by Tara Gilligan Reimer


There's the name: Wilhelmina. Distinctly European.

There’s the childhood: born and raised in Bellingham.

There's the career: modeling 10 years in New York City.


Short story

The short story is: she's come home to us.

Wilhelmina Hardisty lived the NYC bestseller life in her twenties, and she's launching her early thirties in her hometown of Bellingham. Having earned a bachelor’s degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and still modeling, she loves the feeling of home and helping others find theirs. She interviewed at almost all the brokerages in our emergent Pacific Northwest market and chose "the house that Lori built," known as RE/MAX Whatcom County. (Chief…

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All County Team man, in business and heart

by Tara Gilligan Reimer


True story. A guy works in a smelter (aluminum manufacturer) for 18 years, gets recruited to real estate by a chance fill-in at a clinch bowling league match (Mark Frye seems to turn up at exactly the right time), and completes a rookie year by putting together 50 contracts.

You know where the story is going.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Lori Reece recently named Brian Hefter RE/MAX Whatcom County’s 2021 Rookie of the Year, praising his hustle and continuous learning.

It’s where the story started that’s surprising.


A good son

“My dad made me get my first job when I was 14, to earn extra money,” Brian says. At 23,…

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 by Tara Gilligan Reimer


In horseracing, a trifecta is laying down a premium bet: a rare combination—picking the winner, runner-up, and third place.

Managing broker Mark Frye just closed on a long-awaited wager.

The Loyalist, Justin Kirby, recently joined Coherence (Frye) and his Rookie of the Year (Brian Hefter), harnessing more power for the RE/MAX All County Team ( 

Only weeks ago, in entering the global RE/MAX Hall of Fame, Mark reflected on needing a third person ( But he didn’t want just any candidate—“a warm body”—who might upset his thoughtfully constructed coherence in…

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Vegas diaries: on the way to R4!


On the RE/MAX Whatcom County leadership crew, he’s a go-to point-person. Every day of the week.

Got a computer virus? Text Michael Shkurat.

Need to boost your customer relationship management systems? Call Michael.

Deleted your email in-box? (It’s happened.) Email Michael (with humility, from your Outlook trash can).

His expertise is not only his ability to address all things tech. His appeal is also in his exceedingly patient (and inscrutable) responses. No matter how badly you’ve tangled your software and hardware, Michael, Chief Marketing Officer & Director of IT, often responds, “Oh, I see!” As if he can see exactly how you got yourself into your mess. No matter the…

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