Keith Hauschulz

Broker

Bainbridge Island

Windermere Real Estate/BI, Inc.

840 Madison Ave North

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Office: (206) 842-5626

Mobile: (206) 920-7802

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Website: bainbridgeislandferrytails.com/

  

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Bainbridge Island Specialist

Experience has taught me that no broker can be all things to all clients in all geographic areas. Hence, I limit my practice exclusively to Bainbridge Island, Washington USA, planet Earth (BI). Bainbridge Island is accessible by vehicle and passenger ferries from the downtown Seattle, WA waterfront or by bridge via the scenic Kitsap peninsula. I specialize in residential properties ranging from family neighborhood residences and secluded cabin retreats to harbor side town homes and elegant waterfront estates. I have lived on BI for over 25 years with my wife and two children and have practiced real estate on the Island for over 15 years. Having raised two children on the Island I have a first hand knowledge of and involvement in area schools, youth sports programs, arts and cultural activities, and regional recreational opportunities. I am honest, enthusiastic, congenial, conscientious, and realistic and thoroughly enjoy the Bainbridge Island community, my family, and my work.

Philosophy

Simple and fun! I apply these same tenents in my real estate practice as I do in my life. As we all strive to be more, do more, and have more, we find ourselves vainly trying to cram more and more activities and events into our already busy lives. This "overbooking" frequently manifests as stress. Purchasing or selling real estate, especially one's primary residence, often occurs at a hectic time accompanied by changing jobs, leaving old friends, making new friends, finding new schools, packing, unpacking, traveling, etc. And, while the process of buying or selling a home isn't brain surgery (or is it rocket science?...I can never decide which is the more appropriate hyperbole), real estate transactions in a rural area such as Bainbridge Island do tend to be somewhat more complicated than is generally the case in more urban environments. On Bainbridge Island it is not uncommon to be dealing with issues regarding properties that have not been surveyed; individual or shared wells; on-site sewerage treatment systems (septic systems); setback requirements from streams, ponds, wetlands, and water frontage; view easements; road and well maintenance agreements; and Salmon or Bald Eagle management programs to name a few. How can I help? Well, I can try to reduce the stress, keep the process simple, offer perspective, and generally help make the selling/buying/moving process fun. OK, OK, maybe not a walk in the park or a month on a Greek Island, but better than a visit to the dentist.

Professional Skills and Services

My formal education includes a BS degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois, an MBA degree in Finance and Operations Research from Indiana University, and a PhD candidacy (ABD) in Finance and Economics from the University of Washington (which is how I happened to end up in the Pacific Northwest). My informal education includes raising my daughter, Michaela, and son, Kaj. Interpersonal and organiztional skills developed during four years of university teaching and seven years of managing my own import/export business and retail store chain, combined with an engineer's attention to detail, provide the basis for my marketing, negotiating, and contracting expertise. I counsel sellers in preparation, marketing, negotiating, and consummating the sale of residential property and assist buyers in identifying and negotiating and contracting for the purchase of and consummating the purchase of residential property. I characterize my negotiating style as win-win. I make every effort to negotiate agreements that benefit and satisfy all parties. A buyer or seller who feels that he or she has "lost" at the bargaining table is often resentful and subsequently less likely to be willing to work through the problems that invariably arise between entering into an agreement and consummating a transaction. As recently as twenty five years ago real estate transactions on the Island were routimely consumated with a hand shake. Just ask one of the Island old timers. Today it's not uncommon for a real estate agent's paper transaction file to be three or four inches thick. Do we really need all that paperwork, legalese, real estate jargon, timelines, contingencies, etc? Only if a confict should arise! Beyond that it doesn't hurt employment in the legal profession. As my associate, J, always says ... Keith likes to cross all the "i's" and dot all the "t's". I guess I do tend to be more analytical and attentive to contract details, ...just in case.

Client Relationships

My success in real estate is a direct result of the fact that the majority of my business comes from repeat business and referrals from past clients and other agents. I do very little self-promotion. I do not make unsolicited telephone calls or engage in mass mailings. Because past clients regularly refer new clients to me I am free to spend my time working with clients, aggressively marketing their homes and helping them find new homes, rather than prospecting for new leads. If you are considering buying or selling property on Bainbridge Island I invite you to give me a call to find out what I can do for you.