Agent Profile: Meagan Luce

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 latest profile, we spoke with Meagan Luce about living and working in northern Michigan.

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

I am a native to Traverse City so I’ve lived here most of my life. After college, I moved to the west coast but came back when my college sweetheart asked me to marry him. We loved the natural beauty of the area and decided that Northern Michigan was perfect for raising a family too.

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

The community. I’ve lived in many different places in the U.S. and none have the same sense of community that northern Michigan does. People are friendly, caring and generous but also engaged in their community and willing to get involved to ensure that it continues to thrive.

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

When and if I get a day off my favorite past time is to boat with my family. We generally head out on West Bay, throw an anchor down just off the shore of Power Island and let the children roam the island while we relax and unpack lunch.

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

That one is easy… my clients. In my opinion, there are very few occupations that are as fulfilling as being a Realtor. I see people at their best and also see them at their most “stressed”. In the end, we’ve gone through a major life experience together and I must admit that I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with pretty amazing people.

Describe your favorite sale of 2013 or 2014.

One of my clients was moving to the area to be near to an ill family member and we couldn’t find anything on the market that fit their needs and was close to the family member. So I called other Realtors, emailed and sent letters to homeowners searching for a home that fit their needs and we found it! They are now able to help care for their family member and the home they bought is beautiful and in the perfect location.

How has technology helped you as a realtor?

It’s changed my life – especially dropbox and docusign. Now, I can go out on the boat with my family and still conduct business as usual. ;)

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Century 21 Northland Agents Receive SRS Designation

CENTURY 21® NORTHLAND is pleased to announce that ten Century 21 Northland agents have received the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB).

The SRS designation is the premier credential in seller representation, designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.

“We’re proud of our team for continuing to develop their expertise in our field,” said Century 21 Northland partner Brad Platt. “Our agents are proactive in their approach to improving their ability to serve our clients, and the results speak for themselves.”

Century 21 Northland led all northern Michigan Real Estate organizations with ten agents participating in the SRS class, held Nov 13 & 14 at the TAAR offices in Traverse City.

Molly Buttleman
Camille Campbell
Bridget Carefoot
Luba Childs
Renae Hansen
Susan Kelly
Connie Kroll
Meagan Luce
Ron Williamson
Dave Wilsey

About Century 21 Northland

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, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, and Northport. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 55 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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Jane Darling Joins Century 21 Northland

Century 21 Northland is pleased to announce that Jane Darling has joined our growing team of agents. With career ties to the real estate industry spanning several decades, Darling brings a wealth of industry experience to Century 21 Northland.

A resident of Suttons Bay, Darling takes pride in the relationships she’s built since moving to Leelanau County in 1986, and is passionate about helping clients discover their ideal property – whether long-time locals or new to the area. ”Consistently delivering results for my clients is my mission,” said Darling. “It’s an honor to meet and serve my neighbors and to introduce visitors to the area.”

Darling will serve the Leelanau County community from Century 21 Northland’s Northport office, and can be contacted at jane@darlingproperties.com. Welcome aboard, Jane!

About Century 21 Northland

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, Elk Rapids, and Old Mission Peninsula. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 55 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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Join Us in Supporting Jamie Grace for TAAR Board of Directors

Century 21 Northland is proud to support our own Jamie Grace in his candidacy for the Board of Directors of the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR).

Since joining Century 21 Northland in 2012, when he was named TAAR Rookie of the Year, Jamie has been involved in numerous industry associations, including TAAR’s affiliate committee and communications task team. Jamie’s leadership and contributions have had a positive impact on our industry throughout northern Michigan, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting Jamie in his newest opportunity.

Below are some thoughts from Jamie about his motivations for seeking this important position:

I would like to be a director to continue my leadership growth both personally and professionally. I believe that serving on the TAAR board will not only provide me a tremendous growth opportunity but also the opportunity to interact with and learn from our vast membership. I feel that in serving on the board I can provide a new perspective to our industry.

If I have one goal in serving on the board it is to improve our public image as Realtors. I feel that as individuals we are extremely effective at marketing and self-promotion, but as an industry we lack in public relations. In my time as a Realtor, I have met so many amazing people that are doing so much good within our communities. I feel we need to promote not only our value as Realtors, but also our value as people.

Voting is open to all TAAR members and takes place Thursday, October 23. Thank you for your support. Good luck, Jamie!

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Join Us in Supporting Meagan Luce for District Director with Michigan REALTORS

All of us at Century 21 Northland are proud to support our own Meagan Luce, current president of the Traverse Area Association of REALTORS®, as a candidate for District Director with Michigan REALTORS®.

Since joining Century 21 Northland in 2009, when she was named TAAR Rookie of the Year, Meagan has made an effort to get involved in our local community and industry associations in many ways, including her current role as TAAR president. Meagan’s leadership has had a positive impact on our industry throughout northern Michigan, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting her in her latest challenge.

Below are a few words from Meagan about her motivations for seeking this important position:

Getting involved in my local association has been a spectacular experience. As my involvement has grown in our local board, so have my business relationships, sales, and my understanding of the real estate industry. Along the way I have learned so much about our local, state and national associations, and this knowledge has helped elevate my worldview and understanding of our industry.

