As a resident of Mount Vernon, WA since 1966, I have come to know and love this northwest Washington area very well.  It continues to be a delight to point out to visitors and newcomers the many benefits and advantages of living in this beautiful rural valley - the gateway to the San Juan Islands. Prior to my real estate life, I was the owner/operator of Susan Cooper School of the Dance (ballet, tap, jazz, etc.), for 18 years from 1967 to 1985, and my reputation as an enthusiastic, honest, hardworking individual has followed me. Two of my students purchased the business in 1985 and continue to operate it as the Skagit Valley Academy of Dance. This was a very gratifying career to me, exposing many individuals to that culture, and creating elaborate productions.  Several students went on to professional careers performing around the world. I am now a life member, after serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the Northwest Region of Dance Educators of America for most of those years, a prestigious organization. The Academy school year of 2016-2017 is the 50th year in constant operation from the date I established it, and continues in the connection with DEA. 

Since becoming a REALTOR® in 1989, my goal has always been to locate that "perfect home" for Buyers - and for Sellers, to customize a personal marketing plan and then implement it. Many satisfied customers will agree I live up to my motto: "You Can Depend On Me." I whole-heartedly welcome referrals from other agents, and am very conscientious in my dealings with their clients. Through the years I have become increasing familiar with the neighboring Snohomish County and Whatcom County, having had many pleasant transactions there, in addition to those in Skagit County. The Skagit Association merged with the North Whidbey Association in 2001 to form the North Puget Sound Association of Realtors(R) (NPSAR). As the 1997 President of Skagit County Association of REALTORS®, my primary focus was on promoting awareness of, and adherence to, the National Association of REALTORS'® (NAR) Code of Ethics. Serving as the NPSAR Professional Standards Committee Chair 2003-2006 and Chair of the parallel committee at Washington Association of REALTORS® in 2007 has been highly important to me. I continue to serve on that committee in both associations.  I served as a WA State Realtor Association Director (WAR) and on several state-level committees most years since 1990, including as the 2001 Treasurer of Washington Association of REALTORS®, now known simply as Washington REALTORS®.  I was honored to be the official Skagit County Realtor legislative "key contact" for nine years for now-retired Washington State Representative Dave Quall. A consistent Multi-Million Dollar producer most years since 1989, I have been the grateful recipient of numerous Local & State REALTOR® awards, covering community service, achievement and distinguished service.  The most prestigious, the 1997 Skagit County REALTOR® of the Year, 2012 NPSAR Lifetime Achievement Award, WAR 1997 Community Service Award and WAR 1999 Achievement Award. 

I am a strong believer in continuing education, which improves my ability to assist and better direct my clients and customers. The Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designations have all been achieved through many additional hours of continuing education. In attempting to stay up-to-date with industry advancements, I also acquired the Prudential  e-Certified designation, indicating I am above average internet-savvy.  In addition to the above designations, I have been a member of the Commercial Brokers Association, and also enjoy the challenge of listing and selling commercial properties.  The coveted CRS designation, held by only 3% of REALTORS® nationwide, is achieved by increased education and higher production.  I acquired this designation in 1997, and since 2006 I have served on the Washington State CRS Chapter Board of Directors as a Designated Area Representative for Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties.  I served as the 2009 Chapter of the Heart Committee Chair (mainly benefitting Habitat for Humanity). I have continued as the Skagit Area Rep since 2015, and also as the WA Chapter Programs and Awards Chair since 2015. I was quite honored to be the recipient of the 1998 WA Chapter Community Service Award and the 2012 WA Chapter CRS of the Year Award
 
Community involvement has included several organizations - notably the Mount Vernon YMCA, Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and Skagit Cultural Center Association. 18 years on the Skagit Valley College Foundation Board of Governors was the longest duration, with 2-terms as Secretary and one as President in 1999.  I was quite humbled, in 2005 to receive the status of EMERITUS to the Skagit Valley College Foundation, which I continue to work with on annual events! I was also the surprised recipient of a Mount Vernon Chamber "upbeat Award" and the 2014 Bernie Award. During more recent years, my community involvement was as a member of the Skagit Performing Arts Council (SPAC) Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer.  As a partner, SPAC played a major role in the creation of McIntyre Hall Performing Arts & Conference Center, located on the Mount Vernon Skagit Valley College campus.  This $18,000,000 performing arts facility opened in November 2004, and has had updates since, making it even more valuable for our regional residents.   McIntyre Hall is very close to my heart, and I consider it "my baby".  I have also served as the Vice-President of the Northwest Ballet Theatre Board.  A professional level of performance is being exhibited by these young dancers - the end result of careful nurturing and training by an extraordinary staff at the Bellingham WA based associated academy!

I was invited to join the Board of Directors of Friendship House, a local homeless shelter established in 1986.  The goal is to benefit and provide direction, shelter and meals to that portion of the homeless population which has proven to be responsible and worthy of assistance.  The need is dire, as the bulk of the operating costs are covered by private donations.  I served as President in 2007, then a year as Immediate Past President, then two years as Secretary.  Friendship House has two homes in Mount Vernon (one for men, one for women and children; each home accommodates 24 residents) plus a transitional home in Mount Vernon and one in neighboring Burlington.  In addition to providing three meals a day, they currently have a “Hunger to Hope” program, teaching culinary skills and job search assistance.  To me, assisting in this need is the perfect fit for a REALTOR®, especially one who wants to make a difference in our community!  I am active in the Mount Vernon St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which I have been a member of since 1966.  I no longer sing in the choir (the voice is gone!), but continue to find other areas in which to serve.  In summation, I am extremely proud of my family! I have three children, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  Unfortunately none currently live in Skagit County, but we do stay in close contact!  I never tire of my life in this beautiful valley, and would look forward to assisting others in making meaningful real estate decisions!

Thank you for considering to contact me if you're looking for information on real estate or other subjects in Skagit County!  If I don't have the answer I will certainly be able to locate it for you!

Susan Cooper
REALTOR(R) BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES
(360) 424-1886  scooper@susancooper.com  
scooper@susancooper.com