Peter Galloup Joins Century 21 Northland

One of the newest members of the Century 21 Northland family of REALTORS®, Peter Galloup, has returned home to Traverse City with a mission in mind.

Galloup, who has real estate professionals in his family and his wider circle of friends, wants to serve property buyers and sellers.

“I absolutely love the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of people on a daily basis,” he said. “There is nothing quite like helping someone to find the home of their dreams and getting to be a part of a major transition in their lives.”

He has hit the ground running, with the aim of helping the community. He is a member of the Chamber Young Professionals and five real estate professional associations. A lifelong athlete, he also a volunteer CrossFit coach and a member of Grand Traverse Masters Swimming.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland, the regions fastest growing real estate brokerage, serves customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, Roscommon, Houghton Lake and Grayling. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by 76 licensed realtors. Century 21 Northland is part of the global Century 21 network, which includes more than 6,600 offices worldwide. More information can be found atwww.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900.

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Making A Move: How Seniors Can Make Buying A New Home As Stress-Free As Possible

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Making a move during your senior years can be a huge undertaking, and for many seniors, it can be an overwhelming process to go through all the belongings they’ve acquired over the years. Deciding what to take when you’re downsizing is another concern, as is finding the right movers for the big day. It’s important to remember to ask for assistance from family and friends, but it’s just as important to ask for the right kind of help, and be specific about your needs to make moving day go as smoothly as possible.

Here are some of the best tips on how to ensure the process is stress-free.

Get some help

Moving is a big process, so it’s important to find the right movers for the job. Check out local movers to help minimize chaos and stress.

Take care of personal items–jewelry, photos, etc.–yourself, as these may be the first things you want to unpack at the new place, or you may have things you want to give to family members rather than taking them to the new home.

Stay organized

Being as organized as possible will help keep stress at bay, so create a packing list as you’re filling boxes and, when one is full, tape the list to the outside so you can find things easily at the new home. Have a variety of different sized boxes on hand so you can keep fragile things safe in small containers; large and bulky items, like pillows and blankets, can go into the big boxes because they won’t be too hard to pick up.

It’s also important to keep clear walking spaces in your home during the packing process. Once a box is filled and taped up, move it up against a wall and use a marker to write the name of the room it will go in. Keep a large trash bag handy so you can clean as you go and keep the floor free of clutter, which could cause a fall.

Plan ahead

Reserve some boxes for the important items you’ll need during the move or just after. This might include medications, toiletries, medical equipment, cleaning supplies, and kitchen supplies. Keep these boxes separate from the others and mark them, and consider taking them in your own car rather than putting them in the moving van.

You may find it helpful to take pictures of the inside of your current home before you begin packing if you want your new place to look similar as far as the layout goes. This can help you feel comfortable right away and prevent injury from falls due to being unfamiliar with the placement of furniture.

You may also need someone to help you look after your pets, especially if you have dogs or cats that tend to roam. Designate a sitter to keep your pets safe, fed, and watered and to make sure they don’t get too anxious while all the hustle and bustle of moving day is going on.

Once everything is in your new home, try not to be in a rush to get everything done. It can be difficult, because it’s only natural to want to have your belongings in place, but it’s important to take your time, take lots of breaks during unpacking, and have someone there to help you move the heavier boxes as well as take out the trash.

Author: Jim Vogel (ElderAction.org)

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Craig Rosenberg Joins Century 21 Northland

Craig Rosenberg is one of Century 21 Northland’s newest team members, but he is already well known around the Grand Traverse area. That is due to his many years of experience in wealth and asset management in this region. It is expertise that should prove helpful to clients on both sides of real estate transactions.

“Real estate seems like the next logical step for me,” he said. “My overall business experience helps clients with pricing and with deciding whether a property is a good value. Real estate is affected by many factors.”

In addition to his new job, Rosenberg will remain active in asset management.

He also brings to the job a degree in landscape architecture.

