Marilyn was raised in Mukilteo, Washington and besides 7 years in Bellevue, she has happily lived in Snohomish County her whole life and now lives on her mini-farm in Snohomish.
She has been interested in real estate since the days when her parents bought and sold the occasional property and they could trade a good dairy cow for a down payment on a house! Discussions at family gatherings to this day tend to be about real estate!
In 2001 she co-founded Blackburn Properties LLC, a local real estate investment company where she and her neice Gabby have bought or sold over 50 homes and accumulated over 30 rental properties. During that time, she has become quite experienced in finding, purchasing, rehabbing and flipping homes and recognizing good investment opportunites.
Because of owning so many rental properties, she has also gained years of experience in rental property management. In 2004 she joined Gilpin Realty, Inc as their property manager and has grown her management portfolio to over 100 units. She brings years of practical experience screening tenants, managing rentals and their occupants, keeping abreast of the changing Landlord-Tenant laws to protect her clients investments and all aspects of rental management.
She loves to help investors identify properties that would make good rental or flip investments, and share her knowledge and experience in those areas. She is acutely aware of the Snohomish County market, costs and the fair market value in all phases of construction, remodel, maintenance, rentals, sales and leases.
In her spare time Marilyn likes to hike, bike, travel and take care of her miniature horses, goats and sheep and 100+ roses on her mini-farm in Snohomish. She likes to do stained glass and mosaic work and hopes to learn to make jewelry this year!
"Marilyn Blackburn changed our perspective of real estate realtors!! After 2 years of contacting different realtors and failing to find a home that fit our needs, we decided to try one last time with Marilyn. We entered our relationship with her very skeptical due to our last experiences with other realtors. However, due to her knowledge, patience, great communication and hard work, she was able to find us our dream home. She stayed with us to the end and we cant thank you enough. Marilyn and her team is, with out a doubt, the very best! Thank you Marilyn!" - Daniel & Christina R.