Sleeping Bear Realty Voted Best

Century 21 Sleeping Bear Realty (SBR) recently garnered dual honors in the Benzie County Record Patriot’s annual “Best of Benzie County” competition. Burt and Julie Williams were chosen as “Best Real Estate Agents” and SBR was voted “Best Real Estate Company.” SBR has offices in Frankfort, Beulah and Empire, and is part of the Century 21 Northland family.

Burt Williams, an associate broker at SBR, attributed the awards to two factors: positive feedback from customers and his team’s knowledge of the Sleeping Bear area. Our quick response times are a big thing,” he said. “Nothing gets put on the back burner. We answer as quickly as possible.”

The area SBR serves is unique, Julie Williams said. “We have a high number of resort homes, and lots of waterfront properties here,” Julie Williams said. “At the same time, more and more people also retiring here.”

The Williams have been realtors for the past nine years. Their daughter, Jessie Deiss, works in Century 21 Northland’s Traverse City office.

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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Carolyn Collins Runs for NMC Trustees, Sees College as Vital to Grand Traverse Area

Traverse City, MI – Prominent realtor and community leader Carolyn Collins feels she has a debt to pay to NMC. That is something she intends to do if elected to the college’s Board of Trustees on November 8th.

“The college really helped me out,” she said. “I retrained at NMC and went on to own three daycare centers. I did that for years.”

As a business woman, she hired NMC students whenever there was a job opening.  Many of those were studying Early Childhood Development at the time and have gone on to professional careers in their own right.

Collins’ entered the race for the six-year, unpaid, volunteer position as an NMC trustee out of concern about many issues that determine the institution’s future path.

“Just to name one example, it’s clear that issues like affordable housing for students, for example, deserves attention. If we deal with housing, we’d have more students.”

“I also think national concern about student debt could actually be an issue where NMC has a natural advantage since many of our students live at home and have jobs.”

Collins also hopes to foster collaboration between all parties at NMC.

She will participate with other candidates in a League of Women Voters-sponsored public forum on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Milliken Auditorium in the Dennos Museum Center.

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 Experienced Century 21 Northland Agents Say Hard Work and Service Are Key to Success

Earning Century 21 Northland’s three highest honors – the coveted President’s Award as well as the Centurion and Quality Service Pinnacle awards – requires hard work, dedication to the team concept and a commitment to serve clients.

Five outstanding agents – Cory Beuerle, Mike Annelin, Megan Luce, Camille Campbell and Matthew Geib – have won all three awards.

These are five realtors who know how to succeed quantitatively and qualitatively in a demanding profession.

Cory Beuerle, a realtor for 23 years, said that excellent service builds future business. “If you do a good job, clients tell their friends,” she said. “And service is about giving good advice and working well with other agents.” Beuerle added, “After all, we guide people on the most expensive item they own. With that comes a high degree of responsibility.”  The mother of three kids and grandmother of 6 kids works mostly in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

Mike Annelin is an upbeat agent with eleven years of experience. He got into real estate sales right out of college. Annelin said recognition for a job well done flows naturally from having a positive attitude and building a solid reputation.  “I care about my reputation, and not just at work,” he said. “That holds true for my family, too.”  He said working with fellow agents is rewarding. “There should be a win-win feeling when you sit at the closing table.”

Meagan Luce started out as a real estate investor. She bought, rehabbed and the sold her own properties. In her eight years as a real agent, she has served as president of the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR) and now is a director on the Michigan Realtors board.

“I’m a workaholic, but in a good way,” she said. “My approach is to go the extra mile for clients. I don’t advise them to do anything that I wouldn’t do for myself. That’s why I have good relationships with clients.”

Grand Traverse native Camille Campbell has lived in Houston and Alaska, but as she puts it, she and her husband, a geophysicist, “responded to the ‘call of Northern Michigan’.”  Her simple recipe for success rests on two things. “I keep clients’ goals foremost in my mind at all times, and I develop strong working relationships with my peers,” she said.

