Select Realty Group

Select Realty merges with Bolte Real Estate

Press release from Bolte Real Estate

North Central Ohio Real Estate Firm Attains Tiffin Company

new nameBolte Real Estate, a fourth-generation, independently owned company based in Port Clinton, is pleased to announce its merger with Select Realty Group in Tiffin. With four offices currently throughout Ottawa and Sandusky Counties, the merger allows Bolte Real Estate to expand into the Seneca County area and strengthen its presence as a real estate leader in this region of Ohio.

Founded by Ann Bolte in 1936, Bolte Real Estate has maintained its commitment to excellence by taking a personal approach with its customers. With offices in Port Clinton, Clyde, Fremont and Catawba, the company has grown to become the largest independent brokerage in North Central Ohio.

Phillip Bolte and Renee Bolte-Stine, Ann’s great-grandchildren and current owners, bought the company in 2014 and have built a state-of-the-art real estate company while maintaining the family heritage and providing a distinctive personal approach to their business. In 2016, Bolte Real Estate achieved $93 million in real estate sales.

“What excites us about this merger is the opportunity for greater brand recognition throughout the region and access to more tools, training and a larger leadership team,” said Phillip Bolte.

“Also, we feel that our merger will allow us to better help our clients ever growing and evolving real estate needs while also giving back to the communities we represent.”

Co-owner Renee Bolte-Stine is a Tiffin native who graduated from Columbian High School in the early 1990s, along with her husband Cory Stine. “For my family, Tiffin is a part of our heritage so the expansion of Bolte Real Estate into this area is exciting from a business aspect and rewarding on a personal level,” said Renee Bolte-Stine.

Select Realty Group’s office at 23 S. Washington Street will remain open and the only noticeable change will be the name on the building. Owners Fran Andersons and Sara Riesen founded Select Realty in April of 2012 with three agents and quickly grew to be a dominant name in local real estate. Today, there are nine agents who work for Select. Both Fran and Sara will remain in leadership positions once the merger is complete.

Sara Riesen explained that even though the name Select Realty will change, their commitment to their clients will not. “Our team will remain the people that the community has come to know and trust,” she said.

All owners agree that the merger of Bolte Real Estate and Select Realty Group evolved because of a mutual respect among professional colleagues who became friends. Sara explained, “I’ve known Phillip and Renee for a long time but got to know Phillip even better when we served on the board of directors for the Firelands Realtor Association. They were very helpful to us when we began our business, offering advice and support. When the discussion eventually turned to the possibility of ‘teaming up’, it seemed like a natural fit for all of us.”

Philip added, “Our philosophy of working hard, treating people right and having fun will be strengthened by having a larger team across a larger area engaged in the real estate business and committed to our family’s heritage of excellence.”

Tiffin’s real estate services continue to grow

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Elaine Thomson and Judy Riley

Stepping Stone Realty was started in 2010 by Elaine Thomson, with an office in Upper Sandusky. Over the past six years, Thomson has grown her businesses with satellite offices out of realtors’ homes and in July 2016, she opened an office with two additional agents in the Tiffin Mall.

“We work in Tiffin so often anyway, it just made sense,” she said. “I brought Judy Riley and Greg Sarver on to work with me here and when you have multiple people working so hard and doing such a great job, they need an office.”

Combined, the realtors in the Tiffin office bring more than 35 years of experience to the company. They have sold more than 25 listings in the past year and pride themselves on their availability to customers at any time of day, and on weekends.

“They look out for the client first and foremost,” Thomson said. Riley added, “We work well together because we have the same work ethics and values.”

Over the past year, Tiffin has seen growth in the market of home buying and selling. Listed below are other real estate services new to town:

  • Slate Real Estate – Slate opened their office at 1660 W. Market Street, Suite C, in April of 2016 with three partners; Marcia Focht, Britny Focht and Sara Wingart. Since their opening, they have added real estate professional Mike Martin to their office. Read more.
  • Legacy Title – The newest addition is Legacy Title, a full service real estate title company which focuses on real estate title work and title insurance, and provides expertise in closing transactions and acts as closing agent for many lending institutions. They opened their office at 19 West Market Street, Suite F in August of 2016. Read more.
  • RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty – Bill and Kelli Jones opened their real estate and auction office at 99 E. Perry Street in December 2015. The office is a full service agency, specializing in real estate listings, farm ground sales, estate auctions, and information for home owners and buyers. Read more.

Relocation and improvements:

  • Select Realty Group – Though not new to Tiffin, this young real estate firm relocated their offices to 23 South Washington Street and renovated the interior and exterior of their new building in 2015. Read more.

