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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Join Us in Supporting Meagan Luce for District Director with Michigan REALTORS

All of us at Century 21 Northland are proud to support our own Meagan Luce, current president of the Traverse Area Association of REALTORS®, as a candidate for District Director with Michigan REALTORS®.

Since joining Century 21 Northland in 2009, when she was named TAAR Rookie of the Year, Meagan has made an effort to get involved in our local community and industry associations in many ways, including her current role as TAAR president. Meagan’s leadership has had a positive impact on our industry throughout northern Michigan, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting her in her latest challenge.

Below are a few words from Meagan about her motivations for seeking this important position:

Getting involved in my local association has been a spectacular experience. As my involvement has grown in our local board, so have my business relationships, sales, and my understanding of the real estate industry. Along the way I have learned so much about our local, state and national associations, and this knowledge has helped elevate my worldview and understanding of our industry.

The health of our industry has a direct effect on all of us, and as practitioners it is our responsibility to volunteer our time and efforts to help elevate the level of vigilance and understanding, and to make well-informed decisions. Being involved at the local board level has reinforced this notion and is what compels me to run for the Michigan REALTORS® Directors position this year.

Voting is open only to registered members of the National Association of REALTORS®. Make sure you have your NRDS# handy and follow this link to cast your vote:  http://mirealtors.com/District-Director-Elections. Thank you for your support. Good luck, Meagan!

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Meet A Realtor: Connie Kroll

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 installment, we spoke with Connie Kroll about what it means to live and work as a Realtor in northern Michigan.

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

I was born in Fort Benning, Georgia while my dad was in the service, but have lived in northern Michigan since the age of 2. My husband and I moved to the Traverse City area over 26 years ago. I cannot think of anywhere else I would rather call home!

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

The four seasons, fresh air, and the outdoors.

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

My family and I really love the outdoors. From the sand dunes in Glen Arbor, canoeing or tubing the Betsie, to the streets of downtown Traverse City, my family and I try to take advantage of all that the area has to offer. We recently bought bikes so we are looking forward to hitting some trails!

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

I have two: people and diversity. I love meeting people and I love waking up every day with a new challenge. No two days are ever the same in real estate. I love the challenge of it all.

Describe your favorite sale of 2013 or 2014.

I worked with a lot of great people over the last year, but I would say my favorite was a family of 5. Both the husband and wife were former military. They were pre-approved and ready to go. Once we found the perfect house we ended up having some issues with VA financing. It took quite a few phone calls to the VA, but after a few weeks of nail biting we were finally able to close. This family deserved a break and it was my pleasure to help them.

How has technology helped you as a realtor?

My husband and I have own our own construction company, I’m a full time realtor, and we just added managing vacation rentals to our resume.  Technology has allowed me to be a savvy business women by keeping abreast of the market, being responsive to my clients, and still be able to be a “hands on” mom and business partner.

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Win Tickets to the TCFF Filmmaker Party at Century 21 Northland

The 2014 Traverse City Film Festival is underway! We are very excited to be part of the 10th Anniversary Film Festival, as we once again welcome the Filmmaker Party to our Traverse City office at the corner of Park and State Streets Saturday, August 2 at 8:30 pm.

To celebrate the occasion, we’re giving YOU a chance to join us for the party! Just visit our Facebook app by clicking here to get started, and follow the instructions to enter.

This Saturday, August 2, the parking lot in front of our office will be transformed into a festive outdoor venue featuring a smorgasbord of food, libations and entertainment. Join filmmakers, festival goers, and friends for this star-studded event that’s sure to be a highlight of the festival. We’ll hope to see you there!

Photo by Ben Law Photography. Check out our photo gallery from last year’s TCFF Filmmaker Party!

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Sheri Sutherland Joins Century 21 Northland

We are excited to announce that Sheri Sutherland has joined our growing team of agents. A resident of Northport and a licensed Realtor since 1986, Sutherland specializes in residential sales with an emphasis on homes, condos, vacant land, waterfront, new construction, foreclosures and short sales in the Northport area.

“The community of Northport is exactly as it presents itself to be: Warm, neighborly, and filled to the brim with amazingly talented people who are not afraid to try new adventures, to stretch and grow while maintaining the beauty of the region,” said Sutherland. “I am honored to be part of that growth with the opening of Century21 Northland’s new Real Estate Office in the Village of Northport.”

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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