ABOUT US

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Joanie Ransom

Broker

Seasoned real estate professional with 20 years of working to achieve clients’ real estate goals.

With 20 years of experience as a Realtor, I love thoughtfully helping buyers find their ideal home and strategically guiding sellers as they prepare to sell their home. I possess a B.A. in Business from the University of Puget Sound and have a strong background in real estate investment and new construction/development. I bring an educated and ethical approach to every transaction and I value the relationships and trust that I’ve built.

Bainbridge Island has been my home since 2001. As a Seattle native, I spent several childhood summers on the island at our family beach house. My husband and I enjoy raising our three teenage children here. We are proud of our high-quality schools, both private and public. I am an active school volunteer and I’m on the Board of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation.

I love our educated, artistic, close-knit community. I’m passionate about the outdoors and our community’s conscientious efforts to preserve open spaces. During my free time, you can find me biking, hiking, paddle boarding, playing pickleball, skiing or doing pretty much anything in nature with my friends and family.

Seasoned real estate professional with 17 years of working to achieve clients’ real estate goals.

Licensed as a real estate broker since 2004, I earned my managing broker’s license in 2015. Prior to working in real estate, I was an ecological statistician for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Fisheries Division. I have a M.S. in Quantitative Ecology from the University of Washington. My training and experience in risk analysis informs how I work with my clients. My combined analytical and personal approach to my profession serves my clients well, taking into account their unique needs while protecting their best interests.

Buying or selling a home isn’t just about real estate. Usually there is an important event underlying the decision to make a purchase and/or sale. My job as a real estate professional is to help clients make the best real estate decisions during those critical times of change.

I choose to live on Bainbridge Island because it is the ideal place to call home for me and my family. I am grateful every day for the close-knit community, scenic beauty, top-notch schools and extensive opportunities to be outside, both on the water and in the forest.

When not working, you’ll find me in my garden, running, sailing or hanging out with my husband, two daughters and our two dogs.

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Sarah Sydor

Managing Broker

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Stefanie Kimzey

Licensed Assistant

Experienced real estate marketing, advertising and project management professional with 22 years of industry knowledge.

I’ve proudly worked for Windermere Real Estate for over 20 years. I started as a weekend receptionist while attending Bainbridge High School and later became an administrative staff member. I’ve also held positions as a loan processor in the mortgage industry, a graphics specialist, and an advertising coordinator.

I grew up on “the rock” and I am thankful to be raising my two kids, here with my husband. Over the past decade, I have volunteered extensively in our Island’s schools. I have helped in classrooms, provided reading assistance, procured volunteers, and participated in fundraisers and special events. Additionally, my kids and I spent several summers delivering flowers to home-bound seniors through Island Volunteer Caregivers. I love it here: the pace, the quiet natural beauty, and our incredible community.

Windermere isn’t just a company to me; they’re like family, and I’m so thankful to work with such wonderful people. In 2020 I was thrilled to join Joanie and Sarah’s team and obtained my broker’s license. While my primary focus is on advertising, marketing and transaction coordination, at every step of the process I work behind the scenes to create a professional and seamless experience for our clients.

What Our Clients Say

We have great clients who we truly appreciate. Here is what a few have said about us.

“Sarah and Joanie were simply the best. Properly priced and marketed my house. Encouraged me to make the right improvements to quickly sell the house. Sold in a week well above asking price.”

Paul L.

Seller

“We loved working with Sarah and Joanie!”

Anna S. & Adam G.

Seller

“Great team. The very best. Fire everyone else, these two are all you need. 100% recommend. The very best of all time.”

Dan Washington

(for Sarah and Joanie)

“Simply the best. They took such great care of us. We were selling our house with a 4-month-old and they were so great. They had great knowledge and everyone they referred us to for work on the house was great and easy to work with.”

Megan H. & Eric A.

Seller

“We sold our house right as COVID was first starting to hit the Seattle region hard.  In the first days of the pandemic, open houses were completely banned and we were very nervous that our sale might not happen, despite having just bought another home. Joanie and Sarah figured out how to maneuver the evolving market with us - creating a 3-D "Matterport" view of our house; setting up personal sterilized viewings of our home; and ultimately selling it in just two days to a family from afar who was moving to Bainbridge Island from the East Coast. Thanks to Joanie and Sarah's efforts, things worked out for everyone.”

Ben K. and Lisa T.

Seller - Repeat Client

“Joanie saw me through months of hunting for the right home with endless patience and availability. Her comments on what we were seeing were so valuable in making this huge decision to move. When Sarah was added with pricing, staging, showings and closing, the team worked together to bring a perfect ending to this very long emotional and tiring trip. They work very hard to always be available, regardless of everything else they have to handle---other clients and "life", especially during Covid. They specialize in very personal attention to one's needs while going through what can be a very trying time.”

Arleen K.

Buyer

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