- Gig Harbor Living Local
Pairing Innovation with Communication
A team you can trust for your real estate needs
By Jillian Chandler
Photo by Nate Graves In-Gear Media
With more than seven decades serving Pierce County, Hawkins-Poe has secured its name as a premier real estate brokerage firm from its humble beginnings in Fircrest in 1946. Today, owners Frank and Teresa Hawkins, who have owned and operated Hawkins-Poe for the past 50 years, are carrying on the family legacy.
In 2002, daughter Jennifer Hawkins would join the family business, establishing her Key2See Team with Hawkins-Poe Realtors. A third-generation Realtor, Jennifer says real estate is in her blood and finds purpose being able to help people in making the important decisions that will benefit them both personally and financially.
“I also love talking to clients years after their purchase or sale to hear of memories made and improvements in the works,” she shares. “It’s all about the relationships for me.”
At Key2See, she is joined by Realtors CJ Stewart and Whitney Johnsen. With a background in construction and a passion to help people, CJ found real estate to be a perfect fit. He enjoys being able to help his clients save money with findings during the inspection process, or pointing out deferred maintenance while out “shopping” with clients—a quality not all brokers have, he adds.
Whitney likes to refer to herself as “matchmaker” in the real estate realm; she loves nothing more than connecting with her clients and discovering their wants and needs for buying or selling and matching them with the house that will be home, or the sale that will take them onto their next adventure. “I want to be the one to show them the house that makes them light up and then put the work in to secure it for them,” she smiles.
Jennifer, CJ and Whitney utilize a “listing launch” and a “buyer’s consult” with every person the team partners with. They believe that setting up expectations prior to diving into the process allows the most success for their clients. In addition, they have systems in place to assure comfort and security, which is evidenced the whole way through.
“My parents have always been excellent mentors in this industry,” affirms Jennifer. “Learning, listening and engaging with them has been a consistent way to level up. The knowledge they have gained working through multiple styles of the market—and having success in each of the peaks and valleys—is priceless.”
With Key2See, you will find a team that is innovative, open minded, prompt, professional and proficient. It is their goal to use their local knowledge and experience to best market their client’s current home or to help them find their new dream home.
Read what Key2See clients have to say:
“Jenn is the consummate professional. She and her team worked with us to meet all of our needs in selling a home and purchasing a new one. Every step was handled with professionalism. The process couldn't have been easier!”
“CJ was professional and responsive, and we would recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a property. We don't live in the area anymore, so when CJ went the extra mile and offered to meet the inspectors and repairmen at the house for us, that was helpful beyond measure.”
“Whitney and the team were great to work with, super responsive and flexible with our schedule. We were able to tour and get our offer submitted on the lake house within 24 hours of it hitting the market. That, accompanied with Whit's coaching on how to craft our offer, were the main reasons we were able to land our perfect spot on the lake at a price point within our budget. I definitely recommend working with the Key2See team!”
Jennifer says that she and her team appreciate having the opportunity to own a business right here in Gig Harbor and be a part of this unique and caring community. "I have an appreciation for the Tacoma Pierce County Association of Realtors and love for giving back to our association that does so much for our industry.” Jennifer is the current sitting TPCAR treasurer, Washington state director and past president of the Women’s Council of Realtors.
It is important to the Key2See team to give back to the local community, participating in all community events, volunteering at the local farmers market and donating a portion of every commission check to their three favorite charities: Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation and Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank.
Are you ready to experience firsthand what Key2See can do for you? Jennifer, Whitney and CJ are ready to guide you on your home selling or buying adventure.
Key2See Team with Hawkins-Poe Realtors
8815 North Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335