Hi! My name is Thuy (“Twee”) Tiller. I am originally from Viet Nam. I was a young teenager when my family and I escaped Saigon the day before our country fell to Communist rule. After several weeks in refugee camps, we were sponsored by a church in Olympia, WA where we started our new life in our new country.
I did not get into real estate to “chase commissions”. I wanted to become a professional broker for two primary reasons: (1) Buying/selling a home should be as worry-free as possible; and, (2) Most importantly, I do not want anyone else to experience a real estate nightmare like we have.
Real Estate Experience
Two years prior to moving here we purchased our retirement property on Lake Whatcom. We love the lot we bought. It’s a bright, sunny, waterfront lot with a gorgeous view of the lake. We truly are very blessed. However, we were also very naive, especially with respect to easement rights. We were also overseas when we were purchasing the property, making it challenging for us to do our own research. We blindly trusted our real estate agent and the listing broker to do their homework. Unfortunately, they did not. We were sold a lot without a recorded access easement…. Very long, extremely frustrating story short, for the last nine years we have been shackled with not one but two lawsuits over the access easement. Our naivety combined with the realtors’ gross lack of due diligence has cost us several tens of thousands, and, worse, hundreds of hours that we can never get back to spend with our kids.
After high school I attended the University of Washington where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and met my future husband, David, who grew up in Port Townsend, WA. David was attending the UW under a Navy ROTC scholarship and upon earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering was commissioned as a Naval Officer and then attended flight training. Shortly after earning his coveted Naval Aviator Wings, we were married. During over 22 years with the Navy we moved several times, started our own family, I earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management, we lived on both coasts, and we spent a total of seven years overseas in Japan. The Navy was a wonderful experience for our family. While stationed in California and Virginia I worked as an Industrial Engineer and taught conversational English while we were stationed in Japan.
Why are you proud to be a Sterling Broker?
I am very excited to start my new adventure in real estate and especially being part of Sterling Real Estate Group. I had several choices of real estate companies I could have joined, but Sterling embodies the business characteristics I cherish most: loyalty, hard working, and unimpeachable integrity. I hope you give me the opportunity to serve as your real estate professional.