Highest Production in Itasca County Once Again; Mitch Kellin Completes Brokerage Purchase from Father Mike Kellin

The leadership transition has been smooth sailing at Coldwell Banker Northwoods Realty, the top-performing real estate agency in Itasca County once again based on data published by the Itasca County Board of Realtors for the period of January 1 - December 31, 2022.

New Broker/Owner Mitch Kellin ensured the family legacy would continue by purchasing Coldwell Banker Northwoods Realty on January 1, 2023, from his father Mike Kellin, who along with his late wife Lisa, acquired the brokerage in 1990 from Bob Hill and family. The award-winning agency has been family-owned and operated since 1947. Mike Kellin will remain a broker with the agency.  

“It’s an honor and privilege to be able to continue the family legacy of Northwoods Realty,” said Mitch Kellin. “I look forward to building on its success with our team and our community. Clients who we have served for decades along with our talented agents have made these incredible results possible year after year.”  

Several of the agency’s Realtors® are among the best in the entire Coldwell Banker® franchise system and were once again recognized for their performance in 2022:  

·        Luke Garner qualified for the prestigious International President’s Elite Circle, awarded to the top two percent of all Coldwell Banker representatives worldwide. This is the third straight year Garner has earned a top sales distinction with Coldwell Banker flagship.

·        Karen Gessell and Pam Gilhousen and both achieved Coldwell Banker’s International President’s Circle status, given to the top five percent of all representatives. Gessell earned her fifth award, starting as a Realtor® in 2017. This is the ninth straight year Gilhousen has been awarded for her results.

·        Morgan Hopkins earned her first-ever award, joining Tammi Bischoff and Mitch Kellin with membership in the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society. This is Bischoff’s third Coldwell sales award. For Kellin, it’s his sixth straight year ranking among the top 16 percent or higher of Coldwell Banker Realtors® worldwide.

·        As a brokerage, this is the 14th time Coldwell Banker Northwoods Realty has been recognized as a Coldwell Banker® Premier Office, one of the highest honors given to franchisees.  

“In this unpredictable real estate market it’s important to have the right experience on your side,” said Mitch Kellin. “While the designations are well-deserved, it is the combined talent and dedication of the entire team that drives our success. We don’t take lightly the faith our clients put in us, and we use all our tools and resources to make their real estate dreams a reality.”  

The Up North Team of Cathy Beddoe-Carlson, Jamie O’Toole, Lynn Ranger, and Tim Skelly are four award-winning Realtors® with decades of experience in all aspects of real estate. Recognized as the top-producing team in the area for many years, they have received the Coldwell Banker International Presidents Circle Team award multiple times.  

Realtor®/Associate Broker Charlotte McDermott’s exceptional market knowledge and industry experience are award-winning and second to none. She’s respected for her unwavering professionalism, tenacity, ethics, and loyalty to her clients.   

Five years in, Grand Rapids native Jordan Stejskal has become an established Realtor® and professional property manager. His clients value his dedicated and honest approach, making him a go-to real estate resource for young professionals, friends, and neighbors in the area.  

As a veteran and experienced agent, Joel Perrington is a trusted resource for those navigating the challenges of VA homeownership and financing. His years of experience with aerial Geographic Information Systems for the Department of Natural Resources have given Joel a unique perspective when it comes to finding clients’ ideal locations.  

Coldwell Banker Northwoods Realty is Itasca County’s leading real estate agency. The office of 17 real estate professionals with dedicated marketing and administrative support covers all of Itasca County and the Grand Rapids area as well as parts of Aitkin, Cass, and St. Louis counties, and Duluth’s North Shore Region.