Tonight, Courtney V. and I spend the first night in our new home! For those that don't know, we just purchased our first home. We couldn't be more excited. We also couldn't be more thankful for all the help we've received from my Aunt & Agent, Spike, and our mortgage broker, Lisa Steffan from AP Mortgage. I am also very grateful to have received an unmeasurable amount of support from family & friends.
Experienced, extremely helpful, responds to everything quickly, delivers, and is overall great to work with. I wouldn't recommend anyone else in the area over Stephanie!
Spike is the best! She's amazingly professional, knowledgeable and reliable. We've worked with Spike twice over the last 6yrs, and in both experiences - we felt like we were her family and only clients. Her customer service is incredible. Her problem solving was amazing. We would recommended Spike to anyone and hope they are as happy as we have been! Highly recommend Spike and Gilpen reality if you are buying or selling a home.
Stephanie Bischoff has the amazing abilities to make things happen. She works diligently at the challenges that inevitably occur in the real-estate business. My experience with Stephanie was wonderful, her knowledge and expertise allowed me to relax and focus on my daily regime, knowing that I have a professional on my team! Thank you Stephanie!
Emily Johnson agreed to list our log home, which was in a very unique market category. She knew how to be sure that we got top dollar in a market with very few comparable sales available. She marketed our home aggressively, advised us on staging, and brought in showings from across multiple counties. She became an expert on log homes in a short time, and offered to be present on second showings to answer questions for potential buyers. She tracked and followed up on all showings, and kept interested parties advised on our status. Because of this "above and beyond" service, we had two solid offers on our home, and accepted a full price offer. But here is what really makes Emily stand out -- once the sale was accepted, she went into overdrive. She guided us through inspection, helped us find qualified and quick acting contractors to do the work, and literally hand carried paperwork between buyer and seller on closing to be sure that we closed. It was NOT her job to do this (although she would disagree) but she was not going to let any last minute issues keep this sale from going through. We were so happy to have her with us through all of the emotions that selling and buying a new home bring, and will never forget the many ways that she supported us.
Nicole Graafstra was enjoyable to work with. Her research and knowledge of the comps gave me confidence that our duplex was priced right in this competitive market. Consequently the sale of the duplex was completed in, what I felt to be, a reasonable amount of time.
Kristin Cook-Phillips did an amazing job with the sale of our Lake Stevens home. She excelled at handling all the details and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. We had four offers over asking price and we weeded through them based on her expertise and experience. We’d recommend and refer her to anyone looking to have a seamless real estate transaction!
It was a pleasure working with Christel VanAssche on the sale of my home. She knows the market well and had no problem taking into consideration all of the upgrades I had done to my home when determining the fair market price. Her reasoning made sense, she was bold in her pricing and her follow-up was excellent. I had multiple offers in just three days with a sale price significantly above what several other realtors had suggested. She is one of the BEST!
We had the good fortune to meet Nicole Graafstra at the beginning of our home search and are only disappointed that we only have 5 stars to provide! She was fantastic – she learned who we were first and what we thought we wanted (and was so patient with us as that changed). She helped us connect with a great lender and inspector as we were looking for an old home. We grew to trust her so much that we put an offer on our dream home when we were out of state and could not see it in person. We did so because we knew she had listened intently to us and could say that the house, neighborhood, etc. were exactly what we were looking for. While we miss seeing her for home tours we are thrilled with our new place and so appreciative that she was the person shepherding is through this process!
I have had the best experience with Julianne McKeown and want to sing her praises. Although, I have not met her face to face, we have been emailing back and fourth for the last couple weeks. She has been such a pleasure to work with and has kept me informed of what is going on with the deal we are trying to make. Communication is key when dealing with someone in her field. I have had in the past realtors that you had to chase down all the time, this has been a great experience, thank you Julianne!
Working with Nikki Cook was a pleasure. She was always available when we needed her, very talented technologically, and helped us find the right home for our family. Our transaction had some difficult twists and turns, but Nikki was always professional and unwavering. She helped us work through obstacles with a calm and proactive approach. We would happily use her again, and highly recommend her!
