Gateway Magazine Features 3 Of Seattle’s Finest

By Lauren Haslett |

Michele Schuler opens up about what it’s like to be a Seattle native at this moment, and Jay Kipp and Brian Hopper share their hottest listings right now.


Michele Schuler
Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty agent Michele Schuler.

West coast, best coast! It’s an oft-repeated mantra in the battle between America’s largest coastal cities, like San Francisco and New York. But real estate agent Michele Schuler would likely argue that, of all the amazing west coast cities you could call home, Seattle is the ultimate.

And no one knows Seattle like Michele Schuler.

Schuler grew up in the greater Seattle area and has called this town home her whole life. The Emerald State native is now a founding member of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s new Bellevue office, and prides herself on knowing the local market better than just about anyone else.

In her recent interview with Gateway Magazine, Schuler said about the city, “It feels like a big city and a small town at the same time. Given that I have lived in greater Seattle my entire life, I do consider myself a Seattle expert.”

And she’s an expert in more than just the booming Seattle market. Schuler specializes in helping clients who are relocating from other cities, and especially from the Bay Area, which is happening more and more frequently now thanks to major tech companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google who have headquarters or outposts in Seattle. She works closely with some of the city’s biggest employers, assisting people who are considering making moves—both physically and professionally—by educating them about the local housing market, as well as everything else that Seattle has to offer.

That extensive experience with clients who are relocating—rather than moving to a new home in the same metropolitan area—means that Schuler is intimately acquainted with how stressful a major move can be, knowledgeable about “Silicon Valley and Seattle’s symbiotic relationship,” and recognizes how many details must be considered when buyers look to choose a new home in an unfamiliar city. Many people are self-proclaimed experts, but Schuler is clearly very good at what she does—the numbers speak for themselves. In her Gateway Magazine feature, she revealed that in 2018 she hit a major professional milestone, having closed $60 million in sales volume.

Schuler is spotlighted because she is more than a great agent—she’s an invaluable resource who can share the kind of inside information about Seattle—what it’s like to commute, the advantages and disadvantages of different neighborhoods, school districts, and everything else someone new to the city needs to know to make an informed decision about where to live.


RSIR Agents in the Spotlight

Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) in Seattle boasts a roster of the best agents in the business. Now that you know all about superstar Michele Schuler, you’ll want to get to know two more RSIR agents, Jay Kipp and Brian Hopper, who represent some of the most luxurious homes in the greater Seattle area. Their stellar work (and some of their notable listings) was also highlighted in the same issue of Gateway Magazine.


Jay Kipp

Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty agent Jay Kipp.

Jay Kipp consistently performs for his customers, ranking as one of the top realtors in the Seattle market for multiple years (and snagging the #1 spot in 2018!).

He has spent considerable time in both Seattle and San Francisco, leading him to be very familiar with two of the West Coast’s most desirable cities. And because he has steadily increased his presence in California over the years and knows both towns in such an intimate way, he is uniquely prepared to assist the many buyers who are relocating to Seattle from the Bay Area for lucrative opportunities in the tech industry.


Check out Jay Kipp’s featured listings:

The secluded Smuggler’s Cove retreat.

The Estate at Smuggler’s Cove

3962 Smuggler’s Cove Rd.

Greenbank, Washington (Whidbey Island)

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Fairview Shores
Rendering of the Fairview Shores development.

Fairview Shores

2370 Fairview Ave E

Seattle, Washington

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Yale Ave home
The luxurious Lake Union home.

Lake Union Luxury (Update: PENDING)

2519 Yale Ave E

Seattle, Washington

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Brian Hopper

Brian Hopper
Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty agent Brian Hopper.

The thing you need to know about Brian Hopper is that he is—truly—a people person. He invests time making connections and nurturing his relationships with customers, other agents, and the local community, which means he has an extensive network of knowledgeable professionals to leverage, whether his clients are looking to purchase homes around the Puget Sound or across the globe. As one of Washington’s top real estate agents, Brian is frequently asked to speak at public events or appear on popular local and national media outlets—he’s doneeverything from Seattle Radio to HGTV’s House Hunters. His public presence, his position at the top of his field, and his ability to make friends everywhere help him—and his clients—stay constantly in the know about the latest market trends and industry insights—valuable information that, along with his 15 years of experience, he can lean on to further advance his business and negotiations on behalf of his clients.


Check out Brian Hopper’s featured listing:


Custom-Built Enumclaw Oasis
The custom-built Enumclaw oasis.

Custom-Built Oasis with Tasteful Finishes (Update: SOLD)

37405 323rd Ave SE

Enumclaw, Washington

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