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Schutte purchases Koetje Real Estate

Rick Schutte, along with his wife Peggy and son Camden, purchased Koetje Real Estate from Bruce Neil and Mike Sullivan.  - Jenny Manning/Whidbey News-Times
Rick Schutte, along with his wife Peggy and son Camden, purchased Koetje Real Estate from Bruce Neil and Mike Sullivan.
— image credit: Jenny Manning/Whidbey News-Times

Longtime Whidbey Island residents Rick and Peggy Schutte are the new proud owners of Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate in Oak Harbor.

The change in ownership occurred over the summer and was seamless, Rick Schutte said.

Schutte began his career with Koetje Real Estate 19 years ago as a salesman. After former manager George Koetje’s death 15 years ago, he became manager. In 1992, Bruce Neil and Mike Sullivan purchased Koetje Real Estate. The next change of hands came this summer, when Shutte purchased the business from Neil and Sullivan.

Schutte holds Hank Koetje, who founded Koetje Real Estate six decades ago, in the highest regard.

“I will continue to build on the foundation of the Koetje integrity and business model,” he said.

Nothing will change, he said, including the name.

Since Schutte took over the reins, the office has undergone a remodel that made space for four new agents.

Schutte said he hopes Koetje Real Estate’s 33 precent share of the Oak Harbor real estate market will continue to grow and that his team of 20 agents enjoys just as much success as they have in the past.

In January Schutte’s son Camden will join the team and bring Koetje Real Estate up to date with technology and social networking. Camden will graduate from Western Washington University in December with a degree in business.

Schutte looks forward to a mixture of strong, mature business skills and new technology.

It’ll be an exciting fusion of technology and relationships to service the needs of our clients, he said.

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