Christel VanAssche was recommended to us by a coworker who had utilized her expertise in the past. We chose to use her to buy our first home. Christel answered all of our questions timely, and sometimes outside of normal business hours. She was always courteous and polite. It felt like she went to bat to get us here. Will highly recommend to friends or family in the future!
Thank you so much from the bottom of our heart for taking such good care of us through this experience! We couldn’t have done it without you! Hopefully we can keep in touch. You Rock!
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!
Working with Christel VanAssche and Gilpin Realty has proven to be a rewarding relationship on numerous occasions. Christel is experienced and knowledgeable about the market place, she is professional and conscientious in every way. I would not hesitate to call upon Christel and Gilpin in the future with any of my real estate needs.
Emily Johnson is very kind and honest. She is a listener, yet will offer her opinion and a very gracious way.
As our family continues to get settled into our new home in Stanwood, we feel more and more lucky to be in such an amazing place. We want to take this opportunity to thank you again, Julianne McKeown, for all you did in helping us get here. Searching for, and buying a home is difficult, and can be stressful, but with Julianne leading us in our search and advocating for us with sellers, we have achieved our dream of living amongst a wonderful community, in a one of a kind home, situated on a beautiful piece of property. Julianne’s understanding of the local market is second to none, and her dedication to helping her clients is immeasurable. She responded quickly and professionally to our calls, keeping us in the loop always. She is funny and easy to talk to, and I am not exaggerating when I say I really enjoyed driving around together looking at various properties. Working with Julianne was the most positive home buying experience my husband and I have had, and truthfully, the words “thank you” are not enough.
She is a Superwoman among real estate agents and I am happy to have the chance to recommend her. I am so grateful to have had Christel VanAssche as our agent. I just popped in one day at Gilpin and she happened to be the agent on duty. She listened carefully to all my specs and preferred locations. She immediately began to send me listings in my price range in areas I was interested in. Christel always answered all my texts, emails and calls immediately. She always answered with a “yes”, “of course” or “I can do that”. She stayed for the 3 hour inspection of the house. We were in a time crunch between our old house and the new one and she did everything she could to make the closing go quickly. She also advised us on matters such as bidding and contractors.
Nicole Graafstra is a Real Estate rockstar! I cannot recommend her enough. Her dedication to meet her clients needs, and her attention to detail is exceptional. She went above and beyond to advocate for us, and eventually made our homeownership dreams come true under what felt like impossible conditions. We felt genuinely supported of every step of the way, and would not hesitate in recommending her to our friends and family in the future if given the opportunity. Thank you Nicole!!
When it came to looking for a house, we asked around 4 to 5 agents. When we came across Nikki Cook, it felt very natural to work with her as she is very easy to talk to and listens very well. She’s professional at her job and is not pushy. If you need a question answered, she’ll respond with a firm response. I would definitely recommend her to others who is in need of a house. The fact that my family was not treated differently as we are asian is also a huge plus and is a high point for her when it comes to her job and her profession. Thank you Nikki!
I want to thank you for all that you did for me which is just priceless. No words can describe my gratitude. Everyday I look around my apartment and smile. I look forward to going home after work and I sleep a lot better!
Christel VanAssche is exactly what I want in a Real Estate Broker. She is a good listener, responsive, and experienced. In the course of 2 months she handled 3 transactions for us, professionally and with a sense of urgency. My strongest recommendation!
Your the best!
Great experience so far! Receptionist is super friendly and understandable. She was able to answer all my questions and Jennifer was super friendly.
Knowledge of your area where you want to purchase a home is so important. Thank you Gilpin Realty for having Brokers that are familiar with the area.
