Keith Cook: Bellingham Managing Broker

Keith Cook. Bellingham Real Estate Agent. BuyerMax

Whatcom County, Managing Broker

I grew up in Bellingham and graduated from Silver Beach Elementary, Shuksan Middle School and Bellingham High School – class of 1986. This is my hometown and I love it.
Cell:(360) 739-5600

RE/MAX Whatcom County's top
selling broker since 1996.

The Making of a Bellingham Real Estate Agent

I joined the US Army in 1986 intending to check out the world and get some money for College. The summer after I graduated, I was off to basic training:  Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.  It was 113 degrees the first day I arrived!  Wow. After Advanced Individual Training, I was stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base, West Germany.  My job classification was 16-H, Air Defense Artillery – Operations and Intelligence Assistant.  Call me crazy, but I really enjoyed the Army.  Living in Germany was an awesome experience.  It was a completely carefree time of my life and the military structure was great.

After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Army at the ripe old age of 20, my Grandfather landed me a job working in a fish cannery in Port Graham, Alaska. Port Graham is a friendly small town (population 200!) located on the tip of the beautiful Keani peninsula. Remote as can be, Port Graham can only be accessed by boat or small plane from Homer, AK.  During salmon season, I was hired on as a deck hand on a 32-foot local Native fishing boat, the Tianna Lynn. What a summer!  I worked with a great crew, saw a lot more than I expected and saved some more money.  Alaska is incredible. Though I decided to go back home to return to school, later in life I went on to work on a few other fishing boats:  the Northern Glacier in the Bearing Sea, AK, the Mary Jo, in Bristol Bay, AK, and the Nancy Anne, out of Bellingham.

While not at work I enjoy playing, woodworking, yard work, travel, camping, quading and skiing.

Over 25 years experience in the Whatcom County Real Estate market

I earned my Real Estate license in 1991, my Brokers License in 1994, and joined RE/MAX in Bellingham in 1996. As far as real estate success goes, I've been lucky from the start. I've consistently been a top producer in Whatcom county and the top-selling Real Estate Agent in my office since I joined the team.

Contact Keith Cook, Bellingham Realtor, at 360-739-5600

Industry Qualifications

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

The ABR® designation is geared towards agents who wish to enhance their buyer representation skills, and provides proof to prospective buyer-clients of their proficiency at servicing the special needs of buyers.

Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)

"BPOs: The Agent’s Role in the Valuation Process" is specifically designed to help residential real estate agents and brokers enhance their skills in creating BPOs, reducing risk, and applying alternative valuation techniques.

Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)

An Agent who has earned the CDPE Designation has dedicated their time and effort to understanding the issues distressed homeowners are dealing with. The CDPE Professional is an agent who understands the full range of solutions and is ready to help.

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

For over thirty years CRS has been developing real estate training that helps REALTORS® achieve the next level of success. Our classroom and online courses provide systems and strategies that can boost your productivity so you can be more effective for your clients.

Five Star Professional (FSP)

The Five Star Professional award is presented to service professionals, such as wealth managers and real estate agents, in more than 45 markets in the U.S., and now in Canada. The Five Star Professional award goes to service professionals who score highest in overall satisfaction.

Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

REALTORS® who want to specialize in the real estate needs of maturing Americans are earning the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation by taking the new SRES course designed and conferred by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the National Association of REALTORS®.

  • Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker (1994)
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker (1991)


  • Realtor of the Year, RE/MAX Whatcom County
  • Presidents Club - RE/MAX International
  • Executive Award, RE/MAX International
  • 100% Club, RE/MAX International
  • Platinum Club, RE/MAX International
  • Hall of Fame, RE/MAX International 
  • Salesman of the Year - The Roanoke Group, Seattle, WA


  • Deeds of Trust
  • Title Insurance
  • Escrow
  • Property Management
  • Seniors' housing needs
  • Residential real estate
  • Commercial real estate
  • Foreclosures
  • REO's
  • Buyers' Rep
  • 1031 exchanges
  • Short Sales
  • New homes
  • Water rights

As your RE/MAX real estate agent, I have access to a wide variety of resources to assist you in your home buying or selling process. I can help provide you with information on homes, land, acreage, condos, commercial, development, business opportunities, listings, sold comparables, rentals, leases, options to purchase or just about anything else real estate related.

