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.