“That design background helps me understand and explain zoning, design concepts and whether a house works for the client,” he says.

Rosenberg says his mission as a REALTOR® is “to help clients achieve their real estate goals at all stages of their lives by providing proactive and objective advice coupled with a high level of personalized service.”

Century 21 Northland, the regions fastest growing real estate brokerage, serves customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, Roscommon, Houghton Lake and Grayling. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by 77 licensed realtors. 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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BUFFINI SEMINAR ATTENDED BY JAMIE GRACE

Seminar Changes Realtor’s Business, Professional Life

Century 21 Northland realtor Jamie Grace is pretty clear about where he’ll be about this time next year: attending another personal and professional development seminar.

He has become a huge believer in the Buffini Mastermind approach, and a recent conference in garden spot San Diego, CA, did nothing make him think otherwise.

Organized by Irish-born real estate guru Brian Buffini, Grace learned that the best way to market is by referrals. Buffini lays out a plan to get satisfied current and former clients to more or less act as ambassadors. He argues that in an era information overload and hype, the most credible way to connect with prospective clients is to serve your current clients well, then when the time comes, ask for word-of-mouth referrals.

“Clients want to know that their friends and family members are well cared for,” Grace reasons. “If I do a really good job, clients will pass the word around.”

Grace has changed his marketing style.

“I don’t make cold calls, or rely upon signage anymore,” he said. “That frees me up to do a better job with the clients I have. And that, in turn, helps build future business. One thing feeds another.”

The conference was also about personal development.

Besides headliners Buffini and his wife, Beverly, who is a former USA Olympic volleyball player, other notable speakers included former Gold Medal ice skating star (and cancer survivor) Scott Hamilton, and former Detroit Free Press sports journalist, Mitch Albom.

The common thread running between the professional and personal development sides of the conference is a sense of optimism.

To make his point, Grace mentions the apocryphal “Acres of Diamonds” story in which a man sells his property in order to go search elsewhere for diamonds. The new owner of the land discovered diamonds while the original owner languished.

“The point is to work hard and smart, and realize your potential with what you have now,” Grace says. “That’s a message I’ll keep coming back for.”

Grace has been with Century 21 Northland five years. To contact Jamie call 231-629-0623 or email to jamie.grace@c21northland.com

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland, the regions fastest growing real estate brokerage, serves customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, Roscommon, Houghton Lake and Grayling. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by 78 licensed realtors. Century 21 Northland is part of the global Century 21 network, which includes more than 6,600 offices worldwide. More information can be found atwww.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900.


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Realtor’s Professional Goal: A Stress-Free Transaction

New Century 21 Northland team member Dereck Dykes takes the long view of his career in real estate.

“I understand that not only is buying a home a big, if not the biggest, financial decision you’ll ever make,” he said. “It can also be a very stressful and emotional time.”

“I’m not just in business to make a buck,” he said. “I’m in it to help people find their next home. I truly care about what’s best for them.”

The Houston, Texas, native thinks a good agent should “try very hard to take as much stress of the client’s back” as possible.

That philosophy of client service fits well at Century 21 Northland, where Dykes joins a large team of successful professionals. Dereck Dykes can be reached at 231-714-0627 or by email at dereck@c21northland.com.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland, the regions fastest growing real estate brokerage, serves customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, Roscommon and Houghton Lake. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by 70 licensed realtors. 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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Hanna Gengenbach Begins Career With Century 21 Northland

After seven years as a hair stylist, Nebraska native Hanna Gengenbach, decided it was time for a change. So she followed her boyfriend, a contractor, to Northern Michigan. Her next step has been to become a realtor and join Century 21 Northland’s Traverse City office.

“I’ve always liked customer service,” she said, adding that just as in her previous career, the fun part is “understanding each client’s unique needs and preferences.”

Among potential client types, Hanna is especially interested in helping first-time buyers.

