About Keith

Keith Cook: Managing Broker

Keith CookWhatcom 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
Email: Keith@BuyerMax.com

One of RE/MAX Whatcom County's top selling brokers since 1996.


In my 25+ years of being a real estate broker, I’ve been involved in hundreds of transactions; but quantity isn’t the most-important thing to judge a broker on. The experience I’ve gained from working with a unique property, buyer, and seller each transaction is invaluable—and much more qualifying than a simple number of transactions. When you have as much experience working in real estate as I do, you get to see some challenging situations—and even better, you get to solve those problems for your client. After 25 years in this profession, I have the necessary skills to solve most problems and provide you with the best service possible.

Everything I’ve done in my career has been in the best interest of my clients. That is why I’m always honest with my clients and why I am not afraid to have candid discussions with them in order to get them an outcome they’re pleased with.

I’ve been around real estate my entire life so it was only natural for me to find a career as a broker. My father was a commercial broker in Seattle for 45 years and gave me a strong appreciation for working in real estate. Before finding my way into real estate, however, I had a few different jobs and lived in a few different places. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Army at the ripe old age of 20, I began working on a fishing boat in Alaska before returning to the Seattle. I then worked as a cook and in construction for a time before getting my broker’s license. After a few years in Seattle, I moved back to my hometown of Bellingham and I’ve been here ever since.

While not at work, I enjoy spending time with my teenage son, whom I co-parent with my ex-wife. I also spend my time travelling, camping, quading, skiing, golfing, and hiking.

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on Bellingham and Whatcom County. I love to explore my area—I’ve been on every street in Bellingham and nearly all the roads in Whatcom County. If you have any questions about relocating to Whatcom County, the real estate market, or Bellingham in general, I’d be happy to answer those for you. Between Sally Webb (my partner of 10 years) and I, we know just about everything there is to know about the real estate market in this area; and we’d love to give you a tour.

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


  • Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker (1994)
    • Any person who acts on behalf of a real estate firm to perform real estate brokerage services under the supervision of a designated broker, and who may supervise other brokers or managing brokers licensed to the firm.
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker (1991)
    • Any person who acts on behalf of a real estate firm to perform real estate brokerage services under the supervision of a managing broker.

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 Negotiation Expert (CNE)

The Real Estate Negotiation Institute utilizes leading edge research and professional negotiation theory in all course offerings. Each course is designed to help real estate professionals achieve better results and protection for their clients in different real estate negotiation situations.

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®.


  • RE/MAX International Lifetime Achievement
  • RE/MAX International Hall of Fame
  • RE/MAX Whatcom County Most Valuable Team Player of the Year
  • RE/MAX International Platinum
  • RE/MAX International 100%
  • RE/MAX International Executive
  • RE/MAX International Presidents Club
  • The Roanoke Group, Seattle—Salesman of the Year


  • 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

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 25+ 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, an 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: 

  • 1031 Advanced (OREXCO)
  • 1031 Exchanging (OREXCO)
  • A Stake in the Ground (Chicago Title School of Real Estate)
  • Advanced Exchange Strategies (WAR)
  • Advertising Photography for Real Estate (Huckaby, BTC)
  • And the Survey Says! (Chicago Title School of Real Estate)
  • Best of the Legal Hotline (WAR)
  • Broker Relationships Rights & Responsibilities (WAR)
  • Business Development (Council of Residential Specialists)
  • Buyer & Seller Agency (WCAR)
  • Certified Negotiation Expert Course (RENI)
  • Code of Ethics (WAR)
  • Commercial Real Estate (CCIM)
  • Common Misconceptions in Title Insurance (Chicago Title School of Real Estate)
  • Comparative Market Analysis (NWMLS)
  • Cooperation & Compensation Agency Law (NWMLS)
  • CORE Curriculum, Current Issues in Washington Residential Real
  • Current Issues in Commercial Real Estate (CBA)
  • Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate (CBA)
  • Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate (Mykut Real Estate School)
  • Current Trends in Washington Residential Real Estate (Washington Realtors)
  • Death, Divorce, and Taxes (Chicago Title School of Real Estate)
  • Drinking Water, Sewage and Development (WSU)
  • Escrow Essentials (CTIC)
  • Estate (Mykut Real Estate School)
  • Exchange Agent (Starker Services Real Estate Education)
  • Fair Housing Update (Century 21 Real Estate Center)
  • Federal & State Taxation (WAR)
  • Federal Lead Base Paint (WCAR)
  • FHA Essentials (WA Association of Realtors)
  • FHA Essentials (Wells Fargo)
  • Financing, Country Wide Home Loans (Premier RE School)
  • Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance (Continental Mortgage)
  • High Tech Tools (WAR)
  • Home Inspection, First Choice (Premier Real Estate School)
  • Home Inspections (Premier Real Estate School)
  • IRC 1031 Exchanging (OREXCO)
  • Legal Issues Update (WAR)
  • License Law (Century 21 Real Estate Center)
  • Mortgage Underwriting (RE Resource Group)
  • NAR Code of Ethics – 3 (Washington Realtors)
  • NAR Code of Ethics – 4 (Washington Realtors)
  • Navigating Waterfront Title (Chicago Title School of Real Estate)
  • New Home Sales (Council of Residential Specialists)
  • NWMLS Forms Basics (WAR)
  • Problems with Older and Newer Homes (Pillar to Post)
  • Property Management (WAR)
  • Real Estate Broker Management (WAR)
  • Real Estate Essentials (Shoreline Community College)
  • Real Estate Law (WAR)
  • Realist Tax Data (NWMLS)
  • REO A-Z (Five Star Institute)
  • Residential Quickstart (WCAR)
  • Revisions to Forms (WAR)
  • Short Sale Mastery & Production (WAR)
  • Short Sale Transaction (First American Title)
  • Short Sales A-Z (Five Star Institute)
  • Short Sales Mastery (Funders Choice)
  • Statewide Forms Update (WAR)
  • Statewide Listing Agreement (NWMLS)
  • The Agency Reform Act of 1996 (WAR)
  • The Life of an Escrow (Chicago Title School of Real Estate)
  • There’s More Than One Way to Transfer Title (Chicago Title School of Real Estate)
  • Title Insurance (CTIC)
  • Title Insurance (David Hutton Real Estate School)
  • Today’s Tax Laws (WAR)
  • Trends in Real Estate Agency (WAR)
  • Water Rights (Island Title Company)
  • Your House is on My Lot (Chicago Title School of Real Estate)

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

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