The health of our industry has a direct effect on all of us, and as practitioners it is our responsibility to volunteer our time and efforts to help elevate the level of vigilance and understanding, and to make well-informed decisions. Being involved at the local board level has reinforced this notion and is what compels me to run for the Michigan REALTORS® Directors position this year.

Voting is open only to registered members of the National Association of REALTORS®. Make sure you have your NRDS# handy and follow this link to cast your vote:  http://mirealtors.com/District-Director-Elections. Thank you for your support. Good luck, Meagan!

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Meet A Realtor: Connie Kroll

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 latest installment, we spoke with Connie Kroll about what it means to live and work as a Realtor in northern Michigan.

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

I was born in Fort Benning, Georgia while my dad was in the service, but have lived in northern Michigan since the age of 2. My husband and I moved to the Traverse City area over 26 years ago. I cannot think of anywhere else I would rather call home!

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

The four seasons, fresh air, and the outdoors.

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

My family and I really love the outdoors. From the sand dunes in Glen Arbor, canoeing or tubing the Betsie, to the streets of downtown Traverse City, my family and I try to take advantage of all that the area has to offer. We recently bought bikes so we are looking forward to hitting some trails!

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

I have two: people and diversity. I love meeting people and I love waking up every day with a new challenge. No two days are ever the same in real estate. I love the challenge of it all.

Describe your favorite sale of 2013 or 2014.

I worked with a lot of great people over the last year, but I would say my favorite was a family of 5. Both the husband and wife were former military. They were pre-approved and ready to go. Once we found the perfect house we ended up having some issues with VA financing. It took quite a few phone calls to the VA, but after a few weeks of nail biting we were finally able to close. This family deserved a break and it was my pleasure to help them.

How has technology helped you as a realtor?

My husband and I have own our own construction company, I’m a full time realtor, and we just added managing vacation rentals to our resume.  Technology has allowed me to be a savvy business women by keeping abreast of the market, being responsive to my clients, and still be able to be a “hands on” mom and business partner.

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Win Tickets to the TCFF Filmmaker Party at Century 21 Northland

The 2014 Traverse City Film Festival is underway! We are very excited to be part of the 10th Anniversary Film Festival, as we once again welcome the Filmmaker Party to our Traverse City office at the corner of Park and State Streets Saturday, August 2 at 8:30 pm.

To celebrate the occasion, we’re giving YOU a chance to join us for the party! Just visit our Facebook app by clicking here to get started, and follow the instructions to enter.

This Saturday, August 2, 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. We’ll hope to see you there!

Photo by Ben Law Photography. Check out our photo gallery from last year’s TCFF Filmmaker Party!

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Sheri Sutherland Joins Century 21 Northland

We are excited to announce that Sheri Sutherland has joined our growing team of agents. A resident of Northport and a licensed Realtor since 1986, Sutherland specializes in residential sales with an emphasis on homes, condos, vacant land, waterfront, new construction, foreclosures and short sales in the Northport area.

“The community of Northport is exactly as it presents itself to be: Warm, neighborly, and filled to the brim with amazingly talented people who are not afraid to try new adventures, to stretch and grow while maintaining the beauty of the region,” said Sutherland. “I am honored to be part of that growth with the opening of Century21 Northland’s new Real Estate Office in the Village of Northport.”

About Century 21 Northland

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, Elk Rapids, and Old Mission Peninsula. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 55 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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TCFF Filmmaker Party Returns to Century 21 Northland

The 2014 Traverse City Film Festival is just around the corner! We are very excited to be part of the 10th Anniversary Film Festival, as we once again welcome the Filmmaker Party to our Traverse City office at the corner of Park and State Streets Saturday, August 2 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.

Stay tuned for ticket information coming soon. We’ll hope to see you there!

Photos by Ben Law Photography. Check out our photo gallery from last year’s TCFF Filmmaker Party!

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Century 21 Northland Announces Northport Office

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – July 8, 2014 – Century 21 Northland is pleased to announce plans to open its newest office in the Village of Northport. The new location will be company’s third real estate office in Leelanau County, and eighth office in the greater Grand Traverse region.

The Northport office will strengthen Century 21 Northland’s expertise in the Leelanau County market, and will help Century 21 agents to build new relationships in a vibrant, growing community with strong local traditions.

“We’re excited to be part of the great things happening in Northport,” said  Century Northland partner Brad Platt. “As the downtown and surrounding area continue to experience a resurgence, we’re looking forward to supporting the community with our industry-leading expertise.”

The addition of the Northport office marks the fifth strategic expansion for Century 21 Northland since  the company was founded 2006. In 2009, the company opened their Suttons Bay office. In 2010, Sleeping Bear Realty was added to the Century 21 Northland brand. In early 2013, Northland acquired Remerica Up North Properties, which now serves as its Elk Rapids office, and Northland’s Old Mission Peninsula office was opened earlier this year.

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, Elk Rapids, and Old Mission Peninsula. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by more than 55 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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