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Meet The Team

Elaine Maul



Living in Colorado for over 20 years has given Elaine great perspective of what an amazing state we have. In her 8 years of real estate experience, Elaine has never tired of viewing homes and learning the unique characteristics of neighborhoods. She also loves the thrill that comes with finding the perfect home for her client. Elaine has a diverse employment background that ranges from working in the banking industry to working at the White House. But selling real estate is her favorite of all. Elaine thrives on overcoming the challenges that are present in today's market. When she's not working hard for her clients, you can find Elaine at the movies or trying out new restaurants with her family. She also enjoys bringing her pup anywhere she is welcome.

Kaci Pickering

Associate Broker


Meet Kaci Pickering, who has six years of experience as a Realtor, lots of energy, and a knack for turning property dreams into reality. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Sciences from Colorado State University (because who wouldn't want a real estate expert who knows their way around horses?), Kaci's journey led her from the Thoroughbred industry in Lexington, KY, back to her roots in Lubbock, TX, and finally, to the vibrant city of Denver. She initially received her Texas Real Estate License in 2018 and has had her Colorado Broker’s License with RE/MAX Alliance since 2022. Kaci is so excited to grow her business along with the Kruse to Close Team and looks forward to helping her clients cross that closing finish line!

Matt Lee

Branch Manager, Bank of England Mortgage


Matt Lee is a Branch Manager with BOE Mortgage, a national leader in mortgage lending. Matt and his team have been helping Colorado families finance their dream homes for over 20 years, and he is one of only 30 mortgage lenders in Colorado to win the Five Star award ten or more times. He and his team have a mission to make a difficult situation - the mortgage transaction - as easy as possible for everyone involved. They want their clients to feel that they can “relax, the hard part’s done.” Outside of work, Matt likes to spend time with his family (especially outside) and to have guests over to share in a meal he’s prepared. Matt has lived in Golden for 30 years. and received his BS from The College of William & Mary, and his MBA from the University of Colorado. He and his wife Michelle have been married for 22 years, and have 2 teenage daughters.

Time To Close

Associate Broker/Realtor


Time To Close Team



Mark Kruse has been in the Real Estate business for over 19 years and has been the Team Leader of The Time to Close Team since January of 2022. After being in the business for 17 years and consistently breaking RE/MAX records on a regional and national level as well as teaching and facilitating agent classes and masterminds, Mark decided to take the giant leap to become a Team leader of his own RE/MAX team in the greater Denver/Colorado Front Range area. The name, The Time to Close Team, lives the RE/MAX brand. It is representative of the way Mark and his team and partners seamlessly implement proactive communication and best practices to help their clients achieve their goals promptly as well as facilitate a smooth transaction from first contact to the closing table. Mark has been a Top Producer in Sales for RE/MAX Alliance consistently and most notably received his Hall of Fame award in 2012, reached RE/MAX Platinum Sales and above 2013 to present, helped a staggering 81 families achieve their goals in 2016, and has earned national recognition by becoming one of the newest members of the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He was also awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Club Award in 2016 and 2020, the Titan Club Award in 2021 as a solo agent without a full-time assistant, and the Titan Team Award in 2022. He has made the REAL Trends* “America’s Best” list every year since 2016, ranking him among the top 1.5% of the 1.6 million licensed real estate professionals in the United States of America. Born in Denver and raised in the city as well as on farm and ranch properties, Mark has lived in Colorado his whole life. He received a bachelor’s degree in Bio/Pre-med from the University of Colorado. In 2005, after several years of working in the retail industry along with children at the YMCA, he decided to pursue a career that perfectly combined his love of housing, special planning, design, architecture, and sales. Mark is married with 2 adopted children and 2 dogs that ultimately run his household. He and his family are active with many different charities in Denver and the surrounding areas. This includes their own charity that works through their foundation to help provide much-needed items to small group foster homes during the Holidays and throughout the year. Mark has been investing in real estate since day one and currently has 8 rentals across the area where he lives ranging from small condos to large six-bedroom single-family homes and even a triplex. Mark works with all price ranges and all specialties from Land to Single Family, to 55+, and even multifamily 2-4 units. As someone who consistently ranks highly in sales in the Denver market, Mark is humble enough to want to prove his worth to you and your clients. He knows what it means to refer an agent, especially one you may never have met in a different state, and he hopes he can prove his value to take that leap to refer him and his team.

Mark recently helped us put our house on the market and I'm so grateful for his help! In Denver, there's so many real estate agents that have popped up in recent years. It's hard to know who to trust and not all Real Estate agents are the same. Mark is a professional with years of experience in Denver, not a part-time agent trying to make a quick buck on the side (like a lot of agents out there). I had some tricky issues with my title and his team was able to make a potential challenge a seamless experience. His guidance on how to prepare our house for showing was expert and he helped us know where to spend money and where we didn't need to spend money on renovations. I'll definitely be referring him to friends and family.

by deb06463

I have had the pleasure of working with Mark Kruse on several occasions over the years. He helped us to buy our home in July 2011 and it was a positive experience from start to finish. He is a delight and our experiences have always been exceptional. He is a true expert in his field and goes above and beyond to help his clients. Mark is honest, kind, professional, and very patient. He spends time with his clients, truly listening to them. He is the best Realtor in Denver and we have referred him to several friends that have also been thrilled with him! We have a Realtor for life! Mark has become a great friend and I appreciate everything that he has done to help me, Jon, and our boys. Thank you, Mark Kruse!

by rachelellen

It is always an absolute pleasure working with Mark Kruse. He is very talented and knows all the neighborhoods well since he is a Colorado native. Mark is honest, very hard working and goes above and beyond to make buying a home a fun and exciting experience. He helped us find our home last July and our family loves it. Mark is very organized and handles every detail from start to finish. He took all the time we needed to make sure we found exactly what we wanted. We highly recommend him to anyone that is looking to buy and/or sell a home. We continue to recommend him to family and close friends. Mark is our realtor for life! Thank you, Mark Kruse.

by user5065344

Buying a home may never be easy, but certian things make it much harder. One of these is buying from out of state and another is being a first time home-buyer. But rather than seeing these possible set-backs as any sort of difficulty, Mark Kruse seemed to almost enjoy the added challenge! His promtness in returning calls and his candor when answering outlandish questions (sometimes more than once) were amazing. His communication skills are truly impeccable as well as his professionalism and general demeanor. I honestly can not imagine buying a home, or even a family member or friend, buying a home without him. No task is too hard, or challenge too great, he can handle anyone or thing. I have referred him many many times and EVERYONE who has worked with him has thanked me :)

by user418515

Mark Kruse helped me and my family get into our dream home! I am not the easiest person to satisfy but Mark was very accommidating. He showed us house after house after house. Nothing had everything I wanted but Mark just kept sending us emails with available homes until we found the ONE! Mark did a great job and made a great deal for us. We love our new home and although I cannot ever see moving again if we did I would not hesitate to call Mark Kruse. I tell all my friends to call him!

by JenniferSpeece

Mark's help with buying a house was more than anyone could've asked for. I've heard horror stories of people buying house and that is was a very stressful and awful event; however, buying a house with Mark made it a breeze. I've been in my house for a year now and I still love it as much as I did when I signed the paperwork for it. Mark is the best realtor to use in Denver metro area!

by zhssoccerr
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