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Why West Seattle Realty?
Warmth, comfort and belonging are at the heart of our promise at West Seattle Realty. Our first priority is understanding your values, working style and preferences. We need to know who you are and what you care about before we can recommend solutions. Once the goals are clear, we’re on it.

Think of us as your “wing man,” the person you want on your side when the going gets rough, the friend with good advice when it really counts, the ally who can activate an army of experts or pinpoint the perfect resource when fixes need to happen fast.

Looking for a new home or getting ready to sell the one you live in now is an arduous journey, exciting yet exhausting. We know how to make the process easier. Let us accelerate your success in getting the right deal done by applying our real estate expertise and intimate knowledge of the local market here in West Seattle and neighboring communities, such as Burien, Georgetown, South Park and Beacon Hill.

 

Shelby WhiteShelby White, Founder & Broker

 

My passion for West Seattle spans two decades, that’s how long I’ve been exploring the quirky personality and places that define this great community. I started West Seattle Realty because I wanted to offer specialized local service and operate at a scale that enabled a high level of accessibility for clients. Those values infuse everything we do today. I know that the most rewarding way to help clients is working side by side.

Through focused marketing and sales strategies, I’m keen to optimize your opportunities within the strike zone of your goals. If you’re selling a home, I can bring in just the right contractors to get it ready for market, from a handyman or yard service to a solid crew of skilled craftsmen. On the buyer’s side, we know the area inside and out so we’re able to educate you about local market conditions, then quickly identify desirable properties, negotiate the best value and assure you don’t overpay. I also reach out to a tight-knit team of colleagues and advisors who come to the rescue in getting financial paperwork in order, facilitating pre-approval or otherwise enhancing your readiness to make an offer or close a deal.

On a personal note, my wife, Nancy, and I live in the Admiral District. Our two children, Makenzie and Lewis, attend our local public school. I enjoy contributing to organizations that provide educational, recreational and community-building opportunities for our young people. Over the years, I’ve grown particularly proud of my associations with the Lafayette Elementary School Playground Committee and PTA, YMCA Adventure Guides and West Seattle Soccer Club.

 

Hayley Martin HamptonHayley Martin Hampton, Broker

 

Hayley entered the real estate industry in 2007 following an accomplished ten-year career as Director of Marketing for K2 Snowboards. Hayley’s core competencies include strategic brand development, management, advertising, product development and everything in between from a communications standpoint. She enjoys working with a broad range of customers in a highly dynamic environment.

Hayley is a graduate of Washington State University and has lived in many Seattle neighborhoods since she moved here in 1988. Her passion for the local real estate scene started after she and her husband bought their first home in West Seattle in 1995. Hayley currently lives with her husband and two children in Alki.

Whether you are considering buying or selling a home, you will benefit from Hayley’s strong business acumen. Her marketing and strategy expertise, negotiation skills and attention to detail helped her achieve success in her previous profession and she uses those strengths to give her real estate clients a competitive advantage. Hayley believes in building solid long-term relationships. She finds satisfaction in tailoring her approach to the fit the unique personality and expectations of each client.

Tracey Santa-Rosa Kipp, Broker

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Tracey is practically a West Seattle native and has lived in the area for over 30 years. She fell in love with West Seattle when she moved to Beach Drive with friends shortly after graduating from Washington State University. She has watched West Seattle grow from a quiet community into one of the most desired addresses in Seattle. She now lives in the Admiral area with her family and is very familiar with the neighborhoods, the schools and the community of West Seattle.

Prior to earning her Real Estate license, Tracey worked in the food industry in corporate sales and has over 20 years of experience in marketing, branding and project management. Her background serves her well in negotiations and providing her clients with a wealth of support and guidance throughout the purchase and sale process.  Tracey is very organized, creative and a good communicator.  She has also acted as her own general contractor during a major home remodel. Her idea of fun is visiting open houses on Sunday afternoons with her family, followed by a night of binge-watching HGTV.

 

Christine Mayes, Broker

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Christine’s wide range of real estate and construction background will benefit buyers and sellers alike.  With a passion for real estate and a love for West Seattle, Christine has been a local in the Fairmount neighborhood since 2009 where she resides with her husband and three “fur babies”.

With over a decade working in the real estate and construction industries, Christine’s experiences include residential real estate, retail site selection for new locations, construction coordination for developers and managing the proposal process for a construction firm for over 5 years. As a seasoned professional, she knows the various steps and nuances of buying, selling and leasing properties.  Christine has a BA from University of California, Santa Barbara and will utilize her knowledge and skills to guide you through your real estate experience.

Her undeniable love for looking at properties as well as tracking the overall housing market “just for fun” has brought her back to doing what she loves!  Christine is excited to share her love for West Seattle with you!

 

Karen Whorton, Office Manageryy

 

Karen, the Office Manager for West Seattle Realty, while new to the real estate industry, is not new to West Seattle. She and her husband bought their first home here in 1996 and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

She comes from a diverse employment background ranging from education, counseling, and more recently as a small business owner. Originally trained as a Master’s level school counselor Karen was responsible for all facets of guidance for a caseload of over 400 students. With two young children at home she made a career change and, with no prior business experience, started her own company. With a “crash course” in everything from sales and marketing, to accounting, customer relations, overseas manufacturing, supply and distribution, she was able to grow her company from an idea to a profitable business in its second year.

Currently, Karen is using the skills learned in her prior work experience to oversee the day to day workings of a busy real estate office. Karen graduated with a BA from the University of Washington and a MEd from Seattle Pacific University. In addition to raising two children and working, she has earned the US President’s Volunteer Service Award for the last three years. This presidential recognition is given annually for over 250 hours of service to the community.

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