Pavel Lukes, founder and owner of Dreamcatcher Real Estate Co., Inc., has had another year as the Top Producer in the Taos real estate market.
“With all of the difficulties that 2020 wrought, the real estate market exploded with the influx of out-of-towners looking to flee densely populated areas,” Lukes noted. “Our biggest challenge was the reduced inventory, as homes left the market as soon as they were listed. In addition, reduced inventory drove prices through the ceiling.”
Dreamcatcher, long known as a premier small boutique real estate company with a proven track record, constantly exceeds its goals in serving its customer base.
“What we set out to do is create enduring relationships with our clients,” Lukes remarked. “After the transaction is complete we remain available, especially for newcomers to the area. We make sure they get the best services, and we want them to feel at home, serving as a resource for all things Taos,” he said. “The result is strong relationships and a reputation that separates us from the competition.”
“At Dreamcatcher, it’s all about offering impeccable customer service first, then getting paid if we did our job right,” a model of excellence and integrity that reflects the core values upon which their success lies.
With 48 years of representing both buyers and sellers – 28 of those years in Taos – Lukes’ experience as both a licensed custom builder and Realtor gives his clients the advantage of knowing they are in such seasoned and accomplished hands.
“I love construction,” Lukes said, noting he had built over 300 custom homes in southeast Michigan. “My claim to fame from those days is I built the home of Dr. Fauci’s boss, the N.I.H. [National Institute of Health] director Dr. Francis Collins, while he was at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. and well before he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, the National Medal of Science in 2009, and then appointed by President Obama to his current position.”
“When I moved to Taos, I built some homes, the office campus where Dreamcatcher is located, and several residential condominiums such as Pueblo del Suenos,” he continued. “But, ultimately, construction depends upon coordinating your contractors and subcontractors and I prefer relying on myself only.”
And Dreamcatcher Real Estate has remained an independent office. “I’ve been approached by nationwide franchises but I prefer it this way,” he remarked. “I believe my integrity rests upon it, that when you contract with me I am solely dedicated to you as your broker. I think that has infused into the long-term relationships I enjoy with my clients, but I also like knowing the other agents who work with me keep a maximum commission and, because they are also locals, that money remains here in town.”
His passion for Taos has given Lukes the impetus to run in local office elections and to serve for 17 years as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Lukes, a pilot, was also the first squadron commander of the Civil Air Patrol in Taos when it was founded.
Lukes is modest when asked about his passionate community involvement. He said, like others before him, “You come with humility and respect: the only way to fit in. You must want to contribute.”
If Lukes is unavailable, Dreamcatcher Real Estate has a stellar crew ready to assist you. “Melody [Lukes] is brilliant at our marketing and handles all of the accounting. The rest of the staff at Dreamcatcher includes Elaine Taylor, office manager and licensed Broker; Robert Jacobs, licensed Broker with us for 20 years; Jeff Motsinger, licensed Broker; and Salina Khanna, who is licensed here and in Virginia.”