Owner / Broker,
CRB, GRI, MRE, e-Pro, RCC, REDS
Douglas H. Barber has been a licensed real estate practitioner and REALTOR® in Colorado since 1975 (current broker license No. ER184371), when he joined the sales staff of The Rawhide Company, REALTORS®. He is presently President and Broker of that company. He literally grew up working in the business, assisting his father who had been developing and selling Colorado and Wyoming real estate since 1958.
Barber holds a degree in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver (1977). While at D.U., he was Charter President of Rho Epsilon, a professional real estate fraternity. He was later accepted to the Denver University Law School.
Real estate education has continued, with Barber earning the CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager), GRI (Graduate Realtors Institute), Master of Real Estate (MRE), and e-Pro (for technology use) designations. He has also taken training for other residential and commercial investment designations. Doug has attended over 70 hours of mediation training, is a member of the Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organizations (CCMO), and his practice includes real estate and contract dispute mediation.
Barber has been a Director for many years of the Pikes Peak and Colorado Associations of REALTORS®, and is currently a Director of the National Association, where he has served on the Risk Management and Professional Standards committees. He was Chairman of the Board of the Pikes Peak Association in 2002-3, and its REALTOR® of the Year in 2004-5. He has chaired the Professional Standards Committees for both Associations, as well as other committees. Barber is a senior instructor for the State Association, teaching ethics, professional standards, risk management, contracts, and negotiation classes, as well as the Colorado Division of Real Estate Annual Update class. He provides pro-bono mediation and arbitration services for both Associations.
Barber is a licensed general contractor and owner of Rawhide Homes, Inc., and is hands-on active in building custom homes and general construction work (basements, remodeling, etc.). He also handles all aspects of developing land subdivisions, developing some 6,000 acres in Teller and El Paso Counties. He trains Rawhide salespeople, and actively lists and sells real estate, specializing in land and residential properties. He provides real estate and development consulting and counseling services, and has ample experience creating and serving on homeowner association boards and architectural review committees. He has been qualified as an expert witness in real estate matters.
Barber has been involved in community for many years (youth hockey, Boy Scouts, symphony, volunteering at Silver Key Senior Services, taught for Project Business, testified at public hearings regarding various land use requests, etc). In 1985-6 he was named Chair of the Black Forest Citizens Advisory Committee by the El Paso County Commissioners for revising and developing a County Land Use Master Plan for the Black Forest planning area.
Doug is an Eagle Scout. His favorite activities include scuba diving, mountain climbing, flying, skiing, guitar, reading and writing.
- Cell (719) 338-3053
- Fax (719) 466-2031
You can say that I have literally been involved in the real estate profession since childhood when I would file my dad's listings each week in the file box, go with him when he listed, and knock on the walls to make sure they were lath and plaster and not that new-fangled dry wall.
I became a realtor in California in 1976 and then moved here in 1984. In 1986 I became a Colorado broker with Rawhide. I built a Lodge Log Home in Black Forest which from 1990-2017, when I sold it, was the AAA-3 Diamond Black Forest Bed & Breakfast.
I bring a lot of life experience with me from buying land, to building your own home, to owning and operating a business when I take you out to find the property that you are looking for.
- (719) 233-1614
I'm excited to be part of The Rawhide Company!
Developing much of the land in northern El Paso County "back in the day", our company has become synonymous with forward-thinking, hard work, ethical standards and solid values that stand the test of time.
I feel at home here, as a love of the outdoors and enjoyment "of the land" was shared with me by my father beginning when I was quite young.
I am a second generation Colorado Springs native. I take pride in a job well done, excellent customer service, and building strong, lasting relationships with my customers. My sales career began in our community in 2000.
I look forward to assisting you with any land or residential needs that you may have in the future.
I was born and raised in New Jersey, graduated from Lock Haven State University in Pennsylvania and was commissioned in the U.S. Army. My husband and I were assigned to Ft. Carson in 1989 and we have lived in the Colorado Springs and Eastern Plains area ever since.
After leaving the military to start a family, my husband, Jim, and I started a small feed store business in Falcon (Farmer Jim's Feed). We sold our thriving business 5 years later to devote our time to cattle ranching. Our Limousin/Angus ranch has grown from 2 cows to over 175 in less than 6 years. We've moved around quite a bit, but now we're in the process of building our second home on 400 acres.
I personally understand the stress of packing, moving and searching for just the right place, as quickly as possible and without a lot of hassle. I'm totally committed to helping you find your home, whether it's downtown or out here in the country.
- Cell 719-330-1316
Melanie has been a Broker Associate since 2001; she joined The Rawhide Company, REALTORS in August of 2003.
Melanie thoroughly enjoys helping people with their real estate needs as she strives to continually provide "good old fashioned service." She continues to excel in her career through the honesty and integrity that she provides and her clients deserve. Melanie believes she has found her professional "niche" in life as a Real Estate Broker.
Since joining The Rawhide Company, REALTORS, she has received several annual awards, some which include TOP Sales Associate Of The Year (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011), TOP Residential Sales Associate Of The Year (2004, 2007, 2010, 2011) and Most Listings (2004, 2010).
Melanie also successfully completed the Graduate, REALTOR Institute Program requirements to obtain the professional designation of GRI. The designation sets the standards of real estate professionalism, knowledge and productivity, by providing sound training in the critical skills of the real estate business. The GRI designation signifies a dedicated and knowledgeable professional within the industry.
In 2007, Melanie completed the Senior Real Estate Specialist Program requirements to obtain the professional designation of SRES. The course focused on the needs of home buyers and sellers aged 50 and over and their need to understand how to navigate the real estate market. The course covers tax laws, probate, estate planning, and teaches agents how to work with professionals specializing in these areas.
