My name is Gerhard Ade. I am a real estate broker with RSVP Real Estate in Bellevue, Washington. I have fifteen years of experience in residential real estate. In 2016, Seattle consumers placed me again in the top 7 percent as a Five Star Seattle Real Estate Agent. I’ve been quoted in local and national media such as USA Today.
I began in the real estate business in 2002. Back then I did not foresee how valuable my first career in marketing communications would be. It turned out there was other expertise that transferred quite naturally.
The internet had become part of my professional life in the early 1990s. In 1995, my company’s first web design customer was Chicago Title. I should have taken the hint. Seven years later, in 2002, I created the first real estate website for myself.
Facing little online competition I dominated the search engine results. This helped to attract people from outside Washington and the United States who were looking to relocate to the Seattle area. This explains my geographic reach in all directions of the Puget Sound from Issaquah to Port Angeles and from Kent to Camano Island. I’m not tied to a couple of Zip codes.
Over the years, my business grew increasingly through referrals and repeat transactions with the same clients. The record is five transactions with one client. Two or more transactions with the same client have become the norm. Another sign of success were more listings. My buyers became sellers.
The longer I am in this business the more I’m convinced that real estate with its different legal aspects, architectural angles, zoning constraints, and technological changes is one of the most challenging professions around. That is if you take it seriously and I do. This website, branded SERENE, which stands for Seattle Real Estate, is my own work.
On a more personal note, I grew up in Germany and Switzerland where I went to college. I’ve been married for 40 years to a very supportive wife. We met in Montreal where I worked for the Olympic Games and where she went to university. We have a son who also lives in the Seattle area. One of the more recent highlights was his wedding and the arrival of our first grandchild. I enjoy gardening and classical music. Many early Saturday mornings I watch all the Premier League and Bundesliga soccer I can. My favorite team is SC Freiburg, my hometown club.
Obviously, I speak German fluently. I also learned Latin and Ancient Greek in high school.
My Washington State real estate license (47927) resides with RSVP Real Estate, located in Bellevue, WA