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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) was actively involved in the real estate industry for 12 years as a property manager and director of the leasing department at Jerome H Meyer and Company, Real Estate in Chicago. She moved home to Elk Rapids a few years ago and worked for a short time in real estate with the Up North Properties team. Now married to Matt Conrad, she is currently taking time off to raise their two young children. 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 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 and Chairman of the Village of Elk Rapids Planning Commission, has served on the Elk Rapids Downtown Development Authority, and currently serves on the Elk Rapids Harbor Commission. 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. 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. Tom maintains solid relationships with clients on the REO side of the business, due to his experience and attention to detail, as well as his very capable full time assistant, and field assistants. As the economy has improved, the number of REO's has dropped, allowing Tom to put more and more effort into "fair market" listings. Tom and his team actively market all listed properties through national websites, local media, and real estate publications. Coverage areas include all of Antrim, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska, Benzie, Charlevoix, Wexford, and Missaukee counties.