Rick & Joan Vander Giessen, Real Estate Brokers in Bellingham, Windermere

Rick & Joan Vander Giessen

Real Estate Brokers | Land Specialist


Bellingham- Bakerview

Windermere Real Estate/Whatcom, Inc.
515 W Bakerview Rd.

Bellingham, WA 98226


Working as a team, my wife Joan and I promise you an amazing experience.  I am a career Realtor since 1978 living my entire life in Whatcom County. My comprehensive knowledge in the real estate industry includes familiarity with the housing markets, property values, & available inventory. My 45 years full time provides rich experience in nearly every situation that could arise; providing our clients a huge asset as we negotiate each transaction. As I am dealing with a physical disability, my wife Joan is now the lead agent. She has been licensed for over 40 years & full time for the last 12. She will serve as the lead broker with my expertise & coaching to back her up. In addition, Joan has competed her ASP designation, & will assist you as an Accredited Staging Professional to professionally stage your home for sale. I have been among the top agents in company sales performance every year for the past 45 years. Over 90% of our business comes from return clients or referrals from previous satisfied clients.


This summer, we celebrrated our 48th wedding anniversary. We are the parents of 5 adult children. One of our greatest pleasures right now is the role of grandparents. We have 17 beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from 22 to newborn, two joining us via adoption from Ethiopia! Our family of 7 has exploded to include 4 daughter-in laws, a son-in law as well as our grandchildren and now, married grandchildren's spouses! We`re delighting in watching our family multiply & seeing our kids discover God`s unique plan for their lives! Together, we`re passionate about the outdoors and enjoy camping & biking in the summer,  an annual trip to the sunny shores of Maui, & love to cruise. We enjoy traveling to visit our out of state kids & their families. We are actively involved in the community, Rick has been involved with  Mt Baker Rotary Club & served on the School Board of Lynden Christian as well as a council member of Sonlight Community Church in the recent past. We are both actively involved in our church.


You`ll notice the difference when someone has a passion for what they do. We won`t waste your time, but get the job done for you. Choose YOUR Realtor as you`d choose other professionals like your physician or attorney. You could save thousands. Interview us for the job. Let us show you a smooth, hassle free transaction. we promise you, you`ll notice the difference!!


"Rick's service was above and beyond excellence. His attention to detail and weekly updates were added value. I am recommending him at every opportunity."
"Great service! I was always kept informed, and the staging made our home stand out above others."
"Rick provided outstanding service. He was easily accessible, informative & guided us step by step through the whole process of buying a house. He was knowledgeable of the market. We would refer him to anybody."
"I liked the way Rick & Joan directed the process. We could always call on them to find out what is next and they were ready to lead us to the next step. I never felt that we were being ignored or put off."
"Excellent! We really liked the weekly update calls, the staging and the excellent communication by Rick!"
"It was great having such a professional and conscientous Realtor."
"I usually think everyone has room for improvement but the Vander Giessen team does everything possible to sell your home at the best price possible. No one in Whatcom county could have done a better job."
"Rick and Joan are the best you could get!"
"You know your stuff and you're honest! Living in another state while having a property listed was challenging--thanks for working with me through the process!"