Cortney Blankenship ‘levels up’ Team Kelli Lang

by Tara Gilligan Reimer

ANACORTES, WA—August 17, 2022

For 10 years, Cortney Blankenship worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry. No cushy desk job for her. Waiting tables and slinging trays of drinks is on-your-feet, hustle-for-every-four-top-and-barstool, put-up-with-A-LOT kind of work.

Cortney is a newly licensed broker (May 2022) with the brand, the epic, the team: Team Kelli Lang (TKL).

“People come into real estate from incredibly varied backgrounds, which makes it so interesting,” Cortney says. “I’ve worked full time for the last 10 years. It’s different for everyone. And that’s what I had to do.”

Her description of her path into real estate…

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Morgan Faison gracefully steps onto Team Kelli Lang

by Tara Gilligan Reimer

ANACORTES, WA—August 15, 2022

Grace personified.

Morgan Faison, newest broker to RE/MAX Gateway, fits right in to the warm and polished Team Kelli Lang (TKL) picture.

Effortlessly, she pairs a cabled ivory vest over a white linen dress, for Pacific Northwest chic in her professional broker photo.

Easily, Morgan settles her two-year old and five-year-old (pictured above), then pivots into a thoughtful interview.

Elegantly, she describes her San Juan Island and Anacortes surroundings: “It’s like stepping into a postcard.”



Morgan’s entrance to TKL seems perfectly timed, for her and her new team.

“For the last five…

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by Tara Gilligan Reimer


The newest broker at Gateway exudes competence and confidence.

She’s the kind of person you want in your corner. Or, at your kitchen table.

(Even, on your side in a bar fight. Let’s just pretend, for emphasis of teamwork.)

How about in your operating room? She’ll be there.

That’s because Nicole Geleynse is a seasoned operating room (OR) nurse. And she’s bringing all her cool-calm-and-collected to her beloved real estate (RE) terrain of Skagit County.

Here’s a cross-over career with a serious backstory: from Island Health to RE/MAX Gateway.

Scalpel? She’s got that. CMA (comparative market analysis)? She’s got that, too.

‘I love caring for people’

For 16 years, Nicole has…

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by Tara Gilligan Reimer  

ANACORTES, WA—July 2022  

Gavin Lang

Gavin Lang, only 18 years old, just achieved three major accomplishments. He graduated from high school, also earned his Associate of Arts degree, and pocketed his real estate license.  

Upon high school graduation, some might say, welcome to the real world. But Gavin has been living, experiencing and working in that real world for awhile.   

Of course, you associate his name with a big brand known in Anacortes, throughout Skagit County, and across Washington State. Because he’s the newly licensed assistant for a family business: Team Kelli Lang.  

That means, at work, he’ll be calling the woman who has grown TKL, not mom, but boss.  


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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, maria@hobbyjr.org

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 (michellefogginrealestate.com) 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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