Agent Profile: Jessie Deiss

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 asked Jessie Deiss for her thoughts about living and working in northern Michigan.

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

I have lived here for 15 years because my family is from this area.

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

My most favorite thing to do is to be outside. Whether I am gardening, walking, biking, at the beach, or just sitting on my patio, I love enjoying the fresh air and cool breezes.

Name one thing that most people wouldn’t guess about you.

I am a Mississippi girl! I was born and raised in the south, fishing and getting my hands dirty. Sometimes I wish I could go back, but then I remember the humidity!

What’s the funniest or craziest thing that’s happened to you while showing a property to a client?

It was middle of winter and I was 8 months pregnant. We walked down into a “Michigan basement” and there were 2 holes with snakes hanging halfway outside of them! Pretty creepy!

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

The thing I love the most, being a new mom, is that I get to work from home! I love people and love helping them search for new homes. The fact that I can do that and still spend this precious time with my new little man is the best!

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Agent Profile: Kristine Shacklette

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 asked Kristine Shacklette about her experiences living and working in northern Michigan.

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

I grew up in Traverse City, moved away for 18 years, and then came back, of course! It’s the perfect place to raise a family and experience the good life! I have a lot of family and friends in the area and wouldn’t trade it!

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

I love the outdoors, so whether I’m cross country skiing, boating, or getting my hands dirty in the garden, it’s outside for me and my family! I love being on the shores of the Big Lake, I enjoy the multitude of extraordinary restaurants, galleries and markets Northern Michigan has to offer. I love the marinas and beaches, quaint downtowns but most of all, it’s the people. We attract a good crowd and I’m proud to be a part of it!

Name one thing that most people wouldn’t guess about you.

Hmmm…Perhaps this is an indication I talk too much, I can’t think of anything people don’t know…

What’s the funniest or craziest thing that’s happened to you while showing a property to a client?

Oh boy, there have been many!! What comes to mind is a person sleeping in a bedroom we didn’t realize was there! Or the client who didn’t get the memo their home was being shown, so we let ourselves in and low and behold, they were home and not expecting us!

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

I love getting to know people and their story. Everyone has one and they are usually quite interesting! I enjoy finding the right landing spot for my client no matter what kind of transition they’re in!

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Agent Profile: Linda Zajac

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 Linda Zajac and asked her about living and working in northern Michigan.

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

I have lived here since 1987. We wanted to enjoy the serenity and beauty of this beloved city.

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

I love gardening. It gives me peace and relieves me of all stress. I also love sports: the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings hockey, the Pistons, U of M everything, and Michigan State.

Name one thing that most people wouldn’t guess about you.

My husband and I have known each other since kindergarten. First boyfriend I ever had. We’ve been married 30 years and all that time he has commuted here from working downstate. I see him every weekend. Love can make anything Work!

What’s the funniest or craziest thing that’s happened to you while showing a property to a client?

I had an 85-year-old couple in the back seat of my car going up a steep driveway in the winter with a drop-off of about 20 feet on each side. My car slid on the ice, turned a complete doughnut and just headed back down the hill. When we reached the bottom of the drive, the couple laughed and thanked me for the thrill of their lives!

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

I have met so many life long friends who started off as my clients, all because I am a realtor. I treasure everyone of them!

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Agent Profile: Sheri Sutherland

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 Sheri Sutherland and asked her about living and working in northern Michigan.

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

In 1987 we sold our business and home in Birmingham, Michigan to start our northern Michigan adventure. My husband spent 4 years at The Leelanau School, had family living on Old Mission Peninsula and Glen Arbor, our daughter was ready to enter Central Michigan University, and we were ready for a lifestyle change. Where else would anyone ever want to live? Our goal was to find woods, water, and a wonderful town. We found everything we ever wanted in Northport!

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

We love all the local summer events in Northport, Leland, Suttons Bay, Cedar, Frankfort, and Traverse City. Our region is filled with amazingly talented, creative people. In the winter we enjoy walking our dog on the wooded trails, stopping for coffee, purchasing good books, then cozying up by the wood fire with a large pot of chili cooking on the stove.

Name one thing that most people wouldn’t guess about you.

I love to browse resale stores and Antique shops!

What’s the funniest or craziest thing that’s happened to you while showing a property to a client?

I have been sworn to secrecy and I always keep my word !!!

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

Variety!! Real Estate allows me the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people that quickly become friends. The industry is constantly evolving, and that allows for a variety of educational opportunities. Mentally strong, Spiritually stronger. I love it!

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Agent Profile: Kellie Sergent

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.

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Agent Profile: Jamie Grace

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 Jamie Grace about living and working in northern Michigan.

