Molly Buttleman

    Molly Buttleman

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    I am a Michigan native and have called the Grand Traverse/Leelanau County region home for more than 24 years. Understanding the demands of todays Buyers & Sellers has allowed me to be a top producing agent year after year.
    Major Donor/Member RPAC
    2013-2016 Cowell Cancer Center Advisory Panel
    2016 Traverse Area Association of Realtors Community Stewardship Award Recipient
    2016 President, WCR, Womens Council of Realtors Northern Michigan Chapter

    My Client Reviews

    (36 reviews)
    Overall star rating: 5.0
    Past 3 months: N/A

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    Paul & Heather gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly embodies professionalism and excellence! She worked hard for us and showed that she is very trust worthy. We are grateful for her and her team.
    Dan gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    I've been a lender for 22 years and was impressed with Molly's handling of a lake home my clients recently purchased. She communicated very well with everyone throughout the transaction and handled all the details promptly. She was able to help both sides of the transaction be informed and have their goals met. Not all agents work as hard for a successful closing as Molly!
    Kent & Suzanne gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    We were referred to Molly Buttleman to find and purchase our dream home in the Traverse City area. As we were new to the area, Molly spent days showing us different neighborhoods and communities. Her extensive local knowledge was very impressive, down to differences in property tax rates. Once we had identified the neighborhood we were targeting, Molly made sure we were aware of all available properties. The service Molly provided far exceeded our expectations. For example, hours after our house hit the market, Molly drove over an hour, at night, to show us Facetime video of the interior. In addition, as we flew back to Traverse City, Molly arranged a tour and worked to be sure the listing agent knew he had another interested buyer on the way. Molly provided excellent advice in navigating a process with multiple qualified buyers. With her expert advice, throughout the negotiations, we got the house. We recommend Molly, without reservation, to anyone looking to purchase a home in the area.
    Scott & Carrie gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    We were looking for a new home and relocating from out of state during Covid, so we needed to find someone who is trustworthy, transparent, responsive, and an excellent communicator. Upon our first phone conversation with Molly, her warmth and professionalism came through and we knew it would be a good fit. Molly came to each showing, prompt and prepared. She shared her knowledge about each home and neighborhood with ease. She seemed to intuitively know the right balance of guiding us through homes and giving us space to discuss on our own- even taking it upon herself to engage our young daughters, giggling and chatting so my husband and I could talk through options. Molly was able to find us a home that had been off-market and walked us through an incredibly detailed Facetime tour because we had returned to our home state. We ended up purchasing a home through Molly, sight unseen, which speaks to level of trust we were able to place in her, plus her ability navigate all the nuances of purchasing a home during Covid. After we moved in, I reached out to Molly several times for local advice/ recommendations. She was just as helpful and prompt as she was during our home buying experience. We have been in our home for 6 months now and absolutely LOVE it and are so grateful for Molly and the ease she brought to our home buying experience!
    Kathy & Chris gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was very informative and helpful throughout our whole home buying process. She was responsive to questions and always eager to help in any way possible. Since we could not be at our inspection, Molly was happy to stand in for us. Molly is very well connected in the community, and we were able to get valuable referrals for house projects from her as well. She will truly care about helping you find the perfect home for whatever your needs are!
    Angela & Jay gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was a pleasure to work with. As a first-time homebuyer, she walked us through every step, was a teacher as well as a realtor. Very much appreciated her as a resource and would highly recommend without reservation.
    Christie gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Upon listening to our land line phone messages many weeks ago, one stood out for many reasons. It was the voice of a realtor making cold calls to homeowners on our road hoping to find someone interested in listing their home. There was something very special about that voice in that It exuded sincerity and warmth. We were not interested in selling our home and, normally, I would have deleted the message. But, predicated on the quality of her voice, I chose to text her. Molly, immediately, returned my text and said she was looking for the right home for her clients. I told her we weren't going to be selling but had very good friends who were thinking of listing in the near future. The introduction was made. My friends were thrilled with her qualities, professionalism, knowledge, and resources, if they should be needed. I know Molly has been diligent in being sure her clients and my friends are able to make their moving process go as smoothly as possible. She goes above and beyond and truly walks the walk!!! She is the epitome of my image of who a good realtor should be.
