CENTURY 21® NORTHLAND is pleased to welcome Karen Ardery to our growing team of agents. Karen specializes in residential sales with an emphasis on homes, condos, vacant land, waterfront, new construction, foreclosures, and short sales.

Karen has lived in Traverse City for over 40 years, attending Central High School and later graduating from Ferris State University in Big Rapids with a degree in Journalism and Advertising. Karen moved back to Traverse City after college, where she started her career working for Dick Smith and Co. handling the firm’s marketing and advertising.

Karen then joined the Traverse City Record Eagle, where she helped local clients and businesses develop their marketing and advertising strategies for 23 years. After 4 years in sales and management USA Today, Karen says she is now realizing her dream job: helping northern Michigan residents sell their existing home or find a new property in this beautiful corner of the world that we are fortunate to live, work, and play in.

Welcome aboard, Karen!

About Century 21 Northland
Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Beulah and Elk Rapids. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 35 licensed realtors. Founded in 2006, Century 21 Northland is part of the global Century 21 network, which includes more than 6,600 offices worldwide. More information can be found at www.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900.

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CENTURY 21 Northland Recognized by the Greater Michigan Broker Councils

We’re proud to be recognized by the CENTURY 21® Greater Michigan Broker Councils with several prestigious awards for 2013.

CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND owner/brokers Brad Platt, Julia Lilley and Jason Kudary were presented with the DOUBLE CENTURION® OFFICE AWARD acknowledging them as the #1 office & company in Northern Michigan Broker Councils and the #1 office by AGC in the Great Lakes Region.

This makes our Traverse City office the #1 office in the state of Michigan! The DOUBLE CENTURION Award is presented to CENTURY 21 System offices that achieve or surpass sales production of $3,634,000 – $5,450,999 or 774 – 1,160 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.

In addition, CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND was recognized as a QUALITY SERVICE PINNACLE® AWARD WINNING OFFICE for achieving and maintaining a 95% overall score index for two consecutive years in ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction.

CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND of Traverse City was also presented with the PRESIDENT’S AWARD, the only office in the Greater Michigan Broker Council to have achieved both CENTURION level of production and the QUALITY SERVICE PINNACLE in the same year for 2013.

The good news doesn’t stop there! A number of agents from the CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND team were also recognized with individual awards for their achievements in 2013.

Gold Sales Earners
Jon Becker
Renae Hansen
Lynda Herkner
Kevin Molby
Kristine Shacklette
Faye Fitch
Robert McCall
Laura Sielaff
Burt & Julie Williams
Silver Sales Earners
Molly Buttleman
Luba Childs
Jamie Grace
Rebecca Mann
Lance Markoski
Cherie Robinson
Mary Hoyt
Anne Wiltse Conrad
Centurion Award Earners
Mike Annelin
Cory Beuerle
Andrea Galloup
Matt Geib
Meagan Luce
Ron Williamson
Suzy Voltz
Emerald Sales Earners
Camille Campbell
Carolyn Collins
Anne Morrison Perry
Thomas Wiltse
Ruby Sales Earners
Bridget Carefoot
Barbara Cooper
LouAnne Ford
Connie Kroll
Steve Scheppe
Linda Zajac

“The individual efforts and dedication displayed by each member of CENTURY 21 Northland in achieving this significant accomplishment are to be commended,” said Rick Davidson, president and Chief Executive Officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “Through the CENTURION Office award, the CENTURY 21 System is able to recognize the outstanding achievements of its franchisees.”

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TAAR Awards Cap Record Year for Century 21 Northland

2013 was a tremendous year for all of us at Century 21 Northland. We began the year by adding an Elk Rapids office to the Century 21 Northland family and announcing a new real estate education program. As the end of the year approached, we announced the addition of our newest office on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula.

Along the way, we added several talented new agents to our hard-working team who helped us set sales records and enabled Century 21 Northland to reach a new level of success.

The good news continued earlier this month as our team was recognized with three prestigious honors from the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR). Meagan Luce was sworn in as the President of TAAR, Jamie Grace was awarded Rookie of the Year, and Century 21 Northland was named the #1 office in the five-county region by sales volume!

