Looking around the gorgeous office my team and I work from (lovingly remodeled by my husband!) here on Kent-Kangley Road in beautiful Kent, Washington, I can’t help but feel like one of the luckiest people in the world.
I have my faith. I have my wonderful family. I have great friends. And I have a career that I still love, 15 years after it began.
I’ve always been driven by a need to solve problems. Finding solutions is to me what finding a cure for cancer might be to a doctor, or finding the perfect accessories might be to a stylist. It’s that thing that puts a smile on my face. It keeps me going. In fact, it’s what gets me out of bed each morning, excited about going to “work”.
Which is a good thing. Because, as you may have heard, real estate is a seven-day a week career, and if I wasn’t excited every morning I don’t think I’d still be here. That desire to help you is what’s also lead me to receive numerous honors and recognitions for the work I do.
But finding solutions and making complex situations appear simple isn’t the only thing I’m passionate about. My local community fills my heart with joy.
Like most of us, my family and I have faced our share of challenges in life. Without the resources offered by this community we would not have benefited from the positive outcomes we enjoyed. That’s why involvement with organizations such as Kent Hope (a woman’s day shelter) and Young Life (which reaches out to teens to give them a place to feel welcome, accepted and have fun) are so very important to me.
Meet the Success Squad
“Behind every successful person is a dedicated team, who are experts in their own right.”
That’s certainly the case with my business! My team is a “Goldilocks” team: We’re not so big that you’ll feel lost, and not so small that we can’t address every single one of your wants and needs. Instead, we’re that “just right” size.
Take a moment to meet my success squad. Without these individuals, I couldn’t offer you the outstanding client experience I’ve become known for.
Merle Reeder -Field Operations & Showing Broker
After more than 30 years owning a general contracting business (Reeder Brothers Construction), my husband Merle became a roofing salesman for Northwest Roof Service in downtown Kent. Six years ago, he also got his real estate broker’s licensed and joined my team on an “as needed” basis. Owning his construction business and working with Northwest Roof, has helped Merle develop outstanding skills in project management. More importantly, he understands construction and repairs issues – critical when we are helping both buyers and sellers understand potential problems with their homes. Merle’s eyes are critical ones when it comes to reviewing inspection reports, and clients love working with him as a showing agent.
Heidi Meyer - Marketing Director, Listing Lead & Showing Broker
Heidi joined Team Marti in 2017 as Marti’s assistant and transaction coordinator. She was quickly promoted to Operations Manager where she now oversees all Team Marti marketing. Additionally, as our Listing Manager, she makes sure that you are prepared, well informed and ready from pre-listing to mutual acceptance. Her attention to detail and ability to assess and solve problems makes her an ideal listing manager, she can see what you don’t while prepping your home to list. With over 10 years of real estate experience, doing everything from working on downtown high-rise listings to handling high volume REO sales, she has developed amazing systems and processes to be sure that nothing on her checklists and missed, while also ensuring that each process is tailor fit to the unique needs of each client. As a Kent native, Heidi is familiar with all of the areas and neighborhoods, which proves as useful insight when coming up with listing and marketing strategies. With Marti & Heidi in the driver’s seat of your listing, you can count on getting top dollar for your home. As a licensed real estate broker, Heidi is also able to act as a showing agent, helping the team be in two (or three or four) places at once.
When not working, you can find Heidi with her husband and three kids, usually on the go from one sporting event to the other, hiking or at their family cabin on Camano Island.
“I love being a part of Team Marti, I enjoy getting up and coming to our beautiful office every morning to do something I love, Help People. Whether buying your first home or selling the home you’ve raised a family in, your needs are my priority and I will do everything I can to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.”
Caitlin Reed - Transaction Coordinator & Showing Broker
Caitlin joined Team Marti in 2019 as the team’s designated transaction coordinator. She came to us as a licensed broker with experience working with clients and managing large volumes on a team. In addition, Caitlin has worked in Buying for a Fortune 500 company and has previously managed a successful sales team. These past experiences help Caitlin to communicate clearly and professionally with our clients on expectations, contract details, and the next steps in the process. Caitlin has great interpersonal skills, can work fast yet efficiently, and is able to stay organized through it all. These skills and traits along with her passion for real estate makes her a wonderful asset to both clients and our team. Caitlin and her family have lived in the Kent/Covington area for over a decade and have been an active part of the community over the years. This allows her to have great insight in the neighborhoods and current and upcoming market happenings. Being a licensed broker, Caitlin is also able to act as a showing agent and be a valuable resource for you in your search for your new or next home!
When Caitlin is not at work, you can find her with her husband, 2 kids, and rottweiler – usually bouncing around from one soccer event or training to the next!
Having grown up with a parent who never owned her own home, it was top priority for Caitlin to own her own home. This eventually sparked her love for real estate and helping others find their perfect home, or assisting them through the transaction and transition of selling the home they have loved for so many years! Real Estate is undoubtedly the biggest asset most of us will have, and it is an honor to help our clients through each step of the process and make things as smooth as we can for them!
Mandie Gramann - Administrative Assistant
As Marti’s daughter and mother of her grandchildren, Mandie has a special affinity for being a member of Team Marti. Mandie’s career in real estate began after a stint in the insurance industry. She had a well-paid desk job supporting the insurance salesmen, but she didn’t feel stretched or inspired. Her ideas in business, marketing and event-planning were not needed. Not feeling as creative in her job as she would like to be, she began sharing her concern with her mom.
Not long after, in 2013, Mandie left the insurance job and became Marti’s full time administrative and marketing assistant. Additionally, she obtained her real estate license to be of added value.
Today, while being mom to the prized grandchildren is her first job, Mandie continues to work part time for Team Marti, as Marti’s administrative assistant, taking care of the details, so our Team Leader can focus on clients!
Mandie was raised in Kent and is now raising her children a few minutes away in Covington. Her girls are slated to attend two out of three of the same schools their mom attended.
“My husband and I were both raised in the area and are grateful to be raising our two girls on the East Hill. We appreciate all that Kent-Covington-Maple Valley has to offer in terms of parks, recreation, organizations and events, and I’m really lucky to work part time with my mom, just minutes from home.”