Prior to moving to Colorado Springs, Melanie's work experience included 8 years working with attorneys in real estate litigation and acquisitions. Through this experience, Melanie obtained her real estate license in the State of Hawaii.
After first moving to Colorado Springs, she managed the USA Basketball office for 10 years, where she also traveled both domestically and internationally with the families of NBA players for World Championships and Olympic Games. Thereafter she was working with a new homebuilder, Vantage Homes. She quickly realized that real estate was still where she belonged.
- Melanie is a full-time realtor working with both Sellers and Buyers.
- She takes all clients to heart and looks out for their best interest throughout an entire real estate experience.
- Melanie is experienced from the first-time homebuyer to a seasoned seller.
- Her clients range from a new home build, vacant land, and equestrian properties to newcomers relocating to Colorado Springs.
- She is ready, able and willing to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to guide client to a successful closing.
- Melanie resides in Colorado Springs with her husband, Jim.
She has 4 wonderful grandsons and tremendously enjoys visiting with them. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, cycling, and traveling domestically and internationally.
- Cell (719) 351-9830
- Office (719) 598-3198
Director of Property Management
The director of property management at The Rawhide Company, REALTORS® is Porsche Harvey. Ms. Harvey is a reliable professional who is a member of the Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS® and is active in the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). Put her energy and enthusiasm to work for you today. You will love working with her.
- (719) 271-5965
- (719) 599-9664
Accredited Buyers Representative
Graduate Realtors Institute
ATTITUDE DETERMINES ALTITUDE!
Welcome to my bio! It's so nice to be associated with The Rawhide Company REALTORS® and its people, a company with experienced staff and agents willing to go the extra mile to assist our clients and each other.
I was born and raised in New England, lived a short time in Buffalo, NY before moving to Williamsburg, VA where I lived for 12 years working for The College of William and Mary. My work there involved raising money for scholarships and endowments, making contact with
well-known alumni, students, professors, which has proven good background for my real estate career. It has provided me with the marketing, selling and listening skills which are so important.
Moving to the Black Forest area in 1991 was a dream come true. Blessed with two children, the real estate field afforded me the flexibility I needed to meet their busy schedules. Now that they are in college, my focus is more on making your dreams come true.
With the military having such a big influence on our area, I've become involved in sponsoring a number of service men and women who are serving overseas. The letters and packages we send routinely are a way of expressing our appreciation. The greatest joy is to be at their welcome home ceremonies.
Now that my volunteering days for Girl Scouts, PTO, hockey, baseball and cheerleading have ended, I've been redirected toward supporting Women's Advocacy groups.
My membership in the Pikes Peak Board of Realtors, as well as the Denver Board of Realtors and various local forum groups, provides my clients with more coverage of their listings. Whether buying or selling . . . anything from cabins to castles . . . give me a call!
- (719) 495-4746
- Toll Free (888) 495-4746
Toni Sparks, Broker Associate, was first licensed in 1972. A resident of Colorado Springs since 1971, she has watched the town grow and knows the area well. She enjoys providing information and assistance to those moving to this area. Her background is military, and having moved 24 times, she understands the stress a move puts on a family in transition. Sharing the burden, understanding the anxiety, and getting to YES are her primary concerns.
Toni goes “above and beyond” the norm of a full service realtor, helping her clients with whatever it takes to make things happen. She has readied homes for sale by arranging for cleaning, staging with her own materials, and presenting homes in the best possible light. Her attitude of genuine caring and empathy sets her apart from the average agent.
Toni serves a variety of clients – families, the elderly, singles and foreign nationals new to the area. In addition to the GRI designation (Graduate, Realtor Institute), she also holds the SRES designation (Seniors Real Estate Specialist). The SRES places its primary emphasis on the needs and concerns of senior citizens. Toni was voted Rookie of the Year in 2005 and has won the Salesman of the Month competition many times.
She continually updates her knowledge by attending classes relating to home construction, short sales, financing, plumbing and electrical problems, water and water rights, real estate law, radon mitigation, home inspections, and a variety of other topics relevant to home ownership. More recent professional designations include the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) as well as the Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS) as authorized by the American Warrior Initiative. Educational updating in the preparation of Comparative Market Analyses, along with updates on Colorado Real Estate Contract Law are also a part of her professional “toolbox”.
More than anything, Toni is a PEOPLE person. Her relationship with her clients is paramount. Trust and ethics are everything and she views her clients as members of the total “team”. She never loses sight of how her clients feel, what they want, what they need, what they fear and what they can afford. She LISTENS to them and lets them know that she understands. Sharing the joy when the “mission” is accomplished is worth her every effort.
- Cell (719) 359-2410
- Office (719) 598-3198
Married to a Custom Home Builder (forever)
Three great kids – I am blessed
and...I am a grandma, too!
Four dogs, five cats, six horses
Still learning every day
BA – Marketing
MAed – Education (in progress)
Partner/Owner - Lauria Builders & Land LLC since 1976
Real Estate Agent /Broker Associate since 1986
National Association of Realtors/Colorado Assoc. of Realtors
Better Business Bureau/ Tri Lakes Chamber of Commerce
People’s National Bank Community Accountability Committee
United States Team Roping Association
Loyal fan to every sport that my children played from kindergarten through high school.
Absolutely anything to do with horses – especially rodeo
That’s me - I enjoy all phases of building homes. I do real estate because I really take pleasure in working with people and seeing them realize their dreams of home ownership. My knowledge of building is very useful with my real estate career and my real estate knowledge is a benefit to our building company. I can help you find the perfect home (or near perfect pre-owned home) or build that one-of-a-kind house that fits your needs, wants and desires. If you need to sell the special home you currently own, I will gladly present my marketing program to you. Call me – I’ll be pleased to assist you with your real estate needs.
- Cell 719-499-4467
- Office 719-481-3249