    Ralph & Dianne gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    We decided to relocate in Northern Michigan and Molly helped us to find a home through going over and above to find a home.The market was very limited. She reached out to home residents through mailing letters to them. She contacted a homeowner who was not selling, the seller had a friend interested in selling and told Molly. Molly contacted that person, we were able to see the home and bought that one on Grand Traverse Bay. She worked for two people looking to make a change. She is professional, and works to help her clients reach their goals of either buying or selling. She never stops working!!
    Ralph & Dianne gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    We met Molly 3 years ago when we decided to move up north from downstate. She worked non stop around the clock to help us find a home in Kewadin on Torch Lake. We then decided to move again to another location after becoming more familiar with the area. She help us to sell our home with the best marketing process possible. She did drone video and in depth interior pictures of the interior of the home. Our home sold in 3 days. We had many showings on our home and the house sold to a buyer in Boca Raton, Florida. The buyer immediately flu up to Michigan to see and buy our home. We sold in 3 days. She is an outstanding agent who listens advises and puts her clients first. We have had many homes and agents, Molly is the most dedicated an professional we have worked with. She is outstanding and treats customers as friends.
    Ralph & Dianne gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly Buttleman was recommended to us by our agent Michele Papatheodore in Fenton, Michigan. From the first contact that we made with Molly explaining to her our move criteria she began the process of understanding and looking for our location, house specifications and price point. When we found the home we wanted to buy, Molly worked 24/7 to keep us informed as to progress and concern issues. She worked diligently with Dennis Irelan the sellers agent to work concern issues for both parties. We now have our dream home on Torch Lake for retirement and hopefully many years of peaceful living. We would recommend Molly as a personable, respectful and customer driven for her clients. Molly's professionalism was 110% and highly recommended.
    Martha & Ron gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly is a fabulous realtor. We actually met through a cold call, but she ended up selling our home and made it so easy for us. She was knowledgeable, helpful, and so nice. I don't think it could have been any easier and it is all due to her. I give her all the credit for a worry free sale and recommend her whole heartedly. She is the absolute best!
    Victor & Julia gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    It was a great pleasure to have Molly as our Realtor. She made the sale of our beloved condo in Traverse City much less painful and she was helpful above and beyond in every area. Can'™t say enough good things about Molly and we were fortunate to have found her!!
    Jim & Karen gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly successfully navigated the COVID era to help complete our sale. She also connected us to an awesome Coldwell Banker agent in our new home of Madison, WI who has been an invaluable resource in completing our relocation. We recommend Molly!
    Ben & Janelle gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    When looking for the perfect realtor, I am looking for someone I can trust. Someone who has my best interests in mind, who may see things that I miss, that is very honest and thorough. Molly is all of these characteristics and more. Molly knows the area so well and always has details on the brain. On top of everything, she is extremely personable and makes you feel like you're the only one in the room and has her full attention. I truly wouldn't use anyone else for my real estate needs, and highly highly recommend Molly for your next venture. Whether it be first time home buying, your tenth home, or even an investment property, Molly has all the knowledge to get you exactly what you're looking for.
    Kurt and Cecily gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly went above and beyond our expectations as our agent. Being overseas, she arranged services, cleaning and repairs of the home when asked. Overall very satisfied with her personalized approach to selling our home.
