Lynda Hinton, CRS, GRI, Managing Broker Windermere Real Estate/Whatcom, Inc.
Windermere Real Estate Whatcom
Lynda Hinton :: 360.303.1023 :: Lynda@lyndahinton.com

About Lynda

I have lived in Bellingham most of my life as a third generation Whatcom County resident.  Twice, I tried to move away but realized how wonderful it was here, and came right back 'home'. 

I have worn many hats prior to my real estate career which began in 2002 and am very happy to say this is what I was truly meant to do.  My working days began in my early twenties when I was a Bookkeeper and a Travel Agent for Doug Fox Travel.  I was thriving in this career when a good friend phoned and asked if I would be interested in taking her Dental Assistant position since she decided to become a stay-at-home-mom.  After observing the office for a few evenings, I knew I would enjoy this position as I am gratified by meeting new people and helping them.  After four years of assisting, I transitioned to the Office Manager as well as the On-Call Emergency Assistant working there a total of eight years.  

In 1994, I moved to Vashon Island and started my own computerized embroidery business.  It was wonderful living on the beach, but island life was not meant for me, so I came back to Bellingham just one year later.

While I continued my business, I also helped a new dentist get started  to get his practice up and running.  From there, I took a job at the Port of Bellingham as the Secretary to the Director of Aviation.  I enjoyed this quite diverse position, especially being involved with designing a new General Aviation Facility at the airport, however the position left no room for growth.  After three years, I became a Zoning Technician at Whatcom County Planning and Development, accepting and issuing building permits.  Again, it felt great helping people and interacting with the public and I loved it.

Subsequently, the architectural firm that I had worked closely with on the Port's General Aviation Facility project gave me an offer I could not refuse!  After a three year period with the County, I became the Office Manager and Marketing Coordinator for Zervas Group Architects.   Again, I enjoyed what I did, but this is when I knew I wanted to become a Realtor. 

My daughter was in high school and it would be an ideal time for this demanding career.  I worked four jobs for 18 months while attending Real Estate School to prepare for this endeavor.  I passed my test in January of 2002 and began my dream career in real estate in May.  Again, I was thrilled to continue my life-long passion with meeting and helping new people, this time buying and/or selling property. I closed my first transaction in early July, 2002 and sold a total of 11 properties by the end of that year.  The following year, my goal was to double that amount and sell two properties a month.  I closed 26 transactions in 2003 and achieved the International Sterling Award (top 25% of Realtors in the United States). The following year, I wanted to double that by selling one property each week and fell slightly short.  I closed 46 transactions in 2004, achieving the Presidents Circle Award (top 10% of Realtors).   My goal for 2005 was to attain the Presidents Elite Award (top 2% of Realtors) and I was successful. I was able to sell 64 properties and hope to increase my volume every year.  I always strive to achieve more than the year before, not only in sales volume, but in customer service. I am thrilled with the success I have had in my career, but what I love most about my job is helping people start the next chapter of their lives. I am proud to say I have earned the following designations and awards:

·         Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI), 2003

·         Council of Residential Specialist (CRS), 2005

·         Certified Home Marketing Specialist (CHMS), 2004

·         Luxury Property Specialist, 2005

·       Top 5% in sales of residential real estate every year since



When I do get a chance to take a breather from the quick pace of Real Estate, I enjoy these hobbies and more:

         Spending time and traveling with my family and friends

         Food Bank Holiday Food Drive
 
         Volunteering and Community Service
 
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Lynda Hinton

Direct: (360) 303-1023
Office: (360) 734-7500
Fax: (360) 676-4694


Windermere Real Estate Whatcom :: 515 W. Bakerview Rd. :: Bellingham, WA 98226 :: Phone: (360) 734-7500 :: Fax: (360) 676-4694
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