Misty Mountains Realty was formed in 1990. The company focus during previous ownership was geared towards single family residential sales. After Bret VanLant and Tyrel Jackson's acquisition, the company has a wider spectrum, opening its doors to property management in conjunction with real estate sales. The firm has grown exponentially, as Bret and Tyrel have an unrivaled reputation in the industry. Many clients from their past have followed them to Misty Mountains Realty. Bret and Tyrel manage all real estate investments ranging from single family homes, multi-family projects, to commercial centers. Bret and Tyrel have worked on collecting nuances from each firm and combining them, making Misty Mountains Realty what it is today.
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Bret VanLant (Broker/Notary/Owner) was born and raised in Whatcom County. Bret is no stranger to hard work, as he was an integral part of his families dairy farm operations. Bret began his real estate career at the site level of a twenty-five million dollar multi-family project in Bellingham. Bret soon began moving up the ranks, and worked as a portfolio manager supervising commercial centers, offices, and a residential portfolio throughout the state, while working for Whatcom County's largest management firm. Bret's expertise lays in budgetary planning and site level startups beginning during the construction phase. He has overseen the startup of many prestigious Whatcom County shopping centers and luxury apartments. Bret holds his Washington State Real Estate Salespersons license, and has been involved in real estate for over 12 years. Bret is the Vice President of the Mt. Baker Chamber of Commerce.
Tyrel Jackson (Designated Broker/Notary) is a Washington State native, beginning his career in restaurant management before proceeding to real estate. Tyrel has most recently worked for California's largest property management company with over 50,000 residential units. Tyrel was overseeing a ten million dollar renovation of a prestigious Seattle suburb multi-family project owned by two publically traded companies. Prior to that Tyrel worked for one of Whatcom County's largest property management companies, growing their residential portfolio; positioning them for a recent acquisition of a rival management firm. Tyrel holds his Washington State Real Estate Brokers license, and has been involved in real estate for over 13 years. His expertise is in value-added real estate opportunities. Tyrel is on the board of directors for the Mt. Baker Chamber of Commerce. Tyrel is also a member of IREM.
Mariya Farmagey (Broker) is a long term resident of the Columbia Valley. Mariya is a graduate of Western Washington University obtaining her bachelor's degree in Financial Economics with a minor in Accounting, graduating Cum Laude. Mariya has a passion for real estate. She is an active real estate investor. Mariya has aided in the Columbia Valley Rejuvenation. Mariya is tri-lingual, fluently speaking Russian, Ukranian, and English. When not focusing on her passion for real estate, Mariya spends time with with husband and son.
Shanna Starbuck (Relations Manager/Broker) comes to us a fourth generation Bellingham native. After receiving her degree from BTC, she began working as a restaurant manager, then took time to raise her family. After rejoinging the work force, Shanna has obtained her Washington State Real Estate Brokers License and has chosen to make Misty Mountains Realty her new home. Shanna has become an integral part of our team and manages day to day operations of the firm. You can expect to see Shanna's smiling face when you first walk into our Maple Falls office. In her spare time, she volunteers for her daughter's school PTA, aides her eldest in studies for her college degree, and takes care of her two dogs Clover and Pepperjack.
Serina Boisjolie (Managing Director/Broker) is a Washington native, born and raised in Seattle, WA. In 2010 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design with a concentration in Green Sustainable Design. Before joining Misty Mountains Realty, she worked as an Interior Designer for various Developers and Interior Design firms in Seattle. This experience has given her the ability to see potential in any property and create the perfect space for occupants while minimizing our environmental impact whenever possible. In her free time, she volunteers as the VP of Events for IDCW where she coordinates events supporting the legislative process to license Interior Designers in the state of Washington. She also likes to take advantage of the beautiful scenery in Whatcom County with her husband, Ben and dog, Roscoe.
Brian Spencer (Broker/Notary) is a Western Washington native. He has more than a decade of retail management and customer service experience, ranging from small, family businesses to corporate positions, as well extensive non-profit and IT Systems experience. Brian studied at the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University from '04-'09. He joined us at Misty Mountains Realty in 2012. He is a licensed Washington State Real Estate Broker, licensed Notary Public and is also a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and National Notary Association (NNA). Outside of real estate, Brian continues to serve on several community boards, as well as volunteer and work, for several Whatcom County non-profit groups. Buyers, sellers and owners alike will find that Brian has the professional skills and community connections they’re looking for.
Joel Huffaker (Broker) is a native of Washington State and he has lived in Whatcom County since 2005. Joel comes to us with a bachelor’s degree in Financial Economics from Western Washington University and he is a licensed Washington State Real Estate Broker. His professional experience has focused on financial institutions and real estate lending, and he brings that know-how to the clients he assists at Misty Mountains. Away from work, Joel can be found spending time with his friends and family. He is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys bicycling and sailing.
Jack Hovenier (Broker) is a 40-year resident of Whatcom County. Jack has been involved in local real estate since 1997 and is very knowledgeable about single family homes, investment property and commercial, industrial and subdivision requirements in Whatcom County. He attended WWU and started his first company in 1991 at Bellis Fair Mall. He is the founder of United Wholesale Gumball and Lightwear. He has appeared many times as a sales person on QVC and has traveled around the world as a cruise ship lecturer. Jack currently serves as the chairperson of the Whatcom County Behavioral Health Revenue Advisory Committee and he has served many years on the Whatcom County Substance Abuse Advisory Board. In his spare time he enjoys writing, reading and spending time with his son.
Janelle Rodriguez (Comptroller) was born and raised in Whatcom County as a farmer's daughter. Janelle has obtained her associate degree in accounting, and has been in the accounting industry for 12 years. Janelle recently worked at a Bellingham media company, her duties included all aspects of the businesses accounting, including payroll. Prior to the Bellingham media company Janelle worked for a Ferndale manufacturing company where her duties were accounts payable, bill of materials, product costing, and inventory. When not at work Janelle can be found spending time with her husband and daughters & school volunteering.
Richard Banel (General Counsel/Managing Broker) spent his childhood in Kirkland and later lived on Camano Island for 15 years. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and later received his Law Degree from Seattle University School of Law. Associated with both large and small firms during his career, he also spent many years associated with a large international non-profit. In 2004, the hiking and skiing attracted him to Whatcom County where he resides with his wife. Currently in solo practice focused on property transactions and development, and probate and estates, he is a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar.
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