A little about myself .... I was born and raised in Mid-West Michigan (Big Rapids area) and have lived in that area and Northern Lower Michigan (Gaylord/Traverse City) all of my life. I graduated from Big Rapids High School and then attended Ferris State University in Business and Hospitality Management programs. From there I found myself in an unexpected but long and fulfilling career in management for McDonald's Restaurants for 16 years. McDonald's consistently taught me new and rewarding things not only about business but people and how to truly satisfy customers and be successful personally and professionally. I worked at every level from entry level management to 10 years at the General Manager and Area Supervisor levels.
When I made my decision to pursue new challenges professionally I went looking into another career I had always had a passion for and and interest in and that was real estate. Within a very short time I found my new home at CENTURY 21 with a wonderful team of people where I again consistently learn and try to improve myself and build new relationships and friendships. I believe that the more I can learn of every aspect of my job and the market area the better I can satisfy my clients and customers. Going out every day I know that it is my reputation and future on the line let alone the happiness I receive knowing that I have happy and satisfied clients/customers as well as new friends! I also hold myself to a higher standard of real estate education to further and better assist my clients. I currently hold NAR's ( National Association of Realtors) Green Designation, Short Sale Foreclosure Resource certification (SFR), Cartus relocation & USAA Movers certified, Accredited Buyers Representative ( ABR), and Century 21 Quality Service Award winner (4 years running) - rated 95%-%98%+ by my clients & customers! I also average my sellers 5-7+% more in average sales price than the local MLS average = more $$$ for my clients!!! I am Techonology savy and try to maintain the current trends and updates to continually give my clients top notch service including getting my website to rank very highly on Google & Bing, marketing your homes and properties on over 800+ websites + blogging sites, social media and more. My website www.c21jb.com also ranks in the top 2% in the world for Point 2 Agent real estate websites and the Top 1 % in the world for marketing.
I have been a resident of the Traverse City area for 13 years now and I have never felt more at home. What a beautiful area to live and offers a mass of entertainment and recreational opportunities.
When I am not busy working with my buyers and sellers to obtain their real estate goals I enjoy the outdoors & nature. Anything from rollerblading, biking, camping, hunting , golf, viewing wildlife and taking photographs of the scenery to relaxing at home, movies, music, dining out with friends etc. I value great friends, professional working relationships and my wonderful family. Though currently single I do have a close family and two wonderful nieces that are like my own and enjoy making improvements to my personal residence inside and out.
I hope this gives you a brief insight to me. Please feel free to contact me anytime whether you are considering buying or selling Traverse City area real estate, I look forward to hearing from and working with You!!! You may visit my website www.c21jb.com to view many testimonials from my customers and clients.
*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.
"There is nothing I enjoy more than sharing with my clients the excitement and education behind the buying and selling of real estate," says Renae Hansen.Renae has expertise in buying, selling and managing her own real estate investments combined with a strong background in management and customer service in a myriad of industries. She loves learning about the history and stories behind older homes, uncovering a "diamond in the rough" and discovering the possibilities of a new homes' blank, fresh slate. A native Michigander from Lansing, Renae has come home to settle near downtown Traverse City with her husband.
Education & Awards:
Accredited Buyer Representative
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
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 lakeshore, 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."
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