When it comes to buying or selling a home, we understand the importance of getting to know your Realtor as more than just a professional. Our “Meet A Realtor” series introduces the hard-working people of the Century 21 Northland team, and provides a personal look at each of us as residents of our community. For our latest profile, we caught up with Kelly Rayment to ask her about about living and working in northern Michigan.
How long have you lived in northern Michigan? Why did you choose to settle here?
I was born and raised in Northern Michigan on the “Sunrise Side.” The first time I moved away from the Great Lakes I noticed a sense of claustrophobia and realized it was due to the absence of those grand expanses of water we are blessed with. As I was fond of telling others, “You call this a lake?!?! Where I come from, if you can see the other side, it’s a pond!” My return to the north resulted in sixteen years on Mackinac Island, an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. However, there are some experiences even better…. my husband and I have three grandchildren in Traverse City and being able to be near them, the water and also live in this great city? Life couldn’t get any better!!
Tell us a few of your favorite activities to do or places to visit in the Grand Traverse region.
Having grown up on Lake Huron and living on the shores of Mackinac Island, I was certain that when we moved to Traverse City I would simply have to be on the bay! However, we have settled into our home on Silver Lake and some of my favorite activities have become kayaking and fishing. Oh, and I also bought my first pair of ice skates in about *** years!!
Name one thing that most people wouldn’t guess about you.
The obvious thing is always that people are surprised to learn that my husband and I are both private pilots. Nothing compares to the freedom of flying and it’s an experience I treasure. Add to that the time we sold our long time business and bought a golf course outside Atlanta, GA (talk about your mid-life crises) and you can’t say we’re not the adventurous types!
What’s the funniest or craziest thing that’s happened to you while showing a property to a client?
To be honest, I haven’t been in the business long enough to have a really good funny story to answer this question, but hopefully I’ll be gathering my tales soon enough. As long as they’re not TOO crazy!
Tell us one thing you love about working in the real estate industry and why.
At the risk of sounding too cliche’ I’d have to say that the number “one” thing I love about working in real estate is the people I meet. I’ve met lifelong friends along the way. You can’t be a part of one of a family’s most important decisions and not become emotionally involved with them. I’m going to assume that seasoned vets would advise against getting emotionally involved, but the even more seasoned vets in the business know that’ s impossible!