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Many of you might already know, but Mike and Don Kehoe have decided that they are going to retire from real estate on Dec. 31. Jim and Ivie Baker will be taking over as the new broker/owners of the company. Of course, they say, they’d love Don to stay on indefinitely, but he’s decided that he would like to do some traveling. He has been talking about it for years, and finally he will get his chance.
“As Mike and I were talking of selling, we were approached by Jim and Ivie. We both felt this would be an excellent fit,” said Don. “Jim and Ivie have the experience, as they have been with Kehoe Realty since 1999, and are both Associate Brokers. Their dedication, hard work, and integrity, will continue the path we have worked to establish and maintain.”
Jim and Ivie started working for Don and Mike in April of 1999. “It was one of the best career decisions we had ever made,” Jim and Ivie said. “We can’t say enough wonderful things about our relationship with Don and Mike Kehoe. They have been extremely supportive of us – and all of the Kehoe staff – over the years,” they added. “They have always been there for us when we needed help and guidance. Don has always said, ‘There is no such thing as a stupid question,’ and we never felt that we couldn't go to them for anything. They have always treated us with the utmost respect and we can truly say, that even though we are not related, we feel like they are family.”
The Bakers describe Don the way many people know him – sincere and always honest. He is a wonderful pillar of this community, they added, nothing that he has started several major projects in Gladwin County over the years. He has also served on several boards including the Clare/Gladwin Board of Realtors, Gladwin City Board, Mid Michigan Community Action Center, Knights of Columbus, and many others. Don has donated to several local charities and supported our local schools and businesses. According to Jim and Ivie, Don has always believed that we need to support the people and community, and his record has shown that he has lived by that philosophy.
“We are going to sincerely miss Don when the day finally comes and he is officially retired. However, we know that he will be frequently dropping into the office to check in on all of us and to tend his beautiful gardens around the building,” said Ivie.
“We are looking forward to our new adventure and will proudly pick up where Don leaves off.” said Jim. “We feel that Don has more than prepared us for the future with his shared knowledge and experience. We also have a wonderful staff of Realtors who will be continuing that adventure with us. They are Christine Gallagher, Melissa Castillo, Mary Moore, Lynn Bloomfield, Candi DeFore, and our new Corporate Office Assistant Kim Sturgis.”
Don and Mike Kehoe have been Kehoe Realty Inc. owners and brokers since it’s inception. “Don and I offer our congratulations to Jim and Ivie as they continue serving the Real Estate needs of Gladwin and Clare,” said Don. Jim said that he looks forward to Kehoe Realty offering the same commitment to the community as Don did.
“We at Kehoe Realty look forward to serving the community that Don loved so much. I imagine it is why Don chose the heart as our logo,” Jim said. “We will always strive to be known as the agency with a heart. And Don will be forever in ours.”