    Stephen gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Being from the North Suburbs of Chicago, we asked our local Coldwell Banker Top Performer broker whom we have worked with for years, to find a CB broker in northern Michigan that would meet our expectations and finds us a second home. We wanted a broker of our local brokers caliber. Molly truly exceeded our expectations. We initially looked on line to get an idea of what was out there in the marketplace. We wanted to give Molly an understand of the quality, style and size that we were hoping to find. Molly setup showings with those initial homes and began to add her own list of houses that feed off of those. She spent two days with us showing a vast number of homes to consider. While we initially had a budget range, as Molly's understanding of our wishes and our personalities developed, she exposed us to many more homes that were well worth the money. The location, amenities, quality and value of the homes she found truly gave us a lot more to consider. Molly personally has a knowledge of quality home construction that gave us insight in the current homes condition as well as the possibilities of home modification if we bought it. In all my years of buying homes, I have never had a broker that had that incredible ability. It was priceless. While we were looking up in the Northern Traverse City area, we also wanted to look at the lower Michigan coast from South Haven to Holland. Molly reached out to a CB office in that area. She found us a very seasoned professional at her caliber who knew that market down there. A regular broker might not have done that, let alone take the time to find us a broker at her high level. Molly went above and beyond to help us find our new home. While we did not find the home on this first trip up, we are coming back to continue our search. We will continue to work with Molly because honestly, we could not find a better, dedicated, professional person that had years of knowledge and experience of that marketplace. You will find Molly very personable and responsive to you. Put it all out there in what you are looking for. She will listen and rise to the occasion to find you that perfect home. While we did not make any offers at this time, I am sure that when the time comes, Molly's negotiating skills will also excel.
    Michele gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly is the ultimate professional who takes the time to learn what specifications a client is looking for; whether it's property to build a home on in the future, selling a home or finding a new home. Whatever your questions, Molly will find the answer. Molly is has great connections and knows Northern Michigan and what each area has to offer. When it comes to selling a home, she's great at each facet required to market and sell a home quickly. Through the process of selling our home and looking for a new home Molly has become a friend and we are 100% satisfied with her as our Realtor. Mike/Michele
    Jeff & Myra gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    We have been very pleased with Molly, her professionalism and response time when we have had questions. She has great knowledge of the area and has turned into a good friend. We definitely would use her again! Thanks Molly!
    Robert gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was everything you could hope.for in a realtor. She facilitated cooperation, communication, and resolution of issues between buyer and seller, we bought and closed on the house in about two weeks, and obtained much useful info. as to local services from her, everything from finding and arranging a quality and timely inspection of the home, to changing locks, and more. When we had questions about the purchase agreement, she would typically respond ASAP and make herself available for discussion, even on weekends and late at night. She struck us as being fair to all, upbeat, and professional. We highly recommend her services.
    Eric gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly is the best agent I have worked with. I first worked with Molly when she was the Sellers agent and I bought one of her listings. Her professionalism, communications, knowledge of the local market and attention to detail were superb. As a result of this great experience, a year later I then asked Molly to represent me as a Buyers agent for the pursuit of additional unlisted, local properties. She was also outstanding in this respect as she assisted me with research on the surrounding properties, worked through zoning and PDR easement issues, and contacted owners that had not listed their properties for sale. This resulted in a very successful outcome for me as I was able to purchase an unlisted investment property. I am already working with Molly again on a third project and highly recommend her as either a Sellers or Buyers agent.
    Eric gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly is the best agent I have worked with in the last 20 years. I first worked with Molly when she was the Sellers agent and I bought one of her listings. Her professionalism, communications, knowledge of the local market and attention to detail were superb. As a result of this great experience, a year later I then asked Molly to represent me as a Buyers agent for the pursuit of additional unlisted, local properties. She was also outstanding in this respect as she assisted me with research on the surrounding properties, worked through zoning and PDR easement issues, and contacted owners that had not listed their properties for sale. This resulted in a very successful outcome for me as I was able to purchase an unlisted investment property. I am already working with Molly again on a third project and highly recommend her as either a Sellers or Buyers agent.
    Eric gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly is without a doubt the very best real estate agent I have ever worked with and would encourage anyone to work with her as either a buyer or a seller. She is professional, diligent, and her attention to detail over the course of the transaction is top notch. She takes time to understand both the buyer and seller perspective, and does a remarkable job managing the details and questions over the course of a complex transaction.
