Shawn Schmidt Smith

Shawn Schmidt Smith

Associate Broker

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 231-499-1990
  • 231-929-2300
  • 231-929-2300
  • 522 E. Front Street
    Traverse City, MI 49686
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  • Certified Preview Specialist
  • Realtor
  • Women's Council of Realtors

A Top Producer for Traverse City Real Estate

So many decisions!   Buying a nothern Michigan property?  Or looking to sell one?   It's a little like wanting to have the   heart surgeon with the most experience taking care of you.  While real estate isn't a life and death matter, it is certainly a very big event in our lives.  Choosing to have experience & 1000's of successfully brokered deals already done by your Realtor  is the best decision you can make. 

Shawn Schmidt Smith is uniquely qualified to do it all.   As a top producer (in the top 1% for 2015, among over 630 local agents), fourth generation Traverse City Realtor, it's hard to find someone who has been around real estate more.  Shawn's family owns and operates the brokerage who year after year carries the market share of real estate dealings.  In business for nearly 100 years, our family is supported by a well tuned, very experienced company which has grown to a larger family of 65 offices whose reach and network provide unparalled value to our clients.  So take advantage of a career rich with successfully brokered real estate transactions & get in touch with Shawn.  It costs you no more to have choose experience and networks.  She is excited to help you make your real estate needs come true.


"Shawn not only had a buyer for our home within days of the listing, she also provided us with a contact to make our relocation in another state. This contact had no relationship with Shawn or her office. She went out of her way to make the transition as smooth as possible. I have recommended  her services to others."  Ann Wardowski, seller (2015)

"Shawn is a sought-after realtor who is knowledgeable and realistic about local market issues and does careful research on comparable listings. She was always fully prepared at our meetings. She is sensitive and kind as well as a capable business woman." Christine Zimmer, seller (2015)

"Shawn made it all happen for us! When we found the house we wanted, Shawn used her expertise and creativity to get the deal closed. Our purchase was contingent on selling our house in a short period of time in the middle of winter. Shawn got our house on the market quickly and we soon had a  stream of buyers. We sold it in ten short (busy) weeks for a great price. Shawn is always available. She listens. She has great ideas. She knows her stuff." Dave McClary, buyer and seller (2015)

"Working with Shawn proved to be one of our best decisions in the entire relocation process.  Her knowledge & experience along with her passion for getting our house sold exceeded all of our expectations.  She represented our home to buyers much like we would have wanted but with more professionalism & articulation.  Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for everything. she and her team are simply awesome."  Steve and Theresa Benedict (summer 2013)

"We cannot thank Shawn enough for all the hard work she did for us!  Thank you so much for helping us find out first Michigan house.  We pass her name onto everyone we meet!  She is wonderful, patient, kind and very knowledgeable, thank you so much!"  Becky and Adrian (Buyers) from the Old Mission Peninsula December 2013. 

"Working with Shawn to sell our home was the best choice we could have made.  She was always available, had great ideas, followed up on every showing with advice & led us through every step of the process with ease; she is a dedicated, determined & diligent agent.  We couldn't be happier witah her service & were able to sell our home & purchase our dream home in less time than we expected."  Dr. Dan Madion and his wife Kara, sellers & buyers from Traverse City (June, 2010)

"Many thanks to Shawn for her hard work and knowledge in helping us sell our home.  Her research of comparable houses and the current market lead us to a price that was spot on.  Within two weeks we had not only one but two competing offers which allowed us to get our full asking price.  Shawn also made closing quick and convenient allowing us to go on vacation with the monies in the bank and no worries.  Not all realtors are nearly as good as Shawn and I would highly recommend her for either a sale or a purchase.  Her professionalism and smile are the best!!!  Thanks again."  Kevin and Cheryl Steen, Sellers from Traverse City (Spring 2012)

"I've been watching Shawn's growth in our business and she is clearly becoming a player.  It's great to see the next generation of Schmidts continue to grace the real estate industry.  She is focused, works hard, and always keep the clients' best interest ahead of her own."  Mike Street, long time and well respected Traverse area real estate broker  (summer 2010)

"My trick was finally retaining a realtor who understands that market, price points, & the internet.  Shawn Smith of Coldwell Banker Schmidt is a cut above the rest.. she had 6 or 7 closings in the past few weeks.  She told us we could sell our home at our asking price if we wished to wait 14 months, and had empirical data to back it up.  If we wished to sell by year end she told us what to ask.  We sold in 3 weeks at 95% of that number to a couple from California who never stepped in the house.  The internet is where it happens these days.  She is a difference maker, knowledgable and professional.  Obviously, I highly recommend her."   Steve and Joan, Sellers from the peninsula in Traverse City.  (December, 2009)

"I spent a year and a half, unsuccessfully trying to find a home with the services of two different brokers.  I always felt more like a burden than a client because of my modest budget.  I met Shawn by chance at an open house, and briefly explained my frustrations to her.  And while the house wasn't a fit in my search for a home, Shawn definitely was!  I am thrilled to have met her and could not be happier with the help and attention that she wholeheartedly provides."   Shannon (Buyer), from Traverse City  (summer, 2009)

"Our experience selling our home with Shawn was fantastic.  In this time of uncertainly in the real estate world, we found Shawn to be knowledgable in answering all of our questions, as well as creative, professional and diligent in putting an otherwise difficult deal together."  Sarah & Andrew Shotwell (Sellers), February, 2009.

"Shawn Smith makes buying or selling a home in the Grand Traverse region simple.  Her highly responsive work ethic, professional attitude and vast knowledge of the area provides you with the confidence you deserve when choosing the best Realtor."   Andrew & Kate (Sellers) from downtown Traverse City, January 2009.


Professional Background

 My professional background started in 1987, when I received my real estate license shortly after high school graduation.  I went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in teaching from Valparaiso University in Indiana, then taught middle school in South Bend.  From there, I moved to Lansing, Michigan where I taught 7th and 8th grade at St. Gerard and received a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University.  The call of the north continued, and my husband and I moved back home in 1995.  Having kept my Realtor license current all those years, I actively jumped into the world of real estate sales in 2005 and haven't looked back.  I received a Rookie of the Year award after my first full year of sales, and have been a multi-million dollar producer ever since, consistently placing in the top ten percent of local Realtors.  2012 was especially great year as I placed in the top 2% of the more nearly 600 Realtors in our region. 


luxury properties

waterfront properties

working with buyers new to the area

first time home buyers


vacant land

investment properties


Associate Broker (denotes addtional real estate training/experience than a sales person license)

Bachelor of Science from Valparaiso University

Master of Arts from Michigan State University

Traverse City Senior High (now TC Central)

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