Being a Part of Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate
One of the highlights of being in the Real Estate business is getting new clients and telling them just how great it is to live in beautiful Oak Harbor. I then get to take them out and show them this spectacular island we live on. Actually I love just about everything associated with the Pacific North West.
I have lived on Whidbey for 38 years and I have been at Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate for the last ten of those years. Coldwell Banker Koetje was really the only real estate company I considered. My wife had a long time affiliation with the Koetje name on the insurance side and what I saw on the outside looking in is what brought me here. I love that the company has a family feel and that it honors God in just about everything it does. We Realtors are all competitors, but here at Koetje, we help each other out. Never in my ten years with the company have I gone to someone for help and been told “no.”
I choose to be affiliated with Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate based on the company’s reputation. They have been around a long time, it is family run, and I had never heard anything negative about the company. To me, there was no other option. I love all of the other agents. Being new to a company, where all of the other agents are so well established, I was concerned about fitting in around the office. Everyone has been nothing but supportive and helpful. I love that we really are a team here. I like to use the term, “friendly competitive!”
When I came to Oak Harbor 16 years ago, I interviewed a couple of brokerages on Whidbey Island. I had been affiliated with Coldwell Banker in the past, when I lived in Salem, and I wanted to learn about those here on the island. When I interviewed with Rick, the feeling was that Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate would be very hands-on and that I would receive a lot of support. I was correct; the support from the broker is huge. Rick is not a competing broker, and is all about helping you get new clients and leads. The innovation, marketing and lead generation is what this company is about.
I am so excited to be in the Coldwell Banker Koetje office. I have worked for a few Brokers in the last 20 years, and it was important for me to have that sense of family. I chose to work with CB Koetje because of Rick Shutte. I like that he has walked in our shoes before as an agent, and really understands what it means to be a great Real Estate Agent. If I were to describe this office and Rick, I would use the words positive and supportive.