My husband and I were wondering aimlessly thorough out Snohomish County looking for a house to purchase. We were discouraged by what we were seeing in the market, so we decided to seek out a realtor. We had no notion of which realtor to work with. One day we were passing by Gilpin Realty in Snohomish and decided to stop in, just to see if this was a real estate company to consider working with. Christel VanAssche greeted us, she asked all the pertinent questions and got an idea of what we were looking for. Christel told us she had just viewed an area in Lake Stevens that the houses were incredible for the price they were asking, she certainly did her homework and she was right. Christel gave us a brochure, directions to get there and told us to view it and if it was something we liked she would set up a meeting with the agent on site. Long story short, we loved the place and we bought a house there! We probably would have missed the opportunity to purchase this home if it weren’t for Christel, she’s knowledgeable of the inventory of houses for sale, she stays on top of any issues and nips them in the bud. Christel hit a home run for us, we’re very happy with our new home.
Nicole Graafstra did a wonderful job helping us buy our first home. It was a FNME home and the paperwork alone was very overwhelming. Nicole helped us navigate the tricky waters and now we are very happy in our new home. You can trust you are in great hands with Nicole!
I would like to thank both Gilpin Realty and Julianne McKeown for selling our home for us. I am so glad that we chose Gilpin and that Julianne answered my call. Julianne is a fantastic agent! She made the selling process go so smooth and quick for us it was wonderful! After the first meeting with Julianne, I knew she was the one who could sell our home for us. She priced it for the market, perfectly. She was very thorough in her research and explaining every detail of the process to us. What I appreciated the most was that Julianne kept in touch with me constantly, even while we were just waiting for updates and during every step of the process. We feel Julianne worked very hard for us and the results were so much more than we expected. Julianne has a wonderful personality and she really cared and understood our needs. I am looking forward to having her help my mother with finding a home on this side of the mountains soon. Thanks so much for having such a terrific agent and a terrific Real Estate Company!
My wife and I had the pleasure of working with a real professional. We started working with Christel VanAssche when we decided to look for a new home. She understood from the beginning what we were looking for in a new home and wasted no time showing us only the homes that fit our requests. We found our new home in October and were moved in before Christmas. Christel was such a pleasure to work with through our home shopping process, we decided to use her to market our old home. Christel not only got us our asking price but our house sold the first day she put it on the market. We couldn't have been happier with the results.
I was one of those customers who was unsure exactly what I wanted. Emily Johnson worked with me for almost two years before I finally found what I wanted. Her honesty and professionalism exceeded the experiences I had had with real estate agents in other areas greatly. Emily made the experience enjoyable. I would not recommend anyone other than Emily for buying a new home.
Spike Wahl has been my agent for 6 years. In that time she found me my dream home, sold that home in 9, (YES NINE) days, and found me THE PERFECT rental, when i decided home-ownership wasn’t for me. Spike goes all out for her clients…she’s detail oriented, “knows her stuff,” and goes the extra mile so your place will be seen by potential clients, brokers, lenders who are in the market for what you have to offer. It’s the little things that make the difference; she thinks outside the box….she’s available for questions…she has answers. Additionally, Spike has a team of experts working with her. Spike Wahl and Gilpin Realty Inc. know their business and i recommend them with 10/10 stars and will use them again when i have real estate needs. They’re local: They care-it makes a difference!
For first time homebuyers, searching for a home is a stressful process. Christel VanAssche was amazingly helpful and a great resource of knowledge. She explained the process in a way we could understand and really helped us gain an understanding of the procedures. She was always accommodating as far as our limited hours of availability and even relieved some of the stress by meeting with one of the inspection guys when we were unavailable due to work. And most importantly, she helped us find a home that met all of our needs and fit well within our price range. She was by far the most helpful person we worked with in purchasing our home and we definitely will and have recommended her to other friends looking to purchase homes. If we need to go through this process again, she will be our first call. Thanks Christel!
Thanks again for your understanding, your assistance in getting a home for our son is much appreciated!
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience working with Nikki Cook of Gilpin! Buying and selling at the same time in this current market seemed like it was going to be a headache, but Nikki made the entire process so smooth for us! She answered every question right away and was so professional and personable from start to finish. I would highly recommend her services, and will be using her in the future for our real estate needs!
Stephanie Bischoff at Gilpin Realty was amazing in assisting me to find my new house. Stephanie was great! Very patient with me as I dragged her around to see lots of houses. This was my third house purchase and she is the best realtor I have ever used! Highly recommend.
