Century 21 Northland Expands Leelanau County Presence with Empire Office, New Vacation Rentals

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – March 30, 2015 – Century 21 Northland is pleased to announce plans to open its newest office in the Village of Empire. The new location, which will operate under the company’s Sleeping Bear Real Estate brand, will be Century 21 Northland’s fourth real estate office in Leelanau County, and ninth office in the greater Grand Traverse region.

The Empire office will further strengthen Century 21 Northland’s expertise in the Leelanau County market, and will help Century 21 agents to build new relationships in a vibrant, growing community surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

“We’re excited to continue our growth in Leelanau County by establishing a year-round presence in Empire, which will establish Century 21 Northland as the only brokerage with an office servicing the Empire area, ” said Brad Platt, co-owner of the company. “Empire and The Sleeping Bear Dunes region is a special part of our area, and we’re looking forward to supporting the community with our industry-leading expertise.”

The addition of the Empire office marks the eighth strategic expansion for Century 21 Northland since the company was founded 2006. In 2009, the company opened their Suttons Bay office. In 2010, Sleeping Bear Realty was added to the Century 21 Northland brand. In early 2013, Northland acquired Remerica Up North Properties, which now serves as its Elk Rapids office, and Northland’s Old Mission Peninsula and Northport offices were opened in 2014.

Northland Vacation Rentals, a sister company of Century 21 Northland with offices in Traverse City and Glen Arbor, is also expanding is Leelanau County portfolio with the acquisition of a group vacation rentals in the Glen Arbor area.

“Working through this acquisition with Pam DePuy and our partner in Northland Vacation Rentals, Connie Kroll, has been great,” said Platt. “Pam has had great relationships with her clients and we’re looking forward to continuing to offer them value while adding new properties to offer to northern Michigan visitors.”

About Century 21 Northland
Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Mapleton, Northport, and Empire. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 35 licensed realtors. Founded in 2006, Century 21 Northland is part of the global Century 21 network, which includes more than 6,600 offices worldwide. More information can be found at www.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900.

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Kyle Miller Joins Century 21 Northland

CENTURY 21® NORTHLAND is pleased to announce that Kyle Miller has joined its growing team of agents.

Originally from northern Indiana, Miller moved to Traverse City after falling in love with the area and all it has to offer. Counting boating and skiing among his personal hobbies, Miller is sure to feel right at home in northern Michigan.

With 10 years of experience in construction, real estate, and property management, in addition to his background in sports broadcasting, Miller brings a dedication to the value of hard work, personal relationships, and communication to the Century 21 Northland team.

“I pride myself on a high standard of performance,” said Miller. “Whether it’s a first home or a dream home, I’m looking forward bringing that level of dedication to Century 21 Northland and the northern Michigan community.”

Miller will serve the greater Grand Traverse region from Century 21 Northland’s Traverse City office, and can be contacted at Kyle.Miller@c21northland.com or by phone at 231-633-9551.

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Century 21 Northland Recognized with Top Awards from Greater Michigan Broker Councils for 2014

We are proud to be recognized by the CENTURY 21® Greater Michigan Broker Councils with several prestigious awards for 2014.

CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND owner/brokers Brad Platt, Julia Lilley and Jason Kudary were presented with the DOUBLE CENTURION® OFFICE AWARD for the second consecutive year, acknowledging them as the #1 office and company in Northern Michigan Broker Councils, and the #1 office by AGC in the Great Lakes Region, which places CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND of Traverse City as the #1 office in the state of Michigan and #28 in the nation for 2014.

The DOUBLE CENTURION Award is presented to CENTURY 21 System offices that achieve or surpass sales production of $3,634,000 – $5,450,999 or 774 – 1,160 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.

CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND of Traverse City was also presented with the PRESIDENT’S AWARD for the second consecutive year. In addition, CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND was recognized as a QUALITY SERVICE PINNACLE® AWARD WINNING OFFICE for achieving and maintaining a 95% overall score index for three consecutive years in ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction.

“We are extremely proud to receive this prestigious recognition form the Greater Michigan Broker Councils,” said CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND partner, Brad Platt. “These awards are a testament to the dedication of our team to providing the highest level of service to our clients.”

The good news doesn’t stop there! A number of agents from the CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND team were also recognized with individual awards for their achievements in 2014.

