An Anacortes-based broker with Realogics Sotheby's International Realty, William Hillis specializes in assisting transition buyers, using his firm understanding of nuanced markets to work as a true advocate for his clients. Known amongst industry professionals as a team player with impressive research skills and the ability to successfully analyze situations, William does what it takes to get the job done, staying with his clients through each aspect of the transaction.
Over a decade of experience in market due diligence and local government, combined with William's insight into data analytics and strategic use of social media, are strong assets for his clientele. William's clients further benefit from his background in local government housing policy, university coursework in land use and preservation, in addition to advanced professional training in appraisal that includes the income approach. William brings his own international professional network to the Realogics Sotheby's International Realty global sphere. He enjoys connecting home sellers in Anacortes, Whidbey Island, Skagit County, and the San Juan Islands to buyers in Seattle, on the Eastside and around the world who are seeking retirement or vacation homes, or who wish for their children to attend the region's excellent schools.
When not immersed in his work as a broker, William volunteers for Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, where he is involved in efforts to sustain a cornerstone of his region's economy and the aesthetic features that draw residents there. Three generations of Hillises have lived at the family home in Anacortes, today including William's wife Nan, their daughter, and an Irish terrier. The family attends church weekly in Oak Harbor.Beginning his career at a young age, William started working for his father's CPA firm, where the foundation of his experience in accounting practice and financial services was formed. After he graduated from college, he shifted his focus to state and local government, furthering his understanding of the government's role in land use and development while working in the City of Olympia's Community Development Department, then serving as the Governor's Executive Fellow at the Washington State Department of Transportation under the Booth Gardner and Mike Lowry administrations. William then pushed his professional bounds and moved to new media as a web programmer and producer, later becoming an insurance agent in Vancouver, Washington following the dot-com bust. With a desire to work on a more global platform, William learned Chinese and accepted a job as a middle school English teacher in Beijing. He then relocated to Shanghai where he trained and coached Chinese auditors at the Big Four accounting firm KPMG. After a brief break from Big Four while he stood in for a Washington State Trade Representative who was on leave, William returned to Big Four Deloitte in the Mergers and Acquisitions Transaction Services practice of their Financial Advisory Services group. He values the nine years he has spent at Big Four, which continues today, for the window it has provided him into investment both to and from China, observing the world-shifting influence of changing demographics and capital markets. This global outlook led William to Sotheby's International Realty, a brand he says enjoys immediate recognition around the world, especially in status-conscious China. The decision to align with the Realogics franchise stemmed from the brokerage's recognition of the importance of the Chinese inbound market as well as the work the RSIR team was (and is) doing to support Chinese buyers. This, he says, puts RSIR miles ahead of otherwise strong regional competitors who have not yet even recognized the potential of these buyers in the markets that RSIR serves. Because he lives and works in China, William's role is primarily one of helping the brokerage understand and reach out to the potential buyers that he meets every day in his neighborhood of Jing'an, as well as to understand similar buyers' markets in the rest of Shanghai and the nearby provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, and Hubei. He is eager to help overseas buyers from places like China, because they bring culture as well as capital to his home state, which William says creates new opportunities for everyone with homes and families in the Pacific Northwest. Passionate about his hometown of Anacortes, as well as northern Puget Sound and Washington State in general, he finds it highly rewarding to see the state's eminence being raised today among homebuyers and investors from China. William's wife Nan is from Nanjing, China, and works as a professional native translator/interpreter in English and German. They live with their daughter Shalan, who is natively bilingual in English and Chinese.?