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 Kellie Sergent about living and working in northern Michigan.
How long have you lived in northern Michigan? Why did you choose to settle here?
I started my adventures in Northern Michigan as a summer resident since the day I was born. I was fortunate to have parents who had a quaint cottage on the West side of Elk Lake. I spent every summer here my entire life through college. I traveled after college, living in Colorado, Pennsylvania and back downstate in the town I went to school, Grand Blanc. Almost 6 years ago now, I decided to take the leap and move back, wanting to be closer to my family and all of the friends I was so lucky to make while living here. It is a great place to call home and I am so thankful I did so.
Tell us a few of your favorite activities to do or places to visit in the Grand Traverse region.
One of my favorite activities would have to be golf. If I have free time and there is a golf course, I am usually on it. We are so lucky to live in a region with countless courses for all levels of play. I also love to kayak, read, try new food and discover new places in the area. One of my favorite places to visit is the Boardman River and the Sand Lakes Natural Area. Whether hunting for morels, kayaking, snow showing/x-country skiing or simply sitting in a lawn chair with my feet in the river..it’s a hidden gem!
Name one thing that most people wouldn’t guess about you.
That’s kind of a tough one, because I think of myself as kind of a open book. If you ask, I will tell you. With that holding true, I’d have to say that I am actually a very private person. One might not think this, as I am always out and about, attending events, hanging out with friends and active on social media. However, I like to keep a few cards in my hand, a poker face so to speak, to keep everyone guessing maybe?
What’s the funniest or craziest thing that’s happened to you while showing a property to a client?
Hmmm, that can take on so many different levels. One time while showing some clients a home on a really long, muddy driveway (after a huge rain storm) I drove up to the house, slightly Dukes of Hazzard style, to see them in the driveway. I got out and we had kind of a chuckle about the driveway and they said that they too had a bit of trouble and had to gun it to get through. After the showing, they left and I followed them out, only to get stuck in the rutted driveway about halfway down. I proceeded to panic a little, and then reversed it all the way back to the house, put it in drive, hit the gas and hoped nobody was coming up the driveway. Thankfully they were not and I made it out safely, with a beating heart and a rather muddy truck.
Tell us one thing you love about working in the real estate industry and why.
What I love most about working in this business is the people. By people I mean not just the clients, but also the agents and the industry affiliates; all of them complete the process. It is never boring and certainly not always sunshine and roses, but that is what real life is about. Making it through the challenges, focusing on the relationship and achieving success. It’s not just about selling or buying the home for me, it’s about the journey and I am thankful that my clients have asked me to take it with them.