Katie Leonard Joins Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is pleased to announce the addition of Katie Leonard to our growing team of Realtors.

A love of travel, water, and exploring led Leonard to the Traverse City Area six years ago. Leonard feels that these passions, along with the local knowledge she’s acquired while living in the community, will help her to provide a high level of service to clients.

“My knowledge and love for the area have allowed me to become a dependable resource to my clients for places to explore, visit, and eventually call home,” says Leonard. “I’ve found that providing exceptional customer service is extremely rewarding, and is built upon a few simple objectives: communication, honesty, and trust.”

Buyers and sellers interested in contacting Katie Leonard can do so by email at katie.leonard@c21northland.com or by phone at 231-632-6186.

About Century 21 Northland
Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from 9 offices located throughout northern Michigan.  Office locations currently consist of Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, 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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Angie Brown Joins Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is pleased to welcome Angie Brown to our professional team of Realtors.

Brown takes a proactive approach to staying current with market trends in order to deliver results for her clients.

“I am proud to be able to offer my clients premium marketing and networking services to help them sell their homes,” says Brown.  “Together with Century 21 Northland, I will assist my client by navigating through the real estate process – financing, negotiating, contracts, inspections, and title work.”

Brown’s commitment to customer service has enabled her to build relationships with clients that last well beyond their initial transaction.

“Through my professionalism and precision, I pride myself in being my clients most trusted advocate through the home selling/buying process,” Brown says.

Brown will serve the northern Michigan market based in Century 21 Northland’s downtown Traverse City office, and may be contacted at angie.brown@c21northland.com or by phone at 231-313-5699.

About Century 21 Northland
Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from 9 offices located throughout northern Michigan.  Office locations currently consist of Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, 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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Meagan Luce and Kellie Sergent Visit Michigan Capitol

Meagan Luce and Kellie Sergent of Century 21 Northland had the opportunity, along with Jennifer Kowal from the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR), to visit the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing last week to meet with several legislators.

“Doug Merriem, who is the West Michigan Public Policy Director for Michigan Realtors, invited us as representatives of TAAR to tour the Capitol last week,” said Sergent. “We also had the opportunity to meet with some of the local elected officials that our RPAC dollars support.”

Pictured here (left to right) are Senator Darwin Booher, Meagan Luce, Kellie Sergent, Jennifer Kowal, and Senator Wayne Schmidt on the Senate Floor.

Merriem coordinated the visit so that Sergent, Luce, and Kowal could visit the Senate and House Floors, as well as meet with Sen. Wayne Schmidt, Rep. Larry Inman, Sen. Darwin Booher, and Rep. Bruce Rendon.

“It was a great opportunity to discuss some of the issues we’re concerned about as Realtors with our legislators in Lansing,” said Sergent. “And since Governor Snyder’s State of the State address had been the prior evening, we had a chance to hear about a number of statewide issues as well.”

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Century 21 Northland Agents Elected to 2016 TAAR Board of Directors

Century 21 Northland is pleased to congratulate Carolyn Collins and Kellie Sergent on their election to the 2016 Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR) Board of Directors.

A TAAR member of for 14 years, Carolyn Collins is a licensed Associate Broker Realtor based in Century 21 Northland’s downtown Traverse City office.

“I’m honored to be elected to this leadership role,” says Collins. “I’m looking forward to learning more about the inner workings of our association and how I can be of service to our members.”

Kellie Sergent is currently finishing up her third year in real estate with Century 21 Northland, serving the northern Michigan community from the company’s Elk Rapids office.

Kellie is currently the Vice president of the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Reverse Mentor on the TAAR board.

“It is important to me that our industry is staying competitive, relevant and informed,” says Sergent. “Joining the TAAR board will offer new opportunities to work toward reaching those goals.”

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from 9 offices located throughout northern Michigan.  Office locations currently consist of Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, 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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Century 21 Northland Partners Attend 2015 CENTURY 21 Leadership Conference

Century 21 Northland Owner/Brokers Jason Kudary, Brad Platt, and Julia Lilley recently attended the CENTURY 21® Leadership Conference in San Diego, California.

The annual conference, held October 3-5 at San Diego’s historic Hotel Del Coronado, provides CENTURY 21 brokers, owners, and managers a special forum to share growth strategies, best practices, and information about the extensive line of products and services provided by the CENTURY 21 System.

Brad Platt was a featured speaker at the conference, presenting on hiring and supporting the “Millennial” generation in real estate.

“Our goal is provide our agents with as much value as possible,” said Platt. “The Annual Leadership Conference is a great opportunity for us to connect with and learn from fellow leaders in our industry.”

This year’s three-day conference focused on innovation, disruption and strategic ways for C21® System members to deliver ’wow’ experiences to real estate consumers in the markets they serve.

The almost 500 attendees also celebrated the recent announcement that the CENTURY 21 brand swept the annual J.D. Power 2015 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySMfor the second year in a row by receiving the highest ranking among national real estate firms across all four customer satisfaction segments in the study, including: First-Time Home-Buyer Satisfaction, Repeat Home-Buyer Satisfaction, First-Time Home-Seller Satisfaction and Repeat Home-Seller Satisfaction.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from 9 offices located throughout northern Michigan.  Office locations currently consist of Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, 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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Agent Profile: Karen Ardery

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 Karen Ardery to ask her about about living and working in northern Michigan.

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

I moved up to Traverse City in 1973, with my parents and siblings. I grew up on Long Lake, which was a magical place for us after moving up from the Detroit area. After college, I returned to Traverse City and raised my family here. There’s no place like it!