As an investor Christel VanAssche has represented us on the sale of multiple properties. Over the years we have had many realtors sell houses for us but Christel’s attention to detail makes her one of the top agent/brokers in my opinion. From her talent in staging to using professional photography to capture the full potential, the presentation is outstanding. Couple this with her personality, her customer interaction and her years of experience in negotiating the deal for the best possible outcome, make her a great agent.
Christel VanAssche made the process of buying our first house easy. With the market so competitive she was able to help us get into the perfect house quickly and negotiate the right price. She exceeded our expectations.
Nicole Graafstra was extremely helpful with our total selling of our Snohomish home, from the staging, renovation suggestions, marketing/selling strategies and the handholding up to the closing We have already recommended her to two of our friends. Thank you Nicole for being our friend here.
We would like to thank you so much for all you did for us in the selling of our home in Snohomish. We appreciate the way you handled the transactions concerning this sale, and for looking out for our best interest. You are professional, friendly, and you went way above and beyond for us. You truly went that extra mile. You know how to make things happen! Even though we don’t live in that area anymore, we will still recommend you to our friends and family who do live there. We know the value of “Word of mouth advertising“! You Julianne, are an excellent real estate agent, and would be a hard act to follow. Thanks again for everything, and we wish the best for you!
We really enjoyed working with Christel VanAssche during the sale of our house. She spent a great deal of time preparing the house and having open houses to get it sold. She did and excellent job and we would highly recommend her.
Emily Johnson showed amazing patience with us, helping us find a house that had everything on our wish list. She is honest & trustworthy and was all-around great to work with.
I met Spike through a friend looking for a home. When it was time for us to get a home i ran to her office looking for her. I really like how honest she is and knows her job well. Spike does not beat around the bush and has no problem asking questions of anyone or letting them know the process doesn’t work that way. You will have her full attention and she will support you through the process. When i hear of someone who is looking for a home i’m very happy to tell them about Spike. Thank you for making our family’s dreams come true.
Christel VanAssche was amazing to work with when selling & buying our home. Our house sold after 1 week of being on the market; she promptly came to get pictures and have it listed after we contacted her. She also facilitated an open house the first week which ended up with an offer we couldn't turn down that same night. It happened so fast and we have her to thank for that. At this point we were anxious to find our new house, she helped us with this and showed us houses we were interested in on short notice. We were able to make an offer on a house and close the exact same day as the house we were selling. It was amazing, especially because we had a new baby at the time! Definitely recommend her if you are thinking about buying or selling a house!
Jennifer Murphy did an extremely terrific job listing my house and getting it sold! Thank you Jennifer!
Stephanie Bischoff with Gilpin Realty has worked with me in finding several investment properties over the last few years. Stephanie is great to work with, very knowledgeable in real estate, and very quick to address any concerns. After having used several real estate agents in the past, Stephanie is now my first and only call.
Emily Johnson agreed to list our log home, which was in a very unique market category. She knew how to be sure that we got top dollar in a market with very few comparable sales available. She marketed our home aggressively, advised us on staging, and brought in showings from across multiple counties. She became an expert on log homes in a short time, and offered to be present on second showings to answer questions for potential buyers. She tracked and followed up on all showings, and kept interested parties advised on our status. Because of this “above and beyond” service, we had two solid offers on our home, and accepted a full price offer. But here is what really makes Emily stand out — once the sale was accepted, she went into overdrive. She guided us through inspection, helped us find qualified and quick acting contractors to do the work, and literally hand carried paperwork between buyer and seller on closing to be sure that we closed. It was NOT her job to do this (although she would disagree) but she was not going to let any last minute issues keep this sale from going through. We were so happy to have her with us through all of the emotions that selling and buying a new home bring, and will never forget the many ways that she supported us.
Christel VanAssche was our agent for our property purchase a couple of years ago. We had looked a bit with 2 other agents, but when we met Christel, she quickly zeroed in on what we were looking for. She was helpful through the purchasing process, and she was also very helpful getting us information in appealing our recent tax assessment with Snohomish County assessors.We were so impressed with how quickly she was able to figure out what we were looking for and show us appropriate properties. Thanks Christel!
