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.