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

I have lived in Northern Michigan since 2005 and followed my first job out of college up here. I love it here and can’t imagine ever leaving!

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

I love living up here for all of the reasons people love visiting us here. I always feel like I am on vacation! Depending on the season, I can usually be found in one of a couple spots. In the Summer you can find me either out on the water or on the golf course, and in the winter, I spend most of my time at the ice arena, either as a hockey referee or as a new curler.

Name one thing that most people wouldn’t guess about you.

I am an only child. Well, maybe they would guess that.

What’s the funniest or craziest thing that’s happened to you while showing a property to a client?

I once got my Jeep stuck in an un-plowed driveway and my client insisted on helping to push me out. I told them I would push and they could drive but they insisted on pushing. She was a woman in her late 50′s and I can still see her face coming up just over my hood trying to push the car….

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Agent Profile: Meagan Alvarado

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 Alvarado about living and working in northern Michigan.

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

I’m a Traverse City native-my great grandfather built the house I was raised in on State Street. After living in Madison Wisconsin for about 7 years, my husband and I returned to TC to raise our kids in this incredible community.

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

I love being outdoors! All year long-downhill skiing in the winter at Hickory (where I skied as a kid!) to swimming, boating and stand up paddle boarding in the summer on West Bay. I love Northern Michigan and everything it has to offer.

Name one thing that most people wouldn’t guess about you.

I have the amazing ability to meet people from Traverse City (or those who have a Traverse City connection) wherever I go around the country. It amazes my husband that we can be in the middle of nowhere and I’ll start talking to someone and inevitably, I’ll find a Traverse City connection.

What’s the funniest or craziest thing that’s happened to you while showing a property to a client?

I was once showing a home to clients and we thought no one was home. We went upstairs and a naked woman came out of a bedroom not realizing there was a showing. She continued to talk to us (while attempting to put a robe on) and tried to sell us on the perks of her home. It was incredibly awkward and, needless to say, my clients passed on purchasing the house.

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Brad Platt Selected to Century 21 National Brokers Communications Congress

CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, has announced that Brad Platt of Century 21 Northland in Traverse City has been chosen to represent the State of Michigan at the CENTURY 21 National Brokers Communication Congress (NBCC).

The NBCC provides elected CENTURY 21® System representatives from across the country the opportunity to give feedback to the brand’s corporate management team on current programs and initiatives. In addition, the meeting allows representatives to share and discuss key market trends and conditions that will potentially influence their respective real estate markets.

Each of the CENTURY 21 System’s 27 national regions elects two NBCC broker representatives from its roster, each of whom serves two-year terms. Their duty is to present the issues and challenges from their respective regions to the national committee, who then work with members of CENTURY 21 corporate staff to find solutions. NBCC representatives also help shape CENTURY 21 System policies and programs.

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 Empire. 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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April Prince Joins Century 21 Northland

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

Prince has lived in Traverse City with her family for 18 years, where she has contributed to the growth of three local companies and developed a thorough understanding of the community through her work in customer service.

“I believe there are many components to success,” said Prince. “Whether it’s building your own business or working to help build someone else’s, listening, attention to detail and constant communication are core aspects along with hard work and determination.”

Prince will serve the greater Grand Traverse region from Century 21 Northland’s downtown Traverse City office, and can be contacted at april.prince@c21northland.com or by phone at 231-633-7072.

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 Empire. 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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Teri Miceli Bowen Joins Century 21 Northland

CENTURY 21® NORTHLAND is pleased to announce that Teri Miceli Bowen has joined its growing team of agents.

From Traverse City, Teri grew up on Old Mission Peninsula before relocating following her graduation from Traverse City St. Francis. After a 22-year career building a successful real estate business in Atlanta, GA, Teri returned to northern Michigan, where she hopes to use her industry experience to help others do the same.

“With the experience I’ve gained over the last 22 years, I plan to continue making dreams come true for others who wish to live and play in beautiful Northern Michigan,” said Bowen.

Teri’s enthusiasm for the Traverse City region extends to the outdoors, where she enjoys cycling – both on the road and off – and water sports of all kinds, but it’s her experiences with people that drive her passion for the real estate industry.

“As a second generation Realtor, I’ve had the honor of ‘selling dreams’ since 1993,” said Bowen. “I love what I do and it’s a great way to give back. Every day is different and the friendships and families I have made along the way are priceless!”

Teri will serve the greater Grand Traverse region from Century 21 Northland’s downtown Traverse City office, and can be contacted at terim@c21northland.com or by phone at 231-631-8840.

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 Empire. 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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