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Tom Wiltse is a longtime resident of the Elk Rapids area, having moved to the area with his wife Susan in 1969. Both are graduates of Albion College. Tom taught science at Elk Rapids Schools for 30 years, retiring in 1999. Susan is also retired from teaching, after a 30 year career at Lakeland Elementary in Elk Rapids.
The Wiltses have two daughters. Anne (MSU, 1997) recently joined Century 21 Northland as a licensed assistant, where she utilizes the knowledge and skills she developed as a property manager and director of the leasing department at Jerome H Meyer and Company, Real Estate in Chicago. Nora (Albion College, 1999) lives in Chicago, where she is a Master Teacher and school librarian for Chicago Public Schools.
During the summers, Tom has been actively involved in the marine business, as part owner of Ship ‘n Shore - a boat rental business (1970 to 1983), and as the manufacturer of Paddlebuoy paddleboards (1975 to the present). Tom and Susan also own and operate Pad Lock LLC, a self storage business with three locations in Elk Rapids.
Tom is a past President of the Elk Rapids Rotary Club, where he served as Youth Exchange Officer for 18 years. He is a member of Elk Rapids First Presbyterian Church, the Elk Lake Community Chorus, and past member of the Grand Traverse Chorale. He is an advisor for the Elk Rapids Community Endowment Fund, and is a board member of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. For thirteen years he was a member as well as Chairman of the Village of Elk Rapids Planning Commission, has served on the Elk Rapids Downtown Development Authority, and currently serves on the Elk Rpaids Harbor Comission. He has served on the boards of the Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association, and the Michigan Science Olympiad.
Tom Wiltse has been an active Realtor since 2000, and has focused on REO listings and sales since 2005. With two full time licensed assistants and one part time clerical assistant, as well as a field assistant, the REO business has grown in both volume and efficiency. Tom has good relationships with many local contractors who can perform any and all property preservation and repair needs. The team handles all price levels of vacant and residential properties, and gives them all the individual attention needed, regardless of commission. REO properties are advertised in the same publications and websites as regular fair market listings. Tom and his team actively market all listed properties. Coverage areas include all of Antrim, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Wexford, Charlevoix, and Kalkaska counties.