Robin Vanderkaay

    Robin Vanderkaay

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    Over the past 35years I have bought, sold, renovated and been involved in numerous real estate transactions. I have the skills, resources, passion and most of all TIME to help you with your real estate needs. My goal is to make your real estate experience, enjoyable and successful. As your realtor I will be there for you every step of the way until you close and even after!
    Please contact me if I can be of help to you!
    Membership: Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR) Michigan Association of Realtors (MAR) National Association of Realtors (NAR)SRS, SRES,E-PRO
    Traverse City Chamber of Commerce, Board member-Detroit Swims-Boll YMCA
    Community: Supports Elk Skegemog Lakes Association, Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay, Single MOMM, Mott Hospital-Ann Arbor, Detroit Swims, Read to a Child, Center for Success.
    Personal: Robin is married to husband, Mark. They have 4 sons (all Olympic Trial qualifiers in swimming-son Peter is 3 time Olympian with 2 gold, 2 bronze medals). The Vanderkaays reside in the Elk Rapids area. They enjoy swimming, skiing, biking, hiking, fishing, and golf along with all this gorgeous part of Michigan has to offer.

    Education: BS-Dental Hygiene, University of Michigan

    My Client Testimonials

    This is my third experience with Robin. Previous buy, then a sell and most recently a buy again. With her it's always been simple, easy and smooth. Can't say enough! Thank you. ~ Al Vanderkaay, Traverse City
    Robin was very kind and helpful. She gave good advice and made this process so much easier. Seriously the sweetest person! ~ Emily W, Charlevoix
    Robin's knowledge of the Elk Rapids area, the market, and service providers (home inspectors, survey companies, title companies, etc.) was very impressive. She was highly service oriented and responsive at any time we needed. ~ Gary Chamberlin
    Robin Vanderkaay was thorough and detailed in her project planning. She made the deal happen. Dina and I consider her a friend. Robin Vanderkaay was able to transact a complex business deal including farm land, gas lease and easement driveway. This included legal documents and a 30 day sale. ~ Robert Richard, Torchlake Township
    Robin was superb in all aspects. My experience with her was great! ~ A Vanderkaay
    We could have not asked for better support from Robin! She made us comfortable from the moment we met her and consistently exceeded our expectations. We were seeking a second home in an extremely competitive market. We consider ourselves fiscally conservative and risk averse. She guided us through the process and made what could have been a very stressful situation into a fun adventure for our family. She listened to our wish list and really helped us to understand the realities of the market without pressure. Robin investigated questions that we had about the neighboring lots, being very creative in reaching the owners. Robin made herself available as though she did not have other clients, although we know she had many she was juggling. She was kind enough to give us a list of nearby recreational activities and restaurants that aligned with our family interests. On top of the professional services, Robin is a gem of a person! ~ The Marianos Family
    Thank you for all the help with our purchase, We could not be more pleased. ~ Doug & Stacey Hicks Mancelona
    Our experience with Robin has been fantastic. Not only does she possess all the qualities of an excellent Real Estate sales agent, she is personable, tireless and has gone above and beyond expectations every step of the way. Robin is the best sales agent I have ever had the experience to deal with. I will recommend her to any and all. ~ Craig and Jan Forhan
    Robin was very professional and excellent in reference to responding to questions and concerns and providing information. She is also very knowledgeable with this area. There was never any pressure to view or make an offer on property. She was always more concerned that I was comfortable with my decision prior to place a purchase offer. She never failed to answer her phone or promptly return a call. She replied to emails and text messages on weekends and all hours of the day. She even continued this practice while downstate for her son's wedding providing the necessary documentation to postpone the closing for a few days due to a permit transfer delay. ~ Duane Archambo
    Robin was fantastic. She was a wonderful partner for us throughout our purchase process from finding a potential home, to making an offer, to the diligence period to closing. We wouldn't have our house today without her support. She was proactive, trust worthy, and a great communicator. We would absolutely work with Robin again and highly recommend her. ~ Josh, Torch Lake
    Robin was so helpful, diligent, and responsive to any and all requests. It wasn't easy to locate and purchase a home while living out of state during a pandemic, but she made it work! Not only would we use her again, but we wouldn't bother looking elsewhere. ~ Matt, Naples
    In addition to recently having a baby, starting a new job, and moving to a place where we didn't know many people, we needed to find a place to live! We cannot overstate how thankful we are to Robin for her help in finding our new home! Robin was, at all times, professional, responsive, knowledgeable, and -- above all -- kind in her endeavors to help us find a home on a relatively short timeline and in a competitive market. Robin went above and beyond our expectations, and also facilitated introductions to other professionals in the area to assist in the process. Robin felt like a member of our family, working with our best interests at heart. We cannot recommend her enough! Thank you, Robin! ~ Patrick E., Traverse City
    Robin listened to the concept of want we wanted for a vacation home as we had not exactly figured out what we wanted to do. She was very helpful discussing options and helping us weed out homes that just weren't going to work as well as bringing to us the home we ultimately purchased. She was great throughout the whole process. Robin was always on top of the details, proactive on issues and very fast with responses. The deal had some issues and Robin was with us all the way communicating with the sellers agent. I think without Robin the sale may not have happened. In short, she did an awesome job. Best agent I have ever dealt with, would use her again in a heartbeat. ~ Tom and Jamie Guise
    I can only speak of Robin in terms of superlatives. Smoothest real estate transaction ever for me. A+ ~ Alan Vanderkaay
    Robin was a pleasure to work with. She was efficient, organized and very willing to walk me through every step of our property purchase. We were dealing with a title company downstate that was so incredibly inefficient and disorganized. Any concerns I brought to her attention, Robin was able to get me answers quickly and efficiently. I would recommend Robin to anyone. ~ Roxann Flake, Mancelona, MI
    We feel very lucky to have met and worked with Robin. Shes helped us find a place we know we will love for years to come. She was a key driver in our decision to look in the elk rapids area vs the other side of traverse city. She helped us see all that this area has to offer. She is very knowledgeable of the area and the homes in the surrounding area. She was professional and also a lot of fun to work with, it was like house hunting with a good friend who knows exactly what youre wanting. We would highly recommend Robin to anyone looking to buy or sell in northern Michigan. ~ Judy Hughes Thompson
    Robin Vanderkaay was a terrific agent to work with in our search for a lakefront property. We were looking for a cottage that met the needs of our family across a fairly wide geographic region in the Traverse/Elk Rapids area--and we were doing this long-distance. Over the course of eight months, Robin looked at a number of houses for us and provided honest, insightful, detailed feedback on each of the many properties we asked her to look at for us. When we finally found the perfect cottage for us, Robin deftly helped us to draft a winning offer in a multiple-bid situation. After the sale, she helped us to find contractors and property managers to interview. Robin earns our highest recommendation! Thank you, Robin! ~ Irene K., Washington, DC
    Robin was a pleasure to deal with, she lives in the area and totally understood what I was looking for. She is a great asset to your company. A genuine nice person! ~ Jerry Kaufman Manchester
    My experience with Robin could be best expressed as a 10 out of 10! Her responsiveness, care for our needs and attention to detail was at the highest level possible. I would recommend her to all of my family and/or friends! ~ John, Charleviox
    Robin Vanderkaay was a delight to have as our real estate agent when we purchased our dream lake home. She never left any questions unanswered and always responded promptly. Robin did everything she possibly could to insure a smooth transaction. We would highly recommend Robin for any of your real estate needs! ~ Rick and Lisa Mt Pleasant, Michigan


