Cherie L. Lindholm Real Estate (est. 1968) is one of the oldest full service real estate companies on Orcas Island. We’re a family; not a franchise! Serving this island for over a quarter century, our company offers a full line of real estate services. We offer the largest property management company on Orcas Island. If you would like to rent before buying, we may have a rental for you. Or if you’d like the peace of mind having an on-island manager brings, call us. We also offer buyer representation to make your real estate transaction much easier and comfortable as a buyer. We are not affiliated with any major franchise organization, although we’ve been asked many times to be a part of that world. We really believe in the personal touch and service to our customers and clients, in old fashioned values, and ethics. Our brokers offer over 80 years of sales and management experience and customer satisfaction in real estate. We offer these services to you to help you in all your real estate needs.
Staff Biographies and Experience
Karen J. Key Speck, Co-owner, Designated Broker, Property Manager
My real estate career began shortly after I moved to Orcas in 1985. I have been a licensed Broker for nearly 30 years, selling, listing and managing property. In 1994, my husband and I purchased Cherie L. Lindholm RE from it’s 1968 founder Cherie Lindholm. We appreciated and supported Cherie’s values and are proud to carry on a tradition of local, friendly hometown service as compared to national franchise corporations.
After years of selling real estate, I decided to concentrate on the property management side of our business and leave the sales up to my fine staff of experienced brokers. My 30 years of property management experience is supported through hundreds of happy homeowners and thousands of happy renters and vacation guests. Cherie L. Lindholm Real Estate & Property Mgt. is the oldest property management company in all of the San Juans Islands.
My life before Orcas was in commercial radio where I was an on air personality and news anchor in Indianapolis and Seattle/Tacoma. While property management is a 24/7 job, I also have made time for my community. I am co-conductor of the Orcas Island Community Band, a member of several other musical groups, on the Board of the Orcas Family Health Center, past board member of the Lions Club, MC for the annual Fourth of July Parade, and a sponsor and member of many, many community clubs and events. I am passionate about helping others as well as fishing, Star Trek, cats and music.