Another winner of Century 21 Northland’s “triple crown,” Matthew Geib, said he likes the personal initiative it takes to succeed as a realtor. That approach comes naturally. “I grew up in a family business, studied entrepreneurship at CMU, and applied all that experience to becoming a good real estate agent,” he said. “I like the ability to control my own business.”

The President’s Award is granted only to agents who earn both the Centurion Award, which is based on a high level of production, as well as the Quality Service Pinnacle Award, which is based on exemplary feedback from satisfied clients.

Cory Beuerle can be reached at 231-631-7653 or by email at corybeuerle@gmail.com. Mike Annelin is at 231-499-4249 or Mike.annelin@c21northland.com. Megan Luce can be contacted at 231-883-8440 or at Meagan.luce@c21northland.com. Camille Campbell is at 231-944-9385 or camilleycampbell@gmail.com. And Matthew Geib can be reached at 231-357-3265 or mgeib@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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Experienced Century 21 Northland Agents Say Customer Service Sets the Stage for Success

Without any hesitation, four highly experienced Century 21 Northland real estate agents – Ron Williamson, Barbara Cooper, Andrea Galloup and Molly Buttleman – say that of the three top awards each earned, the one that means the most to them shows that they serve customers well.

The coveted President’s Award is granted to those agents who earn both the Centurion Award, which is based on a high level of production and the Quality Service Pinnacle Award, which is based on exemplary customer service as reported by satisfied clients in the same year.

All three awards make it clear that these are realtors who work hard and are experts in their field.

At the same time, Williamson, Cooper, Galloup and Buttleman each said the Quality Service Pinnacle award sets the stage for that level of success.

“It’s what I work for,” said Williamson. “Customer satisfaction is my highest priority.”

“I totally agree,” Cooper said. “We all want to be liked. That’s human nature. Without satisfied customers, we wouldn’t have a job. And I feel like Century 21 Northland helps us in that respect.”

Galloup called the President’s award the “highest honor we have, and the quality service portion of that award has always been most important. Having satisfied clients is more important to me than having high sales. It demonstrates I listen to my clients and understand their needs — that it’s not just a transaction. My motto is ‘selling homes one relationship at a time.’ When you focus on establishing caring and credible relationships, the sales will follow.”

The Quality Service Award, Buttleman said, “is really what enables you to get the other two awards.”

All four realtors work out of Century 21 Northland’s Traverse City office. They can be reached at the following numbers and email addresses: Ron Williamson, 231-645-0358 or at ron@ronwilliamson.net; Barbara Cooper at 231-218-0358 or barb@barbcooper.net; Andrea Galloup at 231-642-0706 or andrea@agalloup.com; and Molly Buttleman at 231-463-6969 or molly@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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Career Shift Leads Emerich To Century 21 Northland

Northern Michigan native Kara Emerich said her career change from working at a veterinary practice to becoming a realtor at Century 21 Northland fulfills a lifelong interest in real estate.

“I talked to a friend of mine who works at Century 21 Northland and it was clear it’s the right fit for me,” she said. “I enjoy being around people and helping them. And this office gives you so much support.

Kara and her husband, Jason, who sells boat insurance, are raising their two children just outside of Traverse City. “We love this area, all the places to go, and all the activities,” she said.

Kara can be reached at the Century 21 Northland office in Traverse City at 231-218-0075 or by email at kara.emerich@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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Lauren Petz Begins New Career, Joins Century 21 Northland

New Century 21 Northland realtor Lauren Petz and her husband, a commercial food broker, bought property in Sutton’s Bay with the idea of someday building a retirement home there. That plan changed.

“We decided we didn’t want to wait that long,” she said, “We wanted our two children to grow up in paradise.”

A former high school chemistry and physics teacher, Lauren’s new career as a realtor at Century 21 Northland’s Traverse City office gives her a chance to help other out-of-towners find a home in the Grand Traverse region. “Right now I’m focusing on selling residential property – primary residences and second homes.”

She can be reached by cell phone at 231-714-7246, at the Traverse City office at 231-929-7900 or at lauren.petz@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 56 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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Resort and Second Property Specialist Designation Helps Three Century 21 Northland Realtors Serve Clients

Three Century 21 Northland agents, Connie Kroll, Luba Childs and Kellie Sergent, have a rare distinction – official designation as “Resort and Second Property Specialist.”

