Put me to work for you! Your home is one of the biggest negotiations of your life. Mistakes can be extremely costly. How good is the agent representing you at the negotiating table? Let me help you find the best home for the best price. Put my experience and track record to work for you. Whether you are a first time buyer or an experienced investor, I can help you with choosing the 'right' property, making an offer, negotiating, financing, mortgage rates, moving, and everything involved in making an informed real estate decision in today's market.
I started my Real Estate career in 1989 and became an Associate Broker in 2003 and the Managing Broker for Century 21 Dunn in 2006. I am the mother of 4 daughters and a grandmother of 8 Great Grandmother of 2. My past times include playing with my Labs, Punkin and Bailey , swimming, golf and going for long walks. I have run 2 half marathons with my oldest grandson and plan on doing a 3rd.
I am actively involved in my comminute, serving on the Airport Advisory committee as vice chair, the Otsego County ambassadors where I have served as secretary and vice Chair along with being Chair. In the past I served on the board for the Otsego County Habitat Board and recently helped with a women's build for the Otsego County Habitat. I am actively involved in helping bring the Airshow to the Otsego County area which we have every fathers day weekend.
Let me put my passion for community and helping others to work for you.
Education & Awards
Accredited Buyer Representative
Leadership Grand Traverse Graduate, 2014
B.S. Parks and Recreation- Michigan State University
M.S.A Community Leadership- Central Michigan University
Autism Angel Award 2009
Innovative Recreation Programmer of the Year 2006
Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
Elk Rapids Downtown Development Authority, Board Member
Zonta Club of Traverse City, Member
Mariposa Pathway, Facilitator
National Association of Realtors member
Michigan Association of Realtors member
Traverse Area Association of Realtors member
Reverse Mentor, Traverse Area Association of Realtors, 2015
I have had the pleasure of living in the Grand Traverse area my entire life.
Once a summer destination, now I call it home. Prior to real estate, I had the
opportunity to work in the field of sports recreation. This position combined
several of my favorite things; community, people and making an impact. Whether I am enjoying a game of golf on one of our pristine courses, sampling the cuisine of locale fare or driving along the lakes shore, immersing myself in
Northern Michigan culture is my inspiration.
One of the things I enjoy most about being a REALTOR, is helping people on
their journey to find their perfect home, tranquil vacation retreat or business
venture. In my eyes, these are all key to creating a vibrant community. I have
an extensive background in marketing and social media, which allows me to give your listing the personal attention and more importantly, the exposure it needs to stand out and find the right buyer. I look forward to helping you find the right house, that you can make your HOME!
"Kellie is the person I call when it really matters that I have a human connection, and when I need to know that my request will be fulfilled with care and expertise. Kellie is an intelligent, responsible and mindful person with an exceptionally high level of personal responsibility. She is a joy to know personally and professionally."
"As we approach the one year anniversary in our new home, I want to extend my thanks to you for helping our dream come true. I never really thought about the skills it takes to help a family sell a beloved but outgrown home and find a new place to continue expanding together. It's not just as easy as location, location, location. It's location, mixed with a gut sense of what feels right, navigating the process and paperwork and advocating for your buyers. You did this all with grace, compassion and humor. I am so very happy that we chose to work with you Kellie." ~Jennifer Kirkpatrick Johnson
"Kellie is a pleasure to work with and she understands her client's needs
to find them just the right property or just the right buyer. She has become
the go-to real estate agent for my family and friends. Kellie deftly balances
her community involvement and dedication with one-on-one service for each real estate client. I highly recommend Kellie as a top agent." ~Katrina Fritz
*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.