About The Christopher Group, LLC

 

The Christopher Group, LLC operates from the Canadian border in Lubec to the Western Blue Hill Peninsula, an expansive territory of 2000+ miles of coastline.

Our technology allows us full access to all company documents and files anywhere in our market area, 24/7. While providing efficiency, and cost savings, we have hands on access to all relevant information in the most remote areas of the state.

With such a wide and diverse area, specialization is a must. We position expert agents, many with years of Maine experience, throughout our market area. Each is supervised by a senior partner of the firm.

No matter where your real estate dream lies, you can be assured that the Christopher Group, LLC will offer the insight and expertise to guide you. In a state with such a wide variation in pricing, terrain, and social custom, your best asset in property transactions is a dedicated real estate “guide” focused, attentive, with specific and dedicated expertise in their chosen market.

We look forward to assisting you whether buying or selling!

Licenses


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Rona Gandy

Rona Gandy

Senior Partner
Hancock County

207-266-3831
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Rona Gandy has specialized in coastal vacation investment properties and the second home market since 1984, bringing experience in acquisition, development, management, sales and financing to both buyers and sellers.

With a background in business and running her own export business, Rona came to realize from her own experience that building true wealth in the United States is within reach of everyone, but lies in ownership of real estate. Judicious use of the abundant leverage available and the tax incentives wisely put in place to encourage investment in housing for our population open vast opportunities for each of us to build a personal portfolio of unlimited financial potential. The key is to get started.

Enthusiasm for their own success in acquisition, management of their rented properties, and development of raw land along the Eastern Seaboard as her husband’s Navy career led them to various locations encouraged Rona to move into brokerage when presented with an opportunity to join a Philadelphia investment and development firm expanding to the Southern New Jersey coastal communities. As one of their top producers, here Rona acquired the specialized institutional knowledge of personal real estate ownership that enables her to advise and assist each buyer and seller in maximizing the investment value of their property.

Buying their first property in coastal Maine in 1976, it was not until 1990, however, that Rona and her family followed their dream and moved to Maine permanently. Her time working as a broker with waterfront specialist Vance Gray for many years at Downeast Properties convinced her that Maine provides the unique combination of offering fantastic coastal property that can be loved and enjoyed while it builds investment value for its owners.

Truly hearing what her sellers and buyers are saying about their lives, their hopes, and their dreams enables Rona to enthusiastically join them and advise them in attaining what will make each person happiest in life in owning or selling property along our magnificent Maine coast.

Buyers: “There has never been a better time to follow your dream in Maine. Carpe Diem…. The wonders of Maine await you!”

Sellers: “Let us help you continue your dreams! It’s your life…live it!”

Rona’s memberships and affiliations include:

  • National Association of Realtors
  • Maine Association of Realtors
  • Mid Coast Board of Realtors – Acadia Council
  • Board Member Schoodic Arts for All
  • Member Schoodic Chamber of Commerce
  • Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium – Blue Hill Committee
  • Past Maine State Education Chair, Susan G. Komen Foundation

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Shirley Erickson

Shirley Erickson

Broker
Machias/Machiasport

207-255-6043
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Shirley Erickson joined The Christopher Group in August of 2010. She began working as a part-time real estate broker in 2003, and specializes in waterfront related properties in Washington County.

Shirley brings a unique and varied background to her work in real estate brokerage. She is a lifelong educator with over two decades of college and university administrative experience in various leadership positions at both public and private colleges and universities in Maine, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. For the past several years, she has worked in the higher education finance field. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Michigan State University in college and university administration. A graduate of the Washington County Leadership Institute and the Leadership Maine programs, Shirley is actively involved in economic development and quality of life issues in Washington County, where she has resided since 1993. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sunrise County Economic Council and the Town of Machiasport Planning Board.

Shirley lives at Yoho Head in Machiasport, where she enjoys a wide range of waterfront activities including non-commercial lobster fishing. She is an avid Michigan State fan and follows Spartan basketball and football. A native South Dakotan, Shirley thoroughly enjoys living in Down East Maine.


Dan Martinson

Dan Martinson

Dan Martinson

Senior Partner – Designated Broker
Washington County

207-598-7799
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Dan Martinson came to the world of real estate by way of owning property in South Carolina, Virginia, New York, Nebraska, Washington and Maine. After eight years in the U.S. Navy, Dan spent over twenty years in international software and hardware sales and marketing. During that time he traveled in and did business with customers in more than 35 countries and believes that being a good emissary for America was one of the most important responsibilities of that career.

Working in the real estate business since 2002 he has brought the communication skills honed in the international business world to the people that he represents as a broker; it’s his belief that really listening to the client or customer is one of the most important services a realtor can provide. Of equal importance is adhering to the Realtors Code Of Ethics and to the laws and practices that govern this industry. He has served as Vice President, Secretary, and Director of the Downeast Multiple Listing Service and is a member of the Hancock-Washington Board of Realtors. He received his full Brokers license in May of 2006.

Being fortunate enough to live on the coast of Wohoa Bay in Addison has given Dan a first hand appreciation of how special Maine is and a strong sense of ownership and responsibility to preserve that treasure.

“My first rule of business is to only represent properties I believe in…my second rule is only to do business with people with whom I have a mutual liking and respect. This formula has served both my customers and me well, and I look forward to serving them even better in our new business venture.”

Dan’s memberships and affiliations include:

  • National Association of Realtors
  • Maine Association of Realtors
  • Mid Coast Board of Realtors – Acadia Council
  • Past Vice President Downeast MLS Board
  • Energy Smart Real Estate Specialist
  • Maine Real Estate Information System MLS Member

Jill Knowles

Jill Knowles

Jill Knowles

Associate
Blue Hill

207-359-8432
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Jill moved to Maine in 1988. It was February and she was coming from New York City where she had lived for 10 years and worked in the theatre – a big change, but one she is still thrilled to have made!

The seeds of her real estate career were sown in New York where she bought and sold co-op apartments, eventually trading a small two bedroom for her current 50 acre farm.

A lifelong interest in antiques and the decoration of houses is a bonus Jill brings to real estate. She is a former partner in Sedgwick Antiques, and is the co-owner of Peninsula Estate Liquidation Services.

In addition to her passion for all things having to do with houses, Jill is deeply connected to her community, having served in many not-for-profit organizations. She is married to Grammy award winning musician Paul Sullivan.


Kim Rush

Kim Rush

 

Kim Rush

Associate

207-266-1641
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I earned my Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of South Carolina and stayed in South Carolina to work in member relations and marketing with the Columbia Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. I later joined Policy Management Systems Corporation, also in SC, and worked for our Corporate Controller coordinating international accounting management teams, working with corporate expatriates and foreign consulates among a variety of other responsibilities.

Every summer my husband and I vacationed with family in Blue Hill, Maine, and were completely enthralled with the Downeast region – the landscape, scenery, and way of life. Each visit it became harder and harder to leave. We moved to Maine in 1998 and have loved every moment since.

In 2010 I started my own business by representing a number of vacation homes in the Schoodic Peninsula as a Rental Agent. From pairing folks with the perfect vacation home, real estate sales is a natural progression. Watching guests fall in love with their vacation homes in our glorious corner of the world reinforces my feeling of how fortunate we are to live here.


Sue Walsh

Sue Walsh

Sue Walsh

Associate

Hancock County

207-266-5766
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Sue Walsh has been a local business consultant for many years. She was previously the executive director of the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, community and economic development consultant for the Town of Castine, and candidate for Maine House District #133. She specializes in residential properties on the Blue Hill Peninsula and commercial site selection in the greater Hancock County region.