As one of only a handful of realtors with the RSPS certification, Connie Kroll said it puts her and her colleagues in a position to understand and respond to the needs of a large pool of clients who buy second-home properties in Northern Michigan for vacations or as an investment.

“We help them understand everything that is special about buying a second home,” she said.

Connie Kroll can be reached by cell phone at 231-620-3395, at the Century 21 Northland office in Glen Arbor at 231-346-4100, or by email at conniekroll@c21northland.com.





Luba Childs can be reached by cell at 231-557-9100, at the Century 21 Northland office at 231-929-7900 or by email at luba.childs@c21northland.com.





Kellie Sergent, can be reached by cell at 231-499-1814, in the Elk Rapids office at 231-264-4500 or by email at kelliesergent@outlook.com.





About Century 21 Northland
Century 21 Northland, the region’s 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 56 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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Three new agents add to growing team

Three agents have recently joined Century 21 Northland.

Chad Parker Puts Clients First As New Century 21 Northland Affiliate

As a former collegiate football player then top selling technology and medical sales rep with Fortune 100 companies, Chad Parker, new associate at Century 21® Northland, values performance.

“My business successes have always relied heavily on the art of negotiation, attention to details and timely response times with customers,” said the St. Louis native. “Those are skills that transfer well to real estate.”

When he and his family moved to Traverse City six years ago, it was a homecoming for his wife, who grew up here. The move has worked out well. “We love to hike, kayak and golf,” he said. “And I also really enjoy coaching Trojan junior varsity football.”

Parker described his business goals succinctly: “To provide the best purchasing/selling experience possible, put client’s needs first and make the transaction as smooth as possible.” The way to achieve those goals, he said, is to “work seamlessly with all other parties behind the scenes so clients sleep well at night.”

He can be contacted at chad.parker@c21northland.comoror or by calling 231-357- 5839.

New Associate’s Knowledge of Area Helps Century 21 Northland Clients

For Kirstie Swanson, joining Century 21 Northland, was a natural fit. “People in Northern Michigan make you feel welcomed, and I found that same atmosphere at this office,” she said. “I figured out early on that this agency is where I want to work.”

The Leelanau County native and longtime Traverse City resident said she counts on three things to make her real estate career successful. “First of all, I know the area extremely well, and that makes it easy to anticipate changes in supply and demand.” Second, countless personal ties throughout the region will help her as she builds a network of potential clients. “Pretty much everyone knows my family. My mom sells maple syrup at the Farmer’s Market in Suttons Bay, and my dad gave seaplane rides here in the 70s,” she said.

Kirstie’s husband, Jeff Swanson, is also a native of Traverse City, which also expands her potential base of clients. Lastly, she said Century 21 Northland is the right place to put her passion for real estate to work in ways that benefit buyers and sellers alike.

Kirstie can be reached at kswanson@c21northland.com or by phone at 231-632- 5581.

Christi Edgington Joins Century 21® Northland

New affiliate Christi Edgington has joined Century 21 Northland after spending nearly two decades handling real estate deals as a Closing Agent/Escrow Officer at a Phoenix, Arizona, title company.

That in depth experience, she said, gives her an intimate knowledge of the entire real estate process – everything from the complexities of mortgage loans and title examinations to the closing itself. It also taught her a valuable lesson about what clients need. “Communication is the key,” she said. “So I use my background to give clients a complete understanding of not only what is happening but also when and why.”

She and her husband, a Northern Michigan native and the foreman at a locally-owned construction company, have a daughter Ciara who graduated Traverse City West High School and now attends Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The family has a close ties to nature. “We have a five-acre ‘micro-farm’ and raise chickens and love the outdoors and all that Northern Michigan has to offer,” Edgington said. She called moving to the Grand Traverse region, “truly a dream come true,” then added, “I’m excited to help clients realize their dreams as well.”

She can be reached at cedgington@c21northland.com or by calling 231-944- 6459.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland, the region’s 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 55 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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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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