Nicole Graafstra was amazing to work with! Not only was she very attentive, thorough and professional, but was also able to see the "trees through the forest" with house possibilities! With her help, we were able to choose an amazing "fixer- upper", that was structurally sound, with great aesthetic possibilities! With her guidance, we were able to inexpensively fix up our home to look like we had thousands of dollars of upgrades, with very little spent! She gave us simple renovation ideas both during the purchasing process of our home, as well as after! She is truly a partner invested in helping you obtain your dream home! A purchase of a home can be a big and scary investment, however, partnering with Nicole brings much security, excitement and confidence! We have worked with 5 realtors over the years, and she is the best we have ever partnered with! She is definitely worth more than every penny she earned!
It is with great pleasure that we write this letter as a testimonial of the superior service that our family received from our broker, Julianne McKeown. We give Julianne our highest recommendation. Julianne’s unique talent set was invaluable to us and was extremely refreshing after the dealings we had with a previous agent. She understood the Snohomish County market and was willing to go the extra lengths to make our sale as seamless as possible. Every sale has its upsides and downsides but Julianne was able to respond quickly, reasonably and responsibly. Julianne did so much more for us than was required or expected. She was truly there for the entire process. Any problem or issue that developed, she did everything in her power to make right, in many cases, going above and beyond what her obligation required. We would describe her as fiercely loyal to her clients, hard working and tenacious. She is the “breath of fresh air” that everyone selling or buying real estate should look for. She is also one of the most positive, upbeat persons we have ever met in this industry. Working with her was refreshing and a true pleasure.
I couldn't have hoped for a better first-home-buying experience. I was referred to Christel VanAssche from a friend, and it's easy to see why. Christel helped me close earlier than expected and had me in my new home in no time. Thank you SO MUCH, Christel! You will forever be my "go to" for all my real estate needs!
Love the staff and everything they have done for my family and I. Spike has gone above and beyond to help find a place to live while looking for our forever home. Thank you staff of Gilpin, we will continue to use your services in the future.
Christel VanAssche helped us to sell our home in Marysville. We were prepared for a long process but our home sold within days with multiple offers and over asking-price. She was extremely professional and helpful throughout the transaction. Christel also helped us to search for and eventually find our new home in Edmonds. We spent hours and hours with her looking at properties and she was patient, helpful, and gave us very honest/ constructive feedback. We are now in the house of our dreams and I can’t say thank you enough for making our home sale and purchase such a great experience. Thank you Christel!!
Julianne McKeown, There are no words to express how much we appreciate the hard work you did in the sale of our home. You went beyond our expectations! The flyers were beautiful and open houses successful and the help you gave was great. Thank you for the excellent job!
Christel VanAssche is a wonderful realtor. My fiancé spoke with her on a Monday and she started working for us immediately. By Tuesday evening she took us to tour a home, Wednesday we put in our offer, and it was accepted that night. I thought the process would take much longer but thanks to Christel it was quick and effortless! We love our new home!
Nicole Graafstra was professional, motivated and always friendly and engaging. She guided us through the process of selling our house in Monroe, WA and was continuously engaged and involved in every step. I'm positive the reason we had a full price offer on our house in 10 days was because of Nicole's efforts. Since we were moving to another state, Nicole found us an excellent Realtor in Minnesota to help us with the next step.
Emily Johnson has been our Real Estate Broker for multiple real estate deals and did a fantastic job. Her communication skills, professionalism, and connections within the community make her real estate transactions run smoothly!
I'm not sure if we will ever be able to say thank you enough for everything you did for us, Christel. We had so many hurdles, because you had our best interest in mind you saved us from mistakes and kept us on track to purchase our first home. Your dedication and persistence allowed us to spend our first Christmas as a family in our new home. You gave us one of the greatest gifts that neither one of us thought was possible in 2016. We LOVE you, Christel!
Gilpin Realty has always been wonderful. Every time I come in they are friendly and very helpful.
