A long-term Vermont resident, Mark brings more than 20 years of sales and management experience to his career. As Owner / Broker of Catamount Realty Group, he is committed to forging a company that values quality over quantity. Mark has been serving his Real Estate clients for over 10 years.
Originally attended Castleton State College studying Business Management, Mark's ongoing emphasis on education is an integral part of his aspiration to provide first-rate customer service. As Mark explains, "Education is very important to our business. If a class isn't available in Vermont, we go to Boston, New York City, Atlantic City, or any place where good education is available. Going above and beyond at every level gives our clients a competitive edge in negotiations."
Mark has earned his CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage) CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), SRS (Seller Representative Specialist) SFR, (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification), ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) designations, GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), GREEN Designation, Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) Price Strategy Advisor (PSA) Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Performance Management Network (PMN) and At Home with Diversity (AHWD) classed. In 2013, Mark completed the Evelyn Biddle Leadership Development Program.
Mark has served five years, his third year as chairman, on the education committee for Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors, and three years on the board of directors for the Vermont Associations of Realtors. He is currently serving as Vice President for the Vermont Association Of Realtors. He has also served on many special committees and task forces for the association. He is now in his 4th year serving as Federal Political Coordinator between the National Association of Realtors and Senator Bernie Sanders. He was awarded Realtor of the Year in 2018 for Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors.
"Helping people buy and sell their homes is the most rewarding part of what I do. Ever since the purchase of my first home, I have had a fascination with Real Estate. I make myself available to customers and clients as much as possible and have been known to be writing contacts and talking with clients as late as midnight or later. There is no such this as a silly question so please make sure to ask as many as needed.
Need tips on selling your home and preparing for the staging process, I am here to help. First-time homebuyer? I am always happy to sit down and talk with you with a buyer consultation. Not a first-time homebuyer? I still offer the same services for those looking to brush up on the process.
On my free time, I enjoy a variety of things. Hiking all four seasons, kayaking and boating on Lake Champlain, skiing one the many ski resorts in the area, playing tennis and racquetball, long bike rides around the state. There are three that are my favorite. The Lund ride which is 55 miles of rolling hills in the spring; Friends of Northern Lake Champlain which averages from 60-80 miles in the summer and the Kelly Brush ride of 100 miles towards the fall. All three support good causes!
Education and Experience
The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation is designed for experienced owners, brokers, managers, and supervisors to raise professional standards, strengthen individual and office performance, and sharpen expertise in brokerage management. Since 1968, CRB has represented the highest level of professional achievement in real estate brokerage management. Only 3% of REALTORS® have met the designation’s advanced eligibility and training requirements.
The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers. On average, CRS designees earn nearly three times more in income, transactions, and gross sales than non-designee REALTORS®. Only about 4% of all Realtors hold the CRS designation. Click here to view the video.
The Seller Representative Specialist,(SRS), designation, recognized by the National Association of Realtors, is the premier credential in seller representation. It designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. SRS is a global community of Realtors who use their ideas and expertise to professionally and ethically represent sellers. Click here to watch the video.
Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®) Designation. The ABR® designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. ... The ABR® is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC)—a subsidiary of NAR—to REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria. Click here to watch the video.
The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification is for real estate professionals who want to work with current and former military service members. The MRP certification program educates REALTORS® about working with U.S. service members and their families and veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits and support.
Senior Real Estate Specialist, SRES®, designees have unparalleled training and experience in senior’s real estate, including helping you manage the financial and emotional challenges of selling a long-held family home;Creating a customized plan to market and sell your property; Utilizing specialized knowledge in reverse mortgages, 401(k) accounts, and IRAs for your real estate transaction; Click here to view the video.
The Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification program gives REALTORS® the tips and tools they need to be skillful advocates, sharpen their negotiation skills, apply the power tools, techniques and tactics and learning how to recognize them for successful outcomes and elevate and enhance negotiating skills so that today's real estate professionals can play the game to win. The field scenarios provide the foundational experience and practice negotiators need to master so they can effectively advocate for their clients.
The Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification is specifically designed to enhance a Realtor's skills in pricing properties, creating CMAs, working with appraisers, and guiding clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values.
Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource SFR® was designed for real estate professionals at all experience levels by giving you a framework for understanding how to direct distressed sellers to finance, tax, and legal professionals; Qualify sellers for short sales; Develop a short sale package; Negotiate with lenders; Tap into buyer demand; Limit risk and protect buyers.
NAR's Green Designation provides advanced training in green building and sustainable business practices so that you can seek out, understand, and market properties with green feature.
The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients. Why use a GRI? When you see the letters "GRI" after an agent's name, you can count on receiving the knowledge and guidance you need to make your transaction go smoothly. In short, you can count on getting the best service available from a real estate professional.
The Performance Management Network (PMN) designation focuses on developing negotiations strategies and tactics, networking and referrals, business planning and systems, personal performance management and leadership development.
At Home with Diversity certification is designed to enable you to work successfully with and within a rapidly changing multicultural market. It will help you to learn diversity sensitivity, how to apply fair housing laws in your business, and ways to develop professional guidelines for working with people in the increasingly multicultural real estate market.
2018 Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors,Realtor of the Year!