Congratulations to Meagan and Jamie, and to everyone who contributed to our most successful year yet. The future is bright, and we’re looking forward to even greater things in 2014!

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Meet A Realtor: Mike Annelin

When it comes to buying or selling a home, we understand the importance of getting to know your Realtor as more than just a professional. Our “Meet A Realtor” series introduces the hard-working people of the Century 21 Northland team, and provides a personal look at each of us as residents of our community. For our first installment, we spoke with Mike Annelin about what it means to live and work as a Realtor in northern Michigan.

1) How long have you lived in northern Michigan? Why did you choose to settle here?

I have lived in Northern Michigan for 31 years, less four years spent at UC Santa Barbara. My wife, Lindsay, and I chose to live in Traverse City because we enjoyed growing up in this area and we wanted to be close to family and friends.

2) What is your favorite thing about living ‘Up North?’

The people, the change of seasons and fresh blue water.

3) Tell us a few of your favorite activities to do or places to visit in the Grand Traverse region.

Anything on the water or outdoors. I really enjoy what the town has to offer for entertainment: festivals, good music, and wonderful restaurants and shops.

4) Tell us one thing you love about working in the real estate industry and why.

I love the relationships I have made with clients and my peers. I now consider many of these people my close friends, which is very rewarding.

5) Describe your favorite sale of 2013.

This is a tough one, but probably the sale of a duplex in Leelanau County. A family from Saginaw wanted to make a change for their kids and decided up north was the place to be. After some last-minute difficulties with the lender, several family members stepped in and loaned them the money so they could buy the place with cash. It was a roller coaster ride, but the end result worked out great for that family.

6) How has technology helped you as a realtor?

It allows me to conduct business nearly anywhere. I can advertise to a broader base of potential buyers in a more time effective manner, and in a more detailed manner. I utilize the power of the internet to show off all of my listings.

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Century 21 Northland Lends A Hand for Healthy Futures

Munson Healthcare’s Healthy Futures is a free program that “seeks to ensure that every mother-to-be, and child under age two, has everything needed for a healthy beginning.” Participants in the program have access to resources and support from a registered nurse in their local community, which can be extremely helpful in giving a child the best possible start in life.

Century 21 Northland is proud to support this valuable service to our community with a $25 contribution from each closing donated in support of Healthy Futures. 27 closings in November raised $675, and we have now contributed over $30,000 to help the program fulfill its mission since our contributions began six years ago.

For more information or to become a part of the program, visit munsonrealthcare.org or call (231) 935-5640.

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NOVEMBER 11, 2013, TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. –Century 21 Northland, northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, has announced plans to open an office on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula. The company now has offices in seven locations throughout northern Michigan.

The new office is slated to open in early December and will be located in Mapleton, next to local fixtures like the Peninsula Market, the Peninsula Grille, and Bad Dog Deli. The Northland site will be the first real estate office to set down roots on Old Mission Peninsula.

The Century 21 boutique office will strengthen its expertise in the market and will serve as a “home base” of sorts for Northland agents working in or around the Peninsula area. All Century 21 agents will have access to the space to work, meet with clients, arrange showings, and more. Northland will complete $17 million in sales in Peninsula Township this year, and eight agents call the peninsula home.

“We are proud to be the first real estate office located on Old Mission Peninsula,” said Northland co-owner Julia Lilley. “This is just one more milestone which solidifies our commitment to selling properties and homes in one of the most beautiful places in the state.”

Designed by Traverse City’s Whiteford Associates, Inc., the office will house private meeting spaces, an employee lounge, and a conference room. The space will have frequent office hours to accommodate walk-in traffic and to maximize Northland’s ability to serve clients.

This is the fourth strategic expansion Century 21 Northland has made since being formed in 2006. In 2009, the company opened their Suttons Bay office. In 2010, Sleeping Bear Realty was added to the Century 21 Northland brand. And in early 2013, Northland acquired Remerica Up North Properties, which now serves as its Elk Rapids office.

About Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is northern Michigan’s fastest growing real estate brokerage, serving customers from offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Elk Rapids and Beulah. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 35 licensed realtors. The company was formed in 2006. The company is part of the global Century 21 network, which includes more than 6,600 offices worldwide. More information can be found at www.c21northland.com or by calling (231) 929-7900.

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In the News: Moving Up – Century 21 Northland Targets the Top

Century 21 Northland partners Jason Kudary, Julia Lilley and Brad Platt

The August edition of the Traverse City Business News includes a feature on Century 21 Northland and the challenges and successes that partners Brad Platt, Julia Lilley, and Jason Kudary have experienced while building a business in northern Michigan.

Since its founding in March, 2006, Century 21 Northland has grown to include a team of nearly 60 people in six offices throughout the Grand Traverse region. So how did they do it?

In the TCBN article, Platt discusses an agent support system that is “unmatched by anyone else, which is why we’re able to attract such a great team of agents,” he said. “We’ve carefully created a culture of people who share our vision…and it’s led to tremendous productivity.”

The integration of technology has been another key component in Century 21 Northland’s growth. Platt says, “The impact of technology is impossible to ignore. The average realtor is 55; the average home buyer is 32. You can either see that gap as a disconnect or an opportunity. Understanding that when a 32- year-old texts you, they expect an immediate response back – we saw that as an opportunity. And we zeroed in on and invested in that.”

On what’s next for Century 21 Northland and the northern Michigan real estate market, Platt says, “There’s an uptick in consumer confidence that’s been great for the industry. As a company, we’re in a good place. Our goal now is to continue building on that…by focusing on quality control and smart growth.”

View a PDF of the full Traverse City Business News article here.

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Celebrate with Filmmakers & Friends at Century 21 Northland

The 2013 Traverse City Film Festival is here! We are very excited to once again welcome the Filmmaker Party to our Traverse City office at the corner of Park and State Streets Saturday, August 3 at 8:30 pm. The parking lot in front of our office will be transformed into a festive outdoor venue featuring a smorgasbord of food, libations and entertainment. Join filmmakers, festival goers, and friends for this star-studded event that’s sure to be a highlight of the festival.

Read more and buy tickets here. We’ll hope to see you there!

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Fireworks Shows in the Traverse City Area

Fireworks over West Bay in Traverse City. Photo: tcboomboom.org

Independence Day in northern Michigan means boats, beaches, barbecues, and a host of other activities with family and friends. It also means fireworks, and we thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of the fireworks shows in Traverse City and the surrounding area to help our friends and neighbors celebrate our nation’s birthday. Wherever you celebrate, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Traverse City
July 4 at the West Bay waterfront
July 6 at the National Cherry Festival on the West Bay waterfront

July 4 at Northport Village Park

July 4 at the Lake Michigan beach at Frankfort Harbor

July 4 at Beulah Beach

July 4 over Torch Lake

July 5 at Shuss Village at Shanty Creek Resort

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments. Happy Independence Day!

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Century 21 PR and Social Media: A Look Back at 2012

In addition to working with a talented team of passionate individuals here in northern Michigan, we are fortunate to be supported by a dynamic company who takes a proactive approach to sharing its very positive story with the world.

Century 21 recently produced a video (below) looking back at a number of examples of the media coverage and national [and international] recognition that resulted from its social media and public relations efforts in 2012.

Below are links to a few of the resources referenced in the video.

Century 21 Shows Team Spirit, Joins with U.S. Soccer – RIS Media
VIDEOS: Climb For Kids Team Enjoys The View From The Summit – Century 21 Blog
Rising to the Top: C21 CEO Leads Team of Climbers for Charity – National Association of Realtors
Century 21 recognized for Facebook ad campaign – Inman News
Century 21 wins big with SimCity strategy – Housing Wire
Century 21 Super Bowl ads – Century21.com

So how does all of this help us here in northern Michigan? Well, aside from helping to get the word out directly to people in Michigan and the Midwest, here’s a look at the average monthly unique visitors for major real estate franchise websites in March, 2013.

Embracing emerging technologies and connecting with people via the social Web are important parts of how we do business. It’s exciting to see our corporate partners at Century 21 not only sharing the same ideals, but taking the lead in our industry.

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