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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Century 21 Northland Expands Leelanau County Presence with Empire Office, New Vacation Rentals

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – March 30, 2015 – Century 21 Northland is pleased to announce plans to open its newest office in the Village of Empire. The new location, which will operate under the company’s Sleeping Bear Real Estate brand, will be Century 21 Northland’s fourth real estate office in Leelanau County, and ninth office in the greater Grand Traverse region.

The Empire office will further strengthen Century 21 Northland’s expertise in the Leelanau County market, and will help Century 21 agents to build new relationships in a vibrant, growing community surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

“We’re excited to continue our growth in Leelanau County by establishing a year-round presence in Empire, which will establish Century 21 Northland as the only brokerage with an office servicing the Empire area, ” said Brad Platt, co-owner of the company. “Empire and The Sleeping Bear Dunes region is a special part of our area, and we’re looking forward to supporting the community with our industry-leading expertise.”

The addition of the Empire office marks the eighth strategic expansion for Century 21 Northland since the company was founded 2006. In 2009, the company opened their Suttons Bay office. In 2010, Sleeping Bear Realty was added to the Century 21 Northland brand. In early 2013, Northland acquired Remerica Up North Properties, which now serves as its Elk Rapids office, and Northland’s Old Mission Peninsula and Northport offices were opened in 2014.

Northland Vacation Rentals, a sister company of Century 21 Northland with offices in Traverse City and Glen Arbor, is also expanding is Leelanau County portfolio with the acquisition of a group vacation rentals in the Glen Arbor area.

“Working through this acquisition with Pam DePuy and our partner in Northland Vacation Rentals, Connie Kroll, has been great,” said Platt. “Pam has had great relationships with her clients and we’re looking forward to continuing to offer them value while adding new properties to offer to northern Michigan visitors.”

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, Mapleton, Northport, and Empire. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 35 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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Kyle Miller Joins Century 21 Northland

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

Originally from northern Indiana, Miller moved to Traverse City after falling in love with the area and all it has to offer. Counting boating and skiing among his personal hobbies, Miller is sure to feel right at home in northern Michigan.

With 10 years of experience in construction, real estate, and property management, in addition to his background in sports broadcasting, Miller brings a dedication to the value of hard work, personal relationships, and communication to the Century 21 Northland team.

“I pride myself on a high standard of performance,” said Miller. “Whether it’s a first home or a dream home, I’m looking forward bringing that level of dedication to Century 21 Northland and the northern Michigan community.”

Miller will serve the greater Grand Traverse region from Century 21 Northland’s Traverse City office, and can be contacted at Kyle.Miller@c21northland.com or by phone at 231-633-9551.

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Century 21 Northland Recognized with Top Awards from Greater Michigan Broker Councils for 2014

We are proud to be recognized by the CENTURY 21® Greater Michigan Broker Councils with several prestigious awards for 2014.

CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND owner/brokers Brad Platt, Julia Lilley and Jason Kudary were presented with the DOUBLE CENTURION® OFFICE AWARD for the second consecutive year, acknowledging them as the #1 office and company in Northern Michigan Broker Councils, and the #1 office by AGC in the Great Lakes Region, which places CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND of Traverse City as the #1 office in the state of Michigan and #28 in the nation for 2014.

The DOUBLE CENTURION Award is presented to CENTURY 21 System offices that achieve or surpass sales production of $3,634,000 – $5,450,999 or 774 – 1,160 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.

CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND of Traverse City was also presented with the PRESIDENT’S AWARD for the second consecutive year. In addition, CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND was recognized as a QUALITY SERVICE PINNACLE® AWARD WINNING OFFICE for achieving and maintaining a 95% overall score index for three consecutive years in ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction.

“We are extremely proud to receive this prestigious recognition form the Greater Michigan Broker Councils,” said CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND partner, Brad Platt. “These awards are a testament to the dedication of our team to providing the highest level of service to our clients.”

The good news doesn’t stop there! A number of agents from the CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND team were also recognized with individual awards for their achievements in 2014.

Centurion Producers
Mike Annelin
Cory Beuerle
Bridget Carefoot
Carolyn Collins
 
Mathew Geib
Meagan Luce
Suzanne Voltz
Platinum Sales Achievement
Conrad Reiter
Cherie Robinson
Linda Zajac
Team Burt & Julie
Gold Sales Achievement
Luba Childs
Jamie Grace
Renae Hansen
Kellie Sergent
Neal Sweet
Silver Sales Achievement
Karen Ardery
Anne Wiltse Conrad
Steve Damman
Jane Darling
Faye Fitch
Lynda Herkner
Mary Hoyt
Susan Kelly
Rebecca Mann
Lance Markoski
Kevin Molby
Lauren Prentice
Sharon Sutherland
Masters Diamond Producers
Anne Perry
Camille Campbell
Barbara Cooper
Andrea Galloup
Masters Emerald Producers
Lou Anne Ford
Kristine Shacklette
Ron Williamson
Thomas Wiltse
Masters Ruby Producers
Jon Becker
Molly Buttleman
Connie Kroll
Steve Scheppe
Laura Sielaff

Congratulations to all award recipients and to the entire Century 21 Northland team for this well-earned recognition. Here’s to even greater success in 2015!

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