Real Estate has been a very rewarding profession. No two sales are ever the same, every Buyer and every Sellers’ needs are different. You learn from each and every one. The contracts are similar, the details are not...different Buyers, Sellers, locations, circumstances, backgrounds, understandings, culture, motivation, expectations, history, lenders, attorneys, inspectors, families, advisors, and realtors. Why not put my 17+ years of experience to work for you? You will be fully represented by a proven Real Estate Expert.

As a real estate professional, I enjoy just about every aspect of helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs. It's my goal to provide excellent real estate advice and customer service, which is why I work with a team that consists of a full-time Buyer’s Agent, a full-time office administrator and a marketing coordinator.

Real Estate Courses

I take pride in knowing this market and being an expert in my field.  I'm constantly improving my skills and updating my industry knowledge.  Below is a list of the many courses I've taken over the years: 

  • Real Estate Broker Management (WAR)
  • Commercial Real Estate (CCIM)
  • Property Management (WAR)
  • Real Estate Law (WAR)
  • Real Estate Essentials (Shoreline Community College)
  • License Law (Century 21 Real Estate Center)
  • Fair Housing Update (Century 21 Real Estate Center)
  • Cooperation & Compensation Agency Law (NWMLS)
  • Residential Quickstart (WCAR)
  • Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance (Continental Mortgage)
  • Title Insurance (CTIC)
  • Escrow Essentials (CTIC)
  • Commercial Real Estate (CCIM)
  • Statewide Listing Agreement (NWMLS)
  • The Agency Reform Act of 1996 (WAR)
  • Broker Relationships Rights & Responsibilities (WAR)
  • IRC 1031 Exchanging (OREXCO)
  • Federal & State Taxation (WAR)
  • Short Sale Transaction (First American Title)
  • Code of Ethics (WAR)
  • Best of Legal Hotline (WAR)
  • 1998 Revisions to Forms (WAR)
  • Home Inspections (Premier Real Estate School)
  • 1031 Exchanging (OREXCO)
  • Home Inspection, First Choice (Premier Real Estate School)
  • Financing, Country Wide Home Loans (Premier RE School)
  • Buyer & Seller Agency (WCAR)
  • Federal Lead Base Paint (WCAR)
  • Today’s Tax Laws (WAR)
  • High Tech Tools (WAR)
  • 1031 Advanced (OREXCO)
  • Business Development (Council of Residential Specialists)
  • New Home Sales (Council of Residential Specialists)
  • Water Rights (Island Title Company)
  • Trends in Real Estate Agency (WAR)
  • Legal Issues Update (WAR)
  • NWMLS Forms Basics (WAR)
  • Title Insurance (David Hutton Real Estate School)
  • 2005 Best of the Legal Hotline (WAR)
  • Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate (Mykut Real Estate School)
  • Drinking Water, Sewage and Development (WSU)
  • Advertising Photography for Real Estate (Huckaby, BTC)
  • Statewide Forms Update (WAR)

For more information on the Whatcom County real estate market or real estate in Bellingham, please contact me.


I found Keith to be very honest & efficient! He was great at assisting me in the right price and the right sale. From the day the property was listed to the day I received the money, it was smooth sailing. I didn't get the usual anxiety with selling a property! - Margo Dornan

Very impressed with Keith's negotiation skills. He knows Bellingham and surrounding areas extremely well. He's very good about treating the client relationship as a partnership and shows respect in dealing with others. - Steve Hinton

With the tight housing market, Keith had the patience of a saint!! He was quick to return the phone calls and went out of his way to support any properties we wanted to look at. It took three tries (third is the charm!) but we finally got the home of our dreams. - Georgia Snodgrass