Wilson Leonard

303-903-9628
wilson@banyanrealtyinvestments.com

A Colorado native born and raised in Denver, I received my B.A. in Finance from University of Colorado in Boulder and a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Denver.  My interest in real estate started at AIMCO, a real estate investment trust, working as an assistant controller.  Subsequently, I took a position as a divisional CFO for Qwest Communications, but kept my hand in the real estate world by purchasing 16 residential single-family investment properties in central Denver. In time, my passion and interest in real estate surpassed my interest in corporate finance, so I left Qwest to pursue full-time real estate work. I began doing residential mortgages through my own company, New Vision Financial, in the early 2000’s.  A few years later, I added residential brokerage services through Banyan Real Estate.  Additionally, I hold a CPA license, which complements my finance background and expertise to give me a more sophisticated view of real estate investing and financing. From the beginning, building my real estate business has always been about providing value-added services to my clients in a unique and useful way.   For many real estate professionals, it’s about marketing to attain and keep clients and new referrals.  That’s never been my approach. Rather, I wake up each and every day and ask how can I make a difference through greater knowledge and expertise coupled with new and interesting product and service offerings. Today, one of those unique product offerings includes my 16 single-family homes, which I offer for rent under short-term flexible options.  These homes are not for sale, but rather for transitionary stays in support of real estate transactions.  My clients in this space typically fall into two general categories.  Some are relocating to Denver and want to buy a home, but don’t want to rush their decision in a few weekend trips.  In that case, they can rent a comfortable single-family home with a flexible lease and take a few months to find the right home to purchase. Other clients relocating within Denver and the surrounding areas use these rentals to provide time to sell their home and find the right new home rather than rushing a purchase to coincide with the sale.  This allows time to professionally sell their home and not sacrifice what they want on the new home.   I also offer a rental in reserve program for my clients.  Some clients do not want to rent, but are concerned about finding the right place in the time allotted.  In that case, we start a home search before they relocate.  If we don’t find a home before they move, they may move into a rental that was held for them while we continue their home search.  They are guaranteed a rental in reserve during this process in case they don’t find the right place in the allotted time.  It’s really the best of both worlds - an opportunity to buy and/or sell using optimal strategy and pricing without being rushed while still having a back up.   This offering is all about giving clients more control over the home buying and selling process leading to better outcomes overall, whether that be financially, personally or both.   I’m involved in a variety of services, sometimes just acting as a mortgage broker in a refinance, other times helping a client buy and finance a home, or helping through the full cycle of buying, selling and financing while providing a rental.  I also work with investors, who like myself, want to own a portfolio of investment properties and need sophisticated advice on building, financing and managing a multi-property portfolio.  I truly enjoy what I do day in and day out and I am passionate about making a positive difference, no matter what the situation.

Why Clients Trust Wilson

Wilson, Dianne, and the team at Banyan Real Estate are true professionals. Their level of knowledge and expertise is unsurpassed. We felt like we were in the very best hands and were guided through the whole buying process with extreme care and attention to detail. Wilson’s unexhaustive combination of insight, responsiveness, and patience can’t be overstated.

Thanks for everything. We couldn’t be happier in our new home!

Tyler and Suzanne Merrill

All Wilson's Testimonials

Wilson, Dianne, and the team at Banyan Real Estate are true professionals. Their level of knowledge and expertise is unsurpassed. We felt like we were in the very best hands and were guided through the whole buying process with extreme care and attention to detail. Wilson’s unexhaustive combination of insight, responsiveness, and patience can’t be overstated.

Thanks for everything. We couldn’t be happier in our new home!

Tyler and Suzanne Merrill

I highly recommend working with Wilson and his team. I bought my primary home with him a couple years ago and we just closed on my first rental property investment. He’s extremely knowledgeable on all facets of the transaction – the Denver neighborhoods, the ins and outs of older homes, and the negotiation process. He’s a top Denver agent and a long term real estate investor himself, so he provides a lot of expertise and connections to lenders and handymen that are invaluable, especially to a newer home buyer or real estate investor. Highly recommend!

