Chip Tilley


Yarrow Bay

Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc.

3933 Lake Washington Blvd NE Suite 100

Kirkland, WA 98033

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Office: (425) 822-5100

Mobile: (206) 940-5604

Fax: (425) 827-3400





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Professional Profile

As a Windermere agent since 1995, I’ve helped more than 500 individuals and families buy and sell over $300 million in residential property throughout the Greater Seattle area. As a Managing Broker at Windermere Real Estate’s Yarrow Bay office, I have the knowledge, experience, and connections to provide my clients the highest echelon of professional service in the process of buying and selling homes. Because 100% of my business comes from my past clients, together with their personal referrals of friends, family, and co-workers, I’m able to devote 100% of my workday serving clients, and 0% shopping-around for new business opportunities. If you’re reading this page, it’s most likely because a friend or colleague recommended my services. I appreciate the referral, and hope you’ll read on.

Adding Value for Home-Buyers

What attributes should an agent possess to add substantive value to the home-buying process…? In my view, the following: (1) a detailed knowledge of the local housing market; (2) an eye for property design, in terms both of function and aesthetics; (3) depth of experience working with real estate contracts, understanding how to structure due diligence processes for the purpose of mitigating risk; (4) a track record of success in negotiation and advocacy; and (5) a long history of effective project-management. Buying a home is a major financial undertaking that reaches its end through a complex, multifaceted process. As a buyer’s agent, my role is to provide clients with the knowledge and tools to make educated, fully-informed decisions, providing a coherent organizational structure for navigating this process. There are a lot of options here in the Seattle-area real estate market — both in terms of properties and processes. I have extensive experience helping buyers with traditional sales, short-sales, and bank-owned sales… single-family homes, townhouses, and condos . . . resale and new construction. I’ve seen and done it all. (Although there are always new and interesting challenges that keep cropping up — that’s what keeps life interesting.) In evaluating potential properties, I provide my clients with information, analysis, and feedback on neighborhood and school quality, traffic patterns and commute times, as well as factors unique to each property, including floorplan, construction quality, finish details, sun exposure, landscape, and privacy. These various components matter not only because they affect your enjoyment of the home, but also because they determine the property’s investment potential — both aspects are vital. Once you find a home you’d like to buy, I will guide you through the negotiations, inspection, title-review, HOA evaluation, appraisal, repairs, financing, and closing. I have a team of experts on my side to assist with every detail — lenders, inspectors, attorneys, title and escrow officers, engineers, and contractors — all working together to keep you fully informed and in total control of your home-buying process. For insights on my performance, please check out my testimonials page to learn what other clients have to say about how I add value to the process of buying a home.

Adding Value for Home-Sellers

The other side of the real estate business involves working with people who have a home to sell, and would like the help of an experienced agent to price, prepare, and market the property . . . then vet prospective purchasers, negotiate the contract, inspection, and other aspects of the due diligence process, and then manage the transaction through to closing. It’s a complex process, but one which can be streamlined and simplified with a veteran real estate agent handling the details. As noted, because 100% of my business comes from my past clients and their personal referrals of friends, family, and co-workers, I invest 100% of my workday serving my clients, and 0% shopping-around for new business. Accordingly, when representing sellers, this enables me to be personally involved with every aspect of the pricing, preparation, and marketing of your home. This begins with a market analysis, which includes an assessment of price-trends, recent comp sales, as well as current inventory in our market area. The next step is to prepare the property for market. Every home is unique, and the staging process is designed to highlight each individual property’s positive attributes and to mitigate potential liabilities. When it comes to developing the marketing program itself, as a professionally-trained designer, copywriter, and photographer, I take pleasure in personally crafting all components of our print and electronic advertising. In our marketing, we develop a thoughtful, concise property description, and couple it with an attractive photo gallery to inspire potential home-buyers to visit your home for personal tour. And when you list your home with Windermere Real Estate — the largest, most successful, and best-connected real estate firm in the Pacific Northwest — your property is advertised both on our firm’s website, as well as all other company websites, and also third-party sites such as Trulia and Zillow. Finally, once we identify a buyer, I negotiate and structure the contract, vet the purchaser’s financials, oversee the property inspection, title-review, appraisal, and personally manage entire the process all the way to closing. And you’ll always work directly with me — never with an assistant. With nearly two decades of experience negotiating and solving problems on hundreds of successful real estate transactions, I understand every aspect of buying and selling homes. As a Managing Broker at Windermere Real Estate, I hold the professional designations of CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), ASR (Accredited Seller Representative), ASP (Accredited Staging Professional), and CSSN (Certified Short-Sale Negotiator) — these are markers of my continuing commitment to provide the highest echelon of professional service to my clients. For insights on my performance, please check out my testimonials page to learn what other clients have to say about how I add value to the process of selling a home.

A Commitment to Service

My central business objective reflects the foundational objective of my life — namely, to develop long-lasting relationships with other people based on trust and mutual respect. In other words, to build friendships. A friend, of course, is someone whom you know reflexively is on your side, working on your behalf, looking out for your long-term best interest. In the most practical sense, I want to make the process of buying and selling homes both educational and enjoyable for my clients. This begins with the basics — good listening and clear communication about a client’s near-term real estate objectives. And, whenever possible, I hope it gradually extends to include more reflective conversations about larger values and ideals as we work together to realize each individual’s unique vision for manifesting a lifetime of wealth, beauty, and happiness.