Lorraine Walker- Broker
With over 30 years experience in real estate and 28 of those years on Vinalhaven, I’ve represented buyers and sellers on over 600 deals. From first time homebuyers and summer homes to building sites I’ve had the privilege of working with a wide array of people on and off the island. As a Vinalhaven native and a fisherman’s daughter, the island way of life is part of me. My husband and his four sons continue the family legacy and still fish the waters off of Vinalhaven, something I’m very proud of.
My passion for the island and my clients is what made Vinalhaven Realty a thriving and long running business in the community. After 28 successful years, I decided to take a step back from real estate, caring for both my sister and my father during their battles with cancer. Later I took time to travel, cook, garden and read the many books that I never got around to. After spending the last few years enjoying time with family and exploring my other passions, I’ve decided it’s time to get back to the work that I love – real estate on Vinalhaven.
Since I started Vinalhaven Realty in 1982, the real estate business has evolved, and to keep up with the times I’ve partnered with Claire Jackson. She is experienced with social media and online marketing, and her skills complement my own. Together we hope to revive Vinalhaven Realty, with a fresh look and new energy, with all the original professionalism, passion, and dedication to our customers.
Claire Jackson- Operations Manager
I started coming to Vinalhaven in the summers as a teenager and after my mother moved to the island I considered it home when I was not away at college. After graduating with my degree in Business Marketing from The University of Colorado I worked a corporate job in multi-family rentals. As much as I loved the industry I worked in, the office environment was not for me, so I decided to move back to the island full time to work on a lobster boat. After working a season on the “Miss December,” which was a wonderful break from the office, I realized I craved the professional environment I had come from and wanted to create my own version of this on the island, tailoring my experience to our small community.
I started my business, Vinalhaven Vacation Rentals, in September 2018, and have found it the most fulfilling and rewarding career move of my life. Working for myself, with the flexibilty to care for my daughter is my dream job. Being the owner of a business has given me the confidence to take on new challenges and opportunities. When Lorraine approached me to work with her at Vinalhaven Realty, I was thrilled. Lorraine Walker’s enthusiasm for real estate, her knowledge, and her passion for life inspires me to keep evolving and moving forward. I’m excited for what the future holds for us and for Vinalhaven Realty.