More About Me



How did a farm girl from Mears get to be at Realtor with Coldwell Banker Schmidt in Fremont Michigan?  Growing up on a fruit farm just a few miles from Lake Michigan in Oceana County learned to appreciate the beauty of the West Michigan countryside.  My family worked hard, and played hard. I learned about the importance of faith, family, and community.   I attended Golden Community School,a small country school, from Kindergarten through eighth grade and then Hart High School.  I graduated in 1971.




I married early and had four children, so was a busy wife and mom for many years, doing daycare in my home and also personal bookkeeping for several clients.  In 1991 family circumstances forced me out of my comfort zone, and I was hired by Vandenberg Real Estate as a part-time administrative assistant. 




I instantly found my niche in the real estate world and the rest is history!   I love helping home buyers and sellers approach their life changes with confidence as I guide them through the sometime daunting real estate sales process.  




I look forward to helping you also!





Personal Interests




My husband, Barry and I have six grown children and eighteen grandchildren. For the past 5 years we have had foreign exchange students live with us during the school year.  We've been privileged to have young people from China, Thailand, Mexico, Ecuador, Vietnam, and Taiwan join our family. We enjoy kayaking and fishing the beautiful lakes and rivers in our area in the summer and I enjoy quilting in the winter. We also work together on building and remodeling projects and gardening. We are active in our church and community through the Chamber of Commerce, art and health organizations.





My Real Estate Specialties




First Time Buyers




I love to help buyers who are purchasing their first home.  With the heart of a teacher, I assist buyers through all aspects of their purchase by carefully explaining the steps involved.  I am available to my buyer clients everyday, and in most cases can answer a phone call or e-mail within an hour.   I stay on top of the transaction working closely with the lender, inspectors, title company, and other Realtors.  I am knowledgable about special programs such as MSHDA funding and USDA Rural Development housing programs that make home ownership a reality for many first time buyers. 




 Here's what some of my first time buyers have said about their experience working with me.




" You made the home buying process fun. Very helpful every step of the way. Jean was just as excited as we were to find the perfect home." Daniel & Jessie - Hesperia Buyers

 "Jean Palmerton was our Realtor and went far above the expected level of service. We could not believe how easy she made our first home buying experience." Jim & Kim - Fremont Buyers




"Thank you, Jean, for making our home a reality." Priscilla - Holton Area Buyer




"Jean was great! She always fit it in her schedule to look at houses with us, and was very quick to respond to our questions. We were very pleased" Trent & Jeanna -Fremont Buyers




"Thanks, Jean! You were wonderful! We really didn't think we would get the house without you! Austin & Christine - Fremont Buyers







Newaygo County Area Waterfront Properties




Newaygo County is home to some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in Michigan.  The Mighty Muskegon River run east to west through the entire county.  It includes the large Hardy dam and Croton dam backwater ponds which are renowned for boating and fishing.  Below the dams the Muskegon River is habitat to Steelhead and Coho Salmon as well as Bass and Walleye.  I have been privileged to assists buyers and seller with their real estate transactions on the Big River as well as the beautiful White River which flows through the center of Newaygo County.




There are many all sports and no wake lakes in Newaygo County, also.   I have represented both buyers and sellers of many lake properties also.  This is a part of my business that I really enjoy.




Here are reviews from just a few of my lake property sellers and buyers:




" Enjoyed very much working with Jean. She was very helpful and knowledgeable, and got back to us in a timely manner." Jim and Nancy - Fremont Lake Buyers

"...Jean did a good job with the problems with the house in regards to what the buyer wanted." Charles - Fremont Lake Seller




"Overall a very good experience." Frank & Sherri - Fremont Lake Buyers




"Thank you, Jean, for your work on selling our cottage. You did a super job." Gib & Jean - Kimball Lake Sellers








Client Reviews




" Enjoyed very much working with Jean. She was very helpful and knowledgable, and got back to us in a timely manner." Jim and Nancy - Fremont Lake Buyers

"Couldn't ask more of a broker. Jean is well qualified and knows the Newaygo market. I liked the fact that she could recommend a reasonably priced handyman to take care of a few upgrades on our condo. Unit sold in 2 weeks! Very impressed with jean and her efforts."­ Tom and Susan - Fremont Condo Seller




"...Jean did a good job with the problems with the house in regards to what the buyer wanted." Charles - Fremont Lake Seller




"Overall a very good experience." Frank & Sherri - Fremont Lake Buyers




"Thank you, Jean, for your work on selling our cottage. You did a super job." Gib & Jean Kimball Lake Sellers




"Outstanding Service. Thank you so much for your help during the process, especially since I was unable to be there due to military duty. You've helped the girls and I so much." Eric - Fremont Buyer




"Jean was very prompt when we had a question or just needed an update" - Mike & Carol - Fremont Sellers





Education




Hart High School 1971




Taylor University 1972




Davenport College 1973




Muskegon Community College 1994




Cornerstone University 1997  BS Business Administration