The Herald of Everett, Washington


March 23, 2013

Michael Killmer

 Michael Killmer.

Century 21 North Homes Realty Inc.
(425) 876-4663

How long have you lived in the Snohomish County area? What do you like most about it? I was born in Honolulu Hawaii. I've lived in Snohomish County for 21 years. I like the people, the views of Puget Sound, LakeStevens, and the short drive to Stevens Pass.
How long have you worked in Real Estate? I've worked in real estate for 16 years.
What did you do before that? I was a finish carpenter specializing in cabinets and countertops.
What is your specialty and what does that mean for the people you work with? Customer service is my specialty. I am amazed when I get calls from people who say their agent will not return their calls. I specialize in residential and commercial real estate. I have been a relocation and REO specialist for the last 14 years of my 16-year career. In 2012 we handled more than 154 properties to successful closing.
What is the most challenging aspect of what you do? Time is the most challenging. The market is very hot right now and you need to be on call, so your client does not miss their dream house.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home? Be prepared to jump when you see the right house, and know there will be multiple offers. Current housing inventory in Snohomish County is extremely low, making the market very competitive for buyers.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home? Make it sparkle — clean, light and bright are what people buy. My marketing philosophy can be summed up in one word "exposure." You can't just put a sign in the yard and expect a home to sell.
Why should someone choose you as their real estate agent? I won't let them down. I will answer or return calls promptly, and I will never try to "sellthem." I am more of a counselor than a salesman. I work with clientele of all ranges from first-time buyers all the way up to the multi-million dollar properties. The level of service should be outstanding. This is a big decision no matter what the price range.

What do you most enjoy doing when you're not working? Anything with my family, from camping to wake boarding to snowboarding. We have a blast together.
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