Centurion Producers
Mike Annelin
Cory Beuerle
Bridget Carefoot
Carolyn Collins
 
Mathew Geib
Meagan Luce
Suzanne Voltz
Platinum Sales Achievement
Conrad Reiter
Cherie Robinson
Linda Zajac
Team Burt & Julie
Gold Sales Achievement
Luba Childs
Jamie Grace
Renae Hansen
Kellie Sergent
Neal Sweet
Silver Sales Achievement
Karen Ardery
Anne Wiltse Conrad
Steve Damman
Jane Darling
Faye Fitch
Lynda Herkner
Mary Hoyt
Susan Kelly
Rebecca Mann
Lance Markoski
Kevin Molby
Lauren Prentice
Sharon Sutherland
Masters Diamond Producers
Anne Perry
Camille Campbell
Barbara Cooper
Andrea Galloup
Masters Emerald Producers
Lou Anne Ford
Kristine Shacklette
Ron Williamson
Thomas Wiltse
Masters Ruby Producers
Jon Becker
Molly Buttleman
Connie Kroll
Steve Scheppe
Laura Sielaff

Congratulations to all award recipients and to the entire Century 21 Northland team for this well-earned recognition. Here’s to even greater success in 2015!

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Kelly Rayment Joins Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is pleased to announce that Kelly Rayment has joined our growing team of agents.

Born and raised in northern Michigan on the “sunrise side” of Michigan’s lower peninsula, Kelly has a love of the outdoors (especially our Great Lakes), capturing our area’s beauty through photography and videography, and seeing northern Michigan from the air while piloting airplanes.

After raising three children in southeast Michigan, a short stab at retirement led Kelly and her husband to full-time life at their summer home on Mackinac Island, but the opportunity be near their grandchildren – and to “once again be busy, busy, busy” – brought them to the Grand Traverse area.

As an owner of vacation rentals in the area and lifelong investor of both residential and commercial real estate, Kelly is looking forward to sharing her industry expertise with the northern Michigan community.

“I am anxious to provide the type service that we’ve experienced with our favorite agents all over the country,” said Rayment. “I believe in answering the phone when it rings, finding the right answers (never guessing!), knowing the local “product,” and finding clients the perfect property fit!”

Kelly Rayment will serve the greater Grand Traverse region from Century 21 Northland’s Traverse City office, and can be contacted at kelly.rayment@c21northland.com or by phone at (231) 929-7900.

About Century 21 Northland

About Century 21 Northland Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Beulah, Elk Rapids, and Old Mission Peninsula. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 55 licensed realtors. Founded in 2006, Century 21 Northland is part of the global Century 21 network, which includes more than 6,600 offices worldwide. More information can be found at www.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900.

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Century 21 Northland: Powered by “Peoplework,” not Paperwork

Technology has transformed our lives, both personally and professionally. At Century 21 Northland, our team utilizes a number of digital technologies every day – from smartphone apps to sophisticated database software – to better serve our clients.

In our ongoing search to discover the newest tools that will contribute to even greater agent and client success, we’re excited to announce our integration of dotloop, a mulitple-platform transaction network solution that links people, documents, and tasks in one digital location to enable clients and agents to work together more efficiently.

Adopting dotloop, the transaction network and broker solution of choice, will give our agents the freedom to conduct a transaction from anywhere with internet access while keeping clients in the loop. dotloop will immediately enable our agents to work more efficiently with everyone in a transaction – clients, co-agents, brokers and service providers – while maintaining strict permissions for each individual party, keeping transactions safe and secure.

 
It’s all about flexibility. Edit, complete, sign and share documents on the go without the need to print, fax or email, and store documents for easy retrieval later. Our business is about people, not paper, and our newest technology solution will help us to strengthen those relationships more than ever.

Have questions? We’re always happy to explain how our team and the technology we use can help you. Call us at 231-929-7900 or email us anytime.

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Century 21 Northland’s Lou Anne Ford Receives ‘Best of Houzz 2015′ Award

We’re excited to congratulate our own Lou Anne Ford on her recognition as “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014.

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Lou Anne Ford among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

Follow Lou Anne Ford Century21 Northland on Houzz
http://www.houzz.com/pro/louanne_ford

 
About Lou Anne Ford
Lou Anne Ford believes in the “Givers Gain” philosophy in doing business. As an Associate Broker, she has consistently ranked as a multi-million dollar producer each year, and all the while, giving back to the community. She has been involved in the Women’s Resource Center Circle of Women Givers as past co-chair, a volunteer with the Northern Michigan Blood Bank, and a founding member of the BNI Premium Prospects Chapter III, holding various Leadership Team positions, including President on two occasions. Lou Anne is a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors, the Traverse City Economic Club, the Grand Traverse Yacht Club and the Traverse City Golf and Country Club.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

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Agent Profile: Meagan Luce

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 spoke with Meagan Luce about living and working in northern Michigan.

How long have you lived in northern Michigan? Why did you choose to settle here?

