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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Century 21 Northland’s Jamie Grace Joins TC Chamber Ambassadors

Congratulations to our own Jamie Grace on his new role as a Chamber Ambassador with the Traverse City Chamber.

Beginning May 1, Jamie will join eleven additional professionals from the Grand Traverse region to support Chamber programs and promote community involvement through the Chamber. Well done, Jamie!

From the Traverse City Chamber newsletter:

An impressive group of local business people stepped up to lead the Chamber’s Ambassador Program. Starting May 1, these 12 Chamber Ambassadors will visit member businesses and prospective members to explain the Chamber’s mission, talk about its many programs and services, and encourage them to get more involved with their community through the Chamber.

Congratulations and thank you to these Ambassadors, listed with their professional affiliations:

John Roddy- CHAIR     Grand Traverse Insider
Lisa Baker                       Access Point Human Resources
Mary Bickley                  PMP Personnel Services
Doug Bovee                    Cintas Corporation
Doug Case                      Park Place Hotel
Diane Charboneau       Kelly Services
Jamie Grace                  Century 21 Northland
Suzanne Miller-Allen   Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan
Bob Needham                Huntington Bank
Kirk Novak                    PNC
John Sohacki                Charter Business
Shawn Spencer            ”What if…” Consulting, LLC

Learn more about the Traverse City Chamber’s Ambassador program here.

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KAREN ARDERY JOINS CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND

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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