Bart Ford

Bart Ford

Realtor, Managing Broker

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 231-313-6630
  • 231-946-1384
  • 231-313-6630
  • 231-922-2350
  • 402 E Front St
    Traverse City, MI 49686
Contact Me


  • Realtor
  • CNRS: Cartus Network Relocation Specialist

Professional Interests

My professional interests include:

Helping people buy their first home, dream home, or investment property.

Helping sellers throughout their transition to make life as stress free as possible.

Helping investors find the property that can generate the most income in the short and long term.

My Favorite Personal Links


I have a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana

I have my Real Estate Associate Broker's License

Community Involvement

My community involvement includes:

-Active member of the YMCA and Traverse Area Pickleball Association

-Trout Unlimited member

-Women's Counsel of Realtor's member

-Member of Traverse Area Association of Realtors

-Toys For Tots Supporter

-Bras For a Cause Supporter 


Specialties Include:

-North and South Lake Leelanau

-Big and Little Glen Lake

-East and West Grand Traverse Bay

-Downtown Traverse City homes and condos

-Leelanau County homes and farms

-Old Mission Peninsula homes and farms


Personal Interests


Personal Interests Include:

-Spending time with my wife April and two sons Fletcher and Brewer




-Fishing (ice, fly, spin casting)




Welcome to my Website

To search my listings click on view my listings . For a comparative market analysis, mortgage questions, a Dress Your House for Success booklet, or any other real estate questions feel free to call or email me directly.

  • Traverse City native
  • Attended all levels of education in Traverse City Schools
  • Lived in Traverse City for 31 years
  • Graduated from the University of Montana with a BSW (social work) in 2000
  • Been part of the Coldwell Banker Schmidt team since 2002
  • Worked on Premier Place project since 2005
  • Member of "Trout Unlimited" since 2004
  • Volunteered for the "Grand Traverse Conservation District"
  • Aided in fundraising and awareness for the "Leukemia / Lymphoma Society"
  • Became Managing Broker for Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors "402" Office in 2012
  • Aided in fundraising for Bras For A Cause
  • Aided in fundraising for Toys For Tots





Personal Background


My name is Bart Ford and I was born in Franfort, Michigan on July 4, 1976.  My parents Richard and Susan Ford adopted me in September of 1976.  I spent the first three years of my life in a bi-level style home on Kaukauna Ct in Traverse City, Michigan.  My mom, dad, two sisters Wendy and Robin, and I then moved to the base of the Peninsula in 1979.  We all became infatuated with the water spending time swimming, boating, fishing, and ice skating.  I went to Eastern Elementary School, West Junior High, and Central High School.  I participated in varios sports (Junior Varsity Ski Team, Varsity Tennis Team), Boy Scouts, Olympics of the Mind, and attended the First Congregational Church.  In the fall of 1994 I moved to Missoula, Montana where I attended college and worked until 2001.   I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and worked for Missoula Youth Homes until 2001.  Then I did something I didn't think I would ever do...I moved back to Traverse City.  I got my real estate license in July of 2002 and have worked at Coldwell Banker/Schmidt Realtors since then.  I love working with/for Ken, Mike, Fred Jr., and Tom Gray.  They are easy to talk to, always there when you need them, and respected in our community.  I was just hired as a recruiting specialist in 2008 and look forward to getting more involved in Traverse City's luxury home market.

Professional Background


My professional background starts at age fifteen when I began teaching tennis professionally.  I worked with Chris Michalowski at the Grand Traverse Resort for three years starting in 1991.  I also taught tennis at the YMCA and at Central High School with Larry Nykerk.  I worked as the Head Tennis Professional at the Traverse City Golf and Country Club in the summers of 1994 and 1995.  I was an independent contractor and worked under Jim Cartwright.  I was in charge of sceduling, billing, ordering equipment, and teaching private and group lessons.  I received my Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Montana in 2000.  I worked for Missoula Youth Homes while working towards this degree and when I completed my studies.  I began as a volunteer, became a relief care worker, completed my seior thesis as a practicum student, and eventually became a primary care worker.  This degree goes hand in hand with my real estate career.  It taught me how to work with people in high stress/crisis situation.  Whether it be writing an offer, negociating terms, explaining contracts, or listening to client concerns; my Social Work background prepared me for all aspects of helping people. The real estate field is where my passion lies.  I love working with buyers, sellers, banks, lenders, title companies, and other agents.  Whether it be helping an investor find a rental property, attending a closing with a first time home buyer, or showing a family their dream home; my goal is the same Work Until the Client is Satisfied.

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