Kirsten Robertson, a native of Southern California, grew up around the modern homes and ranches of the L.A. and Palm Springs areas. Always the modern aficionado, after moving to Seattle she discovered NW modern architecture while helping clients buy modern early in her real estate career. Working as a real estate trainer for Redfin, Kirsten also developed a strong interest in technology, systems and social media and applies that knowledge to her real estate business.
Although Kirsten is a strong advocate for technology in real estate, she also understands and embraces the basic fundamentals of buying or selling a home. She believes the role of a real estate agent and their level of education and expertise has become more important as real estate transactions have become ever more complicated. She also believes that specializing in one area, or niche, brings additional value to her clients. However, the real reason she loves working in the modern arena so much is that her clients tend to share her appreciation for dramatic, beautiful and sustainable architecture and a love of art and design.
A resident of Kirkland since 1998, Kirsten has helped clients buy and sell modern homes on the Eastside and Seattle since 2003. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and has over 15 years experience in sales and marketing for companies like Microsoft and Cendant Corporation.
Q & A
Q: If you could have dinner with any modern living or dead architect, who would it be and what kinds of questions would you ask?
Frank Gehry...”Really? What were you thinking?”
Q: How did you get started in modern real estate and what was your driving force for joining 360 Modern?
I grew up in Southern California and was always interested in modern architecture. It was when I moved to the Northwest however, and had several clients that purchased modern homes, that I began to have a renewed interest in modern. I joined 360 due both to this renewed interest and to my belief that, as real estate agents, we better serve our clients when we have an area of specialization.
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
My iPhone, a solar charger (assuming they make such a thing) and non-At&T cell service (i.e. Service that actually works) No need to talk to anyone just need it for downloading apps and books. Years of endless entertainment.
Q: What’s in your DVD collection?
If I told you, you would laugh.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge when working with a Northwest Modern seller?
The challenges that arise are really no different than what we have with any seller, realistic expectations and proper pricing, especially in today’s market. To be honest, most modern sellers we work with are awesome. They have great taste, we rarely have to stage a house unless it’s vacant. They are generally really cool people.
Q: How do you size up a buyer and what is your criteria for the right houses to show?
I need to understand what type of modern they are looking for- contemporary, mid-century, green-built, etc. Their budget is important of course, as is the way they want to live. There is a growing movement towards smaller homes but they have to have great flow and entertaining space. I think this is especially prevalent in the modern space where both architects/builders as well as buyers are looking to build/buy homes with a smaller footprint but that live large and work for the way we live today. Many mid-century homes fit this profile as well as new construction modern.
Q: What is your favorite drink?
Wine....I have kids.
Q: What is the last book you read?
The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Q: If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?
John Stewart or Mark Twain...both men with incredible wit.
Q: What is your favorite movie (song)?
My favorite movie is a toss up between National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation which I can watch it over and over and never get sick of, Moonstruck and Before Sunset. As for my favorite song- that is like asking me who my favorite child is. I love music and could never pick a favorite.
Q: If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
Q: If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
Reading minds- it would make my job much easier.