*AB, Biology and English, Albion College, 1969
*MS, Education of the gifted, CMU, 1986
*Short Sale and REO certified
*NAR GREEN and ePro certified
*Accredited Buyer Representative certified
Diamond Sales Award, Remerica Up North, 2002 through 2012
Emerald Award, Century 21, 2013
Outstanding Person in Education, Elk Rapids Schools, 1997
Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, 1990
* Member, Elk Rapids Harbor Commission
* Director, Elk Rapids Area Community Endowment Fund
* Board Member, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
* Member, Elk Lake Community Chorus and Grand Traverse Chorale
* Past Member, Elk Rapids Downtown Development Authority
* Past Member and Chairman, Elk Rapids Planning Commission, 13 years
* Past President, Elk Rapids Rotary Club
* Rotary Youth Exchange Officer for 18 years
* Past Board Member, Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association
* Past Board Member, Michigan Science Olympiad
Tom Wiltse is a longtime resident of the Elk Rapids area, having moved to the area with his wife Susan in 1969. Both are graduates of Albion College. Tom taught science at Elk Rapids Schools for 30 years, retiring in 1999. Susan is also retired from teaching, after a 30 year career in early grades at Lakeland Elementary in Elk Rapids. She is currently operating the family self storage business, Pad Lock Storage, with 3 locations in Elk Rapids. The family also owns and operates a small manufacturing business in Elk Rapids, Paddlebuoy, manufacturing and selling paddleboards, since 1974.
Tom Wiltse has been an active Realtor since 2000, and has worked extensively with banks and asset management companies with bank-owned listings and sales since 2005. In addition to this specialized area of real estate, Tom and his team are quite active in the listing and sales of "fair market" residential, lakefront, and second home properties. With the able support of his competent staff, Tom is able to cover a wide range of the real estate market in the north. Although the office is in Elk Rapids, the team handles listings and sales in at least seven counties, including Antrim, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Wexford, Charlevoix, and Kalkaska counties. Tom does not warehouse his listings. Pricing is an art that experience has helped to perfect. He has one of the shortest "Days on Market" averages in the region, and has sold more of his listings in the last 4 years than any other Antrim county agent. Properties listed at the right price make both buyers and sellers happy. Call Tom Wiltse.
I believe happiness begins at home. It is your sanctuary from the world and offers you renewal. I love helping folks search for this special home in this incredible area along M22 in northern Michigan and Lake Michigan. I am licensed in the state of Michigan, and a graduate of the Mark Leader's Choice Program. I continue to take classes to stay abreast of the newest happenings in real estate so I can bring the best and latest information for my clients.
I built a Green built home, renovated a historic home, lived in a condo I purchased in Alaska, and built a custom home with my family in the 70's. Those experiences have given me invaluable support in my work now. I also worked as a Program Assistant for Oakland County 4-H Youth Programs and won an Equal Opportunity Award for designing and implementing a Cultural Arts Camp in 1980's. After that I taught the grades and early childhood in Waldorf Schools around the country. When I retired from teaching/mentoring I took up real estate and am loving it. I look forward to helping you!