Select Realty Group

SelectMeet Sara Riesen and Fran Andersons, owners of Select Realty Group, located at 23 S. Washington St. in Tiffin. Sara and Fran started their own business in 2012 and bring a combined 42 years of experience in real estate to the table.

Both owners are Tiffin natives. “I just like the small town community,” Fran said. “It’s a very warm and welcoming town. I like being downtown where we’re growing and improving.”

“It’s such a supportive community!” Sara said. “I love walking downtown and seeing everyone. We can walk across the bridge and get a glass of wine at Ralph’s, cheesecake next door, the best cup of coffee on the corner and now we have a nice view of the river.”

“We do things a little differently and do our own thing,” Fran said of their approach to realty. In fact, when they opened, they were the only realty office in town not to require “floor time,” instead, letting their agents come and go as needed.

They are also rolled out their own app earlier this month. “We like experimenting with new technology and social media,” Sara said.

Select Realty is composed of 12 agents, including Sara and Fran. “We have fun and we have a great group that works very hard and is very caring,” Sara said of the staff. “They are community conscious so they are out there.”

Some of the groups they are involved with include: Humane Society of Seneca County, Salvation Army, Tiffin Community YMCA, and The Ritz Theatre Board.

Select belongs to the Firelands Association of REALTORS. Both Fran and Sara serve on the Firelands board of directors, with Sara serving as president. Sara also recently won the Heidelberg School of Business – HSB Women’s Established Entrepreneur Award!

Stop by and see Sara and Fran, or call to make an appointment.

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Downtown Tiffin businesses offer “Trick or Treat”

Downtown Trick or TreatA new Tiffin Halloween event, the 1st Annual Downtown Trick or Treat is slated for Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30-5 p.m. More than 60 businesses, organizations and offices all over downtown Tiffin will be opening their doors to provide candy to children. Afterward, Tom Rodgers Flowers will have cider and donuts for adult trick or treaters from 5-6 p.m.

Organizer Yolanda Gonzales got the idea from a similar event in Owensboro, KY, where she used to live. “It was a win for the community, businesses got positive exposure, kids got candy, caretakers learned more about their community and it was daylight. I found myself entering business that I would not normally go into – it was a wonderful way to meet businesses in town – also meet the people who own the businesses and  people who work there,” she said. “So, I contacted Mr. Montz with the idea and he said it was a great idea – but he needed someone to coordinate it.  I volunteered.”

Gonzales was greeted with excitement and enthusiastic responses from downtown businesses and hopes to make this an annual event. “The owners of Cabin Creations said they used to do this downtown – but no one else remembers.  I hope this becomes a new tradition for Tiffin.”

The following organizations are scheduled to participate, as well as businesses displaying a flyer in the window during the event:

If you have a downtown business, organization or office and would like to join the fun, contact Yolanda Gonzales at yolanda.gonzales4@gmail.com.

This is only one of the many events taking place over the next two weeks. Other upcoming community Halloween events include:

Two downtown Tiffin businesses receive façade grants

Total investment with the innovative program exceeds $675,000 in first year

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ABR discusses Soni Junction project

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 1, 2015 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved Façade Enhancement Grants for Select Realty Group and Soni Junction. The two projects represent more than $200,000 in investment, increasing the number of projects approved to 24 and the total amount of investment to almost $700,000.

The first project approved is a demolition and complete new construction of the Soni Junction gas station and convenience store on the south side, at 260 S. Washington St. The exciting project will place a new structure with a beautiful brick façade on the front, to complement the surrounding historic buildings. The owners purchased the property in 2008 and with the $10,000 grant, they now plan to invest more than $200,000 at the site.

The second project approved is improvements for the new Select Realty location at 23 S. Washington. The company plans restoring the exterior of the building, including scraping, repairing, and painting the front exterior, two front doors and the metal roof; masonry repair; tuck pointing; and new signage. Select Realty Partner Sara Riesen praised the program, saying “We are excited to have invested in downtown. The grant money is a great way to help offset the costs of the repairs we need to do to enhance the building. We are very appreciative.” The building formerly housed Edward Jones Investments and the Bennett Law Firm. It was purchased in June for around $100,000.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased with the momentum of the Façade Enhancement Program. “Since we created the program last September, 24 projects have been approved, for a total investment of more than $675,000, more than $500,000 of that in 2015 alone. The program is only going to get bigger and I can’t wait to see what else it will accomplish.”

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.