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Elizabeth Schalka

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Elizabeth Schalka

Quick Facts

I always appreciate it when buildings can retain their historical integrity, especially as we navigate through Seattle’s growth.

Favorite NW place: Tie between Henry Island and Lake Chelan
Favorite passport stamp: Belize
If I weren’t doing real estate, I’d be: A cruise director

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As a kid, Elizabeth was spirited, athletic, and highly competitive. What’s changed? She’s no longer a kid.

Elizabeth grew up on or near the water. She was raised in Richmond Beach, a suburb of Seattle. And she spent summers and holidays on Lake Chelan or cruising the waters of the San Juan Islands. So it was only natural for her to become competitive in water sports. She was particularly known for her swimming and dinghy racing.

After attending Simon Fraser University and working at the Vancouver Olympic Games, Elizabeth started working for her father’s commercial real estate appraisal firm. It was there that she developed her passion for real estate. Speaking of working with her father, she says, “He taught me to find the narrative in every property by asking questions.”

After finishing her B.A. degree at Central Washington University, Elizabeth worked again at McKee & Schalka for five years. She then transitioned into the world of brokerage, starting as a financial analyst for the tenant representation team at JLL.  She quickly became a valued member of the JLL Capital Markets Group, which was led by Stuart Williams.

When Stuart joined Kinzer Partners, he and Craig invited Elizabeth to come to Kinzer, as well. Now a member of our Capital Markets Group, Elizabeth’s focus is on sales and investments.

When she’s not at work, she’s out exploring the Northwest with her boyfriend and her dog, Molly. By the way, Elizabeth is still competitive at water sports. And she usually wins.

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