Jan and I believe strongly in a philosophy that our success begins and ends with a complete commitment to servicing each and every client, whether buying or selling or both. That may mean working with buyers for as long as two years to find just the right home or helping them through the multiple offer maze. That may mean working with a seller to determine the price that the market will bear without leaving any money on the table or finding a buyer for a unique property. We work tirelessly for our clients, trying to find the best possible result. Our commitment is to you, our client, your real estate goals, and to you as a person and ultimately as a friend.
From that foundation our business has grown primarily resting upon the referrals of satisfied clients.
After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Political Science and the University of Washington with my law degree in 1970, I practiced law exclusively until 1986 at which point I obtained my real estate license and joined the Wedgwood office of Windermere. I found that there was an overlap in the skillset – reading the details of contracts, learning how to measure people and negotiating strongly for my client – with problem-solving in mind. Although I practiced both fields for a number of years, real estate became my primary field of focus by 1991 when I moved to the Oak Tree office of Windermere. Nevertheless, I kept my Bar admission in active, current and good standing until 2014 when I went inactive.
Though born in Alaska where I still have many family roots, I was raised in the Bryant neighborhood of North Seattle. I attended Seattle’s Bryant Elementary, Eckstein Middle and graduated from Roosevelt High School. I am Tlingit Indian from southeast Alaska and a member of the Tlingit-Haida Central Council. Over the years, I’ve been affiliated with other Indian programs including United Indians of All Tribes which operates the Daybreak Star Center at Discovery Park, the Seattle Indian Health Board, Kinatechitapi (employment) and the Seattle Indian Services Commission.
I’ve also enjoyed an interest in architectural and urban history which led me to become a charter member and first president of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation as well as a member and chair of the Pioneer Square Preservation Association. I was also involved in our church, was a coach and Judiciary Committee Chair in Seattle Youth Soccer and a board member and attorney for the Alcohol/Drug 24-hour Help Line.
When Blair made the decision to focus primarily on real estate in 1991, I was excited about where this new career was taking us. I pursued and received my license in 1992 and worked alongside Blair as his licensed assistant until 2014 when I gave up my license though I continue to function as his assistant.
My primary function evolved into responsibility for our advertising and publishing our newsletter, Our Home Page, which, in addition to timely information on the real estate market, includes an article on the history of a Seattle landmark or neighborhood. I find myself becoming more interested and knowledgeable about Seattle’s history with each article I write. I am a native Seattleite, having been raised in Hawthorne Hills, and feel as if I have grown up with the city and remember it well pre-freeway. Our newsletter has included articles on the Burke-Gilman Trail, Husky Stadium, Ravenna Park, the Alaska-Yukon Exposition and the development of University Village.
I attended View Ridge Elementary, Eckstein Junior High and graduated from Roosevelt High school. I attended the University of Washington and continue to be a loyal Husky fan. Although Blair and I graduated in the same class from Roosevelt, we did not actually become acquainted until later in life. We married in 1970 and raised four daughters, all of whom live in the Pacific Northwest.
Although I love to travel, I’ve always been glad to return home where I can take advantage of that favorite pastime of sitting in front of a cozy fire with a book and a great cup of coffee, listening to rain on the roof. I’m an enthusiastic booster of the delights of living in this area and love helping Blair work with people who will be living here too. Seattle’s ethnic diversity and its many cultural and civic programs, combined with our easy access to outdoor activities, make it an excellent place to live for all ages.
As our daughters grew up, I held various offices in the PTA organizations of their schools and also enjoyed being a leader of their Camp Fire groups. All four of the girls played soccer and Lacrosse. Blair and I loved going to their games and getting acquainted with the other parents who were there to cheer on their kids. When our twins, Rachel and Rebecca, started kindergarten at Bryant Elementary School (the same elementary school Blair attended!), I also started back to school. I began working as Administrative Secretary at West Woodland Elementary School and worked there for 20 years until 2006. That year I was awarded the “Outstanding Educator Award” by the PTSA. Since then I’ve been working with Blair in our real estate business.