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Whittemore’s Real Estate: Celebrating 50 Years of Helping People Find Their Homes

CEO Khai Intela
Introduction Whittemore’s Real Estate, located in downtown Skowhegan, has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. This milestone is a testament to their commitment to assisting people in finding their dream homes. Whittemore’s prides itself on prioritizing...


Whittemore’s Real Estate, located in downtown Skowhegan, has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. This milestone is a testament to their commitment to assisting people in finding their dream homes. Whittemore’s prides itself on prioritizing the needs and excitement of their clients. From selling first homes to assisting with subsequent purchases, their experienced team is dedicated to making the real estate process smooth and rewarding.

Whittemore’s Real Estate Team The team at Whittemore’s, January 2019

Helping a 92-Year-Old Fulfill His Dream

At Whittemore's Real Estate, every sale is special. One memorable transaction involved helping a 92-year-old man purchase his first home. While he had concerns about financing, discrimination based on age is not tolerated. Regardless of age, Whittemore’s goes the extra mile to find suitable lenders. Witnessing someone fulfill their lifelong dream of homeownership at such an advanced age was a truly rewarding experience.

A Success Built on Ethical Practices

For Van Ames, owner of Whittemore’s since 1977, and his partner, Chris Perkins, the real estate business is about more than simply buying and selling properties. It’s about building meaningful connections with clients. Ames and Perkins have worked with countless individuals and families, not only selling them their first homes but also guiding them through subsequent home purchases. The satisfaction they derive from seeing their clients' excitement and happiness is immeasurable.

Repeat Business and Long-Term Relationships

One of the key factors contributing to Whittemore’s 50 years of success is their commitment to ethics and hard work. Their reputation for providing exceptional service has led to a significant amount of repeat business. Ames and Perkins have had the privilege of witnessing families grow and change, from selling homes to the grandchildren of their past clients. Although this can be a sobering reminder of the passage of time, it serves as a testament to the trust and long-term relationships they have built with their clients.

A Journey from Carpentry to Real Estate

Before entering the real estate industry, Van Ames worked as a carpenter. However, a series of unfortunate accidents led him to explore alternative career paths. Following advice from his older brother, who was in the real estate business, Ames decided to give it a try. Little did he know that this leap of faith would result in a successful career spanning over four decades.

Chris Perkins, on the other hand, transitioned to real estate from the insurance industry. The allure of sales and the challenge of earning based on performance appealed to him. Joining Whittemore’s in 1990, Perkins has since honed his skills, excelling in the ever-changing world of real estate.

Navigating the Complexities of Today’s Real Estate

Both Ames and Perkins acknowledge that the real estate industry has become significantly more complex over the years. Gone are the days when purchase and sale agreements were short and simple. Now, transactions involve lengthy agreements, property disclosures, financing processes that can take up to 45 days, and many other intricate details.

Understanding the stress that accompanies buying a home, Perkins emphasizes the importance of not just being a good real estate agent but also acting as an amateur psychologist. At Whittemore’s, the team takes pride in providing value-added services. They guide clients through every step of the process, collaborating with lawyers, appraisers, and other parties involved, ensuring a smooth and successful transaction.

A Team Committed to Excellence

Whittemore’s Real Estate comprises a team of eight independent contractors, one office manager, and the two owners, Ames and Perkins. Their commitment to excellence is evident from the long tenure of their staff members. Many have been with the company for over 20 years, a testament to the positive working environment and the team's dedication to their craft. This continuity has played a significant role in Whittemore’s enduring success.

For more information on Whittemore’s Real Estate, please visit their website or contact them at 207-474-3303.

Whittemore’s Real Estate has been a trusted partner for individuals and families in Skowhegan and beyond for half a century. Their expertise, trustworthiness, and commitment to customer satisfaction set them apart in an industry that continues to evolve. Whether it's your first home or your forever home, Whittemore’s Real Estate is there to help you navigate the exciting and sometimes challenging journey of finding your perfect place to call home.