Ben Sowers
We made the decision to move cross country from California to Denver in the middle of a pandemic. Our goal was to buy a house before the winter, in a completely new city. We only had a 2-3 months to do this. From the beginning, Wilson was very involved, not just in our home buying process but also just for helping us get settled in a new city. Our initial calls were full of information, about schools, neighborhoods, how history affects the houses and the character of a place, what restaurants were near which neighborhoods, etc. Within a couple weeks of moving to Denver we were educating our friends who’ve lived here for years about Denver!
Wilson was very patient with us when looking for houses. We would go to houses that we immediately realized we didn’t like, but Wilson would still point out details that would help us make future decisions. When we saw our dream home come on the market, we immediately messaged Wilson and he was able to get us to tour the house in a couple hours, get us a contract an hour later, and then followed up with the seller to accept the contract that day. Basically, he helped us go under contract on our dream home before any other buyers had even seen the house!
Once we were under contract, Wilson and the closing team at Banyan helped guide us through the closing process. As we are first time home buyers, the team gave us many solid recommendations, on inspection, lenders, timelines, etc. There was never a point in the process where we felt any stress or worry, shocking considering the horror stories we’ve heard from friends on their process.
Overall, we moved cross country and bought a new house in a city we’ve never lived in, and we did it all in 2 months, with basically no stress. This is all thanks to Wilson and his team.
Jack Zhao
We worked with Wilson to buy our first home and knew we wouldn’t turn to anyone else when it was time to sell. He is extremely knowledgeable, especially about old houses, and goes above and beyond what any other real estate agent offers (which we know because we watched 3 friends go through the process of selling with different agents at the same time as us). He is so well connected with contractors and professionals that the daunting task of getting the house ready for sale and addressing issues that came up during inspection was a breeze! He even scheduled the contractors and managed timelines to ensure the work would be done in time to close, which made it very stress-free on our end. He also gave great advice on negotiating and going through the process of getting a great offer, and we ended up more than happy with the sale price. We highly recommend him to all our friends and family!
Nicole & Jonathan

Our home-buying journey with Wilson at Banyan Real Estate started almost a year before we relocated to Denver. During a job interview visit, we connected with Wilson for a community tour. We were immediately impressed with Wilson’s encyclopedic knowledge of Denver, his perspective on the history of neighborhoods and types of homes, and his enthusiasm. This was not a “I have a key to open the door as your agent” experience. Wilson knows nearly every block in the city, informed us about trade-offs we needed to consider, and was instrumental in getting us comfortable and excited about Denver.

We decided to rent from Wilson while we settled in and began our house search. His company’s customer service was outstanding. The rental contract was a huge draw, providing us the flexibility of searching for a home without having to navigate around a fixed lease. Peter was our “go-to” for our rental home, and he was very responsive and proactive with any questions or issues we had.

At the start of our home search, Wilson spent several hours with us discussing our needs and giving us an update on the Denver market. We never felt pressure to start the process or to find a house quickly. In fact, Wilson encouraged us to see homes we knew we wouldn’t buy because he wanted us to get a feel for types of homes, prices, size, and neighborhoods so we would be informed to make trade-offs – especially as first-time buyers. During each showing, Wilson would walk us through his assessment, and guide us through a discussion of the home and how it stacked against other homes we liked. And he was quick to point out any concerns regarding the houses we saw.

The home-buying process could not have been more smooth. Wilson and his team were proactive and immensely helpful each step of the way – from walking us through the offer, to spending hours with us at inspection, and herding all the moving pieces for the title and our lender. We felt like Wilson really had our back; he even arranged for a meet and greet with our home’s builder to help us establish a relationship and learn more about the home.

We are incredibly grateful for Wilson’s guidance and patience through our home-buying process. We’re thrilled with the home we found, and we would highly recommend Wilson and his team. We look forward to working with him again!

Jennifer Lien