In essence, our story starts with you, the client. Without you, A Cut Above Property Management would not exist today. We noticed a gap in honest, clear communication when it came to real estate, especially property management, and built a company based on the principle of treating people A Cut Above. When you need to find a tenant who will take care of your investment the way you would, figure out how to do accounting of funds and security deposits, work with complicated home owner associations, coordinate with quality maintenance vendors, perform property inspections, or understand housing laws, such as in the case of an eviction, it is imperative to have a company working for you as well as with you.
We have over 35 years of Property Management experience in the Colorado Springs area, with extensive expertise in all of these fields, and the knowledge that communication is key to a good working relationship. We believe in straight-forward pricing that is unique to your situation, utilizing the best vendors that will save you money, and giving you the ultimate gift of more time, as we are able to handle it all for you or just a little piece of the puzzle, if that is what is needed. Let us be your guide.
We ventured into the business of realty in 1983 when Ernest Biggs opened Advanced Realty. He saw a need for honest, genuine connection with his clients. Misty Berger joined the effort as a sales agent, quickly becoming the employing broker in 1994 when Cody Thompson purchased the company; she proceeded to join him as an agent in 2003. When the company was sold to Mike Thompson, she took the opportunity to work with other property management companies in Colorado Springs experiencing several other types of property management, including extensive HOA management.
In 2011, she opened A Cut Above Property Management, Inc., and has been growing the female-led company ever since with the same core values Advanced Realty honored. When the opportunity to purchase Advanced Realty came in 2018, the company with which she started her real estate career, she accepted the challenge of bringing on those properties that were near and dear to her heart. She has built a company on maintaining a high level of service and respect, with building relationships on trust and excellent communication. We hope we’re your first call in any and all your property management needs, where you’re always treated A Cut Above!
As a respected Property Management Company in our community, our mission is to successfully manage your property at the next level of professionalism with our broad knowledge, vast experience and dedication to serving you well, inspiring trust, through honesty, integrity and transparency. A Cut Above, where you’ll always be treated A Cut Above!
Our vision is to be a top property management firm where ethical professionals collaborate to exceed the standards of our clients. To be a leader of excellence in our community, surpassing the expectations of every owner, vendor, and tenant to the best of our ability.
Meet the Team
Misty Berger, a native of Colorado, has been involved in Real Estate since 1983 and centered her career around the specialty of Property Management. Starting as a Resident Manager of an apartment community for a local Real Estate Company, Misty was able to rise to Employing Broker over that company within a few short years. Managing that company with over 500 properties was a great learning experience that allowed for the footsteps of opening her own company. Misty has a strong background in Property Management accounting, as well as a hands-on approach to managing properties. Misty spent a couple of years in the HOA management and accounting fields, making her knowledgeable in cooperating with HOA's and their various demands on property owners.
Misty is very active in the local chapter of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers), holding her RMP (Residential Management Professional) and MPM (Master Property Manager) designations, and is always looking for ways to improve management skills and ways to bring the best value to each property in her portfolio. Misty is married, has two grown sons, a grandson who she enjoys spoiling, and a cat named Bella who all reside in Colorado Springs.
Cody Thompson started in the insurance industry in 1978 with C21 (Harlan Realty, Inc.) and bought the company in 1981. Past positions, including but not limited to: President of Widefield Merchant Association, original Vice President of Fountain Valley Planning Authority, Director of Fountain Chamber of Commerce, Director of Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, previous owner of a Real Estate School, Scout Master for Troop 181, and Number 1 CR1 of the Rocky Mountain Region. During his tenure, he was in the top two percent of C21 for several years in the United States! He sold his stake in C21 Advanced Realty, Inc., last year to A Cut Above, but remains an active sales agent and advisor and is also a current board member for First State Bank of Colorado. Cody is married with two boys who share his passion for hunting, fishing and boating in Missouri.
Collen Tierney grew up in Norborne, Missouri, and only recently relocated to beautiful Colorado Springs. She has four years’ experience in the real estate market, and her team was awarded #1 Real Estate Team in St. Joseph, MO in 2016. She attended the College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO, and lives her life with a positive mindset. She provides superior customer service to our clients, taking on the challenges of each day with zeal. When not providing office support, she enjoys anything outdoors—including hiking, fishing, boating—and can’t wait to explore the rest of Colorado.
Karen Santee, a Colorado native, spent many years all over the country and in Europe before finally returning to Colorado 16 years ago. She joined Advanced Realty Concepts 12 years ago and became a part of the A Cut Above team during the company merger in April of 2018. She is a current member of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers), holds her RMP (Residential Management Professional) designation, and is President of the Colorado Springs Chapter of NARPM for 2020. She uses her property management knowledge to protect our owners’ investments and relishes the relationships she has built with her owners as well as the staff she works with. She enjoys camping, hiking, reading, SCUBA diving, shooting, and loves her dogs and chickens.
Elizabeth Villegas has 14 years’ experience in the real estate industry and joined Advanced Realty Concepts 9 years ago, becoming a part of the team at A Cut Above during the company merger in April of 2018. Her knowledge and understanding of the property management world are an asset to the business and she loves maintaining a positive relationship with her owners and tenants alike. Though she grew up in Chicago, she has called Colorado home for the past 22 years, and considers her highest achievement obtaining her real estate license. She is a current member of PPAR (Pikes Peak Association of Realtors), NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers), and is in the process of obtaining her RMP (Residential Management Professional) designation. When not attending to the needs of her clients she enjoys attending concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater, traveling, going to beaches, or attending baseball, football, or hockey game (always rooting for Chicago, of course!) She is very passionate about her job and cannot wait to assist you in simplifying the rental process.
Kayla Gasper was raised in Mississippi and made her way to Colorado Springs 7 years ago. She joined the real estate industry 4 years ago, and A Cut Above in July of 2018. She previously worked for a plumbing and HVAC company, where her customer service skills thrived and she found a passion for meeting new people. Her greatest accomplishment so far has been becoming a licensed property manager. She is a current member of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers). She truly enjoys helping people and coordinating the details on behalf of our owners and tenants. She enjoys all the hiking Colorado provides and her hobbies include going to street fairs, reading, dancing, and playing a friendly game of corn hole.
Betty Flathers handles A Cut Above’s books with her team, taking care of the numbers with due diligence. She has over 30 years of experience in accounting, with over 5 years of experience in Property Management accounting. She received a BSBA degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and meticulously accounts for every dollar.
Samantha Santee traveled the country and to Europe with her Army family before stopping in Colorado in 2003. She traveled more when she was done with school, returning to Colorado to join A Cut Above in June of 2019. She previously worked as a payroll processor for a large retail company. She assists with keeping accounts up-to-date and payroll and is a current member of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers). She enjoys hiking and camping in the beautiful mountains, needlework, yarn crafts, video games, and manages to teach herself Japanese in her free time.
Joshua joined the team to assist in presenting our properties to the public in a time of uncertainty. He has stepped into the role with ease going to each showing as a friendly face to explain all the amenities each property provides, keeping the surfaces clean and making sure the protocols are followed for your safety. He enjoys driving to each showing in his new ride. His biggest achievements include finishing JROTC as a Cadet Master Sergeant, obtaining his Universal Kempo Karate Junior Black Belt, and graduating high school in 2019. When Joshua is not out giving home tours, he is exploring the outdoors, playing guitar with contemporary bands and enjoys stargazing; as a native of Colorado Springs - he knows all the marvelous areas to visit! Give Joshua a call to schedule your showing today!