I Am Who I Am:

A Conversation with Denver Luxury Real Estate Broker Jeff Hendley

Jeff Hendley admits that he’s a little more California than he is Colorado. He prefers the ocean over the slopes and would rather sip on a rare vodka than a microbrew. But that doesn’t mean that he isn’t at peace on the Front Range and—whether he’s representing the most high-end homes in Denver by day or relaxing at home with his family and favorite classic rock friends by night—he has an authentic, “no filter” outlook that he brings to all facets of his life.

Lisa: Tell me about where you’re from.

Jeff: I’m a deep-rooted southerner from North Carolina. I spent time on Wall Street in New York City as well and have lived in Colorado for over 20 years. I’m just an “All-American” guy who has been shaped by the many different experiences in my life. I just turned 49, I have a great family, I’m grounded, and I stay true to myself and my values. 

Lisa: You’re very well known when it comes to Denver real estate. 

Jeff: I’ve been selling real estate for 16 years and have found my niche in the high-end market. I rarely sell more than 20 homes a year, and I’m able to build stronger relationships with my clients by focusing more on substance than quantity. I also don’t believe that dressing a certain way or carrying around fancy presentations is what makes a real estate broker great—it’s about believing in something and conveying that belief into an authentic message to your audience.

Lisa: I’ve heard you stand out a bit on the real estate scene. 

Jeff: Given my relaxed personality and aversion to suits and ties, I’ve been called a “dark horse.” Most people don’t normally correlate long hair and sandals to high-end real estate. I get it, but it’s just who I am. Long hair, jeans, sandals, and a powerful car. I’m authentic, have no airs about me, and am passionate about my work and my clients.

Lisa: So you’re a car guy, huh? Do you have a favorite maker?

Jeff: I’ve always been a BMW guy. My favorite car was a BMW X6M with 750 hp. And I like the look of the new Aston Martin DBX, their first SUV.

Lisa: How does your professional style translate into your personal life?

Jeff: What you see is what you get with me, and my style really is simple. I’m a home-body at heart and would much rather be hanging out with my family than be out in a large crowd. I’m lucky to have found the places where I’m most at peace.

Lisa: How have you been coping with the current pandemic?

Jeff: First, I have a deep sense of sorrow for those who have lost loved ones. This is such a horrific event—my daily thoughts and prayers are with those affected the hardest. And my highest respect goes to those in the medical field who are saving lives daily while risking their own. For me, I’m managing like most everyone, day by day. I’ve been supporting local businesses as much as possible and I’m part of a group working with No Kid Hungry to supply meals to thousands of kids nationwide. As far as business, I’ve been keeping regular “office hours” at home—hard at work preparing for a strong recovery, which I’m confident will happen. My main focus will be to advocate support for real estate values when this market becomes active again. People believe in Denver and its real estate. I foresee a huge influx of people moving to Denver in the next few years, which I feel will further stabilize the local market and economy. And I too believe.

Lisa: Do you have additional local organizations that you’re passionate about supporting?

Jeff: I’m an avid supporter of causes related to breast cancer and children’s diabetes. Locally in particular, I’m also a big supporter of A Precious Child. 

Lisa: I also hear you’re a big music fan?

Jeff: Music is my life-blood. It’s my constant. I love listening to Kenny Chesney when I’m by the sea, Zac Brown Band and Bob Marley when I need to chill out, and Guns N’ Roses pretty much the rest of the time. I saw Guns N’ Roses and Living Colour open for The Rolling Stones in 1989 in Raleigh. It’s my best music memory.

Lisa: What’s your dream concert?

Jeff: Pearl Jam at Red Rocks. 

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