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Meet Jon Soine  ABR, CRS, GRI

I was a U.S. Naval Academy Information Officer for 19 years for 26 high schools from Seattle to the Canadian Border, and had 65+ students attending at one time, including 16 from Bellingham High School, one of which, Astronaut Steve Oswald, has made three space flights as a Command Pilot.

As a Senior Naval Officer, I was a project Manager for the early selection of a site for the Naval Base, Chair person for the Whatcom County BID as the Site for the Naval Base, and later project manger at the Site for The Chief of the Supply Corps, evaluating all conus home ports, both present and future Naval bases.

Became co-owner with my father, until his retirement, of a shoe store for the entire family, spanning 50+ years (1931 to 1985). With a College Major in Radio Speaking and Business Administration, I did my own announcements and advertising programs, including "the Ronald Reagan Show" before he ran for political office in California.

I was the first employer for hundreds of high school and college students, who learned the benefits of the "Free Enterprise System", and then went on to own their own business. In 1983 I formed Soine and Associates Realtors, buying the corner across the street from what is today Jody Bergsma Gallery, who at 14 years old sold her first two paintings in our shoe store, and then went on to sell shoes for me, as well as do our display windows.

Professional: ABR, CRS, GRI

  • Graduate Realtors Institute, GRI-100 thru GRI-400, 1981
  • CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): designation, 1990
  • DIRECTOR, Washington State CRS Chapter, 1990-present
  • SECRETARY, Washington State CRS Chapter, 1993-1994
  • NOMINEE, CRS of the Year, 1993
  • CRS SELLABRATION, Seattle, 1993, Welcoming Committee
  • TREASURER, Washington State CRS Chapter, 1994-1995
  • V-P, PRESIDENT ELECT, (nominee), 1995-1996
  • Chair, Publicity Committee/Director at Large, 1996
  • Nominee National CRS Committee 1996
  • ASSOCIATE BROKER, passed Brokers exam 1981

The Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate BUYERS AGENT Council (REBAC) of the NATIONAL  ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® who met the specified educational and practical experience criteria.

Association of REALTORS® members may earn The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation by successfully completing various modules, each providing classroom hours of instruction in real estate education. It is recognized nationwide as a sound, fundamental training program in the critical skills and knowledge areas of the real estate business.


  • Attended NAR Annual Meetings, Hawaii & New Orleans 1982-1991
  • Attended NAR Annual Convention & Trade Show, Atlanta 1995: Federal Taxation and Commercial Taxation Committees


  • Attended every WAR Spring & Fall Conference, 1988 to present
  • MEMBER in good standing, WAR 1979 to present
  • LAND USE Sub Committee Member 1989-1990
  • LAND USE Resource Committee Member 1989-1992, Chair 1990-1991
  • LEGISLATIVE STEERING Committee Member 1988-Present


  • Bellingham High School, 1954
  • Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, 1958: BA in Business Administration & Radio Speaking
  • Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, 1958, Naval Supply Officer
  • Naval War College, Newport, RI, Instructor
  • Armed Forces Defense University, Washington, D.C., instructor \
  • IBM Management School, San Fransisco


  • Project Manager, U.S. Navy Home Port, 1985-1988
  • President, Naval Reserve Officers Association 1985-present
  • Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce, 1961-present
  • National Federation of Business, 1975-present
  • Member & Former President of Our Savior's Lutheran Church

The Residential Sales Council serves the real estate industry's top producing residential specialists. By offering state-of-the-art education courses leading to the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation, the Council strengthens its members' ability to operate a "business within a business" successfully and profitably. Designees are recognized experts in listing, selling, and real estate investment.

Toll Free: 1-888-735-7500   —   Jon@JonSoine.comt
Windermere Real Estate/Whatcom, Inc.   —   515 West Bakerview Road   —   Bellingham, WA 98226