Personable and committed to providing the best possible service for his clients, Tim Bartlett came into real estate equipped with the people skills he’d honed over 14½ years as a police officer in New Zealand. After making the US his home in 2013, Tim became interested in real estate. “I wanted to be in a role where I could continue to use the skills that I had brought from the Police, particularly in communication and negotiation,” Tim explains. “When I sold my first home in the US, I was particularly interested in what the realtor representing me was doing to help, and as I became more and more interested in the process and negotiations it felt like I was destined to be in real estate myself.” Tim got his license in early 2017, and ever since then he has brought his care and dedication to the pursuit of helping his clients achieve their goals in real estate.
A solo agent with John L. Scott, Tim serves clients in Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Pierce counties in Washington State. Geographically located between an Army and Air Force base to the south and a Naval base to the north, Tim serves military families, first time buyers, those in the luxury market as well as buyers and sellers from all walks of life. More than 75% of Tim’s business comes from repeat and referral clients, and it’s easy to see what keeps people coming back. “Clients appreciate the level of service I provide,” Tim says. “I’m constantly reaching out to my client base and I stay in touch recognizing birthdays, anniversaries and national holidays with hand written cards. I like to keep in front of my clients, letting them know about the real estate market and keeping them informed.”
Tim’s marketing acumen also goes a long way toward securing his clients’ confidence and trust. He works closely with a professional photographer to capture beautiful images of each property, bringing out its best features via photos, drone shots, and videos. “I think of photographs as the buyer’s first showing of the home, so photos are very important in my marketing,” Tim says. He also dedicates a great deal of time to fine-tuning the language in each listing’s MLS description to ensure that the limited space available is used to the fullest.
Tim likes to give back to his community whenever he can. In the past he has contributed to Fishline, a community food bank, and currently he donates from each transaction to the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Pierce County. When he is not working, Tim enjoys traveling, as he has been doing all his life. And although his days of competing in Ironman triathlons are over, he still loves to exercise and be active.
Looking toward his future plans, Tim says, “I want to continue to grow my business. In the past year I’ve started to pay far more attention to the importance of having a solid business plan. I have a wonderful office leader who holds me accountable to my plan. I want to continue to provide exceptional service to my clients and one of my goals for the future is to serve my current customer’s children as clients. I’ve always loved interacting with people and striking up a conversation with someone I don’t know. I’ve always believed that once you build a rapport with people, the trust will follow.”