by Tara Gilligan Reimer


New to the real estate field, Carlos Luevanos already understands two concepts essential to success. If you have a mission that drives you, challenging circumstances can’t stop you.

Having completed a stint of decorated service in the US Navy, he recently joined RE/MAX Anacortes.

Carlos served six years on the most advanced and expensive Naval combat system in the world. In that time, he earned three Navy achievement medals while working on two ships.

“The pace was high tempo,” he says, citing his duty on the fifth-most deployed unit in the force. Four-month deployments were regularly extended to six and even eight months.

Why? The pandemic. If there were COVID-19 outbreaks in…

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Pro Tips on Transforming Your Outdoor Space into an Oasis

By guest writer, Maria Cannon,

When the weather starts to warm up, it is only natural to want to spend as much time outdoors as you can. From playing your favorite sports to getting out in nature, there are so many ways to enjoy the beautiful days of spring and summer. A favorite way to spend time outside is by relaxing on your porch or patio. However, if you haven’t updated your exterior furniture and decor lately, your outdoor space may need some work.

Photo credit: PEXELS

The real estate experts at RE/MAX Whatcom County share their top recommendations for creating an outdoor oasis at home on a budget.

Add shade to your porch or patio

In warmer climates,…

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by Tara Gilligan Reimer


Dynamo brokers, capable of building both a brokerage house as well as overall market share, sometimes ignite their work chemistry in unlikely places. For instance: the Black Angus bar (formerly located near Sehome Village).

That’s where a then 20-year-old Tricia Harden Jacobs went, for dancing and a memorable night out in Bellingham.

The person who got her into the bar, using someone else’s i.d. (small detail)? That c’mon-let’s-go-out-and-have-a-night-of-it energy came from our very own Lisa Carlson, Chief Financial (and Fun) Officer.

Like any in-tune, super-charged, and innovative duo, these two know each other’s thinking, strengths, and next moves. So, everybody: buckle up. Tricia…

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by Tara Gilligan Reimer


Just when you thought Team Kelli Lang (TKL) couldn’t get brighter, it did. Another light shines on the TKL lineup.

McKenzie (Woolston) Parson emanates the big, open brightness of her native Midwest.

Even meeting her on the phone, her energy is a solid pitch of happy thoughtfulness. That’s a stand-out quality for a broker.

“Originally, I had applied for a marketing position,” McKenzie explains of connecting with TKL at RE/MAX Gateway in Anacortes. “But that didn’t fit my schedule.” Sensing hustle, team leader Kelli, perennial top producer for RE/MAX, asked, “Why don’t you come and be a broker?”


TKL has a schedule and a rich education environment

Only licensed and on…

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ANACORTES, WA, January 14, 2022 –

She has a plan, a team, and a smile that breaks sunshine all over any Pacific Northwest gray.

Kelli Lang also has another distinction: she is among RE/MAX Gateway’s top 10 producers. Again. In 2021.

In her pro photos and marketing presentation, the blue-eyed go-getter projects sunshiny ease. But behind the grin of confidence is serious strategy, based on years of experience, that builds her brand and client trust.

“Kelli and her entire team are just terrific to do business with,” summed up a La Conner customer. “Not only are they all completely knowledgeable about all matters real estate, they are totally professional, respectful, and fun to deal with.”

Blake Boatman, Gateway founder and owner, is well…

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ANACORTES, WA, January 13, 2022 –

Here are the powerful video shots RE/MAX broker Michelle Foggin uses on her home page ( to capture Anacortes, known as the gateway to the San Juan Islands, and the stunning greens-and-blues of the Pacific Northwest: the Deception Pass cantilever bridge, the iconic white-and-green ferry, a gorgeous on-the-sound deck at dusk.

And these are her powerful words, used to describe her work: “I am a professional listener. My clients become my friends. I am fair, ethical, and very detail-oriented.”

And here are her undeniable results: Michelle Foggin is the #1 broker in commissions for RE/MAX Gateway in 2021.

In a seller’s market with lower inventory, she became THE top producer for her…

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ANACORTES, WA, January 12, 2022 –

In the incomparably beautiful locales of Anacortes, Bow, and Samish and Whidbey islands, there is a real estate star who is breaking records and serving clients with inestimable style.

It’s a wrap for a breathtaking 2021 year in real estate. And managing broker Kristine Stultz took it all in and made the year her best yet.

Kristine Stultz Pic Kristine Stultz

Check out the Stultz Stats for 2021:

  •   #1 individual for gross volume for RE/MAX Gateway, located in Anacortes, WA.
  •   Made the top 10 producers for RE/MAX Gateway.
  •   And nationally, check this out! Kristine made the top 100 individual agents RE/MAX in the US.

Recent clients rave about her. Succinctly put by this buyer, whose house closed in July 2021, “BEST…

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ANACORTES, WA, November 18, 2021 – 

Here’s how you know your brokerage is good: when competing brokerages refer a rising star to your company.

Amelia Johnson was introduced to RE/MAX Gateway in Anacortes, Washington, by respected competitors.

“I researched, called, and interviewed Island County real estate companies,” Amelia said. “Everyone, competition included, pointed me to RE/MAX,” she laughed. “Your commitment to training up-and-coming agents was cited. And, I was told, ‘You need to talk to Blake.’”


Training and teamwork

In his own RE/MAX house and in other brokerages, Gateway Broker/Owner Blake Boatman is known for exceptional education that goes way beyond basic training. He understands client needs, market conditions,…

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Olivia Galindo


Earning a college degree.

Launching a career.

Owning your first home.

These are important life markers. But for anyone new to a country, these achievements are more significant, because resources of wealth and intelligence are created for future generations.

Enter professional broker, Olivia Galindo, who was born in Oaxaca, Mexico; graduated Central Washington University with a degree in business administration; now married and raising her children, first-generation Americans in Skagit County.

RE/MAX Gateway is honored to welcome Olivia, who will focus on residential, multi-family (an emerging trend in real estate), and land markets. She is a licensed broker (since 2006), successful property manager,…

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Are you looking to buy a home? If so, we’ve got good news for you.

While there’s no denying the housing market is having a great year, many of the headlines are focused on the perks for sellers. But what about buyers today? As a buyer, you’re likely braving bidding wars and weighing low mortgage rates versus price appreciation as you search for your dream home. If you find yourself a bit discouraged, hear this: there are clear signs buyers may have more opportunities this fall.

According to, the sweet spot for buyers is just around the corner. In a recent study, experts analyzed housing market trends by looking at data from the past several years. When applied to the current market, experts determined the ideal week to buy a home…

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