Arleen Boyd, owner and broker for Pine Cone Realty, has been in the real estate business for the last 13 years and says she absolutley loves it.
“It is extremely rewarding finding homes for people and fitting them with the right properties,” she said.
A longtime local, she’s been in San Miguel County for 40 years. According to her, that’s enough time for her to know the local real estate market well. Did you know she arrived from California?
“I moved to Norwood from Malibu in 1979 and never looked back,” she said. “I fell in love with my home just east of Norwood and purchased it in 1981 and have lived there ever since.”
She didn’t always work in real estate, however. Previously she worked as a dental hygienist in both Norwood and Telluride for approximately 30 years. She said she tried for a while to do both careers, but it became apparent to her that real estate required a full-time commitment from her. She said she’s missed the patients she left in the dentistry field, but she’s very glad she made the change.
When she decided to go full-time in real estate, she then purchased the Victorian building, 1533 Grand Ave., next to the U.S. Post Office in Norwood for her business Pine Cone Realty.
“It’s been a great fit for me,” she said.
She’s been involved in the community in other ways too. Over the years, she’s worked as a personal fitness trainer. And, for the last 27 years, she’s been a paramedic and volunteer for the Norwood Fire Department.
The last few decades especially, Boyd has seen many changes happen in Norwood. She said after 2008, when the market crashed, things looked very dim for the town. She said for eight or nine years she witnessed business closures. She said she was disappointed that the town didn’t have a hardware store of its own then. During that time period, she said, there was very little work and many housing foreclosures were occurring.
Now, thankfully, things are quite different. Norwood’s market is doing very well and property values seem to have increased. Lots of buying and selling appears to be taking place.
“Lately, the market and economy have picked up so much, and the young people that are moving here are so refreshing to see,” she said. “They love our town and are becoming very involved, and many are opening up new businesses.”
Boyd, who loves “matching people with properties” said besides her work, she also loves Norwood.
“I love Norwood and this community,” she said. “Besides the wonderful weather we have and the recreation opportunities, it’s the people in this community that make it such a wonderful place to live.”
She said she has traveled to other places, and sometimes she’s wondered if perhaps she should move to another place someday. To her, though, nothing ever seems to compare.
“I always come home to Norwood with the feeling that this is where I want to be,” she said.