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After years of wanting to own a home on San Juan island, we contacted Sheryl to help us navigate finding the right place for us. Sheryl was so knowledgeable about living on the island, helping us navigate what home we wanted, is a scholar on all things building and permitting, and was so attentive and patient as we worked our way through many properties.


Her true care, concern, and no-pressure attitude made her such a pleasure to work with. I completely recommend San Juan Islands Real Estate as the go to for buying or selling your home. Thank you, Sheryl, for helping us find our forever home and becoming part of an amazing community.

April Wagner - San Juan Island

My husband and I were fortunate to find Sheryl to help us with the permitting process. We only wish we'd found her earlier in our real estate transactions so her knowledge, generosity, and talent could have helped us even more.


Sheryl not only simplified every step, she clarified it for us. Her vast experience and knowledge across the industry gave insight and reassurance. I would enthusiastically and highly recommend Sheryl. Her service saves time, money, and heartache -- and her style adds joy.

George and Jan Bowen, Orcas Island


I have had the pleasure of working with Sheryl for the past five years. She has been very instrumental with incorporating the many changes in our current customer service policies. In order for us to bring about those changes in our daily operations we needed people with proactive ideas, and the skills and flexibility to bring those ideas to fruition. We quickly recognized that not only did Sheryl possess those skills we were looking for, she further demonstrated the ability to grasp a much broader understanding of our purpose.

Because of her ability to adapt to change and understand the complexity of the land use issues we struggled with under the State of Washington's Growth Management Act we found her to be an invaluable part of our front counter team, separating invalidated existing zoning districts from those which maintained current status while at the same time incorporating new zoning districts along with the development regulations that applied was a sometimes mind boggling task even for our senior planners. Sheryl identified inconsistencies between old and new regulations while applying such to proposed projects and brought those issues forward for review and necessary amendments. 

Sheryl was responsible for all of our technical review for projects requiring permits. A responsibility which included water, addressing, land use, site plan approvals, construction plans, shorelines, flood, critical areas, drainage, fire, etc.

Sheryl's integrity is second to none. Responsibility, work ethic, efficiency and community values define that part of her we hired and so respect. The other part of Sheryl is her positive attitude, great sense of humor and resilience. She is just fun to work with and things always seem to get done right when she is involved.

Corey Schmidt - former Assistant Building Official . Skagit County Planning & Permit Center

Sheryl has been invaluable. Her professional expertise and knowledge of permitting and planning helped us resolve our issues with the county, we could not have done it without her. Her excellent relationship with county officials and her resolution based approach produced very positive results. We will be eternally grateful to Sheryl for her help in one of our most stressful times.

Errol and Kathleen Speed - Orcas Island

Sheryl helped us about 10 years ago. We were in the process of purchasing a home with a mother in law unit when the appraiser found there were no land use or building permits to allow it.

Time was of the essence as two families were packed and ready to move. The bank said if we can get the permits in to the county they would close. On a Sunday she dropped everything, crawled under the house where the addition was built and prepared a set of drawings, got them off to her engineer while she finished the balance of the paperwork. 

In 5 days our paperwork was completed and turned in. She went above and beyond and we are so grateful for the sacrifices she made for us.

Jeff Walker - Arlington

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