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

My family and I love to visit the many beaches in our area, throughout the summer months. My son in law is a kite boarder, and he has introduced us to some beaches we had never been to before. It’s such a great adventure living here – and there is so much to see and do.

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

I volunteer for the Film Festival and the Comedy Festival, and take care of our visiting film makers and guests, while they are here as part of the festival. It’s a very fun job, as I love being a tour guide to our beautiful city. I’m always amazed at how many of our guests have never been here before, but when the festival is over, they are sad to leave. They love it here, and some continue to come back, year after year, sometimes bringing their friends and families along.

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

I’ve been in sales, for many years, having worked mostly in advertising sales and marketing for the Record Eagle, and then for USA Today. I enjoyed visiting with my clients and working with them on their marketing goals. Real estate sales is much more fun and personal, and while I still get visit with my clients, it’s more of a personal sales experience, often times involving the entire family or extended family. It’s very rewarding when I can help make their real estate goals and dreams come together.

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Renee Builes Joins Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is pleased to announce that Renee Builes has joined its growing team of agents.

A northern Michigan native, Builes is enthusiastic about using her experience in the region to help clients navigate a dynamic real estate market in Traverse City and the surrounding area.

“Purchasing real estate is more than simply finding a place to live. It’s about finding a home,” said Builes. “I believe in working with the buyer to find the right home at the right price, while ensuring that the neighborhood and amenities are the right fit.”

When it comes to selling a home, Builes brings a personal approach to the Century 21 Northland team.

“I feel it’s important to help potential buyers visualize living in the home,” Builes said. “Details like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or simply adding a fresh coat of paint can be the difference in making a home attractive to buyers.”

Builes will serve the greater Grand Traverse region from Century 21 Northland’s Traverse City office, and can be contacted at renee.builes@c21northland.com or by phone at 231-709-7725.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from 9 offices located throughout northern Michigan.  Office locations currently consist of Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, 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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Century 21 Northland’s Dave Wilsey Receives Leadership Grand Traverse Scholarship

Century 21 Northland agent Dave Wilsey has been selected by the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR) Board of Directors to receive scholarship funding for the fall 2015 Leadership Grand Traverse Program.  Leadership Grand Traverse is an annual program presented by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce that prepares participants for decision-making leadership roles in areas such as policy, program implementation, and organizational maintenance.

“We’re excited that Dave will be the latest member of the Century 21 Northland team to participate in Leadership Grand Traverse,” said Brad Platt, Century 21Northland partner. “It’s an exceptional program that continues to make a valuable contribution to our community through the development of current and future business leaders.”

The fall 2015 Leadership Grand Traverse program begins Tuesday, September 15 and concludes in mid-November.

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CENTURY 21 Northland Ranks Among Top 1,000 U.S. Real Estate Firms

Century 21 Northland partners Jason Kudary, Julia Lilley, and Brad Platt

CENTURY 21 Northland, headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, recently announced its inclusion in the Top 1,000 of RISMedia’s 27th Annual Power Broker Report, a national ranking of real estate brokerage firms. Owned and operated locally by partners Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley, CENTURY 21 Northland reported 949 closed residential transactions in 2014, and a total sales volume of $206,864,662.

“Century 21 Northland is proud to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Platt. “This latest honor is a testament to the dedication of our talented team to delivering results for our clients.”

This year’s Power Broker Report is based on responses to RISMedia’s 2015 Power Broker Survey, distributed in early January. More than 1,000 real estate firms from across the country completed the Power Broker Survey, reporting a collective 3,203,736 closed residential transactions in 2014, accounting for a total $973,976,005,312 in sales volume.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from 9 offices located throughout northern Michigan.  Office locations currently consist of Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, 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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Agent Profile: Kelly Rayment

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 Kelly Rayment to ask her about about living and working in northern Michigan.

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

I was born and raised in Northern Michigan on the “Sunrise Side.” The first time I moved away from the Great Lakes I noticed a sense of claustrophobia and realized it was due to the absence of those grand expanses of water we are blessed with. As I was fond of telling others, “You call this a lake?!?! Where I come from, if you can see the other side, it’s a pond!” My return to the north resulted in sixteen years on Mackinac Island, an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. However, there are some experiences even better…. my husband and I have three grandchildren in Traverse City and being able to be near them, the water and also live in this great city? Life couldn’t get any better!!

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

Having grown up on Lake Huron and living on the shores of Mackinac Island, I was certain that when we moved to Traverse City I would simply have to be on the bay! However, we have settled into our home on Silver Lake and some of my favorite activities have become kayaking and fishing. Oh, and I also bought my first pair of ice skates in about *** years!! ;)

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

The obvious thing is always that people are surprised to learn that my husband and I are both private pilots. Nothing compares to the freedom of flying and it’s an experience I treasure. Add to that the time we sold our long time business and bought a golf course outside Atlanta, GA (talk about your mid-life crises) and you can’t say we’re not the adventurous types!

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

To be honest, I haven’t been in the business long enough to have a really good funny story to answer this question, but hopefully I’ll be gathering my tales soon enough. As long as they’re not TOO crazy!

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

At the risk of sounding too cliche’ I’d have to say that the number “one” thing I love about working in real estate is the people I meet. I’ve met lifelong friends along the way. You can’t be a part of one of a family’s most important decisions and not become emotionally involved with them. I’m going to assume that seasoned vets would advise against getting emotionally involved, but the even more seasoned vets in the business know that’ s impossible!

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