I am a native to Traverse City so I’ve lived here most of my life. After college, I moved to the west coast but came back when my college sweetheart asked me to marry him. We loved the natural beauty of the area and decided that Northern Michigan was perfect for raising a family too.

What is your favorite thing about living ‘Up North?’

The community. I’ve lived in many different places in the U.S. and none have the same sense of community that northern Michigan does. People are friendly, caring and generous but also engaged in their community and willing to get involved to ensure that it continues to thrive.

Tell us a few of your favorite activities to do or places to visit in the Grand Traverse region.

When and if I get a day off my favorite past time is to boat with my family. We generally head out on West Bay, throw an anchor down just off the shore of Power Island and let the children roam the island while we relax and unpack lunch.

Tell us one thing you love about working in the real estate industry and why.

That one is easy… my clients. In my opinion, there are very few occupations that are as fulfilling as being a Realtor. I see people at their best and also see them at their most “stressed”. In the end, we’ve gone through a major life experience together and I must admit that I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with pretty amazing people.

Describe your favorite sale of 2013 or 2014.

One of my clients was moving to the area to be near to an ill family member and we couldn’t find anything on the market that fit their needs and was close to the family member. So I called other Realtors, emailed and sent letters to homeowners searching for a home that fit their needs and we found it! They are now able to help care for their family member and the home they bought is beautiful and in the perfect location.

How has technology helped you as a realtor?

It’s changed my life – especially dropbox and docusign. Now, I can go out on the boat with my family and still conduct business as usual. ;)

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Century 21 Northland Agents Receive SRS Designation

CENTURY 21® NORTHLAND is pleased to announce that ten Century 21 Northland agents have received the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB).

The SRS designation is the premier credential in seller representation, designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.

“We’re proud of our team for continuing to develop their expertise in our field,” said Century 21 Northland partner Brad Platt. “Our agents are proactive in their approach to improving their ability to serve our clients, and the results speak for themselves.”

Century 21 Northland led all northern Michigan Real Estate organizations with ten agents participating in the SRS class, held Nov 13 & 14 at the TAAR offices in Traverse City.

Molly Buttleman
Camille Campbell
Bridget Carefoot
Luba Childs
Renae Hansen
Susan Kelly
Connie Kroll
Meagan Luce
Ron Williamson
Dave Wilsey

About Century 21 Northland

About Century 21 Northland Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, and Northport. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 55 licensed realtors. Founded in 2006, Century 21 Northland is part of the global Century 21 network, which includes more than 6,600 offices worldwide. More information can be found at www.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900.

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Jane Darling Joins Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is pleased to announce that Jane Darling has joined our growing team of agents. With career ties to the real estate industry spanning several decades, Darling brings a wealth of industry experience to Century 21 Northland.

A resident of Suttons Bay, Darling takes pride in the relationships she’s built since moving to Leelanau County in 1986, and is passionate about helping clients discover their ideal property – whether long-time locals or new to the area. ”Consistently delivering results for my clients is my mission,” said Darling. “It’s an honor to meet and serve my neighbors and to introduce visitors to the area.”

Darling will serve the Leelanau County community from Century 21 Northland’s Northport office, and can be contacted at jane@darlingproperties.com. Welcome aboard, Jane!

About Century 21 Northland

About Century 21 Northland Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Beulah, Elk Rapids, and Old Mission Peninsula. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 55 licensed realtors. Founded in 2006, Century 21 Northland is part of the global Century 21 network, which includes more than 6,600 offices worldwide. More information can be found at www.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900.

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Join Us in Supporting Jamie Grace for TAAR Board of Directors

Century 21 Northland is proud to support our own Jamie Grace in his candidacy for the Board of Directors of the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR).

Since joining Century 21 Northland in 2012, when he was named TAAR Rookie of the Year, Jamie has been involved in numerous industry associations, including TAAR’s affiliate committee and communications task team. Jamie’s leadership and contributions have had a positive impact on our industry throughout northern Michigan, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting Jamie in his newest opportunity.

Below are some thoughts from Jamie about his motivations for seeking this important position:

I would like to be a director to continue my leadership growth both personally and professionally. I believe that serving on the TAAR board will not only provide me a tremendous growth opportunity but also the opportunity to interact with and learn from our vast membership. I feel that in serving on the board I can provide a new perspective to our industry.

If I have one goal in serving on the board it is to improve our public image as Realtors. I feel that as individuals we are extremely effective at marketing and self-promotion, but as an industry we lack in public relations. In my time as a Realtor, I have met so many amazing people that are doing so much good within our communities. I feel we need to promote not only our value as Realtors, but also our value as people.

Voting is open to all TAAR members and takes place Thursday, October 23. Thank you for your support. Good luck, Jamie!

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