Hanna can be reached by phone at Century 21 Northland at 231-250-9589 or by email at hanna@c21northland.com.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland, the regions fastest growing real estate brokerage, serves customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, Roscommon and Houghton Lake. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by nearly 70 licensed realtors. 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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New Realtor Meg Zammit Joins Century 21 Northland

Meg Zammit, who just launched her career as a realtor by joining Century 21 Northland, has seen a lot of the world. After 20 years here, though, she thinks the Grand Traverse area stacks up well in comparison with some of her favorite places.

“I fell in love with living here,” says the mother of two school-age daughters.

She adds that her background in banking, accounting, property management and running her own residential cleaning firm (which she still owns) makes the move to realty a natural progression.

Meg can be reached at Century 21 Northland by calling 231-360-4382 or via email at    Meg.zammit@c21northland.com.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland, the regions fastest growing real estate brokerage, serves customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, Roscommon and Houghton Lake. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by 70 licensed realtors. 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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New Century 21 Northland Agent Nan Perez Makes Listing, Buying Easy

Traverse City native Nan Perez’s two degrees in engineering and construction give her some unique skills. “I’m experienced with remodeling, relocation, income properties, first-time home purchases, upgrading and even downsizing,” she says. “So buyers can rely on my experience as a seasoned construction manager to bring creative vision to the real estate process.” Her end goal is to take the stress out of listing and buying properties. “Neither side of the equation should be stressful,” she says.

Nan can be reached at the Century 21 Northland office at 231-929-7900, by cell phone at 231-642-1805 or by email at nan.perez@c21northland.com.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland, the regions fastest growing real estate brokerage, serves customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, Roscommon and Houghton Lake. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 57 licensed realtors. 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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Five Century 21 Northland Realtors Earn Centurion Producer Awards

Century 21 Northland has honored five associates with Centurion Awards, which are based on outstanding sales production or a high number of closed transactions during the calendar year.

Veteran realtor Mike Annelin won the 2016 Double Centurion Producer Award.

Annelin was the fourth-highest producer in Century 21’s Great Lakes Region.

Meanwhile, four Century 21 Northland realtors won 2016 Centurion Producer Awards. Requirements for the award are earning at least $242,000 in sales production or having 67 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.  Those associates are: Cory Beuerle, Steve Scheppe, Meagan Luce and Lou Anne Ford.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland, the regions fastest growing real estate brokerage, serves customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, Roscommon and Houghton Lake. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 57 licensed realtors. Century 21 Northland is part of the global Century 21 network, which includes more than 6,600 offices worldwide. More information can be found atwww.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900.

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Century 21 Northland Agents Help Lead TAAR in 2017

The Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR) has a new president and president-elect, both of whom are agents with Century 21 Northland, which has offices throughout the five-county region.

Jamie Grace, will be the TAAR President for 2017.

“The TAAR has consistently been on the cutting edge of industry trends and movements and I hope to continue that leadership within our community and nationwide.”

Grace added that the TAAR actively promotes a spirit of cooperation among agents and brokers across the region. “The old school thinking was that it’s my listing and I’m going to sell it. But by working together through the multiple listing service (MLS) we can sell more houses and serve more clients,” he said. “I think we’re fortunate that the majority of realtors here work extremely well together”

Grace’s Century 21 Northland colleague, Kellie Sergent, was recently elected as TAAR’s 2017 President-Elect. Sergent, who is starting her fifth year in real estate, said she is committed to the association because it “helps to bring a level of professionalism to our industry, while serving the important role of protecting personal property rights both locally and statewide.”

Century 21 Northland’s Carolyn Collins will be serving her second year as a TAAR Board Member and will be chairing the courtesy and professional etiquette.

Agent Dave Wilsey has been nominated as the 2017 Reverse Mentor on the Board. Wilsey will be able to contribute content to the monthly meetings while using this position as a stepping stone for future involvement with the Board.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland, the regions fastest growing real estate brokerage, serves customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, Roscommon and Houghton Lake. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 66 licensed realtors. 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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