Mark was born and raised in Seattle where he met Lavender, his wife of 35 years. They moved to Renton and then to Kent where they raised their family of four children. Mark and Lavender love to entertain capitalizing on Lavender's excellent cooking and baking skills, specializing in gourmet desserts. They have a quote over their dining room that reads:
"Good Friends, Good Wine & Something with Garlic"
Mark and Lavender enjoy the Pacific Northwest and all the amenities it has to offer. You may find them sampling wines at the plethora of wineries throughout the region or spending a few days at the ocean - particularly Canon Beach or the San Juan Islands. They enjoy visiting local attractions such as the Seattle Waterfront, Pike Place Market, Crystal Mountain summer gondola rides and scenic drives throughout the Kitsap Penninsula. Family is highly valued by both and you will find them spending time with their children and grandchildren on a regular basis. Additionally, they are involved in volunteer and charity work through their church. Mark also enjoys backpacking with his children throughout the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.
Mark came with high marks on recommendations by 2 separate, seasoned, retired Navy families; each with extensive experience with both buying and selling their homes. Their recommendations sounded too good to be true, but now, after our own independent experience, we agree. Mark Thorne met and exceeded all our expectations. He has extensive knowledge about all aspects of today's real estate market and he put us first . He identified deficiencies we needed to correct prior to listing in order to compete. He helped us find competitive bids and skilled contractors to correct such deficiencies. Mark's knowledge of the market helped us set a sale price that was spot on. We closed 6 weeks prior to our goal :) and got top dollar for our home. If you enjoy working with a professional who stays cool under pressure, work with Mark Thorne. If you value working with a bright, well-read realtor who is current on requirements, with strong ethical behavior, and will keep you 3 steps ahead during the sale of your home, then work with Mark. He was easy to contact & communicate with through the entire process. We were never left hanging. His encouragement, kindness and sense of humor were uplifting and were well balanced with his no nonsense ability to get the job done. Experienced, smart, likable, trustworthy, and hardworking. We actually enjoyed the process of selling our home thanks to Mark Thorne.
Mark and Bonnie were wonderful - very helpful, responsive to our questions and needs. Highly recommend them - great service!
Mark and Bonnie were professional, courteous and very knowledgeable. They always answered our calls or emails in a timely manner. They were great!
Bonnie and Mark were great - Mark was very responsive to all of our needs - they understood what we wanted and needed.
A note to thank Mark and Bonnie very much in the sale of the house. You two are truly professionals in taking care of a mountain of details that occurred. I appreciate your consideration and professionalism and am very satisfied with the outcome. Again, thanks.