Mercedes Davidson Joins Century 21 Northland

Mercedes Davidson grew up around real estate agents. So when she decided to become one herself, she knew how to choose the brokerage that was right for her.

“I interviewed at a few places, but Century 21 Northland’s culture – its well-organized office, the training and the way everyone paid close attention to detail – was the perfect match.”

The common thread between Michigan native’s new career with Century 21 Northland and her earlier experiences in sales, management and agriculture can be summed up with one word – service.

“I love people and working with families,” she said. “Now I get to help them find them a home – not a house but a home.”

Mercedes can be reached by cell at 231-668-2824, at the Century 21 Northland office at 231-929-7900 and by email at Mercedes@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 79 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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Aaron McBride Joins Century 21 Northland

New Century 21 Northland agent Aaron McBride caught the real estate bug shortly after buying his home.  He already had years of sales experience, but concluded that the lure of representing homeowners and future homeowners was truly a privilege.

His goal at Century 21 Northland is ambitious: he aims to offer unmatched service to his clients.

“Each property is unique, and I relish the chance to get to know the people behind the transaction,” he said.

Aaron can be reached at 231-492-4917 or by email at aaron@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 at www.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900

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Mary Rollert Joints Century 21 Northland

New real estate agent Mary Rollert, a native of Traverse City, has become the newest member of the Century 21 Northland team.

“I look forward to helping clients sell their property or buy their dream home,” Rollert said.

Before beginning her new career, she ran an outdoor maintenance company with her husband.

“I chose real estate because I like working with people and whole families,” she said. “I believe in honest, open communication and full attention to detail and to clients.”

Mary Rollert can be reached at 231-883-6837 or by email at maryrollertc21@gmail.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 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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Cherie Robinson Named to Munson Foundation Board

Century 21 Northland associate Cherie Robinson has been named to the Munson Medical Center Foundation.

“It’s an honor,” she said. “We are very lucky to have a first class health care provider in our area. All of us have a family member or friend that would benefit from continuing to enhance these services. It’s a big advantage to find that healthcare in our town.”

The Traverse City-based foundation raises funds to pay for local health care services, equipment, and programs that might otherwise go unfunded.

A 14-year veteran of the real estate profession, Robinson and her husband are raising three young boys.

“One of reasons I wanted to serve on the board,” she said, “all 3 of my children are now in school full-time, giving me the opportunity to give back to our community.”

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Century 21 Northland REALTOR® Attends National Leadership Summit

Century 21 Northland REALTOR® Kellie Sergent, who is the incoming president of the Traverse Area Association Realtors (TAAR), recently attended the annual National Association of Realtors (NAR) annual Leadership Summit in Chicago with TAAR CEO Kim Pontius. The three-day event featured new ideas to help leaders of local real estate associations.

“It was beneficial to see support from the national level trickle down to the state level and to the local associations,” Sergent said. “We talked a lot about the resources NAR can provide.”

Sergent, who works out of Century 21 Northland’s Elk Rapids office, becomes TAAR president next year.

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 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 atwww.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900.

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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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