Owner / Broker
Teri Williams’ family has homesteaded in the San Juan Islands since the 1960’s. Teri herself was born in Washington, raised in Oregon and settled in the San Juans in 1989 with her three young sons. Having left her banking job back on the mainland, Teri had no idea what the future would hold, only that Orcas spoke to her nature and she knew she had found her place in the world.
Loving the outdoors, Teri and the boys spent their first year on Orcas Island camping on the five acres she had purchased. It was during this time she met her husband Jay, who had been on Orcas since he was 10 years old. Jay had many stories and knowledge of island life and shared the love of the land and people.
Before long Teri landed a job as a title examiner at San Juan Title Company. After several years, she hired on with a survey company coordinating permits. As San Juan County land-use regulations became more complex, Teri became known as the local guru of permitting. In 1998, she started her own business, Permit Resources. She never intended to get her real estate license, but a year later when someone “dared” her, she couldn’t resist the challenge.
While working in a local real estate office, it became apparent to Teri that her permitting expertise enhanced her ability to assist her real estate clients and her real estate knowledge was a boon to her permit clients. So in 2006, Teri began a new venture, opening T Williams Realty, a full service real estate brokerage that shares offices with Permit Resources in Eastsound on Orcas Island.
“My business is not about volume — and I don’t want it to be. I get more satisfaction out of building long-term relationships. If I don’t feel someone is a good fit for me, I refer them to someone else. I don’t sugar-coat anything; I tell it like it is. My clients appreciate this and many have ended up dear friends.”
A self-described workaholic, Teri still finds time for the important things in her life — family, friends and giving back to the community. While her boys were growing up, she and Jay fed the football team around the campfire in the front yard and traveled to many a ball field, camping with the team and their families. For 13 years they operated the Back Acher Christmas Tree Farm, using the opportunity to teach the boys about business. Summers were spent bucking bales of hay, swimming in the quarries and selling firewood. An island history buff, one of her favorite pastimes is listening to stories told by old-time islanders. She loves puttering in her garden and bakes killer blueberry pies.
“I’m just a simple island girl at heart.”
Owner/Broker, T Williams Realty
Member, Lahari Board of Directors
Board Member, 7th annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival
Owner, Permit Resources
President, Orcas Island Association of Realtors®
Eastsound Planning Review Committee
San Juan County Planning Commission
San Juan County Critical Areas Committee
Vice President, San Juan Builders Association
Title Examiner, San Juan Title
Permit Specialist at Island Surveying
Rave Reviews for Teri Williams
For Energy, Call Teri
I was asking around about whom to use as a Realtor, and many said if you want someone to put some energy into it, call Teri!Read More >>
Gained Our Admiration and Respect
It was a privilege to meet you. You gained our admiration and respect for the way you conduct your business, and especially enjoyed your enthusiasm and forthright manner – leaving no available stone unturned. We will recommend you without reservation and look forward to seeing you around Orcas.Read More >>
It was above and beyond – the things you did for me. I will never forget. You have my undying gratitude.Read More >>