Top-Producing Broker Val Burmester Joins The New Kirkland Branch Of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty; Positions For Global Buyer Trends

By Ashley Breunich |

Research Cites Rising Sales of $1 Million+ Homes; Double-Digit Median Home Price Increases in Kirkland

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Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, the Pacific Northwest’s largest affiliate for the global real estate network, announced today the appointment of Valerie Burmester – a top-producing broker in the City of Kirkland year-to-date and a noted opinion leader within the Eastside residential real estate community.

“We’re thrilled to be selected as Val Burmester’s new brokerage platform for her meteoric real estate career,” says Stacy Jones, Owner and Vice President with Seattle-based Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty.  “Our robust marketing and administration team will support Val’s impressive market share locally while offering additional networks for her to explore increases with interstate and international buyer trends.”

Jones points to a reset housing market whereas median home prices in the City of Kirkland and nearby community of Bridle Trails in the City of Bellevue (collectively NWMLS# 560) have risen 11.3% for the first half of 2014 compared with the prior year and where the number of homes sold over $1 million has skyrocketed 26.9% in the same period of time.  Despite the present demand, which includes noted increases in foreign buyers, home sales have actually dropped by 13.7% according to NWMLS data, in large part because there are few sellers says Jones adding; “We know Valhas been successful in finding sellers off-market and is working with seven active buyers within the community of Houghton alone.”

Burmester says she’s eager to leverage the many resources of her new firm and intends to build her own team as her business continues to grow.

“I’ve observed the success of the new Kirkland branch office for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty with great interest since it opened last February,” says Burmester.  “My new association will help my marketing reach and retail visibility within the local community as well as position my listings for greater exposure within a global marketplace.  I’m also excited to network with the many feeder markets in sun, snow and surf destinations that my clients express interest in – we are witness to a returning trend for second home ownership.”

A resident of Kirkland, Burmester has lived on the Eastside for more than 21 years and is the third generation in her family to raise children in this sought-after, lakeside community.  Over the years she’s acquired a tremendous knowledge of the distinct neighborhoods, award-winning schools, active lifestyle and vibrant economy that has made the city so popular.  This experience and Burmester’s signature “concierge” approach to service has earned her respect and accolades from her clients and industry peers alike. For more information visit

Read the press release on Virtual-Strategy Magazine here.