Christel VanAssche accomplished in four days what others could not in several attempts: sell our house! Thank you Christel for your professionalism, dedication and unparalleled integrity. There is only one agent we could recommend, and one agent we would hire in the future & The time you spent with us preparing for sale, and the many miles you logged to help us find our new house are what set you apart from other agents.
Thank you for your recent help selling our home quickly so we could purchase the home we wanted in Snohomish. Using your services for the purchase and sale was a good experience. Your suggestions on prepping the home for sale and professional photography services really helped to make the best impression online for our sale. Selling, moving and purchasing a home can be stressful and you helped to smooth it out. We appreciated your willingness to communicate frequently and your friendly professionalism. Your availability and prompt responses were also much appreciated. Thank you so much for your help!
We bought our first home in Snohomish in June 2015, and Christel VanAssche was amazing beginning to end. Our home search took us less then two weeks until she found us our dream home and placed an offer. Christel was very patient and helpful answering questions. She was very professional yet very personable - she made our first home buying experience a special one. She's a very sincere person who would go miles to make things happen and we are forever grateful for her help. We will use Christel for all our future home purchasing needs. Thank you Christel!!
Everyone here is amazing.
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and much needed suggestions made in helping us list our home. Your expertise and experience reflected your many years of excellent services at Gilpin Realty. We appreciate the hard work by you and Julianne.
Absolutely wonderful people all so helpful and helped us out so much I'd give them 1000 stars if I could. Wonderful experience with them !!!
Christel VanAssche is the consummate professional. From start to finish Peter and I were taken care of and walked through the process of buying our first house. When there were any delays in the process, Christel was right there to sort it out and keep the momentum moving forward. I appreciate that Christel cared about us as people first and buyers secondly. Not only did she help us find our dream home, she kept us organized and on track with all of the paperwork and details needed in purchasing. I highly recommend her because of her ongoing support in the process, punctual communication, organized hand and her depth of knowledge from years of experience. Thank you again Christel!
Very helpful. Would recommend. The staff is very friendly.
Our family was recently in the market for a new home. We ended up spending our Saturdays driving to open houses. We met Christel VanAssche at an open house. She showed us several properties, but none were perfect for us. Soon she called us because she thought she had found the one for us. We went to look at it and fell in love. It was our dream home. Unfortunately, we were outbid. We were heartbroken, but she took us to look at other houses and we were convinced we’d never find one we liked as much as the one we lost. Soon after I expressed my sadness over losing that home she called us with a miracle. She’d spoken with the developer about building us a similar house on a lot in the same neighborhood (next door to be exact). Today we are living in our dream house and like it more than the home we lost out on. Christel worked her magic and changed our lives. She is the agent I recommend to friends and family in the market to buy a new home. I’ll be forever grateful because I know if it wasn’t for her we would have never had an opportunity like this.
Love Gilpin Realty. Professional agents and really know the area well. Thank you Gilpin for having knowledgeable and helpful staff!
For my first home buying experience, I couldn’t ask for a better agent. Christel VanAssche was knowledgeable, informative, and was a great resource. She was frequently in touch and personable. The house hunting and purchase was fast and easy and I am extremely happy in my new home. I will definitely be a return client whether buying or selling.
Great people to work with. Made buying our 1st home super easy and seamless.
Christel VanAssche is very professional , knowledgeable, and able to get things done. We will definitely use her again. Sincere, friendly and diligent – I would highly recommend her.
Based on my personal experience in seeking a new home in Snohomish, dealing with a maze of several different real estate agents - I was fortunate to discover Gilpin Realty. Gilpin Realty personnel were immediately professional, friendly, and focused on MY concerns, not theirs (what a concept!). Gilpin has my highest recommendation and support as the area's top real estate services organization.
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Gilpin Realty provides timely response, information, and personal attention to all issues related to listings, rentals, and local marketplace data. Especially appreciated is Gilpin Realty's flexibility in customizing solutions to a client's specific needs, no matter the situation. Since moving to Snohomish from Southern California, I have come to appreciate Gilpin Realty's added value as a corporate asset to the County and City of Snohomish. If you are looking to rent, sell, or purchase within the region, - start, and end, with Gilpin Realty.
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