Jim started working in real estate in 1985. Shortly thereafter he acquired his Broker's license and soon became the Broker/Manager of Yorktown Realty, East Providence office, successfully running that company for 8 years.
In 1998, Jim held the position of Secretary for the Providence Board of the RI Association of Realtors. In 1999, he became the Treasurer.
Before real estate, Jim owned a successful company, Beehive Ceramics Studio, for many years with his wife.
Jean began her real estate career in the mid-1990's as a real estate assistant, becoming licensed in 2000. In 2010, Jean acquired her Broker's license in both RI and MA. Soon after, in 2011, she became the Broker Manager of RE/MAX Heritage until the company was bought by another RE/MAX franchise.
Prior to real estate, she co-founded and owned Beacon Distributors in Lincoln, RI.
Graduating summa cum laude (highest honors), she holds a BS in BA from Bryant University.
Jim and Jean are both licensed in RI and MA. Members of the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Providence Board of Realtors. Proud recipients of the 5-Star Award and voted Best of RI multiple years, among achieving many other honors and awards.
50+ YEARS of Combined Experience - Let It Work For You!
A LITTLE HISTORY . . . In 2000, Jim and Jean met at a showing in Rumford, RI. Jean was showing her buyer one of Jim's new construction homes at one his development sites. Although the deal went south, all was not lost. We came to know & admire each other's professionalism and integrity in the midst of a lost deal.
Shortly after, and at the encouragement of Jim, Jean left RE/MAX, Providence, and joined DeWolf, the company Jim was working for. In 2004, Jim and Jean formalized their working relationship and formed a partnership, the Travassos/Kusiak (TK) Real Estate Team. Eventually DeWolf was bought out by a larger franchise, Coldwell Banker. Although a good company, they decided to move to RE/MAX, East Providence, where they felt they could work more independently.
After over a decade of being a "team", Jim and Jean decided to start their own company. So in 2014, TK Real Estate Brokerage. llc, was born!
Travassos & Kusiak. Or the way they like to describe it - TRUST & KNOWLEDGE.
And the rest is history!
We pride ourselves on our in-depth personalized, hands-on service, far exceeding the average agent. We will work passionately and aggressively on your behalf to get you to the closing table.
We deal with many complex real estate issues such as negotiations, title, zoning, financial, environmental, construction (including septic systems) & inspections.
And we have the knowledge, experience and reputation to do so!
Whether achieving one's dreams of owning their own home, needing to change course with one’s present home, or making money buying, flipping, or developing real estate, houses are usually one of the biggest assets in one’s portfolio. And we take that very seriously!
We feel our service is 2nd to none, and would love to have the opportunity to work with you.
We have an in-depth understanding of the local real estate market you're looking at. That's very important. Real estate really is about location, location, location. We service Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. And if your area of interest takes you out of our area of expertise, we'll tell you! And then we will help you find a real estate expert in that area.
A home is more than just a house you live in – it's an investment in your future. We'll help you make sure it's a wise one.
Rarely is your first house love at first sight; that's OK. We will show you around as long as it takes
TK Real Estate Brokerage belongs to several listing sites for greater coverage of your home - TWO MLS's, RILiving, Realtor.com, and Zillow, one of the biggest real estate sites on the Web. Your listing will also be picked up and seen on numerous other sites as well.
Print ads are also available.
We work with a vast array of professionals, such as attorneys, title companies, insurance companies, home inspectors, contractors, lenders, etc, that we can recommend to you.
IN-DEPTH MARKET ANALYSIS OF YOUR HOME:
We do an in-depth market analysis (CMA) on your home, will recommend a listing price and advise you on how to get your home ready for sale.
We offer Automatic notifications - As it happens! Right from the source! Through our MLS's, we can set you up for immediate notification for any new listings or price changes as soon as they happen!
And when you find something, we are with you at all showings. When you find your dream home, we can help you obtain your financing. Whatever it takes to get to the closing table, we are there.
YES, WE SELL SHACKS, TOO:
For the investor/rehabber - we sell properties in need of tlc, too. We help you find your next project, buy low, advise as to what improvements would bring you the best return on your money, so you can make some $$.
From soup to nuts . . . We will walk with you every step of the way.
We go to every appointment including all inspections, install smoke/CO detectors, set up and meet the fire marshal, meet contractors, check our vacant houses, and much more!
Even long after the sale is done, you can always call us.
50+ YEARS Combined Experience - Let It Work For You!