A Southeast Seattle native, Erik works primarily in this area, serving Mount Baker, Lakewood, Seward Park, Leschi, Madrona, the Central District, Beacon Hill, Columbia City, the Rainier Valley, Renton and West Seattle. Passionate and dedicated to the real estate profession and building a referral-based business, Erik's greatest satisfaction is gained by helping you achieve your dreams and goals, and secure a home or move that supports your health and happiness.
Erik's professional experience is grounded in years of teaching, customer service, information technology, and sales and marketing. These skills are put to good use daily his real estate business. Important things Erik brings to the table in representing you: Strong local market knowledge, 18 years of full-time real estate experience, experienced win-win negotiating, fluency with the latest real estate technology, leading-edge tools and systems and an established, comprehensive network of agents, brokers and industry-related professionals. With his guidance and the unrivaled resources of Windermere Real Estate, you have the edge you need to succeed in this ever-changing, fast-paced, area-specific marketplace. Purchasing or selling a home is likely one of the biggest decisions you will make and is best done with an experienced real estate professional. As your Buyer’s Broker, Erik will help you find the right home that meets your needs and ensures that any issues with the property condition and price are addressed and negotiated on your behalf. As your Listing Broker Erik will assist you in preparing your home for the market to maximize its appeal and asking price, and help you to identify potential work orders in advance so that you have the opportunity to correct issues that could cost you later on in the process. Navigating through a real estate transaction is a bit like flying a plane: When everything is going smoothly, we don’t give much thought to who is at the controls, but the moment we hit some turbulence - that’s when we pray that we are in good hands with an experienced pilot who can land us safely at our destination. Erik's role is to help you feel educated, comfortable, and confident with your home selling or purchasing decisions at each step of the process, and to stay accessible to answer questions as they arise - so you can make well-informed decisions.
With over 18 years of experience successfully negotiating real estate transactions, Erik is familiar with many of the players in the Seattle real estate scene. He has earned the Certified Negotiating Expert (CNE) designation, held by just 1% of brokers nationally. This important skill set gives Erik’s clients a valuable edge at the bargaining table. As your exclusive advocate, Erik is committed to treating all parties to a transaction with respect and finding win-win outcomes. Not only is this better for everyone, but it also helps to avoid potential hang-ups between the original agreement and closing day. Erik’s eye for contract details and negotiating experience will save you money and avoid potential pitfalls. He does his best to anticipate challenges to keep things running smoothly, and when obstacles do arise, Erik is guided by a spirit of cooperation, yet he never loses sight of whom he represents - you, his valued client...
A positive attitude and trained listening skills help Erik identify your needs so they are satisfied in your purchase or sale. Communication skills are critical in effectively working with the different people and dynamics in any given transaction. Accountability is a must for trust and certainty, and Erik’s word is his bond. Buying or selling a home can be a stressful experience. Erik strives to minimize this through quality communication, accountability and negotiating on your behalf. Knowing you are properly represented and well-informed brings you peace of mind - before, during, and after closing.
Communication is the key to a productive partnership. As a real estate agent, I know how important it is to keep my clients informed and educated on the various processes, transactions and timelines. I am responsive to your needs and aware that each client has different experience levels when it comes to the real estate transaction. Along the way, I will provide you with effective, efficient information to ensure you have sufficient knowledge to make decisions.
Because I represent my clients, I will never lose sight of your best interests, or lower my values for the sake of a transaction. Real estate transactions can often be very stressful; it is my job to work through the process professionally to keep short-term issues from becoming long-term problems. The buying and selling of your home is a large investment I will provide market insight and knowledge to help assure your returns are profitable.
Community involvement has always been a priority to me. Before to my career in real estate, I was a social worker in direct service with homeless families. I am acutely aware of the importance of community, housing, and providing opportunities for all. This is the main reason I chose to work with Windermere. As a company, we are very involved in the community and the Windermere Foundation provides money and resources to many area non-profits and projects. Additionally, I have been Senior Advisor, Foundation Representative and mentor to new agents at the Mount Baker office, and in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 I was voted a Five Star Agent by Seattle Magazine.
Raised in Kansas and Nebraska, I moved to Seattle after receiving my degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. I later attended the University of Washington and received a Master's in Social Work. The combination of business education and social work experience gives me a holistic approach to my real estate business. The strong listening skills and problem solving approaches that I developed as a social worker complement the business skills necessary when negotiating contracts and financial information.
My wife, Marsann, and I have two daughters, Helen and Hazel. A first grader and preschooler, they are two comedians who keep us laughing. In addition to being a great mother, Marsann is an Occupational Therapist and works with children with disabilities.
Brokers at Windermere Mount Baker provide professional real estate consultation and direction for home buyers and home sellers.
When working with a Windermere broker, you’re working with a neighbor involved in the
community and invested in you.
Our office opened in 1979, the fourth office of now over 300 total Windermere Offices, and is the only major real estate company with an office in South Seattle. The office combines the character of the local, family owned business with the marketing power and support of the one of the nation’s largest residential real estate firms.
The Windermere brokers provide counsel throughout the complete real estate transaction - from house preparation, housing search and price analysis to marketing, negotiations, closing and beyond. We have expert knowledge of real estate and community resources.
Every time a Windermere broker sells a home, a portion of the commission goes to the
Windermere Foundation, a non-profit that supports low-income and homeless families.
We also support many local organization including Rainier Valley Food Bank, Treehouse,
Rainier Little League, and Southeast Seattle Schools.
Our brokers participate in the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, Columbia City Business
Association, and other business and neighborhood groups.
When buying or selling large, complex investments - trust our experienced professionals. Our clients have been benefiting from our market insight, negotiating skills, and personal touch for over 30 years.