighborhood which is nestled in the foothills and close to trails, Spring Canyon Park and Holiday Twin Drive-In. Circle Drive, the first planned development in Fort Collins, is another area close to her heart. Say hello when you see her hiking Horsetooth or listening to music at the Lagoon Summer Concert Series this season!


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