    ANdrew + Lisa gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was incredibly helpful and so patient, as we worked to secure our special space in N. MI. - thanks Coach! AJM
    Chuck & Alyson gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    We worked with Molly both buying and selling our home. Molly was responsive, professional and hard working with both transactions. When selling our home she made it easy and it was under contract in weeks. Once we found our new home she worked hard to make sure we would be happy with the next chapter of our life. Molly's advice and recommendations were spot on and we will call her next time we have real estate needs. We highly recommend Molly! Alyson K
    Chuck & Alyson gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was the best. Excellent local knowledge. Responded very quickly to any and all questions. Outstanding!
    Mary & Scott gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly provided us with extraordinary service throughout the home-selling process. During the initial listing phase, we confidently relied on her recommendations based on her deep understanding of the local market. She made a great effort to ensure the online listing included beautiful pictures that showed the most positive features of the home. Tapping local and industry resources, Molly provided insight as the market evolved. As we began showing the house, Molly brought us helpful feedback from buyers and realtors that allowed us to make small changes to improve marketability. Molly provided good counsel as we received more than one offer. As we matched with our buyers, she coached us through elements of the closing and sale. Molly was consistently accessible, responsive and empathetic, demonstrating a high level of skill in her chosen profession. She listened carefully and integrated information from multiple sources to provide us with excellent advice. Thank you, Molly!
    Carl & Judy gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    There is no realtor in the Traverse City Region with better knowledge, background, persistence and dedication to her clients than Molly. We have used her services on several occasions---she is top-notch! I recommend her highly!!
    Carl & Judy gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly is a model of excellence in the Real Estate Profession. She demonstrates thorough knowledge of the current market; she possesses superb communication skills; she listens to the wants and needs of the client; she interfaces most effectively with colleagues and develops a cordial and personal relationship with clients. I know this personally as we have used Molly's real estate skills on several occasions. I would not think of using any other realtor than Molly. If you want a strong advocate and someone who will work tirelessly on your behalf, I strongly recommend Molly Buttleman.
    Carmen gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly is very Knowledgable and extremely Dedicated to her Work and Client Satisfaction. Molly was extremely Detailed not only with the Sale of our home but also with the pertinent needs of downsizing to a smaller home. Molly went above and beyond to achieve our asking price. Molly also handled the Closing with the utter most Care to ensure the transition period was Smooth and amenable for both Sellers and Buyers. I would highly recommend Molly Buttleman as your Real Estate Agent!
    David gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Excellent all around real estate agent and a good person.
    Terry & Carmen gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly has sold two of our homes within a combined timeframe of 33 days of being on the market. The incredible thing was Molly sold the homes above the competitive prices in the area. The sale of the homes did not come without challenges and Molly's professionalism made it happen. Molly has all of the strengths and attributes that I was looking for in a Realtor. Her attention to detail is simply amazing. Molly is my Realtor for the entire Grand Traverse area region.
    David & Lela gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly guided us through a difficult home purchase, without her it may not have been possible. We highly recommend her if you are buying or selling a home. She spent a lot of time with us looking at homes and was never pushy or did we feel any pressure from her. In fact she told us to take our time and don't be in a rush. Since we are new to TC we asked for recommendations from yard clean up to a contractor to do some renovations. All of her recommendations have been spot on. And she recommended some great restaurants! Molly was very responsive and took care of business even when she was traveling out of state. She represented us well in negotiations and always had our backs. We highly recommend her.
    Samantha & Spencer gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was awesome to work with! We really enjoyed getting to know her throughout our home buying process. She was very flexible and always available to answer questions. Highly recommend if you are looking for a realtor!!