      My Experience

      • On a personal note, Robin is married to husband, Mark. They have 4 sons (all Olympic Trial qualifiers in swimming-son Peter is 3 time Olympian with 2 gold, 2 bronze medals). The Vanderkaays reside in the Elk Rapids area. They enjoy swimming, skiing, biking, hiking, fishing, and golf along with all this gorgeous part of Michigan has to offer.

      My Credentials and Memberships

      • Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR
      • Michigan Association of Realtors (MAR)
      • National Association of Realtors (NAR)
      • Women Council of Realtors (WCR)
      • Traverse City Chamber of Commerce
      • Board Member of Detroit Swims/Boll YMCA
      • Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce
      • Education :Education: BS-Dental Hygiene, University of Michigan
      • SRS,SRES,E-PRO designations

      My Community Involvement

      • Elk/Skegemog Assoc.
      • Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay
      • Single MOMM
      • Mott Hospital-Ann Abor
      • Detroit Swims
      • Read to a Child
      • Center for Success

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        Jun 22, 2020 Buyer Advice

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        Feb 17, 2020 Seller Advice

        Pricing your Home for Success

        Is Your Home Priced Correctly?The time has finally come and you're ready to sell your home. You might be wondering, "how much is our home worth, and how much do we sell it for?" These are two very common questions that people ask when it's time to sell their home. Lucky for you, Robin Vanderkaay is here to help you. She has 35 years of real estate experience and knows how to make sure you get the right price for your home. What do you think the first thing buyers will look at during their h...
        Feb 17, 2020 Seller Advice

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