Meet Jon Soine ABR, CRS, GRI
I was a U.S. Naval Academy Information Officer for 19 years for 26 high schools from Seattle to the Canadian Border, and had 65+ students attending at one time, including 16 from Bellingham High School, one of which, Astronaut Steve Oswald, has made three space flights as a Command Pilot.
As a Senior Naval Officer, I was a project Manager for the early selection of a site for the Naval Base, Chair person for the Whatcom County BID as the Site for the Naval Base, and later project manger at the Site for The Chief of the Supply Corps, evaluating all conus home ports, both present and future Naval bases.
Became co-owner with my father, until his retirement, of a shoe store for the entire family, spanning 50+ years (1931 to 1985). With a College Major in Radio Speaking and Business Administration, I did my own announcements and advertising programs, including "the Ronald Reagan Show" before he ran for political office in California.
I was the first employer for hundreds of high school and college students, who learned the benefits of the "Free Enterprise System", and then went on to own their own business. In 1983 I formed Soine and Associates Realtors, buying the corner across the street from what is today Jody Bergsma Gallery, who at 14 years old sold her first two paintings in our shoe store, and then went on to sell shoes for me, as well as do our display windows.
Graduate Realtors Institute, GRI-100 thru GRI-400, 1981
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): designation, 1990
DIRECTOR, Washington State CRS Chapter, 1990-present
SECRETARY, Washington State CRS Chapter, 1993-1994
NOMINEE, CRS of the Year, 1993
CRS SELLABRATION, Seattle, 1993, Welcoming Committee
TREASURER, Washington State CRS Chapter, 1994-1995
V-P, PRESIDENT ELECT, (nominee), 1995-1996
Chair, Publicity Committee/Director at Large, 1996
Nominee National CRS Committee 1996
ASSOCIATE BROKER, passed Brokers exam 1981
Attended NAR Annual Meetings, Hawaii & New Orleans 1982-1991
Attended NAR Annual Convention & Trade Show, Atlanta 1995: Federal Taxation and Commercial Taxation Committees
Attended every WAR Spring & Fall Conference, 1988 to present
MEMBER in good standing, WAR 1979 to present
LAND USE Sub Committee Member 1989-1990
LAND USE Resource Committee Member 1989-1992, Chair 1990-1991
LEGISLATIVE STEERING Committee Member 1988-Present
GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS TASK FORCE Member, 1989-Present
Bellingham High School, 1954
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, 1958: BA in Business Administration & Radio Speaking
Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, 1958, Naval Supply Officer
Naval War College, Newport, RI, Instructor
Armed Forces Defense University, Washington, D.C., instructor \
IBM Management School, San Francisco
Project Manager, U.S. Navy Home Port, 1985-1988
President, Naval Reserve Officers Association 1985-present
Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce, 1961-present
National Federation of Business, 1975-present
Member & Former President of Our Savior's Lutheran Church
The Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate BUYERS AGENT Council (REBAC) of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® who met the specified educational and practical experience criteria.
Association of REALTORS® members may earn The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation by successfully completing various modules, each providing classroom hours of instruction in real estate education. It is recognized nationwide as a sound, fundamental training program in the critical skills and knowledge areas of the real estate business.
The Residential Sales Council serves the real estate industry's top producing residential specialists. By offering state-of-the-art education courses leading to the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation, the Council strengthens its members' ability to operate a "business within a business" successfully and profitably. Designees are recognized experts in listing, selling, and real estate investment.
"Jon was always willing and able to meet with me when I wanted to view a property, despite several 'false starts' where I wanted to see it, liked it, but then decided against it. Jon never tired, at least where I could see it, of trying to help me find a house to call my own."
"Excellent service from Jon. He is family to us. He is the only agent we have had in Bellingham and we love him dearly!"
"Jon Soine was professional and made the transaction smooth. We will seek him out in any future real estate business in Bellingham."