    Jonah gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly has proven to be the best realtor I have ever worked with (and she will be the only call I make to buy/sell in the future). Our paths, inadvertently crossed during a couple of land purchase inquiries, with difficult topography. Having built several homes, she quickly proved her drive and deep connections by immediately connecting us with experienced, competent contractors to help determine land suitability. Although we passed on a couple land opportunities, Molly understood our 'vision' and purchase wants. In short order, Molly drummed up an unlisted, premier property ticking all our boxes! A true, professional negotiator, she helped successfully navigate a very difficult deal, with a stubborn buyer and equally tough seller. Completely impressed with her extensive community connections and market knowledge, we subsequently listed our house with her and had a fantastic offer, within 2 weeks. Molly, found our house, helped us close a tough buy, sold our house and found the buyer. Molly, thanks so much, for all you've done for us; you are amazing to work with! ~Jonah & Karin
    Audrey & Nick gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was key in selling our house quickly and for a great price. The transaction could not have gone any smoother. She also was always available for any questions. And was very professional.
    Kathy gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was great and her droll sense of humor along the way was even better. Any buying venture has its ups and downs, especially with the buyer being 600 miles away, so the laughs she added into the process were greatly appreciated. Molly and I had only one day together and looked at everything from condos to houses, from squeaky clean to fixer uppers.To top it off, I was auctioning something and originally didn't even know how much money would be available. This could not have been easy for Molly with a client who was so scattered! But it all came together and I am sincerely happy with my new little lake front cottage. Thank you, Molly!
    Dennis & Sheila gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was our listing agent and transaction coordinator. Not only did she assist us, but she bridge the support to our out of state buyers who didn't have an agent representative. This couldn't have gone quicker or smoother. We highly recommend Molly for all your real estate needs. She is true to her word! We' be worked with Many and she's the best!! Sheila and Dennis Morgan
    Dennis & Sheila gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly is the best! We found her very professional with a great passion and love to make things go in the best way for her clients. She was their anytime we needed. I have worked with others and I can say that she is the best we worked with. We will use her in the future and I will speak highly of her to others. Dennis Morgan
    Tim gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Outstanding service all around. Had multiple buyer prospects within the first 2 weeks. Had an offer we couldn't refuse within the first month.
    Justin & Sam gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was absolutely fantastic from start to finish here! I've never worked with such a responsive and punctual realtor who kept me in the loop with every step in the process, no matter what time of day. We would 100% use Molly the next time we are looking to buy or sell in Traverse City.
    Nancy & Steve gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    It was such a pleasure to work with Molly on both the sale of our first home & the purchase of our new home. She always went above & beyond to help us with both sale & purchase. We knew that she was always there to take care of what ever we needed & she was very professional. I would highly recommend Molly to help you sell your home or if your looking to purchase a home.
    Ansel gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was absolutely invaluable in the process of purchasing my first home. From connecting me with a lender that understood my individual needs all the way through to the closing process, she made the entire experience seamless and enjoyable. I have recommended Molly, and will continue to recommend her to anyone interested in purchasing a home in Northern Michigan.
    Patricia gave Molly 5 stars out of 5
    Molly was wonderful to work with when we decided that the Traverse City area was where we wanted to buy a vacation home. She was always happy to show us around looking at vacant property or houses for sale or send us emails on local listings. She is well informed about the area and always quick to answer a question or concern.

    My Experience

    • 2016 & 2017 Traverse Area Association of Realtors Community Stewardship Award Recipient
    • 2017/18 RPAC Crystal Major Investor
    • 2016 President of Women's Council of Realtors Northern Michigan

    My Credentials and Memberships

    • Traverse Area Association of Realtors Member TAAR
    • Michigan Realtors Association Member
    • National Association of Realtors Member
    • Women's Council of Realtors Member & Past President 2016
    • RPAC Committee Member 2017-Present
    • CLHMS Member- Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist 2016-present
    • 2018, 2019, 2020 Awarded the Million Dollar Guild Certification for Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

    My Community Involvement

    • Advisory Board of the Cowell Family Cancer Center 2013-Present
    • Volunteer Cowell Family Cancer Center Munson Medical Center 2016-present

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