Expertise & Qualifications
- Specializing in Northern Addison County real estate
- Rural property, lakeshore, first time buyers, and land
- Addison County Habitat for Humanity Board Member
- Deacon & Trustee at Vergennes Congregational Church
- Relocation Specialist & trained in military transition/moves
- Project Management 10 yrs. DR Power Equipment
- Business owner 20 yrs. Yankee Kingdom Orchard
- Bates College, BA in Economics and Spanish
Michael JohnstonBroker/ Realtor
With extensive knowledge and experience in Addison County real estate, Michael thrives in helping buyers find their dream home and developing strategies for sellers to begin a new journey. A results-focused professional, Michael is recognized for his strong people, planning, and communication skills.
His Vermont story began 30+ years ago, when he and his now wife, Amy, moved to Addison and purchased a 150-acre commercial apple orchard, Yankee Kingdom Orchard. Their business survived the ups and downs of the apple market and farming by having the foresight to diversify operations to include additional fruit crops, a garden center, bakery, a playground for kids, and landscaping business. He proudly designed, grew, and installed gardens for Basin Harbor – one of the jewels in Addison Counties crown.
After years of farming, Michael turned his business development expertise to working for DR Power Equipment as their Senior Product Manager. For nearly a decade, he blended his business savvy, love of farming, and development experience to help grow the well-known and storied power equipment company. When the company merged with another equipment dealer in 2015, Michael had an opportunity to pursue his long-time passion for real estate.
The lure to real estate was knowing he could help people get a start at owning property and realizing their dream, as he did. Drawing on his personal experience of relocating to Vermont, buying a home with acreage, establishing connections, and even coaching his parents out of their longtime family home – are all learning events he has drawn upon to the benefit of his clients.
Michael attributes his success in real estate to his passion for and local knowledge of Addison County, the ability to connect with people, and a sensible approach to problem-solving learned after years of working on the farm. His clients have recognized his dedication and strong work ethic, as well as his genuine personal interest in helping them achieve their goals.
Michael can be reached at Michael@HickokandBoardman.com or by calling 802-846-9518.
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