Family man Shawn Keehn is deeply rooted in the community of Woodland Park, where he grew up and now is raising his own daughter. Keehn, 39, has worked as a Coldwell Banker real estate agent in Teller County for 13 years and says those roots have gotten him far. He also serves on the board of the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. He spoke to the Business Journal this week about the firm, his family and why he loves to live and work in Woodland Park.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I’ve been in real estate with Coldwell Banker in Woodland Park now for 13 years, and I’ve been in real estate up here for 16 years total. My folks moved us here when I was 2 years old and I thought, “What better place to live and work than here in Woodland Park?”
How did you get into real estate?
I grew up with a friend whose dad owned a real estate company, and his dad for years tried to talk me into getting into real estate. I kept putting it off until one day while I was bartending, he showed up at the bar with a check and said, “Go to real estate school and come to work for me.” So I did. I got hooked up with Coldwell Banker just because it is a small community and I got to know the owners. They persuaded me to come here to the company, and I’m thankful for that. Coldwell has been up here for about 30 years now and it’s just a really solid company. I knew that I wanted to be with a larger company, so this is where I ended up.
How is working as a Realtor in Woodland Park different from elsewhere?
Probably one of the best things about the market here is that the change is very gradual. We have seen our peaks and drops in the market, but overall it has been very steady. … I think that consistency really helped us. One of the big things about Woodland Park that a lot of people might not know is that the growth of Woodland Park is capped — it can only grow to 12,900 people. The way that is controlled is by the number of water taps that are sold, so we can only build so many homes each year. … That has really helped to control our growth, and I think it is keeping our market very steady.
What is the market like in Woodland Park?
The market is doing very well right now. Woodland Park proper is very, very good — values are strong and sales are strong. … I’ve never considered going anywhere else, simply because Woodland Park is where I live and what I love. So to go to a big city or something like that just wasn’t appealing to me. To be able to sell the number of homes that I do and to be able to live up here is, I think, the best of both worlds.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
We do a lot of hiking, a lot of camping … just a lot of outdoor activities. We love to be outside. I literally can walk out the front door to my house and I’m in the woods. You don’t get that everywhere.
What was the environment here like for developing as a young professional?
The biggest thing is the personal connections I have with a lot of our clients: They are people that I have known my whole life. Having that connection is just huge, and I think that is harder to do in a larger area. My business is 80 percent referral. … It’s awesome. If I need a contractor, it’s usually one of my buddies from high school. If I need an electrician, it’s usually another one of my buddies from high school. I’ve tried to root myself in this community, whether it be with the board of the Chamber of Commerce or other things like that, which not only let me help the businesses in Woodland Park but also the homeowners. It’s huge.nCSBJ