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This spring Deborah celebrated starting her 20th year in real estate on our beautiful Orcas Island by joining the Windermere family. She is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful organization. The additional technical and advertising staff allows her to focus more time and energies where it is most important, on the needs of her buyers and sellers. She believes strongly that it is a privilege to help people find their piece of the rock or, when the time is right, to sell and move to a new chapter. She enjoys all the various aspects of this industry but the highlight is getting to know people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Consistently ranked in the top agents on the island for residential and land sales, she brings years of knowledge and expertise to each transaction. A self-confessed ‘organizational junkie” she loves tracking the deals from start to finish and walking clients through the complex process. She believes communication is key to a smooth transaction.
Deborah’s parents were living on Orcas when she was born but moved away shortly thereafter. Her father, an Episcopal priest and Navy pilot in WWII, returned to military life as an Air Force chaplain. The family traveled extensively around the country during her childhood. When her father retired, Deborah was entering college at Western Washington University in nearby Bellingham and spent her college summers here on Orcas where she fell in love with this extraordinarily beautiful place. In 1990 Deborah and her husband moved to Orcas to raise their young family, a move she states as “probably one of the smartest decisions of my life”.
A strong community supporter, Deborah has served on the board of numerous non-profit organizations over the past 20 years including, as President of the Orcas Island Association of Realtors and The Funhouse Commons. She enjoys hiking the 52 miles of trails around Moran State Park or up Turtleback Mt. She can be found most Sunday afternoons hiking around Cascade Lake with her inspiring mother, now 88. Her favorite summer evening, finds her boating around the San Juans or taking photos of the amazing sunsets we are blessed to see on a nightly basis. In the off season Deborah is excited to turn her energy to working on projects around her 1914 craftsman home and learning about home maintenance and repairs by a hands on approach.