About Bolte Real Estate
When Ann Bolte founded Bolte Real Estate in 1936 she wasn’t deterred by the fact that she was without female peers in the profession. Rather her unique distinction as the first female real estate agent in Ohio made her more determined to build a successful business in the Port Clinton, Catabawa and Marblehead region. Ann’s business plan was simple and straightforward: to offer excellent customer service and a commitment to serving the needs of her clients.
Almost eight decades and four generations later, the legacy of Bolte Real Estate is stronger than ever. With offices in Port Clinton, Clyde, Fremont and Catawba, the company has grown to become the largest independent brokerage in North Central Ohio. Ann’s original vision has been continued over the years by her son, Gene, her brother, John Drusbacky and granddaughter Cindy. Since the beginning, it has remained a family business.
Today, Bolte Real Estate is owned and operated by Ann’s great grandchildren, Phillip Bolte and Renee Bolte-Stine who purchased the company in 2014. They have built a state-of-the-art real estate company while maintaining the family heritage, recruiting top agents throughout the north coast area and providing a distinctive personal approach to their business. In 2016, Bolte Real Estate achieved $93 million in real estate sales.
“Our company grew to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities we serve, but we never lost sight of Ann’s original vision,” Phillip says. “Our agents are the best of the best, measured not solely by lofty sales figures, but by character, integrity and passion for their clients’ success.”
The company’s presence in north central Ohio means customers have a wide range of properties to choose from. From resort lakefront communities like Port Clinton, Catawba and Marblehead to more traditional settings like Fremont and Clyde, Bolte agents specialize in every type of home imaginable.
In April of 2017, Bolte Real Estate purchased Select Realty Group in Tiffin. The merger allows Bolte Real Estate to expand into the Seneca County area and strengthen its presence as a real estate leader in northwest Ohio. Select Realty Group was founded in 2012 by realtors Sara Riesen and Fran Andersons and quickly grew to be a dominant name in Tiffin area real estate.
“What excites us about this merger is the opportunity for greater brand recognition throughout the region and access to more tools, training and a larger leadership team,” said Phillip. “Also, we feel that our merger will allow us to better help our clients ever growing and evolving real estate needs while also giving back to the communities we represent.”
With a knowledgeable staff of experienced real estate professionals and incredible teamwork, it’s easy to see why Bolte Real Estate has made such a lasting impact along the Lake Erie coast and in north central Ohio. Their vast network of local resources, from mortgage and title companies to construction, repair and decoration, make Bolte Real Estate your best resource for every real estate need. And that’s just what Ann would have wanted.